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Mrs. Sarah Etta Aaron

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 18, 1899

Mrs. Sarah Etta Aaron, wife of Harry B. Aaron, of Loysburg, died on Tuesday evening, of peritonitis.  Decedent was a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Ferry and was born Septermber 17, 1866.  Mr. Aaron was married twice.   His first wife, who was a sister of decedent, and a daughter were drowned in the Johnstown flood.  Three other children - Warren, Edgar and Sheldon - are still living.  In July, 1890, the subject of this sketch was united in marriage to Harry B. Aaron.  To this union four children were born, one of whom, Fern, died in 1896.  The other children are Vera Elizabeth, aged eight years; Jacob Merrill, aged four years, and Cathryn Leone, aged eight months, Mrs. Aaron is also survived by her husband and the following brothers and sisters:  Dr. S. E. Ferry, of New York City; D. B. Ferry, of Brooklyn, N. Y.; L. E. Ferry, of Franklin, Neb.; Mrs. N. C. Blackburn, of Fairbury, Neb.; J. B. Ferry, Esq., of Topeka, Kan.; Mrs. R. Z. Replogle, of Johnstown; D. E. Ferry, of Altoona; Lee Ferry, of New Enterprise; Preston Ferry, of Loysburg, and Mrs. Simon H. Sell, of Bedford.  The funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal church of Loysburg yesterday afternoon.  Rev. J. K. Lloyd, the pastor, officiated.  Interment in the Loysburg cemetery.  Mrs. Aaron was a member of the Methodist church and a most estimable woman.

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George Washington Adams

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 18, 1899

George Washington Adams died in Johnstown at the home of Emanuel Pebly, whom he was visiting, August 9.  Decedent, who was seventy-five years old on the 22nd of last February, was born near Hollidaysburg.  In early life he was a stage driver.  He worked on the Old Portage railroad and served in both the Mexican and the civil war.  In later years he managed a farm near Ryot, this county, where he was well known and highly respected.  Ten months ago he went to Dale, Cambria county, to make his home with Albert Shrader.  Mr. Adams was a member of the United Brethren church.  His remains were brought to Bedford county and interred in the U. B. ta cemetery Fishertown.

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Alton Agnew

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 14, 1899

Alton Agnew died at the home of his great-grandmother, Mrs. Hannah Shires, July 9.  He was aged six years and eighteen days and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Agnew, formerly of Bedford, but now of Tyrone.  Alton came to Bedford six weeks ago to visit his great-grandmother and when he had been here a week he contracted typhoid fever, which caused his death.  The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. E. M. Stevens, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Interment in the Bedford cemetery.  Alton was a bright, intelligent boy-a general favorite.

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Mary Ramsey Agnew

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Wednesday, January 28, 1824 Page 3

Died on Sunday the 4th inst., at the residence of her father in M'Connellsburg, Bedford county, in the bloom of youth, Miss Mary Ramsey Agnew, eldest daughter of Col. James Agnew. The writer of this uses too feeble a pen to portray her numerous virtues - plain and undisquised she disclaimed the garb of hypocrisy - pleasing and affable she imperceptibly drew to herself the affection and esteem of every one who was privileged with her acquaintance. But alas! Short was her career on earth- her heavenly spirit has winged its flight to a more congenial climate, and there, no doubt, she is joined with purified and exalted spirits in praising the great author of her salvation. - Frank. Repos.


Mrs. Rebecca Agnew

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Wednesday, February 7, 1827

Died on Sunday the 28th ultimo, Mrs. Rebecca Agnew, wife of Mr. James Agnew of M'Connellsburg, Bedford county and formerly of this borough.



Mrs. Daniel W. Amos

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 9, 1900

Saxton, February 7 - It becomes our sad duty to chronicle the death of one of our most estimable ladies, Mrs. Margaret Amos, wife of Daniel W. Amos.  She died very suddenly yesterday afternoon of a complication of diseases.  Mrs. Amos was the mother of ten children, six of whom, with the father, are left to mourn their loss-Mrs. Mertie Syling and Glenn R., of Bessimer, and Ollie, William, Ida and Edward, at home.  The deceased was a native of this county, being born on the old Cypher homestead (stone house) near Saxton fifty-nine years ago.  She was one of a large family of children, ten of whom survive her - Mrs. John Nelson, of Cessna; Mrs. Levi Reed, of Minersville; Mrs. Ellen Woomer, of Johnstown; Geo. W. Cypher, of Saxton; Jacob, of Denver, Colo.; Harry, of Washington state; James, of Connellsville; Samuel, of Houtzdale, and Charles, of New Mexico.  She was a consistent member of the M. E. church for twenty years, in which faith she died with the hope of a blessed resurrection.  She was a devoted wife and a loving mother, and these qualifications were fully exemplified by her int he trials she has passed through in the past few years in the long sickness and death of a daughter and the injuries of her husband and son.  She will be interred int Fockler's cemetery to-morrow at 1 o'clock.  Observer.
 
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James G. Bagley

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennyslvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

James G. Bagley, a native of Bedford county, died at the Memorial hospital, Johnstown, on Saturday.  He was sixty-six years old.  During the civil war he served his county as a member of Company K, Fifth Pennsylvania heavy artillery.  He was a member of Emory Fisher Post No. 30, G. A. R., of Johnstown, which organization had charge of the funeral services on Monday.  Mr. Bagley was married twice.  His first wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Schaffer, died thirteen years ago in Johnstown.  He is survived by his second wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Speicher, and the following children to his first wife:  Sarah, wife of Benjamin Jones, of McKeesport; Mary, wife of James Howard, of Westmont; Ellen, wife of George Gouchnor, of Johnstown; James, of Duquesne; Lucy, wife of Joseph Saxton, of Scottdale; Charles E., of Johnstown; Minnie, wife of John Brown, of Prosser's Hollow; Elsie, wife of Charles Strong, of Scottsdale; Harvey, who makes his home with Mr. and Mrs. John Lardin, Johnstown, and Harry, of Westmont.

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H. A. Barnett

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday September 29, 1899

H. A. Barnett The Merchant Prince of Bedford Passes Away.

A Successful Career From the Farm to the Store-The Name of the Deceased Was a Household Word Throughout the County.

H. A. Barnett is dead!  Every person in Bedford county to whom this sad message comes will experience a throb of sorrow.  The name of this well known merchand was a household word, and now that he is gone the people who knew him will realize more clearly than ever before how well he filled the imporant position he held.  The loss to the town and county cannot be estimated.  His death at this time is ineffably sad.  Just when he was about to reap the reward of a score of years' patient, unremitting toil the diadem which crowned a successful business career is dashed to pieces.  The handsome brick building the deceased was erecting will likely be completed by Thanksgiving Day, and Mr. Barnett expected to move his extensive stock of goods into the new store at that time.  But alas! he was not permitted to see the fulfillment of his plans.  Of an active, nervous disposition, he was never idle, and while superintending the construction of the new building he could not refrain from working.  While thus engaged about nine weeks ago he contracted a cold which subesequently caused his death.  A courageous man, he fearlessly combatted the disease which had taken hold of him and kept on his feet until two weeks before he died.  Even after he was prostrated he did not give up, and in the unequal struggle he was aided by eminent physicians and devoted sisters, whose trembling hands were strengthened by love as they administered to his wants.  But medical skill and tender nursing were unavailing.  Death was triumphant.  Mr. Barnett breathed his last at his home on Pitt street a few minutes before nine o'clock Monday night.  H. A. Barnett may appropriately be termed the merchant prince of Bedford.  During the thirteen years he was in business for himself he was remarkably successful.  People from the city who patronized him while they were stopping at the Springs were surprised to find such an excellent stock and such a skillfully conducted store here.  A master mind was directing the affairs of establishment.  Deeply interested in his work, Mr. Barnett was the first to reach the store in the morning and the last to leave it at night.  He was honest, alert and polite.  He made a study of his customers' wants and supplied them promptly and satisfactorily.  He commanded the respect of his rivals by his manly methods.  He never made a disparaging remark about his fellow-merchants.  Those who knew H. A. Barnett best admired him most.  Busy as he invariably was, he frequently found time to spend a pleasant half hour or so with a friend.  In his home life especially he appeared to good advantage, being always courteous and gentle in his manner.  Henry Augustus Barnett was a son of Henry S. and Catherine Barnett and was born at Hancock, Md., in 1853.  The family is related to the later Roger B. Taney, chief justice of the United States.  Mr. Barnett worked on his father's farm and attended the public schools until thirteen years of age, when he accepted a clerkship in the dry goods store of his uncle, A. B. Taney, of Hancock, Md.  Five years later he entered the employ of J. T. Brolderick & Co., who conducted a general merchandise store at Hancock.  He remained with this firm until it was dissolved, several years after he went to work for it, and then became a clerk in John M. Hedding's general store at Hancock.  In June, 1874, the deceased came to Bedford and clerked for Abraham Covalt and Hedding and Covalt, with the exception of about two years-from March 1870, to June, 1878, during which time he conducted a store at Hancock-until 1886.  In March of that year he opened a general merchandise store in the Heckerman block and rapidly forged to the front.  He is survived by two sisters and a brother, namely, Mrs. D. T. Baxter, of Turtle Creek; Miss Lou Barnett, at home, and Mr. E. A. Barnett, of Bedford.  The funeral services were held in the St. Thomas Roman Catholic church-of which he was a member-yesterday morning at ten o'clock.  Rev. Father Denis Cashman celebrated high requiem mass.  The remains were laid to rest in the new Catholic cemetery, Bedford.

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Joseph T. Batzell

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 25, 1899

Joseph T. Batzell, master mechanic of the blast furnaces of the Lorain Steel company at Lorain, O., died in that town on Sunday.  Decedent was born in Bedford county about thirty-eight years ago.  His parents are dead.  He was a brother of Ella and Henry Batzell, of Conemaugh; Irvin, of Tatesville; Sadie, of Yellow Creek, Sue, of Everett, and Annie, of Cabmria county.  Mr. Batzell formerly lived in Johnstown, and while residing there he was united in marriage to Miss Annie Lee, of Altoona, who died a short time after the wedding.  The deceased was a member of Cambria Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Conemaugh Lodge of Odd Fellows, and of the Junior Order United American Mechanics.  He was also a member of a Lodge of Pythians in Altoona.  The remains were brought to Altoona and interred there.

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Mrs. D. W. (Ressler) Beam

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, June 8, 1900

Mrs. D. W. Beam died at her home on Penn street Friday night, of appendicitis. She had been sick one week. The deceased was a daughter of the late W. A. Ressler and was born at Rainsburg forty-three years, six months and twenty-two days before her death. On November 18 1877, she was united in marriage to D. W. Beam, who, with one son, William, survives her. She is also survived by a brother, G. H. Ressler, of Rainsburg, and a sister, Mrs. Tenie McClellan, of Bedford. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. Dr. A. R. Miller, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, assisted by Rev. I. W. Hendricks, of the Reformed church. Interment in the Bedford cemetery. Mrs. Beam was a consistent member of the Methodist church for over thirty years. She was highly esteemed by her friends for her lovely disposition and strength of character.


Miss Bertha G. Bechhoefer

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 4, 1899

Miss Bertha G. Bechhoefer died at her home in Altoona on Saturday evening.  Decedent was a daughter of the late A. L. and Rebecca Bechhoefer and was born in Woodbury.  She was a graduate of the Altoona high school, class of '85, and for the past ten years was a teacher in the public schools of that city.  The Altoona Tribune says: "Miss Bechhoefer was an accomplished musician and an efficient Sunday school teacher and was much esteemed by all who knew her."

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George W. Beegle

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 26, 1900

George William Beegle died at the home of his father, J. Frank Beegle, at Ashcom's Mill, January 18, 1900, aged seventeen years and nine days.  In the death of George his parents have lost a dutiful son, his young associates a favorite companion and the church a promising young member.  Although young in years, he had been a member of the church for over a year.  On last Saturday after solemn and impressive services conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. W. Lingle, his remains were laid to rest at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran church.

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Walter Hewett Beegle

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 5, 1900

The subject of this sketch died at his home near Otttown on December 28, 1899.  He was aged seventeen years, nine months and twelve days.  Decedent was a baptized member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran church, Friend's Cove.  Walter was a boy of good moral principles, kind hearted and industrious and highly respected by all who knew him.  This was evinced by the large audience of sympathizing friends and relatives who attended his funeral on Saturday morning, December 30, conducted by his pastor in St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran church. J.W.L.

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George A. Blackburn

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

George A. Blackburn, son of Andrew J. Blackburn, formerly of East St. Clair township, this county, was ground to pieces under freight cars in Johnstown Saturday night.  He was performing his duty as conductor of the crew attached to Engine No. 9 of the Cambria Steel company when the accident occurred.  Mr. Blackburn attempted to dismount from the train to throw a switch.  He had been sitting on the coal box of the engine and tried to step from there to the bumper of the car next to the locomotive.  In doing so he missed his footing and was thrown under the wheels.  When picked up he was dead, two cars having passed over him before the engineer could stop the train.  George A. Blackburn was born in East St. Clair township twenty-six years ago.  Ten years ago he removed to Morrellville, Cambria county, with his parents.  Five years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Gretta, daughter of the late George James, of Morrellville, who, with one son-Russell-aged three years, survives him.  The deceased was a brother of Elvin W. and Jackson A. Blackburn, at home; Libbie, wife of Franklin Taylor, of East St. Clair township, Bedford county; Emma, wife of Samuel Rhodes, and Minnie, wife of Calvin Overdorff, of Johnstown, and Sue, Mary and Florence Blackburn, at home.  Mr. Blackburn was an employee of the railroad department of the Cambria company for six years and for over a year had been a conductor.  He was a member of the Cambia Mutual Benefit association and his wife will receive $1,000 death benefit.

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Mrs. Nannie Boher

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 26, 1900

Mrs. Nannie Boher, widow of Thomas Boher, died at her home in Boydstown on Monday.  She was aged sixty-five years, nine months and three days.  Two children and a grandchild survive her.  Her husband died ten years ago.  Mrs. Boher's maiden name was Nannie Gosler.  The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. J. W. Lingle, pastor of the Lutheran church.  Interment in the Bedford cemetery.

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Mrs. Charity (Blair) Bortz

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, June 8, 1900

The subject of this notice was born in Cumberland Valley April 10 1823 and died suddenly in Schollsburg Wednesday evening, May 30, aged seventy-seven years, one month and twenty days. Her maiden name was Charity Blair, and she was on August 19, 1846 united by Rev. M. Brendt, in holy matrimony with Nathan Bortz. This union was blessed with eight children, four of whom survive, namely Mary, wife of N. B. Twigg, of Davis, W. Va.; Wilbur and Harry, os Schellsburg, and Erastus of Novada. The deceased united with the Methodist church when only thirteen years of age and ever after was a faithful member thereof. In 1860 Mrs. Bortz, with her family, moved from Cumberland Valley to Juniata township and located midway between Schellsburg and New Buena Vista, where her husband died on April 6, 1877. The last ten years of her life she spent in Schellsburg. Mrs. Bortz was of a retiring disposition, a good neighbor, a warm friend and a humble Christian. Her pastor, Rev. W. A. Leploy, officiated at her funeral, which took place on Friday afternoon in the M. E. church. Internment in the Schellsburg cemetery.


Frank Bottomfield

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennyslvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Frank L. Bottomfield, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David E. Bottomfield, died at Leechburg, on Monday of this week.  He was born in Eerett and grew to young manhood in this community.  He was united in marriage with Lucinda Bole, who survives.  Two brothers also survive, Miles W. Bottomfield, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and D. Lloyd Bottomfield, of Pittsburgh.  His father passed away July of last year.  The remains were brought to Everett Thursday afternoon and interred in the Everett cemetery.

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Walter Bridges

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 29, 1899

Walter, the twelve-year-old son of Abraham Bridges, of Bean's Cove, died on Thursday afternoon of last week, of diphtheria.

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Andrew Brown

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 11, 1899

Andrew Brown, one of the old and faithful colored citizens of Bedford, died on Saturday night, August 5, 1899, aged seventy-seven years.  His painful illness, as well as his unexpected death, was a cause of sorrow to his many friends and acquaintances, who fondly hoped that his vigorous constitution and good habits insured him for a ripe old age.  "Andy Brown," as he was always called, was an honest, sober and industrious man and a good citizen.  If fiedlity to duty, devotion to friends, respect for others and uprightness of character are characteristics of the true man, then "Old Andy" was a model that all our young men in this community can sagely imitate.  Impressive funeral ceremonies were held over his mortal remains on Monday in the A. M. E. Zion chuch, Rev. J. T. Moore, the pastor, assisted by Rev. J. W. Beckett, D. D., of Baltimore, officiating.  Decedent was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery provided by our colored people as the "Home for their Dead."  The pall-bearers were James Harris, James Wagner, DeCharmes Davis and William Thomas.  Peace to his ashes!  Peace to his soul!

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Daniel S. Brown

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 29, 1899

Daniel S. Brown, one of the oldest citizens of Morrison's Coce, died at his home near Martinsburg on Wednesday.  Decedent was born in South Woodbury township in June, 1853, settling upon the farm on which he died.  He was the father of eleven children-six sons and five daughters-all of whom have grown to manhood and womanhood.  A short time ago his wife preceded him to the other shore, being the first of the family to die.

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Franklin D. Bruckman

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 10, 1899

Franklin D. Bruckman, a well known school teacher, died at Harrisburg November 3, 1899, and was buried at Everett, his home, on Sunday last.  The deceased was born in Salisbury, Somerset county, June 27, 1849.  He was educated in the public schools of that town, and since he was eighteen years of age has been teaching school during the winter term.  He was a carpenter by trade and followed that occupation during the summer.  He was appointed storekeeper and gauger in 1884 and served four years.  During this time he resided in Bedford.  While teaching in Boan's Cove last winter his mind became deranged and he was sent to Harrisburg for treatment, but did not seem to improve.  Mr. Bruckman was a brother of Mrs. Dr. A. Enfield, of Bedford.  He is survived by a wife and several children.

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Mrs. Mary Brumbaugh

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Mrs. Mary C. Brumbaugh died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Fred Heeter of Martinsburg Saturday afternoon after an extended illness.  She was born in Shirleysburg, Dec. 24, 1880, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Chilcote) Huntsman and was married to Crist B. Brumbaugh in Martinsburg, Apr. 5, 1905.  Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Esther M. Heeter; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Ebersole and Mrs. Olive Rhodes of Martinsburg, R. D.; four brothers, Emory Huntsman of Martinsbur; Enoch of Altoona; Frank of Woodbury, and William of Bedford, R. D., and two grandchildren,  Lois and Rex Heeter of Martinsburg.  One son, Christian, preceeded her in death.

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Michael Burns

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

Michael Burns, who died at his home in Altoona December 13, was born at Woodbury, this county, on June 14, 1840.  In 1871 he removed to Altoona and engaged in the livery business with Simon Roplogle, now deceased, at the White Hall hotel stables.  In 1873 he and his brother, W. H. Burns, entered into partnership and for the past twenty-six years conducted the livery stables on Bridge street, Altoona.  The deceased was a veteran of the civil war and served with distinction as a corporal in Company C, Two Hundered and Fifth Pennsylvania volunteer infantry.  Mr. Burns never married.  He is survived by these brothers and sisters:  William H. Burns and Mrs. A. M. Mateer, of Altoona; Albert Burns, of Orbisonia, and Mrs. S. J. Espenlaub, of Roanoke, Va.  He was a member of St. John's Catholic church, Altoona.

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Mrs. J. S. Bussard

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 25, 1899

Mrs. J. S. Bussard died at her home on Pitt street Tuesday night.  Decedent was born November 15, 1832 and was the daughter of Jesse and Rebecca Mellon, being one of ten children, all of whom are dead except Mrs. Johanna Brown, of Sedalia, Mo., who is critically ill.  She was married twice, her first husband being Christian Gross, of Bedford, who died on May 4, 1885; on the 17th of February, 1897, she was united in matrimony to J. S. Bussard, who survives her.  Mrs. Bussard had seven children by her first husband, three of whom are living, namely, John H. Gross, of Allegheny, Mrs. John B Stewart, of Bedford, and Mrs. Charles Wolford, of Cumberland.  The funeral services were held at the house on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. E. M. Stevens, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, assited by Rev. C. C. Adams, of the Presbyterian church.  Mrs. Bussard was a member of the Methodist church since childhood.  The body was laid to rest in the Bedford cemetery.  Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wolford, of Cumberland, Mrs. Waldo C. Wonders, of Scalp Level, and John H. Gross, of Allegheny.

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Charles A. Cessna

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 23, 1900

In Bedford township on Thursday evening last Charles A. Cessna died, of a complication of diseases.  He was aged thirty-eight years.  The deceased was a son of W. B. and Mary A. Cessna, who, with thirteen brothers and sisters, survive him, namely, Stephen and Miss Ethel, residing in Pittsburg; Miss Glendora, at McKeesport; Mrs. Floda Brubaker and John, in Chicago; Mrs. Fannie Carpenter, in Kansas; Mrs. Myrtle Lightner, at Blaine; Mrs. Rosa Fink, at Yellow Creek; Mrs. Clara Barnett, Louisa and Howard, at Saxton; Mrs. Ella Wertz and Dow, in the valley.  About ten years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Beemiller, who, with three small children, survives him.  He was a faithful and consistent member of the Catholic church.  In politics he was a Democrat.  His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Bedford on Saturday.  May he rest in peace!

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Howard H. Clark

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Howard H. Clark, a highly respected resident of Everett, died at his home there, Saturday, April 17.  He was born in West Providence township, September 19, 1877, a son of David L. and Rachel (Bequeath) Clark.  He was married twice, his first wife being Anna Jane Kimberling, and his second Sara (Kimberling) Adams.  He is survived by his second wife and these children by his first marriage:  Mrs. Samuel (Irene) Keller, Chambersburg; Mrs. Dexter (Elise) Easton and Mrs. John (Helen) Hixon, Everett; Iver E. Clark, Carlisle; two step-children, Charles Adams, Youngwood; Mrs. Joseph McDaniel, Hagerstown; a brother Ross Clark, Everett R. D.; four sisters, Mrs. Charles Foor, Mrs. Jacob Hockenberry, Mrs. Shannon Steckman, Mrs. Russell Bottomfield, Everett R. D.; 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  His first wife, two daughters and a brother preceded him in death.  Mr. Clark was an employee of the United Telephone Company for 30 years and was manager of this district at the time of his retirement.  He was a member of Everett Lodge No. 524 F. and A. M. Harrisburg Consistory, Jaffa Temple, Altoona, and a 33rd degree member of the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.  He was also a member of the Blair County Scottish Rite Club, vice-president of the Everett Cash Mutual Fire Insurance company, treasurer of Everett borough council, a member of the Everett Fire company and a charter member of Everett Rebekah Lodge.  Masonic funeral services were conducted at the late residence Tuesday afternoon, wither interment in the Everett cemetery under the direction of the Balentine Funeral service.

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Harry Claycomb

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Harry Franklin Claycomb, a retired druggist, of Elyria, Ohio, passed away at that place Wednesday of last week, following a heart attack.  He was born at Pleasantville, this county, November 30, 1875, a son of Andrew and Mary Claycomb, deceased.  He was united in marriage with Mame Young, who survives with two children, Margarite and Harry, Jr., both of Elyria.  Two brothers and three sisters also survive, Sewell, of Summerhill; Sadie Ream and Cleo Deyarmin, of Windber; Saloma Claycomb, of Everett.  Mr. Claycomb was a member of the Elks and Eagles Club of that place, and was in business in Ohio for the past 53 years.  Funeral services were under the supervision of the Elks on Saturday, April 10.  Interment was made in the family cemetery at Elyria.

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Charles W. Cleaver

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 8, 1899

Charles W. Cleaver was born at Newport March 31, 186(?)7, and was the son of Rev. John W. Cleaver, who died in Bedford in 1884.  Decedent was married to Miss Laura Kean, in Philadelphia, in 1895.  He suffered a sunstroke in Allentown about three weeks ago in which place he was working, and was confined in the hospital at that place until the early part of last week, when he went to Philadelphia.  On Friday morning he was found dead in his bed at the Harris hotel in that city.  An inquest was held, the jury finding that the cause of death was edema cerebri-dropsy of the brain.  The body was brought to Bedford on Sunday morning and interred in the Bedford cemetery.  The funeral services were held at the home of decedent's mother on South Richard street and were conducted by Rev. E. M. Stevens, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church.  The pall-bearers were Rush C. Litzinger, Daniel S. Horn, Esq, Joseph F. Biddle, Esq., and D. Cress Reiley.  He is survived by his mother his wife and the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. W. A. Defibaugh, Miss Annie Cleaver, James E. Cleaver, of Bedford, and W. F. Cleaver, of Hyndman.

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Mrs. John B. Colvin

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 30, 1900

Ida Bortz was born in Juniata township, near the Point school house, where her brother Wilbur resides, on September 19, 1865, and died at her home on Main street, Schellsburg, March 26, 1900, aged thirty-four years, six months and seven days.  A little over two years ago decedent was united in holy matrimony to John B. Colvin, by Rev. Walter R. Whitney, of the M. E. church, of which she was a faithful member.  Their union was blessed by a son, born only a week ago.  How soon is the husband and father's joy turned into mourning.  Decedent leaves to mourn their loss, besides her husband and infant son, an aged mother residing at this place, one sister, Mrs. Mary Twig, of Davis, W. Va., and three brothers, Wilbur Bortz, on the old homestead in Juniata township, Erastus Bortz, of Nevada, and Harry Bortz, of Schellsburg.  The infant son has found a foster mother in his aunt, Mrs. George Colvin.  Decedent was of a quiet, retiring disposition and was a good neighbor, a warm friend and a devoted wife.  The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from her late residence and was conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. A. Lepley.  The husband did all in his power to have his wife restored to health, but it was ordered otherwise and he is left sad and lonely.  He has the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community in this his sorrow and bereavement.

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Reuben R. Colvin

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 8, 1899

Reuben R. Colvin died at his home near Schellsburg Thursday evening, November 30.  Decedent was aged seventy-five years, six months and twenty-three days.  He was a son of George and Eliza Colvin, nee McDowell, sister of Charles McDowell, founder of The Gazette.  The deceased was born at Wolfsburg.  Sixty-nine or seventy years ago his parents moved to Schellsburg and the subject of this sketch resided on a farm near that place for many years.  About fifty-two years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Reed, daughter of Michael Reed, of Schellsburg, and sister of Mrs. Maria Minnich, John P. and Jacob Reed, of Bedford.  His wife and the following children survive him:  Emma Colvin, at home; Annie, Phoebe, Rose, Ella and Michael Colvin, proprietors of the Sulphur Springs hotel.  A son, Reed Colvin, and a daughter, Nina Colvin, preceded him to the spirit world.  Decedent was the last of a family of ten children, the following brothers and sisters having died over twenty-five years ago:  James Colvin, Mrs. Abraham Schell, Mrs. Martin Reiley and Mrs. Robert M. Taylor.  Mrs. J. M. Robinson, William, George M., Charles W. and John E. Colvin have all died since 1892.  The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon.  Rev. Dr. W. H. Schuyler, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated.  Interment in the Union cemetery on Chestnut Ridge.  Mr. Colvin was a member of the Presbyterian church and served as elder for a number of years.  He was an honest, upright, industrious man and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

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John Franklin Cook

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 18, 1899

John Franklin Cook died at his home on Pitt street Thursday evening of last week.  He was born in Bedford November 6, 1835, and was a son of Simon and Margaret Cook.  He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Catherine McIlvaine, of Bedford, and Mrs. P. B. Reilly, of Pittsburg.  His brother, William Cook, died July 1, 1899.  For many years Mr. Cook, in connection with his father and brother, conducted a butcher shop here.  Decedent was a veteran of the civil war, being a member of Company G, Thirteenth Pennsylvania volunteers, which was organized by the late Capt. John Keeffe, in 1861, for three months' service; at the expiration of that time he enlisted in the One Hundred and Eighty-fourth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, in which he served until the end of the war.  During one of the engagements in which his regiment took part he was wounded above the heart.  The funeral services were held in the St. Thomas Roman Catholic church - of which the deceased was a member - on Monday morning at 9 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. Father Cashman.  The remains were interred in the old Catholic cemetery.  Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Bowers and daughter, of Elkins, W. Va., and ex-Alderman P. B. Reilly and daughter, of Pittsburg.

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William Cook

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 7, 1899

William Cook was found dead in bed at the boarding house of Mrs. Martin Corle Saturday evening. Coroner M. A. Stoner held an inquest over the remains, the jury finding that death was due to heart failure. The jury consisted of the following persons: W. F. Cromwell, John W. Davidson, H. P. Shires, B. F. Mauk, F. P. Gilchrist and J. M. Kegg. The body was taken to the home of decedent's sister, Mrs. Catharine McIlvaine, East Pitt street.

William Cook was born in Bedford April 23, 1833. He was a son of Simon and Margaret Cook. In 1846 he married Miss Mary Martin, who, with the following children, survives him: Mrs. William H. Bower of Elkins, W. Va.; Eva, Marie, Anne, Nellie, Samuel F., James R., William and Benjamin of Cincinnati, O, and Thomas C. of St. Louis, Mo. Two sisters and one brother also survive him, namely Mrs. P. B. Reilly of Pittsburg; Mrs. Catharine McIlvaine and J. Frank Cook of Bedford. For many years Mr. Cook, with his father and brother, Frank Cook, conducted a butcher shop in Bedford. For the past fifteen years or more decedent worked at his trade - painting. On Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock the funeral services were held in St. Thomas' Roman Catholic church of which the deceased was a member for many years. Rev. Father D. Cashman officiated. The remains were laid to rest in the new Catholic cemetery.


Mrs. Catharine Louisa Cooper

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 1, 1899

Mrs. Catharine Louisa Cooper, of Camden, N. J., died at the Corle House Friday morning.  The cause of death was uremia.  Decedent was the widow of the late John Cooper, a well known banker of Camden.  She came to Bedford about four months ago.  On Saturday the remains were taken to Mrs. Cooper's home in New Jersey for burial.  They were accompanied by Mrs. John O. Smith, Mrs. John V. Kellinger and Louis Saupp.  Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Friends' church and was highly esteemed by her friends.

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Arthur Corle

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 2, 1900

Arthur Corle, the 19-year-old son of William and Melinda Corle, of Lovely, died Tuesday night at the home of Oliver Mock, of Johnstown.  His death was due to diphtheria.  The parents and several sisters and brothers of the deceased live at Lovely.  The body was taken there for burial.

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Peter A. Corley

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 9, 1900

Peter Albert Corley died at his home, West End, March 3, 1900, at 5 o'clock p.m.  Mr. Corley was in his seventy-second year at the time of his death, having been born October 16, 1828.  He had been in poor health for a number of months, but was only confied to his bed for a few weeks.  The funeral took place from his late residence on the 6th inst.  The services were held in the Reformed church, New Buena Vista, Rev. Homer S. May officiating, assisted by Rev. Stroup, of the Lutheran church.  The interment took place in the cemetery at Schellsburg.  Mr. Corley was born in Juniata township, not far from Schellsburg.  In early life he moved, with his parents, to West End, where he kept an inn when the old Glade pike was a throughfare, crowded with drovers passing east and west.   It was at this place that he spent the greater part of his life.  About twenty-three years ago he was united in marriage to Mrs. Harriet Ling, who, with two children, a son, Harry, and a daughter, Ada, survives him.  He is also survived by three brothers, Jacob and Joseph Corley, of Juniata township; Henry, who resides in the west, and by Elizabeth, a faithful and devoted sister, who lives at the old home.  As a citizen he was well known and highly respected.  He had a wide circle of friends.  He was a faithful husband and father, a good brother.  He lived his alloted three score and ten years, and when disease was working its way in him, he was surrounded by friends and loved ones who did all in their power to make him in his last hours as comfortable as possible.  The friends with whom he talked for so many years will miss him greatly, but his stricken family most of all.  To them we tender kind sympathy in their bereavement.  "My times are in thy hand; Why should I doubt or fear My Father's hand will never cause His child a needless tear." H.S.M.

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Mrs. Elizabeth M. Crawford

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Crawford, a native of Fulton county, died recently aged 67 years, 6 months and 16 days.  She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William H. Decker and was united in marriage with William Crawford, who is deceased.  She was a member of the Church of the Brethren.  Surviving are three sons, Walter C. Crawford, of Everett; Willie Crawford, Hancock, Md. and George Crawford, of Niles, Michigan; four brothers, Riley, Alfred and Albert Decker, of Amaranth and Charles Decker, of Hooversville.  Funeral services were held on April 16th at the Balentine Funeral Home, with Rev. E. M. Detwiler officiating.  Interment was in the Providence Church Cemetery.

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Mrs. Catherine Cromwell

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 20, 1899

Mrs. Catherine Cromwell, the oldest resident of Bedford, answered the final summons October 12.  She was born in Hagerstown, Md., February 16, 1806 and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Albert and the oldest of four children, only one of whom-David Albert-is now living.  His home is in the west.  After the death of her parents Miss Albert came to Bedford to live with her aunt, Mrs. Catherine Vondersmith.  Several years after taking up her residence here she was united in marriage to Daniel Cromwell, of Bedford.  To his union were born eight children-Mrs. Philip Huzzard, Mrs. James Collins, Misses Sue, Mary and Sarah Cromwell, Messrs. Holland.  Samuel and Daniel Cromwell-all of whom are dead except Misses Sue and Mary Cromwell.  The husband and father died many years ago.  The funeral services were held at the home of decedent's daughter, Pitt street, Sunday afternoon, and were conducted by Rev. E. M. Stevens, pastor of the M. E. church.  The remains were laid to rest in the Bedford cemetery.  Mrs. Cromwell was a faithful member of the Methodist church and was beloved by all who knew her.  Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Miss Daisy Hazzard and Mark Hazzard, of Pittsburg.

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Mrs. Mary Croyle

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 16, 1900

Mrs. Mary Croyle, widow of George Croyle, died at the home of her son William in Benscreek, Somerset county, on Monday.  The deceased was born in Morrison's Cove about sixty-seven years ago, her maiden name being Mary Teeter.  She is survived by three children.

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Mrs. Hannah Custer

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Mrs. Anna E. Custer, 79, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Geo. Corley, Manns Choice, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.  She was born Nov. 15, 1868, a daughter of Solomon and Ellen (Bisel) Miller.  She was married to Harvey Custer who died in 1934.  She is survived by these children:  Mrs. David Rheam, Johnstown, R. D.; Mrs. Harry Hill, Windber, R. D.; Mrs. Harry Manges, Fairhope, R. D.; Mrs. Wilbert Rice, Cairnbrook; Mrs. George Corley, mentioned; these brothers and a sister:  Rufus Miller, Rockingham; John and Grover, Schellsburg, R. D.; I. J. Miller, Schellsburg; A. E. Miller, New Paris; Mrs. Elizabeth McCracken, Ligonier.  Funeral services were in charge of the Vernon Geisel funeral home of Alum Bank.

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John Cypher

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, Septermber 29, 1899

"John Cypher, a highly respected citizen of Barnettstown, near Dudley," says the Huntingdon News of September 25, "died at his home in that place Thursday morning last, in his eighty-seventh year.  He had been a merchant for over forty years, but retired from business life a year or more ago.  Few men enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his fellow-men as he did and his death is deeply regretted.  He was the father of a large family of children eleven of whom are living - Mrs. John Nelson, of Cessna; G. W. Cypher and Mrs. D. W. Amos, of Saxton; Jacob Cypher, of Denver, Col.; Harry Cypher, of Washington state; Mrs. Levi Reed, of Minersville; James Cypher, of Connellsville; Jackson Cypher, of Ohio; Samuel Cypher, of Houtzdale; Charles Cypher, of New Mexico, and Mrs. Ella Woomer, of Johnstown."

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Mrs. John Dangerfield

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 21, 1899

Mrs. John Dangerfield, colored, died at her home in Bedford on Sunday.  She was in her sixty-eighth year.  Decedent was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Harris.  She was married twice.  Mr. Johnson, her first husband, was killed on the battlefield of Gettysburg.  Eleven years ago she married John Dangerfield, who survives her.  The remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Ross cemetery Monday afternoon at four o'clock.  The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Riley, pastor of the Bethel A. M. E. chuch, assisted by Rev. J. T. Moore, of the A. M. E. Zion church.  The deceased was a member of the Bethel church.  She was a good woman

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Mrs. David Darr

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 2, 1900

Schellsburg, January 31 - The subject of this notice died suddenly at her home in New Town on Tuesday morning between 5 and 6 o'clock.  Her maiden name was Sleek, and she was a sister of George B. Sleek, of New Paris, and of Mrs. J. E. Luken, of this place.  She is survived by her husband and two daughters Miss Maggie, at home, and Hannah Eberhard, of Washington, D. C.  The funeral services will take place to-morrow afternoon and will be conducted by Rev. W. A. Lepley.  Gideon.

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Mrs. Anna R. Deblin

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennyslvania) Friday, January 19, 1900

Mrs. Anna Rebecca, widow of Arthur Deblin, deceased, died at her home near Vinco, Cambria county, January 9, aged eighty-one years, six months and twenty-six days.  She was born in Lancaster county June 14, 1818.  At the age of seven years she came, with her parents, to Bedford county and resided in Bloomfield, then called Woodbury, township.  In early womanhood she married and moved to Cambria county, where she remained until her death.  Decedent was a member of the Lutheran church for sixty-five years.  She is survived by three sons, James and Franklin, of Johnstown, and Daniel, who lives on the homestead; also by an aged brother, Weimert D. Reininger, of South Woodbury township, this county.

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Mrs. Simon Deckerhoof

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 8, 1899

Mrs. Margaret Deckerhoof, wife of Capt. Simon Deckerhoof, died at her home in Boydstown on Friday, September 1.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Stoutnour and was aged seventy years, seven months and eighteen days at the time of her death.  Th funeral services were held at the home of decedent Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. C. C. Adams, pastor of the Presbyterian church.  Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.  Decedent is survived by her husband and the following children:  Charles, of Bedford; Frank and Harry, of Hyndman, and Mrs. John Gilchrist, of Marietta, O.  Mrs. Deckerhoof was a member of the Presbyterian church.  She was highly esteemed by her friends and neigbors.

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Mrs. George A. Diehl

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 15, 1899

The subject of this notice was born June 23, 1858, and died at her home near New Buena Vista December 4, 1899, aged forty-one years, five months and eleven days.  Her maiden name was Rebecca Brown and she was married to George A. Diehl June 27, 1878.  This union was blessed with eight children, seven of whom, together with their father, survive to mourn their loss.  Mrs. Diehl was an invalid for several years and confined to her bed for about two years.  During this time she suffered intense pain and was treated by three or four different physicians, but all to no account, except to ease her pain at times.  The funeral took place on Wednesday and was conducted by her pastor, Rev. H. S. May, in the Reformed church on Dry Ridge.  Rev. D. G. Hetrick assisted in the service.  Interment in the cemetery at the church where the service was held.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in their affliction.

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Orange H. Dorman

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 16, 1900

Orange H. Dorman, colored, a native of Morrison's Cove, died at his home in Morrellville on March 8.  He served in Uncle Sam's army during the civil war.  The deceased was not a slave, but his wife, Jane, who was bred in "Old Virginny," spent several years under a southern master.  She gained her freedom by the aid of the projectors of the famous "underground railway," who spirited her over the Mason and Dixon line.  She came to this county, where she was married to Mr. Dorman.  Two sons of the decedent, Jacob and George "followed the flag."  Jacob was killed by the blowing up of a gunboat on the James river, in Virginia, in 1864.  It was a federal boat and was destroyed by the rebels.  George served a number of years in the regular service, roughing it with the Forty-first Pennsylvanians in the southwest.  In a fight with the Indians on the Rio Grande river, in Texas, in 1884, he was wounded in the hip and still carries the ball as a memento of the engagement.

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Miss Janet Ehredt

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, January 6, 1955

Miss Salinda Moses of Osterburg received word on New Year's Day of the death of her grandniece, Janet Ehredt of Adams City, Colorado.  Miss Ehredt, who was 13 years, was the only daughter of Fay E. and Janette (Roberts) Ehredt of Adams City, formerly Altoona.  She is survived by her parents, three brothers, James and Dale of Denver, Col.; Richard of St. Louis, Mo.; three nephews, Bill and Eddie Ehredt of Dener; Robert Ehredt of St. Louis, and a niece, Melinda Ehredt, St. Louis.  Interment was in Denver.

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Miss Jennie F. Evans

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, June 8, 1900

Miss Jennie F. Evans was born on September 19, 1872 and died at her home in Monroe township on May 28, 1900, aged twenty-seven years, eight months and nine days. She united with the Christian church when fourteen years of age and was a faithful member to the day of her death. For a number of years she was afflicted with epilepsy. Various remedies were used and money was expended in the efforts to relieve her, but all to no avail. The funeral services were held at Rock Hill on Memorial Day and were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Joseph Barney, assisted by Rev. J. H. Barney.


Capt. N. C. Evans

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 14, 1899

One of the Most Prominent Citizens of the County Has Passed Away.
SOLDIER AND STATESMAN
He Fought For the King and Represented His District in the Legislature - Justice of the Peace For Many Years.
Nathan Cromwell Evans died very suddenly at his home in Everett Saturday evening, July 5, 1899.  He had attended to his business during the day and about five o'clock became seriously ill and in a few minutes breathed his last.  The cause of his death was heart failure.  Captain Evans was born near Chaneysville, this county, and was aged sixty-seven years, three months and fourteen days.  When but a boy of ten he started to make his own living.  He learned the blacksmith trade with Mr. Beegle in Friend's Cove and worked at the trade several years.  He attended the common schools but a very limited period.  During the few years he worked at his trade he saved sufficient money to attend the Allegheny seminary and also the Rainsburg seminary.  He taught school several terms, but gave up that profession to engage in the mercantile business in Rainsburg, and he served as postmaster there during Buchanan's administration.  In 1861, when war threatened to sever our Union, he was among the first to volunteer his services and worn for himself a record of which he was very proud.  He was commissioned second lieutenant of Company D, 101st Pennsylvania volunteer infantry, October 9, 1861, and served with that regiment until April 24, 1863, when he resigned, owing to his failing health.  He distinguished himself at the battle of Fair Oaks and in a number of other engagements.  After regaining his health he recruited and was elected captain of Company A, 184th Pennsylvania volunteer infantry, and was mustered into service May 13, 1864.  The regiment was at once sent to the front, engaging in the battle of Cold Harbor.  On June 4 he led his regiment in two desperate assaults, losing 67 killed and 113 wounded.  Captain Evans was in the thickest of the fight and had one shoulder strap shot off and five bullet holes in his clothes.  After crossing the James river he participated in two hard fought battles June 16 and 22. "Bates' History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers" says of his regiment:  "Out of 500 men who stood in the ranks on the 29th of May, 350, including 12 officers, were either killed, wounded or taken prisoner in a period of 25 days."  He was taken prisoner June 22, 1864, and was confined nine months in rebel prisons, when he was exchanged and joined his company July 14, 1865.  This brief account tells where the captain spent his days between '61 and '65.  It speaks of his bravery, and his men who served under him have naught to say of him but words of kindness and admiration.  Returning from the war, he took up his old avocation, teaching school, which he followed several years, when he again engaged in the mercantile business in Rainsburg and continued at it until he moved to Everett, in 1872, where he engaged in business.  Captain Evans was married on February 22, 1857, to Miss Penelope S. Folck, of near Cumberland, Md.  To this union ten children were born.  He is survived by his wife and seven children, two daughters and five sons, namely, Mrs. Peter Barndollar, Miss Ada, Lessing, James H., D. Slicer, of Everett; George E., of Punxutawney, and John L., of Altoona.  He is also survived by six brothers and one sister.  In politics Captain Evans was an ardent Republican.  He was the choice of his party in 1880 for the legistlature and was re-elected in 1888.  In 1870 he was elected justice if the peace and was re-elected in 1884, but resigned to enter the legistlature.  He was again elected justice in 1891 and re-elected in 1896.  A number of years ago he accepted the nomination for sheriff but the county being strongly Democratic at that time, he was defeated.  He was twice defeated for the senatorial nomination, but defeat did not dampen his ardor for the party of his choice.  Captain Nathan C. Evans was well known in Bedford county.  He was a man of strong character, one who had opinions of his own and who defended them no matter what opposed.  Those who knew him best and enjoyed his friendship knew no more loyal friend than he, while those with whom he differed found in him an honest, earnest opponent.  In his death Everett and the county lose one of their best and noblest citizens.  His life, nobly spent, is at last ended.  We shall see him no more.  He has gone whence no traveler returns.  Peace be to his ashes!  The funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal church, Everett, of which he was a life-long member.  Rev. Richard Hinkle officiated.  He was assisted by Rev. J. Emory Weeks, of Harrisburg.  Interment was made in the Everett cemetery.

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Henry Faupel

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 16, 1900

Henry Faupel, one of the oldest employees of the Bedford division, Pennsylvania railroad, died at his home in Mann's Choice on Friday.  He was in his fifty-fifth year.  His death resulted from injuries received in falling off a wagon several weeks ago.  In the fall and winter of 1870-71 Mr. Faupel helped Contractor David Lee, of Bedford to grade one mile of the Bedford and Bridgeport railroad at Sulphur Springs station and he also assisted Contractor Campbell, of Tyrone, in laying the track.  In 1873 he entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad company as a track laborer, under Foreman S. F. Miller, who at that time was stationed at Mann's Choice, but is now at Bedford.  In 1884 Mr. Faupel was promoted to track foreman of Sub-Div. No. 4, with headquarters at Bedford, and in 1891 was transferred to Sub-Div. No. 5, at Mann's Choice, which position he filled with credit until last Friday, when he was called to his eternal home.  He is survived by eight children, all of whom reside in Mann's Choice except Charles, who is a B. & O. R R agent and operator at Layton, and two sisters and five brothers, namely, Miss Ann Faupel, of Bedford; Mrs. Fred Turner, of near Mann's Choice; A II. and George Faupel, of Mann's Choice; C. N. Faupel, of Detroit, Mich; John Faupel, of California, and Marin Faupel, of the state of Washington.  The remains were taken to the Lutheran church on Dry Ridge, where they were laid to rest beside his wife, who was a daughter of the late Nicholas Whiteline, of near Sulphur Springs.  She preceded him to the grave about eight years ago.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Homer S. May, of the Reformed church, Mann's Choice, assisted by Rev. G. W. Straub, of the Lutheran church, West End.  The following railroad employees acted as pall-bearers:  W. B. Pierson, A. J. Miller, John Stouffer, J. C. Mowry, S. F. Miller and Tilmon Burket.  Mr. Faupel was a member of the Lutheran church.

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Henry Clay Feather

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 1, 1899

At Freedom August 18, 1899, Henry Clay Feather, aged 78 years, 3 months and 2 days; formerly of Union township, Bedford county.

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Miss Clara A. Ferry

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, January 6, 1955

Miss Clara A. Ferry of Roaring Spring, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 4, 1955, after an extended illness.  She was born in New Enterprise March 7, 1873, a daughter of David and Rebecca (Croyel) Ferry.  Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Grace Neal of Canoe Creek, three brothers, Elmer of Roaring Spring R. D., Charles of Hollidaysburg R. D., and Warren of Martinsburg R. D., and several nieces and nephews.  She was a member of the Lutheran church, Roaring Spring.  Funeral sercices:  Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the K. R. Miller funeral home, Marinsburg, the Rev. E. W. Huston officiating.  Interment in Fairview cemetery, Martinsburg.

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Mrs. D. T. Fisher

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 8, 1899

Mrs. D. T. Fisher died at Buffalo Mills on Friday, December 1, very suddenly, of heart disease.  Funeral services were conducted on Sunday by her pastor, Rev. W. A. Lepley, and her remains were interred in the cemetery in Milliken's Cove.  She was the only daughter of Joseph Harman, who formerly lived in Iowa but recently has lived with his daughter at Buffalo Mills.

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John Gilbert Fisher

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 21, 1899

John Gilbert Fisher was born at Berlin, Somerset county, sixty-three years ago and died in Bedford July 17, 1899.  He was a son of Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Fisher, who died at their home in Berlin several years ago.  Decedent came to Bedford when a young man.  For a number of years he taught school in this county, at one time being principal of the Boydstown school.  He finally forsook the pedagogical path and entered the field of journalism.  From 1871 to 1880 he was local editor of the Bedford Gazette - and right well did he perform the duties pertaining to the position.  He was a trenchant writer, fearless and forceful.  Mr. Fisher served as deputy register and recorder for six years and as clerk to the county commissioners for nine years.  In politics he was a Democrat and with pen and voice ably espoused the principles of that party.  On the twelfth of May, 1863, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha J. Snively, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Snively, of Schellsburg.  To this union three children were born, namely, Andrew S., William H. and Harry.  The last named died in Bedford in 1880.  Andrew S. is an attorney, and with his mother and brother, lives in Altoona, to which place the family removed seven or eight years ago.  Decedent is also survived by seven brothers and one sister - Prof. Harry W. Fisher, a prominent educator, of Pittsburg; Prof. Philip Fisher, a well known instructor, of California; Rev. Frank Fisher, of Philadelphia, and Rev. William H. Fisher, D. D., of Easton, Lutheran ministers; Samuel Fisher, of Dakota; Mrs. Rufus Landis, Tobias and Daniel Fisher, of Berlin.  The funeral services were help on Wednesday afternoon at four o'clock and were conducted by Rev. Martin L. Culler, pastor of the Lutheran church.  Interment in the Bedford cemetery.  The pall-bearers were Josiah Amos, Ed. R. Horne, George Bollinger and B. F. Mock.

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John Fletcher

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 20, 1899

John Fletcher, an octogenarian of Bedford, died at the home of his son, Baltzer Flectcher, West Pitt street, October 17.  The deceased was a son of Baltzer and Mary Fletcher and was born in Cumberland Valley April 30, 1815.  In 1845 he was joined in wedlock to Miss Levina Hite.  Six children blessed this marriage, five of whom are still living, namely, Baltzer, Albert, Shannon, William and Scott Flectcher, all of Bedford.  Decedent is also survived by his wife and a sister, Miss Harriet Fletcher, of Cumberland Valley.  In 1866 Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher moved to Bedford and have resided here ever since.  The funeral services will be held this afternoon at one o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. M. L. Culler, pastor of the Lutheran church.  The remains will be interred in the Bedford cemetery.  John Fletcher was well known in Bedford.  He was a kind-hearted, patient, conscientious man and his familiar form will be missed by many who were accustomed to see him daily when he was able to go about and perform the work he found to do.  He was a member of the Lutheran church.

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Miss Stella Fletcher

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 8, 1899

Miss Stella Fletcher, daughter of Baltzer Fletcher, died at her home in Bedford Wednesday evening, November 29.  The death of Miss Fletcher was peculiarly sad in that a life so young and full of promise should be cut off so suddenly.  The deceased was in her eighteenth year, being born December 26, 1881.  She was a bright young girl of studious habits and was a member of the class of '99, Bedford high school.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and faithfully performed her religious duties.  Her quiet, unassuming manner and loving disposition won for her the love and respect of her young associates who realize they have indeed lost a friend worthy of the name.  The funeral services, held on Satruday afternoon at 2 o'clock, were largely attended.  Rev. E. M. Stevens, assisted by Rev. M. L. Culler, officiated.  Interment in the Bedford cemetery.

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Mrs. Lovenia Fletcher

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 16, 1900

Mrs. Lovenia Fletcher, died at the home of her son, Baltzer Fletcher, West Pitt street, Bedford, early Tuesday morning.  Her maiden name was Lovenia Hite and she was born in Cumberland Valley seventy-five years ago.  Fifty-five years ago she was united in marriage to John Fletcher and to this union six children were born, five of whom are still living-Shannon, W. S., William, Baltzer and Albert, of Bedford.  A daughter-Mary A-died in 1863.  The husband and father passed away on October 18, 1899.  Mrs. Fletcher was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church for many years.  The funeral services were held yesterday morning and were conducted by Rev. M. L. Culler, of the Lutheran church.  Interment in the Bedford cemetery.

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Dr. Sylvester Foster

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 11, 1899

"The familiar face and always welcome greeting of Dr. Sylvester Foster, of Annelly, will be greatly missed in this county," says the Newton, Kan., Republican.  "For so many years, more than a quarter of a century, he has been a resident of the county and an earnest friend of all good people.  Few who met him realized that he was an old man.  He always had a pleasant word and did not appear to grow old."  Dr. Foster was born near Hopewell, Pa.. September 22, 1820.  He went to Kansas in April, 1871, and took a homestead on Section 12, in Harvey county.  In that neighborhood he lived until his death, which took place Thursday evening, July 27, at his home in Annelly.  He was buried in the cemetery near Whitewater Saturday, July 29.  Decedent was a prominent Mason, being one of the first to become a member of the Masonic Burial association.  He carried a policy in the Masonic Mutual Benefit Society of Kansas for $1,000, which was paid up to date.  Dr. Foster leaves a widow and eight children, four sons and four daughters, all of them grown and most of them having families.  There are eighteen grandchildren.  These were all present at the funeral services, as was also Ephraim Foster, a brother, who resides at Sheridan, Ia.

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James Z. Frazier

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 30, 1900

James Z. Frazier, The Well Known Justice of the Peace of Bedford Borough, Has Passed Away.  He Was An Honest, Upright and Charitable Man-Who His Ancestors Were-The Funeral Services.
James Zeigler Frazier, Esq., died at his residence in Bedford on Wednesday night at 11 o'clock.  He was quite ill for some days and finally his heart was affected, and then came death.  He was a son of James Frazier, who was married to Miss Elizabeth Zeigler.  He was born on the very crest of the Allegheny mountains, in Somerset county, Pa., on the 16th day of June, 1834.  He married Miss Emma Dannacker, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dannaker, of Schellsburg.  They removed to Bedford in 1884.  Mr. Frazier was elected a justice of the peace of Bedford borough in 1898, on the Democratic ticket, has twice been re-elected and has filled that office in a very satisfactory manner for twelve years.  He was a faithful and efficient member of the Lutheran church of Bedford and belonged to the Schellsburg lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  He was an honest, upright, charitable man, a useful citizen and a kind and affectionate husband and father.  His death will be generally felt and lamented.  The following facts are gleaned from a history of John Fraser (who came to Raystown, now Bedford, with Colonel Washington in 1758) by Hon. William P. Schell, published in The Gazette August 5, 1898:  "John Fraser was commissioned as one of the justices of the peace of Bedford county, and a judge of the several courts, on the 11th of March 1771, which he held until the time of his death, on the 18th of April, 1773.  He left surviving him his wife and eight children, namely, James, Margaret, William, Benjamin, Catharine, Jane, Mary and Amelia.  "William Fraser, the grandfather of the deceased, James Zeigler Fraser, had nine children, to wit:  John II, James I., William II., Montgomery, Thomas, Benjamin II., Margaret, Jane and Catharine.  "His son, James Fraser, father of James Zeigler Fraser, deceased, had ten children, namesly, Amelia, Ellen, William, Elizabeth, Louise, Catharine, James Zeigler II., (the decedent), John and Scott.  "The above named James Z. Fraser III. is a great grandson of John Fraser, and is now a justice of the peace, and a prominent citizen of Bedford.  His grandfather, William Fraser, was the first white child born within the limits of Bedford county."  "James Z. Frazier, Esq. the subject of this sketch, is survived by his wife and three children-Ross, of Kansas City, Kan., William and Margaret, of Bedford.  Funeral services will be held at the home of decedent Sunday morning at 9 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. M. L. Culler, pastor of the Lutheran church.  The remains will be taken to Schellsburg for burial.

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Jacob Fritz

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 15, 1899

Jacob Fritz was born in Somerset county October 17, 1828, and died at his home near New Buena Vista, this county, December 9, 1899, aged seventy-one years, one month and twenty-two days.  He was a well-known citizen of Juniata township and had lived at this place about fifty years.  He was twice married, the first time he found a companion in Miss Matilda Bough, or Youngstown, Westmoreland county, this union being blessed with nine children seven of whom survive.  They are:  Mrs. Isabella Conner, of Bedford; George W. Fritz, at home; Mrs. Mary Ann Mull, or Bradenville, Westmoreland county; Mrs. Margaret R. Hankison, or New Baltimore, Somerset county; William H. Fritz, of Juniata township, and Susan E. Fritz, of Roxberry, Somerset county.  Two of the children died in infancy.  The mother died June 7, 1865.  Decedent was married the second time to Miss Louisa Sides on October 7, 1866.  This union was blessed with eight children, namely, Lovina C., wife of George H. Egolf, of Fyan; Emma J., wife of Albert Wyundt, of New Buena Vista; Minerva E., wife of Henry Stickler, of near New Buena Vista; Ellen M., wife of Edward Smith, of Sycamore, Greene county, and John J., Charles D., Rosella and Amanda C Fritz, at home.  Decedent was the father of seventeen children, thirty-two grandchildren of first wife and fourteen grandchildren of second wife and one great grandchild of first wife.  Decedent was confined to his bed about ten weeks and suffered at times great pain, caused by blood poisoning.  In early life he had been a member of the Lutheran church.  Some eight weeks before his death he was taken into the Reformed church and died in that faith.  The funeral took place in the Union church near Kegg and was conducted by his pastor, Rev. D. G. Hetrick.  The church was not near large enough to admit all the people present.  Interment was made in a brick-walled grave in the graveyard at the side of the church.

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Mrs. Anna Galbraith

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, January 6, 1955

Mrs. Anna Minnie Galbraith of Rockhill Furnace passsed away on Monday, January 3, 1955 at 5 p.m., at the J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital.  She had been a pateint at the hospital for nine days, and had been in failing health for the past 5 years.  The deceased was born at Yellow Creek on July 14, 1879, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Golden.  She was united in marriage on March 24, 1903, to James Galbraith of Rockhill Furnace, the ceremony being performed at Hopewell by the Rev. Mr. Comp.  She was a member of the Prebyterian Church for many years.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by these five children:  Frank Galbraith and Edward G. Galbraith of Aliquippa; Mabel (Mrs. Fred Rishel) and Jean (Mrs. Raymond Bollinger) of Mount Union and Darrell G. Galbraith of Poland, Ohio.  Nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren also survive, along with one brother and one sister, Martin V. Golden of Hopewell and Mrs. Magaret Drover of Wakefield, Mass.  Funeral services:  On Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Ott's funeral home in Orbisonia.  The Rev. Charles Fulton, pastor of the Orbisonia Presbyterian Church and the Rev. David Emerson, pastor of the Brethren, will officiate and interment will be made in the Orbisonia cemetery.

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Miss Mary Geibel

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

Miss Mary Geibel died at Ironton, O, December 18.  She was a daughter of Henry Geibel, of St. Clairsville, and was aged about forty years.  Her remains were taken to St. Clairsville on Wednesday and interred in the Lutheran cemetery at that place.

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Mrs. J. E. Gibson

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 22, 1899

Mrs. Minnie V. Gibson, wife of J. E. Gibson, died at her home in Friends' Cove Sunday night at half past ten o'clock.   The cause of death was consumption.  The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Pensyl, of Colerain township, and was aged twenty-eight years at the time of her death.  Six years ago she was united in marriage to J. E. Gibson, who with a son aged five years, survives her.  A daughter died in infancy.  Mrs. Gibson is also survived by her father, two brothers and one sister-John B, Charles and Clara Pensyl, at home.  Funeral services were held at the home of decedent on Wednesday and were conducted by Rev. Francis E. Purcell, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Wolfsburg, assisted by Rev Calvin P. Wehr, of the Reformed church of Friend's Cove.  Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.  Five years ago Mr. and Mrs. Gibson moved to Salem, O., and resided there until a few months ago, when, owing to decedent's illness, they returned to Friend's Cove.  Mrs. Gibson belonged to Rebekah Branch, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Women's Foreign Missionary society, of Salem, O.   Ever since girlhood she was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  She was a Christian woman and the pages of her life's history are filled with good deeds and acts of kindness and mercy.

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William Gibson

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, June 8, 1900

William Gibson, a lifelong resident of Bedford county, died at his home near Everett on Friday morning, June 1. The deceased was born on November 2, 1828, his age at the time of his death being seventy-one years, six months and twenty-nine days. He was a son of George W. and Hannah Gibson. He is survived by his wife and six children, Hannah Ridenour, of Hopewell, Ellen Roudabush, of Langdondale, and Kate, Lizzie, Wilhelmina and George W. Gibson, of Mt. Dallas; two brothers, George G. of Tyrone, and Henry F., of Friend’s Cove; and two sisters, Mary Carr, of Saxton, and Lizzie Sparks, of near Everett. Two sisters, Ellen and Mary, and one brother John, died about thirty years ago. During the civil war he was a member of Company K, 133rd regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and for many years a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Gibson was buried in the Hershberger graveyard in Snake Spring Valley. The services were conducted by the Brethren ministers – Revs Hershberger and Knisely – at the home of decedent at 10 o’clock Sunday morning.

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Mrs. John Gillum

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennyslvania) Friday, February 2, 1900

Mrs. John Gillum, formerly of Cumberland Valley, died at her home near Cumberland January 29.  She was fifty-six years old and is survived by her husband and the following children:  Joshua, William G. and Harry Gillum, of near Cumberland; Duncan Gillum, Mrs. E. A. Rose and Mrs. H. C. Miller, of Cumberland Valley, and Rev. J. M. Gillum, of Brunswick, Md.

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William B. Gogley

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 19, 1900

William B. Gogley, one of the best known young men in this city, died this morning at four o'clock at the residence of his father, 45 Harrison street, after an illness of about two weeks.  He was chief clerk to the clothing store of L. Rosenbaum, where he had been employed for a long time.  He was a reliable and painstaking employee and greatly appreciated by his employer as well as having been a general favorite among his associates.  He was a prominent member of the Y.M.C.A.  He was only twenty four years of age and his death, occurring as it did in the early morning of his life, has caused many expressions of regret.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel T. Gogley, who together with the following brothers and sisters survive:  Miss Anna Gogley and Mrs. Lizzie Barke, of this city, and Mrs. Mary Meyers, of Pittsburg, and Messrs. John and Charles, of this city, and Lawrence, who resides in the west.  The deceased was born in Everett, Pa., and moved here with his parents some years ago.-Cumberland Times, January 11.

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Howard D. Golden

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Monday, April 26, 1954

Howard Daniel Golden, a native of Yellow Creek, died Saturday, April 24, 1954, at Hollidaysburg.  He was born August 11, 1870, a son of John and Rebecca (Keesecker) Golden.  He was married to Ruth Rammage who preceded him in death April 11, 1948.  He is survived by these children:  Mrs. May Moyer and Mrs. Ruth Megahan, both of Altoona; Mrs. Marie Klink and Theodore Golden, both of Hollidaysburg; a brother, Martin of Hopewell; two sisters Mrs. Minnie Galbreaith of Rock Hill Furnace and Mrs. Margaret Grover of Wakefield, Mass; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Deceased was a retired boilermaker and was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad.  Funeral services:  Tuesday, April 27, 2 p.m., at Lafferty Funeral Home Altoona, the Rev. Mark E. Nalle officiating.  Additional services at Bedford Forge Church, near Hopewell.  Interment:  Church Cemetery.  Arrangements:  Lafferty Funeral Home, Altoona.

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Mrs. Ruth R. Golden

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Mrs. Ruth R. Golden, wife of Howard Golden, of Altoona, died at 11:50 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at her home.  She was born August 26, 1868, in Hopewell, a daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann (Miller) Rammage, and married Mr. Golden at Hopewell December 31, 1888.  Mrs. Golden was a member of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church, Altoona.  Surviving are her husband and the following children:  Mrs. Mary Moyer, Mrs. Marie Klink, Theodore Golden and Mrs. Ruth Megahan, all of Altoona.  Others surviving are 11 grandchildren, a brother and a sister, James Rammage, of Indiana, and Mrs. Sue Eller, of Hopewell.  Five children, Margaret, Martha, Theodore, Raymond and Erman, and one grandchild, Russell Golden, preceded her in death.

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Dr. Andrew Martin Green

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 8, 1899

The subject of this sketch died at the home of his father, Andrew Green, in Altoona, on Thursday of last week.  Dr. Green was born in the Mountain City January 13, 1863.  When a boy he came to Bedford and lived here for several years.  He was graduated in dentistry and medicine from the Philadelphia Dental college and the Jefferson Medical College.  For the past ten years he practised neither profession, having been engaged in the real estate and banking business at Washington, D. C.  Three years ago his health began to fail.  In October 1898, he sought relief at Los Angeles, Cal, and not being benefited, purchased a ranch in Arizona, opening and becoming superintendent of a sanitarium at Fort Huachuen, Ariz.  He then went to Tombstone, where his health seemed to improve for a time, but a relapse set in and he returned to Altoona, where he resided until called to his eternal home.  His mother, two wives and four children preceded him to the spirit world.  Three brothers, Grant, chief yeoman on the United States cruiser Prairie, and Sanford, chief engineer of the United States ship Fishhawk, and Dr. William A. Green, of Tombstone, Ariz., survive him.  He is also survived by three sisters.

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Dr. Joel C. Green

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 9, 1900

Dr. Joel C. Green died at his home in Wytheville, Va., on January 6.  Dr. Green was a contractor on the South Penn railroad when that road was under contract for construction in this county and had the contract to build the road from Hogback, on the farm of Daniel Sams, deceased, through the George farm, the Eshelman farm, Philip Barton's farm and others, all in East Providence township.  Deceased had his headquarters on the Eshelman farm.  He was well known to Bedford and all over the eastern part of the county.  At his home in Virginia Dr. Green held a high position socially, politically and in business circles.  He was a prominent Mason and Knight Templar.  He was a member of the state senate from 1891 to 1897, being elected to that position by the Democratic party.  During the civil war Dr. Green served in the Confederate army, part of the time on General Breckinridge's staff.

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Rev. Asbury Guyer

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

Rev. Asbury Guyer, one of the oldest and best known ministers in the Central Pennsylvania conference, died at his home in Duncansville December 17.  Deceased was born April 26, 1832, in Blair county, about ten miles from Tyrone.  He was a son of George Guyer and was one of a family of eight brothers, five of whom were ministers.  Caleb Guyer, of Tyrone, is the only brother living.  Decedent was married, in 1866, to Miss Catharine Ashcom, daughter of Benjamin Ashcom, of near Everett.  She died in 1893, at Martinsburg.  Five children were the issue of this union.  A son, Herbert, died in 1899 at Bellwood.  The other four are Mrs. Harry Lindsay, of Bellwood; Maude, Nellie and Edna, at home.  Rev. Guyer entered the itinerant ministry in the Methodist church in the Baltimore conference in 1854.  From that time until his death he was in the effective ranks with the exception of two years, 1864-6.  When the Central Pennsylvania conference was created in 1869, he was transferred to it and the same year was assigned to the First church of Altoona.  Nearly all his ministry was spent in the immediate vicinity of that city.  Besides the First church he has had charges at Hollidaysburg, Bellwood, Martinsburg, Duncansville, Curwensville, Osceola, Hontzdale, State College, Milesburg, Unionville and Coalport.  Funeral services were held in the Duncansville church on Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday the remains were taken to Everett, where, after services in the M. E. church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Richard Hinkle, interment was made in the Everett cemetery.

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Hon. W. M. Hall

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 15, 1899

The Eminent Jurist, Lawyer and Author Has Passed Away.  Sketch of his life.  He Was Appointed Judge Advocate in 1865 and Elected President Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial District in 1871.  Ex-Judge William M. Hall died at his home on Juliana street, Bedford, Sunday morning at 2.15 o'clock.  Hon. William Maclay Hall was born at Lewiston November 3, 1828, and was a son of Rev. William Maclay Hall, a Presbyterian minister.  The deceased moved to Bedford, with his parents, in October 1844, his father at that time taking charge of the Presbyterian church at this place.  Judge Hall was graduated from Marshall (now Mercersburg) college, Mercersburg, in July, 1946, delivering the valedictory oration-the highest honor of his class.  After reading law in the office of Attorney William Lyon he was admitted to the Bedford bar on August 29, 1849.  He soon achieved honorable distinction in the practice of his profession.  He was appointed judge advocate, with the rank of major, by President Lincoln in January 1865, and served one year.  During this term, as inspector of military prisons and camps, he was engaged under the special direction of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, in examining the cases of military prisoners with a view to their being pardoned by the president when it could be done without prejudice to the service of inquiry to the country.  In 1869 the judge served on a commission to rev?? the statutes of the state of Pennsylvania with Judge Derrickson and Hon. Wayne MacVeagh.  After the death of Judge Alexander King, in January, 1871, he was appointed by Governor Geary president judge of the Sixteenth Judicial district, then compising the counties of Bedford, Somerset, Franklin and Fulton-now consisting of Bedford and Somerset counties.  At the next election, in the fall of 1871, as the candidate of the Republican party, he was elected to the same office.  Judge Hall's opponent was the Hon. William J. Baer, of Somerset, who was subsequently elected president judge of this district.  Judge Hall retired from the benh on the first of January, 1882.  Hon. William M. Hall was a man of scholarly attainments; he had a logical mind and was an eloquent, forceful speaker.  His long and successful practice at the bar prepared him to fill the position of president judge in an able manner.  During his administration very few reversals of his decisions were made by the supreme court.  Decedent was a member of the Presbyterian church of Bedford for many years, serving as an officer for a number of terms.  After leaving the bench Judge Hall did not actively engage in the practice of the law, but devoted himself to literary pursuits.  He has written several books and has contributed many articles of historic interest to the press.  In 1858 Judge Hall came into possession of the Echovale farm, near Bedford, and resided there until 1886, when he removed to Bedford.  In 1859 the judge was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Rowan Cramer, of Cumberland, Md., who, with the following children, survives him:  Miss Julia Katharine, Miss Eleanor Maclay and Richard Cecil Hall, at home; William Maclay Hall, Esq, of Pittsburg; Mrs. Charles G. Brown, of Huntingdon, and George Louis Hall, of Brooklyn, N. Y.  He is also survived by three sisters-Mrs. Francis Jordan, of Harrisburg; Mrs. N. B. Hogg, of Pittsburg, and Mrs. J. H. Grossman, of Steelton.  The funeral services were held at the home of the deceased Tuesday afternoon at half past one o'clock and were conducted by Rev. C. C. Adams, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Bedford, assisted by Rev. Dr. D. K. Freeman, of Huntingdon, and Rev. Dr. W. H. Schuyler, of Everett.  The funeral cortege was one of the largest ever seen in Bedford.  One of the carriages contained a wealth of beautiful floral emblems, tributes from the friends of the dead jurist.  Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.  The pall-bearers were J. P. Reed, Esq Jacob Reed, Associate Judge Eli Eichelberger, D. W. Lee, Hon. E. S. Doty, J. H. Jordan, Esq, Superintendent of the Bedford Division L. W. Allibone, James Buchanan and E. H. Blackburn.

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Miss Ella Hane
y

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 23, 1900

Yesterday a telegram was received here announcing the death of Miss Ella Haney, in Johnstown, stating that she died there on Sunday and that the remains would arrive in Bedford on Monday and would be interred in the Catholic cemetery on Tuesday.  She was a daughter of William T. Haney, of Cumberland Valley township.  She is survived by her father and the following brothers and sisters:  Patrick and Charles A., of near Johnstown; Miss Frances, of Johnstown; Elza, Ross, Richard, Myrtle, Lucetta and Mrs. Rosa Hemming, in the valley and Mrs. Alice Smith, residing at Mt. Savage.  Her age was about twenty-one years.  She was a very estimable young lady and had a host of friends here, who were truly sorry to hear of her death.

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James J. H. Hamilton

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 24, 1889

James J. H. Hamilton, LL. D., died at his home in Scranton on Friday.  He was born in Orangeville, Columbia county, thirty six years ago.  During the term of 1892-93 Dr. Hamilton was principal of the Bedford public schools.  He was one of the most successful preceptors that ever filled that position.  After the close of school Dr. Hamilton went to Easton and subsequently to Scranton.  He read law and after being admitted to the bar soon forged to the front.  As a contributor to law journals and editor on orpahan's court practice for the Pepper and Lewis digest be won renown.  Many articles written by him have been published in the educational journals, his writings appearing in the New York School Journal and in the New England Journal of Education, the two leading papers of their kind in America.  He was one of the readers for the "Standard Dictionary of the English Language," published by Funk & Wagnalls, of New York.  Dr. Hamilton was a graduate of Lafayette college and of the law department of the Indiana university.  He was a scholarly man and possessed an engaging personality.  During his stay in Bedford he made many friends.

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Findley Hammer

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 10, 1899

Findley Hammer, of Schellsburg, died at the state hospital for the insane, Harrisburg, on Sunday night.  He was forty years old.  His wife and several children survive him.

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Mrs. Barbara A. Haney

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 11, 1899

Mrs. Barbara A. Haney died at Macon, Mo, July 12, 1899, aged seventy-six years.  Mrs. Haney was born in Bedford county in 1823 and moved to Macon in 1867.  She is survived by a brother, Benjamin Bruner, of Westmoreland county; three daughters, Rebecca Moore, Florida J. Bledsal, Marian Gibson, of Macon; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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William Watson Harclerode

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 9, 1900

William Watson Harclerode, youngest child of Charles and Christina Harclerode, died at his home in Colerain township on February 3.  The cause of his death was erysipelas.  He was born on August 9, 1854, near the present home, his age at the time of his death being forty-five years, five months and twenty-four days.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. P. Wehr, of the Reformed church, of which the deceased was a member for twenty years.  Interment was made in the Trinity graveyard on Monday.  Eleven years ago decedent was married to Miss Rebecca Solienberger.  His wife and three brothers-Henry, of Mansfield, O., Jacob and Jonathan, of Friend's Cove-and his mother, who is confined to her room, being past her seventy-ninth birthday, are again made to feel the loss of a loved one.  His father and two sisters-Delilah and Rebecca-preceded him to the other shore a number of years ago.  The wife has lost a kind husband and the community in which he lived an obliging neighbor.

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Mrs. Eliza Harrison

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 16, 1900

Mrs. Eliza Harrison died in Brooklyn, N. Y. on February 4.  She was a daughter of the elder William Watson, of Bedford, Pa., and wife of Edward Harrison, who died many years ago.  Mrs. Harrison was a sister of Mrs. Laura Brasbear, Mrs. Belle Smith and of the late Dr. William Watson.  She was seventy-nine years of age.  One son, three daughters and many nieces and nephews survive her.

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George B. Hershberger

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 5, 1900

George B. Hershberger died at the home of his son, John H. Hershberger, Bedford, on Wednesday evening.  Five months ago decedent suffered a stroke of paralysis and since then was confined to the house.  He was a son of John Hershberger and was born in Bedford township September 5, 1826.  He worked on his father's farm until he attained his majority.  On November 12, 1847, he was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca Wisegarver, daughter of John Wisegarver, of East St. Clair township.  They moved to Bobb's Creek and afterward to St. Clairsville.  They came to Bedford about 25 years ago.  For several years Mr. Hershberger drove a stage coach.  After he quit this occupation he conducted a livery stable in Bedford owned by Samuel S. Diehl.  Mr. Hershberger's nephew, Henry R. Hershberger, purchased the establishment from Mr. Diehl and decedent retained his position until about eight years ago, when he moved to Bedford township.  In March, 1899, he again came to Bedford and made his home with his son.  The deceased is survived by one son, John H. His wife died three years ago.  He was a member of the Reformed church.  The funeral services will be held in St. Paul's Reformed church near Cessna this morning and will be conducted by the pastor, Rev. S. C. Stover.  Interment will be made in the cemetery near the church.  George B. Hershberger was a genial, kind-hearted man and had a multitude of friends.

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Albert Hillegass

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

Tuesday afternoon Albert Hillegass, aged about thirty years, a Baltimore and Ohio railroad brakeman, fell beneath his train while it was near Sand Patch tunnell, on the Pittsburg division, and was fatally injured.  Decedent formerly lived at Hyndman.

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Joseph Hoenstine

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 6, 1899

Again the Angel of Death came to us without warning.  Joseph Hoenstine died suddenly on Friday evening, September 29.  He was away from home at work on a saw-mill near Williamsburg.  The sad news of his sudden death was telegraphed to his family at 8 o'clock the same evening.  Arrangements were made and his remains were brought home Saturday.  In his death the community loses a citizen of good repute. A man of first principles.  A man of that peculiar disposition which makes friends of all and enemies of none.  Jovial and good natured, enjoying the bright side of life, yet never forgetful or unmindful of the true and earnest of life-a man, who, though conscious of the deep things in life, tried to make life's burdens light by his cheerfulness.  His family lose a kind and good husband and father and we bespeak for them the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.  And the comfort of the gospel is theirs, because, like husband and father, they are followers of the meek and lowly Jesus.  They believe that he died and rose again, and that as he is so shall his loved ones be-and may they know this sweet comfort.  The deceased was a life-long member of the Reformed church.  From time to time he held all the offices of trust and honor in the Lord's house and was always found faithful.  Regular in his habits of life, he lived consistend with his Christian calling and honored his profession before man.  The church here loses a good and faithful member-to have one more among the departed saints.  He was a member of the I. O. O. F., to which he was proven faithful and this order will miss him as one of those on whom they could rely at all times.  The funeral was held at the home on Monday morning and was conducted by Rev. T. K. Cromer, pastor of the Reformed church.  Interment was made in the cemetery at the Reformed church, St. Clairsville.  Decedent was aged fifty-three years, eleven months and twenty days.
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John B. Hoover

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, January 6, 1955

John B. Hoover of Lancaster, died in St. Joseph's hospital, Lancaster, early Tuesday morning, Jan 4, 1955, after a lengthy illness.  He was born Jan. 26, 1881, near Loysburg, the son of George L. and Elizabeth (Baker) Hoover, and married Margaret Mentzer Sept. 24, 1914.  He was employed as a mail carrier in Altoona and at the Lancaster Press and was a member of the Lancaster Chruch of the Brethren.  Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Caroline Helsey of Jonestown and Mrs. Ora Bons of Tequea, R. D.; one son, Merle of Lancaster; 11 grandchildren, and two brothers, Wilson of Altoona and George of Lancaster.

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Rudolph Hoover, Sr.

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 28, 1899

Rudolph Hoover, Sr., was found dead in bed at the home of his son, George B. Hoover, in Woodbury, on Friday morning.  When he retired Thursday evening he was apparently enjoying the best of health.  He was the son of Martin and Maria Hoover and was born in Franklin county December 17, 1820.  In 1843 he was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Brumbaugh.  Mrs. Hoover died December 7, 1865, and in 1867 he married Mrs. Annie Coble, of Hollidaysburg.  The surviving children of Rudolph and Catherine Hoover are Mrs. T. M. Ake and Mrs. William Coble, of Altoona; Elias Hoover, of Chicago; George B. Hoover, of Woodbury, and Mrs. W. R. Hartman and Mrs. W. F. Cromwell, of Bedford.  The suviving children by decedent's second wife are Rudolph Hoover, Jr., Bertha, Harry, Leota, Rinehart, Amanda and Alice.  Rudolph Hoover was a man of the strictest honor and integrity.  He had no enemies.  He was a Christian in the fullest sense of the term and his life has left an impression for good on the community in which he lived.  He was buried in the Brethren cemetery near Woodbury.

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Miss Elsie Vosta Hixon

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 11, 1899

Miss Elsie V. Hixon, who passed peacefully away on Thursday morning, August 3, was born July 3, 1875, being therefore aged twenty-four years and one month.  She was a daughter of Timothy and Jodah Hixon, of Pine Ridge.  So peacefully did she die that the watchers at her bedside did not know she was dead, thinking that she was sleeping, when really she had passed beyond.  For the last few years she had generally made her home in Everett with her sister, Mrs. John Boyd.  She died at the residence of William Boyd, in Everett, where she had been ill with typhoid fever for nearly four weeks.  Careful nursing and skillful physicians did all that was possible, but her time had come to leave this world of trouble and enter another life.  Miss Hixon was an exceedingly bright and interesting young lady and had made a host of friends in Everett and every place she went, by her many admirable qualities of mind and heart.  She was especially popular with her young associates and has left behind her many who will regret her early demise.  Elsie was a beautiful girl and she was as good as she was beautiful.  She was connected with the M. E. church since she was fifteen years of age and always took an active interest in the Epworth League and in the welfare of the church.  Though called to her reward so early in life, her consistent, pure and earnest Christian life will long remain an influence for good with those among whom she associated.  While her days were not many, yet they were well employed, and few there are who can make themselves useful in so many vocations of this life as Miss Elsie Hixon did.  One of her last acts of kindness was to nurse a lady in Everett who was ill with typhoid fever, and for several weeks she proved herself to be a good and trusty nurse.  She went to this woman's bedside when others refused to do so, owing to the disease being infectious, thereby proving that she was a "friend in time of need."  She is survived by her parents and five sisters - Mrs. Alice Miller, of Pine Ridge; Mrs. Angie Diehl, of Buffalo Mills; Mrs. Hattie Boyd, of Everett; Misses Julia A. and Rebecca, at home.  Mrs. Mary A. Henry, of Loysburg, is a half sister of the deceased.  The funeral services were held Saturday morning at Shreave's Chapel, M. E. church, near the home of her childhood, and were conducted by Rev. Hinkle, pastor of the M. E. church of Everett.  Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjacent to the church and were followed to their last resting place by many sorrowing friends.

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Mrs. Joseph M. Hyssong

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 6, 1899

Mrs. Joseph M. Hyssong died at her home in Coopersdale, Cambria county September 28.  The deceased was born in Huntingdom county, but for a time lived in Saxton, where, in 1875, she was united in marriage to Mr. Hyssong.  Decedent is survived by her husband and seven children.  She was thirty-eight years old.

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Spencer M. Janney

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 27, 1899

Spencer M. Janney, president of the Huntingdon and Broad Top Railroad company, died at his home in Philadelphia on Friday.  Mr. Janney was born in Philadelphia about sixty-two years ago.  He was widely known in financial circles, and, besides being president of the Huntingdon and Broad Top railroad, was a director of the Farmers' and Mechanics' National bank, and the Merchants' Trust company, of which company he was an organizer.  He was also a director of the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad company and vice president of the Colonial Iron company, the plant of which is located at Riddlesburg.  Mr. Janney was educated in Philadelphia.  He leaves a widow, two sons.  Morris A. and Joseph A. Janney, Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. William W. Noble.

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Mrs. William H. James

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 16, 1900

Mrs. William H. James of Friend's Cove, answered the final summons Monday night.  She was fifty-one years old and was a daughter of the late Col. Frederick Beegle of St. Clairsville.  About thirty-two years ago she was married to William H. James.  She is survived by four sisters and a brother-Katie, Annie, Belle and William Beegle, of Altoona, and Mrs. Jacob Over, of Bedford.  Her husband and two sons-Herbert and Ralph-also survive her.  She was a faithful member of the Lutheran church.  The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. C. P. Wehr, of the Reformed church.

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Eva May Johnson

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

Eva May, the three-year-old daughter of J. R. Johnson, a Pennsylvania railroad engineer, of Ellershe, died on Sunday.

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Jacob Kauffman

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 8, 1899

Jacob Kauffman was born about two miles south of St. Clairsville on August 12, 1824.  He was the son of Henry and Rachel Kauffman, deceased.  He was one of a family of eight-five brothers and three sisters-three of whom preceded him to the grave.  He worked on his father's farm till twenty-nine years of age, when he was married to Esther Weyant and soon after moved to the place of his late residence.  He followed the avocation of a farmer all his life.  He was the father of eleven children, viz., Calvin A. and David L., of near Imler; Mary J., wife of J. A. Imler, of Imler; W. Birdine, Sarah A., wife of A. G. Stufft, and Cyrus E., of Ridgely, Md; Shannon G., of Osterburg; Sherman S., Katie A., deceased, and George E. and Effie R., at home.  He died November 27, 1899, aged seventy-five years, three months and fifteen days.  His body was laid to rest in the Union cemetery at Imlertown November 30.  Services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Parson, assisted by Rev. Cromer.  Mr. Kauffman was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church and was ever ready to do his part in all good works.  In his death the community loses a highly esteemed citizen.  E. and C.

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John Keeffe

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 28, 1899

John Keeffe was born in Bedford November 11, 1820.  He was a son of John and Phoebe Keefe.  His father was born in 1777 and was one of the pioneer settlers in this part of Pennsylvania.  He died in 1852, three years before his wife passed away.  "Colonel" Keeffe, as decedent was called by his friends, was the last of a family of twelve children.  His nearest living relatives are his nephews - William Riffle, of Pittsburg, and Albert Riffle, of Hancock, N. J.  Colonel Keefe was a hero of two wars.  He was a member of Capt. Samuel M. Taylor's company, organized in Bedford May 9, 1847, and styled the "Independent Grays."  The company went to Pittsburg and on May 22 was mustered into the United States service.  Decedent was chosen second lieutenant.  The company proceeded, by river steamer, to New Orleans and in June entered Vera Cruz, Mex.  After a long march, during which there were daily skirmishes with Mexican guerrillas, the command reached Puebla and joined the main body of General Scott's army the day before the troops started for the City of Mexico.  The "Grays" were designated as Company F, Second regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, Col. William B. Roberts, of Quitman's division, in command.  At Contreras and Churubusco the Second regiment occupied positions of great peril and in the storming of Chapultepeo and "Belon Gate" was foremost in the fight.  It won lasting fame and was the first regiment to enter the Mexican capital.  In the assault on Chapultepeo Lieutenant Keeffe was wounded in the shoulder.  He returned home December 19, 1847, and on the 7th of January, 1848, was chief guest at a banquet and the recipient of a handsome sword presented by his friends.  This sword and a flag belonging to William Watson Post 332, G. A. R., of Bedford, were placed on his coffin Monday and remained there until after the funeral services were held.  Lieutenant Keeffe resigned as a member of the Second regiment February 11, 1848.  In '49 he crossed the continent to seek a fortune in the gold fields of California.  While there the war between the north and the south broke out and he again proved his loyalty to his country by fighting under the flag of the Federalists.  He enlisted in Company B, Third regiment, California infantry, October 19, 1861.  He was discharged March 31, 1864, but re-enlisted, as a veteran, May 4, 1864, and was discharged May 13, 1866.  He returned to Bedford and for some time conducted a book store and news stand on Juliana street.  Before the Mexican war he taught school at Wolfsburg.  Colonel Keeffe was a gallant soldier.  He served his country faithfully and well.  He was a charitable man, always ready and willing to help the needy.  He was laid to rest in the family lot in the Bedford cemetery Wednesday morning.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father D. Cashman.  The pall-bearers were Judge J. H. Longenecker, Capt. J. B. Helm, Capt. S. S. Metzger, Prothonotary James Cleaver, Sheriff Andrew Dodson and Commissioner Josiah Huffman.  He was buried with the honors of war, under the auspices of William Watson Post, G. A. R., of which he was a member.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Kegg

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 2, 1900

Mrs. Elizabeth Kegg died at her home in Mench last Friday, passing from life to death as gently as one falling asleep.  She was born in Cumberland Valley, where she spent her girlhood days.  She married Sebastian Kegg, of Friend's Cove, where they resided for several years.  From thence they moved to Mench, where they spent the remainder of their life.  Mr. Kegg preceded her to the great beyond about twenty-two years ago.  Mrs. Kegg died at the ripe old age of eighty-seven years, one month and twenty-three days.  In early life she connected herself with the Christian church and through her whole life was a devout Christian.  The church has lost one of its regular and reverential members, the community a kind neighbor and loving friend.  One of her greatest ambitions was to see that the poor and needy were taken care of.  She was a model woman in all that the word implies.  She was the mother of twelve children.  Seven preceded her to the spirit world.  She leaves to survive her two sisters-Mrs. John R. Jordan, of Bedford; Mrs. William Speaker, of Alliance, O., one brother, Josiah Zembower, or Mench, and the following children:  Mrs. David Calhoun, Mrs. Siman Bussard, Levi Kegg, Solomon Kegg and Mrs. Samuel Morris, all of whom reside in the immediate vicinity of Mench.  She is also survived by thirty grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren.  The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. R. Logue in the Mount Union church.  Interment in the cemetery adjoining the church.  "Blessed are the deat that they die in the Lord." W. F. B.

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George W. Kimberling

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 20, 1899

George Washington Kimberling was born January 20, 1833, and died at his home in West Providence township October 10, 1899.  On October 12 his remains were interred in the cemetery at the Memorial church in East Providence township, by the side of his wife, who was born May 9, 1834, and died February 10, 1892.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Price, of Dutch Corner.  Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kimberling, three of whom died in infancy.  Nine are still living-Abraham L. Kimberling, Miss Susan A. Kimberling, of Bedford; Charles A. Kimberling, Miss Mary J. Kimberling, Miss Hannah M. Kimberling, of Columbus, O; Miss Julia A. Kimberling, Philip S. Kimberling, of West Providence township; Miss Sarah A. Kimberling, of near Clearville; Miss Martha E. Kimberling, of Huntingdon.  Decedent was a member of the Lutheran church.  He was a good man and was universally esteemed by his neighbors and friends.

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Thomas King

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 7, 1899

A Fatal Blow

Thomas King died Saturday afternoon from a blow received on Wednesday in the Behm House, Altoona, from Bartender James Williams. King and Williams had a dispute over a bet of 50 cents on the Pittsburg baseball team. Williams claimed the money and when King refused to pay he is said to have slapped King's face with his open hand. Internal hemorrhage resulted, caused King's death. The coroner's jury found that King's death was caused by heart failure, super induced by loss of blood, due to a hemorrhage of the nose and that his death was hastened by the blow struck by Williams. Williams was arrested but released upon furnishing bail in the sum of $1000.

Thomas King was born at Waterside March 13, 1870. He went to Altoona with his parents at the age of two years. He received his education in the public schools and learned the trade of printer. He was manager of a boarding stable in Altoona for some time. In addition to this he conducted a cab and dray business. Besides his father and mother he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Dollie Coleman of Altoona.

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Mr. and Mrs. Jacob King today received news of the death of their nephew, Thomas King of Altoona. Thomas King got into an altercation on June 28 with James D. Williams, a bartender, about a bet. Some high words passed between the men, when Williams struck King on the nose, causing it to bleed. Mr. King was subject to bad spells of bleeding at the nose. The bleeding continued and King died on Saturday evening. Decedent was a son of Hezekiah King, who was partly raised in Schellsburg. Mr. King is the proprietor of the Gladstone hotel in Altoona. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of their many friends in this community. Thomas King was a good hearted young man and was liked by everybody.


Mrs. Sophia Kinzey

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 9, 1900

The subject of this notice was born May 10, 1822, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Adam Rose, about four miles west of New Paris, March 1, 1900, aged seventy-seven years, nine months and nineteen days.  Her maiden name was Hardman and she was, on August 10, 1839, united in holy wedlock to Henry Kinzey, who preceded her to the spirit world almost twenty-four years ago.  Their union was blessed with nine children-four sons and five daughters.  Those surviving are Jacob, of New Buena Vista; Joseph, of Helixville; Albert, of New Paris; Margaret, wife of E. F. Adams, of Cumberland; Ellen, wife of Adam Rose, of New Paris, and Caroline, wife of Jacob Geller, of Chicago.  Decedent was a member of the Reformed church at Schellsburg.  She was the last link of the family chain; her brothers and sisters all preceded her to the land of spirits.  Since 1893 she had been making her home with her sons and daughters.  The funeral service took place on Saturday and was conducted in the old White church which stands in the Union cemetery at Schellsburg.  Here decedend had attended catechise, here her husband's funeral was conducted and it was therefore fitting that hers be here also.  Mrs. Kinzey was well known at this end of the county and she was familiarly called "Aunt Sophie."  She was a genial and kindhearted friend and neighbor.  Peace to her ashes.

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Mrs. Ann Eliza Kiser

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 26, 1900

Mrs. Ann Eliza Kiser was born in Shippensburg December 27, 1818, and died at her home in Bedford January 24, 1900.  she was the oldest child of a large family, being the daughter of David and Eliza Wagner.  In 1839 she was united in marriage to William Kiser, of Shippensburg.  After their marriage they moved to Mercersburg and from there, in 1848, to Bedford, where they resided until called to their eternal home.  Decedent was the mother of ten children, six of whom are living, namely, David O, Joseph and William Kiser, Mrs. Elizabeth Baker, of Pittsburg; Mrs. James E. Shires, of Mansfield, O, and Miss Flora Kiser, of Bedford.  She is also survived by her brother, John C. Wagner, of the Shippensburg News.  Her husband died in 1888.  Mrs. Kiser was a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Mrs. Kiser was an exemplary woman.  Many noble acts bejewel the pages of her life's history.

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William B. Knisely

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

William B. Knisely, of Fricsville, near Claysburg, died at 5 o'clock Friday morning at his home after an illness of several months.  He was a retired Pennsylvania railroad engineer.  Mr. Knisely was born in Queen Bedford county, November 4, 1875, the son of John and Marietta (Benton) Knisely.  His first wife, Mrs. Effie Lingenfelter Knisely, preceded him in death, November 2, 1922.  Later he married Miss Caroline Hodrick of York.  During World War II Mr. Knisely delivered locomotives for the army from Lima, Ohio, to the various ports, for shipment over-seas.  He was attached to the 6th transportation zone, United States army, having entered the service September 23, 1942.  He served until Septemer 10, 1945, ad was stationed in Washington, D. C., Chicago, Illinois, and Columbus, Ohio, where he and his wife lived at that time.  Surviving are his wife and these children to the first marriage:  Mrs. Edith Weston, Mrs. Kathleen Plank and Ira Knisely, of Altoona, Merritt Knisely, of Henrietta, Harry, of Everett, and Mrs. Rose Roudabush of Claysburg:  13 grandchildren, a sister and three brothers, Mrs. Della Claar, David, Clarence and Steward, all of Queen.

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Mrs. Mary Leasure

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 12, 1900

Mrs. Mary Leasure was stricken with paralysis while attending services in St. Thomas' Roman Catholic church Sunday morning.  She was taken to John Hughes' residence nearby and a doctor was quickly summoned.  The physician and loving friends did everything possible for the sufferer, who lingered until Monday morning, when the final summons came.  The body was taken to the home of decedent's brother, Henry Will, West Pitt street, and on Wednesday morning was interred in the new Catholic cemetery.  Funeral services were held in St. Thomas' church, Rev. Father Cashman celebrating requiem high mass.  Mrs. Leasure was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Will and was born near New Baltimore fifty-three years ago.  About thirty years ago she was united in marriage to John Leasure, of Cumberland Valley, who died two years ago.  she is survived by nine children, one sister and three brothers, namely, Mrs. Henry F. Weber, of Near Woldfsburg; Henry Will, of Bedford, John and George Will, of New Baltimore.  The deceased was a member of the Catholic church.  She was a most estimable woman and had a wide circle of friends who admired her for her strength of character.

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Harry R. Lee

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 17, 1899

Harry B. Lee, of Woodbury, was called to his eternal home on Friday, November 10.  He was aged thirty-five years.  He had been ill for almost a year.  For some time he was agent for several life insurance companies.  He is survived by two brothers-W. S. and W. H. Lee, of Altoona-his wife and two children.  His mother, Mrs. Fannie Lee, of Woodbury, also survives him.

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Alois Leonard

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennyslvania) Friday, November 3, 1899

Alois Leonard died at the home of his brother, Philip Leonard, Sunny Side, at 6:30 a.m. November 2.  The cause of his death was erysipelas.  He was born in Adams county April 5, 1820, and was a son of Philip and Mary Leonard.  He came to Bedford many years ago.  In 1849 he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Bates, of Fulton county.  she died in 1875.  Mr. Leonard is survived by his brother and two sons-Philip, of Bedford, and F. B., of Latrobe.  The funeral services will be held this afternoon at half past two.  Rev. E. M. Stevens, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, will officiate.  Interment will be made in the Bedford cemetery.

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Samuel G. Long

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 29, 1899

Samuel G. Long, one of the oldest residents of Cambria county, died at his home in Portage on September 17.  The deceased was born near Hopewell, this county, January 1, 1815.  While a boy he moved, with his parents, to Indiana county and subsequently to Cambria.  On March 18, 1836, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Ann Meyers.  She died in November 1897.  Of a family of thirteen children all except five preceded their father to the spirit world.

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Ephraim H. Longenecker

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennyslvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

Ephraim H. Longenecker, of South Woodbury township, died on Thursday of last week.  He was aged sixty-five years, ten months and twenty-eight days.  His wife and the following children survive him:  David Longenecker, of South Woodbury township; Harry Longenecker and Mrs. Leah Benner, of Johnstown; Mrs. Clara Croft, of Maria, and Lizzie, Minnie and Emma, at home.

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George Longenecker

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 28, 1899

Several days ago Judge Longenecker received from his niece in California the sad intelligence of the death of his brother, George Longenecker, who died at his home in that state on the 17th of this month, after a very brief illness.  While a youth in Morrison's Cove he entered the cavalry arm of the service during the war and after its close went to the west.  Some years later he removed to the Pacific slope, where he has since lived.  He is survived by his wife and two children, a son and daughter.

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James H. Lyons

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 1, 1899

James H. Lyons, colored, died at his home in Salemville on Friday night about eleven o'clock.  He was aged seventy-four years.  Decedent came to Salemville when a boy and has resided there ever since.  For many years he conducted a general merchandise store.  He was the first postmaster at Salemville and, with the exception of two terms, filed that position since the office was established.  A short time ago he was appointed to succeed Postmaster King, who recently resigned.  He was supervisor for a long time.  His wife died about fifteen years ago.  He is survived by ten or eleven children.  Mr. Lyons was a member of the Brethren church.  He was an intelligent, sober, honest and industrious citizen.

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Mrs. Anna E. Martin

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, June 8, 1900

Mrs. Anna E. Martin, mother of Mrs. J. L. Barley, of Bloomfield township, died at her home in East Sharpsburg on June 4.


Mrs. Catharine Mauk

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 7, 1899

Died in Centreville, June 20, 1899, Mrs. Catharine Mauk, aged 71 years, 8 months, and 16 days.


Simon May

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 2, 1900

Simon May, one of the respected citizens of Juniata township, died on February 17, aged fifty-two years, ten months and twenty-three days.  He was born in Juniata township near West End and was the only son of Daniel May.  Deceased has held several offices in the township, including supervisor and school director, and in all of them he served the township faithfully and efficiently.  He leaves to mourn their loss a wife and six children, two of whom are married.  His second son accidentally killed himself while hunting several years ago.  In the death of Mr. May the wife loses a loving husband, the children an indulgent father and the township a model citizen.

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George McCavitt

Bedford Gazette, (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, January 6, 1955

George McCavitt of Defiance died Monday morning, January 3, 1955, in the J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon.  Mr. McCavitt was well known in Bedford, having been employed at the Graystone Hotel for a number of years.  A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

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Mrs. William E. McClelland

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 8, 1899

Mrs. William E. McClelland died at her home in Altoona on Saturday.  Decedent's maiden name was Lydia Elizabeth Mummah.  She was a daughter of Cornelius and Lydia Mummah and was born at Riddlesburg November 23, 1870.  A decade ago the family moved to Altoona and here, five years afterward, the deceased was united in marriage to William E. McClelland, who, with a daughter, Lillian, survives her.

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James Ross McCoy

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 25, 1899

James Ross McCoy was fatally injured by the cars at Pittsburg on Thursday of last week while acting as brakeman on the Pittsburg and Lake Erie railroad.  He was taken to the West Penn hospital and his wounds attended to, but medical skill was unavailing and he died nine hours after the accident happened.  The remains were brought to Bedford and interred in the cemetery at this place Sunday afternoon.  The funeral services, conducted by Rev. I. W. Hendricks, pastor of the Reformed church, were held at the home of decedent.  Ross McCoy was a son of O. G. and Levanda McCoy and was born November 20, 1878, at Centreville.  In the fall of 1881 his parents came to Bedford.  Here Mr. McCoy attended the public schools.  Some years ago the family moved to Cumberland and later, in 1893, to Elkins, W. Va., where decedent worked for some time in the freight office of the West Virginia Central Railroad company.  On May 6, 1898, he joined Company I, First West Vigrinia infanty volunteers, and was honorably discharged February 4, 1899, at Columbus, Ga.  While in camp at Knowxville, Tenn., he was ill two months with typhoid fever.  After his regiment was mustered out Mr. McCoy was in the employ of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad company for eight weeks.  He was making his first "run" on the Pittsburg and Lake Erie when he met  his death.  He is survived by his father and mother and a brother,  Dr. Walter McCoy, resident physician of the city hospital, Newark, N. J.  Ross McCoy was a dutiful, devoted son, a patriotic citizen and a loyal friend.

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Elza McElfish, Sr.

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 4, 1899

A communication from Hewitt to the Cumberland Alleganian contains the following account of the death of Elza McElfish, Sr.:  "The ruthless hand of death removed from our community last Saturday, July 22, Elza McElfish, Sr.  He was the oldest man in this part of Bedford county having reached the advanced age of eighty-four years, ten months and seventeen days.  Death came very suddenly.  He ate his breakfast and went to the store and afterward to the barnyard, where he was found shortly afterward by his grandson lying on the ground cold in death. "The deceased was born on Murley's Branch, Allegany county, Maryland, and moved to Hewitt about forty years ago.  He was a member of the Lutheran church.  The young people will miss his smiling countenance.  For many years he sat in the store and gave good advice and counsel to all.  He leaves a widow eighty years old and six sons, Elza, James F., Jonathan, Campbell, Arthur and David and one daughter, Mrs. Alcinda Lashley, widow of George W. Lashley, deceased.  All of the family attended the funeral except David, who lives in Washington state.  Two daughters, Susan and Amy, and one son, Columbus, preceded him to the land of rest.  The interment took place at the home burial grounds on Sunday evening about four o'clock."

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Eugene Claude McKnight

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 4, 1899

Eugene Claude McKnight, son of John A. McKnight, of Baker's Summit, died on Wednesday, the 26th ult, at Attilla, Tenn.  The cause of his death was not known by his relatives here when last heard from.

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Loy McMullin

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 7, 1899

Loy McMullin of Pittsburg, died here at the home of his brother, Oliver McMullin, Tuesday morning of jaundice. He came to Bedford about six weeks ago. Decedent was a son of James and Mary McMullin and was born at this place fifty-two years ago. In January, 1870 he removed to Pittsburg. He was in the employ of the Western Union Telegraph company for nearly thirty years and for many years was chief of the quad-duplex system of telegraphy. Mr. McMullan was a trustworthy employee and was universally esteemed by employers, fellow operators and patrons of the office in which he worked. He was one of the most skilful operators in the state. Twenty-two years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Huff of Coshocton, O. His widow and two sons - James and William survive him. The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. Emory M. Stevens, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church. Interment in the Bedford cemetery.


George W. Meehtley

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 26, 1900

George W. Meehtley died at his home in Cumberland Valley early Monday morning, of consumption.  Mr. Meethley was born and raised on the farm on which he died.  He was aged fifty-six years.  He was a member of the Catholic church, an hones, upright and conscientious man.  In politics he was a Democrat. About thirty years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Gardner, who, with the following children, survives him:  Philip, Julia, Mary, Nora, John, Kate and Daniel, all living at home except Philip, who resides in Everett.  A sister, Mrs. James Hardinger, of Oregon, also survives him.

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Jacob W. Mench

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 14, 1899

Jacob W. Mench died at his home at Ray's Hill on Sunday, July 9, 1899, aged forty years and nine days.  He had been ill for some time.  Mr. Mench was born in Black Valley, near Everett, June 30, 1859, but moved to Ray's Hill with his parents when he was about six years old.  He leaves surviving him a wife and child, five sisters and a mother.

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Charles Miller

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 20, 1899

Charles Miller, son of William H. Miller, of Hyndman, died on Monday, of typhoid fever.  He was aged nineteen years, ten months and twenty-seven days.

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Miss Emma Miller

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, June 8, 1900

Miss Emma Miller, of Cessna, after a long illness, died on May 31. The deceased was aged fifty-seven years, one month and fifteen days. The funeral services were held in Mt. Smith Methodist Episcopal church on June 1 and were conducted by Rev. F. E. Purcell, of Wolfsburg, assisted by Rev. S. C. Stover, of Cessna. An unusual feature of the services was the introduction of a phonograph, which played “Safe in the Arms of Jeses,” by Sankey, while the friends were viewing the remains. Miss Miller was a devoted member of the Methodist church for over twenty five years. The esteem in which she was held was manifested by the large concourse of relatives and friends who attended the funeral services.


Jacob Miller

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 27, 1899

Jacob W. Miller, the well known dry goods merchant of Bedford, who died at his home on Richard street on Thursday of last week, was born in East St. Clair township, near Fishertown, July 20, 1822.  He was a son of Samuel W. and Elizabeth S. Miller.  For several years he worked on his father's farm and attended the public school of his township.  When eighteen years of age he came to Bedford to clerk for Richard McGlachery & Co., dry goods merchants, whose store was in the rooms on Pitt street now occupied by J. G. Hartley & Co., bankers.  Mr. Miller remained with R. McGlachery & Co. one year and then went to Newry to clerk for Alexander Knox.  From there he went to Spring Meadow, about 1846, to assist John Walker in conducting a dry goods store at that place.  He subsequently went to Schellsburg and clerked for William Leese.  On April 1, 1840, Mr. Miller opened a dry goods store of his own in Schellsburg and continued in business there until the spring of 1867, when he removed to Bedford and formed a partnership with Jacob Bowser.  They conducted a dry goods store in the Mann building on Juliana street.  From there they moved to the corner of Pitt and Richard street and later into the Odd Fellow building on Pitt street.  While at the latter place the following persons were associated, at various times, with Mr. Miller:  Alexander Boor, Floyd Walter, Ellwood Harmer, John Wy. Boor, S. N. Wertz.  About the year 1887 the store was moved to the McCulloh building, where it has remained ever since.  At this place these people have been engaged in business with Mr. Miller, at different periods:  Charles Miller, Mrs. Carrie Miller, Henry W. Lee.  On October 15, 1849, Mr. Miller was married to Miss Elizabeth Griffith, of Spring Meadow.  Three children blessed this union, all of whom died while young.  Mrs. Miller answered the final summons September 14, 1863.  On April 5, 1865, Mr. Miller was joined in wedlock to Mrs. Charlotte Harmer, of Schellsburg.  To this union was born one son-Charles-who died several years ago.  Mrs. Miller was called from time to eternity September 18, 1881.  Mr. Miller became ill with the grip about a year ago.  He was confined to his bed since January 13.  During his illness his brother, Thomas E. Miller, of Fishertown-the only surviving member of a family of six children-was at his bedside almost continuously.  The deceased was a member of the Lutheran church and of Bedford Lodge No. 202, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  The funeral services were held at his home on Sunday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. M. L. Culler, assisted by Rev. D. M. Blackwelder.  The remains were laid to rest in the Bedford Cemetery.  Jacob W. Miller was one of the oldest and most highly esteemed merchants of the county.  He was honest in his dealings with his fellow-men, a devoted husband, a loving father and a good citizen.

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John H. Miller Killed By a Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound.

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 21, 1899

On Friday evening of last week John H. Miller left the house of his brother Josiah Miller, of Cessna, with a shotgun to shoot a squirrel which was on a tree nearby.  Shorly after, his nephew, who was the only person in the house, heard the report of the gun and when he went out found Mr. Miller lying across his gun on a bank a few feet from the house with a wound in his abdomen.  The injured man died before the boy reached his side.  At first it was thought he had committed suicide, but at the inquest, which was held on Friday night, the jury rendered a verdict "of accidental death from a gunshot wound in the abdomen."   The jury consisted of the following persons:  Elias Blackburn, Samuel Ickes, J. F. Anderson, A. L. Nycum, George J. Koontz and Frank Naugle.  John H. Miller was born in Morrison's Cove about fifty-four years ago.  He was married to Miss Mary Rice, by whom he had six children, four of whom are living, namely, Lydia, Dola, Myrtle and Artemas, of Rochester, Ind.  He is survived by the above named children, three brothers, Josiah, Jeremiah and Michael, and three sisters, Mrs. W. Koontz, Mrs. W. Reininger and Mrs. George Croyle.  On Sunday his body was taken to Rochester, Ind., for interment.  Decedent had extensive farming interests there and resided at that place many years.  He came east last April.

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Miss Tillie Miller

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 8, 1899

Miss Tillie Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Miller, of Hyndman, was called to her eternal home Novemer 30.   She was about twenty four years of age and a most estimable young lady.

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Mrs. Maria C. Minnich

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 9, 1900

Mrs. Maria C. Minnich, widow of the late John G. Minnich, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Salome Jordan, on February 4, after a lingering illness of several months.  She was a most estimable lady and arrived at the good old age of eighty years, seven months and twenty-five days.  She was a daughter of Michael Reed, Esq., deceased, and was born in Schellsburg June 11, 1819.  She was baptized and reared in the Reformed church, the church of her parents.  She was united in marriage to John G. Minnich October 3, 1843, when she united herself with the Lutheran church, of which she was a member.  Subsequently he purchased the "Morrison mansion" and they moved to Bedford, where they subsequently resided.  She lived an honored member of her church and was noted for her benevolent and charitable work and had many warm friends in the town and county.  Her remains were committed to the grave in the Bedford cemetery, attended by sympathetic friends and relatives, February 6.  She left surviving her three sons, Rev. Reed Minnich and Luther, residing in Philadelphia, and Harry, residing in Princeton, Ill. and one daughter, Salome, wife of Frank Jordan, of Bedford. R.I.P.

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James B Montgomery

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 2, 1900

James B. Montgomery, brother of Mrs. S. L. Russell, of Bedford, died at his home in Portland, Ore., on Thursday of last week.  From the Pittsburg Post we glean the following information about the deceased:  News has been received here of the death yesterday in Portland, Ore., of James B. Montgomery, at one time well known in Pittsburg.  He was a member of the firm of Gilmore & Montgomery, owners of the Pittsburg Post up until 1858.  Many years ago the deceased removed from Pittsburg to the west, although he had always retained great interest in this city.  His relatives here are Mrs. James McCrea, wife of the first vice president of the Pennsylvania lines west, and W. B. Moorehead, a cousin.

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Mrs. Margaret Morgret

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 4, 1899

Mrs. Margaret Morgret died at her home in Needmore, Fulton county, on Friday.  Had her life been spared three weeks she would have celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of her birth.  Until recently the eyesight of this remarkable woman was so good that she employed herself in reading, sewing and knitting.  She was never sick a day in her life until a very short time before her death.  She was an entertaining conversationalist and took great delight in relating incidents of days gone by.  In speaking of the bitterness of the political campaigns of the past she told of a wife refusing to speak to her husband, who was a Democrat, because he voted for Mrs. Morgret's brother, William Bishop, at the election in the fall of 1843, when the latter was elected on the Whig ticket to represent Bedford county in the legislature.  Mrs. Morgret's visits abroad were few and were confined to occasional trips to Bedford county and to points in Maryland and Virginia.  Her husband, Job Morgret, died thirty years ago.

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Isaiah Morris

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 7, 1899

Died near Fishertown, June 26, 1899, Isaiah Morris, aged 76 years, 2 months and 5 days.


Miss Israel Morris

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 8, 1899

Mrs. Eleanor Morris, wife of Israel Morris, was born August 1, 1840, and died at her home in Monroe township December 2, 1899, aged fifty-nine years, four months and one day.  She was a faithful member of the Christian church and died in peace, trusting in Jesus.  She is survived by her husband, five sons, four brothers and two sisters.  A good woman has been cut down by the destroyer and many are they who mourn.  She was buried at Rock Hill, where a funeral sermon was preached by her pastor, Rev. Joseph Barney, to a large congregation.

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James Mortimore

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 14, 1899

James Mortimore, one of the most prominent citizens of Mann's Choice, passed away on Tuesday.  Decedent was paralyzed two years ago and has since been an invalid.  One week ago he had a second stroke, which proved fatal.  He was born January 7, 1829,  and in 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Griffith, of Janners, Pa.  He was a member of the Presbyterian church.  The funeral services were held yesterday morning and the interment was made in the Mr. Olive cemetery.  He is survived by his wife and two children, Ross Mortimore and Mrs. Alva B. Twigg, of Cumberland, Md.

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George I. Mowry

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 25, 1899

George I. Mowry, of Altoona, died on Monday evening.  Decedent was a native of Bedford county.  He was aged fifty-five years and eight months.  For the past fifteen years he resided at Millville, where he was employed as a blacksmith in the rolling mill of the Altoona Iron company.  Mr. Mowry is survived by his wife and nine children.

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Samuel H. Mullin

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 28, 1899

Samuel H. Mullin died at his home, 533 Finley street, Pittsburg, on Sunday morning.  The cause of his death was spinal meningitis.  He was born near Mann's Choice forty-six years ago.  About eighteen years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Martha C. Earnest, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David R. Earnest, of Bedford.  A short time before his marriage he went to Altoona to accept a position in the Pennsylvania Railroad company's shops at that place.  Seven years ago Mr. and Mrs. Mullin removed to Pittsburg.  Here he was foreman in the cleaning department of the P. R. R. shops.  He is survived by his wife and six children, namely, Clay, Charles, Edith, Pearl, Cloyd and Martha.  Decedent was a nephew of Maj. D. W. Mullin, of Mann's Choice, and a brother of W. Scott Mullin, of Hyndman, J. Clay Mullin, of Mann's Choice, and George W. Mullin, of Fredericktown, O.  Mrs. Samuel Shaffer, of Hyndman, a sister, also survives him.  The remains were brought to Mann's Choice Tuesday and interred in the graveyard at Kinton's bridge, where his parents are buried.  Mr. Mullin was a member of the Lutheran church.  He was a faithful Christian, a sober, industrious man, with a high sense of honor and integrity, and was held in high esteem by the P. R. R. officials and his fellow-employees.

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George Myers

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 3, 1899

George Myers died at his home in Rayne township, Indiana county, October 23.  Mr. Myers was born in Morrison's Cove, Bedford county, in 1805.  When four years of age Mr. Myers' parents removed to Indiana county and located on a farm in White township.  At the age of twenty-five years the deceased married Miss Kitty Adams.  One child, Mrs. John Ralston, of White township, blessed this union, and the mother died three months after her birth.  Three years later Mr. Myers married Elizabeth M. Kinter, of Indiana county.  Ten children were the fruits of the second marriage, and all are living except a daughter, Sarah, who was married to Benjamin Short.  Decedent's second wife died November 19, 1865.  Mr. Myers is survived by fifty-eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.  The deceased was a man of strong convictions and it has been said that no power on earth could swerve him from what he believed to be right.  He was a member of the United Presbyterian church and years ago was an energetic anti-slavery man.

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Miss Margaret O'Conner


Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 29, 1899

Miss Margaret O'Conner died at the county home, Hollidaysburg, on Sunday.  The deceased had been mentally unbalanced ever since the death of her nephew, Frank O'Conner, several months ago.  She was born at Clearville about sixty-eight years ago and for a number of years taught school in Bedford county.

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Mrs. Harry Ott

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 9, 1900

Mrs. Harry Ott died at the home of her father, Jacob Anderson, near Cessna, Wednesday evening.  She was thirty-three years old.  The funeral services will be held to-day.  The deceased was a member of the Lutheran church.  She is survived by her husband.

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Samuel D. Paul

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 16, 1900

Samuel D Paul died at his home in Franklin borough, Cambria county, on Sunday.  He was born at North Point, Bedford county, twenty-four years ago.  Decedent resided in Cambria county ever since childhood.

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Mrs. Eben Pennell

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 20, 1899

Mrs. Eben Pennell, an aged resident of Bedford, died at 7 o'clock Thursday evening of last week.  The deceased was the oldest sister of the venerable David Over, senior editor of the Hollidaysburg Register, and the late Jacob Z. Over, at one time editor of the Fulton Republican.  She was a daughter of John and Catharine Over and was born in Franklin county just eighty years before the final summons came.  She died on her birthday.  When a child Mrs. Pennell came to Bedford with her parents.  On November 12, 1842, she was united in marriage to Eben Pennell in the house in which she breathed her last and where they spent a happy honeymoon of nearly sixty years.  Six of the eleven children born to them are still living, namely, Edward M. Pennell, Esq., George S. Pennell and Miss Lou Pennell, of Bedford; Mrs. Lillie S. Barefoot, of Lincoln township; Mrs. Annie T. Welshonce, of Everett, and Mrs. Kate Radebaugh, of Queen Anne, Md.  Besides these children her husband, who is in his eighty-fourth year, survives her.  The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at the home of decedent and were conducted by Rev. Irvin W. Henricks, pastor of the Reformed church.  Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.  Mrs. Pennell joined the Reformed church when she was quite young and has been a consistent member ever since.  Her tranquil journey through life was like the silent journey of the sun through its prescribed course, quietly giving light and comfort and cheer to many.

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James H. Pick

Newspaper: Bedford Gazette - 5 Nov 1987

Obit: James H. Pick, 60, of Water Street, Hyndman, died Tuesday, November 3, 1987, at the Veterans Administration Center in Altoona. He was born in Hyndman, November 7, 1926, a son of the late James H. Pick Sr., and Violet J. (Miller) Pick.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen E. (Lapp) Pick, and his death ends a marriage of 34 years. He is also survived by one son, James E. Pick of Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and two daughters: Mrs. Sharon M. Turner, of Hyndman; and Donna R. Schad, of Buffalo Mills, R.D. 1. Four grandchildren also survive along with one other brother Harold (Pat), of Buffalo Mills, R.D. 1; and two sisters, Mrs. Eileen Geissert, of Calif.; and Mrs. Elizabeth Ritchey, of Hyndman.

Mr. Pick retired after 36 years as a locomotive engineer for B&O Railroad, and was also a carpenter. He served with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Past Commander of Hyndman VFW Oscar Jordan Post #7375, member of Hyndman Lodge #589 F&AM, and the First United Church of Christ of Hyndman.

Funeral services: Friday, November 6, at 11 a.m. at the Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home in Hyndman, with Rev. Ruth S. Kershner and Rev. James D. Myers officiating. Burial in Hyndman Cemetery with graveside military honors conducted by Hundman VFW Oscar Jordan Post #7375 and the Fort Bedford Honor Guard. Friends will be recieved at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Hyndman Rescue Squad or the First United Church of Christ of Hyndman.


J. Franklin Price

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 16, 1900

J. Franklin Price died at his late residence in East Freedom on February 10.  He was aged thirty-six years and twenty-six days.  The deceased was married about thirteen years ago to Miss Annie Beegle, daughter of Henry P Beegle, of Bedford township.  He is survived by his wife and two children.  The funeral services were held in St. James' Evangelical Lutheran church, Pleasant Valley, of which decedent was a member, February 12, in the presence of a large number of sympathizing relatives and friends.  His pastor, Rev. J. W. Lingle, officiated.

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Mrs. Hadessa Prideaux

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 19, 1900

Mrs. Hadessa Prideaux, widow of the late Rev. William Prideaux, died at the Presbyterian Ministers' House at Perth Amboy, N. J., January 13.  Mrs. Prideaux was a native of Schellsburg, this county, and was the second wife of Rev. William Prideaux, to whom she was married early in the 60's, and was a resident of Huntingdon for about eighteen years.  Her husband died four years ago and two years since she was admitted to the Minister's House at Perth Amboy, where she had a pleasant home and was tenderly cared for by kind friends.  Decedent was eighty-two years of age.

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Mrs. Lucinda Pringle

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 9, 1900

Mrs. Lucinda Pringle, widow of J. W. Pringle, who passed away on February 27, 1900, died at her home in Summerhill, Cambria county, on Sunday morning.  Mrs. Pringle was born at Mowry's Mill, this county, and was sixty-seven years old at the time of her death.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ake.  About fifty years ago she was united in marriage to J. W. Pringle.  Several children and the following brothers and sisters survive her:  Samuel Ake, Esq., of Bedford; Adolphus Ake, or Norfork, Va.; W. S. Ake, of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Susanna Koontz, of Fremont, O., and Mrs. Delilah Wetzel, of Carrolltown.  Mrs. Pringle was a member of the United Brethren church.

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William Sherman Purcell

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 11, 1899

William Sherman Purcell was born in old Southampton, now Mann, township January 7, 1866 and died at his home in Bedford on Friday, August 4, 1899.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Purcell.  In 1872 the family moved to Bedford, where he has since resided.  Mr. Purcell was one of nine children, of whom seven are living, namely, Mrs. Robert C. McNamara, Mrs. J. W. Hartley, Miss Mollie Purcell, George Purcell, Russell Purcell, of Bedford; Mrs. John C. Wineman and Mrs. John N. Gwin, of Washington, D. C.  His mother, Mrs. Mary Purcell, also survives him.  Decedent's sister, Mrs. Harry Farner, died a few years ago.  The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. E. M. Stevens, pastor of the M. E. church.  His body was laid to rest in the Bedford cemetery.  The pall-bearers were Harry O. Hafer, Dr. J. E. W. Armstrong, Jo. W. Tate and Geroge R. Ling.

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Charles Reiley

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 15, 1899

Charles Reiley, treasurer of Bedford county, died at the Presbyterian hospital in Philadelphia Tuesday evening.  He was born in Napier township, about two miles east of Schellsburg, in 1843, and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Reiley, who at one time lived in Bedford, but subsequently moved to Napier township.  He received his education in the public schools and attended normal school in Bedford for a number of terms.  He taught school for twenty-five or twenty-six years.  Mr. Reiley was elected justice of the peace three times and served two terms, resigning during his third term to take charge of the treasurer's office, to which position he was elected, as a candidate on the Republican ticket, in the fall of 1896.  He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Mullin, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. George S. Mullin, of Mann's Choice.  His wife and the following children survive him:  George A., Charles L. and Evelyn.  He is also survived by a brother, W. E. Reiley and a sister, Miss Eliza J. Reiley, both of Schellsburg.  The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church.  He was a quiet, unassuming man, honest and upright in his dealings with his fellow-men and performed his duties as treasurer faithfully and intelligently.  The funeral services will be held at the home of decedent, in Mann's Choice, this afternoon at 1 o'clock.  The cause of Mr. Reiley's death was cancer of the head of the pancreas, which occluded the lumen of the bile duct, thus causing jaundice.

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Mrs. Mary A. Rammage

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, June 21, 1918

Mrs. Mary A. Rammage, an aged resident of Yellow Creek, the widow of Thomas Rammage, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sue Eller on June 7, after a long illness from a complication of diseases. She was born Nov. 27 1842, at Springfield Pa, and had been a member of the United Brethern Church for many years. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Rachel McGee, of Loop Station and one brother, Frank Miller, of portage and three children, Mrs. Howard Golden, of 631 Harrison Ave, Mrs Eller, of Yellow Creek and James Rammage, of Hopewell. There are also thirty-two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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Charles Ranker

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

Charles Ranker, an employee of the Gooseberry mines of the Savage Firebrick company at Hyndman, was killed by the roof caving in while he was following a car into the mine.  The deceased lived at Hyndman.  He was twenty-three years old and is survived by his wife.

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Miss Etta N. Reamer

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 7, 1899

On Thursday of last week the blessed Lord Jesus went down into His garden of flowers to gather one of his loveliest lilies. When stricken with sickness and a sedative was given her, with a presentiment of her departure, her last words were: "I will now have a profound sleep." At 11:40 o'clock at night she passed away in a sweet and placid sleep. Although an invalid for a number of years her death was a shock to all, so suddenly and unexpectedly did the silent messenger come to her. Etta N. Reamer was an elected person, for her whole life was one of continuous, unselfish, unwearying and useful service. She served the sick, the afflicted, the suffering and the poor by often visiting them, comforting them, and, when necessary, relieving their wants. She made no distinction between the rich and the poor, the white and the colored people. All alike received her sympathy and her care. The distinctive feature of the present century is Altruism, on the principle of living and acting for the interest of others. She acted upon this humane principle during her whole life.

No more touching tribute could have been paid to her memory than the concourse of the poor and the colored people, who called all day long to have a last gaze upon her pure, beautiful and peaceful face. She suffered much for several years she suffered physical ailment and mental trouble, but she always had the same happy and peaceful smile on her face. No person in Bedford has ever rendered such faithful, unselfish and useful service to our people. And no one has ever been so generally beloved by them as she was. Her memory will ever be fresh in their hearts.

She was the eldest daughter of Dr. Francis C. Reamer and Georgiana, his wife. He was an eminent physician and was a surgeon in the late civil war. He died on the 28th of April, 1870 aged forty-six years. His wife died on the 28th of May, 1869. Aged forty-four years. They had ten children. Only two are living - Ida, married to P. C. Ambrose of Philadelphia and Charles C. Reamer of Bedford.

The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the residence of Charles C. Reamer. Nearly every family in Bedford was represented. The attendance was very large and general. The Rev. Mr. Carter of the Episcopal church, Baltimore, Md. And Rev. C.C. Adams of the Presbyterian church, Bedford, were the officiating clergymen. The pall-bearers were S. S. Metzger, John M. Reynolds, J. T. Alsip, Frank Fletcher, Frank E. Colvin and Edwin Middleton.

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William A. Ressler

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 14, 1899

William A. Ressler, a well known citizen of Bedford county, died at his home in Rainsburg on Sunday.  He was born in Friend's Cove severty-two years ago and spent the greater part of his life there, although for a few years he lived in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.  His parents were among the early settlers in the upper end of the Cove.  Decedent was a member of Company D, 55th regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, entering the service in March, 1864, in which month the troops went to Buford, S. C., and remained there until April, when they proceeded to Gloucester Point, Va., where Mr. Ressler contracted typhoid fever and was sent to Fortress Monroe.  After he recovered he was placed on detached duty, serving with the heavy artillery.  In June, 1865, he rejoined the 55th regiment, which was encamed at Petersburg, Va., and was mustered out August 30 of the same year.  Mr. Ressler was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Rainsburg for more than half a century.  He held several borough offices at various times.  The funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Rainsburg, Tuesday morning and were conducted by Rev. Francis E. Purcell, pastor of the Wolfsburg circut of the Methodist Episcopal church.  A large concourse of relatives and friends of the deceased was present.  Mr. Ressler is survived by a son and two daughters, namely, Mrs. Daniel W. Beam, of Bedford, Mrs. Tenie McClellan, of Rainsburg, and G. H. Ressler, at home.

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Daniel G. Rhodes

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

Daniel G. Rhodes died at his home near Clover Creek December 13.  He was aged seventy-two years and eight days.  The following children survive him:  Mrs. Elizabeth King, of Salemville; Mrs. Rebecca Smith, of Huntingdon; Samuel S. Rhodes, of Curryville; Mrs. Mary Loose, of Roaring Spring; Mrs. Fannie Brumbaugh, Mrs. Annie Barget and Levi S. Rhodes, of Fredericksburg; John S. Rhodes, of Clover Creek, and Mrs. Minnie Settle, of New Enterprise.  His wife died about a year ago.

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Mrs. William D. Rightnour

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 12, 1900

Mrs. William D. Rightnour died at her home in Johnstown on January 3.  She was a daughter of John and Anna Edminston and was born in June, 1853.  Decedent was united in marriage to Mr. Rightnour in 1872, the ceremony being performed at Altoona.  For a short time after their marriage they lived in Bedford.  From here they moved to Johnstown, where they have since resided.  Mrs. Rightnour is survived by her husband and four children.

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Mrs. Anna Maria Rimmel

Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, April 16, 1828

Died on the 9th of February last, at Stelisburg, Bedford county, Pa., Mrs. Anna Maria Rimmel, relict of Ludwick Rimmel, formerly of this place in the 90th year of her age.

Submitted by:  Nancy Piper


Frank H. Rininger

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Frank Howard Rininger, 86, of Conemaugh, died Thursday, April 15, at Memorial Hospital, Johnstown.  He was born in Alum Bank July 30, 1861, a son of James B. and Jane (Dunham) Rininger.  His wife, the former Lottie Hammer, died April 1, 1918.  He was a retired farmer.  He is survived by two children, Mrs. Paul O'Connor, R. D. 4, Somerset Pike; James B., Johnstown; 8 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Two children, a brother and two sisters are deceased.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Ritchey

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 7, 1913

Mrs. Elizabeth Ritchey, widow of the late Adam Ritchey, died at her home at Tatesville on Thursday, January 23. She was born May 4, 1837, and her maiden name was Rammage. She is survived by one son, William of Virginia, and one sister, Maggie Rammage of Tatesville.  The funeral services were conducted in the Tatesville Methodist Church by Rev. George Batzell and interment was made in the Everett Cemetery.

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Agnes Roberts

Girl, 9 Is Drowned

Bedford, Pa., Today (AP) Vernon Ceisel, Bedford County coroner, reported that Agnes Roberts, 9, drowned while attempting to wade a swollen stream on the parents farm about 10 miles south of Bedford. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick E. Roberts. [Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) Friday Evening, August 22, 1947 - Contributed by Nancy Piper]


John Ross

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 9, 1900

John Ross, a well known citizen of Hopewell, died on Monday night.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ross and was about thirty-eight years old.  Decedent was a blacksmith by occupation.  He was a member of the P. O. S. of A.  The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon.  His wife and a son survive him.

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Nicholas S. Russell

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 25, 1899

Nicholas Stephen Russell died suddenly in Bedford township at the home of George Yont, where he had been living, on Sunday morning.  The cause of death was heart disease.  Decedent was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Russell and was born at Claysburg seventy-six years ago.  He came to Bedford county in 1832.  In 1846 he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Claar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Claar, of Bedford township.  To this union two children were born-Levi and Peter.  The former died in 1849.  The latter lives in East St. Clair township.  The deceased is also survived by a brother, William, of Ohio, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Price, of Bedford township.  Mrs. Russell answered the final summons on June 16, 1897.  Mr. Russell was a farmer and followed that occupation many years.  The funeral services were held in Messiah Lutheran church near Belden on Monday afternoon.  The pastor, Rev. E. E. Parson, officiated.  Decedent was a member of the Lutheran church since 1855.  He was a kind neighbor and good citizen.

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William Hoge Russell

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 4, 1899

William Hoge Russell, the youngest son of the late Hon. James M. Russell, died at his home in Fredericksburg, Va, on Monday, July 24.  The Fredericksburg Star of the 26th ult says:  "He passed peacefully away on Monday at 12:13 a.m. after a lingering illness.  While his death for some weeks past has been expected, the announcement was received with many deep regrets, for he was an upright Christian gentleman, a good citizen and one of the city's oldest and best known merchants.  "The deceased was born in Bedford, Penna., November 24, 1825.  After spending some years in the place of his birth he moved to Washington, Penna., and there engaged in the dry goods business.  From Washington he located in Wheeling, W. Va., and remained there until 1866, when he came to this city, where he has since resided.  "Shortly after his removal here he entered the sumac business, then the grocery dry goods and hardware respectively, the latter being conducted to the time of his death.  With him in the latter business his son, Mr. D. S. Russell, has been associated for some years.  "He was a prominent Mason, a member of Lodge No. 4 of this city and of Commandery No. 1, Knights Templar.  He is survived by three children - Mrs. Anchutz, of Darby, Penna., Mrs. E. M. Hildreth, of Wheeling, W. Va., and Mrs. I. S. Russell, of this city.  The funeral services took place from the Presbyterian church, of which he had been a member for many years, yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock."

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S.K. Sanderson

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 11, 1899

S. K. Sanderson, one of the best known citizens of Saxton and a veteran of the civil war, was mustered out by the Grand Commander on Saturday, August 5.  He was born in New Bloomfield, Perry county, fifty-three years ago.  At the age of seventen decedent joined the Union army and in the sanguinary struggle between the north and the south he fought valiantly with the boys in blue who composed the 188th regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers.  For the past twenty years Mr. Sanderson was weighmaster at Saxton for the Huntingdon and Broad Top Railroad company.  Being ill, the deceased, on August 1, went to the sanatorium at Roaring Spring for treatment.  There he died.  His remains were taken to Saxton and interred there on Tuesday.  The funeral services were under the auspices of Heffner Post, G. A. R., of Saxton, of which Mr. Sanderson was a member.  He belonged to the Lutheran church and was an honest, upright man and an excellent citizen.  His wife and six children survive him.  He was a brother of T. C. and E. E. Sanderson, who live at Saxton.

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John Jacob Schell

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, January 26, 1900

On Sunday of of Somerset's oldest citizens-John Jacob Schell-answered the final summons.  He was in his eightieth year.  Decedent was born in Schellsburg in the year 1820 and when a young man went with his parents to Somerset.  He engaged in the mercantile business and for many years conducted a store there.  After selling his store he secured an interest in the banking house of M A Sanner & Co. Somerset, and Reed & Schell, Bedford.  Mr. Schell was united in marriage to Miss Rose Belle Ankeny, of Somerset.  His wife died several years ago.  He was a member of the Somerset Disciples' church.

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John Scott

The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Wednesday, September 5, 1810

Bedford, August 29

Died in this borough, on Sunday evening last, after a short but painful illness, John Scott, Esq. one of the Associate Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of this county - aged about 46 years. Those who knew the deceased can attest that he was truly an affectionate husband, a tender indulgent parent, a kind and social neighbor, and a worthy useful citizen.


W. W. Shepherd

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 2, 1900

W. W. Shepherd died at the home of his son in Conemaugh township, Cambria county, January 25.  "Mr. Shepherd," says the Johnstown Tribune, "was born near the town of Bedford in the year 1819, his parents-Joshua and Mary Shepherd-being early settlers in that vicinity.  He was one of a family of five.  Samuel Shepherd, who died at New Florence some years ago, and Joseph, residing at Twolick Mills, being brothers, and Annie, who was intermarried with Joseph Mayers and Mary Shepherd, who remained single, both of whom died many years ago at Twolick Mills, his sisters.  In 1841 the subject of this sketch married Miss Sarah Beatty, of Westmoreland county, and to their union were born the following children:  David Shepherd, Miss Mary Shepherd, of Conemaugh township; Prof. Cyrus L. Shepherd, principal of the public schools of Franklin borough, and Miss Maggie Shepherd, who died in 1890.  Mrs. Shepherd, the wife of the subject of these lines, died in 1897, since which time Mr. Shepherd has made his home with his son David.  In 1856 Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd moved from Bedford county, where they had taken up housekeeping after their marriage, to Twolick Mills a few miles south of the town of Indiana, Mr. Shepherd, who was a carder by trade, having secured employment in the woolen mills at that place.  They resided there until eight years ago, when they moved to Conemaugh.  The deceased was a member of the religious denomination known as the Wesleyan Methodists and for twenty-three years preached to people of that faith.  Since removing to Conemaugh township, however, he had attended services at the Dunkard church.  Mr. Shepherd was an anti-slavery man in the days of William Lloyd Garrison, the editor of the Liberator."

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Jacob Shroyer

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 4, 1899

Jacob Shroyer, of Southampton township, Somerset county, answered the final summons July 22.  He was aged seventy-three years, five months and twenty-six days.  Decedent was a native of Londonderry township, this county, where he resided until about eight years ago when he removed to Somerset county.  Mr. Shroyer was an honest, upright man and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

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William Sipes

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 1, 1899

In West Providence township August 19, 1899, William Sipes.

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Mrs. Emma Sleek

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, June 8, 1900

Mrs. Emma Sleek, widow of Thomas Sleek, died at her home near Fishertown Tuesday evening.


Death of Twins (Snoeberger)

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 2, 1900

Dewey Lee and Ruie Marie, son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse K. Snoeberger, died in Windber on January 25, of membraneous croup.  The deceased were twins and were aged one year and twenty-four days.  The remains were brought to Fishertown and interred in the cemetery at that place.  Mr. and Mrs. Snoeberger's four-year-old daughter is seriously ill.

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Mrs. Isabella Smith

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 9, 1900

Mrs. Isabella Smith, widow of George Smith, died in Brooklyn, N. Y., on Wednesday, at the home of her nieces, the Misses Harrison.  Mrs. Smith was a sister of the late Dr. William Watson and of Mrs. Laura Brashear, of Bedford.  The remains will be brought to Bedford and interred in the cemetery here to-day.

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Mrs. Rachel Smith

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 24, 1899

Mrs. Rachel Smith died at the home of Joseph Cobler, near Beegleton, November 10.  She was aged seventy-eight years and seven months.  The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. H. McClintic, of the Lutheran church, assisted by Rev. F. E. Purcell, of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Her remains were laid to rest in the M. P. cemetery beside those of her husband.

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Christian Snowberger

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 18, 1899

Christian Snowberger, of Leeton, Johnson county, Mo, died on the 5th inst., in the sixty-seventh year of his age.  He was formerly a resident of New Enterprise and moved to the west eighteen years ago.  He leaves five sons and three daughters to mourn his departure.  Decedent was a brother of D. B. Snowberger and Rosie S. Myers, of New Enterprise; Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, of New Paris, and Mrs. Nancy Hanawalt, of McVeytown.

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Daniel R. Snyder

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 4, 1899

Daniel R. Snyder - "Cover Dan," as he was called to distinguish him from the other Daniel Snyders in the township in which he lived, suddenly became ill while he was in L. C. Mann's clothing store, Everett, Saturday afternoon about four o'clock, and was taken to the home of W. S. Sams, where he died five hours later.  The remains were conveyed to the home of decedent, in Snake Spring township, a short time after his death.  The funeral services were held on Monday morning and were conducted by Elder David Detwiler, assisted by Elders Solomon Hershberger and D. M. Vanhorn.  Interment in the Hershberger graveyard.  Daniel R. Snyder was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Snyder and was born in Morrison's Cove.  At the time of his death he was aged forty-nine years, six months and two days.  About twenty-six years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Sophie Snyder, daughter of Daniel R. Snyder, of Snake Spring township.  For the past fifteen years Mr. Snyder lived on his farm in Snake Spring Valley.  He is survived by his wife and four children - Sadie, Harry, Phoebe and Frank.  The deceased was a Republican and served as supervisor for two terms and was auditor for one term.  He was a member of the Dunkard church.  "Cover Dan" Snyder was a kind-hearted, genial, honest man.  The high esteem in which he was held by the community in which he lived was shown by the unusually large concourse of friends and neighbors who attended the obsequies.

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Mrs. Mary Ann Snyder

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 18, 1899

On Monday afternoon, August 14, Mrs. Mary Ann Snyder died at her home in Snake Spring township, after an illness of two weeks.  She was aged sixty-nine years and twenty-five days.  Decedent was the last representative of a large family of fourteen children.  She was a daughter of the late George and Mary Hershberger, nee Studebaker, and widow of Samuel S. Snyder, deceased.  She was a consistent member of the German Baptist church since her youthful days.  Her life - characterized by kindness and sociability - was worthy of imitation.  The funeral services were held in the Baker church and were conducted by the local ministers.  Interment in the Snyder graveyard.  Three children survive her - Daniel H. Snyder, Emma, wife of Samuel D. Snyder, and Elizabeth, wife of James A. Croyle.

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Jacob T. Stevens

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 10, 1899

Jacob T. Stevens, a native of Clear Ridge, died at the home of his son, Charles E. Stevens, Altoona, November 5.  He was seventy years old.

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Mrs. James R. Stewart

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 8, 1899

Mrs. James R. Stewart, of Altoona, died on Friday, of paralysis.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Green and was born in Bedford county June 5, 1829.  After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Stewart moved to Hollidaysburg and from there-thirteen years ago-to Altoona.  Her husband and six children survive her.

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Ambrose Stiffler

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Ambrose Stiffler, 51, died at his home at South Fork - R 1, Wednesday, April 14.  He was born Nov. 8, 1896, at Queen, a son of Jacob E. and Henrietta (Stiffler) Stiffler.  He is survived by his widow, the former Sara Keller; one son, Paul, South Fork, and these brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Leroy Myers, Summerhill; Mrs. Catherine Hillegass, Eugene and J. W. Stiffler, South Fork; Irvin, Scalp Level, and Mrs. Michael J. Pinculic, Cleaveland, O.  Also surviving is one grandchild.

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Mrs. Nancy Strayer

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 8, 1899

The subject of this sketch died at her home in Johnstown on Tuesday.  She was the widow of Peter P. Strayer and was born in Bedford county eighty-three years and six months before the final summons came.

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Daniel T. Streightiff

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Daniel Theodore Streightiff, 78, of Huyett's Crossroads, near Hagerstown, Md., died at the Washington county hospital, Hagerstown, at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 11.  Born at Anderson, Bedford county, he was the son of Sameul and Elizabeth (Ford) Streightiff.  He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edith Streightiff, Hagerstown, R. D. 2; and these brothers:  Benjamin, of Clymer; Henry, of Elbow Lake, Minn.; Hezekiah, of Austin, Minn.; Alex, of Roanoke, Va., and Jack, of Omaha, Nebraska.

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Joseph M. Strong

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennyslvania) Friday, December 8, 1899

Coroner Joseph M. Strong, the oldest resident of Cumberland, died Wednesday night.  He was in his ninety-seventh year.  He is survived by his wife and one son.  Mrs. Strong is a native of Cumberland Valley.  Her maiden name was Annie Valentine.

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George W. Stuckey

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 28, 1899

George W. Stuckey, who died at his home in Rainsburg on Friday, was born on what was known for nearly a century as the Stuckey farm, now owned by S. A. Cessna, of Rainsburg, on the twentieth of June, 1834.  Shortly afterward his father moved to Rainsburg, where he kept a public house for about ten years, afterward returning to the farm.  He owned two properties in Rainsburg, which he sold about this time.  It was here on this farm that "Uncle Wash," as he was familiarly called, spent the younger and happier days of his life in that humble, yet profitable profession, farming.  During the period in which he lived in Rainsburg he received a common school education.  He lived with his father until he thought it time to establish a home of his own.  He married Miss Ellen Diehl, of Friend's Cove, to which union four children were born, as follows:  Jane Biddle, of Beegleton:  Sarah Fisher, of Mercersburg, who still survive, Rachel and Simon, who died in infancy.  Shortly after his marriage he moved into the tenant house on his father's farm which was finally taken off the old farm and deeded to him.  There he lived and followed farming until the spring of 1864, when he went to St. Louis Mo., where he remained until September of the same year, when he returned and on the twenty-first of September, 1864, enlisted in Company F, 107th regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, under the command of John A. Tompkins, captain.  His company joined the Army of the Potomac.  He was a gallant soldier, always at the front and never seemed to fear the dangers of warfare.  He took part in several hard-fought battles, and came out uninjured.  He lay in one of the southern hospitals for a while, suffering from eczema.  He was discharged in June, 1865, near Washington, D. C.  He came home and soon afterward his wife died.  This left him with two children.  In September, 1867, he was again united in marriage to Catharine Stuckey, widow of David Stuckey.  To this union one child was born-George G.-who lives in Rainsburg.  Decedent still worked on his farm until 1890, when he moved to Everett where he lived one year and then returned to his farm, where he lived until 1896 when he moved to Rainsburg, where he has since resided.  Although sorely afflicted for some time he bravely bore the affliction and died assuring his friends that his suffering would turn to joy.  He is survived by three children, a wife, five sisters and one brother.

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Josiah Tewell

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 7, 1899

Centreville - July 5

Our quiet village was startled Sunday morning to learn of the unexpected death of Josiah Tewell as he had recovered from his recent illness and had ridden to the mill Saturday morning with a sack of grain for chop and back again in the evening to get the same, stopping at the post office for the mail and talking and jesting with those present. He arose at 4 o'clock, breathing with great difficulty. The doctor was called in, but in less than an hour Mr. Tewell was still in death from heart failure. He was an industrious farmer and accumulated a fair share of this world's goods. He had retired for several years and was living quietly in our village. There survive him a widow and two daughters, Mrs. S.S. Nave, living on adjoining farms and Miss Martha, at home, two sisters, Mrs. John Castell of Beau's Cove and Miss Susannah Tewell of near Charlesville. Funeral services at the M.P. church, interment in the Fellowship cemetery, his pastor, Rev. Reane officiating.

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S. Sgt. Frederick Tewell

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Funeral services for S-Sgt. Frederick R. Tewell, of Clearville, who was killed in action in Germany, February 17, 1945, will be held this Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Balentine Funeral Home in Everett, the Rev. E. M. Detwiler officiating.  Interment will be in the Fairview cemetery, at 3 o'clock, the William McKinley Smith American Legion Post No. 155, of Artemas in charge of graveside services.  S-Sgt. Tewell was born at Clearville November 9, 1912, a son of Irvin and the late Bertha May (Elbin) Tewell.  He trained with the Army at Camp Van Dorn, Miss., and was a member of Co. M. 253rd. Infantry when he was killed.  He was buried at Epinat, France.  He is survived by his father, 4 brothers, William and Robert, of Larimer; Theodore, of Gambrills, Maryland; Ralph, Cumberland; a sister, Thelma Tewell, New York, and a half sister, Mary Grace Tewell, of Everett.  Membership was held in the Christian church Elwood City.

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Harry E. Thomas

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 29, 1899

Harry E. Thomas died at Cumberland September 21, 1899, aged twenty-two years and eight months.  The cause of death was malarial fever.  The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Thomas of Fossilville.  He learned the printer's trade in The Gazette composing rooms and worked here until February, 1899, when he secured a position in a job printing office at Oakmont.  He remained there for several months, when he went to Cumberland to act as clerk in the East End hotel, where he died.  The funeral services were held Saturday morning.  Rev. Father Gallagher chanted the mass of requiem.  Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery, Cumberland.  Mr. Thomas was a member of the Catholic church.  He was a young man of good character, genial and gentlemanly.  He had a large circle of friends here and at Cumberland who sincerely regret his death.

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Jacob Thomas

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 20, 1899

Jacob Thomas, of near Schellsburg, died on Tuesday morning.  The remains were taken to the home of his son, Henry, at Scalp Level, where interment was made in the Mennonite church cemetery.  The deceased was about seventy-three years of age and is survived by his wife and the following children:  Henry, of Scalp Level; Mrs. Isaiah Hoover, of Schellsburg; Josiah and Noah, of Somerset; Mrs. Kate, wife of Cyrus Leffer, and Milton, of Johnstown.

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Gideon Trout

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 18, 1899

Gideon Trout, one of the oldest men in Bedford county, died at his home near Fishertown on Monday, at the age of ninety years and five days.  When a young man Mr. Trout came into possession of the Spring Meadown farm, where for many years he conducted a general merchandise store and ran a flour mill.  In 1863 he was a candidate for legislator on the Republican ticket, but his Democratic opponent, Hon. B. F. Meyers, defeated him.  During the administration of President Buchanan Mr. Trout entertained the chief executive, his party and a number of Bedford gentlemen to dinner at his home in Spring Meadow.  His wife, whose maiden name was McMurray, died about thiry years ago.  One son, Richard, also preceded him to the spirit world.  The following children survive him:  Elam, of West St. Clair township; Russell, of Omaha, Neb., and Annie, at home.  Decedent was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for seventy years.  He was an honest, charitable man and a most excellent citizen.

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Mrs. T. A. Trout

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, June 8, 1900

Mrs. T. A. Trout died at her home in East Freedom on Monday. She was aged forty-nine years.


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Benjamin Wagerman

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 20, 1899

Benjamin Wagerman, of Bard, died on Monday, of typhoid fever.

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Frank Wagner

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 22, 1899

Frank Wagner, aged about thirty years, was killed on Tuesday morning at Hyndman by falling between the cars of a frieght train.  He was on his way to his home in Cumberland when the accident occurred.

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Henry Ward

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 16, 1900

Henry Ward, of Robinsonville, answered the final summons on February 6.  Decedent was aged seventy years.  He was a member of the Dunkard church.

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Helen L. Weaverling

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Thursday, April 22, 1948

Funeral services for Helen L. Weaverling, 34, Bedford, R. 4, who died at Deshong hospital, Buter, Thursday, April 15, were conducted at the Cove Reformed church Sunday, with military rites in charge of the combined posts of the Bedford American Legion 113 and the Bedford V. F. W. 7527.  Miss Weaverling was bon March 8, 1914, in Bedford, a daughter of Lester and Mae (Smith) Weaverling.  She served as corporal in the Wac for 27 months and was discharged at Camp Beale, Calif.  She is survived by her father; three brothers, Charles, Dalton and Vernon, and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Cessna, all of Bedford, R. 4.  Membership was held in Cumberland Legion Post 13.  Funeral arrangements were in charge of S. Alton Barefoot.

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John P. Weaverling

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, February 9, 1900

John P. Weaverling died at his home four miles east of Everett on Saturday.  He was about eighty-one years old.  When a young man he worked at the carpenter trade and in the days of the stage coach kept the "Bloody Run" hotel in Everett.  Soon after the close of the civil war he removed to the farm where he died.  In August, 1844, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Ringle.  To this union nine children were born, seven of whom are still living, namely, Mrs. William Klutz, of Bedford township; Ebbert C., at home; Mrs. Clarence Peck, of Everett; George P., of the Everett Press; Albert R. and Mrs. Ellis Williams, of McKeesport, and Mrs. Rufus Zembower, of West Providence township.  The deceased was a member of the Lutheran church.  He was a charitable, honest, God-fearing man.

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George W. Weimer

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 28, 1899

George W. Weimer was born about sixty-nine years ago and died at his home in Clearville Monday morning, July 24, at 8 o'clock.  Mr. Weimer was married twice.  Both wives are dead.  He had eight children by his first wife, four of whom are dead; and one child by his second wife.  Those surviving are Eli, of Clearville, Andrew, Josiah, Annie and Ralph, of Hopewell.  He is also survived by two brothers, David and Wilson.  Decedent was a justice of the peace fifteen years.  He was well and favoably known in the community in which he lived.

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Mrs. Jacob P. Wertz

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, October 20, 1899

Mrs. Jacob P. Wertz, of Burning Bush, joined the vast majority Friday morning.  Her maiden name was Noel.  She was born in Ebensburg thirty-seven years ago.  She was married to Jacob P. Wertz in 1892.  The funeral services were held at St. Thomas' Roman Catholic church Saturday morning, Rev. Father Cashman officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.  Decedent is survived by her husband.  She was a member of the Catholic church and an exemplary woman.

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John Weyant

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 9, 1900

John Weyant was born near Poplar Run, Blair county, May 2, 1813.  He was one of ten children, five of whom are living, namely, Henry Weyant, of Oakland, Minn.; Alexander Weyant, of Henrietta; Mrs. Valentine Fickes, of Fishertown; Mrs. Esther Kauffman, or Imler, and Mrs. Lydia Winebrenner, of Westmoreland.  The deceased remained on his father's farm unil he was married to Hannah Shimer, sixty-three years ago.  They moved from place to place until abut forty years ago, when they took up their residence where Mr. Weyand died.  Their union was blessed with seventeen children, ten of whom preceded him to the great unknown.  Those living are Isaac Weyant, of Altoona; Samuel Weyant, of Woodville, O; Susan, wife of Joseph Ickes, of Imler; Joseph, Henry and Jacob Weyant, of Imler; Elizabeth, wife of Jesse Garn, of Chester, Mich.  He is also survived by his wife, who is almost eighty-five years old, sixty-four grandchildren and forty-six great grandchildren.  He followed farming.  He was a zealous member of the Democratic party and belonged to the Reformed church, of Imler, where he was always in his place, ready to act and assist in every good work until the infirmities of old age prohibited him from attending the services.  He died February 23, 1900, aged eighty-six years, nine months and twenty-six days.  His remains were laid to rest in the Union cemetery at Imler on March 1.  A large concourse of sorrowing friends attended the funeral services, which were conducted by his pastor, Rev. T. K. Cromer.

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Miss Emma H. Whetstone

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 30, 1900

On March 20 Miss Emma H. Whetstone, of Ryot, died.  She was the only daughter of Abram Whetstone.  The parents and three brothers survive her-Edgar, of Pittsburg, and two brothers at home.  She in some way contracted measles, followed by pneumonia and after a short illness passed away.  She was one who had many friends, as the large concourse of people who assebled to pay their last tribute of respect well testified.  She was a member of the Reformed church, of Fishertown, and always was regular in her attendance and did what she could for the welfare of her church.  She was unusually bright and manifested a great degree of spirituality.  Her sun is gone down while it is yet day, but she lives in a world where there is no setting sun nor vale of tears.  She was laid to rest in the Fishertown cemetery.  The services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. S. C. Stover, assisted by Revs. Miller and Luckenbill.  She was aged 19 years, seven months and nine days.

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Mrs. D. D. White

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 17, 1899

Mrs. Barbara White, wife of D. D. White, died at her home in Altoona on Friday, November 10.  Deceased was born in Liberty township, this county, July 4, 1845.  She was united in marriage to D. D. White January 8, 1867.  They moved to Altoona eight years ago.  Her husband and four children survive her.  The remains were taken to Saxton on Saturday and interred in the graveyard at St. Luke's Reformed church on Sunday morning.

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Rev. John H. Wilkinson

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, March 2, 1900

Rev. John H. Wilkinson, of Woodbury township, died on February 20.  The deceased was born in Virginia and removed to Morrison's Cove about fifty-four years ago.  He was ordained a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church in early manhood.  He was a tinner and coppersmith and followed those occupations in Woodbury for many years.  On various occasions he filled the pulpit of the local church when the regular pastor was absent.  He was almost ninety years old.  Seven children survive him.  His wife died about eighteen years ago.  Rev. Wilkinson was an exemplary man-a consistent Christian-and was universally esteemed by his friends and neighbors.

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William Williams

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 4, 1899

William Williams, son of Thomas Williams, of near Hyndman, died in Pittsburg Sunday of appendicitis, aged about twenty-five years.  For about a year he conducted a jewelry store at Thomas, W. Va.  Interment was made at Hyndman. - Cumberland News.

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Jesse Willis

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 4, 1899

Jesse Willis, a well known farmer of near Ryot, died on Saturday.  He is survived by his wife and a number of grown up children.  Decedent was a prominent Democrat and in 1890 was the Democratic candidate for county treasurer.  In its issue of October 10, 1890, The Gazette said:  "For the office of county treasurer the nominee is Jesse Willis, of West St. Clair township.  A farmer from boyhood and always a resident of West St. Clair, where he was born December 5, 1832, his life has not been full of incident.  He served one session as assessor and is now a member of the school board, acting as secretary.  He is a quiet, unobtrusive citizen and is held in high esteem in the community in which he lives." 

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Jairus Willison

Bedford Gazette, (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, September 1, 1899

Near Everett August 19, 1899, Jairus Willison, aged 55 years.

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William C. Wisegarver

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, July 21, 1899

William C. Wisegarver was born in Bedford township December 11, 1815, and died, very suddenly, at his home in Cessna July 15, 1899, aged eighty-three years, seven months and one day.  When a young man he was united in marriage to Miss Smith, who died about a year ago.  He is survived by the following children:  Mrs. George Koontz, Mrs. Millwood Morehead and Mrs. Henrietta Earnest, of Bedford township.  One sister, Mrs. Hershberger, of Johnstown, also survives him.  Decedent was familiarly called "'Squire" Wisegarver and held the position of justice of the peace for a number of years.  He was a man of more than ordinary ability.  The funeral services were held at St. Paul's Reformed church on Sunday afternoon and were conducted by the Rev. S. C. Stover, assisted by Rev. E. E. Parson.  It was the most largely attended funeral held in that community for many years.

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Daniel Wonders

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, August 11, 1899

From the Johnstown Democrat of August 4 we glean the following sketch of the life of Daniel Wonders, a native of this county:  "Daniel Wonders, a former resident of Coopersdale, died at his home in Swissvale, Allegheny county, at 12:20 o'clock Wednesday morning.  His death was due to a fall received at the Griswold Wire company's plant, where he was employed as a carpenter.  The accident occurred July 17, since which time he had been bedfast.  The deceased was born in Bedford county fifty-six years ago.  He came to Johnstown in 1877, remaining here until 1887, when he went to Scottdale, later removing to Swissvale.  He was a brother of Jacob Wonders, of Summerhill, Mrs. Julia Dunmire, of the Seventeenth wasr, and Mrs. Isaac Pringle, of Wilmore.  He is survived by his widow, whose maiden name was Mary Felix, and these children:  Ida, wife of Clarence Harrencane, of Swissale; Austin, Emanuel and Harry, at home."

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R. Sewell Wright

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) Friday, November 24, 1899

R. Sewell Wright died at the St. James hotel, Washington, D. C., at half past ten o'clock Wednesday night.  Richard Sewell Wright was born at Pleasantville July 29, 1853.  He was a son of Jacob H. and Nancy A. Wright.  He came to Bedford in 1876 and, with his brother, the Hon. John O. Wright, engaged in the dry goods business.  During the thirteen years of its existence this firm won a high position in the business world.  The Wright brothers were known throughout the county as the leading dry goods dealers in this part of the state.  Their industry, honesty and fairness gained for them a large trade and the good opinion of all right-thinking people.  The Messrs. Wright retired form business in 1889, with a record of which they were justly proud.  For the past two or three years the deceased had been in the employ of the Bedford Springs company.  When the hotel was open he acted as steward and some times in the fall and winter traveled in the interest of the Bedford mineral water.  It was while thus engaged that he contracted the sickness which finally resulted in death.  Two years ago while in Cincinnati, O., he caught cold, which developed into consumption and finally extinguished the vital spark.  Although in a feeble condition physically, Mr. Wright continued to perform his duties faithfully and well until within a few months ago, when he was compelled to give up his work.  He gradually became worse and on Wednesday of this week, accompanied by his devoted wife, he started for North Carolina, hoping the change of climate would be beneficial.  They stopped in Washington and while there the final summons came.  The body will be brought to Bedford for interment, but when this was written the funeral arrangements had not yet been made.  On May 3, 18?8, Mr. Wright was united in marriage to Miss Lillie Morgart Steckman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Steckman, of Bedford.  His wife, five brothers and one sister survive him, namely, Isaac and William P. Wright and Mrs. Thomas P Beckley, of Pleasantville; Charles and George Wright of Altoona, and the Hon. John O. Wright, of Bedford.  A brother, Edward Wright, died at Wilmington, N. C., while on his way home from Andersonville during the civil war.  Mr. Wright was a member of the Lutheran church, Bedford Lodge No. 320, F. and A M, and Bedford Lodge No. 436, K. of P.  In the death of Sewell Wright Bedford has lost a loyal, public-spirited citizen.  He was always deeply interested in the welfare of the town and the prosperity of its citizens.  Of a quiet disposition, he nevertheless firmly adhered to the lofty principles which governed his whole life.  He leaves an example for integrity, manliness and fidelity that should prove a guiding star to the young men of this community.  His sad death is mourned by a multitude of friends who sincerely sympathize with the sorrowing wife, sister and brothers.

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Frederick Zimmers

Bedford Gazette (Bedford County, Pennsylvania) Friday, December 1, 1899

Frederick Zimmers, a prominent citizen of Bedford township, died on Monday evening.  Decedent was seventy four years old.  By occupation he was a farmer; in politics, a Republican.  He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter-J. Watson, Bruce and Emma, all residing at home.  Mr. Zimmers was a member of the Lutheran church and a most excellent man.

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