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John Boussum

Indiana Progress (Indiana, Pennsylvania) March 2, 1871

John Boussum, who died at Schuylkill Haven on Thursday, the 16th inst., and was buried on the following Sunday, weighted four hundred pounds at the time of his death. It was a much as eight men could do to carry the corpse. At the request of the deceased his body was hauled to the grave on a truck wagon drawn by four white miles.



John C. Boyd
At his residence in Pottsville, on Sunday, Mr. John C. Boyd, aged about 58 years. His remains were interred at Danville, near ?ch place he formerly resided, on Monday ?, followed by a large concourse of friends and acquaintances. Mr. Boyd was one of the most active and enterprising men and ? been intimately connected with some of the most important public improvements. ? public spirit and interprise, renders his to this section of country most serious, ?is place cannot readily be supplied.(paper is torn can't read all of left side.) (Sunbury American, Sunbury, Northumberland Co., Pa., Saturday, August 25, 1849 - Transcribed by Tammy Clark)


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Mrs. Carey

Evening Republican, Pottsville, PA Monday, February 3, 1936

Two Residents Girardville Die

Wife of Dr. Carey Pneumonia Victim

Mrs. Carey died in the Fountain Springs Hospital, a few days after she had been removed to that institution. She and her husband Dr. W.B.Carey, made their home in Shoemakersville in recent years, but Dr. Carey had an office at Girardville.

The deceased was born and reared in Ashland where she spent the greater part of her life. For a time she resided at Girardville.

Mrs. Carey had been visiting her parents for a week when she was suddenly stricken ill and removed to the hospital.

Besides her husband and parents, she leaves to survive three sisters, Clara, Frances and Berngetta, at home; two brothers, the Rev. Cornelius Devitt, assistant rector of St. Jerome's Church, Tamaqua, and Edward, at home.

The funeral will be held Thursday morning. -- Contributed by Tammy Clark

Miriam Rae Cirullo nee Koppenhaver

The Press & Herald, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, PA, February 6, 2003

Miriam Rae Cirullo, 82, of 1812 W. Main St., Valley View, died Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Tremont Health and Rehab center.

The daughter of the late Riley and Bertha Stahl Koppenhaver, she was born December 18, 1920 in Tremont. She was a 1938 graduate of the former Tremont High School and member of the Joliett United Methodist Church. She was employed as a seamstress at the Libro Shirt Factory, Lykens, prior to retiring. She was a member of the Tri-Valley Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Cirullo who died in 1984; three brothers, Robert, Warren and Kenneth Koppenhaver. Surviving are a daughter, Elaine Lettich, Sacramento; a sister, Elizabeth Bettinger, Newtown; two grandchildren, three great grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday morning, Feb. 3 from the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home with the Rev. William Danis officiating. Burial was made in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Tremont. -- Contributed by Tammy Clark



John P. Cumming


John P. Cumming, of Braceville, IL, died at his home on the morning of the 10th of January 1910, at 9 o'clock, after being confined to his bed for about 4 weeks. He was buried in the Braceville-Gardner cemetery on Thursday afternoon by the Masonic fraternity, of which he was an honorary member. Mr. Cumming was born on the historic battlefield of Preston-Pans, on the shores of the Firth of Forth, Haddington county, Scotland, on the 23d day of November, 1835. He was 74 years of age when he died.

He entered, or rather it may be said, he was taken to the mines at the early age of 7 years, which was a common customer at that time in Scotland. Owing to the long hours of toil then prevailing, there was but little opportunity for even a rudimentary education in those days, miners going to their work as early as 2 o'clock in the morning, quitting at 6 in the evening. Yet in spite of these disadvantages in early life he acquired not only a fairly good rudimentary education, but a remarkably sound understanding of some of the Sciences -- especially geology and the chemistry of the gases, along with a technical knowledge of mines and mine ventilation. He was a reader of history and current events and possessed a remarkable memory for historical facts.

His leading characteristics were his honesty, his firmness, his unswerving loyalty to his convictions and his hatred of shams. He came to this country and settled in Schuylkill county, Pa., in 1855. He was married to Miss Rachel Jones, of Minersville, Pa. In 1857 he came to Illinois. In 1861, settled in this county. In 1865 lived in Morris a short time, the came to Gardner and has lived in this vicinity ever since. He was one of the oldest and best known miners in this coalfield.
At an advanced age he studied mining engineering under Hugh Murray, graduate of Glasgow school of mines, and later took instructions from his brother Thomas, then critic of question and answer department in the Colliery Engineer, of Scranton, Pa., and in his school days might often have been seen trudging between Braceville and Gardner old as he was, with his book and slate under his arm, even making additional trips, 3 miles each way, to have his problems explained. This interest in his studies he maintained to the last.

He was mine manager and mine inspector for Grundy county for a great many years. He leaves a widow and nine children, five daughters and four sons, as follows: Mrs. Barbara Bookwalter, of Texas; Mrs. Nellie Hutchison and Mrs. Lizzie Bates, both of Chicago, Mrs. Alice Ramsay, of St. Charles, Ill; Mrs. Dr. Bradley, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; D.H. Cumming, mine manager, East Peoria, Ill,; Jas. H. Cumming, Chicago, travelling salesman; Rutherford Cumming, merchant, Spring Valley and John Cumming of East Peoria. He also leaves five brothers - James, George, Patrick, Thomas and Robert, and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth R. Pickles, of Joliet, and Mrs. Marion Marshall, of Braceville. [Morris Daily Herald, Jan 19, 1910 - Tr. by by K.T.]


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William C. Devitt

Pottsville Republican, Pottsville, PA Friday, August 31, 1945

Atty W.C. Devitt Ashland Dies

William C. Devitt, attorney-at-law, 214 Center St., Ashland, died at his summer home, Stone Harbor, N.J., where the family had been vacationing since early this month. He was taken ill Sunday night and died Thursday morning at seven o'clock.

Mr. Devitt was born in Ashland 78 years ago, a son of the late Neil and Mary Mohan Devitt and lived his entire life there. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and had he lived until January first he would have celebrated his 50th anniversary as a member of the Schuylkill County Bar Association. He was the last member of his class, and was the oldest member of the local Bar Association.

During the years from 1900 to 1904 Mr. Devitt served as assistant District Attorney, was County Chairman of the Democratic Committee and was a delegate to the National Convention in 1916. In that year he was admitted to the Supreme Court. From 1933 to 1935 he served as the legal representative of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation. He was one of the most active lawyers in the county during his many years as an attorney. He was a member of St. Joseph's church.

Surviving besides his wife are two sons and three daughters: The Rev. Neal Devit, of the Holy Ghost Order, serving as a curate in Phila.; Edward, Phila.; Mrs. Anna Paladine and Miss Bernadette, Phila, and Miss Claire Devitt at home. There are five sisters: Anna and Sue, Ashland; Mrs. John Noon, Brooklyn; Mrs. John McGuire, Asbury Park, N.J.; and Mrs. Catherine Hesier, Phila.

The funeral will be held Monday morning. Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph's church and interment will be in the parish cemetery. M.J. Clarke, Girardville, is in charge.

Pottsville Republican Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1945

The funeral of Atty. Wm. C. Devitt, who died at his summer home Stone Habor, N.J., Thursday, was held from his late home, 214 Centre St., Ashland on Monday morning with a mass in St. Joseph's Church celebrated by Rev. Neal J. Devitt, son of the deceased assisted by Rev. P.K. Hoey, deacon and Rev. Edward J. Boyle, subdeacon.

Father Devitt gave the absolution of the body and Msgr. Bernard McKenna, assisted by the other priests, conducted the committal services in the parish cemetery.

The following priests were present in the sanctuary during the mass: Msgr. Bernard McKenna; Revs. Daniel J. Feeley, Henry McNulty, Leon Klassen, all of Phila.; Vincent Burke, Pottsville; Cornelius Burke, Hamburg; Albert Suter, Fabian Anderko, Chas. Casady and Wm. Toonig, all of Ashland.

The honorary pall bearers were; Cyrus Palmer, Harold Paul, Chas. Staudenmeier, James Curran, Vincent Dalton, G.E. Gangloff, W.E. Triebly, L.E. Enterline, Franklin Kehler, L.S. Franks; Z.F. Rynkiewicz, Edward J. O'Donnell, P.J. Groody, D.J. Ferguson, Cleuts Kilker and Nicholas D'Alessandro.

The active bearers were Dr. Wm. B. Carey, Thomas Pepper, John Goyne, Charles Daley, John Murray, Harry Cockill, Carl Walters and Charles Noone. M.J. Clarke was the funeral director in charge. -- Contributed by Tammy Clark


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Simon Gregory

Newspaper: The Carbon Advocate. (Lehighton, Pa.) Saturday,

Date: September 4, 1880

Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel

Obit: ---Simon Gregory, inside foreman, was killed and six others were injured, by an explosion in the Keeley Run Colliory, at Shenandoah Wednesday. The men were engaged in the work of suppressing the fire which is burning in the mine.




Robert S. Grimm

The Press & Herald, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, PA, February 6, 2003

Robert S. Grimm, 82, RD Tower City, died early Friday morning, January 31 at his home.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and a retired mechanic from Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville. He was of the Protestant faith and enjoyed raising homing pigeons and his beagle dogs.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Naomi C. Barry who died April 1, 1992 and one brother. Surviving are his widow, the former Maurren M. Elison Shadle; two daughters, Barbara Stutzman, Orwin and Roberta Masarik, Tower City; two stepsons, Brian Shadle, Muir and Kerry Shadle, Tower City; a half-brother, Samuel Stephen Grimm, Clearwater, FL; four grandchildren; numerous step grandchildren; nine great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held Monday morning, Feb. 3 from the chapel of the Dimon Funeral Homes Inc. with the Rev. Bob Life officiating. Burial was made in Greenwood Cemetery, RD Tower City. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice, 1 Norwegian Plaza, Pottsville, PA 17901 -- Contributed by Tammy Clark



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Mrs. Heffner

Newspaper: The Carbon Advocate. (Lehighton, Pa.) Saturday,

Date: September 4, 1880

Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel

Obit: ---Thomas Scott and Mrs. Heffner, of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., were killed by an express train, while walking on the railroad, near Mount Carbon, Monday afternoon.



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Mrs. Catherine Kardin

Evening Republican, Pottsville, PA, Monday, February 3, 1936

Two Residents Girardville Die

Mrs. Catherine Kardin, One of Town's Oldest

Death claimed two prominent Girardville residents Sunday. Mrs. Catherine Kardin, on of the oldest and best known relatives. The other, Mrs. Elizabeth Devitt Carey, was visiting her parents, Attorney and Mrs. William Devitt, of Ashland, when she was stricken ill with pneumonia.

Mrs. Kardin, nee McCullough, was the wife of the late Michael Kardin. She died at her home on W. Ogden St., Girardville, following a brief illness.

The deceased spent most of her life in Girardville and was a member of St. Joseph's Church of that place.

She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Martin O'Neill and Frank, Girardville, Miss Mayme and Timothy in Mexico. Six grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive.

The funeral will be held Wednesday night.

-- Contributed by Tammy Clark


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Charles W. "Butch" Matter

The Press & Herald, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, PA, January 30, 2003

Charles W. "Butch" Matter, 61, of 711 Market St., Lykens, died Thursday, Jan. 23 at home.

Born in Harrisburg, Sept. 8, 1941, he was a son of Dorothy M. Matter, Wiconisco and the late Charles B. Matter. He was a 1960 graduate of the former Lykens High School and employed by Yellow Freight Co., East Petersburg. Matter was a member of St. Christopher Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Liberty Hose Co. No. 2, Erdman Gun Club, Lower Northumberland Gun Club, Short Mountain Gun Club and Loyal Order of Moose, Marysville. He enjoyed hunting and all outdoor sports.

Preceding him in death was a sister Joan Matter Goho. Surviving in addition to his mother, are his widow, the former Donna M. Kupp; two sons, David Matter, Harrisburg and Troy Matter, Lykens; one daughter, Tracey Erdman, Millersburg; a stepson, Richard Kupp, Lykens; two stepdaughters, Tracy Forrest, Oakmont, PA and Stacy Jenkins, Wiconisco; one brother, Michael Matter, Tower City; one sister, Judith Kaster, Wiconisco; five grandchildren.

Services were held Monday morning, Jan. 27 from the John R. Shultz Funeral Home with the Rev. Josehua L. Reinsburrow officiating. The Liberty Hose Co. also held services at the funeral home. Burial was made in Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Wiconisco. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Preferred Choice, 4813 Jonestown Road, Suite 211, Harrisburg, PA 17109. -- Contributed by Tammy Clark


Hilda Viola Masterson-Menard

The Press & Herald, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, PA, January 30, 2003

Hilda Viola Masterson-Menard, 91, of 1908 Princeton Ave., Camp Hill, formerly of Valley View, died Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Manor Care in Camp Hill

Born August 26, 1911 in Valley View, she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Jennie Klinger Harner. She was a graduate of the former Hegins Township High School and member of the Camp Hill United Methodist Church. Prior to retiring she was employed as a clerk for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at Harrisburg.

Twice married she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ray Masterson, who died in 1973; two brothers, Warren and Stanley Harner and two sisters, Vesta Zechman and Beulah Goodman, also preceded her in death. Surviving are her husband, Joseph Menard Sr.; four sisters, Mildred Shoemaker, Binghamton, NY; Hannah Harner, Valley View; Ruby Tobias, Millersburg, Gladys Sertic, Prescott, AZ; four step-children; six step grandchildren; step great grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday morning January 25 at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Reynolds officiating. Burial was made in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Valley View. Donations in her memory may be made to Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 427 S. 22nd St., Camp Hill, PA 17011. Buffington Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements. -- Contributed by Tammy Clark


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Joyce M. Newswanger

The Press & Herald, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, PA, February 13, 2003

Joyce M. Newswanger, 44, North Manheim Twp., died Monday February 10 at home.

Born in Pottsville, Saturday, July 5, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and M. Elizabeth (Martin) Newswanger.

A part owner of R&J Transportation Inc., Cressona where she was secretary and treasurer. She was a member of St. Mark's UCC< Cressona; Cressona Eastern Star, life member of Lupus Foundation of America, member of PA Sports Hall of Fame and Allen-Rogowicz Sports Hall of Fame, Schuylkill County. A graduate of Pine Grove High School class of 1976 and Delaware Valley University class of 1980 where she played basketball and received a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

Surviving are three brothers, Donald E. Newswanger, New Holland, R. Kenneth Newswanger, Pine Grove; Jay L. Newswanger, Schuylkill Haven; five nieces and two nephews.

Religious service will be held at St. Mark's UCC, Cressona, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, with Rev. Karl Jones officiating. Burial will be in Roedersvile Cemetery, Pine Grove. Friends are invited to call Thursday evening 6 to 9 at the Ebling Funeral Home and Friday 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Mark's UCC. The family requests donation to Lupus Foundation of Northeast PA Chapter 822, Ash Street, Scranton, PA 18510. -- Contributed by Tammy Clark


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Chester Harvey Reed

The Press & Herald, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, PA, February 6, 2003

Chester Harvey Reed, 89, of 129 W. Main St., Valley View, died Thursday, January 10 at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born November 2, 1913, in Hegins Township, he was a son of the late Harvey A. and Estella Mae Yoder Reed. He was a 1931 graduate of the former Hegins Township High School and member of St. Andrew's United Church, Valley View.

He was owner of the former Reed's Service Center, Valley View until retiring. He had also worked for his brother at Palmer H. Reed Motor Sales and at the Reed family farm, Hegins.Reed was a member of the F&AM Lodge 797, Valley View Rotary Club. He was a former tax collector for Hegins township in the 1940s.

His wife, the former Marian E. Schrope, died in 1994. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Palmer H. Reed. Surviving are a son, Donald C. Reed, Lancaster; a daughter, Alice M. Miller, Valley View; four grandchildren , nine great grandchildren.

Services were held Monday morning, February 2 at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. with Masonic services by Valley Lodge 797 at 10 o'clock. The Rev. George Reynolds officiated with burial made in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Valley View. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Andrew's United Methodist church, Valley View, PA 17983. The Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, was in charge of arrangements. -- Contributed by Tammy Clark


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Thomas Scott

Newspaper: The Carbon Advocate. (Lehighton, Pa.) Saturday,

Date: September 4, 1880

Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel

Obit: ---Thomas Scott and Mrs. Heffner, of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., were killed by an express train, while walking on the railroad, near Mount Carbon, Monday afternoon.



Mrs. Elizabeth Shindel
At Port Carbon on Monday last, Mrs. Elizabeth, consort of Solomon Shindel, aged about 34 years. (Sunbury American and Shamokin Journal, Sunbury, Northumberland Co., Pa., Saturday, December 30, 1848 - Transcribed by Tammy Clark)




Joseph Sweinfest

Taken from the Reading Eagle dated December 27, 1899

Contributed by Vicki Hartman

Joseph Sweinfest, at Palo alto, aged 78 years, leaving his widow and 4 children. Deceased was well known and highly respected.


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JOSIAH NEWELL WILLARD
Class of 1857 - JOSIAH NEWELL WILLARD was the son of Dr. Henry and Rebecca A. (Grozier) Willard, and was born in Provincetown, Mass., 16 November, 1835. His grandfather had been a country physician, but for twenty years before his death had lived on his farm in Wrentham. His father practiced for seventeen years in Provincetown, then moved to Fall River, and afterwards to Boston, where he died in 1855.
Dr. J.N. Willard graduated in medicine in 1860. Before taking his medical degree, he passed a year at the Massachusetts General Hospital as one of the house physicians. In August, 1861, he was commissioned assistant-surgeon of the Nineteenth Massachusetts Volunteers. In November, 1862, he became surgeon of the First Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, and, in that capacity, served until October, 1864, when his health became seriously injured, and he was discharged for disability. He remained in Boston for some time, and started for California, in search of health, in January, 1865. In March, 1866, he engaged himself as surgeon on a line of steamers running between San Francisco, Cal., and Mazatlan, in Mexico. He remained in this employment, though with constantly failing health, until October, 1869, when he became more ill, and, by the advice of friends, went to Minnesota. In the spring he set out on his journey home, and reached Philadelphia, where he died, among his friends, 1 May, 1870.
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The Necrology of Harvard College 1869-1872; published 1872; transcribed by Kim Mohler.



John H. Wolfinger

Taken from the Reading Eagle dated December 27, 1899

Contributed by Vicki Hartman

John H. Wolfinger, at Pottsville, after a short illness.


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