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Viola Taylor-Aliff

Observer Reporter, Jan. 8, 1981

Contributed by Carol Taylor-Lanza

Obit: Aliff

Viola Taylor Aliff of Washington, D.C. died in her home on Monday, January 5, 1981. A former area resident, she attended school in Hickory. Mrs. Aliff had lived in Washington for about 35 years. A retired government employee, she raised and showed poodles.

Surviving are her husband, Hildreth; one son, Robert Shugart of Fredericksburg, Va.; her mother, Emaline McKuhn of Washington; one sister, Elizabeth Pizer of West Middletown; three brothers, James McKuhn and John McKuhn, both of Washington, and Thomas McKuhn of San Antonio, Texas, and two grandchildren.

Burial was in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Md.


Quincy A. Brooks

Port Townsend, July 8.-Major Quincy A. Brooks, one of the oldest pioneers of the Northwest, passed away in this city today from senile decay. Major Brooks was prominent in history-making in the great Northwest territory, having been prominently identified with government service years before Washington was separated from the vast expanse known as Oregon territory. He was born in Washington county, Pa., on May 22, 1827. Twenty years after he graduated with honors from the Western university of Pennsylvania and immediately took up the study of law, being admitted to the bar in 1849 at Pittsburg, where he practiced until 1851.
By the time news of the boundless wealth of the Pacific slope reached the East and young Brooks was among the earliest to start West, making the tortuous trip to Portland by ox team, moving later to Olympia. He was the first United States attorney in the vast domain north of the Columbia to the British Columbia line, and was a member of the famous Cowlitz convention, which carved Washington out of Oregon territory.
Major Brooks was later general agent of the post office department for the entire coast and in 1886 was appointed collector of customs of this district, serving until Cleveland's first election.
Wednesday, July 8, 1908
Paper: Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, WA)
Transcribed by Jan Grant

Anna Buchanan

The Daily Independent, 27 May 1922

Funeral services were held in Charleroi yesterday for Miss Anna Buchanan, who died after a lingering illness. Miss Buchanan contracted influenza during the epidemic several years ago and never fully recovered. She was very popular among the young folks and her sad demise is generally regreted. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston

Cornelius Buchanan

16 May 1957

Cornelius Buchanan of 360 Meyran avenue, Pittsburgh, died suddenly in St. Joseph's hospital, Pittsburgh, May 15, 1957. Mr. Buchanan, a former Charleroi resident, was born in Ireland. While living here, he was superintendent of the Pittsburgh Railways.  He is survived by his wife, Theresa Lambert Buchanan, one son, Thomas of Freeport, Illinois, three bothers, James and Stephen of Charleroi, Mathew of Charleston, West Virginia, one sister, Mrs. Seward Might of Charleroi, and two grandchildren.

Francis Buchanan

The Charleroi Mail, 29 Aug 1910

Francis Buchanan, 55 years old, a retired merchant and the head of one of the best known families of this section ,died at his home, 207 McKean Avenue, Sunday morning at 8:40 o'clock from a complication of diseases chief among which was a cancerous tumor. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock with requiem high mass. Owing to the 40 hours devotiees begining then at St. Jerome's church, the services will be heald at the Slavish Catholic Church, Rev W.D. Fries, pastor of St. Jerome's church will have charge of the service and will be assisted by Rev. Kirby and Rev. Treffney. Internment will be at Calvary cemetary.

The deceased had been in ill health for more than a year, and for the past seven or eight months had been bedfast. Specialists in several cities were unable to elieve his suffering and he gradually wore away.He is survived by his widow and six sons and three daughters, as follows: John, Cornelius, Stephen, James, Frank, Matthew, Marie, Anna and Viola. All these children were by his bedside when the end came, and also a sister of the deceased, Mrs. Anna Emerson of New York City.Mr Buchanan retired from active business life in Stockdale a few years ago and with his family moved to Charleroi where he has since lived. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston

Frank E Buchanan

The Charleroi Mail, 02 April 1931

Obituary Text: Stricken suddenly with a heart attack, Frank E Buchanan,aged 43, proprietor and partner in the firm of Buchanan and Brauter Bird Shop, and a well known local resident, died at his home 701 Fallowfield avenue at 10:55 a.m. yesterday, Wednesday, April 1, 1931. While not in the best of health for some time his condition had shown improvement lately and the news of his death was a shock to many friends yesterday. Frank Buchanan, known as "Buck" was born at Fayette City in 1888, the son of Mrs. Mary Buchanan and the late Francis B Buchanan. Twenty years ago he was known as a baseball pitcher and played in several of the valley and church leagues.He served with the American forces during the world war and was a member of the famed Eightieth Division which saw intensive service in France.He was a member of Charleroi Post No. 22, American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus. Upon his discharge from service, he returned home and later became associated in the firm which bears his name.A full military funeral will be accorded Buchanan, arrangements having been put under way today to accord him the honors of a veteran of the World War.Besides his sorrowing mother he is survived by five brothers, John, Cornelius, James, Stephen and Matthew; Mrs. Seward Might of Charleroi, and Mrs. M.C. Haffey of Beaver, Pa.Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock from the late home, 701 Fallowfield aveneu, officers of the Charelori Post, American Legion in charge. Blessing services will follow at St. Jerome's church at 9 a.m. Internment in Calvary Cemetary. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston

James Buchanan

: The Charleroi Mail, 01 July 1960

James Buchanan of 214 Fallowfield avenue, Charleroi, died at West Penn hospital, Pittsburgh, yesterday at 8:19 a.m. He was born in Fayette City, March 6, 1884, the son of Francis and Mary Shanley Buchanan. He spent most of his life in Charleroi, and was a member of St. Jerome's church. He was employed by the Pittsburgh railways and was a boxing promoter.  He is survived by two brothers, Matthew of Charleston, WV; Stephen of Charleroi; one sister, Mrs. Seward M. Might of Charleroi, with whom he made his home. Friends are being received at the Frances C Slezak FUneral Home, Charleroi. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston

Thomas Buchanan

The Roscoe Ledger, 9 March 1906

Death of Thomas Buchanan

Was treated for Appendicitis, but was low with pneumonia

Thomas, son of Mr and Mrs Frank Buchannan of Stockdate died Saturday morning at Mercy hospital, Pittsburg after an illness of less than a week with pneumonia. The young man took ill the fore part of last week and a physician was called who pronounced his ailment appendicitis and ordered him removed to the hospital for an operation. Upon his arrival at the hospital, the physicians in charge said that he was suffering with pneumonia and not appendicitis. He rallied several times during his stay at the hospital but again sunk until Saturday when the end came. To barrow more on the feelings of the bereaved family, the railroad company made a mistake in shipping the body home and instead of it coming to Stockdale it went to Scottdale, thus making it a day late in arriving at the home of his parents.

Thomas was 17 years of age and a young man who had many friends in this part of the valley. His death was a shock not only to his immediate family, but to the many friends who had seen him only a few days before. He is survived by his father, mother, six brother and three sisters. The shock of his death so affected his mother that she was prostrate and unable to attend the funeral Monday. Services were held at the Coal Center Catholic Church and interment took place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Coal Center. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston

Matthew C Buchanan

The Charleston Daily Mail, 24 July 1962

Matthew C Buchanan, 64, of 6623 Roosevelt Ave, SE, died yesterday shortly after admission to a Charleston hospital. He was an inspector at the Liberty-Owens-Ford glass plant where he had worked for the past 29 years. A native of Stockdale, PA, Mr. Buchanan was a member of St. Agnes Church in Kanawha City. Survivors are his wife, Jean, a sister, Mrs. Viola Might of Charleroi, PA and a brother, Stephen of Charleroi. The body is at the Simpson-Chandler Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited tonight at 8 o'clock. Tomorrow the body will be taken to the Frye Funeral Home at Monongahela, PA, for requiem mass and burial Thursday from the Transfiguation Church. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston



Jane Donaldson
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, April 9, 1828
Died on the 23d ultimo, at the house of Mr. John Nesbet, in Canton township, Washington county, Pa, Jane Donaldson, aged 100 years, 5 months and some days.


Stephen Eckles

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) April 26, 1826

Washington Pa, April 1

On Thursday the 22d ult., Stephen Eckles of Finley township was killed by the falling of the limb of a tree at a rail-mauling frolic on the plantation of Samuel Buyers. His skull was mashed and shoulder and both his thighs were broken. He was a sober, industrious man much respected by his acquaintance and has been thus suddenly cut off in the prime of life from the endearments of a wife and child. - Examiner.


Stewart M. Fowler

The Washington Observer, Washington PA
January 13, 1964
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Stewart M. Fowler

Stewart M. Fowler, 55, of 116 Eleanor Street, Langeloth, died Sunday, January 12, 1964 in West Allegheny hospital. He was born April 14, 1908, in Junction City, Ohio, and had lived in the Burgettstown area for the last 20 years. He was a 35-year employee of Pennsylvania Railroad. Mr. Fowler was a member of the Nazarene church, Atlasburg and was active in Boy Scout work. Surviving are two sons, Gary Lee Fowler of Columbus, Ohio ......(remainder missing)


William Glass

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
October 23, 1822 Page 3

Washington, PA, Oct 21


Mr. William Glass, of Chartiers township, hung himself, on the morning of the 13th inst., with a leather line, tied to a dogwood bush, in the vicinity of his own house. He was an industrious inoffensive man, of about 33 years of age, with an amiable wife and 5 children. Has evidenced some symptoms of despair and horror of mind for a considerable time before he committed the horrid deed. - Reporter

Alexander Griffith

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
December 12, 1821

Died on the 14th ult., at Washington (Penn.) Mr. Alexander Griffith, Shoemaker, aged 32 years, having a wife and two children to mourn their loss. The deceased had accidentally cut a piece off one of his great toes with an axe; the wound had nearly healed up, when he took a cold in it, the lock jaw ensued, and terminated his life in about two weeks after the accident.

William F. Guder

The Washington Observer, Washington PA
January 13, 1964

Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

William F. Guder

William Frederick Guder of 204 Third street, California, died Sunday, Jan. 12, in Brownsville General Hospital. He was born in Germany Nov. 12, 1880, a son of Henry and Amanda Lobeck Guder. He was a member of the California ........... (remainder missing)


Mrs. Marie Buchanan Haffey

The Charleroi Mail, 23 Oct 1943

Mrs. Marie Buchanan Haffey, former well known resident of Charleroi and member of the pioneer Buchanan family here, died October 21, 1943 in Providence Hospital, Beaver Falls, after a prolonged illness. Surviving are her husband Jerome Haffey, one son, Pvt Gerald Haffey, four brothers Cornelius and James Buchanan of Pittsburgh, Stephen of Charleroi, and Matthew C Buchanan of Charleston, WV. One sister, Mrs. Seward H. Might of Charleroi. Rites will be held Monday at New Brighton and internment will be near Beaver Falls. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston


Harrison Hanan

Henry News Republican, Henry, IL, August 15, 1878

Local Correspondence, Clear Creek

The funeral services of Harrison Hanan took place Thursday, August 8. He was almost a stranger here having been in the state but a few months but had won the respect and esteem of all who knew him. His mother and brother attended him during his last few days.


A young man near John Swaney's who was very sick, spoken of in last, has since died. His name was Hanan and was from Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Mary Ellen Winnett Hartman

Date: June 1, 1932

Submitters Name: Allen Bankson

Obit: Mrs. Mary E. Hartman, aged 83 years, died in her home here [Bentleyville, Pa.,] yesterday [May 31, 1932]. She was a daughter of Mark J. Winnett, of Coal Center, where she was born September 3, 1948.
She leaves two sons, W.W. Hartman of Hollidays Cove, W.Va., and Ray Hartman at home; a brother, C.K. Winnett; two sisters, Mrs. Anna May Clark[e] and Mrs. Flo Elizabeth Ewart, and a grandson, Edward R.
Hartman, all of Pittsburgh. Funeral services will be held in her late home Friday afternoon [June 3, 1932,] at 1:30 o'clock. Interment in Beallsville Cemetery.


John R. Horn

Weekly Indiana State Journal January 29, 1896

When the Panhandle train reached Logansport Sunday the remains of John R. Horn, of Washington, Pa., who had died on the train, were turned over to the coroner. They were shipped to Pittsburg yesterday by orders of relatives. The man died of consumption. -Contributed by Barbara Ziegenmeyer



Julia Josephine Kinder Jennings

Newspaper: Washington Observer

Date: July, 1951

Submitters Name: Allen Bankson

Obit: Mrs. Julia Josephine Jennings, 74, widow of Talmadge Jennings, died Sunday, July 1, 1951, at 3:30 p.m. in her home, 212 Wilson avenue [Washington, Pa.]. She had been in failing health for four years.
A daughter of the late Christian and Sarah Worrell Kinder, she was born April 7, 1877, in West Bethlehem Township. She had resided in Washington 40 years.
Mrs. Jennings was a member of the First Methodist Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Hazel, wife of H. Nelson Greist; Sarah, wife of Cyril Davidson, and Evelyn, wife of Glen E. Cunningham, all of Washington; a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Allen, of Los Angeles, and six grandchildren.

Talmadge Hazlett Jennings

Newspaper: Washington Observer

Date: 1941

Submitters Name: Allen Bankson

Obit: Talmadge Hazlett Jennings, 64, died at 8:20 o'clock Sunday night, March 30, 1941, in his home, 212 Wilson avenue, Washington (Pa.), after a short illness.
Mr. Jennings, a son of the Rev. Winnett Jennings and Margaret Ann Roberts Jennings, was born January 14, 1877, in Bentleyville, and spent his early life in California (Pa.), where in 1902 he married Miss Josephine Kinder.
Surviving are his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Ghrist, Mrs.
Sarah Davidson and Mrs. Evelyn Cunningham, all of Washington. One brother, Harold Jennings, of Clairton, also survives. Several cousins reside in or near Monongahela (Pa.).



Harvey L. Lamb

Date: 1925

Contributed by Allen Bankson

Obit: Harvey L. Lamb, aged 59 years, died Sunday night [Jan. 25, 1925] at his home at California, Washington county, Pa., from the effects of a paralytic stroke suffered a few days ago.

Mr. Lamb was born at Townville [Crawford County, Pa.], and was a son of Levi L. and Hannah Jane Lamb. Several years ago he was interested with his brother in the publication of The Cambridge Springs News, removing from that place to California, where he was for 23 years editor and general manager of The Sentinel. Mr. Lamb was organizer and for several years manager of the Charleroi Telephone Co., Union Telephone Company and Roscoe Telephone Company. He also organized the Monongahela Valley Press Association, and was a member of the State Editorial Association; also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of Pike Run Lodge No. 494, I.O.O.F., and the M.E. Church. Besides his widow, Ella McFadden Lamb, he is survived by his aged mother, a brother, Auburn H. Lamb, and a sister, Mrs. Hettie Masters, all of California, and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Seale, of Cleveland, and Mrs. Leonard Sands, of Bentleyville, Pa. The only son, Major [sic. Lt.] Levi Lamb, lost his life in the World War, being shot dead on the battle field.

Mrs. Rebecca Lawrence

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
January 23 1822

Page 3

Died on Friday morning, the 11th inst. In Washington county, Pa., Mrs. Rebecca Lawrence, consort of Joseph Lawrence, esq., Speaker of the House of Representatives.


Emelia Manon
Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon PA, January 15, 1932
Child Died of Burns
Cannonsburg, Pa., Today (AP) - Burns she received when she fell into a pail of hot water caused the death of Emelia Manon, 2, last night.

Eli Marinkovich

Valley Independent
June 9, 1997
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Eli Marinkovich, 81, of 70 Mancha St., Eighty Four, died Friday, June 6, 1997 in Washington Hospital. Born Aug. 14, 1915 in Cokesburg, he was the son of the late Steve and Anna Matiovich Marinkovich. Mr. Marinkovich was a coal miner and had retired in 1977 from Consolidated Coal, Westland Mine.  He was a member of the United Mine Workers #1157, St. George Serbian Church of Masontown and St. George Croatian Lodge #354 of Cokesburg.

Surviving are his wife, Rose Fiem Marinkovich, whome he married Sept. 28, 1938; two sons, Steve "Sonny" Marinkovich of Madison Heights, Mich; and Louis "Butch" Marinkovich of Beallsville; three sisters, Diane Husarchick and Mary Atnip, both of Warren, Mich., and Dorothy Smith of LaCross, Texas; four grandchildren, Lisa, Mary Ann, Alan and Jay Marinkovich; and four stepgrandchildren.

Internment followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

Bertha M. Mitchell (nee Keefer)

The Washington Observer, Washington PA
January 13, 1964

Bertha M. Mitchell

Mrs. Bertha C. Mitchell, 73, of 620 High Street, California died Saturday, January 11, 1964, at 9 a.m. in Brownsville General Hospital. She was born at Woodale June 9, 1890, a daughter of Edward and Sarah Ann Ritcher Keefer. She was a member of the California Presbyterian Church and the Woman's Benefit Association of California. Her husband, Robert Mitchell died in 1940. Surviving are two sons, Edward and James, both of California; one sister, Mrs. Muriel Smith, California; one sister, Miss Myrtle Keefer, Mt. Pleasant, R.D. 2, and six grandchildren. - Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Mrs. Viola B Might

31 Jan 1968

Mrs. Viola B Might, 72, of 214 Fallowfield Ave, Charleroi, died yesterday at 10 p.m. in Charleroi-Monessen Hospital after a lingering illness. Mrs. Might, who had lived in Charleroi 65 years, was a member of St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Charleroi. Born in Brownstown on May 16, 1895, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Mary Shanley Buchanan. Her husband, Seward H., died in 1948. Surviving are one son, George S., and a brother Stephen R. Buchanan, both of  Charleroi; eight grandchildren. Friends will be received at Francis C Slezak Funeral Home, Charleroi, from 7 - 10 p.m. today and from 2-5 and 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston

James D. Mitchell

The Washington Observer, Dated 23 Apr 1917, Page 1
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi:

Quits Steamboat to Be Railroader and Is Killed

California, April 22, Struck by a Pennsylvania passenger train at the bridge here and knocked 20 feet to the pavement below, James D. Mitchell, railroad night watchman and a well known young man of this place, died Saturday a few hours after his injuries, at the Memorial hospital at Monongahela. He never regained consciousness.

Mitchell had only been at work as night watchman for one month. He was by occupation a steamboat navigator and had been employed on many of the river towboats as mate. He was a member of the California Methodist Episcopal church.

Mitchell was born at Coulterville, near McKeesport, August 21, 1881, the son of Robert R. and Caroline Bowdler Mitchell. He never married and lived with his parents. Besides his father and mother following brother and sisters survive: Robert R. Mitchell, Jr., of this place, Mrs. Lillian Schmitt of East Chicago and Mrs. Lucy Ross of Brownsville.

The body was brought to the Mitchell home here this evening and the funeral will be held Tuesday or Wednesday. Interment will be in the Highland cemetery.

James Mitchell

June 23, 1997
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

James David Mitchell, 76, of 611 America Street, California, died Sunday, June 22, 1997 in Brownsville General Hospital. Born September 4, 1920, in California, he was the son of the late Robert and Bertha Keefer Mitchell. Educated in California Area schools, Mr. Mitchell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of California. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of JFK American Legion Post 377, California.

Mr. Mitchell was a retired railroader, working as a car inspector. Survivors include his wife, Florence Sampler Mitchell; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert and Debra Mitchell of Charleroi; James and Amelia Mitchell of Coal Center and Sam Mitchell of Youngstown, Ohio; two stepgrandchildren, Katrina and Christopher Libengood; one brother Edward R. Mitchell of Somerset; and one sister, Muriel Smith of California, PA.

Robert R. Mitchell

Morning Observer, Dated 27 Sep 1940, Page 2
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi:

Robert R. Mitchell 54, a native of Washington County, died at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, September 25 1940, at his home, 620 High street, California.

Mr. Mitchell had been employed by the Carnegie Steel Company for a number of years. He was ill only one week.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Kiefer Mitchell, two sons, Edward and James, one daughter, Muriel, and two sisters, Mrs. E. J. Schmidt, of Hammond, Ind., and Mrs. H. J. Ross, of Brownsville. Funeral services will be Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the family home with the Rev. L. K. Teal, pastor of California Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery

Reynold Morgan

July 18, 1997 (Source Unknown)
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Reynold Morgan, 63, of Fallowfield Township, died Thursday, July 17, 1997 in Mon Valley Hospital. A complete obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced in Saturday's Edition by the L. M. Frye Funeral Home Inc., Monongahela.

Mr. Mudhollan

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) May 3, 1826

Washington, Pa., April 16.

Mr. Mudhollan, an aged and respectable citizen of Hopewell township in this county on Sunday morning last took a dose of Saltpeter by mistake for common salts, which terminated his life in a few hours. - Examiner.

Paul W. Mudry 

June 17, 1997 (Source Unknown)
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Paul W. Mudry, 49, of Stockdale and a native of Smallwood, PA, died Sunday, June 15, 1997 in Monogahela Valley Hospital Inc. Emergency Room, Carroll Township.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Mastern Mudry; sons, Paul B. Mudry and Matthew W. Mudry, both of Stockdale; brother John Mudry of Ellsworth; sisters, Ann Mudry Ermlich and Margaret Mudry Sungala both of Pittsburgh, Ethel Mudry Carini of Belle Vernon, Catherine Mudry Powell and Bernadine Mudry both of California, PA and Midred Mudry Bates of Alhambra, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews.




Parker Campbell

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

August 18 1824

Died at his residence in Washington, pa. on the 30th ult., Parker Campbell, Esq., in the 54th year of his age.


Michael Pirnik

The Washington Observer, Washington PA
January 13, 1964

Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Michael Pirnik

Michael Pirnik, 73, of 203 Forest street, Canonsburg, died unexpectedly at 4 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 1964, in Washington hospital. Mr. Pirnik was born September 13, 1890 in Austria. He had resided in the Canonsburg-Muse district since 1925 and was a former employee of the Muse mine.  He was a member of St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, where he served as secretary-treasurer for 42 years. He was also a member of Holy Name Society; Knights of Columbus Canonsburg Council 3291, and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Surviving are his wife Anna; one son Andrew, Canonsburg; one daughter Mary, wife of James Donaldson, Canonsburg; four stepchildren, Andrew Davadick, Clairton; Steve Davadick, Houston; Helen, wife of Andrew Hornak, Canonsburg and Margaret, wife of Edward Popiolkowski, Canonsburg; one sister, Mrs. Mary Lett, Binghamton, N.Y.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



Mark Allison Rigg, Sr.

Date: Aug., 1953

Submitters Name: Allen Bankson

Obit: Mark A. Rigg, of 1004 Howard Street, [Monongahela, Pa.,] a retired minister died at Monongahela Memorial Hospital at 9:10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, 1953. He had been in failing health for some time and was removed Wednesday, August 19 to the local hospital. On January 23 he took ill and had been in failing health since. He was a patient in the hospital during May, later taken home, but never fully recovering from the illness.
Mr. Rigg was a son of the late Newton and Margaret Winnett Rigg; he was born December 7, 1862 in East Pike Run Township, Washington County. His mother was a daughter of Jonathan and Mary Wallace Winnett who are buried in the old Speers Hill Cemetery. Mary Wallace was the daughter of Col William Wallace, a Revolutionary War officer. Elijah Rigg, paternal grandfather, a descendent of English ancestors, was one of the pioneers of Washington County; his father Newton Rigg was a carpenter, devoting his later life to farming in the Scenery Hill section. Mr.
Rigg was but a small boy when he attended dedication of the Scenery Hill Methodist Church, which recently celgrated its anniversary. He received his membership there July 1, 1877. He was graduated from California State Normal in 1884, only five alumni known to be living now. He was graduated from Allegheny College in 1890, receiving his 50 year certificate in 1940. He taught school in Fayette City and Sheffield, Pa.
He was the last member of his family, a sister, S. Lauretta Rigg's death having occurred on February 13, 1937.
Mr. Rigg was admitted to conference October 1-6, 1890, at Greensburg, Bishop W.F. Mallalieu presiding. He was the last surviving member of the nine pastors admitted at that time. He served the following
congregations: Reynoldson, Crafton, Beaver, Arch Street, Pittsburgh, Connellsville, New Kensington, Derry and Leechburg - and in 1917 retired from active ministry.
On June 24, 1923 he was married to Rebecca Reeves McIlvain, who with a stepdaughter, Miss Nancy V. McIlvain, and the following children,
survive: Mrs. Mabel Shields, Van Nuys, Calif.; Mark A. Rigg, Jr., Daytona Beach, Fla.; Wallace M. Rigg, Woodland Hills, Calif., and Mrs.
Cleora Elder, Maplewood, N.J. He leaves also a number of nieces and nephews.
Mr. Rigg belonged to Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Coudersport, and was a life member in the following: Dallas Lodge, No. 508, F. & A. M.
of Pittsburgh, and Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, Syria Temple, Ancient and Accepted Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, also Pittsburgh School of Instruction, F. and A. M. A. M.
Friends are being received at the late home where funeral services will be held Tuesday [Aug. 25, 1953,] at 2:00 p.m., with private interment in Beallsville Cemetery.

Sarah Rebecca Reeves McIlvain Rigg

Date: March 2, 1956

Submitters Name: Allen Bankson

Obit: Funeral services will be held tomorrow [March 3, 1956] for Mrs.
Rebecca Reeves Rigg, wife of the late Mark A. Rigg, who died at her home, 1004 Howard Street, [Monongahela, Pa.,] at 11:40 a.m. yesterday [March 1, 1956].
She had been in ill health since 1947. On February 20, 1954, she fell, fracturing a rib, and never fully recovered from the shock.
Mrs. Rigg was born in Belle Vernon [Pa.] January 23, 1866, the daughter of the late John Morgan and Melvina Hutton Reeves. She was graduated from California Normal School, now California State Teachers College, with the class of 1887, after attending Belle Vernon Schools. Entering the teaching profession, she taught in the schools of Belle Vernon, Dravosburg and Homestead, becoming principal of the Second Ward School in Homestead.
On December 8, 1895, she was married to James Edgar McIlvain, who died December 13, 1904. To them were born a daughter, Nancy Virginia, who survives, and a son, Charles Edgar, who died May 27, 1922. She had made her home on Howard Street since moving here with her two children in 1906.
Serving as a substitute teacher in the local schools for several years, she later taught the Sixth Grade until she was named librarian of the Monongahela Public Library in 1921, a position she held until September 1941.
On June 24, 1923, she was united in marriage to Mark Allison Rigg, who died August 21, 1953.
Mrs. Rigg, when she came to Monongahela was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was active in church work, serving as president of the Women's Bible Class and Missionary Society, until 1923 when she transferred her letter to the First Methodist Church. There she served as president of the Missionary Society, now the Woman's Society of Christian Service and was a member of the Dorcas Class, which she enjoyed attending with her daughter.
Mrs. Rigg also served as secretary of Monongahela Chapter, No. 108, Order of the Eastern Star, for 26 years, resigning the office in March 1947. She was made a life-member of the Chapter on April 3, 1947, in appreciation of her long and distinguished service as Secretary.
She also was a Past Protector of the Siege of Acre Sisterhood, No. 66, Dames of Malta, and a life-member of the Monongahela Valley White Shrine of Jerusalem.
Mrs. Rigg celebrated her eightieth birthday on January 23, 1946, with an open house arranged by her son and daughter. More than 200 visitors were welcomed - and she received 195 birthday cards which have been arranged in a scrap book - an event which she greatly enjoyed and never forgot.
She also was a past president of the Monongahela Mother's Club, serving in 1909-1910.
On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rigg was taken to the home of relatives of Mr.
Rigg, the Rev. Harold W. Jennings, Jr., pastor of the West Side Methodist Church of McKeesport, where Mr. Rigg held pastorate in the early years of the ministry (1887-89), while her daughter Nancy underwent a serious eye operation at the Eye and Ear Hospital in Pittsburgh. Nancy was discharged from the Hospital two days early on December 17, due to the weakened condition of her mother, removing Mrs.
Rigg back to their home in Howard Street, at the same time. Mrs. Rigg has been bedfast for the past 11 weeks.
Friends are being received at the late home where funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in charge of the Rev. Josiah Osmond, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Leonard H. Hoover, former local pastor, now at Asbury Methodist Church of Pittsburgh, the Rev. Paul H. Andree, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, and the Rev. Mr. Jennings of McKeesport. Interment will be in Monongahel Cemetery.


John Scott
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, October 22, 1828
Died on the 1st inst. at the residence of Mr. Hugh Scott near Washington, Pa., Mr. John Scott (son of Mr. James Scott) formerly of this place.

Ameriah Smalley

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

June 23 1824

Washington, Pa., June 7

Melancholy Accident

On Wednesday evening last during a heavy storm, after dark, Ameriah Smalley, was killed by the upsetting of his wagon, on the turnpike near Beallsville, east of this place. He left home, that day, for the iron works, and was in the wagon at the time it upset, the side of the bed fell upon his neck, and dislocated it instantly. This fatal accident had deprived a large family of a head and society of an honest industrious member. - Reporter.

John Smith

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania September 20, 1826

Washington, Sept 11.

A fatal accident happened to one of our citizens of the name of John Smith on Saturday afternoon. While employed on the roof of a building erecting opposite the City Hall, he accidentally fell to the ground and almost instantly expired. We understand he has left a wife and five small children to deplore his loss.




Urias Venum

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
July 3, 1822 Page 3

A short time since, Urias Venum, son of Col. Thomas Venum, of Amwell township, was accidentally shot by a young man, an acquaintance of his, with whom he was gunning. The rifle was discharged at a bird, which was killed, and the ball struck Mr. Venum, at the distance, it is supposed, of 150 yards, entered his body about one inch below and forward the right nipple, and lodged near the back bone on the same side. The ball still remains in the chest. His recovery is considered rather doubtful. - Wash. Exam.


Joseph Watkins

Date: Sept. 17, 1964

Contributed by  Allen Bankson

Obit: Herman Watkins, 45, Elco, was crushed to death while at work early last night [Sept. 16, 1964] at the Duquesne Slag Products Co. plant off Route 906 in Rostraver Twp. near Belle Vernon.

He died instantly about 8 o'clock of shock and a broken neck and spine, Westmoreland County Coroner Stephen D. Yoney said.

A maintenance repair helper, the victim was in a pit about 15 feet below the surface when a slag bucket on a rotating machine swayed, wedging him between the bucket and a concrete wall.

Watkins, employed at the plant since 1953, was working at the time with Charles Hommey, Belle Vernnon R.D. 4, and Melvin Dunmire, 324 Roley St., Belle Vernon.

It was the first fatality at the plant since it began operating in 1950.

A native of Charleroi, Watkins was born Aug. 31, 1919. He was the son of Mrs. Daniel Watkins and the late Mr. Watkins.

He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Charleroi American Legion Post 22.

Surviving are his widow, Kathryn McAndrew Watkins; three sons, William H., Robert P., and Daniel P.; a daughter, Mary Kathryn, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Ollie Winnett Watkins, Speers; two brothers, Robert G., Charleroi, and Floyd L., Donora, and two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Gregg, Speers, and Mrs. John C. Hartman, Allenport.

Friends are being received at the Harold L. Schrock Funeral Home, 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, during the hours of 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m.

Ollie Belle Winnett Watkins

Date: 1965

Contributed by  Allen Bankson

Obit: Mrs. Ollie Belle Watkins, 73, died yesterday [late Jan., 1965] at 4:20 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Gregg of 331 Phillips St., Speers Hill, where she had lived the past 14 years.

Mrs. Watkins had attended Howe Methodist Church in Long Branch and was a member of Long Branch Community Grange No. 2072.

Born in Fallowfield Twp. on Feb. 21, 1891, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Melessie [Malissa] Sphar Winnett.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Daniel B., in 1948, and a son, Herman, Sept., 1964.

Surviving are two sons, Robert of Charleroi and Floyd of Donora; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Gregg of Speers Hill and Mrs. John Hartman of Vesta; nineteen grandshildren and five great-grandchildren.

Friends are being received at the Harold L. Schrock Funeral Home, Charleroi, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m.

Jonathan Wallace Winnett

Date: Dec. 16, 1910

Submitters Name: Allen Bankson

Obit: Just three years before he could claim the distinction of having rounded out a century of life, death intervened and called Jonathan W.
Winnett of Wylandville, Washington county's oldest resident [Dec. 15, 1910]. Among the things of which the pioneer was proud were his relationship to Gen Lew Wallace, the famous soldier, diplomat and author [this relationship is questionable]; the fact that he had voted in 18 presidential elections, the active part he had taken in church work and that he had ridden on the first steamboat that had ever navigated the waters of the Monongahela river. His death occurred at the home of his grandson, R.C. Winnett. He had outlived two wives and four [more like 6] children which were born to them.

Louis Delbert Winnett

The Valley Independent, Date: May 1, 1978

Contributed by  Allen Bankson

Obit: A long-time Long Branch borough official, Louis (Red) Winnett, died yesterday [April 30, 1978,] at 10 p.m. in the Washington County Health Center, Washington. He was 75.

A life long resident of Long Branch, he was born June 6, 1903 in Long Branch, the son of the late Samuel and Olive Crow Winnett.

An official of Long Branch borough for over 30 years, Mr. Winnett had served a borough secretary, road supervisor, Chief of Police, and had organized the Country Patrol Corps.

He had been employed as a state tax inspector.

Mr. Winnett had been a member of the West Pike Grange No. 1038, and had been one of the organizers and past master of the Long Branch Grange No. 2072.

Mr. Winnett is survived by two daughters, Doris Roberts and Mrs. Robert (Donna) Austin, both of Long Branch, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Virginia Winnett, in April 1973.

Friends will be received in the Ed Melenyzer Funeral Home Inc., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mary Ruth Winnett Winnett

Date: July 27, 1954

Contributed by  Allen Bankson

Obit: Mrs. Mary R. Winnett of Washington, Pa., died in Washington Hospital yesterday, July 26, 1954, where she had been confined since July 9.

Mrs. Winnett was born in Fallowfield Twp. on May 11, 1871, the daughter of Adah and Ellen Williams Winnett.

Her husband, J. Hudson Winnett died Feb. 10, 1954.

Survivors include four sisters [sic. daughters] and one brother, Mrs. Mabel Stepp of Washington, Mrs. Alice Weygandt, Canonsburg, Mrs. Helen Varner, Carnegie and Mrs. Agness [sic] Kefover, Scenery Hill and Addison Winnett, Denver, Colo.


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