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From the McDonald Record-Outlook  July 8, 1938

Frank THEODORE, 84, died at 9:10 a.m. Sunday, July 3, 1938, in his home in
Laurel hill, McDonald.  He had been bedfast for one week.  He was born
February 3, 1854, in Paris, France, and had followed coal mining.
 He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Germaine BENARD of Laurel hill, and
two sons, Frank, Jr., of Detroit, and Emile of Wilkinsburg.  There are nine
grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.  Two sisters are in France.  His
wife, Adolphine MARLIER, is deceased.
 Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the home of his daughter,
Mrs. BENARD, conducted by the Rev. O. E. GARDNER, D. D., pastor of the First
Presbyterian church.  Burial was in the Robinson's Run cemetery.

 Peter BENARD of Laurel hill, McDonald, died at 9:00 a.m. Friday, July 1,
1938, in the Mercy hospital.  He had been ill three weeks.  He was born in
France and was brought to the United States by his parents in 1882 at the
age of three, the family first locating in Noblestown from where they
removed to Hickman.  He and Germaine THEODORE were united in marriage
October 21, 1901, and came to McDonald shortly after.  Mr. BENARD was a coal
miner by occupation.
 Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters:  Mrs. Harry BROWNLEE of Midway,
and Mrs. Ralph W. DUCRAY of McDonald; two sons:  Charles of McDonald and
Francis at home; one sister, Mrs. Louis BRIDA (it could by an S instead of
an A at the end of the name) of Burgettstown; one brother, Fernal BENARD of
Burgettstown; and six grandchildren.
 A sister, Mrs. Amy DURANTIER died July 9, 1937.
 Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the home, conducted by the
Rev. O. E. GARDNER, D. D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church.  Burial
was in Robinson's Run cemetery.

 Mrs. Gertrude May HELLINGS SLATER, 61, wife of William E. SLATER, died at
4:50 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 1938, in her home, 1*2 Center avenue, Oakdale,
following an illness of 22 months.  A daughter of John C. and Mary Pauline
HELLINGS, she was born November 18, 1876, in Philadelphia.  She attended the
Wilkinsburg schools.  She and William E. SLATER were united in marriage June
8, 1896, in the United Brethren church, Wilkinsburg, by the Rev. J. I. L
WR**LER.  Before her marriage she taught school in Blawnox, Penn township,
Allegheny county, and after her marriage she taught in Pittsburgh.  She had
been a resident of Milltown, Unity and Butler before coming to Oakdale in
1904.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian church, Oakdale, the Order
of the Eastern Star of McDonald, and the Dames of Malta of Pittsburgh.
 Besides her husband, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. N. F. DODDS of
Langeloth.  A son, Wayne, died June 22, 1921.
 Funeral services were held Monday morning in the Presbyterian church,
Oakdale, conducted by the Rev. Carl H. WHITE, D. D.  Burial was in the
Oakdale cemetery.

 Mrs. Anne Louisa ROBINSON RANKIN, wife of the late John RANKIN, died at
3:25 a.m. EST Friday, July 1, 1938, in her home in Venice, R. D. 3,
McDonald.  Mrs. RANKIN was born 79 years ago on a farm near Hickory.  She
had been a resident of Venice for 46 years, and was a member of the Cecil
Mission church.
 She is survived by one daughter, Lola, the wife of William C. MC ELHANEY,
and a son, Carl RANKIN, both of Venice.  There are 17 grandchildren and 20
(?) great-grandchildren.  Her husband died in 1933.
 Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Venice U. P. church,
conducted by the pastor, the Rev. C. T. LITTELL.  Burial was in the Venice

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Jan 29, 1943

Mrs. Ira THORNTON, 42, died suddenly at 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 22, 1943,
in her home at Montour Nine of a heart attack.
 Mrs. THORNTON had been a resident of Montour Nine for the past 25 years.
She was a member of the First Baptist church of McDonald.
 Surviving are her husband, William F. THORNTON; four daughters:  Mrs. Ethel
PRATT of Montour Nine, Mrs. Louise SHERROW of Canonsburg, and Dorothy and
Betty THORNTON at home, and two sons"  William, Jr., and Larry, at home.
 Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the First Baptist church,
McDonald, in charge of the Rev. David B. MDODANA, who was assisted by the
Rev. Charles REDD.  Burial was in the Raccoon Presbyterian cemetery at

 Alfred G. MC CLELLAND, 69, died Thursday night, January 21, 1943, at
Weston, W. Va.
  Born in England, he came to the United States about 40 years ago,
ostensibly for his health, and was employed by the South Penn Oil Co., in
the McDonald field.  Subsequently he worked for W. S. LOCKHART and
associates for fifteen years on a coal stripping project at Adena, Ohio.  In
recent years he was employed at Weston, W. Va.  While in McDonald he roomed
at the Pitt hotel.  He had a number of warm friends here.
 He came from an old and highly respected family in South Shields, England.
A sister and a brother, who occupy the family homestead, survive him.
 The funeral will take place this Friday afternoon with burial at Weston, W.

 Mrs. Lydia ROBINSON ARNOLD died at 10:00 p.m. Monday, January 14, 1943, in
the home of her daughters in Barnesville, Ohio, at the age of 90 years, 7
months, and 11 days.  Her husband died 21 years ago.
 She was a resident of Fairview, Ohio, until two years ago, when her health
became impaired and she went to live with her daughters.
 The following children survive:  Mancile of Coraopolis, Thurman of
Leetsdale, Plessic, Nettie and Maggie of Barnesville, Ohio, and Wildie of
Canton, Ohio.  There are 23 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren, and 17
 Funeral services were held in the Fairview Presbyterian church on January
20.  Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

 John J. PHILLIPS, 81, died Saturday, January 23, 1943, in the Henry
SEABRIGHT home, Cherry Valley, where he had resided for a number of years.
Death followed a lingering illness.  His wife died October 3, 1918.
 Although born in England, Mr. PHILLIPS had resided in the McDonald district
for the last 57 years.  He was a retired machinist having been employed by a
number of firms.
 Mr. PHILLIPS was a member of the First Presbyterian church of McDonald.
  Two daughters:  Miss Mary of Carnegie and Mrs. Frank GOODWELL of McDonald,
and a son, William of Mt. Lebanon, survive.  One son, Joseph, preceded him
in death.  He leaves six grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Pettit Funeral home,
conducted by the Rev. Oscar E. GARDNER, D. D., pastor of the First
Presbyterian church, McDonald assisted by the Rev. Grant M. MC KNIGHT, D.D.
pastor of Robinson's Run U. P. church.  Burial was in Robinson's Run

 Robert Stewart WIANT, a native of Clarion county, died January 15, 1943, at
10:50 p.m. in his home in East Brady following a lingering illness.  Death
was due to a stroke.
 He was a son of the late Elias G. and Sarah Jane STEWART WIANT.  An active
member of the Presbyterian church and interested in community affairs, he
was for several years fire chief at Vandergrift and more recently at East
 He is survived by his wife, Lydia GEORGE WIANT; two sons:  James E. of
Pittsburgh, and George of Akron, Ohio; two daughters:  Margaret J. at home
and Mrs. Martha CONNER of West Monterey, Clarion county:  six grandchildren;
also three sisters:  Miss Blanche and Miss Etta WIANT, and Mrs. J. A. G.
DAVIDSON, all three of McDonald, and one brother, Dr. Meade WIANT of
Pittsburgh.  Another brother, Abram WIANT, preceded him in death eleven
months ago.
 Funeral services were held January 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the First
Presbyterian church, East Brady, conducted by his pastor, the Rev. Mr.
TAYLOR, and a former pastor, the Rev. Mr. CHISHOM of Petersburg, Pa.  Burial
was in the Rimersburg cemetery.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Jan 22, 1943

L. Benjamin MC GINNIS, 57, died at 9:15 p.m. Friday, January 15, 1943, in
his home at Moon Run, Allegheny County.
 Mr. MCGINNIS was born September 11, 1886, in Armstrong county, a son of
Stewart MC GINNINS and his wife Nancy COUSINS MC GINNIS.
 He and Rachel PLANCE were united in marriage in June 1907.
 Mr. MC GINNIS was an employee of the South Penn Oil Co.
 He is survived by his mother of Champion Hill, his wife, two sons, George
and Corporal Harold, and a daughter, Mrs. T. COX of Imperial.
 Funeral services were held on Monday, January 18, in the First United
Presbyterian church, at Moon Run.  Burial was in Robinson's Run cemetery at

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Oct 23, 1942

Flyer Killed in Bomber Air Crash
 Tech. Sgt. William R. PATTON, son of the Walter PATTONs of McKeesport, was
killed last Saturday when a four-motor bomber crashed into the Sierra Grande
mountains near Des Moines, N.M.  The plane left Rapid City, S.D. army
airbase on a routine flying trip, with eleven officers and men.  Mr. PATTON
was notified on Sunday by the War department that his son was missing on an
overdue aircraft and on Monday he was notified that the plane had been found
and that his son's body had been positively identified.  Two sheep herders
discovered the plain on the mountainside Saturday morning.  The plane itself
did not burn and most of the bodies were thrown clear of the wreckage.
 Sergeant PATTON was an aerial engineer and was serving as crew chief.
 Army authorities prepared to remove the bodies of the eleven men from
Sierra Grande peak.  The bodies were not removed immediately because there
is no roadway up the mountainside.  The body will be returned to McKeesport
later for burial, probably Friday or Saturday.
 Sergeant PATTON was a 1937 graduate of McKeesport high school.  He enlisted
in the US army December 16, 1940, and took training in Alabama, New Jersey,
Florida, Idaho, and South Dakota.  He was a graduate of the Casey Jones
school of aeronautics in New Jersey.  He was born June 4, 1919, in Bunola,
Allegheny county.  Besides his parents he is survived by these brothers and
sisters:  Melvin, Floyd, Walter, Robert, Mrs. Lois FRAAS, and Mrs. Hazel
 A letter was received by his parents dated October 16 stating that he had
been promoted to technical sergeant.  He was well known in the Imperial
district and visited relatives here while on furlough in June.  He is a
nephew of Mrs. Ray LOGAN.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Jan 22, 1943

Andrew MEHALIC, 49, died at 1:00 p.m. December 29, 1942, at his home at
Tyre, Allegheny county, following a two-year illness.
 He was a son of Mrs. Mary KOPKA MEHALIC and the late Stephen MEHALIC, and
was born December 5, 1893, at Tyre.
 He and Minnie BOLDENSKY were united in marriage on May 3, 1921.
 Until his last illness he was employed as a shipper at the Pittsburgh Coal
washer plant.
 He is survived by his mother, who resides at Tyre, his wife, one daughter,
Evelyn, the wife of Walter MAXMOVICH of Tyre, and twin sons, William and
Andrew, aged 10 years.  His father died ten years ago.
 Funeral services were held on January 2, conducted by the Rev. Fr. L. R.
KOLAKOWSKI.  Burial was in St. Columbkille's cemetery at Imperial.

 John Bell SMITH, 82, died at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 1943, in the
Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh, following an illness of pneumonia of two and a
half weeks duration.
 Mr. SMITH was born January 18, 1860, in Jefferson county, Pennsylvania, a
son of Jacob Sprankle SMITH and his wife, Martha HENDERSON SMITH.  He
attended the common schools and Cavode academy in Indiana county and
afterward spent from 1884 to 1890 in Lincoln, Kansas.  He was a rig-builder
by occupation and came to McDonald from Beaver county about 1891, as an
employee of the Forest Oil company, which later became the South Penn Oil
company.  The latter company pensioned him in May 1929.
 On February 22, 1900, he was united in marriage with Miss Laura MILLER of
Dilliner, Greene county, by the late Dr. W. D. IRONS, pastor of the First U.
P. church, McDonald.
 Mr. SMITH adhered to the principles of the Republican party and took an
interest in community affairs.  He was elected a member of the McDonald
borough council at different periods during the last thirty-five years, and
was a member at the time of his death.  He was also a member of council when
the Municipal building was erected twenty years ago.
 In early life he affiliated himself with the SMYRNA U. P. church in the
village of Home, Indiana county.
 Fraternally he was a member of Garfield Lodge No. 604, F&AM, Darius Royal
Arch Chapter No. 294, both of McDonald, of AAONMS Syria Temple, Pittsburgh,
MacDonald Lodge No. 605, IOOF, the McDonald volunteer fire department, and
the McDonald Sportsmen's club.
 He is survived by his wife and one daughter Laurabelle, the wife of M. F.
GAITENS, at home.  A brother, Milton H. SMITH of North East, and a sister,
Ms. Emma S. LOBAUGH of Punxsutawney.
 Four children are deceased:  Philip Coulter SMITH aged nine years, died
March, 1910.  William Warren SMITH, age four months, died March 1910, Stella
SMITH age seven years, died May 1910, and Fred SMITH, age nine years, died
April 1914.  Mr. SMITH's father died in 1926 and his mother in 1918.
 Funeral services were held Monday afternoon; in the family home 201 North
street, conducted by the Rev. S. A. MC COLLAM, D. D., pastor of the First U.
P. church.  Garfield lodge was in charge of the service at the grave.
Burial was in Robinson's Run cemetery.
 Relatives from a distance at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. S. S. LOBAUGH
and Mrs. Clair P. BROWN of Punxsutawney, Mrs. R. M. MARSHALL of Beyer,
Indiana county, Mrs. S. G. MOORE of Elkins, W. Va., Mrs. Charles E. MOORE of
Morgantown, W. Va., and Miss Isabel MILLER of Hagerstown, Md.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Jan 15, 1943

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for the late Judge Robert
Eckels BURNSIDE, whose death occurred Thursday evening, January 7, 1943, in
a Pittsburgh hospital.  Judge BURNSIDE was buried from the First United
Presbyterian church, Washington, with services in charge of the pastor, the
Rev. J. Paul GRAHAM, and burial was in the Washington cemetery.  Judge
BURNSIDE was the president of the congregation of that church.
 Judge BURNSIDE had been ill for some time with a heart affliction.  His
conditione seemed to improve and he was removed to a Pittsburgh hospital for
special treatment.  His death occurred there.
 Judge BURNSIDE was born September 20, 1888, at New Wilmington, the son of
James R. and Mary Prudence BURNSIDE, descendants of prominent families of
Chartiers township, Washington county.
 The deceased was graduated from Westminster college and the law school of
the University of Michigan.  He began his law practice in 1913.  He was
married to Miss Ethel BEACHAM, a teacher in the Washington schools, who,
after her marriage decided to study law and was later admitted to the bar.
She practiced with her husband as Burnside & Burnside and later Russell
MONINGER was admitted to the firm and the name became BURNSIDE, MONINGER, &
 The deceased was elected judge of the Washington county common pleas court
in 1939 and served with distinction and success since that time.

 Addison J. MC ELHANEY, 68, died suddenly at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, January 9,
1943, in his home on Seminary avenue, Oakdale, of a heart attack.
 A son of the late William J. and Estella WALKER MC ELHANEY, he was born
April 8, 1874, in Oakdale, where he spent his entire life.
 He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna B. MILLER MC ELHANEY;  two sons:
Ward A. of Meadville and Lester of North Bessemer, and four daughters:
Aleta, the wife of Cleon TAYLOR of Woodville; Aida, the wife of Albert WEISS
of Toledo, Ohio; Lola, the wife of Clyde E. BARNES of Sturgeon, and Miss
Anna E. MC ELHANEY at home; six brothers:  William of Avella, Charles of
McDonald, George of Venice, Edward of Sturgeon, Frank of Imperial, and Glenn
of Concord, Mich.  There are three grandchildren and two
 Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the MC ELHANEY home in
Oakdale, conducted by the Rev. W. R. MC MUNN, D. D. Burial was in the
Oakdale cemetery.

 Rene Francis LE ROY, 57, lost his life on Friday, January 8, 1943, in a
coal mine near Morgantown, W. Va., when he and a large number of other men
were trapped by an underground fire, in the Number 15 mine of the Pursglove
Mining Co.
 He is survived by his wife Jessie, two daughters:  Mrs. P. H. BERG, Jr., of
Oakmont and Dolly LE ROY of Morgantown, W. Va.; two sons Raymer and Kenneth
LE ROY of Verona; a sister, Mrs. Evelyn RUMBAUGH of McDonald; two brothers:
Jules LE ROY of Morgantown, W. Va., and Amey LE ROY of Ellwood City.
 Funeral services were held Monday morning in a Morgantown funeral home.
Burial was Monday afternoon in the Robinson's Run cemetery, McDonald.

 Mrs. Elizabeth REGESTRA BARALE, 60, of Midway died at 4:00 p.m. Sunday,
January 10, 1943, in the Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh, following a lingering
 She was born December 20, 1882, in Italy and came to the United States in
1903.  She had been a resident of Midway the last 32 years.  Her husband,
Stesano BARALE died in 1936.
 Mrs. BARALE is survived by a daughter, Marguerite, the wife of Merle
BURCHIANTI of Midway.  There are two granddaughters.
 Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the BURCHIANTI home,
conducted by the Rev. Carl CHAPMAN, pastor of the Midway Methodist church.
Burial was in Center Cemetery, Midway.

 Frank GILLINGHAM, 64, of Fayette City, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, December
27, 1942, in the Charleroi Monessen hospital.
 He was born July 9, 1878, in Webster, Westmorland county.
 He is survived by a son, Frank Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. Ruth BLUSSICK,
both of McDonald, three brothers:  Howard of Fayette City, and James and
Lewis both of Alliance, Ohio; two sisters:  Mrs. Amelia BALLENTYNE of
Charleroi and Mrs. Laura CARROLL of Fallowfield township.
 Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 29, in a Fayette City funeral
home.  Burial was in Mt. Auburn cemetery.

 Mrs. Margaret ALBERTINI TUSIN, 33, of Primrose (R. D. 4, McDonald) died at
4:00 a.m. Sunday January 10, 1943, in the Canonsburg hospital of a
self-inflicted bullet wound.  She had been in ill health for some time.
 She is survived by her husband, Fred TUSTIN; a daughter, Irene aged four,
and a son, Joseph, aged ten months.  Five brothers, two sisters, and her
parents also survive.
 Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Pettit Funeral home,
conducted by the Rev. C. S. THOMAS, pastor of the Mt. Pleasant U. P. church,
Hickory.  Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery.

 Mrs. Leah ROQUETLOT TESTAS, 68, of Bulger, died at 2:15 a.m. Thursday,
January 7, 1943, in the Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh, following a lingering
illness.  Mrs. TESTAS was born in France and had resided in Bulger the past
35 years.
 She is survived by her husband, Louis TESTAS;  Four sons, Emile TERRENOIRE,
Pittsburgh; Charles TERRENOIRE, Yorkville, Ohio; Prosper TERRENOIRE, Donora,
and Leon, TESTAS, Bulger, Mrs. Marguerite GIMNELL of California, and ten
 Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in her home in Bulger,
conducted by the Rev. Philip W. HORNE, pastor of the Midway Baptist church.
Burial was in Robinson's Run Cemetery, McDonald.

 John B. MC GEE, 40, of Mt. Washington died at 1:30 (1:50?) p.m. Wednesday,
January 6, 1943, of injuries received when he fell fifteen feet from a
scaffold while welding on a ship at the American Bridge Works.
 A son of Claude D. and Josephine FEREDAY MC GEE of Corliss, he was born in
November 1902 in McDonald.  The MC GEE family moved from McDonald to
Sturgeon, and about 17 years ago to Corliss.
 Besides his parents, Mr. MC GEE is survived by his wife, Alberta BEST MC
GEE, who he married in Washington about thirteen years ago; a son, Claude,
aged two years; five sisters:  Mrs. Alvin YETTER of Corliss, Mrs. John
COCHRAN of Midway, Mrs. W. TRAUTMAN of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Harry SAP of
Alliance, Ohio, and Miss Pearl MC GEE at home, and a brother, Samuel MC GEE,
at home.
 Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the family home at
Corliss.  Burial was in Robinson's Run cemetery McDonald.

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