From the McDonald Record-Outlook Feb. 12, 1952
Donald TROPECK, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. James TROPECK
of R. D. 1, McDonald,
near Champion Hill, was found dead early Saturday afternoon,
February 9, in
the barn near his home.
Born September 12, 1932, at R. D. 1, McDonald,
he attended the grade school
at Champion Hill and was graduated from West Allegheny
Joint high school.
He attended Business Training College, Pittsburgh, and
for the past eighteen
monts had been employed at the McDonald A & P store
as a checker. He ad
been in ill health since November of last year and underwent
operation in the early part of December. He had
not worked since that time.
Surviving besides his parents are seven sisters,
Mrs. Ann LUKASIEWIECZ,
Mrs. Nellie PIVOVAR, Mrs. Mary KULAK, and Mrs. Jerry
GEVNOSKY, all of
McDonald; Mrs. Sophie RUBLE, Homewood; Mrs. Frances ARANEC,
Mrs. Helen SVIHLA, Gladden Heights; also one brother,
John, at home.
A brother, James, was killed January 21, 1946,
by a train at the Noblestown
crossing. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning
at 9:00 in St. Patrick's church,
Noblestown, in charge of the Rev. Fr. W. T. MULEN.
Burial was in the church
William Lee MCCARRELL, 58, of Clinton died
Saturday in the Presbyterian
hospital following a short illness.
He was employed for a number of years as maintenance
foreman at Raccoon
Creek State Park. He was a member of the Hanover
Presbyterian church where he was a former trustee.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Marie ALLISON MCCARRELL;
three sons, William
L., Jr., and Jack E. MCCARRELL, both of Hookstown, and
Robert B. MCCARRELL
of Chicago, and a daughter, Miss Lois Ann MCCARRELL,
Funeral services wee held Tuesday afternoon at
Hookstown. Burial was in
Spring Hill Cemetery, Wellsville, Ohio.
From the McDonald Record-Outlook Feb. 21, 1952
Laura Jane, five-day-old daughter of Ernest E.
Jr., a former
resident of McDonald, and Martha LEAF NIMAL of Crafton,
died February 13,
1952 in St. Margaret's hospital, Pittsburgh.
The child was born February 8 in St. Margaret's
Surviving besides her parents is a brother, David,
aged 16 months.
Funeral services were held Friday morning in the
Hershberger funeral home,
Crafton. Burial was in Robinson's Run cemetery.
Mrs. Ella CALDWELL, 79, died suddenly of
a heart attack February 11, 1952,
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Helen BARNHART at Worthington.
She was born in June, 1872 on the Northside, Pittsburgh.
Recently she had
been making her home with Dr. and Mrs. KENNEDY and family.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Mary JOHNSON
and Mrs. Marcella MARTIN,
both of Butler, Mrs. Helen BARNHART of Worthington and
KENNEDY of Imperial; two sons, Richard CALDWELL of Cleveland,
Edward CALDWELL of Jamestown; also 17 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held February 14 at St. Paul's
Burial was in Calvary cemetery.
William Harry MOORE, 87, died in the home
of his son, Melvin MOORE, R. D.
1, Oakdale, at 10:55 p.m. February 13, 1952, following
a week's illness.
Mr. MOORE was born December1, 1864, at R. D. 1,
Oakdale. He was a plumber
most of his life. He was a member of the First
Presbyterian church of
Burgettstown, where he had formerly resided. His
wife, Martha O'HERRON
MOORE, died in June, 1950.
Surviving are two sons, John MOORE, Hanlin Station,
and Melvin MOORE, R. D.
1, Oakdale; two daughters, Mrs. Pearl PHILLIS, R.D. 3,
Mrs. Ruby ZIEGLER, R. D. 2, McDonald, one sister, Mrs.
Mary CAMPBELL, R. D.
1, Oakdale; one brother, Nelson MOORE, Wireton, and 12
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Thomas
funeral home, Oakdale, in
charge of the Rev. J. C. RUBLE, pastor of the First Presbyterian
Burgettstown. Burial was in Robinson's Run cemetery.
ANDY SEMINICK'S FATHER DIES IN DETROIT
Wasil SEMINICK, 70, father of Catcher Andy
SEMINICK, of the Cincinnati
Reds, died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Anna
ISKI, in Detroit,
Mich. Mr. SEMINICK, who had lived for
30 years in the Muse district, where his
son first attracted the attention of major league scouts,
had resided in
Detroit about a month, going there from Philadelphia,
where had been staying
with another son.
Andy telephoned the Reds that his father's death
would delay his scheduled
arrival in Cincinnati when the ball club's batterymen
are to check in.
SEMINICK went to the Reds, with three other former Philadelphia
a recent four-for-tree trade.
Mr. SEMINICK was a retired coal miner having been
employed by the National
Mining Co. at Muse. He had been in ill health three
years. He was a member
of St. John's Russian Orthodox church of Canonsburg.
His wife, Mary, died April 29, 1950. Six
children survive; Andrew, of
Elizabethtown, Tenn.; Michael of Detroit; Mrs. Anna ISKI,
Detroit; Mrs. Mary
TORSKY, Cedarville, Mich., and Mrs. Helen MOSCHECK, Allen
Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the
Yoney funeral home,
Canonsburg, followed by a service in St. John's church,
will be in Oak Spring cemetery.
From the McDonald Record-Outlook Feb. 28, 1952
Mrs. Ann LIDSTONE, 91, of Bulger, died February
20, 1952, after a lingering
illness. She was born August 25, 1860,
and had resided most of her life in the
Bulger community. Surviving are
two daughters, Mrs. Ida Mae FURNEAUX, Burgettstown, and Mrs.
August HUBER, Steubenville; three grandchildren, Mrs.
Burgettstown; Mrs. Robert FERGUSON, Weirton, W. Va.,
and John R. FURNEAUX,
Ravenna, Ohio, also one sister, Mrs. William GOTTKE,
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in
the Wilson funeral home,
Midway. Burial was I the Raccoon cemetery.
Mrs. Marguerite TRIMMER MALONEY, wife of James
Jay MALONEY of Center
avenue, McDonald, died early Wednesday morning, February
27, 1952, in the
Mercy hospital, where she was admitted Friday of last
A daughter of the late Alexander M. and Anna Mary
BEACH TRIMMER, she was
born November 10, 1898, in McDonald.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian church,
Auxiliary, Post 485, and the Pansy Rebekah Lodge No.
592 of McDonald.
Surviving besides her husband, are two daughters,
Mrs. Anna PLANCE and Mrs.
Aileen BENNETT, both of McDonald, and one sister, Mrs.
Marie IRONS of Terre
Haute, Ind. There are two grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Pettit funeral
home after Thursday noon.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Jacob SPARKENBAUGH, 82, died Monday, February
25, 1952, in the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Paul VERCAMMEN, at Noblestown, following
a three-day illness.
He was born March 4, 1870, in Armstrong county.
He worked for many years
in both the Fayette and Carnegie coal mines. Mr.
SPARKENBAUGH was a
resident of Noblestown for 43 years. His wife,
Annie DIAMOND SPARKENBAUGH
died January 28, 1922. Five of their nine children
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Mae TENNYSON
and Mrs. Hazel LONGSTRETH,
both of Sturgeon, and Mrs. Wilma VERCAMMEN of Noblestown;
a son, Benjamin
SPARKENBAUGH, of Noblestown, and a brother, George SPARKENBAUGH
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon
in the Thomas funeral home,
Oakdale, in charge of the Rev. John T. RICHARDSON.
Burial was in Robinson's
Mrs. Sara CAPITANI, 57, of Valley street,
McDonald, died Wednesday,
February 20, 1952, at her home following a prolonged
illness. She was the
widow of John B. CAPITANI, SR., who died in September,
Mrs. CAPITANI was born September 15, 1894, in Italy
and had resided in
McDonald the past 36 years. She was a member of
St. Alphonsus Catholic
church of McDonald.
She is survived by three sons, Ernest CAPITANI,
McDonald; John CAPITANI,
Canonsburg, and Donald CAPITANI, U. S. Army; one daughter,
BRENKUS, McDonald, and four grandchildren. Two
brothers and a sister
survive in Italy.
Requiem high mass was held Saturday morning in
St. Alphonsus church in
charge of Fr. Martin FLAHERTY. Burial was in the
Mrs. Celina PLETINCKS, 81, died at 3:30 a.m.
February 22, 1952, in the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Victor BAILY, Liberty street, McDonald,
illness of four weeks. She is the widow of Adolph
Mrs. PLETINCKS was born September 28, 1870, in
Belgium and had been a
resident of the McDonald district for 65 years.
She was a member of the Irons Memorial United Presbyterian
church and the
King's Daughters class of the church.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Victor
BAILY of McDonald, Mrs. S.
A. ROMAIN of Mt. Lebanon, Mrs. Leon FRANKLIN, Sr., of
Sturgeon, and Mrs. A.
S. DeVOS of Baltimore, Md.; two sons, Adolph PLETINCKS,
JR., of Wallingford,
Conn., and John R. PLETINCKS of McDonald; two brothers,
Arthur SCHAYES of
the Woodville State Hospital, and Eli SCHAYES of Steubenville,
Ohio, and two
sisters, Mrs. Adeline HALEY of Heidelberg and Mrs. Mary
LAURENT of New
Kensington; there are 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in
the Pettit funeral home, in
charge of the Rev. Ralph Y. SCOTT. Burial was in
Robinson's Run cemetery.
OAKDALE MAN KILLED BY HIT-RUN IN MICH.
SERVED FOUR YEARS IN ARMY IN WW II; BODY BROUGHT TO OAKDALE
Robert VANSICKLE, 30, son of the late A.
O. VANSICKLE and Mrs. Lou
VANSICKLE, formerly of Oakdale, was instantly killed
early Saturday morning,
February 23, near Brighton, Mich., by a hit-run driver.
VANSICKLE, who left Oakdale about a year ago to
make his home in Detroit,
was employed as a truck driver by the Brada Cartage Truck
Co. Officials of
the company said his truck had broken down and another
CHARLTON, had been sent to tow the truck to the garage.
Police surmised the two were inspecting their towing
connection when the
hit-run car bore down on them. VANSICKLE was crushed
against the side of
his truck by the careening auto. CHARLTON was taken
to a hospital,
suffering with leg injuries.
Police arrested the suspected driver, Anthony SACK.,
Jr., of Brighton, a
short time after in a restaurant eight miles east of
Brighton. He is being
held at the Levingstone county jail
Mr. VANSICKLE was born September 30, 1921, in Oakdale
where he resided
until going to Detroit a year ago. He and
Ireen SKOP of Oakdale were
married, May, 26, 1944. He served four years in
the army in World War II,
three years of which were spent overseas.
Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Patricia,
6; four sisters, Mrs.
Elmer WALK, Oakdale; Mrs. John SMITH, Detroit; Mrs. J.
K. ILIK, Washington,
and Mrs. Rudy ILIK, Monterey Park, Calif.; a brother,
Detroit, and his mother, Mrs. A. O. VANSICKLE, Detroit.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in
the Thomas funeral home,
Oakdale, in charge of the Rev. W. V. Ritchie. Military
services were in
charge of Oakdale Post 171, American Legion. Burial
was in the Oakdale
Lloyd DAWSON, 19, of R. D. 1, Hookstown,
was killed almost instantly when
he was caught in the wreckage of a truck loaded with
apples that crashed in
Clinton Tuesday. Note: that would have been Feb. 26,
The driver, Arthur HAUGHT, 19, of Hookstown was
treated for a right
State police said HAUGHT applied the breaks to
avoid another truck in
front. The brakes "grabbed" police said, and the
truck swerved off the
highway and turned over.
Peter KALAN of Tyre died February 17, 1952,
in St. Francis hospital
following an illness of several months. He was
born in 1888 in Austria.
Mr. KALAN is survived by a daughter and a grandson
of Detroit, Mich., a
brother, Joseph KALAN of Primrose, seven nieces and two
Funeral services were held February 20, in St.
Imperial. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Minnie Louise MCLAUGHLIN, 68, wife of
the late Alex MCLAUGHLIN of
Hendersonville, died February 21, 1952, in the home of
her daughter, Mrs.
She was born in Germany and she and her husband
were former residents of
the Clinton area.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Roberts BAUGHMAN,
and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held February 23 in Bridgeville
with burial in the
Joseph G. DARBY, 67 year-old president of
the Darby Storage & Transfer
Company, Pittsburgh, died in the Washington hospital
Monday of injuries
suffered February 20 in an automobile collision on Route
19 near Quail Hill.
DARBY, who lived at 85 Mayfair Drive, Mt. Lebanon,
suffered severe shock
and fractured ribs in the accident in which two other
men were hurt, but his
death was attributed to pulmonary congestion, Coroner
L. G. GRAY, reported.
He was well known in the McDonald area.
The Rev. Dr. Carl C. WHITE died February 22, 1952,
at his home in Lakeland,
Fla., after an illness of four months.
Dr. WHITE became well known in this district while
pastor of the
Presbyterian church at Oakdale during the period 1934-1944.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Robert of Columbus,
and three daughters,
Mrs. James BROWN and Mrs. Franklin MCVETY, both of Milwaukee,
and Miss Ruth
WHITE, an army librarian in the Ernie Pyle Library in
Services were held Tuesday in the Westminster church,
Lakeland, and burial
was in the Lakeland cemetery.