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From the McDonald Record-Outlook March 6, 1952
Joseph M. PUSKAR, 58, life-long resident of Imperial, died suddenly
February 28, 1952.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Anna Marie CARSON of Rhode Island and
Mrs. Virginia MULLOOLY of Boston, Mass., and four brothers, John J. of
Columbus, Ohio, A.T. of Barberton, Ohio, and L.A. and Foldy of Imperial.
Friends were received at the Moody funeral home at Clinton, where services
were held Monday morning. Burial was in St. Columbkille cemetery.
Mrs. Sherman HALEY of Midway died Saturday, March 1, 1952, at
after a brief illness.
She was born January 10, 1894 in Midway.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ruth BRANDOLINO;
two sons, George and Edward HALEY; three sisters, Mrs. Clara DEMPE, Mrs.
Russell GRIFFITH and Mrs. Margaret BYERBACH; three brothers, Peter, Joseph
and Henry KLEIN; four grandsons and two granddaughters.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in her late home in charge of
the Rev. George HEADLEY. Burial was in Center cemetery.
Mrs. Tamzan L. GOSSETT, wife of George D. GOSSETT of Pendleton,
February 29, 1952, in St. John's hospital, Anderson, Ind., following an
illness of one month. She resided in Cecil Township until four years ago.
Mrs. GOSSETT was born April 28, 1911.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Cpl. John H. JONES in
Korea, and Fred A. GOSSETT, Pendleton, Ind.; three brothers, John
MACNICKLOS, Van MACNICKLOS, and Abner MACNICKLOS, and a sister, Mrs. H. H.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Coleman funeral home,
Cecil. Burial was in the Venice cemetery.
Mrs. Frances PETACH, wife of John PETACH of Midway, died at 9:00
February 29, 1952, in the Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh, following a brief
She was born April 5, 1901, and had been a resident of Midway most of her
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, John PETACH, Jr.; a
daughter, Mrs. William MARTIK; a brother, Frank NAGODE, and two sisters,
Mrs. Frank KOSE< and Mrs. Joseph JANESHEK, all of midway. There is one
Funeral services were held Monday morning in St. Ann's Catholic church,
Bulger. Burial was in Center cemetery, Midway.
Mrs. Anna Louise TRAUTMAN EHLE, 66, WIFE OF George R. EHLE, of
died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 1952 in the Sewickley Valley
hospital of a heart ailment.
She was born February 20, 1886, in McDonald. Mrs. EHLE was a member of the
Valley Presbyterian church.
Surviving besides her husband, are five daughters, Mrs. Alda MESSNER, Mrs.
Eleanor KRAWCHYK, Mrs. Anna Mae SUCHAR, Mrs. Alyce NESTOR, and Miss
Gertrude; four sons, Ralph, George, Marvin and Robert, all of this vicinity;
also 31 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Kate
GOSS of R. D. 3, Coraopolis, and Mrs. Margaret LINK of Youngstown, Ohio; and
one brother, Henry TRAUTMAN of Gary, Ind.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Raymond TOUVELL in the Valley
Presbyterian church Monday afternoon. Burial was in the church cemetery,
Thomas Weir JOHNSTON, of Elm Grove, W. Va., died early Thursday
February 28 1952, in the Ohio Valley hospital, Wheeling, where he had been a
patient for twelve weeks.
A son of the late Francis and Sara WEIR JOHNSTON of Laurel Hill, McDonald,
he was born February 17, 1883, at Primrose. He was a member of the
Presbyterian Stone church, Elm Grove, the IOOF Lodge and the Civic League of
Elm Grove, and the Garfield Lodge No. 604, F and A. M. of McDonald.
Surviving are his wife, the former Emily ROBERTS of McDonald, three
daughters, Nova, wife of George GOOLSBY of Sharon; Sara, wife of Charles
SEIDEL of Elm Grove, and Miss Marie, at home; one brother, William J.
Johnston of McDonald, and two sisters, Margaret, wife of William I. WARD of
North CHARLEROI and Mrs. Elizabeth TUCKER of Elm Grove. There are three
Funeral services were held Saturday morning in a funeral home in Elm Grove.
Burial was in Robinson's Run cemetery.
William Lawrence RAMOUS, two-month-old son of William and Isabelle
RAMOUS of Fannie street, McDonald, died March 4, 1952, in the Children's
hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born December 27, 1951, in the Canonsburg
Friends will be received at the Rogers funeral home. A blessing service
will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in St. Alphonsus church in charge of Fr.
Martin FLAHERTY. Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery, Noblestown.
Mrs. Phoebe PILKINGTON, 76, of Westland, died at 8:31 a.m. Tuesday,
4, 1952, in the Canonsburg hospital following an illness of two months. She
had been hospitalized three weeks.
Mr. PILKINGTON was born August 7, 1875, in England and had been a resident
of Westland for 49 years. She was a faithful member of the Westland U. P.
Mission and charter member of its Women's Missionary society. Her husband,
William PILKINGTON, died March 24, 1930.
Survivors include two children: Mary Ann, Wife of Robert ATCHISON, and A.
D. PILKINGTON, both of Westland; eight grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth BLACKLEDGE of Library; also
one sister and two brothers in England.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Westland U. P.
Mission in charge of Rev. W. N. THORNBURG. Burial will be in Mt. Prospect
William WASHINGTON, 65, of Valley street, McDonald, died February
in the Presbyterian hospital following an operation.
He had been a resident of McDonald for six years, residing with his niece,
Mrs. Bessie CRAVEN. He was a member of the First Baptist church of
Youngstown, Ohio, and Pride of the West Lodge No. 196.
Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Lula LINDSEY of Brooklyn, N. Y., two nieces and
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Trinity AME Zion
church, Oakdale, in charge of the Rev. A. A. HENDERSON. Burial was in the
Mrs. Martha MCMURRAY MITCHELL, wife of Nick MITCHELL, died at
March 1, 1952, in her home at Moundsville, W.Va., following a year's
She was born November 11, 1898, in Oakdale, a daughter of the late Robert
W. and Mary MORRISON MCMURRAY.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a stepson, George MITCHELL, of
Moundsville, a sister, Miss Agnes MCMURRAY, and a brother, Robert MCMURRAY,
both of Oakdale.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at a funeral home in
Moundsville in charge of the Rev. Roy SHOAF, pastor of the First
Presbyterian church, Moundsville.
ATLASBURG GI KILLED IN KOREA
Pfc. Albert GANCHUCK of Atlasburg was killed in action in Korea
18, the Department of Defense has notified his mother, Mrs. Anna GANCHUCK.
His death brings Washington county's known Korean War dead, killed, fatally
wounded or died of disease contracted at the front to and unofficial total
of 28. Only one died of disease, Pvt. Floyd W. DONAHOO, of Marianna, victim
of a mysterious malady which took a heavy toll among Allied soldiers.
Private First Class GANCHUCK, 23, was drafted into the Army May 24, 1951,
and completed basic training at Ft. Knox, Ky. He was sent overseas and
began duty in Korea last December 30, with the 32nd Infantry Regiment,
He had corresponded regularly with his family, the last later being dated
February 15, 1952, and was received on February 25.
Albert is the son of Mrs. Anna GANCHUCK and the late Fred GANCHUCK and was
born January 27, 1929, at Westland. He attended public schools at Atlasburg
and Union high school, Burgettstown. He was employed by Jones & Laughlin
Steel Co. at Aliquippa, before his induction.
Surviving are two brothers, Steve of Glassport and Fred, Jr. at home; and
two sisters; Mrs. Virginia PRYOR, McDonald, and Mrs. Marie WEBSTER at home.
From the McDonald Record-Outlook Jan. 15, 1931
OAKDALE MAN IS KILLED WHEN STRUCK BY CAR
MATT HURNEY DIES ALMOST INSTANTLY OF FRACTURED SKULL; ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT
MEVEY FROM EAST OF MCDONALD
Last night at about eleven-thirty Matt HURNEY, age 26, of Oakdale,
by a car and killed on the Noblestown road near the Mevey farm. He was
walking toward Oakdale, when he met a car coming toward McDonald and driven
by J. B. AIKEN of Bulger. In attempting to avoid being hit, the driver
asserts that HURNEY walked into the path of the car and that the accident
was unavoidable. The fender of the car hit him. He was brought to McDonald
to the office of Deputy Coroner E. S. RHOADES, and a physician was called,
but he was pronounced dead from a fracture of the skull.
Mr. HURNEY was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. HURNEY of Oakdale, and a twin
brother of John HURNEY of Youngstown. He is also survived by another
brother, Owen, at home, and four sisters, Mr. A. A. CHAMAR, Mrs. C. J.
MARMARGIN and Mrs. Jack HAMPSON all of Youngstown, and Mrs. W. J. HERMAN of
Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning in the St. Patrick's
church, Noblestown. Interment will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.
ENGINEER DIED IN ENGIN CAB
JAMES W. BRABSON SUCCUMBS TO HEART ATTACK ON WAY HOME FROM WORK; FORMERLY
LIVED IN MIDWAY; WELL KNOWN HERE
James W. BRABSON, an engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad, died
last Monday night at twelve o'clock in the cab of the engine in which he was
riding. He was returning from work to his home in Steubenville, and had
boarded the engine of a freight train at Wheeling to make the trip. A short
distance east of that city he dropped suddenly dead. His death is
attributed to heart trouble. Mr. BRABSON was 37 years of age and was the
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. BRABSON of Burgettstown.
He is survived by his wife, who before her marriage was Ruth BYERS of
Steubenville, and two children, William age 11, and Dorothy, age 4. His
parents also are living and three sisters and two brothers; Mrs. George
PALIN, Midway; Mrs. Wallace STEWART, McDonald; Mrs. William BAIRD, Langloth;
John BRABSON, Midway and Edward BRABSON, McDonald.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at two o'clock in
Burgettstown conducted by Rev. MOSS and Rev. GOE.
VICTIM OF HEART ATTACK WHILE ON CANONSBURG STREET
BORN IN MIDWAY; WAS MOTHER OF TWO MCDONALD RESIDENTS
Stricken Friday afternoon while walking on the street in front
of the West
Penn Power Company office in Canonsburg, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth RUEFF, of 2
Black avenue, died shortly afterward at her home where she had been taken.
Acute dilatation of the heart is given as the cause of her death.
She was born in Midway April 13, 1873, but had made her home in Canonsburg
for a number of years. Her husband, John RUEFF is deceased but she is
survived by the following children: Mrs. William DURBIN, McDonald; Thomas
M. JOYCE, address unknown; Mrs. Harry CHARLTON, Canonsburg, and two sisters
and two brothers, Mrs. J. G. MCCULLOUGH and Mrs. Frank CARNAHAN, Clinton;
Frank CUNNNINGHAM, McDonald, and Robert AYRES, New Kensington. Four
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Harry CHARLTON, 2 Black avenue, Canonsburg, and interment
was in the Oak Springs cemetery.
AGED BULGER RESIDENT IS CALLED BY DEATH
WAS BORN IN GERMANY, COMING TO THIS COUNTRY WHEN TWENTY-ONE
Leonard HERMES, aged 87 years, for the past 50 years a resident
died in his home at Bulger Saturday morning at 7:20 o'clock. He had been
confined to his bed for 18 days.
Mr. HERMES was widely known throughout the district. He leaves his wife
and the following children; Mrs. Elizabeth RAYNOR of Squirrel Hill,
Pittsburgh; Mrs. Margaret LOUER, of Midway; Mrs. Lillian DEER of Midway;
Mrs. Catherine LECOUVIE, of Bulger, and Thomas HERMES, of Rochester. Two
other children, now deceased were Mrs. W. H. JOHNSON and Michael HERMES.
There are 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 9:00 o'clock in the St. Anne
Roman Catholic Church at Bulger. Interment was in St. Patrick's cemetery,
SAMUEL MCCANN FUNERAL
Short funeral services were held Thursday afternoon for Samuel MCCANN at
his late residence in Venice, in charge of Rev. S. G. CONNER. Mr. MCCANN
died Tuesday evening, January 5, after being ill only a few days of
pneumonia. He as taken sick at Avella, where he was employed, and brought
to his home Friday..
*Compiler's note: Remainder of obit missing, newspaper was crumbled away.
OAKDALE WOMAN PASSES AWAY
PNEUMONIA CLAIMS MRS. MARY CRAWFORD AFTER ILLNESS OF FOUR DAYS; BORN NEAR
Mrs. Mary A. MCNALL CRAWFORD died at her home on 32 Bridge street,
Pa., Monday evening, January 12, 1931, at 10:15 o'clock, after four days
illness of pneumonia. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. G. W.
MCNALL of near Clinton, Pa. Mrs. CRAWFORD was born May 26, 1852 near
Clinton. For the past 23 years she has been a resident of Oakdale, moving
there in 1908. In 1870 she was united in marriage to Mr. E. D. CRAWFORD of
Robinson Township, Washington County and to this marriage was born nine
children, seven of whom are still living.
Mrs. CRAWFORS was a faithful member of the First United Presbyterian church
of Oakdale, a devoted mother and a kind and loving neighbor and friend. Mr.
CRAWFORD died 26 years ago.
She leaves the following children; R. M. CRAWFORD, Addie, Idaho; George W.
CRAWFORD, Mercer, Pa.; Mrs. Anna GLASS and Mrs. John M. SIMPSON, Bulger,
Pa.; Mrs. Joseph S. HADDEN, Oakdale, and Dr. Ralph MCNALL DRAWFORD, with
whom she make her home.
Services were held in the late home Wednesday evening at eight o'clock
conducted by the Rev. E. A. DOWEY, assisted by the Rev. W. R. MCMUNN.
Interment was Thursday morning in the Robinson's Run cemetery.
This is from the March 20, 1931 McDonald, PA, "Record".
Mrs. Sylvia DELVAUX, 72, died at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 1931, in her
935 Fallowfield avenue, Charleroi, after an illness of four days.
Born in Roux, Belgium, February 20, 1859, she came to America 53 years ago.
She resided in McDonald prior to moving the Charleroi 29 years ago.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter: Frank H. of Charleroi, Conrad of
Niles, Ohio, and Mrs. Alice GODISART of Los Angeles, Calif.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon of last week, conducted by
the Rev. F. S. MONTGOMERY, a Presbyterian pastor of Charleroi. Burial was
in the Charleroi cemetery.
Mrs. GODISART, because of illness and Conrad DELVAUX, because of a broken
leg, were unable to attend their mother's funeral.
From the Mar. 27, 1931 McDonald, PA, Record
I have no connection to any of these families, nor do I have any other
Herbert G. VANKEUREN, 70, died Sunday night, March 22, 1931, in the
his daughter Mrs. James W. DONALDSON, 117 Center avenue, McDonald. He had
been ill for several months.
Mr. VANKEUREN was born in Riceville, Crawford county and had resided in
McDonald the past 35 years, working in the oil fields most of the time. A
member of the Knights of Maccabees he was a district organizer of the order,
and at his death he was a commander of the McDonald tent. He was also a
member of the First United Presbyterian church of McDonald. Mrs. VANKEUREN
died in 1923.
He leaves the following children: T. H. VANKEUREN of Charleston, W. Va.,
C. R. VANKUREN of Tuttleman City, Calif., Mrs. C. E. MCDOWELL of
Monongahela, Mrs. James W. DONALDSON and Everett VANKEUREN of McDonald.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Donaldson home in
charge of the Rev. S. A. MCCOLLAM who was assisted by the Rev. A. R.
ARMSTRONG. Burial was in the Robinson's Run cemetery.
From the McDonald Record-Outlook May 22, 1931
Mrs. Margaret Anna BURNETT, 88, widow of Joseph W. BURNETT, died at
a.m. Saturday, May 16, 1931, in the family home, 7 West Front street, Oil
City, after an illness of four days.
Mrs. BURNETT was born in Plattsburgh, N. Y., June 29, 1842, the daughter of
Jonathan and Margaret COTTER WHITE. She went to Oil City in 1857 and had
been a resident there ever since. She was the second oldest member of the
Second Presbyterian church and was a member of the Bethany class.
Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Ida M BOOKHAMMER at home, and Jane the
wife of John H. RISBECK of Lakeland, Fla.; and two sons: Clarence L.
BURNETT of Pittsburgh, and George W. BERNETT of Oil City. Five
grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday with the Rev. A. B.
MCCORMICK officiating. Burial was in the Grove Hill cemetery, Oil City.
Mrs. Sara TYLER, 62, wife of James TYLER of Johnston street, McDonald,
Thursday morning, May 21, 1931, in a Pittsburgh hospital, where she was
taken earlier in the week.
She is survived by her husband and a son Theodore, who resides in