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From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Feb 28, 1953

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 week.
 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, American Legion
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 are deceased.
 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 of Delmonte,
Pa. (sic)
 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
Run cemetery.

 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. Nelson FERRIS,
Burgettstown; Mrs. Robert FERGUSON, Weirton, W. Va., and John R. FURNEAUX,
Ravenna, Ohio, also one sister, Mrs. William GOTTKE, Allenport, survives.
 Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Wilson funeral home,
Midway.  Burial was in the Raccoon cemetery.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  June 28, 1951

Elmer PURDY, 80, died Friday morning, June 22, 1951, in the home of his
son, Wayne Purdy, near Imperial.
 A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George PURDY, he had resided in Clinton for
several years before moving to the home of his son. He was an elder in the
Clinton U. P. church for a number of years.
 Surviving are two sons, Wayne of near Imperial, and James of Campmeeting
road, Clinton, and a brother, William PURDY, of Coraopolis.  There are
several grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Monday with burial in the Clinton cemetery.

 Joseph CHIFF died at 9:30 a.m. June 23, 1951, in his home, R.D. 4,
McDonald, following an illness of a month.
 A son of the late Henry and Octavia DEBLANDER CHIFF, he was born July 8,
1892, in Primrose, where he spent his entire life.  He was a miner until
about four years ago when he went to work on the roads.  He was a member of
the LaSolidarite club, Primrose.
 Surviving are a brother, August CHIFF, and a sister, Mrs. Charles LIEBERT,
both of R. D. 4, McDonald, and several nieces and a nephew.
 Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Wilson funeral home,
Midway, in charge of the Rev. Joseph H. RODGERS, pastor of the First
Presbyterian church, McDonald. Burial was in Center cemetery.

 J. Edgar COX, 46, of Washington died at 4:25 a.m. Monday, June 25, 1951, in
the Washington hospital.
 He was born June 2, 1905, in Canonsburg, a son of Mrs. Sarah DAVIS COX and
the late Frank COX.
 The deceased had spent the greater part of his life in Canonsburg, having
moved to Washington only two months ago.  He was a barber I McDonald the
past four years.  Mr. COX was a member of the Chartiers United Presbyterian
church.
 Surviving are his wife, Margaret BERLIN COX; his mother; two brothers,
Frank Kenneth COX, Canonsburg, and David William COX at home, and one
sister, Mrs. Alex STREATOR, Washington.
 Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in a Canonsburg funeral home
in charge f the Rev. John T. BROWNLEE, pastor of the Chartiers U. P. church,
Houston.  Burial was in Oak Spring cemetery.

 Wesley W. DAVIS, 68, died suddenly at 3:45 p.m. June 19, 1951, at his home,
Center avenue, Oakdale.
 A son of the late John W. and Helen E. DAVIS, he was born August 25, 1882,
at Imperial.  He and Mame RICHARDS were married in 1912 in Greenville,
Mercer county, and they had resided in this area since 1915 where Mr. DAVIS
was a carpenter.  He was a member of the Carnegie Episcopal church.
 Surviving besides his wife is one son, Robert W. DAVIS, Inglewood, Calif.,
two sisters, Mrs. John MORGAN, Aliquippa, and Mrs. C. F. HUOT, and a
brother, C. E. DAVIS both of Youngstown, Ohio.  There is one grandson.
 Funeral services were held the afternoon of June 22 in the Thomas funeral
home, Oakland, in charge of the Rev. George B. DAVIDSON, pastor of Trinity
Cathedral.  Burial was in Oakdale cemetery.

 Mrs. Martha JAMES BOYNES, 62, wife of John P. BOYNES, died the morning of
June 20, 1951, in the Mercy hospital where she had been taken on June 19.
 A daughter of the late William and Jennie JAMES, she was born January 31,
1889.  She was a member of Montour's Presbyterian church.
 Surviving besides her husband, are three sons, James, John and Thomas
BOYNES, all of Imperial; one daughter, Mrs. James FUETTERER, Turtle Creek
and three sisters, Mrs. Susan AHLBORN, Coraopolis Heights, and Mrs. Mabel
MEANOR and Miss Margaret JAMES, both of Imperial.
 Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Weir funeral home in
charge of the Rev. David YOUNG, assisted by the Rev. George S. WILSON.
Burial was in the Valley cemetery.

 Frank KOETCHLINE, 82, formerly of Midway, died June 20, 1951, in the Odd
Fellows home, Grove City, where he had been for the past 18 months.
 In past years he made his home with his sister, Mrs. Phineas HALLMAN, on a
farm near Midway.  Until his entry into the IOOF home, he resided with the
Dean FULLERTONs, Hickory-Burgettstown road.
 Burial was Friday at Grove City.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Mar 29, 1974

John AIVALOTIS, 86, of Cherry Street, Midway, died Monday, March 25, 1974.
  Born September 24, 1887, in Greece, he had been a car foreman for the B & O
Railroad, and retired in 1958.
 Surviving are his wife, Loretta POWELSON AIVALOTIS; four sons, Nicholas of
Cleveland, Ohio, Robert of Midway, Harry of Wheeling, W. Va., and Jack of
McDonald, two daughters, Mrs. Gladys HAMPSON of Burgettstown and Mrs.
Dorothy MCCARTNEY of McDonald; two sisters in Greece, 16 grandchildren and
25 great-grandchildren.
 Friends are being received from 3:30 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and 2:00 to
4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday in the Nation Funeral home, McDonald,
where services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday in charge of the Rev. Andrew
F. WEIDNER, pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church,
McDonald.  Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Midway.
*Compiler's note:  Mr. AIVALOTIS' son Jack was married to my cousin Dorothy
JANESHEK

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Mar 28, 1974

Bernadine E. BYKENS, 60, of Grove street, R.D.1, McDonald, died suddenly
Monday, March 25, 1974 in the St. Clair hospital.
 A daughter of the late Oscar V. and Emma CHOME BYKENS, she was born January
20, 1914, in Sturgeon.
 She was a life-long resident of the Sturgeon-McDonald area and had been
employed as a nurses' aide at John J. Kane hospital for the past 13 years.
 Surviving are a brother, Wilber (Barney) BYKENS of R. D. 3, McDonald, a
sister, Mrs. Paul DUFOUR of Sturgeon, a foster-sister, Mrs. Harvey JOHNS of
Sturgeon; and 12 nephews and nieces.
 Friends are being received in the Rogers funeral home, McDonald, from 7:00
to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, in charge of the Rev. Robert CALDWELL, pastor of the Venice U. P.
Church.  Burial will be in Robinson's Run cemetery.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  July 1951

Samuel Walker BIGGER, 85, died July 2, 1951, in his home in Crafton.
 A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Isaac BIGGER, he was born and reared in
Robinson township and was a lifelong member of the Robinson U. P. church.
 Surviving are his wife, Jeane DONALDSON BIGGER, and a nephew, Donald BIGGER
of Murdocksville.
 Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at a funeral home in Crafton
in charge of Dr. R. S. COPELAND, pastor of the Robinson U. P. church.
Burial was in the Robinson cemetery.

 Mrs. Martha HITE, wife of J. S. HITE of Midway, died at 2:20 a.m., Friday,
June 29, 1952, in an ambulance enroute to a Pittsburgh hospital.  She
suffered a heart attack in her home several hours previous.
 Mrs. HITE was a member of the Baptist church, Midway.  She resided most of
her life in Midway.
 She is survived by her husband, three sons, Glenn Canton, Ohio, and Roy and
Kenneth, both of Rochester, N. Y.; three daughters, Gertrude, Katherine and
Margaret, all of Pittsburgh, and one sister, Mrs. Charles HARRIS, Midway.
There are 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Midway Baptist church in
charge of the Rev. George HEADLEY, assisted by the Rev. Philip HORNE of
Bridgeport, W. Va. Burial was in the Raccoon Cemetery, Candor.

 Mrs. Zula MATCHETT BAMFORD, wife of John D. BAMFORD, died at 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 1, 1951, at her home near Midway, after an illness of several
months.
 She was born November 8, 1888, at Clinton, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph A. MATCHETT, Sr., of Midway.
 Mrs. BAMFORD was a member of the Center United Presbyterian church, Midway
and was active in the Women's society and the Sabbath school.
 She is survived by her husband, John D. BAMFORD; five daughters; Zula, wife
of William D. COLE, Connellsville; Eleanor, wife of Robert FINLEY, Belle
Vernon; Esther, wife of Rev. James SHOTT, Valencia, and Dorothy and Shirley,
at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. MATCHETT, Sr., Midway, and
three brothers,; Neal S. MATCHETT, Bulger; Samuel MATCHETT, Greensburg, and
Joseph A. MATCHETT, Jr., Midway.  There are two grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the late home in charge
of the Rev. W. D. MERCER. Burial was in the Center Cemetery, Midway.

 William C. MARTIN, 57, who spent most of his active years in the Panhandle
district of Washington county, died at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, 1951, at
St. Luke's hospital, Bethlehem.
 Mr. MARTIN was born July 11, 1893 at Florence, a son of the late David C.
and Susie ANDREWS MARTIN.  He followed farming for a time and then was
employed by the South Penn Oil Co. for a number of years.
 For the past three years he had made his home with a sister, Mrs. Roland J.
SWEENEY, R. D. 1, Hellertown, near Bethlehem.
 Mr. MARTIN was a member of Richard Vaux Lodge No. 754, F. & A. M.,
Burgettstown, was a Knight Templar and a member of the Pittsburgh Shrine.
 Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Lee & Wilson
funeral home, Burgettstown.  Burial will be in Grandview cemetery, Florence.

 John Remy MEUTE, 73, former mine superintendent, died Friday, July 6, 1951,
at his home R. D. 2, Aliquippa.
 He was born May 11, 1876, at Reising, a son of the late John R. and Palma
KENNY MEUTE.
 Mr. MEUTE resided in Sturgeon for many years.  He was engaged in mining for
a number of years and was superintendent of the Lincoln Hill mine,
Washington, and the Pittsburgh Terminal Coal Company of Coverdale.  He
retired in 19**.
 He is survived by his wife, Georgine BYKENS MEUTE and the following sons
and daughters:  Mrs. W. C. SUMPTER, John F. MEUTE and Mrs. George KEITH ,
all of Aliquippa; Richard MEUTE, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Henning DEBAND, Marietta,
Ohio, Leonard MEUTE, South Heights, and Lt. Howard MEUTE, Pope Field,
Fayetteville, N.C., and one sister, Mrs. Matilda ROMAIN of Barberton, Ohio.
There are 17 grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Monday morning in St. Alphonsus R. C. church
with requiem high mass in charge of Fr. J. A. BURGOON.  Burial was in
Robinson's Run cemetery.

 Alex POSKIN, 70, died at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 1951, at his home,
Valley street, following a lingering illness.
 A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Emil POSKIN, he was born November 17, 1880
in Charleroi, Belgium.  He came to this country as a youth and resided in
Sturgeon.
 He and Rose FOUNTAIN were married August 13, 1901, and resided in McDonald
since.  He was a member of UMW local 8062 and of the La Solidarite,
McDonald.
 Surviving besides his wife are one son, William POSKIN, Bridgeville; three
daughters, Mrs. Oliver OPENBRIER, Sr. and Mrs. Camille BARONIO, both of
McDonald, and Eleanor, at home; one brother, Daniel POSKIN, Griffith, Ind.
and two
Sisters, Mrs. Lawrence KESSLER, Steubenville, Ohio, and Mrs. Ray ROBERTS,
Warren, Ohio.  A sister, Alice WEBB, preceded him in death in April, 1950.
There are seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in charge of the Rev. A. H.
SARRIO, pastor of the First Methodist church.  Burial was in Robinson's Run
cemetery.

 Mrs. Margaret STARK SOMES of Bellevue died Sunday morning in the Bellevue
hospital following an illness of a year.
 She was born March 22, 1867 in Sharon and spent her early girlhood in
Midway.
 Surviving are a sister, Miss Agnes STARK of Bellevue, a niece, Mrs. Walter
BRABSON of Midway, and two nephews, Rosslyn MCCARTY of McDonald, and John T.
MCCARTY of West Palm Beach, Fla.
 Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in her late home, with
burial in the Center Cemetery, Midway.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  July 26, 1951

FORMER LOCAL MAN DROWNS
 Russell F. TARR, 42, of Apollo, husband of Mrs. Zelda ALLINDER TARR, was
drowned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 1951, at Ocean City, Md.  Mr. and
Mrs. TARR and their 12-year-old daughter Linda had gone there last Tuesday
for a vacation.  Mr. TARR died as he attempted to aid his daughter, who had
gone to the rescue of a small boy who was beyond his depth in the water.  It
is believed that Mr. TARR suffered a heart attack when he was battered by
the heavy surf.
 His body was recovered shortly after the accident but efforts to revive him
proved futile.  Mrs. TARR, unable to be of assistance, watched the entire
tragedy from the beach.
 The TARRs formerly resided in McDonald and had left for Ocean City after
having visited Mrs. TARR's father, S. A. ALLINDER, and her sister, Mrs. John
KRENN, Sr., Barr street and with other relatives here.
 Mr. TARR had been employed for the past 21 years by the West Penn Power Co.
He was a member of the Saltsburg Methodist church, the F. & A. M. Lodge,
Saltsburg, the Coudersport Consistory, and the Apollo L.O.O. M.
 Besides his wife and daughter, Mr. TARR leaves a step-daughter, Mrs. Edward
NEARY of DORMONT, and the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Orin RUSS,
Mrs. Glenna POPE, Sherman TARR, and Mrs. G. D. WEISTLE, all of Greensburg;
Mrs. Louis RUBIN, Pittsburgh, and Arnold TARR, Spokane, Wash.
 Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Apollo.  Burial was in the
Greensburg Memorial Park cemetery.

 John LAW, 79, of R. D. 1, Imperial, died July 22, 1951, in the Mercy
hospital following a brief illness.
 He was a resident of McDonald for 23 years, having moved to Imperial three
months ago.  He was a member of Pride of the West Lodge 196, IBPOE of W.
 Surviving are five sons, John, Walter, and Albert all of Gary, Ind.,
Charles, Baltimore, Md., and Andrew, Riverside, Calif.; one brother, Andrew
LAW, McDonald, and a sister, Mrs. Bessie JONES, VanVoorhis.
 Funeral services were held in the First Baptist church, McDonald, Wednesday
afternoon in charge of the Rev. C.J. WALKER. Burial was in Robinson's Run
cemetery.

 John JACKSON, Sr., 83, formerly of McDonald, died at 4:00 p.m. July 18,
1951, at Woodbury, N.J. after an illness of two years.
 He was born July 23, 1868, at Imperial.  He was married to Margaret
MCELHANEY of Imperial.  He was a retired South Penn Oil Co. employee.
 Surviving are the following children:  Valley JACKSON, Steubenville, Ohio;
Marie, wife of William MCEWEN, Woodbury, N.J.; Robert JACKMAN, Weirton,
W.Va.; William JACKMAN, Long Beach, Calif., and John JACKSON, Steubenville,
Ohio.  There are nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Weir funeral home,
Imperial, in charge of the Rev. Joseph H. ROGERS of McDonald.  Burial was in
the Valley cemetery.

 Joseph V. REA, 80, died at 12:00 p.m., July 19, 1951, in his home, R. D. 1,
Hickory, following a four years illness.
 He was born in Mt Pleasant township, a son of the late William MASON and
Margaret Jane ATCHISON REA.  He was a life-long resident of Mt. Pleasant
township and was a member of the Mt. Prospect Presbyterian church.
 Surviving are his wife, Anna BRIGGS REA; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret
Schofield, R. D. 1, Hickory, and Mrs. Stella M. EVANS, Washington; one
step-daughter, Mrs. Harriett ARRIGO, Canton, Ohio, and one step-son, Howard
BISSETT, Hickory.  Also surviving are six grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Mt. Prospect
Presbyterian church in charge f the Rev. Lewis A. WESTPHAL, assisted by the
Rev. C. S. THOMAS.  Burial was in the Mt. Prospect cemetery.

 John Wilson GINN, 38, died July 18, 1951, in the East Liverpool hospital
following an illness of six weeks.
 He was born March 13, 1913, in McKeesport.  He was manager of the G. C.
Murphy Co., when the store opened in McDonald in 1938, and was later
associated with Champion Stores as manager and buyer.  He left McDonald in
1944, moving to Wellsville, Ohio, where he owned and operated the "Wilson
Shop" at the time of his death.
 Surviving are his wife Katherine MISENHELTER GINN, four children John
WILSON, Eugene, Robert, and Barbara, his parents Marion and Ruth GINN of
McKeesport, two sisters. Mrs. Patrick Simpson, and Mrs. Nancy HARDMAN, and
three brothers, Marion MASON, Vernon HILBROOK and Stuart H. GINN.
 Funeral services were held Friday afternoon in McKeesport in charge of Dr.
Robert L. CLARK, Jr.  Burial was in the Versailles cemetery.

 Mrs. Warner C. MASSEY, 70, died suddenly at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 25,
1951, in her home at Midway where she suffered a heart attack.
 She was born May 22, 1881, at Stayner, Ontario, Canada, a daughter of the
late Finlay and Annie CAMPBELL.
 She was a member of the Church of Christ, Burgettstown, the Eastern Star
and Dames of Malta, McDonald.
 She was married September 4, 1907 to W. C. MASSEY, who survives with the
following children:  G. Campbell MASSEY, Dixon, Ill., Warner W. MASSEY,
Dallas Texas; Mrs. Edgar DOWLER, Irving, Texas; Barton F. MASSEY, Midway.
There also survive two brothers, A. D. CAMPBELL, Schumacher, Ontario,
Canada, and Finlay CAMPBELL, Toronto Canada, and one sister, Mrs. George
SANDWITH, Ripon, York, London, and six grandchildren.
 Friends will be received after noon Thursday and funeral services will be
held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday in the Wilson funeral home, Midway, in charge of
the Rev. W. E. FERRELL of Claysville.  Burial will be in Center cemetery.

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