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From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Sept. 9, 1938

Mrs. Jennie A. KING, widow of W. J. KING, died Monday, August 28, 1938, at
her home near Robinson United Presbyterian church.
 Surviving are two sons, James B. KING of Akron, Ohio, and William M. KING
at home; three daughters, Miss Eva S. KING at home, Mrs. C. F. (E?) CORSON
of Stratford, Conn., and Miss Janie N. KING of Wilkinsburg, and three
brothers, William MOORE of Bulger, John MOORE of Montigue, Calif., and
Holland MOORE of Almeda, Texas.
 Funeral services were held September 1, in the Robinson United Presbyterian
church with the pastor, the Rev. J. Walter IRWIN, in charge.

 Mrs. Josephine GERCZYK aged 105, died at *:00 a.m. Saturday, September 2,
1938, in the county home at Woodville after a two-week illness of pneumonia.
She was born in Poland in 1832.  She had been a resident of Cliff Mine
before going to Woodville.
 Until her last illness she showed none of the frailties that go with such a
great age, for her hair was still quite dark in color and she did needlework
without the use of glasses.
 She is survived by seven grandchildren:  Joseph NIEMAN of Imperial, Mrs.
Sophia KALASKIE and Louis NIEMAN of Gregg, Carl NEIMAN of C*****, Va. and
Mrs. Helen KURCHINA of Barr street, McDonald.  There are ten
 Funeral services were held Tuesday morning in St. Columbkille's church,
Imperial.  Burial was in the St. Columbkille cemetery.

 Mrs. Elizabeth THOMAS KIRCHER 72, of Imperial died at 6:00 a.m. Monday,
September 5, 1938, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wilson CRITCHELY, in
Houston, after a three-month illness of complications.  A daughter of
Anthony and Mary PARKER THOMAS, she was born April 23, 1866, in England and
came to the United States in her early childhood.  She and John KIRCHER were
married January 8, 1883, in Imperial; Mrs. KIRCHER was a life-long member of
the Valley Presbyterian church, Imperial.
 She is survived by two daughters:  Elizabeth, the wife of Wilson CRITCHLEY
of Houston; and Bertha, the wife of the late Harry ARBOGAST of Coraopolis;
two sons:  Isaac KIRCHER and Charles KIRCHER, both of Coraopolis; one
brother, George THOMAS of Midway, two sisters, Mrs. Joseph VENALECK of
Oakdale and Mrs. John E. BARTH of Malvern, Ohio; seventeen grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren.  Her husband and two sons, Anthony and Moses, are
dead.  Her father died October 16, 1888; her bother May 4, 1909, a sister,
Mrs. Charlotte NELSON, March 14, 1924; and a brother, Isaac THOMAS, May 28,
1938.  Mrs. Raymond SIGLEY of West Lincoln avenue, McDonald, is a niece.
 Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon in the Valley
Presbyterian church, Imperial, the pastor, the Rev. Clarence E.DAVIDSON,
officiating.  Burial was in the Valley cemetery.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  Aug. 5, 1938

George CRAWFORD, 82, died at 10:30 o'clock, Thursday morning July 28, 1938,
at his home on R. D. 3, McDonald, of a heart ailment.
 Mr. CRAWFORD was a lifelong resident of Washington county and was a member
of the First Presbyterian church of McDonald.
 Surviving are four sons:  Clarence E. and James CRAWFORD, both at home;
George Leroy of Lynnville, Ind., and Matthew of Pittsburgh.
 Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Rogers funeral home,
McDonald, with the Rev. Oscar E. GARDNER, pastor of the First Presbyterian
church of McDonald in charge.  Burial was in Mt. Prospect cemetery.

 Funeral services for Jon R. BUCHANAN, 70, of Midway, killed July 28 while
at work on a WPA project between Bavington and Raccoon, were held in the
home last Friday night and were in charge of the Rev. Alfred HUBBARD, pastor
of the Center U. P. church, assisted by the Rev. E. L. RALSTON of
Murrysville.  Burial was in Center cemetery.
 A son of John and Elizabeth ACHESON BUCHANAN, Mr. BUCHANAN was born July 4,
1868, at Vineland, N. J.  He was a graduate of Tarkio, Mo., college, and
also attended Pittsburgh-Xenia seminary.  He was a former school teacher, a
member of the Center U. P. church of which he was an elder and a teacher in
the Adult Bible class.  The BUCHANANs were residents of Midway for 27 years.
 He was married November 12, 1903, to Emma Stratton CRAIG, who survives with
the following children:  Esther and John, jr., at home, and Mrs. George
LOFFERT of Midway; a sister, Mrs. Lillie CRUMMY of Dravosburg, and a
brother, George of Monticello, Calif.  A sister, Mrs. Belle BLATCHFORD of
Oklahoma State, died a month ago.

 Mrs. Nellie SMITH BELLAIRE, 51, wife of Harry BELLAIRE, died at 4:47 o'
clock Monday afternoon, August 1, 1938, in her home 114 Grant street
McDonald, after a long illness.
 Mrs. BELLAIRE was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Brady SMITH and was
born January 22, 1887, at Parkers Landing.  During her childhood she resided
in Washington and since that time had made her home in McDonald.  She was a
member of the First Presbyterian church of McDonald.
 Surviving are her mother, Mrs. W. B. SMITH, her husband; four children,
Mary Elizabeth and Laverne, both at home; Mrs. L. W. SLAGLE of Houston, and
Harry BELLAIRE, Jr., of McDonald; three grandchildren, Lois Laverne SLAGLE
and Ruth Elizabeth and Lyman Lee BELLAIRE; and the following brothers and
sisters; Mrs. Bert KUHNS, Burgettstown; Mrs. J. D.WASSON, Steubenville;
William SMITH, McDonald; Ed SMITH, Steubenville, Paul SMITH, Burgettstown;
Walter SMITH, Warren, Pa.; Mrs. William KAUFMANN, Steubenville, and Mrs.
Charles CLOUSTON, McDonald.
 Funeral services are being held in the Bellaire home this Thursday
afternoon with the Rev. O. E. GARDNER in charge.  Burial in Robinson's Run

 Herbert Eugene LYONS, 67, died at six o'clock Saturday morning , July 30,
1938, in the Spencer hospital, Meadville where he ad been a patient the past
seven weeks, following injuries sustained in a fall seven weeks ago.
 Herbert Eugene LYONS was born January 22, 1871, in Nelsonville, Ohio, the
son of the late William H. LYONS and Susan SANDERS LYONS, and his early
boyhood and schooling were spent in the vicinity of Nelsonville.
 Previous to his marriage his family moved to McDonald.  On July 4, 1890, he
was united in marriage with Bessie Undine DIXON, the daughter of Nathaniel
T. DIXON and Rinda S. DIXON of Longstreth, Ohio.  To this union were born
thirteen children, eleven of whom are living.
 Mr. LYONS was a stationary engineer by occupation.
 Mr. and Mrs. LYONS and family moved from McDonald to Leetsdale in September
1926, where he became a member of the United Presbyterian church and was
baptized. They moved to Conway in the fall of 1929, where he became a member
of the United Presbyterian church.  They moved from there to Conneaut Lake,
where they have resided the last three years.
 Mr. LYONS is survived by his wife, Bessie LYONS, and the following sons and
daughters:  Mrs. Elmer SPEER, Mrs. I. J. BARKER, Mrs. V. E. HARR, Mrs.
Blaine COOK, Mrs. L. J. SANDERS, Mrs. Stephen EARLEY, H. E. LYONS, Jr., Mrs.
L. Carl LYONS, Rolland W. LYONS, Mrs. Susan JOLEZ (S?), and Mrs. Howard
BROOKMAN.  He is also survived by four brothers, Larry, Joseph, William, and
Edward.  There are thirty-two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 Two sons, Weldy and Nathan are dead.
 Mr. LYONS was highly esteemed in the community and will be greatly missed
by his family and friends.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Blaine COOK, in Conneaut Lake.  Burial was in
the Harmonsburg cemetery in Crawford county.

 Miss Elizabeth DAVIDSON, 84, died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, 1938,
in her home, 405 Fannie street, McDonald.  She was a daughter of the late
Robert and Mary DAVIDSON and was born November 26, 1853, in England.  She
came to the United States with her parents in 1881, and located in McDonald,
where they spent their entire lives.  Miss DAVIDSON was the last of a family
of six.  There are several nieces and nephews.
 Funeral services are being held at three o'clock this Friday afternoon in
the home, conducted by the Rev. O. E. GARDNER, D. D., pastor of the First
Presbyterian church.  Burial will be in the Robinson's Run cemetery.

 Mrs. Montana WALLACE NOBLE, 54, wife of Charles NOBLE, died at 3:50 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3, 1938, in her home in Midway after a lingering illness.
She was a daughter of John and Wilhelmina STOKES WALLACE and was born
September 25, 1883, in Bellevue.
 Besides her husband she is survived by the following sons and daughters:
Charles, Jr., of Midway, John of McDonald, and William, James, Mary and
Nettie, all at home; one sister, Mrs. Lottie LESCALLETTE of Detroit, and
four brothers; Robert WALLACE of New Jersey, Edward WALLACE of Carnegie,
John WALLACE of Natrona heights, and James WALLACE of Midway.
 Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST Saturday in the home,
conducted by the Rev. C. L. CUSICK, pastor of the Midway M. E. church.
Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Midway.

 Frank OBIT, aged about 65, died suddenly at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 31,
1938, in his home in BULGER.  He was born in Austria and had no known
relatives in this country.
 Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Wilson Funeral Home,
Midway, conducted by the Rev. Alfred HUBBARD, pastor of the Center U. P.
church.  Burial was in the Center Cemetery, Midway.

 Michael PASTORIUS, 72, of Carrick, died Friday, July 29, 1938, after a
lingering illness.  He is survived by five daughters and two sons.  Mrs.
Joseph MILLER of Clinton is a daughter.  Mr. PASTORIUS spent several years
with his daughter, Mrs. MILLER, previous to his illness and was known to a
number of Clinton people

Mrs. Elizabeth CSONKA, 59, of the Clinton-Carnot road, Moon township, died
Wednesday, July 27, 1938, in the Sewickley hospital.  She is survived by her
husband, Stephen CSONKA and six children.  Burial was Saturday in the
Coraopolis cemetery.  The family resided for some time on the McNALL farm
near Clinton before going to Moon.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  July 29, 1938

Mrs. Anna B. WARNER, 78, wife of Anthony WARNER, died at 1:15 a.m. EST
Tuesday, July 26, 1938 in her home, 337 Liberty street, McDonald.  She was
born July 26, 1860, in Lithuania.  She had been a resident of Primrose
before moving to McDonald.
 Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters:  Mrs. W. J. HESS of
Pittsburgh, and Mrs. SIMEK of Midway.  There are several grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held this morning in St. Alphonsus' church, McDonald,
the Rev. Fr. Joseph A. BURGOON officiating.  Burial was in St. Patrick's
cemetery, Noblestown.

 Roy John MC CLAIN, 24, of 917 Washington road, Heidelberg, was instantly
killed about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 1938, at Pierce.  Mr. MC CLAIN, a
railroad brakeman, was sitting on the front of the engine and jumped off to
throw a switch.  In doing so, he tripped and fell, and the engine ran over
 He was a son of Clyde J. and Minerva LANNING MC CLAIN and was born February
14, 1914, in Midway.  The family moved to Carnegie, where Roy graduated from
the high school.  He and Alice PAUL of Carnegie were united in marriage June
15, 1937, in Carnegie.
 Besides his parents and his wife, he is survived by one brother, Glenn, and
two sisters, Ethel and Ruth, all of Carnegie.  He is a grandson of Mr. and
Mrs. James MC CLAIN of Center avenue McDonald.
 Funeral services are being held at 9:00 this Friday morning in St. Joseph's
church, Carnegie, the Rev. Fr. William BOLK officiating.  Burial will be in
St. Joseph's cemetery.

 Margaret Lucille COLUMBUS, 16, daughter of Alex and Margaret RUSSELL
COLUMBUS, died at 11:45 p.m. Monday, July 25, 1938, in her home in Cecil.
She had sugar diabetes for 2 ½ years, but had had only one day of serious
sickness.  She was born January 31, 1922, and would have entered her junior
year in the Cecil high school this fall.
 Besides her parents, she leaves her grandmother, Mrs. Sophia Powell; one
brother, Thomas; and two sisters, Delores and Patricia.
 Funeral services were held this Thursday morning in St. Mary's Catholic
church, Cecil, the Rev. Fr. John KOPERA officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary
's church cemetery.

 Robert K. CORY, 83, of Pen Argyl, died at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23,
1938, in the Pen Argyl hospital, the result of a paralytic stroke.
 He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ann STOCKER CORY; on son, William CORY of
Bath; one daughter Lottie, the wife of Ralph C. HARDY of Johns avenue,
McDonald; and five grandchildren-Corliss, Doris, Daniel and Ralph HARDY, all
of McDonald and William CORY, Jr. of Bath.
 Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the CORY home.  Burial was
in Pen Argyl.

 Frank Shut KNEPSHIELD, 62, of Leechburg died at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, July
20, 1938 in the Tarentum hospital after a six-week illness.  He was a son of
Eden and Sophie KLINGENSMITH KNEPSHIELD and was born I Leechburg.
 Besides his wife, Bessie RAMSEY KNEPSHIELD, he leaves one daughter,
Margaret, at home; six brothers, Charles, James, Harry and Paul, all of
Leechburg, John of Tarentum, and Walter of Valley street McDonald, and one
sister Mrs. Orrie (Irene) WOLFE of New Kensington.
 Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the home.  Burial was in
the Evergreen Cemetery, Leechburg.

 Mrs. Martha SKINTEK, 42, of house 23, Southview, died Monday night, July
25, 1938, in the Canonsburg hospital after a short illness.    She was the
wife of John SKINTEK.
 In addition to her husband she is survived by the following children; Mrs.
Anna ZURMA of Bridgeville, Mrs. Martha ROSANC of BISHOP and John, Jr., and
Peter at home.  Two brothers, Steve CHAKY of Cleveland and Andrew CHAKY of
New York, and a sister in Europe also survive.
 Funeral services were held this Thursday morning at the late home and were
followed by additional services in the St. Michael's Greek Catholic church
of Canonsburg in charge of the Rev. Fr. Nicholas ELKO.  Burial was in the
church cemetery.

Midway Man Crushed to Death by Road Grader
 An eight-ton road grader at 3:10 Wednesday crushed out the life of John R.
BUCHANAN, 70-year-old resident of Midway.
 BUCHANAN, employed on a WPA project between Raccoon and Bavington, fell
under the front wheel of the heavy vehicle as it was backing and was killed
instantly.  His skull was crushed.
 An elder in the Midway United Presbyterian church, a teacher in the Adult
Bible class of the church, and a former school teacher, BUCHANAN was well
known in the Midway district.
 A carpenter by trade, he had been unable to secure steady employment for
his trade and was working on the WPA project, of which J. M. AIKEN of Bulger
is foreman.
 Because of his advanced years, he was given light work and usually carried
water for the workers.
 BUCHANNAN was standing on a bank at the side of the road with two other
men, Ed ROSS of Bulger and Leon JANSIC of Cherry Valley, when the large
grader, operated by Fred MOORE of Bulger, started backing down the road.
 Foreman AIKEN said that MOORE saw the road was clear in back of him and
continued operating the grader slowly.
 It had passed both ROSS and JANSIC when BUCHANAN suddenly toppled forward.
His head struck the road, directly under the front wheel of the grader,
which passed over him.  The operator stopped the huge machine before the
wheel made another revolution, it was reported by Foreman AIKEN, shouts of
ROSS and JANSIC reaching MOORE almost as the tragic accident occurred.
 BUCHANAN was dead when picked up by fellow workmen.  The wheel had passed
almost directly over his head, crushing the skull badly.
 Although he had not complained of the heat, it was thought BUCHANAN may
possibly have been overcome or suffered a heart attack.
 The body was removed to the funeral home of Deputy Coroner Edward WILSON,
Midway.  Coroner JONES was notified and said that an autopsy was not
believed necessary.
 BUCHANAN had been a resident of Midway and vicinity for nearly 20 years and
was widely known in the community.
 He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Esther at home, and Mrs. George
LOFFERT of near Midway; and a son, John Jr., at home.
 Funeral services will be held at 7:30 EST this Friday evening in the
BUCHANAN home, conducted by the Rev. Alfred HUBBARD.  Burial private
Saturday morning in the Center cemetery.

From the McDonald Record-Outlook  July 22, 1938

Miss Margaretta McNary LINDSEY, 89, died at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 1938,
in the Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh, less than three days after she had
fractured her hip in a fall at her home in West Lincoln avenue, McDonald.
 Miss LINDSEY, who had been a semi-invalid for months, attempted to mover
her chair shortly afternoon Saturday as she was sitting on her porch,
tripped and fell, causing a fracture of her hip.  Although pneumonia was the
immediate cause of her death, the injury is believed to have brought on her
final illness.
 Miss LINDSEY was a daughter of William and Anna VAN EMAN LINDSEY, and had
resided in McDonald for the last 60 years.  Early in her adult life she
taught for twenty years in schools of the county.  She was a member of the
First Presbyterian church of McDonald and of the Jordan Bible class of that
 She was the last of her immediate family, three brothers and six sisters
having preceded her in death.  There are a large number of relatives.
 Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon in the Rogers Funeral
Home with the Rev. Oscar E. GARDNER, D. D. pastor of the First Presbyterian
church of McDonald, in charge, assisted by a nephew of Miss LINDSEY, the
Rev. Edmund E. ROBB of McKeesport.  Burial in Miller's Run cemetery.

 Mrs. Lucy MC CARTY GREEN, 51, wife of Thomas GREEN, died at 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19, 1938, in her home in 412 South McDonald street, McDonald,
after an illness of 13 months.  She was born December 28, 1886, in Robinson,
 Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter, Luccille (sic) Iona GREEN, 16,
at home.
 Funeral services will be held at 2:00 o'clock this Friday afternoon in the
Rogers Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Oscar E. GARDNER, D. D., pastor
of the First Presbyterian church.  Burial will be in the Robinson's Run

 John R. GORMAN, 45, died at 5:00 a.m. Sunday, July 3, 1938, in his home in
Akron, Ohio after an illness of two years.  He and Ardz VIRTUE of Oakdale
were married February 7, 1916.  Mr. GORMAN was a carpenter.
 Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Elaine, and two sons, John and
William, all at home.
 Funeral services were held July 6, in Akron with burial in the Akron

 Guy Ellsworth VIRTUE, 44, of Clinton avenue, Oakdale, died at 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 14, 1938, in the Woodville hospital after a four month's
illness.  He was a son of Mrs. Nettie DEVITT VIRTUE and the late Robert
VIRTUE, and was born January 18, 1894, in Oakdale, where he spent his entire
life.  He and Luretta PASCOE of Pittsburgh were married November 21, 1935,
in Wellsburg.  Mr. VIRTUE served on the American border in Mexico. He was a
member of the Noblestown M. E. church.
 Besides his wife and his mother, he leaves a son, Thomas and a daughter,
Alice Jane, both at home, and one sister, Mrs. John GORMAN of Akron, Ohio.
His father died December 5, 1935; a brother Clifford, died February 3, 1932;
and a sister Hazel, died March 13, 1926.
 Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Virtue home, conducted
by the Rev. Carl H. WITE, D. D., pastor of the Oakdale Presbyterian church.
Burial was in the Oakdale cemetery.

 Leopold MOORE, 37, of Presto died Sunday evening, July 17, 1938.  He is
survived by his wife and three daughters; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent
PERSHUTTI; three brothers:  Frank, Victor, and Joseph PERSHUTTI, and two
sisters:  Mrs. Mary WOLFE and Mrs. John PENISKY, all of Southview.  Burial
was Wednesday afternoon.

 Andrew Robert NETZEL, 85, died July 7, 1938, in his home R. D. 1,
Claremore, Okla.  He was born in Orebro, Sweden, May 27, 1853, and came to
this country in 1871, at the age of 18 years and settled in Pennsylvania.
 He was united in marriage to Ida Jane ATWOOD in 1877 at Allegany, N. Y.  To
this union were born five children, three sons, L. W. and A. E. of
Claremore, Okla., and E. B. of Sapulpa; two daughters, Adele, at home and
Mrs. Mabel O'CONNER of Tulsa.  His widow and five grandchildren also
 The deceased engaged in the oil business shortly after his arrival in the
United States and followed it westward, going to Tulsa in 1913 and remained
in that vicinity until 1927, when he moved his family to a farm home, four
miles south of Claremore.
 The NETZELs were residents of Oakdale and vicinity for many years.
 Funeral services were held July 9, and burial was in the Rose Hill
mausoleum, Tulsa.

 Mrs. Joseph SCHAYES of Sturgeon died at 6:15 o'clock Monday evening
following an illness of thirteen weeks of pneumonia and complications.
 Mrs. SCHAYES was born in 1854 in Belgium and came with her family t the
United States fifty-two years ago.  She was twice married her first husband
being Emile POSKIN.  She was the mother of fifteen children to her first
marriage, seven of whom are still living; Marie, the wife of Arthur SCHAYES
of Sturgeon; Alice, the wife of Samuel WEBB of Monessen; Mary, the wife of
Raymond ROBERT of Warren, Ohio; Julia, the wife of Dick KESSLER of
Steubenville, Ohio; Daniel POSKIN of Chicago, William POSKIN of Tarentum,
and Alexandria (sic) POSKIN of McDonald.  A son, Emile POSKIN, Jr., of
Bridgeville died last October.  Besides her husband and children, she leaves
seventeen grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and two
 Funeral services were held Thursday of last week in the Sturgeon mission,
conducted by the Salvation Army captain of Carnegie.  Burial was in Robinson
's Run cemetery.

 Mrs. Harriett COUCH CAMPBELL, 86, died at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 1938,
in her home in Westland.
 A daughter of the late Joseph and Sara COUCH, Mrs. CAMPBELL was born in
Allegheny county but she had lived practically her entire life in Mt.
Pleasant township.  She was an active member of the Westland U. P. Mission.
 One daughter, Mrs. Walter J. SHIDLER of Houston; one grandchild, and three
brothers survive, the latter being Harry of Westland, with whom she made her
home, and Wesley and Charles G. of Carnegie.
 Funeral services were held in the Westland Mission Saturday afternoon, with
burial in the United Presbyterian cemetery at Hickory.

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