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John D. BARNARD (Cumberland) Evening Times Dec. 5, 1906


John H. BARNARD ~ John H., son of Otho and Martha A. Barnard, died January 12, 1901, at his home near Chestnut Grove, of an abscess resulting from typhoid fever, which he contracted in July. The deceased was in his 22nd year, and just budded into manhood.

The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. J. H. Howard, of Bloomington, to one of the largest concourse of friends and relatives ever seen on a like occasion. The community has met with such a loss that it cannot soon recover, as John was one of the very best young men. He was a living example - sober, quiet and industrious at all times. About ten days before his death, when the abscess opened, he told his mother, who was waiting on him at the time, that he was ready to die and requested that his sister, who was absent, meet him in heaven.
We would say to the parents, brothers and sisters, weep not as those who have no hope.

Dearest Johnny, thou hath left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel:
But 'tis God who hath bereft us
He will all your sorrows heal.
Wherefore should we make our moan
Now your darling boy is dead;
He to early rest is gone;
He to Paradise is fled.
You can go to him but he
Never can return to thee. B.H.

OBITUARY - pub. 01/24/1901 (Vol. 24, No. 46)




From the book: BROWN's MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS by Jacob Brown

MRS. LOUISA BLOCHER ' Bleak and inhospitable December, like its more genial sister months, has its harvests, but within gatherings mostly for eternity and the tomb.  On the 22nd day of the now departed month and year, Mrs. Louisa Blocher gave up her precious life in the 90th year since September last, at the residence of George W. Blocher, in Garrett County.  For a number of years a suffering but uncomplaining invalid, with no clearly defined case of illness, but the abrasion of time and age were slowly, but surely at work.  Her great age and infirmities made death imminent at every hour, yet there was no murmur, no fear, no craving for more days to be added to a prolonged existence.  She was content when the 'last of earth' came like the great one who so exclaimed when the bolt came to conclude a great and good life.  A death like unto hers is beautifully and appropriately described in the inimitable ecclesiastic: 'The silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl broken, or the pitcher broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.'  Thus was old age pictured in the very deep past by the inspired poet.

For more than 60 years, a devoted member of the church, with an unblemished record.  A regular and willing attendant at the house of God whenever it was possible for her to be there to receive the comforts and consolation from His ordained messengers, but in her latter years these were denied her on account of her weighty infirmities.  Still she would say: 'Yet I will rejoice in the Lord and will joy in the God of my salvation.'

Her maiden name was Louisa Dayton and married to Daniel Layman at Westernport in Allegany County, over 60 years ago.  He died soon after the birth of their fourth child.  Four children in all ' two sons, the youngest child of this marriage, except Sheriff G. L. Layman, who died less than two years ago.  The two daughters were twins with an undistinguishable likeness, not only in features, but in disposition and nature ' uniform in almost every respect.  They were married to brothers, Andrew and John Blocher: the latter died many years ago.  His widow still survives as such.

About the year 1843 the deceased was married to John Blocher, one of Allegany County's excellent citizens, with whom she had one child, now the wife of Charles Livengood, a prosperous business man of WV.  In 1856 she again became a widow, and remained in that state till her death.  Since the death of her last husband she has lived with her son, George W. Blocher, who has always treated her with the utmost tenderness and care.  Indeed there was a mutuality of affection and usefulness.  The many who have for years past visited the Blocher mansion know well how hospitably and kindly she presided.  Visitors always came gladly and left reluctantly.  She was aimiable, civil and generous, as fine a lady according to the rules and ways of the good old times when there was much more reality and sincerity in social life than now. '  Jan 3rd 1889.


Mar 25 1967  Cumberland Evening Times
Miss Linda BLOCHER

Miss Linda Lee Blocher, 16, died Thursday at Sacred Heart Hospital after a lingering illness.  She had been a patient there two days.
Born in Frostburg, she was a daughter of William and Patsy (Miller) Blocher.
A junior at Northern High School, she was a member of the Tri-Hi-Y and st. Stephen's Catholic Church and was a former member of the Northern High Band.
Besides her parents, she is survived by a brother, Ronald Blocher, and a sister, Patty Blocher, at home; her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Miller, here, and her great grandmother, Mrs. Anna Layman, a patient at the Goodwill Mennonite Home.
The body is at the Newman Funeral Home where friendS will be received today from 7 until 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m.  The rosary will be receited [sic] there tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Requiem mass will be clebrated Monday at 9 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church.  Burial will be in Grantsville Cemetery.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


From the book: BROWN's MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS by Jacob Brown

MARY JANE BLOCHER ' Mrs. Mary Jane Blocher died on the 1st day of February, 1889, at the residence of Hon. Geo. W. Blocher, in Garrett County, aged 60 years on the 24th of July last.  She had been an invalid for quite a number of years, many times distressing so lately.  Her great care and anxieties were for her very aged and sick mother, who died about six weeks ago.  Since then her complicated ailments increased rapidly till the end came.  These were borne as patiently as any very sick person could.  Medical skill and kind nursing could scarcely alleviate, such was the severity of her illness.

The deceased was born in Westernport, Allegany County, a twin daughter of Daniel and Louisa Layman.  The latter became a widow and in 1843 married John Blocher who brought the whole family of four children to his generous home, five miles west of Frostburg.  Mary Jane (the subject of this notice) married John Blocher, Jr., who died about 30 years ago, childless.  His widow remained such for the rest of her life, always remaining with and clinging to her widowed mother, with every endeavor to make her comfortable as the great weight of years pressed on.  In her well times she was a lady of cheer, and even vivacity, and had the faculty of making those about her comfortable and happy.  The Blocher mansion, for many years under different heads, the seat of hospitality and social enjoyment for a large circle of friends, is from two recent deaths almost in desolation.  The present respected head, Mr. G.W. Blocher, feels this darkness severly enough, but we trust there are yet many rays of comfort to be shed upon his future years.'  February 4th 1889.







The Cumberland Times. 5-10-1929

Connellsville, PA, May 10 ' Clarence E. Crowe, 69, a Government watchman at Overholt distillery at Broadford, two miles west, was killed near there Wednesday night when run down by a Baltimore and Ohio freight train on the Mt. Pleasant branch.  The head and left arm were severed as 36 cars passed over the body.
Within 27 days he would have been retired on a pension. For 30 years he had been employed at the distillery as a gauger.
Mr. Crowe resided at Meyesdale.  He was a widower.  Surviving children include Dorothy at home, Charles of Johnstown, Mrs. Bernadette Jones of Somerset, Mrs. Marie McClaren of Williamsport, PA, Edward and Mrs. Stella Saunders, both of Meyersdale. One brother, Eugene of Meyersdale, also survives.  He was a member of Connellsville Lodge No. 503, B.P.O. Elks.



Commander Crowe passed away December 27, 1987.  He is survived by his wife Shirley; 3 sons, Douglas, Richard and Jeffery; 2 daughters, Carol Ann Vivier* and Cheryl Tucker; 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter; mother-in-law Frieda A. Baker of the family home.
Commander Crowe was born May 15, 1921 in Eckhart Mines, MD,.  He has made his home in Costa Mesa, CA since 1963.  He served in the Navy from 1942 until his retirement in 1972.
By his request there will be no services.  Burial will be at Sea by the U.S. Navy.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy Relief Society, MCAS El Toro, Santa Ana, CA 92709 or to the Salvation Army.
Under the directions of Harbor Lawn Mt. Olive Mortuary, 1625 Gisler Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

*Carol is one of this sites coordinators



03 Feb 1916 Frostburg - George Maxwell Crowe, aged 75 years, died yesterday at his home in Borden Mines.  A Civil War veteran, he served in Co. C, 2nd MD Regt., Potomac Home Brigade.  His wife and these children survive; Mrs. Clark Neff; Mrs. George Griffith; Richard L Crowe; Allen Crowe; and Oscar Crowe.  Also, one brother, Luther Crowe of Frostburg; and one sister, Mrs. Albert Stratton of Meyersdale, PA.



George A. Crowe, 87 years of age, died and was buried from the home of son John Crowe at Johnson's, Garrett Co., MD with Rev. W. S. Nicholson of the ME Church South and interment at Johnson's.  He was born at Garrett Co., MD and one of the few remaining citizens who can recall stage coaches.  His wife died 18 months ago.  These children survive: Mrs. William A. Murphy; Mrs. Calvin Wilson; Floyd, John, and Thomas Crowe of Garrett Co.; Clarence and Eugene Crowe of Meyersdale, PA; and Mrs Lawrence Finzel and George Crowe of Frostburg.  [George Albert was the son of Jacob Crow & Margaret Winebrenner]


The Cumberland Times. May 4, 1933.

Eckhart, MD May 4 - Funeral services for Fred Crowe, who died at his home in Eckhart, Monday morning, following an attack of apoplexy Thursday, were held yesterday afternoon.  Rev. J. Wesley Webb, pastor of First Methodist Episcopal Church, was in charge.
The pallbearers were Perry Dudley, John Holsinger, Samuel Lewis, George Filsinger, Joseph Rephann, and Thomas Eckhart; flowerbearers, Frank Dean, Henry Rephann, Patrick Drum and Roy Stewart.
Mr. Crowe had resided in Eckhart practically all his life. The services were largely attended. Interment was in Eckhart Cemetery. [Note: according to the SSDI, the date was May 1, 1935]

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


The Cumberland Times. February 26, 1945.



Frostburg, Feb. 26 ' Services for Mrs. Mary Ann Crowe, 76, mother of former Mayor Frederick Crowe, who died yesterday at Miners' Hospital, where she had been a patient seven weeks, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Hafer Funeral Home, where the body remains.  The Rev. John Wilson, pastor of Eckhart Methodist Church, will officiate and interment will be in the Eckhart Cemetery.

A native and life resident of Eckhart, Mrs. Crowe was a daughter of the late Hannibal and Elizabeth (Pangelly)[sic], pioneer residents of Eckhart.

Other survivors include two sons, Reginald Crowe, at home; Clifford Crowe, Eckhart , and a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Ream, Canton, OH; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Crowe was a member of the Eckhart Baptist Church.


(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


Publication Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2005


FROSTBURG - Mary Elaine Engle, 74, is now resting in the loving hands of the Lord after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Mary passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2005, surrounded by her loving family.  Born Nov. 30, 1930, in Lords, she was the daughter of the late Edward L. and Emma K. (Wilhelm) Crowe.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded by one special brother, Ellis Crowe.  Mary was a loving and proud mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in-law, twin, aunt, sister, friend, and neighbor.  'Maw' was an amazing, brave, and compassionate lady.  She was fun, full of life, and had a great sense of humor, and she was generous, dignified, and a mentor to many.

She was a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church, Frostburg, the Catholic Daughters of America, Farrady Unit 24 American Legion Auxiliary, Women of the Moose 348, Eagles Aerie Auxiliary 1273, and was an active member in the community where she volunteered many years of service.  Mary shared her talent of delicious cooking at St. Michael's cafeteria.  Being an exceptional caregiver enabled her to touch many lives, and knowing Mary made you a better person.

Mary is survived by her three devoted children, Daniel L. Engle and wife Mary 'Jr.' Poolesville, Roxanne Sanford and husband David, Frostburg, and Leslie Weaver and husband Kenny, Long Stretch.  She leaves behind her eight grandchildren whom she adored, Heather Mason and husband Derek, Swanton, Jillian Wilks and fiancé Matthew Fridley, Cumberland, Kenneth Engle and wife Meghan, Hanover, PA, Jacqueline Wilks and fiancé Dustin Davis, Hartford, CT, Nicholas Engle, Poolesville, Kenny and Justin Weaver, at home, and Jonathan Sanford, at home.  She also leaves behind her three great-grandchildren whom she equally adored, Hayden and Avah Mason and Emily Fridley.

She is also survived by her five special sisters, including her twin, Betty Garlitz, Sheffield Lake, OH, Ida Morgan, Baltimore, Fay Garlitz, Lorain, Mabel Horn, Baltimore, and Emma Walker and husband, Donald Preston; four special brothers, Edward Crowe and wife Mary Ann, Avilton, Gilbert Crowe, Baltimore, Glenn Crowe and wife Alice, Amherst, OH, and Ronald Crowe and wife Judy S. Amherst.  She also leaves behind numerous loving nieces and nephews whom she delighted in being near.

Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  A Vigil Prayer Service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. by Rev. Father Doug Kenney, and the Farrady Unit 24 Auxiliary will hold a memorial service at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, Frostburg, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. concelebrated by Monsignor Paul Byrnes and Rev. Father Doug Kenney.

Her body will be cremated following the Mass, and inurnment will be in Saint Ann's Parish Cemetery, Avilton, at a later date.

In lieu of Mass Cards, the family requests memorials be directed to St. Michael's Memorial Fund, 44 E. Main St., Frostburg, MD 21532.



Nancy Elizabeth Crowe was born May 22, 1861, in Allegheny Co., Maryland, and passed to her reward from Kingfisher, OK, June 24, 1949, at the age of 88 years, 1 month and 2 days.

She was married to J.J. Weimer, March 29, 1880.  To this union 9 children were born, two of whom died in infancy, and one son, C.H. Weimer, passed away at Newton, IA, March 20, 1948, leaving 6 children still living.

Mr. and Mrs. Weimer came to Kansas in 1885, from which state they entered Oklahoma as 89ers, and homesteaded a farm 5 miles north of Kingfisher.  They lived on the farm until her husbands death, March 14, 1922.  She came to Kingfisher from the farm near Loyal about 12 years ago.

She is survived by 3 sons: R.E. and Ben of Kingfisher, and Roy of Grand Junction, CO; by 3 daughters, Mrs. Hugh Trosper and Mrs. W.D. Van Horn of Kingfisher, and Mrs. Fred Shearer of Holly, CO; by 2 sisters: Mrs. Mollie Hawkins of Akron, OH, and Mrs. Rella Devore of Frostburg, MD; and by 23 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren 1 great-great-grandchild, a number of other relatives, and many friends.

She was a member of the Methodist Church from early childhood, and was a good mother and a friend to everyone.  Thus another of our pioneer mothers who helped to lay the corner stone of our great state has crossed the frontier into eternity there to build a new home for herself and her loved ones.  We come to stand beside her casket, sing the songs she loved lay her tired body tenderly away, and thank God for a good woman.

Kingfisher Times, Kingfisher, OK

(Courtesy of great granddaughter Jackie Mellies)




FINZEL - Earl Adam 'Slim' Eisler, 86, of 77 Sampson Rock Road, Frostburg, went home with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 18, 2004.  He died at home surrounded by people who loved him.
Born in Finzel, on March 23, 1918, he was the youngest child of the late John Adam and Hylie (Winebrenner) Clark Eisler.  He was also preceded in death by seven sisters; 10 brothers; and one granddaughter.
He got his first job at the age of nine hauling rocks to clear the way for the building of the Finzel Road.  When he got older, he worked in the coal mines and later for his sister Elsie Lotz at Frostburg Meats.  For years he sold Rawleigh Products door-to-door.  He eventually became an employee of the Celanese Amcelle Plant and was retired from there.
Dad, Pappap, Pappy enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching baseball games, and working crypto quotes, but his passion was bluegrass music.  At the age of eight he began teaching himself how to play various instruments including the piano, harmonica, guitar, banjo, and mandolin but he became 'master of the fiddle.'  He played entirely by ear and it was said by more than one person that no one could play the 'Orange Blossom Special' like he did.  He won several fiddling contests and even judged a few.
Being 6'3" and slender earned him the knick name 'Mountain City Slim' and over the years he played in several bands including The Mountain City Ramblers, Dusty Shaver's Gospel Singers and Appalachian Bluegrass to name a few.  In the early years he played for round and square dances all around the area and could be heard on live radio broadcasts.  In the later years he entertained children at the Outdoor School in Pleasant Valley and played at several nursing homes and churches, he also performed for the Governor at Rocky Gap State Park.
He wrote, sang, and played the fiddle on an original song called 'Garrett County Home' in tribute to the place where he lived his entire life.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and was quite witty.  He also created and performed a comedy routine in which he portrayed a character he called 'Zookie'.  His talents were limitless.
He cut down the trees and built his own home.  He loved to work with his hands and he called it 'tinkering around'.  He was extremely creative and truly could make something out of nothing.  He worked on everything from broken handles to lawn mowers and his skills at mending were summed up by his grandchildren, when as one stood crying over a broken toy, her brother comforted her by saying, 'Don't cry, Pappap can fix anything.' And it was a rare occurrence when he couldn't.
He is survived by three loving daughters, Helen Pauline 'Pommy' Keister and husband Bob, Oldtown, E. Loretta 'Letty' Minnick and husband Bob, Finzel, and Eileen Frances 'Leenie' Ewing and husband Kenny with whom he resided; a special granddaughter, Missy Ramhoff, whom he helped to raise; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren; faithful companion and wonderful friend 'Alda' with whom he shared many memories; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife Helen (Minnick) Brode and her son, a special friend Raymond 'Butch' Brode.
Earl's friends number too many to count.  They visited and called to inquire about him, sent cards, and kept him in their prayers.  He was also blessed to receive care and comfort from the Garrett Co. Home Health Care Team and Hospice of Garrett Co.  They became quite a part of his life and he looked forward to their visits.
Friends and family will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Pocahontas Road, of which he was a member, on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dan Agnew officiating.  His body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the services.
Interment will be in the Emmanuel Methodist Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be grandsons, Greg Keister, Scott Keister, Travis Keister, David Blahut, Adam Campbell, and special friend Butch Brode.
What wonderful memories he has left with us.  He was the most precious man God ever made, and even though he is playing his fiddle in heaven now, he will be sadly, sadly missed by all who knew him.
Memorial contributions may be made in Earl's name to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 29 Pocahontas Road, Frostburg, MD.



The sudden illness of Mr. Thomas W. Frost, alluded to last week in these columns, terminated Tuesday morning March 10, 1903, in death.
Mr. Frost was born at Shade Mills, Garrett Co. (then Allegany), October 19, 1844, and died in the homestead of his birth, aged 58 years, 1 month and 21 days.
Of quiet, equable turn, he lived and wrought "far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife," yet he was up-to-date in all his business operations.  He came of sturdy stock on both sides, agriculturist all, and maintained the industry as well as integrity of his lineage.  His mother's family were landed people, from whom to him and his generation of relatives the development of recent years brought wealth.  In his care and under the stimulus of his diligence, these resources multiplied in value.
Among his neighbors he was a business friend and oracle.  His judgement was often sought and probably no man ever lost a cent who had followed his advice.
Mr. Frost was a member of the M. E. Church many years - a liberal, cheerful giver to its support and a fathful communicant.
In 1874 he became a member of Mountain Lodge, No. 99, A., F. and A. M.  Though not often able to attend lodge, he valued its ritual and associations highly.
He owned property in Frostburg and was further identified with business interests here as a director of the First National Bank.
His wife, a half-sister - Mrs. Marian Broadwater, of Grantsville, and a half-brother, Charles W. Frost, are the immediate survivors of his family.
The remains were interred in the William Frost lot, Allegany cemetery, Thursday, a few feet away from the inscription on a granite monument erected to the memory of his father:

William Frost

Born March 10,1817


The First Male Child Born in Frostburg.

It came to pass, therefore, that William Frost's first son died just 86 years after.
The Free Masons laid the remains away with their usual ceremony in the presence of a large number of friends.


28 Nov 1887 Mr Leroy Goodrich, "Rock", former engineer for the Cumberland & Pennsylvania RR, died last night at his home in Ocean, aged 91 years.  He first was employed by the B & O R.R. operating a "GrassHopper" engine and then was an engineer for the Cumberland & Pennsylvania R.R. until 6 weeks ago, when he was taken ill.  The burial is tomorrow.

Excerpts from a journal by Rev. Frank Gibson Porter,  written in Lonaconing, MD

"November 7, 1887 At one received word to visit a sick man at Ocean (4 miles) and as Father was going that way I went with him.  Mr. Goodrich, sick man, is an old engineer (67 years) [Note: later writes 74], and he said that I was the first preacher that had been in his house for twenty-five years.  After supper, Bros. Essau and Morgan and John Foote went with me to Mr. Tom Dick.
November 26-28, 1887  Mr. Goodrich is Dead and I bury him on Tuesday."

[1. Leroy Goodrich +  Mary Emma Housare

     2. Joseph Leroy Goodrich +   Sidney Marion Dawson

          3. Joseph Leroy Goodrich +   Fanny Florence Long

             *  4. Gladys Naomi Goodrich +  Clifford Nelson Crowe]


The Cumberland Times  7-6-1936.

Eckhart, July 6  'Mrs. Gladys Goodrich Crowe, 37, wife of Clifford Crowe, died at 10 a.m. today at Sykesville, MD.  She had been ill for a year.  Today was her sixteenth wedding anniversary.
Surviving beside her husband, are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goodrich, South Cumberland; two children, Norman and Dorothy Crowe; five brothers, Soloman, Nashville, TN; Russell and Madison, both of Baltimore; Raymond and Stanley, both of Cumberland; four sisters, Mrs. Frances Geib, Canton, OH; Mrs. Virginia Newport, Cumberland; Mrs. Wilma Phares, Westernport, and Mrs. Mary Dicken, Frostburg. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church, Cumberland. The body will be brought here today.'

The Cumberland Times 7-8-1936.

Crowe Funeral Tomorrow
Frostburg, July 8, - Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Goodrich Crowe, 34, wife of Clifford Crowe, who died Monday morning at Sykesville, will be held tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. from her home in Eckhart.  Rev. J. Wesley Webb, will officiate.  Interment will be in Eckhart cemetery.


31 Aug 1915  George Humbertson, aged 45 years, died in Pittsburgh of a railroad yard accident on Sunday (29 Aug).  He was the son of the late Asa Humbertson, who also died of a railroad yard accident in Pueblo, CO some years ago. He is survived by his wife and one son; also; a sister, Mrs Charles Keller of Water Street, Frostburg and a brother, Frisby Humbertson.


August 25, 1905

Transcription of article:

Bureau, Evening Times - Lonaconing, August 25
"Mr. Chas. Humbertson was killed by engine No. 19 about 1:30 a.m. yesteday on the C. & P. Railroad, near Pink  Row.  Acting Coroner C. S. Murphy summoned a jury of inquest, composed of the following gentlemen: Wm. B. Bradley, foreman; Lloyd Durst, Jas. B. McAlpine, Andrew Spier, Peter McFarland, Daniel J. Murphy, Patrick Mansfield,, John Heron, Wm. Relber, Wm. Travis, Jno. Smith, D. R. Sloan.  The jury viewed the remains and adjourned to meet in C. S. Murphy's office at 7 o'clock to hear the testimony of witnesses.
Mr. Wm. Whitefield and J. N. Howard testified that they passed the point where the man was killed a short time after 1 o'clock a.m. and did not know that anything had happened until they reached the Georges Creek mine where they were informed that their engine had killed a man at Pink Row.
Dr. J. O. Bullock examined the remains and found [the] body cut in two just above the hip bones.  Found no bruises, except a slight wound on the right arm and one on the scalp, neither of which would have caused death.  The doctor's testimony clears away any suspicion that Mr. Humbertson was dealt with in a foul way, and the body placed on the track to hide the crime.
Mr. David Creighton testified that he was with Mr. Humbertson from 7 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. and separated from him at Love's corner, and that while Mr. Humbertson had several drinks of beer while in his company, he was in a condition to take care of himself; that he had no quarrel with any one; that he had no enemies, so far as he knew, who would molest or waylay him.
Lawson Creighton testified in a similar way, and corroborated the testimony of the former witness.
John Rankin testified that he was with Mr. Humbertson from 8 p.m. to about 12:30 a.m. and separated from him at Central School, when Mr. Humbertson crossed the bridge, at that point on his way home; that Mr. Humbertson was able to take care of himself; that they parted in friendship and that no enemity[sic] existed against Mr. Humbertson, so far as he knew.  Jno. Rankin corroborated the testimony of his brother.
Bailiff Thos. Allerdice was talking to the deceased on Main street about 12:30 a.m. and advised him to go home; but he was not drunk, but was able to take care of himself.
D. A. Edward, agent for the C. & P., testified that the night operator reported the train that killed Mr. Humbertson as extra east No. 19, at Lonaconing at 1:24 a.m.
The verdict of the jury was that Mr. Humbertson came to his death by engine No. 19, of the C. & P. R. R., at Pink Row crossing, and that it was an unavoidable accident, and exonerated the company from all blame."


Funeral Card ~ Louella H. HUMBERTSON
Sept 4, 1915 - June 28, 1993



24 Jun 1889  Mrs. Mary E. Humbertson of Ormond Street, Frostburg wife of George Humbertson, died Saturday (22 Jun) of strangulation caused by a severe spell of coughing. She was a sister of Mrs. Snyder, formerly Mrs. Loudermilk on Polk Street in this city.



16 Sep. 1915  Mrs. George Kerns, 41 years of age, died at Miners Hospital, Frostburg on Tuesday (14 Sep.) from bronchial problems suffered since April.  Her husband and mother, Mrs. Mary Humbertson; and a brother, Edward C. Humbertson of Elk Lick, PA also survive.  The funeral is from the St. Paul Lutheran Church and burial at Percy Cemetery with Rev. Harry Berdelman.



LAYMAN 16 Mar. 1916  Frostburg - Mr. Algie Layman, aged 29 years, formerly of Carlos and now from Arch Street in Cumberland, died yesterday of pneumonia.  His mother, **[Anna] Louise (Mrs. George Layman); and seven brothers and 4 sisters survive: George Layman and Benjamin Layman of Shaft; Robert Layman of Carlos; William Layman at home; Ernest Layman of Shaft; Lawrence Layman at home; Owen Layman of Cumberland; Mrs. Willie Long; Mrs. Russell Diehl; Mrs. Charles Wolfe; and Mrs. Neat; all of Cumberland; and Misses Ada Layman* and Ruth Layman at home.  Burial is in Allegheny[sic] Cemetery.

(*Grandmother of Genie Ragan, Editor by Default)


**Cumberland Evening Times. Dec. 3, 1948.
FROSTBURG - Mrs. Annie Louise Layman, 94, who died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fuller Davis, 15 Welsh Street, was buried Wednesday in Allegany Cemetery.  Services at Shaft Methodist Church were in charge of Rev. Raymond M. Crowe, pastor of Midland Methodist Church.
Pallbearers, all grandchildren, were James and George Layman, Robert and Harvey Diehl, Carl Long and Junior Layman. Flower bearers include George Hawkins, George Tannant, George Thorp, Anderson Green, James Quinn and Chris Walbert.


Feb 9 1995  Cumberland Evening Times
Argil Anthony Layman, 83, of the Lions Manor Nursing Home, formerly of Masons Road, Cumberland died Wednesday, Feb 8 1995, at the nursing home.
Born April 14, 1911, in Whitmer, WV, he was the son of the late William Sheridan and Martha Elizabeth (Heavner) Layman.  He also was preceded in death by his wife, Wilda Rosella (DeVore) Layman in 1978 and one brother, Virgil Layman.
Mr. Layman retired in 1973 from the Western Maryland Railroad where he worked as a brakeman.
Surviving are one son, Ronald Layman and wife, Judy, Cumberland; four daughters, Eleanor Dorsey, Cumberland; Arlene Haislip and husband Charles, Williamsport; Martha Barnhart and husband Daniel, Falling Waters, WV; Kathy Webb and husband Mike, Cumberland; one step daughter, Charlotte Kelly and husband, Bob, Carlisle, PA; eight grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 10 great-granchildren; and several step great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the George-Upchurch Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Harold Shaffer officiating.  Interment will be in Mount Zion Church Cemetery, Finzel.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


LAYMAN, Charles L.
On January 30, 2002, Charles L. Layman beloved husband of the late Mamie Layman: father of Charles L. Layman Jr. of Cumberland, MD and James H. Layman of Frostburg, MD; dear brother of Mildred L. Minnick of New Castle, DE and Helen R. Drew of Frostburg, MD; Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends at the Hubbard Funeral Home Inc. 4107 Wilkens Ave. on Friday and Saturday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Sunday, 11:30 a.m. at the the funeral home.  Interment Meadowridge Memorial Park.

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23 Feb 1963 Cumberland Evening Times
Duncan Layman, 70, of 397 McMullen Highway, died last night in Memorial Hospital.
Born at National, he was a son of the late Daniel B. and Mary (Nelson) Layman.  A former employee of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, he retired in 1957 after 34 years of employment.
Mr. Layman was a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church; Georges Creek Lodge 161, AF & AM, and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Janie (Naismith) Layman; three sons, William Layman, Arlington, VA.; Daniel Layman, St. Petersburg, FL., and James Layman, this city; a daughter, Mrs. Ellen Howdershell, Levittown, NJ; four brothers, James and Daniel Layman, both of this city; Evan Layman, Frostburg, and Marvin Layman of OH; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Brode, Frostburg, and Mrs. Jane Hochler, Grantsville and 10 grandchildren.
The body is at the Kight Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Georges Creek Lodge will conduct memorial services at the funeral home tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Services will be conducted Monday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home by Rev. John Miller, pastor of Southminster Church and interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.

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4 Sept, 1964 Cumberland Evening Times
Mrs. Evan LAYMAN
Mrs. Leona M. Layman, 58, wife of Evan Layman, 207 Center Street, died yesterday at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, where she had been a patient since December.
Born at Borden Shaft, she was a daughter of the late John R. and Sadie (McClintock) Meagher.
Mrs. Layman was an employee of Frostburg State College and was a member of First Methodist Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Sally A. Vann, Landover, MD; a son, Larry V. Layman, at home, and six brothers, Richard Meagher, Kingsville, TX; Eston, Marshall and Oliver Meagher, all of Baltimore; Earl Meagher, Chambersburg, PA.; and James Meagher, Bowling Green, and a sister, Mrs. Inez Dye, Frostburg.
The body is at the Durst Funeral Home where friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be conducted there tomorrow at 2 p.m. by Rev. Harold B. Wright.  Burial will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Nick Centofonti, Larry Gunter, Douglas Layman, Kenard McKenzie, Norman Snyder and Wayne Miller.

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Nov 4 1976  Cumberland Evening Times
Evan Layman, 69 of 172 Mt. Pleasant Street, died yesterday at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland.
A native of National, he was a son of the late Burham and Mary (Nelson) Layman.  Two wives, Leona A (Meagher) Layman and Virginia (Griffith) Layman preceded him in death.
A retired filtration department emloyee at Celanese Fibers Company, he was a member of Frostburg United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his widow, Elizabeth (Plummer) Layman, a son, Larry V. Layman, Pocomoke City; a daughter, Mrs. Sally A. Vann, Waldorf; four stepsons, Marvin L., William D., James E. and Evan R. Layman all of OH; a sister, Mrs. Laura Brode, Frostburg; a brother, Daniel Layman, Cumberland; five granchildren; nine stepgrandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Frank Layman


GEORGE LAWRENCE LAYMAN ~ Monday, May 24, 1999
FROSTBURG - George Lawrence Layman, 75, of 202 Braddock Heights, Frostburg, died May 23, 1999, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland.
Born Feb. 14, 1924, in Shaft, he was the son of the late George H. and Catherine (Long) Layman.  He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond L. Layman and Paul L. Layman; and a sister, Virginia Layman Dawson.
Mr. Layman was a retired Road Foreman for the Maryland State Highway Administration.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II having served in the South Pacific.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #1442, Loyal Order of Moose #348, Old Rail Post V.F.W. #6025, Mount Savage, and Farrady Post #24 American Legion where he was a 50-year member, served on the Honor Guard, and twice served as Post Commander.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Mary Margaret (Bryson) Layman; two sons, Larry Layman and wife, Jackie, Baltimore, and Mike Layman and wife, Michelle, Frostburg; four grandchildren, Jim Layman and Lisa Layman, Baltimore, Lucas Layman and Rose Layman, Frostburg; three sisters, Rosalie Drew, Frostburg, Marjorie Densmore, FL, and Mildred Minnick, DE; a brother, Charles Layman, Baltimore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Frostburg, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Fr. Paul Byrnes as Celebrant.
Interment will be in the St. Michael's Parish Cemetery, Frostburg.
Members of the American Legion Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers.

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[son of Daniel Layman] LAYMAN 23 Apr. 1887 Ex-sheriff, George L. [Louis] Layman died last night at his residence on S. Mechanic Street following a brief illness.  He was born in Westernport in 1830, and was 57 years of age.  He was elected sheriff in 1869, and following the term in office in 1871, he and his family removed to the Half Way House, between Frostburg and Grantsville, where he also operated a saw mill.  Last spring, he moved to Cumberland succeeding Mr. Garlitz as proprietor of the Tremont House.  He was twice married, 1st to a Westernport lady and 2nd to Miss Rench of Garrett Co., who survives, as do 13 children.  His remains will be shipped to Garrett Co. for burial in the Old Blocher graveyard.


June 20 1982  Cumberland Evening Times

Harry B. Layman, 64 of Wright's Crossing, was dead on arrival Saturday at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland.
Born in Frostburg, he was a son of Eugene Layman and Nettie (Morgan) Layman.
Mr. Layman was a veteran of World War II and was a sheet metal worker with Local 100.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Helen (Smith) Layman; two daughters, Mrs Margaret Arnold, Finsel; Mrs. Helen L. McKenzie, at home; a son, Harry John Layman, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Doris Stonebraker, Mrs. Nancy Gordon, both of Frostburg, Mrs. Pauline Wagonier, Virginia; two brothers, Robert Layman, Wright's Crossing; Joseph Layman, Borden Shaft, and six granchildren.
Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.


Friday April 5, 1968  Cumberland Evening Times
Services for James (Dutch) LAYMAN 68, of Wright's Crossing, who died yesterday, will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Durst Funeral Home by Rev. Howard Adams.  Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
Friends will be received in the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

4 April 1968  Cumberland Evening Times
James (Dutch) LAYMAN
James (Dutch) Layman, 68 of Wrights Crossing, died today after an illness of seven years.
Mr. Layman was born in Midland, a son of the late Burham and Mary (Nelson) Layman.
His survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Laura Brode, Frostburg; Mrs. Jane Horchler, Cumberland; three borthers, Daniel Layman, Cumberland; Eban [sic] Layman, Frostburg, and Marvin Layman, Mentor OH, and a number of nieces and nephews.
The body is at the Durst Funeral Home, where friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.

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April 26, 1973 

John Michael Layman, 18, of Finzel died yesterday at Rosewood Hospital, Owings Mills, where he had been a patient seven years.
He was a son of Blaine and Mary I. (McKenzie) Layman, Finzel, who survive.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Also surviving are two brothers, Anthony Layman, Gilmore, and Bernard Layman, Ferndale; four sisters, Mrs. Angela Llewellyn, Huffman; Mrs. Theresa Winner, here; Mrs. Margaret Stewart, Cumberland and Mrs. Virginia DeWitt, Fairfax, VA.
The body is at the Durst Funeral Home where friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.
Services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home.  Father Maynard Appledorn will officiate and interment will be in Finzel Cemetery.
A Christian wake service will be held at the funeral home tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


August 15 1977  Cumberland Evening Times
Joseph V. LAYMAN

Frostburg-  Joseph V. Layman, 53, of 5 Jefferson Avenue, Endicott, NY, was found dead in his apartment there yesterday after suffering a heart attack.
Born on Star Route, Frostburg, he was a son of James N. Layman, Star Route, Frostburg, and the late Carrie (Smouse) Layman.
Mr. Layman was employed for the past 30 years at the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Corporation.  He was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving besides his father are two sisters, Mrs. Mary Redd, Alexandria, VA; and Mrs. Phyllis Minnick, Baltimore; three brothers, James F. Layman, Endicott, who was a twin borther; Robert J. Layman, Troy, IL. and Dale P. Layman, Endicott; and a nunmber of nieces and nephews.
The body is at Durst Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m.
A service will be conducted tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.  Rev. John A. Reinsfelder will officiate.  Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Garrett County.
Farrady Post 24 American Legion will perform military rites at graveside and provide pallbearers.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


27 Feb 1963 Cumberland Evening Times
Mrs. Marvin LAYMAN
Mrs. Sophia Layman, 84, Frost Village, died today at Miners Hospital where she was admitted December 7.
A native of Frostburg, she was a daughter of the late Milton and Martha (Race) Yungerman.
Mrs. Layman was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Her husband, Marvin Layman, preceded her in death.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Zack Arnold, Frostburg, with whom she resided; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Layman was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, and the Ladies Aid Society of the church, and Victory Class of the church Sunday School.
The body is at the Durst Funeral Home...........(remainder of article missing).

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[son of George Washington Layman] LAYMAN 16 Aug. 1915 Norman R.[sic] Layman, aged 83 years, died at the home of a granddaughter, Mrs. Harry Dando of Grahamstown.  Born at Shades Mills, Garrett Co., he served in the Civil War with 2nd MD Cav. Surviving children are: Mrs. J. W. (Sophia) Smith of Pittsburgh; Miss Dessa E. Layman of Sykesville, MD; Floyd Layman of Baltimore; and Asa, Olin, and Walter Layman of Frostburg. Also, 6 sisters and 2 brothers; Mrs. Harriett McKenzie of Elkins, WV; Mrs. Nancy Perry of Marlinton, WV; Mrs. Cordelia Muse of Confluence, PA; Mrs. Isaac Swauger of New Germany; and Mrs. William (Minerva) Connor of Frostburg; Miss Amanda Layman of Frostburg; and John Layman of Frostburg; and William F. Layman of Davis, WV. Also, grand children Mrs. Harry Dando and Emory, Woodrow, and Homer Layman. The funeral is from the home of Harry Dando of Grahamstown, with Dr. Bickford and burial is at Allegany Cemetery.



Owen A. Layman

Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Owen Alvin LAYMAN 
- Owen Alvin Layman, 84, of Cumberland, died on Sunday, March 6, 2005, at the WMHS Sacred Heart Campus Hospital.Born Dec. 14, 1920, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Alvin Layman and Edith (Hager) Layman.  Mr. Layman was also preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Lewis Layman, and a sister, Phyllis Hager.
Mr. Layman was a United States Army veteran during World War II.  He was retired from the City of Cumberland Street Department and was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 245 and worked as a bartender there.  A member of the Centre Street United Methodist Church, he became very active in his 70s in several church plays and served as an usher.  He also participated in the annual Community Cross Walks held on Good Friday and carried the cross on a couple of occasions.
Mr. Layman is survived by his wife, Rosemarie (Hager) Layman; his daughter, Reverend Bernadette Ross and husband Richard, Cumberland; a brother, Gary Layman and wife Jeannette, Cumberland; his grandchildren, Tana Ross Wolfe and husband David, Cumberland, and Wendy L. Miller and husband Craig, LaVale; and his great grandchildren, Olivia Wolfe, Nicholas Miller, and Jacob Miller.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, ( on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at the Centre Street United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Lloyd McCanna officiating. Mr. Layman's family will receive friends at the church from 1 to 1:45 p.m.
Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the Combined Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be at Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Dave Wolfe, Craig Miller, Scott Summers, Mike Thomas, Chris Zollner, and Steve Layman. Honorary pallbearer will be James Kaiser.
The family requests that memorials be made in Mr. Layman's name to the Centre Street United Methodist Church, 217 Centre St., Cumberland, MD 21502 or the LaVale United Methodist Church, 565 National Highway, LaVale, MD 21502.


13 March 1992   Cumberland Evening Times
Former Frostburg councilman dies
Frostburg Samuel M. LAYMAN
, 60 of 32 Blair Street, died Thursday, March 12 1992 at the Sacred Heart Hospice Unit in Cumberland.
Born on Sept. 5, 1931 in Frostburg, he was the son of the late William Carlton and Lydia Alda (Meese) Layman.
Mr. Layman was retired after 30 years as a mathematics teacher at Fort Hill High School and was currently a part-time instructor at Allegany Community College.  He served as Finance Commissioner with the city of Frostburg for six years and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Frostburg; a member and past president of the board of directors for the Allegany Teachers' Federal Credit Union; past president of Beall High School Alumni; past president of the Western Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League and past member of the Committee for Boy Scout Troop 42, Frostburg.
Mr. Layman was vice president of the Percy Cemetery Commission; treasurer of the Frostburg Palace Theatre and area vice president for the County United Way.  He was also a member of Farrady Post 24 American Legion; Frostburg Lodge 470 B.P.(. Elks; Frostburg Lodge 348 Loyal Order of Moose and the Maryland and Allegany County Retired Teachers Association.
Survivors include his wife, Elma Gail (Jones) Layman; one son, Dean J. Layman and his wife, Leslie, Ellicott City; two daughters Teri L. Palmer and her husband, David, Harrisburg, PA.; Karen A. Eberly and her husband, David, Frostburg; two brothers, William C. Layman Jr. Frostburg; and Darrell L. Layman, New Windsor; four sisters, Anita K. Ahalt, Seabrook, OH; LaVerne Geis, Doris J. Taccino, Mary Louise Winfield, all of Frostburg; four gransons, Ryan S. Palmer, Harrisburg; D. Bradford Layman and Benjamin J........[rest of article missing].

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


Stella M. Layman, 74, of Grantsville RD 1, Md., and 804 Greene Street, Cumberland Md. died Monday, Aug. 18, 1986, at Frostburg Community Hospital, Md. Born in Grantsville, Md. March 17, 1912, she was a daughter of the late Asa and Nancy (Durst) Durst. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leander T. Layman. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, a former member of the WSCS, and a member of Oak Grove Mennonite Ladies Aid. Surviving are one son, George Layman, Grantsville, Md.; four daughters, Mrs. Anna Mae Bittner, Frostburg, Md.; and Mrs. Nancy Watkins, Grantsville, Md.; Mrs. Sara L. Howard, Fort Lauderdale,Fla.; and Mrs. Judy Raye Morlen, Cumberland, Md.; two brothers, Sherman Durst, Lonaconing, Md.; and Wilbert Durst, Grantsville, Md.;three sisters, Mrs. Elsie Bach, Cumberland, Md.; Mrs. Mabel Harden, Midland, Md.; and Mrs. Ethel Cutter, Grantsville, Md.; 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville. Services were conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Mennonite Church by the Rev. Earl Yoder. Interment Mount Zion Cemetery, Long Stretch. Pallbearers were Mark Watkins, Scott Watkins, Greg Layton, Gary Layman and Jeff Layman.The Republic, August 28, 1986

(Courtesy of Phyllis Rosley)


LAYMAN 02 June 1916 Frostburg - Thomas H. Layman, aged 62 years, a native of Garrett Co., died last night at the Half Way House, seven miles above Frostburg.  He had been ill from cancer the past six weeks.  He was a son of the late Louis Layman, once sheriff of Allegany Co.   He is survived by his wife and three children; Charles Layman and Scott Layman at the farm; and Mrs. Forrest Michael of Cumberland.   Also, three sisters, Mrs. Ralph Engle of Grantsville; Annie Layman and Laurie Layman of IA; and four brothers, Elwood Layman; Norval Layman; and George Layman of Newall, IA; and Harry Layman of Chicago.  Burial is at Mt. Zion Church, Albright, WV.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


17 June 1982
Mrs. William C. LAYMAN

Mrs. Alda Layman, 74, of 36 Green Street, died Wednesday in Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born in Garrett County, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Meese and Mary (Wetmiller) Meese.  Her husband, William C. Layman, preceded her in death.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church Women.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. LaVerne Geis, Mrs. Doris Taccino and Mrs. Mary Louise Winfield, all of Frostburg, and Mrs. Anita Ahalt, Seabrook.
Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Eva Landis, Meyersdale, PA.; Mrs. June Kovacs, Navarre, OH.; two brothers, George Meese, Star Route, Frostburg; Woodrow Meese, Avoca, NY; three sons, William C. Layman, Jr.; Samuel Layman, both of here, and the Rev. Darrell Layman, Sharpsburg; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Services will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home by the Rev. Donald F. Sause.  Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Edward Geis, Mark Layman, Dean Layman, Frank Taccino, Derrick Winfield, Wendell Winfield, Sean Ahalt and David Layman.

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Nov 15, 1971  Cumberland Evening Times
LAYMAN Services
Services for William Carl Layman, 68, of 36 Greene Street, who died Saturday, will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Durst Funeral Home by Rev. Donald F. Sause.  Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be James Close, Everett and George Lemmert, John Griffith, Charles Shutz and Franklin Martens.
The family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to St. Paul's Lutheran Church memorial fund.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


3 Dec 1986
William E. LAYMAN
Petersburg, W.V.

William E. Layman, 74, formerly of Baltimore, died Monday in Hamilton, OH.
Born in Portsmouth, OH, he was a son of the late Amos and Brida (Rice) Layman.
He was an Army veteran of World [War] II and was employed by the B&O Railroad in Baltimore for a number of years.
Surviving are his widow, Annie (Lantz) Layman, Bayard; two sisters, two brothers and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Arnold-Basagic Funeral Home, here, by the Rev. Bruce Cosner.  Interment will be in South Branch Memorial Gardens.
Friends will be received at the funeral home Wednesday from 1 p.m. to time of services.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


Tuesday, July 19, 2005 11:11 A.M. EDT
YORK, Maine - William H. "Bill" LAYMAN,
77, passed away July 16, 2005, at his home.
He was born in Grantsville, MD, on Dec. 23, 1927, the son of Herbert and Claire (Hanft) Layman.  Upon graduating high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served with the 103rd Seabees in the Southwest Pacific during World War II.  After his discharge from the Navy he attended the University of Maryland at College Park, earning his Bachelor Degree in 1952.
Mr. Layman was a professional negotiator and arbitrator for fifty-three years for the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.  He was also an instructor at the Placid Harbour School in Maryland.
He served as Selectman for the Town of York, and was elected three times as York County Commissioner. Bill served as secretary of the York Charter Committee.  He served as the AARP State Legislative Representative, was past vice-president of the Maine Council of Senior Citizens and the York Democratic Town Committee, board member of Seacoast Shipyard Association, Maine County Commissioner Association, the York Co. Maine C.C.A., the Risk Insurance pool director and member of the Work Force Investment Act.  He served seven terms as chairman of York County Commissioners.  He was also very involved in the construction of the New York Co. Jail and the access road was named "Layman Way" in honor of his involvement of the project.
He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. for 59 years and was also a member of the American Legion, the St. Aspinquid Masonic Lodge , a Charter member of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC and the Alliance for Retired Americans.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Gloria Raleigh Layman of York; three sons, William Layman Jr. of Annapolis, MD, Clifford Layman and his wife Melony of Lothian, MD, and John Layman and his wife Chris of Columbus, OH; two daughters, Diane Layman Ritter and her husband Steve of Cairo, WV, and Dawn Layman of Cairo; 10 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters; a step-son, Keith Bishop Sr. of York; two brothers, Ronald Reed Layman of Cape Coral, FL, and Jack Layman of Berlin, MD; and three sisters, Eileen Damon of Oakland, MD, Helen Zeller of Strongville, OH, and Nancy Layman of Washington, DC.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 22, in the First Parish Congregational Church, 180 York St., York.
There will be no visiting hours.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, NE Division, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or the V.F.W. Post 6977 Building Fund, PO Box 201, York Beach, ME 03910.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)


The Cumberland Times Nov. 13,1932

William M. LAYMAN, caretaker of Greenmount Cemetery died yesterday at his home in the cemetery.  He was a member of the Junior Order United American Mechanics of Frostburg.  Surviving are his widow, Rebecca Layman; his mother, Mrs. George Layman, and the following step-children; Mrs. Jesse Boggs, Mrs. Earl Matley, Miss Hilda Sagle, this city, and Mrs. Harry Lohr, Barrleville.  The following brothers and sisters also survive; Mrs. George Layman, Mrs. Robert Ways, George and Ernest Layman, Borden Shaft; Owen and Lawrence Layman, Mrs. Nellie Long, Mrs. Joseph Koelker, Mrs. Samuel Neat, Cumberland; Mrs. Michael Diehl, Frostburg; Mrs. Charles Wolfe, Baltimore; Robert Layman, Detroit, MI; Benjamin Layman, Syracuse, NY.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the home.  The Rev. D. H. Steffens, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)




(Cumberland) Evening Times ~ March 13, 1896


C. Arthur Murphy
Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:00 o'clock at Mount Zion M. E. Church, east of Grantsville on the National Highway, for C. Arthur Murphy, 76 year old farmer, who died at his home near Long Stretch, in Garrett Co., Wednesday night.  Interment occurred in the churchyard.  Mr. Murphy had been in ill health for two years.
The deceased was formerly a school teacher in West Virginia and in Garrett Co. and for many years was a registration officer in his home district.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Calista Graghan Murphy, and the following sons and daughters: George and Clarence Murphy, at home, Paul Murphy, a student at George Washington University, Morgantown, Washington, DC; Mrs. Harrison Shanholtz, Cumberland; Samuel Murphy, LaVale; John Murphy, Frostburg; Charles Murphy, Pittsburgh, PA.  He was a brother of W. A. Murphy, Frostburg and Miss Florence Murphy, of Garrett Co.
(Obituary hand dated May 17, 1934)

Mrs. Henrietta Crowe Murphy, 79, wife of William A. Murphy, 247 Welch Hill, Frostburg, MD, died at her home, Wednesday morning, Jan. 6th.  She was a native of Garrett Co., but had resided in Frostburg for the past fifteen years.
She was born in District No. 9 Aug. 22, 1864.  She was a daughter of the late George A. Crowe.  She is survived by four sons, Quincy A. Murphy, Friendsville, Ernest Marion and Ray Murphy, Frostburg; four daughters, Mrs. Bertha Fike. N. Braddock, PA, Mrs. Rella Fresh, New Germany, Mrs. Arta Cook and Mrs. Edna Keene, Frostburg; two brothers, Thomas J. Crowe, Finzel and Eugene Crowe, Myersdale, PA. Twenty-two grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
She was a life-long member of the Methodist Church.  Mrs. Murphy and her husband celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary Dec. 4, 1942, thus making 63 years without a death in the immediate family.
[a note with this obit that says: Rella Murphy Fresh, 1886-1963 m. Asa J. ?, 1884-1964. Information found in the Graves of Garrett County book.]
(Obituary hand dated, Jan. 14, 1942)

William A. Murphy
Funeral services for William A. Murphy, 91, a retired Garrett Co. farmer, who died at the home of his son Quincy A. Murphy, Friendsville, on Wednesday night, January 30, were conducted from the Johnson Methodist church, this county, on Saturday afternoon.  The pastor, Rev. Charles Sisk, officiated.  Interment was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Murphy had been in good health until January 20 whe he suffered a stroke.  He retired about twenty years ago from his farm in the Little Savage river section, five miles west of Frostburg, and moved to Frostburg to make his home.  Since last April he had been living with his eldest son in Friendsville.
He was born in Garrett Co. near Long Stretch, a son of William B. Murphy and Sarah Michael Murphy.  He was an active member of the Johnson Methodist church and was superintendent of the Sunday school there for twenty years.  His wife, Mrs. Henrietta Crowe Murphy, died about three years ago.
Suviving are the following sons and daughters; Mrs. C. A. Fike, Quincy A. Murphy, Friendsville, Mrs. Fresh, New Germany; Ernest Murphy, Marion Murphy, Ray Murphy, Mrs. Alvan Cook and Mrs. Frank Keene, all of Frostburg. A number of grandchildren also survive.

(Clipping hand dated Feb. 7, 1946)



FROSTBURG - Stella Nelson Krauss, 90, of Frostburg, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Born in Eckhart, on Jan. 9, 1914, she was the daughter of the late John Nelson and Rosa (Crowe) Nelson, the youngest of 16 children.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles P. Krauss in 1982; one son, Allan
Krauss in 1981; and 15 brothers and sisters.

Stella was a beautician and owned and operated Stella's Beauty Shop on Main Street in Frostburg, for many years.  She was a graduate of the Beall High School, Class of 1932.  She was a member of Eckhart United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Dinah S. Shockey, Waynesboro, PA; two sons, Philip N. Krauss, Waynesboro, and Rick Krauss, Frostburg; and three grandchildren, Philip F. Krauss, Mount Savage, Michelle Krauss, Marathon, FL, and Brian T. Shockey, Cincinatti, OH.

Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home, P.A., 60 W. Main St., Frostburg, on Friday, July 30, 2004, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, July 31, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. George M. Harpold officiating.

Interment will be in the Eckhart Cemetery.

Family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Eckhart United Methodist Church, PO Box 75, Eckhart Mines, MD 21528.

Condolences to the family may be posted after Mrs. Krauss' obituary at


15 April 1978  Cumberland Evening Times

Mrs. Bertha E. Poleman, 66, died this morning in Frostburg Community Hospital.
Born in Avilton, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Linne (Layman) Chaney.  Her husband, Ira Poleman, preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, William Poleman, Kirtland, OH; five brothers, Harry Chaney, Ellis Chaney and Donald Chaney, all of Frostburg; Earl Chaney, LaVale; and Lee Chaney, Cresaptown; three sisters, Mrs. Marguerite Blocher, Frostburg; Mrs. Lula Smiley, Chula Vista, CA; Mrs. Ann Durst, Hopwood, PA.; and four grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Home tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.  Mrs. Sadie Triplett will officiate and interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)



BARTON - Ellis Lee Warnick, 78, of Moscow Mills, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at his residence.  Born March 23, 1926, in Garrett Co., he was the son of the late Troxell N. and Annie Laura (Broadwater) Warnick Smith.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Leonard, Roy and Harry Warnick; and two sisters, Leona Shockey and Bernadine Moffatt.

Ellis retired from the Allegany Co. Board of Education, maintenance department.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in World War II.

Ellis was no stranger to hard work and was well known for his craftsmanship as a roofer.  He enjoyed playing set-back with his friends and family.  Ellis enjoyed life and always had a smile for everyone. Being a husband, father and Pap brought Ellis the most joy in his life.

Mr. Warnick was a lifetime member of the Dogwood Flat Hunting and Fishing Club; a member of the Garfield Arch Chapter 30 of Royal Arch Masonry; a member of the Barton American Legion Post 189; the Lonaconing V.F.W.; Georges Creek Valley Lodge 161 A.F. & A.M.; 32nd Degree Scottish Rite; and a member of the Ali Ghan Shrine.

Ellis is survived by his loving wife, Edna Katherine (Grove) Warnick; his children, Mandy Keller and husband John, Barton, Ellis Warnick Jr. and fiancée Crystal McKee, Cumberland, Kim Martin and husband Marvin, Moscow, Troxell Warnick and wife Trina, Moscow, Adam Warnick and girlfriend Brittany Lease, at home, and Holli Warnick, at home; grandchildren, Miranda and John Keller, Amber, Crystal, Dilan and Keith Warnick, Brandi, Jesse and Tanner Fairgrieve; and one great-granddaughter, Caeleigh Keller.  Also surviving Ellis are two special boys, he treated as grandchildren, Justin Fuller and Dylan McKee; two sisters, Freda Rogers, Reading, PA, and Hazel Mason, Rock Hill, SC; and three brothers, Leslie, Lonaconing, Bernerd, Mount Zion, IL, and Donald, Pontiac, MI.

The family will receive friends at the Boal Memorial Chapel, Barton, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Georges Creek Valley Lodge 161 A.F. & A.M. will conduct a memorial service at the funeral home on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Boal Chapel, on Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Vinci officiating.

Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Moscow Mills, where full military honors will be accorded at graveside.



WEIMER 13 Feb 1888 Mrs. Drusilla Weimer, wife of Samuel Weimer of Garrett Co., was buried Saturday (11 Feb) at Frostburg's St Michaels Catholic Church, Rev Anthony of Cumberland officiated.


WEIMER, Jesse J. Weimar was born August 25, 1855 at Elk Lick, PA of Dutch ancestry; he died March 14, 1922 at his farm near Loyal, being 66 years, 6 months and 19 days old.  He was united in marriage to Nancy Elizabeth Crowe of Frostburg, MD, March 29, 1880.  To this union were born nine children, five sons and four daughters, one son and one daughter passed away in infancy.  Those living are R.E., C.H., Ben F., and Soy O.; the daughters are Mrs. Hugh Trosper, Mrs. Willus Van Horn and Mrs. Ferd Sherer.
Mr. Weimar moved with his family to Kansas in 1883, where he lived until the opening of Oklahoma.  He was one of the 89ers and homesteaded the old Sutton place, north of town.  He sold the latter place and moved to a farm near Loyal, OK, where he remained until his death.  He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, seven children, seventeen grandchildren and a host of friends.  He was a good neighbor, an ideal husband and father.
The funeral took place from the Catholic Church Thursday, March 16, at 3 p.m., Rev. A.C. Taeyeats, the Pastor, officiating.
The remains were laid to rest in Kingfisher Cemetery.  The large attendance attested to the high esteem in which he was held in the community. [NOTE: Jesse J.'s last name was mis-spelled in the obit - spelled with an 'a' instead of an 'e']

Kingfisher Times, Kingfisher, OK.
(Courtesy of the WEIMER Family)



Cumberland Times 2-2-1936

(Eliza Ellen WINEBRENNER) MRS. JAMES H. SOURBRINE MT. SAVAGE - Feb. 1, 1936 - Mrs. Eliza Ellen Sourbrine, 70, wife of James H. Sourbrine, died this evening at her home on Bank street. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Winebrenner, and was born in Eckhart, this county.  Beside her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Michael Smith, and a sister, Miss Mary Winebrenner, Mt. Savage.  The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday with services in St. George's Episcopal church, conducted by Rev. Percy Adams, the rector.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.


WINEBRENNER 01 Oct. 1892 Mrs. Emma Winebrenner of Garrett Co., died Monday (26 Sep.), aged 26 years. The funeral is at Borden Shaft with Rev C. L. Kennard.


WINEBRENNER 07 Apr. 1910 Mt. Savage - Mr. John Winebrenner, in poor health for the last few years, died Tuesday morning (5 Apr.) at 6 o'clock.  The following children survive:  Jesse Winebrenner, Stewart Winebrenner, Thomas Winebrenner, Lawrence Winebrenner, William Winebrenner and Mrs. Nathan Crawford.  The funeral is this afternoon and interment in the Porter Cemetery near Eckhart.
[This should be James Hiram (I think.) No mention of wife Suzanne Logsdon - Carol]


Cumberland Times 2-2-1936

WINEBRENNER FUNERAL TODAY FROSTBURG, MD. Feb. 1, 1936 - Funeral services for Henry Winebrenner, 60, who died Friday at Slabtown, near Mt. Savage, will be held from the home tomorrow at 4 p.m.  Rev. G. Sampson, pastor of the M. E. Church, Mt. Savage, will officiate.  Burial will be in Porter Cemetery.  Nine children survive besides his widow.

[Margaret Ann Crowe, daughter of Jacob & Margaret Winebrenner]
WINEBRENNER 05 May 1904 The funeral of Mrs Isaac Winebrenner, who died Tuesday (3 May) at her home near Johnson's, a few miles west of Frostburg, after a lingering illness of dropsy, took place this afternoon from the residence.  Interment in the cemetery on the Winebrenner farm near Johnson.  Mrs. Winebrenner was 66 years old.  She is survived by a husband, 6 sons, and 1 daughter; Messers, Joseph, John, James, Floyd, Samuel and Enoch and Miss Highly, all at home.


[father of Mary Ann Winebrenner] WINEBRENNER 05 Apr. 1895
Isaac Winebrenner, aged 91 years, died Wednesday on his farm between Frostburg and Eckhart Mines.  He was born near Frostburg and resided all his life near his birthplace.  He was the father of 11 children; 6 sons and 5 daughters and his descendants number 265. 06 Apr. 1895 (follow-up article with 3 paragraphs)
Mr. Isaac Winebrenner died at the home of his son Morise near Eckhart Mines on 3 April.  He was buried from English Lutheran Church at Frostburg, Rev. Britt officiating.  He was born near Midlothian in 1804 and he was a great hunter.  His remains are buried in the Old Porter Cemetery.


[follow-up article mentioned in Isaac Winebrenner's obit]
Gone to Other Hunting Grounds
Mt. Savage, MD, April 6, 1895

The funeral of Mr. Isaac Winebrenner, who died at the residence of his son Morice(sp), near Eckhart Mines on April 3, took place this morning, with Rev. Britt, of the English Lutheran church of Frostburg, officiating.  After the ususal service the aforesaid minister chose for his text St. Matthew 25th chapter, 14th, 15th and 19th verses, from which he preached a very suitable and eloquent sermon.
The decased[sic] was born near Milothian mines, two miles west of Frostburg, in the year 1804.  He saw Allegany Co. in its infancy, long before the locomotive ever passed up its valleys.  He saw the beginning of our great coal industry and could describe every stage of its development, vividly.  He often told the writer of this article that when he first remembered Frostburg, it consisted of two or three houses, but even in that town in later years he saw such men of national prominence as Henry Clay and Andrew Jackson.  He was always glad to relate the progress and prosperity of his native county, and would tell of occurrences of seventy years ago with as clear a recollection as if they had only happened within the last week.
He was the father of eleven children-six sons and five daughters, and was father, grandfather and great-grandfather of two hundred and seventy-seven descendents.  The remains were interred in the old Porter burying ground near this place, where sleeps many of his relatives and friends who have passed into the great beyond many years before him.  Mr. Winebrenner was one of the greatest hunters in this section of the State.


Martha C. Winebrenner

The Gettysburg Times Sept 12, 1922


[Sara E. McKenzie wife of John E. Winebrenner son of Isaac & Nancy (Barnard) Winebrenner]
WINEBRENNER 16 Oct. 1903 Mrs. Sara Winebrenner, wife of John of near Big Savage Mountain, who suffered from typhoid fever for several weeks, died Wednesday (Oct. 14) at 9:30 in the morning.  She was 42 years of age and is survived by a husband and 9 children; Henry, Olin, James, Loy A., Rosie, Cecelia, Sallie, Eleanora, Myrtle, and Lucy-all of Big Savage Mountain.  Funeral arrangements are in the charge of Gehauf & Mayer.  The funeral is Friday at the St. Michaels Catholic Church with interment at St. Ann's Church on Pea Ridge, Garrett Co.


[George W. is the son of Morris & Milly (Jenkins) Winebrenner]

October 2, 1905 (Cumberland) Evening Times

WINEBRENNER 02 Oct. 1905  Sarah Jane Winebrenner, wife of G.W. Winebrenner, died last night at 10:00 at their residence 17 Arch St., age 69 years.  She had 3 children of a former marriage; Mr. John T. Jordon - Rochester, PA; Mrs. Kady of Frostburg, deceased; Mrs. McMullan of Eckhart; and the following children of this marriage; Morris E. Winebrenner and Mrs. Cora Crawford of Cumberland.  Morris Winebrenner was killed in the mines years ago.
Funeral at the Bedford St. M.P. Church and burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.


WINEBRENNER 17 Sep. 1915  Mrs. Jessie Ida Winebrenner, aged 43 years, died yesterday at her home in Corrigansville after a 8 week illness. Her husband Jesse Winebrenner and 3 children: Robert, Loretta, and Thelma, all at home, survive.  Funeral services are at Corrigansville M.E. Church and burial in Mt. Savage M.E. Cemetery. 
[(Jessie) Ida Madden wife of Jesse Wesley]


WINEBRENNER 27 Feb. 1892  Mrs. Rebecca [BEEMAN] Winebrenner, aged 70 years, wife of William S. Winebrenner, died at her home at Borden Shaft on Friday (19 Feb.).


[son of George W. & Sara Jane Jordon WINEBRENNER] WINEBRENNER 11 Apr. 1898  Morris Winebrenner, a miner was killed on Saturday (09 Apr.) in Ocean Mines by a fall of breast coal.  He was the only son of George Winebrenner, a well known express man of this city.  He lived at Frostburg and was 31 years of age.  He leaves a wife and one child.
The funeral is tomorrow with burial in Rose Hill.


Cumberland Times Jan 9, 1989

FROSTBURG - William T. Winebrenner, 80, formerly of Shaft and recently of Frostburg Nursing Village Home, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 1989, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born in Shaft, he was a son of the late Louis E. and Mary M. (Plummer) Winebrenner.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian (Layman) Winebrenner, on June 26, 1969.
Mr. Winebrenner was a retired employee of the Celanese Corp.
Surviving are one son, Ronald Winebrenner, Grahamtown; one daughter, Rosemary Stanfield, Alexandria, VA; one brother, Clarence E. Winebrenner, Cresaptown; six grandchildren and on great-grandchild.
Friends will be received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Sowers Funeral Home.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)

Cumberland Times Jan. 10, 1989

FROSTBURG~ Services for William T. 'Smokey' Winebrenner, 80, formerly of Shaft, who died Jan. 8, 1989, will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Sowers Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard M. McCullough.
Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
Pallbearers, all grandsons, will be Barry Stanfield, Adam Stanfield and Jonathan Winebrenner.
Friends will be received at the funeral home Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

(Courtesy of Ace Humbertson)



[Margaret WINEBRENNER, daughter of Morris & Lydia (CROWE) WINEBRENNER] DRAKE 20 Feb. 1902 Mrs. John H. Drake, wife of Dr. Drake, died at her home on Cemetery Hill in Frostburg yesterday of dropsy and heart failure after 3 weeks in bed.  She was a daughter of the late Morris Winebrenner and born in Allegany Co. 52 years ago, residing near Frostburg all her life.  Surviving are Dr. Drake, 3 sons, Dave [WINEBRENNER], Howard Shaffer, and Carl Drake - all of Frostburg.  The funeral is Friday from the residence with interment in Porters Cemetery.


MT. SAVAGE - Kenneth William Winebrenner Sr., 70, of Reds Lane, NW, Mt. Savage, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at Sacred Heart Hospital.  Born July 30, 1934, in Mt. Savage, he was the son of the late John W. Winebrenner, Sr. and Virginia F. (Gordon) Winebrenner.  Mr. Winebrenner was also preceded in death by one sister, Virginia M. Skidmore; and two brothers; John W. Winebrenner Jr. and Carl E. 'Mike' Winebrenner.
Mr. Winebrenner was a retired cutter/packer with P.P.G. Industries and had served in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Mt. Savage United Methodist Church, a life member of the Evergreen Hunting Club and the Kennells Mill Hunting Club.
Surviving are his wife, Jeanette 'Jean' (Bean) Winebrenner; three sons, Kenneth W. Winebrenner Jr. and wife Nanette, Fairmont, WV, David J. Winebrenner and wife Tini, Germany, and Ricky K. Winebrenner and wife Karen, Mt. Savage; two granddaughters, Heather Winebrenner and Natasha Winebrenner; two grandsons, Christopher Winebrenner and Justin Winebrenner; sister-in-law, Dot McDonald and husband Roy; brother-in-law, Jim Bean and wife Carol; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. George M. Harpold officiating.
Interment will be in the Maryland State Veteran's Cemetery, Flintstone. Military Honors will be accorded by Mt. Savage Post 6025 V.F.W. honor guard.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Skidmore, Neal 'Pete' Skidmore, Denny Skidmore, Kevin Skidmore, Terry Golden and Bobby Butler.
Friends can also go online at to send expressions of sympathy.


WINEBRENNER 01 Oct. 1892 Mrs. Emma Winebrenner of Garrett Co., died Monday (26 Sep.), aged 26 years.  The funeral is at Borden Shaft with Rev. C. L. Kennard.



(Cumberland) Evening Times ~ Nov. 6, 1905


 History of Western Maryland Vol. 2 (Scharf - 1882)


"The following are among the citizens of Allegany County who have died from 1813 to the present time:

At the residence of Dr. McHenry, on March 18, 1813, Col. John Lynn, a soldier of the Revolution, and for many years clerk of the county.

Hanson Briscoe, clerk of the county courts of Allegany, Sept. 12, 1817, agend sixty-eight years years.  He was a native of St. Mary's County, and held a commission in the militia in the Revolutionary war.

 Nov. 30, 1823, at his residence, near Old Town, James M. Cresap.

Jan. 20, 1827, Col. Joseph Cresap.

April 11, 1835, at Rose Hil, near Cumberlnad, in the 78th year of his age, David Lynn, an officer of the Revolution.  At the close of the Revolution he removed from his native county, Montgomery, to Allegany.  While but a youth, and shortly after the commencement of the war, he entered the army, and bore a commission first as a lieutenant, and soon afterwards as a captain, in the Continental service.  He served throughout the war, and was present at Monmouth, Germantown, and other battles, and at the surrender of Cornwallis.

Jan 26, 1838, Col. William Lamar, an officer of the Revolution, at an advanced age.

Nov. 27, 1838, at his residence, near Frostburg, Andrew Bruce, a member of the Senate of Maryland.

Hon. Michael C. Sprigg died suddenly at his residence in  Cumberland, Dec. 18, 1845.  He retired in his usual helath, and about midnight he was seized with a severe pain in his head and in a few hours breathed his last.  Mr Sprigg had been a member of Congress, and had repeatedly represented Allegany County in the Legislatures.  He was also at one time president of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company, and had held other responsible positions.

April 21, 1859, Rev. W. W. Arnett, pastor of Emmanuel Parish (Protestant Episcopal) Church at Cumberland.

November, 1859, Meshach Browning, one of the early settlers of Allegany County, at the age of nearly ninety years.

Sept. 29, 1864, Thomas Devecmon, a leading member of the Allegany bar.  He had frequently represented his county in the State Legislature, and was one of the candidates on the McClellan electoral ticket.

 Oct. 14, 1867, Samuel M Semmes, a prominent lawyer, and  formerly a member of the State Legislature.  He was a brother of Capt. Semmes, of the Confederate navy.

May 24, 1868, at Frostburg, J. Hoblitzell, a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1867 from Allegany County.

May 24, 1868, at Cumberland, George White, a well-known citizen.

May 21. 1870, Dr. John Everett. of Cumberland.  He was about fifty-eight years of age, and was born and raised in St. Lawrence County, N. Y.   He settled in Cumberland in 1835 and in 1851 was elected to the House of Delegates.  In 1853 he was chosen sheriff of the county, and one of his first official acts was to execute Miller, the murderer of Dr. Hakel and Mr. Groff.  In 1861 he was elected to the State Senate.  In all these positions he discharged his duties faithfully.

Feb. 12, 1871, J. Phillip Roman.

Oct. 27, 1873, Lloyd L. Clary.  Mr Clary was born in Frostburge in 1842, and lived there until the breaking out of the civil war when he entered the Confederate army, and served under Capt. McNeill until the close of that struggle, after which he resided at Frostburg, and subsequently on a farm in Pennsylvania belonging to his father.  In June, 1870, he removed to Cumberland, and took a position on the Mountain City Times (weekly), then managed by J. A. Murray & Co.   In the fall of 1870 the paper passed into the hands of A. Chamberlain & Co., Mr. Clary receiving the position of managing editor.  On the 1st of May, 1872, Mr. Clary and John Breydrick, then foreman of the Civilian office, purchased of Messrs. Chamberlain & Co.  both papers, and conducted them under the firm name of Broydrick & Clary, Mr. Clary being managing editor.  On the 27th of October, 1873, Mr. Clary was fatally shot in his office by John M. Resley.  The trouble originated in an article published in Clary's paper reflecting upon the father of Mr. Resley.  Mr. Clary only survived the shooting a few hours.

March 16, 1879, Joseph Dilley.  Mr. Dilley was born in Botecourt County, VA., but in his boyhood removed to Somerset County, PA., where he learned the blacksmith trade.  After this he located where Frostburg was afterwards built, and for many years labored hard at the anvil and the bellows.  His prosperity in this line in due time enabled him to embark in other enterprises, by which the foundation of a large estate was laid.  He represented Allegany County in the Legislature, and at one time was superintendent of the National road.  For a number of years Mr. Dilley was not engaged in any active business other than attending to his large estate.  He left three children, two living in Cumberland and one in Minnesota, who is a judge of one of the counties of that State. 

Dec 4, 1880, Daniel Blocher, a venerable citizen of Cumberland.

Oct. 1, 1881, John Galloway Lynn.  Mr. Lynn was born and always lived in Cumberland.  He built the Potomac Coal Wharf, and was superintendant of the wharf from 1840 to the time of his death.  He left a widow, three sons, four daughters, and fifteen grandchildren.  He was once elected to the House of Delegates as a Whig, voted for Douglas, and was a Democrat afterwards.  He was nominated for sheriff in 1879 on the Citizens' ticket, and ran largely ahead of the ticket.  He was a communicant and vestryman in Emmanuel (Protestant Episcopal) Church for many years.