RANDALL, John William

John William Randall, husband of Minnie (Ellsworth) Randall, 1 Miltenberger Place, died at his home yesterday following an illness of six months. He was 69. Mr. Randall was formerly employed as a blacksmith at the B&O Bolt and Forge and retired after more than 50 years of service. A native of Keyser, he had lived in Cumberland for 30 years. He was a son of the late Benjamin and Mary Sue (Corbin) Randall. Mr. Randall was a member of Local 1032, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers Union. Surviving, besides his wife, are two- sons, Raymond Randall, Martinsburg, W. Va.; John K. Randall, at home; six daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Phillips, Baltimore; Mrs. Helen Rice, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Marian Shadwell, city; Mrs. Ruth Bittner, LaVale; and Misses Janet and Jane Randall, at home. Also surviving are two brothers, Earl Randall, Jonifer Randall, city; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Randall, Keyser; Mrs. Otie Van Sant, city; and eight grandchildren. The body is at the Kight Funeral Home where services will be conductid Monday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Carl H. Clapp, pastor of St Mark's Evangelical and Reformed Church, in charge. Interment will be in Zion Memorial Burial Park.
The Cumberland Evening Times, April 8, 1955
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010

RANDALL, Mrs. Etta Jane Riley
Westernport - Mrs Etta Jane Randall, 74, widow of Normal L Randall, died last night in the Springfield State Hospital.  Born in Madison Co, Va, a daughter of the late William H and Dora (Yowell) Riley, she had resided in this section 45 years.  Mrs Randall was a member of the First Baptist Church.  Surviving are two sons, James W Randall, Westernport and Harry L Randall, Hubbard, Ohio; a daughter, Mrs Lottie B Dancer, Piedmont; three brothers, W. M. Riley, Westernport; Otha Riley, Keyser and Newman Riley, Oella, Md and two sisters, Mrs Margaret Thompson, Piedmont and Mrs Bertha Morris, Westernport.  The body will be at the Boal Funeral Home tomorrow morning and services will be conducted there Thursday at 2 p.m.  Rev William B Orndorff, pastor of First Baptist Church will officiate and interment will be in Philos Cemetery
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Monday, November 29, 1954 - pg 14, col 4
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted November 2, 2013

RANDOLPH, Miss  Ruth

HARDY COUNTY NEWS, Moorefield Examiner of 27th - It is seldom that a death causes such wide spread and genuine grief in a community as was occasioned yesterday when a telegram was received here announcing the death of Miss Ruth Randolph, who died at 4 o'clock yesterday morning in a Baltimore hospital, where she had gone several weeks ago for treatment.
Keyser Tribune, March 7, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted September 4, 2010



RANHOFF, Mrs. Rebekah

Frostburg, Md., June 25 — Mrs. Rebekah Ranhoff, aged 74, widow of Charles F. Ranhoff, died Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roger Powell, Wood street. Mrs. Ranhoff came to Frostburg many years ago from Garrett county. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. William A. Wilson, Mrs. Evan Arthur, Mrs. George Geiger, Canton, Ohio; William and Ernest Ranhoff, Mrs. William Prout, Mrs. B. N. Bennett, and Mrs. Cleaver Martin, Youngstown, Ohio; R. J. Ranhoff, of Meyersdale, Pa., and Mrs. Roger Powell of Frostburg. She also leaves 33 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral will he held Friday at 2 p.m. at the home. Interment will be in Allegany Cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, June 25, 1925
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 19, 2011

RANKER, Alonza A.

Alonza A. Ranker of Hyndman, a former employe of the Western and Maryland Railroad shops, Cumberland, died at Cumberland Memorial Hospital, Monday, December 30, after a short illness. He was 63 years old. Mr. Ranker was born on April 22, 1889, the son of Christopher and Lucilla Clites, in Buffalo Mills. He was married first to Leslie Huffman, and his second marriage was to Margaret Shilling. His wife survives and the following children: Edgar, York; Chalmer, Akron, O.: Melvin, East Berlin; Raymond, Sand Patch; Miss Geraldine Ranker, Akron; Norman, Akron; Pfc. Stanley Ranker, serving with the Army in Korea. Also one brother, Elmer Ranker, Buffalo Mills R. D. 1: three sisters, Mrs. Blanche" Huffman Hyndman: Mrs. David Lybarger Buffalo Mills R. D. 1; Mrs. Scott Smith, Pittsburgh. Mr. Ranker was a member of the Hyndman United Brethren church. Funeral services: Wednesday afternoon at 3 p. m. at the Lybarger Lutheran church, with the Rev. F. Oberkircher, pastor of the Hyndman Reformed church, officiating. Burial in Lybarger cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Ziegler Funeral Home, Hyndman.
The Bedford Gazette, Bedford, January 2, 1952
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010

RANKER, Austin D.

Hyndman, Pa. Feb. 24 — Austin D. Ranker, 58, died Monday night in the Allegany Hospital, Cumberland. He was a son of Christ Ranker and the late Mrs. Lucille Clites of near Hyndman. Besides his father, he is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Logue Ranker, here; three sons, Earl Ranker, Salemville, Pa.; Ray Ranker, Harrisburg, Pa.; and Harry Ranker of Fairgo, near Cumberland. He was a brother of Johance Ranker of Schellsburg, Pa.; Alonza Ranker, Hyndman; Elmer Ranker, Mrs. Blanche Huffman, Mrs. Viola Lybarger, Buffalo Mills; Mrs. Olive Logue, Hamilton, Pa., and Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Hyndman Evangelical Church. Funeral services will be held Friday with the Rev. W. J. Lloyd, pastor of the Ellerslie Evangelical Church, officiating.
The Cumberland Evening Times, February 24, 1943
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010

RANKER, Christopher C.

Christopher C. Ranker, 98, died at the home of his son Elmer at Fossilville where he had resided since the death of his wife in 1915. He was 93 at the time of his death. He was born in 1849 in Somerset county, later working there as a miner. He helped to grade the P. R. R. between Cumberland and Bedford and then adopted the profession of farming. He lived through four wars—the Civil and Spanish-American wars and World Wars I and II. Three sons and two daughters preceded him in death. He is survived by these children: Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Sewickley; Mrs. Blanche Huffman, New Paris; Mrs. Viola Lybarger, Bard; Alonza, Hyndman, and Elmer, mentioned. Also surviving are 42 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Gravel Pit by Rev. W. J. Lloyd with interment in Hyndman Cemetery under the direction of the Zeigler funeral home.
The Bedford Gazette, November 26, 1947
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010

RANKER, Clarence Elmer

HYNDMAN - Clarence Elmer Ranker, 62, of RD l, Buffalo Mills, died yesterday in Bedford County Memorial Hospital, Bedford. He had been in ill health for some time. Mr. Ranker was born at Mt. Nebo, a son of the late Christopher C. and Drucilla (Clites) Ranker. He had been a farmer, Celanese worker and school bus driver. A veteran of World War I, Mr. Ranker was a member of the American Legion and the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Gravel Pit. Surviving are his widow, the former Miss Maggie Bingman; five sons, Donald Eugene Ranker, Hyndman; Chester Allen Ranker, Martinsburg, W. Va., and Elmer Jr., Clarence Clyde and Ronald Lee Ranker, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Hoffman and Mrs. Viola Lybarger, both of Hyndman, and three grandchildren. The body is at the home. Services will be conducted Wednesay at 2 p. m. in the Gravel Pit EUB Church. Rev. Harvey Williams, pastor, and Rev. George Bittner will officiate and burial will be in Madley Cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, March 17, 1958
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010

Alexander Rankin

RANKIN, Alexander

Alexander Rankin, 53 years old, died yesterday at his home at Borden Mine from asthma.  He was a former miner and he served as State mining inspector during the last two years of the administration of Govenor Lowndes. Otto Hohing, who filled the same position the first two years of the Lowndes administration, died here last week.  Mr. Rankin in 1902 ran for the House of Delegates on the Republican ticket, but lost by a small margin. Mr. Rankin was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Frostburg, and the Rev. Dr. J. N. Beall, pastor, will officiate at his funeral at a time not yet arranged.  Interment will be in Allegany cemetery, Frostburg. Mr. Rankin is survived by his wife, fou sons, Frederick, William, Robert and Clayton, and four daughters, Bertha, Emma, Frances and Helen Rankin, all at home. His father was the late Alexander Rankin.  James Rankin, Frostburg, and Robert Rankin, Borden, are brothers, and Mrs. Agnes Rowe, Mrs. Reuben Anthon and Mrs. James Minnick, all of Frostburg, sisters.
Cumberland Evening Times, Mar. 19, 1915




Mrs. Alexander Rankin

RANKIN, Mrs. Alexander

Bureau of the Evening Times Frostburg, Md., Aug. 12
Mrs. Alexander Rankin, one of Frostburgs oldest and most respected ladies, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Reuben Anthony, Thursday evening after a long illness.  The deceased lady was seventy-eight years of age, and is survivied by the following children: James Rankin, Alexander Rankin, Archibald Rankin, Robert Rankin, Mrs. Matthew Rowe, Mrs. Jac.(?) Minnick and Mrs. Reuben Anthony, all of this place.  The funeral arrangements have not been completed with the exception that interment will be made beside her late husband in the family lot in Allegany cemetery.  The deceased lady was well known and loved for her kind and charitable disposition and her many kind acts will be missed by those who received them.

Aug 12 1908 Cumberland Evening Times  (Courtesy of Dave Gracie)



Alvin H. Rankin

RANKIN, Alvin H.

Frostburg - Alvin H. Rankin, 77, of 175 Maple Street, died yesterday at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, where he was admitted Tuesday.
Born in Frostburg, he was the son of the late James A. and Frances (Shatzer) Rankin.  His wife, Mrs. Ellen (Rephann) Rankin, preceded him in death. Mr. Rankin was a former member of the Allegany ounty Sanitary Commission and a retired textile worker with the Celanese Fibers Company.  He e was a past president and treasurer of the Frostburg Volunteer Fire Department and of the Allegany-Garrett Firemen's Association. Surviving are three daughter, Mrs. Virginai Hammett and Mrs. Barbara Lingard, both of Hialeah, Fla., and Miss Betsy Ross Rankin, Cumberland; a brother, Janes Rankin, Frostburg; a sister, Miss Mabel Rankin, Frostburg; six granchildren and a great-grandchild.
The body is at the Durst Funeral Home, where friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home by Rev. Kennth E. Morelock, of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  Interment will be in Porter Cemetery, Eckhart. Pallbearers will all be members of the Frostburg Fire Department.
The Cumberland Evening Times, June 6, 1968
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)
Posted July 17, 2009


Mrs. Charles Rankin

RANKIN, Mrs. Charles

Mrs. Charles Rankin, formerly of this place, died in Detroit Wednesday evening of influenza.  She is survived by her husband and two children who will be unable to accompany the body which will arrive here today on account of having influenza.
Cumberland Evening Times, Feb. 7, 1920



Child of Mr. & Mrs. John Rankin

RANKIN, Child of Mr. & Mrs. John

Death of a Child
Mr. & Mrs. John Rankin have a child dead at their home on Maple street.  The deceased was about two years of age and is survived by the parents and several other children.  The deceased was not ill very long and was not thought to be in a serious condition until just before its death.  The funeral services will be held at the house after which the remains will be interred in the Allegany cemetery.
December 15, 1906  Cumberland Evening Times 
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)


Mrs. Clara M. Parker Rankin

RANKIN, Mrs. Clara M. Parker

Frostburg - Mrs. Clara M. Rankin, 86, of Hialeah, Fla and formerly of here, died Sunday in Hialeah.
Born here, she was a daughter of the late John and Margaret (Miller) Parker.  Her husband, Alexander Rankin, died in May 1948.
She is survived by a son, Glen Rankin, Hialeah; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Kroll, here; two brothers, James Parker and John Parker, both of here; two granchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The body is being returned to the Durst Funeral Home here.

The Cumberland Evening Times, December 9, 1975
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)
Posted July 17, 2009


RANKIN, Clayton

Frostburg, Md., Jan. 7 — Clayton Rankin, 37, died early Sunday morning following an illness of three months in Miners Hospital. He was the son of Mrs. Katherine Rankin, and is also survived by his widow and ten children and the following brothers and sisters, Robert Rankin, Detroit: Mrs. Helen Wiland, New York City; William and Fred Rankin, Mrs. Beulah Geis, Mrs. Emma Price, and Mrs. Frances Weimer, all of this city.
The Cumberland Evening Times, January 7, 1929
[widow was Margaret Pearl Chaney]
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010

RANKIN, Daniel

Victims of two separate accidents early Sunday morning were Daniel Rankin, 32, Eckhart, and Cecil Ashward Tomlinson, 78, RD 1, Frostburg. Mr. Rankin was killed instantly when he was thrown from his automobile which overturned at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and State Route 55 at Clarysville. Dr. H. V. Denning, deputy county medical examiner, pronounced Rankin dead of a fractured neck at the scene. State Trooper Joseph V. Stakem, who arrived on the scene shortly after the Clarysville crash occurred, said Rankin apparently lost control of his car as he was traveling east on Route 40. A witness told the trooper Rankin's car was riding on the dirt shoulder of the highway. The witness, whose car was stopped on Route 55 waiting an opportunity to pull out into Route 40, thought his car was going to be struck. Instead, Rankin's vehicle struck the concrete island which separates the traffic lanes on Route 55, then swerved to the left and overturned. It struck the guardrail on the opposite side of the highway, throwing out Rankin, and then came to a stop 50 feet down the highway. Rankin was born at Frostburg, and was a son of the late Clayton and Pearl (Chaney) Rankin. He is survived by four brothers, Walter E., Eckhart, with whom he resided; John T. and Clayton A. Rankin, both of Frostburg, and James Rankin, Waltersburg, Pa., and four sisters, Miss Shirley Rankin and Mrs. E. Davies, both of Frostburg; Mrs. Robert Thomas, Corriganville, and Mrs. John R. Neder, Mt. Savage. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. The body will remain at the Hafer Funeral Home, Frostburg, where a service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Elwood Settle, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate, and burial will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
The Cumberland Evening Times, January 14, 1957
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010


Ella M. Rephann Rankin

RANKIN, Mrs. Ella M. Rephann

Mrs. Alvin H. Rankin
Frostburg, July 2-Mrs. Ella M. Rankin, 45, wife of Alvin H. Rankin, 175 Maple street, died last night at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, where she was admitted yesterday afternoon.  She had been ill a year.  Mrs. Rankin was a daughter of the late George and Alice Rephann, of Eckhart.  Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Virginia, Betsy Ross and Barbara Rankin; three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Harden, Cumberland; Mrs. Ida Skidmore, Borden Mines, and Mrs. John Bauer, Frostburg, and two brothers, Webster Rephann, Detroit, and Maurice Rephann, St. Paul, Minn.

Cumberland Evening Times, July 2, 1938


Frederick A. Rankin

RANKIN, Frederick A.

Frostburg - Frederick A. Rankin, 61, of Borden Mines, died yesterday at Miners Hospital after and illness of 10 years. A native of Borden Mines, he was a son of the late Alex and Catherine (McCrady) Rankin. He was a member of Welsh Memorial Baptist Church, Men's Bible Class and Men's Brotherhood of the church. Surviving are his widow, Anna (Lapp) Rankin; tow daughters, Mrs. Catherine E. Simpson, Eckhart and Mrs. Anna Betty Porter, Zihlman; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Geis, Mrs. Emma Price, Mrs. Francis Weimer, all of here, and four grandchildren.
The body is at the Hafer-Sowers 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 Cumberland Evening Times, June 19, 1969
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)
Posted July 17, 2009


RANKIN, Frederick J.
SEIFARTH,  Robert D.

Two Frostburg men were killed yesterday in a one-car accident on the Vale Summit Road between Midland and Clarysville. Victims of the spectacular crash were Robert D. Seifarth, 40, of 118 McCulloh Street, Frostburg, and Frederick J. Rankin, 32, of RD 2, Frostburg. Authorities said the two-door hardtop was traveling east on State Route 55 in the direction of Vale Summit. The driver, in attempting to negotiate a slight left turn, lost control of the car, which ran off the shoulder and traveled along a gutter for about 300 feet.... Firemen from Clarysville were called to the scene when it was learned that gasoline was leaking from the wreckage. However, there was no fire. The accident occurred about a mile and a half west of Vale Summit. Mr. Rankin, who was 32 years old Wednesday, had formerly worked at the Moose Home in Frostburg. He was a son of Mrs. Mabel (Gordon) Rankin of Borden Mine, and the late James Rankin. Besides his mother, Mr. Rankin is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elvie (Wampler) Rankin, Vale Summit; two children, Wanda, 9, and William, five; two brothers, John Rankin, Frostburg, and Robert Rankin, at home; four sisters, Mrs. John Albright, Loartown; Mrs. Ronald Moran, Frostburg; Mrs. William Folk, Borden Mine; Miss Ida Rankin, at home. He was a veteran of World War II. His body is at the Durst Funeral home.Mr. Seifarth had been employed as a construction worker on the Thomas G. Pullen Laboratory School at Frostburg State Teachers College. He was born at Frostburg on March 30, 1919, and was a son of Andrew and the late Ruth (Walsh) Seifarth. Besides his father, he is survived by his widow, Edith Seifarth; a son, Robert Seifarth, 12; a daughter, Roberta Ann, by a former marriage. Also surviving are two brothers, Cecil Seifarth, Frostburg, and Clifford Seifarth, address unknown; and two sisters, Mrs. Roy McDonough, Beaver, Pa., and Mrs. James Meagher, Fairgo. He was also a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, and Iron Workers Local 388. Durst Funeral Home.
The Cumberland Evening Times, September 18, 1959
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 3, 2010


RANKIN, Miss Grace Lee

Frostburg, Md., Dec. 31—The funeral of Grace Lee Rankin, aged 17 years, daughter of Mrs. Clayton Rankin, 183 Ormond street, who died yesterday afternoon from spinal meningitis, will be held tomorrow at 2:30 p. m., from the family home, Rev. J. Luther Neff, pastor of the First M. E. Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Allegany Cemetery. Miss Rankin had been undergoing treatment at Mt. Wilson, Md., and was dismissed from that institution about three weeks ago. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and church school. Aside from her mother, five brothers, John, Clayton, Jr., James, Daniel and Walter, four sisters, Beatrice, Thelma, Marguerite and Shirley Rankin, all younger than herself, survive. Mr. Rankin, the father, died Jan. 6, two years ago.
The Cumberland Evening Times, December 31, 1930
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010


FROSTBURG — Irvin Rankin, 82, of 123 Maple Street, died yesterday in Frostburg Community Hospital where he had been admitted June 8. Born in Borden Mines, he was a son of the late Robert and Margaret (Orr) Rankin. He was a retired Kelly-Springfield Tire Company employe. He attended Eckhart Baptist Church. Surviving are his widow, Jessie B. (McFarland) Rankin; three daughters, Miss Margaret E. Rankin, at home; Mrs. Mildred J. Knieriem, Frostburg, and Mrs. Eleanor M. Keim, Berlin, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Lashley, Mt. Savage; Mrs. LaVerne Kerr, Frostburg, and three grandchildren. Durst Funeral Home.
The Cumberland Evening Times, June 16, 1975
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010

RANKIN, James A.

Frostburg - James A. Rankin, 86, here, died yesterday in Frostburg Community Hospital following a lingering illness. He was a son of the late James A. and Frances (Shatzer) Rankin. He is survived by a son, James Rankin, Tacoma Park; a sister, Mable Rankiin, here, with whom he resided and a grandchild. A memorial service was conducted today in St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Cumberland Evening Times; 6 June 1975
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie/transcribed by Genie)
Posted November 17, 2012


John T. Rankin


Frostburg - John Thomas Rankin, 44, of 175 First Street, died yesterday in Miners Hospita where he had been a patient since October 23.
A native of Frostburg, he was a son of the late Clayton and Pearl (Chaney) Rankin. Mr. Rankin was employed as an agent for the Home Beneficial Insurance Company and was a veteran of World War II.  He also was a member and deacon of First English Baptist Church and taught in the junior Sunday school class. Surviving are his widow, Mary (Estes) Rankin; a son, Samuel C. Rankin, at home; four sisters, Mrs. John Neder, Mt. Savage; Mrs. Edward Davies and Miss Shirley Rankin, both of here, and Mrs. Robert Thomas, Corriganville, and three brothers, Clayton Rankin of here; Walter Rankin, Eckhart, and James Rankin, Waltersburg, Pa. The body is at the durst Funeral Home where the family will received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p,m. Services will be conducted there tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. Marvin C. Simpson.  Burial will be in Frostburg Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be William R. Stanley, Christopher and Lester B. Crawford, Willard L. Wenrich, Francis R. Monahan and Neff C. Herring.
Cumberland Evening Times, Oct. 30, 1961
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)

Mrs. Lydia Rankin

RANKIN, Mrs. Lydia

The funeral of Mrs. Lydia Rankin, whose death at Allegany Mine, after a lingering illness from old age, was noted, took place Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of the deceased, the services being held at the home, the minister referring to past life of the deceased in a beautiful manner.  At the conclusion of the services the remain were brought to the Allegany cemetery at this place where interment was made.  The funeral was largely attended by friends and relatives.
Jan 21 1907  Cumberland Evening Times  (Courtesy of Dave Gracie)




Osborne Rankin

RANKIN, Osborne

Frostburg - Osborne Rankin, 59, Borden Mines, a son of the late Robert and Margaret (Davis) Rankin, died yesterday in Miners' Hospital, where he had been a patient four weeks. He leaves a brother, Irvin Rankin, this city and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Lashley, Mt. Savage and Mrs. LaVern Kerr, of Frostburg.  Mr. Rankin was unmarried. The body is at the Durst Funeral Home
Cumberland Evening Times, March 24, 1950
Posted May 30, 2009



Oscar Rankin


Oscar Rankin, the 9 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex. Rankin, of Borden Mines, died on Wednesday morning.  The young lad had been afflicted all his life, never having been able to walk.  The funeral took place today at 2 o'clock, with interment in Allegany Cemetry[sic].
Dec 24 1908  Cumberland Evening Times  (Courtesy of Dave Gracie)



Mrs. Pearl Chaney Rankin

RANKIN, Mrs. Pearl Chaney

Frostburg, Nov. 2 — Mrs. Pearl Rankin, 55, widow of Clayton Rankin, Ormond street, died yesterday afternoon at Miners Hospital, where she had been a patient five weeks. A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Chaney, this city, she was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Raymond Neder, Mt. Savage; Mrs. Robert Thomas, Corriganville; Mrs. Edward Davies, Frostburg, and Shirley Rankin at home; five sons, three of whom are serving in the Army, Pvt. Clayton, somewhere in the Southwest Pacific area; Pvt. Daniel with the Army in Germany; Sgt. John, Sturgis, Ky.; James of Uniontown, Pa., and Walter, at home. She also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Grace Dinning, Stoyestown, Pa.; Mrs. Lillie Merrill, Barton; Mrs. Laura Glime, Frostburg, and a brother, Hutson Chaney, Westernport; and six grandchildren. The body is at the family home.
The Cumberland Evening Times, November 2, 1944
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)



Robert Rankin

RANKIN, Robert

Frostburg - Robert Rankin, 61, Detroit, died last night at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Geis, 7 Mt. Pleasant Street, where he had been visiting about a week. Born in Frostburg, Mr. Rankin was a son of Mrs. Katherine Rankin, Borden Mines, and the late Alex Rankin, a former Allegany county mine inspector.  He had resided in Detroit about 33 years and was employed by the Packard Motor Company there.
Surviving, besides his sister, mother and widow, are two brothers, William Rankin, Frostburg, and Fred Rankin, Borden Mines, and three other sisters, Mrs. Horace Weimer, Borden Mines; Mrs. Daniel Price, Frostburg and Mrs. Willinski, Green Village, N.Y.
Cumberland Evening Times, August 13, 1948
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)


Robert Rankin

RANKIN, Robert

Rankin Services
Frostburg, Aug. 14 - Final rites for Robert Rankin, 61, who died yesterday at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Geis, 7 Mt. Pleasant Street, will be held today at 3 p.m. Rev. Raymond Crowe, pastor of Grace Methodist Church, Midland, will officiate and interment will be in Allegany Cemetery.
Cumberland Evening Times August 15, 1948
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)


Robert Rankin

RANKIN, Robert

Rankin Burial
Frostburg - Robert Rankin, 61, Detroit, formerly of this community, who died Thursday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Geis, 7 Mt. Pleasant Street, was buried Sunday afternoon in Allegany Cemetery.  Rites at the Geis residence were conducted by Rev. Raymond M. Crowe, pastor of Midland Methodist Church. Pallbearers were John W. Timmons, Arthur Meek, James Lewis, Charles Filer, John Parker and James Jenkins.  Flowerbearers included Thomas Gracie, Sr., James Reidler, Melvin Livengood and Winifred Fair. Among those attending the funeral were William Major and son, William, and Mrs. and Mrs. Marshall Major, Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Willinski and Francis Murray, Green Villlage, N.J.; Miss Hilda Major and Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas Warnick, Lonaconing, and Mrs. Thomas Rowe and son, Joseph, Cumberland.

Cumberland Evening Times, August 17, 1948
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)


RANKIN, Walter Lee

ECKHART - Walter Lee Rankin, 80, of Eckhart, died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the Braddock Hospital. Born Oct. 31, 1926, in Frostburg, he was the son of the late Clayton Rankin and Margaret (Chaney) Rankin. Walter was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Elizabeth Rankin in 1998; one daughter, Karren Green; one grandson, Scott Green; four sisters, Grace Rankin, Beatrice Neder, Thelma Virginia Davies and Shirley Rankin; and four brothers, John Thomas Rankin, Clayton A. Rankin, James Osborne Rankin and Daniel Rankin. Mr. Rankin was a retired mechanic with the Maryland State Road Department, and he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Surviving are one daughter, Sharon Garrison and husband Darrell, Eckhart; one son, Dwayne Rankin, Grantsville; three grandchildren, Brian, Galen and Noelle; three great-grandchildren, Sarah, Leah and Ethan; and one sister, Marqurite Thomas, Hagerstown. Mr. Rankin was cremated according to his wishes. Graveside services will be private at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale, with the Rev. Michael Tamorria officiating. The family requests memorials be directed to Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, 34 W. Main St., Frostburg, MD 21532. The Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, is in charge of the arrangements.
Cumberland Times-News, July 27, 2007
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted January 25, 2014


Martinsburg W Va, Dec 20-  Running from a premature blast at the National limestone quarry near here yesterday afternoon, James Wilson was killed and Noah Rankins was fatally injured. In getting away from the explosion the men were caught underneath a truck loaded with stone. Both were crushed. Wilson dying within an hour after reaching a local hospital. Rankins cannot recover. Wilson, aged 36, leaves a widow and three small children.
Keyser Tribune, January 3, 1913
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 19, 2010

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