BERKENBAUGH, Mr & Mrs. Leopold

"Golden Wedding Anniversary--
Last Sunday the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Leopold Berkenbaugh, of this place, was observed with a family reunion at the parental home on the Island.  Mrs. Berkenbaugh was not advised of the intentions of the younger folks and the affair as a complete surprise to her when her children here and from out of town began to call on her. Mr. Leopold Berkenbaugh and Miss Sarah Rowan were married at SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church, Cumberland, on September 20, 1863, and the fiftieth anniversary really occurred on Saturday; but Sunday being the most suitable for the little celebration it was held day later.  Besides Mr. and Mrs. Berkenbaugh themselves the following daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren were present, the only son, Mr. Patrick Berkenbaugh, being in Detroit. Mich., and unable to get here: Mrs. Katherine Ryan and son, Aloysius, daughter and grandson; Miss Florence McDonough, grand daughter; Mrs. John McDonough, husband and family, Irvin, Edgar and Charles, daughter, son-in-law; Miss Nellie Berkenbaug, daughter, of Lonaconing, and Mr. and Mrs. George Myers and Miss Nora Geary, Miss Nellie's intimate friends, also of Lonaconing.  Congratulations were extended to the happy couple and many interesting incidents were recalled, the afternoon passing pleasantly. In the evening a splendid dinner was served and the remainder of the evening was spent in social intercourse.
Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 23 Sep 1913
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted February 4, 2012

BIRD, Mr. & Mrs. William V.

Fifty years ago William V. Bird and Claribel Fullwiler were married at International Falls, Minn., and today will observe their golden wedding anniversary at their home at 801 13th Ave. A family commemorative dinner and reception Sunday will be attended by relatives from the Lewiston area and from out of town. Mrs. Bird was born in Princeton, Minn., July 17, 1901, and William Virgil Bird was born at Weldon, Ill., August 16, 1897. Bird, whose occupation has mostly been management of laundry establishments, was employed in laundries at International Falls and at Minneapolis during the first years of their marriage. A visit to Mrs. Bird's parents in Harlem, Mont., in 1921, persuaded the couple to make their home in the West. Because of few job opportunities at the time, he became a cook for a construction company until 1923 when they moved to Coeur d'Alene, where he operated an automobile agency. A son, Roland, was born at that time. In 1926, the family moved to Spokane where Bird became manager of the Spokane Hotel Laundry. Three years later the Birds moved to Walla Walla to operate the Starr Laundry. After another three years, in early 1932, they came to Lewiston, where he became manager of C.O.D. Laundry and Dry Cleaners until 1935, when he purchased City Dye Works. In 1963 he purchased Bob's Laundry and incorporated the businesses under the name of City Laundry & Cleaners. Until 1965 when he retired and sold the business to his son, Bird operated the expanded business. The Birds, members of the First Methodist Church, are also parents of a daughter, Carol Ann, who lives at 801 13th Ave. Their three grandchildren are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Roland E. Bird of 1119 9th Ave. Active in civic affairs, Bird has been president of the Better Business Bureau and vice president of the Lewiston Lions Club, which in 1966 honored him for 30 years of continuous membership and civic services and presented him with the Lions International Monarch Award. He is on the advisory board of the Salvation Army and has been treasurer of the Greater Lewiston Chamber of Commerce. He is a life-time member of the Lewis-Clark Broncs Baseball Club, the first to be awarded the distinction at Lewiston. For 23 years, Bird has held membership in the Lewiston Elks Lodge.
[Unknown Source]
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 11, 2017

BLAKE, Mr. & Mrs. Patrick


Archbishops of Philadelphia and Baltimore Join In Congratulating Ocean Couple On Fiftieth Anniversary.
"An Example of Rising Generation," Says Archbishop Curley.
Mr..and Mrs. Patrick Blake, of Ocean, Md., will observe Monday, the Golden Jubilee of their wedding, October 27, 1874, at their home with their five children and relatives present to join in the celebration. The day will be marked by a banquet at the residence at 6 o'clock, and the (unreadable), the family attending mass in a body at St. Joseph's Church. Midland at 8 'o'clock. Rev. Father J. J. Brennan, pastor, will be celebrant. 
Letters From Archbishops
Few couples in Allegany county will have conferred on them such similar honors as will be conferred upon Mr and Mrs. Blake on their anniversary.  The Rt. Rev. Michael J. Curley, archbishop of Baltimore, and the Rt. Rev. D. Cardinal Daughtery, Archbishop of Philadelphia sent to the jubilarians in letters of congratulation their blessings expressions of praise on the life and happiness which they have enjoyed, and laud them for their excellent example ot wedded devotion "to a rising generation that seems to have lost much of the sacred ideals of the past."
Mr. and Mrs. Blake are the parents of Brother Francis, principal of the Christian Brothers at the Cathedral School, Philadelphia; Lawrence A. Blake, former professor of Allegany County High School and now a student of music at the Peabody Conservatory Baltimore; Joseph P. Blake. an electrician with the Potomac Edison Company, this city, and the Misses Margaret and Anna Blake, at home.  The entire family will be gathered at the residence on the occasion of the jubilee.  Other guests will include: Mrs. Lawrence Burke and son, John, of Fairmont W. Va., sister and nephew of Mrs Blake's, brother Leonard, former director of LaSalle Institute, this city, and now in charge ot Calvert Hall College, Baltimore and Rev. J. T. Brennan, pastor of St. Joseph's, Midland.
Enjoy Good Health
Other than their example of wedded happiness, Mr. and Mrs. Blake are evidences of that health which is the reward of care and devotion and righteous living. Their ages are in the early seventies, yet they are taken to be many years younger and both are hale, hearty and active, remaining unimpaired every faculty and having a ready interest in all that goes on.  They are the true type of the "American" family as it would be known could wedded happiness such as theirs be nation-wide. 
Record of Service
Mrs Blake is a native of Western Pennsylvania.  Mr Blake was born in the George's Creek region.  They were married by Rev Valentine Schmidt at St Michael's at Frostburg and have their residence between Ocean and Eckhart throughout their married life.  Mr Blake has been an employe of Consolidated Coal Company for 54 years, retiring when the Ocean Mines closed recently.  His career of uninterrupted service was the subject of a lengthy article in a recent issue of the mining trade journal and enjoys the distinction of being one of the veteran and respected employees of the company which he has served so faithfully.  Starting as a young man in the surveying corps he was next given a position, running an engine from Pompey to tho Hoffman mines. He was transferred a similar position at Eckhart and for about ten years had charge of the boilers at Ocean mines, later having charge of the machinery in the machinery in the operation.  When this method was done away with he was put in charge a hoisting engine and held this position until the mines closed.
[There are letters from the Archbishops of Philadelphia and Baltimore included in the rest of the article.]

Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md - October 25, 1924 - pg 13, col 1
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted July 23, 2010



BRODE, Mr, & Mrs, Charles D.
50th Anniversary

Frostburg, Md., May 2 — On Wednesday, Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Brode, 266 Orchard street, Sharon, Pa., will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They were married in Frostburg, Md., May 4, 1882, but have lived in Sharon for years. A daughter-in-law, Mrs. Hattie Brode, and three grandchildren, Carl, Amelia Jean and Harriet May Brode, live at 24 Washington street, Frostburg. A dinner will be served at 6 o'clock.
The Cumberland Evening Times, May 2, 1932
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

Posted October 17, 2009

BROTEMARKLE, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J.

Dinner To Mark 60th Anniversary of Local Couple
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Brotemarkle, 713 Virginia Avenue, will be honored at a dinner Sunday at 5 p.m. by their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Brotemarkle, 210 Laing Avenue, at the home of the latter.
Mrs. Brotemarkle will be 82 years of age Sunday, and it will be the couple's sixtieth wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Brotemarkle were married June 18, 1890, in Rush.  Before her marriage Mrs. Brotemarkle was Miss Alla Wilson.  Following their marriage they lived in Gilpintown and moved to Cumberland in 1921.
Six of their ten children are living.  They are Mrs. Sarah Twigg, Oldtown; Mrs. Mae Mason, Ridgeley, and Frank Brotemarkle, Clinton Brotemarkle and Wade Brotemarkle, all of Cumberland.
Thursday, 15 June 1950; The Cumberland Evening Times



CLOSE, Mrs. and Mrs. James H.

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Close were entertained with a surprise dinner party celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The dinner was held at the Clary Club and was given by their nephew and niece, James Engle and Melda Engle Grose, whom they reared. Mr. and Mrs. Close were married in Towson, Md., on November 26, 1926. They have been life-long residents of Frostburg and members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Both Mr. and Mrs. Close have been active in the church, and many organizations in the Frostburg-Cumberland area. Mr. Close is a retired employe of the State of Maryland. Mrs. Close is the former Pearl Engle, daughter of the late James Engle and Rebecca (Harden) Engle. The dinner was held on Thanksgiving and decorations were done in the golden scheme with a tiered wedding cake and fresh floral arrangements. Mrs. Close was presented a corsage and Mr. Close, a boutonniere. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Reed of Baltimore. Mr. Reed was the best man at the wedding.
The Cumberland Sunday Times, November 28, 1976
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 31, 2013



COSGROVE, Mr. & Mrs Edward P.

"The celebration of a golden Jubilee mass in St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 7 o'clock this morning marked the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Cosgrove, 607 Sylvan Avenue.  The Very Rev. J. Lawrence Kilkenny, pastor, was celebrant of the mass and read the Papal Blessing from Pope Pius XII on the couple.  Music during the mass was played by Sister Acquinette.  Although the actual date of their anniversary is September 5, Mr. and Mrs. Cosgrove held the observance today so that one of their daughters, Sister Mary Antoinette, S.S.N.D., Midland, could be present.  Due to her school duties she would be unable to attend later.  Mr. and Mrs. Cosgrove were married in the rectory of St. Patrick's, September 5, 1897, and one of their attendants, Mrs. Restley Copley, this city, sister of Mr. Cosgrove, was present this morning.  Mrs. Cosgrove is the former Miss Margaret Turner, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob L. Turner  who resided on Cecelia Street.  Mr. Cosgrove is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cosgrove, Maryland Avenue, a pioneer family....The ten children, of the couple were present. They include Edward A. Cosgrove, Mrs. Rosella Dreyer,  Mrs. Alfred Carr, Herman J. Cosgrove, Sr., Sister M. Antoinette, Mrs. Walter Keiser, Charles B. Cosgrove, Mrs. Paul Grabenstein, John Cosgrove and Clement J. Cosgrove. There are also 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Cosgrove is an employe of the Cumberland Brewing Company and both are active and in good health."
Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland 28 Aug 1947
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted April 14, 2012


CROWE, Mr. & Mrs. William J.

25th Anniversary

Forty guests were present at the celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Crowe, at their home, 43 Broadway, Saturday evening last. Following the reception and supper Mr. and Mrs. Crowe were presented with many valuable presents.
Cumberland Evening Times; Wednesday, 23 October 1912

Posted January 25, 2011


 DONAHUE, Mrs. and Mrs Larry

"Mr. and Mrs. Larry Donahue, 4 Ross Street, Westernport,  celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary Saturday by holding open house from 4 to 9 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Donahue were married in 1909 by the late Rev. W. M. Stewart, then minister of the Baptist church, Westernport. Mrs. Donahue is the former Matilda Riggleman, of Luke. Mr. Donahue was retired by the B & O Railroad Company in January 1955 after 35 years of service. While working for the B & O he served as foreman on the work train and later as a watchman on the crossing at Childs avenue. Interested in baseball, he played in the Twilight league and also with the Sod Busters. Mr. and Mrs. Donahue have one daughter, Mrs. P. I. Runner, of Cumberland, three grandchildren and one great grandson. Mrs. Charles Barb, of Cumberland, sister of Mrs. Donahue, cut the cake. Miss Shiela Runner, a granddaughter, presided at the punch bowl, and another granddaughter, Miss Sheryl Runner, was in charge of the guest book. Their home was decorated in beautiful fall flowers, which were gifts from friends. Mr. and Mrs. Donahue also received many attractive gifts."
"Piedmont Herald" Thu 24 Sep 1959
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy
Posted January 15, 2011



EISEL, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob
55th Wedding Anniversary

Frostburg, Md.. Nov. 23 — Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eisel, 269 East Main street, are receiving congratulations on their 55th wedding anniversary. They were married November 22, 1888, at the home of the bride's parents in Eckhart Mines. Both Mr. and Mrs. Eisel are in fairly good health. Mr. Eisel retired from work several years ago. They have one son, George Eisel, 118 Virginia avenue, and two granddaughters, Mrs. Harry V. Frushover, Lovington, N. M., and Miss Eleanore Eisel of Catonsville, Md.
The Cumberland Evening Times, November 23, 1943
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)


FIKE, Mr. & Mrs. Commodore

50th Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Commodore Fike, of 469 Coolspring St., Uniontown, observe their golden wedding anniversary tomorrow.
Theyll have open house at their home on Sunday, with friends to be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The marriage of Bertha E. Rodeheaver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Rodeheaver, of Sang Run, Md., and Commodore Fike took place in the parsonage of the Brethren Church in Preston Co., W. Va., Oct. 28, 1905. The Rev. Joseph Guthrie officiated. Mr. Fikes parents were Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Fike of Preston Co.
Attending the couple were the brides brother, Andrew Rodeheaver and Blanche Matthews, who later married and today are residing near Friendsville, Md.
The couple resided near Connellsville until 12 years ago when they moved to Uniontown. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Fike was employed with the H. C. Frick Co. 40 years. For the past several years he has been employed as custodian of the Central Chrisitian Church.
Here for the family dinner Saturday night will be the couples five children: Mrs. Earl (Edna) Pinkney, Morgantown, W. Va.; Foster, Connellsville; Mrs. Alfred (Lucille) Keys, Uniontown; Robert C., Hopwood; and Edward, of Bellefonte. One son, William H. (Buster) is deceased. The Fikes have nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Source: The Evening Standard; Uniontown, PA; Oct. 27, 1955; page 17.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted March 24, 2011


GREEN, Mr. & Mrs. Anderson

"Mr. and Mrs. Anderson J. Green, Frostburg, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary February 12 with a high mass celebrated in their honor by Rev. Henry Kersch at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Froslburg. The couple renewed their wedding vows. Mrs. Green is the  daughter of the late Mary Freal Monahan and John Monahan of Lonaconing.  Mr. Green is the son of the late Mahalia Fazenbaker Green and Walter Green, Bloomington, Md. He is a retired coal miner.  They are the parents of eight living children: Mrs.Donald Hager, Fairfax, Va.; Mrs. Donald Wilhelm, Frostburg; Mrs. Victor Ryan, Eckhart Mines; Mrs. Kenneth Grose, Chicora, Pa.; Mrs. Jack Kilduff, Midland; Mrs. Daniel Chancy, St. Clair Shores, Mich.; Paul V. Green, Fairfax; and Francis G. Green, Frostburg. They also have two deceased children, Anderson J. Green and Robert L. Green. They have 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild."
Cumberland Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 10 Mar 1968
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted November 12, 2011



HAYES, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E.

50th Anniversary
Surprise Anniversary Party Given Mr., Mrs, T. E. Hayes A surprise party was given for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hayes, Keyser, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.  The event was held at the Potomac Motel, Keyser, by their children: Mrs. Donald Brooke and Mrs. Ernest Wertman, Keyser, and Eugene Hayes of Sterling, Va.  Mr. and Mrs. Hayes were married May 19, 1922, by Rev. C. H. Meadc at the Methodist parsonage in Burlington.  Mr. Hayes is the son of the late Charles and Sallie (Lease) Hayes. Mrs. Hayes is the daughter of the late John and Annie ( M o o r e ) Urice(?).
Cumberland Times; Sunday, 23 July 1972
Posted November 23, 2011 

HOUSE, Mr. & Mrs. J. H. J

Golden Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. J. House, 20 West Second street, celebrated their golden anniversary Monday. They were married in Cumberland fifty years ago by Rev. Mr. Milfred in the presence of J. C. Lechliter and Susan Lechliter. While Mrs. House has been confined to her bed for a number of months, she was able to greet her friends and neighbors who called to extend their congratulations and best wishes. Mrs. House was the recipient of many presents, including several bouquets of flowers;  With Mr. and Mrs. House were their four daughters, Mrs. George Long, Mrs. George Wurzbacker, Mrs. G. T. Stickley and Miss Mary A. House, and their granddaughter. Mrs. Earl Randall and great-grandson, Master Earl Randall.
Cumberland Evening Times, Page 9; November 13, 1923 
(Courtesy of Pat Robison)
Posted September 1, 2012


KEYES, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Sr.
64th Wedding Anniversary

BARTON—Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keyes Sr., recently celebrated their sixty-fourth wedding anniversary with a turkey dinner at home. They were married December 24, 1896 in the Methodist Church here by the Rev Harry Nice, pastor. Miss Margaret King, now deceased and William George who resides in Barton were their attendants. Mr and Mrs Keyes, each 85 years old, are in good health and have been life long residents of Barton. They are the parents of four sons, Clarence and Richard Jr, Barton and Albert and Nelson, Lonaconing. A daughter died in infancy. Mrs Keyes has two living brothers and two living sisters; James Muir, Frostburg, William Muir, Pekin, Mrs Julius Martin, Akron and Mrs William Thomas, Lonaconing. Keyes is the last surviving member of his family. Mrs Keyes is the daughter of the late Janet and Michael Muir, Pekin. Her husband is the son of the late Philip and Elizabeth Keyes. He is a plasterer by trade. A large anniversary cake adorned the table. Attending the dinner were: Mr and Mrs Clarence Keyes, and Mr and Mrs Richard Keyes, Jr, Barton; Mr and Mrs Albert Keyes and grandson, Robert Moses, Lonaconing; Mr Nelson Keyes and son, Jerry, Lonaconing; Mr and Mrs Robert Keyes and daughters, Roberta and Kimberly, Barton and Mrs William Thomas, Lonaconing.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., January 13, 1961 - pg 10, col 4
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted February 12, 2011




LASHBAUGH, Mr. & Mrs. Albert

Silver Wedding Celebrated By Mr. and Mrs. Lashbaugh
Frostburg, Jan 20 - Mrs. and Mrs. Albert Lashbaugh, 95 Bowery street, celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary Saturday.  Mrs. Lashbaugh is the former Virginia Fletcher, daughter of the late William and Martha Fletcher, and Mrs. Lashbaugh is the son of the late Benjamin and Phoebie Lashbaugh, both of Lonaconing.  The have one son, Ralph C. and a granson Ralph, Jr. this city.
Besides a number of attractive gifts, Mrs. and Mrs. Lashbaugh received a silver tea service from member of their immediate family.
Others in attendance were Mrs. Sarah Ann Martz, Westernpoort; Mrs. Margaret Lyden, Mrs. Anna Lemons, Mrs. Raymond Metz, Mrs. Bertha Preston, and Mrs. and Mrs. Lawrence Coburn, Lonaconing; and Mrs. Arthur Bond, Mrs. James Smith, Mrs. Nellie Souders, Mrs. Annie Truly, Mrs. Mary Rizer, Mr. and Mrs. Gurney Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eisentrout, and Eliz McKenzie, this city.

Tuesday, 20 January 1942, Cumberland Evening Times
Posted July 8, 2010



MANLEY, Mr. & Mrs. William J.

"Mr. and Mrs. William J. Manley, 28 Dundille Road, Towson, formerly of Midland, observed their 50th wedding anniversary October 10. It began with mass celebrated at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Charles Brown, Towson, by Rev. Joseph P. Josaitis, of All Saints Church, Baltimore. It was followed by a dinner with musical entertainment, at the Green Spring Country Club, Falls Road, near Brooklandville. Mrs. Miller (sic-Manley) is the former Miss Nellie Ward, Midland. The couple was married October 12, 1920, in St. Joseph's Church, Midland, by the late Rev. John Brennan, pastor. Her sister, Mrs. Marguerite Ward Wade, West Baltimore, was maid of honor while the late Victor Connell was best man. The couple have three children, Mrs. Brown, William J. Manley Jr., Baltimore; and Harry Manley, Cheverly. Among the guests were his sisters, Mrs. Mary Mahese (sic-Maher), Midland; Mrs. Edmund Cavanaugh, Akron. Ohio: Miss Catherine K. Manley, Baltimore; and brothers, George Manley, West Baltimore: John A. Manley, Laurel and former judge Michael J. Manley, Baltimore; Her sisters, Mrs. James Brannon, Mt. Savage; Mrs. Ray Dondero, Hyattsville and Mrs. Wade; the grandchildren and friends."
The Cumberland News, Cumberland, Maryland 14 Oct 1970
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted June 17, 2011


McDONALD, Mr & Mrs John

Frostburg - Jan 13 - Mr and Mrs John McDonald, 17 Washington Street, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at home Monday. A special mass was offered for the intention of the aged couple at St Michael's Catholic Church Monday morning at 7 o'clock, by the pastor, Rev James Quinn, who gave a splendid talk in which he personally congratulated Mr and Mrs McDonald and bespoke the congratulations and the well wishes of the congregation. A turkey dinner was served to the members of the family at noon after which a reception was held. Mr McDonald was 77 years of age on New Years Day and is a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Ireland and came to America at an early age, first residing in Washington, D.C. While yet in his teens the family moved to Westernport and there he met his bride, Miss Alice Halpin. Mrs McDonald was born in County Durham, England, August 12, 1851, arrived in the United States March 4, 1869, the day Ulysses S Grant was inaugurated President of the United States. The Halpin family moved to Westernport and on January 12, 1875, Mr and Mrs McDonald were married in St Peter's Catholic Church, the late Rev Jeremiah Sullivan performing the ceremony. Mr and Mrs McDonald have lived in Frostburg for nearly two score years and are among the best known old folks in the county. To the happy union, nine children were born, six of whom are living and who were all present at the celebration on Monday. They are as follows: Michael McDonald, of Midland, Pa; Richard McDonald of Midland, Pa; James McDonald of Cleveland, Ohio; Miss Mary McDonald of Baltimore; Mrs John Jackson and Mrs James Jackson of Frostburg.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Tuesday, January 13, 1925 - pg 14, col 2
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted March 31, 2012


McKISSICK, Mr. & Mrs. William H.

Golden Wedding Celebrated Today
To Mr. and Mrs. William H. McKissick of Cascade street, belongs the distinction of having been married for 50 years, this anniversary being celebrated in a fitting manner at their home today, when their children, children’s children and other relatives were entertained. At noon a beautifully appointed dinner was served, the yellow and white colors being appropriately used and the day was pleasantly spent with reminiscent conversation. This venerable couple both of whom are 69 years of ager are the parents of 13 children, eight of whom are living and were present. They are as follows: henry, Richard, James, William, Mrs. Henry J. Sines, Mrs. P. H. Sines, Mrs. Roy Zeigler and Miss Nettie at home. Special quests were the Rev. and Mrs. Garrett of this city, Mrs. Nettie Campbell, James Burns, sister and brother of Mrs. McKissick, whose maiden name was Mary Elizabeth Burns of Clarion country, Mrs. L. H. McDowell, William Campbell, Mrs. C. H. McDowell and son, William (all of Butler).  A number of beautiful gifts were offered the honor couple, their children presenting a purse of gold.
Source: The New Castle News; New Castle, Pennsylvania; Feb. 1, 1916; page 3.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted December 16, 2012

NETHKEN, Mr., & Mrs. Thomas A.
Married Sixty One Years
Oakland, Md., Jan. 12 - Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Nethken celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary at their home on Wilson street. Mr. Nethken is able to be around in the house most of the time despite the fact that he soon will be 92. Mrs. Nethken, who is 82, makes her weekly visits to the stores despite all kinds of weather. Mr. Nethken served as a Union soldier during the Civil War and is one of the very few survivors of that conflict residing in Garrett County. Mrs. Nethken is a daughter of the late John N. and Harriet Irvin. They have six children, Mrs. Harriet Louise Miller, Gortner; Mrs. Fannie Anastatia Crausden[sic, Crosten], West Virginia; Nelson Nethken, Rosedale; Mrs. Othie Means, Punxsutawney, Pa.; Gilmore Nethken, Newburg, W. Va., and Mrs. Nellie Shaffer, Crellin, Md.
Cumberland Evening Times; Monday, 13 January 1936
Posted October 6, 2012

SHROYER, Mr. & Mrs. George L.
Area Couple Marks 58th Annniversary

Mr. and Mrs. George L. Shroyer, Ellerslie, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversay on June 16.  All members of their immediate family were present at a dinner given in their honor at Johnson's Restaurant. The Shroyers were married June 14, 1910, at the Bedford Street Methodist Church by Rev. Brown. Mrs. Shroyer is the former Pearl Lowery, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Lowery. Mr. Shroyer is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Shroyer. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Shroyer, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shroyer and children, Mr. and Mrs. George Bach, Cumberland: Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Smith and daughter, New Kensington. Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. I. .1. Shroyer and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William George and children, Mt. Rainier, Md.: Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lowdermilk and Mrs. and Mrs. Gerald Smith, New Kensington.
Mr. Shroyer is a retired engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad where he contributed 45 years of service. They are the parents of seven children, one of whom, John F. Shroyer, was killed in action during WWII in the South Pacific.

Cumberland Times, June 30, 1968
Posted April 17, 2010


Mr. & Mrs. G. L. Shroyer's 60th Anniversary
June, 1970
 (Courtesy of John I. Williams)
Posted June 4, 2010

SHROYER, Mr. & Mrs. George L.

65th Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Shroyer, Ellerslie, were honored with a family dinner in observance of their 65th wedding anniversary.  It was given by their children at the home of Mrs. Pauline Bach RD I., Cumberland. The former Miss Pearl Lowery, daughter of the late Emmanuel and Sarah Lowery, Ellerslie, became the bride of Mr. Shroyer, son of the late William and Minnie Shroyer, also of Ellerslie, June 14. 1910.  The ceremony was solemnized at First Methodist Church, with the late Rev. Brown officiating. Until his retirement in 1955, Mr. Shroyer was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Mr. and Mrs. Shroyer are the parents of seven children, Bruce Shroyer, Ruth Shroyer Smith, Jean George, Irvin Shroyer. Pauline Bach, the late John F. Shroyer, killed during World War II, and Robert W. Shroyer, who died in 1971. They have 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The couple received a number of cards and a letter of congratulations from President and Mrs. Ford. Attending the celebration were Mr and Mrs. Bruce Shroyer, Ellerslie; Mr. and Mrs. William George and daughter, Pam. Ml. Rainier; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Smith and daughter, Barbara, Lower Burrell, Pa.; Mrs. Mary Shroyer and daughter Glenna, Ellerslie; Mr. and Mrs. Francis W. Chapman and children, Patty, Donna and Johnny; Cumberland: Mrs. Linda Dirst and daughter. Christina, Bowling Green; Mr. and Mrs. Lane Ahlburn and son, Aaron, LaVale; Mrs. Pauline Bach, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lowdermilk and children, Eric and Teri Lynn, Bowling Green.
Cumberland News, June 26, 1975
Posted April 17, 2010


SPERRY, Mr. & Mrs. Joshua
Mr. and Mrs. G W Sperry and sons, William and James, of East Peach street attended the sixty-first wedding anniversary of Mr. Sperry's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Sperry, Sunday, at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Hugh Monahan of Frostburg, Md., with whom they reside. Mr. and Mrs. Sperry were married October 4, 1874, at Pocahontas by Rev. Benjamin Nepper of Wellburg, Md. To the union sixteen children were born, ten of whom are living. There are 53 grandchildren, 43 greatgrandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Sperry celebrated their golden wedding anniversary eleven years ago. Mrs. Sperry is 80 years old, and has been an invalid for the last three years. Mr. Sperry is 87 years old. He is also in ill health.Connellsville Daily Courier; Connellsville, Fayette Co, Pa., Monday, October 7, 1935 - pg 2, col 1
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)

[Note: Mr. Sperry died one month later.  See "Obituaries" ~Genie]
Posted June 9, 2012


TERNENT, Mr. & Mrs. George S.

Lonaconing - Celebrate Sixtieth Anniversary
Mr and Mrs George S. Ternent celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary Monday night at their home in Detmold. Mr. Ternent, native of England, and Mollie Crowe, were married in March 1880 by the Reverend John Edwards, pastor of the Lonaconing Methodist Church. Born to this union were seven children, five ot whom are living—Mrs. Franke. Foster, Westernport; Mrs. John Grindle, Sr., Mrs. John Johnson, Mrs, William Crowe and James Ternent, all of Lonaconing. The couple were presented with a gift. The guests included: Mrs. Ida McGee, Baltimore; Mrs John Kely and daughter Mary John; Mrs Raymond Grandstaff and son Richard; Mrs. Stuart Kuhnle; Mr. and Mrs John Grlndle, Jr., and daughter, Jo Ann, Westernport; Mrs Howard Russell, Barton; Mr. and Mrs. William Crow; Mr. and Mrs. John Grindle, Sr and daughter, Virginia; Mr and Mrs James Ternent; Mr and Mrs John Johnson and sons, Curtis and Junior; Mrs Lindley Green and Donald Crawford of this place.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Wednesday, March 27, 1940 - pg 13, col 3
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Post July 14, 2011

TERNENT, Mr. & Mrs. George S.

Lonaconing, Md. March 27

Mr. & Mrs. George S. Ternent celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary Monday night at their home in Detmold. Mr. Ternent, native of England, and Mollie Crowe, were married in March 1880 by the Reverend John Edwards, pastor of tho Lonaconing Methodist Church. Born to this union were seven children, five ot whom are living — Mrs. Frank Foster, Westernport; Mrs. John Grindle, Sr., Mrs. John Johnson, Mrs, William Crowe and James Ternent, all of Lonaconing. The couple were presented with a gift.
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Wednesday, March 27, 1940 Cumberland Evening Times
Posted June 21, 2010


UMBEL, Mr. & Mrs. Harvey

Celebrate Golden Wedding At Deep Creek Lake Cottage
Grantsville, Md., April 20 - Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Umbel, Selbyport, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday. Their son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Marshall B. Pressman, of Grantsville, entertained with a four-course dinner at the Pressman cottage, “Seneca”, at Deep Creek Lake. Mr. Pressman’s sister, Mrs. Earl Michael, of near Frostburg, gave piano selections and a group of granddaughters sang. Fifty-eight attended. Mr. and Mrs. Umbel were married April 26, 1891 at Friendsville. Mr. Umbel is 72 and Mrs. Umbel is slightly younger. He is a son of the late Michael and Mariah (VanSickle) Umbel. Mrs. Umbel is a daughter of the late Augustine and Etta (Shroyer) Friend. All eleven of their children were present. There are 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Umbel and family, Evans City, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bisbing and family, Gettysburg, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lear and family, Ursina, Pa.; Mrs. Myrtle Frazee and sons, Ross Umbel and James Umbel, Confluence, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Alva Sines and family; Mr. and Mrs. Orville Ross and grandson, Friendsville; Mrs. Gladys Frazee and son, Josph and Buddy Umbel; Mr. Umbel’s 81 year old sister, Mrs. Belle Fike, and Robert Groff, Selbysport, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Michael, Frostburg.
Source: The Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Maryland; Wednesday, April 30, 1941; pages 6 and 13.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted February 13, 2014


WINEBRENNER, Mr. & Mrs. Harry
50th Anniversary

A 50th anniversary party was given for Mr. and Mrs. Harry Winebrenner, RD 2, Box 591, Frostburg, by their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Garlitz. It was held November 11 at St. Mary's hall, Pocahontas, Pa. Mrs. Winebrenner is the daughter of the late Peter and Clara (McKenzie) Caton. Mr. Winebrenner is the son of the late James and Laura (Layton) Winebrenner. Both Mr. and Mrs. Winebrenner are life long residents of Garrett County. They are the parents of one child, Mrs. Kathleen Garlitz; and have three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Winebrenner is a retired clay miner for Kaiser Refractories Corporation of Zihlman. A gold and white color scheme was carried out in the decorations and repeated in the three tiered wedding cake, with floral arrangements of gold and white mums. Gold candles also adorned the table. (More to article)
The Cumberland News, November 17, 1972
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)


ZUMPANO, Mr. & Mrs. Vincent
"Couple Marks Anniversary--FROSTBURG - Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Zumpano, 109 HiII Street, held open house Sunday at 2 p. m. in observance of their golden wedding anniversary.  Mrs. Zumpano, the former Mary Arnone, and her husband were married 50 years ago, August 15, 1898 in Celico, Italy.  They came to this country in 1900, two years after their marriage, and settled here.  They are the parents of eight children, three of whom are living, two daughters. Mrs. Carmella Pace and Mrs. Anne Altomare, of Worcester, Mass., and a son, Tony Zumpano, this city. They also have six grandchildren.  Mr. Zumpano, who is 71 years old, is still very active and works daily at his job on the county roads and in his garden.  Mrs. Zumpano, 70, does all of her own housework.  She makes many beautiful crochet articles, her hobby for many years.  During the reception friends and relatives greeted the couple, who received many gifts.  The table was decorated with an array of cut flowers.  A large wedding cake, made by a grandson, was the centerpiece.  The anniversary marked the first time the family has been together for 20 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Zumpano are members of St. Michael's Catholic Church.  Besides the immediate family, Mrs. Joseph Ferraro and nephew, Pat, of Worcester, attended the celebration."
Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 7 Aug 1948
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted Jul 19, 2012