William L. McFarland

McFarland retirement

Railroader On Last Roundup
After having served fifty-two consecutive years in the employ of four railroads, William L. McFarland, 65, general round house foreman at the Western Maryland Railway shops at Maryland Junction, will retire from active service today. He started his long railroad career as an engine wiper for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad at Piedmont, W.Ca., shops in 1889, and later learned his trade as a machinist. He followed his trad at the Cumberland and Pennsylvania railroad shops at Mt. Savage in 1897 and for the past forty-four years he has beenwith the West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh and Western Maryland railway companies. McFarland has served as general foreman at Ridgeley, W.VA., since 907. He is pictured alongside one of the Western Maryland's powerful mallet type locomotives, which he describes as being the "finest" he had ever seen in his long career. A dinner in McFarland's honor is scheduled for the Ali Ghan Shrine Country club, Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 p. m.

Friends To Honor 'Mac' McFarland Railway Foremen ~ Retires Today after 52 Years Service; Dinner Planned March 18
Friends of William L. McFarland, 65, of Ridgeley, W. Va., general round house foreman of the Western Maryland Railway shops at Maryland Junction, will honor the veteran railroader at a dinne Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 p. m. at the Ali Ghan Shrine Country Club, the occasion marking his retirement after fifty-two years of service with four different railroads. The committee, comprising employes of the Western Maryland Railway company, is composed of A. A. Ridgeway, chairman; F. H. Ansel, treasurer, and H. L. E. Growden, secretary.

15 March 1941; Piedmont Herald (WV)
(Courtesy of John Fazenbaker/Sheryl Kelso)

RAWLINGS, Col. Moses  (1740-1809)

Bronze Tablet To A Brave Revolutionary Soldier. ~ [Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun.]
Cumberland, Md., Oct. 16. -- A bronze tablet was erected today in Rose Hill Cemetery at the grave of Col. Moses Rawlings, of Revolutionary fame. Col. William Ridgeley Griffith, of Baltimore, on behalf of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution of Maryland, made the address of presentation. Colonel Griffith told of Colonel Rawlings' march with two companies of Western Maryland troops from Oldtown, Allegany county, to Boston; of his part in the battle of Fort Washington, his subsequent capture and imprisonment by the British and his daring escape, in company with three others, to the American lines. Mr. Lloyd Rawlings, a great-grandchild, placed the marker in position. The memorial is in the shape of a Maltese cross entwined with a laurel wreath. In the center of the front side a Revolutionary soldier stands, encircled with 13 stars, representing the original States. In the points of the cross are the letters S. A. R. and the figures 1775. The remarks of Colonel Griffith were responded to by Capt. Robert H. Gordon, a member of the Allegany county bar, who said the very ground they stood on overlooked the historic old Fort Cumberland, rich with the memories of Washington and Braddock. The following descendants of Colonel Rawlings, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, witnessed the ceremonies: Messrs. George Rawlings, William R. Rawlings and Lloyd Rawlings, Mrs. Alexander King and Misses Margaret Sprigg and Helen Cook.
THE SUN, Baltimore, Maryland; October 17, 1902, Page 10
(Courtesy of Charles Riend/transcribed by Genie)
Posted January 21, 2016



“Church's Fiftieth Anniversary--

The First M. E. Church at the corner of Jones and Third Streets, Piedmont, was dedicated Sept. 19, 1869, just fifty years ago next Friday.  The anniversary will be celebrated with a number of services beginning that evening.  The original church dates back many years previous, even before Piedmont was in existence, and when the church was located in Westernport, moving thence to the building on Jones street, now known as Eagles'Hall.  The anniversary season opening on Friday will continue each night, except Saturday, until Sunday, Sept. 28, when Bishop McDowell, resident bishop of this area, will preach. This will doubtless be followed by an evangelistic meeting.  On Friday, the 19th, historic sketches and reminiscences by the original members, singing by some of the original choir, and greetings from former pastors will be special features.  The first couple married in the church will also be present.”
Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, September 15, 1919
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted February 19, 2014


Sylvan Retreat
As Others See It.
Allegany County's Insane Asylum and What is Thought of it by Strangers.
The wide awake and progressive Piedmnt Herald has the following to say editorially concerning Allegany county's insane asylum:
"A few weeks ago one of the staff of the Herald had occasion to visit the city of Cumberland, and while there imporved the opportunity offered to visit the county insane asylum, known as Sylvan Retreat, now under the superintendency of Mr. John T. Crawford, late of Westernport.
We were shown every courtesy possible by the genial officer in charge, and for the first time had a most minute examination afforded of a public institution of this kind.
Every department of the institution was thrown open for our inspection, and from the superintendent down through the entire line of officers and attendants the desire seemed to be that visitors should have full opportunity to see and investigate the condition and workings of this public benefaction. We are frank to say that we have scarcely ever seen such a neat condition of affairs, and such promptness and regularity in the systematic conduct of a public concern, as we witnessed here. The cleanliness was remarkable, and every comfort seemed to be at hand for the inmates. Indeed, their care, and the minute attention paid to their every want was one of the most pleasing things connected with the visit.
We carefully noted the appearances of these inmates, and were convinced that daily attention was paid to them by both the warden in charge of the males, and by the matrons in charge of the females. These unfortunate creatures have at least the comfort of being well cared for, and that is just what the state aims at when such institutions as this are founded. Every facility (?? unreadable) for the proper care of those people within the bounds of the appropriations made, and we are pleased to note the success of our fellow-townsman, Mr. Crawford, in thus conducting the institution to the satisfaction of the authorities in the county.
Cumberland Evening Times; 21 July 1894
Posted August 23, 2013


Reba E. Sines’ Engagement Told

Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Sines of 909 Warren avenue, announce the engagement of their daughter, Reba E. Sines to Robert M. Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Allen of 301 East Leasure avenue.
Source: The New Castle News; New Castle, Pennsylvania; Dec. 29, 1947; page 3.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted December 16, 2012

Reba Sines To Be Bride March 20

Saturday, March 20, is the date that has been chosen by Miss Reba E. Sines, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Sines, of 909 Warren avenue, for her marriage to Robert M. Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Allen, of 301 East Leasure avenue. The wedding will be solemnized in the Thired U.P. church with Rev. J. Paul Graham to officiate.
Source: The New Castle News; New Castle, Pennsylvania; March 6, 1948; page 3
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted December 16, 2012


Schaidt-Wolfe Reunion Held At Marydale

The second Schaidt-Wolf reunion was held recently at Marydale with officers chosen for the coming year. Mrs. Robert Blank was elected president, David Talley, vice president: Mrs. Spooler, secretary: Mrs. Homer Schade, treasurer. A cake was presented by Mrs. Roy Ballou. Mrs. Jesse Eikins shared pictures and presented a desk plaque belonging to the late Edward Wolfe to be passed among the Wolfe generation of men. It will belong to Eddie Wolfe as a memorial of the late Mr. Wolfe. Members decided to have the next reunion the second Sunday in August. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wolfe, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wolfe, Pam, Mark and Julie: Mr. and Mrs. Al Martin, DiAnn and Donna; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wolfe, Richard Wolfe, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Keefer, Candy and Patience. Mr. and Mrs. John Logsdon, Debbie and Johnnie; Mr. and Mrs. William Spooler and Keith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blank, Michelle, Lee and Tina: Mr. and Mrs. Elroy Porter and Kevin, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Owens, Susie and Beverly, Mr. and Mrs. David Tally and son, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wolfe, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Elkins, Becky Poling. Mr. and Mrs Robert Wariner, Robert Jr., Sheila and Linda; Eddie Schaidt, Mr. and Mrs Samuel Peterson, Kendra Ann Largent, Mrs Harry Schaidt, Mr and Mrs Joseph Talley, Mrs Edward Cooper, Mrs Nellie Funk, Connie Martin, Mr and Mrs Homer Shade and Howard Schaidt. Guests were Mona Lisa Cattrill and Julie Shanholtzer. Traveling the greatest distance were Mary June Mieskowski and Jeffrey, Gloria Stup, Keith and Kevin. Youngest members were Linda Wariner and Chris Talley. The oldest members present were Mrs Margaret Elkins and Mrs Nellie Funk. Mr and Mrs Carl Wolfe had the most children attending.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Wednesday, August 21, 1974 - pg 8, col 1
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted November 3, 2012


The Mine Inspector's Report.
Mine Inspector McMahon's report, now in the hands of the Legislature has been copiously quoted from in this paper previously. The list of fatal and non-fatal accidents as given by the report are as follows:
 Fatal Accidents - Fred Holtzsneider, Eckhart mine, killed by fall of breast coal; Hayden Bowden, Jackson mine, killed by being caught in bull wheel; Montgomery Brown, George's Creek Coal and Iron company, killed by fall of root coal; Patrick Kenney, Ocean mine, killed by fall of breast coal.
 Non-Fatal - D. J. Thomas, Eckhart mine, injured about head by fall of coal; A. Brady, Hoffman mine, injured by fall of coal; Martin Cosgrove, Kingsland mine, injured by fall of breast coal; Joseph Davis, Borden Mining company, leg amputated, Conrade Brode, Union mine, injured by fall of breast coal; Clarence Riggleman, Big Vein mine, leg broken by fall of coal; James Morris, Barton and George's Creek Valley Coal company, leg broken by fall of coal; John H. Smith, Hoffman mine, leg mashed by fall of coal.
Source: The Evening Times; Cumberland, Maryland; February 15, 1894; page 1
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted June 15, 2013

Catholic Men To Hold Rally At St. Patrick's
Holy Name Society Members From 11 Parishes To Observe Feast Here Sunday

A homecoming spirit will pervade the atmosphere of St. Patrick's Church this Sunday afternoon when the men of Western Maryland's 11 Catholic parishes meet there for their annual "Christ the King" celebration.  One of the oldest and largest Catholic churches in Maryland, established in 1790, St. Patrick's is the mother church of this area.
Formerly known as St. Mary's, it once served as a mission for the surrounding territory.  Its circuit riders penetrated the Georges Creek Valley before rich coal deposits were discovered there.  And they served the outposts of Garrett County when bears and wildcats were as numerous there as farm animals are today.
The presence of Rev. Alban Hammal, O.F.M. Cap., pastor of SS Peter and Paul's parish, as principal speaker at Sunday's celebration will recall an event of special significance in St. Patrick's history.  The church received its Irish name from a German priest, the Rev. O. L. Obermeyer, who served as its pastor from 1841 to 1851.
Many members of his parish were German carpenters, glassblowers carriage makers, stonemasons and cabinet makers. But the building of the B. & O. Railroad and the C. & O. Canal had brought Irish laborers by the scores to this area and his church. 
No Racial Lines Now
Father Obermeyer was instrumental in having SS. Peter and Paul's Church established here as a German parish, and then, to honor the predominance of Irish who were members of old St. Mary's, he changed the name to St. Patrick's.  In Cumberland's three Catholic parishes racial lines are no longer recognizable.  German, Irish and Italian names are on all the parish rolls.  At St. Mary's in South Cumberland the Murphys and Lisantis at St. Patrick's the Reinharts and Ryans at SS. Peter and Paul's the Stakems and Stegmayers, all work and worship together.
Poles, Lithuanians, Hungarian and other immigrants who joined many Irish in moving on to the Georges Creek area when coal mining began to boom there, helped build the church in which the descendants will meet Sunday to honor "Christ, the King."'
As mining declined in the Georges Creek section, many branches of families that left St. Patrick's in the early days returned when they found work in the industries of Cumberland.  Thus will relatives meet with the pleasantries of a family reunion to add to the homecoming atmosphere of the “Christ the King” celebration.
Cavanaughs Numerous
This is particularly true of the Cavanaugh clan. There is scarcely a town in Western Maryland in which they fail to find a branch of their family tree.  The coming solemn religious ceremony will bring together under the Cavanaugh banner, the Creegans and Carrolls, the Malloys and the Farrells, the O'Briens and O'Rourkes and O'Toole--just to name a few the family branches to be represented.  Another historical twist enters into the celebration at St. Patrick by way of association with the name of the Very Rev. J. Lawrence Kilkenny, pastor of the host church dean of Western Maryland, and celebrant of the Solemn Benediction ceremony at the "Christ the King celebration.   One of his predecessors at St. Patrick’s, the Rev. Edward Brennan, who was pastor from 1858 to 1884, was born in County Kilkenny Ireland--from which the current pastor gets his name.”
Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 23 Oct 1947
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted August 17, 2012


Railroad Completion

"B & O Railroad completed to Piedmont located 28 miles west of Cumberland."
Virginia Free Press, 10 July 1851
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted July 29, 2012


Lonaconing Grievance Club
Mike Dailey and Garry Burns Called to Answer Why They Were Absent From Bobbie Burns' Memorial Meeting
Lonaconing, Jan. 27.
The Squire's red topknot had assumed the vertical and the bald spot on the top of his head was crimson when he called Mike Dailey and Garret Burns to the front and centre last Thursday night. Garry and Mike stood to attention and looked sheepish.
"Michael Dailey," began the Squire as he pulled up his foxy grandpa collar, "will you tell this club where you were last night?"
"I came here tonight," replied Michael. "to offer an apology. 1 left my home to come to this hall to assist in honoring the memory of the greatest of poets. I stopped off at Barton and I the first man I met was Jumper McCormack. Juniper asked me to drop into Dan Schram's and sing Gently, Sweet Afton for the boys, and he promised to watch for the next street car for me so that I might get to Coney in time to do my stunt here. Dan had a barrel of raw oysters on tap and Squire, before I realized it, it want half after eleven and the last car had gone, and I had to walk home"
Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md - January 28, 1911 - pg 5, col 2
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
 Posted June 9, 2012

Lonaconing Grievance Club
Lonaconing Md., Oct. 28.
Michael Dailey, the Franklin humorist, took the chest at Thursday night's convocation and amused the boys for a half hour or so. 'I was in Cumberland the other day", said Mike and I saw poster up announcing that one Damon A. Pythias had come from Frederick to tell the people of Cumberland a few things they needed to know so that they might live and die with great expectations. I decided to hear him and I did. My memory is not as good as use to be and as I was anxious to remember what the good man had to say I bought a pencil and pad and sterographed his speech. Listen to what he had to say about marriage:" (and there it ends)
Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md - October 28, 1912 - pg 3, col 1
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)

Posted June 9, 2012

Lonaconing Grievance Club

Silently Stole Away.

The Squire hung up the gavel filled and lighted his dhudeen. and signalled to Garry Burns that he might turn the fiddle loose. Shorty Griffith and his cousin "Ted" sang a duet and "Chip" Gunter did a bass also, Mike Dailey sang "The Little Stack O'Barley," and Bohemian Yodlers gave several selections. George Stern, gave a stump speech, which soon emptied the hall.
Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md - December 21, 1912 - pg 7, col 6
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted June 9, 2012


PORTER, Mrs. Marshall R.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Recreation Center
3 Generations' Opinions Sought on Canal Project
To obtain viewpoints concerning the establishment of a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal terminus and recreation center in Cumberland, Mrs. Marshall R. Porter, Eckhart, four-county chairman of the Ladies Auxiliary of Soil Conservation Service took three generations on her third canal trip, Saturday. Mrs. Porter is chairman for Allegany, Garrett, Washington and Frederick counties. The auxiliary project, besides reopening the canal is "to keep the children off the streets, and families together, off the highways." The aim is to have hike and bicycle trails as well as picnic areas, Mrs. Porter explained. To arouse interest in the rehabilitation of the canal, Mrs. Porter has visited Oldtown and the Lock 4 area, between Hancock and Hagerstown. Accompanying her Saturday were Mrs. Elsie Snyder, Eckhart, her daughter, Miss Deloris Snyder and her granddaughter, Karon Sperry, Frostburg, who graduated from old Beall Elementary, and in September will be a freshman and Beall High School, and is studying history. Besides taking the Washington Park Association mule drawn canal boat trip, from Washington, noting the various types of locks and mills along the way, the group visited the National Collection of Fine Arts of Smithsonian Institute. Miss Jean Kearney, hostess at the gallery, had written Mrs. Porter asking her assistance for a feature article for the gallery's brochure and renovation of the canal. The brochure is to feature a portrait of "Squire" Jack Porter, whose picture was painted at his home "Rose Meadow," by Frank B. Mayer, 1851 and hangs in the Lincoln Gallery of the Fine Arts Museum. 
Mrs. Porter explained the first Porters (eight generations ago) came from Bristol, England in 1715 and settled in Carrollton, Carroll County, planning "to work their way westward." Because of illness, they stopped at Wellersburg. The family first came into possession of "Rose Meadow" as the soldier's bounty, for participating in the Revolution. John Porter chose the "land on the east side of the mountain, because he could raise better crops there, than on the west." He named it "Rose Meadow," because of the profusion of wild roses, under the pine trees." 
In 1864, William R. Porter sold "Rose Meadows" to the New York Mining Company, who wanted it for the coal. The homestead came back into the family about 1916, she said, when it was purchased by Vincent and Hattie (Porter) Engle. Marshall Porter bought it from the estate of his mother, Mary A. (Rephann) Porter. Explaining the relationship to "Squire Jack," Mrs. Porter said, that "Squire Jack" was the brother of Col. Gabriel McKenzie Porter, great-grandfather of the present owner, Marshall Porter. Josiah Porter was his grandfather and Morris Millard Townson Porter, called "Doc", was the father of Marshall. Gabriel was one of the five children of John and Nancy Ann (McKenzie) Porter, born in Carrollton, while John, "Squire Jack" was one of three born in Wellersburg, before moving to "Rose Meadow."
In her report for the annual meeting of the Soil Conservation Service, at Ocean City, July 14-16, Mrs. Porter will note, "all three generations favored opening the canal to "enjoy the scenery for picnics and entertainment" there. She also will list the accomplishments of her year, featuring Saturday's trip.
The Cumberland News, July 1, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted May 2, 2012



Announce Couple’s Betrothal
Florence Collins Will Wed Dale Manges; South Union Alumna Mr. and Mrs. Albert Collins, of 385 South Mt. Vernon avenue, announce the betrothal of their daughter Florence, to Dale Manges, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Manges, of Center avenue.  The bride elect is a graduate of South Union High School, Class of 1951. She is employed at the Berkowitz Shirt factory.  Mr. Manges is employed by the Sproul Lumber company, He is an Air Force veteran.  Wedding plans will be completed in the near future.
Source: The Evening Standard; Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Jan. 8, 1953; page 16.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted March 24, 2012


SMITH, William

Mr. William Smith Returns and Surprises His Friends.
Mt. Savage, Md., Sept 29th—Mr. William Smith, brother of Mrs. Henry Barth and Mrs Thos Conlin of this place and also of Mr. Chas. P. Smith, and Miss Ida Smith, of Carlos, arrived here today, after a prolonged absence of sixteen years. His arrival came as a very great surprise to his relatives and many friends, as he has had no communication whatsoever with any one around this section of the country during his stay away. During his absence. Mr. Smith has traveled extensively, having visited very state in the Union, as well as England, Ireland, Germany, France, Peru, Chili and other foreign countries. But for the past three years has been located in Panama, having been employed by the government as foreman of a large machine shop there. In honor of his homecoming a family reunion took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Barth, Main street. The evening was enlivened by many musical selections, both vocal and instrumental. Mr Smith, himself, rendering many pleasing and touching selections. During the course of the evening all were invited to the dining room, where the festive board groaned under the burden of a delicious repast, of which all partook heartily. Besides Mr. Smith, who was the guest of honor, the following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Barth, Mrs Thos Conlin, Mr. Chas. P. Smith. Miss Ida Smith, Mr. Robert Conlin, Mr and Mrs. Ed. Barth, .Misses Katie Conlin, S. Jennie Conlin, Ida Barth, Kathleen Smith, Richard Conlin, William Smith. Jr., Ed. Smith and Robert Barth, Jr. .Mr. Smith leaves here today and sails for Panama Thursday.
Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Tuesday, September 29, 1908 - pg 9, col 3
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted December 3, 2011



Miss Siple Will Be Wed To Mr. Cox
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Siple of Keyser announce the engagement of their daughter, Teresa Eileen, to Stephen Craig Cox, son of Mrs.
Donald Brooke [note:Evelyn Marie Hayes Cox], Keyser, and Rudolph (Larry) Cox, also of Keyser. Miss Siple is a graduate of Fort Ashby High School and is attending the Mineral County Vocational Technical Center at Keyser.  Mr. Cox also is a graduate of Fort Ashby High School and the Mineral County Vocational Technical Center. He is serving with the Army, stationed at Mannheim, Germany.
No date has been set for the wedding.
Cumberland Times; Sunday, 17 December 1972
Posted November 23, 2011


KOELKER, Imogene Patsy

August 4, 1936
At a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County, held in their offices at the Court House on the above date were present the following; President, A. Chas.Stewart, Commissioners, Nelson  w. Russler and James Holmes, Attorney, David w. Sloan, and Clerk, Thos. P. Richards. The minutes of the preceding session were read and ordered approved.
There being no unfinished business to come to the attention ot the Board, the following new business was transacted.
Imogene Patsy Koelker, daughter of Jos. H. Koelker, of #210 Charles Street, City, was ordered admitted to the Maryland School for the Blind, at Overlea, Md.
The case in question being represented by the child's mother, having been a patient of Dr. L. E. Daugherty.
~Genie  [NB: this is my mother]
Posted September 1, 2012


PATRICK, Rev. John H.

"News Digest-Sunday, May 24-Rev. John H. Patrick, son of Hobart Patrick, Westernport, and the late Mary C. Patrick, to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood..."
Cumberland Times, Cumberland, Maryland; 28 May 1961
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted November 12, 2011


Old Frame School Building in Westernport ~ 1891

"The old frame school building in Westernport is a thing of the past. Almost torn apart, it is rapidly passing from sight. For 16 years past it has had its glory and now is giving way to better things. The old building was first occupied Sept. 13, 1875. During the 16th occupancy of the building, the following persons have been engaged as teachers, viz: O.H. Bruce, Bridget A. Noon, Eva F. McDonald, Ella J. Sullivan, Katie Kildow, Eva Wheedon, Althea Duckworth, Katie Gannon, Susie Hogan, Virginia L. Wright, Hattie E. Kerns, Adeline White, Alberta E. Jennings, Ida V. Kalbaugh, Carrie Hepburn, Edna Duckworth, Effa Young, Annie E. Bissett, Anna Grim. Of these 19 teachers, ten of them have married, two have died and one has voluntarily gone out of the work. Thirteen of these teachers had been pupils in the old building before becoming teachers. During this period, the following gentlemen have been trustees of the school, viz.: Geo W. Sheetz, Maurice Miller, Owen Riordan, Geo W. Kildow, Robt. McCulloh, Geo. W. Spangler, John S. Miller and C.W. Greitzner. Three different County examiners have had control over the school, viz.: Geo. G. McKay, J.W. Cochrane and H.G. Weimer, the present one."
The Herald, Piedmont, West Virginia, 15 May 1891
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted May 14, 2011


BEANE, Rev. Raymond A.

Chaplain At Pen Marks 25th Year
Rev Raymond A Beane. OFM, Catholic chaplain at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Ga., and a former resident of Cumberland, the first of this month celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. A Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated in the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta. The silver jubilee sermon was delivered by Rev Valentine Long OFM, also from Cumberland and who delivered the sermon at Father Beane's first solemn mass 25 years ago. Father Beane was born in Pittsburgh but was reared in Cumberland where he was graduated from LaSalle High School. He was known locally as "Bill" Beane. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 0.(William T) Beane who resided on Carroll Street. After high school, he entered St. Bonaventure University in western New York State where in 1934 he received his baccalaureate of arts. Following a year in the novitiate of the Franciscan Order, he took his studies in Holy Name College in Washington and was ordained in 1938. After ordination, he was professor of music at Siena College, Loudonville, N. Y., serving there until 1943 when he was commissioned a lieutenant junior grade in the Chaplains Corps of the Navy. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific and California. In 1946 he returned to Siena College where he was head of the music and religion departments. In 1952, he reentered the Navy as a chaplain, serving in the Atlantic. Following Military Sea Transportation Service, Father Beane was base chaplain at Camp Lejeune, N. C. After Camp Lejeune, he spent 18 months as base chaplain at Yokasuka. Japan. Released from active duty, he was assigned as assistant pastor of Our Lady's Chapel, Now Bedford, Mass. Eight months later, he became assistant pastor at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta. Since February 1960, he has been Catholic chaplain in the Federal Penitentiary. Father Beane is also a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve and is chaplain to the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center on the Georgia Tech campus.
Cumberland Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., June 16, 1963 - pg 21, col 1-2
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted October 8, 2011


Frostburg Man is Great Grandson of Thomas White, Only Pennsylvanian in Party

Frostburg, May 14 - Members of the Joseph Evans family, West Union street, have the historic distinction of relationship with Thomas White, the grand old revolutionist and sole member of the Boston Tea Party who lived in the State of Pennsylvania. He is the great-grandfather of Joseph Evans, Sr., and is buried on the Evans farm tract, 12 miles from Bedford, Pa. Mrs. Evans and daughters Mary and Wealth Evans are members of the Daughters of the Revolution and an interesting sketch from the Patriot giving an account of the Boston Tea Party in which their beloved ancestor took part was forwarded to them yesterday by mail. The sketch, in part, follows:

"Everybody knows the story of the Boston Tea Party, but few of us know anything about those men who took part in it. D. G. Lubold, who has always been interested in Pennsylvania history, unearthed the story of at least one of the members of that historic group.

"It was St. Andrew's Lodge of Free Masons who disguised themselves as Indians and performed the patriotic duty of steeping King George's tea in salt water, and one of the members of that lodge was Thomas White, great-grandfather of Joseph Evans, living in Frostburg, Md.

"Thomas White was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, March 19, 1739. He was a tailor by trade. He came to Philadelphia about 1771. There he married Elizabeth Jones and later he went to Boston. He joined St. Andrew's Lodge shortly after arriving in Boston and was active in all protests against the tyranny of the crown.

"He joined them in their most effective protest, that of the Boston Tea Party, and was ever after known as one of the participants of that social revolutionary function.

"The next heard of him was his fighting in the war which he helped to start. His stay in Boston could not have been very long, for in the Revolutionary War, his record is that of a Continental soldier in the Second Pennsylvania Regiment. He served from 1771 to 1781, part of that time as a member of Captain John McTeer's company of the Cumberland County Militia. He also served as a member of Captain James Horrell's volunteer company against the Indians in August 1782. He lived then in what is now part of Perry county.

"After the war, he and his family emigrated to the western end of the state and settled in what is now the southern part of Huntingdon county on a tract of land which he cleared and developed into a farm. Their home was near Robertsdale, Pa. They had a large family, 21 children, and living out on that frontier settlement wasn't the lonely existence for them we usually picture it was. Three of the sons served in the War of 1812, and one of them, Ezekial, was killed in the Battle of Londy's Lane.

"Mr. White died in his frontier home on September 13, 1820, and was buried in a cemetery which is known as the Evans Cemetery. The inscription on the monument reads:


              In Memorium
              Thomas White
       One of the Brave Heroes
                    of the
   Boston Tea Party, Dec. 16, 1773
  Revolutionary Soldier and Patriot
      for American Independence
   Was a Free and Accepted Mason
Was Born in Ireland, March 19, 1739
      Died September 13, 1820

"His descendants and members of patriotic societies erected the monument to his memory which was unveiled July 4, 1880."

The Evans Cemetery, referred to in the sketch, is on a part of the farm owned by Joseph Evans, this place, and is located about 12 miles from Bedford, Pa.
The Cumberland Evening Times, May 14, 1925
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted March 4, 2011


FANNON, Ronald J.

"REV. R. J. FANNON RETURNS FROM ROME--Will Sing His First Solemn High Mass At Mt. Savage Next Sunday.
Mt. Savage, June 25-Rev. Ronald J. Fannon, of Mt. Savage, who has been studying at the North American College in Rome, Itlay, for the past four years is expected to arrive home the latter part of June. Fr. Fannon was ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Cardinal Marchetti in the Chapel of North American College on December 8, 1931. He completed his course of studies on June 2, 1932, and with two of his classmates has been touring Genoa, Nice, Marseilles, Lourdes, Paris, Lisieux and London. On June 18 he set sail from Plymouth, England, on the new French Liner "Champlain" now on her maiden voyage to America. Rev. Father Fannon arrived in New York today. He will sing his first solemn high mass in St. Patrick's Church. Mt. Savage, next Sunday at 10 o'clock. He will be assisted by his uncle, Rev. John Fannon, pastor of Nativity Church, Washington, as deacon; and a cousin, Rev. George Larkin, assistant pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, Baltimore, as sub-deacon; Rev. G. H. Tragesesr, pastor St. Patrick's Church will serve as arch-priest. Rev. John W. Dowling, who was pastor of St. Patrick's when Fr. Fannon began his studies for the priesthood and who is now pastor of Holy Name Church Washington, will deliver the sermon. Father Dowling will be master of ceremonies. Edgar Fannon a brother, and Thomas Fannon, a cousin of the celebrant will be acolytes. A number of little boys followed by little girls in white with little Rose Marie Fannon as the spiritual bride carrying a floral chalice and having as her attendants Winifred Moran and Puline McDermitt, carrying shower bouquets, will lead the procession from the rectory to the church. The Holy Name Men will act as guards of honor. After mass Father Fannon will bestow his blessing to the congregation. A reception for relatives and friends will be held at his home on Sunday evening from 7 until 9. Rev. Ronald Fannon is the son of Michael and the late Bertha Fannon and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Farrell. He has two sisters, Evelyn and Helen and a brother Edgar, at home. His mother died in October, 1918. Father Fannon was born in Mt. Savage and received his early education in St. Patrick's parochial school. In the fall of 1920 he entered St. Charles' College, Cantonsville, Md., to begin his studies for the priesthood. After graduation from St. Charles in June, 1926, he entered St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore. After completing two years at St. Mary's, he was appointed by Archbishop Curley to begin his theological studies at the North American College in Rome, Itlay. Father Fannon with three of his classmates from St. Mary's sailed from New York in September, 1928 on the steamship "Augustus" and for the past four years has been studying at the North American  College in Rome. Rev. Fatter Fannon has been appointed assistant Pastor at St. Jerome's Church, Baltimore, and will take up his new duties two weeks after his return from Rome."
Cumberland Sunday Times, Cumberland, Maryland 26 May 1932
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted January 29 2011


FLYNN, Sister Mary Ellen

Nun To Mark Anniversary
Sister Mary Ellen Flynn, OSU, at native of Cumberland, will celebrate her 50th anniversary an an Ursuline Sister on Sunday. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Church at 9:30 a.m. A reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Burke residence, 568 Fayette Street. All are welcome. Sister Mary Ellen attended SS. Peter and Paul School and graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1919. The following year she entered the Ursuline Community in Louisville, Ky. and was a music teacher for 35 years. During the past 15 years she has taught English and has served in the Order's missions in Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. Born on Fayette Street she was a daughter of James and Mary Ellen. (Behan) Flynn.
Cumberland News; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Wednesday, August 5, 1970 - pg 14, col 4
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted August 6, 2011




Though blind since the age of four as the result of scarlet fever and spinal meningitis, Edwin Horchler, 18?, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Horchler, 634 Columbia avenue, has won a place on the honor roll of Baltimore City College for the first quarter of the current school year.
Horchler, with two other blind boys, achieved an average of over 90 per cent in his studies with no grade below 80.  The boys are students of the Maryland School for the Blind at Overlea, Md., but attend City College daily.
The boys prepare their themes on typewriters and study their courses in history, English, physics and French from Braille textbooks and from other books read to them by a coach.
Young Horchler underwent several unsuccessful operations for the restoration of his sight.  He is in his third year at City College and enjoys baseball and radio as hobbies.
Cumberland Evening Times; Saturday, 21 December 1929.
Posted September 1, 2011


McATEER, Miss Alice

Miss Alice McAteer left tor Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, to enter the convent to be a nun in the Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
13 January 1921; Cumberland Evening Times
Posted February 26, 2011


MURRAY, Mr. & Mrs. Clay H.

Grantsville, Md., Nov. 28 - The Clay H. Murray family residing near Salisbury, Pa., five miles north of here, composed of seventeen members, could claim a record today. Every member of the family was baptized by the Rev. S. D. Sigler, pastor of Grantsville Lutheran Church. Murray, 37, and his wife, Elsie Mae Murray, 36, are the parents of fifteen children, six sons and nine daughters. The oldest is fifteen years, and the youngest two months. This group baptism set an all-time record in this territory. Murray is a farmer.
The Cumberland Evening Times, November 28, 1938
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted March 12, 2011



NINER Clan Holds Seventh Reunion At Cresaptown

The seventh Niner reunion was held recently at John Miner's home on Brant Road, Cresaptown.
The basket picnic was opened with Rev. Carol Werner of St. Ambrose Church of Cresaptown, offering a blessing.
Games and stiring music were played during the day. Russell Durst sang several selections and closed the reunion with a hymn, "Blest Be The Tide That Binds."
Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Paul George, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brailer, Cumberland; Mr. and Mrs. George Niner, Billy Wilson, James Niner, Mr. and Mrs. John Niner, Linda Niner, Pinto; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Winebrenner, Fairgo; Mr. and Mrs. Russell Durst and grandchildren, Midland; James Miller, Kenneth Miller, Pittsburgh; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lease and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. James Scott and son, Mrs. Catherine Smilh, Jo Ann Smith, Mrs. Mary Winter, Mrs. Delores Shipe and children, Cresaptown; Karen Rankin, Eckhart; Mrs. Colleen Brodie, Alama Broclie, Londa Brodie, Ronald Mersing, Mrs. Lillian Mersing, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Crowe, Froslburg; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Niner and children, Baltimore; William Holt Schneider, Deer Park, Mr. and Mrs. John Scally, Sr. and sons, Hagerstown; Mr. and Mrs. John E. Scally, Jr. and children, Adelphi; Mr. and Mrs. Omar Ambrose and children, Hyattsville; Mr. and Mrs. Rob Scally and children, Seven Corners, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Hirshel Niner, Hyatlsville; Ernest Ullery, William Milleson, Cresaptown; Irvin Ullery, Rockville, and Mrs. Pearl Minnicks, Eckhart.

11 August 1964; Cumberland Evening Times
Posted January 28, 2011


Congress. -

The Senate has not yet disposed of the Oregon question. 
Within the last week, Messrs. Allen, Webster and Cass have made speeches upon the subject. Mr. Webster said that public opinion was settling on the line of 49 as a general basis of agreement between the two nations; and he felt pursuaded that a great majority of the people of the United States are content now to abide by what their government offered to Great Britain in 1826. Mr. Allen differed with Mr. Webster; he declared that he had "no idea that public opinion in this country has fixed or will fix on any line South of the Russian Boundary." Mr. Cass argued that 51 40 and not 49 ought to be the boundary; and that the offer of 49 having been four times made by us and rejected by England, we were no longer bound by any proposition which had once been made in reference to this question. He also took the ground that in the present state of the world it was all nonsense to talk about universal peace, and that any nation that would not defend itself, would very soon have nothing left to defend.
    In Senate March 30th, Mr. Rusk presented the credentials of the Hon. Samuel Houston, a Senator from the State of Texas, who was then qualified and took his seat.
    On motion of Mr. Speight the Senate proceeded to determine the respective terms of service of the Senators from Texas. Three ballots, numbered 1, 2, and 3, were placed in a box by the Secretary.
    Mr. Houston drew No. 1, which entitles him to serve until the 4th March 1847.
    Mr. Rusk drew No. 3, which entitled him to serve until the 4th March, 1851.
    The House has been mainly occupied, during the last week in the consideration of the Independent Treasury Bill. By vote of the House, it was determined to close the debate on the 2d instant.
    Mr. Perry presented the petition of Isaac Beall praying compensation and pay for the services of his father, Thomas Beall, of Samuel, a revolutionary officer; referred to the Committee on Revolutionary claims. Also the petition of Gabriel Friend, of Allegany county, Maryland, praying to be released from the payment of a note given for arrears due the Post Office Department as postmaster at Friendsville, Maryland; referred to the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

The Alleganian; Cumberland, Maryland; Friday, April 3, 1846.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted January 6, 2011


DICKIE, Mr. & Mrs. Charles

The nineteenth child has just been born in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickie, Mount Savage. Eighteen children are living. The eldest son was killed several years ago while attempting to board a train of the Cumberland railroad, near Frostburg.
Cumberland Evening Times - June 16, 1920 pg 12, col 5
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)

[Pat Dailey notes "The name has as many different spellings as the person writing it.  The MDA has it as Dickel"]
Posted September 16, 2010


Confederate Soldiers Who Passed Away 1911~1912

So far as the Review can recall them, this is a list of the confederates who have died since the last reunion: John Phares, Isaac Arbaugh and Sampson M. Jordon, Co "C", 92nd Regiment; Wm H. Bodkin and Edward Walker, Co "K", 62nd Regiment; Lieut James W. Kee, Franklin Guards; Lieut Absalom Propst, Co "E", 25th Regiment and Martin V. Keister, Co "A", Pendleton Reserve. If any one can recall others, let us have the names at once.
Keyser Tribune, August 30, 1912 (Review (Franklin) of 22nd)
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 8, 2010


70 Years of Snippets ~ 1884 to 1954

Frostburg, Md., Feb. 19
The Frostburg Journal will be the name of a Democratic weekly newspaper shortly to be issued here. It will appear Tuesday and Friday. The promoters say that it hoped eventually to make it a daily publication. The establishment of the paper, which is backed by home capital, is due to the efforts of T. C. Carrington, secretary of the Frostburg Commercial Club.
The stockholders of the paper are Clifton Jeffries, Emery Hitchins, Frank Watts, John A. Caldwell, Davisson A. Benson, George E. Pearce, Irvin Prichard, T.C Carrington, Dr. J. Marshall Price, A. Charles Stewart, J.J. Thompson, Horace G. Evans, William A. Gunter, Otto Hohing, Dr. J.C. Cobey, John A. Sullivan, George Stern, David Gunter, Milton W. Raes, George Wittig, Hilary Lancaster, Paul L. Hitchins, Benjamin Bradley, Robert T. Shaw, Henry McKee, W.L. Mayer, Frank G. Ort, Alexander Sloan, J. Glen Beall, WW. Strain, Hugh Speir.

Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland, MD - Tuesday - February 19, 1924 - Page 14
(Courtesy of Bob Thompson)
Posted July 31, 2010


Electric Light Company Meeting
The Midland Electric Light Company held its annual stockholders meeting Monday evening. The following directors were elected: Wm. B. Phillips, president; Frank C. Ort, secretary; Miles J. Stakem, treasurer. J. Edwin Winters, Conrad Lutz, James Paul Stakem, Peter V. Firlie, C.A. Eyler, Cumberland, attended the meeting.

Cumberland Evening Times - Cumberland, Maryland - Saturday - February 23, 1924 - Page 12
(Courtesy of Bob Thompson)
Posted July 31, 2010



It is announced that the authorities in Cumberland have accepted the theory of Monoxide Gas Poisoning in the Twigg - Elosser case and have dropped further proceeding. According to this theory, the death of C. E. Twigg and Grace Elosser was accidental and no blame can be attached to anyone, but the people of this vicinity do not accept that theory.

Posted July 31, 2010



Bureau of the Evening Times, Midland, Md., Aug. 28.
Attend Convention

Messrs. E.F. Creegan, Jas. Stakem, Sr. and Jos. Broderick will represent Division No. 5, A.O.H., of this place, in the convention of the Federation of of Catholic Societies to be held in Cumberland on Sunday next.
The above named, together with Messrs. Michael McGeady and Owen McGeavy, will attend the A.O.H. convention to be held in Westernport Sept. 9th.

Evening Times - Cumberland, Maryland - Tuesday - August 28, 1906 - Page 2
(Courtesy of Bob Thompson)
Posted July 25, 2010


BIGGS, Staff Sergeant Clarence Henry

Biggs Missing In Raid in Germany

One of Four Sons of Herbert Biggs In Service
Westernport, Md.., Jan 25 - Staff Sergeant Clarence Henry Biggs, 30, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Biggs, 225 Walnut street, Westernport, is missing in action in a raid over Germany since January 11, according to a telegram received by his parents yesterday evening from the War Department.
Staff Sergeant Biggs was a tail gunner on a Flying Fortress, 8th A.A.A.S., who completed an intensive training course in aircraft armament at Lowry Field and at Salt Lake City Armorers school.  He graduated from aerial gunnery school, Fort Myers, Florida and arrived overseas three months ago.
He graduated from Bruce High School, 1931, and attended Potomac State School, Keyser.  When inducted into the service was employed at the Luke plant. He was a former Evening Times carrier.
A brother, Staff Sergeant Wallace Biggs, home on a 28 day stoppage from Alaska will leave tomorrow for Atlantic City to report.
Another brother, Pvt. Harry Lee Biggs, stationed in Oklahoma arrived home last night for a visit and another brother, Royland Biggs is in New Guinea.  Two brothers, Charles and Gene Biggs and two sisters Misses Shirley and Mary Louise Biggs are at home.

The Cumberland Evening Times, Tuesday, 25 January 1944
(Courtesy of Lee Deetz Fasnacht)
Posted November 29, 2009

BIGGS, Staff Sergeant Clarence Henry

Liberated Flier Home on Leave

Staff Sgt. Clarence H. Biggs Bales Out of Plane Which Caught Fire.
Tri-Towns, June 9 - Staff Sgt. Clarence H. Biggs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Biggs, 225 Walnut street, Westernport, a waist gunner on a Flying Fortress who was a prisoner of war in Germany for 16 months and liberated May 3, returned home Thursday night for a 60 day leave.
Sgt. Biggs, a former Evening and Sunday times carrier, was a member of the First division of the Eighth Air Force.
On January 11, 1944, his plane caught fire when enemy aircraft bullets broke an oil line while they were 20,000 ft. in the air.  The crew parachuted.  Biggs suffered a cut on his cheek from flying fragments.  None of the crew was seriously injured.
About April 13  they started walking them from their camp near Vienna.  They  traveled about 260 miles and were released by the Thirteenth Armored Division near Braunau, Austria, on the Innes, Hitler's birthplace.  While a prisoner he lost about 20 pounds.  Sgt Jennings Liller, Baltimore, formerly of Piedmont, W. Va., was in the same camp with him.
He is a graduate of Bruce High School and attended Potomac State College at Keyser and when he entered the service was employed at the Luke plant of the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company.
He has three brothers in the service.  Tech Sgt. Wallace Biggs, in Holland, Pfc. Royland Biggs in the East Indies and Pfc. Harry L. Biggs in Italy.

The Cumberland News, June 10, 1945:
(Courtesy of Lee Deetz Fasnacht)
Posted November 29, 2009



Frostburg, Md,( Sept. 2,) — The annual reunion of the Drumm family was held at Gunning's Grove Sunday.  Music was  furnished by Lou Smith, Buck Humberson, George Rtchardson and Ranch Richardson.  The following were present:
 Mr. and Mrs. Earle Ross, Joan Ross, Mrs. Mary Halloran, Mrs. Elizabeth Flanagan, Mrs. Lawrence Laitta and children, Margaret Mary, Lawrence Jr., and Richard, Mr. and Mrs. John Halloran, Miss Anna Mary Flanagan, Francis and Thomas Flanagan, Miss Margaret McCarthy, Joe Suttton, Charles Schell and James Close all of Pittsburgh; Mr. and Mrs. James Henry, Charles and Marie Henry, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Henry, Woodlawn. Pa.; Mrs. Dennis Boyle, Edward Boyle, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Byrnes, John, Bill, Bernard Jr., Tom Byrnes, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Drumm, Mary, Ellen, Joseph, James Drumm, Eckhart, Md.; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sleeman, Veronica, Ursula, Anna Margaret, John, Joseph. George Sleeman, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Flanagan, Mrs. Ellen Nolan. Frostburg;  George Barncord, Mt. Savage; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Drumm, Mrs. Rose Loibel, Mrs. Priscilla Drumm, John Drumm, Sadie Flanagan, Walter Drumm, Mrs. Annie Flanagan, Bernadette Flanagan, Vada Drumm, Mrs. Mattingly. Virginia Drumm, Cumberand Md.; Joe Mattingly, Joseph Flanagan, Pittsburgh; Margaret Feldman, Frostburg; Mary and James Bechie, Jim Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith, Francis, Thomas and Loretta Smith, Vale Summit; Rosemary Smith and Louise Ryon, Washington, D. C.; Mr. and Mrs. James Drumm, Connellsville, Pa.

Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md
September 2, 1930 - pg 12, col 2
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)


DYKE, John

Miscellaneous News
It was erroneously reported that John Dyke , who lost his arm in a railroad accident at Piedmont last week, was dead. Mr. Dyke is in the Hoffman Hospital and will be able to go home in a few days.
Keyser Tribune, June 21, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 7, 2010


A Narrow Escape from Sudden Death.
Mr. John Hartsock, an old gentleman living with his granddaughter, Mrs. John Oster, on Flintstone Creek, and father of H. H. Hartsock, of this city, was badly hurt Tuesday. He was hale and hearty and very industrious. While out chopping down some timber he was struck by a tree which had lodged against the tree he was cutting down. The tree fell upon him, injuring his side and breast. The old gentleman managed to extricate himself and walk home, but his condition is considered rather critical. It was a narrow escape from sudden death.
Source: The Evening Times; Cumberland, Maryland; February 2, 1894; page 1.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted June 15, 2013



HARTMONSVILLE - Uncle Wase Hollars, who was reported dead several months ago, was visiting relatives in Wabash last week, and he don't act a bit like a dead man.
Keyser Tribune, June 16, 1911
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 25, 2010

HOLME, Frank


In the lonely churchyard at Eusebia Presbyterian church, five miles south of Alaska (Frankfort) Mineral county, West Virginia, on a beautiful knoll overlooking the Patterson Creek valley, seventeen miles south of Cumberland and twelve miles northeast of Keyser, rests the ashes of the late Frank Holme, poet, author, artist, a native of the above county. Death stilled in Holme, perhaps, the most remarkable pen genius of his time. There was something unusual about him, people paused even in the midst of the mad rush of business to pay a tribute to him while he was yet alive. Chief Justice Fuller, Mark Twain, Lashelle, McCutcheon, Ade, Depew, Roosevelt, Cleveland and scores of others eulogized him and praised his genius.
Holme had scarcely entered the newspaper world before he began to be noticed; notice that soon passed to distinction, and then to fame. As a cartoonist he was a genius; as illustrations his sketches were unsurpassable. Speed and accuracy were inseparable characteristics of his work. The sketches of the famous Luertgert murder trial were made in the back of the court room, and copied throughout the world. The Calamut Lake case and a score of others he did on his cuffs, match case, old letters, or whatever came handy.
Once a likeness of Richard Mansfield was drawn in two minutes; the time it took the actor to refuse an audience for a drawing; a sketch so remarkable that Mansfield offered a fabulous price for it and received it as a present.
Holme was not without his sense of humor. For months he supported an armless beggar who daily asked alms on one of the fashionable corners. "Go down on Blank Street," Holme at length told him, naming a street in the tenant section.
"What luck?" he inquired a year later.
"I want for nothing now," replied the beggar. "I have money, friends, and sympathy in plenty."
Holme's ambition cost him his life; his generosity left him penniless in the hour of need. His famous school of art; his lavish hospitality; his three-year losing fight against the dread tuberculosis, in Colorado, in Carolina, and finally in Arizona, where a last blaze of splendor shone out in the "Bandar Log Press," are all too well known to need recount. Never during life did he allow his neighbor to want a friend. Shall he want for one in death? All that marks the resting place of his ashes is a small mount; half-covered with lonely wild flowers; with a single wild-briar serving as a headstone. As his memorial only the birds chant a requiem, while the wind whispers through the boughs of the virgin forest bordering his grave on that lonely West Virginia hill.
We, of the Holme Memorial Association, have resolved that Holme shall have a monument. Believing that no one who has the means will say him nay, we are addressing this circular to those who have shown themselves to be public spirited, and whom we believe will be generous enough to help in so righteous a cause.

We solicit your subscription. Make all remittances payable and address all communications to the secretary of the association, Mr. Wade Leese, Alaska, W. Va.
Fraternally, we remain,
The Holme Memorial Association

S. W. Whipp, President
R. H. Armstrong, Treasurer

NOTE: Mr. Holme, when but a youth, began his brilliant career as a newspaper man in the Keyser Tribune printing office. In connection with the above article, calling for an appropriate memorial of one of the most distinguished citizens that Keyser has produced, we run a few of the many cuts that are still in this office that were made by him.
Keyser Tribune, January 5, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 30, 2010




A YOUNG MAN GONE. Mysterious Disappearance of a Prominent Young Man from Frostburg - Church Entertainments There.
FROSTBURG, FEB. 19, [Special] - It is now nearly two weeks since George Humbertson very mysteriously disappeared from this place. On Tuesday evening, Feb. 6, he was last seen at the Central Hotel, where he had been staying for twelve days. He was from Mt. Pleasant, Pa., and was a nephew of Mr. Thomas Humbertson, one of the directors of the Citizens' National Bank. His business here was the sale of the patent rights of a dishwashing machine. He came via Grantsville and put up his team at the Central. Several nights he stayed with his uncle on Ormand street. On the evening of his disappearance he was last seen about 9 o'clock and his team and hat were left at the hotel. Inquiry developed the fact that he had not left on the late Cumberland and Pennsylvania railroad passenger train nor on any of the trains next day. A bill of $31.95 was left at the hotel which was paid by his brother, who subsequently took his team home. His friends have kept the matter quiet in the hope of securing some tidings of the missing man, but nothing has been learned, as to his whereabouts. It is a very mysterious affair.
Source: The Evening Times; Cumberland, Maryland; February 19, 1894; page 1
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted June 15, 2013


Strange Disappearance of a Salesman
Much interest is manifested in the mysterious disappearance from Frostburg of George Humbertson.  He has an uncle in Frostburg and he went there from Mt. Pleasant, Pa., a month ago selling patent rights upon dish-washing machines.  He drove to the town with a team of horses and a sales wagon.  He disappeared after a week's stay at the Central Hotel, leaving his team in the stable and his hat in the house.  He was last seen at about 9 o'clock on the night of February 5(?).
The Baltimore Sun, 20 Feb 1894
(Courtesy of Theresa Burba)


KOELKER, William
Might Have Been a Fatality.
Mr. Wm. Koelker, employed by the Adams Express company in this city, met with quite a serious accident this afternoon. Mr. Koelker, with his brother, was engaged in transfering express goods from the West Virginia Central of the Pennsylvania train and had just loaded a four wheel truck with boxes which together weighed about one thousand pounds, when the wheels of one of the truck slipped between the rail and boards of the platform, upsetting the whole upon Mr. Koelker, throwing him to the ground and bruising his lower limbs very badly. Dr. Duke was summoned and dressed the man's injuries. He was then taken to his home on Hanover street, where he will be confined for some time.
Source: The Evening Times; Cumberland, Maryland; February 19, 1894; page 1
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted June 15, 2013



Re: Funeral Train of LAYMAN, George Lewis
Bureau of the Evening Times,
J. Benson Oder, Editor
Shea Building, Phone 113k.
Frostburg, Md., July 14.
Small Passenger Train Wanted.
Carlos, Md., July 13, 1914.
To Evening Times Department, Frostburg, Md.
The passenger train run from this place  yesterday for the first time—on a branch of the Cumberland and Pennsylvania  railroad, completed 27 years ago, carried 349 passengers going, including, of course, many who do not live here.
Hence, returning, some got off at homes at Shaft, Carlos Junction and Klondyke, dwindling the number for this city to about 125.
But all were pleased with the accommodation afforded, the attentions received and last, not least, with the reasonable fare—10 cents,, or 20 cents for round trip.
As you know, the train was run on account of Mr. George L. Layman's funeral, and although the family and many relatives went to the cemetery in hacks and other conveyances, the train furnished transportation for many friends besides.
It was Sunday afternoon, too, when many were able to go who could have not done so on a week-day.
Now, the question arises in my mind, why not a round-trip passenger train, of one car at least over the Carlos branch every Saturday evening connecting at Carlos Junction with the Saturday evening special on the main line?
I believe an accommodation like this would be well patronized, as Saturday is the only evening in the week that people here can do business after working hours.

A Citizen.
Cumberland Evening Times, Tuesday, July 14, 1914
Posted June 16, 2010


Lashbaugh Ready For Jap Strike
Petty Officer About to Make Bombing Haul When End Of War News Broke
Lonnconing, Sept. 4.—Petty Officer Harold U. Lashbaugh, who was
30 miles off the coast of Japan the day the war ended, related his experience to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lashbaugh, Charlestown street.
He wrote, "I was transferred from the Monterey carrier to the Hellean Wind carrier [unreadable, but that's what it looks like] on June 16____________the day the war ended, ready to make a strike from a dive bomber on an electronic plant where they made radio tubes and radar, I guess we were all down in spirits as we knew there was a hard battle ahead. I was scared stiff and I prayed, all the way there. Suddenly prayers were answered all over the world, and the radio told us to return to our carriers, drop our bombs where we were. I actually cried with joy.
"We learned afterwards there had been over 600 heavy guns below us
and they had balloons over all their targets with 100 pounds tied on each
one. These balloons were so arranged that if we didn't see them, we would run into them, and if we did see them and tried to investigate, the enemy planes overhead would make a run for us.
"I saw fighter planes do a slow roll with joy, heard fellows yelling
 'California here I come' and other shouts of joy. I lost my pal at Kure
Harbor on July 24. We were both on Leyte at the same time, but didn't
know It. I have only 34 points yet so unless they change it, I will still
be in the Navy for a while. Eddie McKenzie. of Pekin, Md., is still my mess cook. He was an old school~ mate at Central.
"We are allowed to tell you a few things you will want to know. I am safe and well, with not a scratch.  First, I think we should thank God as he was behind our success.

Tuesday, 04 September 1945, Cumberland Evening Times
Posted July 8, 2010


LEMBACH, Henry & WATTS, James

His Abode In the Fastnesses Of Great Savage Mountain.  FROSTBURG HUNTER'S DISCOVERY ~ A Thrilling and Interesting Story of A Man Who Lived Alone and Died Before He Could Finish the Recital of His Romantic Life.
A special to the Baltimore American of today from its correspondent at Frostburg, relates the following interesting and decidedly romantic story, located in the fastnesses of the Great Savage Mountains:

James Watts, who lives on Great Savage Mountain, four miles from Frostburg, today returned from a hunting trip through the wilds of Garrett county, and tells an interesting story of the discovery of a hermit and the location of a vein of silver ore.
There has long existed in this section a firm belief that in Garrett county there is a deposit of rich silver ore. A mountaineer named Layman, who died a few years ago, claimed that he had once discovered the place where the deposit is located, but on leaving it he was never able to relocate the place.
The story is corroborated by the experience of Mr. Watts. Watts left home on Friday morning last to hunt for game.
About noon he came upon the tracks of a wildcat in tbe snow, and following it for several miles, be found himself in a locality never before visited by him. In a deep gorge, surrounded by a dense thicket, he discovered a rude cabin. It being near nightfall, Watts sought admission and found within the cabin an old man lying upon a couch, who said he bad been ill for several days. The hunter prepared supper and spent the night in the cabin.
Next morning the old man was worse, and Watts decided to remain with him all day. In the afternoon the hermit called Watts to his bedside and said he wished to tell him the story of his life, as he knew that he could live but a few hours. He said his name was Henry Lembach, and was born in Munich in 1814. He was educated at the University of Heidelberg, and while there fell in love with a pretty girl named Katherine Reiff, who jilted him to become the wife of a banker in order to please her father. He then determined never to marry, and in 1841 came to America, and in 1849 went to California to join in the search for gold.
After spending ten years there, he came East and settled in these mountains, having learned that somewhere in this vicinity was a deposit of precious metal. He had a general description of the locality in which the metal was to be found. Not wishing his object to become known, he built his cabin in a secure place, and only when absolutely necessary made trips to neighboring towns to purchase food. He brought with him from the West a snug fortune, and for nearly three years kept up the search for hidden treasure.
At length, almost by accident, he discovered a vein of silver ore assaying nearly $100 a ton. He constructed a smelting furnace in his cabin and reduced ores till he had silver bullion to the value of $35,000. He directed Watts to take from under his bed, after his death a box containing papers of value. The old man's voice then became weaker, and he was too much exhausted to talk further. Late Saturday evening he died, Watts dug a grave near the cabin, and the next day he buried Lembach in a coffin which had evidently been made by the latter. Sunday night Watts spent in the cabin, and found the place where the silver bricks were hidden. He found the box to contain $540 in gold, and a small amount of silver change, a map showing the route from the cabin to the deposit of ore, and several letters addressed to persons in Germany.
Watts started for home at daylight this morning, bringing with him the papers and the gold. He followed his tracks made in the snow on Friday until he reached a portion of the mountain with which he was familiar. He is confident he can find the place again after the snow melts. Lembach has been seen in Frostburg at various times during the past twenty-five or thirty years, but no one ever knew where he lived or what his occupation was. He was evidently well educated and a man of culture.
Watts contemplates a visit to the cabin this week, and he will also try to locate the place where the silver ore was found.

(Cumberland) Evening times, March 6, 1894.



LOAR, Wesley & Charles Wesley

Purchased Land
Messrs. Wesley and Charles Wesley Loar, father and son, have purchased of John N. Layman, about 15 acres of the Walnut Level tract or what is known as the old Graham place, with a view of establishing a dairy farm.  The land lying on the northern side or end of the Level is very fertile and well adapted to the purpose and its proximity to town makes the same especially valuable.  It will be equipped with a large silo now almost indespensible to an establishment of this character.  Messrs. Loar, who are engaged in the dairy business at the Vale farm, near Vale Summit, hope to begin work at an early date.
February 26, 1907, Cumberland Evening Times


LONG, Mr. & Mrs. Philip

Miscellaneous Shower
A miscellaneous shower was given Monday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Long, 1109 Virginia avenue in honor of their daughter, Laura Marie, who was married Jan. 31 to Mr. George L. Johns, this city. Rev. A.J. Meckley performed the ceremony. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Philip Long, Mr. and Mrs. George Johns, Misses Carrie Reckley, Esther Reckley, Hazel Reckley, Mildred Ryan, Myrtle Wigfield, Margaret Johnson, Miriam Brinkman, Garland McElfish, Catherine Taylor, Amelia McKenny, George Long, Edward Long, Earl Long, Elmer Ryan, Herman Athey, Arthur Athey, Hartley Wigfield, Dora Lewis, Mr. Clark.
Cumberland Evening Times - Cumberland, Maryland - Wednesday - February 04, 1925 - Page 9
(Courtesy of Bob Thompson)
Posted July 25, 2010


McGREEVY, Mrs. John

Valentine Party

A Valentine party was given by Mrs. John McGreevy, Piedmont, Wednesday evening. The home was decorated with cupids and hearts. Tiny baskets and hats were favors. Games and music featured. Those present were: Ira J. Cheshire, Jess Arnold, John Dick, Elva Shanholtz, Lewis Schramm, Alfred Zimmerman, Harry Reel, Horace Richards, Mr and Mrs. Ed. Cheshire, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Mullen and daugher, Maxine, Mr. and Mrs. William Smith, Mr.s and Mrs. William McKene. Mr. and Mrs. William Seaber, Mrs. Russell Kight, Mrs. John Casey, Mrs. Joseph Samuels, Mrs. George Nealis, Mrs. Mollie DeVore, Mrs. Annie Reed, Mrs. Fred Schramm, Mrs. Willis McCombs, Mrs. James Ott, Mrs. Mary Frankland, Mrs. Bernard Kenealy, Mrs. Mary Burke, Misses Nellie and Mary White, Miss Blanche Reed, Miss Katherine Crabtree, Miss Nina Legge, Miss Irene Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Richards and son, Charles, Mr. and Mrs. George Lewis and son, Meredith, Mrs. Claude Ravenscroft, of the Tri-Towns: Joseph Weaver and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harrison and son, Junior, Keyser, W. Va.
Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland, MD - Monday - February 18, 1924 - Page 14
(Courtesy of Bob Thompson)
Posted July 25, 2010


Resolution of the Ladies Guild of Emmanuel Episcopal Church

The Ladies Guild of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Keyser W VA, through the special committee appointed Feb 19, 1913, wishes to express in some small measure, its profound sorrow and abiding sense of loss at the death, on Feb 12, 1913, of Mrs A B Murray. Whereas, Mrs Murry was primarily instrumental in the organization of the Guild, served as the first President and labored long and earnestly on its behalf. Whereas her prayers and efforts are now immortalized in the growing life of Emmanuel church. And Whereas the Church Militant has lost a devoted and faithful member who is to be henceforth enrolled in the Church Triumphant. Be it resolved: First that while we bow in resignation to the inscrutable decree of the Divine Will, we nevertheless hereby formally express our sorrow at her death, and our gratitude for her example while present with us. Second, That a copy of these resolutions, along with our sincere sympathy, be presented to her bereaved sister, Miss Bunnell. Third, that these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the Guild, and published in the two Keyser papers.
Keyser Tribune, February 21, 1913
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 25, 2010



Sun School Convention

The Sun School convention at this place last week was quite a success. Notwithstanding the rain, there was a good attendance, people were responsive and everybody went home feeling that it was good to have been there.
Rev Ray M Bosler was at the convention and distributed a number of bibles and testaments. Rev J May, a retired minister of the Reformed church, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and who now lives at Bayard, was at the S S convention, and took an active part in the program. Rev May said he had been a Sun School worker for half a century and is still an enthusiastic teacher in two Sun Schools.

(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 25, 2010



The annual reunion of the Tippen, Garlitz and Prout families was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Guffy, Clairton, Pa.  Activities included a picnic lunch served on the lawn of the home, a tour of the city and home movies.
Attending were Mrs. EllaTippen, Mrs. Clara Tippen, Gomer Tippen, Mr and Mrs. Donald Robertson, Borden Shaft; Mr. and Mrs. George Tippen and family; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bender and family, Eckhart; Mrs. Ada Prout, Mr. and Mrs. Willllam Prout, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Miller, Youngstown. Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. David Linebaugh, Struthers, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs Robert Guffy and family, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Garlitz, Clairton; Pa.; Mrs. Clark Garlitz, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Jenny Porter, Cleveland; Mr. .and Mrs. Pete Hamish, Miss Phyllis Guelick, Fred Stein, Tiffin, Ohio, and Mrs. H. F Weber and family, Washington.

Thursday, 4 September 1947; Cumberland Evening Times
Posted February 19, 2011



MEYERSDALE, Nov. 12 — When young Johnny TROUTMAN and pretty Evelyn Marie WINEBRENNER said "I do" before the preacher Monday, (7 November 1938) Ma TROUTMAN shed none of the usual tears, and Pa WINEBRENNER had no fatherly lump in his throat. That's because Ma TROUTMAN, a widow, and Pa WINEBRENNER, a widower, up and got married, too. And off went the two happy couples to the elder bride's farm near Sand Patch, for their honeymoon.
The likes of that wedding he had never seen, declared Rev. Edgar W. Beckett, of Frostburg, Md., who performed the ceremony. Officials who issue marriage licenses at the Allegany county courthouse at Cumberland, Md., were astounded, too.
For what happened, you see, is that the young groom's mother and the young bride's father had joined their children in a double wedding. It all began when John Edward TROUTMAN, 25, started coming over the mountain from Sand Patch to Frostburg to court Evelyn Marie. As the romance began to flower, Mrs. Cecelia Agnes TROUTMAN naturally got acquainted with her son's sweetheart. Just as naturally, she also got acquainted with Evelyn Marie's father, Roy Raymond WINEBRENNER, 43, of Frostburg, worker at the brickyard of the Big Savage Refactories Corporation.
Mrs. TROUTMAN was the widow of Amos TROUTMAN, who died in August, 1937.  Mr. WINEBRENNER's wife, the former Bess PORTER, had died in January. So young love and middle-aged love flourished side by side, and Monday the double-knot was tied.
Thereby, Mr. WINEBRENNER acquired a wife, a step-son, a son-in-law, and step-daughter-in-law. Mrs TROUTMAN, in turn acquired a husband, a step-daughter, a daughter- in-law, and a step-son-in-law. Johnny acquired a wife, a step-sister, a mother-in-law, and a step-father-in-law.  And Evelyn Marie, who is 18, acquired a husband, a step-brother, a father-in-law, and a step-mother-in-law.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, November 12, 1938


Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of Burlington M E Church, South

Resolution regarding Mrs. Thomas WAGLEY

The following resolutions were passed by Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of Burlington M E Church, South.
Where as it has been the will of our Heavenly Father to call our dear sister, Mrs. Thomas Wagley from her labors here to her eternal reward, therefore be it Resolved - First. That in her death we have lost a valuable member of our Society, one who was always willing to do what she could, and while we bow to the will of Providence we will miss her assistance and kindly advice in many ways, but will cherish her memory and her triumphant death will stimulate us to greater endeavor.
Resolved - Second. that we tender our deepest sympathy to those who are bereft and commend them to Him who is "to wise to err and too good to be unkind" and earnestly pray that our Heavenly Father may sustain, and comfort them in this hour of sorrow.
Resolved - Third. That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our Society, that a copy be sent to the family and that a copy be sent to our county papers for publication.

Mrs D W Eagle
Miss Estella Hott
Mrs D A Arnold
Keyser Tribune, May 26, 1911
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 25, 2010



Will Receive Two Thousand Dollars
The family of Morris Winebrenner, the miner killed at Ocean, and whose remains were interred in Rose Hill cemetery will receive two thousand dollars from Frostburg Lodge No. 3(?)90 Knights of Honor, of which order the deceased had only been a member six weeks.  The deceased was not a member of the Shield of Honor, as this paper was erroneously informed.
April 13, 1898, The Cumberland Evening Times



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