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Miscellaneous Obituaries From
Huntingdon County, PA
(transcribed under the direction of Dave Wilson)


Mrs. Anna Rebekah DECKER, of 26 East Milford Street, Mount Union, passed 
away on Monday evening, Dec. 21, 1942, at 5 o'clock, after an illness of two 
weeks. 
She was a daughter of J. G. JONES and Hannah Gorsuch JONES, and was born in 
Shade Valley, September 8, 1855.  She was 87 years, three months, and 
thirteen days old at the time of her death.  On June 15, 1882 in Harrisburg, 
she was married to the Rev. Andrew W. DECKER, with the Rev. MELICK 
performing the ceremony.  She went to housekeeping in Airville, York County, 
where her husband was pastor at that time.  He retired in 1898 and they 
moved to Orbisonia, there Rev. DECKER died August 7, 1901.  Mrs. DECKER 
moved to mount Union 18 years ago. 
She is the last of a family of nine. 
She is survived by the following children:  Mrs. Waynes [sic] MYERS of 
Pittsburgh; Lieut. Colonel R. R. DERKER [sic], Camp Lee, Va.; and Miss Ora 
DECKER, Mount Union.  There are two grandchildren. 
Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home in Mount Union any time after 
noon Wednesday.  A private funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon at 
2:30, with interment in Riverview Cemetery, Huntingdon, with the Rev. Edgar 
HENRY, minister of the Mount Union Methodist Church, officiating. 
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Mrs. Iris Virginia (BELL) RIPPLE, widow of T. J. C. RIPPLE, of  Orbisonia, 
died at her late home, Saturday evening, Nov. 14, 1942 at 10:45 o'clock, 
after an illness of six months.  Death was due to advanced age.  She was 
aged at the time of her death, 85 years, 5 months and 24 days. 
Iris Virginia BELL RIPPLE was born at Vira, Mifflin County, May 20, 1857, 
the daughter of John R. and Sarah (DORMAN) BELL. 
She learned the millinery trade when a very young woman and established a 
business in Orbisonia, which she succesfully [sic] conducted for a number of 
years.  It was here, also, she met her husband, T. J. C. RIPPLE who was 
employed by the Rockhill Iron and Coal Company as a clerk.  They were united 
in marriage in the Presbyterian Church at Curwensville, October 24, 1878. 
They established their home in Orbisonia. 
Mr. RIPPLE died November 21, 1925. 
In the passing of this splendid Christian woman, Orbisonia has lost much. 
For many years she lived in that community and her life meant so much to 
children, as well as to the older residents.  She was loved and esteemed by 
everybody. 
Mrs. RIPPLE joined the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rockhill Furnace in 1890. 
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. J. A. PUCKEY, of Orbisonia, and Mrs. 
Arnold L. HAYES, of Newtonville, Mass.  There are six grandchildren as well 
as six great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. John T. FISSHEL, Altoona, 
Pa.; and two half brothers, Samuel Bell and William Bell, Vernon, Penna. 
Friends may call at the late home until time of the services, which will be 
private and will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late 
home, in  charge of the Rev. A. A. PRICE of the Methodist Church of 
Orbisonia.  Interment will be conducted by Clark Funeral Service, in the 
Orbisonia cemetery.  Please omit flowers. 

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William L. MCMATH died at his late home in Shade Valley, on Wednesday night, 
December, 9, 1942, at 9:25 o'clock.  He had been in failing health for 
several years but was usually able to take a daily walk about his farm, 
until he contracted a cold two weeks ago.  His condition became critical 
when pneumonia set in last Monday. 
He was the youngest of seven children born to William Simpson MCMATH and 
Elizabeth Waters MCMATH, and was born August 27, 1870, in the same house in 
which he has always lived.  He was the last of his family as his sister, 
Margaret MCMATH MCVEY died one month before, on Nov. 9, 1942.  He was a 
direct descendent of Samuel MCMATH, who served in the Revolutionary War and 
was the first settler in Tell township. 
Mr. MCMATH derived great pleasure in his association with his family and 
friends, being both humorous and musical.  He had a very high regard for 
truth and justice which he practiced in his daily life and taught to his 
children and grandchildren by word and example.  He had a deep interest in 
anything pertaining to the betterment of his community.  He served as 
justice of the peace for six years and later as school director for six 
years.  He was always ready to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors 
and no poor person ever went away from his door hungry or cold. 
Mr. MCMATH was united in marriage with Mary Blanche STARR on April 13, 1896, 
in St. Mary's Church, Shade Valley, by Rev. Thomas WALSH. 
His wife and the following children survive him:  Elizabeth, Bernard, 
Samuel, John Edward of Shade Valley; Marcella MCMATH FLEMING, of Orbisonia; 
Genevieve MCMATH JOHNSON, of Rogrsburg, Pa.  Also surviving him are eighteen 
grandchildren most of whom visited him daily. 
Mr. MCMATH was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church from which he 
was buried on Saturday morning, Dec. 12, at 10:30 o'clock with a requiem 
mass celebrated by Rev. Alphonse SOBOTA.  Interment in St. Mary's cemetery 
adjourning [sic], directed by Behel funeral service. 

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Mrs. Effie Margaret KNABLE- wife of Clarence KNABLE died at her home in 
Orbisonia, Pa.  Friday morning, January 11th after a lingering illness from 
a complication of diseases, aged 35 years, 10 months and 26 days.  She was 
born at Greenwood, Pa., the daughter of Peter and Mary Jane HOFFMAN.  She 
was united in marriage to Clarence KNABLE of Orbisonia, seventeen years ago, 
and since that time has lived in Orbisonia. 
Surviving are her husband and the following children: Norman, Walter, Mary, 
Martha, Lydia, Eva, William, and Madeline.  Funeral services were held at 
the home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Fred COX of Mount 
Union and Rev. J. B. KIERN of the United Brethren church of Orbisonia. 
Burial took place in the Odd Fellows cemetery, Orbisonia.  Funeral Director, 
W. P. DUNMIRE. 

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Peter WHITSEL SR., one of the oldest residents of this county passed away 
Saturday evening, April 1st, 1922 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John 
SHUE in Hill Valley, in his 93rd year.  He became weakened physically about 
four weeks prior to his death, not seeming to suffer, and although his mind 
was not so clear as formerly, he always knew his daughter, Mrs. SHUE; with 
whom he had his home in recent years. 
Peter Whitsel was born in Germany on February 1st, 1830, and was aged at 
death, 92 years and two months.  He was one of ten children born to Paul and 
Mary Catherine Whitsel who landed in the United States in 1832.  The father 
died in 1871 at the age of 83 years, while the mother died in the 1875.  Mr. 
WHITSEL was the last of the family; these brothers and sisters preceding him 
in death: Philip, Adam, Elizabeth, Mrs. John WHITE; Eliza, Mrs. Matthew 
UMBRELL; Susan, Mrs. Thomas CHILCOTE, of Pennsylvania; Maria, Mrs. Frederick 
GLOCK, of Nebraska; George, of Missouri, and two died in infancy.  It will 
be remembered that Mrs. CHILCOTE passed away over a year ago, aged 86 years. 
He was a veteran of the Civil War serving with distinction in  Company D., 
88th Regiment.  After his return from military service he was married by 
Rev. James R. LANE, deceased, who also united in marriage the daughters of 
the deceased.  To this union six children were born, namely: D. P. WHITSEL; 
Melissa, Mrs. John SHUE; Katie, Mrs. C. D. WEIGHT; Harvey, Sadie, Mrs. W. W. 
PETERSON; and B. F. WHITSEL, deceased.  Mr. WHITSEL was step father to 
William PRICE; Susan, Mrs. Theodore HELLER; John and Lucinda PRICE, all 
deceased.  Mrs. WHITSEL lost her life thirty-three years ago when she was 
struck by an east bound freight train in Jack's Narrows west of Mount Union 
while walking along the tracks with her daughter, Melissa.  She was killed 
instantly. 
Besides the five children who survive, there are thirty-three grandchildren 
and the following great grandchildren: Edwin, Eva and Christine MOORE, 
Geraldine and Mary Mildred HAMMAN, Dalmas SMITH and Stanley RUNK. 
Mr. WHITSEL was engaged in farming for many years after the war.  After the 
breaking up of his home he made his home with his children and of late years 
entirely with the daughter, Mrs. SHUE.  With the excellent care given him, 
his children were hoping that his remarkable strength would enable him to 
live throughout the century, bu his life had been lived a few years short of 
that mark, and he slept away. He was a faithful member of the United 
Brethren church, at Whitseltown, where he spent most of his life after 
coming to America.  He was converted under the preaching of Rev. E. B. 
SOMERS, 34 years ago who preeached the funeral sermon.  He could ofttimes be 
heard singing and praying at night as well as during the day, and his 
passing was very peaceful.  He suggested "We Are Traveling to the Grave: to 
be sung at his funeral.  He was a man of a loving disposition, always 
cheerful and happy, and a character worthy of emulation.  Since he was 50 
years old, it was the custom of his children to celebrate each birthday 
anniversary with  a turkey dinner and a family gathering, this event taking 
place two months ago.  His children, grand children and friends were loyal 
and kind to him. 
Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John SHUE on 
Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock in charge of Rev. SOMERS, assisted by Rev. 
DUVALL, of the Methodist Episcopal church.  The body was laid to rest in the 
Monroe cemetery, where his parents, son and other relatives are buried.  W. 
P. DUNMIRE, director of the funeral. 

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Thomas Orlonzo HARPER, one of Shirley township's highly esteemed citizens 
died at his home southeast of here, Friday afternoon as a result of a stroke 
of paralysis which he suffered the week previous. 
Mr. HARPER was the son of  James and Mary Anne HILEMAN HARPER and was born 
in Orbisonia, April 9, 1859.  He was united in marriage with Miss Catherine 
Elizabeth BUCKLEY, of near Mount Union, in the year 1885, who survives along 
with the following children:  Roy HARPER, of Newton Hamilton; Mrs. John 
ROHRER, of Mount Union, R.D.; J. Elmer and Miss Mary HARPER at home.  James 
Allen, the oldest child died a the age of 10 years.  He is also survived by 
one brother, Grant HARPER, of Altoona and a half sister, Mrs. Josephine 
ARCHEY of Orbisonia. (No additional information. DW) 

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Miss Neta MCALONAN, a bright and lovely eighteen year old daughter of Robert 
MCALONAN and wife of near Pittsburg, was brought here for burial on Tuesday. 
The young lady's death was due to an attack of pneumonia and her illness was 
but a few days.  She was held in high esteem at her home residence and the 
floral offerings were many and beautiful.  Her demise was a great shock to 
the parents.  The deceased was a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. 
CHILCOTE, of Orbisonia at whose residence the funeral services were 
conducted by Rev. J. C. COLLINS, of the M.E. church.  Young ladies from the 
High School attended the funeral in a body.  I is sad to part with such an 
excellent daughter in the beauty and bloom of life.  The bereaved parents 
and other members of the home have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends in 
the loss of their loved one from the family circle. 

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(Taken from THE Valierlan of Valier, Mont.) 
Chloe Isabelle WELKER, daughter of E. H. and Elizabeth WELKER of Dupuyer, 
died at her home in Dupuyer, Montana, January 9, at 7:00 o'clock a.m. after 
an illness of four days' duration, being afflicted with scarlet fever. 
Chloe Isabelle WELKER was born in 1909 at Mount Union, Pennsylvania, being 
at the time of her death, thirteen years, two months and twenty-seven days 
old.  Sh was one of a family of ten children, five boys and five girls, 
namely: George Hubert, of Mt. Union, Pa.; David Sigler, of Dupuyer, Mont.; 
James Edward of San Francisco, Calif.; Chauncey Dyson, Rexford, Mont.; Boyd 
Franklin, Dupuyer, Mont.; at home.  Four sisters living; Mrs. Fredia Maude 
KINKEAD, Mabel Elizabeth, Margaret Helen, Olive Losea, the youngest of the 
family, eleven years of age. 
On account of the contagious disease the funeral services were held on the 
front porch of the family home in Dupuyer on January 10, at 1:30 p.m. 
conducted by J. J. DALEY, the funeral being private.  Burial was made in 
Lake View cemetery, Valier, at 3 o'clock, short services being conducted at 
the grave by Rev. M.E. VAN DEMARK, pastor of the Valier Methodist church. 
Isabelle was one who was loved by all who knew her , so kind and cheerful 
and willing to help any one who would ask her assistance in any way.  She 
will be missed in her home, at school; everywhere we can see her marks of 
love for all of us to remember her by. 

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Mrs. Louisa GRATZ, widow of Horace GRATZ and a life long resident of 
Orbisonia, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry ZARTMAN in Shamokin 
and her body was brought to the home of her son, Simon GRATZ, in Orbisonia 
where on Saturday last funeral services in charge of the Rev. Ira R. DUVALL, 
pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, were held.  Burial followed in the 
Orbisonia cemetery.  The pallbearers were: Messrs. A. M. CHILCOTE, William 
M. CHILCOTE, Homer WEAR, E.O. HECK, H. W. GUTSHALL, and Roy PETERSON, all 
members of the Methodist church of which Mrs. GRATZ had been a consistent 
member since early girlhood and a member of the choir for years.  The 
funeral was directed by W. P. DUNMIRE, of Mount Union. 
Mrs. GRATZ was the daughter of Isaac and Rebecca GORSUCH and was aged 
seventy years.  She was united in marriage with Mr. GRATZ fifty years ago in 
Orbisonia, where she was well and favorably known all her life. 
Mrs. GRATZ is survived by these chidlren: Mrs. Harry ZARTMAN, of Shamokin, 
Mrs. Charles MILLER and Marshall GRATZ of Pittsburgh, and Simon GRATZ of 
Orbisonia. 

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Mrs. Gertrude Teressa HOFFMAN died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
James HOLDEN at Orbisonia, on Monday, January 8, 1923, after a lingering 
illness.  Death was due to a complication of diseases.  She is survived by 
her husband and two children: Phyllis and Hazel, also by her father and 
mother and two brothers and two sisters.  Services were held at the home on 
Thursday at 10 o'clock in charge of Rev. Charles GWYN.  Interment in the 
Orbisonia cemetery.  Undertaker Barben. 

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Mrs. Elmira BENNETT died at her home in Shirleysburg on Jan. 6, 1923 from 
Dropsy.  She was aged 71 years.  The body was brought to Barben's at Mount 
Union and prepared for burial.  Deceased is survived by two daughters and 
two sons, namely: Mrs. Scott WAGNER, of Mapleton, Mrs. Howard BAKER of Mount 
Union, S. A. BENNETT of Mapleton and William ROGERS of Mount Union. 
Services were held at the home of her niece, Mrs. Albert DELANEY, in North 
Mount Union, in charge of Rev. Fred COX.  Interment in the Orbisonia 
cemetery on Jan. 9th.  Undertaker Barben. 

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Mr. C. B. RUNK, of Orbisonia, aged 62 years, 4 months and 15 days, died of 
complication of diseases at the Blair Memorial hospital, Huntingdon, on 
Monday, March 15th.  Mr. RUNK was the son of David and Ellen BAUM RUNK, 
deceased.  He was born in York County, November 8, 1862.  His parents moved 
to Three Springs when he ws nine years of age.  Mr. RUNK worked for the East 
Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company from 1881 to 1903.  The rest of his life 
he was occupied as an agriculturist.  He moved to Cromwell township in 1901 
at which place his wife, formerly Miss Suzanne RUPERT, died, January 4, 
1904.  Mr. RUNK was a steadfast member of the Church of the Brethren, well 
known throughout the entire county, and loved and respected by all who knew 
him.  He is survived by the following children: Mrs. J. T. HARRIS, Longmont, 
Col., Mrs. H. R. SCOTT, Shirleysburg, Pa., Mrs. Calvin WHITSEL, Three 
Springs, Mr. I. C. RUNK, Newcastle, Pa., Mrs. J. F. WHITSEL, Three Springs, 
Pa., Mrs. W. C. HILEMAN, Newcastle, Pa., Mr. P. W. RUNK, Orbisonia, Pa., and 
Violet RUNK, at home. 
Funeral service at the Church of the Brethren, Rockhill Furnace, Friday 
March 27th at 1 p.m.  Revs. STOUT and W. G. SE-IN officiating.  Interment 
Brethren cemetery, Germany Valley.  Funeral directed by Frank HEIDEL. 

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>From Altoona Tribune, Feb. 12 
After a 4 weeks' illness, Mrs. Bessie FIELDS, wife of Albert P. FIELDS, of 
1921 Fifteenth avvenue, died a the Mercy hospital at 5 o'clock Saturday 
afternoon, of septicaemia.  She was born in Franklin county, Sept. 9, 1883, 
and had been a resident of Altoona for the last 9 years.  She was married in 
Orbisonia in April, 1900.  She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
PYLES of Cromwell township; by her husband, and the following brothers and 
sisters: W. A. PYLES and Mrs. H. C. GALBRAITH of Altoona; James PYLES of 
East Pittsburgh; John H., Roy W., and Mrs. Lulu JAMES of Rockhill; Mrs. 
Verna ROGERS  of Pogue, and Frank D. PYLES of Buffalo.  She was a member of 
the First Methodist Episcopal Church, and the J. S. Knox Bible class. 
Services will be held at the home of her sister, Mrs. H. C. GALBRAITH, 2013 
Twelfth avenue, at 7:45 o'clock this evening.  The remains will be taken to 
Orbisonia on the train leaving here at 3:20 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. 
Interment will be made in the Odd Fellows' cemetery at that place. 

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Mount Union-Mrs. Lenora CHILCOTE, age 42, wife of A. W. CHILCOTE, died at 
her home in Allenport, Thursday.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
PUCKEY of Orbisonia.  She is survived by her husband and four children: 
Joseph, Horace, Gertrude and Kenneth.  She is also survived by seven 
brothers and sisters. 
Funeral services will be held at the home tomorrow at 1 o'clock, after which 
the body will be taken to the Methodist Church in Orbisonia, where the 
services will be continued, in charge of the Rev. David Y. BROUSE, pastor of 
the First Methodist Church, this city.  Burial will follow in the Odd 
Fellows' Cemetery, Rockhill. 

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George W. SHENEFELT, son of John B. and Catherine BOWERS SHENEFELT, was born 
in Blair County, Pa., Sept. 15, 1859 and died October 6, 1922, at the age of 
63 years, and 21 days.  He was united in marriage to Jane M. CHILCOTE on 
November 4, 1880.  To this union were born seven children.  Emma who died in 
infancy; Myra A., the wife of W. C. MCKEE of Charleston, W. Va., Sara L., 
wife of J. W. SMALL, Jr., of Ambridge, Pa., Lloyd H. of Ambridge, Pa., Dr. 
Ralph B., of Detroit, Mich., Rev. Arthur M., and Abram C., of Poland, Ohio. 
Besides the widow and children the deceased is survived by three sisters: 
Mrs. Sara CHILCOTE of Juniata, Pa., Mrs. Ella HILEMAN of Hill Valley, and 
Mrs. Linnie WALLS, of Orbisonia, also three brothers Samuel B. SHENEFELT, of 
Rockhill Furnace, John M., of Pitcairn, Pa., and Edmund M., of David City, 
Nebraska and thirteen grandchildren. 
For several years the fatal disease had been fastening itself upon him and 
for the last two months he had been confined most of the time to his bed by 
the advance of uremic poisoning. 
In 1900 the family moved from Rockhill Furnace. Since that time Mr. 
SHENEFELT has been employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at 
Pitcairn. 
At the age of 17 years, Mr. SHENEFELT united with the Methodist church at 
Monroe. For the last fifteen eyars he has been a member of the official 
board of the Methodist church at Pitcairn. 
Funeral services were conducted at the home on Sunday, October 8th at three 
o'clock by the Rev L. R. JONES, pastor of the deceased, with interment at 
Grandview cemetery, East McKeesport. 

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Miss Sarah Ella TAYLOR, young daughter of the late Philip and -------- IRVIN 
TAYLOR, for many years residents of near Shirleysburg, died at the Blair 
Memorial hospital, Huntingdon, Monday evening, March 9th, after an illness 
of several weeks. 
Miss TAYLOR was born near Shirleysburg, and was aged 31 years, 10 months and 
26 days. She taught school in Huntingdon county until her health failed. For 
some time she acted as saleslady in the Shapiro store, at Orbisonia.  Later 
she became a dietician at the Blair Memorial hospital, and it was here that 
her condition became serious and failed to yield to treatment.  She was an 
adherent of the Methodist faith, and was highly esteemed. 
Surviving are these brothers and sisters: Bruce A. TAYLOR, of this city; O. 
S. TAYLOR, of Juniata; Mrs. A. G. KNOUSE, of Johnstown, and Mrs. John ROHRER 
of Mount Union, R. D.. 
Death claimed the father of Miss TAYLOR sixteen months ago, and her mother 
eight months ago, which fact seems a singular one.  Her body was brought to 
the mortuary of A. J. BARBEN, this city, and later taken to the home of her 
brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. John ROHRER, near this place, on the 
Shirley road, where it lay until this afternoon, when it was taken to the 
Reformed church near Shirleysburg and funeral services in charge of Rev. Ira 
R. DUVALL, pastor of the Methodist churches of Shirleysburg and Orbisonia, 
were held at 2:30 o'clock.  Burial followed in the Gilboa cemetery near the 
church.  A. J. BARBEN, funeral director. 

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David Leslie FOSTER, well known and highly esteemed citizen of Orbisonia 
died, after several months' illness, at his home, Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 
1927, at 10:20 p.m..  Mr. FOSTER was the son of John and Martha DORLAND 
FOSTER.  He was born at Aughwick, May 4, 1852, and ws aged 75 years, 6 
months and 24 days at the time of his death.  He was united in marriage with 
Emma PATTON, also of Aughwick, Dec. 28, 1871.  The couple remained in 
Aughwick a short while after their marriage and and then moved to Richvale. 
They resided there several years and moved to McCoystown, at which place Mr. 
FOSTER became a member of the Presbyterian church. From McCoystown the 
couple moved to Mount Union and remained there for two years.  From there 
they moved to Orbisonia, where they resided fifteen years, and then moved to 
Turtle Creek. At the latter place Mr. FOSTER was made an elder of the 
church. They moved back to Orbisonia 21 years ago where they have resided 
ever since.  Mr. FOSTER has held every office in the Presbyterian church and 
Sunday school.  He is survived by his wife, the following children: Milton 
and Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS of Claysville; Frank of Erie, and Mrs. Ethel 
Neudorfer of Toledo, Ohio. and the following brothers: Elmer E. of 
Orbisonia, John and Hays of Alexis, Ill. 
Funeral services at the home of the deceased Saturday, Dec. 3, 1927 at 2 
p.m.  Charles Welch officiating. Interment, Douglas cemetery.  Funeral 
directed by Frank HEIDEL. 

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Mrs. Emma Loretta PATTON FOSTER of Orbisonia died at the home of Mrs. 
NEWDORFER, in Turtle Creek, Pa., on Monday, March 5, 1928.  Death was due to 
pneumonia.  Mrs. FOSTER had left Orbisonia Wednesday of last week enroute to 
Toledo, Ohio, to visit her daughter.  She stopped over night at Turtle Creek 
to visit briefly with some other friends and was taken ill with pneumonia. 
Mrs. FOSTER was the widow of the late Leslie FOSTER of Orbisonia, he having 
passed away November last.  Funeral Director HEIDEL brought the body from 
Turtle Creek to Orbisonia and prepared it for burial, the funeral having 
taken place at his funeral parlors on Wednesday afternoon of this week, in 
charge of Mr. Charles H. WELCH of Mount Union.  Interment was made in the 
Douglass cemetery at Shirleysburg. 
Deceased is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS of 
Claysville, Martin H. FOSTER of Turtle Creek, Frank L. FOSTER of Erie and 
Mrs. Ethel NEWDORFER of Toledo, O.  The following brothers and sister also 
survive: David PATTON of Beaver Falls, Wm. B. PATTON of Canton, Ohio, and 
Mrs. Ida NEWELL of Beaver Falls. 
Mrs. FOSTER was for many years a resident of Orbisonia and a woman held in 
high esteem by all who knew her. She and her husband were very faithful and 
devout members of the Presbyterian church for years, the husband being an 
elder in the Orbisonia church. The many friends and neighbors express 
sympathy to the bereaved family in their sudden and sad affliction. 
Mrs. FOSTER was aged 75 years, 10 months and 6 days. 

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Mervin Milford BROWN died at his home in Woodlawn, Pa., Sunday, Nov. 6, 
1927, at 7 p.m.  Mr. BROWN was the son of Charles and Rebecca RUTTER BROWN 
of Orbisonia.  He was born March 17, 1903, and was aged 24 years, 7 months 
and 19 days at the time of his death.  Mr. BROWN was an electrician.  He was 
a member of the U. B. church most of his life, and joined the Baptist church 
at Woodlawn several years ago.  He was always active in church work.  He is 
survived by his wife, Mrs. Violet OEHLER BROWN: his parents, and the 
following brothers and sisters: Frank of West Chester, Pa., Mary, Reba 
Margaret, and Anna, all at home.  Funeral at the home of his parents, 
Wednesday, November 9, 1927, at 2 p.m., Rev. E. E. DUNKLEBERGER officiating. 
Interment, Orbisonia cemetery.  Funeral directed by Frank HEIDEL. 

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Rev. Dr. W. W. EVANS, a former resident of Huntingdon and one of the most 
widely known clergyman in the Methodist Episcopal church, but who had been 
retired for some years, died on Monday at his home in Washington, D. C., 
aged 76 years. He is survived by one son, Frysinger EVANS, an attorney of 
Philadelphia.  The funeral will take place this afternoon at York, Pa. 
Dr. EVANS was born at Lewistown Sept. 24, 1840.  He entered the Baltimore 
conference of the Methodist church in 1861, but later joined the 
Pennsylvania conference.  He was a district superintendent for twenty-three 
years, a trustee of the conference and a member of the general conference 
five different times.  He was also a member of the Ecumenical conference in 
1881.  He was a trustee of Dickinson College and also of Drew Theological 
Seminary. 

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(From the Punxsutawney Spirit) 
Mrs. Catherine WOODWARD, widow of the late Rev. R. S. WOODWARD, died at 5:15 
last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob EHRENFELD, of East 
Mahoning street, after an acute illness of about one week. 
Mrs. WOODWARD, who had been in failing health the past year, had been 
bedfast for the past week.  Her death ws due to a general wearing out of the 
vital organs.  She was 81 years of age. 
The deceased had made her home with her daughter here for the past 13 years, 
coming to this place from Three Springs, about two years after the death of 
her husband who for years was a minister in the United Brethren Church, 
Allegheny conference. 
Kindly and unassuming, she was known to all her many friends as "Granny" and 
she held the love and esteem of all. 
She is survived by three daughters and two sons; Mrs. Jacob EHRENFELD, of 
this place; Mrs. Emma GRISSINGER, Mrs. Ida MCCONNAUGHEY, of Greensburg; 
Paris WOODWARD of Pulaski, Pa., and Harry WOODWARD, of Jeanette. 
Funeral services will be held the home of Jacob EHRENFELD, 807 E. Mahoning 
street, Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock.. The body will be taken to Three 
Springs, Pa. Sunday afteroon for burial on Monday morning. 

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William Rutter ENYEART, died suddenly at his home in Orbisonia, Sunday 
morning, April 10, 1927, about 3 o'clock.  Deceased was the son of David R. 
P. and Jennie RUTTER ENYEART, and was born in Orbisonia July 25, 1871.  He 
was 55 years, 8 months and 15 days old at the date of his death.  Deceased 
was a carpenter by trade, and well liked by all of his acquaintances.  His 
death was a shock to his many friends.  He is survived by his father and one 
son, Ned ENYEART, well-known business man of Orbisonia.  Funeral services 
were held in the Methodist church of Orbisonia, Wednesday at 2:30 P. M., 
Rev. Ira DUVALL officiating, assisted by Rev. G. W. APPLEGATE of Orbisonia, 
and Rev. COLLINS  of Altoona.  Interment Shirleysburg cemetery.  Funeral 
directed by Frank HEIDEL. 

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Anna P. ALLEN, widow of the late J. Wilson ALLEN, died Tuesday afternoon 
last, November 14, 1922 at 2 o'clock at her home, 422 Walnut street, 
Reading, Pa. 
 Although in failing health for some time her death was unexpected, as she 
had only been confined to bed since Sunday last. 
Mrs. ALLEN was in the 79th year of her age and was born and reared in 
Huntingdon county this state but had lived in Reading for the past 17 years. 
Her husband preceded her in death August 16, 1921. 
Two children survive, a son Dr. H. Melvin ALLEN, a well known physician of 
Reading, and a prominent Mason, being President of the National League of 
Masonic Clubs of North America and a daughter Mrs. LeNora A. HATCH of 
Newtown, Bucks county, Pa.whose husband, Dr. J. Irvin HATCH, a noted dentist 
of Philadelphia; it will be remembered, was a victim of the Bryn Athyn wreck 
on the Philadelphia and Reading R. R. last December. 
She is also survived by one brother F. H. MADDEN of Rockhill Furnace, 
Huntingdon county and two sisters, Mrs. Cinda STEWART of Walnut, Juniata 
county and Mrs. Jennie E. HEISLER of Altoona. 
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at eleven o'clock at her late 
home.  Interment private in the --------------(Remainder not visible.DW) 

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Miss Ella Louise LOCKARD, one of Huntingdon county's oldest and best known 
school teachers, died at her home in Orbisonia, Sunday, March 2nd, 1924, 
from complications, after a lingering illness, aged 59 years, 8 months and 6 
days. 
Miss LOCKARD was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth WILLETT LOCKARD, 
deceased, and was born in Fulton county.  She united with the United 
Brethren church when very young, and was active in the church and Sunday 
school and every line of Christian work throughout her life.  She was always 
interested in any work which was for the betterment or uplift of the 
community.  She taught in the public schools for thirty-nine years.  For 
thirty-five years she taught in the public schools of Orbisonia, primary 
grade.  Her life was an inspiration for those among whom she worked so 
faithfully and well, and her character was worthy of emulation by all with 
whom she came in contact.  Surviving Miss LOCKARD, are two brothers, W. S. 
LOCKARD, of Covington, West Virginia; H. C. LOCKARD of Johnstown and one 
sister, Mrs. Fred HESS of Saxton, Pa.  Two brothers and one sister, David 
Bonewell and Thomas G. LOCKARD, and Mrs. Jacob SPROW, are deceased. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from her late 
home, and were conducted by her pastor, the Rev. J. B. KIERN.  Burial 
followed in the Orbisonia cemetery.  Funeral Director W. P. DUNMIRE of Mount 
Union. 

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Scott W. BROWN, a well known resident of Orbisonia, died at his home in that 
place Monday evening, March 31, 1924 from complications of diseases.  Mr. 
BROWN was the son of Scott and Martha WIBLE BROWN and was born in 
Springfield township, Huntingdon county, 64 years ago. 
In the year 1884 he was united in marriage to Miss Belle HEATER of 
Brownsville, Huntingdon county, they having resided in Orbisonia most all 
his life.  Mrs. BROWN preceded her husband to the grave about 20 years ago. 
Surviving are one son: Alva BROWN of Orbisonia with whom he made his home 
and the following brothers and sisters: Jacob and Edward BROWN of Mapleton; 
Washington and Albert BROWN of DuQuesne; Irvin BROWN of Kewanee, Illinois; 
Wilson BROWN of Three Springs; Mrs. William SUMMERS of Virginia and John, 
now deceased. 
Mr. BROWN was a member of the United Brethren church of Orbisonia and was 
highly esteemed by his many neighbors and friends. 
Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the 
home in charge of Rev. J. B. KEIRN. 

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Mrs. Hannah COLGATE died Jan. 25, 1921 at her home in Orbisonia at the age 
of 79 years.  She had been in ill health for a number of years.  Deceased 
was a good woman and a kind helpmate, also a great lover and admirer of her 
home.  She was a a highly esteemed neighbor and friend to all who knew her. 
She is survived by her husband, R. D. COLGATE, a veteran of the Civil War, 
and one son, Guy of California.  Funeral services were held from the 
Methodist church in Orbisonia, in charge of her pastor, Rev. MARTIN. 
Undertaker DUNMIRE. 

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Mr. Jesse SECREST, one of the oldest Civil War veterans of this vicinity 
died at the home of his son-in-law, Philip Whitsel of this valley on Sunday 
morning January 28th at 8 o'clock, aged 83 years.  He had been suffering 
with dropsy for some time.  His son Theodore preceded him to the grave ten 
days prior to his death.  He was a faithful member of the Church of the 
Brethren.  Mr. SECREST spent the greater part of his life in this valley and 
will be missed by his many friends.  He was united in marriage to Miss 
Elizabeth SECREST to which union the following children were born, viz: Mrs. 
Philip WHITSEL of Hill Valley; Mrs. Anthony DELL of Mount Union; Luther of 
Mount Union; Benjamin of Aughwick Valley; William of Altoona and Samuel of 
Hill Vallley.  He is also survived by 27 grandchildren and 10 great 
grandchildren. 

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Theodore SECREST died at the home of his brother-in-law, Philip WHITSEL in 
Hill Valley on Wednesday, January 17th, aged 44 years.  He is survived by 
his father and mother, 4 brothers and 2 sisters: William of Altoona; 
Benjamin of Shirley township; Samuel of Hill Valley; Luther of Mount Union; 
Mrs. Anthony DELL of Mount Union; and Philip Whitsel of Hill Valley. 
Service at the home on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. 
DUVALL.  Interment in Hill Valley. Undertaker BARBEN. 

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Mrs. Elizabeth EARLY UTTLEY, aged 70 years, 11 months and 9 days, died at 
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emory ISENBERG, 1524 Washington street, 
Huntingdon, Pa., Monday, August 1, 1927, at 4:20 a.m.  Deceased had been ill 
since January.  Mrs. UTTLEY was the daughter of John C. and Mary BARD EARLY, 
and was born near Old Rockhill, August 22, 1856.  She was a member of the 
United Brethren church for 39 years.  She is survived by the following 
children:  Mrs. Margaret CROWNOVER, Altoona, Pa., Mrs. Emory ISENBERG, 
Samuel UTTLEY and Enoch UTTLEY of Huntingdon, and the following sisters; 
Mrs. Anna RAMSEY, Huntingdon, and Mrs. Margaret UTTLEY, Cromwell township. 
Funeral services were held in the United Brethren church of Orbisonia, 
Thursday, August 4, 1927 at 10 a.m., Rev. G. R. ALBAN officiating, assisted 
by Rev. E. E. DUNKLEBERGER.  Interment, Hill cemetery.  Funeral directed by 
Frank HEIDEL. 

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Samuel Ellwood MCMATH, aged 66 years, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy 
STARR in Black Log Valley, Wednesday, March 30, 1927, about 4 a.m.  Deceased 
has been ill for several years and during the past few months has been 
residing with the STARR family.  Mr. MCMATH was born in Shade Valley in 1860 
and has lived in this vicinity his entire life. He was the son of William 
and Elizabeth WATER MCMATH, both deceased.  He is survived  by the following 
brothers and sister: William, in Shade Valley; John, in Iowa; and sister, 
Margaret, in Oregon. Funeral service will be held in St. Mary's Catholic 
church, Saturday, April 2, 1927 at 10 a.m. Rev. John KERKOSKA officiating. 
Interment, St. Mary's cemetery.  Funeral directed by Frank HEIDEL. 

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Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the home 
and at 2 o'clock from the Allenport Methodist church, for Mrs. Barbara BARD 
SHIELDS, wife of John P. SHIELDS, of Allenport, who died at her home on 
Wednesday evening, February 23rd, 1927.  Rev. D. Y. BROUSE, pastor of the 
church was the officiating minister.  Burial directed by W. P. DUNMIRE, 
followed in Odd Fellows cemetery. 
Mrs. SHIELDS was born in Blacklog February 2, 1855, the daughter of Joshua 
BARD and Rebecca JAMES BARD, deceased.  She was united in marriage with John 
P. SHIELDS, of Amberson Valley, April 16, 1899.  She was a member of the 
Allenport Methodist church and was active in the Ladies Aid Society of the 
church. She was a kind neighbor and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. 
The large number of neighbors and friends what gathered on Saturday 
afternoon to pay their last tribute of respect, testified to the place she 
held in the hearts of the people of the communitiy. 
Mrs. SHIELDS is survived by her husband and the following step children, 
Mrs. William HOLLENBAUGH, this city; Mrs. Roy BARD, Allenport; Mrs. Roy 
HARPER, Newton Hamilton; George SHIELDS, Altoona.  She is also survived by 
these sisters and brother: Mrs. Mary LEWIS, of Elgin, Oregon; Mrs. Ada 
DAVIS, of Barree, this county; Miss Margaret BARD, of Allenport; Mrs. Belle 
MCKINSTRY, of Ryde; Mrs. O. _. KENYON, of Huntingdon; Mrs. James MATTHEWS, 
of Altoona; Mrs. John LATHEROW, of Wilmerding, and Miles BARD, of Orbisonia. 

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Mrs. Emily Amanda DELANEY, of Orbisonia, Pa., died at the home of her son, 
Sherman DELANEY, Friday, December 16, 1927.  Mrs. DELANEY was born in 
Warriorsmark, this county, March 31, 1852, and was aged 75 years, 8 months 
and 16 days at the time of her death.  She was for many years an active 
member of the First Methodist church of Orbisonia.  She is survived by the 
following children: Sherman of Orbisonia; Joseph, Harry and Mrs. Jennie 
ENYEART, of Mount Union.  Services were held at the home of the deceased 
Monday, December 19, 1927, at 2 P.M.  Rev. Ira DUVALL officiated.  Interment 
Orbisonia Cemetery, Funeral Director Frank HEIDEL. 

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Mrs. Mary Cummins BOOK, wife of Frank BOOK, of Cromwell township, died 
Wednesday evening, June 18th at the Lewistown hospital, where she had been 
admitted as a surgical patient the previous day.  Mrs. BOOK had not been in 
the best of health for some time and on Saturday evening previous to her 
death accompanied her mother to Orbisonia, apparently in as good health as 
usual, and in getting out of the carriage she was stricken  with a severe 
pain in her side or groin, the pain being so severe as to be almost 
unbearable.  She was taken to her home and home remedies applied in an 
effort to bring relief but she continued to grown worse until Sunday when 
Dr. LOCKE was sent for, and later Dr. MCCLAIN, of Mt. Union. They advised 
her removal to the hospital as the only hope of saving her life and on 
Tuesday morning she was taken to the Lewistown Hospital. Nothing however 
could be done, and her husband and parents were summoned to her bedside. She 
died Wednesday evening and her body was prepared for burial and brought to 
the home of her parents Thursday morning.  The funeral services were held 
from the home at 2:30 P. M. Friday the services being in charge of Rev. R. 
J. KNOX, of the M.E. church assisted by Rev. NORRIS of the Brethren church. 
The Presbyterian church choir furnished the music.  Interment in the Odd 
Fellows cemetery. 
Mrs. BOOK was aged 22 years, --months and 25 days, and is survived by her 
husband and three small children, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. F. 
CUMMINS, -- sisters and two  brothers.  She was a young woman 
who ------------ a host of friends by her affable disposition. (Remainder of 
obit is missing.DW) 

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The following is clipped from an Akron, Ohio publication, and is an account 
of the death of Mrs. PARSON, wife of Howard PARSON, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. 
J. Albert GIFFORD, of East Milford street, who formerly resided with his 
grandparents: 
Funeral services for Mrs. Blodwyn PARSON, 25, who died as a result of heart 
disease, at her home, 314 Brown street, Tuesday night, will be held at 2 o' 
clock Friday afternoon at the home.  Rev. Ira D. WARNER of First United 
Brethren church and Rev. E. L. ROBERTS, of the Welsh Congregational church, 
will officiate. Burial will be made in Memorial Park Cemetery by Adams. 
Mrs. PARSON leaves her husband, Howard PARSON, and one son, Howard Albert, 
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS; four brothers, William, Kingston, Pa.; 
John D., Akron, O.; Benjamin of Norwich, N. J., and Gomer of Mexico, and one 
sister, Mrs. T. P. WOLCOTT, Akron. 

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Sharon S. WIBLE, aged 22 years, 4 months and 23 days, was accidentally 
killed in an automobile collision, Monday, February 6, 1928, in Girard, Pa. 
Mr. WIBLE was the son of Charles H. (deceased) and Anna NEAD WIBLE.  He was 
born in East McKeesport, Pa., but lived the greater portion of his life in 
this vicinity.  He was a member of the State Highway Patrol, and was on duty 
at the time of his death..  Mr. WIBLE is survived by his mother, Mrs. Clay 
LOCKE, of near Shade Gap, and one sister, Miss Mildred WIBLE, Pittsburgh. 
The funeral was held in the First Methodist church of Orbisonia, Friday Feb. 
10, 1928, at 2 p.m., Rev. Ira DUVALL officiating.  A troop of State 
Patrolmen escorted the body to the cemetery, and he was buried with military 
honors. Interment at Orbisonia cemetery.  Funeral directed by Frank HEIDEL. 

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Dr. Charles Biddle BUSH, of 4421 Walnut St. Philadelphia, died last Tuesday, 
May 27, 1919, in the Orthopedic Hospital of that city.  Death came after a 
long illness contracted during his professional work necessitated by the flu 
epidemic last fall.  Dr. BUSH was graduated from Jefferson Medical College 
in 1885 and soon thereafter located at Orbisonia, where he practiced until 
1913 at which time he moved to Philadelphia, where he continued his practice 
until his last illness.  During the flu epidemic Dr. BUSH made an enviable 
record in the number of patients treated and in the success which he 
enjoyed, there being only one death recorded among his patients.  Dr. BUSH 
was well known in this and surrounding communities and was a very successful 
physician.  He was a member of the Masonic order being one of the Cromwell 
Lodge No. 572 of Orbisonia, Standing Stone Chapter 20 and Huntingdon 
Commandery Knights Templar of Huntingdon.  He was also a member of the 
Shriners of Altoona.  He was a charter member as well as one of the 
organizers of the First National Bank of Orbisonia in 1908.  Dr. BUSH served 
as the vice-president of that institution from January, 1912, until his 
removal to Philadelphia in 1913. 
Deceased was born March 3, 1860 in Center county, Pa., and was a son of John 
and Ellen BUSH.  One sister and one brother survive, namely: Mrs. Jennie 
ANDRUS of Philadelphia and John M. BUSH of Chester co.  H was married to 
Miss Laura Belle REED of Orbisonia, who still survives.  The funeral was 
held from the Methodist church at Orbisonia on Saturday, May 31, conducted 
by the Masons and his pastor friend, Rev. BIDDLE of Curwensville.  Rev. 
MARTIN of the Orbisonia Methodist church was in charge of the service. 
Interment was made in the Orbisonia cemetery.  Funeral director, W. P. 
DUNMIRE, was the undertaker.

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