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transcribed by Charles Often





AKERS 13 Nov 1906 William S Akers, age 27, son of J. Nelson Akers a merchant at Silver Mills PA 8 miles northeast of Flintstone, died last Wednesday (Nov 7) of consumption. He went to New Mexico last spring for his health but returned unimproved. He leaves a wife and 4 children.

ANDREWS 04 Sep 1906 Mr & Mrs Joseph Andrews, Barton, celebrated 57 years of married life (6 paragraph article). Children present were: Joseph of Macon GA; James of Westernport MD; George, William, and Robert all of Barton MD; Mrs John W Young, Mrs Peter Wilson, and Mrs Emory Lewis all of Cumberland; Mrs William Summerville of Barton MD; unable to attend is Mrs Calvin Shockley of McComas.

ARCHITECTURE 01 Mar 1906 Footer Dye Works to build a new building and move from North Liberty Street to South Mechanic Street. (Long story with photo of both buildings).

BEQUEATH 09 Jun 1906 Bedford PA- Frank W Bequeath of Earlston PA died last Friday (01 Jun) night in his 26th year from consumption. About 2 months ago, divorce proceedings were filed by his wife Julia W Bequeath whom he had married in 1901. He had left her and later claimed to have secured a divorce. Wherefore she had married Charles W Cox in good faith, but now those proceedings have been dropped.

BUCY 06 Mar 1906 Miss Harriett Bucy died at the home of Summerfield Hinkle at Rush this county yesterday morning at 11:00, aged 81 years. Her immediate relatives living include Mr Hanson Bucy of Irons Mt and a sister Mrs Mary A Hinkle also of this county. The funeral is at Mt Pleasant Church on Tuesday.

CESSNA 16 Aug 1906 Jacob Cessna, who recently moved from the Cumberland Valley to Hyndman PA, died last night at 10:00 at the age of 73 years. He leaves a widow and these children: John K Cessna of Ridgeley WV; Benton Cessna of Mt Savage; Charles Cessna of Smithfield PA; Edward Cessna of South Cumberland; Mrs William G Gillum of near Cumberland; and Mrs Clara Jamison who lived with her parents.

CLINGERMAN 13 Dec 1906 Anthony Clingerman, aged 76 years. Died a few days ago at Northcraft, not far from Hancock. A remarkable note is that he leaves 9 surviving brothers and one sister, all living at this old age.

CRAWFORD 13 Dec 1906 Mr F Samuel Crawford, A B&O yard conductor, was killed shortly after noon today. He was engaged in the South Cumberland yards coupling cars when he was caught in a jamb and squeezed in a terrible manner across the abdomen. He was taken to Allegany Hospital where he died shortly after admittance. He was about 34 years old and lived on Virginia Avenue with his wife and 4 children. He formerly lived in Keyser before being transferred to Cumberland. Gertrude Hoopengardner of Thomas WV and Mrs Hattie Goshen of Washington are sisters. The funeral will be in Keyser WV with burial in the Queens Point Cemetery.

DEAN 28 Mar 1906 Mrs Maria Dean, widow of the late Joseph Dean, died last night at her home in Rush MD. She was 84 years of age and survived by 4 grown children: Mrs Henry North; Mrs Martin V Rice; Mrs Flake and Mr Harmon Dean.

DICKEN 26 Jan 1906 Mr William Dicken who resided in PA near Flintstone, died Wednesday (24 Jan) and was buried this afternoon. He was 70 years old and a miller by trade and was well known. He is survived by 4 children; Mrs Frank Robinson and Mr Milton Dicken of Cumberland; Mrs Ella Bucy and Mr Wood Dicken of Davis WV; Mr Adolph Dicken of Hancock; Alonzo Dicken of PA; Kelly Dicken of Thomas WV; and Misses Alice and Della Dicken at home.

DIEHL 23 Apr 1906 Mrs Amasa Diehl, wife of the late Michael Diehl, had a paralytic stroke on Saturday afternoon (21 Apr) and died Saturday night at her residence in Everett PA, aged 77 years. Her husband died about 13 years ago. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs Alice Steckman of Everett and Mrs Mary Knieriem, the wife of Henry Knieriem of Cumberland; and 2 sons, Henry Spang Diehl and O. Shannon Diehl of Everett. The funeral will take place at the Reformed Church at Everett.

FLETCHER 03 Aug 1906 Personals- Mrs David Fletcher died Monday (30 Jul) at Woodbury, Bedford County. Mr David Fletcher is a brother of William Fletcher of Pratt, this county.

GURLEY 03 Dec 1906 Mrs Lycurgus Gurley died this morning at 3:00 at her residence at Dicken's Mills after a weeks of illness of a complication of diseases, aged 63 years. She was a Miss Frantz prior to her marriage. She is survived by these children; TW Gurley of Myersdale PA; Dr. LM Gurley of Johnstown PA; HM Gurley of Lancaster PA; CR Gurley, JF Gurley, and OC Gurley residing at the home; Miss Clara Gurley and Mrs Walter Wentling of Cumberland; and Mrs RM Laing of Bedford PA. Funeral is Wednesday from Zion Church and burial in the Zion Cemetery.

HARDMAN 18 Aug 1906 Hyndman Personals- Mr & Mrs JH Hardman is entertaining Mrs Hardman's brother MH Potter and wife of Conemaugh PA.

HARTSOCK 06 Mar 1906 Miss Nellie Hartsock, aged 15 years, 2 months, and 16 days, daughter of William K Hartsock of Keyser, died Sunday (4 Mar) evening at the home of her aunt and uncle Mr & Mrs Francis Piper Diehl at Centenary, 6 miles out on the Bedford Road. Her funeral is Tuesday at the Zion Church. This leaves Mr Hartsock with only 1 daughter, his wife having died on May 8 last, and another child a few years ago. Blanche, the only child left is 13 years old. Mrs Hartsock was a daughter of Captain Robinette who lives near this city.

HENDRICKSON 17 Feb 1906 Mr Perry Hendrickson died yesterday at the home of a brother George Hendrickson on Flintstone Creek, aged 84 years. He was also the brother of JS Hendrickson of Cumberland. The funeral at Union Grove near Dickens MD.

HENDRICKSON 07 Feb 1906 FC Hendrickson received a telegram this morning stating that his brother Orion P Hendrickson, who has been an engineer on the Cumberland Valley railroad for many years with headquarters in Hagerstown, was killed in a wreck last night. No details were given. He was a widower leaving several children and the following brothers and sisters; FC and Summerfield Hendrickson of Cumberland; MC Hendrickson of Dickens MD; Mrs Victoria Willison and Mrs Caroline Eyler of Hazen MD. He was the son of Oliver P Hendrickson of Hazen MD. He had been a railroader for 30 years. The funeral will be in Hagerstown. Also, 08 Feb 1906 from Hagerstown Mail- RR Accident at Raven WV- Mr hendrickson belonged to the brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He was 47 years of age. His wife died about 3 years ago. He is survived by the following children: Otis; Guy H; Howard J; and Edith; all of Hagerstown; and Mrs Grace Burke of Arkansas; and Arthur J Hendrickson of Baltimore.

HINKLE 10 Feb 1906 Miss Estelle Hinkle, 8 year old daughter of Mrs Emma Hinkle, died at 3:00 yesterday afternoon at the residence of her grandparents, Mr & Mrs Peter Rice of Mt Pleasant, five miles east of the city, of brain fever. Funeral tomorrow at Mt Pleasant with Rev. Mr Gaither of Flintstone officiating.

HINKLE 24 Jan 1906 The funeral of Mrs Catherine Hinkle took place today, her death having occurred suddenly on Monday (22 Jan) at the residence of her mother, Mrs Harriet Hinkle of Mt Harmon. Her death was from acute indigestion. She suddenly became ill and returned to her room. When her mother called her for supper, she found her daughter was dying. Miss Hinkle was a sister to Mr Clarence Hinkle of Cumberland. She was to have been married this spring. Also, 26 Jan 1906 Coroner Humbird issued a death certificate certifying that the young woman died from carbolic acid poison. She had died Monday and acute indigestion was stated as the cause. Dr WF Twigg had been summoned after she was found dying and arrived there to find the spark of life extinct. He made investigation and found traces of carbolic acid. Her mouth was slightly burned and from one nostril, the deadly poison had flowed and burned her cheek. It is not now known how the poison was secured and further investigation continues.

JOHNSON 11 Jun 1906 Jeremiah Johnson died this morning at Twiggtown, aged 77 years of dropsy of the heart. He is survived by 4 daughters and 1 son. The funeral is tomorrow at 1:00 at the Lutheran Church in Rush.

JOHNSON 17 Jan 1906 Mrs Mariah Johnson, wife of Jeremiah Johnson, died Tuesday (16 Jan) evening at 7:00 at her home in Twiggtown, aged 76 years. The funeral takes place tomorrow at the ME Church. She leaves a husband, one son, Griffith and 4 daughters; Mrs Charles Twigg of Twiggtown; Mrs William Smith of Plains VA; Misses Ella and Naomi at home. She was a member of the Lutheran Church all her life.

KEECH 08 May 1906 Mrs Ellen Keech, wife of Mr Edward J Keech, died at her home, 181 Virginia Ave, last evening at 7:40 o'clock, aged 45 years. She was the daughter of Mr & Mrs Edward Cooney of 32 Thomas St and leaves 6 little children, 5 boys and 1 girl. Also, 2 brothers John Cooney of Newburg WV and William Cooney of Cumberland; and 2 sisters, Misses Margaret and Sarah Cooney of Cumberland. The funeral is Thursday at St Mary's Catholic Church with interment in St Patricks.

KREITZBURG 19 Oct 1906 Miss Mary McGraw and Mr George Kreitzburg were married yesterday morning at 8:00 by Father Stephen J Clark at St Michael's Church in Frostburg. They were attended by Miss Annie McGraw, sister of the bride and by Mr Thomas Kreitzburg, a brother of the groom. After the nuptial, they were driven to the home of the bride for a breakfast where a large number of friends greeted them. They received a great number of handsome and useful gifts. The bride is a daughter of Mr & Mrs John McGraw and one of the cities most popular young ladies. Mr Kreitzburg is a son of Mr & Mrs George Kreitzburg of Grant Street and a most popular young man. After a short honeymoon in the east, they will take up residence in Frostburg where the groom is employed.

KREITZBURG 21 May 1906 Frostburg- Miss Elizabeth Kreitzburg, a daughter of Mr & Mrs George C Kreitzburg, died at the residence of her parents on Grant St, this city at 11:00 o'clock on Saturday (19 May), aged 26 years. Miss kreitzburg had been ill for several weeks and her death is deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and relatives. She is survived by her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, all of this place. The funeral took place today at 9:00 at St Michaels Catholic Church with a requiem mass by Father Noland who spoke very freely of the true Christian character of the deceased. Interment was made in the church cemetery and the remains were followed to the grave by a large crowd of mourning friends. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.

KREITZBURG 04 Sep 1906 Mr Joseph Kreitzburg, a fireman on "Old Maude", the monster engine helper on the Connellsville Division of the B&O, was instantly killed last Friday (Aug 31) just west of Sand Patch PA tunnel. Mr Kreitzburg had just stepped down from his engine to throw a switch, when No. 9, the early westbound express, struck him and instantly killed him. He was about 30 years old and leaves a wife with whom he resided about a mile from Myersdale PA. He was very well known by railroad men in South Cumberland and all sympathize with his bereaved wife.

LEASURE 19 Apr 1906 Miss Lurana Leasure died this morning at her home in Hazen, aged 82 years, 6 months, and 15 days. Her funeral will take place on Saturday at Elliott's Memorial Church with interment in the Bald Hill Cemetery. Rev. Walter Anderson will preach the funeral. The deceased leaves 1 brother, John H Leasure, a merchant at Hazen; and 2 sisters, Mrs Lucinda Turner of Boynton PA and Miss Mary J Leasure of Hazen (mute).

McELFISH 14 Jun 1906 Miss Anna McElfish, aged 72 years, died Tuesday (12 Jun) at Springfield of paralysis. She was a sister of Amos McElfish, a large land owner of the area.

MILLER 04 Aug 1906 A few days ago, Mr Emanuel Miller, a carpenter who is building a barn for William A Brant at the pike on Martin's Mountain, walked out to the woods near the home and discovered wild bees in a hollow tree. They cut the tree and secured 150 pounds of excellent wild honey.

NYCUM 25 Sep 1906 Mrs Rebecca Nycum, aged 82 years, mother of Simon Nycum of Hanover St, this city, died a few days ago at the home of her only daughter, Mrs BF Ward at Pine Ridge, Bedford County. She was the wife of George Nycum.

O'NEAL 26 Nov 1906 Thomas O'Neal, aged 73 years, was found dead in his bed at home in Williamsport yesterday morning.

OLIVER 01 Jan 1906 Patterson Oliver, the oldest male in Cumberland Valley, has died at his son's residence, 3 miles East of Centreville, aged 94 years, 1 month, and 14 days. He is survived by 4 sons and 3 daughters; Mrs Annie Hardinger of Missoula MT; Benjamin Oliver of Burnt Cabins in Fulton County PA; Owen Oliver of Hyndman; and Mrs Daniel Mock; Mrs Claude Donahoe, FM Oliver and HH Oliver of Cumberland Valley.

OSTER 08 Sep 1906 Mr Fred C Oster of Columbus Ohio, a son of Mr & Mrs Calvin Oster of Cumberland Valley and Miss Lettie Boor, a daughter of Mr & Mrs Oliver P Boor of the Cumberland Valley married on 04 Sep at Trinity Lutheran Church parsonage, Rev. ML Culler presiding. Mr Oster is a Orderly Sergeant at Columbus Barracks.

PERRIN 06 Aug 1906 Mr Murray Perrin, aged 58 years, a farmer near Flintstone, died Sunday evening (5 Aug) of paralysis. He leaves a widow and 5 children, namely: William, Nora, Nettie, Carrie, and Henry Perrin. His widow's name was Hartsock, a daughter of Isaiah Hartsock. Also surviving are 3 brothers; Jarius Perrin on the pike near Flintstone; Henry F Perrin of South Cumberland; and Dennis A Perrin of Glenn Street. The funeral is tomorrow at the Fairview MP Church with burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

RICE 12 Feb 1906 Mr Norman Elliott Rice and Miss Annie Magdalene Smith were married Thursday (Feb 8) at the parsonage of Zion Reformed Church, 32 Chestnut St by Rev C Schmidt, pastor. The bride is the daughter of Mr & Mrs John Smith of Columbia St and the groom is a son of Mr & Mrs Eli Rice of near Westernport MD Mr Rice holds a fine position at the Allegany County Asylum.

RICHARDSON 20 Feb 1906 Lonaconing- Mr Thomas Richardson, who was crushed in a mine accident in Jackson Mine several months ago, died yesterday morning. He would have been age 49 the next July 27. He leaves a widow and six children, several grown.

ROLAND 24 Feb 1906 Mrs Zella Roland, wife of Mr Jno. Roland, a farmer near Flintstone, died yesterday age about 37 years. She is survived by her husband and 6 little children. Death was due to lung trouble. The funeral is tomorrow with burial in the IOOF cemetery.

SHERTZER 02 Nov 1906 Mrs Barbara Shertzer, aged 76 years, died last night at the home of a daughter, Mrs AH Shinholtz of Piedmont Avenue, Cumberland, after a long illness. She is survived by the following children: Mrs Katherine Shinholtz, Messers, Andrew, Michael, and John Shertzer. The funeral will be on Sunday at the German Lutheran Church.

SMITH 08 Aug 1906 Eli Hite, son of William B Hite of the Cumberland Valley and Miss Ida Smith, daughter of Charles Smith of near Flintstone were married at the home of the bride, Rev AH Green, pastor of Bedford MP Circuit presided.

STALLINGS 18 Sep 1906 Licenced to wed are Mr Samuel T Stallings, Spring Gap, a farmer, 77 years of age and Mrs Mary Marie Athey, Cumberland, a member of the Salvation Army Corps.

STECKMAN 01 Feb 1906 George Steckman, the father of Johnson Steckman, the blacksmith on harrison St, died Monday (29Jan) at his home in Clearville, Bedford County, PA at the advanced age of 84 years and 1 month. His funeral took place Wednesday in Clearville. He leaves six sons; Lawrence, Johnson, Oliver, Jefferson, George, and Lewis Steckman; and one daughter, Mrs Jane Cornell, the wife of Daniel Cornell.

STEWARD 18 Jun 1906 Mrs Rebecca Steward, age about 75 years, died Sunday (17 Jun) night at Pratt on the pike below Flintstone. She leaves her husband John Steward Sr and 3 children; John and Frank Steward and Mrs Julia Dean, the wife of Frank Dean of Mt Savage; and also, 2 brothers, William Fletcher of Pratt and Daniel Fletcher who works in the lumber woods up the West Virginia Central road; and also 2 sisters, Mrs Sara Wilson of Rush and Mrs Elizabeth Weimer of Chapman's Run PA. Mrs Steward was a daughter of the late Daniel Fletcher Sr of Clear Ridge PA. Funeral services are tomorrow with interment in the family burying grounds.

THRASHER 23 Aug 1906 Mr Edward Thrasher of Seymour St and Miss Maggie L Colbert of this city were married at the home of the bride on Oak St on Sunday evening (19 Aug) by Rev GTD Collins of the ME Church South.

TRUE 30 Jan 1906 Martin True of Fulton County PA, died at the home of a daughter Mrs Samuel C Hendershot at Bucks Valley PA, aged 74 years. Mr True came to Buck Valley in 1861 to avoid the conscription into the Confederate Army and resided there until a few years ago when he and his wife removed to Cumberland where their sons are employed with the B&O railroad. But he still loved Buck Valley and enjoyed visits to friends and relatives and frequently expressed the desire to be buried in the ME Cemetery of the church where he was a member for years and a trustee.

TWIGG 30 Mar 1906 Greensberry Twigg died yesterday morning at the Alms house, aged 70 years. Funeral services will be held at the Stein Chapel after which the body will be taken to Twiggtown for interment.

TWIGG 17 Nov 1906 Mrs Twigg, wife of Mr Jarius Twigg of Town Creek, died yesterday morning at her home from the effects of consumption. Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 children. The funeral took place today from the house, interment being made in the family cemetery.

WHETSTONE 31 Jan 1906 Edward H Whetstone died at his home mile south of Wolfsburg PA on Friday (26 Jan) at 8:15 in the evening, aged 42 years. He was born in Colerain Township near Koontzville, a son of Levi and Margaret Whetstone. In June 1887 he was married to Jennie Diehl, a daughter of SS Diehl of Bedford Township. He is survived by his mother Margaret Whetstone of Koontzville and his wife and the following children, all at home: Ward, Oscar, Rose, Cora, and Raymond. Two sisters, Mrs John Irvine Diehl of Koontzville and Mrs Sol Diehl of Cumberland.

WILLISON 12 Feb 1906 Frostburg- Today was the funeral of Miss Missouri Willison, the youngest child of Mr Andrew J Willison of Bowery St who died suddenly on Saturday (10 Jan), age 30 years. Her mother died when she was 2 weeks old. Burial in Allegany Cemetery.

ZEMBOWER 28 Feb 1906 Mrs Louise Zembower, aged 68 years, died at her home in Cumberland Valley last night. She is the widow of JM Zembower and is survived by 2 children; Mrs CH Boor and ET Zembower.


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