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transcribed by Charles Often





BARNES 23 Jul 1914 Espy Barnes has filed a petition asking that he be granted an absolute divorce from his wife Jennie Barnes on statutory grounds. The bill cites they were married Nov 1910 at Hendricks WV and lived together until March 1911.

BENNETT 20 Jan 1914 The funeral of Wesley Bennett, who died Saturday (17 Jan), was held 11:00 AM at the Prosperity Church, Black Valley. He was age 74 and a staunch Democrat. He was the father of Mrs CW Willison, wife of the well known hardware merchant of Decatur Street in Cumberland. He is also survived by a wife and other children; Mrs Catherine King -Philadelphia; Mrs Luther Wilson -Murleys Branch; Mrs Melissa Rolland -Clarksburg WV; Lawson Bennett -Pittsburgh PA; and Luther Bennett -at home.

BROWNING 05 Oct 1914 Jesse Browning, 79 years old, a farmer near Flintstone, and a descendant of Meshack Browning, the famous hunter and trapper, died yesterday morning of paralysis following a brief illness. He was twice married and besides his wife, he is survived by the following children; Mrs Emma Harris -Pittsburgh PA; Mrs Fannie Haynes -Hambleton WV; Mrs Rose Wilson -Keyser WV; Amos Browning -Richwood WV; and Augusta W Browning and Mrs Jane Wilson -Cumberland MD. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.

BROWNING 15 Oct 1914 Mrs Jesse Browning, 77 years old, died yesterday at the home of her son in Flintstone from infirmities of age. Her husband, Jesse Browning died nine days ago. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs William Perdew of Pratt MD. Burial in Mt Pleasant Cemetery.

BROWNING 23 Feb 1914 Irvin Browning, 61 years old, died at his home on Town creek near Flintstone on Sunday, (22 Feb.). He was a bachelor and prosperous farmer who was ill a few hours of acute indigestion. A member of the Methodist Episcopal church and is survived by; brothers Basil N Browning-Cumberland ; and Walter M Browning-Republic WA; 1 sister, Miss Josephine Browning at home. The funeral and burial in Chaneysville.

CLARYSVILLE 20 Apr 1914 Water power from the drainage of Hoffman Mine Tunnel operates a power generator in Clarysville for the area [Photo and story].

DREYER 21 Dec 1914 George John Dreyer, 71, died 19 Dec 1914; born in Mt Savage, he was a boat builder for the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and later a policeman. He married on 23 Apr 1865 to Miss Elizabeth Kayser and they had 10 children, 7 of whom survive; Mrs TB Walley; Mrs Charles Curpper; Mrs Margaret Holbrock; Mrs Ambrose Murphy; Misses Lucy and Nellie Dreyer; and Fred C Dreyer; deceased are Clara, George, and Clarence Dreyer.

FLETCHER 12 Jan 1914 Philip Howard Fletcher, died at home near Piney Grove on Friday 09 January after a long illness at age 66 years. He leaves a widow (second wife) and four sons and two daughters, namely; Theodore C Fletcher-Crystal Springs PA; Courtney A Fletcher-at home; Daniel A Fletcher -Bedford Street in Cumberland, a railroad postal clerk; George A Fletcher - McKeesport PA; Mrs Elizabeth Quick, wife of Rev. WA Quick -Warren PA; and Mrs Clare Trail, wife of James Trail, Bradford PA. He also leaves 5 brothers and 3 sisters; Franklin P Fletcher -Piney Grove; Joseph Fletcher and William Fletcher -McLean IL; Emmanuel Fletcher -Wichita KS; James B Fletcher -Parsons KS; Mrs Susan Powell -Augusta WV; Mrs Jennie Haines -Three Churches WV; Mrs Sally Fletcher, wife of Lyman C Fletcher, Gaithersburg MD. The funeral took place Sunday morning at 11:00 at the Piney Plains Methodist Episcopal Church of which he was a member for several years, also superintendent of the Sunday School and class leader. Rev. Elliott, senior pastor of the Hancock ME circuit officiated at the funeral assisted by Rev. WA Quick. The funeral was largely attended as Mr Fletcher was held in high esteem. He served as the Justice of the Peace for several years.

FROSTBURG 09 Apr 1914 The Frostburg German Arion Band [Photo and Member Identity]

GEORGES CREEK 03 Jun 1914 Description and history of Georges Creek area, 30-40 paragraphs.

HARDINGER 12 Feb 1914 Mrs Rebecca Hardinger, aged about 72 years, widow of James Hardinger, died at Indian Creek PA last night of Brights disease. At the time of her death, she was visiting her sister, Mrs Alice Miller. She was a member of the Bethel ME church of Cumberland Valley PA. Surviving children are: William Hardinger and Mrs Emma Leasure of Cumberland Valley; Monroe Hardinger; George Hardinger and Harry Hardinger of Roosevelt UT; and these sisters and brothers; Mrs GS Hite-Cumberland; Mrs Elizabeth Evans-Hyndman; Mrs Alice Miller-Indian Creek PA; Thomas Dicken -Winfield KS; J Clark Dicken-Corriganville; and Charles Dicken, of the War Dept, Washington DC. She was a daughter of the late John Dicken, a prominent farmer and auctioneer of Cumberland Valley PA.

HARDINGER 16 Jun 1914 The badly decomposed body of William T Hardinger, 41 years old, a wood sawyer from Hazen, this county, was found hanging from a tree suspended from a limb by bailing wire yesterday morning near M&K Junction, above Rowelsburg WV. It was necessary to bury the body where it was found. Hardinger, employed by the TB Smouse Company, a lumberman of this city, had been missing for over a week. His father-in-law, William H Twigg, went from Cumberland to Rowelsburg and with a search party, hunted for him in the woods. They found him hanging from a tree. Hardinger was married and is survived by a wife and 7 children. Hardinger was a heavy man well known in the county. He had been sent to Rowelsburg to saw timber. The coroners inquest gave a verdict of suicide. He was the son of James Hardinger, a farmer of Cumberland Valley. His mother died a year ago. Two brothers live in Roosevelt Utah.

HENDRICKSON 01 Oct 1914 William A Hendrickson, a well known citizen of Cumberland, died today at his home near the paper mill in the Narrows. He was 63 years old and had been in ill health for nearly a year. Mr Hendrickson was born in Bedford County PA, coming to Cumberland as a young man. He was an auctioneer for 25 years and a constable for nearly 18 years. He was married three times, and is survived by his third wife and ten children; John Hendrickson from the first union; Ralph Hendrickson and Walter Hendrickson from the second marriage; and Rose, Blanche, George, Crawford, Paul and Alice from the last marriage; and one sister, Mrs John Robinette of Rush MD; and one brother August Hendrickson of Pleasant Valley PA. Burial in Union Grove.

MIDDLETON 10 Feb 1914 The badly mutilated body of Edward Middleton, 42 years old, employed as a foreman on the county roads and living at North Branch, was found at midnight last night on the B & O tracks on the Kukendall grade near North Branch. His body was found by a yard engine crew returning to Evitts Creek, brought to the city, and taken to the Butler morgue. It is supposed that Middleton was walking home to North branch and was run down by an eastbound coal train. He is survived by 1 brother and 6 sisters. Road director Benjamin Middleton is an uncle. The dead man was known through the city as Perry. City policeman, Charles Emmart married his sister. MIDDLETON 11 Feb 1914 Perry Edward Middleton, killed on the B & O RR near North Branch, removed to the home of his sister, Mrs Henry Yeargan, 7 German Street. Services will be tomorrow from the home and burial in the German Lutheran Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Mr & Mrs John Middleton of Independence St ; 6 sisters; Mrs Henry Yeargan; Mrs Charles Emmart of 50 Harrison St; Mrs Scott Martin of Maryland Ave; Mrs Amon Twigg of Twiggtown; Mrs Howard McDonald of Cleveland OH; and Mrs Henry Hartung of Youngstown OH; Mr Middleton was 42 years old and a nephew of Benjamin Middleton, Board of Roads Directors.

MIDDLETON 23 Jun 1914 A three-month infant of Mr & Mrs HK Middleton died yesterday evening at 5:00 at the home of JD Ross, 5 Weber St, from cholera infantum. Mr & Mrs Middleton, the baby's parents, are on a visit to relatives in California. The body will be taken to Twiggtown this afternoon for burial. The child was a grand son of Road Director, Benjamin F Middleton of Twiggtown.

MOUNTAIN 08 Jan 1914 The body of Mrs Jacob Mountain, who died at Davis WV, was received at Wolfords Funeral Parlor today and was sent to her former home in Artemas PA. Surviving are 3 daughters and 1 son.

ONEIL 10 Apr 1914 Mrs Margaret Oneil, 56 years old, wife of Thomas Oneil , died last night at home , 112 Maryland Ave. She was an invalid for the past 20 years, death due to complication of diseases. Survived by one son, Thomas Oneil and 4 daughters, Mrs William Keech; Misses Margaret Oneil and Katherine Oneil at home and Mrs Harry Miller. Her maiden name was Moran. Also survived by 3 sisters, Miss Mary Moran, Mrs Matthew Kearney, and Mrs James Kilroy of McKeesport. Burial in St Patricks Cemetery.

ROBINETTE 03 Feb 1914 The funeral of Mrs John B Robinette, the wife of a former legislator, who died at her home in Flintstone yesterday, will be held Wednesday from the house and burial in the IOOF cemetery, Flintstone. Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 sons; William C Robinette -Monaca PA; and Charles, Clay, and Wade Robinette at home; 2 daughters, Mrs MG Browning, and Mrs Emory Bottenfield of Flintstone; and a sister Mrs BF Davis of N Centre Street, Cumberland. She was a member of the ME Church of Flintstone.

ROBINETTE 04 Aug 1914 Clay Robinette, aged 35 years, son of JB Robinette , a merchant in Flintstone, died yesterday at the Allegany Hospital of a complications of disease.

ROBOSSON 09 Apr 1914 Mrs Marion C Perry, 42 years old, widow of Smiley Perry, who died about 5 years ago in Louisville KY and daughter of the late Dr Thomas P Robosson of Flintstone, died today at her home of illness. She is survived by a mother Mrs Mary T Robosson, 5 sisters, Mrs JB Humbird; Miss Rose P Robosson; Mrs Grace L Robosson of Cumberland; Mrs LD Bridges of Hancock; and Mrs Hattie V Wolford; and 3 brothers, Reginald P Robosson and WF Robosson of Cumberland; and CF Robosson of Flintstone. Burial in Rose Hill cemetery.

SMITH 03 Feb 1914 Dr James Thornton Smith of Chaneysville, Bedford County died Saturday evening (31 Jan) after a week of illness of apoplexy. Dr Smith, 62 years of age , practiced medicine in Chaneysville for 23 years. He was well known in this part of the county. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Perdew from Chaneysville; a daughter, the wife of Dr Candler of Anadonko OK; and 2 sons, Stewart Smith of Chicago and Lester Smith of Nevada; brothers, George Smith of 12 Marion St, Cumberland; Dr J Carl Smith of Ellerslie MD; and Carl C Smith of Pittsburgh PA. The funeral is from the Smith home and burial on the family grounds.

TWIGG 03 Jun 1914 Mrs Mary A Twigg, aged 91 years, died yesterday afternoon at her home in Twiggtown, MD after an illness of one week, death being due to infirmities. She was a remarkable lady, active up until when she took ill. Six sons survive; Horace R Twigg and Daniel C Twigg- Cumberland; John M Twigg and Alvin P Twigg- Flintstone; Dr Austin D Twigg and Charles J Twigg- Twiggtown; and three daughters, Mrs Thomas Middleton- Spring Gap; Mrs Elmira Johnson- Twiggtown; and Mrs Thornton M Wilson- Murleys Branch, and 45 grand-children. Funeral tomorrow from the home of Austin D Twigg and burial in the family cemetery at Twiggtown.

TWIGG 05 Feb 1914 Oliver Twigg, Williams Road Drinks Laudanum. Despondent it is said on account of bad health, Oliver Twigg, 50 years old, a building contractor living on the Williams Road near Maryland Avenue, attempted suicide by drinking laudanum. He is in the Western Maryland Hospital unconscious and may not recover. Yesterday afternoon he had alleged to have called at a grocery store in that neighborhood and wanted to purchase laudanum, saying that he considered it a very valuable medicine, and did not care to be without it in the house. He was told that the proprietor did not sell the drug. Shortly after lunch this evening, his daughter who had been attracted by his peculiar actions earlier in the day, walked int her fathers room when she found him lying on the floor unconscious and a bottle partially filled with laudanum nearby. It is thought he attempted to hide it under a small cover on a large stand in his room after drinking a quantity. Neighbors were at once called and Drs William L Burns and Maynard J Simmons were summoned by phone. Upon learning that he had drunk laudanum, the physicians had him removed to the Western Maryland Hospital in the Stein Ambulance. At the hospital, antidotes were administered but his physicians were unable to say whether or not he will recover. Mr Twigg was formerly in the grocery business at the corner of Maryland Avenue and Williams Road but owing to bad health was forced to retire from that line of work and later engaged in the contracting business of the city. He has a wife and 5 children all at home. 06 Feb 1914 Personals - The condition of Oliver Twigg, who attempted to end his life yesterday by taking laudanum, is somewhat improved as he has regained consciousness.

TWIGG 06 Feb 1914 Marriage Licences - David Twigg of Oldtown and Sarah Margaret Brotemarkle of Rush MD. And also, Carl C Twigg and Ella Shryock, both of Oldtown MD.

TWIGG 06 Mar 1914 Executors Sale of Valuable Property- Argyle Twigg's will and testament dated 12 Jul 1913 from Twiggtown, Allegany County, Maryland. ( info not copied .)

TWIGG 09 Feb 1914 Mrs Julia Twigg, wife of the late Argyle Twigg, died at her home at Twiggtown this morning at age 65 years, cause of death being paralysis. She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs Charles C Rice and Mrs Thomas Dolan, both of Twiggtown. Funeral will be from the residence on Wednesday afternoon and interment in the family graveyard at the home place. Mrs Twigg's husband died an the 16th of last July.

TWIGG 19 Jan 1914 Mr Edwin Twigg and Emma Buser, of Town Creek, were married at Flintstone attended by Mr & Mrs EB Browning.

WILLISON 22 Aug 1914 At the Stone House near Flintstone on Sunday, Mr & Mrs HF Willison celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with relatives and friends. Fifty years ago, Miss Elmira M Hendrickson and HF Willison were married at age 21 years and consequently, both are now 71 years of age. Children present were; Mrs EH Hardsock -Flintstone; Norval Willison, Josephine Willison, and Robert Willison -at home; CW Willison of Cumberland; Mrs Richard Huerta of Washington DC and Mrs Charles Simpson -Cumberland and 14 grand children.


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