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transcribed by Charles Often




BARNES 14 May 1919 Mrs Mary Isabel Barnes, aged 61 years, wife of Edward Barnes of Black Valley, died Tuesday (13 May) evening of complications. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following sons and daughters: Curtis and Lester Barnes- France; Luther and Clement Barnes; Mrs Laura Willison; Mrs Edith Wilson; Mrs Nellie Bowman; Mrs Bertha Brant; Miss Ethel Barnes. Brothers, Henry and Thornton Slider; sister, Mrs Sallie Robertson-Hazen; Burial in Union Grove Cemetery.

BARNES 13 Jun 1919 Marriage Licence- Leon McKibben Smith, 21, boilermaker helper and Zora Barnes, 18, both of Cumberland.

CESSNA 08 Apr 1919 John Cessna died Sunday night (Apr 6) at his home in Rainsburg PA, aged 82. He served in the Union Army, 2 MD Reg, Potomac Home Brigade. Married twice, first being Miss Henrietta Bortz, of Cumberland Valley. Surviving are his 2nd wife, and 3 sons; J Calvin Cessna and Daniel B Cessna- well known businessmen of Cumberland; and William Cessna, engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

CRESAP 24 Jun 1919 Pioneer Descendants Honor Memory of Col Michael Cresap -Monument Unveiling in park on Greene St, Cumberland

CRAWFORD 30 Apr 1919 Charles Henry Crawford, aged 72, died early this morning at his home at Corrigansville following an illness of several weeks due to complications. Besides his wife, Mrs Lula Crawford, his is survived by seven daughters; Mrs Griffin A McGinn -city; Mrs John Isentrout -Eckhart; Mrs George Hott -of Charleroi PA; Mrs John Lepley and Mrs Zetik Clark -Corrigansville MD; Mrs Perry -residing in Tennessee; and Mrs George Darr -residing in Ridgeley WV. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.

DICKEL 01 Jan 1919 Frostburg MD- Albert Dickel of Zihlman, near Frostburg was fatally injured yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock when he was run over by a Western Maryland freight train, a short distance east of Frostburg. Dickel and his step-son were returning from work in the Frostburg Big Vein Mine as they attempted to board a passing freight. Mr Dickel succeeded in getting on, but when his step son failed to make it, seeing this, he started to get off and assist his step-son, when he slipped and fell under the train. The cars passed over him cutting off one leg and breaking the other and crushing him in several places. He was rushed to Miners Hospital in the Durst and Cole ambulance, but died soon after arriving there. He is survived by his wife and one child, his parents and 10 brothers and 4 sisters. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

FLETCHER 25 Mar 1919 Anniversary. Fifty years ago, March 18, 1869, Henry C Fletcher and Elizabeth Wilson were married at Rose Hill Farm near Flintstone MD, over one hundred guests being present. They went to housekeeping in Flintstone, living there three years and moving to Everett PA, and in the spring of 1874, they came to Furnas County, Nebraska, driving from Lexington, Nebraska. The Republican river was out of its banks then and they had to ferry across with the children and baggage in a boat made out of a hollow tree. Mrs Fletcher made a stop in Lincoln for a visit on the way here while Mr Fletcher came ahead to build the house. They had the first frame house in Beaver City, the dwelling standing there where Fred Kohn now lives. They lived there one year and the house burned down with all of the household effects, the family escaping with only the clothes they were wearing. They made another start, taking a homestead south of town. They, like many of the other settlers, weathered the droughts, grasshoppers, and snakes and having their share of joy, sorrow and hardship. Mrs Fletcher assisted in making the first flag that ever floated in Beaver City Four children survive this union, namely; Mrs CH Mollring -Holbrook; FE Fletcher -Hendley; GW Fletcher of this place; and JE Fletcher -Mitchell SD. Two children, Thomas and Mabel dying while they were quite small. The anniversary was celebrated on Tuesday of the week at the noon hour by serving a three course dinner.

HARDMAN 13 Feb 1919 Marriage licences- Raymond Guy Hardman, 31, farmer and Grace Olive Brotemarkle, 30, both of Cumberland.

HYMES 02 May 1919 Matilda Hymes, aged 54 years, wife of Philip Hymes, died this morning at home 22 Eastern Ave, following and illness of several months. Besides her husband, she is survived by several sons and daughters. One son is in the Army and until word of his mother's death can reach him, funeral arrangements will not be made for several days. The body is taken to Fairview for burial.

McGRAW 08 Mar 1919 Frostburg- John McGraw, aged 76, died yesterday at his home on N Pleasant St, following a brief illness of influenza. He had been a resident here for many years. Surviving are his wife and the following children; Rev Father Frank McGraw -St Stephens Catholic Church, Washington DC; John McGraw -Sand Lick WV; Thomas McGraw -Midland MD; Mrs Mary Kreitzburg; Miss Annie McGraw; Joseph, James and Edward McGraw -Frostburg.

McLUCKIE 03 Apr 1919 AT McLuckie and sons have purchased the farm of Edward B Smith, containing 200 acres on the Baltimore Pike East of the city. The farm adjoins the Clover Hill Farm, formerly known as the Whalen place, which has been owned and cultivated by the McLuckie's for several years. The McLuckie brothers are preparing to re-establish a dairy and again supply milk in retail quantifies to Cumberland. They abandoned their milk routes to this city last fall.

MEANS 11 Feb 1919 John Means, son of Edward Means, died yesterday at his brother Alex Means' home of Chaneysville. Surviving brothers and sisters; Sheridan Means - Mt Savage; Thornton Means and Daniel Means - Cumberland; Alex Means - Chaneysville; Edward Leo Means - France; Mrs Daniel lames - Pratt MD; Bettie Means - Baltimore; Harriett Means and Mrs Marshall Leasure - Cumberland. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.

MILLER 25 Feb 1919 Marriage Licences - Marshall Dewey Collins, 21, farmer, Elbinsburg PA and Janet Celia Miller, 19, Purcell PA.

MILLER 23 Dec 1919 Father of 19 Children, Dead Near Lonaconing--Christopher Miller, father of 19 children, 17 of whom lived, died Sunday evening (21 Dec) at home in Avilton, Garrett Co, near Lonaconing. The body was taken to the home of a son CC Miller, Lonaconing, whence the funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, near Moscow. Other surviving children are: JJ Miller-Western port; Thomas Miller- Frostburg; Edward Miller-Garrett Co; Leroy Miller home; Mrs August Coleman and Charles Miller-Lonaconing; Mrs Lewis Stevens and Mrs James Broadwater-Barton; Mrs Ada DeVault- Baltimore; Mrs John Jones and Mrs James Jones-Nebraska; and Scott Miller-Bordon Shaft

SMITH 17 Feb 1919 Mrs Lydia Smith, aged 28, died Saturday afternoon (15 Feb) at the Allegany Hospital. A dau of Thomas Smith, she came to Cumberland from Pennsylvania. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following brothers and sisters; John A and Charles H Smith; Mrs Nellie Kaummauff, Misses Catherine, Lucy, and Stella Smith-all of the city; funeral services are from the home 11 West First St with burial in the German Beneficial Cemetery.

SMITH 17 Mar 1919 Mrs Bessie Edith Smith, aged 28, wife of Frank Smith, died Saturday (Mar 15) at Alleghany Hospital. She is survived by her husband, and infant and parents Mr & Mrs L H Ellis -Rowelesburg WV; several brothers and sisters including Mrs Laura H Woodyard, wife of John E Woodyard, 30 Pennsylvania Ave, to where the body was removed to by John C Wolford, funeral director. The funeral is tomorrow at the home and burial in Mt Herman Cemetery.

SMITH 01 Apr 1919 Funeral of John Smith, aged 77, who died yesterday morning at home 161 Columbia St, following an illness of paralysis to be held tomorrow with services at Zion Reformed Church and interment at Greenmount Cemetery. Mr Smith was born 30 Nov 1841 in Niederishgelm, Hessen, Germany, coming to the US at age 12 and for 40 years conducted a shoe business at 36 N Mechanic St, retiring several years ago. His wife died last November and it was thought this hastened his demise. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs John C Whitman and Mrs Norman Rice and 2 sons, William and Louis, and one sister Mrs Catherine Kohl and 3 brothers George, Ernest, and Philip and 18 grand children.

WEISENBORN 21 Apr 1919 George Albert Weisenborn, 22, Kensmore OH and Miss Gladys Helene Pollock, 18, Frostburg; were married Saturday (19 Apr) in Cumberland. The bride is a dau of Mr & Mrs James Pollock. They will reside in Pittsburgh where the groom is employed.

ZEMBOWER 29 Apr 1919 Marriage Licences: Charles F Zembower, 20, farmer and Margaret Deremer, 23, both of Cumberland Valley PA.

ZIMMERMAN 09 Apr 1919 Bessie Zimmerman, formerly a Miss Weller, wife of Ernest Zimmerman, farmer, living on the former Frank Fields place, 1 mile SE of Hancock, in Morgan County WV, was victim of a henious assault at the hands of Hugh Perkins, a negro from Martinsburg WV. The chase and lynch mob story form a large story. Follow-up stories on 10 April and 18 April.



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