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John Harbaugh
(1856-1939)

 

Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery

John Harbaugh was born on Sept. 29, 1856 in or near Nicolay, on the mountainous border of Fayette and Somerset Counties, PA, the son of Joseph and Jane (Williams) Harbaugh

At the age of 33, John married 23-year-old Barbara Long (1866-1937) on Sept. 26, 1889. She was the daughter of Enoch and Rachel (Firestone) Long of Stewart Township, Fayette County, and was employed as a "school marm" at the time of marriage. The wedding ceremony was performed at the home of John's parents by his grandfather, Rev. John Williams.

The Long and Harbaugh-Minerd families were close. Barbara's sister Elizabeth Long (1869-1952) married Robert Bacom Harbaugh Sr. of Nicolay, Fayette County, and their uncle George Long Jr. married Elizabeth Minerd of Kingwood and Normalville, Fayette County.

The couple went on to produce nine known children -- Leonard Earl Harbaugh, John Williams Harbaugh, Ralph Harbaugh, Oma Stuckslager, Bertha Brant, Catherine "Mildred" Graham Thomas, twins Anna Ruth Buell and Scott "Brady" Harbaugh Sr., and Barbara Edith Harbaugh.

Sadly, son Ralph died at the tender age of four days in 1893, and daughter Barbara died unmarried in 1928 at the age of 21.

 

Playful postcard touting Mill Run, 1916

For 45 years, the Harbaughs were farmers who resided at the now-gone town of Victoria, also known as Salt Spring Bottom, located two miles east of Ohiopyle. Many years before, John's step-grandmother, Martha (Minerd) Harbaugh, had grown up in the vicinity of Victoria, where her father boiled salt and where she brought him food and drink while he worked.

John served as postmaster at Victoria in the Salt Spring Bottom for 26 years. In a memoir by a grandson by marriage, it was written that "The B & O Railroad passed between their home and the river. A post along the tracks had an arm that held the pouch for outgoing mail, and as the steam engine passed, it had a hook that snatched the pouch."

Barbara was afflicted with cancer of her ovary which spread throughout her body. She passed away on Oct. 15, 1937, at the age of 71, at Connellsville State Hospital.

John outlived her by two years. Suffering from heart valve problems (mitral regurgitation), he died at the home of his married daughter Oma Stuckslager in Uniontown, Fayette County, on April 19, 1939, at the age of 82. They rest for eternity at the Indian Creek Baptist Church cemetery in Mill Run. At his death, John was survived by seven grandchildren.

The couple has an entry in the 1947 Harbaugh History book (Evansville, IN), authored by Cora Bell and J.L. Cooprider.

By the 2010s, the front door entry step was all that remained of their farmhouse.

 

~ Son Leonard Earl Harbaugh ~

 

Book naming Leonard

Son Leonard "Earl" Harbaugh (1890-1958) was born on Aug. 10, 1890 in Stewart Township, Fayette County. He apparently was named in part for his great-grandfather, Leonard Harbaugh Sr

He stood five feet, four inches tall, and weighed 160 lbs, with a scar area over his left eye. In 1915, he lived in Victoria and was employed as a teacher in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA and is listed in the directory of the 61st Annual Session of the Westmoreland County Teachers' Institute, held in the Greensburg High School Auditorium on Dec. 13-17, 1915. (The catalogue is seen here.) 

When World War I broke out, he enlisted in the US Army on June 2, 1917, and held the rank of second lieutenant at the time of his discharge on Dec. 2, 1918, following the war's end. 

 

Book naming the Harbaughs

On Feb. 12, 1921, when he was 30 years of age, Earl married 44-year-old Etta Setterdahl (Oct. 2, 1877-1949), daughter of Victor and Albertina (Larson) Setterdahl of Orient, Franklin County, IL. The nuptials were held in Orient.

The couple did not reproduce.

The Harbaugh History states that Earl was a teacher and that Etta "taught school at Manual Training High School, in Indianapolis, Ind." The Daily Courier reported that Leonard was a "graduate of Edinboro State Teachers College, Allegheny College and the University, [and] had spent his professional life as a public school teacher, a school principal, the assistant superintendent of Fayette County Schools, a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and his last employment was as construction engineer with the state Highways Department. He retired in 1956. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, social fraternity; Kappa Phi Kappa; Phi Beta Kappa and the Indian Creek Valley Lions Club." 

They returned to the Mill Run area of Fayette County in about 1934 and lived there in the 1940s. During World War II, at age 51, Earl registered for the military draft. he stated his place of residence as Mill Run, and his employer's name as the Pennsylvania Department of Highways at Uniontown. 

Sadly, while vacationing at Landis Turotel in Van Wert, Van Wert County, OH, and suffering from chronic heart disease, Etta was stricken with heart failure. She died a day later at the age of 72 on Oct. 25, 1949. Her remains were transported back to Fayette County to rest in Green Ridge Memorial Park near Connellsville.

He outlived her by nine years. He contracted cancer of the gall bladder which spread to his lung, liver and lymph nodes. He was admitted to Pittsburgh's Veterans Hospital but only lived for another 10 days. He succumbed at the age of 67 on March 31, 1958. Burial was in Green Ridge. 

 

Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery

~ Son John Williams Harbaugh ~

Son John Williams Harbaugh (1891-1975) was born in 1891. He likely was named for his well-known great-grandfather Rev. John Williams (1813-1895) who served early congregations at the Turkeyfoot Baptist Church ("Jersey Church") in Ursina and Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run.

When he was 28 years of age, on on Aug. 11, 1919, John was united in holy matrimony with 23-year-old Ethel Howland (1896-1972). The wedding ceremony was held at Ebensburg, Cambria County, PA.

They were the parents of one daughter, Barbara Ethel Mateer. 

In 1920, John and Ethel moved to Mill Run, where they remained for at least a half century of time. According to their entry in the 1970 History of Mill Run book:

John began his schooling on the elementary level in Stewart Township (Rock Spring School) and Ohiopyle Borough, and attended the local Normal School at Mill Run in the summers of 1910 and 1911. He taught two years in Stewart Township's one-room schools, Bidwell and Bear Run. He then entered Edinboro State Normal School (now Edinboro State College) in 1912 and upon graduating in 1915, he entered Allegheny College. After two years there, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and returned to Allegheny in 1919, and graduated in 1920 with an A.B. degree. He served as Assistant Superintendent of Fayette County Schools from 1920 to 1927. He resigned this post to join the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh where he remained until his retirement in 1962, after thirty-five years, as Emeritus Professor of Education. [He] did his graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Chicago. He was granted the M.A. Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1928, and completed all work for his Ph.D., except the thesis... Some special and interesting facts about his career include: one summer in Western Penitentiary testing inmates; while on the resident staff of the Erie Center of University of Pittsburgh he helped to found the Erie Day School, a private elementary school, where he was able to test his educational theories, serving four years there. For fourteen years, he served as a member of the Springfield Township School Board, and during this time the elimination of the one-room school came about.

 

University of Pittsburgh campus, showing Presbyterian Hospital, Pitt Stadium and Childrens Hospital

 

John moved back to Mill Run in 1943, and was a member and president of the Indian Creek Valley Lions Club.

Ethel died on April 24, 1972.

John survived her by three years. He succumbed to death at the age of 83, at Pittsburgh's West Penn Hospital, on May 23, 1975.

 

Dr. Frank Mateer

Daughter Barbara Ethel Harbaugh (1920-1988) was born on Sept. 8, 1920. She apparently was named in part for John's sister who died as a young adult. On July 11, 1943, at the age of about 23, Barbara married Dr. Frank Marion Mateer (June 21, 1921-2006). The children born to this marriage were Barbara Alice Mateer, Penny Mateer and John William Mateer. Frank received a bachelor of science degree in 1941 and a medical degree in 1944, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Circa 1947, Frank was a U.S. Army physician who was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone, and is said to have received a Purple Heart for rescuing a military flyer who had crashed. The Mateers later returned to Western Pennsylvania. He is said to have been a medical pioneer in the fields of nephrology and dialysis over his half century of work as a professor at the Pitt School of Medicine, the first director of medical education and research at West Penn Hospital and on the senior staff of West Penn, Shadyside and St. Francis Hospitals. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted that in 1950, he "performed some of Pittsburgh's, and perhaps the world's, first kidney dialysis procedures" for a child at Childrens Hospital. He was part of a team involving experts from Westinghouse and the University of Pittsburgh to develop artificial kidney technology. By 1954, he had used the technique to treat kidney failure some 150 times. Said the Post-Gazette, "He established West Penn's dialysis department, where he later treated Liberace, who inhaled solution he was using to dryclean one of his outfits." On Fridays, he would take his family to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts. Sadly, Barbara died in Pittsburgh on Feb. 19, 1988. Frank survived her by 18 years. He passed away on Nov. 10, 2006. A memorial service was held in the Heinz Memorial Chapel, with a feature obituary published in the Nov. 12, 2006 edition of the Post-Gazette.

  • Granddaughter Barbara Alice Mateer dwelled in 2006 in New York City.
  • Granddaughter Penny Mateer makes a home in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh.
  • Grandson John William Mateer resided in York, England in 2006.

 

~ Daughter Anna (or "Oma") (Harbaugh) Stuckslager ~

Daughter Anna (or "Oma")  Harbaugh (1894-1977) was born on Sept. 5, 1894 at Victoria, Fayette County. As a young single woman, she was a school teacher in Fayette County.

She married farmer James Cockburn Stuckslager (1888-1967) on June 19, 1918, when she was age 23 and he was 29. He was the son of C.H. and Josephine (Wills) Stuckslager. 

James later became a Commissioner of Fayette County.

They resided in 1928 in New Salem, Fayette County, and in the 1940s in Uniontown, Fayette County, where James was employed as a livestock supervisor. They were members of the Third Presbyterian Church.

The couple bore two children -- Betty Jean Stuckslager and James Stuckslager. Sadly, son James Jr. died in childhood in 1933.

James is thought to have been elected treasurer of the Stuckslager clan annual reunion, held at an old family home near Perryopolis, Fayette County, in June 1931. That year, about 100 people attended, which included a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the purchase of the homestead, said the Uniontown Herald. The event featured a "beautiful chicken dinner" and speeches by county superintendent of schools James G. Robinson as well as H.R. Stuckslager, Christian Stuckslager, Florence B. Moore and James Stuckslager. Oma's brother Earl Harbaugh and his wife also attended in 1931. 

Oma was a member of the Third United Presbyterian Church of Uniontown and enjoyed belonging to the Women's Bible Class. Their home in 1937 was at 227 Connellsville Street in Uniontown.

Oma passed away in Uniontown in July 1977, at the age of 82. The Uniontown Morning Herald said she had five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Following her funeral held at the Minerd Funeral Home in Uniontown, she was laid to rest at Lafayette Memorial Park at Brier Hill near Uniontown.

Daughter Betty Jean "Stucky" Stuckslager ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). After graduation from Wooster College, she took post-graduate studies at Columbia University in New York City. On Feb. 27, 1947, in a ceremony held in New York, she married Steve Towner ( ? - ? ), son of Paul S. Towner of Scranton, PA. News of the marriage was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier and Uniontown Morning Herald, the latter of which included a photograph. Steve held a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and at the time of marriage was "an artist prominent in the advertising field in New York City," said the Morning Herald. Circa 1977 they resided in Levittown, Long Island, NY.

 

~ Daughter Bertha (Harbaugh) Brant ~

Daughter Bertha Harbaugh (1896-1973) was born on Oct. 22, 1896 in Fayette County.

On April 15, 1926, when she was age 29, she was united in wedlock with Frederick William Brant (1887-1977), son of Israel and Emma (Sivits) Brant of Brothersvalley Township.

He had been married before to Pearl I. Beachley and brought these children to the union -- Fred H. Brant, Javis Brant, Rupple Brant, Norwood Brant, Pauline Hoffman, Woodrow Brant, Lucy Brant and Lawrence Brant.

Bertha and Fred bore no children of their own.

Circa 1928-1973, they lived in Berlin, Somerset County, PA. Their postal address in 1973 was 714 Main Street. She was active with the Willing Workers Bible Class and Women's Missionary Society of the Berlin Brethren Church. She is known to have taught Bible study lessons in the church which were noted in the gossip columns of the Somerset Daily American.

Sadly, at the age of 76, Bertha died at home on Feb. 3, 1973. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Berlin, with Rev. Ralph E. Mills officiating at the funeral. An obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republican.

Fred outlived his second wife and remained in their home. He succumbed on March 29, 1977, at age 90. The Republican printed an obituary.

Stepson Frederick H. Brant (1908-1985) was born on March 4, 1908 in Brothersvalley. He married Mary Stull (Sept. 21, 1909-1978), daughter of William and Anna (Miller) Stull of Stonycreek Township. They were longtime farmers in Berlin and members of the Beachdale Church of the Brethren (him) and First Brethren Church of Berlin (her). Their children were Larry Wayne Brant, Frederick Brant, Maureen Brant, Barbara Logue, Richard Brant and Dr. Sally Carmody. Mary once taught elementary school in Stonycreek. She died at the age of 69 on Nov. 29, 1978. Fred was cut away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 77 on April 12, 1985 as a patient in Somerset Community Hospital. Burial was in the Berlin IOOF Cemetery, with an obituary printed in the Somerset Daily American.

  • Step-grandson Frederick W. "Bill" Brant (1937-2002) was born on June 13, 1987 in Stonycreek. Over the years, he resided in Berlin, Somerset and Confluence. He never married. He served in the U.S. Arm during peacetime and was a member of the Berlin Brethren Church. At the age of 64, Frederick died on April 7, 2002 as a patient in Somerset Hospital. Burial was in the Berlin IOOF Cemetery, with Rev. Jay E. Shaffer conducting the services. The Somerset Daily American printed an obituary.
  • Step-grandson Larry Wayne Brant (1938-1977) was born on Sept. 12, 1938. He belonged to the First Brethren Church of Berlin. Sadly, he died on July 26, 1977. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican.
  • Step-granddaughter Maureen Brant dwelled in the Berlin area.
  • Step-granddaughter Barbara Brant wedded Carl Logue. Their home has been in Berlin and Roxbury, PA.
  • Step-grandson Richard L. Brant was united in matrimony with Lois Wysocki. They have lived in Berlin.
  • Step-granddaughter Dr. Sally Brant married Scott Carmody and made a residence in Manhattan, KS in 1978 and in Espanola, NM in 1985.

Stepson Ira "Javis" Brant (1910-1974) -- also spelled "Jabis" -- was born on Jan. 17, 1910 in Brothersvalley. He relocated to Cleveland, OH and married Ethel Christner ( ? - ? ). The couple were the parents of these children -- Donna Lee Bluhme, James "Jimmy" Brant and Gay Ann Hengoed. Javis belonged to St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Cleveland. For reasons not yet known, Javis' sister Lucy Jean also migrated to Cleveland in about 1951 and helped raise his children. Javis' home in the early 1970s was at 2140 West 100th Street in Cleveland. As his health failed, he returned to Somerset County and was admitted to Meyersdale Community Hospital. He passed away there at the age of 64 on Aug. 8, 1974. The Somerset Daily American printed an obituary, which said that the remains were to be transported back to Ohio for interment. Rev. H.H. Quitmeyer officiated at the funeral in Cleveland, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park.

  • Step-granddaughter Donna Lee Brant married Phillip Bluhme. In 1974, their home was in Torrance, CA.
  • Step-grandson James "Jimmy" Brant lived in Cleveland.
  • Step-granddaughter Gay Ann Brant wedded (?) Hengoed.

Stepson Rupple D. Brant (1911-2003) was born on Oct. 29, 1911 in Brothersvalley. He married Gladys Walker ( ? - ? ). Their only daughter was Lynnette Weisner. They dwelled for years on a dairy farm in Garrett, Somerset County and were members of Beachdale Church of the Brethren, where Rupple served as a trustee. Toward the end of his life, Rupple became a resident of the Siemon Lakeview Manor Estate. He died there at the age of 91 on June 14, 2003. Rev. Larry Black preached the funeral sermon, with burial in Fritz Cemetery. The Daily American carried an obituary.

  • Step-granddaughter Lynnette Brant married Dr. Michael Weisner and lived in Milton, PA in 2003.They were the parents of Amanda Weisner and Claire Weisner.

Stepson Norwood F. Brant (1913-2003) was born on Sept. 7, 1913 in Beachdale. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was stationed in the Asia-Pacific Theatre. In about 1965, he wedded Phyllis Horning ( ? - ? ). Their union lasted for 38 years until cleaved apart by death. They did not reproduce. The couple made a home in Cleveland in the 1970s, where he was a member of Ironworkers Union Local 17. The Brants eventually returned to Berlin and were members of the Beachdale Church of the Brethren, where Norwood served as a trustee and Sunday School teacher. He also belonged to the board of directors of the Beachdale Cemetery Association and volunteered his time at Camp Harmony. As his health failed, Norwood was admitted to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. He succumbed there at the age of 89 on April 18, 2003. After funeral services led by Rev. Larry Black, the remains were interred in the Beachdale Cemetery. The Somerset Daily American printed an obituary.

Stepdaughter Pauline Ferne Brant (1917-2017) was born on March 14, 1917 in Brothersvalley. On Valentine's Day 1942, at the age of 24, she was united in holy wedlock with Clark Edward Hoffman (July 7, 1918-2000), son of Moses Franklin and Edithe Pearl (Maust) Hoffman of Lincoln Township. Their marriage endured for 58 years. He had been married before and brought a daughter to the second union, Elaine Spangler. Pauline and Clark bore two children of their own, Ernest P. Hoffman and Jeanne Nemanic. The family lived in Somerset and belonged to the Sipesville Church of the Brethren, with Clark holding the office of deacon. He was a longtime dairy farmer in Lincoln Township. For 24 years, he was an elected township supervisor. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Farmers Association and Sipesville Volunteer Fire Company and of the board of directors of the Somerset County Historical and Genealogical Society. Pauline was active with the Women's Christian Temperance Union, Women's Aglow and Sipesville Fire Department Auxiliary. Clark was swept away by the Grim Reaper on Jan. 31, 2000, at the age of 81. Funeral services were held in the Sipesville church, led by Rev. Danny R. Bailey, with interment following in Sipesville Cemetery. Pauline outlived her husband by 17 years and reached a happy goal when she celebrated her 100th birthday on March 14, 2017. She died at The Patriot in Somerset on June 8, 2017. Funeral services were held in the family church, co-officiated by Rev. Cecil Lohr and Rev. Blair Harshberger. In an obituary, the Somerset Daily American said that "Her servant's heart touched many people as she served alongside her husband Clark at the Sipesville Church of the Brethren and Somerset Historical Society."

  • Step-step-granddaughter Elaine Fay Hoffman (1939-2007) was born on Feb. 1, 1939 in Lincoln Township. In about 1959, she married Vernon L. Spangler ( ? - ? ), and they were together for 47 years. Their only daughter was Luann Beal. They lived in Sipesville and were members of the Somerset Alliance Church. Elaine also love to read and garden. She died at the age of 68, in Laurel Wood Care Center in Johnstown, on June 11, 2007. Burial was in Casebeer Cemetery, with Rev. James E. Vandervoort preaching the funeral service.
  • Step-grandson Ernest P. Hoffman wedded W. Jean Johnson. Circa 2000-2017, they dwelled in Somerset.
  • Step-granddaughter Jeanne Hoffman was joined in marriage with Lawrence J. Nemanic. They called Somerset home in 2000-2017.

Stepson Rev. Woodrow Beachley Brant (1918-2006) was born on Oct. 22, 1918 in Brothersvalley. He married Blanche ( ? - ? ). Their only daughter was Mary Ann Reynolds. Woodrow was the pastor and first was assigned to a Brethren congregation in Vinco, Cambria County. They relocated to Panora, IA, where he was located in 1973-1977. By 1985, he had transferred to Mountain Grove, MO and later by 2003 to Clovis, NM. Woodrow died in Clovis on Aug. 15, 2006. A memorial service was held in the Clovis Church of the Brethren.

  • Step-granddaughter Mary Ann Brant married (?) Reynolds. She lived in Iowa in 2006.

Stepdaughter Lucy Jean Brant (1922-2004) was born in about 1922 in Beachdale. She never married but devoted her life to giving care to others. As a young woman, she resided in Coatesville, Chester County, PA and during World War II was employed in an ammunion plant. In about 1951, she relocated to Cleveland and gave of her time as a caregiver. She remained there for two decades until returning to Berlin in 1971. She helped raise several nieces and nephews, among them her brother Javis' children Donna Lee Bluhm, James "Jimmy" Brant and Gay Ann Hengoed. Lucy belonged to the Berlin Brethren Church and was active with the congregation's Willing Worker Sunday School class, Women's Missionary Class and Quilting Circle. She also was a member of the Berlin Historical Society. Toward the end, she went to live in Meadow View Nursing Center in Berlin. She succumbed there at the age of 82 on March 3, 2004. Rev. Eugene Oburn led the funeral service in the family church, with burial in Beachdale Cemetery.

Stepson Lawrence Brant ( ? -2006) was born in (?). In about 1950, Lawrence was joined in wedlock with Hazel J. Weimer (April 9, 1927-2006), daughter of Howard C. and Mary (Dunmyer) Weimer of Indian Head, Fayette County. Their marriage lasted for 56 years. The Brants dwelled in rural Berlin and were members of the Berlin Brethren Church. Their children were Paul Brant, Kathleen Long, David A. Brant, Philip L. Brant, Pamela F. Custer and Paula C. Landis. Hazel died in Johnstown's Memorial Medical Center at the age of 79 on Sept. 9, 2006.

  • Step-grandson Paul Brant was deceased by 2006.
  • Step-granddaughter Kathleen Brant married David C. Long. They live in Stoystown, Somerset County.
  • Step-grandson David A. Brant resides in Berlin.
  • Step-grandson Philip L. Brant dwells in Johnstown, Cambria County.
  • Step-granddaughter Pamela F. Brant wedded Mark Custer. Their home has been in Berlin.
  • Step-granddaughter Paula C. Brant was united in wedlock with Brian Landis. They live in Berlin.

 

~ Daughter Catherine "Mildred" (Harbaugh) Graham Thomas ~

Daughter Catherine "Mildred" Harbaugh (1900-1974) was born in 1900. 

As a young woman, circa 1921, she taught school in Fayette County.

On Christmas Eve, 1921, at the age of 21, she married Henry "Glenn" Graham (1888-1982), the son of Sheldon P. and Minnie A. (Jackson) Graham.

The Grahams had two children -- Glenn Harbaugh Graham and Joan Catherine Galbreath. Sadly, son Glenn died on Christmas Eve 1928 at the age of six.

Henry worked as a millwright, and they lived at Coraopolis, Allegheny County, PA in the 1920s-1940s. During World War II, Mildred served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). The family dwelled at Glenwillard, Beaver County, in 1958.

The Grahams appear to have divorced.

Mildred wedded again to Floyd Thomas ( ? - ? ). The couple lived in Lake Wales, FL circa 1973, with Mildred named in the obituary of her sister Bertha Brant.

She passed away in Lake Wales on April 12, 1974 at the age of 73. Her remains were placed into repose in the columbarium of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair near Pittsburgh, where her son-in-law was pastor. An obituary was printed in the Uniontown Morning Herald.

Glenn lived for another eight years. He succumbed in 1982, and also is at rest in the Westminister columbarium.

 

John Galbreath's book

Daughter Joan Catherine Graham (1924-2006) was born on April 14, 1924 in Sewickley near Pittsburgh. She graduated in 1944 from Westminster College. On June 13, 1944, shortly after graduation, she married Rev. Dr. John Henry Galbreath ( ? -2006), son of Rev. Dr. Robert Ferguson and Eva (Smiley) Galbreath. Their nuptials were held in the Presbyterian Church in Leonia near New Wilmington, PA, officiated by John's father. John was a Navy chaplain in the Fifth Marine Division in World War II. Prior to marriage, John was received a degree at Princeton Theological Seminary and is said to have developed "his social conscience in 1939, the summer of his sophomore year in college, on a bicycle tour of Europe with his Jewish roommate, ... witnessing the Hitler youth and the Italian henchmen" said the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The couple produced six children -- Glenn G. Galbreath, Susan R. Galbreath, Peter F. Galbreath, Joy H. Lein, John L. Galbreath and Lisa H. Richards. During the second world war, he provided chaplain services to the wounded and dying after the Battle of Iwo Jima and then the occupation of Japan. After the war, in 1946, John was the founding pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Mount Lebanon, a suburb south of Pittsburgh. He returned to military services during the Korean War. During the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to demonstrate African Americans' desire to vote, he took part in the march and helped prepare daily meals for the marchers. In his book, he noted that his only interaction with Dr. King was handing him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Not all members of his church were supportive, and after he returned home, it's said that 200 members left in protest.

John served at Westminster until 1979, when he was named director of the Council of Theological Seminaries. Reported the Asheville Citizen-Times, John "was founding president of the South Hills Child Guidance Center and the South Hills Interfaith Ministry. He was instrumental in founding the South Hills Community Council for Older Adults and served as president of Planned Parenthood of Pittsburgh. He was a board member on the Council of Churches of Allegheny County, South Hills Association for Racial Equality and the Religious Coalitinon for Abortion Rights. During his ministry, he was moderator of the Pittsburgh Presbytery and vice moderator of the General Assembly. In 1979, he was chosen Man of the Year in Religion by the Pittsburgh Jaycees." He was featured and pictured in the April 3, 1976 edition of the Pittsburgh Press. He also received doctorate of divinity degrees from Washington and Jefferson College, Waynesburg College and his wife's alma mater, Westminster College. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in June 1994, and at a special celebration, he said of his wife that "Each day she sustains me. Not only did she standby me through two wars, she supported me through other crisis times." Their retirement years were spent in Black Mountain near Asheville, NC. There, he was an interim pastor at churches in Hendersonville and Black Mountain as well as in Rock Hill, SC and San Salvador, El Salvadore. Before his death, John authored an autobiography, entitled It Has Been a Good Day: A Pastor's Viewpoint on the 20th Century. The couple died about four months apart. John passed away at the age of 85 on Jan. 23, 2006. He received a feature obituary in the Post-Gazette. Joan died on May 20, 2006. An obituary and her photograph were published in the Citizen-Times, which noted that she was survived by 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. The family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church General Fund or the the Malawi Crisis Nursery.

 

Harbaugh pages in John Galbreath's book It Has Been a Good Day

 

  • Grandson Glenn Graham Galbreath (1946- ? ) was born on Christmas Day 1946 in Sewickley Valley Hospital. During the Vietnam War, in 1968, he was a lieutenant with the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Holabird. Glenn and Cassandra Gene "Sandra" Wilson ( ? - ? ), daughter of Smith M. Wilson III, were wed on March 30, 1968 in the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Mount Lebanon. Glenn's father officiated at the wedding. They are the parents of Sarah Galbreath and Megan Galbreath. Circa 1986, he joined the Cornell University Law School as a lecturer and a staff lawyer in the school's Legal Aid Clinic. He lived in Ithaca, NY in 2006, where he is believed to have been a village justice.
  • Granddaughter Susan R. Galbreath (1949- ? was born on Dec. 2, 1949 in Sewickley Valley Hospital. She married Alec "Al" Slivinske ( ? - ? ), and they produced two offspring, Alexander Slivinske and Shannon Slivinske. The couple divorced in 1997. She made a home in Austin, TX.
  • Grandson Peter F. Galbreath (1951- ? ) was born on June 18, 1951 in Canonsburg Hospital. Je received an undergraduate degree from Wooster College and joined the Peace Corps upon graduation. His work has taken him to the Central African Republic, Zaire and Israel, with a specialty in educating others how to sustainably raise fish for their diets. He obtained a master's degree from Auburn University. He married (?), and they bore two children, Glenn Galbreath and Etienne Galbreath. He then earned his doctorate from Washington State University and worked as director of the Mountain Aquaculture Research Center in Western Carolina University.
  • Grandson Joy H. Galbreath ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). Her first husband was Rich Thompson ( ? - ? ). She was a welder with Steel Case in Grand Rapids, and he was a consultant with the accounting firm Ernst & Whinney. They ended up working as truckers. After a divorce, she wed her second spouse, Glenn Lein ( ? - ? ), a cement batcher. In 2006, she resided in Henderson, NV and worked for Silver State Paving.
  • Grandson John L. "Jay" Galbreath ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He obtained a degree from Davis and Elkins College and initially was employed by Koppers Company as a field engineer. His second wife was Carol Fitzpatrick ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of John Galbreath and Graham Galbreath. Jay worked in home renovation while Carol was a bank vice president. They were in Mount Lebanon in 2006.
  • Granddaughter Lisa H. Galbreath (1956- ? ) was born in about 1956. She relocated to Albuquerque, NM and accepted a position with New York Life. There, she wedded a co-worker, J.T. Richards ( ? - ? ). Their daughters were Patty Richards and Joanna "Joey" Richards. Later, she moved to a temporary staffing firm in marketing.

 

~ Daughter Anna Ruth (Harbaugh) Buell ~

Twin daughter Anna "Ruth" Harbaugh (1905-1995) was born on Nov. 7, 1905 in Victoria near Ohiopyle.

When she was age 28, on June 16, 1933, Ruth married 26-year-old Rev. Clifford Delmont Buell (April 2, 1907-1991).

The couple were the parents of an only son, Clifford Earl Buell.

Clifford was a 1931 graduate of California State Teacher's College, earning a bachelor of science in secondary education. He then went into Methodist ministry.

In November 1946, Ruth she provided information for the Harbaugh History book, . 

The couple lived in Fayette City, Fayette County in 1936 and later in Kittanning, Armstrong County, PA in 1954-1958, where Clifford had charge of Methodist churches. They moved to Beaver, Beaver County, PA, in 1958, where Clifford was named pastor of the Beaver Methodist Church until 1966. In 1961, the church completed construction of its new educational building under his tenure. In 1966, he was transferred to the Chippewa Methodist Church in Beaver Falls, serving there until 1970. In retirement, they resided in Brighton Township near Beaver.

West Virginia Wesleyan College bestowed an honorary doctorate of divinity on Clifford in 1960. With a love of flowers, he served in 1952 as president of the Pennsylvania Gladiolus Society.

Clifford died on July 30, 1991, at the age of 84.

Ruth survived her spouse and remained in their home in Brighton Township and her membership in the Beaver Methodist Church. At the age of 89, she passed away in the Medical Center, Beaver, on Oct. 3, 1995. Funeral services were held in her church, led by Rev. Dennis M. Henley. Interment was in the mausoleum of Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in nearby Daugherty Township, and an obituary appearing in the Beaver County Times.

Son Rev. Clifford Earl Buell (1936- ? ) was born on Feb. 19, 1936. Following in his father's path, he was a longtime minister in the Methodist Church. He was married and the father of five children. Fe was pastor of the Natrona Heights Methodist Church from 1961 to 1964 -- the Versailles Methodist Church in McKeesport from 1964 to 1966 -- and of Charter Oak Methodist Church in Greensburg from 1971 to 1988. In 1995, when mentioned in his mother's obituary in the Beaver County Times, he lived in New Kensington, PA.

 

~ Son Scott Brady Harbaugh ~

Twin son Scott "Brady" Harbaugh Sr. (1905-1975) was born in 1905 and grew up in Victoria near Ohiopyle.

On April 7, 1930, Brady married Margaret Rosetta Hall (1906-1981), the daughter of John Lewis and Emma (Linderman) Hall, and a native of Connellsville, Fayette County. The wedding took place in East Pittsburgh, PA

They had three sons -- Scott Brady Harbaugh Jr., James Ronald Harbaugh and Carl Richard Harbaugh, all born in the 1930s. A daughter, Margaret Patterson, was born after a move to Michigan.

The U.S. Census of 1930 shows the family living as farmers in Stewart Township. Brady's name was in news headlines in December 1934 when he was named auditor of Stewart Township after the death of Charles Tissue.

In August-September 1940, Brady obtained employment in Detroit as a machinist. Margaret and the boys followed in October 1940, as reported in the gossip columns of the Connellsville Daily Courier. Their home in the late 1950s was in Dearborn.

Brady provided his own information for the 1947 Harbaugh History book. Circa 1974-1975, they lived in Ferguson, near St. Louis, MO. 

Brady died in July 1975, at the age of 70, in St. Louis. 

Margaret outlived him by six years. She passed away in October 1981. They rest side by side in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

Son Scott Brady Harbaugh Jr. (1930-2011) was born on Nov. 2, 1930 in Fayette County. After relocating to Michigan, on Aug. 26, 1951, he wedded Merilyn M. (Aug. 19, 1933-1997), daughter of Albert and Della (Hollinshead) Newland of Coral, MI. The couple produced six children -- Herbert Harbaugh, Robert Harbaugh, Jeffery Harbaugh, Jeanie Merkle, Barbara McCabe and Kathleen Rudd. They made a home in Hamburg, Livingston County, MI. Merilyn was cut away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 63 on June 29, 1997. Funeral services were held at the Green Oak Free Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Elden Lee. An obituary was printed in the Livingston County Daily Press and Argus. Her grave marker is marked with the scripture reference II Timothy 1:5: "When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also." Scott survived her by 13-plus years and appears to have married again to Carol ( ? - ? ). He passed away at the age of 80 on Jan. 5, 2011. Interment was in South Lyon Cemetery in Oakland County, MI. Inscribed on his grave marker is the Bible reference Psalm 1:1-3: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

  • Grandson Herbert Harbaugh lived in Sterling Heights, MI in 1997. He may have been a pastor in the Detroit area.
  • Grandson Robert Harbaugh dwelled in Taylor, MI.
  • Grandson Jeffery Harbaugh resided in Lasalle, MI.
  • Granddaughter Jeanie Harbaugh married (?) Merkle. They made a home in Iowa in 1997.
  • Granddaughter Barbara Harbaugh wedded (?) McCabe. Her residence in 1997 was in Brighton, MI.
  • Granddaughter Kathleen Harbaugh was joined in marriage with (?) Rudd. She lived in Dearborn Heights, MI.

Son James Ronald "Jim" Harbaugh (1935-1998) was born in about 1935. He was joined in wedlock with Gwen LaPlante ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in St. Louis and were the parents of Ronald Harbaugh, Susan Cadmus, Debra Sutherland, Josine Harbaugh and Melissa Harbaugh. Sadness blanketed the family when James passed away in St. Louis on May 5, 1998. An obituary was printed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Lung Association.

  • Grandson Ronald Harbaugh was married and the father of Ronald Carl Harbaugh, Richard Christopher Harbaugh and Heather Renee Harbaugh.
  • Granddaughter Susan Harbaugh married (?) Cadmus.
  • Granddaughter Debra Harbaugh wedded (?) Sutherland. They bore two known children, Brook Sutherland and Shannon Sutherland.
  • Granddaughter Josine Harbaugh
  • Granddaughter Melissa Harbaugh

Son Carl Richard Harbaugh (1937- ? ) was born in abouit 1937. On Aug. 16, 1963, in nuptials held in the First Presbyterian Church of Raymondville, TX, he was united in matrimony with Carol Sue Lipka ( ? - ? ), daughter of Henry W. Lipka Jr. of Harlingen, TX. A story about the wedding in the Harlingen (TX) Valley Morning Star said that the couple would live in Georgia. By 1998, he was married to Cindy.

Daughter Margaret Harbaugh ( ? - ? ) married David Patterson ( ? - ? ).

 

Indian Creek Baptist Church

~ Daughter Barbara Edith Harbaugh ~

Daughter Barbara Edith Harbaugh (1907-1928) was born three days before Christmas 1907.

As a young woman circa 1926, she was a school teacher in Stewart Township, Fayette County. She did not marry during her short life.

Tragically, at the age of 18, she was stricken with pulmonary tuberculosis. She endured the illness for 18 months, but her body gave out and she succumbed on Dec. 10, 1928, at her parents' home in Victoria.

The Daily Courier reported that she was "the youngest of a family of eight children. She was a graduate of the Connellsville High School, being a member of the Class of 1926. She was a senior at the Southwestern Teachers College at California, Pa., which institution she was attending when she became ill." 

Rev. E.H. Stevens, pastor of the First Baptist Church, oversaw the funeral. Said the Courier, "Mrs. N.T. Hibben, Mrs. S.B. Dull, of the church choir, and Rev. Stevens sang 'Some Time We'll Understand' and 'Abide with Me.' A duet, 'Jesus Knows Our Every Sorrow,' was sung by Mrs. Hibben and Mrs. Dull." Following the funeral at the family home, she was laid to rest in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Her grave marker is seen here as photographed in 2008.

 

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