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Robert Bacom Harbaugh Jr.
(1902-1989)

 

Robert and Alice Harbaugh

Robert Bacom Harbaugh Jr. was born on May 15, 1902 in Maple Summit, Fayette County, PA, the son of Robert B. and Elizabeth (Long) Harbaugh Sr.

On July 21, 1923, at the age of 21, Robert married 18-year-old Alice Elizabeth Rugg (1905-1991), the daughter of Thornton and Susie (Ohler) Rugg of Maple Summit. They remained together for 66 years.

The couple produced eight children – Charles Clinton Harbaugh, Irwin "Oscar" Harbaugh, James Harold "Hub" Harbaugh, Esther Melia, Donald Wade Harbaugh, Clifford Domer Harbaugh, Marlene Younkin Schnatterly and Ethel "Pearl" Kemp.

They were dedicated supporters of the annual Harbaugh Reunion, which began in 1926 and continues today. Their adult children and grandchildren have provided continuous leadership for many decades.

 

Somerset Daily American, 1988

Said a 1983 article in the Somerset Daily American, honoring their 60th anniversary, "They first lived in Mill Run and have been residents of Confluence for the past 15 years. They are both members of the Maple Summit Church of God."

When the Harbaughs celebrated their 65th anniversary in 1988, the Daily American again published a profile. The story said that "Before Mr. Harbaugh retired, he worked at Kelley's Hotel, Confluence, and did timber work and farming. Mrs. Harbaugh is retired, but did work at Kelley’s Hotel and Howard Johnson Restaurant in Somerset."

Sadly, Robert passed away in the Somerset Hospital on Nov. 24, 1989, at the age of 87. He was laid to rest at Somerset County Memorial Park. At the time of his death, they had 25 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. In an obituary, the Daily American noted that "His death ends a marriage union of 66 years."

Alice lived as a widow for the remaining two years of her life. She died in 1991.

 

~ Son Charles Clinton Harbaugh ~

 

Charles Clinton Harbaugh

Son Charles Clinton Harbaugh (1923-1993) was born on Dec. 28, 1993 in Maple Summit, Fayette County. 

He served in World War II when he was in his early 20s.

He wed Pauline Glisan ( ? - ? ) and resided in Confluence.

Their children were Richard Lee Harbaugh, Judy Elaine Varndell and Betty Lou Tressler.

Said the Daily American, he retired "as a U.S. Mail carrier in Confluence after 29 years of service [and was a] part-time custodian for Uniontown Area School District... Member of the Hopwood Manor Thursday night bowling league."

When he retired from the Postal Service, he was profiled in a major feature article in 1979 in the Daily American, headlined "Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Barking Dogs…" 

 

Betty Lou Tressler with reunion minutes

He was President of the Harbaugh Reunion for nearly two decades, from 1964 to 1983, and then was Secretary from 1983 to 1985

Sadly, Charles died at age 69 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, MD. Rev. Joseph Lewis and Rev. Rick Gamble led the funeral service followed by burial in Somerset County Memorial Park. An obituary was published in the Daily American. At the time, he was survived by seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Daughter Betty Lou Tressler resides in Confluence and has been a key organizer of the reunions in more recent years.

 

~ Daughter Esther (Harbaugh) Melia ~

Daughter Esther Harbaugh ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

She married Rufus Melia ( ? - ? ).

Their daughters provided singing entertainment at the Harbaugh Reunions of the 1960s

Daughter Cathy (Melia) Hinzy owns Hinzy's Personal Care Home in Confluence, licensed for four beds.

 

~ Son Irwin "Oscar" Harbaugh ~

Son Irwin "Oscar" Harbaugh (1927-2014) was born on Jan. 20, 1927 in Maple Summit.

Irwin wedded Opal Rugg ( ? - ? ), and their marriage endured for 69 years.

Their five sons were Roger Harbaugh, Dale Harbaugh, Michael Ray Harbaugh, James Harbaugh and David Harbaugh.

Oscar was employed for many years with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He later worked at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Donegal Highlands Golf Course. In his spare time, Oscar enjoyes sports and games such as bowling, baseball, golf and horseshoes. In 2005, he was inducted into the hall of fame of the Somerset County Old Timer's Baseball Association.

The Harbaughs were members of the Christ United Methodist Church of Rockwood. Oscar served as Secretary of the Harbaugh Reunion from 1971 to 1983.

Toward the end of his life, Oscar was admitted as a resident of Siemon Lakeview Manor. He died there at the age of 87 on Oct. 2, 2014. Funeral services were held at Rockwood Christ United Methodist Church, led by Rev. John Phipps. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Markleton, with an obituary appearing in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

Son Roger Harbaugh married Cheryl and has lived in Rockwood.

Son Dale Harbaugh wedded Carol and makes his home in Somereset.

Son Michael Ray Harbaugh was deceased by 2014.

Son James Harbaugh was joined in wedlock with Mary Ann. They reside in Rockwood.

Son David Harbaugh was united in matrimony with Audrey. They dwell in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, PA.

 

~ Daughter Pearl (Harbaugh) Kemp ~

Daughter Pearl Harbaugh (1925-1980) was born in 1925. 

She married Ralph William Kemp Sr. (1925-1977), son of Emerson and Emma (Burnworth) Kemp of Bidwell.

They made their residence in Confluence and had two children -- Catherine E. Bisel and Ralph William Kemp Jr.

Ralph belonged to the Uniontown VFW, Post 47. Said the Meyersdale New Republic, Pearl "was a member of the Confluence VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Turkeyfoot Fish and Game Association."

Ralph died in the Veterans Administration Hospital in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, at the age of 52, on Nov. 23, 1977. His remains were returned to Fayette County for burial in Maple Summit Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Daily American.

Pearl survived her husband by three years. She passed into eternity in 1980.

Daughter Catherine E. Kemp (1948-2018) was born on March 8, 1948 in Confluence. She wedded William Dale Bisel (June 4, 1938-2005), son of Odbert L. and Elizabelle (Lininger) Bisel of Listonburg, Somerset County. They resided in Confluence and produced three children -- Katie Lynn Bisel, Lisa Garletts and William Dale Bisel. Sadly, they endured the death of their infant daughter Katie Lynn. William died on March 31, 2005. Catherine survived her husband by 13 years. She passed away at the age of 70 in The Patriot in Somerset on April 24, 2018. Funeral services were officiated by a distant cousin, Rev. Dean Hay Jr. of the family of Amanda (Younkin) Hechler. Interment was in Addison Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Lisa Bisel married Todd Garletts. They live in Somerset.
  • Grandson William "Dale" Bisel makes his home in Confluence.

Son Ralph William Kemp Jr. ( ? -living) dwells in Confluence.

 

Hub Harbaugh

~ Son James Harold "Hub" Harbaugh ~

Son James Harold "Hub" Harbaugh (1928-2014) was born on July 27, 1928 in Fayette County. 

In about 1962, at the age of 34, he married Beverly Nicholson ( ? - ? ).

They resided in Casselman, Somerset County and had these children: Christopher H. Harbaugh, Teresa Wicks, Brenda Faye Alaniz, Rosemary Dryburg, Mary Jane Funston, Marlene Saylor and Wanda Sue Hirschl.

Hub and his family enjoyed attending the annual Harbaugh Reunion. While at the 1980 event, the group sang "Happy Birthday" to him and other cousins having a birthday around that time. They also were members of the Casselman United Methodist Church.

Hub served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked for many years for the B&O Railroad as a track foreman and retired from this work. Later, he was police chief in Rockwood for five years; served as a Pennsylvania state constable for more than 40 years, starting in 1952; and in 1965 founded Harbaugh Trucking Inc., a waste removal company in Rockwood which remains in operation today. 

Said the Somerset Daily American, Hub also " worked as a woodcutter, hauling rocks to build the Yough Dam, and as a bus driver for the Rockwood School District... He was a long-time Rockwood Borough Council member and a Life Member of the Rockwood Fire Department. He was an accomplished baseball player and avid bowler."

 

Casselman United Methodist Church, formerly United Brethren

 

Hub is mentioned in the book, Down the Road of Our Past, Book II. In the summer of 1996, he opened his home in Rockwood for an afternoon visit by the founder of this website.

He spent his final years in Somerset and died there in InTouch Hospice at the age of 86 on Dec. 8, 2014. Following funeral services led by Pastor Sam McClintock, he was placed into eternal rest in Somerset County Memorial Park. At his death, said the Daily American, he was survived by 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Beverly's fate is not yet known.

 

Harbaugh Trucking facility in Rockwood, PA

 

Son Christopher H. Harbaugh resides in Rockwood. 

Daughter Teresa Harbaugh wed Clifford Wicks and makes their home in Las Vegas. 

Daughter Brenda Faye Harbaugh married (?) Alaniz and lives in California.

Daughter Rosemary Harbaugh wed Barry Dryburg and resides in Somerset. 

Daughter Mary Jane Harbaugh married Rick Funston and resides in Bedford County, PA. 

Daughter Marlene Harbaugh wed David Saylor of York, PA.

Daughter Wanda Sue Harbaugh was united in marriage with Robert Hirschl and lives in Washington.

 

~ Son Clifford Harbaugh ~

 

Clifford Harbaugh

Son Clifford Domer Harbaugh (1935-2003) was born on Dec. 8, 1935 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County. 

In about 1961, he was united in marriage with Janice Winona Flick ( ? - ? ). Their only daughter was Marcia Landis.

Clifford worked as a "track foreman for the B&O Railroad retiring in 1997 and also was employed by Somerset Welding and Steel," said the Daily American. "He was an avid bowler and golfer."

He was Secretary of the Harbaugh Reunion from 1964 to 1971, when he handed over the duties to his brother Oscar. 

He died in Somerset Patriot Manor at the age of 67 on Feb. 26, 2003. He was laid to rest in Husband Cemetery following a funeral service led by Rev. Larry R. Weigle.

Daughter Marcia Harbaugh married Charles Landis. They lived in Somerset and had three children -- Danielle Landis, Dexter Landis and Brady Landis.

 

~ Daughter Marlene E. (Harbaugh) Younkin Schnatterly ~

Daughter Marlene E. Harbaugh (1941-2011) was born on May 15, 1941 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County. 

She was married first to Blair "Junior" Younkin Jr. ( ? -living), son of Blair E. "Jake" and Sarah (Knotter) Younkin Sr. of the family of Henry F. and Mary (King) Younkin of Kansas and Somerset County.

They had three children -- Robert B. Younkin, Susan J. Moon and Julia A. Custer. 

Later, following a divorce, she wed Arden Schnatterly (1926-2010). 

Said the Somerset Daily American, she was "an employee of Wal-Mart in Somerset for 17 years and a former member of the American Legion." In 1989-1993, they made their home in Del Rio, TX and then by 2003 were back in Somerset.

Arden died at the age of 83 on June 13, 2010. 

Marlene outlived Arden by 17 months. She passed away at the In Touch Hospice House of Journey's Rest in Somerset on Nov. 16, 2011, at the age of 70.

 

~ Son Donald Wade Harbaugh ~

Son Donald Wade Harbaugh ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

He resides in Sykesville, MD.

 

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