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Alice (Minerd) Ellis Doughty
(1871-1961)

 

Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Mary "Alice" (Minerd) Ellis Doughty was born on Sept. 8, 1871 in Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of James Valentine and Nancy (Warman) Fuller Minerd.

The Uniontown Genius of Liberty (Nov. 29, 1888) reported that 17-year-old Alice had "left ... for Braddock to meet her lover ... to be joined in holy wedlock." A month later, on Dec. 29, 1888, at Braddock, Allegheny County, PA, near Pittsburgh, Alice married 18-year-old Eugene Ellis Sr. (1869- ? ), a native of Washington County, PA. Justice of the peace John Glunt performed the ceremony.

Perhaps because Alice was so young, her father had to sign his approval that he had "been informed and consented to the intended marriage." He signed his mark with an "X."

Their five children were James Alexander "Pug" Ellis, Bertha Stewartson, Eugene Ellis Jr., Olive Quairiere and a not-yet-identified child who died prior to 1900. 

Eugene worked as a day laborer, likely at the Braddock Works of United States Steel. In 1900, when the federal census was taken, they resided at Braddock, on Mills Street.

Eugene's fate is unknown, and the marriage ended by 1912.

On Oct. 2, 1912, when Alice was age 41, she gave birth to her daughter Phyllis Irene. The baby's father was identified in official state documents as "John Gabb," also spelled "Gable." No evidence is known to show that Alice and John Gable were married.

Also in about 1912, Alice married her second spouse, 31-year-old James Doughty (1881- ? ), who was a decade younger than she. They lived at Continental No. 2 coal mine.

During World War I, when son Pug was serving overseas, Alice resided at Lemont Furnace.

 

Dunbar's Semet Solvay plant which recovered chemical by-products from local coke ovens, and where James Doughty likely labored circa 1920

 

In 1920, James worked as an engineer in a local by-products plant, and he and Alice resided in her parents' home in Dunbar.

James' fate is not known. The federal census of 1930 shows Alice heading a household in Dunbar that also included her 41-year-old son Pug Ellis, 17-year-old daughter Phyllis Gable, nephew Charles Minerd (age 23) and cousin John Warman (age 5). That year, she was employed as the janitor at the Dunbar Methodist-Protestant Church.

In 1937, Alice was presented with her first great-grandchild -- the granddaughter of her son Eugene. But she also endured the death of her adult, married daughters Bertha Stewartson (year unknown) and Phyllis Irene Cherry (in 1953).

In September 1938, members of her women's circle at the Dunbar Methodist Episcopal Church threw a birthday party for Alice. "The affair was a complete surprise," reported the Connellsville Daily Courier. "The party was in the form of a handkerchief shower... Mrs. Doughty is an active worker in the church."

Suffering from heart disease and hardening of the arteries, with her mind senile from dementia, Alice passed away on Feb. 18 1961, at the age of 89. She is buried beside Phyllis at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Dunbar. The funeral was officiated by Rev. J.D. Schrecengost. At the time of her death, she was survived by 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. 

 

Uniontown's Part in 
the World War

~ Son James Alexander "Pug" Ellis ~

Son James Alexander "Pug" Ellis (1889-1960) was born on Feb. 25, 1889, at Braddock, near Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA. He went by the nicknames "Alex" and "Pug" and never married. 

During World War I, he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army as a member of Co. B, 60th Infantry. He trained at Camp Lee and was shipped overseas on Aug. 1, 1918. He apparently was wounded with poison gas, and a cousin later recalled that Pug "wasn't very quick." After the Armistice was signed, Pug remained with the occupation forces in France and was there as of June 1, 1919. He is pictured and briefly profiled in the book, Uniontown's Part in the World War (seen here).

 

Lemont No. 1 mine

After the war, Pug apparently was coal mine laborer for the H.C. Frick Coke Co., working at the company's facilities at Lemont Furnace near Uniontown. He resided at 72 Railroad Street in Dunbar.

Seen here is a rare old postcard image of the Lemont No. 1 mine and coke works, as well as the "Pennsylvania Lines" railroad cars. 

He was a member of the Dunbar American Legion Post and the Walter E. Brown Post 21 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Connellsville. In 1930, he lived with his widowed mother, younger sister Phyllis and cousins Charles Minerd and John Warman in Dunbar.

Stricken with cancer of the esophagus, Pug died at the age of 71 on May 3, 1960, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Butler, Butler County, PA. His remains were brought back to Uniontown for burial at Sylvan Heights Cemetery, in a funeral led by Rev. J.D. Schrecengost and the American Legion. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

~ Daughter Bertha M. (Ellis) Stewartson ~

Daughter Bertha M. Ellis (1891- ? ) was born in about 1891 in Braddock, Allegheny County. 

On Sept. 5, 1913, in Cuyahoga County, OH, she wed Homer M. Stewartson (1888-1952), son of Harry and Haddie (Siefers) Stewartson of Knoxville, near Pittsburgh. At the time of marriage, Bertha was age 22 and lived at 1116 Bolivar Road, while Homer was age 25, employed as a "tester" and made his home at 7719 Redell Avenue. Justice of the peace William Brown performed the ceremony. 

By 1923, the Stewartsons' marriage ended. Whether this was due to death or divorce is unknown.

Nothing more about Bertha is known, other than she was deceased by 1950.

Homer wed his second wife, Alice McLaughlin (1892- ? ), a native of Ohio, in 1923. He worked as an automobile mechanic in 1930 and as a custodian for the Wayne-Cooke Company. His address in the early 1950s was 2022 East 77th Street in Cleveland. Suffering from heart disease, hardening of the arteries and stomach cancer, he died at the age of 63 on Feb. 4, 1952. He was laid to rest in Cleveland's Woodland Cemetery.

~ Son Eugene B. Ellis Jr. ~

Son Eugene B. Ellis Jr. (1893- ? ) was born in about 1893 in Bessemer, Allegheny County, PA. At the age of 26, on Oct. 31, 1919, he wed 23-year-old Eva L. Butler (1896- ? ) in Erie, Erie County, PA. She was the daughter of Sylvester and Rowina (Kendall) Butler of North East, Erie County. At the time of marriage, Eugene was employed in Akron, OH at a rubber works, and Eva performed factory work. 

They had one daughter, Margaret Ellis. 

Circa 1936, he lived in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH. The Connellsville Daily Courier noted on July 6, 1936, that "Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ellis of Cleveland are visiting at the home of Mr. Ellis' mother, Mrs. Alice Dowdy."

Later, by 1957, they made their home in Akron, Summit County, OH. 

In 1960, at the death of his brother James, Eugene was living in Akron. He and his mother and sister Olive published a card of thanks in the Connellsville Daily Courier. The item read: "We take this means of expressing our sincere thanks and appreciation to our many friends and neighbors for their acts of kindness and sympathy extended us during our recent bereavement, the death of our son and brother, James A. Ellis." 

Nothing more about Eugene is known.

Daughter Margaret Ellis ( ? - ? ) married George Slough of Akron. 

 

Franklin Cemetery, Dunbar

~ Daughter Olive (Ellis) Quairiere ~

Daughter Olive Ellis (1898-1991) was born in 1898 in Braddock near Pittsburgh.

On Feb. 25, 1915, in Dunbar, 17-year-old daughter Olive married 21-year-old immigrant Herman Quairiere Sr. (1893-1944), who was a native of Trazegnies, Belgium, and the son of Jacob and Mary (Darteredle) Quairiere who were of French descent. Olive's distant cousin, Rev. David Ewing Minerd, the famed "Blacksmith Preacher" of Fayette County, performed the wedding ceremony. 

The Quaireres had seven children -- Alexander Quairiere, Herman J. Quairiere Jr., Raymond E. Quairere, Alice Louise Kerfoot Davidson, Althea Snow, Elaine Pecil and Robert E. Quairiere. 

Herman was of medium height and build, with light blue eyes and black hair. He emigrated to the Unites States in 1911, and despite the fact that he was not yet an American citizen, served in the U.S. Army during World War I. When he registered for the military draft, he told the registration officer that he was an alien and that his left eye was weak and that his forefingers had been broken. At the time, he worked as a snapper for the Pennsylvania Wire Glass Company in Dunbar, and had a wife and young child to support.

He was a resident of Dunbar for 30 years, and a longtime glass cutter for the Pennsylvania Wire Glass. Circa November 1931, he worked in Floreff, along the Monongahela River, and returned home on weekends. For the final seven years of his career, Herman was employed by the West Penn Power Company. 

When the federal census was enumerated in 1930, the Quairieres made their home on Railroad Street in Dunbar.

Several of the Quairiere children served their nation during World War II, including Herman and Raymond, who were stationed in England. 

 

Daily Courier, 1944

Herman Sr. passed away at the age of 50 on D-Day -- June 6, 1944 -- when the Allied Armed Forces landed on the beaches of France to begin the liberation of Europe and Herman's native Belgium. His obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier said that among his survivors were his parents and two sisters in Belgium. He was buried in the Quairiere family plot at Franklin Cemetery in Dunbar, marked by a beautiful deep red stone made of Barre granite.

Olive survived her husband by almost five decades. She was a member of the Franklin Memorial Methodist Church of Dunbar. In February 1967, she traveled to Norfolk, VA to spend several months with her married daughter Elaine and newborn grandson Martin Edward Picel Jr. On her way home, noted the Connellsville Daily Courier, Olive visited her daughter Mrs. Warren Davidson and cousin Edith (Minerd) Yutzy of Cumberland, MD. In November 1968 and in May 1970, the Pecils spent several weeks visiting Olive in her home on Railroad Street, after which returning home to Norfolk.

She died on May 10, 1991, at the age of 92, in the Frick Community Health Center in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. She rests with Herman at the Franklin Cemetery. The Uniontown Morning Herald-Evening Standard reported that she was survived by a dozen grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Son Alexander Quairiere (1916-2006) was born on Jan. 5, 1916 in Dunbar. At the age of 22, he married Frances Elizabeth Swope (1916-1988), daughter of John Warren and Lillian (Hornbeck) Swope of Wheeler, near Connellsville. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride's pastor, Rev. T.J. Mitchell of the Covenanter Church, on June 13, 1938. They had at least one son, John Quairiere. Frances' father was a minor celebrity, having been a pitcher and catcher in the baseball leagues of Frick River League and Pennsylvania-West Virginia League. Alex and Frances resided in Wheeler, Fayette County during the mid-1940s, and, after being drafted into the U.S. Navy in mid-1945, was stationed in San Diego. Tragedy rocked this family in October 1945, when Frances' parents were killed, and her sister Edna Soldano and children injured, in a head-on automobile accident on Route 119 near Shady Grove Park in Uniontown. By 1951, the Quairieres had relocated to Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL. In June 1957, having returned to Western Pennsylvania, Alex was inducted into the Connellsville Lodge of the Elks Club. Frances joined the Ladies Auxiliary to the Eagles in June 1971. Alex was employed as an electrician for Uniontown Electrical Service Company. Frances passed away on July 18, 1988. Alex outlived her by 18 years. He married again, to Loretta Mae Rogers. He died in Connellsville on Nov. 4, 2006, at the age of 90. He was laid to rest in Park Place Cemetery in Uniontown.

  • Grandson John Herman Quairiere (1940-1985) was born in 1940. He married Carol Knabenshue ( ? - ? ), daughter of John Knabenshue, and resided in Connellsville. They had at least two children, Sean Quairiere and Aimee Beth Quairiere. John was an electrician and belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). He died at age 45 in August 1985.

 

Pittsburgh Forging Company works in Coraopolis, PA. From a painting by Howard Fogg for the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Co., of the New York Central System.

 

 

Franklin Cemetery, Dunbar

Son Herman J. Quairiere Jr. (1918-2014) was born on Jan. 5, 1918 in Dunbar. He spent a term with a Civilian Conservation Camp team in 1936, and returned home once his duty was completed. Herman served in the U.S. Armed Forces as a sergeant during World War II. In 1959, at the age of 41, he married 42-year-old Maurita T. Martin (1917-2001), daughter of Frank L. and Emma (Beck) Martin of Dunbar. They had no children. Herman and Maurita resided in Dunbar, where Herman was employed as a millwright for Pittsburgh Forgings. They were members of the Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church in Dunbar. In 1976, when the Quairieres' shaggy dog Ralph was seized by law enforcement officials, Maurita wrote a strongly worded letter to the editor of the Connellsville Daily Courier, questioning about the purpose and tactics behind the action, and complaining about lack of cooperation by authorities. Maurita was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and was self-employed as a beautician. The eventually relocated to Coraopolis, Allegheny County, near Pittsburgh. At the age of 84, Maurita passed away on Dec. 8, 2001, at the age of 84, in Mariner Nursing Home in Coraopolis. She rests for eternity in the family plot of graves in Franklin Cemetery. Herman survived his wife by 13 years. He died in Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant on Dec. 13, 2014, at the age of 96.

 

Raymond Quairiere

Son Raymond E. Quairiere (1920-1995) was born on the Fourth of July 1920 in Dunbar, Fayette County. He attended Dunbar High School. He married LaVerne Hardy ( ? - ? ), daughter of Thelma Hardy of Bryson Hill, Fayette County. The ceremony took place on Oct. 26, 1940 in Winchester, VA, when Ray was age 20. They had one son, Barry Ray Quairiere. Raymond joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 2, 1941, less than a month before the United States was drawn into World War II when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He trained at Fort Bragg and Fort Dix before being sent overseas. He served in the European Theatre of France, Belgium, Holland and Germany and is pictured in the book, Young American Patriots, World War II, Pennsylvania, accompanied by a short biographical profile. Following the war's end, he returned to Dunbar. By 1952, now residing on Railroad Street in Dunbar, Raymond and LaVerne separated and divorced. Raymond married again to Mary (Cassidy) Addis (1913-1992), who brought two adult children to the marriage -- Barbara Beal and James Addis. Raymond and Mary made their residence for decades in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH circa 1968-1995. Sadly, Mary passed away in Cleveland on Aug. 3, 1992, at the age of 79. Raymond outlived his second wife by three years. He died in the Cleveland area at the age of 74 on Jan. 7, 1995. Following a funeral ceremony conducted at the Bery Funeral Home, his remains were interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

  • Grandson Barry Ray Quairiere was born on (?). On Dec. 16, 1966, he was united in marriage with Linda McCoy (1949-2016), daughter of Ernest R. and Mary (Fite) McCoy Jr. They resided at 1216 Chestnut Street in Connellsville and had three children, Stephen Vaughn Quairiere, Leslie Quairiere and Brian T. Quairiere. The boy was pictured in the Connellsville Daily Courier on his first birthday. At some point, Linda was employed by Rockwell, retiring in 2000. She was a volunteer with Delta Regional Medical Center Hospice and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) and a member of Rainbow Girls and Job's Daughters. Circa 1995, they lived in Dubois, PA. Linda passed away at home on Aug. 14, 2016. Burial was in Morningside Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Daughter Alice Louise Quairiere (1924- ? ) was born in 1924. She wed (?) Kerfoot and lived in Baltimore, MD in 1944. By 1949, she is believed to have remarried to Warren Davidson, of Baltimore. Alice made her home in Seminole, FL circa 2006-2014.

Daughter Althea Claire Quairiere (1925-2011) was born on Dec. 16, 1925 in Dunbar, Fayette County. In 1948, she graduated from Jefferson Medical College with a nursing degree, and later that year passed her state board examinations for nursing. She then began working as a nurse at Deshon Hospital in Butler, Butler County, PA. She married William J. Snow ( ? - ? ), and they lived at 307 West Wayne Street in William's hometown of Butler. In November 1951, Althea gave birth to twin sons in Butler General Hospital. She resided in Butler for many decades. She died there on Feb. 19, 2011, at the age of 85.

 

Harbor in Norfolk, VA, where Capt. Martin Pecil Sr. served in the Merchant Marines and was Norfolk Port Agent.

 

Franklin Cemetery, Dunbar

Daughter Elaine Quairiere (1928-1984) was born on Aug. 22, 1928 and did not marry until later in life. She was employed with West Penn Power Company. Circa March 1950, she was active in volunteer leadership with the Dunbar Senior Girl Scouts, sponsored by the Dunbar Lions Club. She was a longtime friend of Jane Hardy, Sara E. Hardy and Iona Bryner, and the group of women traveled together on vacations, to Florida in August 1955 and to Wildwood, NJ in 1963. She and distant cousin Evelyn Bunting served together in 1957 on a committee organizing the Dunbar Firemen's-Lions minstrel revue fundraising event, with Elaine singing as part of the event. At some point in the mid-1960s, as she reached her mid-30s in age, she married Capt. Martin Edward Pecil Sr. (1926-2007), son of Urban and Barbara (Gregoric) Pecil of Lemont Furnace, Fayette County. They had two children, Martin Edward Picel Jr. and Lisa Sullivan. They made their residence in Norfolk, VA where, said the Connellsville Daily Courier, he "sailed for 20 years in the Merchant Marines before becoming the Norfolk Port Agent." He also was a member of the Masters, Mates and Pilots Union for four decades. Sadly, Elaine died in 1984, at the age of 56. Her remains were laid to rest in the Quairiere plot of graves at Franklin Cemetery. Martin outlived his wife by 23 years. He married again to Barbara (?) who brought a daughter to the marriage, Rose Allaman. Martin died in Norfolk on Aug. 5, 2007, at the age of 81. His remains were brought back to Dunbar to be re-united in the grave with Elaine, with Rev. Msgr. J. Edward McCullough officiating at the burial service. Twenty-five years after her death, Elaine was pictured in the 2009 book Dunbar: Images of America, edited by the Dunbar Historical Society. In the photograph image, vintage 1946, she stands with high school friends Josephine Caruso and Doris Spangler.

 

Franklin Cemetery, Dunbar

Son Robert E. Quairiere (1935- ? ) was born in 1935, the youngest of the seven Quairiere children. He married Connellsville native Dolores J. (May) Renzi (1933-2001), daughter of Harold and Arrieta (Deiter) May. Dolores was a graduate of West Penn School of Nursing, and was a registered nurse at Connellsville State Hospital. They lived in Dunbar, were members of the Dunbar Presbyterian Church, and had four children -- Richard Renzi, Robert K. Ziauriere, Robbie Lynn Fuller and David Allen Quairiere. Robert served in the U.S. Army in the 447th Signal Battalion. He returned home to Dunbar where he remained for decades. Dolores died on Nov. 9, 2001, at IHS Greensburg, at the age of 68, and is buried in the family plot at Franklin Cemetery in Dunbar. At her death, reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, she was survived by eight grandchildren. Robert made his home in Dunbar in 2014.

~ Daughter Phyllis Irene (Gable) Cherry ~

Daughter Phyllis Irene Gable (1912-1953) was born on Oct. 2, 1912, at Continental No. 2, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of John Gable (or "Gabb") and Alice (Minerd) Ellis.

As a girl, she lived with her mother and step-father in the Dunbar household of her grandparents, James Valentine and Nancy (Warman) Minerd.

In 1930, when she was age 17, Phyllis resided with her widowed mother, along with older brother James "Alexander" Ellis, and cousins Charles Minerd and John Warman. That year, she carried the surname of "Gable" even though she was marked as "single."

She married Louis E. Cherry ( ? - ? ) and in about 1948 they moved to Mt. Braddock, near Uniontown, where they obtained their postal mail at Box 143.

They had five children -- Mary Lou Cherry, Thomas Cherry, Louis Cherry, Lawrence Cherry and James Cherry. 

Sadly, Phyllis died from heart disease at the age of 40 on Feb. 7, 1953, leaving her husband with five young children. She was laid to rest in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery. 

Louis later relocated to Jacobs Creek, where he labored at the Whyel Mine of the Davis Coal Company between the towns of Madison and Yukon. In December 1955, he was caught between a rib of coal and a coal wagon in the mine, and fractured several ribs. 

His fate is unknown.

 

Copyright 2000-2003, 2005-2006, 2008-2010, 2012, 2016 Mark A. Miner

Herman Quairiere Sr. obituary image courtesy of the Dunbar (PA) Historical Society. Semet Solvay photo courtesy of Donna Myers. Raymond E. Quairiere photo courtesy of Young American Patriots.