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Rev. William Mullen Minerd
(1885-1948)

Click to see a memoir, "Praying Billy," by great-granddaughter Elaine (Monticue) Brawdy

Violet and Will

Rev. William Mullen Minerd was born in 1885 at Bridgeport, near Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA, the son of Charles Marion and Sabina (Pierce) Minerd.  He began his worklife in the local coal mines and coke ovens but went on to a 35-year career in the ministry. 

On Christmas Day 1903, 19-year-old Will married 20-year-old Violet Pearl Johnson (1882-1964) in a ceremony officiated by Howard S. Wilson in Mt. Pleasant. She was the daughter of Jesse Johnson, and resided at Bridgeport at the time. Their respective fathers had to give consent to the marriage, and the signed permission forms today are on microfilm at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg.

They had 10 children -- Ruth Virginia Shaffer, Nellie Inez Bish, Lillian Bailey, Violet Pearl Sanner, William "Melvin" Minerd, Bertha O. Blubaugh, Ethel Bernell Hetzer, Paul Wayne Minerd, Donald E. Minerd and Esther Bell Williams Vesek. The eldest was born in about 1906, and the last living child did not pass away for another century, until 2006.

Will (2nd from left, standing) with the Frick 
Brinkerton Coke Works baseball squad

In 1905, the Minerds lived in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV, where Will worked as a glass cutter in a factory, and Violet was a "designer." Their eldest daughter Ruth was born in Morgantown.

Will loved to play baseball, as did his brothers Ralph and Harry. Will is seen here, second from left in the back row, posing with his baseball teammates of the H.C. Frick Coke Company's Brinkerton Works Club, of near Mt. Pleasant, circa 1910. This image was our "Photo of the Month" in August 2000 - click to see an enlarged version.

In 1910, the Minerds lived at Bridgeport, next to Will's sister Bertha Reese. There, he worked as a "tipple man" at the local coal mine. After attending a religious revival in about 1915, however, he was converted to the Christian faith. He thus decided to study for the ministry, and spent the rest of his years as a clergyman.

Will's idol, ballplayer Billy Sunday

Will was a great admirer of famed preacher Billy Sunday, who had played professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates before entering the ministry. Sunday is seen here in his dark Pittsburgh uniform, during the 1888-1890 era that he played in the "Smoky City," at a time when Will would have been a young and impressionable age.

As a clergyman, Will was licensed to preach in 1916, according to a typed manuscript history of the Calvary United Evangelical Church of Freedom, Armstrong County, PA. He is known to have had charge of churches in these towns: Jennerstown, PA (1918-19); Bethany, PA (1919-24?); Freedom and Salem, Armstrong County (1924-27?); Valencia, PA (1930); and Harnedsville, Somerset County, PA (1930-1936). 

In the fall of 1919, when preparing to depart Buckeye for his first assignment, the members of the United Evangelical Church of Bridgeport held a farewell party. Reported the Daily Courier, "Mr. Minerd has been called to preach on a circuit near Johnstown. The people of this place will miss him very much, where he has been noted for his zeal and work for the cause of Christ." Among those attending the party were Mr. and Mrs. William Morgan and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stuben, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Minerd, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Minerd, Mrs. Mary Ann Deomer, Mrs. Charles Rhomes, Mrs. John Queer, Mrs. John Clansner, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Slonecker and family, Mrs. Silas Miller, Mrs. Charles Jones, Misses Bess, Harriet and Mary Jones, Harry Rhome, Campbell Glassburn, Cigale Weaver, Frances Miller, Dewey Miller, Marshall Shaffer, Edward Switkey, Kenneth Jones and Mrs. A.M. Shaffer.

Will & Pearl with 5 of their kids and a niece

A 1999 Somerset Daily American article said that while at Bethany, he "felt the need for a better and larger building.  The present stone structure was started Feb. 3, 1921 and was completed in 1922." The church today has a stained glass window bearing his name.

Will and Violet are seen here with their five children, and one niece, posed in order of their height at the time. They include Ruth, Nellie, Violet, Bertha and Mel, as well as niece Marie (Minerd) Price Plannett, daughter of Ralph Charles and Violet (Summy) Minerd. The estimated date of this image is 1918 in Garrett, PA.

While at Salem in the '20s, Will was responsible for three churches. He was known to have preached at all three of them in a single Sunday, giving a completely different sermon each time. Often, when funds were low, members paid Will in vegetables and chickens. There were other times when the family ran out of food, but he assured them that "God will provide," and inevitably someone would bring some chickens, or some potatoes, to feed the family. Three daughters married men from Armstrong County, and there is a large concentration of descendants there today.

Will and Violet later moved to Rockwood, Somerset County, PA, where for 15 years he was pastor of the four-church Somerset Circuit of the Evangelical United Brethren Church -- Husband, Pleasant Hill, Beulah and Mostoller. One of the local families he ministered to was Russell and Sadie (Hechler) Sterner, cousins in one of the Younkin branches of the family tree. 

Old postcard of Rockwood showing the railroad in the foreground

Will is said to have been an inspiring preacher. When a popular Rockwood teenager, Merle Evan Miller, died suddenly of appendicitis, the community mourned, and Will "delivered an impressive discourse" at the funeral, said the Rockwood newspaper. "His text was 'I have fought the good fight.' This text was chosen upon request of Mrs. Miller, mother of the young man..."

Will and Pearl and their brood

Seen here, Will and Violet pose in a formal studio photograph portrait with all of their 10 children.

A 1930 article in the Mt. Pleasant Journal that Will's Bible messages:

... are stirring the deep foundations of his hearers' souls.  [He] believes home influence are among the mightiest of all influences upon the soul.  There are countless thousands of men who have maintained their integrity and morals, not because they were any better naturally than other people, but because there were home influences praying for them all the time.  They got a good start.  They were launched on the world with the benedictions of a Christian mother.  When you want the grandest idea of a queen, look at your mother.

While in Rockwood, Will also oversaw the funerals of many local citizens, including his father's first cousin, Daniel Martin Younkin (1935) and a second cousin, George Wingerd.

Invitation to 1944 camp meeting

A 1943 Connellsville Daily Courier article said that Will had held revival services at the Paradise Evangelical Church near Connellsville, which featured "special music by a senior choir and boys' and girls' sunbeam choirs and appearances of ministers from other churches." 

The following year, from July 2-16, 1944, Will served as a song leader for an Evangelical Camp Meeting at Pine Ridge Camp, located between Lickingville and Tylersburg, Clarion County, PA. The gathering was led by Rev. A.H. Doescher of Cleveland, OH, and by Rev. P.E. Pyle of Brookville. A self-mailing promotional flyer from the camp meeting is seen here.

The Minerds resided at 396 West Race Street in Somerset, Somerset County, PA. Will died at home at Somerset on Jan. 26, 1948, age 62. Interestingly, an original copy of his newspaper obituary has been found in the family Bible of a second cousin, Sadie (Hechler) Sterner in Rockwood.

Somerset's skyline, marked by the towering courthouse dome at center

Pearl, later years

Pearl outlived Will by 16 years, and is seen here in a color-tinted portrait.

Pearl passed away at the home of daughter Ruth Shaffer at Distant, PA, on July 22, 1964.  She was buried with Will at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  At the time of her death, they had 45 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. 

Will's legacy has lived on in many ways. He was mentioned several times in the volume, 'Mongst the Hills of Somerset. For more than 50 years now, their descendants have had a reunion either near Somerset, Somerset County, PA or New Bethlehem, Armstrong County, PA, on the first Sunday of August. 

Mervin and Lillian Bailey

~ Daughter Lillian (Minerd) Bailey ~

Daughter Lillian Mae Minerd (1906-1994 ) was born on Aug. 28, 1906 in Stauffer near Mount Pleasant. Serving as midwife in the birth was S.M. Crosby, also of Mount Pleasant.

She married Mervin Charles Ralston Bailey (1902-1971), the son of Jesse M. and Tabitha L. (Kelso) Bailey. They are seen at right. Their wedding took place on March 6, 1925, at Salem, Armstrong County, PA. 

The Baileys had seven children -- twins Geraldine Bailey and Gerald Lee Clifford Odel "Kip" Schritchfield, Dona Belle Davis, William Eugene "Husky" Bailey, Jack Mervin Bailey, Glen Minerd "Dody" Bailey and Velma Lucille Hetzer. 

Sadly, the twins were born prematurely. Geraldine died at the tender age of two days on April 13, 1938. Gerald survived for four more days, but his body gave out on April 17, 1938. Their remains were placed into rest in the Alcola Cemetery in Clarion County.

In the 1930s, they lived in Oak Ridge, Armstrong County. 

Mervin passed away in Oak Ridge at the age of 69 on Nov. 10, 1971. 

Lillian outlived him by 23 years. She died in Oak Ridge On Aug. 2, 1994, at the age of 87. They rest for eternity at Mount Zion Cemetery.

Son Clifford Odel "Kip" Schritchfield (1924-1987) married Katherine "Kass" Wentsel on June 14, 1948. Their four children were Cheryl Schitchfield, Denise Schritchfield, Randy Schritchfield and Barry Schritchfield. They resided in Lima, Allen County, OH, where Kip died at age 63 in June 1987.

Daughter Velma Lucille Bailey (1926-2007) married Ray William Hetzer ( ? -1963) and worked as a licensed practical nurse at Somerset Hospital for many years, retiring in 1983. The Hetzers are buried at Beulah Cemetery.

Daughter Dona Belle Bailey (1930-2009) was born, lived and died in Oak Ridge over a timespan of many decades. She married Guy Willard "Tag" Davis (1921-1984) on Nov. 26, 1948. Their three children were Vaughn A. Davis, Ellen M. Davis-White and Lana J. Smith. They were members of the Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, with Dona serving on the Ladies Aide Society and Hawthorn Area Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She also volunteered her time at the Thrift Shop and on the local election board. Said the Leader Vindicator newspaper, she "loved her church and was a faithful member. She touched many lives including friends and her extended family. Tag passed away at age 62 on Leap Day 1984. Dona outlived him by a quarter of a century. She died at the age of 79 on Aug. 20, 2009, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh. They are buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Mahoning Township, Armstrong County.

Lillian Bailey (seated, center) surrounded by her adult children. Clockwise, from upper left: Clifford Schritchfield, Jack Bailey, Glen Bailey, William Bailey, Dona Davis and Velma Hetzer.

~ Daughter Nellie Inez (Minerd) Bish ~

Daughter Nellie Inez Minerd (1909-1935) was born on March 31, 1909 in Bridgeport, Westmoreland County. 

She married Robert "Jay" Bish Sr. (1905-2005), the son of James W. and Maggie A. (Shick) Bish of Alcola, Clarion County, PA. The wedding took place on June 30, 1926, when she was 17 years of age, and he 21. He was a longtime coal miner and a member of the Shannondale Grange and Christian Fellowship Church of Fairmount City. 

The couple made their home in rural Mayport, Red Bank Township, Clarion County, PA. They had at least one daughter, Gloria M. McCoy.

Sadly, Nellie was afflicted with chronic disease involving faulty heart valves. The problem became worse in 1935. Tragically, on Dec. 15, 1935, at the age of 26, she died suddenly of a heart embolism. She was laid to rest in Alcola, PA.

Jay married his second wife, Rebecca Betty Reade, on Sept. 30, 1937. In all, he had eigh tother children -- Ruth Slagle, Bettie Miles, Beverly Hetrick, Rhonda Slagle, Robert Jay Bish Jr., Roger Bish, Monte Pearl Bish and Lynda Slagle. 

Heartache shook the family again in the autumn of 1958. Daughter Gloria, married to Milton McCoy, resided in Portersville, Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County, PA. She was afflicted with cancer of the uterus which spread elsewhere in her body. She died at the age of 26 on Oct. 12, 1958. Burial was in Kittanning, Armstrong County.

Jay remained close with his former Minerd in-laws and attended their reunions over the years. He passed away at the age of 99, just three months shy of his 100th birthday, on March 16, 2005. He was laid to rest at the Alcola Trinity Cemetery. At the time of his passing, the Leader Times newspaper said he was survived by 19 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.

Violet and John Sanner

Violet (Minerd) Sanner ~

Daughter Violet Pearl Minerd (1912-1991) was born in 1912. 

She married John Henry Sanner Sr. (1910-1998), the son of George W. and Ella (Cramer) Sanner of Rockwood. The wedding took place in the Minerd home on Jan. 23, 1932, with her father officiating. 

The Sanners' marriage lasted 60 years. 

They had seven children -- Dolores McDaniel, John Henry Sanner Jr., Kenneth Sanner, Iva Lorraine Lichty, Glenda Moore, Audrey Zoldey and Christine Michaud.

John was a railroad laborer in Rockwood for many years, working as a yard foreman and brakeman for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He retired in 1974. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a member of the Somerset County Fly Fisherman's Association. 

The Sanners with some of their children at a family picnic

1987 news story about Violet

Violet was pictured and profiled in a 1987 feature article in the Somerset Daily American, headlined "Tickling Ivories for 67 Years," for her longtime work as an organist and pianist at the Rockwood Church of the Brethren, and as a Sunday School teacher.  The story said that as a "self-taught musician, Violet has been tickling the ivories for more of her 76 years.... Because her father was a minister, ... she 'played everywhere in every church around'."

Violet passed away at the age of 80 in Rockwood on June 28, 1991, and was laid to rest in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. 

John outlived her by seven years, and lived on Rockdale Road in Garrett, Somerset County. He died on May 8, 1998, at the age of 87. The Daily American noted that he was survived by 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Daughter Dolores Sanner wed Donald McDaniel. They dwelled in 1972 in Crown, WV and in 1976, their home was in Lumberport, WV. She was deceased by 1994.

Daughter Iva Lorraine Sanner (1934-1994) was born on April 1, 1934 in Rockwood. She married Charles Robert Lichty Jr. (1925-1972), son of Charles Robert and Frances Mae (Burkholder) Lichty of Rockwood. As a young adult, Charles worked for his father and drove a truck. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy in November 1943 and took part in the Allies' invasion of France. After the war, they resided in Volant, PA. Their children were Scott Lichty, Charles B. Lichty and Marsha M. Lichty. They were members of the Rockwood Church of the Brethren. Sadly, Charles died in 1972 at the age of 47. Iva survived as his widow for 22 years, and lived in Somerset. She died at the age of 60 in Johnstown's Conemaugh Hospital on Aug. 6, 1994. Burial was in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery, with Rev. Jay Christner officiating.

  • Grandson Charles B. Lichty married Susan Griffith and lived in Garrett, Somerset County.

  • Granddaughter Marsha M. Lichty made her home in Somerset.

Daughter Glenda Sanner (1939-2010) was born on Jan. 28, 1939 in Rockwood. She wed Larry Moore Sr., and they had two sons, Larry Moore Jr. and Scot Moore. In 1976-2010, she lived in Akron, OH. Glenda passed away at the age of 71 on Nov. 26, 2010. Her obituary was published in the Akron Beacon Journal.

Son John Henry Sanner Jr. married Janet. They had one known daughter, Jonna Sanner. The family resided in 1976 in Pensacola, FL and in 1998 in Jacksonville, FL.

Son Kenneth L. Sanner married LaVonne (?). The couple had three known children, Laura I. Grossman, Jennifer Spano and Kenneth Sanner. They made their home in Boardman, near Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH. By 2009, they had relocated back to Markleton, Somerset County. 

  • Granddaughter Laura I. Sanner obtained her degree from Youngstown State University. In 1994, she worked as assistant manager with Bombay Company in Pittsburgh's South Hills. On April 30, 1994, she married podiatrist Adam Grossman, son of Dr. and Louis Grossman of Washington, Washington County, PA. News of their wedding was published in the Washington Observer-Reporter. Adam was a chemistry graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and the Cleveland College of Podiatric Medicine. 

  • Granddaughter Jennifer Sanner married (?) Spano and lived in Girard, OH in 1994.

  • Grandson Kenneth Sanner received a degree in conservation social science from the University of Idaho. In 2009, he resided in Boardman and was employed as a general manager with Canfield Motorsports in Canfield, OH.

Daughter Audrey Sanner (1951- ? ) was born in about 1951. In December 1968, at the age of 17, she was united in marriage with 18-year-old Stephen Zoldey (1950- ? ). They had one known son, Adam Zoldey, who died young. Circa 1976, their home was in Gray, Somerset County. The couple divorced in 1987. Audrey's home in 1998 was in Denton, TX. 

Daughter Christine Sanner wed Joseph Michaud. In 1976, her home was in Boswell, Somerset County and in 1977 in Holsopple. Later, she lived in Farmers Branch near North Dallas, TX.

Mel Minerd

~ Son William Melvin Minerd ~

Son William "Melvin" Minerd (1913-1986) was born in 1913 in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, and was married twice. 

His first wife was Marguerite Eleanor Temke, of Hyndman, Somerset County, and they had one son, Lynn Winters.

Mel later married Hannah Guzzy (1915-1997) on Oct. 1, 1938. Mel and Hannah had six children -- Timothy Melvin Minerd, William Mullen Minerd II, John Joseph Minerd, James Ronald Minerd, Kathleen Ann Minerd and Ronald Patrick Minerd. The Minerd resided for a time in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, PA. Yhey migrated into upstate New York, settling in Springville. 

Mel and Hannah

In the photo seen here, Mel and Hannah dress up in costume for a special photograph. 

Mel passed away at the age of 73 on March 3, 1986, in Rochester, Monroe County, NY. 

Hannah survived him by more than a decade. She died at the age of 82 on Jan. 13, 1997, also in Rochester.

Grandson Lynn Winters made his home in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. He came to our national reunion in 2000.

Son Timothy M. Minerd, working for Xerox Corporation, secured at least 12 patents for his inventions involving connector modules and other related technology. He received these patents over a 17-year span, between 1980 and 1997.  Copies of his patents may be found on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website. His patents have been cited in at least 49 patents obtained by other inventors. In March 2006, he made news in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about concerns over reliable voting booth technology in connection with the federal Help America Vote Act. 

  • Grandson Jeffrey Timothy Minerd has been an award-winning author and a staff writer with MedPageToday.com, filing daily analyses for "the only medical news service for physicians that links consumer medical news and the professional medical analysis needed by clinicians." Earlier, he worked in media relations for the National Institutes of Health, and was a staff editor with The Futurist Magazine. Jeff was guest speaker at our 2000 National Minerd-Miner-Minor Reunion.

Bill and Clara Minerd

Son William Mullen "Bill" Minerd II (1943-2010) was married twice. He and his first wife, Anita (Nicholas) Minerd, had two children -- April Leytem and Todd Minerd. Residing in La Fayette and Elbridge, NY, Bill served for many years with the State University of New York, Health Science Center, becoming Dean of the Office of Continuing Education. He also was president of the New York State Forest Owners Association, and is said to have "read the Scientific American from cover to cover" and "enjoyed making furniture," said Syracuse.com. Retiring in 1998, Bill and his second wife Clara moved to Venice, FL, where he was president of the Community Associations Institute in Sarasota County. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Aug. 22, 2010, in Venice. Bill and Clara are seen here at the 1999 W.M. Minerd Reunion, held in Somerset, PA.

Ron Minerd

Son Ronald Patrick Minerd is a retired entrepreneur in the medical education field who owns the Minerd.net website, which features current events about his large, ever-expanding family. In 2005, the virtual New Hampshire company he founded -- Medical Education Broadcast Network (MEBN) -- was named to the prestigious Inc 500 list of the nation's fastest growing private companies. Its Ceoncd.com website provides continuing education and distance-learning programs and materials for medical professionals. Click here to see the full text of the Inc 500 press release and related media coverage in the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.

Son Jon Minerd more than 27 years of work experience as a technical specialist in the fields of electrical and hydraulic closed loop control. Jon's daughter Jessica Minerd-Massey is an artist whose Renaissance Studio created custom designs in glass for windows, doors, automobiles and graphic designs for signs.

Ron Minerd and his business partner Sharyn Lee accept their Inc. 500 award in Savannah, GA

Ethel and Jake Hetzer

~ Daughter Ethel (Minerd) Hetzer ~

Daughter Ethel Bernell Minerd (1918-1996) was born in 1918 in Robison, Indiana County, PA. 

She married Jacob Robert Hetzer Sr. (1919-1972), the son of Jacob C. and Nellie (Ogline) Hetzer of Somerset. The ceremony took place on June 1, 1940, and was officiated by her father. At the time, Jacob was a trackman for the railroad in Somerset. 

Jake and Ethel Hetzer with daughter Kay

The Hetzers lived in Somerset, and had four children -- Patricia Critchfield, Jacob Robert "Jake" Hetzer Jr., Phyllis "Kay" Laughlin and Donald Ray Hetzer. The Hetzers are seen at right with their daughter Kay on an important graduation day.

Jacob Sr. died on Feb. 21, 1972. Ethel outlived him by nearly a quarter of a century. Said the Daily American, she was a "member of Beulah United Methodist Church and Somerset Fire Department Auxiliary, 1937 graduate of Somerset High School [and a] faithful crossing guard for the Somerset Borough Police Department with 18 years of service, retiring in 1994." 

She passed away at home at the age of 78 on Nov. 9, 1996, and was buried at Beulah Cemetery. 

Son Donald Ray Hetzer (1944-2011) was born on July 3, 1944, in Somerset. He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967. After returning to the states, he married Arlene Derecin in 1968. They resided in Westerville, OH and had two sons -- Brian Hetzer and Adam Hetzer. Donald worked over the years in Willoughby with Figgie International and Ohio Rubber Company and later with Nalco of Chagrin Falls, OH, from which he retired. Donald died at the age of 67 on Oct. 15, 2011. 

Son Jacob Robert "Jake" Hetzer married Joyce. They resided in Somerset. 

Daughter Patricia Hetzer married Thomas Critchfield and made their home in Berlin, Somerset County. 

Daughter Phyllis "Kay" Hetzer wed (?) Laughlin. She resided in Somerset.

Bertha & Glenn

~ Daughter Bertha (Minerd) Blubaugh ~

Daughter Bertha Ora Minerd (1915-2006) was born in 1915.

She married Glenn B. Blubaugh (1916-2002), the son of Lloyd N. Blubaugh of Somerset. Their wedding was solemnized on March 20, 1941, in the United Brethren High Street Church of Lima, Allen County, OH. 

At the time of marriage, Glenn was employed in Lima, having left his position as manager of the auto supply department of the Montgomery Ward Store at Somerset. Bertha worked prior to marriage at the J.C. Penney Store in Somerset. 

They remained in Lima and nearby Cridersville for the rest of their lives, working together at Blubaugh Service Master, and attending the Shawnee United Methodist Church. Glenn passed away at the age of 86, in Cridersville, on March 13, 2002. 

Bertha lived another four years, and died at the age of 90 on Jan. 8, 2006. She was laid to rest at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Lima. She was the last of her family.

Bertha and Glenn Blubaugh and son Kenneth

Paul Minerd's obit

~ Son Paul Wayne Minerd ~

Son Paul Wayne Minerd (1920-1978) was born in 1920. 

He married Anne (Manquero) Otero (1916- ? ). She brought a son to the marriage, Donald C. Otero. 

Paul was a longtime soldier in the US Army, and Anne was a registered nurse. They resided in New Mexico, where Paul was a sergeant on the police force of the Sheriff's Office of Grant County, Pinto Altos, NM. 

On Aug. 19, 1954, they suffered heartbreak when son Donald -- a native of Silver City, NM but a resident of Los Angeles -- died in L.A. of injuries received in an automobile accident. He was buried at Pinos Altos Cemetery. 

Paul passed away at the age of 58, on Dec. 14, 1978 while on duty.  A news article said he "was an asset to the morale and spirit of those he came in contact with." A former master sergeant in the Army artillery, Paul is buried at Fort Bayard, NM. His wife Anne later was employed as a radio dispatcher. Her fate is unknown. 

Esther and family friend

~ Daughter Esther (Minerd) Williams Vesek ~

Daughter Esther Bell Minerd (1922-1998) was born in 1922 in Jennerstown, Somerset County. She married twice. 

Her first husband was Lester Grant Williams Sr. ( ? - ? ). They resided in rural Lincoln Township in Somerset County.

They had seven children -- Anna Pearl Williams, William Ralph Williams, Shirley A. Shaulis, Lester G. Williams Jr., Clifford W. "Kip" Williams, Edward James Williams and Linda Mae Weitz. 

Sadly, daughter Anna died in infancy at the age of five months, on March 8, 1952, having an incurable case of bronchial pneumonia and influenza. The baby's remains were interred in the Weller Cemetery in Somerset Township.

After Lester's untimely passing, Esther married George Vesek ( ? - ? ). Said the Daily American, she was a "member of Roof Garden Christian Church, Third Society of Farm Women, 55 and Over Speeders [and a] retired crossing guard for Somerset Borough." 

Esther passed away at the Easy Living Estates in Somerset at the age of 75 on Jan. 12, 1998, with burial at Weller Cemetery. At the time of her passing, she had 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Son Lester Grant Williams Jr. (1943-2014) was born on Aug. 3, 1943 in Somerset. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. Later, he was a carpenter and owned Williams Remodeling and Home Improvement. He married Marlane Myers and had one son, Lester G. Williams III. They resided in Latrobe, Westmoreland County. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and hunting and vacationing at Myrtle Beach and Disney World. He died at Excela Health Latrobe on Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 70. Interment was at St. Vincent Cemetery following a funeral mass held at St. Vincent Basilica led by Rev. Justin Matro.

Brenda George's campaign card, 1990s

Kip Williams

Son Clifford W. "Kip" Williams (1945-2011) was born on April 14, 1945 in Somerset, Somerset County. He married Fay Horner on Oct. 31, 1963 and they had four children -- Brian Williams, Steve Williams, Marshall Williams and Brenda George. He was employed for many years for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and following retirement worked as a security guard for Allied Barton of St. Marys, PA. He loved outdoors activities such as hunting and camping. He passed away at the age of 66, at the DuBois Regional Medical Center, on Dec. 3, 2011. He was laid to rest in the Shannondale Union Cemetery in Redbank Township, Clarion County, PA, following a funeral led by Pastor Tim Tucker of the Springdale Baptist Church. 

Granddaughter Brenda (Williams) George, seen here, has served for a number of years as Armstrong County (PA) Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts. She has been re-elected to several terms in the office, which is charged as the chief custodian for the civil records of the Court of Common Pleas with the administrative responsibility for their safekeeping and preservation. 

Son Edward James Williams Sr. (1948-2012) was born in 1948 in Somerset. He married Candace J. Bugnacki. Residing in Middletown, CT, they had three children -- Amy Williams, Jacquelyn Williams and Edward James Williams Jr. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam, and later built a career in the aeronautics industry, with employment as a Leadman inspector with the Pratt & Whitney Company. Said the Somerset Daily American, he "was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed stamp collecting, fishing and studying the Civil War. Most of all he loved spending time with his family." Edward died on Jan. 20, 2012 in Middlesex Hospital, with burial in the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery.

~ Son Donald Eugene Minerd ~

Don and Lucille Minerd

Son Donald Eugene Minerd (1925-2003) was born in 1925. 

He married Lucille Schrock (1927-2012), a native of Friedens, Somerset County, and the daughter of Kellar and Pearl (Altmiller) Schrock. 

They made their home in Berlin, Somerset County, and had two children -- Dorothy Marie Maurer and James Edward Minerd. 

Donald served in the US Army during World War II. He also was a longtime mechanic for Pickings Repair Shop, a position from which he retired. Lucille was employed with the Somerset School District as a cafeteria worker.

In 2000, Donald and Lucille attended the National Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Reunion in Kingwood, Somerset County. At that reunion, Donald's grand nephew, Jeffrey Timothy Minerd, was the guest speaker, presenting his views on "Families of the Future."

Donald passed away at the age of 78 on Aug. 24, 2003, at the home of his daughter in Fairhope, PA. He was laid to rest in the Pike Cemetery. 

Lucille outlived her husband by almost nine years. She died at In Touch Hospice in Somerset on July 26, 2012, at the age of 85. At the time of her passing, she was survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Son James Edward Minerd (1948-2010) married Barbara L. Brubaker, and they had two children -- Terry Minerd and Crystal Cochran. They lived in O'Fallon, St. Clair County, IL, where James was manager of the O'Fallon Texaco Station, a stocker at Southview Foods and security officer for Whelan Security. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a sergeant after 22 years of service. He was a member of the O'Fallon Boosters and the O'Fallon Volunteer Fire Department. Suffering from kidney disease and/or diabetes, he died at the age of 62, in O'Fallon, on July 5, 2010. 

Daughter Dorothy Minerd wed Timothy Maurer.

~ Rev. W.M. Minerd Reunions ~

Reunion, 1958. Left, front to back: Glenn Blubaugh, Mervin Bailey, Kass Schritchfield, Lillian Bailey (standing), Kenneth Blubaugh. Right, front to back: Clifford Schritchfield, Jack Bailey, Bertha Blubaugh.

Will and Pearl Minerd Reunion, 1980s. Too many to name!

Festive reunion in 2000 in Kittanning, PA

Mel and Hannah Minerd's offspring, Rochester, NY, 2005

 Copyright 2000-2011, 2014 Mark A. Miner

Photograph of Billy Sunday copyright Goodwin & Co., New York; as published in "Billy" Sunday: The Man and His Message, by William T. Ellis, LL.D. (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., 1913).