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Photo of the Month
February 2016
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Laura Jane "Jennie" (Minerd) Williams of Maple Summit near Mill Run, Fayette County, PA overcame the stigma of her out-of-wedlock birth to become one of the earliest women teachers in southwestern Pennsylvania in our clan. She also was an unintentional family historian whose newspaper articles about the Minerd-Miner reunions in the late 1920s and early '30s provide key insights about these events.

Jennie and her husband Charles and their children relocated to Mount Union, Huntingdon County, PA where they made their permanent home. Along with Charles' mother Hester Williams, they made a point of traveling back to the annual family gatherings held in Somerset, Fayette and Westmoreland Counties. They are known to have been at the reunions in 1924, 1929, 1930 and 1932. One year, they even left home at 2 a.m. on the reunion day so that they could arrive on time. Each of these years, she wrote an article about the affair for the gossip columns of her home newspaper, the Huntingdon Daily News. Her data-gathering and reporting provide vital details of these early events and family connections that otherwise would be lost today, and they prove that many diverse branches of the family knew of their connections. 

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"Frank Ferling Gary Month" - For the fifth straight February, courtesy of his loving family, the Minerd.com "Photo of the Month" is dedicated to the memory of the late Frank Ferling Gary, born on Feb. 27, 1918. After a career in coal mining, he assisted his wife Minnie in the operation of Gary's Styling Boutique for 33 years, and was a Sunday School teacher. He passed on Feb. 16, 2004. More >>>

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