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Josiah Emerick
(1835-1894)

 

Indiana's marker, Comp's Cemetery

Josiah Emerick -- sometimes known as "Joseph" -- was born on Dec. 6, 1835 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Jonathan and Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick Sr.

He married Indiana Davis (1842-1894), whose father was an immigrant from England. Census records show that she could not write.

The 10 known children the couple produced together were John Alex Emerick, St. Louis Emerick, Charles E. Emerick, Richard C. Emerick, Ida Emerick, Clara May Walsh Hollis, Joseph Emerick, James "Perry" Emerick, Mary Ellen Shumaker and Noah C. Emrick. One son went by the name "George."

During the Civil War, in about 1862 or '63, after the births of their two eldest sons, the family moved across the state line into Maryland and settled on a farm near Cumberland in Allegany County, MD.

They remained there until about 1879 or '80 and then relocated back into Pennsylvania to Fairhope their old home region of Southampton Township. In 1880, the census shows all of the boys who were above the age of 12 working on the farm.

Josiah and Indiana died within a few months of each other. He passed first, on March 15, 1894.

She survived until May, and died on May 29, 1894. They rest for eternity in Comp's Cemetery. Her grave marker remains legible today. [Find-a-Grave]

In 1934, the location of their graves was surveyed and recorded by the Works Progress Administration [link]. In 2016, Indiana's marker was photographed by the founder of this website.

 

~ Son John "Alex" Emerick ~

Son John "Alex" Emerick (1859-1945) was born in about 1859 in Southampton Township, Somerset County.

When he was 23 years of age, in about 1882, Alex married Clara Jane Kennell (July 1863-1936), daughter of Andrew Jackson and Mary Ellen (Baughman) Kennell.

Together, Alex and Clara Jane produced a family of a baker's dozen number of children -- Mary Elizabeth Seese Carder, Agnes Lightfoot Stemple, Edna Moore, Margaret Kane, Clara "Alberta" Emerick, Gertrude Dietz, Myrtle Robertson, Cora Willison, Clarence Emerick, Walter Emerick, Gilbert Emerick, Leroy Emerick and Edward Edgar Emerick.

In 1899 or 1900, after the birth of their daughter Myrtle, the Emericks migrated across the state line to a farm in Mt. Savage near Frostburg, Allegany County, MD. In addition to farming, Alex earned a living as a coal miner in the Mt. Savage area, as shown in the 1910 federal census enumeration. Sons Gilbert and Clarence also mined coal in 1910..

Clara Jane passed away in 1936.

Alex outlived his wife by nine years and at first lived at 32 Greene Street. He spent his final years in the home of his daughter Edna Moore at 646 Mechanic Street, Cumberland.

He died at the age of 87 on Feb. 27, 1945 at the age of about 87. Burial was in Cumberland's Rose Hill Cemetery, with Rev. William A. Eisenberger, of the First Presbyterian Church, preaching the funeral sermon. An obituary in the Cumberland News said that he was survived by 42 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were led by Rev. William C. Harpold. Interment of the remains was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

 

Cumberland's fairgrounds and racetrack, popular local landmarks

 

Daughter Cora Emerick (1883-1971) was born in Feb. 1883. She married Clifford Earl Willison ( ? - ? ). At one time she lived in Ridgeley, MD. The couple eventually relocated to Baltimore. Together, they produced two children -- Beaufort Willison and Kathleen Bierman. Cora earned a living through employment at the Linen Thread Company of Baltimore, and belonged to the Calvary United Methodist Church. Sadly, Clifford died at the age of 73 on Jan. 20, 1955. His funeral was led by Rev. Carl H. Clapp of St. Mark's Evangelical and Reformed Church. Cora outlived her husband by 16 years. Did she marry again to "Clifton" Willison? She passed away at home at the age of 89 in May 1971. Rev. Ronald R. Winterberg led the funeral service. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park, with an obituary appearing in the Cumberland News.

  • Grandson Beaufort Willison dwelled in Helmer, IN.
  • Granddaughter Kathleen Willison was joined in wedlock with (?) Bierman. Her home in 1971 was in Baltimore.

Daughter Mary Elizabeth Emerick (1884-1969) was born in Nov. 1884 in Cook's Mill, south of Hyndman, Bedford County, PA. She was twice-married. Her first spouse was Elmer Seese ( ? - ? ). Together, they bore a son, Earl Seese. Later, Mary wedded Fayette Earl "Nick" Carder (1891-1959), son of Lafayette and Susan (Sanders) Carder and a native of Three Churches, WV. The Carders lived in Cumberland in 1945-1969. They were the parents of four -- Eugene Carder, Howard Carder, Dorothy Hughes and Loretta LaGratta. At some point during the 1920s, the couple divorced. The U.S. Census of 1930 shows Fayette heading a household of roomers, including his future wife, Marie Greene ( ? -1956). Fayette earned a living as a trouble shooter with Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company. He retired at the age of 65, on Aug. 1, 1955, after 43 years of service with the company. His fellow employees held a party in his honor at the Queen City Brewing Company, and manager C. Walter Haschert made comments about how Fayette, "as a combination man, ... had a safe driving record covering several hundred thousand miles over a 36-year period," said the Cumberland News. Mary spent her single years at 547 North Mechanic Street and 451 Waverly TerraceStreet. Fayette died on Nov. 8, 1959, with an obituary appearing in the Cumberland News. Mary was admitted to Cumberland's Memorial Hospital where she succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 84 on March 25, 1969. Rev. Ronald Winterberg, of the Oldtown United Methodist Church, presided over the funeral service. The remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Hillcrest Burial Park. An obituary in the News spelled her father's first name as "Ellick."

  • Grandson Earl Seese (1903-1969) was born on Aug. 13, 1903 in Mt. Savage, MD. He entered into marriage with Ruth Lowery ? - ? ), daughter of Samuel T. and Alcinda (Yost) Lowery of Mt. Savage. The couple appears not to have reproduced. Earl was a longtime employee of Kelly Springfield Tire Company of Cumberland. They held a membership in the Mt. Savage United Methodist Church, and he belonged to the Eagles, Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the United Rubber Workers. Sadly, at the age of 65, Earl died as a patient in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital on March 9, 1969. An obituary in the Cumberland Evening-Times reported that Rev. Kenneth Hamrick led the funeral, with burial under the sod of Mt. Savage Cemetery.
  • Grandson Eugene E. Carder (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916. He joined the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II and was shipped overseas. He lived in Oldtown, MD in 1959-1969.
  • Grandson Howard H. Carder served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II with deployment to England. Later, he dwelled in Fort Wayne, IN in 1948, where he attended college. He married Fort Wayne native Lucian Asher ( ? - ? ). He is known to have been in Pittsburgh in 1959 and Akron, OH circa 1969.
  • Granddaughter Dorothy E. Carder (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917. She wedded Elmer Hughes ( ? - ? ). Elmer served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. He wrote home in early 1944 that he had met up with his wife's brother Howard on the front in Italy. Her home in 1959-1969 was in Cumberland, MD.
  • Granddaughter Loretta Carder (1919- ? ) was born in about 1919. She married (?) LaGratta. She resided in Cumberland, MD in 1959-1969.

Daughter Agnes Emerick (1886-1954) was born in Aug. 1886. She married twice. Her first husband was Harry Lightfoot ( ? - ? ). The couple bore a daughter, Catharine Lightfoot. Later, she wedded Roland C. Stemple (1880- ? ). Children in this family were Victor E. Stemple, Carrollton Stemple and Franklin Stemple. Roland was a flagman employed by the Western Maryland Railroad in Cumberland as indicated by the 1920 and federal censuses. She resided in 1945 in Cumberland. Death swept her away in 1954. The remains were laid to rest in Cumberland's Hillcrest Burial Park.

  • Grandson Victor E. Stemple (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903.
  • Granddaughter Catharine Lightfoot (1909- ? ) was born in about 1909.
  • Grandson Carrollton Stemple (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918.
  • Grandson Franklin Stemple (1922- ? ) was born in about 1922.

Son Gilbert C. Emerick (1887-1960) was born in Oct. 1887 in Fairhope, Somerset County. In 1910, at the age of 22, he lived at home and labored as a coal miner. In adulthood he made his residence in Barrelville, MD. He was joined in matrimony with Mary Lillian Loar (July 18, 1890-1967), of Lonaconing, MD and the daughter of James and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Loar. Together, the couple bore eight children -- Marie Conner Yeager, Nora Harris, Margaret Emerick, Mildred Llewellyn Jacobs, Joseph J. Emerick, Kathleen Bingman, Capt. Genevieve Panchot and Vivian Owl. They lived on Mt. Savage Road and were members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Mt. Savage. Mary Lillian became bedfast in about 1951 and remained so until death 16 years later. As Gilbert's health declined, he was admitted to Miner's Hospital in Frostburg, MD. He died there at the age of 72 on Feb. 21, 1960. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times. Mary Lillian survived her spouse by seven years. She succumbed to the angel of death at age 76, at home, on June 20, 1967. She was survived by 23 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Marie Rose Emerick appears to have been twice-wed. Her first spouse was William Earl Conner ( ? - ? ). They tied the knot in Cumberland on July 23, 1932. The couple's two children were Mrs. Charles Patton and William Conner. They made a home in Barrelville. The pair divorced in June 1943 in Allegany County Circuit Court. By 1960, she married Baltimore native George Yeager ( ? -1965). Children born into the second union were Brenda Yeager, Pamela Yeager, George Yeager Jr. and Georgette Yeager. They dwelled in Ownings Mills, MD in the 1960s, where George was employed by Rosewood Training School. Grief blanketed the family when five-year-old daughter Georgette fell in mid-February 1964 and injured her knee. She was admitted to Memorial Hospital where complications arose and she died several weeks later on March 2, 1964. The girl's funeral was conducted by Rev. Michael Smyth of St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Mt. Savage. Adding to the family mourning, George died at home at the age of 46 on Dec. 6, 1965. His obituary was printed in the Cumberland Evening Times.

Great-granddaughter (?) Conner married Charles Patton and lived in Cumberland in 1965. Their home was on North Mechanic Street.

Great-grandson William Conner relocated to Missouri.

Great-granddaughter Brenda Yeager

Great-granddaughter Pamela Yeager.

Great-grandson George Yeager Jr.

  • Granddaughter Nora Emerick wedded William Harris. They resided in 1960-1967 in Perry Point, MD and in 1983 in Aberdeen, MD..
  • Granddaughter Margaret "Chip" Emerick (1924-1983) was born on April 29, 1924 in Barrelville, MD, a twin with her sister Mildred. She was the mother of four -- Ronald T. Emerick, William J. Emerick, Rose Marie Emerick and Bonnie J. Emerick. Margaret made her residence in Cumberland in 1960-1967 aind in Barrelville in 1983. She belonged to St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Mt. Savage and the Ladies' Skillpool League of Corriganville, MD. As her health declined, she was admitted to Cumberland's Sacred Heart Hospital. She died there at age 59 on Oct. 4, 1983. Her mass of Christian burial was sung in the family church, officiated by Rev. Richard Pratt, with interment in the church cemetery. Her obituary was published in the Meyersdale (PA) Republican.

Great-grandson Ronald T. Emerick made his home in 1983 in Piney Mountain.

Great-grandson William J. Emerick dwelled in Barrelville, MD

Great-granddaughter Rose Marie Emerick was in Barrelville, MD in the early 1980s.

Great-granddaughter Bonnie J. Emerick lived in Barrelville, MD.

  • Granddaughter Mildred Emerick (1924-2011) was born on April 29, 1924 in Barrelville, MD, a twin with her sister Margaret. She was joined in wedlock with her first husband, Everett Lewis Llewellyn ( ? -1972), son of David and Bertha (Coleman) Llewellyn of Gilmore, MD. They lived in Midland/Gilmore, MD in 1960-1972. Together, they produced a brood of offspring, among them Corinna J. Stott, Carol Ann Crowe, Diana Bowman, Lorraine Guthrie, Janet Llewellyn, Tammy Llewellyn and Michael Llewellyn. Mildred held a membership in St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Midland, MD. She loved bingo and volunteered to help organize games in church halls and fire halls. She also liked to gamble at casinos. Sadly, at the age of 58, Everett died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland on Jan. 24, 1972. The remains were interred in Frostburg Memorial Park following services led by Rev. William Dalton. His obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times. Mildred wedded a second time to E. Vincent Jacobs ( ? - ? ). Twice-widowed, her final years were spent in Gilmore on Buskirk Hollow Road. The angel of death swept her away in Western Maryland Regional Medical Center at the age of 87 on May 17, 2011. She was survived by 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Deacon Willard F. Passaur II led the funeral service. She was laid to rest in Frostburg Memorial Park.

Great-granddaughter Corinna Llewellyn ( ? - ? ) wedded Richard Stott. They lived in Frostburg. Corinna was deceased by 2011.

Great-granddaughter Carol Ann Llewellyn ( ? - ? ) married Albert Crowe. They resided in Midland, MD and later in Frostburg.

Great-granddaughter Diana Llewellyn ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with Albert Bowman. Their residence in 1972 was in Westernport, MD. Diana was deceased by 2011.

Great-granddaughter Lorraine Llewellyn ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with George Guthrie. They planted roots in Rawlings, MD.

Great-granddaughter Janet Llewellyn ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Larry Royer. The pair moved to Ohio.

Great-granddaughter Tammy Llewellyn ( ? - ? ) wedded John Wilkinson. In 2011, they resided in Westernport, MD.

Great-grandson Michael Llewellyn ( ? - ? ) dwelled in Woodland, MD in 1972.

  • Grandson Joseph J. Emerick served in the U.S. Navy circa 1960 and was stationed in Washington, DC. Evidence hints that he married Margaret S. ( ? - ? ) and fathered six children. The couple divorced in 1964. In 1967, he was at home with his parents in Cumberland.
  • Granddaughter Kathleen Emerick was united in matrimony with Robert Bingman. The couple established a residence in Cumberland. By 1967, they had migrated to Baltimore and in 1983 resided in Owings Mills, MD..
  • Granddaughter Capt. Genevieve "Ginny" Emerick (1931-2011) was born on New Year's Eve 1931 in Mt. Savage near Cumberland. She joined the U.S. Air Force Nurses Corps and served in both the Korean War and Vietnam War. She retired with the rank of captain. She married (?) Panchot ( ? - ? ), pronounced "Pan-cho." They became the parents of Earl Panchot and Victor Panchot. The couple put down roots in New Baden, IL as of 1967. Genevieve was an active member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church. In her free time she liked to garden and play cards. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 79 on Nov. 25, 2011. The remains were shipped to Flintstone, MD for burial in Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery. In an obituary in the Belleville (IL) News Democrat, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Genevieve Panchot Memorial Fund at Regions Bank of Illinois to be included in a trust to benefit her grandchildren's education.

Great-grandson Earl Panchot

Great-grandson Victor Panchot

  • Granddaughter Vivian Emerick entered into marriage with (?) Owl. Together they bore children, one of whom is believed to have been Frances O'Neill. Her home in 1960 was in Cumberland and in 1967-1983 in Key West, FL. She surrendered to the spectre of death in Key West on June 16, 2020.

Son Clarence Emerick (1889-1980) was born in Sept. 1889. He earned a living as a coal miner in Mt. Savage, MD in 1910. He reputedly wedded Dora Fullmer (1897-1979). They moved to Indiana state and were in Fort Wayne in 1926-1979. Known children borne of this marriage were Marvin Emerick, Virginia Emerick, Howard Emerick, Carol Emerick and Joyce Emerick. When the federal census enumeration was made in the 1930, Clarence was employed as trucker for a railroad, and in 1940 as a road grader for the Indiana Department of Highways. The couple died a year apart, with Dora passing first, in 1979, and Clarence in 1980. They rest in eternal slumber in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in New Haven, Allen County, IN.

  • Grandson Marvin Emerick (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923. He may have died young.
  • Granddaughter Virginia Emerick (1925- ? ) was born in 1925 in about Indiana.
  • Grandson Howard W. Emerick (1930- ? ) was born in about March 1930 in Fort Wayne.
  • Granddaughter Carol Emerick (1935- ? ) was born in about 1935 in Fort Wayne.
  • Granddaughter Joyce Emerick (1937- ? ) was born in about 1937 in Fort Wayne.

Daughter Edna Emerick (1891- ? ) was born in Dec. 1891. She was joined in matrimony with J.J. Moore ( ? - ? ). They put down roots in Cumberland with an addess of 646 Mechanic Street.

Daughter Gertrude Emerick (1893-1958) was born in Sept. 1893 in Bedford County, PA. She entered into marriage with Orrie C. "Red" Dietz ( ? -1969), son of George and Anna Dietz and a native of Howard, PA. Their residence for many years was in Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD. Four children born to this union were Orran Dietz, Calvin Dietz, Eileen Mowry, Marie Hosselrode and Waneda Hartge. Orrie earned a living as a deisel engineer. The Dietzes belonged to the Barrelville Presbyterian Church. As her health plummeted, Gertrude was admitted to Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. Death swept her away there at the age of 64 on June 23, 1958. The Cumberland News published an obituary. Funeral services were led by Rev. Maruice D. Robertson of the First Presbyterian Church, Cumberland. The remains were lowered under the sod of Rest Lawn Burial Park. Orrie lived for another 11 years as a widower, making a home at 430 North Mechanic Street. He died in Cumberland's Sacred Heart Hospital on Nov. 11, 1969. His obituary appeared in the News. Rev. Milton Benny Jr. presided over the funeral service.

  • Grandson Orran Dietz (1913- ? )
  • Granddaughter Eileen Dietz (1917- ? ) married (?) Mowry. Her home in 1958-1969 was in Ellerslie, MD.
  • Granddaughter Marie Dietz (1919- ? ) wedded (?) Hosselrode. She dwelled circa 1958-1969 in Baltimore.
  • Granddaughter Waneda Dietz (1924- ? ) was united in matrimony with (?) Hartge. She lived in Shelby, OH in 1958-1969.
  • Grandson Calvin Dietz (1927- ? ) moved to Crestline, OH and in 1969 in Shelby, OH.

Daughter Margaret Emerick (1895-1964) was born on March 18, 1895 in Wellersburg, Somerset County. She was united in wedlock with Charles R. Kane ( ? - ? ). They are not known to have reproduced. For decades, the Kanes dwelled in Cumberland, at the address of 407 Fifth Street. On the tragic day of April 23, 1964, the 69-year-old Margaret was working in the front yard of her home when she was hit and mortally injured by a moving vehicle operated by a 16-year-old boy. She was "in a crouched position when she was struck ... [and] hurled up over the curb," reported the Cumberland Evening Times. She was rushed to the hospital where she died later that day. Rev. Charles W. Bogan, of St. Mary's Catholic Church, sung the funeral mass, with burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Son Leroy C. Emerick (1897- ? ) was born in April 1897. He dwelled in Cumberland and may be the same man circa 1932 who operated the Silver Star Dance Hall, a confectionary and gasoline station along the Mt. Savage Road in Barrelsville. In doing so, he advertised dancing "every Thursday and Saturday." He was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with Ruth M. ( ? - ? ). During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army at Camp Chaffee, AR. After the war's end, Ruth filed for divorce, and it was granted in November 1947. In 1960-1969, Leroy was in Mt. Savage, MD.

Daughter Myrtle Emerick (1899-1978) was born in 1899. She tied the knot with Walter Garfield Robertson (May 4, 1880-1961), son of David and Victoria (Richardswon) Robertson of Ocean, MD. They were the parents of Russell Robertson, Kenneth B. Robertson, Berniece Appleoff, Violet Robertson and Myrtle Trexler. They lived in Mt. Savage, MD in 1968-1969, along Mt. Savage Road near Melody Manor. Walter was emploed by the Safe Deposit and Trust Company of Baltimore. he held a membership in the Kemp lodge of the Masons. Myrtle loved youth baseball and actively followed the Pen-Mar Baseball League. She was "considered one of Allegany county's most loyal baseball fans and she and her late husband... operated Melody Manor, where baseball meetings were held for many years," said the Cumberland News. "Since 1932, Mrs. Robertson has saved the scorebooks of many of the games that were played at Barrelville and her husband scored the games that were played there." Sadly, Walter died at home at the age of 80 on Feb. 8, 1961. An obituary in the News reported that funeral services were conducted by Rev. Maurice D. Robertson, of the First Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in Frostburg Memorial Park. Myrtle outlived her spouse by 17 years. She is known to have hosted the annual Emerick family reunion at her home in August 1968. Then in July 1969, she received the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Pen-Mar league all-star game, held at Moss Cottage Field. The spectre of death whisked her away in 1978.

  • Grandson Russell Robertson relocated to Pico Riviera, CA.
  • Grandson Kenneth B. Robertson made his home in Berkeley Springs, WV.
  • Granddaughter Bernice Robertson (1917-1988) was born on Nov. 1, 1917 in Maryland. In 1944, she was united in matrimony with Richard Ray Appleoff (1923-1993), a native of Hiawatha, Brown County, KS. The couple's four known children were Bruce Appleoff, Mark Appleoff, Janell Broton and Michelle Chandler. Richard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. They lived in Falls City, NE in 1961. Berniece passed into eternity at the age of 70, in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA on July 19, 1988. Her remains are in eternal repose in Cedar Memorial Park in Cedar Rapids. Richard outlived his wife and apparently married a second time. He died on May 14, 1993. Burial was in the Rock Island National Cemetery in Illinois.
  • Granddaughter Violet Robertson was unmarried and resided with her parents in 1961.
  • Granddaughter Myrtle Robertson was joined in wedlock with Donald Trexler. The couple put down roots in Mt. Savage, MD.

Son Walter Emerick (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901 in Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD. He resided in Mt. Savage circa 1945-1969.

Daughter Clara "Alberta" Emerick (1905-1948) was born in about 1905 in Mt. Savage, MD. She was not married. Alberta made a home in Cumberland at 212 Cecelia Street. She was employed for years at the Celanese Corporation plant in Cumberland, retiring due to poor health in 1946. She was a member of Moffatt Memorial Presbyterian Chapel of Barrelville, MD. She died at home at the age of 44 on Feb. 8, 1948. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times. Rev. Robert M. Campbell, of Southminster Presbyterian Church, officiated the funeral. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Son Edward Edgar Emerick (1908-1966) was born in about 1908 in Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD, the youngest of 13 children. He entered into the union of marriage with Elva Weatherholtz ( ? - ? ). Two children born in this family were Leo Edward Emerick and Mrs. Earl Jennings Dennison. They made their home for decades in Mt. Savage. Edward earned his wages in maintenance at the motor vehicle garage of the County of Allegany. The family belonged to the Barrelville Presbyterian Church. He was carried away by the angels, as a patient in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital, at the age of 58 on July 24, 1966. An obituary in the Cumberland News reported that Rev. Rodney L. Casteel preached the funeral sermon, with burial following in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

  • Grandson Leo Edward Emerick served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, posted to Norfolk, VA as an engineman first class in 1966.
  • Granddaugher (?) Emerick was united in wedlock with Earl Jennings Dennison. The couple dwelled in Mt. Savage in 1966.

 

~ Son St. Louis Emerick ~

Son St. Louis Emerick (1860-1934) was born on Oct. 9, 1860 in Southampton Township.

He was a longtime self-employed farmer.

His bride was Anna Willison ( ? - ? ).

In the early 1930s, they dwelled at 333 Strayer Street in Dale, Cambria County, PA.

St. Louis suffered from chronic heart disease and, when contracting pneumonia in the spring of 1934, his health declined quickly. He died at age 73 years, six months on April 10, 1934. His remains were returned to Southampton Township for interment in Comp's Cemetery. Mrs. Mae Miller of 127 Joseph Avenue signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

 

~ Son Charles Edward Emerick ~

Son Charles Edward Emerick (1863-1948) was born in about 1863 in Vale Summit near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

He married Elizabeth A. Walsh (1868- ? ).

Their four known children were Winona Vinyard, Bertha Ann Zonker, Russell Emerick and Isabelle Trahan.

The family was in Frostburg near Cumberland in 1910. In the early years of adulthood, he worked as a butcher in a meat market owned by James Engle in Frostburg.

He helped found the Frostburg Aerie of the Eagles and the Mt. Savage Lodge of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. Then in 1917, they relocated to Indiana and settled in Kendallville, Noble County.

 

Parade on Main Street, Kendallville, IN, home of Charles and Elizabeth Emerick

 

The federal census enumeration of 1920 shows Charles as widowed at the age of 56 and working at a refrigerator factory. That year, he provided a home with his 18-year-old daughter Isabelle. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, he was in the household of his married daughter Brtha Zonker in Kendallville.

Charles died in Kendallville in 1948. They are interred together in Frostburg Memorial Park in Frostburg, Allegany County, MD. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Winona Emerick (1892-1966) was born on Jan. 22, 1892 in Maryland. She remained behind when her parents moved to Indiana. When she was 20 years of age, Winona wedded 25-year-old James Porter Vinyard (1889- ? ), an Alabama native. At least four children born to the couple were Francis Vinyard, Doris Mae Hopkins, Ronald James Vinyard and Charles R. Vinyard. James' occupation in 1920 was "agent." Circa 1920, the Vinyards resided in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, PA. They are believed in 1921 or 1922 to have been in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, OH, and then in 1930-1948 dwelled in Buckhannon, Upshur County, WV. Their address in Buckhannon was 6 Marion Street. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, of Buckhannon, James worked as a bookkeeper for a contractors' business. Then in 1940, still in Buckhannon, he earned a living as a foreman for a county or state road. At the age of 73, Winona was burdened with heart disease and hardening of the arteries. When she came down with an acute virus infection, she was admitted to Broaddus Hospital in nearby Philippi, WV, where she remained until death 12 days later on April 16, 1966. Burial was in Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon. Doris Vinyard Hopkins signed the West Virginia certificate of death.

  • Grandson Francis Vinyard (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917 in Ohio.
  • Granddaughter Doris Mae Vinyard (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921 in or near New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, OH. She grew up in Buckhannon, Upshur County, WV, and as a young woman in 1940 earned a living as a cashier in a local department store. On July 7, 1948, when she was 27 years of age, she was united in holy wedlock with 26-year-old Richard Center Hopkins ( ? - ? ), a native of Harrison County, WV, and the son of Frank H. and Beatrice (Canter) Hopkins. The wedding ceremony took place in Buckhannon, Upshur County, WV, by the hand of Rev. Ross Linger.
  • Grandson Ronald James Vinyard (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925 in West Virginia.
  • Grandson Charles Russell Vinyard (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927 in Harrison County, WV. On Jan. 29, 1949, at the age of 21, he entered into marriage with 18-year-old Mabel Jean Perry ( ? - ? ), a resident of Adrian, Upshur County, WV, and the daughter of French Sterling and Lela (Alderman) Perry. As he had done the previous year for Charles' sister Doris, Rev. Ross Linger officiated the nuptials in Buckhannon.

Son Russell Emerick (1894- ? ) was born in about 1891. He was a World War II veteran and a patient in 1948 at Great Lakes Naval Station.

Daughter Bertha Ann Emerick (1899- ? ) was born in about 1899 in Maryland. She married Clarence "Allen" Zonker ( ? -1951), a native of Corunna, IN and the son of William A. and Mildred Zonker. Together they produced a daughter, Sandal Zonker. Clarence was a veteran of World War I. Circa 1940, census records show that they were in Kendallville, Noble County, IN, and in 1948 in Rome City, IN. Clarence at one time owned several grocery stores and a tavern in Kendallville. He suffered decades with eye problems. For the last six years of his life, starting in about 1945, Clarence was burdened with a serious illness. As his health declined toward the end, he was admitted to McCray Memorial Hospital. There, he succumbed to death at age 61 on Jan. 12, 1951. His obituary was printed in the Garrett (IN) Clipper.

  • Granddaughter Sandal Zonker ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was joined in marriage with (?) Maddox and made her home in 1951 in Kendallville.

Daughter Isabelle Emerick (1901- ? ) was joined in wedlock with I.H. Monroe ( ? - ? ). Their one daughter was Monroe. Later, she married (?) Trahan. They were in San Francisco in 1948.

  • Granddaughter Jane Monroe ( ? - ? )

 

~ Son Richard C. Emrick ~

Son Richard C. Emrick (1866-1949) was born on Christmas Day 1866 in Bedford County, PA.

Circa 1888, when he was 21 years old, he married 20-year-old Martha M. Kennell (1867-1944), daughter of Andrew Jackson and Elizabeth (Baughman) Kennell and a native of Kennell's Mill. (The two families were close, and Richard's brother John Alex Emerick married Martha's sister Clara Jane Kennell.)

They together produced a family of eight children -- Joseanna "Josie" (Emerick) Emerick, George Emerick, James Robert Emerick, Ola "Oley" Mull, Irvin Clay Emerick, Clara Burkett, Edgar William Emerick, Myrtle Nichols Schuida, Cletis Eugene Emrick and Leo Emerick.

 

Comp's Church Cemetery

 

Richard earned a living in various ways over the years -- as a farmer, postmaster and storekeeper. They were members of the Gladdens Reformed Church. When the federal census enumeration of 1900 was taken, the family was on a farm in Southampton Township. At that time, Richard's bachelor uncle Nathan Emerick, age 76, lived under their roof.

During the decade between 1900 and 1910, the family relocated to nearby Fairhope Township, Somerset County, with Richard employed as an engineer in a local clay mine. They remained in Fairhope as of 1930. Census records for 1920-1930 show him engaged as postmaster for the U.S. government, and in 1920 that 13-year-old grandson Arthur E. Emerick was in the household.

Sadly, suffering from hypertension and heart and kidney failure, Martha passed away on March 22, 1944 at the age of 77. The Cumberland Evening Times printed an obituary. Among those attending her funeral were Edward Kennell of Kendalville, IN, Russell and Harry Kennell of Fort Wayne, IN, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Emerick of Helmer, IN, Cletus Emerick of Gadsden, AL, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Emerick and Alex Amereick of Cumberland, Kenneth and Melvin Emerick of Pittsburgh, Edward Emerick of Burgettstown, PA, Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Mull, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Biggs and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Wakefield of Seward, PA, Joan Emerick and Mrs. Walter Suiba of Philadelphia and Ward Kennell of Wellersburg, PA.

Richard was felled by a heart attack and died instantly at the age of 82 on March 26, 1949. Burial was in Comp's Cemetery, with Rev. Charles Evans officiating at the funeral, and an obituary appearing in the Cumberland (MD) Sunday Times.

Daughter Joseanna/Josephine "Josie" Emerick (1887-1966) was born on Jan. 7, 1887 in Gladdens, Southampton Township, Somerset County. She was joined in the bonds of matrimony with a cousin, John A. Emerick (Jan. 1, 1881-1920), son of Joseph and Elemina "Ellen" (McEwen) Emerick. The couple made their residence in Rockwood, Somerset County and were the parents of Arthur Emerick and Elmer J. Emerick. John earned his wages as a laborer. Heartache swept through the family when John contracted pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 39. After about three weeks of suffering, he surrendered to death on March 2, 1920. Interment was in in Lybarger Cemetery in the community of Madley, Bedford County, PA. The widowed Joseanna outlived her husband by 46 years. She relocated to Pittsburgh and was there in 1926. She often returned home to visit with her parents. She sold a tract of land in July 1952 to Leon C. Emerick which may indicate when she migrated to Philadelphia. She appears to have spent the balance of her life in the city of brotherly love, where she and her son Arthur operated a rooming house. Their address in the mid-1960s was 1718 Arch Street in Center City. On the fateful morning of Jan. 5, 1966, said the Bedford (PA) Inquirer, she was"attacked and brutally beaten" at home. She was taken to Hahnemann Hospital, where she lingered for several weeks until she passed away at the age of 79 on Jan. 24, 1966. The remains were shipped back to Bedford County to sleep for eternity in Lybarger Cemetery. Rev. Charles Evans led the funeral service. She was survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Arthur E. Emerick and his mother operated a rooming house in Philadelphia in the 1960s, at the address of 1718 Arch Street.
  • Grandson Elmer J. Emerick ( ? -2003) was born in (?). He moved to Pittsburgh and put down roots in its Beechview neighborhood. He was united in matrimony with Edith V. Buckley ( ? -1975). Their two children were Arthur E. Emerick and Geraldine Hunter. He was employed as assistant manager for the A&P Tea Company. The family was plunged into grief when Edith died on June 21, 1975. The remains were transported to Hyndman, Bedford County to sleep for all time in Madley Cemetery. He died at the age of 95 on April 7, 2003. An obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Great-granddaughter Geraldine "Gerry" Emerick wedded Howard A. Hunter. They established a home in Jefferson Borough in Pittsburgh's South Hills. The couple's four offspring were James Hunter, Nancy Clutter, Dean Hunter and Karen Hunter. Heartache cascaded over the family when Geraldine died on Sept. 30, 1986. Funeral services were held in the Lebanon Presbyterian Church, with burial following in the Lebanon Church Cemetery. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an obituary.

Great-grandson Arthur E. Emerick relocated to Florida by 1975.

Son George W. Emerick (1888-1961) was born in July 1888 in Gladdens, Southampton Township. He resided at home in Fairhope in 1910 and earned a living as a railroad brakeman. He was united in the bonds of wedlock with Helen Jane Stillwagon (1892-1954), a native of Connellsville and the daughter of George M. and Cornelia (Valentine) Stillwagon. Their brood of four offspring included Kenneth R. Emerick, George Melvin Emerick, Wilbert Emerick, Glenn R. Emerick and Helen "Dorothy" Dyer Wandless Klemann. In time the family moved to Pittsburgh (by 1926), living in the Beechview section for 22 years, and with George working as a freight conductor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Their home was at 1425 Kenberma Avenue in the mid-1930s. George held a membership in the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen union, and his career with the B&O totaled more than half a century. In 1935, the family bore the heartbreak of the death of their 21-year-old son Wilbert to pneumonia. Between 1935 and 1940, George was transferred to the B&O facilities in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA, as shown on the federal census enumeration. They moved again by 1954 to Cumberland, MD, making a home at the address of 617 Montgomery Avenue. The couple belonged to Trinity Methodist Church of Cumberland, and George to the East Gate lodge of the Masons. Sadly, her health having been in decline for a year, Helen passed away in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital on Feb. 25, 1954. Her pastor Rev. Clarence L. Beard conducted the funeral. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park. The Cumberland News published an obituary. George appears to have married again to Margaret (Kreigline) Holler ( ? - ? ). Margaret's children from a previous marriage were Mrs. Charles G. Crawford, Charles E. Holler and Mrs. O.J. Harbell. He retired on June 30, 1958. George was ill for the last two years of his life. He passed away in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital at the age of 72 on July 11, 1961. Following funeral services held in Cumberland, led by Rev. Louis Emerick of the family church, the body was transported to Pittsburgh for interment in Bethel Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Press and Cumberland News.

  • Grandson Kenneth R. Emerick ( ? -1990) was born in (?). He wedded Louise B. French ( ? - ? ). Together, the pair bore a son, Kenneth W. Emerick. The couple lived for years in the Castle Shannon neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Kenneth earned a living there as a self-employed painter, retiring in 1977. He was socially active as a member of the Southgate-Marshall lodge of the Masons, the Syria Temple and Shriners. The family belonged to the Castle Shannon United Methodist Church. Stricken with lung cancer, he passed away at home on June 14, 1990. Funeral services were held in the family church, followed by burial of the remains in Jefferson Memorial Park in nearby Pleasant Hills. The Pittsburgh Press ran an obituary.

Great-grandson Kenneth W. Emerick made his home circa 1990 in Finleyville, Washington County, PA. He was the father of Michael Emerick, Douglas Emerick and Jeffrey Emerick.

  • Grandson George Melvin Emerick ( ? -1967) was born on March 5, 1913 in Pittsburgh. He married Margaret Fitzgerald ( ? - ? ). Two daughters were born to this union, Margaret Metzger and Patricia Emerick. The family resided for years in the Beechview section of Pittsburgh, at the address of 2318 Vodeli Street. As with his brother Kenneth, George earned a living as a painting contractor. He held a membership in the Milnor lodge of the Masons. After suffering from heart problems, he was felled by a heart attack and died in St. Joseph Hospital in Pittsburgh, at the age of 54, on Aug. 7, 1967. The remains were lowered under the sod of Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Peters Township, Washington County. His obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Press.

Great-granddaughter Margaret Emerick married (?) Metzger. They were the parents of Peggy Ann Metzger.

Great-granddaughter Patricia Emerick ( ? - ? )

  • Grandson Wilbert R. Emerick (1914-1935) was born on July 1, 1914. He entered into marriage with Catherine Jones ( ? - ? ). The couple apparently did not reproduce. In the mid-1930s, their address in Pittsburgh was 136 Boggs Avenue. He was employed as a service repairman by Hoover Sweeper Company. The end for Wilbert came quickly. In late August 1935 he contracted lobar pneumonia. A week later, on Sept. 4, 1935, he was dead, at the age of 21. The body were laid to rest in Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
  • Grandson Glenn R. Emerick (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920. At the age of 20, in 1940, he lived with his parents in Connellsville and worked as a house painter. He dwelled for decades in Cumberland, MD and was there in 1990.
  • Granddaughter Helen "Dorothy" Emerick (1930-2006) was born on Nov. 6, 1930 in Pittsburgh and grew up in Connellsville, PA and Cumberland, MD. She was trained as a cosmetologist. She was thrice-wed. She first was joined in marriage with James E. Dyer ( ? - ? ). They put down roots in Cumberland, MD and were there in 1961. In time, she wedded again by the early 1960s to (?) Wandless ( ? - ? ) with their residence in Miami. The second marriage resulted in a son, Henry Lee Wandless, and possibly also a daughter Helen Jane Ring. She moved in about 1966 from Miami to Lakeland, FL. By 1990, Dorothy was united in matrimony with (?) Klemann ( ? - ? ), residing in Lakeland. She was the owner and operator of Aldine Beauty Salon. She held membershipos in the Living Hope Community Church and the Order of Eastern Star. Stricken with cancer, she succumbed to death in Lakeland at the age of 75 on Aug. 30, 2006. An obituary was published in the Lakeland Ledger and Tampa Bay Times.

Great-grandson Henry Lee Wandless ( ? - ? ) lived in Lakeland, FL in 2006.

Great-granddaughter Helen Jane Ring resided in Auburndale, FL in 2006.

Son James Robert Emerick (1889-1926) was born on Oct. 31, 1889 in Southampton Township. He was of medium height and a stout build, with blue eyes and light hair. At the age of 20, in 1910, he labored in the local clay mine in Fairhope. In 1912, James entered into marriage with Edna "Pearl" Frazier (Feb. 21, 1896-1973), a native of Bedford County and the daughter of Andrew J. and Emma Jane (Engleka) Frazier. The couple bore two sons, Alton T. Emerick and James R. Emerick. The small family first lived in Fairhope, Somerset County and then migrated to Connellsville, Fayette County, PA, where James labored over the years as a brakeman and conductor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Their address in Connellsville was 1122 Vine Street. He held a membership in the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen union. Over the last six years of his life, he suffered from a debilitating illness of paralysis. Evidence suggests that Pearl remained in Connellsville while he returned to Fairhope after he was forced to stop working. Death overtook him on Oct. 29, 1926, just two days before what would have been his 37th birthday. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican named his wife and son, while his death certificate claimed he was single. The remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Comp's Cemetery. Pearl outlived her husband by 47 years. She wed twice more, first in 1927 to Ira Flesher (1876-1952). Ira brought a son to the union, Ivan Flesher. She married a third time in 1956 to Clarence A. Danner (1895-1984). He too had been married before and was the father of Clarence A. Danner Jr., George Danner, David Danner, James Danner, Thelma Russell and Velva Reeves. She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church and its Philathea Sunday School Class, as well as the Ladies Auxiliary to the Connellsville Barracks of World War I veterans, the Friendship Temple of Pythian Sisters and the Dames of Malta. Circa 1973, her home in Connellsville was at 110 South Fourth Street. At the age of 77, she died on May 30, 1973. Her obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

  • Grandson Alton T. Emerick (1913-1977) was born on Sept. 8, 1913 in Connellsville. He was joined in marriage with Gertrude E. Piper (May 19, 1910-2002), also of Connellsville and the daughter of Thomas and Harriet L. (Leighty) Piper. They bore a son together, Robert A. Emerick. The couple lived in South Connellsville for years and belonged to the Albright United Methodist Church. Alton passed away in Pittsburgh at the age of 63 on Sept. 2, 1977. His body was lowered under the sod of Green Ridge Memorial Park in Pennsville north of Connellsville. Gertrude survived him by a quarter of a century. Death claimed her at the age of 92 on June 11, 2002. Rev. Dr. Byron Tate Fulton presided over her funeral, with an obituary appearing in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

Great-grandson Robert A. Emerick ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He married Betty R. ( ? - ? ). The family lived in Uniontown, Fayette County. Their two sons were Michael R. Emerick and Thomas M. Emerick.

  • Grandson James R. Emerick (1920-1994) was born in 1920. He resided in Washington, Washington County, PA.

Daughter Ola M. "Oley" Emerick (1890- ? ) was born in Dec. 1890 in Southampton Township. She wedded Oscar Edgar Mull (Feb. 6, 1889-1957), son of John and Norah (Bush) Mull of Bedford County. Three children born in this family were Grace Wakefield, Pauline Briggs and Richard "Curtis" Mull. They resided in Fairfax, WV in 1910 and in Rockwood in the 1920s. The family pulled up stakes again and moved to Seward, Westmoreland County, PA by the early 1930s. Ola often visited her parents, with the news covered in the gossip columns of the Meyersdale Republican. Oscar was a longtime foreman for the Pennsylvania Electric Company and held a membership in the United Electrical Union. The family belonged to the Reformed Church of Rockwood. Sadly, at the age of 68, having suffered for 18 months with hypertension, followed by uremia, Oscar died at home on June 6, 1957. Daughter Grace Wakefield of Seward signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Funeral services were led by Rev. James Shaffer, and burial was in Madley Cemetery in Buffalo Mills, Bedford County. His obituary was printed in the Cumberland (MD) News and Somerset (PA) Daily American. Ola survived for decades. She was named in the newspapers at the births of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Residing in Hillsdale, Indiana County, PA, she surrendered to the angel of death in 1981.

  • Granddaughter Pauline Mull (1909-1974) was born in about 1909. She grew up in Rockwood and was a graduate of the 1928 class of Rockwood High School. Pauline wedded Dale Briggs ( ? - ? ). She lived in the 1950s and '60s in Seward, Westmoreland County, PA. Pauline is known to have run for election for St. Clair Township tax collector in 1965 and to have served as secretary for the Seward Fire Auxiliary, stepping down in 1966. Having sold her home near the Texaco Service Station in 1973, she held an auction of her household contents. She moved to Alabama to resided with a son in Huntsville, AL. Sadly, Pauline died in Huntsville in October 1974. The body was brought back to Seward for funeral services. Among those attending the services, reported the Somerset Daily American, were old neighbors and girlhood friends from Rockwood, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barclay and Evelyn Schrock.
  • Grandson Richard "Curtis" Mull (1912-1940) was born on Nov. 26, 1912. In 1935, he was joined in wedlock with Odetta Mary Rager (1913-1999), daughter of Lemon George and Martha (Edkins) Rager. They put down roots in Seward, Westmoreland County, PA and were the parents of Miriam "Elaine" Robb. Curtis earned a living as a salesman for Super Oil Company. On the tragic day of May 4, 1940, at the age of 27, Curtis was killed in an automobile accident near the Blue Ridge gasoline station on U.S. Route 30, about a quarter mile from Ligonier, Westmoreland County. The Ligonier Echo reported that he and a friend "lost their lives ... when a coupe in which they were riding crashed into the rear of a large trailer truck transporting a steam shovel." His neck and skull were crushed. The news was published widely throughout the state. Curtis' remains were laid to rest in Madley Cemetery. Odetta lived on for an extraordinary 59 years. After two years of grieving, Odetta entered into marriage with John Friedrich Eisele (1907-1960). He died in 1960. Her second period of widowhood spanned 39 years. Death swept her away on Feb. 5, 1999 in Cambria County, PA. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown.

Great-granddaughter Miriam "Elaine" Mull (1932-2018) was born in 1932 in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA. She was only eight years old when her father was killed. She grew up in Johnstown and was valedictorian of the Johnstown High School Class of 1950. She received a scholarship to study education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1953, she was united in matrimony with Korean War veteran Luther Robb ( ? - ? ) of the U.S. Navy. The couple relocated to State College, PA, where Luther began his studies at Penn State University. Miriam worked in Johnstown as head window dresser and fashion designer for the Penn Traffic department store. Interested in politics, she served as a Republican committeewoman in Centre County. The couple eventually divorced. She went on to support herself in the fields of insurance and real estate. She also collected antiques and collectibles. Reported the Lewistown Sentinel, "Possessed with innate creative ability, Miriam was a talented artist, sculptor, painter, gardener, singer and seamstress... In State College, Miriam was a local 'legend' in gardening and landscape architecture. She designed, created and installed terraced flower beds and a variety of unique exotic trees, flowers and plants at the North Oak Lane home. She also developed a line of hybrid, multi-colored daylilies." Sadly, she contracted breast cancer which spread throughout her body. She died in Mifflin County, PA on May 8, 2018. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

  • Granddaughter Grace Mull (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916. She married Warren J. "Buck" Wakefield. They dwelled in Seward, Westmoreland County and were the parents of David Wakefield.

Great-grandson David Wakefield married Loretta. They made a residence in Armagh, Indiana County in the 1970s. The couple together bore a daughter Susan Bowers.

Son Irvin Clay Emerick (1893-1910) was born on St. Patrick's Day 1893 in Southampton Township. The Meyersdale Republican reported in January 1910 that he had gone to Fairfax, WV to visit his married sister Ola Mull. In 1910, when he was 17 years of age, he worked in a nearby brickyard, maybe known as "Adams." Later that year, he appears to have secured a position as a brakeman with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. On the fateful Christmas Eve of 1910, Irvin died, said to have been asphyxiated in the home of A. Sellers in Cumberland. The remains were brought back to Somerset County for burial in Comp's Cemetery.

Daughter Clara J. Emerick (1895- ? ) was born in Feb. 1895 in Southampton Township. At the age of 18, she was united in wedlock with 19-year-old Shannon Burkett (1894- ? ). The couple did not reproduce. They established a residence in Hyndman, Bedford County and were there in 1917-1966. Clara often returned home to see her parents, as evidenced by numerous short gossip column articles in the Meyersdale Republican. They also traveled to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia at times to visit relatives and friends. In November 1925, Shannon was elected an inspector for Hyndman. Federal census enumeration records for 1930 show the couple in Hyndman, with him employed as a track foreman with the railroad. Clara remained in Hyndman into the 1960s. Nothing more about them is known.

Son Edgar William Emerick (1899-1995) was born on Sept. 26, 1899 at Comp's Crossroads in Southampton Township. He wedded a cousin, Nora V. Emerick (Aug. 8, 1899-1997), daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Martz) Emerick. The couple's seven children were Irvin Emerick, Nancy Santavy, Doris Littleton, Eleanor Wolf, Barbara Emerick, Betty Emerick and Kathryn Anderson. He relocated to Burgettstown, Washington County, PA, and remained in the Pittsburgh region for 45 years. There, he earned his income as a crane operator for American Bridge Company. Nora spent a 45-year career as a teacher in several schools in Somerset County. His home in 1966 was in Carnegie, PA. In retirement, Edgar moved back to Somerset and settled in Glencoe. They held a membership in the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church near Glencoe, and he belonged to the Hyndman lodge of the Masons and she to the Order of Easterrn Star. Death carried him away at the age of 94, in Somerset Hospital, on Feb. 13, 1994. An obituary reported that he was survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Rev. James L. Fish Jr. preached the funeral sermon, with interment in Comp's Cemetery. Nora outlived her spouse by three years. She succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 97 on Jan. 19, 1997. Her final resting place is in Lebanon Cemetery in Glencoe.

  • Grandson Irvin Emerick lived in Carnegie, near Pittsburgh, in the 1990s.
  • Granddaughter Nancy Emerick married (?) Santavy. Her home in 1994 was in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Doris Emerick wedded (?) Littleton. She migrated to North Carolina and in 1994 was in Goldsboro, NC.
  • Granddaughter Eleanor Emerick was joined in matrimony with (?) Wolf. She dwelled in Casper, WY in the mid-1990s.
  • Granddaughter Barbara Emerick put down roots in Carnegie near Pittsburgh.
  • Granddaughter Betty Emerick relocated to San Antonio, TX.
  • Granddaughter Kathryn Emerick was united in wedlock with (?) Anderson. Circa 1994, she was in Casper, WY.

Daughter Myrtle I. Emerick (1904- ? ) was born in about 1904 in Somerset County. She appears to have been twice-wed. Her first spouse, whom she wed when she was age 18, was 41-year-old Clarence Nichols (1889- ? ). They moved cross-state to Philadelphia by 1926, where Clarance earned a living as an engineer for a contractor. The couple's four known children were Alma Nichols, Hazel Nichols, William Nichols and James Nichols. The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows the family living in Philadelphia on Sellers Street, with Clarence's bachelor brother Samuel living under their roof. Later, she married Walter Schuida/Suida (1908- ? ), who was four years younger than she. The Suidas remained in Philadelphia for decades. Two more daughters were born into the family -- Roberta Suida and Barbara Suida. Walter was employed in 1940 as a loom fixer. and Myrtle as an inspectress, both for Narrow Fabric Manufacturing Company.

  • Granddaughter Alma Nichols (1919- ? ) was born in 1919 in Maryland. She moved to Philadelphia as a girl.
  • Granddaughter Hazel Nichols (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921 in Pennsylvania.
  • Grandson William Nichols (1923- ? )
  • Grandson James Nichols (1929- ? )
  • Granddaughter Roberta Suida (1933- ? )
  • Granddaughter Barbara Suida (1938- ? )

Son Cletis Eugene Emrick (1905-1995) was born on April 7, 1905 in Gladdens, Somerset County. He moved to Philadelphia where he known to have been in 1926. In about 1929, at the age of 24, Cletis was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with 24-year-old Effie L. (Goll) Mahan (1904-1975), daughter of Jacob Frederick and Minerva Stewart (McCloskey) Goll. She brought a son to the union, Charles S. Mahan. At least two known sons were produced in this marriage -- Robert E. Emrick and George W. Emrick. The family frequently moved as Cletis secured promotions or new employment. They lived in Philadelphia in 1930, as shown by the U.S. Census, with both working for the railroad, he as a mechanic and she as a bookkeeper. Circa 1933, they lived in Boston, MA and in 1935 in Rimersburg, Armstrong County, PA. Among his projects circa 1933 was with his brother Edgar, working in Jennerstown on relocating a dangerous section of the Lincoln Highway known as the "Picking Curve." By 1940, they had pulled up stakes and moved to Providence, RI, where he earned a living as a construction engineer. Later he migrated to Illinois and in 1944 was in Joliet, IL. A January 1945 article in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times reported that Cletis was "leaving for New York City to take up new duties with the George A. Fuller and Merritt Chapman and Scott Corporation. Mr. Emerick will be assigned to work in Caracas, Venezuela, South America. His wife and family will join him." His home in 1966 was in Folsom, Delaware County, PA. Cletis died on Jan. 28, 1995. Burial was beside his wife in Comp's Cemetery.

  • Grandson Robert E. Emrick (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931 in Pennsylvania.
  • Grandson George W. Emrick (1934- ? ) was born in about 1934 in Maryland.
  • Step-grandson Charles S. Mahan ( ? -1979) was married and resided in the southwest section of Philadelphia. He was married and the father of Charles Mahan, Robert Mahan, Frances McAllister, George Mahan, Thomas Mahan and Joan Mahan. He earned a living through his work for Conrail. Sadly, Charles died on Sept. 10, 1979. An obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer said that a mass of Christian burial was held at the M.B.S. Church, with interment following in the Arlington Cemetery.

Son Leo Curtis Emerick (1910-1999) was born on June 22, 1910. He wedded a cousin, Eva Elizabeth Emerick (June 29, 1923-2012), daughter of Clarence Benjamin and Saloma Viola (Clites) Emerick of Southampton Township. The bride was 13 years younger than the groom. They did not reproduce. The couple lived in Hyndman, Bedford County. Eva Elizabeth earned a living over the years through her work at the Garment Factory in nearby Cumberland, MD. She also was a licensed minister. Leo died at the age of 89 on Sept. 3, 1999. Burial was in Comp's Cemetery. Eva Elizabeth survived her husband by a baker's dozen years. She succumbed to death in the home of a caregiver in Cumberland, MD on May 28, 2012. Rev. Jim Peters presided at her funeral service. Pallbearers were Lynn Emerick, Ronnie Emerick, Harry Hutzell, Roy Kennell, Bernard Shroyer and George "Sonny" Walters.

 

~ Daughter Ida Emerick ~

Daughter Ida Emerick (1869- ? ) was born in December 1869 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

She may have passed away young, during the decade of the 1870s, but this needs to be confirmed.

 

~ Daughter Clara May (Emerick) Walsh Hollis ~

Daughter Clara May Emerick (1871-1954) was born on Christmas Eve 1870 in Mt. Savage near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. She appears to have been twice-wed.

Her first spouse was Robert Dobson "R.D." Walsh (March 26, 1862-1939), and immigrant from Wales/England and the son of Robert Walsh.

The pair together bore these known children -- William Henry Walsh, Mary E. Clausner, Robert Chadwick Walsh Sr., Sarah Alice Hebenthal, Louisa Emma Cunningham, Russell Walsh and Alfred Walsh.

The family lived in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, where Robert earned a living as a fire boss in the coal mines of H.C. Frick Coke Company. The couple appears to have divorced by 1920.

On July 28, 1920, Clara May entered into the union of marriage with her second husband, Edward James Hollis ( ? -1970). He had been married previously and brought three children to the second union -- Raymond E. Hollis, Ruth Mansberry Grimaldi and Mazie Ellen Evans.

 

Edward Hollis' employer, U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry in Scottdale, PA, billed as "the largest pipe mill in the world."

 

Their home in 1945 was in Scottdale, Westmoreland County, PA, and in 1954 was 206 College Avenue in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. During his working career, Edward was a track foreman for the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway. He later accepted a position with the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Company in Scottdale.

Edward is known to have been active with the Friendship lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Moyer, Fayette County, and belonged to the Church of the Nazarene.

At the age of 84, burdened with heart disease and hardening of the arteries, Clara May died at home on Aug. 21, 1954. Her remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, with Rev. Robert C. Roberts leading the funeral service at the Church of the Nazarene in Scottdale. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier counted the number of her survivors as 36 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Edward outlived Clara May by 16 years. He passed away in the home of his stepdaughter Mary Clausner in Mount Pleasant at the age of 93 on or about Sept. 25, 1970. His obituary appeared in the Daily Courier.

Former husband Robert lived with his married son Robert in Nemacolin, Greene County in 1920. At the age of 77, stricken with bronchial pneumonia and acute bronchitis, he was admitted to Frick Memorial Hospital in Mount Pleasant. There, he succumbed to death on March 27, 1939. Funeral services were held in the home of his daughter Mary Clausner.

Son William Henry "Will" Walsh (1890-1937) was born on Jan. 6, 1890 in Frostburg, MD. He married Harriet Murphy (1894- ? ) of Westmoreland County. Together, they produced a brood of 10 offspring -- Clara M. Reynolds, Stanley Walsh, Catharine "Mae" Walsh, Charles Walsh, Mary "Arvella" Walsh, George Russell Walsh, Harriett L. Walsh, Robert Walsh, Norman Walsh, James Walsh, Audrey Walsh and Edward Walsh. Sadly, several of their children died young. Son Stanley was stillborn on April 12, 1913, with a physician writing that "perhaps it had been dead some weeks before the birth." Son George passed from whooping cough and bronchial pneumonia at age six months, 15 days (on Dec. 10, 1920) and Harriet died at the age of five months, four days from the effects of a digestive infection ("gastroenteriris") and bronchial pneumonia (March 22, 1922). The family made its residence in 1913-1930 in Crucible, Nemacolin and Ronco, Greene County, PA, where William was a mine laborer as was his brother-in-law,  George D. Murphy, who was living in 1920 in the household. Then during the early 1930s, they appear to have relocated to Mapletown, Monongahela Township, Greene County. William earned a living as a coal mier at the Penn Pit Mine of Duquesne Light Company. Sadly, at the age of 47, he suffered from an ulcer in his digestive tract. When the infection caused a perforation, he contracted an acute case of peritonitis and was admitted to the Greene County Memorial Hospital in Waynesburg. There, following emergency surgery, he died on Oct. 23, 1937. An obituary in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger reported that he had worked at Penn Pit "for a number of years." Funeral services were held in the home of his mother-in-law Malinda Mason in McClellandtown and at the Church Hill Presbyterian Church. Burial was ni the church cemetery, with Rev. David Hunter presiding. His death left Harriet a single mother with five mouths to feed under the age of 18. She remained in their home as of 1940.

  • Granddaughter Clara M. Walsh (1911- ? ) was born in about 1911. She married Harry Reynolds ( ? - ? ). The couple lived in Jefferson, Greene County in 1937.
  • Granddaughter Catharine "Mae" Walsh (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915.
  • Grandson Charles H. Walsh (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917.
  • Granddaughter Mary "Arvella" Walsh (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918.
  • Grandson Robert M. Walsh (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923 in or around Cumberland Township, Greene County.
  • Granddaughter Norma E. Walsh (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925 in or around Cumberland Township, Greene County.
  • Grandson James W. Walsh (1928-1951) was born on Feb. 2, 1928 in Ronco, Greene County. He did not marry and first dwelled in Carmichaels, Greene County. James obtained employment as a welder with American Bridge Company in Butler, PA. He moved to Butler and made his home at 555 West Brady Street. Stricken with tuberculosis, he began to bleed uncontrollably and died at home at the age of 23 on Sept. 21, 1951. The remains were transported to McClellandtown to rest in Church Hill Cemetery. A brief obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
  • Granddaughter Audrey Walsh (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931 in Greene County.
  • Grandson Edward Walsh (1933- ? ) was born in about 1933 in Greene County.

Daughter Mary E. Walsh (1892- ? ) was born in 1892 in Maryland. At the age of 17, in about 1909, she wedded 19-year-old Louis Clausner (Aug. 26, 1889-1957), of Morewood near Mount Pleasant and the son of immigrants Fred and Josephine Clausner from Austria and Bohemia, respectively. His name also has been spelled "Lewis." The four children they produced together were Raphael Clausner, Charles R. Clausner, Hermina May Clausner and Ernest Clausner. They also adopted two of Mary's nephews, Harry William Cunningham Jr. and Charles Cunningham, the orphaned sons of her sister Louisa Cunningham. The family endured the deaths in infancy of their son Raphael and daughter Hermina, he from lack of nourishment at age seven days (on Oct. 6, 1909) and she from an unknown chronic illness at age two months, one day (May 17, 1918). Louis appears to have begun work at H.C. Frick Coke Company's Standard coal mine at Mount Pleasant at the age of about 13, in 1903. He went on to spend 54 years in the mining workplace on the Frick payroll. In 1920, their home was in the coal mining patch town of Bessemer No. 2, where Louis was employed as a coal mine laborer. In 1927, Louis is known to have been part of a first aid team at the Standard plant. Circa 1930, the federal census enumeration shows Louis earning a living as a coal miner, with nephews Harry Clausner and Charles Clausner living under their roof. They resided in 1930-1939 in Standard/Spring Garden in Mount Pleasant Township. His work primarily focused for 27 years on track laying and later for 17 years as a mine foreman, at the Standard, Buckeye and Colonial No. 4 mines. Mary and Louis belonged to the Bridgeport Free Methodist Church. Louis made news in December 1931 when he and co-worker Michael Kostelnik were buried in a slate fall at Standard but were rescued by co-workers, "escaping with brush burns of face and body," said the Connellsville Daily Courier. Louis was at the center of a shooting death in the early fall of 1933 during a coal miners' strike at Standard. At that time, he was working as a track layer in the mine, and was approached to become a member of the miners' union. He refused. He later claimed that he was continually harassed to join, and that threats had been made against him. As reported in the Daily Courier, he said that "they kept after me pretty hot" and that one co-worker snarled "We'll get you." On the fateful night of Sept. 30, 1933, he and Mary went to see a movie in Mount Pleasant. During their return home, "near the outskirts of Mount Pleasant... a fight started, Clausner said, and he swung on one of the men knocking him down, and falling over him in attempting to save himself from falling." Then when arriving home, Louis spotted two men standing near his back porch. There were conflicting reports about what happened next. After partially undressing as he prepared for bed, at about 11:10 p.m., he:

...went out to the front porch of his home when more men came and called on him to "come out." One of the men whom Clausner said was known as "Russian Mike" threatened to "cut his heart out" and had an object in his hands... He was calld vile names, said Clausner, and was bantered to go inside and get his revolver. Clausner stated he felt that his life was in danger and he opened the door and reached in and secured his revolver. The men temporarily became quiet ... and he started down the steps to close the gates. About that time Garchar seized him by the shirt and struck him twice, according to Clausner's story. Garchar was a much larger man,... and they tussled about the yard, the defendant claiming he took a severe beating. Clausner said he finally freed himself and backed up, drawing his gun and fired one shot. Garchar fell, said the witness, and after firing two mroe shots at no one in particular, Clausner said he went into the house.

Carl Stohl of Standard, one of the men in the group, later claimed to be the only eyewitness in the shooting. He said that he was among seven men who went to the Clausner home in Standard to ask why Louis

...had beaten Joe "Pumper" Borusky earlier that evening. "When Clausner came out on his porch," Stohl related, "I saw he had a gun in his hip pocket. He said "What do you want?" Bruno Misick said Why did you beat up Pumper?" Lewis said "I didn't beat him up." "Pumper" was in the crowd and he says, "Yes you did." Joe took two steps up on the porch and Lewis knocked him off the porch. Bruno said "Disarm yourself and I'll take you out on the road. "Lewis says "I know you can do it." Then everything quietd down and everyone was ready to go home. We all turned around to go home. I was slower getting around than the others because I was using crutches. All at once I heard a scuffle and turned towards the house. Lewis and Mike were embracing each other and scuffling. Then Lewis fired a shot and Mike fell. Then Lewis fired a shot and Mike fell. Everyone ran but me. then Lewis pointed the gun at me and fired. I didn't feel nor hear a bullet go past me and so I hollered: "They're blanks, buddies. Come on back." Lewis Clausner came straight out the gate, turned to the left, hesitated and fired the third time, towards another man. I went nito the yard, shook Mike and he didn't respond. Then I called Bruno and we got a car and took Mike to the Mount Pleasant Hospital.

 

H.C. Frick's Standard mine, where Louis Clausner was a mine foreman.

 

After a hearing, Louis was released from Westmoreland County Jail on a bail of $10,000. He formally was charged with murder. The case went to a jury trial in Greensburg, and in August 1934 he was acquitted. In time, Louis joined the United Mine Workers of America. By 1954, the couple moved into the city of Mount Pleasant, with an address of 206 College Avenue. For the last decade of his life. Louis endured hardening of the arteries leading to the brain, and became senile during that time. Sadly, at the age of 68, Louis passed away at home on Nov. 7, 1957. He was survived by 10 grandchildren. Rev. J.D. Stephens led the funeral service, with burial following in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Daily Courier. The widowed Mary remained in their home. She is known to have hosted a visit by her cousin Walter Bone of Florida in September 1961. She also endured the death of her adopted son Harry in 1977.

  • Grandson Charles R. Clausner (1911-1976) was born on Nov. 3, 1911. He was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with Irene M. Smelko (Aug. 7, 1911-1992). They resided in Mount Pleasant for years. He died in 1976. Burial was in Saint Pius X Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. The widowed Irene appears to have moved to Florida. She passed away in Jacksonville, FL at age 80 on Aug. 1, 1992.
  • Grandson Ernest Leroy Clausner (1914-1995) was orn on July 19, 1914 in Bridgeport near Mount Pleasant. He and Ernestine Victoria Ward (Dec. 16, 1915-1977) were united in marriage. She was a native of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and the daughter of Andrew and Josephine Jordan. The couple's three offspring were Jordan Clausner, Ernest F. Clausner and Linda Gizzi. They made their home in 1957-1977 in Mount Pleasant. Sadly, Ernestine died at age 61 on Feb. 6, 1977 as a patient in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. Rev. Jay F. Shaffer led the funeral service, and an obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. He slipped away into death at age 80 on Jan. 24, 1995. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

 

Filbert shaft of the mining community where Robert and Minnie Walsh lived for decades

Son Robert Chadwick Walsh Sr. (1893-1964) was born on Sept. 17, 1893 in Frostburg, Allegany County, MD. When he was 22 years of age, he was united in the bonds of wedded union with 16-year-old Minnie Haney (Aug. 4, 1900-1950) of Bridgeport near Mount Pleasant and the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hoak) Haney. The couple together became the parents of 11 children -- among them Robert Chadwick Walsh Jr., Raymond Walsh, Harold Gordon Walsh, Donald Walsh, Alfred Walsh, William Walsh, Wayne Walsh, Burneda Mickey Ciliberti, James Walsh, Shirley Washko and Charles Walsh. The family grieved at the deaths of four of their sons at young ages -- Raymond from whooping cough and bronchial pneumonia at age 17 months (Dec. 12, 1920), Alfred from bleeding in the digestive tract at age one day (May 16, 1939), Harold and Donald. Robert earned a living for decades as a machinist and coal mine laborer. Circa 1920, the Walshes lived in Nemacolin, Greene County, PA, and in 1924-1930 in the mining village of Ronco, German Township, Fayette County. They moved circa 1930 to Filbert, Redstone Township, Fayette County and lived there for the rest of their lives, at House 39, and received their postal mail in the nearby town of Fairbank. The family worried as several of their sons joined the U.S. Armed Foces during World War II. Their anxiety turned to grief when they received word that their son Harold had been killed in action during the Battle of Anzio during the Allied invasion of Italy. His body was brought back to the United States several years later, in November 1948, and the Walshes held the funeral service at their home. Thereafter, Minnie was a member of the Fayette Chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers. Having birthed 11 children, and lost four, Minnie suffered from diabetes, inflammation of the brain ("toxic encephalitis") and severe fatty changes to the liver. At the age of just 49, she was admitted to Uniontown Hospital and died there on April 3, 1950. Her remains were laid to rest at Church Hill Cemetery. Robert outlived her by 14 years. Suffering from a host of ailments at the age of 71, including congestive heart failure, hypertension of the heart and kidney problems, Robert was admitted to Uniontown Hospital. There, he passed away into eternity on Sept. 22, 1964. James Walsh of Fairbank provided vital information for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Interment of the remains was in Church Hill Cemetery in McClellandtown, Fayette County. Rev. Rufus H. Peer officiated the funeral service. Interment of the remains followed in Church Hill Cemetery, McClellandtown. In addition to his children, he was survived by his stepfather and 16 grandchildren. An obituary was printed in the Uniontown Evening Standard.

  • Grandson Robert Chadwick Walsh Jr. (1917-1977) was born on Aug. 31, 1917 in Mount Pleasant. He was joined in wedlock with Mary Constance Hoyman ( ? - ? ). Four offspring were born into this family -- Carry Walsh, Roberta Walsh, Keith Walsh and Mark Walsh. The Walshes relocated to Ohio and settled in Parma Heights near Cleveland. Their address in 1977 was 6689 Newberry Lane, and they held a membership in St. John's Church. Sadly, at the age of 59, Robert died at home on May 3, 1977. An obituary was printed in the Uniontown (PA) Evening Standard. The body was brought back to McClellandtown for burial at Church Hill Cemetery. Rev. Howard E. Brown led the funeral service.
  • Grandson William E. Walsh (1923-1981) was born on Jan. 10, 1923. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On June 19, 1948, he was united in matrimony with Marjorie C. Foor (1921-1992). They moved by 1964 to Altoona, PA. In 1977, he resided in Hollidaysburg, Blair County, PA. Sadly, he died on Oct. 7, 1981. Burial was in Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Cemetery. Marjorie lived for another 11 years. Death enveloped her at the age of 71 on Aug. 9, 1992.
  • Grandson Harold Gordon Walsh (1924-1944) was born on Sept. 12, 1924 in the coal mining patch town of Ronco, Fayette County. He was a 1942 graduate of Redstone High School and spent the next year working at the Filbert coal mine of the H.C. Frick Coke Company. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Armed Forces on April 19, 1943 and was assigned to the 5th Army. Following basic training, he was deployed overseas to the European Theatre later in 1943 with the 505th Infantry Division. Tragically, in fighting during the Battle of Anzio in Italy, he was mortally wounded on May 23, 1944, and died the next day. A brief notice of his death was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. After an initial burial in Europe, his remains were dis-interred and repatriated, arriving in New York on Nov. 7, 1948 aboard the USAT Lawrence Victory. Funeral services were held in his parents' home at House 39, Filbert, and then at the First Christian Church of New Salem. Rev. Arthur Bennett officiated. With full military rites at the gravesite, conducted by the Veterans Post of Cardale, he was laid to his final, eternal rest in Church Hill Cemetery in McClellandtown.

 

Allied invasion of Anzio, Italy, where Harold G. Walsh was killed in action

 

  • Grandson Donald Walsh (1927-1960) was born in about 1927. He lived in Filbert and Brownsville, PA before relocating to Parma, near Cleveland. He died at home on the Sunday morning of Jan. 24, 1960.
  • Grandson Wayne Walsh (1929- ? ) was born in about 1929 in Ronco, Fayette County. He initially made his home in McClellandtown, PA. He moved to Newboro, PA by 1977.
  • Granddaughter Burneda F. Walsh (1930-1997) was born on May 10, 1930. She first wed George Wesley Mickey (1926-1984). They put down roots in Grindstone, PA and were there in 1964. After a divorce, and by 1977, she had married again to World War II Army veteran Anthony L. "Tony" Ciliberti (1910-1981). The pair relocated to Perryopolis, Fayette County. In 1981, Anthony died at the age of 63 or 64. Burneda passed into the arms of the angels on July 11, 1997. Her remains lie next to Anthony's in the sleep of ages in Mon Valley Memorial Park in Donora, PA. Ex-husband George died in Fayette County on July 23, 1984, with burial in Pleasant View Cemetery in Smock.
  • Grandson James Walsh (1933- ? ) was born in about 1933. He resided with his widowed father in 1964 and remained in Filbert as of 1977.
  • Granddaughter Shirley Walsh (1935- ? ) was born in about 1935. She married John Washko ( ? - ? ). The couple dwelled in Fairbank, Fayette County in the mid-1960s and as of 1977.
  • Grandson Charles Walsh (1937- ? ) was born in about 1937. He settled in Kecksburg, PA and lived there in 1977.

Daughter Sarah Alice Walsh (1896-1918) was born on Oct. 30, 1896 in Frostburg, Allegany County, MD. She was brought together in matrimonial union with carpenter Harry Loveland Hebenthal (July 31, 1889-1956), son of Charles Sumner and Margaret (Hart) Hebenthal of Hammondville, Fayette County, PA. He stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighed 148 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. The couple made their homeplace in the mining town of Stauffer near Mount Pleasant. During their brief married lives, they bore two known children -- Lillian G. Hebenthal and Sara B. Manning Hebenthal. Harry was required to register for the military draft during World War I, and at the time was employed as a carpenter by Jospeh Siemion in Mount Pleasant. Sadly, on or about Oct. 20, 1918, Sarah contracted the deadly influenza that was sweeping the nation. Nine days later, and just a day before her 23rd birthday, she surrendered to the spirit of death on Oct. 29, 1918. Her remains were laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in Hammondville. His world shattered, Harry endured and lived for another 38 years. Initially he moved back into his parents' home in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, as shown in the 1920 census, and operated his own carpentry shop. He wedded again to Luella M. Dillinger (1901-1989) and produced at least five more offspring. When the federal census enumeration again was made in 1930, he and Luella and the children dwelled together in Bullskin. They moved in about 1931 to Blairsville, PA, where he became employed by the Federal Laboratories of Tunnelton, Indiana County. Death swept him away in Latrobe Hospital at age 67 on Nov. 24, 1956. Interment was in Blairsville Cemetery. Obituaries in the Indiana Gazette and Connellsville Daily Courier reported that he was survived by a baker's dozen grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Lillian G. Hebenthal (1915-1989) was born on March 26, 1914. She was a girl of just age three when her mother died. She initially went to live with her father and grandparents in Bullskin Township, Fayette County. After her father remarried, they lived together in Bullskin. She married (?) Roberts ( ? - ? ). The pair was in Oklahoma circa 1951. When her father died in 1956, Lillian was residing in Cheyenne, WY. She later relocated to Pueblo, CO, with an address of 2028 Court Street. She reputedly passed away on Jan. 19, 1998.
  • Granddaughter Sara B. Hebenthal (1917- ? ) was born in 1917 in Westmoreland County, PA. She was a year old at the time of her mother's death. The motherless girl then dwelled with her father in her grandparents' residence in Bullskin Township, and remained in the household after her father wedded a second time. Sara was married twice. Her first husband was (?) Manning ( ? - ? ). After World War II, she is known to have been in Michigan, living in the town of Galesburg. On Nov. 22, 1947, she was joined in wedlock with World War I Army veteran Ira E. Burleson ( ? - ? ). The couple established a home in Waterloo, IA. They were named in a legal advertisement in the Oct. 16, 1958 edition of the Waterloo Courier, stating that they were in default of a purchase contract with Laurence and Norma Johnson regarding property at 827 Fox Street, Evansdale, IA.

Daughter Emma Louisa Walsh (1898-1928) was born on Sept. 3, 1898 in Frostburg, MD. She and Harry "William" Cunningham (May 22, 1894-1926) became wife and husband. He was the son of William and Elizabeth (Mullen) Cunningham. They were the parents of two sons and dwelled on West Main Street (in 1920) and Eagle Street (1926) in Mount Pleasant, PA. Their son Harry is known to have been born at the Mammoth coal mine in 1915. There, William worked as a laborer at coke works (1920) earned a living as a glass worker with Bryce Bros. Company (1926). Tragically, William contracted typhoid fever in the late summer of 1926. He then began to hemorrhage in the intestine, and was admitted to Frick Memorial Hospital. He died there at age 32 on Sept. 13, 1926. In an obituary, the Connellsville Daily Courier said that he and their elder son William both had been hospitalized, and "It is thought they contracted the disease by drinking water when they were away on a trip." Emma outlived him by two years. She was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus in July 1928 and underwent immediate surgery. Nothing more could be done. As her health declined, Emma went to live with her married sister Mary  Clausner in Mount Pleasant, PA. There, after 14 months of suffering, at the age of 30, she surrendered to death on Oct. 31, 1928. Funeral services were held in the Church of God. She rests for all time in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The couple's orphaned sons were taken in and adopted by their aunt, Mary Clausner.

 

Harry W. Cunningham Jr.'s workplace, the Robertshaw Controls plant

 

  • Grandson Harry William Cunningham Jr. (1915-1977) was born on Nov. 21, 1915 at the Mammoth coal mine community. Orphaned at the age of 13, he moved into the home of his uncle and aunt, Louis and Mary Clausner, and was formally adopted as their son. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Harry was joined in wedlock with Mildred Thomas ( ? - ? ). The three children borne of this union were Harry W. Cunningham Jr., Roy E. Cunningham and Phyllis Ann Cunningham. Sadness covered the family at the death of daughter Phyllis Ann in about 1938. For 34 years, the couple resided together at 615 Eleanor Avenue in Scottdale. For 33 years, he was employed as a machinist by the Robertshaw-Fulton Controls Company of New Stanton. They belonged to the local Christ United Methodist Church, with Harry holding a membership in the Brookman-Hernley Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He retired early due to serious illness. Death swept him away at home at the age of 61 on Feb. 21, 1977. His obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Rev. Edward E. Donner presided at the funeral service, with burial in Mount Olive Cemetery.
  • Grandson Charles E. Cunningham (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918. He relocated to Oklahoma City. He was there in 1957-1977.

Son Russell Herbert Walsh Sr. (1901-1982) was born in 1901 in Frostburg, MD. He entered into marriage with Sylvia Sanner (1906-1990) of Buckeye near Mount Pleasant, PA. They made a home in Jacobs Creek (in 1929), Scottdale (in 1937) and Ronco, PA. Their two known children were Clyde Roy Walsh and Thelma Jean Walsh. The family was plunged into mourning at the death of daughter Thelma Jean at age five months and 23 days due to bronchial pneumonia (Oct. 19, 1929). The couple relocated to the state of California and was in Upland, CA in 1954. He remained in the golden state as of 1970. He succumbed to death at age 81, in Ontario, San Bernardino County, CA on Aug. 3, 1982. The widowed Sylvia endured for another eight years. She died on May 26, 1990. The couple is in eternal repose in Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario, CA.

  • Grandson Clyde Roy Walsh (1926-1958) was born on Jan. 11, 1926 in Mount Pleasant. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a member of the 202nd Infantry Training Battalion. He moved to California with his parents and died at age 31 in San Berardino Coiunty, CA on Jan. 3, 1958.

Son Alfred Leo Walsh (1908-1967) was born on May 24, 1908 in Scottdale. He was young when his parents divorced, and he considered his stepfather Edward J. Hollis as his father figure. He was united in the bonds of marriage with Freda Mae Swauger (1911-1964) and dwelled in the Thornwood section of Scottdale, PA. The couple bore a family of 10 children -- Gladys Beaken, Alfred L. Walsh Jr., Beverly Plexico, Donald Walsh, Richard Walsh, Sara Campbell, Janet Ross, Yvonne Freda "Bonnie" Wolfe DeCroix, Vivian Baughman and Judith Fabian. Alfred earned a living through his labor for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Sadly,Freda died in 1964. Alfred survived her by three years. At the age of 59, he suffered cerebral bleeding and died in Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant on Jan. 18, 1967. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier, which observed that he was survived by 18 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by evangelist Robert W. Chambers. His remains lie in repose in Green Ridge Memorial Park north of Connellsville.

  • Granddaughter Gladys M. "June" Walsh (1933-2007) was born on Dec. 22, 1933 in Thirnwood, PA. She was a member of the 1952 graduating class of East Huntingdon Township High School. On June 22, 1952, she wedded Louis "Lou" Beaken Jr. (1933-2009), son of Louis W. and Myrtle I. (Lisbon) Beaken Sr. of the Smithdale community of West Newton, PA. The wedding was held in the Primitive Methodist Church of Smithdale, by the hand of Rev. Wilson. In announcing the marriage, the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that the bride "wore a ballerina length gown of white nylon net designed with a bodice of white lace. Her veil was of nylon and lace. She carried a white lace muff topped with an arrangement of white carnations and lily-of-the valley." At the time, Louis was employed at the Christy Park Works of National Tube Company, part of United States Steel Corporation. He stayed with the company until retirement,working at the end as a fireman. The pair stayed together for a remarkable 43 years until cleaved apart by death. The Beakens bore two daughters -- Debbie Lou Jackson and Patty Jo Lester. They resided for decades in Smithdale. Sadness blanketed the family when Gladys died on May 21, 2007, at the age of 73, as a patient in Excela Health-Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. Burial was in West Newton Cemetery, with her obituary appearing in the Valley Independent. Louis lived for another two years as a widower. He died at home at the age of 76 on May 14, 2009.
  • Grandson Alfred "Leo" Walsh Jr. moved to Texas. He entered into wedlock with Jan ( ? - ? ). In 2007, the couple was in Modesto, CA.
  • Granddaughter Beverly Walsh married Claude Plexico ( ? - ? ) . They established a home in Texas. Later, she was joined in marriage with Emilio Martinez ( ? - ? ). Her home in 2007 was in San Antonio, TX.
  • Grandson Donald W. "Don" Walsh (1936-2003) was born on Jan. 30, 1936 in Scottdale, PA. In young adulthood, he relocated to Ohio and worked as a machinist. In time he further moved to Tennessee and settled in Crossville, TN. He was not married and did not reproduce. Donald died at the age of 67 on Sept. 10, 2003. The Crossville (TN) Chronicle published an obituary.
  • Grandson Richard E. Walsh (1937-2010) was born on Jan. 23, 1937 in Scottdale. He was a 1955 graduate of Scottdale High School. Richard spent four years in the U.S. Air Force. He was united in wedlock with Stella Garcia ( ? - ? ). Their marital union endured for a remarkable 52 years. One son born to their union was Richard A. Walsh, who sadly died in infancy. They established their place in New Mexico and lived in Albuquerque, NM. Richard spent his career in sales, primarily with Dr. Pepper Corporation. Richard contracted cancer and died at the age of 73 on Aug. 7, 2010. Interment of the remains was in Farmington, NM. In a Greensburg (PA) Tribune-Review obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Farmington Mennonite Church.
  • Granddaughter Sarah L. Walsh (1938-2004) was born on Nov. 18, 1938 in Scottdale, PA. She was married twice. Her first husband was (?) Barkley ( ? - ? ). They became the parents of James Barkley and Robert Barkley. In time she was joined in wedlock with James Campbell ( ? - ? ). They remained together for 41 years. The three children born into this family were David Campbell, Richard Campbell and Melody Sines. The Campbells made a home in Connellsville in 1967 and belonged to Grace Baptist Church in Rich Hill. At some point they moved to nearby Vanderbilt, PA. As her health failed, Sarah was admitted to Highlands Hospital where she passed away at age 65 on Feb. 11, 2004.  Burial was in Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Uniontown, with Rev. Edward Nicholson presiding. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
  • Granddaughter Janet Walsh was united in matrimony with Anthony Ross. They put down roots in Connellsville, PA. She was deceased by 2007.

 

Normalville (PA) Cemetery, final resting place of Yvonne and Robert Wolfe, in the same sacred soil as scores of distant Minerd-Miner cousins.

 

  • Granddaughter Yvonne Freda "Bonnie" Walsh (1942-2014) was born on June 27, 1942 in Scottdale. She entered into marriage with Robert H. Wolfe (May 1, 1935-1984). The couple dwelled in 1967 in Connellsville. The seven children born to the pair were Robert L. Wolfe, Daniel J. Wolfe, James B. Wolfe, Stephen A. Wolfe, Susan E. Stoots, Brenda K. Herbert and Kelly K. Gallo. Yvonne earned income through her work at Norvelt Sewing Factory and also sold Tupperware, Avon, Home Interiors and Friendly Home products. She attended the Scottdale Church of Christ. Sadly, Robert died at the age of 48 on Feb. 21, 1984. Later, she was joined in matrimony with James DeCroix ( ? - ? ). Their home in 2007 was in Monongahela, PA. Yvonne returned to Connellsville by 2014, with James remaining in Monongahela. Toward the end, she was admitted to Cherry Tree Nursing Center in Uniontown, PA. The angel of death whisked her away on Jan. 8, 2014 at the age of 71. She was survived by seven grandchildren and a baker's dozen great-grandchildren. Pastor Bob Chambers led the funeral proceedings, and burial was with her first husband in Normalville Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Vivian Walsh ( ? - ? ) wedded Scott Baughman ( ? - ? ). Their residence in 1967-2007 was in Irwin, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Judith "Judy" Walsh ( ? - ? ) was twice-wed. Her first husband was Gilbert Fabian ( ? - ? ). Circa 1967, they lived in Herminie, Westmoreland County, PA. She later married her second spouse, Gilbert Knopsnider ( ? - ? ), son of Erma Knopsnider. Circa 2007, they lived in Derry, PA. She is believed to be a member of the East Derry Fire Hall Auxiliary.

 

~ Son Joseph "Joe" Emrick ~

Son Joseph "Joe" Emrick (1873-1949) born in about 1872 or 1873 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

As had his older brother Charles, he migrated to Indiana in young manhood.

He was wed to Ohio native Dollie Jeannette Cain (1877-1962).

The couple's one known son was Lloyde Emrick.

 

Vintage autos parked at the Kendallville Fair in Indiana

 

The United States Census count of 1920 shows the couple near Kendallville in Wayne Township, Noble County, IN, with Joseph earning a wage as a grocery merchant.

By 1940, the pair were farmers in Wayne.

Joseph passed away in 1949. Burial was in Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville, Noble County, IN. [Find-a-Grave]

Dollie joined him in eternal repose in 1962.

Son Lloyde Emrick (1899-1920) was born on Sept. 19, 1899 in Indiana. He learned the machinist's trade. In late 1918, he contracted tuberculosis of the lungs, and it lingered in his system for the next 21 months. Despite his debility, on April 22, 1919, he tied the knot with Leora Gault (June 9, 1901-1992), daughter of Victor R. Gault. The nuptials were held in the Gaults' residence at 337 North State Street in Kendallville, IN, by the hand of Rev. J.R. Elson. In announcing the wedding, the Fort Wayne Sentinel reported that the "young people are well and favorably known throughout this county." In 1920, the newlyweds dwelled under the roof of Lloyd's parents in Kendallville. Tragedy intervened into the young couples' lives that same year. Still burdened with TB, he was diagnosed with meningitis in the membrane of his abdomen. Unable to rally, Lloyd passed away on June 11, 1920 at the age of 20. His remains were laid to eternal rest in Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville. Her world shattered, Leora managed to overcome her grief and live for another extraordinary 72 years. She married again to Myrl Harold Morrison (Nov. 8, 1897-1969) and bore two daughters, Cordis Allegra Varnedoe and Donna Paquita Beadle. Her third spouse was Shay Ward Martin (1901-1990). Her final years were spent in Florida. Death swept her away at the age of 91 on July 12, 1992. Burial was in Pellicer Creek Cemetery in St. Augustine, FL.

 

~ Son James "Perry" Emerick ~

Son James "Perry" Emrick (1875-1952) was born on July 10, 1875 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. He was twice married.

His first bride was Margaret "Maggie" Milks (1878-1958).

The couple produced one son, Charles P. Emrick, and later divorced.

Perry's second spouse, whom he married in or before 1918, was Josephine Toellner (1875-1956), an Illinois native.

Their two sons were Toellner D. Emrick and Perry J. Emrick.

Circa 1930, when the federal census enumeration was made, the Emericks resided in Berwyn, Cook County, IL. There, Perry operated his own carpentry shop. In 1930, Josephine's 42-year-old bachelor brother John resided in the household.

 

Helmer, Indiana, home of James and Josephine Emerick

 

The pair relocated by 1935 to Steuben County, IN, as did Perry's brothers George and Noah. The census of 1940 lists them in Helmer, Salem Township, with Perry earning a living in home construction carpentry. His widowed brother George and family resided next door in 1940.

He died in Helmer on June 15, 1952.

Josephine outlived him by four years and passed away on Oct. 11, 1956. They rest together under a red barre granite stone in Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville, Noble County, IN. [Find-a-Grave]

Former wife Maggie married again to Guy F. Failor and died in Indiana on Oct. 28, 1958.

Son Charles P. Emrick (1898- ? ) was born in about 1898. He is thought to have wed Katherine Bush (1901- ? )

Son Toellner D. Emrick (1918-1989) was born on Nov. 27, 1918 in Chicago. He was joined in matrimony on June 17, 1938 with Thelma Edna Ewell (Oct. 31, 1921-1989), daughter of Albert and Dora (Kern) Ewell. The wedding was held in LaGrange. They established their residence in Kendallville, Noble County, IN, and are shown there in the 1940 U.S. Census. Four known offspring of their union were David L. Emerick, Judith R. Cooley, Marilyn Krieg and Douglas Emrick. Toellner was trained as a tool and die maker and his occupation in 1940 was as a layman in a machine shop. For 17 years, he was employed at No-Sag in Kdndallville, eventually becoming plant manager. Thelma's occupation for a decade was in Garrett with Electroc Motors & Specialties. The couple relocated in about 1971 to Tupelo, MS, where he worked in management for Super Sagless until retirement in 1977. In Tupelo, they belonged to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and he to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Sadly, Thelma passed away on Jan. 13, 1989. Toellner did not live out the year. He died at the age of 71, in North Mississippi Medical Center, in 1989.

  • Grandson David L. Emrick (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938 in Indiana. He was united in wedlock with Anna ( ? - ? ). He migrated to Texas and in 1989 was in Ennis, TX. By 2011, he had relocated again to Albuquerque, NM.
  • Granddaughter Judith R. Emrick (1940- ? ) was born in about 1940 in Indiana. She wedded Armando Cooley and established their home in Ligonier, IN.
  • Granddaughter Marilyn Emrick married (?) Krieg/Kreig. They were the parents of Mark Krieg, who died in 1968. She lived in Auburn, IN in 1989 and Fort Wayne in 2011.
  • Grandson Douglas B. Emrick (1943-2011) was born on Jan. 16, 1943 in Kendallville. He was a member of the 1961 graduating class of Salem Center High School. When he was 20 years of age, on Dec. 21, 1963, he was joined in matrimony with Sandra D. Smith ( ? - ? ). Their wedding ceremony was held in Zion Lutheran Church in DeKalb County. They bore two daughters together -- Monica Duehmig and Michelle Keil. He worked as a machinist for Morr Pattern and Tool in Kendallville and then was employed by Pease Windamatic in Huntertown, IN, a position from which he eventually retired. The Emricks made their home for years Kendallville and belonged to the St. John Lutheran Church. Their final years were spent in Avilla, IN. Sadly, Douglas died at home at the age of 68 on May 10, 2011. Burial was in Lake View Cemetery.

Son Perry J. Emrick (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921 in Illinois. He relocated to Indiana in his youth and in 1940, at the age of 18, lived with his parents in Helmer, a community in Salem Township, Steuben County, IN, and made money as a farm hand..

 

~ Daughter Mary Ellen (Emerick) Shumaker ~

Daughter Mary Ellen Emerick (1878-1938) was born on Nov. 16, 1878 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

When she was about 19 years of age, in 1896, she was united in holy wedlock with 24-year-old Samuel J. "S.J." Shumaker (Aug. 19, 1872-1945), son of Soloman and Sarah (Albright) Shumaker of Somerset County, PA.

The couple's family of children included Harvey Shumaker, Laura Slonecker, Clara Weinman, Samuel "Leo" Shumaker, Alberta Shumaker, Ruth Wathworth and Carlton Shumaker.

 

They made their home in 1910 and into the late 1930s in Bridgeport in the rural outskirts of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. Samuel made a living in 1910 as a carpenter in a local mill.

When she was about age 37, in 1915, she began to develop a goiter. She also began to endure congestive heart failure and kidney disease, and bore these for the rest of her life.

The 1920 U.S. Census shows that Samuel continued his carpentry work but now with emphasis on house construction. Their married caughter Clara and family lived next door.

When the federal census again was enumerated in 1930, Samuel was employed as manager of a Mount Pleasant lumber yard.

Mary Ellen's name was printed in the gossip columns of the Connellsville Daily Courier in July 1926 when she received a visit from her sister Clara Hollis. She was unable to continue with housework in about June 1937 as her health failed.

She died on June 24, 1938, at home. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

The widowed Samuel remained in their home on Railroad Street in Bridgeport and in 1940 was a building contractor.

At the age of 73, burdened with hardening of the arteries and bronchial pneumonia, Samuel died at home on March 17, 1945. The remains were laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. An obituary in the Daily Courier reported that funeral services were held in the home of his married daughter Laura Slonecker and then at the Bridgeport Evangelical Church. The remains were interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, with Rev. R.G. Feather presiding over the funeral.

Son Harvey Shumaker (1897- ? ) was born in about 1897.

Daughter Laura E. Shumaker (1898- ? ) was born in 1898 and grew up in Mount Pleasant, PA. She wedded Emerson A. Slonecker (1895-1964). Together, the couple produced three known children -- Emerson Slonecker, Dorothy Slonecker, Geraldine Slonecker and Jack Slonecker. As with his father-in-law, Emerson supported his family through his work in house carpentry in the environs of Mount Pleasant, PA. In 1930, the family residence was along Bridgeport Road in nearby Bridgeport, and at that time, Emerson applied his carpentry skills to coal mining work. Grief cascaded over the family twice in 1928 and 1940, when daughter Dorothy died of a brain tumor, and son Jack was run over and killed by a truck. They remained in Bridgeport for the balance of their lives together and belonged to the Bridgeport Evangelical United Brethren Church. Sadly, Emerson died at home at the age of 70 on Feb. 1, 1964. Rev. Robert Pardoe preached the funeral sermon, and burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The Connellsville Daily Courier printed an obituary.

  • Grandson Emerson Slonecker (1915-1985) was born in about 1915. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was deployed to the South Pacific Theatre. He was united in matrimony with Charlotte (1913-2005). Circa 1964, they dwelled in Mount Pleasant. Emerson died in 1985 at the age of 69 or 70. The remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Mount Pleasant Cemetetery. Charlotte survived her spouse by 20 years. The spectre of death whisked her away in 2005.
  • Granddaughter Dorothy Marie Slonecker (1917-1928) was born on Oct. 3, 1917 in Stauffer near Mount Pleasant. The family was plunged into worry when she was fdiagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of about eight. She suffered with her affliction and died at the age of 11 in 1928. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Geraldine Slonecker (1921- ? ) was born in 1921. She resided in Mount Pleasant in 1945. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Monroe ( ? - ? ). The couple lived in Pittsburgh in 1964.
  • Grandson Jack B. "Jackie" Slonecker (1931-1940) was born on Sept. 13, 1931 in Mount Pleasant Township. At the age of nine, in Mount Pleasant, he met a grisly death. On the fateful day of Sept. 21, 1940, he was run over by a truck along a township road. The Connellsville Daily Courier said that "the boy was trying to hang onto the side of the truck and fell under the right rear wheel. The driver denied he was backing the truck at the time and contended he did not see the victim, until after he had felt the truck bump and was told that he had run over the boy." Jack was rushed to Frick Memorial Hospital where he died that day. He sleeps for all time beside his sister Dorothy in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Daughter Clara M. Shumaker (1902- ? ) was born in about 1902. At the age of 17, in 1920, she earned wages as a stenographer for a hardware company. She then pursued a career in the health care field and in 1930 was a nurse providing private duty care. She married Frank Smith Weinman (Nov. 17, 1884-1962), son of John and Amanda (McLean) Weinman of Mount Pleasant. The couple did not reproduce. He made a living as a machinist. Circa 1945, when she signed her father's death certificate, she resided at 413 Oakland Avenue in Greensburg. The pair took a driving vacation to California in the spring of 1954, "traveling out by the southern route and returning by the northern," said the Connellsville Daily Courier. Frank is known to have served in 1958 as treasurer of the 25th annual reunion of the Bridgeport Youngsters of 1905, held at in Wooddale at the Pleasant Valley Grange Hall. By 1962, their address was 615 Highland Avenue. Sadly, at age 77, Frank suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage and died at home on April 26, 1962. His remains were interred in Westmoreland Memorial Park. The widowed Clara remained active and helped to organize a fall reunion for local graduate nurses in October 1962, held at Beatty's Restaurant. 

Son Samuel "Leo" Shumaker (1905- ? ) was born in about 1905 and spent his growing-up years in Mount Pleasant, PA. Circa 1930, he labored at a lumber yard, likely the same one where his father was manager. On Oct. 6, 1935, at the age of about 20, he entered into the union of marriage with Violet McCloy ( ? - ? ), daughter of I.J. McCloy of Bridgeport. The wedding took place at the First United Brethren Church, by the hand of Rev. Dr. C.W. Winey. The newlyweds made their initial home in Jeannette, PA. He joined the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. He was deployed to Europe and in March 1945, with the rank of corporal, was stationed in France. Their residence in 1953-1963 was in Fort Worth, TX. He is known to have traveled to Wilmerding near Pittsburgh in october 1953 for the funeral of his youngest brother Carlton. When he and Violet came to Mount Pleasant for a summer vacation in 1960, the Connellsville Daily Courier said he was a "native of Mount Pleasant [who] moved away 15 years ago."

Daughter Alberta Shumaker (1907- ? ) was born in about 1907. She became a nurse and in 1930 worked in a local hospital. She entered into marriage with Joseph E. Silvis (Nov. 24, 1910-1975), son of Lagan and Mary (Winkler) Silvis. The couple's only known daughter was Maryelyn Bazata Walton. Joseph is known to have served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. For the balance of his career, he was a teacher. The family home in 1945 was in Mount Pleasant and in 1960-1963 at 13 Frick Avenue. Alberta was active in the Woman's Club of the Reunion Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant. Joseph was a longtime member and leader in the Mount Pleasant Kiwanis Club. In retirement, the couple moved to Princeton near Miami, FL. In November 1971, he received a surprise tribute by the Kiwanians for his 33 years of membership and service. It was presented as "This Is Your Life" by Pennsylvania District Governor James B. Richard of Wilkinsburg. Joseph surrendered to death in Princeton at the age of 64 on Feb. 18, 1975. His obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

  • Granddaughter Maryelyn Silvis studied in 1963 at St. Xavier Academy in Latrobe, PA and in 1965 at Mount Percy College in Pittsburgh. She married Dennis Bazata Jr. ( ? - ? ). They bore a son, Dennis Bazata III. Circa 1967, the Bazatas lived in Mayport near Jacksonville, FL, where Dennis served as a seaman with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Roosevelt. By 1975, she had married again to (?) Walton ( ? - ? ) and dwelled in Davie, FL.

Daughter Ruth E. Shumaker (1910- ? ) was born in 1910. She married Mason C. Wadsworth (Dec. 1, 1905-1928), son of Charles and Ada May (Mason) Wadsworth. They dwelled in Bridgeport near Mount Pleasant and bore two children, Marilyn "Jeannine" Wadsworth and Mason L. Wadsworth. During their dating years, in November 1925, the couple are known to have traveled to Somerset, PA to see the high school football game between Mount Pleasant and Somerset. The family grieved when son Mason, born with cerebral paralysis, died at just five days of age on Oct. 16, 1927. The baby's remains were lowered into the sleep of ages in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Father Mason also suffered from poor health, afflicted by a type of kidney disease. Just 29 days after his 23rd birthday, Mason passed away from uremia ("parenchymatous nephritis") on Dec. 30, 1928. Burial was in Mount Pleasant. The widowed Ruth supported herself as a private duty nurse and with her daughter resided with her widowed father in Mount Pleasant. By 1945, she had wed again to Jack Williams ( ? - ? ). At that time, she dwelled in Mount Pleasant. The pair lived at 201 North Church Street in 1963.

  • Granddaughter Marilyn "Jeannine" Wadsworth (1929-2012) was born on June 7, 1929 in Mount Pleasant. She was a member of the 1947 graduating class at Mount Pleasant High School, where she was active as a majorette, and was a member of the Mount Pleasant Church of Christ. Two years later, in 1949, she graduated from the Uniontown (PA) School of Nursing. On Oct. 8, 1949, in Winchester, VA, she was joined in marriage with 24-year-old James Michael Trout (1924-1998), son of Clyde and Charlotte (Barhart) Trout of Connellsville. At the time of marriage, James was a salesman living in Fairchance, Fayette County. They were the parents of Jack Carleton Trout, Leslie Ellen Smith and Michele Kreisler Hull. She was employed at one time as a nurse by the Bucks County Hospital. Their daughter Leslie is known to have been born in 1959 in Bristol Lowe, PA. The Trouts made a home near Seattle in 1971, and within a short time returned to Mount Pleasant, in a home at 201 North Church Street. After a divorce, Jeannine took back her maiden name. She eventually moved to Michigan and put down her roots in Lansing, MI. Over the years, she endured the deaths of her son Jack (in 1987, at age 33) and Leslie (1992). She died in Lansing's McLaren Hospital at the age of 82 on March 8, 2012. Her obituary in the Greensburg Tribune-Review gave her father's first name as "Nathan." The remains were transported back to her hometown for burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, with Pastor Paul Sarver presiding.

Great-granddaughter Michele Diane Trout (1951-2013) was born on Aug. 1, 1951 near Seattle, WA. She grew up in Mount Pleasant, PA and then moved to Philadelphia, where she graduated from Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, PA in 1969. She then attended Bucks County Community College at Newtown. On April 22, 1971, she married Wayne Smith Kreisler ( ? - ? ), son of Donald B. Kreisler of Elmira, NY. The nuptials were held at the First United Church of Christ in Mount Pleasant, led by Rev. H. Neil Mumma, and they were pictured in a wedding announcement in the Connellsville Daily Courier. The newlyweds' first home was at Homestead Air Force Base in Miami, where Wayne was serving at the time in the U.S. Air Force. One known son born to the couple was Jeffrey Kreisler. Then on June 16, 1984, at the age of 32, she was united in matrimonial bonds with 40-year-old Paul Wesley Hull (April 14, 1944-2009), a native of Muskegon, MI and the son of James Merrill and Marie Alice (Dobberstein) Hull. He brought a stepdaughter to the union, Alana Barsuhn. Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany in the 1960s. When he returned home, he established himself in Lansing as a sheet metal journeyman laborer in the construction industry. Circa 1995, Michele and Paul were co-partners in D&P Home Inspections in Lansing. Paul retired in 2005 and the couple relocated to Goetzville in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The couple liked to camp and fish, and he was a longtime fan of the University of Michigan Wolverines. Sadly, Paul contracted cancer, and died at home in Goetzville on Sept. 18, 2009. He was pictured in his obituary in the Lansing State Journal. Michele survived her second spouse by a little more than three years. She passed away at age 61 in Petoskey, MI on Jan. 12, 2013.

Great-grandson Jack Carleton Trout (1954-1987) was born on Aug. 10, 1954 in Uniontown, Fayette County, PA. He passed away in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22, 1987, at the age of 33. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Nothing more is known.

Great-granddaughter Leslie Ellen Trout (1960?-1992) was born in about 1960. Circa 1978, she moved from Mount Pleasant to Michigan, settling in Laingsburg near Lansing. She wedded Ricky Smith ( ? - ? ), son of Lewis "Bud" and Helen Smith. The couple were the parents of two -- James Smith and Lisa Smith. Grief cascaded over the family when, at age 32, Leslie died on March 20, 1992. She was pictured in her obituary in the Lansing State Journal. Pastor Donald Green, of the Parker Memorial Baptist Church, led her funeral service. Interment of the remains was in East Lawn Memory Gardens.

Son Carlton L. Shumaker (1916-1953) was born on April 27, 1916 in Mount Pleasant. He secured work as an attendant at a Mount Pleasant gasoline service station as of 1940. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy and in March 1945 was an apprentice seaman based in Hampton, NY. After the war's end, he returned to southwestern Pennsylvania and secured a job as a brakeman with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He married Agnes ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce. Their home in 1953 was at 915 Magnus Street in the Wall section of Pittsburgh. Carlton's regular run was to Altoona and back. Tragedy cut his life short at the age of 37 on the dark afternoon of Oct. 16, 1953. While on a run in Gallitzon Township in Cambria County, he fell from a moving freight car, near the Gallitzin Tunnel, with the train then passing over his body. His right leg was amputated at the hip and the left leg at the knee. His tragic death was covered by a United Press story which was widely distributed throughout the state. The mangled remains were brought for burial to Grandview Cemetery in Wilmerding, PA. His brother Samuel "Leo" Shumaker is known to have traveled from Fort Worth, TX to attend the funeral.

 

~ Son George W. Emrick ~

Son George W. Emrick (1881-1959) was born in 1881.

Circa 1905, when he was age 23 and she 22, he married Mary Edith Glasgow (1882-1939), daughter of Frank and Ruth Amie Glasgow.

They produced these known children together -- Georgia Hills, Bert Emrick, James "Franklin" Emrick, Berniece Mirsky, Ralph Lowell Emrick, Emogene Emrick and Louise Burkett.

In 1910, federal census enumeration records show the Emricks in Fairhope, Somerset County, where George was employed as a laborer at a brickyard.

The family migrated to Indiana during the decades of the 1910s. When the census again was made in 1920 and 1930, their home was on a farm in Helmer, a community in Salem Township, Steuben County, IN. They lived next to George's elderly uncle Lafayette Emrick in 1930, at a time when the road along their farm was unnamed.

 

Bustling Kendallville, Indiana

 

Over the years, they became well-known residents of Helmer. At some point the couple lived in Kendallville for six years but otherwise spent their lives in Helmer. In January 1936, they hosted the funeral service for Albert Peterman Jr. (connection unknown).

Sadly, Mary died in their residence on June 5, 1939 at the age of 56. Funeral serevices were held in the family home. An obituary in the South Bend (IN) Tribune attributed her passing to "a seven weeks' illness...," and one in the Angola Herald gave the cause as "a nervous disease..."

George lived on for another two decades. He remained on their Helmer farm when the 1940 census was taken, making a home for his daughter Louise and son Ralph and his wife Mary. He appears to have married again by 1944.

George and his second wife vacationed in Long Beach, CA in the winter of 1944. They are known to have traveled to his old home region in Hyndman, PA in late March 1944 to attend a relative's funeral, likely of his sister-in-law Martha (Kennell) Emerick. The trip was noted in the gossip columns of the Steuben (IN) Republican.

In May 1948, he sold to his son Ralph two tracts in Salem Township totaling about 95 acres.

Death cut him away in 1959. Burial is in Wright Cemetery in Hudson, Steuben County. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Georgia M. "Georgie" Emrick (1906-1995) was born on Aug. 29, 1906 in Helmer, Steuben County, IN. She was joined in matrimony with Cyrus Hills (Aug. 9, 1905-1984), son of Bessie Hills and stepson of Alfred Warble. One daughter was born to this union, Mariam Nelson. They resided in Staten Island, NY in 1931, where Cyrus was stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard aboard Boat 123. In October 1931, she and Walter Emerick and her daughter took a motoring trip to Pennsylvania. Upon her return, she filed for divorce, as announced in the Steuben (IN) Republican. Her petition was approved in January 1932, but in doing so she agreed not to re-marry for a period of two years. She eventually wedded again to Albert Peterman Sr. ( ? - ? ). The couple produced these children -- Albert Peterman Jr., Mariam Nelson, Patricia Augustine, Jerry Ann Puckett, Allison Peterman, Allon Peterman and Alvan Peterman. The Petermans' son Allison was born in 1933 in New York with their daughter Patricia born in 1938 in Michigan. The federal census of 1940 shows the family in Detroit, with Albert Sr. earning a living as an oil sander in the fleetwood industry. Georgia held a membership in Beacon Baptist Church. On Sept. 19, 1978, in nuptials held in Albion, IN, she tied the knot with Norman Hills ( ? - ? ). Death swept her away into eternity at age 89, in McCray Hospital, in late November 1995. Ex-husband Cyrus remained with the Coast Guard during World War II and was employed over the years by Stuckey Brothers of Fort Wayne and the New York City Railroad. He returned to Indiana where he spent his final years at The Lamplighter and died in the Kendallville Nursing Home in Nov. 1984, with burial in Sparta Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Mariam Jean Hills (1927-2021) was born in 1927 in Indiana. She was a girl of three when her parents divorced. She wedded (?) Nelson. Marian lived in Nampa, ID in 1995. She died in Nampa on May 30, 2021, at the age of 93. Her obituary was published in the Idaho Press Tribune.
  • Grandson Allison Peterman (1933- ? ) was born in about 1933 in New York. He relocated to Kennewick, WA.
  • Grandaughter Patricia Peterman (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938 in Michigan. She married (?) Augustine. Her residence in 1995 was in Caldwell, ID.
  • Grandson Albert Peterman Jr. ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 1995.
  • Granddaughter Jerry Ann Peterman was joined in matrimony with (?) Puckett. She dwelled in Detroit in the mid-1990s.
  • Grandson Allon L. Peterman Sr. (1943-2011) was born on Feb. 24, 1943 in Detroit. He was married twice in his lifetime. His first bride was Carol Jean Kamm ( ? - ? ). Carol was pictured in a Feb. 13, 1970 article in the Dayton (OH) Daily News about a reunion with an older sister after a separation of 24 years. Ater Carol Jean's untimely death, he married a second time in about 1979 to Carolyn ( ? - ? ). She brought with her two children, Shelley and Wendell. The second union endured for 32 years. He was the father of Anna Peterman, Allon Peterman Jr. and Alfred Peterman. Allon spent 17 years of his career in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant and recruiter, posted at Wright-Patterson Force Base in Ohio and then in Olympia, WA. Then having joined the Jehovah's Witnesses, he retired and became employed by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. In 1995, the couple is known to have lived in Olympia, WA. Allon retired from DSHS in 2008. "Throughout his life, he found great enjoyment in making flutes," said The Olympian, "writing over 500 poems, publishing a small book of his favorite 50 and as of 12-2011 became the proud author of his published book, "Crow College." Suffering from leukemia, he died in his favorite recliner at home in Arizona on Dec. 19, 2011, "just as he wanted," said an obituary. His obituary was printed in The Olympian. The remains were returned to Washington for memorial services at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
  • Grandson Alvan Peterman planted roots in Plant City, FL. He may be the same man who was born in Detroit on New Year's Day 1949 and died in Hernando, FL on April 28, 2020. This needs to be confirmed.

Son Bert Emrick (1907- ? ) was born in about 1907. Nothing more is known.

 

Part of the Century of Progress exhibition which Franklin and Helen Emrick viewed at the Chicago World's Fair

 

Son James "Franklin" Emrick (1908- ? ) was born in 1908. He studied at the Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. On April 16, 1933, in Chicago, he married Helen Thompson ( ? - ? ). They bore two sons -- George Emrick and Dennis Emrick. The couple lived in Helen's hometown of Champaign in 1934 and traveled to Chicago that year to view the Century of Progress exhibition at the World's Fair. Franklin was trained as an accountant. Circa 1935, the Emricks relocated to Minnesota, where he "has a fine position as an accountant," reported the Steuben (IN) Republican. "We wish him success." His employer was Minnesota Valley Canning Corn and Peas, which sold the Green Giant brand of vegetables. The family resided in LaSeuer/St. Paul, MN in 1936-1942. From there they migrated to Illinois and dwelled in Freeport, IL in 1945. In time they moved to Minneapolis and were there in 1956. He is known to have traveled back to Indiana in August 1956 to attend the funeral of his uncle Rozelle Rice.

  • Grandson George Emrick (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938 in LaSueur, MN.
  • Grandson Dennis Emrick (1939- ? ) was born in about 1939 in LaSueur, MN.

Daughter Berniece Emrick (1909-2002) was born in about 1909. She tied the knot with Joseph "Joe" Mirsky ( ? - ? ). Their known brood of offspring were Irvin Mirsky, Jeanine Rappaport and Nancy McKinney. Circa 1936-1942, the Mirskeys lived in Chicago. The family eventually moved to Roswell, NM and thence to Las Vegas. At the age of 92, Berniece died in Las Vegas on Dec. 13, 2002. Burial was in Old Waldheim Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Southtown Star.

  • Grandson Irvin Mirsky ( ? - ? ) grew up in Chicago. He wedded Renee.
  • Granddaughter Jeanine Mirsky married Jerry Rappaport.
  • Granddaughter Nancy Mirsky entered into marriage with James "Jim" McKinney. Sadly, she was deceased by 2002.

Son Ralph Lowell Emrick (1917- ? ) was born in 1917 in Indiana. He entered into marriage with Mary (1917- ? ) of LaGrange, IN. The newlyweds made their home with Ralph's widowed father in Helmer in 1940, with Ralph working as a farmer and Mary teaching at a local school. Ralph in May 1948 acquired his father's farm tracts totaling about 95 acres in Salem Township. He was deceased by 2002.

Daughter Emogene Emrick (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920 in Steuben County, IN. In 1937, she graduated from Salem Center High School. She was united in wedlock with Edward Johnson ( ? -1961), who had moved to Helmer in about 1933. For years, Edward was owner of the Johnson General Store in Helmer. Together, the couple produced four offspring -- Hazel Alger, Mary Louise Johnson, Jerel Lee Johnson and James Edward Johnson. The family was plunged into anxiety when he was diagnosed with cancer in about 1957. He suffered for three years until surrendering to the spirit of death on Jan. 16, 1961, at the age of 46. His obituary was printed in the Angola (IN) Herald. Funeral services were conducted in the Helmer United Brethren Church. The remains were lowered under the sod of Wright Cemetery. Emogene married a second time to Avon Sowle ( ? - ? ). She was still living in 2002.

  • Granddaughter Hazel Johnson ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was a graduate of Salem Center High School and in 1960 was enrolled at Manchester College. On Aug. 27, 1960, she married Stanley Alger ( ? - ? ), son of Merritt J. Alger of Decatur, IN, and a senior at Manchester College. Their nuptials were held in the Helmer United Brethren Church. The newlyweds lived in North Manchester, IN in 1961, and in 1962 she received her bachelor of science degree from the college.
  • Granddaughter Mary Louise Johnson
  • Grandson Jerel Lee Johnson
  • Grandson James Edward Johnson

Daughter Louise R. Emrick (1925- ? ) was born in 1925 in Steuben County, IN. She is known to have lived at home with her widowed father in 1940. She and Clifford Burkett ( ? - ? ) entered into the sacrament of marriage.

 

~ Son Noah Cleveland Emrick ~

Son Noah Cleveland Emrick (1887-1973) was born in 1887 in Pennsylvania, the youngest of 10 children and 28 years younger than his eldest sibling.

Circa March 1910, at age 22, he was united in holy wedlock with 19-year-old Lola E. "Lulu" Dillman (1890-1970), daughter of Andrew and Mary J. Dillman of Salem Township, Steuben County, IN. The newlyweds' first home was with her parents in Salem.

Three offspring the pair bore together were Ora Emrick, Elizabeth Emrick and Emerson Monroe Emrick.

The federal census record of 1920 lists the family in Salem, with Noah working as a farmer. He continued in this occupation through the decade of the 1920s and 1930s and into 1940. The road along which they lived was not named as of 1930. Their farm in 1934 was located a mile east of the town of Angola.

In 1935 and 1945, the Emricks lived in Helmer, Steuben County and in 1941 in Hudson, IN. While living in Helmer in November 1959, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house and family dinner in their residence. The event made news in the Waterloo (IA) Press, and the couple was pictured in a related story in the Angola (IN) Herald.

Noah died in 1970 and Lulu in 1973.

They are buried together in Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield Center, DeKalb County, IN. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Ora C. Emrick (1910-1930) was born on June 16, 1910 on a farm near Helmer in Salem Township, Steuben County, IN. Dr. R.D. Denman assisted in the birth. He attended school in Helmer and then set out to work. He earned his income as a laborer in young manhood, working during the summer of 1930 for himself in the onion business. Ora appears to have owned a motorcycle at the age of 19 and enjoyed the experience of speed. He was "well known," reported a newspaper, and "after a hard seasons's work and harvest, he had planned to take a rest and his vacation trip." In late September 1930, he and buddy Clyde Clark took what was "expected to be a delightful motorcycle trip into Iowa," said the Garrett (IN) Clipper. But tragically, while in Grand Mound near Clinton, IA on Sept. 22, 1930, he lost control on a freshly graveled patch of public highway and was thrown to the pavement, fracturing his skull. He was rushed to a nearby Jane Lamb Hospital, where life ebbed away. Hospital officials sent word to his family, saying "Come at once if you want to see your son, Ora, alive." Ora's father and friend W.C. Stroman left immediately for Clinton, "but their trip was in vain as the young man died at 9 o'clock Monday night. Mr. Emerick and Mr. Stroman had hoped to reach Clinton some time Tuesday morning. A telegraph announcing the boy's death was received here at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning." An examining physician blamed "fast driving" as a contributing cause. Ora's remains were shipped to Fairfield, IN for funeral services and interment. Reported the Angola (IN) Herald, "Funeral services ... were very largely attended at Helmer Friday afternoon. More people had to remain outside the church than cound be seated inside. The young man's schoolmates and acquaintances turned out en masse." The service was officiated by Rev. F.F. DeGroff at the Helmer United Brethren Church. In an obituary, the Herald said that "Ora will be sadly missed in the home, and by the circle of friends to whom he had endeared himself."

Daughter Elizabeth M. Emrick (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915 in Indiana. She was a 1933 graduate of Salem High School. At the age of 18, on Feb. 24, 1934, she was joined in the bonds of holy wedlock with Clyde Clark ( ? - ? ), a onetime resident of Clinton, IA. The nuptials were held in the parsonage of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Angola, by the hand of Rev. Davies. In announcing the wedding, the Steuben Republican said that the newlyweds "will reside on the farm of her parents, east of town. Congratulations and best wishe" The Clarks were in Lake George, IN circa 1959.

Son Emerson Monroe Emrick (1919-2002) was born two days before Christmas 1919 in Helmer, IN. He stood 5 feeet, 7 inches tall in adulthood and weighed 125 lbs., with brown eyes and brown hair. When required to register for the military draft during World War II, he was living in Hudson, Salem Township, Steuben County, and was employed as a machine operator for S.F. Bowser & Company. On June 12, 1945, the 26-year-old Emerson was united in matrimony with 20-year-old Beverly Elaine Mulholland (April 11, 1925-2002), a native of Kendallville and the daughter of Orea Earl and Alice Lenora (Jones) Mulholland. The Emricks lived in Kendallville for years, and in 1972, their address was 1240 12th Avenue North. Emerson was employed for 21 years as plant manager at Bowser, Inc. in Fort Wayne and then for 17 years was a supervisor at Dana Corp. in Churubusco, Whitley County, IN, retiring in 1980. Beverly made a living as a payroll supervisor for a refrigeration company. They were members of First Presbyterian Church, Kendallville. Their final years were spent in Churubusco. Sadly, they died just a few months apart. Stricken with breast cancer, Dorothy succumbed to death on March 2, 2002, in Churubusco. Emerson passed away on July 23, 2002.

 

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Minerd.com extends gratitude to the Somerset (PA) Historical Center, James Perry Emerick, Josephine Toellner Emerick, George Christian Schempp and the late Gilbert R. Gaumer for their contributions to this biography.