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Franklin 'Frank' Miner

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2004 National Reunion
- Fallingwater: A Long Family Affair


Frank Miner

Franklin "Frank" Miner was born on Jan. 17, 1893 at Wilmerding, Allegheny County, PA, the son of William Henry ‘Squire’ and Sara Jane (Basinger) Minerd. He was a carpenter and a longtime employee at Fallingwater®, the house over a waterfall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that is considered America’s “most famous modern house.”

As a young man, Frank and his family moved back to Mill Run, Fayette County, PA, in the vicinity of where his father had grown up. Frank played a bass drum in the Mill Run Concert Band, and is mentioned and pictured in the 1970 book, A History of Mill Run.

During World War I, Frank served in the U.S. Army. When he registered for the military draft, he stated that he was employed by his father as a farm laborer in Mill Run. He was recorded as being of medium height, and stout build, with gray eyes and black hair.

On Christmas Day 1919, Frank married his first wife, Ida B. Grimm (1900-1971), the daughter of Henry and Barbara "Ellen" (Parker) Grimm and a foster daughter of Milton and Beatrice (Bates) Shipley. Frank was age 26 at the time, and Ida 19, at the time.



Frank (far left) with the Mill Run Band, 1910s



Frank and Ida

They had eight children: Harold Henry Miner, Hilda Cole, Howard K. Miner, Homer Miner, Eleanor Provance, Caroll "Wayne" Miner, Arla Borghi and Warren Miner. Sadly, Warren died at age three months, passing away at Connellsville State Hospital on July 25, 1941. 

Immediately after their marriage, Frank and Ida began living with Ida's parents in Springfield Township, where Frank secured employment as a laborer in a local coal mine. When the federal census was taken in 1920, a year after marriage, the Miners and Grims are shown together under one roof.

The Miners later lived in Mill Run, Normalville and Indian Head, all nearby communities in the mountains of Fayette County. By 1920, remaining in Springfield Township, they had six children at home, along with brother in law Weldon Nicholson. Both Frank and Weldon were laborers for the Grimm Mine. Residing just a few households away were Frank's sister and brother in law, Irene and James Welsh and children, and their brother Clyde Miner and his wife Jane and family.


Frank and Bertha

Frank and Ida later divorced. She remarried, to Orville W. Imel (1904- ? ), the son of Charles Grant and Ida (Whipkey) Imel. Ida and Orville resided in Normalville, Fayette County.

Frank's second wife was Bertha C. Basinger (1902-1963), daughter of Samuel and Amanda (Meyers) Basinger of Springfield Township. She had two children prior to her marriage with Frank -- Marie Seneri and Judd C. Basinger.

Frank and Bertha went on to have five more children of their own -- Donnie Franklin Miner, Betty Lou Rugg, Ruth Shawley, Lenora Blanchard Reese Cox and Marvin Miner. They also apparently took in a young girl to raise, Carol Wall.

Frank was employed at Fallingwater by the owners, Edgar J. and Liliane Kaufmann, from the 1930s until his untimely death in 1956. His brothers Lester and Ralph also worked at Fallingwater for many years. The projects Frank was involved in are described in papers found in the Fallingwater archives during research in 2004. Among the projects were were: 

... Steps at Fallingwater, painting the swimming pool pipe, working on driveways and the dam, and tearing down the Watson house (Sept. 12, 1955); a pipeline from the greenhouse to the garden (Nov. 8, 1955); working at the barn near Ethel Clinton Appel's house (Jan. 23, 1956); sanding floors and removing a door of the Merle Taylor house (April 17, 1956).


First reunion of Frank's family, 1954, Point Marion, PA



World War II publication

In 1954, Frank’s large family gathered for the first official reunion, held at the home of son Harold in Point Marion, PA. The reunions continue to be held today, still drawing large crowds of family.

During World War II, sons Harold, Homer and Howard served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Occasionally, military updates about them were published in a hometown newsletter, The Messenger, edited by a distant cousin, Ferne (Minerd) Work. A Messenger article in October 1944 disclosed that "On a furlough several weeks ago Harold Miner of the Navy was married to a girl from Point Marion. Congratulations and wish you happiness." In February 1946, the Messenger said that "Howard Miner was expecting to leave Europe the first of the year, but at this time have heard nothing else from him." In March 1946, the newsletter reported that:

Since the last publication more boys have been discharged. They include, ... Howard Miner... Homer Miner thinks he will be a civilian about this month. Boys we really hope it won't be long until you will all be back and going about in your usual way.


Taking a breather

Sadly, Frank passed away suddenly on June 4, 1956, after working a full day. He was shopping for a new television at a store in Normalville when he collapsed and died of a stroke.

He was laid to rest in the Normalville Cemetery. His obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that Frank “had been employed at the E.J. Kaufman estate, and was a veteran of World War One.”

In her report to Mr. Kaufmann of June 4, Mrs. Appel wrote: “We were all shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Ralph Miner’s brother Frank, one of our workmen…  Flowers were sent [from] Mr. Kaufmann.” Two men were hired to replace Frank.

Bertha outlived her husband by seven years. Suffering with hypertension, she was felled by a massive heart attack and died at the age of 60 on March 9, 1963. Her remains were laid to rest beside Frank at the Normalville Cemetery following funeral serviced led by Rev. Robert Blank in the Normalville Evangelical United Brethren Church.


Normalville Cemetery

Former wife Ida passed away on Oct. 2, 1971, in Connellsville.

She and Orville Imel are mentioned in the 1975 book, Immel and Imel Families in America, authored by Velma (Byrum) Keller. Ida's children are mentioned in the book, but mistakenly are named "Imel" rather than "Miner."

In June 2004, Frank’s family gathered for their 50th annual reunion at the Indian Creek Community Center. A special booklet with photos was published by loving granddaughters as a handout.

Just a few weeks later, on July 10-11, 2004, Frank was honored among several of his brothers and cousins, for their longtime work at Fallingwater, at the national Minerd-Miner-Minor Reunion in Kingwood and Mill Run, PA. Click here to view our special reunion booklet. The event received statewide news media coverage by the Associated Press.


2004 reunion of Frank's descendants in Fayette County


~ Son Harold Henry Miner ~


Uniontown Herald-Standard, 1994

Son Harold Henry Miner (1920-2007) was born in 1920. 

He was a machinist with the U.S. Navy during World War II. 

On Aug. 29, 1944, at the age of 24, he married Emma E. Blosser ( ? -2007).

They resided in Point Marion, Greene County, PA, where they raised their seven children -- Sharon Hawthorne, Judy Sandor, Joyce Miner, Keith Miner, Nita Rhodes, Don Miner and Carol Kezmarsky. 

Harold was "an electrician by trade [and] retired from the now former Houze Glass Corporation in Point Marion after over 30 years employment and was a member of the American Flint Glass Workers Union Local 547," said the Herald-Standard

On Aug. 28, 1994, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. An article and photograph about their celebration were published in the Uniontown Herald-Standard

Harold and Emma were married for 62 years.

Both passed away in 2007. She died on Jan. 30, 2007, and he only survived her by three and a half months, passing on May 4, 2007. They rest for eternity at Jacobs Lutheran Cemetery in Masontown, Fayette County.

Daughter Sharon Elaine Miner married Barry Thomas Hawthorne on Sept. 2, 1967 in St. Hubert Roman Catholic Church in Point Marion. Their four children are Lori Ann Groover, Richard Thomas Hawthorne, Bryan Joseph Hawthorne and Kevin Matthew Hawthorne. Circa 2007, their home was in Lake Lynn, PA.

Daughter Judith Kathleen "Judy" Miner married Michael John Sandor on May 30, 1969. They resided in Eastern Ohio and had three children, Michael John Sandor Jr., Krista Michelle Sandor and Eric Scott Sandor. Judy's home in 2007 was in Lake Milton, OH.

Daughter Joyce Lea Miner has dwelled in Point Marion.

Son Harold "Keith" Miner Sr. married Susan Kaye Baer on Sept. 7, 1974 in Point Marion. They have lived in Gans, PA, and theiir two children are Melissa Kaye Miner and Harold Keith Miner Jr.

Daughter Nita Louise Miner married Danny Rhodes on Dec. 11, 1976 at her parents' home. Their only known daughter is Amy Elizabeth Rhodes. The Rhodeses live in Point Marion.

Son Donald Wayne "Don" Miner married Brenda Lee Kennedy on July 8, 1978 in Masontown, Fayette County. Their two known children are Donald Wayne Miner Jr. and Kathryn Lynn Miner. Circa 2007, they made their residence in Fairchance, Fayette County.

Daughter Carol Sue Miner married Stanley Steven Kravits on May 12, 1979. They had two children, Andrea Nicole Kravats and Sean Steven Kravats. Later, she married Tadd Kezmarsky and resided in Uniontown, Fayette County.


~ Daughter Hilda (Miner) Cole ~


Normalville Cemetery

Daughter Hilda Miner (1922-1981) was born in about 1922. 

At the age of 19, she moved in about 1941 to Monaca, Beaver County, PA. 

She married Charles J. Cole (1918-2000) and had four children -- John Franklin Cole, Jerald Allen Cole, Thomas Lee Cole and Susan Freehauf.

They were members of the United Methodist Church in Freedom and of the American Croatian Club in Monaca, said the Beaver County Times

Circa 1979, she provided a few details about her family to neighbor Marlene (Shires) Bluemling, who in turn forwarded the material to the founder of this website.

Hilda passed away on Aug. 18, 1981. Her remains were brought back to Fayette County for interment in Normalville Cemetery. 

Charles outlived his bride by 19 years. He died in 2000.

Son John Franklin Cole married Carol. Their five children are Tina Lynn Cole, John Franklin Cole Jr., Ronald Allen Cole, Robert Charles Cole and Krystal Cole.

Son Jerald Allen Cole wedded Betty Ann. Their three offspring were Virginia Sue Cole, Christine Robyn Cole and Edward Allen "Ted" Cole.

  • Grandson Edward Allen "Ted" Cole starred for the Monaca (PA) High School basketball team during a championship season in 1995, and often was pictured and mentioned in newspapers in Pittsburgh and Beaver County.

Son Thomas Lee Cole was joined in wedlock with Pamela. They are the parents of Courtney Lynn Cole, Rachelle Renee Cole and Kayla Rae Cole.

Daughter Susan Cole was united in matrimony with Ronald Freehauf. Their children are Jeremy Allen Freehauf and Jamie Sue Freehauf.


~ Son Howard Kenneth Miner ~


Daily Courier, 1993

Son Howard Kenneth Miner (1924-1996) was born on Jan. 19, 1924.

At the age of 19, on April 8, 1943, he married 17-year-old Ruth E. Bryner (July 10, 1925- ? ), the daughter of Clarence and Rosa (Hostetler) Bryner of South Connellsville and Mill Run. The nuptials were held in the parsonage of the East End Evangelical United Brethren church, with Rev. W.J. Richey leading the service.

They produced three children -- Joyce Ann Miner, Howard Kenneth Miner Jr. and Lou Ann Hensel.

Heartache enveloped the Miners in March 1947 when their eldest daughter Joyce died at birth in Connellsville State Hospital, from the effects of a toxemia pregnancy.

Over the years, Howard was employed by Lou Horne Coal Company at Hunker, as a mechanic by Connellsville Motor Sales and later by Lenox in Mount Pleasant, PA.

The Miners were members of the Hampton Church of God in Mill Run. Howard is known to have authored a history of the congregation in a special edition of the Connellsville Daily Courier in June 1976.

They enjoyed attending the annual Bryner family reunion, held at Ohiopyle Grove, with Howard elected president in 1953, and Ruth to a sports committee.

On April 8, 1993, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a reception at the Indian Creek Valley Community Church in Indian Head, with 200 well-wishers in attendance. An article about the anniversary celebration, seen here, was printed in the Daily Courier.

Howard passed away on Nov. 14, 1996 at the age of 72.

Ruth survived her spouse by almost 23 years and remained in Mill Run. As her health failed, she was admitted to Eicher's Family Home in Normalville. The Angel of Death carried her away at the age of 94 on Aug. 30, 2019. No funeral services were held, and burial was private. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Son Howard Kenneth Miner Jr. (1950-1984) was born on Aug. 19, 1950 in Mill Run. News of his birth was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier, which reported that "both mother ... and the baby are getting along nicely." Howard married Mary Richards ( ? - ? ). They resided in Somerset, PA and later in the Pittsburgh suburb of Monroeville. Sadly, Howard died at the age of 33 on April 27, 1984. Burial was in the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run.

Daughter Lou Ann Miner ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). In 1971, while in high school, she was named Queen of the Springfield Township Volunteer Fire Department and worked at Seven Springs Ski Resort. On June 17, 1972, she was united in matrimony with Seven Springs co-worker Thomas D. Hensel ( ? -living), son of Howard Hensel of Melcroft. The wedding was held in the Hampton Church of God, with Rev. E.J. Marker officiating, assisted by Lou Ann's cousin Rev. Carl Ritenour. An announcement was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. They established a home in Champion and bore two daughters -- Bridget Lynn Hensel and Jill McKenzie. The family is believed to have been active with the annual reunions of the Roy Friend and Frank Krepps families, held in Indian Head at the Indian Creek Valley Picnic Area in the mid-1970s.

  • Granddaughter Bridget Hensel dwelled in Mill Run in 2019.
  • Granddaughter Jill Hensel married (?) McKenzie. Her home in 2019 was in Elkins, WV.


~ Son Homer Franklin Miner ~


Daily Courier, 1997

Son Homer Franklin Miner (1925-2004) was born on Oct. 3, 1925.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 

On Sept. 1, 1947, at the age of 22, he married 25-year-old Emma Jean Workman (1922-2013). She was the daughter of Oliver and Helen Workman of Vanderbilt, Fayette County.

In an interesting twist, Emma Jean's sisters Lois Gail Workman and Joyce Workman wedded Homer's distant cousins Gerald Elias Shroyer and Gilbert Lee Shroyer, respectively, of the family of Laura Belle (Younkin) Shroyer.

They had two children -- Robert Miner and Marsha Garlick.

The Daily Courier said that Homer "was a self-employed painter for many years, and also worked for many years as a custodian for the Connellsville Area School District. After retirement, he continued his work as a painter for family and friends.” 

Emma Jean, said the Courier, was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and was secretary and treasurer of her Sunday School class. She also served in leadership roles with the Rebekah Lodge.

In 1997, the Miners celebrated their golden anniversary in 1997, with a reception in the Poplar Run area of Normalville, and with their photograph (then and now, seen here) appearing in the Courier. 

The family was blanketed with sorrow when son Robert D. Miner died in 1981. See his entry below for more.. 

Homer passed away in 2004. 

Emma Jean outlived her husband by nine years, and spent her final years in the home of her married daughter in Greensboro, NC. She died at the age of 90 in Greensboro on July 22, 2013. Her remains were returned to Western Pennsylvania for interment in Green Ridge Memorial Park in Connellsville.

Son Robert D. Miner (1950-1981) was born on March 14, 1950. He was wedded to Janet DeMaske. They had one known daughter, Michaela DeMaske. Robert made a living as an on-air announcer for the WCVI and WPQR radio stations in Uniontown, Fayette County. Tragically, at the age of 31, he passed away on July 13, 1981. Interment was in Green Ridge Memorial Park north of Connellsville.

Daughter Marsha Miner married Charles Garlick in Canonsburg, Washington County, PA on Sept. 2, 1971. They produced one son, Brian Garlick.


~ Daughter Eleanor (Miner) Provance ~

Daughter Eleanor Miner (1927-1991) was born on Dec. 8, 1927. 

She moved to Monaca, Beaver County, PA, in about 1951, where on Oct. 1, 1947, she married Howard Provance (Nov. 23, 1925- ? ).

The Provances had one daughter, Roberta Gerlinger.

Eleanor was a longtime " manager of the snack bar at The Medical Center, Beaver, [and] a member of Freedom United Methodist Church,” said the Beaver County Times

Eleanor died on June 10, 1991 at the age of 64.

Howard's fate is not yet known but will be added here when learned.

Daughter Roberta Provance married Thomas Gerlinger. They are the parents of Jena Gerlinger, Phillip Gerlinger and Casey Gerlinger.


Wayne Miner with this website's founder, 1989

~ Son Carrol "Wayne" Miner ~

Son Carrol "Wayne" Miner (1930-2017) was born on April 6, 1930 in Mill Run.

As a teenager, he relocated to Monaca, Beaver County, PA, where his sister Arla lived and where he remained for decades. He was a longtime steelworker for Jones & Laughlin Steel in Aliquippa and during the Korean War, served in the 7th Infantry Division.

He never married.

He was a member of the Freedom United Methodist Church and was a Sunday School teacher. He also had a love for reading and singing.

Wayne also had a passion for volunteer service with the Salvation Army. In about 1990, he met the founder of this website during a pickup of canned goods at a local civil engineering firm, Michael Baker Corporation, and the two were photographed together.

Wayne died on Sept. 9, 2017. His remains were placed into repose in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, south of Pittsburgh, with Rev. Donald W. MacNeil overseeing the funeral service. An obituary was printed in the Beaver County Times and Connellsville Daily Courier.


~ Daughter Arla (Miner) Borghi ~

Daughter Arla Miner (1933-2013) was born on Jan. 29, 1933 in Mill Run. As a young woman she and her brother Wayne moved to Beaver County, PA. 

There, in about 1948, she married U.S. Army veteran William C. "Wee'm" Borghi (Nov. 2, 1929-2018), son of Louis and Rose (Farioli) Borghi of Beaver Falls.

Their children were Mary Beth Kramer and Janice Anderson. The family made its home in Beaver Falls and were members of St. Philomena Catholic Church, today known as St. Monica-College Hill.

Arla was employed as a manager with Revco. She enjoyed bingo and card games and bowled in the Beaver Falls City Women's Scratch League. William worked for many years as a shipping supervisor with Armstrong World Industries. William belonged to the Beaver Falls Elks Club, West Mayfield Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Bookhouse Gang. He was "an avid Beaver Falls sports fan," said the Beaver County Times, and "enjoyed bowling in the Independent League at the White Twp. Lanes and the City League at Sims Lanes for 60 plus years, coaching sports, where after multiple decades of coaching commitment and field maintenance of the little league and girls' softball fields in Beaver Falls, the Moltrups Little League Field was dedicated to him in April 2017."

Sadly, they endured the untimely death of their son in law George Kramer.

Arla passed away in Providence Care Center on Sept. 20, 2013 at the age of 80. Following a mass of Christian burial at the family church, led by Father John Naugle, her remains were placed into eternal repose in St. Mary Cemetery in Chippewa Township.

William survived his wife by almost five years. He joined her in death at the age of 88 on June 24, 2018. An obituary in the Times said that in addition to his family, he was survived by "his extended family at Falls City Lumber Co., Enelow Shoes, Beaver Falls City Garage and Lil' Joe's."

Daughter Mary Beth Borghi married George R. Kramer ( ? -1989) on Aug. 16, 1975. They had three children -- Matthew Kramer, Bradley Kramer and Douglas Kramer. Their home was in North Fayette Township. Sadly, George passed away on Nov. 27, 1989, ending their marriage of 14 years' duration.

Daughter Janice Borghi married Michael Anderson on Oct. 29, 1977. The Andersons have dwelled in Beaver Falls. Their children are Melissa Bidlack, Jenna Anderson and Jack Anderson III. Janice has been a legal secretary in the office of attorney John Rackley in Beaver, PA.


Donnie Miner

~ Son Donnie Franklin Miner ~

Son Donnie Franklin Miner (1932-2010) was born on March 22, 1932 in Indian Head, Fayette County.. 

On Nov. 16, 1951, at the age of 19, Donnie married 16-year-old Helen Hutchison (Feb. 26, 1935-2018), daughter of Edward and violet (Basinger) Hutchison of Mill Run.

They had nine children -- Pamela Treacher Thompson, Donnie Miner, Edward "Eddie" Miner, Robert Allen Miner, Ronald Miner, Mark Dewayne Miner, Elizabeth Hall, Christopher Miner and Rose Miner. 

Donnie was "employed as a logger all of his life and he worked for the Gerald King Lumber Co.," said the Connellsville Daily Courier. He and Helen were members of the Hampton Church of God.

Circa 1992, Elizabeth graciously allowed the founder of this website to meet in her home.

Suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Donnie passed away on Valentine's Day 2010, at home, at the age of 77. In his Daily Courier obituary, 33 grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren were named, for a total of 75 offspring.

Elizabeth survived her husband by eight years. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family. She succumbed at the age of 83 on May 18, 2018. Rev. Lee Maley, a distant cousin of the family of Martha (Mayle) Mayle, preached at the funeral service. Interment was in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Daughter Pamela Miner ( ? -living) was born in (?). On April 20, 1968, she was united in holy matrimony with Daniel Bryan Treacher (Dec. 25, 1946-2003), the son of Howard and Inez (Scarlett) Treacher. They are the parents of Julie Renee Treacher, Krista Lee Thompson, Daniel Bryan Treacher Jr. and Shane Edward Kenneth Treacher. The family were members of the Hampton Church of God. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "Prior to retirement in 1999, he worked as a materials manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 33 years. He was a member of the Springfield Township Volunteer Hose Co., and coached Mill Run Instructional League Baseball for many years." Sadly, Daniel died at home at the age of 56 on Jan. 4, 2003. After funeral services, his remains were placed into repose in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Carl Ritenour officiating. An obituary was published in the Greensburg Tribune-Review. Later, Pamela wed Anthony Wayne "Tony" Thompson (April 14, 1949-2018), son of Harold and Geneva (Evans) Thompson of Owensboro, KY. He brought two sons to the marriage, Michael A. Thompson and Mark A. Thompson. A graduate of Point Park University, Tony was employed in a number of industries over the years, among them airplane engine manufacturing, paper products, remodeling and the U.S. Postal Service. He served in the U.S. Army as a member of the Green Berets in Vietnam and as a paratrooper and jump master with the 5th Special Forces, and received the Purple Heart medal. After his discharge, he was a member of the Army Reserves, teaching strength management until 1999. He was a member of the Blue Lodge of the Masons in Pittsburgh and the Syria Shrine. Tony passed away at the age of 69 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital on June 9, 2018. Burial was in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Lee Maley, a distant cousin of the family of Martha (Mayle) Mayle, officiating at the funeral service. The Daily Courier printed an obituary.

  • Granddaughter Julie Renee Treacher.
  • Granddaughter Krista Lee Treacher wed (?) Thompson
  • Grandson Daniel Bryan Treacher Jr. married Jennifer. In 2003, they made their home in Champion, Fayette County.
  • Grandson Shane E. Treacher wedded Margaret and lived in Mill Run in 2003.

Son Donnie Franklin Miner Jr. married Deborah Lavern Keslar. They produced these children -- Jodi Lynn Curry, Dawn Marie Miner and Valerie Esma Miner. In 2010-2018, their home was in Apollo, PA.

Son Edward Ross "Eddie" Miner has been married twice. He married Nancy Lee (King) Swope of the family of Harry David and Amanda (Burkett) Miner. She had been married before and brought these offspring to the marriage with Eddie -- Stan David Swope Jr., Nathan Lee Swope, Adam Charles Swope and Roy Allen Swope. Eddie and Nancy adopted a daughter, Kimberly Ariel Miner. In April 1992, Eddie and Nancy spent a day with the founder of this website, driving through the countryside and meeting members of their families in Mill Run and Kingwood. Later, by 2010, he married Lisa and maintained a home in Mill Run.

Son Robert Allen Miner ( ? -living) has been married several times. His first bride was Nancy Porterfield ( ? -living). Their two children were Robert Allen "Robbie" Miner Jr. and Jami Marie Upton. After a divorce, he wedded again to Evelyn Jo "Eve" Caster ( ? - ? ) on June 29, 1987. She brought a son to the marriage, Joshua John Miner, and Robert adopted him as his own. With Flo Ritenour, Robert produced another son, Jeffrey Robert Miner. He married a third time to Careth ( ? - ? ). Heartache enveloped this family in 2004 at the tragic death of 21-year-old son Joshua. Former wife Nancy also married again to Charles E. Firestone (Feb. 29, 1936-2017), son of Charles D. "Chick" and Eleanor "Ellie" (Pritts) Firestone of Normalville.

  • Grandson Robert Allen Miner Jr. married Christy.
  • Granddaughter Jami Marie Miner was joined in wedlock with Brian Upton.
  • Grandson Joshua John Miner (1983-2004) was born on Sept. 27, 1983 in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. He competed in wrestling at Laurel Highlands High School. At the age of 21, he resided in Uniontown, Fayette County. On the fateful evening of Dec. 18, 2004, while at a trailer home in nearby Dunbar, he got into an argument and, when police were called, left the scene. But he returned at 3:50 a.m., kicked his way through the front door and began to fight. Another party on the scene shot Joshua through the chest and arm, reported the Indiana Gazette, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Grandson Jeffrey Robert Miner

Son Ronald Wilson Miner wed Debra Marie Skelly on May 24, 1980. Their two known sons are Ronald William Miner and Eric Matthew Miner. They lived in White, PA in 2010-2018.

Son Mark Dewayne Miner was joined in wedlock with Margaret Shroyer on Nov. 8, 1980. They are the parents of Joseph Edward Miner, Justin Dewayne Miner and Jared Scott Miner. By 2018, the couple may have separated.

Daughter Elizabeth Ann Miner was united in matrimony with Kenneth Ray Hall on May 16, 1981. They have made their home in Mill Run. In an interesting twist, Kenneth's brother married a distant cousin of Elizabeth's, Tammy Minerd, of the family of Arthur Ralph "Buck" Minerd of Masontown, Fayette County.



Signs welcoming Christopher Miner home from the Gulf War, March 1991


Son Christopher Scott Miner married Lynn Burkholder on March 24, 1990. Christopher and Lynn were pictured in the Greensburg (PA) Tribune Review in 1991, following his return from U.S. Navy duty during the Persian Gulf War.

Daughter Rose Marie Miner


~ Daughter Betty Lou (Miner) Rugg ~


Anchor Hocking plant, Connellsville

Daughter Betty Lou Miner (1934- ? ) was born on Oct. 29, 1934.

At the age of 16, on Sept. 27, 1951, she was united in marriage with 20-year-old Clayton R. Rugg (1931-2009), the son of Eli and Helen (Augustine) Rugg.

They made their home in Mill Run and produced six children -- Russell Rugg, Clayton Eli Rugg, Larry Rugg, Kathy Rugg and Nancy Rugg. Sadly, son Russell Rugg was born with spina bifida and died at the age of three weeks in January 1951 in Connellsville

Clayton was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Said the Uniontown Herald Standard, he was employed at Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation (seen here) and also a self-employed farmer.

Clayton passed away at the age of 78 in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville, on Aug. 29, 2009.

Son Clayton Eli Rugg married Denise Mitchell on Feb. 4, 1973. They had three children -- Amy Rugg, Matthew Rugg and Anita Rugg.

Son Larry Rugg wed Penny Lytle on Nov. 5, 1973. They are the parents of Jennifer Hosmer Lowdermilk, Steven Rugg and Cindy Rugg.

  • Granddaughter Jennifer Rugg [Hosmer] married Rodney Lowdermilk. She succumbed on Oct. 30, 2002.

Daughter Kathy Rugg

Daughter Nancy Rugg


~ Daughter Ruth (Miner) Shawley ~

Daughter Ruth Miner (1937- ? ) was born on Sept. 26, 1937.

She was married to Curtis Shawley (June 26, 1927-1991).

Their only known daughter was Audrey Pirl.

Curtis passed away on Nov. 16, 1991.

Daughter Audrey Shawley ( ? -living) was born in (?). She married William Glen Pirl ( ? -living). They made their home in Normalville and produced three offspring -- William Glen Pirl Jr., Chad Anthony Pirl and Jonie Marie Pirl.

  • Grandson Chad Anthony Pirl (1985-2017) was born on July 19, 1985 in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, PA. After graduation from Connellsville Area High School, he earned income by working at sawmills and in construction. He loved fishing and hunting and the general outdoors. Sadly, at the age of 31, he died at home in Normalville on July 3, 2017. Rev. Ronald Boyd officiated at the funeral service, followed by burial in Hillview Cemetery in nearby Rogers Mill. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
  • Grandson William Glen Pirl Jr. married Dana and resides in West Mifflin, near Pittsburgh.
  • Granddaughter Jonie Marie Pirl dwells in Normalville.

~ Daughter Lenora (Miner) Blanchard Reese Cox ~

Daughter Lenora Miner (1942-2017) was born in 1942. She was wed three times.

Lenora's first husband was Richard M. Blanchard Sr. ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of Richard Blanchard Jr., Catherine Lora and Michael Blanchard.

Lenora's second spouse was (?) Reese ( ? - ? ). They produced a son, Donald Reese.

Lenora's third marriage was to Otis Cox (1930- ? ). Her home in 2010 was in Clinton, Allegheny County, PA.

On July 2, 2017, Lenora passed away in Connellsville at the age of 75. A niece recalled that "there viewing, no service, no obituary." Her remains were cremated.


~ Son Marvin Miner ~

Son Marvin Miner (1947-living) was born in 1947.

His wife was Patricia Sue Burke. The Miners had three children -- Michael Miner, Janelle Miner and Jennifer Miner.

Marvin and his family attended the 2004 Frank Miner Reunion held at the Indian Creek Valley Community Center.

Circa 2010, he made his residence in Denver.


~ Stepdaughter Marie Seneri ~

Stepdaughter Marie Seneri lived in Chicago in 1963.


~ Stepson Judd C. Basinger ~

Stepson Judd C. Basinger (1923-2009) was born on July 11, 1923 in Mill Run, the son of Carl Channing and Bertha Basinger. 

He made his home on Hampton Road in Mill Run in 1963. Reported the Daily Courier, "Judd worked as a carpenter for James Meyers Contracting in Normalville for 32 years. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Army and he was a charter member of the Donegal VFW No. 6743. He was also a member of the Normalville Rod and Gun Club. Judd was a longtime member of Mill Run United Methodist Church and a member of the Senior Bible Class where he had 62 years of perfect attendance.

Judd married Beulah A. Cole ( ? -2002). They had one daughter, Shirley Ann Morton. 

Beulah passed away in 2002.

He died on Dec. 9, 2009. Following funeral services at the Mill Run United Methodist Church, burial was in Normalville Cemetery.


~ Foster Daughter Carol Wall ~

Foster daughter Carol Wall was taken in by the Miners and raised as a member of the family.

Carol resided in Georgia in 1963.


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