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William Minerd was born on March 14, 1878 at Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, the son of James
Valentine and Nancy (Warman) Fuller Minerd.
A coal miner and furnace
laborer, he spent virtually his entire
life in Dunbar. He was tall and slender with brown eyes and light-colored hair.
On July 3, 1899, at the age of 21, James was united in the bonds of matrimony with
19-year-old Minerva J. Bodkin (1880-1966), daughter of George W. and Catherine
(Williams) Bodkin, an old family of Dunbar. The wedding ceremony was performed by James'
first cousin, the famed "Blacksmith-Preacher" of Fayette County, Rev. David
At the time of marriage,
James earned a living as a local laborer.
Together, the couple went on to produce a family of five children -- Edith
Theodore Minerd, James Albert Minerd. Eleanor Smith and David Edwin Minerd.
James is known to have
spent many years working as a laborer at an industrial furnace in Dunbar. When
the federal census was made in 1910, the family made its home in Dunbar and the
census-taker -- spelling the name "Minard" -- recorded James as
working at the "Furnace." That same year, Minerva's younger sibling
Emma Bodkin, age 16, lived under their roof as a servant helping tend to the
four children born by that time.
When the United States entered World War I, the 40-year-old James was required to register for the military draft, and he did so on Sept. 12, 1918. He disclosed to the registration officer that he was employed as a fireman with the West Penn Power Company at Connellsville and that Minerva was his next of kind.
In 1920, census records
show the family living on Second Street in an area known as "Speers
Hill," with James employed as a "carrier" at the furnace. For
reasons not yet known, the census-taker wrote down Minerva's name as
"Carrie." James' younger brother John
"Albert" Minerd and wife Bessie lived two doors away, although the
census-taker wrote John's name as "James."
During the decade of the
1920s, as the nation entered the Great Depression, James apparently lost or left
his job at Dunbar Furnace. The 1930 census shows his occupation as
"junking" with his son James laboring at the local glass factory
(Anchor Hocking). Their home remained on Second Street in Speer's Hill. In 1937, at the age of
59, James lived and worked at the
Leisenring #1 Mine near Uniontown although they kept their residence in Dunbar.
Semet-Solvay ovens at the Dunbar Furnace, owned by American Magnanese Manufacturing Co., built to capture gas byproducts of burned coal.
Later in the 1930s and
into the '40s, James earned extra money painting houses and churches throughout the Dunbar community. He is said to
have been a heavy drinker.
As with many American families during World War
II, the Minerds worried when their son David was away serving in the U.S. Armed Forces with a tank
Suffering from hardening
of the arteries and a skin disease known as "dermatosis," James was
stricken with bleeding in his brain and died at the age of 74 on Feb. 3, 1953, and is buried
in the newer section of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Dunbar. At
the time of his death, he and Minerva had produced 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
gathering, 1940s. James and Minerva seated. Back, L-R: George, Eleanor
David, Edith, James. Below: street scene in Dunbar.
her husband by 13 years and maintained her membership in the Dunbar Baptist
some point in time, the local Ladies Aid Society in Dunbar sold "name
petals" for 10 cents each to the people of Dunbar in order to raise needed
funds. Minerva was one of the purchasers, among others including her sister in
law Emma (Fuller) Robbins and several of her
Robbins nieces and nephews.
Each donor's name was stitched with red threads onto
white fabric petals which eventually formed the shape of flowers superimposed on
top of squares. The squares were sewn together into an attractive red and white
banner, in the collection of resident Mae Hardy, who passed it down to her niece
Doris (Porter) Rockwell. Years later, in September 2002, the banner was placed
on display at the Dunbar-Fest Community event, and has continued to be shown at
the annual "fests." Seen at right is the flower pattern
as well as Minerva's individual name petal. Click here to see the
quilt at a larger size in our "Online
Minerva spent the rest of
her life at their home at 43 Railroad Street in Dunbar, and was a member of
the Dunbar Baptist Church. Sadly, she passed away at age 85 on Jan. 15, 1966 and is buried with
James. Rev. H.L. Davis of the Harbor of Light Chapel in Uniontown conducted
the funeral service. At the time of Minerva's death, the number of their
great-grandchildren had risen to 31, and she even had one great-great grandchild.
Her obituary was not only printed in Connellsville but also in the Cumberland
(MD) Times News.
James and Minerva's grave at Mt. Auburn
Daughter Edith F. (Minerd) Yutzy ~
Daughter Edith F. Minerd (1902-1995) was born
on July 2, 1902 in Dunbar, Fayette County, and grew up there.
When she was about 17
years of age, in 1919, Edith married 19-year-old Henry Yutzy (1900-1986), son of
William and Louise (Romesburg) Yutzy of Garrett, Somerset County, PA. His name
also has been misspelled as "Yutzey" over the years. Henry is believed
to have been a veteran of World War I, but this needs to be confirmed.
They first resided in Garrett before settling for good in the late 1920s in Cumberland,
Allegany County, MD.
They had three known children -- James Henry
Betty M. Wheeler and
Peggy Jane Grimes.
Henry was well known as a
boxer in Cumberland in his young adult years, "remembered by boxing fans as
'the best slambang fighter' Cumberland ever had," according to an article
in the Cumberland News. Henry was nicknamed "K.O." and began
his career at age 14 as a circus boxer in Garrett, Somerset County, PA. Shortly
afterward, his contract was purchased by a boxing promoter. Said the News,
in the ring from 1926 to 1936 and his best fighting weight was 143 pounds.
He liked to fight so much that he never asked, nor concerned himself about the
win-loss record or little else about his opponent. He was game to the core and
the rougher the fight got the better he seemed to like it.... His most prized
triumph was scored here in the National Guard armory the night he knocked out
Johnny Carey of Erie, Pa.,... The knockout came in the first round.
the years, Henry supported the family as an employee of the
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. In 1930, with the family making their residence
on Virginia Avenue in Cumberland, Henry's occupation as recorded by a federal
census taker was a "boiler maker helper" in the B&O shops.
the 1930s, the Yutzys moved to a new home at 100 Laing Avenue in Cumberland, as
shown on the 1940 census. Henry continued his labors as a boiler-maker with the
railroad. By 1951, they dwelled at 39 Oak Street. He was a member of the
Brotherhood of Boilermakers of America.
addition to raising her children, Edith in the 1940s through the '70s was an
officer and secretary with the Swanson Memorial Bible Class of Second Baptist
Church in Cumberland. She occasionally hosted meetings in her home, and her name
often was published in the Cumberland Evening Times in connection with
her volunteer activities at the church.
also was a volunteer with the church, chairing the deacons and supervising the
intermediate grades of the annual Vacation Bible School. He also was a
pallbearer at many funerals in the city over the years. He was a member of Post
1125 of World War I Veterans in Cumberland. During his retirement years, he was
a member of the Has Beens, Inc.
In February 1967, Edith
received a visit from her cousin Olive
(Ellis) Quairiere, of Dunbar, who had been vacationing in Virginia. The
stopover was noted in the gossip column of her former hometown newspaper, the Connellsville
died at home at the age of 83 on March 10, 1986. An obituary in the Meyersdale
(PA) Republic reported that he was "a former world-ranked welterweight
boxer." Interment was in the Davis Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Frank Trozzo
leading the funeral service. Pallbearers included Emmett Bittner, Donald Deiser,
Bobby Goss, Gene Kelly, Randy Shreves and Edgar Tucker. Honorary pallbearers
were his fellow members of Has Beens, Inc., among them Howard "Red" Bush, Presley
"Red" Mauk and Robert "Bob" Shrout.
steeples of Cumberland, Maryland
passed away in Cumberland on Aug. 8, 1995 at the age of 93. Her remains were
placed beside her husband's in eternal repose in Davis Memorial Cemetery in
(1921-2004) was born in 1921 in or around Garrett. He grew up in Cumberland. In
March 1951, when James was age 30, he was united in marriage with Lucy Jean
Clark ( ? - ? ), daughter of John Henry Clark Sr. of Bedford Road in Cumberland.
The ceremony was held at the First Baptist Church of Cumberland, with Earl
Turner serving as best man and Norma Trussell as maid of honor. A photo of the
wedding party was printed in the Cumberland Evening Times. They had two sons -- James C. Yutzy and David H.
Yutzy. As a 19-year-old, James lived at home and obtained work as a glass cutter
in a local glass factory in Cumberland. He later was a longtime machinist for the CSX
Railroad and served in the
U.S. Army Railroad Corps during World War II, with training at Fort Belvoir, VA,
and deployment in Iran. Said the Cumberland Times, he was
"a faithful member of the Second Baptist Church, served as a deacon, Sunday
School Teacher, choir member and nursing home ministry. He was dedicated to
neighborhood clean up and helping his neighbors. For many years, Henry
participated in the city gardening program. He always had a smile on his face
and a song in his heart. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him."
Tragedy rocked the family in July 1951 when Lucy Jean's father, a lineman with
Potomac Edison Company, was electrocuted and died while working on a high
tension wire in Bedford, PA. Circa 1957, the family dwelled in Connellsville, PA
but by the 1960s were back in Cumberland. Lucy was active with the Women's
Missionary Union of the Second Baptist Church. James passed away at his residence, at the age of 83, on May 19, 2004. He was
laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park.
with her dad
Betty M. Yutzy (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923 in or around Garrett, Somerset
County. She was but a young girl when the family relocated to Cumberland, where
she grew into womanhood. On Feb. 21, 1941, at the age of 18, Betty married
Frederick R. Wheeler ( ? - ? ), a resident of Weber Street in Cumberland. The
ceremony was held at the Yutzy home, with Rev. Edgar S. Price, of the Second
Baptist Church, officiating. Reported the Cumberland Evening Times,
"The bride wore a white satin gown, with a halo of rose buds and purple
orchids in her hair." At the time of their nuptials, Betty was employed at
Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, and Frederick with Celanese Corporation. Their
first home was at 724 Frederick Street. During World War II, Fred was a private
in the U.S. Army, specializing in aviation, with training at Camp Lee, VA, Miami
Beach, FL and Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. Then, from about 1956 to
1959, the couple lived in Frankfort and Wiesbaden, Germany, where Frederick was
stationed with the U.S. Air Force. Circa 1986, at the time Betty's father died,
she made her home in Frederick, MD.
Peggy Jane Yutzy (1929- ? ) was born in about 1929 in Cumberland. She obtained
employment as a young women in Rosenbaum Brothers Store in Cumberland. At the
age of 21, on Nov. 15, 1950, in a ceremony in the clerk of court of Portsmouth,
VA, she was wedded to George Clair Grimes ( ? - ? ), son of Carl A. Grimes of
Cumberland. She was attired in a Navy blue suit for the wedding. Peggy's
photograph and an article about the wedding were printed in the Cumberland
Sunday Times. At the time, George was serving with the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S.
Newport News. They produced at least two daughters, Peggy Jo Grimes and
Bonnie Ackerman. Peggy
was a volunteer with the Second Baptist Church in Cumberland and in December
1950 was elected president of the Ruth Class. By 1952, the family made its home
in Philadelphia, where George continued his military service in the Navy, and
spent the Christmas holidays visiting with the Yutzys in Cumberland. Following
George's discharge, they returned to Cumberland and remained there for decades.
George Theodore Minerd Sr. ~
Son George Theodore Minerd
Sr. (1905-1969) was born on July 18, 1905.
He was twice-wed. His first bride was Mary L. Boyd
(1910-1997), of Confluence, Somerset County, PA, and the daughter of John D. and
Fannie (Tressler) Boyd.
The Minerds had five
children -- Edith Eleanor "Cookie" Loudermilk Allen, Mary Katherine
"Kate" Jackson, George Theodore "Ted" Minerd Jr., Richard
Minerd and Ronald Cornel Minerd.
In 1930, their home was in
Somerfield, Somerset County. PA. By 1933, George had accepted employment as a
driver for Seven Baker Brothers. They resided in 1940 along U.S. Route 40 in
Redstone Township, Fayette County, where George earned a living as a coal miner.
Their address in 1947 was 97 Devan Avenue in Uniontown.
In 1955, the Minerds
were sued for failure to repay a $1,000 loan from Luciano Pope who had often
purchased masonry sand from them.
The couple eventually divorced. George maintained a home in 1968 at 97 Devan Avenue in Uniontown.
On Nov. 14, 1968, in nuptials held at the Braddock Street United Methodist Church in Winechester, VA, the 63-year-old George wed 56-year-old Nellie Augusta (Fullem) Lerch
(April 3, 1912-1995),
the widow of Samuel W. Lerch and the daughter of Charles and Myrtle (McLean)
Fullem of Uniontown, Fayette County. The pair had met when Nellie's daughter Marlene Lerch wed George's son Ted. Adding to
the twists, Nellie's first cousin Sarah Elizabeth Farr married George's cousin
Wade Minerd (of the family of Thomas
George was a representative
for the Dunlap Tire & Rubber Co. at his retirement in
1968. Nellie was the organist for 36 years at Mount Braddock (PA) Methodist
Church, and worked in the cafeteria of Kennedy School in the Laurel Highlands
George passed away in July
1969. He was laid to rest at Sylvan Heights Cemetery, with Rev. Ray Snair
preaching the funeral sermon.
Nellie spent her final
years in Voorhees, NJ. She passed away at the age of 83, on Dec. 15, 1995, in
West Jersey Marlton Hospital. Her remains were returned to Uniontown for burial
at Sylvan Heights Cemetery.
Although divorced from
George, Mary kept in touch with her former Minerd in-laws, and came to our
national family reunion circa 1995. Over the years she made her home in Collier
and Chalk Hill, Fayette County. She died at the age of 86 on March 21, 1997,
with burial at Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Uniontown.
Daughter Mary Katherine
"Mary Kate" Minerd (1930-2005) was born in 1930. She married Marshall Jackson ( ? -living). They had three children -- Marsha
"Kim" Harned Noonan, Richard Dawson Jackson and Scott William Jackson. They
resided in Uniontown in the 1950s. Sadly, Mary Kate passed away in Uniontown at age 74 on March 15, 2005. Marshall survived her by many years and has made his home in Wisconsin.
Granddaughter Marsha "Kim" Jackson (1955-2013) was born on July 5, 1955 in Uniontown and was a graduate of Laurel Highlands High School. She wedded twice, first to (?) Harned. Later, at the age of 31, on Sept. 13, 1986, she married Mark E. Noonan ( ? -living). In all, she bore three children -- Joseph "Joe" Harned, Gus Noonan and Beth Fry. Kim became employed circa 1992 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in its State Correctional Institute at Muncy, Lycoming County, PA, and remained there for more than two decades, retiring in 2012. In 2013, their home was in McEwensville, Northumberland County, PA. She enjoyed vacations in the Florida Keys, sea cruises, creating ceramics and collecting frogs. Sadly, she passed away at home at the age of 57 on June 24, 2013. A memorial service was led by Rev. James Savidge with interment in Twin Hills Memorial Park in Montoursville, PA. In an obituary, the family asked that "in keeping with Kim's wishes, please dress casual in memory of her."
Son George Theodore
"Ted" Minerd Jr. (1933-2014) was born on June 13, 1933 in Somerfield, Somerset County.
In March 1951, during the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was
assigned to the 350th Infantry in Austria. He was pictured in uniform in the
Nov. 7, 1951 edition of the Uniontown Morning Herald. After the war, he
returned home and obtained employment with Rockwell Meters Inc. in Uniontown. In
about 1955, when he was age 22, he married Marlene E. Lerch (Feb. 3, 1938-2021), daughter of
Samuel and Nellie (Fullem) Lerch of Mount Braddock, Fayette County. By 1963, the
Minerds had relocated to New Jersey, where they made their home in Riverton.
Their six children were Mark Minerd, Jeffrey Minerd, Keith Minerd, Susan Marie
Minerd, Wendy Minerd and Brad Minerd. Marlene was said to have been "a warm, kind and generous soul and lover of all pets." Sadly, Ted
died in Orlando, FL at the age of 80 on June 17, 2014. A brief death notice was
printed in the Orlando Sentinel. Marlene outlived her spouse by nearly seven years and dwelled in Mantua Township, NJ. She was gathered away by the angel of death on Feb. 22, 2021 at the age of 83.
Grandson Mark Minerd ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2021.
Grandson Jeffrey Minerd ( ? - ? )
Grandson Keith Minerd ( ? - ? )
Granddaughter Susan Marie Minerd ( ? - ? )
Granddaughter Wendy Minerd ( ? - ? )
Grandson Brad Minerd ( ? - ? )
Son Richard Edwin "Dick" Minerd
(1936- ? ) was born in about 1936. In 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. On
July 27, 1963, in Cherry Hill, NJ, he was united in matrimony with Edna Marie
Martin ( ? - ? ), daughter of Daniel J. Martin of Cherry Hill. The ceremony was held in
Queen of Heaven Church, officiated by Rev. Francis McVay. Edna's photo and
wedding story appeared in the Aug. 30, 1963 edition of the Morning Herald.
They did not reproduce.
Daughter Edith Eleanor "Cookie" Minerd
(1941-1991) was born on or about Dec. 7, 1941, otherwise known as "Pearl
Harbor Day." She was married twice, first to Donald Loudermilk ( ? - ? ).
They had one son Donald Loudermilk. During her first marriage, she made her residence in White Sulphur
Springs, WV. Later, she wed to (?) Allen. She is said to have died in November
1991, when she would have been 50 years of age.
Son Ronald Cornell Minerd
(1946- ? ) was born on Nov. 30, 1946. He resided in Uniontown in 1963. During
the Vietnam War, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Charleston
Air Force Base in South Carolina. With the rank of sergeant, he served as an
aircraft mechanic with the 437th Military Airlift Wing, which was cited more
than once for "achieving an exceptionally meritorious rating for
distinguished service during a one-year period." He wed Joyce Lynn Ross ( ? - ? ),
daughter of Jack Newcomer of Hopwood. They produced two known sons, Sean Richard
Minerd and Lucas Matthew Minerd.
James Albert Minerd ~
James Albert Minerd (1908-1986) was born on Jan. 11, 1908 in or near Dunbar.
grew up in a household where his father was a heavy drinker.
James was joined in wedlock with Elizabeth Hall (1913-1992),
daughter of John William and Margaret (Burchinal) Hall of Lemont Furnace, near
Their three children
were James William Minerd, Shirley Dick and Deborah Bittner Polacke.
On Nov. 23, 1931, when he
was 23 years age, James
and his buddy Stephen Uher were critically injured in a motorcycle accident. The
Daily Courier reported that "the motorcycle on which
they were riding was wrecked near Uniontown on the old Connellsville-Uniontown
road... The motorcycle is reported to have attempted to pass two automobiles as
they also were passing and struck a machine driven by W.E. Coddington of
Uniontown, who took them to the hospital."
plant in Connellsville
When James' badly injured leg
could not be saved, it was amputated just after the New Year's holiday in 1932.
He was released from the hospital in mid-February 1932. While recovering from his injury, he met his future wife
Elizabeth, who was a licensed practical nurse at Connellsville State General
Hospital. Elizabeth also was a volunteer for the Albert Gallatin Hospice
They resided in the
Little Summit section of Dunbar, and many descendants still live in the
James worked for Anchor Hocking
in South Connellsville, PA for about 34 years. (The Anchor Hocking plant is seen
here in an old postcard.) He belonged to the Glass Bottle Blowers Association
local and was a
social member of the South Connellsville Fireman's Club.
Stricken with metastic
cancer at age 78, James passed away on Sept. 11, 1986, at home in Little Summit.
His remains were placed at rest in Green Ridge Memorial Park following funeral
services conducted by Rev. Ned Horsfall.
Elizabeth survived her
husband by six years. She joined him in eternity at the age of 79, in her home,
on Dec. 1, 1992. Her newspaper obituary noted that she was survived by 10
grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren. Rev. David Warner and Rev. Ned
Horsfall officiated at her funeral, with burial following in Green Ridge
Son James William
Minerd (1933-2014) was born on Sept. 1, 1933 in Lemont Furnace, Fayette County.
He married Glenda Crayton (1938-2014), daughter of Frank and Helen (Livingston)
Crayton of Mt. Braddock, Fayette County, of the family of Squire and Dianna (Nicklow) Shipley. They bore a family of five children --
Denise Lynn Turek, Susan "Renee" Gettemy Bertok, James Allen Minerd, Kenneth
Albert Minerd and Ronald William Minerd. James was employed for many years at the Anchor Hocking plant. Glenda
worked as a secretary for Pechin's Market in Dunbar, a local landmark, and was a
member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles as secretary and onetime state
president. James and Glenda divorced. He and his daughter Denise met with the
founder of this website in 1994 and were very informative in providing details
of the history of this branch. He came to the national family reunion in June
2013. James died at the age of 80 on Aug. 27, 2014, at home in Dunbar. Burial
was in the Minerd family plot at Dunbar. Sadly, Glenda died just a few months
later, on Oct. 21, 2014. At their deaths, said the Daily Courier, they
had produced 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Daughter Shirley Minerd married Clarence E.
Dick Jr. (1936-2009). Their four children were Jonathan Dick, Thomas Dick,
Brian Dick and Shauna Peyton. The Dicks owned Medina Greenhouse and Florist near
Hinckley, OH. Clarence's primary employment over the years was as a construction
superintendent at Leonard Krill Company, "from steel mill repairs in
the Flats to nursing homes in Holmes County," said the Cleveland
Plain Dealer. He also served as a zoning inspector for
Hinckley Township. They attended several of our reunions over the years, and
porcelains were displayed at our 2006 "The Art of Creativity"
reunion. Clarence passed away at the age of 73 on July 26, 2009.
Daughter Deborah Sue
Minerd was a model as a young woman and competed in beauty pageants. She
graduated from Pittsburgh's John Robert Powers Modeling School. She was wed
twice. She and her first husband Richard Bittner were united in matrimony in
1966. They had one daughter, Elizabeth Jane "Beth" McKenzie. After a
divorce, Debbie married a second time, to Henry "Hank" Polacke.
Daughter Eleanor R. (Minerd) Smith ~
Daughter Eleanor R. Minerd (1910-1999)
was born on March 29, 1910 in Dunbar.
She married Herschel B.
"Smitty" Smith (1906-1991),
a native of Moorefield, WV, and the son of Seymour and Agnes (Simmons) Smith.
They had four children -- James Francis Smith,
Elaine Elva Hawkins, Richard Hershel Smith and Nadine Gloria Reinhart.
Their eldest child was
born in about 1928 in Pennsylvania, likely in Dunbar, but by 1930 the family had
relocated to Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, where their second offspring was
born. Their address in 1930 was Virginia Avenue.
In Cumberland, the 1940
federal census shows the family living in Cumberland, with Hershel working as a
pipefitter for an artificial silk company. Hershel's 26-year-old cousin, Woodrow
Simmons, lived under their roof that year and was one of his co-workers at
Artificial Silk, laboring as a textile operator.
The silk plant, owned by
American Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Co., Ltd., began in 1924 producing
artificial silk using a cellulose acetate process. Located on McMullen Highway,
it had the capacity to generate 10 tons of dyed, woven fibers and yarns a day,
according to trade publications of the era. In 1927, the business was acquired
by Celanese Corporation of America and by 1934, despite the grip of the Great
Depression, employed an astonishing 7,000 workers.
Corporation of America plant in Cumberland
The Smiths divorced in 1951, and Hershel moved to Fort
Ashby, Mineral County, WV. On Sept. 22, 1951, he married again to nurse Eva
(Allen) Beckner (1913-2005). They remained married for four decades and were
members of Springfield Presbyterian Church. He died in Fort Ashby on Oct. 11,
1991, with interment in Fort Ashby Cemetery.
Eleanor resided for the
rest of her life in Cumberland,
Allegany County, MD, at the address of 1123 Virginia Avenue. She worked for 30 years as a laboratory
technician at the local Memorial Hospital. She also was a volunteer phlebotomist
for the Red Cross, and received the Sarah Bennaman Award, "given annually
to an American Red Cross volunteer," said the Cumberland Times-News.
Eleanor died at the age of
88 in Cumberland on Feb. 20, 1999. She was survived by 18 grandchildren, 30
great- grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Said the Cumberland
Times-News, she "was affectionately known as Na Na ... [and] was a loving
mother, grandmother, friend and helper to her family. Those who remain, will
treasure her memory..." She was laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park in
Son James Francis Smith
(1927- ? ) was born in about 1927 most likely in Dunbar. He grew up in
Cumberland and worked for the Celanese Corporation of America plant. He married
Shirley Martin ( ? - ? ). They dwelled at 1119 Virginia Avenue. He entered the
U.S. Navy in March 1945, during the final year of World War II, and during the
Korean War, in 1951, he was a seaman first class with the Seabee Reserves,
receiving training at Little Creek Amphibious Base in Virginia. He and his
brother Richard were pictured in a Cumberland Sunday Times article about
their parents having two sons in military service.
Elaine Elva Smith (1930-2019) was born on July 11, 1929 in Cumberland. She
was married at least twice. On Jan. 28, 1947, she was joined in wedlock with Roy William Edward Merritt ( ? - ? ), son of Roy L. Merritt of 191 Thomas Street in Cumberland. The nuptials were held in St. Paul's Methodist Church of Oakland, with Rev. Denver H. Pickens officiating, but was not announced in the Cumberland News until the following August. At the time, Roy was employed by Rosenbaum Brothers, and the newlyweds made their initial home with Elaine's parents. The couple produced two known children, Carol Sue Little and William Merritt. Circa 1951, Elaine also was employed by Rosenbaum as a telephone switchboard operator and was pictured in an article in the News about a telephone clinic she had attended. Later, by 1969, she wed again to Richard H. Hawkins ( ? - ? ). The couple were the parents of Richard Hawkins and Robert Hawkins. The family lived in Cumberland, where Elaine was employed at ABL. Then, after a move to Jarrettsville, MD, she became a realtor. Said the Baltimore Sun, "She loved and took pride in her home, yard, and her flower and fish gardens. She was never afraid of hard work, and until the past few years, she was still on a ladder putting up her Christmas lights. She was full of fun and life, and was always ready for an adventure at a moment's notice." She died in Jarrettsville at the age of 90 on Sept. 28, 2019. Chaplain Paul Demers officiated at her funeral service, with interment at Sunset Memorial Park in Cumberland. The Sun printed an obituary, which noted that she was survived by eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.
Son Richard Hershel Smith
(1932- ? ) was born in about 1932 in Cumberland. Circa July 1951, during the
Korean War, he was stationed in Korea, with the Third Signal Company, Third
Infantry Division, having trained at Fort Knox and at radio school at Camp
Gordon, GA. He and his brother James were pictured in a Cumberland Sunday
Times article about their parents having two sons in military service.
Daughter Nadine Gloria
Smith (1934- ? ) was born in about 1934 in Cumberland. On Jan. 8, 1956, she
wedded Robert H. Reinhart ( ? - ? ), son of Joseph H. and Melva (Meister)
Reinhart Jr. of Cumberland. The nuptials were held at SS. Peter and Paul
Catholic Church, officiated by Rev. Jude Senieur. An article in the Cumberland
Evening Times noted that the bride was employed on the staff of Celanese
Corporation and the groom in the U.S. Army, having obtained his law degree from
West Virginia University. Later, Robert established a private law practice in
Cumberland, operating under the name Walsh, Walsh and Reinhart. In 1966 and
again in 1972, Nadine was a member of the planning committee for the Fort Hill
High School Class of 1951 reunion.
James and Minerva's adult children,
L-R: George, Edith, James, Eleanor and David, circa 1953.
David Edwin Minerd ~
Edwin Minerd (1914-1984) was born in 1914.
Ruth Winifred Morgan (1913-1988).
David stood 5 feet, 8½ inches tall and weighed 152 lbs. He had brown eyes and brown hair and bore a scar on his left knee. Circa 1937, he resided at Leisenring No. 1 and in Dunbar, where he worked as a
In October 1940, as war clouds were forming in Europe and Asia, David was required to register for the military draft. At the time, he dwelled at 227 Crawford Avenue in Connellsville and was employed by the Fort Wayne Corrugated Papeer Company. Within a short time he moved to McKees Rocks, near Pittsburgh, and lived at 776 Bouquet Street.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and operated a military radio. He was pictured on
the front page of the Connellsville Daily Courier in March 16, 1945, when
he was home on military leave. Said the Courier, he "is spending a
furlough with his wife, the former Miss Ruth Morgan of Dunbar township, after
spending two and a half years overseas in combat in Tunisia, Italy, France and
Germany. When his furlough is up, the veteran will return to his tank destroyer
outfit in Germany, it being a part of the Seventh Army."
Later, after his service in World War II, they resided in Cumberland,
Allegany County, MD.
The couple bore one
daughter Winifred "Wini" Minerd.
He is mentioned for his
military service in the 1983 book, Dunbar: The Furnace Town.
David died on June 16, 1984, and is buried at Rocky Gap Veterans
Cemetery in Flintstone, MD (Section K-4, Row 8).
Ruth outlived David by
four years. She passed away on Aug. 13, 1988, at the age of 75, and rests for
eternity beside her husband.
Daughter Winifred "Wini" Minerd is
a retired executive secretary with the County of Allegany in
Cumberland, MD. She is a local photographer who has displayed her portfolio at www.photoartfantasy.com.
Left: Ruth at
a family picnic. Right: David and Ruth, 1940s
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streetscape postcard courtesy of Donna Myers.