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Edward Dick Ogle


Edward Dick "Edwin" Ogle was born on Oct. 10, 1880 or 1883 in Alverton, Westmoreland Counry or Pennsville, Fayette County, PA the son of William D. and Sarah (Minerd) Ogle

Born under the name Edwin, he used the more common "Edward" during his lifetime. He was of medium height and stout build, with black hair and black eyes.

Edward married Carrie Clark (1883-1956), the daughter of Rufus and Amanda "Mana" (McMannis) Clark, and a resident of Hawkeye, Westmoreland County, PA. The wedding took place on Nov. 12, 1902, in Uniontown, by the hand of Rev. John N. Dawson. Edward was age 19 at the time, and Caroline was 18, although they later stated that his age was 15 and hers' 14. 

A notice about their marriage license was published in the Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier. On her marriage license application, unable to write her own name, Caroline signed with an "X."

The Ogles produced a brood of at least four children -- Edward W. Ogle, Evelyn Tomko, Dolores M. "Dolly" Eichelberger and Betty G. McCafferty. 

Edward earned a living for decades as a blacksmith, assuring consistent work in an era when the coal, coke and steel industries were booming in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Carrie made news in September 1908 in a court case involving her brother James Clark, who was accused of "stealing valuable cattle from the farm of Judge Work in Franklin township," reported the Daily Courier. After the brother was found guilty, Carrie also was convicted of perjury when she lied on the witness stand. However, the jury recommended "extreme mercy" on her for her act of defending her sibling. She only had to  pay court costs, and was otherwise not punished.

In 1910, when the federal census was taken, the Ogles made their home on County Road in Pitcairn, Patton Township, Allegheny County, about 14 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA. That year, Edward was employed in the Pennsylvania Railroad shops. 

With the United States drawn into the raging world war in Europe, Edward registered for the military draft in September 1918, at the age of 37. He stated that his occupation was as a blacksmith for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and that wife Carrie was his nearest relative.


Busy railroad transfer yards in Pitcairn

When the census was enumerated again in 1920, the Ogles were counted twice, and are listed on two separate pages. Their home was still on County Road, near 14th Street. Edward is listed as working as a blacksmith for the Pennsylvania Railroad, also referred to as the "Steam Road."

The 1930 census shows the Ogles living on an "unnamed township road" near Pitcairn. Edward continued to work as a laborer on the steam railroad. That year, six-year-old granddaughter Dolores Weber resided under their roof. 

Their final address together was at 198 14th Street in Monroeville. Burdened with hardening of the arteries and hypertension, Carrie was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away at the age of 73 on April 26, 1956. She was laid to rest at the Crossroads Presbyterian Cemetery in Monroeville, Allegheny County, PA. Her obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Press.

Edward outlived Carrie by 14 years and remained in Monroeville. When his health began to decline seriously, from the effects of congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive lung disease and hardening of the arteries, he was admitted to the John J. Kane Hospital in Scott Township. He succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 90 on Dec. 7, 1970. Mrs. Dolores Eichelberger of Monroeville was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

While their grave marker at Crossroads shows his name, there is a blank where the year of his death should be. 


The Ogle grave at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, a suburb of Pittsburgh

~ Daughter Evelyn M. (Ogle) Weber Tomko ~ 

Daughter Evelyn M. Ogle (1909-1970) was born on Nov. 6, 1909 in Connellsville, Fayette County. 

She first married Leonard Jacob Weber (Feb. 18, 1905-1959), son of Henry William and Sarah Sophia (Evans) Weber of Duquesne near Pittsburgh.  

Together, they became the parents of Bernard Melvin Weber, Dolores M. Miner and Edward Darrel Weber Sr.

Leonard was employed in McKeesport in 1930 as a railroad laborer. The couple divorced in the early 1930s, and Evelyn is known to have dwelled in Meadville, Crawford County as of 1935. About the same time, Leonard had custody of the two elder children, living in Duquesne near Pittsburgh and working as a chipper in a local steel mill.

At the age of 28, in 1938, Evelyn resided in Erie, Erie County, PA, but had no employment. That year, in about March 1938, she married 32-year-old widower Andrew Joseph Tomko (Aug. 22, 1906-1978), a house painter and resident of Elm Street in McKeesport. Born in New York City, Andrew was the son of Czechoslovakian immigrants Joseph and Mary (Urich) Tomko of McKeesport. Their marriage license was secured in Washington County, PA, and justice of the peace John E. Irwin officiated the nuptials in Irwin, Westmoreland County.

Evidence suggests that Andrew brought a stepson into the union, Edward Tomko, born in 1932. 

Andrew Tomko's employer, the National Tube mill of U.S. Steel 

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, the Tomkos dwelled in McKeesport, with Andrew employed in a confectionary store and Evelyn working as a restaurant waitress. That same year, he registered for the military draft on the eve of America's entry into World War II. Their address at that time was 2216 Oriole Street but not long after they moved to Fifth Avenue Extension. By October 1940, he secured a job with National Tube Company of McKeesport.

By 1942, the couple migrated to California and dwelled at 925 West 76th Street in Los Angeles. He obtained a position there as an electrician for a Mobil Oil refinery and stayed for 20 years. Their home circa 1950 was on Garden View in South Gate and then 322 East 98th Street, Los Angeles, with Andrew continuing his work as an oil plant electrician, Evelyn working as a seamstress in a furniture factory and daughter Dolores as a stenographer in a retail grocery store.

They moved in about 1966 to Hesperia, CA. He held memberships in the American Association of Retired Persons and the Victorville Senior Citizens Club.

Evelyn at the age of 61 died following a long illness in Victorville Hospital in San Bernardino County, CA on Oct. 11, 1970. A brief obituary was printed in the Victorville Daily Press. Her survivors included six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her mass of Christian burial was held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, by the hand of Msgr. William F.E. Van Garsse.

Andrew survived as a widower for eight years. Death spirited him away at the age of 72 on March 24, 1978. His funeral mass was sung at Holy Family Catholic Church, led by Rev. Michael O'Day. Obituary in the Daily Press and San Bernardino County Sun said he was survived by his brother Albert and sister Betty Corry of McKeesport and seven nephews and nieces. Their remains lie in eternal repose in Victor Valley Memorial Park. 

Former husband Leonard wed again to Anna Mae  Lukinich (1910-1969) and made his home in 1950-1959 at 16 North Duquesne Avenue in Duquesne, PA. He was burdened with hardening of the arteries and acuse heart disease and surrendered to the angel of death on July 20, 1959. Interment was in Duquesne's St. Joseph Cemetery.

Son Edward Darrel Weber (1925-1980) was born on Aug. 14, 1925 in Pitcairn. As a boy in 1935, he was in the town of Duquesne, PA before joining his father and stepmother in McKeesport by 1940 at the address of 7 Ault Street. He stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 151 lbs. Edward joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and held the rank of assistant machinist mate, with an assignment to the U.S. Naval Air Station in Bermuda. While in Monroe, FL, on Dec. 15, 1944, he tied the knot with Lila Luella McCombs (Feb. 21, 1925-2004), a native of Primrose, Washington County, PA and the daughter of Frank and Hanna Mae (Carter) McCombs. The two children borne of this couple were Edward Darrel "Butch" Weber Jr. and Sharon Louise Weber. The family moved back to the Pittsburgh area as of 1945 and lived at 28-D Scott Drive in Dravosburg. In 1950, when he received veteran compensation from the government, he was posted at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, TX. He is known to have resided in 1970 in Huntington Beach, CA. He died on Aug. 23, 1980. Burial was in Riverside National Cemetery, with a brief notice of his death published in the Los Angeles Times. Lila married again to Robert "Blutes" Veinovich Jr. ( ? - ? ) and remained in the West Mifflin community near Pittsburgh. A son of the second union was Robert Veinovich Jr. Lila held a membership in the American Croatian Club. She died at the age of 79, on June 13, 2004, as a patient in Baldock Health Care Centre. Rev. Stevan Rocknage presided over the funeral rites, with interment following in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park.

  • Grandson Edward Darrel "Butch" Weber Jr. (1945-2009) was born on Sept. 4, 1945 in McKeesport. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. In later years his dwelling-place was in Pittsburgh. He was the father of Sean Weber and Edward E. Weber Venebush. Said the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "A friend to many, Butch had an artist's eye and loved being a veteran of the Navy." Sadly, he died in his residence at the age of 63 on April 25, 2009.

    Great-grandson Sean Weber ( ? -living) has made a home in Glassport, PA in 2009. 

    Great-grandson Edward E. Weber Venebush lived in Glassport in 2009. 

  • Granddaughter Sharon Louise Weber (1949- ? ) was born in 1949. She was united in matrimony with John Noll Jr. ( ? - ? ). They have lived in Port Vue near Pittsburgh. The family of four they bore together included Faith Ann Noll, Amanda Palyo, John Noll III and Jason Noll. They were plunged into grief at the death of daughter Faith Ann in 2018.

    Great-granddaughter Faith Ann Noll (1973-2018) was born on St. Patrick's Day 1973 in McKeesport. At one time she lived in Glassport. She was the mother of Katelynn Binns, Sarah Noll and Nathan Noll Nelson. She entered into marriage with (?) Nelson who brought a stepdaughter into the union, Julia Nelson. Faith enjoyed her pet dogs and cats. Said an obituary, "Faith was a caregiver at heart. She cared for anyone in need, her granddaughters, and family, because thatís what she loved." Her final residence was in Port Vue. Sadly, as a patient in UUPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, she died at the age of 45 on July 29, 2018.

    Great-granddaughter Amanda Noll ( ? -living) wed Christopher Palyo. The couple's home in 2018 was in Jefferson Hills, PA.

    Great-grandson John Noll III has been a companion of Lisa McCune. Their dwelling-place in 2018 was in Port Vue.

    Great-grandson Jason Noll has made his residence in Lincoln Boro.

Son Bernard Melvin Weber (1926-1994) was born on Dec. 13, 1926 in Pitcairn. His parents divorced when he was young, and in 1935-1940 he lived with his father in Duquesne, near Pittsburgh. Then in 1944, his home was at 7 Ault Street in McKeesport. During World War II, Bernard served in the U.S. Army, from Jan. 21, 1944 to March 2, 1946, receiving his discharge at a Naval base in San Pedro, CA. He was joined in marriage with Barbara Louise (1930- ? ), a native of Kansas. In 1950, when applying for veteran compensation, their address was in his mother's residence at 322 East 98th Street in Los Angeles. Census records for 1950 show the pair in Huntington Park, Los Angeles County, with Bernard earning income as a general laborer for a truck transport company and Barbara as a packer for a candy company. Bernard made his home in 1970 in Pennsylvania. His final home in the mid-1990s was in Wilkins/Braddock. He died at the age of 67 on Oct. 5, 1994. A terse notice of his death was printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Daughter Dolores M. Weber (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931 in Pennsylvania. She was young when her parents divorced, and in 1935-1940 she lived with her father in Duquesne, near Pittsburgh. By 1950, she moved to Southern California to join her mother and stepfather there. At the age of 19, she lived under the Tomkos' roof in South Gate, Los Angeles County. Dolores entered into marriage with (?) Miner ( ? - ? ). Dolores dwelled in Granada Hills, CA in 1970. Nothing more is known.

Stepson Edward Tomko (1932- ? ) was born in about 1932. He made a home with his mother and stepfather in 1940 in McKeesport.

~ Daughter Dolores "Dolly" (Ogle) Eichelberger ~ 

Daughter Dolores M. "Dolly" Ogle (1913-1997) was born in about 1913.

She entered into marriage with David Frederick Eichelberger (April 26, 1926-2008), son of William M. and Marie (Kramer) Eichelberger of Larimer, PA . 

David was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  

They lived in Monroeville and became the parents of an only son, Clinton Eichelberger.

The Elliott Company in Jeannette, David Eichelberger's workplace 

Circa 1973, Dolores ran for a seat on the Monroeville city council. In 1981, she was a board director of the Monroeville Arts Council and was active in helping organize America Wind Symphony concerts. She also was on the board of the Monroeville Historical Society at a time when a top issue was replacing the slate roof of the Old Stone Church on Monroeville Boulevard. She lost an election in 1983 for the Gateway School District board. David was employed for many years with the Elliott Company in Jeannette. After he retired, he earned income through work for Irwin Bank. He held memberships in the Irwin lodge of the Moose and the American Legion in Pitcairn.

Sadly, at the age of 73, Dolores died on June 16, 1997. An obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

David outlived his bride by 11 years and remained in Monroeville. He passed away at home on March 8, 2008. The Post-Gazette also published his obituary.

Son Clinton Eichelberger was joined in wedlock with Jodie ( ? - ? ). Together, they produced five children. Sadly, their son Dillon Jake Eichelberger is known to have died young. Circa 2008, the family resided in Virginia.

~ Daughter Betty G. (Ogle) McCafferty ~ 

Daughter Betty G. Ogle (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921.

She was united in matrimony with (?) McCafferty ( ? - ? ). 

Betty was deceased by 1997. 

Their stories have faded into the misty haze of the past.


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