Albert E. "Al" Thomas, Sr., 93, of Scottdale, graduated to eternity at 3:15 AM Tuesday, November 30, 2010 in Jo-Ella's Personal Care Home, Upper Tyrone Township. Al was born May 27, 1917 in McKeesport, a son of the late James Albert and Rosella Landsberg Thomas. He married the former Blanche Poynor on January 21, 1938; she passed away July 7, 2006. Al was devoted father, grandfather, and great-grand-father and a retired minister, who served the Church of Christ congregations for over 30 years in Hopwood, East Liverpool, OH, Homestead, Duquesne and New Salem. He also was a retired electrical inspector employed at US Steel's National Tube Works in McKeesport for over 30 years. Al was a graduate of McKeesport High School and a member of the Scottdale Church of Christ. A veteran of WWII, Al served in the US Army as a private. He also enjoyed the pastime of woodworking.
Al will be sadly missed by his loving family; his six children: James Albert Thomas and his wife Beverly of Christiansburg, VA, Albert E. "Al" Thomas, Jr. and his wife Cathy of Mt. Pleasant, Donald W. Thomas and his wife Sheila of Hillsboro, OH, Margaret W. Prah and her husband Louis of Uniontown, Linda Roberts of Ontario, Canada, and Kathy Grimm and her husband Douglas of Morrell; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grand-children; a sister, Rosella Pratt of Huntingdon Beach, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife of 68 years, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Bonnie E. Baughman Thomas (1983), an infant granddaughter, Mary Ellen Thomas, and a sister, Bess Frankina.
Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring Street, Scottdale (724-887-5300 / www.fergusonfunerals.com / GPS: N40 degrees 06.136, W79 degrees 35.278). Family and friends will be received from 2-9 PM today in the funeral home chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 AM Friday in the Scottdale Church of Christ, Chestnut & Loucks Avenues, Scottdale (Please go directly to the Church) with his sons, James, Albert, and Donald co-officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Bullskin Township next to his late wife. The PA National Guard will bestow full military rites.
Alverda THOMAS died in 1934. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Mrs. Alverda Thomas, aged 66 years, seven months and three days, died suddenly Thursday morning, August 9, 1934, at 5:30 o'clock when stricken with a heart attack in her residence, 338 Fair Oak street, Confluence.
(not sure if this is the entire obit or if a portion is missing)
(Genius - 8/13/1934)
Bernard R. Thomas, 77, of Newboro, Pa., passed away Monday, May 18, 2009 in the Uniontown Hospital. He was born August 16, 1931 in Newboro a son of the late Valentine Thomas and Antonia Palko Thomas. Bernard was a lifelong member of St. Procopius Church, New Salem, Pa., retired from Durasteel, Mount Pleasant, Pa, and he was a Charter Member of the Newboro Indians Club. He was preceded in death by a son, William in infancy, sisters, Dolores Nahoun and Gizella Croci, brothers, Albert, Edward, William and John Thomas and his parents. Surviving are his wife of fifty four years, Mary Lou Molek Thomas; children: Mary Anne Thomas and her husband, Robert Murray, Robert Thomas and wife, Dessie and Bernadette Thomas all of Newboro, Pa.; grandchildren: Kayla, R.B., Emily, Bradley, Nicholas and Adam Thomas and Carly and B.J. Murray; great-grandchildren: Gunnar and Gizzy Murray; sisters: Millicent Thomas and Catherine Colburn and her husband, Howard all of Arlington, Va and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received in the ROBERT T. KISH FUNERAL HOME, 20 North Mill St., New Salem, Pa., today from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, May 21, 2009 until 10:30 a.m. when a Prayer Service will be held. A Funeral Mass follows at 11 a.m. in St. Procopius Church with Rev. Father Peter Peretti as Celebrant. Interment will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Footedale, Pa.
Blanche Eva Poynor Thomas, age 88, of Scottdale, Westmoreland County, Pa., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday evening, July 7, 2006, from Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pa. She was born in Versailles Township, Westmoreland County, Pa., on March 4, 1918, a daughter of Thomas W., and Margaret N. Poynor. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Scottdale, Pa. She had shared with her beloved husband, Albert, in his ministries to churches in Hopwood, Fayette County, Pa., East Liverpool, Ohio, Homestead, Pa., Duquesne, Pa., and New Salem, Fayette County, Pa., before their retirement. She was also proud that her three sons followed into the ministry. Blanche also served as a volunteer at Jefferson Hospital, Allegheny County, Pa., with 15 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Margaret Smith and Annabelle Frank, and her brother, Thomas Poynor. Blanche leaves to cherish her memories her loving and devoted husband of 68 and a half years, Albert E. Thomas, Sr., whom she married January 21, 1938. She is also survived by her loving children: James Thomas and his wife, Beverly, of Christiansburg, Virginia, Albert Thomas, Jr., and his wife, Catherine, of Scottdale, Pa., Donald Thomas and his wife, Shiela, of Portsmouth, Ohio, Peg Prah and her husband, Lou, of Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., Linda Roberts, of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, and Cathy Grimm and her husband, Doug, of Connellsville, Fayette County, Pa.; her 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; her three sisters: Fannie Bunting, of Indiana state, Mae Castle, of Ohio, and Nellie Haynie, of Indiana state; and her brother, Jim Poynor and his wife, Marge, of Indiana.
Blanche's family will greet friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 West Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale, Pa., today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Parting Prayers will said in the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m. Her Funeral Service follows at 11 a.m. in the Church of Christ, 215 North Chestnut Street, Scottdale, with her three sons, James A. Thomas, Albert Thomas, Jr., and Donald Thomas, co-officiating. Committal Services and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville, Fayette County, Pa.
D.E. THOMAS died in 1935. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(3)
D. E. THOMAS
Word was received here yesterday that D. E. Thomas, former assistant manger <sic> of the Uniontown branch of F. W. Woolworth & Company had died at Charlestown, W. Va., after an illness of five days from pneumonia.
Mr. Thomas left Uniontown last January to be advanced to his Charlestown post and was making good in every particular there. The body was removed to the home of his parents in Wilkes-Barre for burial.
Jan 4 1935
George Thomas, the colored foreman of the shift of men at work on the shaft of the Taylor Coal & Coke Company at Searight's on the National Pike, who was so seriously burned and injured in the explosion Thursday morning died at the Uniontown hospital this morning at 1 o'clock. Thomas had both legs broken and was burned badly about the body. He was also hurt internally. Thomas was a colored man and very intelligent, being a competent shaft sinker. He leaves a wife.
Uniontown, July 7 — The condition of Foreman George Thomas, who was taken to the Uniontown hospital after the explosion at Taylor mines yesterday, is much worse today and it is hardly possible that he will live through the day. His burns are bad and both legs are broken. Besides this there are internal injuries that will probably cause his death. The other three injured at the hospital who are only slightly burned, are getting along nicely and will probably recover.
The remains of Sam Davis, Charles Spatka and Michael Chedno were taken from Johnston’s morgue last evening to the foreign Catholic Church at New Salem, where they were buried after the regulation services. The remains of Walter Williams were shipped to High Point, North Carolina. Those of John Carter have not yet been disposed of.
Coroner A. S. Hagan this afternoon decided to postpone the inquest of the Taylor mine accident until after the condition of Foreman George Thomas is better known and the other injured are sufficiently recovered to testify.
Five men were instantly killed and four injured in an explosion at the Taylor shaft of the Taylor Coal & Coke Company, half a mile from Searights on the National Pike, near Uniontown, at five o’clock this morning. Mine Inspector I. G. Roby of the Fifth district thinks the accident due to a gas explosion.
George Thomas, foreman in charge of the work at the time of the explosion if fatally injured. It was not thought that he could live during the journey from the shaft to the Uniontown Hispotal, where he was taken at 10 o’clock. Thomas is a colored man.
The other injured are:
Gabriel Diggs, colored, Prince George County, Maryland
George W. Betts, colored, Cambridge, O.
Casper Eaton, colored, North Carolina
The three latter injured will all recover. They are burned painfully about the head and shoulders. The Taylor mine is down just 94 feet. It is being sunk by Patterson & McNeil, a shaft sinking firm. The coal, which lies at a depth of 200 feet, has not been struck yet. The shift, most of whom were killed, went to work last night at 11 o’clock. They were working on a platform about 20 feet from the mouth of the shaft putting timbers up for a concrete wall. Several of the workmen were about the top of the shaft, while others were on the platform below.
The work of rescue was started within a few minutes after the explosion occurred. It was a difficult matter to get the bodies from the bottom of the shaft where the force of the explosion had hurled them. The last body, that of John Carter, was taken from the shaft at 10 o’clock. Not more than 50 men are employed in the sinking of the shaft and only a small force of these were at work preparing for the day shift.
About 10 o’clock this morning while the last body was being taken from the shaft the rescuing party has a miraculous escape from death. James Cullen, Benjamin Howard, James Dixon and Harry Friend, the three latter colored, were at the bottom of the shaft in the bucket. They had attached the last body rescued to the bottom of the bucket preparatory to hoisting it to the mouth, when the whole timber structure and concrete walls about the top of the shaft gave way and crashed down upon them 60 or 70 feet below. The timbers and walls had been weakened by the terrific force of the explosion. The rescuers heard the rumbling noise and crouched in their bucket. The timbers fell in such a manner as to protect them from tons of concrete, earth and rock. All of them were more or less bruised and cut and almost suffocated when they were rescued from their perilous position half an hour later. At the top of the shaft it was feared that all of the rescuing party had met instant death until their bucket was hauled through an opening in the wreckage and hoisted to the open air.
When the explosion occurred, the bucket in use at the shaft was at the bottom where Foreman Thomas had gone. It was blown up and out of the shaft mouth, landing 20 yards from the opening. Mine Inspector Roby completed his first examination of the mine before noon today and went to Uniontown. He gave out no official report of the accident. He believes, however, that the accident was due to a gas explosion and not from any other cause as at first thought possible. Foreman Thomas had gone to the bottom of the shaft at 5 o’clock to start the pump for the day shift. There had been no one in the shaft bottom for several hours and Inspector Roby thinks a body of gas had accumulated. Thomas carried an open light and from this it is thought the gas was ignited.
Workmen who have been at the Taylor shaft during the past two weeks said this afternoon that for several days past the men have from time to time light gas from little pockets in the sides of the shaft. The flame from these was never very large, but they say it was possible to ignite the escaping gas by holding a lighted match or open torch to it. The firm who are sinking the shaft deny these statements, claiming that at no time has gas been discovered in the new shaft. J. W. Poushey, an engineer at the shaft, was up and out of his sleeping tent on the work before 5 o’clock this morning. He had just stepped outside when the explosion occurred. He says it threw rocks, dirt, timbers and debris from the mouth of the shaft. Foreman Thomas was thrown fifty feet out of the mouth of the shaft. The cage or bucket followed him and veered off to one side. Thomas dropped back into the shaft again and it is miraculous that he was not killed. He caught on some projecting timbers part way down the shaft.
The explosion woke up the whole neighborhood and was heard for a mile or more. The shaft was badly damaged. The work of cleaning it up, however, was started at noon today. The Taylor Coal & Coke Company are developing a tract of about 150 acres of Connellsville coking coal. A coke oven plant is in course of construction. Railroad connection is off the Redstone branch of the Pennsylvania railroad. The members of the firm are Isaac Taylor, John Taylor, J. C. Work and M. H. Bowman, all of Uniontown.
Coroner A. S. Hagan is at the scene of the explosion, and this afternoon will empanel a jury to hold an inquest at Uniontown. All of the injured have been removed to the Uniontown Hospital. The dead have also been sent to Uniontown where they will be prepared for burial.
Gwen THOMAS died in 1888. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(29)
Miss Thomas Funeral
The funeral of Miss Gwen Thomas took place from the Baptist church on Friday afternoon. E. T. Norton, Lewis McCormick, C. D. Schell, Lee Robin son, Charles and John Patterson acted as pallbearers, Miss Thomas havin g chosen them the day before her death. The memorial services on her de ath will be held Sunday morning.
Keystone Courier 6 Jan 1888
Harold E. Thomas, 50 of 912 N. Hickory Street, Scottdale, died at 1 a.m. today in University Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born January 24, 1926, in Vanderbilt, a son of Mrs. Phyllis Brierly Thomas of 707 Stauffer Avenue, Scottdale and the late Charles W. Thomas who died October 15, 1968. He was employed by United States Steel Corporation for 27 years as a motor inspector. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician’s mate third class. He was a member of the Scottdale Church of Christ, Marion Lodge F & A. M. 562 of Scottdale, Thomas Lewellyn American Legion Post 240 of Scottdale, the Brookman-Herney V.F.W. Post 7731 of Scottdale and the Scottdale Lions Club. He is survived, in addition to his mother, by his wife Monafae Williamson Thomas; three sons, Terry L. of Honey Brook, and Mickey L. and Randy L., both at home, and one sister, Mrs. Wilmer (Vila) Rosen, of Alverton. He was predeceased by a sister, Mrs. John (Margery) Bentz on October 31, 1969.
Joseph M. THOMAS died in 1922. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Joseph M. Thomas, aged 82, years, died at his home in Chadville, Sunday morning, February 19, 1922, of the infirmities incident to age. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. Reuben Loche, of Chadville; Charles Thomas and Miss Alberta Thomas, at home and Ethelbert Thomas of Uniontown.
Mary Lou Molek Thomas, age 74, Newboro, Pennsylvania passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Uniontown Hospital. She was born on Thursday, July 9, 1936 in Buffington, Fayette County, Pennsylvania the daughter of Steve Molek and Mary Squirek Molek. Mary Lou was a member of the Saint Procopius Roman Catholic Church, New Salem. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard R. Thomas on May 18, 2009; a son, William in infancy; a brother, Edward Molek; and her parents. Surviving are her children: Mary Anne Thomas and her husband Robert Murray of Newboro, Robert Thomas and his wife Dessie of Newboro and Bernadette Thomas of Newboro with whom she made her home; grandchildren: Kayla and husband Anthony, R. B. Thomas, Emily Thomas, Bradley Thomas, Nicholas Thomas and Adam Thomas, Carly Murray, and B. J. and wife Michele Murray; great grandchildren: Gunnar, Gizzy and Grady Murray, Aiden King and Lucy Kasievich; a sister, Irene Zawelensky of Newboro; brother, Steve Molek and wife Eileen of Newboro; many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the ROBERT T. KISH FUNERAL HOME, 20 North Mill Street, New Salem, Pennsylvania today, May 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 5, 2011 until 9:30 a.m. when Prayer Service will be held. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in Saint Procopius Roman Catholic Church, New Salem, with Rev. Father James Clark as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Saint Thomas Cemetery, Footedale, Pennsylvania. Parish Wake Service will be held in the Funeral Home on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Mary Louise Nabors Thomas, 88, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, in the Uniontown Hospital. She was born April 26, 1915, in Uniontown, the daughter of the late Albert G. Nabors and Martha E. Teets Nabors. Mary Louise was an active member of the Uniontown Church of the Brethren, where she served as deacon. She was a member of the Women's Fellowship and the Willing Worker's Sunday School class. She also served as a Cub Scout leader and in many other capacities.
Mary Louise was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and daughter who will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by two daughters, Clara Elizabeth Kendall and her husband, J. Lloyd Kendall, of Smithfield and Barbara Louise Prudhoe and her husband, Robert J. Prudhoe, of North Olmsted, Ohio; a son, attorney Thomas Albert Allison Bowlen of Uniontown; a stepdaughter, Betty Thomas Lininger and her husband, Edward, of Hopwood; 10 grandchildren, Michael Bedson, Christoher Bedson, Lance Bedson, Jason Kendall, Jeremy Kendall, Tamara Chippi, attorney Jeffrey Prudhoe, Samuel Bowlen, Sara Bowlen Smith and Elizabeth Bowlen; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, John T. Nabors of Pittsburgh, the late Allison E. Bowlen and her husband, Ralph R. Thomas.
Friends will be received in the JAMES D. BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, 196 W. Main St., Uniontown, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Uniontown Church of the Brethren. A funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Harrison Smith at 10 a.m. Friday, November 21, at the Uniontown Church of the Brethren, 20 Robinson St., Uniontown, and interment will follow in the Salem-Thomas Cemetery, Preston County, W.Va. In lieu of lowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Uniontown Church of the Brethren, in memory of Mary Louise Nabors Thomas.
Nellie THOMAS died in 1918. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(5)
MRS. NELLIE THOMAS, wife of FRANK THOMAS, and daughter of ADAM TITTERINGTON of Scottdale, died Wednesday morning at her home at Latrobe of influenza. This is the third member of the family of MR. THOMAS to die of the malady within a month. MRS. ADAM TITTERINGTON, mother of MRS. THOMAS, died at her home in Scottdale on October 25, and LYDA TITTERINGTON, an 18 year old sister died at her home in Scottdale on November 2. In addition to her husband and two children, MRS. THOMAS is survived by her father and one sister, MRS. LULU KELLY, both residents at Scottdale, and two brothers, CHARLES, who is in the service in France and HARVEY, at Green?lca?, Ga.
Courier Thurs. 11-28-1918
Mrs. Rebecca Jane Thomas, 95, died at the home of a daughter at Tacoma Park, Md., Friday.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA, Tuesday, May 4, 1954, page 9, column 2
Contributed by Ruth Sprowls <ruthsprowls at windstream.net>
Ill since last Friday from cholera infantum, Viola Thomas, aged three, daughter of David and Lena Thomas of Mt. Sterling is dead at her home. She is the granddaughter of Charles Freed of Derrick avenue. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment in the Masontown cemetery.
William THOMAS died in 1937. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
William Thomas, aged 43, former assistant county detective and file clerk in the prothonotary's office of the court house, died at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, October 26, 1937, at his home in 355 Evans street, after a lingering illness of the past 16 months.
He was born September 25, 1894, in Maesteg, Wales. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Ethel M. Thomas, and the following children: Mrs. Harold Provance, Uniontown; Emma Jean and Thelma Louise, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Thomas; and the following brothers and sisters: David J. Thomas, of Uniontown; Thomas J. Thomas, of Masontown; Mrs. Thomas, English, Jefferson; Mrs. George Vail, of Uppermiddletown, and Mrs. James Miller, deceased.
The body will be removed from the Johnston Mortuary to the home this afternoon. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
(Herald - Oct 27, 1937)
William (Bill) Thomas, 79, of Fairchance, Pa., and formerly of Holbrook, in Greene County, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at the home of his daughter, Gloria Markley of Amend, Pa. He was born in Fredericktown, Pa., on Feb. 21, 1922, a son of the now late Frank and Mary Lewis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Thomas and one son, Ray Thomas. He was a retired powder mill worker, having worked at Liberty Powder Mill, in Mt. Braddock, Pa., and belonged to the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Waynesburg, Pa. Surviving are the following children: Joyce Straight and her fiancé, Verlin Moats of Dilliner, Pa., Gloria Markley and her husband, Roger of Uniontown, Pa., Gregg Thomas and his fiancé, Marcy of Bobtown, Pa., and Mary Flowers and her husband, John of Masontown, Pa.; four stepchildren, Patty Morris and husband, John of Uniontown, Pa., Terry Sabo and husband, Mike of McClellandtown, Leslie Hixon of Virginia, and Edward Hixon and wife, Tara of Smithfield, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Irene Thomas of Dilliner; 15 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends in THE JOHN F. BROWNFIELD FUNERAL HOME, of Smithfield, today from 7 to 9 p.m., on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, March 31, 2001, until 11 a.m., the hour of service, with the Rev. Russell Pratt officiating. Interment will follow in Greendale Cemetery, Masontown, Pa.
Andrew Anderson THOMPSON died in 1938. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
A. A. Thompson A Victim of Heart Attack at 2 a.m.
Widely Known Financier, Sportsman Dead at 58; Private Funeral.
Private funeral services were planned today for Andrew Anderson Thompson, prominent Uniontown financier, and eldest son of the late Josiah VanKirk Thompson, Fayette county's greatest coal baron.
Mr. Thompson died suddenly of a heart attack this morning at 2 o'clock, at Oak Hill, his West National Pike estate two hours after being stricken suddenly ill.
He had not been in good health for a year or more, but had continued to direct his numerous business interests as usual, and no immediate danger had been apprehended.
He had been in fairly good health last night, it was thought, before he suffered the midnight attack which quickly brought death.
Mr. Thompson was a prominent sportsman, and breeder of prize cattle. He was the owner of extensive coal holdings, formerly a part of his father's coal empire, the greatest ever held by one man.
A lifelong Republican, he was elected to the Pennsylvania State Assembly 37 years ago, at that time the youngest man ever to be accorded that honor, as he was barely of age.
Throughout his lifetime he was prominent in the financial and civic affairs
of the district.
Never a lover of the spotlight, he kept his many charitable activities quietly to himself, permitting no show in this respect.
He was a trustee of the Friendship Hill association, and for some years a trustee of the estate of Lida, Princess of Thurn and Taxis.
Was 58 Years Old
Mr. Thompson at the time of his death was 58 years old. He was the son of the late J. V. and Mary Anderson Thompson, and had made his home in Uniontown throughout his life, except for extended travels. In recent years, much of his work had taken him to Pittsburgh.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Lida Grimm Thompson, and six children, Mary, Fredericka, Evelyn, J. VanKirk, G. M. and Andrew Jr., all at home.
Private rites attended only by the family, will be held in Franklin, Wednesday, the body being taken there on that day. There will be no public service.
(Standard - October 18, 1938)
Thompson, Betty L. 82
Betty L. Thompson, 82, loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Highlands Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Harry S. and Myrtle E. Williams. She was born Dec. 2, 1927, in Bitner. She was a graduate of Dunbar Township High School in 1945. She was employed by Anchor Hocking Glass as a carton assembler for 31 years. Betty is much loved and sadly missed by her daughter, Diana Donato, of Connellsville; son, Anthony Thompson III and his companion, Cammy, of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, John A. Soika Jr. and his wife, Lynn, of McMurray, Danielle Nalepka and her husband, Shane, of Vanderbilt, and Lori Ann Thompson, of Uniontown, and Anthony Thompson IV, of Florida; her loving great-grandchildren, Ryan S. Nalepka, Morgan E. Soika, Seana C. Soika, Gage A. Nalepka and Jaden N. Soika; sisters, Juanita (Nene) Leapline, Agnes Coughenour and Laquita Frankhouser. In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Thompson Jr., in 1997; brothers, Harry "Bud", Wilbur "Kite", Russell, Lloyd, Edward and Donald; sisters, Laura Fulton, Ruth Rhodes and Elsie. Betty's family would like to thank caregivers, Rita Coligan and Chris Coffman, for the special care they provided. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and until noon, the hour of service, Saturday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 S. First St., West Side, Connellsville, with Bishop Robert Swope officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park.
“HONEY” HAWES came into the life of Josiah V. Thompson as a ray of sunshine on a dismal day. She was a vivacious widow, and a royal entertainer. “Honey” was intellectual, too, though her history before she met Thompson is somewhat vague beyond that she was known on the race tracks of the East and by horsemen everywhere. She was the widow of Henry Hawes of Johnstown, who owned a string of the finest horses just before the beginning of the twentieth century. At the race tracks they called her “Honey.” It probably came from her charm. She was rather short and plump and attracted attention everywhere. She met the Uniontown banker and coal land owner, J. V. Thompson, late in 1901, or early 1902. The first Mrs. Thompson had been dead five years or more. But “J. V.” still mourned the mother of his two boys. Mrs. Hawes asked the Uniontown banker to invest about $75,000 that was left her by her husband. In those days, those who had money–and wanted to increase it, invariably went to J. V. Thompson. Mrs. Hawes was acquainted with his reputation. She was a lover of children, though she had none of her own, and it was said she always cherished the desire to found an orphanage. The money she had–if there was any left when she was gone–would not go far towards establishing such a place, but if it could be increased by wise investments perhaps there would be enough. Thompson had made many persons wealthy and he ran her $75,000 up to a quarter of a million or more.
There were frequent conferences about the investments. They were seen frequently in each other’s company in New York, but there were only whispers in Uniontown that a romance had entered the life of the banker, who was nearing 50. He called in his two sons, Andrew and John, in the summer of 1903. “Boys, I’m going to marry again,” he said. There were perhaps others in whom he confided, but to Uniontown and the world generally, it was a secret. In August, 1903, J. V. Thompson and his two sons went to New York. In the historic Waldorf-Astoria, August 10, “Honey” Hawes was married to the Uniontown millionaire. She was 31 then. The next day they left on a trip around the world.
Uniontown learned of his departure from a newspaper item that said that J. V. Thompson had left for Europe and that further details could not be obtained at his office. Eventually there was gossip that “J. V.” was honeymooning, but still there was no formal announcement. Thompson was always a careful guardian of his health. When he left he arranged to be supplied with distilled drinking water from America everywhere he stopped–all over the world. The honeymooners visited Paris and its gay cafes, Monte Carlo and sunny Italy. At Monte Carlo they watched fortunes come and go, but Thompson, never a gambler except in coal deals, was not tempted, even when one player broke the bank and walked away with a fortune. Nor was Mrs. Thompson. They visited the Pope, the Venetian canals, and sailed the Mediterranean. An auto purchased in Paris carried them wherever they desired to go. Turkey, the Pyramids, the Nile, Russia, the Orient, Australia, New Zealand and Honolulu were on their schedule.
MEANWHILE Uniontown watched the building of a mansion on Oak Hill, to the left on the National Highway entering Uniontown, from the west. It had 25 rooms or more–perhaps one of the finest homes in Western Pennsylvania. Around it were nearly 1,800 acres of land. A stone fence bordered the estate. A conservatory unsurpassed in Western Pennsylvania set off one side of the great mansion. Inside there were plants and the first private swimming pool known to Uniontown. As the big house neared completion the honeymooners started East. And 15 months after they had sailed from New York the Thompsons arrived home.
UNIONTOWN didn’t know “Honey.” She was not a stranger for long. The big home at Oak Hill was furnished as no other Fayette County home had ever been furnished. From the Orient had come rare furniture–Japanese screens of woven silk work, gold furniture from an old palace in Venice, a tea set made to order in Japan, Oriental rugs, a screen of ivory, inlaid with mother- of-pearl, and Japanese relics that were 100 years old. The reception hall was a copy of an old English home. The living room was done in California redwood. The grounds were beautifully landscaped, although autumn had robbed the shrubbery of much of its splendor. The formal opening of the mansion was an event many in Uniontown will never forget. Two hundred and fifty guests were present. A Belgian singer was brought from the East. One of the best orchestras was engaged. It was a night of all nights for J. V. Thompson. The unpretentious little red brick homestead where he had his start had never seen anything to compare with this. There was dancing and supper served by a famous Pittsburgh caterer. There was wine, too–and champagne. In the days that followed the big mansion became “Hospitality Hall.” Mrs. Thompson had many friends in New York and she invited a number to Oak Hill, hiring special cars and paying their expense. J. V. Thompson had not been raised in such an atmosphere. That he frowned on some of the parties was known generally. He was a man who spent much time with his business problems, but the entertaining at Oak Hill was cutting into that time. He never drank. At the dedication of a fountain in Uniontown Thompson drank the first glass of water. “Nothing stronger has ever passed my lips–not even coffee,” he said, as he drained the glass. But “Honey Hawes” provided the choicest wines, liquors and champagne for her guests.
IN VAIN did “Honey” try to crash the gates of society. She was a fancier of blue-blooded horses and dogs and at one time had more than 50 horses and 150 dogs quartered at Oak Hill. She maintained a “coach and four” and it was not unusual for her to ride down Main Street in Uniontown in her tally-ho with liveried coachmen in front and a trumpeter in back whose frequent blasts told the town that ”Honey” was down from the “Hill.” Her first appearance in Sewickley was an event still remembered. When she rode into the show every eye was turned upon her. Performances in the ring were forgotten as society gazed in amazement. Her entourage consisted of two or three maids, a special hair dresser, a chef, a secretary, a footman, a head stableman and half a dozen grooms. It was the same at Greensburg. And in Paris she was a sensation. There she had special paintings made of herself as covers for menus in fashionable restaurants. Paderewski played at Exposition Music Hall in Pittsburgh 20 years or more ago. His fingers were being massaged. He was in the proper temperamental state to face his audience. Then a fashionably-dressed woman breezed suddenly into the picture. “I must see Paderewski,” she said. “But madame,” the attendant replied, “You cannot see him–no person can see him until after the concert.” “But I must see him,” she insisted, and extended her card. “Mrs. Josiah Van Kirk Thompson,” the card said. The name meant nothing to the attendant. He knew Paderewski. But he would take the card in. To his amazement, Paderewski received her. When she came out, she stopped to thank the attendant. “You see,” she said, “Paderewski will play at my home in Uniontown tonight. The attendant didn’t believe that Paderewski would play in a private home. But Paderewski did. He traveled in his town car. A special locomotive was hired to take the car to Uniontown. And he was paid $2,500 for the trip. That was $500 more than he received for his concert in the Music Hall. An English theatrical company, doing Shakesperian plays and touring America, played on the lawn at Oak Hill presenting “As You Like It” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
BUT WITH all her lavish entertaining “Honey” was never able to ascend the guarded heights of society. The glamor of riding down Main street in her coach wore off, for “Honey” was not of the small-town variety. Eventually she departed for a trip to Paris. While she was gone workman and teams of horses were turned into the Oak Hill estate, and when she returned there was a half-mile race track behind the house where her thoroughbreds were exercised and where she rode at will. Eventually her trips to Paris became more frequent. Winters sometimes found her at Palm Beach. And again she was in New York. Oak Hill saw less of her as the years passed. But wherever she traveled she was attended by a retinue of servants, was lavish in her expenditures, generous in her tips, and the “life” of the parties. Often she was gone for months. Her coach and four became more conspicuous now by its absence. J. V. Thompson was uncomplaining. The big house and its lavish furnishings had cost him a pretty penny–a million, they said. Entertainments, trips abroad, the honeymoon around the world, were reputed to have cost another million. And now J. V. was willing to pay for his freedom.
“Honey” disappeared from Uniontown life about 1911. There were times when she came back. But only for brief periods. Then, late in 1912, a divorce suit was filed in the Uniontown courts. It was guarded with the utmost secrecy. It wasn’t generally known it had been filed. There were hearings, though “Honey” offered no contest, and the decree was granted. Bu the papers, holding the secrets of a $3,000,000 romance, were buried in the records of Fayette County courts and to this day, aside from clerks and court attaches whose business it was to handle them, no person ever saw them. The day the divorce was granted Mrs. Thompson’s lawyers met Thompson in the bank-building that is his monument. And they signed a receipt for a million dollars. It was the price “Honey” demanded–and received. “Honey” is dead now, but there is a monument to her somewhere along the Hudson– an orphanage built with $700,000, the amount she is said to have left from the million dollar check that purchased freedom for J. V. Thompson.
NEW YORK, Sept. 18— Mrs. Blanche A. Thompson, who was the divorced wife of Josiah V. Thompson, one time, wealthy banker and coal operator of Uniontown, Pa., and who died August 15, 1919, at Rhinebeck, left an estate appraised yesterday at $745,046 gross and $691,846 net. The largest asset was $361,655 as the value of a trust fund, originally amounting to $700,000, executed in her favor by Thompson on January 18, 1913, in settlement of a $1,000,000 judgment she had obtained against him at the time of the divorce in Pennsylvania, She received $100,000 of the money during her lifetime, while the principal was also subject to deductions for commissions of the trustee. The filing of the appraisal was delayed for some years because Thompson sued on a contention that she had no right to dispose of the principal of the trust in her will, but that upon her death it should revert to him. The Court of Appeals eventually decided that the disposition of the principal in Mrs. Thompson’s will was proper. She gave the bulk of her estate to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander W. Gardner of Anderson, Ind. Her mother died a month after her. The bequests go eventually to the Friendship Hall Vacation Home, established under her will for “white Protestant female children.” She also gave the organization the property owned by her at Rhinebeck as a site for the home. Mr. Thompson, who once reputed to be worth $70,000,000, failed with heavy losses some years ago, and recently faced a contempt of court charge in Pennsylvania for failure to turn over more than $600,000 due two estates of which he was trustee. His financial troubles began in 1915 when his bank at Uniontown was closed.
Clara THOMPSON died in 1931. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Mrs. Clara Thompson, aged 72 years, three months and 11 days, widow of David Thompson of Chalk Hill, died at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 14, 1931. She is survived by five sons and six daughters as follows: John and Isaac of Chalk Hill William and Hamer of Brownfield; George of Trotter; Mrs. William Campbell of Harmonvile; Mrs. J. A. Topper, Mrs. W. M. Durno and Miss Margaret Thompson, all of Pittsburgh; Mrs. Charles Lynch of Connellsville and Mrs. Charles Lee of Chalk Hill. One brother, Samuel Stewart, of Pittsburgh, also survives.
Funeral services will be held in the Chalk Hill church Tuesday afternoon.
THOMPSON, FRANK LARUE, 79, of Harris Garden Apt., Brushwood Rd. Uniontown, died July 14, 1980. He was a general foreman for the Monongahela Railroad Co. of Brownsville for 50 years. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Hannah Woomer Thompson; two brothers, James and John; a sister, Mrs. Lenora Baird. Surviving are his wife: Trudy Thompson, four sons, Milton, Robert, Russell and Raymond; two daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Hammil and Mrs. Patty Jeffreys; a brother, Edward, two sisters, Mrs. Beck Kisner and Mrs. Sara Pogue. He was a member of St. John's R.C. Church, Uniontown, the BPOE, 370 Uniontown and a Past Exalted Ruler of Brownsville Elks Club. Burial in LaFayette Memorial Park under the direction of the Jerome W. Shell Funeral Home, Uniontown.
Mrs. John R. Thompson died Sunday at her home in Uniontown. She is survived by her husband and several children.
Frank Burns of Philadelphia, is spending several days in Uniontown visiting friends and relatives, being called here by the death of his sister, Mrs. John Thompson.
Mrs. William Brown, Mrs. Kate McGaugh, James Laurance Burns, Jr. and Joseph Burns, of Wilmington, Del., are spending several days in Uniontown being called here by the death of Mrs. John Thompson.
Death notice for John Thompson appeared in the Genius Of Liberty, Uniontown, PA, April 30, 1891, page 1, column 7. Complete text is not currently available.
John B. Thompson Jr., 80, of Uniontown and formerly of Smithfield, Pennsylvania died on Friday, December 17, 2010. He was born June 2, 1930 in Monessen, Pennsylvania son of John B. Thompson Sr. and Susan Massengill Thompson. John was a veteran of the Korean Conflict who served in the United States Army as a Sergeant First Class. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 747 in Point Marion. He was employed for thirty years at the Springhill Water Company and ten years at the Point Marion Borough Water Department. John was a great fisherman on the Yough Lake. He attended the Fairchance Free Methodist Church and the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. Surviving are his loving wife of sixty years, Freda Swaney Thompson; very close cousins: Kim Swaney, Kevin Swaney and Emily Swaney all of Smithfield, Pennsylvania; son, John W. Thompson; a brother, David Thompson and his wife Dorette of McGraw, New York; numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive Friends in the DEAN C. WHITMARSH FUNERAL HOME, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 until 11 a.m., the hour of the Service with the Reverend Paul Lesher officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Fairchance, where Military Rites will be accorded by the Point Marion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 747.
John R. THOMPSON died in 1938. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Fall and Heart Attack Fatal to John Thompson.
Succumbs This Morning 8 Hours After Brother Passes Away.
Eight hours after the death of his only brother of which he was not told, and almost exactly five years after the death of their father, the late J. V. Thompson, John R. Thompson died in his Chalk Hill home at 10 o'clock this morning from heart trouble and the effects of a recent accident.
In bad health for some years, Mr. Thompson had become progressively weaker, falling against a chair Saturday and breaking two ribs, the sixth and seventh, on his left side.
He seemed to rally after the accident, but suddenly sank last night, and a doctor and nurse were called to his bedside.
Dies at 10 a.m.
Efforts to bring back his strength failed, and he died at 10 a.m.
At his bedside when the end came, were the caretakers of the home, Mr. and Mrs. John Robinson, with whom he had lived for a number of years.
Mr. Thompson, who was childless, was 56 years old at the time of his death. His wife had preceded him in death a number of years ago.
Only survivors are the family of his brother, Andrew.
Funeral arrangements, in charge of A. D. Ferguson, are incomplete.
(Standard - October 18, 1938)
Nationally and internationally known bankers, heads of the country's greatest steel and coal corporations, United States senators, judges and dignitaries of equal importance in other national concerns may be in Uniontown Friday afternoon for the funeral of Josiah Van Kirk Thompson, one of Western Pennsylvania's most widely known and for years its most successful and influential figure, who died at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning. Services will be conducted at 2 o'clock in the First Presbyterian Church, of which he was a devout member for years, by the pastor, Rev. William Blake Hindman, D.D. The body lying in state church from 10 a. m. 1 p. m. Burial in Oak Grove cemetery will be strictly private. Honorary pallbearers include a group of international figures who, through association with Mr. Thompson in the days of his monster coal dealings that made millions of dollars for him and his associate, learned to love him for his courage to follow the course he believed right. Honorary pallbearers from outside the city have been named as follows:
James A. Farrell, New York City, former chairman of the board of directors of the United States Steel Corporation; Karl Bickel, New York, president of the United Press Association; United States Senator James J. Davis, of Pittsburgh; J. H. Hillman, Jr., of the Hillman Coal and Coke Company, of Pittsburgh; Edward Johnston, Columbus, Ohio; Andrew Squires, Cleveland; Joseph Nutt, Cleveland; Oscar Tirskischy, New York City; H. C. MacEldowney, Pittsburgh; Robert Dodds, Pittsburgh; William A. Seifert, Pittsburgh; Joseph H. Bialas, Pittsburgh; Emil Winters, Pittsburgh; Lorenz Iverson, Pittsburgh; Charles M. Schwab, chairman of the board of directors of Bethlehem Steel, New York City; James E. Dorsey, New York City; John Hudson, Pittsburgh; John Huey Murdoch, Washington, Pa.; S. M. Smith, Judge A. H. Sayers and George Moredock, all of Waynesburg; R. M. Hite, Fairmont, W. Va. Local residents, associates and close friends of Mr. Thompson who also will serve as honorary pallbearers include: The five judges of Fayette county, President Judge Thomas H. Hudson, Judge Davis W. Henderson, Judge S. John Morrow, Judge Emeritus E. H. Reppart, Judge J. W. Dawson, J. G. Carroll, John T. Robinson, S. Ray Shelby, E. C. Higbee, Dr. Charles H. Smith, E. S. Hackney, James R. Gray, D. M. Herzog, Samuel Hogsett, John M. Core, Robert E. Umbel, O. M. Bougher and Thomas B. Semans, Jr. Active pallbearers are: Robert J. Arnett, James C. Whaley, Otis P. Powell, Frank M. Semans, T. D. Bailes and William B. Beeson.
March 11, 1931
Rendered helpless on March 11, 1931, when stricken with paralysis, Mr. Thompson bore his illness as stoically as he had financial reverses. He made a brave battle against the angel of death which for months had hovered over him. The end came peacefully. His battle against death had amazed his physicians. The fighting spirit of his long and colorful career still remained to the very moment he lost consciousness more than 12 hours previous to his last breath. After chatting cheerfully with his ever-faithful wife, Mrs. Rose Thompson, yesterday, he predicted successful conclusion of business matters which were clear in his mind as were the events of his early boyhood to the time he lapsed into unconsciousness. A short time later he showed signs of a general coma. He managed to rouse himself at intervals until late Tuesday evening the period of peace rested over his body. For hours before his death it was evident that the end was fast approaching. Ever at his side, Mrs. Thompson, fatigued almost beyond human endurance, remained brave to the last. She had been faithful to the fast failing man from the time she left her home in Pittsburgh and came to Uniontown as his wife. Then the entire city, county, state and much of the nation were shocked by the announcement, “J. V. Thompson is dead.” Many thousands had known him intimately, many more had been thrilled by his name and legions mourned the passing of the Grand Old Man, who years before had Western Pennsylvania. Only last Saturday Mr. Thompson had callers from Pittsburgh. He chatted with them with a mind as clear as any well mind. With his body ravaged by paralysis, his sight almost entirely gone and bedridden for nearly 19 months, he was unusually cheerful. He made plans for the future, feeling even in his most distressing moments that he would win his battle against the ravages of the deadly malady. But the end came and left only a memory to perhaps the most notable career in the county.
In almost the twinkling of an eye, early in 1915 Mr. Thompson’s fortunes dwindled from a reputed $75,000,000 to a $300 exemption which the law allowed but which he was never known to have claimed. His 40,000 acres of coal through which he expected to ascend to fabulous wealth faded as the crash of the First National Bank threw him first into the hands of a receiver and then into bankruptcy. Objection to the receivership which was approved by the lower court resulted in reversal by the Supreme court and in September 1917 he was adjudged a bankrupt. Later he was freed from any personal debts through his discharge from bankruptcy and his vast holdings went into the hands of three trustees-D. M. Hertzog, George A. Scrughman and R. M. Hite. Mr. Schrughman died about eight years ago but the other two trustees continue active in the settlement of such matters in which the unsecured creditors are interested. Mr. Thompson was faced with $18,000,000 of unsecured claims and a like amount classified as secured. The latter claims have been settled but only 12 percent of the 2,800 unsecured claims have been met through the efforts of the trustees, The final dividend of about one-half percent was halted by the closing on October 10 last of the National Bank of Fayette county in which the funds were placed. Sufficient bonds were given to protect this amount, it is contended. In the winter of 1920 in order to provide funds with which to meet many of Mr. Thompson’s obligations the trustees sold all of the Thompson holdings, whether real estate or personal, to the Piedmont Coal Company for $5,500,000. Previous to this consummation the trustees already had disposed of about $2,000,000 worth of Thompson’s property.
Held 40,000 Acres
At the time of the Piedmont deal, Mr. Thompson had 40,000 acres of valuable coal in three states-Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. The tracts were for the most part in Greene and Washington counties and northern West Virginia. The coal in the latter state was for the most part virgin. It was during the negotiations with the Piedmont Coal Company that an appraisement of between $70,000,000 and $75,000,000 was placed on the entire property of Mr. Thompson. This included his palatial Oak Hill and grounds which alone are said to have cost him almost a million dollars. Through an agreement made with the Piedmont Coal Company, Mr. Thompson was permitted to retain possession of Oak Hill. The caretakers of the grounds and buildings provided too great a luxury and the private swimming pool, conservatory, bowling alleys, private stables and other accounterments provided for the second Mrs. Thompson have been abandoned entirely. Mr. Thompson found peace and solitude in the mansion of 52 rooms where some of the most brilliant society affairs in the entire country were held during his heydays.
Sales Manager of
Piedmont Coal Co.
A business arrangement with the Piedmont Coal company made Mr. Thompson sales manager and it was through his business ability and knowledge of the coal world that hundreds of acres were disposed of at fancy prices. The company, however, still holds many thousands of acres of the coal which within a few years, had he been able to weather the storm, would have made him one of the richest men in the world. Had Mr. Thompson been able to have weathered the financial pinch until the opening of the world war, his reputed wealth of $75,000,000 would possibly have tripled. Aside from his enormous coal holdings, purchased at ridiculously low figures, he held operating interests in the Tower Hill and Thompson Connellsville companies, which piled up gigantic profits during the world war.
Once Owned Site
With his usual foresight, Mr. Thompson had title for virtually all of the site on which the Clairton biproduct plant and town of that name is constructed. This went into the melting pot also to be created into a position to satisfy as near as possible Mr. Thompson’s creditors. To the Piedmont company went the First National Bank stock held at the time of the collapse of that institution, for many years previous to 1915 classified as the honor bank of the entire United States. Through careful liquidation, the depositors of the First National Bank not only received every cent of their claims but six percent additional. The bank stock with a par value of $100 a share has paid $850 each since 1915. Mr. Thompson’s decline began when he extricated himself from the marriage to his second wife, “Honey” Hawes. Following this union the newlyweds enjoyed an extended trip of 15 months in European countries. Ten years later Mr. Thompson paid a cool million alimony to secure an absolute divorce. That was in 1914 just a short time before financial ruin stared him in the face. That million dollars would have saved him, his business associates state. Another trip to Europe was made by Mr. Thompson at his own expense to secure an agreement with Lord Fitzgerald relative to a divorce by Lida Niccolls Fitzgerald, niece of Mr. Thompson. At that time the banker was accompanied by Attorney David T. Watson of Pittsburgh.
Again 3 Years Ago
Little more than three years ago, Mr. Thompson was married to Mrs. Rose Stillwagon Mahoney, of the East End, Pittsburgh. The two had been friends for years. This wedding was kept secret for many months but finally was admitted by both. The wedding was performed about the time of Mr. Thompson’s arrest on a charge of embezzling the estate of Lida Niccolls. Previous to that time the former financier had been a fugitive from a contempt charge for failure to pay sums totaling $400,000 to the Messmore and Niccolls estates. He was acquitted of the embezzlement charge but spent six days in the private apartment of Warden William Wilson connected with the county jail for contempt. The jail sentence was imposed by Judge J. W. Dawson of the Orphans court.
of Thompson Family
Since his discharge from bankruptcy, Mr. Thompson has spent a part of his time in compilation of a biography of the Thompson family. More than $50,000 had been expended in this work and on his working desk in Oak Hill it yet remains incomplete. He has about 20 volumes of about 100 sheets each completed. Had death delayed its icy hand for a few months “finis” would have been written to the family history of which the former coal baron was justly proud. Little more than two years ago Mr. Thompson pleaded “no funds” when pressed by his creditors. Since then he had not recuperated his financial status.
In Menallen Township
Mr. Thompson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Thompson. He was born February 15, 1854, in Menallen township near Uniontown. He was graduated in June 1871 from Washington and Jefferson college and on November 11 of the same year was employed as a clerk in the First National Bank of which his father was president. He advanced rapidly. He was promoted to teller and five years later became cashier. His father died April 2, 1889 and “J. V.” succeeded him as president.
From his youth he was a tireless worker. At times he pored all night over the bank books and matters of business pertaining to the bank and his coal holdings and operations. Many times he was seen at daybreak working at his desk in the office of the president. Through his manipulations of coal lands, Mr. Thompson made hundreds of persons wealthy. Mr. Thompson gave Uniontown the greatest surprise in its early history when he announced his intentions of constructing the first skyscraper- an 11 story office and apartment building. The plans were drawn in 1901 by World’s Fair architects D. H. Burnham and Company, and rushed to completion, towering still as a monument to the enterprise of the once great financier. It was to Mr. Thompson’s first wife Mary Anderson Thompson that the two surviving sons Andrew A. and John R. were born. There are no children to the other unions.
Mrs. Lida Grimm Thompson, 60, widow of Andrew A. Thompson, former local financier, died at her winter residence in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Thompson, who had been residing in Hamilton, Mass., for the past several years, left for the south in January. She had never recovered from the effects of a fractured hip suffered in a fall in February. She was born in Franklin, Pa., December 14, 1881, a daughter of the late Daniel and Caroline Frederick Grimm and was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Uniontown. Surviving are six children: Mrs. James Hanna Austin, Mrs. Henry Thorndike, Miss Evelyn Thompson and Josiah V., Andrew A., Jr. and Mark Thompson, all of Boston. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon in Franklin, with burial in that city.
THOMPSON, MRS. JAMES (LUELLA) — Age 49 years, wife of James Thompson, died at her home on the Chalk Hill-Ohiopyle Road, Saturday morning, February 8, 1958 at 2;30 a.m. In addition to her husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ernest (Viola) King, Mrs. Samuel (Hazel) Clemder both of Ohiopyle; one son, James R. Thompson of Fairchance. Three sisters, Mrs. Nancy Leonard; Mrs. Benjamin (Pearl) McCartney both of Uniontown, Mrs. Dewy (Bessie) Sorrells of Washington, C. C.; four brothers, Ted Turner of Uniontown, Eugene Turner of California State, Paul Turner of Dunbar, and Ray Turner of Waltersburg. Also three grandchildren survive. She was a member of the Chalk Hill Methodist Church.
Friends will be received in the late residence after 7 p.m. this evening until 12 noon Monday, and in the Chalk Hill Methodist Church from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. the hour of the service with Rev. Pricilla Love officiating. Interment will be in Sunset View Cemetery under the direction of the Oleson Funeral Home, Uniontown.
THOMPSON— On the 27th ult., Margaret S. Thompson, relict of the late Hugh Thompson, Esq., formerly of this place.
Mrs. Mary Turner Thompson, 46, wife of Elmer Thompson, died at her home at Chalk Hill at 2:45 o’clock, Sunday afternoon. She was a member of the Chalk Hill Methodist Church.
In addition to her husband she is survived by a son, Theron of Chalk Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Smith of Chalk Hill; a sister, Mrs. Nannie Leonard of Dunbar; two brothers, Albert Turner of Vanderbilt and Raymond Turner of Chalk Hill; her mother, Mrs. Flora Turner of Chalk Hill, and a granddaughter.
The funeral service will be held at the Chalk Hill Methodist Church at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Walter Lohr officiating assisted by Rev. J. L. Carraway. Interment will be in Chalk Hill Lutheran Cemetery.
Mrs. Rose Maloney Thompson, 58 years old, widow of Josiah Van Kirk Thompson, former Uniontown coal financier, died at 1:40 o’clock Monday afternoon at her home at Deal, N. J. Death was attributed to complication of diseases. Mrs. Thompson, the former Rose Stillwagon, was born and reared in Connellsville. Her parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Stillwagon. She was twice married, her first husband T. J. Maloney of Pittsburgh, having died a number of years ago. She was married in 1929 to Mr. Thompson whose death occurred September 27, 1933. Mrs. Thompson is survived by four daughters and two sons, Thomas Maloney, Pittsburgh; John Maloney, student at Harvard University; Mrs. Andrens Iverson, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Rosemary Laughlin, New York; Patricia and Nancy, at home. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Rice, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mrs. Anna Krush, New York, and two brothers, Larmar J. Stillwagon, Connellsville, and W. P. Stillwagon, Uniontown. Two brothers, Clair Stillwagon and Rockwell Stillwagon and one sister, Mrs. Ruth Crowe, preceded her in death. The body was received at the Moreland Funeral Home, Pittsburgh, where the funeral service will be held Friday morning. Burial will be in a Pittsburgh cemetery.
The funeral service for Mrs. Rose Maloney Thompson, widow of Josiah Van Kirk Thompson and a former resident of Connellsville, will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pittsburgh. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Sarah M. Thompson, aged 57, died at 5:30 o’clock Sunday morning, December 29, 1935, in the family residence, 19 Dunkard avenue. Surviving are her husband, Fred Thompson; two sons, Daniel Thompson, of Uniontown and William, at home; two sisters, Miss Ella Keenan, of Uniontown; Mrs. Mary DeWalt, Donora; and a brother, Daniel Keenan, of Uniontown. Mrs. Thompson was a member of the First Methodist Protestant church. Funeral services will be solemnized at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the residence with Rev. Willard Douglass, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery.
Walter J. Thompson, aged 40, formerly bookkeeper in the Citizens National Bank, died at his home in East Connellsville, Friday afterboon from a lingering illness. He was the son of the late Uriah and Flora McCollough Thompson.
His wife Goldie Williams Thompson and two children, Clyde, 12, and Rebecca, 2, survive. Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at his home on Connellsville Avenue. Burial will be in Mt. Washington Cemetery, Perryopolis.
Morning Herald, Uniontown, PA, Monday, April 20, 1931, page 5, column 3
Contributed by Marilyn Tolentino <SFFoster at aol.com>
THORNDELL— In Uniontown on Tuesday the 28th ult., Mrs. Phebe, relict of the late Mr. William Thorndell, in the 70th year of her age; said deceased persons were natives of Northleach, Gloucestershire, England.
THORNDELL— September 5, 1863, of Paralysis, Mrs. Sarah M. wife of Wm. Thorndell, Jr., aged about 40 years. Obituary hereafter.
|DEAD.||Charles Langford, Wilmerding, Pa.|
|The list of dead, as identified at the||J. Edgerly, Butler, Pa.|
|morgues of J. E. Sims, J. S. Stader||Richard D. Ducett, Baltimore, Md.|
|and Morris & Co. at 2 o’clock this||Charles M. Grey, Baltimore, Md.|
|afternoon are as follows:||J. Twilly, Brooklyn, N. Y.|
|C. A. Wilson, Connellsville, Pa.,||Herbert Homes, Emelton, Pa.|
|identified this morning.||C. L. Heater, Assistant Division|
|Leo Wubbeler, Beaver Falls, Pa.||Engineer, Hazelwood, Pa.|
|Prospera Francesko, Allegheny||A. G. Protzman, residence unknown.|
|James W. Coakley, Rochester, Pa.||Gesso, an Italian.|
|M. Myerowitch, Johnstown, Pa.||Unknown Chinaman|
|T. J. Farman, Philadelphia, Pa.||Jesse Hines, Tarbora, N. C.|
|Walter Stewart, Camden, N. J.||F. B. Nolker, Eldridge, Md.|
|Geo. F. Rhein, Baltimore, Md.||Chas. M. Wagner, Berkeley Springs,|
|John K. Powers, Cumberland, Md.||W. Va.|
|M. K. Smith, E. S. Goldsmith and||John H. Willis, Pittsburg, Pa.|
|C. A. Feinnello, Connellsville.||Charles K. Stendorf, residence|
|W. A. Gaed, Agent C. V. R. R.,||unknown.|
|Martinsburg, W. Va.||Charles M. Zepler, Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Harold B. Morrison, 131 Flowers||W. A. Kalp, Mt. Pleasant, Pa.|
|street, Pittsburg.||S. S. Roush, B & O employee|
|J. Wade Shupe, Mt. Pleasant, Pa.||Alfred C. Bannard, Pittsburg, Pa.|
|G. J. Winkler, a member of the fire||J. W. Martin, Hancock, Md.|
|department, Westmont, Pa.||John Adams, Addison, N. J.|
|William Sheedy, Patterson Creek,||John Simon, Hungarian, New York.|
|W. Va.||Unknown Slav.|
|Carmine M. Mitchell, Rochester, Pa.||J. W. Keczner, Cumberland, Md.|
|Joseph Grey, Brooklyn, N. Y.||James Fox, residence unknown.|
|E. Reynolds, York, Pa.||Joseph ------, residence unknown|
|S. E. Good, McKeesport, Pa.||Fifteen dead still unidentified|
|Joseph Shelhaus, Rochester, Pa.|
|J. W. Ketzner, Cumberland, Md.||INJURED.|
|G. W. Biser, Berkeley Springs,||Edward Keffer, Somerset, Pa.;|
|B. Murray, Pittsburg, aged 12 years.||Harry Devlin, Connellsville and|
|Joseph Cook, fireman, Glenwood, Pa.||Cumberland; serious.|
|Louis Helgroth, conductor,||John Brownlee, North Braddock;|
|Cumberland, Md.||slight; left for New York last night.|
|William Thornley, engineer,||Thomas Dom, baggagemaster; head|
|Glenwood, Pa.||cut; went to home in Pittsburg.|
The most appalling disaster in the history of the Pittsburg Division of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad occurred at Laurel run, two miles west of Dawson, last evening. Sixty-eight passengers and three trainmen were killed in a mad plunge of the Duquesne Limited on a sharp reverse curve, caused by some heavy timbers falling from a west-bound freight train to the east-bound track, along which the Limited was speeding at the rate of 50 miles an hour. Forty-three passengers met instant death or were cooked by hissing steam escaping from engine No. 1465. Five passengers died on the relief train between the scene of the wreck and the Connellsville station. Eight passengers and Conductor Helgroth died at the hospital. The scenes
at the wreck were harrowing. Half a hundred passengers, most of them English speaking, were literally cooked alive in the smoking car. A second disaster was averted by the presence of mind of Conductor Helgroth, fatally burned at the time, Conductor Edward Baker, who was dead-heading over to Cumberland on the Duquesne, and Baggagemaster Thomas Dom. They rushed up the track the instant the wrecked train had come to a standstill and with matches flagged train No. 49, which was stopped by Engineer Mose Johnston only within half a car length of the wreck. Helgroth fell fainting alongside the track after No. 49 was stopped and died at the hospital at 3 o’clock this morning. Dom was bleeding from a wound eight or ten inches long on the head and suffering from internal injuries when he realized the danger of a second disaster after his car had toppled over almost into the Yough river and ran up the track with Helgroth and Baker. The latte was riding in the rear of the train and was not injured.
Engineer William Thornley, a veteran at the throttle, had the big Atlantic No. 1465 doing 50 miles an hour or better on one of the best stretches of running ground on the Pittsburg Division when the accident happened. Fireman Joseph Cook, just a week off the Wheeling Division, was on the other side of the cab. The train was
made up of eight cars, two Pullmans, a dining car, in charge of Conductor F. R. Nichols, three day coaches, a regulation baggage and a sealed express car. Some distance below Laurel run the Duquesne passed the west-bound freight. Thornley hadn’t started to slow down for Dawson; in fact he had his throttle wide open approaching the reverse curve just at the Laurel run bridge. While the curve is a sharp one, the track and roadbed are good at that point and passenger engineers bent on making their schedule do not shut off when taking the curve. There was not an instant’s warning that death was at hand for half a hundred passengers. Before Thornley had time to push back his throttle a notch the mighty Atlantic plunged from the track after striking several 60-foot timbers which had fallen over from the west-bound track. The engine passed over the obstruction, but the ends tilted and caught the tender, throwing it high into the air aver the top of the engine and nearly 100 yards up the track, where it landed sideways, blocking both tracks. The ponderous engine plunged in between the two tracks for a short distance and then caromed over on its side to the right. The sealed express car went clear down to the river, ploughing to the right. The baggage car telescoped the engine and landed down over the bank clear of the tracks. The first day coach followed the baggage, but the momentum of the train by this time was losing force and instead of telescoping the engine the coach veered off the right.
Fireman Cook had the hand of the steam gauge around to the 200 mark. As the smoker, crowded to the full capacity of every seat, ripped along the side of the big passenger engine the steam dome caught it just at the window height. Wrecked and battered open as it was, every ounce of steam from the engine poured forth its hissing messenger of death. From end to end the scalding cloud shot across the interior of the car. Not a single passenger escaped the deadly summons to another world. One inhalation was fatal. Every one of the dead passengers is burned. Some of them are scalded from head to foot. The skin
came off with their clothes at the morgues in town last night and this morning as the undertakers and their assistants prepared the bodies for burial. The features of the dead were terribly and horribly distorted in many instances. Death came quickly, but its agony evidently was intense. Not a soul escaped from the smoking car. Those who were not killed outright were rescued within a few minutes by passengers from the Pullman cars and the other day coaches which followed the smoker. All of the cars were derailed, but they did not leave the road bed. The tracks were torn up for over a train length and the big timbers responsible for all the damage were splintered into hundreds of pieces and imbedded and tangled in the under mechanism of the cars. In the front portion of the coach immediately following the ill-fated smoker several passengers were killed. One of these was not taken out of the wreck until after daylight this morning. He was Chas. Zepler, who was pinned in by the wreckage close to the roof of the car. He had left his wife and son but a few minutes before the accident, going forward from the day coach to take a smoke. He hardly had time to get to the forward end of the smoking car until the crash came. Mrs. Zepler and her little son came to Connellsville last night, the former hoping against hope that her husband would turn up safe. The recovery of his body was broken to her as gently as possible and today she will accompany the remains to their home in Philadelphia. Another passenger, who stood close to the door of the second coach and the smoker was caught between the bumpers as the two cars crashed together. For 30 minutes he sat with feet dangling down between the bumpers, but held in the death grip about the waist until death relieved his sufferings. To Arthur May, an express messenger on No. 49, this passenger begged piteously either to be released or killed outright. No one could give relief, and strong hearts turned away and wept as the unfortunate man’s life passed away in violent convulsions, irantically pleading with God for mercy and the chance to see his family once more.
There is not a survivor of the smoking car able to tell the experiences of the few seconds during which the car was filled with steam. Two of the survivors, Edward Devlin and John Brownlee, at the Cottage hospital, may recover. All the balance will die, Dr. T. H. White said to a Courier reporter today.
Edison Goldsmith was sitting about the middle of the smoking car. Shortly after leaving Pittsburg he was invited back into the dining car by Andrew Hans of Connellsville to have dinner on the way up. He declined the invitation, remarking that his upper would be waiting at home and he didn’t want to disappoint his mother.
M. K. Smith, Division Operator of the Connellsville Division of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, was riding well up in the smoking car or the front end of the coach next the smoker, his exact place on the train being unknown. It was not until 5 o’clock this morning that Smith was identified. He had been in Pittsburg Wednesday on railroad business and Mrs. Smith expected him home by 8 o’clock. She was assured by friends that he was not on the train and that he was detained at work by the wreck. None of Mr. Smith’s friends were aware that he was among the dead until his body was taken in charge at Morris & Company’s morgue. There papers on his person gave the startling information that he was among the victims. Friends then made a closer examination and readily identified him. At 8 o’clock, Mrs. Smith was waiting for her husband to drop in for breakfast when the news of his death was broken to her.
J. Wade Shupe, a prominent citizen of Mt. Pleasant, was not identified until about 8 o’clock this morning. Friends came for the remains this afternoon. Mr. Shupe was married and was a son of O. P. Shupe, the well-known flour mill man and capitalist.
The passengers on the Pullman cars were not shaken up much. The dining car was well filled at the time the engine jumped the track. Conductor Nichol was hurled headlong down the aisle and dishes were scattered in all directions. A. D. Soisson and wife and W. H. Marietta and Andrew Haas were in the dining car. They were not injured. Mr. Haas and Marietta were among the first to rescue the dead and injured from the smoking car. Once or twice the wrecked cars were threatened with fire, but the flames were quickly checked. The wreck crew worked clearing up the tracks all night and had them open this morning.
As fast as the bodies were recovered from the smoking car they were laid side by side on a high bank above the railroad. Some of them were covered with handkerchiefs, etc., while other stared in awful hideousness under the glare of many torch lights. Steam blistered the tongues and lips of the victims to an awful size and they protruded in a sickening manner. Fireman Cook was found clear of his engine. Engineer Thornley was under the wheels of the smoking car. The top of his head was crushed in. Otherwise he was not much marked or burned.
William Thornley, the engineer who lost his life in the wreck of the Duquesne Limited last night, was one of the best known men in the railroad service about Pittsburg. Mr. Thornley was first engaged in the B & O service as engineer of September 15, 1882, when he began running as freight engineman from Pittsburg on the local division to Connellsville. He knew every inch of the road, and was regarded form his first week of service as one of the most careful men in the service. He followed his freight work several years and then was assigned to passenger runs on local trains, then to through runs. When the Duquesne Limited was instituted by the B & O between four and five years ago, just after the reorganization was begun, one of the enginemen selected for the responsibility of seeing that the train was run on schedule time was Thornley. He had served continuously since in this service.
Mr. Thornley’s home is at 4905 Lytle street, Hazelwood. He was 52 years old and leaves a wife, one son and three daughters. For a number of hears he lived in Connellsville.
Fireman Cook was recently married and has been connected with the B & O since 1900, when he came from Baldwin, Tenn. He was also regarded as a first-class man in the service, this accounting for his promotion form a minor passenger run to the place with Thornley on the limited engines about a week ago. He was a member of Iron City Lodge No. 18, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen.
Conductor Helgroth was a popular passenger man. He ran extra on the through runs and had a wide acquaintance among the patrons of the B & O. He is married and leaves a wife and family at Cumberland.
Baggagemaster Thomas Dom for a number of years made his home in Connellsville, having runs out of here. He is not dangerously hurt. He is at the Cottage hospital. Dom lives in Pittsburg and has a wife and several children.
After the arrival of the relief train and the disposition of the dead and injured the crowd at the depot waited for the arrival of the morgue train. Forty-three bodies were unloaded from the train and taken to City Hall, which Burgess C. W. Patterson had thrown open. Prisoners were released from the cells to make room for the corpses. From City Hall, Undertakers Morris & Co., J. E. Sims and J. L. Stader took charge of all the bodies they could handle. Thirty-seven bodies are at Sims’ morgue, 15 at Morris & Co.’s and 16 at Straders’. All the nearby undertakers were telephoned for and came to lend their assistance in the work of cleaning up the bodies. It was a hard, long task, but under the circumstances it was very well handled.
Today the town is in a state of intense excitement. The morgues are crowded with visitors, viewing the unidentified dead. Rumors of identifications are rampant on the streets, each new name added to the list bringing with it a new aftermath of heart-rending sorrow. Early this morning, people from all over the country flocked into town, uncertain regarding the safety of their friends known to be in Pittsburg yesterday. In spite of a drizzling rain great crowds are about the morgues, some morbidly inclined, others searching for news of missing friends. S. E. Good of McKeesport, one of the dead, was on his way to New York where he was to be married tomorrow. His brothers identified his remains this morning.
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Anna Jane Mitchell Thornton, age 84, a resident since 1947 of Kingston, Tennessee, who was born in Brownsville, Pa., and graduated from Brownsville Senior High School in the Class of 1936 with special recognition for having achieved perfect attendance without missing one day of school during all 12 years of her schooling, passed away Monday, February 10, 2003 in Milton, Florida, where she had resided with her daughter, Peggy, for several years. On August 4, 1938, she married LeRoy Thornton of Brownsville, Pa.; children: Russell "Patsy" Thornton and LeRoy Thornton Jr. both of Kingston, Tennessee, Peggy Thornton Halsey and her husband, Cliff Halsey, of Milton, Florida, and Karen Thornton McDowell and her husband, Gil McDowell, of Robinsonville, Mississippi; 13 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held in the Brown Funeral Home, 438 West Race Street, Kingston, Tennessee 37763.
Dale Thornton, 76, of Connellsville (Dunbar Township) died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, in the Kade Nursing Home, Washington, Pa. He was born Jan. 16, 1931 in Dunbar Township, a son of the late John and Edna Miller Thornton. Dale was a graduate of the former Dunbar Township High School, Class of 1949. He was a retired mechanic having worked for the B&O Railroad, later the Chessie System and CSX. He is survived by four children, Mary Louise Fornili of Hopwood, Faye Veghts and her husband Nick of Naperville, Ill., Tracy Sollers and her husband Paul of Springfield, Va., and Robert Thornton of Connellsville; eight grandchildren, Richard Archbold and his wife Rebecca, Kenneth Archbold and his companion Linda Wilson and her children and grandchildren, Bart Veghts and his wife Joanna, Angela Veghts, Brian Veghts, Virginia Jones and her husband Chris and Nolan and Patrick Sollers; five great-grandchildren, Richard, Sarah and Susan Archbold and Nicholas and Madalyn Veghts; one brother, John Thornton and his wife Sandra of Connellsville; and three sisters, Louise Coffman of Connellsville, Alice Kimmel and her husband William of South Connellsville and Joan Livingstone and her husband Alex of Connellsville. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife Madalyn A. Prichard Thornton in 2004; one sister, Alberta Egnot; one brother, Harold Thornton; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Archbold and a son-in-law, Harry Fornili. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Dr. Marvin Watson officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Three Rivers Hospice, 1195 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137 in memory of Dale Thornton. If one should desire letters and cards of sympathy may be sent to the family in care of 8308 Terra Grande Ave., Springfield, VA 22153. To sign the guest registry please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com
Harold H. Thornton
Harold H. Thornton, 71, of Connellsville, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Nov. 26, 1933, in Connellsville, a son of the late John A. and Edna M. Miller Thornton. Harold was a lifelong resident of Connellsville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Prior to his retirement, Harold was a group leader pipe fitter for the Anchor Hocking Corp. Closure Division in South Connellsville. He was Protestant by faith. Harold is survived by his loving companion, Millie Albright, of Connellsville; his brothers, Dale H. Thornton, of Uniontown, and John T. "Jack" Thornton, and his wife, Sandra, of Connellsville; his sisters, Louise Coffman, of Connellsville, Alice Kimmel, and her husband, William, of South Connellsville, and Joan Livingstone and her husband, Alex, of Connellsville; a brother-in-law, George Egnot, of Connellsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Harold was predeceased by a sister, Alberta Egnot. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 12 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastor James R. Turnbull officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To sign the online registry, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
Funeral services of the late Mrs. Julia Thornton, widow of Russell Thornton and mother of Mrs. A. C. Hagan, of Uniontown, will be held Monday morning, January 30, 1922, at 9:30 o'clock. Requiem high mass will be celebrated in the St. Peter's Catholic church, of Brownsville and interment will be in Redstone Cemetery. Friends are asked by the family to omit flowers.
Mrs. Thornton, who died at the Brownsville General hospital, Friday at noon, had been ill only two days. She was 71 years of age. Her home for many years had been at the old homestead at Thornton, near Crownsville. Her husband, Russell Thornton, who died four years ago, was at one time a member of the Legislature. In addition to Mrs. Hagan, of Uniontown, Mrs. Thornton is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Sallie Thornton West, of Brownsville, and son, Russell Thornton. Two sisters, the Misses Sallie and Lida, and a brother, Webu Barnett, also survive.
Madalyn A. Thornton
Madalyn A. Thornton, 77, of Connellsville, (Dunbar Township) died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Uniontown Hospital. She was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Uniontown, a daughter of the late P.O. and Alice Clark Prichard. Mrs. Thornton was a graduate of the former Dunbar Township High School, Class of 1944. She was employed for many years at the former Connellsville Sportswear and the Hillcrest Sportswear. She had previously worked as a cook in the Connellsville Hospital Gift Shop. She was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a member of St. Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church, Leisenring. She is survived by her husband, Dale Thornton; four children, Mary Louise Fornili and her husband, Harry of Hopwood, Faye Veghts and her husband, Nick of Naperville, Ill., Tracy Sollers and her husband, Paul of Springfield, Va., and Robert Thornton at home; eight grandchildren, Richard Archbold and his wife, Rebecca, Kenneth Archbold and his companion, Linda Wilson and her children and grandchildren, Bart Veghts and his wife Joanna, Angela Veghts, Brian Veghts and Virginia, Nolan and Patrick Sollers; four great-grandchildren, Richard, Sarah and Susan Archbold and Nicholas Veghts. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Hannah Archbold; and a brother, James Clark Prichard. Friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. today in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where a blessing service will be held Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Vincent DePaul RC Church, Leisenring, with the Rev. J. Edward McCullough as celebrant. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. today in the funeral home. www.brooksfuneralhomes.com
Andrew J. Thorpe, 80 years old, died at 12:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at his home in West Gibson avenue, South Connellsville, after a lingering illness. A retired section worker of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, he was 80 years old on February 11. He had spent his entire life in Connellsville. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Ann Thorpe, four children and 10 grandchildren. A brief funeral service will be held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the home with full rites at 8 o'clock at the Church of God in charge of Rev. Clem B. Barcus, pastor, and Rev. Levi Stoner. Burial will be made in Mount Olive Cemetery.
Arthur Thorpe, 20 years old, who had his back broken in a mine at Melcroft several months ago, died Friday at his home near Ohiopyle. He was a son of Jefferson Thorpe. The body was prepared for burial by Funeral Director J. E. Sims. Funeral services will be held on Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, with Rev. D. E. Minerd of this city officiating. Interment will be made in the Thorpe Cemetery.
Mrs. Catherine Thorpe, 62 years old, wife of John Thorpe, superintendent of the Oakmont Farms, near Dunbar, died Wednesday afternoon at the family home, near Pechin, following a year’s illness of complication of diseases. Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, John W. of Jerome; Harry and Orville of Dunbar, four daughters, Mrs. Preston Brooks of Allison; Mrs. A. Brooks and Mrs. Bruce McNair, of Dunbar, and Miss Clara Thorpe, at home; one sister, Mrs. Harry Lowery of Ohiopyle, and two brothers, John Tressler and Elijah Tressler of Dunbar. Funeral services will be held from the home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, followed by internment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Dunbar.
The funeral service for Charles Edward Thorpe will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at Burhans funeral home at Dunbar. Burial will be made in Franklin Cemetery. Rev. William S. Hamilton, pastor of The Franklin Memorial Methodist Church will officiate.
b>THORPE, FAITH— Age 68 years of Lemont Furnace died Monday, February 23, 1970 at her residence. Born August 27, 1901 in Cove Run, Pa., and was the daughter of the late James I. and Susan Lowry. She was a member of the Cove Run Free Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Orville Thorpe, two sons, James Thorpe, Norwalk, California, and Wilbur Thorpe of Dunbar, one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Catherine) Bell, Scottdale, fourteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Grace Cunningham, Masontown, Mrs. Iva Page, Ravina, Ohio, Mrs. Mildred Stoner, Lemont Furnace, one brother, Robert Lowery, Maiden, Massachusetts. She was predeceased by one sister, Elizabeth Bryner, September 1969. Friends are being received at the Burhan’s Funeral Home, Dunbar, where services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. Rev. Harry E Cooley will officiate. Interment in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
OHIOPYLE, Oct. 6,— Mrs. Hannah Holland Thorpe, widow of the late Thomas Thorpe, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Harold Marietta, on Wednesday night at 11:30 o'clock. She was born in 1856 and was in her 78th year. She had been ill for some time of complications incident to old age. Since her husband's death she had made her home among her children, five of which survive her, two sons, Edward and Fred Thorpe of Green Briar, and three daughters, Mrs. Mary Hiles of Green Briar, Mrs. Ella Morrison of Sugar Loaf, and Mrs. Sadie Burnsworth of Ohiopyle. A son, Jefferson, died several years ago. The funeral will take place at the Marietta home Saturday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Kooger, and interment will be in the old Thorpe homestead, Green Briar, where the deceased members of her family are buried.
Harry W. Thorpe, 50 years old, died suddenly at about 3:30 o’clock Wednesday morning at his home at the Furnace at Dunbar of complications after an extended illness. Surviving are these brothers and sisters, Mrs. Rhoda Brooks and Miss Clara Thorpe, Dunbar, Mrs. Minnie Brooks, Uniontown, John Thorpe, Jr., Washington, D. C., Orville Thorpe, Lemont Furnace, and Mrs. Margaret McNair, Uniontown. He served in the First World War as a private of the Sixth Company, Second Training Battalion, 154th Depot Brigade, from June 15, 1918, to January 9, 1919. For years he was active in baseball, serving as manager of Dunbar independent teams. The body was removed to the James T. Burhans funeral chapel at Dunbar.
The funeral service for Harry W. Thorpe will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the James T. Burhans funeral home at Dunbar in charge of Rev. William S. Hamilton, pastor of the Franklin Memorial Methodist Church. Interment will be made in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Hughes Post of the American Legion of which he was a member will have charge of military honors.
Jefferson Thorpe, 58 years old, died at 5:30 o'clock Friday evening at his home at Ferguson, near Dunbar, following a lingering illness of complications. He is survived by his wife, Sinda Lowery Thorpe, also his mother, Mrs. Hanna Thorpe, and the following children: Mrs. A. G. Roebuck, Dunbar; Mrs. Roy Hardy, Dunbar; Wilbert, Roy and Clyde, at home. There are three grandchildren. Brothers and sisters include: Mrs. Mary Hiles of Dunbar, Edward Thorpe of Dunbar, Mrs. Ellen Morrison of Dunbar, Mrs. Sadie Burnsworth of Ohiopyle and Fred Thorpe of Mount Pleasant. Mr. Thorpe was born in the vicinity of Ohiopyle and had lived near Dunbar for nearly a decade. The funeral service will be held at the Thorpe Cemetery near Ohiopyle in charge of Funeral Director James T. Burhans.
John Thorpe, 81 years old, a widely known resident of the Dunbar district, died at 12:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at his home in Pechin, after a lingering illness. Mr. Thorpe is survived by the following children: Mrs. Abraham Brooks, Dunbar; Mrs. Preston Brooks, Lemont; Mrs. Fred Mcnair, Oliver #1; John, Washington, D.C.; Orville, Mt. Braddock, and Harry and Clara at home. There also survives one brother, Jack of South Connellsville, one sister Mrs. Tressler of Dunbar, 20 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was conducted Monday afternoon at the home with Rev. O.G. Cook, pastor of the Dunbar Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. Internment in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Joseph Thorpe, 60 years old, died of pneumonia yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Samuel Lowery at Dunbar. He was taken ill last Wednesday. Mr. Thorpe had been about Dunbar for about 15 years and of late had been employed at the plant of the American Manganese Manufacturing company. His wife died six years ago. He leaves the following children: Mrs. Clara Hamilton, Ohiopyle; Mrs. Lovina Lowery, Jones Mill; Charles Thorpe, South Connellsville; Mrs. Albert Knotter, Confluence; Mrs. Samuel Lowery, Dunbar; Miss Viola Thorpe, Pittsburg, and Miss Grace Thorpe at home. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 o'clock from the home with the Rev. D. E. Minerd officiating. Interment will be in Franklin cemetery.
Mrs. Mary Ann Martin Thorpe, 74, of West Gibson avenue, South Connellsville, died at 7:30 o'clock Sunday morning at her home after an extended illness. She had been bedfast for only two weeks. Mrs. Thorpe was born May 26, 1874, at Dunbar, a daughter of the late Smalley and Nannie Martin, and had resided in South Connellsville for about 40 years. Her husband, A. J. Thorpe, died March 1, 1943. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Agnes Dascani of Rock Ridge road, Mrs. Ella Bryner and Mrs. Mollie Weaver of South Connellsville and Miss Nellie Thorpe at home; 12 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren. The body has been removed to the Charles A. McCormick funeral home where funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in charge of Rev. L. G. Hancock, pastor of the New Kensington Church of God. Rev. Levi Stoner, former pastor of the Church of God in Woodlawn avenue, is unable to officiate because of illness. Burial will be made in Mount Olive Cemetery.
Mrs. Mary Jane Bryner Thorpe, 82, a resident of virtually all of her life, died at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning at Uniontown. Her husband, Zear Thorpe, died in 1928. She was born in Dunbar. Surviving is one half-brother, Ellsworth Bryner, of Point Marion.
The funeral service for Mrs. Mary Jane Thorpe of Dunbar, who died Wednesday in Uniontown, will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Burhans funeral home, Dunbar. Interment will be in Franklin Cemetery.
b>THORPE, ORVILLE— Age 74 years of Lemont Furnace, died suddenly Saturday evening, March 13, 1971 at 8:55 in the Uniontown Hospital. He was born at Ohiopyle, February 5, 1897, the son of the late John and Sarah Tressler Thorpe. He was a World War I Veteran and was a retired employee of the Eureka Refractories, Mount Braddock. He was a well-known ball player of the area, playing with the Frick League. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Catherine) Bell, Scottdale and two sons, James of Norwalk, California and Wilbur of Dunbar; fourteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Clara Barnett, Dunbar. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Faith Lowery, two brothers and three sisters. Friends are being received in the Burhans Funeral Home, Dunbar, today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. and until 2 p.m. Tuesday, the hour of service, with Rev. Harry E. Cooley officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
Mrs. Rose Thorpe, 58 years old, of Green Brier, near Ohiopyle, died at 5:30 o’clock, Monday evening in Connellsville State Hospital after a short illness. She was taken to the hospital on January 31. She was born near Ohiopyle, April 1, 1885, the daughter of the late Michael and Margaret McDonald Henning, and had spent all of her life in that community. Surviving are her husband, Edward Thorpe; and the following children; Alfred and John of Smithfield, Mrs. Susie Holland of Smock, Curtin and Mrs. Ethel Hall of Hopwood, Mrs. Sadie Smitley and Omar of Dunbar, Thomas with the armed forces at Myrtle Beach, S. C., Mrs. Hannah Turner of Connellsville, and Edith, Marie and Laura, at home. There are 31 grandchildren, one brother, Robert Henning of Ohiopyle, and two sisters, Mrs. Marie Burnworth and Mrs. Catherine Tressler of Ohiopyle.
The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the home in charge of Rev. M. Hulihan, pastor of the Ohiopyle Baptist Church. Burial will be made in Thorpe Cemetery near the home in charge of Funeral Director Clyde B. Brooks of Indian Head.
William Thorpe, 42 years old, of Dunbar, was fatally injured at about 6:30 o'clock Saturday evening when struck by a Connellsville-bound passenger train of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad on the right-of-way near the entrance to the Western Maryland Railway yards at Bowest, north of Dunbar. Thorpe, who was known in the Dunbar district as "Billy Wilson," died at 9 o'clock in Connellsville State Hospital. Train officials were quoted by investigating authorities as saying Thorpe, a WPA employee, was sitting on the edge of the tracks and the engineer did not see him until too late to stop the train. Thorpe was knocked violently to the side of the tracks, suffering injuries to his head, face and chest. A punctured lung was given as the cause of death. Thorpe, who was formerly employed at the Dunbar plant of New Castle Lime & Stone Company, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Becky Thorpe, and these children: William and Mrs. Mary Ellen Franks of Juniata, Rolly of Brier Hill and James, Charles, Jennie, Hazel, Betty, Calvin, Robert, Shirley and Kenneth. His stepfather and mother, William and Ellen Wilson, also survive. The body was taken to the funeral parlors of James T. Burhans at Dunbar. The funeral services will be held at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home. Burial will be made in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
Henry THRASHER died in 1918. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(5)
HENRY THRASHER of Star Junction died Friday evening at the age of 73. He was born at Mount Pleasant. Besides his wife, he leaves the following children; JOHN, CHARLES, JAMES, EDGAR, MRS. ALICE THOMPSON and LORETTA at Star Junction and MABEL at Erie. Dod. 11-29-1918
Courier Thurs. 12-5-1918
Paul W. Thrush
Paul W. Thrush, 80, of Connellsville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, in Highlands Hospital. He was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Homestead, a son of the late Ross E. and Ruth Walker Thrush. He was Protestant by faith. Paul was a liberal arts graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He then received his master's degree in library science at Carnegie Tech. Paul then became director of the library at Boyce Campus of Allegheny Community College. He was named to the Who's Who in American Publication of Distinguished American Citizens. Paul also edited the "Directory of Mining Mineral and Related Terms," thought to be the most comprehensive reference books of its kind in the English language for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, published in 1968. He was employed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines for six years while editing the dictionary. The publication is the official dictionary of the U.S. Department of Mines. Paul was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, attaining the rank of technical sergeant and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a regular member of American Legion Post 301 in Connellsville. Paul is survived by a sister, Jean Jamison, with whom he resided in Connellsville; a brother, James Thrush and his wife, Alma, of Falston, Md.; special nephews, Mark Thrush and his wife, Cindy, of West Virginia, Alan Widmer, of Bethel Park; and a special niece, Linda Carpenter and her husband, James, of Maryland. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by an infant brother, Ross Thrush. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the VITO C. MARTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, 123 South First St., West Side, Connellsville, and until the hour of service at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Geary Witt officiating. Interment will follow in Greenridge Memorial Park.
Princess Lida Eleanor of Thurn and Taxis dies yesterday in New York. Member of one of Uniontown’s “first families,” she was born July 28, 1875 in Brownsville, daughter of John A. and Lenora Thompson Niccolls. She was a niece of the late coal baron J. V. Thompson. Her marriage in 1899 to Gerald Purcell- Fitzgerald, an Irish nobleman who came to this district to make a fortune in the coal fields, was one of the great society events of the day. After her first husband’s death, she married the Prince of Thurn and Taxis - scion of an Austrian princely house - in 1911. The prince died several years later. As Mrs. Purcell-Fitzgerald, the princess had lived in California and Ireland. For many years she had spent most of her time in New York City, returning to Uniontown only at scattered intervals. She retained ownership, however, of the family mansion property at the corner of W. Main St. and S. Mt. Vernon Ave. here.
Princess Lida died at 8:30 a.m. yesterday in Regent Hospital, New York, after being ill for a week with pneumonia and a heart ailment. She is survived by two sons, Edward Purcell-Fitzgerald in New Jersey, and Gerald Purcell-Fitzgerald, in New York. Another son, John Purcell-Fitzgerald, who lived in New York, died in 1963. The only surviving relatives in Uniontown are two cousins, Miss Kathryn Thompson, and Miss Mary Shepler of the Fayette Bank Bldg. The body will be returned here for burial. Ferguson Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements, with services to be announced later. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Private funeral services and burial will be held Thursday here for Princess Lida Eleanor of Thurn and Taxis. The princess, the former Lida Niccolls and a member of one of Uniontown's “first families,”--died yesterday in New York City. Private services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. In the former home of the princess—at the corner of S. Mt. Vernon Ave., and W. Fayette St.-with private burial to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Ferguson Funeral Home.
Curtis Tigart, aged 63 years, three months and seven days, of Uniontown, died Monday in Uniontown hospital. Surviving are one aunt, Mrs. Fannie Conn, Smithfield, and several cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in Smithfield Baptist church in charge of the Rev. Samuel Stewart, pastor. Burial will be the church cemetery.
Mrs. Aliza Ann TINKEY died in 1940. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(5)
TINKEY, MRS. ALIZA ANN
MOUNT PLEASANT, Apr. 22
Mrs. Aliza Ann TINKEY, who is survived by 132 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and .cut off.
Courier April 22, 1940
Marie McNatt Tishue, aged 26 years, one month and 19 days, wife of Raymond E. Tishue, died in the family residence at Mt. Braddock, Wednesday morning, September 21, 1932, following an illness of complications. Surviving besides her husband is a small daughter, Ruby Delores. Brief funeral services will be conducted at the home of her paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. William McNatt, Friday afternoon, followed by additional services in the Mt. Braddock M. P. Church. Burial in Percy Cemetery.
Mrs. Ella Tissue, wife of West Tissue of Morgantown, W. Va., and a daughter of Mrs. Michael Mulvihill of Brookvale, died at 9 o'clock Saturday morning in Mercy Hospital Pittsburg. She had been ill for a long time. In addition to her mother, she is survived by Michael Mulvihill, a step-father, her husband, one daughter, two brothers and the following sisters: Mrs. Ada McCutcheon, Morgantown, W. Va.; Mrs. Frank Savage of Friendsville, Md., and Miss Marie Mulvihill. The body was taken to Morgantown Saturday where funeral services were held today. Interment was made at Morgantown.
The Daily Courier, Sept 18, 1922, pg. 6
Contributed by Ruth Sprowls <ruthsprowls at windstream.net>
TISSUE— On the 6th of August, '63 in Henry Clay Tp., Mrs. Jemima Tissue, wife of Wm. R. Tissue, aged 26 years 5 months and 2 days.
TISSUE, WILLIAM R— Aged 70, husband of Louellen Morgan Tissue, died in his home, Hopwood-Coolspring Road, Wednesday morning, Fenruary 5, 1958. He was a retired coal miner. Friends will be received after 12 noon today in the late residence where services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rev. H. L. Davis officiating. Interment will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery, under the direction of the Gleason Funeral Home.
Esther TISUE died in 1862. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County
March 27, '62, of Consumption, Mrs. ESTHER, wife of Jackson Tisue, of Wharton Tp., in the 24th year of her age.
The Genius of Liberty. Uniontown, Pa. July 24, 1862
Vol. 2, No. 25, Pg. 5, Col. 4.
Mrs. Drusilla A. Titlow, aged 83 years, mother of George F. Titlow, and one of the best known residents of Uniontown, died this morning. Mrs. Titlow was prostrated Tuesday by the intense heat and sank steadily until her death.
The funeral of Mrs. Drusilla A. Titlow will be held from her late home in Uniontown Monday morning at 10:30 o’clock, with Rev. E.A. Hodil, pastor of the Third Presbyterian church, in charge. Interment in Oak Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Ella Kate Strawn Titlow, 86, of Uniontown, died Monday night in her home. She was born June 8, 1880, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late John Henry and Eloisia Richey Strawn. Surviving are three daughters, Caroline D. Titlow, Adelaide B. Titlow and Mrs. Dorothy Johnson of Uniontown, three grandchildren and seven great - grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, and a son, Russell. The body is at the Johnston funeral home, Uniontown. The funeral service will be held Thursday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Uniontown.
Henry Beeson Titlow, aged 71 years, son of the late F. B. and Drusilla B. Titlow, died at his home, 67 Delaware avenue, Monday morning, May 10, 1926, at 3:40 o’clock following a lingering illness. Mr. Titlow was born on February 6, 1865 He is survived by his widow and five daughters: Mrs. Charles W. Bedsworth of Wilkinsburg, Mrs. J. W. Tipton, Mrs. R. B. Collins and Mrs. A. J. Thompson of Uniontown, and Mrs. H. J. Brownfield of Morgantown, W. Va. Eleven grandchildren, one brother, George F. Titlow, and two sisters, Mrs. E. Y. Hickman and Miss Annie B. Titlow, all of Uniontown, also survive. Funeral services will be held in the home Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with the Rev. E. A. Hodil officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery.
Notes from contributor:
Born—–Feb 6, 1856
Lawrence B. Titlow, 43, known to hundreds of Uniontown friends as “Bo,” was found dead in the Brunswick Poolroom in Arch street last night about 7:15 o’clock. Coroner S. A. Baltz, who aided in the investigation, said the man had been dead between four and five hours. He attributed death to a heart condition. “Bo” hadn’t been seen in his usual haunts all day Tuesday but no particular significance was placed on the fact. Frank “Chi Chi” Garrow, owner of the poolroom had endeavored to get into the establishment throughout the day but, lacking a key, could not get in the door. Garrow had previously given the key to Titlow. Early last night James Garrow, Jr., arrived. He had a key and opened the poolroom for business. Soon after entering the room, Titlow was found lying face down on the floor. City police were summoned and he was pronounced dead. When Garrow was unable to gain admittance earlier yesterday afternoon he thought “Bo” was asleep or out, he said. He could not see him from the street. Officials investigating the case said Titlow apparently had gone into the room early yesterday afternoon and soon after entering had toppled over on his face. At first it was thought he might have fallen from a pool table but this was later discounted. His face was disfigured. The body was removed to the Johnston Mortuary Chapel to be prepared for burial. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Josephine Schimele Titlow, and a son, Lawrence, Jr., of Pittsburgh; his father George Titlow, Sr., former owner of the Titlow Hotel and Stone House in this district, and now of Washington, Pa., where he lives with a daughter, Mrs. Guy Woodward. A brother, George, Jr., of Washington and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Robinson of Boston, Mass., also survive. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Funeral services for Lawrence B. (Bo) Titlow, aged 43, well- known Uniontown man, who died suddenly Tuesday, January 10, 1939, will be held at 9 o’clock Friday morning in St. John’s R. C. church. Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Dunn will be celebrant and burial will follow in Oak Grove cemetery. Friends will be received at the Johnston Funeral home, 65 North Gallatin avenue, until the hour of the services. Serving as pallbearers will be Mayor W. J. Crow, John Locke, Rockwell Dull, George Fuller, Harold Semans and Benjamin T. Silman.
Investigation is being continued into the death of Lawrence “Bo” Titlow, reported January 10, with County Detective John C. Wall indicating possibility the body may be exhumed for an autopsy as a result of widespread gossip in many circles. Coroner S. A. Baltz announced Thursday his intention of lending every cooperation to the officer with the statement:
James Martin TOBIN died in 1942. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(50)
James Martin Tobin, 74, died at his home in white House, Tuesday morning, February 3, 1942 at 8:00 o'clock of complications.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Ida Provance of Smithfield, and Mrs. Matilda Mitchell of White House and a brother, Leslie Tobin.
Friends will be received at the O. S. Vance and Sons Funeral Home. Smithfield. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Springhill Furnace Church. Rev. Frank Fordyce will officiate. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.
To view complete article concerning mine blast, as well as complete list of miners killed, see Hurley C. Stalnaker.
A prayer service was held at 9:30 a.m. today in the Lesako funeral home, Carmichaels, for Joseph Vincent Tokish, 43, of Carmichaels and Requiem high mass intoned at 10 a.m. in St. Hugh’s R. C. Church, with the Rev. Thomas F. Carey officiating. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Leckrone. He was a member of St. Hush’s Church. He was born March 6, 1919, in Puritan, a son of Anna Halenka Tokish of McClellandtown and the late Joseph Martin Tokish. Also surviving are his widow, three children, Glenda, Joseph, Jr., and Diane at home; four sisters, Mrs. Ignatius (Mary) Olesh of Smock, Mrs. Joseph (Mildred) Yonish of McClellandtown, Mrs. Lucy Kleya of Bitner and Mrs. Walter (Pauline) Yuras of Leckrone; and three brothers, Steve and Anthony of McClellandtown and Frank of Detroit, Mich.
Anna May TOLBERT died in 1903. Her obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(2)
Miss Anna May Tolbert, daughter of Andy Tolbert of this place, died this morning of stomach trouble. She was in her 23d year of her age. She was a member of the M. E. church. Funeral Wednesday at 10 a.m. Services in the M. E. church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. G. E. Cable. Interment in the Baptist cemetery.
(Herald Standard - 1903)
TOMASEK, ELIZABETH BLAKE— Aged 52, wife of Frank Tomasek, Uniontown, R. D. 3 near Haddenville, died Saturday, August 27, 1960 at midnight in the Uniontown Hospital. A daughter of the late Newton L. and Sarah Williams Blake, she was born December 22, 1907 in Menallen Township where spent her entire life. In addition to her husband, she is survived by these children, Mrs. Charles (Louise) Nichols, Haddenville; Elmer, Leckrone, Clarence, Elaine, Betty, Lucy, Donald, Sally and Janet at home; five grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Mabel Blake, New Salem, Mrs. Joseph (Mary Ann) Tomasek, Atlanta, Mrs. John (Ann) Tomasek, New Salem Road; Robert, New Salem Road; Mrs. Frank (Dorothy) Rice, Alexandria, Va.; Harry and Charles, Uniontown; Mrs. Guy (Helen) Bruce, New Salem. She was predeceased by one sister, Ruth Snyder. Friends will be received in the C. B. Dearth & Sons Funeral Home, New Salem after 7 o'clock this evening until Wednesday at 1 p.m., the hour of service. The Rev. William G. Sibert will officiate. Interment will be in Park Place Cemetery. The following nephews will serve as pallbearers, Robert, Benjamin, Harold and Albert Shimek, John and Cecil Stewart.
Mrs. Elizabeth Blake Tomasek, 52, of Uniontown, R. D. 3, died at midnight Saturday in the Uniontown Hospital. Surviving are her husband, Frank; six daughters, Mrs. Charles (Louise) Nichols of Haddenville and Elaine, Betty, Lucy, Sally, and Janet at home; three sons, Elmer of Leckrone and Clarence and Donald at home; five grandchildren; five sisters, including Mabel Blake and Mrs. Guy Bruce of New Salem, Mrs. John (Ann) Tomasek of New Salem Road, and three brothers, Robert Blake of New Salem Road and Harry and Charles of Uniontown. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Dearth funeral home, New Salem, with interment in Park Place Cemetery.
Elmer G. Tomasek Sr., 66 of Uniontown, Pa., passed away suddenly Thursday, March 15, 2001 in the Uniontown Hospital, born Aug, 1934 in Hadentown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Mesler Tomasek; a special grandson, Jeremy Tomasek; two sisters, Betty Francis and Sally Bliss. He is survived by these sons and daughters: Elmer Tomacek, Jr., and his wife Gay of Upper Middletown, Libby Stermock and her husband Paul, of Filbert Heights, Rosemary Gray and her husband, Donald of New Geneva, Clarence (Pete) Tomasek of Tempe, AZ., George (Randy) Tomasek and his wife Brenda and Patricia Kephart and husband James all of Uniontown, and William Tomasek, at home; nine grandchildren, Elmer II, Justin, Joshua, Charles, Eric, Morgan, Ryan, Kendall and Lauren; and these sisters and brothers, Louise Nichols of New Salem, Elaine Joseph of Fairchance, Clarence Tomasek of Haddenville and Janet Collauta of Uniontown.
Note from contributor:
Buried–Park Place Cemetery, Uniontown
James E. "Meatball" Tomasek, age 49, of Tower Hill One, Fayette County, Pa., passed away suddenly Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Uniontown Hospital, Uniontown, Pa. He was born September 4, 1959, in Uniontown, Pa., the son of William Tomasek Sr. of Tower Hill One, Pa., and the late Jessie Smalley Tomasek. He was a member of A.B.A.T.E. for over 20 years and also the Newboro Indians Club. Surviving, in addition to his father, are two daughters: Ellie Tomasek of Republic, Pa., and Katie Tichnor of Greene County, Pa.; grandson, Chad DeGreon; also four sisters and a brother: Darlene Tomasek of Tower Hill One, William Tomasek Jr. of Tower Hill One, Virginia Young of Tower Hill One, Margaret Tichnor and husband Gary of Ralph, Pa., and Susie Tomasek of Tower Hill One. Friends will be received in the DEARTH FUNERAL HOME, New Salem, Pa., on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, from 2 to 9 p.m. Interment on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Salem View Cemetery will be private.
James R. Tomasek, 71, of Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., passed away Sunday, May 18, 2008, in his home. He was born June 7, 1936, in Menallen Township, Fayette County, son of the late John K. Tomasek, Sr., and Anna E. Blake Tomasek. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemarie Cicci Tomasek, and brothers, John K. (Sonny) Tomasek, Jr., Charles G. Tomasek, and Harry Tomasek. Jim was a retired heavy equipment operator for Pontorereo Coal and L. H. Coal Company, a member of F O Eagles 828, and a life member of Hutchinson Sportsman Club. He was an avid gardener and hunter and enjoyed collecting and restoring farm tractors. He is survived by two sons: Timothy Harford and wife, Deborah, of New Salem, Fayette County, Pa., and James R. Tomasek, Jr., and wife, Kathryn Seifert, of Hopwood, Fayette County, Pa.; one grandson, Timothy Harford, Jr., of New Salem; one brother, William Tomasek, of Tower Hill #2; an uncle, Harry Blake, of Uniontown; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in DEARTH FUNERAL HOME, New Salem, on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and on Thursday, May 22, 2008, until 11 a.m., the hour of service, with Rev. Roland M. O'Brien, officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Saint Macrina Cemetery, Uniontown.
Robbin L. Vrabel Tomasek, age 49, of East Millsboro, Pa., passed away Sunday, April 5, 2009, in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. She was born November 12, 1959, in Uniontown, Pa., the daughter of Sandra Kaufman Vrabel and Michael Vrabel. Robbin was a member of the First Christian Church of New Salem and the Uniontown Area High School Class of 1977. She was predeceased by her father, a brother, Scott Vrabel in 1997, paternal grandparents, Steve and Mary Vrabel, and maternal grandparents, George and Eleanor Kaufman. In addition to her mother, Sandra, she is survived by her daughter, Amanda Dawn Tomasek and friend, Jim Fratangelo, both of Chambersburg, Pa.; a brother, John M. Vrabel and his wife Cathy of New Salem, Pa., Richard Kaufman and his wife, Cindy, of Waynesburg, Pa., Donna Bulina and her husband, George, of New Salem, Pa.; her fiance, Donnie Walters of East Millsboro, Pa.; special uncles and aunts: Valentine and Rose Vrabel, Ronald and Mary Ann Kaufman, George and Chris Kaufman; and cousins: Kelli Bulina, Ronye Kaufman, Heidi Kaufman, Craig Kaufman, Darcy Kaufman and Geoff Kaufman. Friends will be received in the DEARTH FUNERAL HOME, New Salem, Pa., on Tuesday, April 7, from 2 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, until 11 a.m., the hour of Service with Pastor Andy Miles officiating. Interment will follow in Salem View Cemetery, New Salem, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 800 New Salem Road, Uniontown, PA 15401.
Rosemarie Tomasek, 67, of Haddenville, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at her home. She was born Sept. 13, 1936, in Uppermiddletown, Pa., daughter of the late August and Anna Ursini Cicci. She was a member of St. Procopius Roman Catholic Church of New Salem, the Fayette County Historical Society, where she had served as treasurer, and the PA Association of Notaries. She is survived by her husband, James R. Tomasek; two sons, Tim Harford and his wife, Debbie of New Salem, and James R. Tomasek Jr., and his wife, Kitty of Hopwood; one grandson, Timothy Harford; a brother, Robert Cicci and a sister, Velma Paull, both of Smock; a niece and four nephews, Robert Paull and his wife, Paula, Kathleen Serra and her husband, Jon, Robert Cicci Jr. ,and his wife, Tracey, Ronald Cicci and his wife, Rebecca and Randy Paull and his wife, Betty; and other great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the DEARTH FUNERAL HOME, New Salem, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at 10 a.m., in the St. Procopius R. C. Church, New Salem, with the Rev. Fr. James L. Popochock as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Saint Macrina Cemetery, Uniontown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Historical Society at PO Box 193, Uniontown, PA 15401, or the Fayette County Hospice. A Parish Wake service will be held today at 3 p.m.
Frank TOPH died in 1917. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(19)
Frank Toph, 38, died Thursday ( 7-13-1917) in St Joseph's Hospital , Pittsburgh of peritonittis. The body was brought to Connellsville Friday morning and removed by funeral dorector J. L. Snader to house number 106 at Trotter. Funeral from St Emory's Magyar Catholic church tomorrow morning. Deceased was employed in the mines of H. C. Frick Coke Company at Adelaide. Weekly Courier, Thursday, 7-19-1917, page 7
Mrs. Mary V. Topper, age 37, died in her home, Seaton Hill, Dunbar, Wednesday morning at 8:40 o'clock. Surviving are her husband Robert J. Topper; five children, Robert, William, Mary Eleanor, Dolores and Donald Topper, all at home; two brothers, Robert and Edwin Higgins, two half-sisters, Elizabeth and Margaret Cannon of Dunbar. She was the niece of Misses Catherine Blosser and Margaret Higgins of Dunbar with whom she made her home prior to marriage.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at the home, followed by additional rites at St. Aloysious R.C. Church, Dunbar. Burial in the church cemetery.
Evening Standard, Uniontown, PA, Thursday, September 25, 1941
Contributed by Marilyn Tolentino <SFFoster at aol.com>
Sudden death came to five district residents over the week-end
in a series of accidents:
Two persons were fatally burned, another was killed under a slate fall in a coal mine, a fourth suffered mortal injuries in an automobile accident while the fifth died in a creek after falling from a foot bridge when he suffered a heart attack.
Charles Strawn, 70, formerly of Connellsville, was burned to death in a fire which destroyed his home near York Run as he made a vain effort to save his wife early Sunday morning.
Daniel Smiley, 10, of near Fairchance, was mortally burned when his gas-splattered clothing was fired as he stood in front of a garage which was burning Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Mary Krempasky, 52, of near Jacobs Creek, was fatally injured at noon Saturday in an automobile accident on the Jacobs Creek Smithton road.
John G. Kuzman, 52, formerly of Perryopolis, fell from a foot bridge into a creek near Coraopolis when he suffered a heart attack.
Caught under a fall of slate in the Bute (Leisenring No. 2 or West Leisenring) mine of the H. C. Frick Coke Company Saturday afternoon, Carl Torre was killed almost instantly.
Article begins concerning other area deaths.
UNIONTOWN, Jan. 21— Caught under a fall of slate in the Bute mine Saturday afternoon, Carl Torre, 53, of Phillips, a widower with six children, was killed almost instantly. His chest was crushed. The body, caught under a fall of about seven feet long and a foot thick, was discovered by John Hart and Roy Rosensteel. His chest was crushed. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning.
George Frederick TORRENCE died in 1871. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project. His obit was contributed to the Fayette County USGenWeb Project.(17)
Torrence-At New Haven, Pa., December 12, 1871, George Frederick, son of George and Matilda Torrence, aged 4 years 15 days.
The Genius of Liberty, Dec. 21, 1871