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Article from The Morning Observer newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Tues., Nov. 22, 1932, p. 2:

          "SCENERY HILL NATIVE, SHOE EXECUTIVE, DIES - George F. Taylor, Aged 69, Prominent Business Man of Pittsburgh, Was Ill Short Time - Funeral Thursday.  - George F. Taylor, aged 69 yeas, of 2939 Brownsville road, Carrick, prominent as an executive in several Pittsburgh wholesale and retail shoe [store ?], died in Mercy Hospital yesterday following a brief illness.
          A son of Edward and Rachael McCarty Taylor, he was born at Scenery Hill but had lived in Pittsburgh since he was 13 years old.  He was graduated from Slippery Rock State Teachers' College before he entered the shoe business.
          He was interested in the W. J. Crowley Shoe Company and the Newell & Schneider Shoe Company, both of which he was president and director, and the Book Shoe Company, of which he was vice president.
          He was a member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and {b. ?] P. O. E. Lodge, No. 11.
          He leaves two sons, both graduates of W. & J., George F. Jr., deputy secretary of banking in charge of the closed Franklin Savings and Trust Company, the Citizen's Trust Company of Bellevue and other closed state banks, and other closed state banks, and Robert G., who is in the shoe business.  He also leaves a daughter, Margaret [H. ?] Taylor; a sister, Josie [H.? or M.] Taylor, of Lorain, O., and a brother, James E. Taylor, of Tules, Okla.
          Funeral services will be held in the late home Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock.  Interment will be in Scenery Hill Cemetery."


Article from The Morning Observer newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Tues., Nov. 22, 1932, p. 2:

          "Miss Mary Bailey, of East Pike Run Township, Is Summoned by Death - California, Nov. 21 - Miss Mary Bailey, aged [33 ? 83? ] years, died in her home in East Pike Run Township Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock.  Her death, which was due to complications, followed an illness of several months.
          She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Bailey and was born in the home in which she died, having lived there all her life.
          She was a member of the First Presbyterian church of California.
          She leaves a sister, Mrs. Emma Harrison, of West Brownsville.  Another sister, Miss Lillian Bailey, died a year ago.
          Funeral services, conducted by her pastor, Rev. John R. Burson, will be held in her late home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
          Interment will be in Highland Cemetery."




Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa.,  Jan. 2, 1936, p. 4:

"MRS. MARGARET WHEELER - Suddenly stricken just before the New Year dawned, Mrs. Margaret Wheeler, aged [66 ? 86 ?] years, wife of John A. Wheeler, died Tuesday night, at 11:50 o'clock at her home, [10 ?] Louis avenue. She seemingly had been in good health.
          In addition to the husband, the following children survive: Mrs. Henry McVehil, Mrs. Joseph Phillips, Mrs. Mary Hays, Mrs. Clyde Headley, Mrs. Ralph Barr, John Wheeler, Jr., Walter Wheeler, James Wheeler, all of Washington. 
          She also leaves 18 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
          Remains have been taken from [insert 'the'] Devore funeral home to the home of a son, James Wheeler, 35 West Walnut street, where services will be conducted Friday at 2:30 o'clock, by the Rev. John W. Love. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery."

"MRS. J. D. McKEE - Mrs. Agnes McKee, widow of James D. McKee, died in her residence, 306 Shirls avenue, Wednesday, January 1, 1936, at 8:15 a. m. in her 72nd year.
          Mrs. mcKee was a daughter of Nelson A. and Letitia Carter, and was born in Canton Township April [31 ?] 1864. She spent her entire life in and about Washington. She was a member of the First Christian Church, of Rebekah Lodge No. 102,and of Dames of Malta No. [127 ? 137 ?].
          She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Ethel L. Defibaugh, at home, and Mrs. Margaret S. Graham, of Gary, Indiana.
           Funeral services will be held at 3:30 o'clock Fridy, January 3, in her home, in charge of the Rev. John H. Debolt. The body will be placed in the mausoleum in the Washington Cemetery."

"Mrs. Lane Funeral - Mrs. Margaret M. McKee Lane, widow of Louis A. Lane and mother of Thomas M. Lane, Louis A. Lane, Hugh B. Lane and Martha Lane, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, December 29, at 3 p. m. Funeral services were held in Pittsburgh yesterday. Burial was in West Middletown."



Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Jan. 9, 1936, p. 9:
- Alvia E. McCarty, well known water well driller, died in his home 830[?] Fayette street, at 8:45 o'clock Wednesday night, at the age of 72 years.
Mr. McCarty was born May 4, 1863, at Potomac, W. Va., near West Alexander, a son of Harrison and Emily Howard McCarty. He followed water well drilling all his life. The last 42 years of his life he lived in the house where he died. He was a member of National Lodge No. 81, I. O. O. F. and Encampment, of Washington. He also held membership in the P. O. S. of A. Lodge and in the Third Presbyterian Church of this city. He was one of the best known residents of the Eighth Ward of this City.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Nancy Catherine Ray McCarty; two daughters, Bertha, wife of Jesse V. Mounts, of near Washington, and Hazel, wife of T. D. Vankirk, of Middlesboro, Ky; one brother, Ross of Byers, Colo., three sisters, Mrs. Dora Scott, Washington; Mrs. Myrtle Hutson, Washington, and Mrs. Clara McCarty, Lawrence, Kas; and one grandson, Alvin Vankirk.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Friday, in the home, in charge of the Rev. W. F. Harkey. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery."


Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Jan. 9, 1936, p. 9:
- Mrs. David Narigan, of Independence, received word this week from Ekron, Ky., of the death of her brother-in-law, Newton Simpson. Mr. Simpson was well known in the Independence section and was married to Miss Ella Patterson, or near that place. Her death occurred a number of years ago."

Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Jan. 22, 1936, p. 5:

- Mrs. Margaret B. Moyars, aged 80, died Monday night in her home, 166 East Pike street, Canonsburg. She had been confined to her room since Christmas but became worse Monday and died suddenly. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ayres, was born February 28, 1856, and had been a resident of Canonsburg for the past 50 years.
     Mrs. Moyars was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church for many years. Her husband, George G. Moyars, is the only surviving Civil War veteran in Canonsburg. Besides him she is survived by two children: Samuel A. Moyars, at home; Walter A Moyars, of Los Angeles, Cal."

"MRS. E. R. McNARY - Mrs. E. R. McNary, of 501 Ridge avenue, Canonsburg, died in the Homeopathic Hospital, Pittsburgh, Tuesday. 
She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canonsburg. Besides her husband she is survived by two children, Boyd McNary and Mrs. William Dunn, both of Canonsburg. She also leaves several grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 o'clock in the home, in charge of the Rev. G. G. Kerr, of the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Oak Spring Cemetery."

"MRS. GILBERT NUZUM - Mrs. Minnie Frances Muzum, aged 61 years, wife of Gilbert W. Nuzum, died in her home, 550 Fayette street, Tuesday at 2 p. m., following a week's illness of pneumonia. She was a member of the Church of God, of Claysville.
"She leaves her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Clifford Magnes, of Washington, and the following brothers and sisters: Wright Carpenter, of Meadowdale, W. Va.; Henry Carpenter, of Parkinsburg, W. Va.; Mrs. Minnie Adams and Miss Sarah ____ of Parkersburg; Mrs. L[+4 letters] [last name about 4 letters], of Meadowdale; and Mrs. ___ Gilpin, of Duncan, W. Va.
"The body will be shipped to Meadowdale Thursday and funeral services will be held there Friday at [1 p. m. ?] in the Meadowdale [Baptist Church ??]. Burial will be in the Meadowdale Cemetery."



Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Jan. 28, 1936, p. 11, page unknown:

"MATTHEW LINN - Mrs. Margaret Snyder, of Braddock Station, R. D 4, has received word that her brother, Matthew Linn, died suddenly at Long Beach, California, on Wednesday, January 23, 1936.
            He was a former resident of the Lone Pine section and was born in East Bethlehem Township.
            He left this county when a young man and engaged in shipbuilding on the Pacific Coast.
            Mrs. Snyder is the only surviving sister."


"Andrew J. Kelley - Funeral services for Andrew J. Kelley, [75 ??], who died Sunday, were held at 2 o'clock today at his home, Northside, Pittsburgh.   Burial was in [Uniondale?] Cemetery.  Mr. Kelley was born in Washington County but lived in Pittsburgh most of his life.  For many years he was active in the livery business.  He was a member of the Fifth United Presbyterian Church.  He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Goldie Passoth [?] and Mrs. Estella Otterson Londeck, both of Pittsburgh."


Frank Betler - Frank Betler, 44, an oil field worker employed by Boyd & Company, McDonald oil operators, yesterday died suddenly while at work on a well on the Hastings farm.  
Mr. Betler's death was ascribed to a heart attack.  The well was being closed down for the day, and Mr. Betler had gone to the engine room to remove the belt from the flywheel.  A fellow worker saw him slump to the floor of the engine room.  He died immediately.
            He had lived in McDonald for the last [30 ??] years, and was well known in that district.
            He leaves his wife, Mrs. Edith Betler, and four children, [Willis ? maybe], William, Loui_ and Mary.  Four sisters also survive.
            Funeral arrangements are incomplete."



Obituaries from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Feb. 19, 1936, p. 11:
Mrs. Margaret Jane Braden McQuiston, [86?], widow of Samuel McQuiston, died Tuesday, in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Jane Simmons, of Finleyville, R. D. 1, after an illness of several weeks. She was born and spent all her life in the Library community.
She leaves five daughters: Mrs. Mary Simmons, in whose home she died; Mrs. T. A. Riggs, of McKeesport; Mrs. Joan McClellnd and Mrs. Rachael Klick, of Beechview, and Mrs. Elisabeth Reiter, of Library.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. in the Shepler Funeral Home in charge of the Rev. J. W. Williams, pastor of the Peters Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Library Cemetery."

"COL. WM. P. GRIFFITH - Col. William Patton Griffith, a native of Washington and for over 50 years associated with New York metropolitan newspapers, in his later years becoming owner and editor of the Brooklyn Press, died in his home in Brooklyn, N. Y., Monday. He was 92.
A son of Napoleon Bonaparte and Mary Preston Griffith, he was born in Washington July 22, [1843?].
He began his career as a journalist at the age of [18 ?] as a printer's devil on the Washington Commonwealth, one of the last Whig journals. Four years later he enlisted in the Union army and served through the duration of the Civil War. He was wounded at the battle of Maivarern [?] Hill.
When he left the army, he went to Pittsburgh and later to New York, where he worked for half a century on editorial staffs of the New York World, New York Sun, New York Herald, and others, before acquiring the Brooklyn Press. In politics, he was always a staunch Republican.
Where the Order of Purple Heart was revived, he was the first Civil War veteran to receive the decoration. He married Lattia [?] A. Smith, of Amboy, N. J., who died last year. Two of seven children survive, Edwin and Mabel, both of Brooklyn."

"MRS. ANNA M'FALL - Mrs. Anna McFall, [69?], widow of Charles McFall, died in the Canonsburg Hospital last Friday. Her death followed an illness of several years, though her condition had been serious for only a few days.
She was a daughter of Jacob and Ella Kerr [Faber?] and leaves two sons, Howard B. Geyer, of _____, and Charles Geyer, of _____.
Funeral services will be held in the Fairview Presbyterian Church, Thomas, Thursday afternoon at [rest of Obit was cut off of Xerox]."




Article from the Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Feb 19, 1936, p. 11: (excerpt)

Death Roll - Mrs. Clara Lutes.... [My sister also noted from this:  Rev __. R. Burson, pastor of the Beallsville Presbyterian Church....]


LINN - will probate

Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Mar. 28, 1936, p. 9:
Wills Probated - Louisa S. Linn


Article from The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Apr. 15, 1936, p. 1:

Obit - cut off during Xeroxing - for Miss Lizzie H. Murdoch [excerpt] - she died noon of April 15, 1936; family came from Scotland, were pioneers in Washington Co. Pa. in 177_; grandfather was John Murdoch and was the County's Prothonotary. Her father was an attorney, and was in the U. S. gov't under Presidents Lincoln and Grant; he was a banker and president of the First National Bank. Also granddaughter of Rev. Matthew Henderson, pioneer; ____ Reformed Presbyterian [church]. She was the last of 6 children, named Alexander, Eliza, Mrs. Templeton, Margaretta C., John H., ___ Murdoch, Mrs. Lucy _____. Surviving: many nieces and nephews. Member: First United Presbyterian church. 



Article from The Morning Observer newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., June 1, 1940, p. 2:
[Not all the Obituaries from this date.]
"MRS. J. PARK HOOTMAN - Mrs. Elizabeth S. Hootman, widow of J. Park Hootman, died at 9:20 o'clock Friday night, May [31], 1940, in her home 624 East Beau street, at the age of 70 years.
Mrs. Hootman had been a resident of Washington for 49 years.
She leaves three daughters, Mabel, wife of L. D. Hair, of West Middletown; Hazel, wife of Wick C. Carroll, of Buffalo Village; and Ursula, wife of Frank Hunt, of Washington; three sisters, Mrs. Loula Barr, of Washington; Mrs. Martha Herron, of Gretna, and Mrs. Nora McCollum, of Washington; one brother, Walter S. Patterson, of Eighty Four, and 10 grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Devore Funeral Home from Saturday afternoon until 2 o'clock Monday, when services will be held in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery."

"ALVIN LINCOLN WHITE - Mrs. George Darsie, of East Chestnut street, received notice of the death of her brother, Alvin Lincoln White, of Fort Myers, Fla., which occurred May 26.
Mr. White graduated from Bethany College in the early ['80's ?] and later from the School of Engineering of Columbia University. For many years he was a civil engineer at Wheeling, W. Va. where he built the Main Street bridge and installed the water system. He organized the first bank in Fort Myers, Fla., and became its president. He also organized a school [insert 'of'] engineering in Florida, and was president of the Fruit Growers Association of Florida and developed his own grove of _____rable [considerable??] ___. He continued his activities until his health failed.
"Even after he had been an invalid for six years he ... [rest is too blurry to read].
"[Last paragraph is the list of survivors but it is too blurred to read.]"

"JOSEPH SHUPENKA - Funeral services for Joseph Shupenka, Sr., 57, of Daisytown, who died in Brownsville General Hospital Thursday night of injuries suffered in an automobile accident last Sunday, will be held in the home Sunday at 3:30 p. m. Further services will be held in the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church at Daisytown. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. Shupenka, a native of Poland, had lived in the United States for the past 30 years and for the past 17 years had been employed by the Vesta Coal Company.
Surviving are five children, John and Mrs. Victoria Snear, Daisytown; Mrs. Sophia Edmonds, California, and Joseph and Helen, at home; a brother, Frank, California, and two brothers living in Poland. His wife died six year [sic] ago."



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