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May 20, 1893

McDonald PA Outlook

Saturday, May 13th, will be a memorable day to G. Y. HOLMES, Sr., of Donegal township, and his children, for on that day the children all assembled, according to previous arrangements, again at the old homestead and celebrated their father’s 73d birthday. Mr. HOLMES was born May 13th, 1820, in Scotland and immigrated to America in 1830, or at ten years of age. In 1832 with his parents he moved to the farm on which he still resides, being a continuous residence of sixty-one years.

All his children were present and once again gladdened the old father’s heart, and with them several of his grandchildren whose gay laughter and merry prattle lent an additional charm to the occasion. Following are the names of the children: William, of Chartiers; John of Donegal township; Geo. Y., Jr., of Claysville; Robert R., of McDonald; Mrs. S. M. KELLY, of Buffalo township; Mrs. C. W. MILLER, of Coon Island; Mrs. W. W. REANY, of Donegal; and Miss Maggie, at home.

*From the Claysville Recorder 



July 25, 1924

McDonald PA Record

Mrs. NOAH Passes 90th Birthday

Fifty friends and neighbors assembled at the home of Mrs. Nancy MCCLURG NOAH at Eldersville to do her honor on her 90th birthday recently. It was a most enjoyable occasion. A dinner was served by the women and a pleasant social time was enjoyed by all.

In the afternoon an eloquent and appropriate address was made by the Rev. J. I. BROWN.

Mrs. NOAH, who greatly enjoyed the occasion, is in a fairly good state of health and bids fair to see many more such anniversaries. She still does the most of her housework, puts up her fruit and makes jellies and preserves and has her quilts and things hung out in the sun airing in good housewifely style.

It is not on account of any great or unusual strength that Mrs. NOAH accomplishes all she does, for she is frail as might be expected of one of her years, but it is because of an ambitious and plucky spirit.

Mrs. NOAH has witnessed some wonderful changes in her time. She saw the Panhandle line of the Pennsylvania railroad built in the early 60’s past the home of her father, where she was born, just below Hanlin station. She has witnessed the evolution of the narrow dirt road, which passed through Eldersville, where she went to school, up to the last word in modern construction in the splendid concrete highway now being built through this village. Last fall when the Shenandoah sailed over Eldersville she hurried out into her yard to see the wondrous and magnificent spectacle of a ship passing almost over her head. She has talked on the telephone, ridden in an automobile, and listened in on the radio, and seen a whole lot of other things not dreamed of in 1834.



Jan. _?, 1931

Unknown McDonald newspaper

Mrs. Jane REED MAY of Venice was 100 years old on Sunday, December 28. Only members of the immediate family of Mrs. MAY were present. A few close friends called during the day. Present included her brothers, C. L. REED of Houston, 77, and his family, and Joseph REED, with whom she makes her home. Except for deafness Mrs. MAY enjoys unusually good health. Her deafness is peculiar in that it seems more pronounced on certain days. On Sunday it was extremely difficult for her to hear

The Rev. C. T. LITTELL, pastor of the Venice U. P. church on that day called attention to the epoch in the life of the widely known and highly respected woman. She is a charter member of that church. A floral tribute was sent her by the congregation.

Clear and active of mind in spite of her great age, Mrs. MAY astonishes her friends by recollections of even from 50 to 90 years ago. She can relate first-hand stories of adventure, death, romance and success of the days when there were few settlers and when the devout Scotch Presbyterians attended meeting with their guns and powder horns and shot pouches. She was born on December 28, 1830, the daughter of Joseph REED and Anne MCLEAN REED, on the homestead established by her grandparents David and Margaret MAY REED. Her husband, John B. MAY to whom she was married December 20, 1854, died within a week after their golden wedding anniversary. 

Long dispute over the title to the land originally settled by the REEDS in 1778, at one time brought George WASHINGTON himself to investigate, with the result that the family was compelled to move about five miles away.

David and Margaret REED, Mrs. MAY’s grandparents, came from Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, two years after the American Revolution and established their home on what was later known as Washington Lands. It was then a part of Augusta county, Virginia, but was later included in the boundaries of Washington county, Pennsylvania, when it was created in 1781.

When dispute over the title to these lands arose in 1784, George Washington found a personal visit necessary to straighten out the difficulties. In his diary, under the date of September 20, 1794, he wrote: “David REED, 2 acres of meadow, 17 acres of arable; a good logged dwelling house with a bad roof; several other small houses and an indifferent barn or stable; bad fences, but very good land.”

Also he wrote: “Dined at David REED’s ***and consulted with the settlers on these lands.” The settlers, who believed they were the rightful owners, refused to buy or lease from General WASHINGTON and were finally compelled to give up their possessions.

Webmaster Note:  Born 1831


Aug. 21, 1908

McDonald PA Record

Tuesday was the day that saw a gay gathering at the home of W. G. WINTERS near Primrose, it being a surprise in honor of the host’s 75th birthday. Mr. WINTERS was born on the Wm. DICKSON farm near McDonald August 18, 1833. He was a blacksmith and completed learning the trade with his brother, Joseph WINTERS, in the year 1852. He is probably the oldest blacksmith in the State, having worked at the trade for fifty-six years. Mr. WINTERS enjoys good health and works almost every day. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. C. R. CRAWFORD and children Lawrence, Maud, Hazel and Oscar; Mr. and Mrs. John CRAWFORD and son George, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. CRAWFORD, Mrs. Margaret HARRIS and son William, Mr. and Mrs. Victor CAGNON and children Margaret and John of Midway; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. WINTERS and children Verner and Katie, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. BARNES and son Leslie, Mrs. John MILLER and daughters Grace and Irene of New Brighton, Mrs. Evans BROMAN and sons Elmer and Everett, Mrs. J. A. ZIEGLER and children Lea, Rue, Grace and Raymond; Harry, Frank and Leah ALLEN, Florence CLARK of McKeesport, James CRAWFORD of Primrose, Elmer, Bert, Edward and Howard WINTERS at home.

Webmaster Note:  Born about 1833.



Jan. 25, 1924

McDonald PA Record

Mr. John A. HUNTER passed his eighty-eighth birthday quietly at his home in West Lincoln avenue last Saturday. Cold as it was last Sabbath morning, Mr. HUNTER appeared in his usual place in the First United Presbyterian Sabbath school, offered a prayer at the request of Superintendent MOORHEAD met with the session at the pre-communion meeting and assisted in the sacrament of the Lord’s supper. Mr. HUNTER has frequently said in speaking at prayer meetings and in Bible class that engaging in church work helps to prolong life and makes it sweeter and more satisfying.

Webmaster Note:  Born about 1836





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