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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
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
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
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
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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