Search billions of records on

Washington County "Little Washington" Pennsylvania
Genealogy and Family History 




Newspapers of McDONALD, PA
and Surrounding areas

BIRTHS in 1840s

Are these folks your family?

Use Site Search on Introduction Page to easily find names.


    Enhance your genealogy research about ancestors from McDonald, Washington County PA with newspaper articles, birth, death, marriage, notices, obituaries often with cemeteries noted, probate, deed, surname, family trees or family histories, reunions and other information. 


Baby Carriage


March 5, 1914

McDonald PA Record

Henry SMITH, proprietor of the SMITH Hotel, East End, McDonald, was pleasantly surprised on Tuesday evening, March 3, when a merry crowd composed of four sons, three daughters, twenty-four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren stepped into his home. The occasion was Mr. SMITH's 70th birthday. Games and music contributed largely to the pleasure of the evening. Many beautiful gifts were bestowed on Mr. SMITH. Orange and black were the colors used for decorative purposes. A dainty lunch was served at nine o'clock. Mr. SMITH came to America from the northern part of Ireland when but a boy. Later he went back to his old home and married Miss Elizabeth J. CARSON. Since that time he has made about 50 trips to Scotland and Ireland. Mr. SMITH has forty grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. At 10:30 the unexpected but none the less welcome guests departed, wishing him many more happy birthdays.

Webmaster Note: Born about 1844.



January 18, 1924

McDonald PA Record

Saturday, January 19, 1924 will be the seventy-fifth anniversary of the birth of Henry ADAIR, one of the best-known residents of Washington county. Mr. ADAIR was born in County Down, Ireland, of a stock of thrifty, long-lived, hardy Irish. He spent his early childhood in Ireland and Scotland. His father, Captain Samuel ADAIR, was owner of a fishing schooner as well as captain of a sea-going vessel, making foreign ports. Henry ADAIR early learned the duties of a fisher-boy. He tells a vastly interesting tale of when only a boy of twelve years, while his little fishing schooner was trying to escape the vandals who lay in wait for the well-loaded fishing ___. Returning from a night’s work his boat was struck by a larger and heavier ship. The little fishing boat was cut in half—only eight men and a boy on board. Henry ADAIR was the boy and only throwing a rope over the mast of the other vessel and hanging on was he saved but not until after he had a cold bath in the sea. Five days later he got back to Queenstown, none the worse, but Mr. ADAIR says that was the worst scare of his whole life of many thrills, hardships, and adventures. He accompanied his father on two voyages, each lasting two years, sailing to Calcutta, India. The voyage was made on a sail vessel, its speed depending upon the wind, some days making seventy-five miles when the breeze was good, other days making only a mile a day against the wind. It took a whole month to unload the cargo.

He came to America with his sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. John MCCLEMENTS. They came directly to Midway, a much different Midway then than today. Both Mr. MCCLEMENTS and Mr. ADAIR helped to open the famous old Walnut Hill mine. He worked there about eighteen months, then there came a long strike among the miners. Seven young men, including William ALLEN, Henry ADAIR, Robert HERD and David ENGLES left to seek work in the West. While en route to Harvard county, Kansas, where they heard work was abundant, there was an uprising of the Indians there. Many of the white people were killed. The soldiers had to be called out to make peace. The boys decided to change their destination and went to Morres, Illinois, where Willie ALLEN’s uncle lived. There they found work a-plenty and Willie ALLEN found a rich wife. After two years of hard work and careful living Mr. ADAIR went back to his old home in Ireland. Later he went to Scotland to work in the ironstone mines. He was entombed in those mines for three days and nights when the river broke in and experienced a most thrilling ordeal. He might have escaped far sooner if he had deserted his buddy, Paddy FARRELL. Pat was too fat to crawl through the tiny opening into the other workings. The mining of ironstone in those days was a most unique process. The stone was dug three hundred fathoms or eighteen hundred feet under the ground, then brought to the surface, burned in great piles like the slate dumps that we now know as red dog. After it had burned out it was carried by incline cars to the furnaces for refining.

While in Scotland at the ironstone mines Mr. ADAIR met and married Miss Janie SMITH, a sister of Mrs. Elizabeth SHERMAN. To this couple came a family of six children, four of whom were born in Scotland and Ireland. The ADAIRs then came to Midway. Sara and John were born in the ADAIR homestead on Dickson street. Mrs. ADAIR died in February 1886 when john was a mere baby. It was then Mr. ADAIR says he experienced the greatest trials of a long rugged, struggling life. Nevertheless he kept his little family together and managed some difficult situations to the credit of all concerned. His children have all gown to be respected, law-abiding citizens.

Mr. ADAIR started in the livestock business, buying and selling cattle and hogs, later engaging in the butcher business, slaughtering his own meat. A disastrous fire destroyed his business but the old adage that “you can’t keep a good man down” applies her. Mr. ADAIR entered the junk business a quarter of a century ago. Many a lad, who now has a little lad of his own, can recollect the joy with which he collected rags, iron, bones and old paper to sell to Henry ADAIR. Children knew and know him far and wide.

In the twenty-five years Mr. ADAIR has bought and sold many thousands of tons of things that other people have discarded as useless. He had bought most everything under the sun, from a dog-power machine of fifty years ago to a Packard automobile of today.

Mr. ADAIR has always enjoyed excellent health, coming from a family famous for their temperance and long lives. An aunt, Mrs. Nancy FINLEY of Curcubin, County Down, Ireland, is one hundred and thirteen years old.

Many of the older residents will recall the strike of thirty years ago by the generosity of Mr. ADAIR in helping the commissary feed the starving miners.

Henry ADAIR is a vastly interesting intelligent talker, recalling vividly the many changes since he first came to Midway. Dickson street then boasted only three houses: the town had but two small stores.

Mr. ADAIR has worked hard, endured many hardships unknown to anyone except himself, yet he has the satisfaction of knowing that his life has been worthwhile and most useful. He has acquired a comfortable and substantial amount of the world’s goods only by his … ingenuity, thrift and hard work. … ADAIR has always tried to do his … by his fellow man in his own… Remainder of article is crumbled away...

Webmaster Note: Born about 1849.


Feb. 1, 1924

McDonald PA Record

Mr. Steven JARRETT of Johns avenue, McDonald, was honored on Monday evening by what he says was as complete a surprise as has ever been planned, when he was presented by a handsome third degree collar, the occasion being his seventy-ninth birthday.

The presentation took place at the meeting of the Past Grands association, I. O. O. F., in the Odd Fellows’ hall, McDonald, following the regular meeting of the MacDonald lodge No. 605. Mr. William GORDON, president of the Past Grands association, made the presentation speech. Mr. JARRETT was so completely taken by surprise that he could not say anything at the time but “Thank you”. His appreciation of the honor done him, and the fine spirit of fellowship that underlies the thoughtful action of those who had a part in the give, is growing on him daily, and he has been profoundly moved by this kindly act.

Mr. JARRETT has been an Odd Fellow for fifty-eight years. He was initiated in Gomer Lodge, Pittsburgh, on May 12, 1866, and he has been a member of this lodge since. However, he has always been interested in the lodges of the community in which he happened to reside, and a month ago, when he was present at a meeting of the French lodge of McDonald and remained behind to attend the meeting of the Past Grands association, he was asked to say something under “The Good of the Order” and incidentally mentioned that the next meeting of the Past Grands association would fall on his birthday. He thought no more about it until after the presentation when it occurred to him that his off-hand remark had been used to mark the occasion with a gift which he prizes as highly as the jewel he received on the fiftieth anniversary of his membership.

Webmaster Note:  Born about 1845.



July 1, 1949

McDonald PA Record-Outlook


Mrs. Seymour DAVIDSON of Midway entertained at a family dinner Wednesday evening in honor of her aunt, Miss Elizabeth WHITE, the occasion being her 100th birthday. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Dale WILSON and sons James and Jack of Clinton, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn DAVIDSON and son Barry of South Heights, and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. WEAVER and R. E. DOWLER of Midway. A bowl of flowers formed the table centerpiece. “Auntie” WHITE was born June 29, 1849, near Cadiz, Ohio, a daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. John WHITE. Her father was a United Presbyterian minister. She spent her girlhood in Buffalo Village and West Middletown, coming to Midway 49 years ago. She is a member of the Center U. P. church, Midway, and is a charter member of the Rei Bible Class. Miss WHITE does not attend church anymore because she is unable to hear the sermons. However, her eyesight is good and she spend s much of the time reading. She is making her home with her niece, Mrs. DAVIDSON. Many of “Auntie’s” friends remembered her with cards, flowers, gifts and a variety of congratulatory offerings.





Sign McDonald PA Guestbook1


     These newspaper items were researched and typed by Victoria Hospodar Valentine for the over the course of 5 years.  Vicki had submitted hundreds of articles to the mailing list and other Lists.

     Her work is presented here in the McDonald, PA section of this website.  Please use the links to navigate or use on-site search engines to locate articles.  


Use the search feature to search the entire collection.


diamond shaped doo-dad, important link Read Description and Important Details about
the newspapers used on this website.
diamond shaped doo-dad, important link

Take me to One Page List of ALL Newspaper Items
(Long, will need to scroll down.)

Go to Site Map - FULL - everything on One Page 
(Long, will need to scroll down.)


Separator barSeparator bar

Life in Washington, PA

Uptown Landmarks-1

Uptown Landmarks-2

Brethren and other Families of "Washpa"

(Long, will need to scroll down.)

All newspaper items posted with permission of the Observer-Reporter Oct. 13, 2005.

Email Washington.Co.Pa.Webmaster

(c) Judith Ann Florian
Copyright Notice - Data / info. for individuals and surnames may be reproduced for personal family histories only, but not for any commercial use or sale. Please give credit to Judith Florian and Catherine L. Caldwell for locating newspaper items and original documents. You may use J. Florian's research conclusions if credit is given. No other data or images may be reproduced without permission. © August 2005-present, Judith Florian, Copyright All rights reserved.

Dates of Site updates and new content added: Dec 2005;  Jan to Dec 2006; Jan to Dec 2007; Jan to Dec. 2008; Jan to Dec. 2009; Jan to Dec. 2010; Jan-Feb 2011; Dec. 2012; Nov. 2013; Nov 2014
Instruction Force Upload