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Genealogical Gleanings from The Pittsburg Leader 
and other newspapers - 1875-1884

Transcribed by W. Martin Ruckert

The following are selections from a series of newspaper clippings held by the Beaver County Research Center, Beaver Falls, PA. The collection has the title of "Cousin Jed" Obituaries and Miscellaneous Freedom Articles, referring to the area around Freedom, Beaver County.

"Cousin Jed" was the pen name of Tobias Hetchie, who was the Freedom correspondent of the Pittsburg Leader during the late 1800's. Mr. Hetchie was very active in the Democratic party, as judged by his spirited commentaries referring to the victories and defeats of the "Democracy" of Beaver County. He was elected to various local and party offices and was elected to the State Assembly in 1878. The Pittsburg Leader had several correspondents in the area, another referenced in this article being N. F. Hurst, "Ich Dien", of West Bridgewater, who covered Rochester.

Also included in this article are extracts of newspaper clippings from the Beaver Valley News and The Commoner, New Brighton, and the Beaver Star and Argus and Radical, Beaver. Selections from these newpapers are specially noted, otherwise the clipping is believed to come from the Pittsburg Leader.

Most of the clippings include a by-line, from which a date can be determined. Dates followed by a (?) are estimated from the context or by the clippings location in the series.

February 26, 1875 
The (Freedom) borough officers for the coming year are as follows: Burgess, Thomas G. Kerr; council, Abram McDonald, R. J. Overton, John G. Bentel, Wm. H. Hooper, B. F. Craig, John D. Matheny; school-directors, James Manor, George McCaskey; assessor, Charles H. Bentel; constable, Samuel Peirsoll; auditor, S. Morgan; judge of election, Thomas G. Kerr; inspectors, Alex. Wilson, John H. Webster.

Beaver Valley News, 1875

The spelling contest in Freedom on Friday night was well attended considering the inclemency of the weather, and all were pleased and entertained. The captains of the evening were Miss Josie Furnier and J. J. Waggoner, and after a lengthy contest Mrs. John Conway, of Rochester, Pa., carried off the first prize, a handsome elegantly bound volume of "Moore's Poetical Works." The second prize was taken by Miss Maggie Mohlar of Freedom, being Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield". R. L. Wilson, Esq., made the presentations in a few appropriate words.

A lad named Thomas Brown aged about 13 years was instantly killed while the local freight train was shifting cars at the Oil Refinery siding in Freedom last Thursday. His father was killed a short distance above Freedom, only 2 years ago, by a passing train while walking to Freedom from his home.

April 10, 1876

About half a mile from Freedom, in New Sewickley township, along the public road, live Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kelly, and with them Mrs. Kelly's mother, who according to all calculations based upon what she remembers, must be at least 102 years old.

Yesterday through the kindness of Mrs. Kelly we were favored with an interview, and found the old lady seated upon a cushioned chair, beside the fire, smoking a pipe in a very contented manner. She is in possession of all her faculties. Her hearing is not very good, but still she is by no means deaf. She has no record of dates, but she can remember names and occurrences far back into childhood. She states that she was born in Philadelphia, before the men came home from the wars, that her father was a soldier and lost all his Continental money, and ruined his health while in the wars. Her maiden name was Margaret Keller, and when she was 4 years old her father rented a farm in York county, Pa., afterward a farm was purchased on time, and before the payments were made her father died, leaving her mother, herself and a brother, who worked day and night, to pay the debt. The town of Columbia, Pa., then contained a few scattered houses. She never saw General Washington, but remembers of him passing through Columbia (after he was President) one 4th of July.

"How old were you when Washington was first President?"

She could not remember, but said, "I could do almost anything; chop wood, and work like a man." Taking this as a basis, and assuming her to be 15 years of age at that time, 1789, she would now be 102 years old.

As near as we can ascertain she was married at the age of 30 to Thomas Strawbridge at a tavern in Little York, by a Lutheran minister named Geistweit. In 1812, during "the little war", she lived in Millerstown.

Her first husband had 7 children, being a widower, and by him she had 10 children, 5 of whom were dead and 5 living when she came west of the mountains. She does not know where any of her children reside, or whether any of them are living, excepting her daughter, Mrs. Kelly. She was married twice after her first husband's death - to Jacob Stout and Francis Black. She says they were both backwoodsmen, and her first husband was not, and regrets that she never paid any attention to dates, stating that while living in a little town called Washington, on the Susquehanna river, the house in which she lived was burned, and all papers and books which could throw any light upon the matter of day and date were destroyed. Her daughter, Mrs. Mary Kelly, will be 68 years old in July next, and in June next will be 50 years married.

December 4, 1876

Freedom was startled Saturday morning last on hearing of the accidental shooting of Elliott Cheney, aged 15, a son of John B. Cheney, the well-known merchant here, while out gunning. The boy in company with two others went out rabbit hunting in the locality of "Dutchman's run". While sportively thrusting his gun, an army musket, with the muzzle turned toward himself, the hammer was pulled either by catching on some laurel bushes or by striking against the gun of his companion, discharging the load of shot.

December 6, 1876

About half past nine last evening, Freedom was shaken by a terrific explosion and a flashing glare of light, and it was at once seen that the Excelsior Oil works were on fire. The manager of the works, Mr. John F. Bentel, and two employees, Peter Klein and Benjamin F. Craig, were severely burned. The burns are not fatal, we are happy to say, although very severe.

March 14, 1877

The night before last, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kelly celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage at their residence in the Vicary Robinson mansion in Freedom. Aside from being a golden wedding the occasion was an extraordinary one by reason of the presence of Mrs. Black, the mother of Mrs. Kelly, who has reached an age of over 100 years. Among the guests present were Mrs. Robert McCaskey, Mrs. Hannah V. Robinson, Mrs. Jacob Carson, Mrs. Mary A. Woods, Miss Ella Callahan, Miss Mary V. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. David Stewart, and Mr. and Mrs. George Lawyer.

July 5, 1877

Mr. James Ellis and lady, of Pittsburg - newly married - are in Freedom on a visit to the bride's sister, Mrs. Captain Abraham McDonald. Mrs. Ellis was formerly a resident of Freedom, and will be more readily recognized by her maiden name, Miss Emma Noss.

Three former residents of Freedom have died within a week near and in Pittsburg, viz: C. F. Myers, of Lawrenceville, aged 71; Ferdinand Rieder, of Allegheny city, aged 31; and Mr. McKee, of Glendale, aged 24 (a son of Mr. James McKee), who was drowned. Mr. Meyers and Mr. Rieder were uncle and nephew. The former "died peacefully and full of years", the latter suddenly, of smallpox. His case is a peculiarly sad one. After taking the disease he was advised by his physician to go to the hospital, in order to save his two sisters, one of whom was very ill. Owing to a debilitated constitution he died in a few days, alone, as far as friends and relatives were concerned.

July 30, 1877

The Freedom school directors have elected Mr. J. G. Hillman and Miss Edith Kerr, of Freedom, teachers for rooms No. 1 and 3, and Miss Gertrude Wakefield, of New Brighton, for No. 2. The school term begins in September and lasts 6 months; the wages per month are 30 dollars each for Nos. 1 and 2, and 55 dollars for No. 3. In Beaver Miss Helena Mulhattan has resigned the principalship of the public schools and accepted a better position in Beaver college.

November 2, 1877

Henry P. Mueller, aged 20, son of John F. Mueller, a well-known businessman of Freedom, died on Wednesday of lung disease, which resulted from a neglected cold. The deceased was a young man of unusual intelligence and business capacity, and his early death is sincerely regretted by all. The resting place is in Oak Grove cemetery.

November 8, 1877

The remains of William Ripper, mate of the steamer Dexter, who died from injuries received on the boat a few days since, arrived in Freedom this morning. The body was at once taken to the house of his mother, where services were held, and from thence to the family lot in Oak-grove cemetery. His early death caused quite a shock in the community.

November 26, 1877

Fannie L., oldest daughter of George and Mollie Kerr McCaskey, aged 6 years, died of affection of the heart on Thursday last, and was buried in Oak-grove cemetery yesterday. Little Fannie was a favorite with all, owing to her brightness, her respectful demeanor and her quiet womanly ways, so much beyond a child of her years.

December 10, 1877

Our preacher (Freedom Presbyterian Church) went to Allegheny city on Thursday last, December 6, and persuaded Rev. W. H. Gill to marry him to a widow lady from the "Saints Rest" - Beaver - and now she is Mrs. Rev. Martin Luther Wortman. It has been known for some time that Rev. W. strayed over to Beaver very often, but everybody naturally supposed he was attending to the spiritual welfare of his nephew, Collector Rutan. Instead of this, however, the attraction was a charming widow lady named Young.

December 17, 1877

Colonel James H. Stewart, of Governor Hartranft's staff, on Saturday last inspected the Quay Rifles, Company D, Fifteenth regiment, N. G. P., of Freedom, on the public square. This company was organized last fall and consists of 41 privates, 2 musicians, 8 corporals, 5 sergeants, and 3 commissioned officers, viz: captain, J. G. Hillman; first-lieutenant, R. H. McCaskey; second-lieutenant, William Parks. They have as yet no armory, and meet in the basement of Morgan's store building for drill.

They are having quite an exciting legal trial in Beaver. It grows out of the failure of a reservoir to hold water, which was built for the town and contracted for by the council. The contractor is insolvent as is also one of the sureties. The other surety, Col. Jacob Weyand, of the Argus and Radical, is the defendant, and the present council of Beaver the plantiffs. Col. Weyand claims that he cannot be held for damages as changes were made in the contract, which he proves by producing the minutes of the council at the time the change was made. The councilmen at that time, however, all swear they have no knowledge of any such resolution. Naturally the case excites attention. Samuel B. Wilson, E. B. Daugherty, J. J. Wickham, and Frank Wilson appear for the council, and Thomas Henry, J. R. Harrah, Joseph Ledlie, and James H. Cunningham for Colonel Weyand.

December 29, 1877

Miss Delia A. Bryan, daughter of Henry Bryan, Esq., of Freedom, and Mr. Chas. Cheney, of Remington station, were married on Christmas night by Rev. D. K. Nesbit, of Pittsburg, and are now off on their wedding tour in Ohio.

January 18, 1878

Jas. Harkins, Sr., an old and highly respected citizen of Freedom, died on Tuesday, aged 71 years.

February 21, 1878

Hon. M. S. Quay sold his residence, in Beaver, to Hon. Samuel B. Wilson, and will make Philadelphia his home.

Gertrude E. Snead, a little daughter of John W. and Catherine Snead, of Pittsburg, was buried here yesterday. The parents formerly resided in Freedom.

Miss Kate Carmany, of Madison, Indiana, a graduate of Steubenville seminary, is visiting her classmate, Miss Lillian Conway, of Rochester.

Mr. William Hurst, aged 75 years, an old and highly respected citizen of Beaver county, died at his home in Bridgewater yesterday. Deceased was well known throughout the county, having been in the mercantile business many years. He is the father of Messrs. A. C. and N. F. Hurst, now doing business in Bridgewater, and of Capt. Chas. B. Hurst, of Rochester. The funeral will take place on Sunday.

March 8, 1878

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Applegate announce the marriage of their daughter, Annie, to Mr., Samuel C. Gist, on Thursday, February 28, 1878, at their residence, Wellsburg, West Virginia.

The houses of Messrs. Schleiter, Cox, Bryant, McDonald, Bentel, and that of Mrs. Mary B. Bentel, were entered on Wednesday night, entrances being gained by turning keys with nippers and by the hoisting of windows.

March 26, 1878

The funeral of Hon. John Allison, late register of the treasury, took place at Beaver yesterday from the M. E. church. Beaver being the birthplace of Mr. Allison, almost every one attended the services, and the church was well filled. Greenville was his late residence. The body lay in a fine casket, covered with black cloth. The plate contained the inscription:

Hon. John Allison
Died March 23, 1878
Aged 65 Years

March 1878

Mrs. Bethsheba Pentland, mother of the Misses Susan, Minerva, Caroline, and Mr. James Pentland, died at the residence of her brother Abner P. Lacock, Esq., near Freedom, on Sunday, March 3, 1878. Mrs. Pentland was born in Washington County, Pa., August 7, 1791, and came to Beaver County in 1795. She was the wife of Judge Ephraim Pentland or Pittsburgh, resided there for some time, and after his death returned to Beaver County. Her father, Gen. Abner Lacock was the first Justice of the Peace, and Associate Judge of Beaver County. In 1801 he was elected the first Representative to the Legislature, and was re-elected serving 4 consecutive terms to 1808, when he was elected to the Senate. In 1810 he was elected to Congress as the war-with-England candidate, serving with such distinction that in the spring of 1813 the Legislature of Pennsylvania elected him a United States Senator. Mrs. Pentland was very highly esteemed, and her funeral which took place on Tuesday, March 5th, was largely attended. Rev. Fuller of the Episcopalian Church officiated, assisted by Rev. M. L. Wortman. The remains were laid in the family lot in Rochester cemetery.

April 1878

Mr. Ovid Pinney, a former well-known resident of Rochester, now living in Minneapolis, Minn., is in very precarious health. The gentleman is 87 years old and very wealthy, having been a prominent businessman during the greater part of his life. Some friends who visited him a short time ago, intimate that Beaver county educational interests are very liberally provided for in his will.

June 11, 1878

Mrs. James I. Parks, of Crow-run, aged 46 years, died on Saturday last, after a lingering illness, and was buried in Oakgrove cemetery yesterday. Deceased was a daughter of William McDonald, a former well known citizen of Freedom, and an estimable lady, esteemed by all.

June 24, 1878

"Cousin Jed" sends us news of the gathering of the county republican committee, Saturday, relative to election frauds in the recent Republican primary. (Editor's Note: The June 6, 1878 Leader claimed that the voting from New Sewickley township had been reversed after the papers left the district.)

Quite a wrangle occurred in the halls of the court-house between Mr. Henry Goehring and Mr. Teets, two wealthy farmers of New Sewickley township, both republicans. Mr. Goehring made some pretty strong insinuations about Mr. Teets, adding: "When I come down to New Brighton, people run up to me and say, 'Henry, are you one of the bull-dozers from New Sewickley?' I don't like that; I am an honest republican, and voted honestly, but I have seen voters bought for a dollar a piece; the returns have been altered, and I want to see these republican rascals exposed and their names given to the public so that people will know who they are." Mr. Teets blustered around some, but finally walked off and the ripple subsided.

July 18, 1878

Prof. J. G. Hillman, of Freedom, has been elected principal of the Rochester public schools. He has taught in Freedom a number of years and the people of Rochester will find him to be an able and energetic leader.

Election of school teachers for Freedom schools concluded with this result: Room No. 1, Miss Edith Kerr, of Freedom; Room No. 2, Miss Gertrude Wakefield, of New Brighton; Room No. 3, principal, Miss Tillie E. Moorhead, of Bridgewater.

August 1878

Beulah, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Jack, aged 16 months, died yesterday.

Mrs. Walter Caskey and Miss Annie Myers, of Pittsburg, are here enjoying a sojourn among relatives.

Mr. Elias Mengel, of New Sewickley township, received news of his mother's death yesterday. Mrs. Mengel was an aged German lady, and died while on a visit to relatives in Butler.

(Editor's Note: The following was printed shortly after the death notice.) We were in error in our notice of the death of Mrs. Mengel, of Sewickley township, in our last letter. The rumor was in general circulation and arose from a misinterpreted telegram. The lady, no doubt, will be so overjoyed to hear that she is again alive that we will be pardoned for the blunder.

The Misses Lou and Maude Luker, of Kittaning, daughters of Mr. Ben. Luker, a former well known Allegheny merchant, are paying a visit to grandma and grandpa - Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCaskey.

Capt. William H. Baker, of the steamer George Baker, is on his native heath (Freedom) after an absence of about 3 years in the sunny south. His brother, Capt. George N. Baker, will arrive in a few weeks, the brothers having laid up their steamer at Memphis, awaiting the fall trade.

Squire Henry Bryan received a dispatch yesterday afternoon informing him of the death of his son Henry, who was employed on the towboat John Porter. The dispatch is dated Vicksburg, July 25, and states that the death was caused by fever, and that the body cannot be brought home. Mr. Bryan was about 25 years of age, and has been on the boat since spring in company with his brother. He was a promising young man, kind and agreeable, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and highly esteemed by every one.

Miss Tillie McElvany, of Steubenville, is visiting at Captain Thomas J. McDonald's, and Miss Minnie Woods, of Allegheny city, at Miss Edith Kerr's.

The remains of Miss Arabella Biggs were brought to Freedom on Monday from Allegheny city, and interred in Oak-grove cemetery. Miss Biggs was a young lady, well known here and a daughter of John Biggs, a former resident of the area.

August 23, 1878

Mr. John Lowry, of North Sewickley township, aged about 79 years, died on Monday last. Deceased was a resident of Allegheny city in its early days, and the father of David E. Lowry of Freedom.

Mr. Sherrard Beatty, son of Samuel Beatty, Esq., formerly of Washington, Pa., and latterly of Freedom, is lying in a hospital at Covington, Ky., dangerously ill of yellow fever. His sister, Mrs. Mary B. Bentel, received a dispatch notifying her of his illness on the 14th, and at once left for Covington. Mr. Beatty was employed on the dredge-boat Bailey, and when the fever broke out accompanied a young man named Kelly, of Covington, Ky., to the hospital in New Orleans, he (Kelly) having an attack of the fever. Mr. Beatty then, by strenuous exertions, evaded the quarantine and succeeded in reaching Covington, where Mr. Kelly's father resides. He notified him of his son's illness and was persuaded to remain over Sunday. On Monday, he took sick and the physicians at once pronounced it yellow fever. Mr. Kelly was a Catholic, and the young man was received at St. Elizabeth hospital, Covington, where he is being nursed by his sister and a Catholic sister of charity.

(Editor's Note: A letter received August 26 from Mrs. Bentel, in Covington, Ky., reported her brother as improving and able to eat.)

August 28, 1878

John Calahan, 19 years of age, who returned home (to Freedom) a few days since from the steamer John Porter, died this morning about two o'clock of yellow fever, and will be buried in a few hours. Dr. S. A. Craig, of Freedom, and Dr. Marquis, of Rochester, were the attending physicians. The stricken family have the sympathy of the community in their loss.

The Commoner, September 5, 1878

Democratic County Ticket for 1878 elections:

For General Assembly - Thomas Bradford, of New Brighton and Tobias Hetchie, of Freedom

"Thomas Bradford, of New Brighton, is a young man of liberal education, a civil engineer and a practical farmer. Tobias Hetchie is also a young man of liberal education, a writer of ability, and is actively connected with our manufacturing industries."

For Sheriff - Mark Wisener, of New Brighton

"Mark Wisener is a practical mechanic, who has always pursued a life of honest industry, and has immediate charge of the most important department of the carriage manufactory, with which he is connected."

For Treasurer - Maj. Chas. Chaney, of Economy tp.

"Maj. Chas. Cheney, is a elderly man, who is now, as he has been for years past, engaged in agriculture."

For Register and Recorder - Capt. H. M. Donehoo, of Beaver

"Capt. H. M. Donehoo is too well known as a first-class tailor to need mention. Capt. Donehoo has never entirely recovered from wounds received during his service in the civil war."

For Clerk of Courts - Abelard Whisler, of Beaver Falls
For Commissioners - A. J. Boyle, of Chippewa and J. C. Richie, of Hopewell

"Messrs. Boyle and Richie are farmers, and Mr. Whisler a wheel-maker.

For Coroner - Dr. W. H. Reymer, of Beaver Falls
For County Auditors - Julian Smith, of Raccoon and A. P. Sickman, of Borough
For Poor House Director - Alex. G. Ewing, of Raccoon
For Trustees of Academy - Charles Calhoun, of Georgetown and Robert Ramsey, of Frankfort

"In comparing the Republican and Democratic nominees, there is no great contrast, except in the matter of occupation and locality. While the Democratic candidates appear to be sprinkled pretty well over the whole county, we find all the Republican candidates for the leading offices from the large boroughs. Again, while it can hardly be said that there is a professional politician upon the Democratic ticket, there can scarcely be found one upon the Republican ticket who does not largely merit the name."

Argus and Radical, October 2, 1878

Republican County Ticket for 1878 elections:

For Congress - W. S. Shallenberger
For State Senate - George V. Lawrence
For General Assembly - John Caughey and G. L. Eberhart
For Sheriff - J. R. Pendleton
For Treasurer - W. F. Dawson
For Register and Recorder - James I. Stokes
For Clerk of Courts - Charles A. Griffin
For Commissioner - Levi Fish and Samuel Nelson
For Coroner - Joseph M. Reed
For County Auditors - Finley Anderson and Henry Cooper

For Poor House Director - William M. Reed
For Trustees of Academy - W. G. Taylor and James Scroggs, Sr.

"The Democratic County ticket fairly represents the intelligence and strength of that party, nothing more. It is claimed that one or two of the candidates are stronger than their party and possibly this may be true, but many are weaker. It is evident to all observers and it is freely admitted by Democrats that the fight is to be made to elect Bradford, Wisener, and Boyle. There will be some show of support for the rest of the ticket, but there is no disguising the fact that the real fight will be to elect the three gentlemen above named and the balance of the ticket will be traded off or practically abandoned to secure this result. Hetchie was put on the ticket simply to fill up, and although he is better qualified for the Legislature than Bradford, and has more personal strength, he will be allowed to fight his own battle while all the strength of the organization will be thrown to Bradford. Mr. Hetchie's friends may not believe this now but the election will demonstrate the correctness of our statement and Mr. Hetchie will realize that his new found friends, while anxious to use him, have not forgotten that he recently left the Republican ranks and must therefore not be trusted by the faithful.

(Editor's Note: Both Thomas Bradford and Tobias Hetchie were elected to the Legislature in November 1878.)

September 21, 1878

There is a rumor in town (Freedom) today of the marriage of Capt. W. C. Gray, of Gray's Iron-line, to a lady of Pittsburg.

October 7, 1878

The cornerstone of the new Lutheran church at Crow's Run (New Sewickley township), the "House of Mercy" of the Evangelical Lutheran church, was laid yesterday. The lot upon which it will be erected was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bentel, of Freedom. The church will be built by Mr. Forsythe of Beaver, Mr. Edward Garrett of Crow run having finished the foundation.

October 18, 1878

Hon. Mahlon Chance, of Ohio, paid a short visit to his relatives in Freedom, Capt. James Bevington and wife.

October 31, 1878

Nelson Reed Wilson, a little son of Hugh P. and Ann J. Wilson, of Pittsburg, was buried in Oak Grove cemetery here yesterday. Mrs. Wilson is a daughter of our old citizen, Squire James Reed (of Freedom).

November 20, 1878

Mrs. Mary Bryan, aged 55 years, wife of Henry Bryan, Esq., died of paralysis last evening. The lady was in her usual health up to noon yesterday, and was conversing with her daughter, whose 21st birthday it was. The daughter left the room a few minutes, and upon her return found her mother seated upon a chair, unable to move or speak. She continued in this manner until death, and recognized no one. It will be remembered that the family lost a son only a short time since, who was one the first victims of the yellow fever on the steamer John Porter, and was buried at Vicksburg. Mrs. Bryan was an ardent and sincere member of the Presbyterian Church. The funeral will take place on Thursday morning.

November 29, 1878

The German Lutheran Church of St. Clair borough was filled to overflowing last evening to witness the marriage of its pastor, Rev. Gotthold Miller and Miss Emma Rockenstein. Miss Rockenstein is a niece of Mr. John Minke, one of our well-known German citizens.

December 4, 1878

On Thanksgiving Day, Squire and Mrs. Thomas G. Kerr left Freedom for Philadelphia, in consequence of receiving intelligence of their daughter, Mrs. Charles L. Heverin, lying dangerously ill with typhoid fever. Today a dispatch came announcing her death, which occurred early this morning. The remains will be brought here for interment, and Mr. W. E. Colter, of the Excelsior oil works, a brother-in-law of the deceased, has gone to Philadelphia to make the necessary arrangements. Mrs. Heverin, or Ella Kerr, was only 25 years of age, and since her marriage, which took place about 3 years since, has resided in Philadelphia. She was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

December 7, 1878

The remains of Mrs. Charles L. Heverin arrived in Freedom from Philadelphia yesterday. The body was contained in a fine casket covered with black cloth, and the plate bore the following inscription: "Ella K. Heverin. Born March 18, 1853. Died December 4, 1878." Services took place today from the residence of her parents.

January 1, 1879

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Corbus, of New Brighton, father and mother of ex-coroner D. Corbus, are on this, the first day of the glad new year, celebrating their golden wedding, 50 New Year's of married life. Mrs. Eliza Reeves Corbus is 69.

January 18, 1879

A daughter of William Lewis had her thigh bone broken by running into a passing wagon, while coasting down an alley leading into Main Street (Freedom).

February 12, 1879

The remains of Henry N. Bryan, on of the first victims of the yellow fever on the John Porter arrived from Vicksburg yesterday.

March 11, 1879

Mr. Henry Craig, who was severely injured by a fall in the boat yard at Freedom while carrying a heavy piece of timber, is considered out of danger.

Mr. Samuel Mellon, one of the members of the Collins railroad expedition to Brazil, arrived at his home, opposite Freedom, a few days since. His health was completely broken down, and he reports the country is unfit to live in.

March 25, 1879

Freedom's public schools closed on Friday with the usual exercises. Owing to the death of a brother, the principal, Miss Tillie E. Moorhead, of Bridgewater, was unable to be present. Miss Gertrude Wakefield, of New Brighton, took the principal's place in her absence.

March 31, 1879

On Saturday morning whilst a little 7 year old daughter of Mr. John Kreps, of Freedom, was looking out of a second story window, in company with a baby sister about 1 year old, the latter fell out of the window, a distance of about 11 feet, striking a stone step 3 feet high, and rolling from thence to the brick sidewalk. The little 7 year old miss at once ran down, picked up her baby sister, and hurried upstairs before the parents knew of it, and it was not until one of the other children, a little boy, said that "baby had fallen out of the window," that the mother discovered the accident. Doctors were at once summoned, neighbors ran in all directions, an examination was made, but no bruises could be discovered, save a slight discoloration of the hip. The secret of all this is that baby's father is a butcher, and baby of course is fat and tough.

Robert McCaskey, aged 73 years, the veteran boat builder of the firm of McCaskey and Kerr, of Freedom, died very suddenly on Saturday. The deceased was one of the earliest settlers of Freedom, and one of the oldest boat builders on the western waters. He was a member of the M.E. church and a man of strict integrity, and a staunch member of the Republican party of Beaver county. The funeral services will take place Tuesday in the M.E. church, from thence the remains will be taken to the family lot in Oak-grove cemetery.

May 13, 1879

Rev. Porter, will be installed as minister of the Rochester Presbyterian church Tuesday evening.

May 20, 1879

Hon. Isaac Marston, of the supreme court of Michigan, and daughter, were in town over Saturday and Sunday, visiting at the house of Mr. Robert L. Wilson.

June 5, 1879

A terrible boiler explosion occurred here this afternoon, resulting in the death of two men, John Bryan, aged 20 years and Frank Matheny, aged 13 years, son of John D. Matheny. The serious injury of a number of others resulted, among whom are John Powell, aged 18 years; Frank Bryan, aged 15 years, brother of John Bryan; William Erwin, aged 16 years; and Joseph McDermott, aged about 60 years. Dick Grim, aged 16 years, son of Charles Grim, and Albert Duck, aged 16 years, are slightly hurt. The explosion took place at Henry Bryan's brickyard, located on the narrow bottom land of Dutchman's run, and was accompanied by the entire demolition of the buildings.

The family of Henry Bryan has been sorely afflicted within a year past. His son Henry was one of the first victims of yellow fever, last summer; a few months thereafter his wife was suddenly stricken down with paralysis, and now one son lies dead and another in such critical condition that life is despaired of.

June 7, 1879

The first funeral of one of the victims of the boiler explosion, Frank Matheny, took place at the Presbyterian church in Freedom yesterday. About the time the remains were laid in the cemetery, Wm. Erwin died, being the fourth victim of the disaster. (John Powell died of his injuries late on June 5.) Today the 3 remaining unburied will be laid to rest.

July 1, 1879

The Freedom public school board met on Saturday last and elected the following teachers for the coming term: Principal Barris; room No. 1, Miss Martha A. Bryan; room No. 2, Miss Edith A. Kerr.

Miss Tillie E. Moorhead, of West Bridgewater, one of Beaver county's most accomplished teachers, was married to Mr. Charles Williams on Tuesday the 24th.

July 12, 1879

Miss Ella Pollard, of McKeesport, is visiting relatives in Freedom, the family of William Trax, Esq.

The injuries of Henry Hale, the workman burned by the fire at the oil-works, are not of a serious character.

July 14, 1879

Miss Weber, of New Brighton, a pupil of Prof. Johannessen, is giving lessons on the piano to a number of classes in Freedom, Remington, and Baden.

The log barn of Price Smith, in New Sewickley township, was struck by lightning on Thursday evening last, and burned to the ground. The loss is slight, as nothing but hay was in the building.

Mr. David Hillman, wife and two children, of Warren, Ohio, are here on a visit to Capt. J. G. Hillman.

Mrs. John R. Large, Miss Laura Large, and Alvin and Charles Large, of Pittsburg, are rusticating at Freedom-heights, their country home.

Captain Alfred Reno, and grandson, Willie, of Allegheny city, were in Freedom over the Fourth, visiting Mrs. C. H. Bentel. The Democracy rejoiced accordingly.

Miss Mary Horst, daughter of Jacob Horst, of Economy township, aged 21 years, died on Saturday night at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Henry Holland, after an illness of two months. The funeral will take place today, and proceed to Concord church where the remains will be interred.

Col. Moses Hendrickson, of Economy township, celebrated his ninetieth birthday on Saturday, June 28th. He has lived in the township 81 years, and is quite hale, being able to walk a distance of two or three miles every day. He was born in New Jersey, on the Delaware river, at Cumberland, and owes his military title to being colonel of a regiment of home guards in Beaver county during the rebellion.

July 21, 1879

Miss Annie Oliver, of Washington, Pa., is in Freedom on a visit to Mr. David E. Lowry.

July 28, 1879

There is now living in Cranberry township, Butler county, near the Beaver county line, an old German soldier who served under the great Napoleon. Recently he celebrated his 89th birthday, which was attended by his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, some of whom reside in Freedom. Jean Louis Roll was born at Gross Vitlars, Oberant Maulbronn, Wirtemberg, July 20, 1790. He served in the army of Wirtemberg 7 years, and afterward under Napoleon, receiving an honorary certificate for bravery on the field. Mr. Roll came to this country in 1828, and settled in Cranberry township on a farm, where he still lives. People in this vicinity will remember the old gentleman's visits to his daughter, Mrs. Christian Holland, and his granddaughter, Mrs. A. A. Baunerot, both of whom reside in Freedom.

August 1, 1879

Mr. James Hartley, of Mansfield, Ohio, accompanied by his wife, is here on a visit to his mother.

Miss Kate Marthens, of Allegheny City, and little Floy Rene, are visitng at Mr. Charles H. Bentel's.

August 7, 1879

Married on Thursday, August 7, 1879; at Freedom, by Rev. John Conner, Allen Mercer, of Fairview, Hancock county, West Va., to Mattie L. Teeters, daughter of Captain and Mrs. James Bevington. The ceremony took place at the residence of Captain Bevington.

August 16, 1879

Mrs. Frank Fogart, of Philadelphia, is visiting at Squire Kerr's.

Miss Jennie Neeper, of Pittsburg, is visiting at R. L. Wilson's.

Mrs. James L. Heverin, of Dover, Del., is here on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Cotter.

Annie Meek, the little 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Meek, died on Friday of spasms, having been ill only a few hours. She was a bright beautiful little child, and her death will be a sore bereavement to the family. The funeral will take place Sunday.

August 23, 1879

The little son of Mr. Ozias Reno had his leg broken by a runaway horse on Friday.

The funeral of John A. Karcher, the well-known baker and confectioner of Rochester, who died on Wednesday last, took place on Friday. The remains were taken to the M.E. church, of which the deceased was a member. Mr. Karcher was about 59 years of age, and has been in Rochester for over 25 years.

September 1, 1879

Mr. Jacob Goas, of New Sewickley township, died on Saturday last, and will be buried today. He was a well-known farmer, and a man of excellent character.

October 17, 1879

Mr. Ed. Mellon, of the Excelsior oil works, leaves here shortly to take a place in the general office of the company at Philadelphia.

Capt. George N. Baker, has opened a new dry goods and grocery store in the room formerly occupied by Mr. Alex. Wilson.

November 11, 1879

Freedom was startled this morning over the news of the sudden death of Mrs. Nancy J. Cottam, daughter of Squire Samuel Peirsoll. Mrs. Cottom was in her usual health, and yesterday evening, while the family were engaged in lively conversation, she suddenly complained of a choking sensation, and said she thought she was dying. She also murmured, "What will become of Davy", the Davy alluded to being her only little boy. Dr. Craig had been sent for, but arrived too late, as death ensued in about twenty minutes from the time of the attack. The deceased was about 32 years of age, and a member of the Presbyterian church. The funeral will take place tomorrow and the remains will be taken thence to Oak Grove cemetery.

November 12, 1879

Mrs. Hugh Richardson, Miss Birdie Richardson, of Allegheny City, and James Piersoll, Esq., and wife, of New Brighton, were in town today attending the funeral of Mrs. Cottom.

November 23, 1879

The funeral of Mr. Wm. Speyerer, who died on Saturday, took place from the English Lutheran church, at Rochester, yesterday. Mr. Speyerer, was the youngest son of Captain George C. Speyerer, the well-known banker and merchant of Rochester, and was associated in the mercantile business with his father and brother. Deceased was about 32 years old, and leaves a wife and 4 children to mourn his loss.

November 29, 1879

Captain George N. Baker, a former steamboatman, now engaged in the mercantile business in Freedom, was married, by Rev. John Connor (of the Freedom M. E. church), on Thanksgiving, November 27, 1879, to Miss Josephine Furnier, daughter of the late Samuel Furnier, proprietor of the Temperance hotel.

December 1, 1879

Thomas H. Cooper, aged 72 years, who was stricken was paralysis on Wednesday, died on Saturday. The funeral will take place from the M.E. church on Tuesday. Deceased was one of our oldest and most esteemed citizens, and for years has been engaged at his occupation of shipcarpenter in the boatyard of McCaskey and Kerr.

December 4, 1879

Mr. Joseph McDermitt, aged 61 years, died yesterday evening of an attack of paralysis which started on Sunday. Deceased was an old resident of Freedom, and a millwright by occupation. He was respected by all who knew him, and leaves a wife and three children. The funeral will take place on Thursday and the remains will be interred in the Catholic burying ground known as Daugherty's.

December 22, 1879

Mr. Edward Snead, a former well-known resident of this place, died at Emsworth station, on the P., F. W. and C. railroad, on Friday, of typhoid pneumonia. Deceased was about 47 years of age, and leaves a family. The remains were brought to Freedom this morning for interment.

The sudden death in Beaver of Mr. Charles D. Hurlbutt, a highly respected citizen of that place, while attending prayer meeting in the M. E. church on Wednesday, was quite a painful surprise.

December 29, 1879

The Presbyterian Sunday school elected the following officers for the next six months on Sunday last: Superintendent, S. Morgan; assistant superintendent, August Blatt; treasurer and secretary, David E. Lowry; librarians, Miss Sadie Cumming and Harold McDonald.

January 5, 1880

A little boy, aged 5 years, son of Daniel F. Snead, of Birmingham, was brought to Freedom for interment some days ago, having died of diphtheria. Since that time the family have removed in the neighborhood, and another child, aged 8 years died of the same disease last week.

January 23, 1880

Miss Caroline L. Karcher, aged 23 years, died of consumption, in Rochester, on Tuesday the 20th. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Episocopal church, yesterday.

January 24, 1880

Charles Wesley Fisher, the steamboat inspector, of Cincinnati, who died a few days since, will be remembered by our older citizens as a former Freedom resident.

The many friends of Miss Robbie Canard, granddaughter of Capt. Whitfield, of Remington, will be pained to hear of her death, which occurred Saturday of consumption. Miss Canard was 19 years of age.

February 11, 1880

Miss Minnie Calahan, who has been dangerously ill with heart disease, is reported out of danger.

Mr. Jack Pickering, the man injured by the dynamite explosion some weeks ago, suffered the loss of one of his eyes on Saturday last. It is thought Mr. Pickering may recover, although it is not certain whether the sight of the remaining eye will be entirely restored.

February 18, 1880

In Freedom the following ticket was elected: Burgess, H. Bryan, Esq.; town council, Robert L. Wilson, John G. Bentel, Wm. Hartley, Wm. D. Kronk, F. Lauderbeck, Henry Winke; judge of election, H. D. Jackson; inspector, T. Y. Shilton; school directors, David E. Lowry, Wm. H. Hooper; assessor, Tobias Hetchie; constable, Samuel Peirsol; auditor, W. S. Trax.

February 22, 1880

The first reports of the accident on the Bellaire and Southwestern railroad, near Bellaire, were to the effect that two brothers and a sister named Bowman had been killed. The names of the parties is Bauman, not Bowman, and their home is at Legionville, the first station below Economy. It seems that Frederick Bauman and wife left their home on Monday, to pay a visit to Mr. Bauman's mother, at Woodsfield, about twenty miles from Bellaire. Mr. Bauman died very suddenly Tuesday, after arriving. A dispatch was then sent home to the family, and on Thursday, Charles, John, and Wm. Bauman, with two sisters, left for Woodfield. Two of the brothers, John and William, and one sister, were seriously injured, but are still alive. The Baumans are tenants of the Economy society.

March 3, 1880

The Rochester Presbyterian church loan exhibition has proved a decided success. It will be continued all this week. Yesterday evening a large audience enjoyed the entertainment given by the Misses Wilson and Mrs. R. S. Moore, of Beaver.

March 19, 1880

William McBrier has been quite ill for some time, and has been confined to the house.

Capt. Thomas J. McDonald will return with his family from Steubenville, Ohio, April 1st, and occupy his residence near the station.

The vacancy caused by the resignation of E. D. Mellon, telegraph operator at the Excelsior oil works, has been filled by Michael Gorman, of Wooster, Ohio.

Jack Pickering, injured by the late dynamite explosion, is slowly recovering, and William Lewis, injured by the express train, is able to walk about the town.

Prof. W. A. Smith, assisted by Rochester talent, gave an entertaining concert in the Armory-hall last night. The singing of Miss Ida Stiles, Miss Jennie Muse and Frank Philips was superior.

March 23, 1880

Mrs. Saul Graham, who removed from Freedom about two weeks since, died very suddenly at Rochester on Friday last. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. The interment took place on Sunday at Lacock's graveyard.

March 25, 1880

Mrs. Maria Leggett, a sister of Captain James Bevington, was married last night to Mr. John Dobson, of Van Wert County, Ohio. Rev. John Connor officiated.

Jacob Olmstead, a well-known carpenter in Freedom's vicinity, died last night. Funeral tomorrow from the M. E. church.

March 27, 1880

James I. Parks and Miss Mary Dean, both of New Sewickley township, were married at the Keyser house, New Brighton, yesterday.

The funeral of John Olmstead took place from the Freedom M. E. church yesterday. There is a circumstance connected with this death which does not often occur. About two hours after the death of the husband, the wife gave birth to a child.

April 12, 1880

Mrs. Sarah Richardson and daughters, Hudie and Birdie, of Allegheny City, are visiting Mr. John B. Cheney.

April 16, 1880

A thief entered the house of Mrs. Mary Bentel, occupied by herself and Mrs. Alvin Taylor. Mrs. Taylor, in endeavoring to enter an upstairs room, was surprised to find the door would not open, being apparently held by someone on the inside. Mrs. Taylor ran down and alarmed Mrs. Bentel, after which she clambered out of a window and ran across the street to Mr. Barker's store for assistance. It being scarcely 9 o'clock P.M., a number of men were found and made a thorough search of the house, but the thief had disappeared. Nothing was taken from the house.

Mr. David White and Miss Sadie West were married yesterday at the residence of Rev. John Connor.

The Misses Sarah Ashworth, Jennie McGrew and Nell Lees, of Pittsburgh, are the guests of Miss Annie L. Bentel.

April 17, 1880

Mr. William McBrier, aged 54 years, died yesterday after a lingering illness. He was a member of Company A, 17th Pennsylvania calvary under command of Captain Daniel M. Donehoe of Beaver, and was mustered out with the company June 16, 1865 after a service of 3 years. Mr. McBrier was a staunch Democrat, and at the time of his death a member of the school board. The funeral will take place tomorrow from the Presbyterian church and from thence to Oak-grove cemetery.

April 19, 1880

At Freedom, on Sunday, April 18, 1880, Charles Stuart, youngest son of R. L. and M. V. Wilson, died aged 4 years, 2 months, and 13 days. Funeral on Tuesday, from Allegheny station to proceed from thence to Uniondale cemetery.

May 3, 1880

Mr. Christopher Schoenemah, aged 68 years, died on Sunday. He was well known in Freedom, being one of its best mechanics. Deceased came here in 1836, and since that time followed his occupation of locksmith and brazier. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, from the German Lutheran church, of which he was a member.

July 20, 1880

Mr. Christian Rapp of Rochester was killed at the gate of the Excelsior Oil Works when the Erie express, going through Freedom, struck his horse and buckboard. Mr. Rapp was a stone mason, aged about 60 years. Mr. Henry Hoehl, of Rochester, also an employee of the works, jumped out of the vehicle to open the gate, which probably saved his life.


Rev. M. L. Wortman, of the Freedom Presbyterian church, has resigned his charge here to accept the call of Hiland church, near Perrysville. Rev. John Connor, of the M. E. church, has been transferred to Beaver Falls.

Mr. Edward D. Mellon, of Mellon, Shilton & Co., was married yesterday to Miss Nettie Cumming, daughter of David Cumming, Esq. of Freedom.

Mrs. Captain Alfred Reno and Mrs. Wm. R. Reno and children, of Allegheny city, are rusticating with their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Bentel.

The wedding of Mr. Ozias Reno and Miss Tillie, daughter of Daniel Pritchard, Esq., was celebrated yesterday at the home of the bride's parents in Freedom.

Mr. Henry Kuhl and wife, and Miss Martha Bryan, accompanied the Smythe excursion to Niagara Falls.

Mr. Frank H. Crawford, of Remington, was married to Miss Sadie, the accomplished daughter of Capt. Henry Whitfield, of the same place, yesterday morning. Mr. Crawford was formerly deputy recorder of Beaver county, and is well known as the correspondent of the Pittsburgh Post in this locality.

November 10, 1880

Mr. Philip Bentel, former merchant, now banker of Freedom, yesterday celebrated his 75th birthday, by giving a grand dinner to his children, grand-children, and immediate relatives. There were present Mrs. Thalia Bentel Conway, of Rochester; Charles H. Bentel and wife, Freedom; Joseph Ledlie, Miss Retta Ledlie and Masters Joseph and James Ledlie, of Beaver; N. F. Hurst, - "Ich Dien" - and wife, Rochester; Mrs. Minerva Clarke, Misses Annie, Cora, Mattie and Zelia Bentel, Freedom; Tobias Hetchie, Freedom, and others.

December 15, 1880

A young man, who gave his name as John Stark, from New Lisbon, Ohio, was arrested yesterday by Constable Henry Craig. He had stolen a pair of shoes from the boarding house of Mrs. McDermott, belonging to a boarder named Musgrove, employed at the tumbler works. Squire Bryan sent Stark to Beaver jail, and upon arriving there it was found that he had left that institution only a day previous, having been charged with coal picks, and owing to his youth and innocence pardoned by Judge Hice.

Beaver Valley News, December 23, 1880

On Friday evening the Noss family and Miss Libbie Sharrer, of New Brighton, gave a concert which delighted the people more than any entertainment held here for years. Mr. Henry Noss and his children, Flora, Ferdy, Lottie, Frank, and Mary, aged 15, 13, 12, 10 and 8 years respectively give a performance that is most charming and unique. Miss Sharrer possesses an excellent voice, full and sweet; and what is lacking in so many singers of reputation, a clear and distinct articulation.

December 27, 1880

Died Monday morning, December 26, Miss Maggie Ella Robinson, aged 18 years, 1 month and 20 days. Funeral from the residence of her stepfather, D. Dempsey, Millvale borough, Wednesday afternoon.

January 1881

Mrs. Cora Hoffman, aged 21 years, wife of Mr. Philip Hoffman, died in Freedom yesterday after a lingering illness. Deceased was the oldest daughter of W. W. Kerr, Esq. of Excelsior Oil Works, and granddaughter of Thomas O. Kerr, Esq. The funeral takes place on Tuesday.

January 8, 1881

Mr. David Cumming, one of our best citizens and a well-known river pilot, died in Freedom this morning, aged 43 years. Mr. Cumming was a member of the Pilot's association of Pittsburg and also of Rochester lodge No. 229, A. Y. M. The funeral will take place tomorrow.

January 9, 1881

Mr. and Mrs. David E. Lowry met with a sad affliction in the death of their only child, Mabel, a bright, lovable little girl, aged 3 years, who died on Sunday evening of membraneous croup. The funeral will take place on Tuesday afternoon.

January 22, 1881

Mrs. Eliza J. McBrier, relict of William McBrier, and well-known in this section, died yesterday in Freedom. Funeral tomorrow from the Presbyterian church.

Thomas McKee, aged about 80 years, an old resident of New Sewickley township, died a few days since. Deceased formerly owned quite a large tract of land, but through speculation lost all but a few acres, on which he resided at the time of his death.

January 31, 1881

A freight train ran into two boys while coasting here this morning, injuring both fatally. Their names are Ralph Blatt, aged 13, son of August Blatt, and Thomas Rogers, aged 10, adopted son of Wm. Greer. (The funeral took place from the Presbyterian church on February 2nd.)

February 2, 1881

Monday night about 12 o'clock a drunken tramp entered the house of Mr. Blatt. Capt. Thor. McDonald, Jas. Manor, Samuel Hamilton and S. Morgan were in the house at the time and told the man to leave, stating that the family were in trouble. This the tramp demurred to, and began to get impudent. He was then shown the door and Mr. Morgan escorted him a few squares. About half an hour later the gentlemen were aroused by Capt. McDonald's domestic, a colored girl, who stated that a man was on their front porch and threatened the woman if he was not admitted he would smash in the doors and windows. The men immediately started for Capt. McDonald's residence and found the fellow on the porch. He refused to leave, and Capt. McDonald gave him one of his characteristic left-handers which sent him off in a hurry.

February 14, 1881

The body of a man found dead on the tracks of the P., Ft. W. & C. R. R. on Friday morning last, near Agnew station, has been recognized. A brother came to the city and claimed the body, and took it to Freedom, his former place of residence, for interment. The brother stated that the name of the deceased is George Duck; that he was a brickmaker by trade, but being out of employment, startered to come to the city on Thursday morning, in hopes of getting a job on the river, and was, he thought, riding on a freight when knocked off and killed. The brother states that his father was killed on the railroad some 9 years ago.

March 21, 1881

At Bernhardt's in the play of "Camille" were J. J. Wickham, Esq. and wife, of Beaver; Hon. G. L. Eberhart and wife, and Mr. J. S. Hoopes and wife, of New Brighton; Joseph Leedlie, Esq., Dr. Riggs, District-attorney Moore, A. W. McCoy, Esq., of Beaver, and Tobias Hetchie, of Freedom.


Messrs. C. H. Bentel, David E. Lowary and Tobias Hetchie, three well known capitalists of Freedom, have organized themselves into a firm for the purpose of engaging in the business of oil refining. The works will be erected upon the land of Mr. Hetchie, at the outskirts of St. Clair Borough, will be known as the Emporia Oil Works, of Freedom.

Argus and Radical, 1881

There is a "Cousin Jed" junior now at Freedom. To say he is happy will not do. To say he is the happiest man in this broad land will not express the degree of his paternal emotions. Well, he just lays back his ears, smokes, and says, "I tell you what, this is the boss baby; his name shall be Tobias, Jr. Oh! he is a brick, and don't you forget it."

Pittsburg Leader, 1881

Mr. John C. Hart, of Beaver, lost a little child, yesterday. Cause of its death was measles.

Miss Jennie Stevenson, of Frankfort Springs, is visiting in Bridgewater, the guest of Mrs. Dr. Ramsey.

April 2, 1881

Mr. August Acker, aged about 25, died in St. Louis on Wednesday, after an illness of 4 weeks. Deceased was formerly in Pittsburg, being a druggist by occupation. He was the youngest son of Dr. Acker, deceased, the founder of the Phillipsburg, Beaver County, water cure, and his mother resides there at present. His brothers, Edward Acker, of East Liberty, and Dr. Louis K. Acker, of Frankin, Pa. were with him at the time of his death and will bring his remains home probably today.

April 13, 1881

Tobias Sauderbeck, an old and well-known German resident of Freedom, died on Sunday last, aged 60 years. The funeral took place on Tuesday and was largely attended. The deceased was the father of Francis Sauderbeck of the South Side, Pittbsurg, and a member of the Catholic church.

Mrs. Phebe Murdoch, daughter of Captain Henry Whitfield, of Remington, died on day, funeral today, Wednesday.
Beaver Star, April 15, 1881

A. P. Sickman proposes emigrating to Colorado.

Pittsburg Leader, April 15, 1881

Samuel White, a well-known resident of Freedom, died on Wednesday morning, aged about 30 years. Deceased was a fine specimen of rugged manhood until something over a year since, at which time his eyesight began failing, and gradually he became almost totally blind, and complained of severe pains in his head. A post mortem was held yesterday by Dr. J. R. Lockhart, of Freedom, and Drs. W. B. McClure and W. A. Rose, of Rochester, who found a tumor weighing two ounces, situated at the base of the brain.

David E. Lowry has withdrawn from the Emporia oil works owing to ill health. Bentel, Hetchie, and Mellon will be the firm name hereafter.

April 22, 1881

William Thompson, of Pittsburg, a colored man engaged as fireman on the steamer Coal Valley, was drowned last evening, at Baker's yard, a short distance above Freedom.

Mrs. Margaretha Bentel, wife of Philip Bentel, the well known banker and ex-merchant, of Freedom, died this morning, aged 74 years. Mrs. Bentel was a estimable and kind-hearted lady. Deceased was one of 7 sisters, connected in their early years with the Economy society of Beaver county, 3 of whom survive her, viz: Mrs. Anna Marie Hetchie, of Freedom, Mrs. Wilhelmina Dubarry, of Bloomfield (Pittsburg), and Mrs. Christina Acker, Phillipsburg, Pa. She was the mother of Mr. Charles H. Bentel, of Freedom; Mrs. John Conway, of Rochester, and Mrs. Jos. Ledlie, of Beaver, and Mr. John F. Bentel, of Freedom, both deceased. The funeral will take place on Sunday.

May 13, 1881

Mrs. Mary Robinson, wife of John Robinson, Esq., of New Brighton, was buried yesterday. Deceased was one of the oldest members of the Methodist Protestant church of New Brighton.

Diphtheria is quite prevalent in Freedom. Last week Philip Hoffman lost an interesting little boy. The mother of the child, Mrs. Cora Hoffman, daughter of W. W. Kerr, Esq., died only last fall, and the death of the child leaves Mr. Hoffman again alone.

Mrs. Lizzie Betz, aged 23 years, wife of Curtis Betz, died yesterday of diphtheria. She leaves two children, one a little babe of six months. The funeral will take place today (Friday).

A leading event in Beaver county social circles was the wedding of Mr. J. P. Conlin, of Rochester, and Miss Mary A. Hogan, of Brighton township, which took place on Thurday, the 11th inst, Rev. Father Canavin officiating. The impressive marriage ceremony of the Catholic church (took place in Rochester). Misses Ella Mullen and Sadie Mellon delighted the large audience with their beautiful rendition of the "Gloria in Excelsis" and other arias suitable to the occasion.

Beaver Valley News, May/June 1881

Tobias Hetchie, Esq., ("Cousin Jed") the interesting newspaper correspondent of Freedom, furnishes us with the following interesting data relative to the ages of some of the old residenters of that town:

"The number of men now living in Freedom, who have reached three score and ten and over is quite large, considering the population, which is about 1,000. It will be seen by the record that about one in fifty reach that age: Jackson Sloan, 86; Joshua Olmstead, 83; Charles Graham, 85; John W. Snead, 82; Louis Epple, 82; John Kelly, 79; Henry Rea, 78; John Hartman, 76; Philip Bentel, 75; Thomas G. Kerr, 73; Henry Bryan, 72; Conrad Brandt, 72; Daniel Pritchard, 78; Samuel Piersol, 78; Samuel Krepps, 77; John Grim, 75; John Nickum, 72; H. D. Jackson, 70; Richard Hall, 70; Isaac Baker, 70; Simon Grim, 70."

June 4, 1881

The most notable society event of the season was the marrying of Mr. N. F. Hurst - "Ich Dien" of the Leader - of West Bridgewater, and Miss Lillian M. Conway, of Rochester, only daughter of John Conway, Esq., banker, which occurred on Thurday evening, June 2, 1881, at the residence of the bride's parents. Rev. W. W. Ralston, of the Bridgewater Presbyterian church, pronounced the words which made them man and wife.

We give a list of the presents, which were elegant and numerous, viz: By the groom, a set of china ware, Mr. and Mrs. John Conway, a check for a handsome sum, Philip Bentel, Esq., Fredonia, $100; Mrs. A. P. Blake, East End, Pittsburg, case solid silver spoons, ladle, forks, etc.; Mr. Will Blake, East End, silver water and tea set; Mrs. Marv Emery Remington, silver ice pitcher; Captain and Mrs. James Conway, Remington; set silver spoons, knives and forks; Mr. and Mrs. H. Kuhn, East End, marble clock; Captain and Mrs. Markle, West Newton, handsome pair steel engravings; Mr. Robert Hurst, East End, dinner castor and fruit stand combined; Joseph Ledlie, Esq., and sister, Beaver, handsome silver and cut glass center piece; Mr. and Mrs. Tobias Hetchie, Freedom, cologne set and silver jewel case combined; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Bentel, Freedom, silver cake basket, decorated; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Hurst, Bridgewater, set pearl handled knives; Mrs. Amelia Hurst, Bridgewater, fringed table cloth and napkins, Mrs. Mary B. Bentel, Freedom, bridal boquet, and silver holder; Mrs. Jennie Johnson, Rochester, silver butter dish; Charles Conway, Rochester, parlor vase lamp; Mr. and Mrs. P. Ivory, Perrysville, silver pickle castor and berry dish; Miss Kate Carmany, Madison, Ind., silver card basket; Miss Jessie Myers, Steubenville, O., china plaque; Miss Emma Rockwell, Frankfort Springs, oil painting; Miss Sallie Hurst, Bridgewater, pair silver vases; Miss Dollie Hurst and brother, Rochester, dinner castor; Miss Jennie Marshall, Bridgewater, clock; Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Barnes, East End, Pittsburg, case napkin rings, salts and butters; Mr. Robert D. Hurst, Rochester, silver cake basket; Misses Ada and Laura McConnell, Bridgewater, toilet set; Miss Vida Hurst, Bridgewater, silver cake basket; Miss Annie L. Bentel, Freedom, silver pickle castor; Miss Mary Milligan, Liverpool, hand painted dessert plates; Miss Zelia Bentel, Freedom, card basket.

June 11, 1881

Readers of the Leader will remember the death of Louis Roll, an old veteran who served under Napoleon, during the winter. Since his demise his widow Hannah Roll, has been residing with Mrs. Christina Holland, her daughter, in Freedom. About a week ago she was taken sick and died last night at the age of 88 years. The funeral will take place Sunday, to proceed to Butler county, where her husband lies buried.

An event in Rochester society was a prominent wedding in Catholic circles. We allude to the marriage of Mr. James T. Conlin, baggage-master of the Rochester depot, and Miss Annie Hewring, which took place at the Catholic church Tuesday morning, June 7, 1881. Father F. Steffen, officiated.

June 29, 1881

Mr. Joseph M. McCaskey, aged 29 years, died last night after an illness of 2 weeks with typhoid fever. Deceased was corporal of Co. D, 10th regiment, N. G. Pa., and the youngest son of Robert McCaskey, deceased, the former well-known boat builder of the firm of McCaskey and Kerr. He was a young man of good attainments and universally respected. Being the youngest of a family of 6 boys noted for intrepidity and daring it was but natural that when help was needed during the fire at Rochester a few weeks since he should be the first to leave his work and respond to the call for aid, running the distance of one mile and a half in a hot sun and then working for hours at a hot fire with the Freedom engine. This, it is supposed, superinduced the fever which caused his death.

June 30, 1881

Mrs. Lauderbeck, wife of Tobias Lauderbeck, deceased, an old resident of Freedom, died last week aged about 65 years.

John Grin, aged 75 years died yesterday morning. Deceased has been a citizen of Freedom for a number of years. Funeral takes place today.

Word was received here yesterday of the death of Mrs. James Ellis, nee Emma Noss, formerly a resident of Freedom, now of Allegheny City. Deceased was well-known in Beaver county, being daughter of Mr. J. J. Noss, and sister to Mrs. Captain Abraham McDonald. The funeral will take place here Friday morning at Oak Grove cemetery.

July 1, 1881

The funeral services of First-sergeant Joseph M. McCaskey, of Company D, 10th Regiment, N. G. P., who died of typhoid fever on Wednesday night last, took place from the residence of his mother today, and was attended by a large number of people from Freedom and surrounding towns.

July 4, 1881

Dr. McDonald, of Baltimore, is home on a visit to his parents.

Mr. William Hartley, formerly ticket agent here, now of Bluffton, Indiana, spent last week with his mother and other friends in Freedom.

Miss Ollie Hooper, daughter of William H. Hooper, was married last Thursday evening, to Mr. Danobach, from near Zelienople.

Mr. Joseph Kelly, an old and well known citizen, died on Sunday morning last, aged 79 years. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, the 4th from his home at the Vicary place.

August 12, 1881

John Small, aged 22 years, was instantly killed this morning by the fast express going east, while walking on the track.

August 22, 1881 
Mrs. Hannah Hendrickson, widow of "Col." Moses Hendrickson, resides at her farm home in Economy township, about two miles and a half from Freedom. Her age is upward of 80 years, and she computes it by reckoning from the time she washed for Hull's army which encamped over night at what is now Remington station, in the year 1812, at which time she supposes her age to be 10 or 12 years. The old lady is of low stature rather stoutly built, and is the mother of 7 children, 6 of whom are living near their birthplace, one being dead. Although but 22 miles from Pittsburg, she has never been to it, or any other city. In answer to a question, she said, "Lord bless you, I have never been farther down than Beaver point, and never been up farther than Shields' place near Big Sewickley creek."

Samuel Cheney, of New Sewickley township, aged 86, and William G. Irwin, formerly of the same township, died a few days since and were buried in Oak-grove cemetery.


Miss Eveline Skillinger, an old resident of Freedom, died here this week.

Fall 1881?

"Leaf by leaf the roses fall," and one by one the batchelors go this fall, yide the marriage of Mr. William M. Bryan and Miss Lena Furnier, a few weeks since.

March 1882

Mrs. Margaret Black, aged about 110 years, probably the oldest person in the State, if not in the United States, died in the old mansion of Capt. William Vicary, deceased, near Freedom, on Friday morning, March 4. Mr. Shafer, of Beaver, conducted the funeral services on Saturday, and the remains were laid in Oak Grove Cemetery. At the time of her death, the deceased lived with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Kelly, who herself is 73 years of age. In April, 1876, "Cousin Jed", has an interview with the lady.

July 2, 1883

On Friday an information was made against A. L. Hunt and S. L. Fridegar, of New Brighton, charging them with falsely and maliciously conspiring to cheat and defraud James Wasson, Henry M. Camp, Louis Seizer and Robert Campbell, of Rochester, out of money. It is alleged that Hunt falsely issued warrants over his signature as justice of the peace, which were served by Fridegar on Wasson, Camp, Seizer, and Campbell, and that on threats of prosecution on false charges extorted from and defrauded them out of forty dollars, for which a receipt was given by Hunt and Fridegar. Warrants for the arrest of Hunt and Fridegar were issued and put in the hands of Constable Lazarus, who arrested and took them before Squire Covert, by whom they were admitted to bail for court in the sum of $500 each.

The funeral of Miss Abbott took place Saturday (in Rochester) and was largely attended. The remains were buried at Lacock's cemetery.

Dr. Ramsey, Jr., of Bridgewater, recently got a patient that no doubt will take all his patience. It's a girl.

An immense concourse of people from Beaver, Rochester, Phillipsburgh, and the surrounding country followed the remains of the late Philip Bentel to their resting palce in Oak Grove cemetery yesterday. A floral pillar with the inscription "Grandpa" lay at the head of the casket and on the plate was inscribed:

Died June 29, 1883, aged 77 years
"Whereas, I was blind, now I see"

October 2, 1883?

Margaret Wolf, of New Sewickley township, aged 83 years, died on Thursday last, and was buried in Oak Grove cemetery on Saturday. Deceased was the widow of John Wolf, and a member of Freedom Presbyterian church for many years.

November 27, 1883

Jackson Sloan, a survivor of the war of 1812, aged 88 years, died in Freedom yesterday evening. He was a resident of Beaver for a number of years, but for upwards of 20 years has made his home in Freedom. His wife died last year and a son was killed in the war of the rebellion. Three married daughters survive him, Mrs. James Manor and Mrs. George W. Meek, of Freedom, and Mrs. I. J. Sherer, of Freeport. The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church and highly respected in the community. The funeral will take place tomorrow (Wednesday).

December 12, 1883?

John Sloan, an estimable young man of this place, aged about 25 years, died yesterday morning, after an illness of 3 weeks, of typhoid fever. The funeral took place today.

January 3, 1884

Mr. Robert L. Wilson, of Freedom, died at his home on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1884. Deceased was 53 years of age, and a native of Ireland, which country he left in youth.

Published: Gleanings, Beaver County Genealogical Society, 
Volumes 19, No. 4, Volume 20, Nos. 1-4, and Volume 21,
No. 1. (1995-6).

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