MEANS, ELIZA (KIRK) — Mrs. Eliza Kirk Means, wife of Mr. George M. Means, of Pittsburgh, former well known and highly respected citizens of Clarion died Sunday, July 21, 1918, aged about 68 years. Mrs. Means was the daughter of Prof. Kirk, who formerly lived and taught school at Curllsville and Clarion. She was married in 1891 to Mr. Means, who now survives her with one son, Benj. Means, of Butler, their only other child, a daughter, having died some years ago. The deceased was a splendid Christian lady greatly loved by all who knew her. Her body was brought to the old home at Curllsville and given interment there. Source: 8/1/1918 Clarion Democrat.
MEANS, MARY JANE (RANKIN) — Died December 9th, 1895, at the home of her son near Curllsville, Pa., Mary J. Means, aged 77 years, 10 months and 1 day. She was born on a farm near where she died, and lived in the immediate neighborhood nearly all her life. Three sons and one daughter survive her, her husband and two children having preceded her to the grave. The funeral services were held Wednesday, December 11, conducted by Rev. E.N. Askey. Source: Clarion Journal 12/16/1895.
MEANS, ROBERT REED — Robert left Mifflin County when he was a small boy, moving to Armstrong County in 1821. He grew to manhood on the family homestead near Curllsville, Clarion Co., Pennsylvania. In 1847, Robert went to Brookville, Pa. and in the following year engaged in the merchantile business. He was appointed deputy sheriff of Jefferson County, Pa., and in 1850, was elected a justice of the peace serving a full term of five years. In 1856, he purchased the "Railroad House", which he owned until 1864. Robert served under Col. Samuel Block as a Captain of Co. I of the 62nd Regiment. He participated in the campaign of the pennisula and at Malvern Hill during the days fight. He was wounded in the thigh and left upon the field. Robert was later found by a scouting party of the Confederacy and was taken to Richmond, Virginia and put in Libby Prison. After a short time, he was exchanged and sent to Davids Island Hospital, New York where he remained for several months. He returned to Brookville on furlough and as his health did not improve, he tendered his resignation from the Army, which was accepted. In 1870, he was elected associate judge of Jefferson Co., Pa. and served his term with marked ability and gained the respect and love of his community. In 1875, Judge Means devoted his entire attention to his huge lumbering interests.
MEIER, ILA MAE (GROCE) (includes photo) - Ila Mae Meier, 103, a resident of Clarview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Sligo RD 1 for the past five years, died there Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001. Born May 29, 1898, in Forest County, she was a daughter of William D. and Bessie Wolford Groce. Mrs. Meier was a homemaker. She was the oldest living member of Sligo United Methodist Church, where she served as pianist and Sunday School teacher for many years. She also belonged to the Lady Priscilla Rebekah Lodge of Sligo where she served in many offices, as district deputy president of Clarion County and as pianist of the lodge for many years. She also was a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 149 of Sligo, where she also served as pianist. She was married March 30, 1916, to John H. Meier, who preceded her in death Nov. 25, 1989. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ben (Virginia) DAVIS of Sligo; four sons and their wives, Paul and Jackie Meier of Sligo, Merl and Marjorie Meier and Dean and Rosemary Meier, all of Akron, Ohio, and Keith and Gerri Meier of Knox; a sister, Mrs. Twila STANLEY of Bessemer; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchilden and four great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Parker, Robert, Merrill, Ivan, Clair and Wilbur Groce. Friends will be received after church and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Varner Funeral Home in Sligo. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Bessie Maihle, pastor of Sligo United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Richard Eddinger, retired Methodist minister, co-officiating. Interment will follow in Sligo Cemetery. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to Sligo United Methodist Church, Sligo, 16255; or the Jane and John Doe Fund, in care of Clarview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Route 68, Sligo, 16255. The Derrick, Saturday, October 13, 2001
MEISER, JOSEPHINE— 3/11/1912 Daily Independent, Monessan, Pa—Josephine, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George E.C. Meiser of East Schoonmaker avenue, died at 7 o’clock Saturday evening, March 9, 1912, after only four days’ sickness and stomach trouble. Although the child had been ailing for three weeks, her case was not thought to be serious, and death came as a great shock to her many friends and friends of the family, as little Josephine was a great pet and favorite with all who knew her immediately. The funeral services were conducted Sunday evening at 5 o’clock by Rev. J.M. Jamison and Rev. A.W. Davis, at the undertaking parlor of R.S. Kelly, the body being taken to Sligo, Clarion county, today for interment. Mr. and Mrs. Meiser have the deepest and most heartfelt sympathy of the large circle of friends in this sad hour, when the Lord has seen best to pluck from the earth another bright flower of love, perpetual sunshine and happiness, to be with Him in the heavenly land.
MENSCH, VIOLET ADELE “MIDGE” (HASLETT) — Violet Adele "Midge" Mensch, 98, of Marienville, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, in Snyder Memorial Health Care, Marienville. Born Sept. 18, 1907, in Queen, Forest County, she was the daughter of Clifton J. and June M. Myers Haslett. She was a 1928 graduate of Clarion State Normal School and taught school in Guitonville and Marienville before marrying J. Edwin Mensch Sept. 1, 1931, in Knox. Mrs. Mensch also was employed at Ford Garage in Marienville. Upon the untimely death of her husband Dec. 9, 1946, she went to work as a bank teller at the Gold Standard National Bank in Marienville. She retired from the bank in 1972 after 26 years of dedicated service. She attended the First Presbyterian Church in Marienville. Mrs. Mensch enjoyed painting, knitting, crossword puzzles, baking, scenic rides through the woods, playing cards, fishing in Canada and spending time with her family. Surviving are her children and spouses: Marie and Charles Baxter of Marienville, Richard and Donna Mensch of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and Bruce and Marilyn Mensch of Valencia; eight grandchildren, Steve Baxter of Marienville, Katy Johnson and husband, Brett, of Gibsonia, Elaine Super and husband, Chuck, Robert, John and Mark Mensch, all of Egg Harbor Township, N.Y., Greg Mensch and wife, Rita, of Allison Parker and Brian Mensch and wife, Wendy, of Wexford; and seven great-grandchildren, Brooke and Evan Johnson, Casey, Jennifer and Brad Super and Leah and Abby Mensch. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Mensch was preceded in death by an infant son, John Lewis Mensch; five brothers and three sisters, Merle Haslett, E. Clayton Haslett, Clifton Haslett, Gaylord Haslett, Fred Haslett, Nora Burdick, Mabel Hoover and Ruth Brown; and numerous nephews and nieces. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Ronald McDonald Funeral Home, Marienville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Boyd Edmondson officiating. Interment will be in North Forest Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 475, Marienville, 16239. The Derrick, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005
MERCER, DOROTHY ALBERTA (HENRY) — CLARION - Mrs. Dorothy Alberta Mercer, 64, of Sligo RD 1, wife of Edward Clair Mercer, died at 8:25 a.m. Thursday in Grandview Extendicare, Clarion. She was born October 10, 1910, in Monroe Township, Clarion County, a daughter of Thomas M. and Ella Magness Henry. On December 1, 1928, she married Edward Clair Mercer who survives. Mrs. Mercer, a housewife, was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Sligo. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ellsworth (Betty) Phillips of Sligo RD 1 and Mrs. Ben (Louise) McClain of Clarion RD 2; two sisters, Mrs. Velvie Dunkle of Sligo and Mrs. Stella Bracken of Reynoldsville; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Mae Mercer; four sisters, Mrs. Carrie Hepler, Mrs. Bertha Bashline, Mrs. Lottie Mercer and Mrs. Blanch Murray, and a brother Walter Henry. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday at the Gerald I. Goble Funeral Home in Clarion. Funerals services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Rev. Boyd A. Bell, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Sligo, will officiate. Interment will be in Sligo Cemetery. The Derrick Friday, May 2, 1975. Submitted by Thelma Kifer.
MERCER, GLENN MYRON —RECOVER BODY OF SLIGO MAN—Glenn M. Mercer, 40, Missing since Saturday is Clarion River victim. Clarion, March 20 -- the body of Glenn Myron Mercer, 40, of Sligo, R.D. 1, who had been missing from his home since Saturday afternoon, was recovered about 10 p.m. tonight from the Clarion river below the mouth of Mill Creek. The body was recovered at a point about 2,000 feet below the place Mercer had parked his automobile after driving to the river to fish. It is believed that he slipped down an embankment into about 10 feet of water and was unable to save himself. The search for Mercer's body was directed by William K. Mowry, Sr., chief of the Clarion fire department, who was assisted by District Attorney, W.P. Geary and Assistant Chief Edward Spindler. Mercer left his home at 4 p.m. Saturday to go fishing and was last seen about 5:30 when he stopped at the Mowry service station here for gasoline. At the time he asked William K. Mowry, Jr., to accompany him on the fishing expedition, but the Clarion man was unable to make the trip. When Chief Mowry heard that Mercer was missing, he remembered that the Sligo man had intended to go fishing and so the chief drove to the Clarion river at the mouth of Mill Creek where he found the missing man's automobile, fishing tackle and lunch. Help was summoned and volunteers started dragging the river. The body was placed in a motor-boat and taken downstream to the river bridge about a half-mile west of Clarion and then brought here. Dr. H.M. Wellman of St. Petersburg, announced that no inquest into the drowning will be held, and that he will issue a certificate of accidental death by drowning. Mercer, who was employed by the Owens-Illinois Glass company, married the former Lottie Henry, who with several children, survives. - submitted by Linda Walls
MERRYMAN, CARLTON LEE — The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Merryman, of Piney township, will most sincerely sympathize with them on the death of their little son, Carlton, which occurred Friday, June 3, 1904, from diphtheria. Five of the family were afflicted with the disease, but all the others, we are glad to say are improving. -- The Clarion Democrat, Thursday, June 9, 1904, page 5; Vol. LXIV, No. 28
Carlton Merryman, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Merryman, who was reported last week as suffering with a severe attack of diphtheria died Friday evening and was buried in the Pine Grove M. E. Cemetery on Sabbath at 3 P.M. -- The Clarion Democrat, Thursday, June 9, 1904, page 8; Vol. LXIV, No. 28. Source: Michael D.C. Merryman
MERRYMAN, CLARA ANNA (FLACK) -- Mrs. David W. Merryman, one of the most highly esteemed residents of Piney township, died at her home Wednesday, March 31, 1915, and her funeral was held at Zion M.E. church Saturday, April 3, with Rev. C.M. Haines, of Sligo, officiating and the interment took place in Zion cemetery. The deceased was Clara Anna Flack, daughter of William and Mary Flack, of Piney township, and was born Nov. 10, 1858. She was united in marriage with David W. Merryman in Monroe Township on Nov. 14, 1874, and there now survive the following children: Mrs. Anna Larimer, John O., Irvin M., Curtis R., Clara A., and Ira G. Merryman. Mrs. Merryman was a devout Christian and was a member of Pine Grove M.E. Church in Piney Township for many years. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all in their loss. Source: Clarion Democrat, April 8, 1915.
MERRYMAN, ESTHER D. — SLIGO – Esther D. Merryman, 93, of Shippenville, died Sunday morning, January 7, 2007 , in Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Sligo. [Clarion News excerpt]
Esther D. Merryman, 93, of Shippenville, died Sunday morning, Jan.7, 2007, in Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Sligo. Born July 23, 1913, in Ypsilanti, Mich., she was the daughter of August and Laura Burris Hurrelbrink. Mrs. Merryman worked in private homes as a caregiver. She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for more than 25 years. Mrs. Merryman was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Shippenville since March 28, 1937, where she taught Sunday school and was the Cradle Role superintendent for 15 years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, baking for the church and making peanut brittle. Mrs. Merryman first was married Oct. 11, 1933, to Willis "Ted" Knight, who died July 9, 1953. She then was married June 14, 1957, to Russell Merryman, who died Dec. 28, 1992. Surviving are a son, Ralph Knight Sr. and wife, Patricia, of Knox; nine grandchildren, Kim Watson and husband, Ron, Lewis Knight Jr., Sharon Bell and husband, Jim, Herb Knight and wife, Rose, Willis "Ted" Knight and wife, Barbara, Ralph "Pete" Knight Jr. and wife, Jean, Denise Maxwell and husband, Bill, Esther Beichner and husband, Dan, and Lisa Knight; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and both husbands, Mrs. Merryman was preceded in death by two sons, Lewis Knight and Russell Knight; one daughter, Kendra Merryman; one sister, Hazel O'Neil; and five brothers, George Hurrelbrink, Edward Hurrelbrink, Arthur Hurrelbrink, Floyd Hurrelbrink and Charles Hurrelbrink. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the William N. Rupert Mortuary Inc. in Knox. Visitation also will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the First United Methodist Church of Shippenville, Main Street, Route 322, Shippenville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with Pastor Sue Hoover and the Rev. Dick Eddinger officiating. Interment will follow in the Knox Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Main Street, Route 322, Shippenville, 16254; Shippenville Ambulance Service, Main Street, Route 322, Shippenville, 16254; or to the American Cancer Society, 133B, W. Main St., Clarion, 16214. Source: KQW96.3
MERRYMAN, JOHN COULTER — Many hearts were stirred with the deepest feelings of sorrow at the loss and sympathy for the surviving family and friends when the word was received that J. C. Merryman, whowith his wife was spending the winter at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dora Altman, wife of Oscar Altman or Franklin, had died from an attack of pneumonia at 3 o'clock a. m. Saturday, December 31, 1932, following an illness of one week. John Coulter Merryman was the son of Joshua and Sara(h) Merryman and was born in Piney township, Clarion county on August 14, 1850. He made his home in that township until 1909, when the family moved to Clarion. The past four months Mr. and Mrs. Merryman have been living in Franklin with their daughter. In his early manhood Mr. Merryman became a farmer and operated in lumber and was very active in the transaction of business of any kind that he undertook, thus earning the confidence, good will respect of those with whom he came in contact. After removing to Clarion he still kept active and busy in work of one kind and another for a number of years, but the time came when he could no longer do manual labor and he retired, still holding the high regard of all who knew him. In November, 1878, he and Miss Mary Magee of the same township were united in marriage. Mrs. Merryman survives to cherish the knowledge she has of having had a loving life partner. He is also survived by the following children: M. M. Merryman, Sac City, Ia.; Mrs. Dora Altman of Franklin; Mrs. Mabel Beaver, Omaha, Neb; E. O. Merryman, Shippenville; J. J. Merryman, Novato, Calif; Mrs. Nellie Stimer, Tyrone; Mrs. Wilda Watson, Kellettville, and Glade Merryman, Oil City. There also survive 24 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, with one brother, David Merryman, Sligo, and one sister, Mrs. Alice Finnefrock, Batavia, N. Y. One son, Carlton, died 28 years ago at the age of 7 years. Mr. Merryman was a fine Christian man. While living in Piney township, years ago, he was a member of the M. E. Church at Shamburg or Pine Grove, and for a very long time was instrumental in helping to carry on the work in a very successful manner. After coming to Clarion, he affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, and was a steadfast supporter of the same. All those who knew him esteemed him as a fine christian gentleman. His body was removed to Clarion by the Haskell Ambulance and his funeral was held from his late Clarion home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. H. W. Mitchell of Franklin, conducting the service. Interment was made in the Clarion cemetery. (Methodist/Protestant portion of Immaculate Conception Cemetery.) Source: The Clarion Democrat; 5 January 1933 Vol. XCIII No. 6. Courtesy of Susan Llewellyn
MERRYMAN, MARY MAGEE — Mrs. Mary Magee Merryman, 89, of Pleasantville, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday in her home. The daughter of the late William and Barbara Wagner Magee she was born August 18, 1859, In Piney township, Clarion County. Her husband, John C. Merryman, died in 1932. Surviving are nine children, Mrs. Nelle Stiner of Pleasantville, Mrs. Wilda Watson of Tionesta. E. O. of Shippenville, Glade of Erie, Mabel of Fall City. Neb., M. N. of Tacoma, Wash., and J. J. Merryman of El Centro, Calif.; a brother, A. D. Magee of Toronto, Canada, and a sister, Mrs. R. E. Lee of Clarion county. Mrs. Merryman was a charter member of the Clarion Free Methodist church. The body was taken to the Haslet funeral home, Tionesta. Source: The Blizzard, Oil City, PA. Thursday, April 14, 1949. Pg 5. Courtesy of Paul Kifer.
Mrs. Mary Merryman, 89, of Pleasantville, died suddenly Wednesday, April 13, in her home after a prolonged illness. The daughter of the late William and Barbara Wagner Magee, she was born August 18, 1859, in Piney Township, Clarion County. Her husband, John C. Merryman, died in 1932. Surviving are seven children, Mrs. Nellie Stimer, Pleasantville; Mrs. Wilda Watson, Tionesta; E. O. Merryman, Shippenville; Glade Merryman, Erie; Mabel, Fall City, Neb.; M. M. Merryman, Tacoma, Washington; and J. J. Merryman of El Centro, Calif; a brother, A. D. Magee of Toronto, Canada; and a sister, Mrs. R. E. Lee of Clarion County: 24 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. A son, Carlton, died in 1904, and a daughter, Mrs. Dora Altman, died in 1945. Mrs. Merryman was a charter member of the Clarion Free Methodist Church. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 17, from the Clarion Free Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Allinger officiating. Interment in the Clarion cemetery. Source: The Clarion Democrat, Tuesday, 26 April 1949. Vol. 110, No. 9, courtesy of Susan Llewellyn
MERRYMAN, ROBERT L. — Robert L. Merryman Sr., 60, of Liberty Street Apartments, Clarion, died Monday, April 28, 2003, in Clarion Hospital. Born Feb. 16, 1943, in Shippenville, he was the son of Jay B. and Elnora B. Burns Merryman. He was baptized at age 16 and again six years ago. Mr. Merryman was employed by Knox Glass Containers for 12 years, working there from 1969 to 1981. He was an avid member of the Beacon Lodge Club. Mr. Merryman enjoyed hunting and camping. Surviving are his former wife, Darlene Maddy Merryman of Tionesta; one son, Robert Merryman Jr. of Clarion; two daughters, Darlene Michelle Wright of Rimersburg and Tammy Reedy of Knox; and nine grandchildren, Daniele Merryman, Shawn and Robbie Wright, Ashley, Alecia and Rusty Reedy, Joshua Hosey and Caitlin and Richie Merryman. He also is survived by three brothers, James Merryman of Venus, Bill Merryman of Marble and Stephen Merryman of Shippenville; and two sisters, Mary Lou Kenyon of Franklin and Vivian Slocum of Orchard Park, N.Y. Mr. Merryman was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Edna Mae Stumpner; and one brother-in-law, Thomas Kenyon. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Goble Funeral Home of Clarion. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Rob Hvanicky officiating. The Derrick, Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Grandson of Charles Frederick & Ora Blanche Fox Burns.
MERRYMAN, WILLIAM J. — William J., son of A. A. Merryman of Piney, died at his home in Ohio, January 21, 1903 aged 34 years. His death was caused by pneumonia which was the result of a severe cold taken while attending to his duties as a pumper in the oil field. His remains were brought to his father's home from which the funeral was held on Sunday, Jan. 25th. Services were held in Mt Pleasant M.E. Church after which the interment was made in the cemetery of that church. Deceased was married in 1889 to Arminta Whitmer who, with one child, a boy of two years, mourns his death. Source: Clarion Democrat January 29, 1903
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