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McCONNELLSUURG, P., DECEMUER 10,1918.
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RECORD OF DEATHS.
Short Sketches of the Lives of
sons Who Have Recently- .
Mrs. William Davis. -Mrs.
Susan J. Welsh Davis,
wife of William Davis residing at
the old Kegarise place just west
of the top of Sideling Hill on the
Lincoln Highway, died Wednes
day morning. December 11, 1918
of broncho-pneumonia, aged abuut
Mrs. Davi9 had an attack of
influenza which brought on par
turition and a child was born that
lived about 21 hours; this was
followed by pneumonia and death
came two days later.
Mrs. Davis came of a family of
twelve children, she having seven
sisters and four brothers-all of
whom are living, namely, Mrs.
Ella Diehl, Everett; Mrs. Sarah
Kline, Greencastle; Mrs. Emma
Logue, Clearville; Mrs. Mary
Shearer, New York; Mrs, Nellie
Auld, Newcastle; Mrs. Margaret
Spade, Emmaville; Amanda and
George Welsh, Ellerslie, Md.;
Charles Welsh, Everett; Ray
mond, somewhere in France, and
Russell, at Hopewell.
The deceased was the mother
of ten children, two of whom
died in infancy. The others, to
gether with the father, survive
her, namely, Certha, Hazel, May,
Oneida, Grant, Grayson, Paul and
Roy all at home. Mrs. Davis
was an affectionate wife, a care
ful loving mother, and a good
woman as far as the- neighbors
around Saluvia knew, where the
family live about three years.
The funeral wai held on the 13th.
Rev. James Logue came from
Clearville on that very inclement
day and held the services in that
'onely mountain home, bearing a
Tiessaee of comfort to the mem
bers of the afflicted family, aft
er which Undertaker Homer L.
Sipes and Edward R.Hendershot
conveyed the remains in an auto
truck to the Rockhill Christian
church cemetery in Bedford
County where interment was
The infant was buried in the
cemetery at Asbury on Tuesday
evening the 10th.
James Raymond Tritle.
James Ravmond Tritle was
born March 21, 1901 and difd
TWmher 13. 1918. aifed 17
years, 8 months and 22 days,
The cause of his death was in
fluenza and tuberculosis. Ray
mond was a son of James M.
and Mary Ott Tritle of Ft. Lou
don and he is survived by hi3 pa
rents and two sisters and four
brothers. The sisters are Mrs.
Clarence Zsger, of Ft. Loudon,
and Mary, at home. The broth
ers are Merrill, Charles, Reed
and Kenneth all at home. One
Mster. Mrs. B. F. Miller, died on
the 4th of November of the
same disease. His eldest sister,
Mrs. Clarence Zseer. is very, ill
with influenza and pneumonia,
and has not been informed of
Raymond's death. His eldest
brother Merrill is very sick at
his home with influenza and pneu
monia on one lung.
Raymond was a member of
Trinitv Ev. Lutheran Church.
Funeral services were conducted
by his pastor Rev. W. G. Slifer,
and interment in Ft. Loudon
cemetery Sunday afternoon.
Raymond was a quiet young
man and was well liked by all
who knew him.
Peter Stains, of Springfield
township Huntingdon County Pa,
died Wednesday, December 11,
1918 of Spanish pflurrzi, aged
44 years, 10 months nnd 3 day.
He leaves to mourn hn death
his wife Arnar.da (Donr-lson)
Stains; one son, Peter 1). Stains,
and the following brothers and
nister; Snsan (Stains) Bsith -f
Lock Haven; William and Cath
arine Stains of Springfield town
ship: Roswell Stains of Wells
Valley; Samuel and Newton
Stains, of Three Springs; Eliza
beth (Stains) Jones of Cooks
Town Carbon township; and Gar
field Stains in Michigan.
The deceased gave his heart to
God t-everal years ago at Wal
nut Grove in the Church of God,
and lived a faithful servant to
the time of his death and died in
that faith. Peace to bis ashes.
Jon Mixloi r.
Job Mellott of Bethel township
passed away at the home of his
son John D. Mellott. of Necd-
morp. December 3. 1918. st?ed 85
years, 9 months and 22 days.
His death was due to a stroke of
He was a member of the Chris
tian church for forty-five years.
His wife preceded him to the
spirit world about ten years ago.
The deceased is survived by three
sons and one daughter, namely:
John D. Mellott of Needmore,
Joseph E. Mellott of Needmore,
Route 2; Wm. Mellott of War
fordsburg, Route 1, and Emma,
wife of John Harman, of War-
fordsburg. He is also survived
by twenty-two grand children.
The funeral took place Decem
;r 5th, at Cedar Grove ceme
tery, where Rev. J. C. Garland
preached a very comforting ser
mon to a large concourse of sor
Henry Spangler died at his
home in Mercersburg Thursday
evening at 5 o clock in his 7th
year, having been born April 1,
1842 His death was the culmi
nation of an illness extending
over a number of years. Until
recent years he was closely iden
tified with many business activi
ties of his community and was
at the time of his death director
of a number of local enterprises.
He served as a member of the
board of regents of Mercersburg
Academy for a period of 20 years.
He was long an elder in the Re
G. II. Wilson.
George Henry Wilson, died at
the home of his parents at Cleve
land, O. December 9 th, 1918.
He was born September 24, 1900
near Clear Ridge, Pa. He was
a grandson of Henry and Wil
helmina Wilson of Clear Ridge.
He is survived by his parents,
one brother Merrill, and two
sister?, Wilhelmina and Mabel.
His funeral was -conducted at
Clear Ridge Friday by Rev.
George was a good Christain
boy. He gave his heart to God
four years ago, and was bap
tized in the Calvary Baptist
Church, where he was a faithful
member in all church dntics. He
knew he was going home and
bade all his friends goodbye.
A letter received last Saturday,
brought to Mr. Martin M. Ben
der the intelligence that his son
John, aged 47 years and 0 days
had died at his home in Burling
ton, Wis., on the 8th day of this
month. The deceased went to
Wisconsin about ten yoirs ago
and was employed at a rower on
a railroad. Ho is survived by
his widow and three small chil
dren at home, and by one Bon,
Harry in France; also, by his
father and one brother, Harvey
Bender, of the firm of Hull &
Bender of the Racket Store.
Miss Laura M'. Black.
After an illness of but four
days of influenza, Miss Laura
M. Black died at the home of
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. A.
Black, near Waterfall on Tues
day, November 19, 1918, aged 30
years, 1 month and 9 days. The
funeral services were conducted
by Rev. Hugh Strain of the M.
M. Church on the following day,
and her remains were laid to
rest in the cemetery at the
Center M. E. church. Besides
her parents, she is Burviwd by
the following brothers and sis
ters: Meade, living on a farm ad
joining the home; Charles, liv
ing near; .Emma, wife of Charles
Cutchall, lives in the same
neighborhood; Bessie M., re
cently married to David Strait
Is still at home, and Roy, the
Fullcn County Ca?naIli;S.
The casualty lint during the
past week has contained the. fol
lowing names of Fulton County
boys in France: Corp. Ralph E.
Fraker, Fort Littleton, wounded
severely) Robert II. Williims,
Andover, wounded severely; Mar
slu'.ll Sigel, Bunk Valley, wound
ed slightly; Herman Craft, l'leas
and Ridge, wounded slightly;
Herbert Fulton Cooper, of Ayr
township is reported nl-Hng in
action. Marshall Whorley, grand
son of the late Benjamin Shimcr,
who is an assistant in the medi
cal department of one of the hos
pital. in France, wrote lofiicnds
in Mcajonneiisuurg uiai ueruen
n rtcuonroiMuurK it "'"-" I
had been in the hospital, but tnai
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he had returned to the Front, an
gone into a battle in which he is
now reported missing.
About six wtvk a?,o. Albert
Byers who had live! thvio years
in one of Davie Nelson's tenant
houses, in Ayr township moved
to Sandy Ridge nar Orbisonia.
Two weeks ago, Mrs Byors'and
their baby went t Orbisonia t)
help care for members of the
family of Albert's parents who
were down with Fl'i. leaving Al
bert and two daughters one 7
and the other 12 at their home.
A few days later, Mrs. By era and
the baby went to bed with the
disease, and soon thereafter the
two little girls at home took it
On Tuesday morning of last week,
Marurarct. the younger died, and
the father after having washed
and dressed his little daughter,
carried the child in his arms'to
the home of the undertaker, win
lived about a mile and a 'quarter
away. The following evening at
(5 o'clock, Bessie, the elder of the
little pirls died, and the father
took this little girl to the under
taker's in a buggy. The funeral,
which of course, was private,
twk place on Friday, and biter -
ment was made in the cemetery , Sonic descriptions of Colonel Her
at Orbisonia. ! ton's part in these Indian wars
Mrs. livers' name is Olive, and
she is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Elida Knable. of Ayr township.
As soon as Elida heard of the
death of the younver girl, ho and
his w ife and son Walter and wife,
and the hitter's son Sylvester,
started to attend the funeral, but
when they arrived at the home of
the Bvers's they found that two
had died, instead of one as they
supposed, whe-i they left home.
About a wek previous to the
sickness in Albert's , family, the
family of one of his brothers, was
completely broken up by the Ho
the father, mother, daughter
and infar.t, dying wihin a period
forty-eight hour, the funeral of
the four taking place at the same
youngest of the family, is yet
with his parents.
While the deceased was the
fourth child in her father's
family, she was .practically the
nurse of the family and will te
greatly missed in the home. ,
Mus. S. E. Bowman.
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bowman,
wife of Samuel E. Bowman,
died suddenly fit her home in
Burnt Cabins, December 9, 1918,
aged 78 years, 5 months and 2
days. The funeral was conduct
ed by her paster Rov. Ira Du
vall in the M. E. church Wed
nesday morning after which the
remains were taken to the ceme
tery at Shade Gap, Pa.
Mrs. Bowrrjan was a daughter
of Robert and Sarah Morrow of
Shade Gap. She was a member
of the M. E. Church at Knobs
ville, for many years. Besides
her husband, she is survived by
the following children: David P.
of Decorum; Charlie M. near
Neelyton; Viola, wife of Pres
ston Cowman, BurntCabins; John
M. and Miss Savilla; at home.
There are nix grnnd children,
namely, Fred, and Gilbert Bow
man in Illinois, Mrs. Goldie
fihoop, at Willow Hill; Mrs.
Nellie Null, Mount Union, and
Helen and Augusta Bowman
near Neelyton, Pa.; also eleven
great-grandchildren. She leaves
two brothers -McGinniss and
John Morrow in Hamilton, Ohio,
and one sister Mrs. Emily C.
Appleby at Neelyton.
DEATH OF COL. IiORTON.
Was Eldest Son cf tlic Ute Nathan V.
llorloii, and Urrllr.r of L:. A. ilor
ton, Veils Valley.
Kn.ni tin; Albany .Iminil
The death of Colonel Samuel
Miller Morton, surgeon, U. S.
army, retired, which occurred on
Saturd.iy at Iih place of reside n-
icey, The Knickerbocker, Jay
! street, marks the passing of a
Iwdl known army surgeon and
Colonel Horton was born in
ISIS near Johnstown. Pa. He
received his early education at
Uvt;b,,rg college and later en-
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tered Ji Hereon M'dic
from which he wm graduated in
lSiil. After practicing medicine
for a short time in Ithaca, he
entered the regular army in Au
gust, l.v()l, as assistant surgeon,
with rank of fint lieutenant,
with successive promotions to
captain, major, ligutenant-colon-
el and deputy surgeon-general
and colonel. During the early
period of the Civil war he was
detailed to hospital duty in the
South and MiJdle West, being
later present at the siege of
Vicksburg. He was brevetted
major for faithful and merito
rious service during the war.
During the series of Indian
wars which closely followed the
Civil War, Colonel Horton as
for many years on the western
front participating in these cam
paigns. It was during this pe
rjlKi that pioneer work of estab-
iidiing and (xtending railroad
connections through the west was
in progress. Coionel Horton was
post surgeon at Fort Phil Kear
nev at the time of the Fort Phil
Kearney massacre, when some 80
officers and soldiers, under Cap
tain Fetterman, were massacred
by the Sioux Indians. He also
participated in the White river
' cxpodition in the winter of 187!).
appears in Cyrus Townsend Bra
dy's book. "Indian Fights and
Fighters," and also in "Army
Life on the Plains," by General
Following his earlier Indian
campaigns, Colonel Horton was
stationed at many army forts
and garrisons, including Platts
burg barracks, Fort McKavett,
Texas; Fort McIIenry, Mary
land; Fort Douglass, Utah; Fort
Biley, Kansas, and Fort Adams,
Colonel Horton, after retire
ment from active army service in
1S!)1, made his home for some
years at Coronado Beach, Cal.,
and later in New York city and
Bi.i-ton. During the past two
and a half years he had resided
in Albany. He is survived by
his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Her
hert Dabney, of Boston, and two
sons, Tlu'odore Horton of Albany,
u;(l James I). Horton of Wash
ington; also by three grandchil
dren. Mrs. Laura C. Dickson, widow
of T. SpfT Dickson is a sister of
the late Col. Horton.
rrifpid Dud iu Street
Jacob Ambrose, figed 74 years,
dropped dead at the corner of
Church and Market streets, Camp
Hill, Pa, on Thursday of last
week, death being due to heart
t The deceased was a native of
Licking Creek township, this
county, and lived for many years
in Dublin township where he op
erated a farm and a sawmill. lie
had resided nt Camp Hill for sev
eral months living by himself in
a house on Church street. The
body was taken to the homo of
his son Jacob O. Ambrose in Har
risburg, where the fnneral was
held on Saturday aud interment
was made in the cemetery at Pax
tang. Five children survive,
namely, William E. Ambrose,
Greensburg, Pa ; Elward Am
brose, McKeespoi t, Ta. ; Jennie
McGuigan, Wilmington, Del., Co
ra, widow of the late David Croft,
near Dane, and Jacob, in Harris-burg.
The following letter written
"somewhere in France" on the
17th of November by J. Newton
Morton, has just been received by
his parents.-Hon. and Mrs. Peter
"I received your letter of the
21st ult. yesterday, and was glad
to hear from you,x yet sorry to
hear that the influenza epidemic
is spreading so rapidly. You
should be careful; it is a dread
d disease. There is scarcely any
of it here now, although there
was quite a bit of it during the
spring and Bummer before you
got it in the States.'
I can hardly realize that '.'be
guerne finis," that was all you
could get out of the French the
day the armistice was signed. It
means the war is finished. '
We are still working here and
have about three months more
work and hard to say how much
more. I think we ought to get
back so I would get my chin
greased with buckwheat cakes.
I 3aw in a paper night before
last where a prominent man in
the States made a speech in which
he said the soldiers should be held
here for two years after peace,
He should run for cilice now to
see how poiular he made himself
with the soldiers. Too bad he is
not over here wading in the mud
getting one dollar and ten cents
a dav. I heard him called some
names that was not as compli
mentarv as names could be.
am sure none of them would look
good in print. When the boys
saw that statement it sure made
them hostile and I don't think it
would have paid him to be in
Everything i3 going the same
as usual here. I will probably
get back before so many months
and tell you all I haven't written.
I am well and sincerely hope
you are all enjoying the best of
Lovingly your Fon
J. Newton Morton.
Busy Winter In Lime Belt.
Hundreds of abandoned lime
kilns throughout Pennsylvania
will be fired again this winter and
next spring, according to opinions
expressed at the December meet
ing of the State Commission of
Agriculture. There will be a
great demand for fertilizers of
all kinds next spring, as thous
ands of acres are being prepar
ed for seeding, and as the suply
and price of agricultcral lime
have been reported unsatisfac
tory, steps will be taken to bring
about a revival of the business.
Experience gained during the
past score of years shows that
nothing pays so well on the slate
land of Fulton County as lime;
and the increased production ot
wheat and hay, and the additional
production of live stock, which
follows as a natural consequence,
is nowhere more marked than in
Belfast, and in Licking Creek,
township. The use of lime as
a fertilizer has increased enorm
ously in Pennsylvania within two
The Christmas Koll Call.
The Christmas Roll Call for
1918 is a universal Call to the peo
ple of the United States to enroll
themselves in the grandest min
istry of service that the world has
The present indications are that
this call is being responded toby
the American people during this
week in a most remarkable man
ner. We believe in completing
the work which we began when
we entered this war.
The people of Fulton County
have borne their sharp of the bur
den in all former drives, during
this war, and we are going to do
it again. We could not afford to
fail in this drive. Every auxili
ary in Fulton County is expected
to do its best this week. ,
Roll Call Chairman
Subicr'b for tba News
Sergt. J. D. Hoop, Co. C. C02
Engrs., Am. E. F., writes from
Some where in France under date
of November 7th:
DuAit Mr. Peck '.-Sometime
has elapsed since I last wrote
you, but the wtws is reaching
me regularly, and has followed
me to the Front.
After a few quiet weeks of
training in the farming districts
of France, wo cinifj to the Front
on the 25 of September to take
part in the big drive that started
on the following day. Coming,
as we did, from a quiet French
town, and plunging into one of
the worst battles of the war was
some experience. We are at this
minute under fire; but of courEP,
not firing at this minute. I am
sitting in a Bmall w'ood-and-plast-
er Bhack. The time is 4 o'clock
in the morning, and I am writ
ing by the dim light made by a
tallow candle partly concealed in
a Hun helmet, to keep the light
from binning through the many
hole3 in the top and sides of the
shack, and thus making a target
forthe aim of some wily Hun.
In our old school readers we
used to read about "cannon to
the right of them; cannon to the
left of them" but if the author
of that poe.n were w riting to-day,
he might say "batteries to the
right of them; batteries to the
left of them," instead of cannon.
I know he would wind up by
writing a whole stanza telling of
our monster guns that bark at
irregular intervals and bite great
holes in the earth several leagues
back of the Hun lines. Lordy,
how the Huns do hate those big
guns! They are trying by every
means at their command to get
them first by shell fire, and then
by airplane but all to no good,
ffurther than affording air bat
tles of almost hourly occurrence
I shall not attempt to describe
a battle. It's something that
can't be done. Too terrible, in
all its conditions to be accurately
described by pen. It would be
like trying to describe the glow
of a sunset, or the hidden emo
tions of pent up feelings. No
one can ever know just what a
terrible battle means without go
ing through the actual experi
ence. The feeling of fear that takc3
hold of you as the first rain of
shells begin to drop around you
and explode with terriflic vio
1 e n c e, soon vanishes. Even
though, some of your comrades
have fallen, you find that you
have not been hit, and somehow
other, you do not expect to be.
Then an indescribable excitement
and determination to crush to
death the foe, makes you forget
all danger, and you throw jour
whole being into the fray. As
the hours pass, you settle down
to a quiet contemplation of the
events taking piece, and work at
the game as though you were
working by tho day and not by
the job. And bo, whole days and
nights have slipped away almost
before we knew it-and we have
emerged from one of the most
terrific bombardments of mod
ern times. Of course the Hun3
did not break through our lines,
and we knew they wouldn't.
On the first of this month we
launched another big drive. For
hours the air was full of explod
ing shells, and the earth trembled
with the vibration caused by the
belching fire of our great guns;
but, the lines of the Huns began
to weaken, our boys pushed for
ward, and soon the Huns were
showing their heels and our boys
are keeping them on the run.
Although we are victorious,
there is much about the .game
that is not play, Before the bat
tle, there are long, long hours of
suspensive waiting, as we were
in position to hear what we could
not see. It was work, work,
work day and night night un
til rest came like an opiate,
Withal, the boys in the army
are a jolly happy set, bubbling
over with the energy and vitality
of young manhood. The tales of
individual bravery and accon
ABOUT IEOPLC YOU KNOW.
Snapshots at Their Comings and Goings
Here fur a Vacation, or Away
for a Restful Outing.
Rev. and Mrs. John Mellott
and sons Webster and Calvin,
near Pleasant Ridge, spent a
few hours in town Monday.
H. C. Brant nnd wife 9nd E.
II. Kirk and daughter Miss Mar
garet, -all of Hiram, motored to
Chanibersburg hat Saturday.
Russell Nelson left New York
Wednesday of list week on a
Steamer on the While Star line,
fur France, to enter upon his du
ties as Secretary of Y. M. C. A.
Mr. and Mrs, Geo. W. Sips
and daughter Miss Eleanor, of
Wills Valley, with Mr. Horrold
Veatch at the wheel, motored to
Mercersburg Monday to attend
the funeral of Henry M. Spang
Mr. and Mrs. Orville R. Beat-
ty, Needmore R. 1, spent Sunday
niiht in the home of Mrs. Beat-
ty's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Char-
ie Cress, near Knobs ville, and
were in to An a few minutes Mon
day morning on their way home.
Miss Lillio Sipes of Huston-
town, and her nephews Bruce
and Orrin Shaw, snent a few
hours in town Monday. Miss
Sipes' sister Mrs. Sadie Shaw,
and son Russell have just passed
through an attack of pneumonia,
and seem to be convalescing sat
Mr. and Mrs. Ceo. S. Mellott
of Sipes Mill, left yesterday for
Ambridge, Pa., where they ex
pect to spend the ho'idays with
their children, Dr. Albert N.,
Howard S,, end Lester. They
will be joined in Ambridge by
their daughter Miss Zoe, a sten
ographer in the hospital in Mon
gahela City, who will take her
holiday vacation at that time.
Mr. and Mr. Silas Mellott, and
their son-in-law and daughter
Chester II. Carnell and wife, and
Miss Eva Carnell-all of Need
more R. 1, motored to McCon
nellsburg last Saturday. Mr.
Mellott was soliciting contribu
tions of funds for the cleaning
and care of the cemetery at the
Sideling Hill Baptist church.
This is one of the oldest burying
ground in the County, and if ev
ery person who has friends lying
in that yard were to contribute
even as small a sum as fifty cents,
there would be plenty to keep the
yard in a creditable condition.
pliahment are astonishing, yet
true; and the boys of the Key
stone State have written a page
in the annals of history that will
grow brighter as the decade3 roll
The time is near when the Kai
ser's dreams of world power will
fade away, and he will awaken
to' the realization of the prodig
ious miBtoke he made when he
launched this terrible conflict on
On Active Service with the
American Expeditionary Force,
November 17, 1918, to his pa
rents, Mr. and Mrs. James K.
My dear Parents: -I will now
drop you a few lines to let you
know thatlamstiil s."fe and all
right, although I had some very
narrow escapes. I am feeling
fine, and expect to be home soon.
I was at the Front when the war
came to a close. I was in a hard
fight on Sunday the day . before
the end came. I guess you will
all be glad to hear that I carno
thru safe. ' I expect to be home
by Christmas. I will write and
let you know what time I sail for
home, if I find out in time. I
think if nothing takes place, I
will have some good news for you
Walter S. Coopfp
' Co. F, 6t!f
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