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Mary Eliza (Harbaugh) Hall


Mary Eliza (Harbaugh) Hall was born on Aug. 15, 1864, in or near Nicolay, on the mountainous border of Fayette and Somerset Counties, PA, the daughter of Joseph and Jane (Williams) Harbaugh

At the age of 20, on Sept. 9, 1884, Mary Eliza married a step-cousin, 22-year-old James R. Hall (1862-1933), the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Rowan and stepson of Elizabeth (Rowan) Hall. They were dirt farmers who "were born, married, lived and buried at Maple Summit," said the 1947 Harbaugh History book by Cora Bell and J.L. Cooprider.


Playful postcard touting Mill Run, 1916

They had four daughters -- Emma Grace Ohler, Anna Violet Friend, Mabel Ellen Burkholder and Sylvia Ethel Harbaugh. 

Tragedy shook the family in mid-November 1918. Teenage daughter Sylvia contracted influenza, and became deathly ill. She declined very rapidly and, despite medical care from Dr. Winfield Scott Kuhlman -- of the family of Louisa (Smith) Kuhlman -- succumbed to the illness on Nov. 13, 1918, at the age of 15 years, two months and 20 days. Her remains were interred at Maple Summit Cemetery.

When the federal census was taken in 1930, the Halls were listed as farmers in Stewart Township. Among their neighbors were the families of Robert Bacom and Alice (Rugg) Harbaugh Jr. and widow Sarah "Ellen" (Sands) Harbaugh.

On March 5, 1933, at the age of 70, already suffering from senility and hardening of the arteries, he was felled by a heart attack and died. Interment was in Maple Summit Cemetery, following funeral services led by Rev. F.S. Wortman of Mill Run. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Mary Eliza outlived her husband by more than six years. Afflicted with diabetes, she passed away at her home in Mill Run R.D. #1 (Maple Summit) on Oct. 14, 1939, at the age of 75. Her daughter Mabel Ellen Burkholder signed the certificate of death. At the time of her passing, The Connellsville Daily Courier noted that Mary Eliza was survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

~ Daughter Emma Grace (Hall) Ohler ~


Maple Summit Church

Daughter Emma Grace Hall (1888-1968) was born in 1888.

She married Eli Ohler (1882-1945), the son of William and Elizabeth (Hawk) Ohler.

They lived at 1501 Springfield Pike in the Shady Rest section of Connellsville for many years. She was a member of the Maple Summit Church of God.

The Ohlers had six children -- Bertha King, Thelma DeLeon, Wilma Sherbondy, Homer D. Ohler and two infant daughters. 

Eli obtained employment in about 1930 with George W. Enos & Sons, and remained there for 15 years. 

Sadly, Eli died of a heart attack at home at age 62 on Aug. 23, 1945. He was buried at Maple Summit Cemetery. 

Emma outlived him by 23 years. She died at the age of 79 at Connellsville State General Hospital on Jan. 2, 1968, having been admitted there the day after Christmas 1967. At her death, she was survived by 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

~ Daughter Anna Violet (Hall) Friend ~

Daughter Anna Violet Hall (1892-1956) married Clyde B. Friend (1885-1968), the son of Albert S. and Carrie (Brooks) Friend of Mill Run. 

They had five children -- Ronald Friend, James Friend, Earl Friend, Norma Crago and Virginia Kessler. 

Said the Daily Courier, "He was a retired farmer and was a school board member for more than 35 years, serving on the Stewart Township board and later the Ohiopyle-Stewart Joint School Board. He was former treasurer of the school board and former Stewart Township supervisor. He was a member of Mill Run Grange No. 1109 and the Mill Run Baptist Church." 

Anna also was vitally involved in the community. Said the Daily Courier, "A member of the Mill Run Grange, she was also active in the Mill Run Baptist church, of which she was a member, and its Sunday school. She was a former teacher in the Stewart Township schools." 

Anna passed away on Dec. 15, 1956, at the age of 64, at Connellsville State Hospital. 

Clyde outlived her by a dozen years. He died unexpectedly at home at the age of 82 on March 3, 1968. Among his surviving offspring were 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

~ Daughter Mabel Ellen (Hall) Burkholder ~

Russell Burkholder

Daughter Mabel Ellen Hall ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

On June 15, 1918, she married 34-year-old William "Russell" Burkholder (Jan. 2, 1884-1971), the son of James "Wesley" and Harriet (Firestone) Burkholder of the family of Katie (Younkin) Firestone.

They resided near Mill Run and did not reproduce. 

The Daily Courier said that Russell "was a retired timberworker and farmer and  a former employee of the Western Maryland Railroad Co. He was a member of the Mill Run United Methodist Church." The Burkholders celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on June 15, 1971.

They were members of the Mill Run United Methodist Church. On June 15, 1971, Russell and Mabel celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.

Russell passed away at Connellsville State General Hospital on Dec. 7, 1971, at the age of 87. Burial was in Imel Cemetery, with the funeral conducted by Rev. Samuel J. Weible.

(Note that Russell's half-brother Daniel McKinley Burkholder married cousin Kathryn Miner, and his half-sister Rebecca Burkholder married Otis "Freed" Minerd.)

~ Daughter Sylvia Ethel  (Hall) Harbaugh ~

Daughter Sylvia Ethel (Hall) Harbaugh's story will be reported here when learned. She may have been married to Russell Harbaugh, but this is not confirmed.

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