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Ethel Irene Ream (1899-1975) and
William Elliott Harbaugh
(1899-1973)

Ethel Harbaugh

Ethel Irene (Ream) Harbaugh was born May 17, 1899 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township in the community of Confluence, Somerset County, PA. She was the third of 16 children born to Joseph and Sarah Ellen (Harbaugh) Ream.

Like her sisters before her, Ethel worked hard on the family farm near the old Jersey settlement. There was a daily routine of washing clothes, baking bread, scrubbing floors and preparing meals.

As the story goes, Ethel was teased about a certain young man named William "Elliot" Harbaugh, who was a cousin. It was reported that she replied curtly that “I wouldn’t marry him if he was the last man on earth.” 

Needless to say Ethel already knew Elliot, who was her cousin, and they eventually married. Elliot (1899-1973) was the son of Marshall and Annie M. (Shroyer) Harbaugh. (Note -- Elliot was a brother to Nora Harbaugh, who married Ethel’s brother Edgar. Eliot and Nora's grandparents were Joseph and Jane (Williams) Harbaugh.)

The Harbaughs

The Harbaughs had seven children -- Sara Elizabeth Scott, William Alfred Harbaugh, Anna Ruth Bates, Marshall Lester Harbaugh, Wilma Marie Adams, Tedford "Ted" Frantz Harbaugh and Eunice "Dolly" Eileen Mraz. Sadly, daughter Wilma died Feb. 15, 1964.

The photo seen here was taken after the birth of their seventh and last child.

Ethel and Elliot moved in about 1937 to Sandy Plaines, near Clarksville, Greene County, PA, where they lived the rest of their lives. Their home was at the top of Black Dog Hollow Road. There was a coal mine behind the barn on their property, and their sons and friends would occasionally dig coal for the family's use. 

Elliot is known to have labored at the Vesta No. 5 coal mine of the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation.

They were members of the East Bethlehem Church in Deemston, Washington County.

In the mid-1940s, Elliot provided family history information for the Coopriders' 1947 book, Harbaugh History, a standard reference in the Harbaugh family.

Jones & Laughlin Steel's Vesta-Shannopin mines, where coal traveled by conveyor over the suspension bridge at right into the coal preparation plant for cleaning and loading into barges bound for J&L Steel plants

The family enjoyed attending the annual Harbaugh Reunions and are known to have been present in 1961 and 1963 (when they received the "Largest Family Present" award). Son Ted kept the tradition going with the "Most Recent Married" award in 1957 and the "Largest Family" award (in 1969-72, 1978-82 and 1991-96). They also helped with children's games over the years, and Ted was elected Vice President in 1972-77 and 1985-86 and was President in 1983-85.

A niece recalls fond memories of visiting the Harbaugh farm in Clarksville every summer. "It was a once a year trip," she said, "although now it doesn't seem that far. They always had home cured hams in the smoke house and our visit was an occasion for Uncle Elliot to bring in a ham. They had a huge table and the eating was 'good'." 

Elliot died of a heart attack Jan. 30, 1973. 

Ethel outlived him by two years, and passed away of leukemia on Jan. 19, 1975. They are both buried at the Maple Summit Cemetery, Mill Run, Fayette County, PA.

The Harbaugh clan, clockwise from lower left: Dolly, Bill, Anna Ruth, Lester, Wilma, Ted, Sara, Elliot and Ethel

~ Daughter Sara Elizabeth (Harbaugh) Scott ~

Sara Scott

Daughter Sara Elizabeth Harbaugh (1924-1997) was born on Aug. 4, 1924 in Confluence. 

She was united in matrimony with Donald Henry Scott (1921-1990). Their three children were Donald W. Scott, Dennis W. Scott and Shirlyn Richie. 

In 1953, the family moved to Canton, Stark County, OH and remained there for good. They were members of the Christian Tabernacle Church.

Sadly, Donald died just 17 days before his 69th birthday on Dec. 8, 1990. Burial was in Sunset Hills Burial Park in Canton, with Rev. John Henninger officiating. 

Sara survived for another seven years. She passed into eternity on Oct. 31, 1997 in Canton's Aultman Hospital. An obituary was published in her home town newspaper, the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter.

Son Donald W. Scott lived in Canton.

Son Dennis W. Scott dwelled in Canton.

Daughter Shirlyn Scott married (?) Richie and resided in Alliance, OH.

Bill Harbaugh

~ Son William Alfred Harbaugh ~

Son William Alfred Harbaugh (1925-2009) was born in Confluence, Somerset County. 

He married Joye M. Doman ( ? - ? ) on Oct. 13, 1954. The Harbaughs had one daughter, Brenda Hutchinson. 

William was employed in Jones & Laughlin Corporation's Vesta 5 Mine, where he was a roof bolter and logged more than two decades of work, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local No. 762 and the East Bethlehem Baptist Church. 

Said the Uniontown Herald-Standard, "He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and gardening. He was quite the handyman and always willing to lend a hand to those who asked. Above all, he cherished spending time with his family." 

William died at the age of 83 on April 8, 2009, in the Southwest Regional Medical Center. He was laid to rest in the Beallsville Cemetery. At the time of his death, William along with Joye had produced two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Les Harbaugh

~ Son Marshall "Les" Harbaugh ~

Son Marshall "Les" Harbaugh was born on May 14, 1929 in Confluence. He apparently never married. 

During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army with the 7th Cavalry Regiment. After the war, he returned home to Fredericktown, Deemston Borough, and made a living in road paving and construction with Blacktop Paving and Russell Industries. 

He also belonged to the National Pike Gas, Horse & Steam Association and Heavy Highway Local 14693 of the United Steel Workers of America. Said the Washington (PA) Observer Reporter, he "enjoyed tinkering around his garage and also antique cars and trucks. He was an avid hunter and trapper." 

Les passed away at the age of 83 on Nov. 7, 2012. Burial was in Buckingham Cemetery in Deemston Borough.

~ Daughter Wilma Marie (Harbaugh) Adams ~ 

Wilma Adams

Daughter Wilma Marie Harbaugh (1931-1964) was born on April 15, 1931 in Confluence. She moved as a girl with her parents and siblings to Fredericktown, Washington County, PA. 

At the age of 16, in November 1946, she married 22-year-old Walter Louis Adams, Jr. ( ? - ? ), the son of Walter and Effie (Brooks) Adams Sr. of Fredericktown. Walter was an iron worker, as was his father. Because she was underage, her father had to sign his consent. 

The couple produced one known son, Walter Louis "Big Lou" Adams III. 

Sadly, the Adams' marriage fell apart, and they divorced. Their son was taken in by Wilma's parents and raised in their home.

Wilma took back her maiden name and lived in Clarksville. She was a member of the East Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Tragically, at the age of 32, while driving one night near her home, Wilma suffered a heart attack and died. The date was Feb. 14, 1964. 

Son Walter Louis "Big Lou" Adams III (1947-2005) was born on April 22, 1947 in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA. He was raised by his Harbaugh grandparents. On June 14, 1969, at the age of 22, he was united in wedlock with Vicki Reese ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce. Walter was employed by Greif Brothers of Washington, PA as a truck driver and by Bedway Security Services as a security guard. He belonged to the Miner's Club of Richeyville, PA. Sadly, Walter died at the age of 58 on May 12, 2005 in Washington Hospital. 

~ Son Tedford Frantz "Ted" Harbaugh ~

Ted Harbaugh

Son Tedford Frantz "Ted" Harbaugh (1933-1995) was born on St. Patrick's Day 1933 in Confluence. At the age of four he moved with his family to Deemston Borough where he remained for the rest of his life.

He was married and had a family of six children -- Daniel F. "Danny" Harbuagh, Betty A. Harbaugh, Valerie L. Parsons, April V. Masciarelli, Katherine I. "Katy" Bogus and Elliot D. Harbaugh. They lived in Deemston Borough.

During the Korean War, Ted served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He later accepted employment with Blacktop Paving Company of Washington, PA. In the community, he was a member of the East Bethlehem Baptist Church, first vice commander of the Hanson-Cole American Legion post in Fredericktown. Related to his work, Ted served as president of Local 14693 of the United Steelworkers of America. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. 

Ted died at the age of 62 on Sept. 28, 1995 in Fayette Health Care Center in Uniontown. Burial was in Maple Summit Cemetery, with Rev. Homer D. Harden and Rev. Del Meagley officiating.

Son Daniel F. "Danny" Harbaugh lived in Fredericktown in 1995.

Daughter Betty A. Harbaugh resided in Scenery Hill, Washington County.

Daughter Valerie L. Harbaugh married (?) Parsons. They made their home in Wheeling, WV.

Daughter April V. Harbaugh was wedded to (?) Masciarelli. They had two known children -- Jessica Masciarelli and Autumn Masciarelli. In 1995, the family lived in Fredericktown.

Daughter Katherine I. "Katy" Harbaugh was united in matrimony with (?) Bogus. She dwelled in Fredericktown.

Son Elliot D. Harbaugh served in the U.S. Navy in Italy circa 1995.

Dolly Mraz

~ Daughter Dolly (Harbaugh) Mraz ~

Daughter Dolly Harbaugh ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). 

She was united in wedlock with Phillip "Bert" Mraz ( ? - ? ).

Their children were Deborah K. "Debbie" Massini and Kim Mraz.

Bert was a farmer. One of their nieces recalled that he hauled milk from the Harbaughs' Clarksville farm to Cameron, WV. In 1975-1995, they made their residence in Fredericktown, Washington County. 

Daughter Deborah K. "Debbie" Mraz (1960-2016) was born on Dec. 20, 1960 in Washington, Washington County. She grew up in Deemston and graduated from Beth-Center High School. She married (?) Massini and produced one daughter, Nicolette Penska. Debbie attended East Bethlehem Baptist Church and enjoyed animals. Circa 2016, she resided in Hidden Valley, Somerset County, PA was employed as dining manager at the Pike Run Country Club in Somerset. Sadly, at the age of 55, Debbie died unexpectedly in her home on April 18, 2016. Rev. George Lammay officiated at her funeral service, followed by interment in Scenery Hill Cemetery. In an obituary, the Somerset Daily American said that "Being with her family and making others happy will always be a fond memory of everyone she touched."

  • Granddaughter Nicollette Massini wed Adam Penska. They had one known grandson, Brayden Penska. The family has made its home in Irwin, Westmoreland County, PA.

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