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Photo of the Month Index
Your Guide to Minerd.com's Monthly Photo 
Feature from January 2016 to the Present

See 2000-2005 - 2006-2010 - 2011-2015 - 2016-precent

 

~ 2017 ~

 

September 2017 - Norman B. Ream, born in 1844 in a log cabin in Ursina, PA, survived two Civil War wounds and a disastrous fire to venture to Chicago, help build some of the nation's mightiest industrial and cultural empires, and then become a very wealthy man in New York City, working with the country's most influential businessmen, including the founders of U.S. Steel.
   
August 2017 - Appointed by President Woodrow Wilson, Austin Bruce "A.B." Garretson meets with fellow members of the United States Commission on Industrial Relations in Washington, DC.
   
July 2017 - Magdalene and Opal Deola Mayle were two years apart in age and about as close as sisters could be during the Great Depression years in the coal mining town of Meriden near Philippi, Barbour County, WV -- until the Grim Reaper of Death cleaved one away in the August heat of 1935.
   
June 2017 - Standing at attention at far left, Civil War veteran Jerome B. Jennings poses with his fellow members of the Ross Rush Post of the Grand Army of the Republic at the historic burying ground of the 1775 Turkeyfoot Baptist Church, later renamed the Jersey Baptist Church, near Ursina, Somerset County, PA.
   
May 2017 - Only one known member of our extended family has played Major League Baseball -- whose career spanned two games for the Milwaukee Brewers in September 1974 after being called up from the Sacramento Solons.
 
April 2017 - A parade believed to include Civil War veterans makes its way through the unpaved streets of Kingwood, Preston County, WV on the Fourth of July 1910, with James Eyster Murdock -- wounded four times during the war -- likely one of the old soldiers.
 
March 2017 - American tourists Gordon and Marjean (Miner) Jones, in Rome on vacation, stand in line to pay their respects to Pope Paul VI, who died on Aug. 6, 1978 after having served as Holy Father for 15 years.
 
February 2017 - An example of the creative work produced by professional photographer Clarence "Edward" Grove who operated his own studio in the 1910s in Uhrichsville, Ohio.
 
January 2017 - Andrew Jacob Sturtz, while on guard duty as a member of the 6th U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, fainted in the hot July sun during the execution by hanging of the four co-conspirators convicted in the assassination of President Lincoln -- Mary Surratt, George Atzerodt, David Herold and Lewis Powell.
 

 

~ 2016 ~

 

   
December 2016 - Jeff Minerd -- the guest speaker at our national reunion in July 2000 on the topic of "21st Century Families" -- has published his first book, a fantasy adventure novel named The Sailweaver's Son.
   
November 2016 - Outspoken cousin Heinrich "Henry" Schanckweiler, husband of Elisabetha Gaumer of Lehigh County, PA, arrested at the order of President John Adams for speaking out on what he believed to be his legal rights as a taxpayer.
   
October 2016 - In October 1944, having sold his farm near Cadiz, OH, Ebenezer Bell "E.B." Polen held a public auction, offering for bidding his cattle, hogs, chickens, hay, grain, farm implements and household goods. To advertise the sale, he had this poster printed on orange paper.
   
September 2016 - Having witnessed horrific fighting with the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific during World War II, Frank "Buddy" Enos and his wife Mary Louise settled in Mt. Pleasant, PA, where their home was widely admired for its beautiful hanging flowers.
   
August 2016 - Civil War veteran and wagon-maker Cyrus Lindley serving on the first grand jury following construction of the new Washington County Courthouse in Pennsylvania.
   
July 2016 - Of the many reunions of various branches of our Pennsylvania German family, none was as large in size and scope as the Younkin National Home-Coming Reunion of 1934-1941. Held at the IOOF Picnic Grove in Kingwood, Somerset County, PA, they drew more than 1,000 people a year during the heart of the Great Depression.
   
  June 2016 - none
   
May 2016 - Michael A. McVay, born in Mt. Pleasant and raised in Youngwood, PA, is senior vice president of content and programming for Cumulus Media and Westwood One Radio Networks, known for combining high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands. 
   
April 2016 - Civil War surgeon Dr. Ralph Wardlaw Cummings of Maine -- and his wife Eunice "Flora" Miner of Indiana -- who served with the 1st Michigan Infantry, 23rd Michigan Infantry and 1st U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery.
   
March 2016 - Civil rights activist and lawyer Frank Ruff Parker III spent his career advocating for the rights of minorities to vote in and to win elections in Mississippi and other bastions of bigotry in the United States. He is the author of the highly acclaimed 1990 book Black Votes Count
   
February 2016 - Laura Jane "Jennie" (Minerd) Williams, one of the earliest teachers in our family, and an unintended historian of the clan who chronicled many of the Minerd-Miner reunions of the late 1920s and early '30s in the Huntingdon (PA) Daily News newspaper.
   
January 2016 - The day before her 100th birthday in 1911, several hundred relatives and friends turned out at a dinner honoring Rachel (Gaumer) Bell at New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, a congregation her grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts had co-founded a century before in the wilds of Muskingum County, Ohio. 
 

 

 

 

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