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Robert Bacom Harbaugh Jr.


Robert and Alice Harbaugh

Robert Bacom Harbaugh Jr. was born on May 15, 1902 in Maple Summit, Fayette County, PA, the son of Robert B. and Elizabeth (Long) Harbaugh Sr.

On July 21, 1923, at the age of 21, Robert married 18-year-old Alice Elizabeth Rugg (March 21, 1905-1991), the daughter of Thornton and Susie (Ohler) Rugg of Maple Summit.

They remained together for 66 years until death cleaved them apart.

The couple produced eight children – Charles Clinton Harbaugh, Ethel "Pearl" Kemp, Irwin "Oscar" Harbaugh, James Harold "Hub" Harbaugh, Esther Melia, Donald Wade Harbaugh, Clifford Domer Harbaugh and Marlene Younkin Schnatterly.

They were dedicated supporters of the annual Harbaugh Reunion, which began in 1926 and continues today. Their adult children and grandchildren have provided continuous leadership for many decades.


Somerset Daily American, 1988

Circa 1979, when named in a Somerset Daily American story about their son Charles, they lived at 540 Hugart Street in Confluence.

Said a 1983 article in the Daily American, honoring their 60th anniversary, "They first lived in Mill Run and have been residents of Confluence for the past 15 years. They are both members of the Maple Summit Church of God."

When the Harbaughs celebrated their 65th anniversary in 1988, the Daily American again published a profile. The story said that "Before Mr. Harbaugh retired, he worked at Kelley's Hotel, Confluence, and did timber work and farming. Mrs. Harbaugh is retired, but did work at Kelley’s Hotel and Howard Johnson Restaurant in Somerset."

Sadly, Robert passed away in the Somerset Hospital on Nov. 24, 1989, at the age of 87. He was laid to rest at Somerset County Memorial Park. At the time of his death, they had 25 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. In an obituary, the Daily American noted that "His death ends a marriage union of 66 years."

Alice lived as a widow for the remaining two years of her life. She died in April 1991.


Charles Clinton Harbaugh

~ Son Charles Clinton Harbaugh ~

Son Charles Clinton Harbaugh (1923-1993) was born on Dec. 28, 1993 in Maple Summit, Fayette County. 

During World War II, when he was in his early 20s, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 10, 1942. He held the rank of pharmacist mate first class and in 1945 was in Iwo Jima. Under the Navy point system, he compiled 44 points and received his honorable discharge on Sept. 19, 1945, while in Sampton, NY. News of his discharge was published in the Uniontown Morning Herald.

He wed Pauline Edna Glisan (July 26, 1924-2008) and resided in Confluence.


Charles' greeting, 1992

Their three children were Richard Lee Harbaugh, Judy Elaine Varndell and Betty Lou Tressler.

Said the Daily American, he retired "as a U.S. Mail carrier in Confluence after 29 years of service [and was a] part-time custodian for Uniontown Area School District... [and] Member of the Hopwood Manor Thursday night bowling league." His daily walking route, stopping at 350 households, took four-and-a-half hours to complete.

When he retired from the Postal Service, at age 55, Charles was profiled in a major feature article in the Jan. 12, 1979 edition of the Daily American, headlined "Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Barking Dogs…" 

With a deep love and obligation for his deep Harbaugh pioneer family roots, Charles and the family regularly attended the annual Harbaugh Reunions. He served as president of the gathering for nearly two decades, from 1964 to 1983, and then as secretary from 1983 to 1985.

At the last Christmas of his life, in 1992, Charles prepared a holiday greeting that was printed in bookmark-like format and distributed widely to family and friends. In a vertical format, the card spelled out the word Christmas, with each letter standing for a resurrection message: Christ Has Risen Indeed Saying Trust in Me And Survive."

Sadly, on Oct. 23, 1993, Charles died at age 69 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in nearby Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. Rev. Joseph Lewis and Rev. Rick Gamble led the funeral service followed by burial in Somerset County Memorial Park. An obituary was published in the Daily American. At the time, he was survived by seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Pauline outlived her spouse by 15 years. She endured the heartache of the untimely death of their married daughter Judy.

Pauline passed into eternity on Jan. 24, 2008, at the age of 83. She rests next to her husband at the memorial park in Somerset.


Betty Lou Tressler with reunion minutes

Son Richard Lee Harbaugh ( ? -living) was born in (?). He wedded Joyce ( ? - ? ). They regularly attended the annual Harbaugh Reunion. The couple also are known to have been active in the Johnson Chapel near Confluence and, in July 2017, assisted the founder of this website who photographed memorial stained glass windows in the sanctuary.

Daughter Betty Lou Harbaugh ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married Gary Tressler ( ? - ? ), son of Howard A. "Nook" and Neva (Hyatt) Tressler. They reside in Confluence, and she has been a key organizer of the reunions in more recent years, honoring a promise from her late father to keep them going. Circa 2001, she graciously allowed Minerd.com's founder to borrow, copy and transcribe the Harbaugh Reunions minute book to post on this website..

Daughter Judy Elaine Harbaugh (1950-2007) was born on March 14, 1950 in Uniontown, Fayette County, PA. She was united in marriage with (?) Varndell ( ? - ? ). The couple were the parents of a son, Charles "Chuck" Varndell. Little is known of her life, other than she dwelled in Markleysburg, Fayette County. Sadly, at the age fo 57, she died in her home on Dec. 1, 2007. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Thomas Cemetery in Markleysburg, with Rev. Michael Grantz leading the funeral service. The Uniontown Herald-Standard published an obituary.

  • Grandson Charles "Chuck" Varndell ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He was joined in wedlock with Paula. They established a home in Bruceton Mills, Preston County, WV and bore four children -- Brittnay Varndell, Kasara Varndell, Elizabeth Varndell and Charles Varndell.


~ Daughter Ethel Pearl (Harbaugh) Kemp ~

Daughter Ethel Pearl Harbaugh (1925-1980) was born on Sept. 16, 1925 in Stewart Township, Fayette County.

She wedded Ralph William Kemp Sr. ( ? - ? ).

They resided in Confluence, Somerset County and produced two children -- Catherine Bisel and Ralph William Kemp Jr.

Ethel and Ralph were members of the Confluence Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auziliary and the Turkeyfoot Fish and Game Association.

As Ethel's health declined, she was admitted to Uniontown Hospital. She was swept away there by the Grim Reaper, at the age of 54, on April 5, 1980. Rev. Arthur Gotjen preached the funeral service, and interment was in Maple Summit Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American. Her brother Charles served as executor of her estate.

Daughter Catherine Kemp married (?) Bisel. Her home in 1980 was in Confluence.

Son Ralph William Kemp Jr. dwelled in 1980 in Confluence.

~ Daughter Esther G. (Harbaugh) Melia ~

Daughter Esther G. Harbaugh (1931- ? ) was born in 1931.

She married Joseph "Rufus" Melia (Sept. 30, 1919- ? ). They have made a residence for decades in Confluence.

One of their offspring was Cathy Hinzy.

Their daughters provided singing entertainment at the Harbaugh Reunions of the 1960s

Daughter Cathy Melia (1950- ? ) was born in 1950. She was united in wedlock with Harry Telford Hinzy Sr. ( ? - ? ). They bore two known sons -- Harry Telford Hinzy Jr. and Vincent Scott Hinzy. The family owns Hinzy's Personal Care Home in Confluence, licensed for four beds.


~ Son Irwin "Oscar" Harbaugh ~

Son Irwin "Oscar" Harbaugh (1927-2014) was born on Jan. 20, 1927 in Maple Summit.

Irwin wedded Opal Rugg ( ? - ? ), and their marriage endured for 69 years.

Their five sons were Roger Harbaugh, Dale Harbaugh, Michael Ray Harbaugh, James Harbaugh and David Harbaugh.

Oscar was employed for many years with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He later worked at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Donegal Highlands Golf Course. In his spare time, Oscar enjoyes sports and games such as bowling, baseball, golf and horseshoes. In 2005, he was inducted into the hall of fame of the Somerset County Old Timer's Baseball Association.

The Harbaughs were members of the Christ United Methodist Church of Rockwood. Oscar served as Secretary of the Harbaugh Reunion from 1971 to 1983.

Toward the end of his life, Oscar was admitted as a resident of Siemon Lakeview Manor. He died there at the age of 87 on Oct. 2, 2014. Funeral services were held at Rockwood Christ United Methodist Church, led by Rev. John Phipps. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Markleton, with an obituary appearing in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

Son Roger Harbaugh married Cheryl and has lived in Rockwood.

Son Dale Harbaugh wedded Carol and makes his home in Somereset.

Son Michael Ray Harbaugh was deceased by 2014.

Son James Harbaugh was joined in wedlock with Mary Ann. They reside in Rockwood.

Son David Harbaugh was united in matrimony with Audrey. They dwell in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, PA.


~ Daughter Pearl (Harbaugh) Kemp ~

Daughter Pearl Harbaugh (1925-1980) was born in 1925. 

She married Ralph William Kemp Sr. (1925-1977), son of Emerson and Emma (Burnworth) Kemp of Bidwell.

They made their residence in Confluence and had two children -- Catherine E. Bisel and Ralph William Kemp Jr.

Ralph belonged to the Uniontown VFW, Post 47. Said the Meyersdale New Republic, Pearl "was a member of the Confluence VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Turkeyfoot Fish and Game Association."

Ralph died in the Veterans Administration Hospital in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, at the age of 52, on Nov. 23, 1977. His remains were returned to Fayette County for burial in Maple Summit Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Daily American.

Pearl survived her husband by three years. She passed into eternity in 1980.

Daughter Catherine E. Kemp (1948-2018) was born on March 8, 1948 in Confluence. She wedded William Dale Bisel (June 4, 1938-2005), son of Odbert L. and Elizabelle (Lininger) Bisel of Listonburg, Somerset County. They resided in Confluence and produced three children -- Katie Lynn Bisel, Lisa Garletts and William Dale Bisel. Sadly, they endured the death of their infant daughter Katie Lynn. William died on March 31, 2005. Catherine survived her husband by 13 years. She passed away at the age of 70 in The Patriot in Somerset on April 24, 2018. Funeral services were officiated by a distant cousin, Rev. Dean Hay Jr. of the family of Amanda (Younkin) Hechler. Interment was in Addison Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Lisa Bisel married Todd Garletts. They live in Somerset.
  • Grandson William "Dale" Bisel makes his home in Confluence.

Son Ralph William Kemp Jr. ( ? -living) dwells in Confluence.


Hub Harbaugh

~ Son James Harold "Hub" Harbaugh ~

Son James Harold "Hub" Harbaugh (1928-2014) was born on July 27, 1928 in Fayette County. 

In about 1962, at the age of 34, he married Beverly Nicholson ( ? - ? ).

They resided in Casselman, Somerset County and had these children: Christopher H. Harbaugh, Teresa Wicks, Brenda Faye Alaniz, Rosemary Dryburg, Mary Jane Funston, Marlene Saylor and Wanda Sue Hirschl.

Hub and his family enjoyed attending the annual Harbaugh Reunion. While at the 1980 event, the group sang "Happy Birthday" to him and other cousins having a birthday around that time. They also were members of the Casselman United Methodist Church.

Hub served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked for many years for the B&O Railroad as a track foreman and retired from this work. Later, he was police chief in Rockwood for five years; served as a Pennsylvania state constable for more than 40 years, starting in 1952; and in 1965 founded Harbaugh Trucking Inc., a waste removal company in Rockwood which remains in operation today. 

Said the Somerset Daily American, Hub also " worked as a woodcutter, hauling rocks to build the Yough Dam, and as a bus driver for the Rockwood School District... He was a long-time Rockwood Borough Council member and a Life Member of the Rockwood Fire Department. He was an accomplished baseball player and avid bowler."


Casselman United Methodist Church, formerly United Brethren


Hub is mentioned in the book, Down the Road of Our Past, Book II. In the summer of 1996, he opened his home in Rockwood for an afternoon visit by the founder of this website.

He spent his final years in Somerset and died there in InTouch Hospice at the age of 86 on Dec. 8, 2014. Following funeral services led by Pastor Sam McClintock, he was placed into eternal rest in Somerset County Memorial Park. At his death, said the Daily American, he was survived by 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Beverly's fate is not yet known.


Harbaugh Trucking facility in Rockwood, PA


Son Christopher H. Harbaugh resides in Rockwood. 

Daughter Teresa Harbaugh wed Clifford Wicks and makes their home in Las Vegas. 

Daughter Brenda Faye Harbaugh married (?) Alaniz and lives in California.

Daughter Rosemary Harbaugh wed Barry Dryburg and resides in Somerset. 

Daughter Mary Jane Harbaugh married Rick Funston and resides in Bedford County, PA. 

Daughter Marlene Harbaugh wed David Saylor of York, PA.

Daughter Wanda Sue Harbaugh was united in marriage with Robert Hirschl and lives in Washington.


~ Son Clifford Domer Harbaugh ~


Clifford Harbaugh

Son Clifford Domer Harbaugh (1935-2003) was born on Dec. 8, 1935 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County. 

In about 1961, he was united in marriage with Janice Winona Flick ( ? - ? ).

Their only daughter was Marcia Landis.

Clifford worked as a "track foreman for the B&O Railroad retiring in 1997 and also was employed by Somerset Welding and Steel," said the Daily American. "He was an avid bowler and golfer."

He was Secretary of the Harbaugh Reunion from 1964 to 1971, when he handed over the duties to his brother Oscar. 

He died in Somerset Patriot Manor at the age of 67 on Feb. 26, 2003. He was laid to rest in Husband Cemetery following a funeral service led by Rev. Larry R. Weigle. An obituary was printed in the Daily American.

Daughter Marcia Harbaugh married Charles Landis. They lived in Somerset and had three children -- Danielle Landis, Dexter Landis and Brady Landis.


~ Daughter Marlene E. (Harbaugh) Younkin Schnatterly ~

Daughter Marlene E. Harbaugh (1941-2011) was born on May 15, 1941 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County. 

On Sept. 10, 1956,, she eloped to Cumberland, MD to marry Blair E. "Junior" Younkin Jr. ( ? -living), son of Blair E. "Jake" and Sarah (Knotter) Younkin Sr. of the family of Ross and Emma (Rush) Younkin of Ursina, Somerset County.

The couple produced had two children -- Robert Blair Younkin and Susan J. Moon.

Later, following a divorce, she wed Arden Cecil Schnatterly (Dec. 4, 1926-2010), son of Charles and Nellie (Hayden) Schnatterly of Hopwood, Fayette County. Blair in turn married Colleen.

Arden may have been married before and brought a daughter to the union, Darlene R. Lawson.

Marlene and Arden went on to bear a daughter of their own, Julia Ann Clevenger Custer Koval.

Said the Somerset Daily American, Marlene was "an employee of Wal-Mart in Somerset for 17 years and a former member of the American Legion." In 1989-1993, they made their home in Del Rio, TX and then by 2003 were back in Somerset. She enjoyed bowling in the senior bowling league play at the Somerset Bowling Center, and her scores often were printed in the local newspaper.

Arden had served in the U.S. navy as a gunner mate technician, a position from which he retired. Later, he worked for Revco as a computer technician. In his spare time, he was a member of the Somerset County and Maryalnd Archaeologist Society and liked to collect arrowheads. he attended the Friendsville United Methodist Church.

As his health failied, Arden was admitted to the Golden Living Center in nearby Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. He succumbed there at the age of 83 on June 13, 2010. His remains were placed into repose in Asher Glade Cemetery.

Marlene outlived Arden by 17 months. She passed away at the In Touch Hospice House of Journey's Rest in Somerset on Nov. 16, 2011, at the age of 70. Rev. James Monticue officiated at the funeral service, with interment in Somerset County Memorial Park.

Son Robert Blair Younkin (1957-2019) was born on Feb. 23, 1957 in Somerset Community Hospital. At the age of 20, on June 18, 1977, he married Eileen Regina Hay ( ? - ? ), daughter of John E. Hay of Markleton. Their wedding was held in the Old Bethel Church of God in Hexeberger near Kingwood. The couple had these children -- Brandon Younkin, Robert Younkin Sr., John Younkin and Andrea Walker. Sadly, son Brandon passed away in infancy. Over the years, Robert was employed by Hoover Outfitting and Seven Springs Mountain Resort. In his spare time, he like bowl bowl, fish, golf and hunt. The couple divorced in November 2005. He died at home at the age of 61 on Feb. 4, 2019, with an obituary published in the Daily American.

  • Grandson Robert Younkin Sr. ( ? - ? ) - In about 1998, he married Robin Michelle Mallory. They make a home in Kingwood.
  • Grandson John Allan Younkin wedded Trista. They dwell in Kingwood.
  • Granddaughter Andrea Younkin was joined in wedlock with Jason Walker. They live in Somerset.

Daughter Susan Younkin ( ? -living) married Ross G. Moon III. They reside in Somerset and are the parents of Ross G. "Chip" Moon IV and Gina S. Moon. Susan is employed as a secretary by the Somerset Conservation District and in September 2017 was pictured in the Somerset Daily American, receiving an award for three decades of service. She also has served as regent of the Great Crossings Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

  • Grandson Ross G. "Skip" Moon IV married Cassie.
  • Granddaughter Gina S. Moon wedded Timothy Rake.

Daughter Julia A. Schnatterly ( ? -living) was thrice wed. Her first husband was Scott Randall Clevenger (1963-2018), believed to have been of the family of Frederick J. Younkin, whom she wed on Sept. 8, 1984 at the Ursina Church of God. Her second spouse was (?) Custer. Then, during the 2010s, she married Frank Koval and made a home in Confluence.

Stepdaughter Darlene R. Schnatterly ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with Michael L. Lawson. In 2010, their home was in Bruceton Mills, Preston County, WV.


~ Son Donald Wade Harbaugh ~

Son Donald Wade Harbaugh ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

He is believed to have married Eleanor Nicholson ( ? - ? ).

The couple produced these children -- Donald Wade Harbaugh Jr., Jack E. Harbaugh and Denise Kister.

The couple divorced. Donald made a home in Sykesville, MD, while Eleanor went to live in Somerset.

Son Donald Wade Harbaugh Jr. married Jeri. They live in Rockwood.


Rockwood IOOF Cemetery

Son Jack E. Harbaugh (1958-2010) was born on Dec. 15, 1958 in Somerset. He was married and had three offspring, Jason Harbaugh, Matthew Harbaugh and Jeremy Harbaugh. At one point Jack co-owned H&H Disposal of Rockwood, possibly involving his uncle Hub. He also like to golf and watch NASCAR races. Sadly, he died at the age of 51, on March 10, 2010, in Somerset Hospital. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American noted that a memorial service was held in Berlin Alliance Church.

  • Grandson Jason Harbaugh has resided in Kimmelton, PA.
  • Grandson Matthew Harbaugh dwelled in Philadelphia in 2010.
  • Grandson Jeremy Harbaugh lives in Rockwood.


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