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Anna Belle (Trout) Hower


Annie and James

Anna Belle "Annie" (Trout) Hower was born in February 1872 in Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Isaac F. and Emma Jane (Minerd) Trout

At the age of 16, Annie lived at Scottdale, Westmoreland County, and on April 30, 1888 wedded 21-year-old James H. Hower (1866-1932), the son of Samuel and Amanda (Decker) Hower. They united themselves in marriage after first securing a marriage license in Fayette County, PA. A.J. Gilmore and William S. Howard served as witnesses.

At the time of marriage, James also was a Scottdale resident and made his living as a house painter.

The Howers had seven children -- Elmer F. Hower, John "Calvin" Hower, Blanch Hower, James "Stanley" Hower, Bessie Irene "Rene" Coughenour, William B. Hower and Emma Frederickson Prettyman. Sadly, little Blanche, born in 1892, died in infancy of pneumonia.

According to property deeds, he and Annie resided in Scottdale throughout the 1890s until they moved to New Stanton (Hunker) in 1900.

In 1900, when the federal census was taken, James and Annie resided in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, along with their four children, James' invalid mother and Annie's unmarried sister Dollie "Missouri" Trout. James' occupation that year was listed as painter, with the family surname misspelled as "Howard." James' primary occupation, however, was building houses.

The 1910 census shows the family in Hempfield Township, with James continuing to follow his trade as a house painter. They lived just a few doors away from Annie's brother, John Minard Trout Sr. Family deeds and penny postcards sent in the era show that the Howers continued to reside in New Stanton/Hunker until 1920, with James building dozens of homes during that time.


Five generations, L-R: mother Emma Trout, granddaughter Beatrice Hower, son Elmer Hower, Annie (standing) and grandmother Elizabeth Minerd



Annie at a Trout reunion

By about 1920, Annie had become a grandmother, and she posed for a five-generations photo seen on this page.  The 1920 census shows the family in New Stanton, Hempfield Township, with James working as a house painter, and 17-year-old daughter Emma employed as a stenographer in a local office. 

Seen at right, Annie holds an unidentified baby at a Trout family reunion.

By 1929, the family had moved to a house on Culbertson Avenue in Greensburg, Hempfield Township. The 1930 census shows that James was a laborer at odd jobs. Also residing in their home in 1930 were 19-year-old granddaughter Beatrice M. Hower, 17-year-old grandson Stanley W. Hower, and infant great-grandson James E. Marvin. Beatrice worked as a clerk in a dry goods store. 

In August 1930, Anna Belle and her mother, and aunt Bertha VanDyke, attended the annual Minerd Reunion, held at Shady Grove Park in Uniontown. They gave their names to distant cousin Laura Jane (Minerd) Williams, who later wrote a lengthy account of the event for her local newspaper back home, the Huntingdon (PA) Daily News.

James and Annie lived at the address of 226 Culbertson Avenue in Greensburg in the early 1930s, with him continuing to work as a general contractor. At the age of 65, in March 1932, James contracted a deadly case of influenza and bronchial pneumonia. He succumbed on March 16, 1932. His remains were placed into eternal repose in Hillview Cemetery. In a one-paragraph obituary, the Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier noted that "His wife and four children survive."

Annie made her home in Greensburg in 1938-1947 at the address of 603 George Street. Having had a gall stone removed in 1934, and enduring heart disease and hardening of the arteries thereafter, she died in the residence of her married daughter Emma Frederickson, on April 23, 1947, age 75. Burial also was in Hillview Cemetery. The Daily Courier said in an two-sentence obituary that "Mrs. Irene Coughenour of New Stanton is a daughter."

Many of their offspring have been active in the community and have served the public in a variety of ways.


Main Street looking south toward the courthouse dome, Greensburg



Elmer F. Hower

~ Son Elmer Franklin Hower ~

Son Elmer Franklin Hower (1888-1961) was born on Dec. 14, 1888 in New Stanton, Westmoreland County. As a young man, he made a living as a house painter.

In about 1913, at the age of 24, Elmer wed Lucy Kern (Sept. 3, 1890-1915), daughter of Philip and Martha (Brown) Kern of Donora, Washington County, PA. They resided in Hunker, Westmoreland County and produced two children, Beatrice Hower and Stanley Wayne Hower.

Tragedy struck the family when Lucy developed an infection after giving birth. After 25 days, also burdened with bronchial pneumonia and unable to rally, she died on March 3, 1915. Burial was in the Sewickley Baptist Cemetery in Westmoreland County.

Lucy's untimely passing left Elmer with the two young offspring to raise.

After three years as a widower, the 29-year-old Elmer married Kelly Agnes Kirkwood ( ? - ? ) on Feb. 28, 1918. The marriage apparently did not last.


Beatrice Hower

Circa 1920-1930, Elmer may have been a patient in Kalamazoo Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. The reason is not yet known. In 1930, his teenage children made their home with his parents in New Stanton. 

Later, apparently having recovered from his malady, he moved back to Western Pennsylvania, making his home in Washington and Canonsburg, Washington County. 

On Nov. 5, 1938, at age 49, he wed for a third time to Mary Elizabeth McKenzie ( ? - ? ), age 42, the daughter of John and Rebecca (McKnapp) McKenzie and a native of United, PA. At the time they married, Elmer was a painter, and Mary lived in New Stanton. They obtained their marriage license in Somerset, Somerset County, PA but tied the knot in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County.

Elmer's home in 1938 was at 41 Buena Vista in Washington and in 1940 was on Wilma Avenue in Washington. He endured the death of his wife and son Stanley. By 1961, he had relocated to 410 Water Dam Road in Canonsburg.

He was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died at home at the age of 72 on Feb. 16, 1961. A one-sentence obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Burial was in Hillview Cemetery in Greensburg.

Son Stanley Wayne Hower (1912-1960) was born on Nov. 1, 1912 in New Stanton. As a 17-year-old, he lived with his grandparents in New Stanton. At the age of 27, in 1940, he worked as a meat cutter in a retail grocery store in Washington, Washington County, PA. In 1940, at the age of about 28, he married Opal Romaine Day (1920- ? ), daughter of Paul H. and Romaine (Keeney) Day of Pancake, Washington County. The couple had four children. In about 1947, they established a home in Chartiers Township, Washington County. Stanley later worked as a glass plant laborer and then as a clerk. After an affliction of tumors in his neck, lungs and brain, and enduring the illness for 11 months, he died at home at the age of 47 on Aug. 30, 1960. Interment was in Washington Cemetery, and a brief obituary was printed in the Daily Courier.

  • Granddaughter Audrey Hower (1936- ? ) was born in 1936 in Canton Township, Washington County.


The Fredericksons

~ Daughter Emma Kate (Hower) Frederickson Prettiman ~

Daughter Emma Kate Hower (1903-1990) was born on June 16, 1903. 

As a young woman, age 16, was employed as an office stenographer in 1920, prior to marriage. In about 1924, when she was age 20, Emma wed Henry Frederickson (1900-1972). 

They had three children -- Rev. Charles H. Frederickson, Emma "Irene" Saxton and Jane Kuhns.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1930, Emma and Henry made their home in Greensburg, living next to her parents in the Culbertson Extension. Henry was employed that year as an electrician for a railroad company. During the hard economic climate of the Great Depression of the 1930s, he took a job as a grocer in the store of his brother Theodore on Westmoreland Avenue. He also was a volunteer fire fighter at Hose House No. 7. In 1940, after the death of Henry's mother, they moved to George Street.

Henry served as an alderman in Greensburg for more than three decades, from 1939 to 1970, a type of justice of the peace, and adjudicating many cases involving small crimes. His name frequently was printed in local newspapers in connection with his rulings.

Sadly, Henry died in 1972 at the age of 74, terminating a marriage that had lasted about 48 years.


Title page, Emma Kate's interview with a grandson

Later in life, Emma married (?) Prettiman ( ? - ? ). Her home circa 1988 was at 603 George Street.

Interested in family history, Emma's grandson Donald E. Kuhns Jr. interviewed her in the living room of her home and typed a transcript. He wrote: "I copied every word that she said and put it into this book; Therefore, it may be a little difficult to understand unless one understands that this is in conversation form and not a summarized story. I also miss-spelled some of the words so as to match the slangy accent that she used in her speech and to give the reader a reminder of how she talked. Examples of her slang are: gonna for going -- Worshington for Washington -- was for plural use instead of were."

She passed away at the age of 87 on July 21, 1990. She rests for eternity beside her first husband in St. Clair Cemetery in Greensburg.

Son Rev. Charles H. Frederickson (1923-1999) was born in 1923. In about 1944, he married M. Beatrice "Bea" Moran (Feb. 1, 2914-2011), daughter of Charles H. and Mary (Roth) Moran of Baltimore, MD. The couple remained together for 56 years. He served with the US Navy during World War II. Afterward, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University and secured employment as an engineering draftsman at the Overly Manufacturing Company in Greensburg. He also taught Sunday School at Zion Lutheran Church in Greensburg. A newspaper once said that as a young woman, Bea "was very proud of achieving the position of assistant buyer in Gaxton Women's Store in Baltimore. During WWII, she worked with officers from Washington D.C. as an aeronautical topographic map tracer (an aid to aircraft navigation). Later, she worked at Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) Grill Room and Book Store." They produced seven children -- Wendy Jane Frederickson, Dary Ann Frederickson, Charles H. Frederickson Jr., Emma "Maxine" Shroyer, Marsha Williams, Darlene Frederickson and Dora Neighly. Circa 1960, feeling the call to ministry, he enrolled at Wittenburg University to begin college preparation studies. Then, in 1963, he entered the university's Hamma Divinity School in Springfield, OH. Said an October 1963 article in the Daily Courier, "It was three years ago that Frederickson decided to give up his draftsman occupation to enter the ministry. This meant, among other things, relinquishing a partnership in a Pittsburgh firm which he acquired after leaving Overly, and the family home was sold to help pay part of his college expenses. Mrs. Frederickson works in the Wittenburg Student Union during the evening, while she stays home with the couple's five children." After receiving his ordination, he went on to become a pastor at the Rupp Lutheran Church in Kittanning, Heilman Lutheran Church in Ford City and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Trauger. He also was an interim pastor at several local churches. The family dwelled in Latrobe in 1970. In November 1975, he was appointed to the Mount Pleasant Township Municipal Authority. Two months later, said the Courier, he "may have worked a miracle" at the "embattled" agency when he "brought Authority members and residents affected by the Shupes Run Sewer Project into a tentative and tenuous agreement at the group's quarterly meeting." Following that achievement, he was elected as vice chairman of the authority. Over time, he and Bea also hosted seven American Foreign Service (AFS) Exchange students. Charles died at the age of 77, at home in Jeannette, on Dec. 14, 1999. His funeral was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in West Point City near Greensburg and was led by Bishop Donald J. McCoid of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In an obituary in the Greensburg Tribune-Review, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Leukemia Society of America. Bea survived her husband by a dozen years. She passed away in Excela Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg at the age of 87 on Sept. 23, 2011. An obituary reported that her survivors included 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Rev. Mark Werner and Rev. Hans Andrae jointly led the funeral service.

  • Granddaughter Wendy Jane Frederickson ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 1999.
  • Granddaughter Dary Ann Frederickson (1956-1970) was born on Dec. 14, 1956 in Greensburg. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Trauger and attended Norvelt Elementary School. Sadly, a sixth grader at the age of 12, she died in Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant on June 11, 1970. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
  • Grandson Charles H. Frederickson Jr. married Dr. Jan ( ? - ? ). In 1999-2011, their residence was in Greensburg.
  • Granddaughter Emma "Maxine" Frederickson ( ? - ? ) married Daniel Shroyer ( ? - ? ). The couple produced one known son, Daniel Shroyer Jr. They lived in Springfield, OH in 1970-2011.
  • Granddaughter Marsha Frederickson ( ? - ? ) wedded James "Jim" Williams ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Greensburg.
  • Granddaughter Darlene Frederickson apparently did not marry. She made her home in 1999-2011 in Greensburg. Over the years, Darlene hosted at least 17 foreign exchange students in her home.
  • Granddaughter Dora Frederickson ( ? - ? ) married Robert Neighly. They resided in Latrobe, Westmoreland County.

Daughter Emma Irene Frederickson (1926- ? ) was born in 1926. At the age of 20, on Oct. 30, 1946, she married Harry G. Saxton (1925-2007), son of William Earl and Bessie Mae (Lusebrink) Saxton of Greensburg. They couple moved to Mansfield, OH, and had three sons -- David H. Saxton, Rev. Robert C. Saxton and Thomas W. Saxton. For three decades, Harry owned Richland Sales Company in Mansfield, "specializing in structural steel, metal roof decks and accordion doors," said the Greensburg Tribune-Review. He also was a skilled jazz piano player. Later in life, the Saxtons made their home in Bellville, OH. Harry died in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital at age 81 on April 11, 2007. He was laid to rest in Bellville Cemetery. Emma was still living circa 2011 in Ohio.

  • Grandson David H. Saxton
  • Grandson Rev. Robert C. Saxton
  • Grandson Thomas W. Saxton

Daughter Nancy "Jane" Frederickson ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In about 1959, she married Donald E. Kuhns Sr. ( ? -2015), and the marriage lasted for 55 years until the separation of death. Donald was a native of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, and was the son of Paul and Elizabeth Kuhns. Their two children were Donald E. Kuhns Jr. and Brenda Joyce.As a young man, Donald was employed in his father's family-owned bakery. He served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. After returning home, they lived in Wilkinsburg and Level Green, PA. Donald spent two decades making deliveries for Drake's Bread. A diehard Pittsburgh Steelers football fan, he attended the team's playoff game in 1972 against the Oakland Raiders when Franco Harris made his "immaculate reception." Donald andJane relocated to Largo, FL, where his earned a living at Commercial Carpet for 10 years, owned by a nephew. He co-founded Light Source and Video Repair in about 1993 and was active in this business for 21 years until his passing. Said the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Donald " instilled the importance of hard work and sacrifice to his children by never missing a day of work.... He was the kindest person and blessed everyone he came in contact with." In his spare time, he golfed and was a champion at Largo Golf Course and from 2004-2015 served as governor of Yogi Bear Campgrounds in Mill Run, PA. As his health declined, he sought solace in his Christian faith. Donald passed away in Largo on New Year's Day 2015.

  • Grandson Donald E. Kuhns Jr. married Darla. He has shared valuable information for this biography, including the transcript of an interview he conducted in July 1988 with his aged grandmother Emma Kate Prettiman.
  • Granddaughter Brenda Kuhns wedded Robert Joyce.


J. Stanley Hower

~ Son James "Stanley" Hower ~

Son James "Stanley" Hower (1890-1943) was born on May 23, 1890 in Scottdale, Westmoreland County. As a young man, he was employed as a rubber worker in Scottdale.

He married Sarah Ann "Sally" Hunker (1891-1961) on March 18, 1911, when he was age 20, and she 19. She was the daughter of John L. and Nancy Jane (Lewis) Hunker, a native of Washington, Washington County, PA, and a resident of New Stanton at the time of marriage. Rev. Joseph Osgood Glenn performed the ceremony.

They had nine children -- John L. Hower, Dr. Thomas Henry Hower, Eugene Kemp Hower, Dorothy Fern Derr, Norma June Swartz, Anna Pauline Troupe, David Kemp Hower, Sara E. Bussard and Fay Aletha Kozer. 

All of their children were baptized in connection with the family church, including four of them at home on the same day -- Nov. 3, 1926 -- by Rev. J.O. Glenn of St. Mark's Lutheran Church of New Stanton. Their records are preserved in a light-blue booklet compiled by Paul Miller Ruff, entitled St. Mark's Lutheran Church (Mechling Bookbindery), covering the years 1906-1947. Stanley's cousin John Minard Trout Sr. and family also were members of the church, as was distant cousin Richard A. McVay and his wife Wilma in the 1940s. 


Turnpike motorist in a Studebaker inspects
the new reflector sign at New Stanton, 1940

Stanley was a house painter and operated his own shop in 1930. When the federal census was taken that year, he and the family made their home in New Stanton, Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County.

New Stanton's life as a small quiet town was forever changed in 1940 when the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened to traffic, with a major interchange in the town allowing traffic to enter or exit. The Turnpike Commission noted the following in its publicity:

The new Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Turnpike has 160 under- and overpasses. There are no intersections, traffic lights or stop signs on the super-road. There are nine “interchanges” along the route where tourists may enter or leave the Turnpike.

Suffering from diabetes and an abscess of his rectum, which causes a blood stream infection leading to heart failure, Stanley was admitted to Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg. He could not regain his health and passed away at the age of 52 on April 29, 1943. The funeral was held at St. Mark's Church , followed by burial in the church cemetery. His death was recorded in the St. Mark's parish records. His remains were placed into eternal repose in Hillview Cemetery in Greensburg.

As a widow, Sarah remained in New Stanton for the nearly two decades of the balance of her life. She suffered cerebral bleeding and died at the age of 69 on April 3, 1961.

Son John L. Hower (1913-1959) was born in about 1913. As a young man, he joined St. Mark's Lutheran Church of New Stanton. John married Eleanor (1913-1962). They were the parents of Theresa Monath Rich. The Howers relocated to Newark, NJ. Sadly, John suffered a heart attack and died at home at the age of 46 on or about July 22, 1959. His remains were transported back to his hometown for burial in Hillview Cemetery, with Rev. Frederick Stueber officiating at the funeral service. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Eleanor survived her husband by three years and succumbed in Newark in November 1962, with her body returned to ner native home region for interment in Hillview. A short obituary appeared in the Daily Courier.

  • Granddaughter Theresa Marie Hower (1939-2008) was born on Nov. 20, 1939 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County. She was twice wed. Her first husband was John Monath ( ? - ? ). They made their residence in Belleville, NJ. They produced five children -- John Monath Jr., Donna Szell, Doreen Ratliff, Dawn Monath and Dora Marie H. Monath. The couple eventually divorced. Theresa earned income as a bus driver for Mount Olive Township Board of Education in Budd Lake, NJ. On Sept. 26, 1987, at the age of 58, she married a second time to Richard Rich ( ? - ? ). The wedding took place in Flanders, NJ. He had been married once before and brought four children to his union with Theresa -- Richard Rich Jr., Lisa Lippai, Doreen Elms and Tammy Hicks. The couple left Budd Lake and moved to Port St. Lucie, FL, where they spent the final dozen years of their lives together and were active in several clubs. Heartache enveloped the family when daughter Dora, age 37, died in Tampa on April 15, 2000, with burial in Stanhope Cemetery in New Jersey. Sadly, Theresa died in St. Lucie Hospice House at age 68 on Feb. 17, 2008. Her body was returned to New Jersey for burial. An obituary noted that she was survived by 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.


Dr. Thomas Hower

Son Thomas Henry Hower (1918-1984) was born on May 6, 1918, and was confirmed in the family's church, St. Mark's Lutheran Church of New Stanton. He graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropractic, and underwent additional post-graduate education at St. Vincent College and Lincoln Chiropratic College. He entered into practice with his uncle, Dr. D.K. Hunker and they were partners for 10 years, until 1947. He was married twice, first to Maxine Eberly ( ? - ? ), on Dec. 7, 1938, in a ceremony held at the church parsonage. They had two sons, Dr. Thomas A. Hower and Dr. Robert D. Hower. The family resided at 320 South Main Street in Greensburg. In addition to his practice as a chiropractor, Thomas was an active member of the Masons, Rotary Club of Greensburg, Elks and Greensburg Country Club, and served as the team physician for the local high school athletic teams. He also was involved with the Greensburg Chamber of Commerce, was president and treasurer of the Westmoreland County Chiropractice Association, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Drugless Physicians and International Chiropractors Association. In 1961, when the book The Greater Greensburg Profile was published, Thomas was pictured, as was his building in Greensburg, with profiles about him and the practice were printed in the volume. Later, on Jan. 9, 1982, Thomas married Evelyn Elizabeth (Wolfe) George (1915-2001), widow of Alva W. George, and she brought two adult children from a previous marriage -- A. Robert George and Barry L. George. Said the Greensburg Tribune-Review, Evelyn "was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood, and retired from Joe Workman's Dept. Store, Irwin. She was a member of the Senior Serenaders of the McKenna Center, and member and former officer of the Degree of Honor, Irwin Chapter." Thomas passed away in 1984, at the age of 66. Evelyn outlived him by 17 years. She died in Latrobe Hospital at the age of 86 on Dec. 9, 2001. Following a funeral at Christ United Methodist Church in Youngwood, her remains were interred in Union Cemetery in Greensburg.

  • Grandson Dr. Thomas A. Hower was profiled in the Tribune-Review in June 2008 for opening his farm in Unity, Westmoreland County, one day a year to allow mentally challenged children and adults to fish. Link.
  • Grandson Dr. Robert D. Hower resided in Natrona Heights, near Pittsburgh.


T.H. Hower Chiropractic office, Greensburg, corner of Main and Fourth Streets

Greater Greensburg Profile, 1961


Son Eugene Kemp Hower (1919-1966) was born on March 31, 1919 in New Stanton. At the age of seven, in 1926, he was baptized by Rev. J.O. Glenn of the St. Mark's Church. At age 16, in July 1935, he joined the church by confession of faith. During World War II, he served as a tech sergeant with the 501st AAA Gun Battalion. On Oct. 5, 1947, at the age of 28, Eugene was wedded to Adeline E. Bassani (May 3, 1914-2000), daughter of Carl and Louise Bassani of Greensburg. The Howers did not reproduce. They dwelled in the outskirts of Greensburg, where he was employed as an assembler. They were members of the First Reformed United Church of Christ of Greensburg, and she belonged to the Order of Eastern Star. Burdened with hardening of the arteries and a buildup of uric acid in his bloodstream, Eugene died in Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg at the age of 46 on Feb. 9, 1966. Burial was in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Adeline lived for another 34 years after her husband's passing and remained in Greensburg. She died in Westmoreland Regional Hospital at the age of 86 on Nov. 18, 2000.


St. Mark's records

Daughter Dorothy Fern Hower (1922-1986) was born on April 18, 1922. She was baptized at age four by Rev. J.O. Glenn of the St. Mark's Church. When she was 18 years of age, she married Jacob Davidson Derr (1914-1998), son of John Lewis and Della (Errett) Derr of West Newton. The ceremony was held at her home on April 4, 1941. They produced three children -- Robert Derr, David Derr and Dorothy "Dotty" Cook. The Derrs resided in Madison, Westmoreland County, and were farmers. Jacob also was a school bus driver for the Yough School District and a truck driver for Matlack Trucking Company of Adamsburg. He also was a member of the Madison Downtown United Methodist Church, Sewickley Grange No. 1897, and Teamsters Local No. 30 of Jeannette. Dorothy died in January 1986, when she was 63. Jacob passed away at the age of 84 on July 12, 1998, at Westmoreland Regional Hospital. Burial was in Madison Union Cemetery, following funeral services led by Rev. William Rautner. An obituary was printed in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

  • Grandson Robert Derr lived in the late 1990s in Madison, Westmoreland County and in 2015 in Darragh.
  • Grandson David Derr married Sharon. They resided in Madison, Westmoreland County in 1998.
  • Granddaughter Dorothy A. "Dotty" Derr (1944-2015) was born on Aug. 30, 1944 in Greensburg. She married (?) Cook. The couple had three sons -- Brian Cook, Timothy Cook and Dean Cook. She made her home in Madison, Westmoreland County. During her working career, she served in patient accounting for Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg. She also was tax collector for Madison Borough for many years. She loved to knit, and a relative once wrote that "If Dotty was sitting, Dotty was knitting." Active in the community, she was a member of the Downtown United Methodist church of Madison, the East Pittsburgh Knitting Guild, the Laurel Highlands Knitting Guild, Sewickley Over 50 Alumni and Rough Riders Saddle Club. Dorothy passed away at the age of 71 on Oct. 8, 2015. Interment was in Madison Union Cemetery, with Rev. Robert Green leading the funeral service. An obituary in the Greensburg Tribune-Review noted that she was survived by eight grandchildren.

Daughter Norma June Hower (1924-1993) was born on Aug. 19, 1924 in New Stanton. At age two, she was baptized by the family's pastor, Rev. J.O. Glenn. On July 18, 1948, she was united in holy wedlock with Donald F. Swartz (April 30, 1918-1987). They had one son, Edward T. Swartz. Norma was active in the local community. Said the Greensburg Tribune-Review, she "was an elected member of the Westmoreland County Democratic Committee and for many years served as the Democratic committeewoman for New Stanton Borough ... She was a member and past president of the former New Stanton Volunteer Firemen's Ladies Auxiliary. She was an estate appraiser and worked at Home Tag Sales." Donald died in December 1987. Norma lived for another six years as a widow. Sadly, she suffered the agony of the death of her son in May 1989. Norma passed away at age 68, in Westmoreland Memorial Hospital, on March 23, 1993. She was laid to rest in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

  • Grandson Edward T. Swartz Sr. (1957-1989) was born on Jan. 31, 1957. He married Brenda ( ? - ? ). Their two children were Edward T. Swartz Jr. and Lindsey D. Swartz. The Swartzes made their residence in Hunker. Sadly, Edward Sr. died at the age of 32 on May 11, 1989.


Famed landmark -- the New Stanton viaduct on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the largest of the 300 structures and stream crossings along the high speed highway


Daughter Anna Pauline Hower (1926-2000) was born on Nov. 3, 1926 in New Stanton. She was baptized as an infant on Nov. 3, 1926, by Rev. J.O. Glenn. She married (?) Troupe. They resided in New Stanton and had two children -- Norman Troupe and Janice Keifer. Anna was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and was a member of its choir. Said the Tribune-Review, was "a member of the Robertshaw Controls Retirees Association, the Youngwood Railroad Historical Society, the Lobauch Literary Council and the Sewickley Watershed Association. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a secretary by the Robertshaw Controls of New Stanton, and later by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 26th Legislative District office." She was admtited to Westmoreland Regional Hospital where she died at the age of 73 on Sept. 7, 2000. Funeral services were held in her church, officiated by Rev. A.J. Domines assisted by Rev. Elaine Hower. Her remains were lowered into the earth at Hillview Cemetery in Greensburg, and an obituary published in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

  • Grandson Norman Troupe married Lisa and dwelled in Greensburg. They are the parents of Ryan Troupe, Megan Troupe and Jared Troupe.
  • Granddaughter Janice Troup wedded Richard Keifer. In 2000, they lived in Apopka, FL.

Son David Kemp Hower (1928-2011) was born on Dec. 19, 1928 in New Stanton. He was baptized by the St. Mark's Church pastor, Rev. J.O. Glenn. At the age of 18, David married Nancy J. Lawson (1925-2012) on May 24, 1946. They had four children -- Rebecca Jo Brush, Brenda J. Betker, David O. Hower and Peggy L. Painter. Early in his working life, he earned an income as a coal miner and mechanic with Jamison Coal and Delmont Fuel. Later, he was a truck driver with National Hydraulics in Scottdale. He was a member of the Scottdale Elks lodge, Hempfield Hunt Club and St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Scottdale. Nancy served as an election worker in White's Precinct of East Huntington Township, and was an apprentice photographer for the Mount Pleasant Journal. She also enjoyed making candy and baking treats. In all, David and Nancy were married for 65 years and lived in Scottdale (East Huntington Township). He died at home on June 20, 2011, at the age of 82. Following a funeral serviced led by Rev. Matthew Stabe, burial was in Green Ridge Memorial Park near Connellsville. Nancy outlived her husband by almost nine months. She passed away at the age of 86 on April 11, 2012.

  • Granddaughter Rebecca Jo Hower married Frank Brush. Their home in 2011 was in Scottdale, PA.
  • Granddaughter Brenda J. Hower wedded (?) Betker. She resided in Arona, Westmoreland County in 2011.
  • Grandson David O. Hower wedded Cindy and made Scottdale their place of residence.
  • Granddaughter Peggy L. Hower was joined in matrimony with (?) Painter. She dwelled in 2011 in Okeechobee, FL.

Daughter Sara Elizabeth Hower (1932-2014) was born on June 14, 1932, and was baptized at church as she neared her third birthday on April 14, 1935. She married Wilbur Charles Bussard (July 8, 1932-2017) on Oct. 26, 1951. He was a native of Arona, Westmoreland County and the son of John W. and Mary E. (Miller) Bussard. They resided in New Stanton, and had three children -- John S. Bussard, Wilbur Bussard and Marlene Muchoney. Wilbur served as the Mayor of New Stanton Borough, and was a longtime member of Borough Council. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2001, with a blessing service at St. Mark's Lutheran Church and a surprise champagne brunch held at the Lamplighter Restaurant in nearby Delmont. In May 2007, he won the Democratic primary for reelection to council. Sara passed away on Aug. 8, 2014, with interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Wilbur survived his wife by nearly three years. He joined her in death on May 4, 2017.

  • Grandson John S. Bussard (1955-1999) was born on July 24, 1955 in Mount Pleasant, John married Renee Lilliock ( ? - ? ). They had no children. John was an Army veteran and self-employed excavator. He was a member of the American Legion Post of Scottdale and St. Mark Lutheran Church. Sadly, he died on June 6, 1999 at the age of 43, with interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.
  • Grandson Wilbur Bussard wedded Carla. They are the parents of Nicholas Bussard and Amber Bussard. Their home in 1999 was in Ruffsdale, Westmoreland County.
  • Granddaughter Marlene Bussard was joined in wedlock with David Muchoney. The couple produced two sons, David Muchoney and Mark Muchoney. In 1999, they dwelled in Greensburg.

Daughter Fay Aletha Hower (1936- ? ) was born on June 18, 1936. She was baptized at home on May 5, 1941. At the age of about 27, on Nov. 9, 1963, she married Frederick A. "Fred" Kozer ( ? - ? ), son of Jean D. Kozer and stepson of George W. Gilpin. They made their home in Hunker in 2000.


~ Son John "Calvin" Hower ~

Son John "Calvin" Hower (1894-1986) was born on Feb. 4, 1894.

At the age of 19, circa 1913, he was married to 14-year-old Hazel M. (1899- ? ).

They resided circa 1920 in Hempfield Township near Greensburg, where Calvin earned a living making coal mine repairs.

Their four daughters were Lucetta Belle Hower, Hilda Hower, Emma Florence "Babe" Barron and Charlotte M. Hower.

Sadly, after the birth of their youngest daughter Charlotte in 1925, the marriage fell apart. Hazel took Charlotte away from the home and went to live on the farm of her aged grandfather George B. Coughenour in Hempfield Township. They are shown there in the 1930 census, with the census-taker marking Hazel's marital status as "D" -- divorced.

When the federal census was taken in 1930, Calvin and his children lived on Broad Street in in South Greensburg. His employment was marked as automobile salesman. Also living in their home was housekeeper Lilian M. Hamilton and her sons Tommy and Robert.

Research is underway to determine if Calvin married again, on Aug. 10, 1959, to Ethel I. Hart ( ? - ? ).

Calvin spent his final years in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. He succumbed in December 1986, with burial in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

Daughter Lucetta Belle Hower (1916- ? ) was born on Oct. 12, 1916. She is believed to have wedded at the age of 25 to Kenneth M. Eckenrode (June 18, 1907-1982), with the nuptials taking place on June 18, 1941. Kenneth died in March 1982. Lucetta passed away in Greensburg on Jan. 22, 1990. They rest together in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.

Daughter Hilda M. Hower (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918.

Daughter Emma "Florence" Hower (1922-1962) was born on March 19, 1922 in Hunker, Westmoreland County. She married Paul Stewart "Pete" Barron ( ? -1978), son of David Barron of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. The nuptials took place in October 1939. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "The ceremony took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Frederickson of Greensburg, uncle and aunt of the bride, with Dr. L.D. Spaugy, pastor of the Methodist Church of Greensburg, officiating. Wedding music was played by Miss Eliza Rial who also sang two selections, 'I love You Truly' and 'O, Promise Me'." The nuptials took place "before and improvised altar of ferns, palms and autumn flowers." They had five children -- Paul C. Barron, Sandra Hamm, David J. Barron, Linda S. Harshman and Linda Barron. They resided in the Mount Pleasant area. Sadly, burdened with a hernia and uterus issues, Florence underwent a hysterectomy at Westmoreland Hospital. But a post-operative infection set in, and she died at the age of 39 on Jan. 29, 1962. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Green Ridge Memorial Park north of Connellsville. The family was saddened in 1970 at the death of Emma and Paul's daughter Linda Harshman, who was one of three killed in a horrific automobile accident in Oaks, PA. Paul remarried again to Dorothy (Exline) Pritts (March 6, 1920-2001), daughter of Edgar and Bessie (Kelp) Exline of Mount Pleasant. She had been married before and brought these offspring to the union with Paul -- Ronald L. Pritts, James E. Pritts and Barry L. Pritts. She was employed by Lenox Crystal in Mount Pleasant and as a credit manager with Montgomery Ward. She also was a historian of the famed Frank Lloyd Wright house Fallingwater and is said to have been recognized for her "X" signature by Ripley's Believe It or Not. Paul succumbed in 1978. Dorothy outlived him by 21 years. She died at age 81 on Nov. 12, 2001 in the residence of her son Ronald Pritts in Andover, MA. Her remains were transported back to her old hometown for interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, with Rev. Charles W. Yost leading the funeral service. An obituary for Dorothy appeared in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

  • Grandson Paul C. "Pete" Barron (1943-2011) was born on March 11, 1943 in Mount Pleasant. He was married twice, and with his first wife had one son, Paul W. Barron Jr. His second wife was Ruth Ann Gray ( ? -2011). They dwelled in Mount Pleasant. Pete was employed at Robertshaw in New Stanton and with International Paper. He then went to work for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as an equipment operator. He was a member of Laurel Ridge Sportsmen's Club, Mount Joy Church of the Brethren and the Mount Pleasant Firemen's Club, where he enjoyed bartending. Ruth was an accountant and worked as a bookkeeper for businesses in the Mount Pleasant area. She also was a talented cook and baker and captured a number of blue ribbons in local fairs and events. Sadly, Ruth and Pete died about six weeks apart in 2011 -- Ruth on Nov. 19, 2011 and Pete on Christmas Eve 2011 in Harmon House, Mount Pleasant. Their obituaries were published in the Greensburg Tribune-Review. They rest for eternity in Mt. Joy Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Sandra Barron wed John "Jack" Hamm. The Hamms dwelled in Mount Pleasant in 1970 and in Champion, Fayette County in 2001.
  • Granddaughter Linda Sue Barron (1948-1970) was born on April 26, 1948 in Mount Pleasant. As a young age, she joined the Mount Joy Church of the Brethren. Linda Sue wedded Robert Harshman ( ? - ? ). The couple lived in Mount Pleasant and then circa 1969 relocated temporarily to Norristown, PA. Tragically, at the age of 21, Linda Sue went riding and drinking with several soldiers in a small foreign-made sportscar in the wee hours of the morning on March 7, 1970. At 4 a.m., the automobile lost control and struck the side of Perkiomen Creek Bridge on Egypt Road before returning to the road and smashing into a telephone pole. The incident took place near Oaks, Upper Providence Township. Trapped inside the wreckage, she was removed and rushed to Phoenixville Hospital, where she died on arrival. Police reported the cause as "excessive speed" and drinking, said the Pottstown (PA) Mercury.
  • Grandson David J. Barron wed Debi and resided in Jefferson, OH. Later, they relocated to State College, PA.


~ Daughter Bessie "Irene" (Hower) Coughenour ~


Irene Coughenour

Daughter Bessie "Irene" (or "Rene") Hower (1897-1991) was born on Sept. 18, 1896 in Hempfield Township. 

On Oct. 28, 1914, when she was age 17, Irene married 26-year-old farmer Don Erwin Coughenour (1889- ? ) of Hempfield Township. Rev. S.W. McCorkle performed the nuptials in East McKeesport, near Pittsburgh. Don was the son of George B. Coughenour.

They had four children -- Donald H. Coughenour, Walter R. Coughenour, George E. Coughenour and Ruth Ann Washabaugh. During the 1930s, they also took in foster daughters Martha Keffer, Jane Friedline and Janet Glasgow.

They resided in New Stanton in 1930, in Hempfield Township in 1940 and later in Youngwood at 8 South Fifth Street. Rene was employed for  many years as a licensed practical nurse, and Don worked as an automobile mechanic (1930) and farmer (1940)..

Irene died at the age of 94 on Sept. 15, 1991, in Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg. Her funeral was conducted by her nephew Rev. Charles H. Frederickson. She was laid to rest in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. At her death, said the Greensburg Tribune-Review, she was survived by 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Don's fate will be added here once learned.

Son Donald H. Coughenour (1915-1976) was born on Aug. 23, 1915 in Hempfield Township. He married Sara E. Barron (Sept. 30, 1919-2016). They resided in the outskirts of Mount Pleasant and had five children -- Donald R. Coughenour, Rebecca Domenico, Irene Yothers Kirsch, Sally Stout and Donna Lubovinsky Allen. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army. Donald worked at Westinghouse Electric Company in Youngwood, and belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). An outdoorsman who loved animals, he was a member of the American Kennel Club, Arabian Horse Registry, Farmer Sportsman Association of Duncansville and the Woodmen of the World. Sara worked for a time for the old W.T. Grant Company. She enjoyed crocheting and gardening. Donald died at home at the age of 61 on Aug. 30, 1976, and his obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Sara outlived Donald by a remarkable four decades. She relocated to Orangeburg, SC, where she passed into eternity at age 97 on Oct. 23, 2016. Her remains were brought back to Fayette County for burial in Green Ridge Memorial Park, with Rev. Roy Dail, of the Greensburg Alliance Church, preaching the funeral sermon. The Greensburg Tribune-Review printed an obituary, which reported that her survivors included nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Rebecca Coughenour married Paschel "Pat" Domenico. They are the parents of Patricia Bradley and Ann Domenico (born 1970). The family made their home in North Charleston, SC in 2016.
  • Granddaughter Irene Coughenour wedded Oran Yothers. Later, she was joined in marriage with Terry Kirsch. The Kirsches lived in 2016 in the Villages, FL.
  • Grandson Donald R. Coughenour was united in matrimony with Karen. In 2016, their residence was in Cordova, SC.
  • Granddaughter Sally Coughenour ( ? -1989) wed (?) Stout. She married again to (?) Muko. Sadly, she died in 1989.
  • Granddaughter Donna Coughenour married William Lubovinsky. Her second husband was David Allen. They dwelled in Greensburg in 2016.

Daughter Ruth Ann Coughenour (1918-2007) was born on June 27, 1918 in New Stanton. She married Harry Albert Washabaugh (1919-1999). They had one daughter, Donna Irene Hillis, and resided in the vicinity of Latrobe. Ruth worked for two decades for Westinghouse Electric Company in Youngwood, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Youngwood Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 and Word of Life Ministries of Greensburg. Harry passed away at the age of 80 on Dec. 9, 1999. Ruth Ann outlived him by 18 years. She died in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg on June 22, 2007, at the age of 88. Burial was in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, following a funeral led by Rev. Henry Tuliecio.

Son Walter R. Coughenour (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920 in Westmoreland County. He made his home in 1976 in Barker, NY. He was deceased by 2007 -- is it possible he is the same man of that name who died on April 4, 1988?

Son George E. Coughenour (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927. He is believed to have been united in wedlock with Lindy ( ? ). George lived in Duncansville, PA in 1976 and in Hollidaysburg, PA circa 1991-2007. Lindy was deceased by 2000.

Foster daughter Martha Keffer (1924- ? ) was born in about 1924. By 1935, she was in the Coughenour household.

Foster daughter Jane Friedline (1928- ? ) was born in about 1928. She was brought into the Coughenour home by 1935.

Foster daughter Janet Glasgow (1938- ? ) was born in abouit 1938.


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