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Anna Mariah (Younkin) Herlinger


Anna Mariah (Younkin) Herlinger was born in about 1815 in Lehigh County, PA, the daughter of Henry and Anna Mariah (Overpeck) Younkin Jr.

She entered into marriage with Frederick Herlinger (1811-1890), a native of Northampton County, PA.

The Herlingers’ brood of eight offspring included Louisa Grumbling, Mary Ann Julia Dick, Francis K. "Frank" Herlinger, James K. Herlinger, Amelia Wolfe, William Henry Herlinger, Frederick Herlinger Jr. and Sarah Maria Rugh.

Circa 1839, the couple established their longtime residence on a farm in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County. Their property was next to farms owned by Anna Mariah's brother Aaron Younkin

Farms of Fred Herlinger and son Fred (circled) west of Brush Valley, PA, near the farm of Anna Mariah's brother Aaron Younkin, 1871.

Deep heartache struck the family in mid-July 1870. A bolt of lightning struck their Brush Valley barn, setting it afire. It "was burned to the ground," said the Indiana Democrat. "The barn had been recently filled with grain and this, together with valuable farming implements, was also destroyed. The loss is total, as there was no insurance on the property."

The Indiana Democrat once said he was "an honorable and industrious citizen, an old time Democrat."

Sadly, Frederick was felled by a stroke of paralysis in mid-June 1890. He "never spoke afterwards," said the Democrat, and lingered for two weeks before death claimed his life, at age 79, on July 2, 1890..

Anna Mariah lived for another four years. Death swept her away into eternity at the age of 79 on June 20, 1894. Interment of the remains was in Fry Cemetery in Brush Valley.

~ Daughter Louisa (Herlinger) Grumbling ~


The Grumblings' graves, Brush Valley
Courtesy Brian J. Ensley
Daughter Louisa (Herlinger) Grumbling (1832-1861) was born in 1832.

She was united in holy matrimony with John Grumbling (1828-1859).

Five children borne by this couple were Maria E. Grumbling, William Henry Grumbling, Sarah A. "Sadie" Van Horn, Annie G. Stump and Susan Grumbling.

Sadly, the Grim Reaper cleaved away husband and wife within a two-year period, leaving their brood of offspring as orphans.. 

John passed first, at age 31, on Jan. 27, 1859. His remains were laid to rest in Fry Cemetery in Brush Valley.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1860, the widowed Louisa made a home in Brush Valley with four young mouths to feed, ranging in age from two to nine. Her next-door neighbors were her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and George Dick.

Louisa succumbed to the spectre of death at age 28 on Nov. 24, 1861. The cause of her untimely passing is not known.

Daughter Maria E. Grumbling (1851- ? ) was born in about 1851. Nothing more about her is known. 

Son William Henry Grumbling (1853-1878) was born in 1853. He was rendered an orphan at age eight when his mother died in 1861. He is believed to have lived in or near Altoona,PA in young manhood.  In about 1878, a bachelor at age 25, he purchased a farm at Green Spring Run near Shepherdstown, WV, and proposed to move his sisters there to live. But his dream was cut short. On June 21, 1878, his body was found on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad track several miles west of Green Spring Run. Said the Shepherdstown (WV) Register, "An arm was cut off, and the skull was fractured above the eyes, besides other bruises. His watch and money were found on his person." An article in the Altoona Tribune said that William, "a former citizen of this place, betook himself to West Virginia in search of a home."

He found a locality a few miles distant across the river from Cumberland, Maryland, suited to his tastes, and there erected a dwelling, into which he proposed moving his sisters living in this city. But the other day they received intelligence of his death, which occurred on Sunday last. How he was killed his friends here have not yet been made acquainted. It was a sad blow to them. It was the intention in the first place to bring the remains of the industrious and provident young man here for interment, but the project was abandoned, and they were consigned to the grave where he recently found a home and his death.

Daughter Sarah A. "Sadie" Grumbling (1856-1936) was born in 1856. After becoming orphaned in 1861, at age five, she was brought into the household of her uncle and aunt, Francis and Maria Herlinger in Brush Valley. Sarah is listed in the Herlinger household in 1870. She was a 1877 graduate of the Indiana Normal School, a teacher training school, and in March 1878 was named to teach in the high school of Montrose, PA. The Indiana Democrat said in a related story that "Miss G. is a most estimable young lady -- of fine culture and possessed of educational attainments of a high order. The Montrose people have been fortunate in securing the services of Miss Grumbling." But fate intervened again in her life. Reported the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader on Aug. 30, 1878:

Miss Sadie Grumbling, who made so many friends during her residence in Pittston last year, will not be able to take charge of her school until the beginning of next term owing to the serious illness of her sister at Altoona, Pa. Miss Grumbling had intended accepting an invitation to spend her vacation with her brother in Virginia, but decided that the time was too short and went to visit friends at Carbondale instead. While there she received a telegram announcing the violent death of the brother she had expected to visit at the close of school. He was killed by the cars while walking on the railroad on his way to buy some medicine for a member of the family. Shortly after the death of her brother Miss Grumbling was called to the sick bed of her sister who lies in a very critical condition at present... She has the sympathy of all who know and esteem her, and her return to Pittston will be welcomed by young and old -- pupils and parents.

Back in Pittston by December 1878, she is known to have visited her aunt Mrs. Waterman in Carbondale and then spent Christmas with her Wedeman cousins in Greenfield, PA. She taught at a grammar school in West Pittston until resigning in the spring of 1883. By September 1884, she had secured a teaching position in Altoona's Fourth Ward, and continued work as an educator in Altoona for several years. On Jan. 11, 1890, at the age of 33, Sarah wed Ethbert Clair Van Horn (Sept. 13, 1859-1923), originally from Havana, OH. The couple did not reproduce. They relocated to Nebraska, where Ethbert earlier had lived in Hastings and Lincoln before relocating to Lexington the year before marriage. The pair stayed in Lexington for good. Of Ethbert's working career, the Lexington (NE) Clipper reported that:

For about a year he had charge of the Old Grand Central Hotel and afterwards became proprietor of the Cornland hotel of this city. For four years he served as deputy postmaster for the city of Lexington. This was during President Cleveland's second administration. Since that time he has been engaged in several forms of business. For ten years he has served as the secretary of the Dawson County Fair Association. To this task he has given much time and effort. For some time he has been one of the county commissioners of Dawson county. For 33 years he has lived in the community and was well known and respected by his friends through the county.

Ethbert also was a member of the local lodge of the Masons. In his final illness, over the span of several months, Ethbert became bedfast. He died at the age of 63 on Aug. 17, 1923. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church. The remains were transported to Ohio for interment. Sadie outlived her husband by a number of years. In January 1928, she is known to have been back in Indiana County and to have visited her uncle Fred Herlinger. She passed away in Lexington at the age of 78 on Dec. 9, 1936. United Brethren Church pastor Rev. O.T. Williams led the funeral service. Her body was shipped to Monroeville, Huron County, OH to sleep beside her husband's for all time n Riverside Cemetery.

Daughter Annie G. Grumbling (1857-1932) was born on Oct. 17, 1857 in Brush Valley. She was age four when becoming orphaned. She was joined in wedlock with William M. Stump (July 9, 1851-1927), a native of Allensville, PA and the son of William and Mary (Repasz) Stump. Their three children were Charles H. Stump, Helen J. Stump and Mildred F. Balthaser. The couple moved to Altoona, Blair County in about 1877 and stayed for good. William made a living as a furniture merchant. They held a membership in the Christ Second Lutheran Church, and their longtime address was 810 Howard Avenue. Sadly, burdened with heart disease and pneumonia, William died at the age of 75 on April 5, 1927. As a widow, Annie remained in her Howard Avenue residence. Annie was diagnosed in early 1932  with cancer of the gallbladder. It was incurable, and combined with heart disease and buildup of fluid in the lungs, she suffered for eight months before passing away on Sept. 30, 1932, just 17 days shy of her 75th birthday. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Altoona, with Rev. C.H. Hershey officiating the service. The Altoona Tribune printed an obituary.

  • Grandson Charles H. Stump (1883-1950) was born on Sept. 6, 1883 in Altoona. He married Jessie Wherry ( ? - ? ). The pair did not reproduce. They made their home at 1809 First Avenue in Altoona in 1927-1950 and then perhaps at times at his parents' residence at 810 Howard Avenue in Altoona. Charles was a manager for Standard Furniture Company for three decades. Later, he became a salesman for Altoona Mattress Company. They belonged to the Christ Second Lutheran Church. As his health declined, from the effects of heart disease, hardening of the arteries and kidney problems, he became a patient in Altoona Hospital. Death carried him away at age 66 on Jan. 12, 1950. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Altoona, and the Altoona Tribune printed an obituary.
  • Granddaughter Helen J. Stump ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was unmarried and residing in Altoona in 1950.
  • Granddaughter Mildred F. Stump (1899-1985) was born on Nov. 25, 1899. As a young woman, she was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and on the staff of the Altoona Mirror newspaper. She then joined the office of the supervisor of expenditures at the Pennsy's Altoona Works. In the summer of 1941, at age 41, she wed widower Edwin B. Balthaser (July 10, 1885- ? ), a native of Mohrsville, PA. Edwin also earned a living with the Pennsy. He brought two stepchildren into the union, Ruth Balthaser and Richard Balthaser. The couple dwelled in 1950 in Altoona. Mildred was a talented singer and performed solos at local weddings. Edwin retired from the Altoona Works on July 1, 1956, having joined the company as a clerk on Sept. 11, 1905 and been promoted to head clerk on July 16, 1951. Mildred died on June 10, 1985. Burial was in Altoona's Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Daughter Susan Grumbling (1858- ? ) was born in 1858. Orphaned at age three, she was taken in by farmers Washington and Isabel Campbell in Brush Valley and is shown in their household in the 1870 census. Her fate after that is not yet known.

~ Daughter Mary Ann Julia (Herlinger) Dick ~

Daughter Mary Ann Julia (Herlinger) Dick (1839-1880) was born in 1839.

She entered into marriage with George F. Dick (Jan. 24, 1830-1902).

Known offspring produced by this union were Charles G. Dick, Daniel F. Dick, Francis Dick,  William H. Dick, Annie Killen, Sarah Sellers and Mary "Florence" Dick

The federal census enumeration of 1860 shows the young family residing on a farm in Brush Valley, Indiana County. By 1870, George had secured employment as a railroad engineer, with the family home now in the city of Altoona, Blair County. The Dicks returned to a life of farming in East Wheatfield Township by 1880. 

Sadly, Mary Ann passed away in 1880. 

As of 1902, George's East Wheatfield farm contained 100 acres. 

George died in East Wheatfield in April 1902 at the age of 63, the result of a stroke of paralysis. The Indiana Weekly Messenger said in an obituary that he "was a much respected citizen..."  The remains were lowered under the sod of Armagh Cemetery. His last will stipulated that son Charles and William inherit the family farm and then distribute cash from the estate to their three sisters.

Son Charles G. Dick (1859-1914) was born in 1859 in Indiana County, PA. He does not appear to have married. Circa 1896, he resided in New Castle, PA. In 1902, he and his brother William jointly inherited their father's 100-acre farm . He remained in East Wheatfield for the rest of his life. Among his memberships were the local lodge of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. On the fateful day of June 21, 1914, after beginning to plow a cornfield, he died of a massive heart attack, with his body discovered by his brother. An obituary in the Indiana Gazette reported that Charles "had frequently complained of an ailment of that nature. He was 54 years old and spent practically all of his life in that township." 

Son Daniel F. Dick (1861-1886) was born in 1861. In his mid-20s, he resided near Armagh, Indiana County. Grief blanketed the family when he died on Dec. 30, 1886, at the age of 26 years, two months and 18 days. In reporting the death, the Altoona Tribune said that Daniel "had been in failing health for several years."

Son Francis H. "Frank" Dick (1862-1896) was born on Sept. 12, 1862 in Brush Valley. He never married. Frank held memberships in the Morrellville lodge of the Odd Fellows. Of his working career, said the Indiana Progress, "He had been employed for several years by the Cambria Iron Company and when the Johnstown steel works were removed from Moxham to Lorain, O., he went along and took charge of the Speigle cupolas and continued with that company until last February, when he contracted the disease which caused his death." He suffered a lengthy illness and endured a type of nerve damage known as "paresis." He was admitted to West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh where he succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 34 on July 22, 1896. The Progress said that the deceased "was well known and highly respected by all who knew him. The remains were interred in the Armagh cemetery on Friday and were followed by one of the largest funerals ever witnessed in that neighborhood."

Son William H. Dick (1864-1937) was born on Sept. 17, 1864 in Brush Valley. He never married. He was a farmer and then was employed circa 1896 as an engineer on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Later he moved to Armagh near Johnstown and went to work for the Pennsylvania Department of Highways, remaining there for many years. His final years were spent in Armagh. Stricken with gangrene of the left leg, which was amputated, added to hardening of the arteries, he died in Lee Hospital on New Year's Eve 1937. Burial was in Armagh, with the funeral conducted by the hand of Rev. H.E. Smith of the Armagh Methodist Episcopal Church. An obituary appeared in the Indiana Gazette.

Daughter Anna M. "Annie" Dick (1873-1942) was born on Dec. 5, 1873 in Altoona. In May 1891, she entered into marriage with William Arthur Killen (May 10, 1871-1953), son of Robert and Maria Killen of Armagh, Indiana County. Together, the couple bore a baker's dozen children, among them Florence Rachel Moyer, Alva Jane Bell Trexler, George Dick Killen, Gertrude Naomi Rosensteel Plowman, William H. Killen, Frank D. Killen, Helen Margaret Klein, Dorothy Jane Gates, Kathleen Ruth "Kay" Tibbott, Vivian Mae Miller Salabes, Jacob Killen, Robert Killen and John E. Killen. Their home in 1896 was in Seward, Westmoreland County, PA and in 1914-1942 in Cresson, PA, with an address in the early 1940s of 521 Second Street. William earned a living as a painter with the Pennsylvania Railroad and worked for the company for more than four decades. He held a mambership in the Sumit lodge of the Masons in Ebensburg and the Williamsport Consistory. At his 61st birthday, on May 10, 1932, the family held a party at their home on Second Street, Altoona, with a related story appearing in the Altoona Tribune. Having borne chronic heart disease, Anna died four days after her 69th birthday on Dec. 9, 1942 in the Moyer home in Cresson. Burial was in Armagh, PA. An obituary in the Indiana Gazette reported that she was survived by two dozen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. William lived for another 11 years and married again on Jan. 3, 1945 to Minnie Neikirk. Suffering from hypertension and hardening of the arteries, he was admitted to the Ebensburg Manor convalescent home in Cambria County. There, at the age of 82, after a stay of five months, he surrendered to the angel of death on Sept. 27, 1953. The Altoona Tribune printed an obituary.

  • Granddaughter Florence Rachel Killen (1892-1985) was born on May 30, 1892 in Seward, Westmoreland County. She married Winfield Day Moyer (1890-1957). They lived in Cresson in 1942 and in Jamestown, NY in 1954.
  • Granddaughter Alva Jane Bell Killen (1895-1988) was born on Aug. 19, 1895 in Seward, Westmoreland County. She wed Joseph Roy Trexler (1893-1974). They settled in Cresson, PA.
  • Grandson George Dick Killen (1896-1973) was born in 1896. He relocated to Pontiac, MI and was there in 1942-1953.
  • Granddaughter Gertrude Naomi Killen (1899-1984) was born on Feb. 15, 1899 in Seward, Westmoreland County, PA. She married twice. She first tied the knot with (?) Rosensteel ( ? - ? ). Her second spouse was Earl Plowman ( ? - ? ). They established a home in Gallitzin, PA.
  • Grandson William Harry Killen (1901-1996) was born in 1901. He dwelled in Bradford, PA in the early 1940s and 1950s.
  • Grandson Frank "Daniel" Killen (1904-1987) was born in 1904. He resided in Bellwood, PA.
  • Granddaughter Helen Margaret Killen (1906-1966) was born on June 22, 1906 in Cresson. She was united in wedlock with Albert D. Klein. They moved to Arlington, VA. 
  • Granddaughter Dorothy Jane Killen (1908-1990) was born on Oct. 7, 1908 in Cresson. She entered into marriage with Lawrence "Merle" Gates. They also migrated to Arlington, VA.
  • Granddaughter Kathleen Ruth "Kay" Killen (1911-2004) was born on March 19, 1911 in Cresson, Cambria County. She was a graduate of Cresson High School and then furthered her education at the Cambria Rowe Business College. She then became employed in the office of Penn Cress Ice Cream Company. On June 4, 1936, she was joined in matrimony with Rowland H. Tibbott Sr. (Dec. 28, 1910-1967). The nuptials were led by Rev. Dr. John R. Thomas at the First Presbyterian Church in Cresson. In reporting on the marriage, the Altoona Tribune said it was "one of the prettiest weddings ever solemnized in Cresson" and that the bride was "a popular member of the local younger social set." Rowland was an alumnus of Ebensburg High School and received his pharmacy degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Their residence in 1942 was in Ebensburg, PA. Sadly, Rowland passed away on Sept. 5, 1967 at the age of 65. Kathleen died at the age of 92, in Ebensburg, on Feb. 27, 2004.
  • Granddaughter Vivian Mae Killen (1913-2000) was born in 1913. She was twice-wed. Her first spouse was David M. Miller. The Millers were in Biloxi, MS circa 1942. By 1953, she married again to (?) Salabes and dwelled in Washington, DC.
  • Grandson John Frederick Killen (1914-1991) was born in 1914. He oined the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and was an aviation cadet at Pensacola, FL in 1942. He lived in New York City in 1953.
  • Grandson Robert J. Killen (1916-1997) was born in 1916. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II. He was deployed to India. As of 1953, he had put down roots in Bethesda, MD.
  • Grandson Don Edwin Killen (1919-joined the U.S. Army during World War II and was posted to Australia in 1942.

Daughter Sarah "Sadie" Dick (1877-1966) was born in 1877. In December 1896, she was joined in wedlock with John Sellers (June 29, 1874-1927), son of English immigrants William and Mary Sellers and a residence of Seward, PA. The marriage was announced in the Indiana Gazette. Five known sons produced by the couple were William James Sellers, Charles David Sellers, Walter Sellers, Paul Sellers and Raymond Lloyd Sellers. John earned a living over the years as a laborer for the Shaffer Ice Company. Their home in 1927 was at 180 David Street, Johnstown. He was burdened with hypertension and, on Feb. 16, 1927, suffered a stroke of apoplexy and died at the age of 52. Interment was in Armagh Cemetery. Sadie outlived her husband by decades. Her home in 1938 was located on Von Lunen Road and in 1953 at 622 Fronheiser Street, Johnstown. Her final home was in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. She died there at the age of 89 on Aug. 27, 1966. Her remains were transported back to Armagh for interment.

  • Grandson William James Sellers (1897-1968)
  • Grandson Charles David Sellers (1898-1947)
  • Grandson Walter Sellers (1905-1956)
  • Grandson Paul Sellers (1911-1973)
  • Grandson Raymond Lloyd Sellers (1919-1968)

Daughter Mary "Florence" Dick (1879-1953) was born on Sept. 7, 1879 (or 1881). At the death of her father in 1902, when she was age 23, she was to receive bed, bedding, upholstered furniture and parlot carpet as well as $20 a year as long as she remained single. She was unmarried as of 1914-1938 at which time she shared a residence with her brother William. Florence earned a living as a cook for the Penn Way Inn. Having borne hypertension, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and spent the last several weeks of her life in the home of her married sister Sadie at 622 Frankeiser Street in Johnstown. She there on Jan. 19, 1953. Funeral services were conducted in the Armagh Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. R. Dawson Hopkins. Burial was in Armagh Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Indiana Gazette.

~ Son Francis "Frank" Herlinger ~

Son Francis "Frank" Herlinger (1842- 1916) was born on March 7, 1842 in Brush Valley, Indiana County.

He stood 5 feet, 7½ inches tall and had blue eyes and dark hair, and weighed 190 lbs. 

During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army and served successively in two regiments. The first was the 135th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I (from Aug. 7, 1862 to May 24, 1863). When his term of service ended, he mustered out at Harrisburg, PA. In the spring of 1863, he developed hemorrhoids and in the winters of 1862 and 1863 contracted "ague," a type of malaria. He claimed the ague left him with heart, liver and spleen discomfort.

Francis' signature. National Archives
His second enlistment was in the 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Battery L (from Aug. 30, 1864 to June 13, 1865). The 6th Artillery primarily performed guard duty in the District of Columbia and northern Virginia. In September 1864, the men were posted in protection of the capital, and later in the month transferred to guard the Orange and Alexandria Railroad line between Alexandria and Manassas. Their base of operations at that time was at the Fairfax County Court House. He was honorably discharged at Fort Ethan Allen, VA. 

Frank was twice-wed. His first spouse was Maria E. Overdorff ( ? -1876). They tied the knot on Nov. 26, 1863, by the hand of Rev. J.C. High, of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Brush Valley..

Together, they produced one known daughter, Lizzie Bell Findley. They also helped raise Frank's orphaned niece, Sarah "Sadie" (Grumbling) Van Horn.

The 1870 United States Census of Brush Valley shows the young family living as neighbors to Jacob and Susan Overdorf and Zacariah and Caroline Overdorf. At that time, Frank plied his trade as a carpenter, and niece Sarah was under their roof.  


Damage done by retreating Confederates at Manassas Station of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, which the 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery later guarded. Library of Congress. Below: Frank's military pension certificate. National Archives


Surgeon's sketch of the scar on Frank's left ankle.
National Archives
Sadly, Maria died in Brush Valley on April 19, 1876. Letitia Myers and Margaret Sutton are known to have attended the funeral. 

On Christmas Day 1877, Frank was joined in the bonds of wedlock with his second wife, Sarah Rhodes (Jan. 13, 1855-1932), a native of Cherry Tree, PA and the daughter of David and Ann (Duncan) Rhodes. Their nuptials were held in the parsonage of the Methodist Episcopal Church of what then was known as Mechanicsburg, Indiana County, today Brush Valley. Rev. Solomon Keebler officiated. Among the witnesses were Mary R. McNutt as well as Frank's married sister Sarah and her husband John Rugh. A record of the wedding was kept by the church.

They together bore a family of these 10 known children -- Sylvester Fred Herlinger, Mary Frances Arnold, Mary Frances Arnold, India Irene Herlinger, Charles Rhodes Herlinger, Frank Cleveland Herlinger, twins Maria M. Reynolds and Anna P. "Annie" Taylor, Nannie S. Norton, Ida W. Herlinger and Ruth Florence Herlinger.

Daughter Ruth, the youngest of the brood, is believed to have died young, prior to 1898. 

Frank continued to earn a living over the years as a carpenter. Circa 1873, he began to suffer increasingly from asthma and in 1877 from hemorrhoids. In 1890, the federal government awarded him a military pension based on his physical disabilities. [Invalid App. #905.500 - Cert. #839.739]

When Frank was examined in 1894, a military surgeon wrote "This man is very fleshy, face very red, cyanotic... [He] walks with a heavy lumbering gait..." The surgeon also noted a scar at his left ankle, measuring 2¾ inches in length.

Warren, Ohio's Market Street

Sarah's letter to the
pension office, 1930
The Herlingers relocated from Brush Valley to Warren, OH in about 1904 and remained in the vicinity for good. Their address in the mid-1910s was 623 South Tod Avenue in the city of Warren.

Frank was diagnosed in 1915 with heart disease ("myocarditis"). Sadly, a year later, at the age of 74, Frank died at home in Warren. An obituary in his old hometown newspaper, the Indiana Progress, said that death "was due to heart trouble from which he had suffered for sometime." Burial of the remains took place in Warren's Oakwood Cemetery.

The month after Frank's death, Sarah was granted her late husband's military pension. [Widow App. #1.067.830 - Cert. #875.752]. Among the family and friends providing affidavits supporting her claims were Daniel Grumbling and A.T. Wolf.

She spent her widowed years in Warren at 1300 South Tod Avenue, providing a home for her unmarried middle-aged daughter India. She is known to have written to the pension office in 1930, seeking a raise in her monthly payment amounts.

Having been stricken by a heart attack in March 1932, she surrendered to death a week later on March 31, 1932.

Daughter Lizzie Bell Herlinger (1864- ? ) was born on Oct. 2, 1864 to the first marriage. When she was 22 years of age, on Oct. 27, 1886, Lizzie was united in matrimony with 22-year-old carpenter S.H. Findley ( ? - ? ), a Johnstown resident and the son of George D. and Ann Findley. Rev. S.M. Bell officiated. The couple settled in Pittsburgh as of 1916. 

Son Sylvester "Fred" Herlinger (1879- ? ) was born on Valentine's Day 1879, the firstborn of the second marriage. He resided in Brush Valley in young adulthood and labored as a glass blower. On Christmas Eve 1900, in Indiana County, when both were age 21, he married Ella A. Douthitt (1880- ? ), daughter of John and Sarah Douthitt of Homer City. Their nuptials were held in the parsonage of the United Presbyterian Church of Homer City, by the hand of Rev. M.S. Telford. The pair bore four known children, Keith Herlinger, Sarah "Wave" Herlinger, Fred D. Herlinger and Lloyd C. Herlinger. They relocated to West Virginia, where as of 1910 and 1920 they lived in Williamstown, Wood County, with Fred continuing to earn a living as a glass blower. Evidence suggests that Fred was associated with the Socialist Party and in 1913 held the position of secretary of its Williamstown chapter, with his name appearing in print in the Huntington (WV) Socialist and Labor Star. Evidence suggests that he died in Wood County, WV on July 28, 1962. This needs to be confirmed.

  • Grandson Keith Donald Herlinger (1902- ? ) was born in about 1902 in Ohio. Circa 1923, in Wood County, WV, he married Thelma Cox ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Sarah Wave Herlinger (1907- ? ) was born in 1907 in Wood County, WV. 
  • Grandson Fred D. Herlinger (1910- ? ) was born in 1910 in West Virginia.
  • Grandson Lloyd C. Herlinger (1913- ? ) was born in 1913 in West Virginia.

Daughter Mary Frances Herlinger (1881- ? ) was born on March 22, 1881 in Indiana County. On Nov. 4, 1904, in nuptials held in Trumbull County, the 24-year-old Mary was joined in wedlock with 28-year-old laborer Michael "Mike" Arnold ( ? - ? ), son of H. and Mary (Shooley) Arnold. Methodist Episcopal minister Rev. Edwin A. Jester officiated. The couple lived with her parents in Warren circa 1916.

Ohio Hospital for Epileptics, where India spent the last 2 months of life

Daughter India Irene Herlinger (1883-1932) was born on July 26, 1883 in Indiana County, PA. She was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager in 1897 and never married. Her illness further developed into what doctors called "epileptic psychosis" (melancholia). In about late April 1932, at the age of 48, she was admitted to the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics in Gallipolis, OH. She refused to eat, and the spiral of death began. After a stay of a month and 25 days, having developed bronchial pneumonia, her body gave up on June 23, 1932, and she died. The body was transported back to Warren for interment.

Son Charles Rhodes Herlinger (1885- ? ) was born on Sept. 7, 1885. He put down roots in Leavittsburg, OH.

Son Frank C. Herlinger (1888- ? ) was born on March 6, 1888 in Indiana County. He established a home in Leavittsburg, Trumbull County, OH and made a living as a dairyman. When he was 24 years of age, on May 9, 1912, he wed 22-year-old Hazel Mae Foos (June 20, 1890- ? ), daughter of Geoerge and Eunice (Harris) Foos. Presiding at the marriage ceremony was Rev. Charles H. Hauger of the Tod Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church. The Herlingers lived in Leavittsburg in 1916. Frank went on to a career as a boiler operator. At the age of 71, in 1959, he lived in Phananx Station, OH.On May 26, 1959, he again entered into wedlock with 69-year-old widow Mildred Margaret (Wyand) Cassedy (April 23, 1889- ? ), daughter of Albert and Ella (Orbendorf) Wyand.

Daughter Maria Maude Herlinger (1891- ? ) was born on Feb. 7, 1891 in Indiana, Indiana County, a twin with her sister Anna. On June 18, 1913, she married staff man Herbert Gardner Reynolds (Sept. 12, 1888- ? ), age 24, the son of George W. and Katherine G. (Higgins) Reynolds. He was a native of Melrose, near Boston, MA but at the time a resient of Conneaut, OH. Rev. Charles H. Hauger, who had performed the wedding of Maria's brother Frank a year earlier, led the Reynoldses wedding as well  They were in Boston in the mid-1910s.

Daughter Anna Pearl "Annie" Herlinger (1891- ? ) was born on Feb. 7, 1891, in Indiana, Indiana County, a twin with her sister Maria. She obtained employment in Warren as a young woman, working as a stenographer. At the age of 25, on April 15, 1916, she wed 26-year-old bookkeeper Ithiel B. "I.B." Taylor (Oct. 14, 1889- ? ). He was a native of Hallowell Township,, Oswego County, KS and the son of Wilson J. and Urilla (Goist) Taylor. Officiating was Rev. A.O. Henry of Mineral Ridge, OH. Anna Pearl resided in 1932 at 1145 Paige Avenue Northeast.

Daughter Nannie S. Herlinger (1893- ? ) was born on Oct. 2, 1895. She wed Ward Norton ( ? - ? ). Her home in 1916 was in Shalersville [Portage County, OH?]..

Daughter Ida W. Herlinger (1896- ? ) was born on Jan. 25, 1896 in Indnana County. In her early 20s, she worked in a dentist's office in Warren. At age 24, on Dec. 20, 1919, she was joined in the bonds of holy wedlock with 29-year-old truck driver Raymond Eugene Sharpe (May 17, 1891- ? ), a resident of Rockford, OH and the son of Alfred and Margaret (Wright) Sharpe. Rev. E.L. Ortt, of the First United Brethren Church of Warren, presided at the wedding.

Daughter Florence Ruth Herlinger (1899- ? ) was born on June 6, 1899 in Indiana County. When she was 24 years of age, on Jan. 5, 1924, she was united in matrimony with 30-year-old furniture merchant Frank Brewster Leslie (Nov. 13, 1893- ? ), son of Frank and Belle (Brewster) Leslie of Warren. Rev. S.B. Solmon officiated.


~ Daughter Amelia (Herlinger) Wolfe ~

Daughter Amelia Herlinger (1848-1918) was born in April 1848 in Brush Valley.

At the age of about 20, in 1868, she entered into marriage with Josiah J. Wolfe (Sept. 1844-1930).

Five children were born to the couple, among them Elizabeth "Eliza" McGuire, Martha B. "Mattie" Wolfe, Frances Susan Henry, Irving Josiah Wolfe and Nettie Inez Wolfe.

Amelia and her husband relocated to Iowa as newlyweds. In 1870, they were in Black Hawk Township, Jefferson County, IA, living as farmers. Josiah's brother James lived under their roof that year. 

They were in Iowa in 1869-1873 at the birth of daughters Eliza and Martha -- Nebraska in 1880-1883 when a daughter and son were born -- and by 1888 ihad migrated n Colorado. 

Circa 1880, census records list the Wolfes on a farm in Ayr, Adams County, NE. Josiah's bachelor brother John continued to reside in their household.

Sprawling Denver, Colorado, home of the Wolfes circa 1900

When the United States Census was made in 1900, the family dwelled in Denver, Arapahoe County, CO. Josiah earned a living that year as a day laborer.

The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the Wolfes on a farm in Clear Creek, Adams County, CO. Their final home together was in Westminster, Adams County.

Sadly, Amelia died at home in Westminster on Jan. 15, 1918, at the age of 69 years, nine months and nine days. An obituary appeared in her old hometown newspaper, the Indiana Weekly Messenger.

Josiah outlived his wife by a dozen years. He passed away in 1930. They sleep for the ages in Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, CO. 

Daughter Elizabeth "Eliza" Wolfe (1869-1947) was born in about 1869 in Fairfield, IA and spent her girlhood in Nebraska. She entered into marriage with William McGuire ( ? - ? ). Together they bore one daughter, Ruth E. Mahon. Their home in 1947 was in Los Angeles at 4121 Halldale. Elizabeth died at the age of 77 in August 1947. Heer requiem mass was held at St. Cecilia Church, with an obituary appearing in the Los Angeles Times. Interment was in Holy Cross.

  • Granddaughter Ruth McGuire wed (?) Mahon. 

Daughter Martha B. "Mattie" Wolfe (1873- ? ) was born in 1873 in Iowa. Unmarried in 1900, at the age of 27, she lived at home with her parents in Denver. In about 1902, at the age of 29, she entered into marriage with (?) Donnelley ( ? - ? ), a New York native. They became the parents of an only son, Charles I. Donnelley. In about 1904, the couple dwelled in Colorado. By 1910, Martha and her son had relocated to Denver, CO, sharing a home with her married sister Frances Susan Henry. The 1920 U.S. Census shows Martha and her 17-year-old son in the Wolfe household in Lakewood, Jefferson County, CO. Then in 1930, Martha resided alone in Lakewood, CO. In 1935, she lived in Los Angeles with her son before moving to the Henry home in South Lakewood, CO by 1940.

  • Grandson Charles Donnelley (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903 in Colorado. He and his mother were in Los Angeles in 1935, and then migrated to the Denver area to live on the poultry farm of an uncle and aunt. Charles' occupation in 1940 was as a lineman for a light company. 

Daughter Frances Susan Wolfe (1880-1972) was born on March 3, 1880 in Hastings, Adams County, NE. As a newborn she moved with her family to Ayr, Adams County. She was united in wedlock with New Jersey native Joseph Price Henry (1878-1951). The couple did not reproduce. In 1910, the Henrys resided in Denver, CO. During the 1910s, they moved to Jefferson County, CO. Joseph earned a living as a wholesale vegetable merchant in Lakewood, CO in 1920. Circa 1940, the federal census enumeration shows them on a poultry farm in South Lakewood, with Joseph working as a poultry man and Frances as bookkeeper. They provided a home in 1920 and again in 1940 for Frances' sister Martha Donnelley and her son Charles. Sadly, Joseph died in 1951 and was interred in Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, CO. Frances survived as a widow for more than 20 years. She moved to Alameda County, CA and died there on Sept. 16, 1972. The remains were transported back to Wheat Ridge for burial. 

Son Irving Josiah Wolfe (1883-1951), also spelled "Woolf," was born on April 22, 1883 in Hastings, Adams County, NE. He stood 5 feet, 8 inches tall in adulthood and weighed 150 lbs. When he was 23 years of age, on June 12, 1905, Irving married 21-year-old Elizabeth M. Brown (1883-1973), a native of Scotland and the daughter of Robert and Mary Brown of Denver. The wedding was held in Littleton, CO, by the hand of Rev. H.S. Beavis. One known son in this family was Joseph R. Wolfe. Irving was employed in 1903 in Denver as a brakeman with the Colorado and Southern Railway, and then in 1918 as a fireman with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Their home in 1918 was at 748 Mariposa Street, Denver. By 1942, the pair relocated to Lakewood, Jefferson County, CO, with Irving retired. Their address in 1942 was 1121 Carr Street. Irving died in 1951. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, CO. Elizabeth survived for more than two decades. She passed away in 1973.  

  • Grandson Joseph Robert Wolfe (1905-1993) was born in 1905 in Colorado. On Jan. 19, 1937, at age 31, he wed Margaret Montilda Wiegal (1903-1990). Officiating was Rev. Aaron Schlessman at the nuptials held in Lakewood, CO. Circa 1940, he was employed in a laboratory operated by the State of Colorado, and resided in Denver. Joseph died in Santa Clara, CA on June 25, 1993.

Daughter Nettie Inez Wolfe (1887-1975) was born on Oct. 27, 1887 in Colorado. Single at age 22, in 1910, she was employed in the capitol as a bookkeeper. Evidence suggests that she married Oren Steven Kelso Sr. (1889-1974) and was the mother of Louis Orth Kelso and Oren Steven Kelso Jr. In 1920, the Kelsos lived in Westminster, Adams County, CO, with Oren employed as an automobile salesman and Nettie's widowed father living in the household. By the 1960s, the Kelsos relocated to Louisiana. Sadly, Oren passed into eternity in Forest Manor Nursing Home in Covington, LA in April 1974. His remains were cremated and then shipped to California. Nettie only lived for another year and a half. Death swept her away in Alameda County, CA on Sept. 6, 1975. 

  • Grandson Louis Orth Kelso (1913-1991) was born on Dec. 4, 1913 in Denver. He grew up in Westminster, near Denver, next to the Colorado & Southern Railroad. He recalled later that “I was constantly bothered by the oppressive effects of the depression. My father had lost his job, and my mother had a desperate time making ends meet with a little grocery store she had managed to put together to support the family.” He spent his life trying to understand and then change the system.

    Louis’ Wikipedia page calls him “a political economist, corporate and financial lawyer, author, lecturer and merchant banker who is chiefly remembered today as the inventor and pioneer of the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), invented to enable working people without savings to buy stock in their employer company and pay for it out of its future dividend yield.” Louis received a bachelor of science degree in business administration and finance in 1937 and law degree in 1938 from the University of Colorado. For the next four years, he practiced public tax and municipal bond law with a Denver firm, Pershing, Bosworth, Dick & Dawson.

    His career as an attorney was interrupted by World War II. Louis joined the U.S. Navy and, with an aptitude for intelligence work, was posted to San Francisco and the Panama Canal Zone. He also took part in a top-secret mission in China, behind Japanese lines, and managed the process of counter-espionage data from Latin and Central America. Working tropical hours (a 6 a.m. start and then early afternoon close), he spent part of his days writing his an unpublished book, The Fallacy of Full Employment, which he later reworked into a bestseller under the name The Capitalist Manifesto, co-authored with Mortimer J. Adler. The book focused, he said, on “trying to solve the income distribution problem by relying on only one of the two ways that people participate in production to earn income…. through privately owned capital as through privately owned labor.”

    When the war ended, Louis chose to enter law academia and taught constitutional law at his alma mater. He then founded his own law firm in San Francisco, named Kelso, Cotton, Seligman & Ray. In the 1940s, his ideas distributing capital more equally started to gain public interest. In 1956, he created a concept for employee stock ownership plan, or “ESOPs” for short, during a major transaction to transfer ownership of a San Francisco newspaper. By 1970, he had built enough of a reputation that the San Francisco Examiner profiled him in a story, "Louis Orth Kelso: Genius of Nut?" Structured as a retirement plan, an ESOP has the power to “motivate employees, increase productivity, improve worker retention, keep jobs local, [and] contribute to business longevity,” says the ESOP Association. In a 1990 interview with TV host Bill Moyers, Louis said that “Capital is too fabulous a thing, too vital a thing, too critical a thing to be owned by the few."

    Louis was twice-married. He and his first bride Elizabeth “Betty” Hawley (1915-2009) were joined in wedlock in Boulder on Aug. 6, 1938. She was the daughter of Alexander W. Hawley. Together, they produced two daughters, Martha Jennifer "Marty" Brookman and Katie Balestreri. After a divorce, he wed Patricia  Hetter ( ? -living). He is known to have traveled to Louisiana in 1963 to visit his parents, "the first meeting of father and son in more than 20 years," reported the St. Tammany (LA) Farmer.    

    Sadly, Louis died of a heart attack in San Francisco’s Pacific Medical Center on Feb. 17, 1991. An obituary by the Associated Press said he “invented and became a passionate advocate for stock buyouts that allow employees to own companies they work for... [His] vision of economic democracy was ridiculed by many economists… Regarded by some as an esoteric pension benefit, the ESOP formed a bridge between the opposing philosophies of socialism and capitalism.”

    Today, his legacy lives on through the work of the Kelso Institute and the ESOP Association. In 2022, the ESOP Association estimated that there were more than 10.5 million employee owners in the nation, working for more than 6,500 companies in industries ranging from manufacturing, science and technology to finance, insurance and real estate.

    Great-granddaughter Martha Jennifer "Marty" Kelso in 1970 was in Aspen, CO, associated with the Institute of Humanistic Studies. She wed (?) Brookman.

    Great-granddaughter Katie Kelso studied at the University of Vienna and the University of Munich. Returning to the United States, she enrolled in Colorado College. She married (?) Balestreri. 

  • Grandson Oren Steven Kelso Jr. (1916-1983) was born on March 26, 1916 in Denver. He majored in forestry at the University of California. On Nov. 21, 1948, in nuptials held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, he was united in matrimony with Marguerite Jane Dennis ( ? - ? ), daughter of James Henry Dennis of Oakland. Rev. Dr. Calvin Barkow officiated. The marriage was announced on the pages of the Oakland Tribune., which said that "A princess gown of white satin brocade was worn by the bride, and with it, a fingertip veil attached to a coronet headdress. She carried white carnations with an orchid center." At the time of the wedding, Marguerite was studying music at the College of the Holy Names. His home in 1974 was in Leandro, CA. Oren died on April 10, 1983, in Santa Clara, CA.


~ Son William Henry Herlinger ~

Son William Henry Herlinger (1852-1923) was born on March 13, 1852. He made his home in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County.

He married Jemima Adams (March 13, 1853-1911), daughter of William and (?) (Hess) Adams. 

The Herlingers were longtime farmers and made their lives in Brush Valley.

The known children born to the couple were Emma Jane Herlinger, Francis A. Herlinger, Ernest J. Herlinger, Clyde H. Herlinger, William "Russell" Herlinger, Spear G. Herlinger, Sadie M. Spahr and Annie M. Herlinger.

Grief cascaded over the family when, at age 58, Jemima suffered a ruptured cerebral artery and died a day later on March 19, 1911. 

William was burdened with an enlarged heart and, after he contracted influenza, the angel of death swept him away in Brush Valley on Feb. 1, 1923. Russell Herlinger of Homer City, PA gave vital information for the death certificate. Burial was in the United Presbyterian Cemetery in Brush Valley.

Daughter Emma Jane Herlinger (1871-1942) was born on April 9, 1871. She never married. Emma Jane spent most of her long life in Brush Valley, although circa 1900 she made a residence in Pittsburgh. She was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 70 and taken to Indiana Hospital, where she died 14 hours later on Feb. 10, 1942. An obituary was published in the Indiana Democrat. Rev. Ralph S. Robinson officiated the funeral service, with interment in Brush Valley Cemetery.

Son Ernest J. Herlinger ( ? - ? ) lived in Millvale near Pittsburgh in 1942-1955.

Daughter Sarah M. "Sadie" Herlinger (1875-1923) was born on Sept. 24, 1875. She married Edwin Spahr (June 14, 1873-1916), son of Joseph and Mary Spahr. One daughter born to the pair was Edna Olbeter. The couple dwelled in Pittsburgh, where Edwin was employed as a steelworker. They often made visits to Sarah's parents in Brush Valley. Tragically, Edwin contracted pulmonary tuberculosis and in 1913 was sent for treatment to the Pennsylvania State Sanatorium in Cresson, Cambria County. There, he died at age 42 on March 12, 1916. His remains were placed into the sleep of ages in Homer City, PA. Sarah lived for another seven years as a widow. Sadly, while visiting the old homestead in Brush Valley occupied by her brother Russell, she was felled by a stroke of paralysis and died on Sept. 7, 1923, just 17 days shy of her 48th birthday. News of her sudden passing was printed in the Indiana Weekly Messenger. Burial was in the United Presbyterian Cemetery in Brush Valley.

Daughter Anna M. "Annie" Herlinger (1878-1949) was born on Jan. 29, 1878. She never married. While she dwelled in Pittsburgh in 1902-1903, her home for decades was in Brush Valley. At the age of 69, she contracted cancer of the uterus and suffered for two years. She was admitted to the Indiana County Home in White Township. She died after seven weeks in the Home on Aug. 7, 1949. The remains were laid to rest in Brush Valley Cemetery.

Son Clyde H. Herlinger ( ? - ? ) made a home in Butler, Butler County, PA in the 1940s and 1950s.

Son William "Russell" Herlinger (1882-1961) was born on April 14, 1882 in Brush Valley. He never married resided for many years on his parents' old farm in Brush Valley. His final residence was in Homer City, Indiana County. As his health declined, from the effects of dementia, malnutrition and skin ulcers, he was admitted to the Indiana County Home in White Township. Death swept him away on Feb. 5, 1961, at the age of 79. Mrs. William C. Stephens of Indiana was the informant for the death certificate. The remains were lowered under the sod of the Brush Valley United Presbyterian Church Cemetery. 

Son Spear G. Herlinger (1888-1955) was born on Feb. 6, 1888 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. He was married but eventually divorced. He and his wife were the parents of Royden S. Herlinger. As a young man he lived in Brush Valley and for a time in Pittsburgh. He spent part of his working career as a teacher in Indiana-area schools. Eventually he relocated to Oregon, settling in Portland, OR. He is known to have visited with his widowed cousin Sadie Van Horn in Lexington, NE while on a trip from Portland to Boston in September 1931. Then in about 1931, Spear returned to Brush Valley. His final years were spent with the effects of hypertension. After an acute digestive system infection leading to severe vomiting, and then a cerebral hemorrhage, he was admitted to Indiana Memorial Hospital. He surrendered to death there on Feb. 1, 1955. Rev. Kenneth H. Conant led the funeral. The remains were interred in the United Presbyterian Cemetery in Brush Valley. An obituary in the Indiana Gazette reported that his son was living in Sisters, OR.

  • Grandson Royden S. Herlinger ( ? - ? ) lived in Sisters, OR in 1955. His two children were Teddy Herlinger and Janet Herlinger. 


~ Son Frederick "Fred" Herlinger Jr. ~

Son Frederick "Fred" Herlinger Jr. (1854-1928) was born on Oct. 16, 1854 in Brush Valley.

In 1890, when he was 36 years of age, he entered into marriage with Myrtilla Robertson (Jan. 22, 1871-1944). She was a native of Fairmont, Marion County, WV and the daughter of George and Myrtilla (Odell) Robertson. The bride was 16 years younger than the groom.

The couple's two children were Dr. Harry Virgil Herlinger and Clair Cleveland Herlinger. They grieved at the death of son Clair in boyhood in 1902.

Fred moved west at the age of 16 in 1870, and obtained employment with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, also known as the Burlington and Missouri Railroad. In November 1886, he was appointed superintendent of carpenters for the the CB&Q. Said the Indiana (PA) Democrat, "He has ten gangs of carpenters under his management."

After two decades of railroading, Fred returned to his native Indiana County in 1890. There, he continued to ply his trade as a carpenter, working for contractor John S. Hastings, and "active in the building industry at the county seat [of Indiana]," reported the Indiana Weekly Messenger. In May 1899, he completed a 37 ft. by 16 ft. addition to the Clawson House dining room, finishing the job in four days. Said the Indiana Weekly Messenger, "It was speedy work and is a good job." Two months later, in July 1899, he and his partner Robert Kerr received contracts to erect a barn for William Guthrie and a new Lutheran Church parsonage. As the summer wore on, the pair began to erect a home for James S. Blair on Church Street.

Indiana, Pennsylvania, circa 1900. Library of Congress.

The contracts kept coming, and he built a steady business over many decades in Indiana. The Weekly Messenger said he "was associated in busienss with the Indiana Lumber and Supply Company for a time and was highly successful as a contractor and builder. He had a wide acquaintance throughout the county and was highly esteemed." At some point they also purchased a fruit farm in Brownsville, TX.

Fred was burdened with heart problems for years. While on a train in Texas in October 1928, with Myrtilla and friends Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Williams, he was stricken and taken to a hospital in Brownsville. He recovered sufficiently enough to be discharged and brought to the farm. But on Oct. 27, 1928, he dropped dead on the farm at the age of 74. An obituary appeared in the Weekly Messenger. His remains were returned to his Indiana County for burial at Greenwood Cemetery. 

Myrtilla outlived her husband by 16 years. She made her final home at 538 Water Street in Indiana. 

After suffering a heart attack, Myrtilla was admitted to Indiana Memorial Hospital. She surrendered to death three days later on April 24, 1944.  

Son Harry Virgil Herlinger, PhD (1891-1945) was born on April 29, 1891 in Brush Valley. In boyhood he suffered from scarlet fever which left him blind and a school dropout in the sixth grade. Fortunately, surgery restored his vision, and he completed high school. Harry received his undergraduate education at Washington and Jefferson Academy and his Ph.B. degree in 1913 from Grove City College. He was joined in wedlock with Ouida Wiles (1891-1968). Together, they bore two sons -- Frederick W. "Fred" Herlinger Sr. and Harry Virgil Herlinger Jr. Harry Sr. spent his career as an educator. In 1913, he taught at Blairsville High School and in 1916 was tapped to be principal of the Indiana High School. From there he became principal of Latrobe High School in 1919, and two years later he came back as superintendent of Indiana County Schools, at which time 1,813 students were enrolled at all levels. Circa 1928, Harry was hired as school superintendent in Midland, Beaver County, PA and then in 1935 moved to a position as superintendent of schools in Mount Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Their residence in Mount Lebanon was 94 Altadena Drive. He was awarded a master of arts degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 1937. He once held a term as president of the superintendence department of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. In the community, he was president of the Indiana Kiwanis Club (1925) and Midland Rotary Club, was a member of the Indiana Masons lodge, Mount Lebanaon Methodist Episcopal Church and National Education Association. Then for seven more years, from 1937 to 1945, he took night classes at Pitt and in January 1945 received his doctorate in education. Of his accomplishments, the Pittsburgh Press reported that:

During Dr. Herlinger's tenure, Mt. Lebanon schools enjoyed one of the biggest expansion programs in local school history. Rapid growth of the township, from a small district outpost in 1922 to a large residential center of 22,000 today, resulted in "growing pains" and heavy educational headaches. He was the moving force behind the expansion program, with the climax coming in 1939 with opening of the $776,000 Mellon Junior High School. This is one of the most elaborate and modern schoolhouses in the country, with rado broadcasting, washed-air heating, "seeing eye" electric lighting and concrete flooring throughout the 34 rooms. Dr. Herlinger also had a hand in elementary school building, additions to the senior high school on Cochran road, and construction of spacious athletic fields and gyms.

In September 1945, he made public plans for a new elementary school and upgrades to three other buildings. But anxiety swept over the family when he was diagnosed with cancer of the spine. He was treated at Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital but sadly at the age of 53 died there two days before Christmas 1945. An obituary distributed across the state by the Associated Press said he had been "prominent as an educator." He was pictured in a Pittsburgh Press obituary, which said he was "one of the district's best known educators" and that his passing "ended 30 years of brilliant service in district schools, a service highlighted by his success in expanding the Mt. Lebanon school system into one of the most modern in the Tri-State area." School board president A.C. McMillan was quoted thanking Harry for "remarkable leadership, loyalty and example." His body lay in state in the Andrew Mellon Junior High School, with a funeral service conducted by Rev. Lloyd C. Wicke of Mount Lebanon Methodist Church. Interment of the remains was in Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana County. Ouida outlived her spouse by more than two decades. She passed away in 1958.

  • Grandson Frederick W. "Fred" Herlinger Sr. (1916-2007) was born on May 4, 1916 in Brush Valley. He was a 1938 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and played varsity football for the Panthers under hall of fame coach Jock Sutherland, going undefeated and capturing the 1937 national championship. He was a halfback, wearing uniform no. 67. On Dec. 30, 1938, at the age of 22, Fred was united in matrimony with Bessie Joan Rowe (1919-2011). Their union endured for an extraordinary 68 years. Four children were born in this family -- Eleanor Bisick, Fred W. Herlinger Jr., Harry V. Herlinger and James A. Herlinger. Fred taught and coached at Irwin High School in Westmoreland County, PA before joining the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Upon his return home, he was employed as a teacher of chemistry and physics for several school districts. He then became supervising principal at Townville Consolidated School District which had an enrollment of 1,350 students and 56 teachers. In 1960, he was named superintendent of the Richland School District near Johnstown in Cambria County, with 2,500 students and 90 teachers. Also an educator, Bessie taught for more than a quarter of a century, primarily at Rachel Hill Elementary in Richland. The family were members of the Belmont United Methodist Church, and Fred held memberships in the Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Education Association and National Rifle Association. Fred also had a passion for history and the Civil War and for 41 years was part of a reenactor event called the North-South Skirmish Association. He retired in 1974, and in September 1975, the Richland football and soccer stadium was renamed in his honor, Fred W. Herlinger Field. The couple's home in 2007 was in Paint Borough, Somerset County, PA. He died in the Windber Medical Center on Feb. 16, 2007. Pastor Merritt Edner led the funeral, with burial following in Richland Cemetery. Bessie outlived her spouse by four years. As a resident of the Church of the Brethren Home in Richland Township, she died on Oct. 10, 2011.

    Great-granddaughter Eleanor Herlinger married Terry Bisick. Their home in 2007-2011 was in Schellsburg, Bedford County, PA.

    Great-grandson Fred W. Herlinger Jr. wed Lynda Burkett. They dwelled in Tarentum, PA in 2007-2011.

    Great-grandson Harry V. Herlinger was united in wedlock with Gail Manross. They settled in Pittsburgh.

    Great-grandson James A. Herlinger made his home in 2007 in Schellsburg, Bedford County, PA and in 2011 in Richland Township.

  • Grandson Dr. Harry Virgil Herlinger Jr. (1924-1981) was born in 1924. He was a pre-medical student at Allegheny College. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 55th Army Ground Forces, with a deployment to the Panama Canal Zone circa 1945. He entered into marriage with Margaret ( ? - ? ). Harry is believed to have died on Nov. 2, 1981.

Son Clair Cleveland Herlinger (1893-1902) was born in 1893. Sadly, Clair did not outlive boyhood. He died at the age of about eight on St. Patrick's Day 1902. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Indiana. 


~ Daughter Sarah Maria (Herlinger) Rugh ~

Daughter Sarah Maria Herlinger (1858-1940) was born on Sept. 3, 1858 in Brush Valley.

Circa 1882, she was united in matrimony with John H. Rugh (Nov. 1857-1903), son of Mary Rugh.

The pair begat five children, of whom three are known -- Vernie Rugh, Charles Frederick Rugh and William Rugh. Their home was on a farm in Brush Valley.

On the fateful day of Dec. 30, 1903, the 46-year-old John was "found dead with a broken neck, on the road near the Rugh school house," reported the Indiana Democrat. "He had been to Heshbon on business, driving a team and sled, and was returning home when it is supposed his team attempted to turned [sic] around and his efforts to get them back he either fell or was thrown out of the sled." Rev. Joel Hunt conducted the funeral service, with burial in Fry's cemetery.

The widowed Sarah moved with her young children into the city of Indiana. They often made visits to family back in Brush Valley. Her final address was at 541 Washington Street.

Sarah fell at home and fractured her right hip in late October 1939. Already burdened with chronic heart disease and hardening of the arteries, her health declined further. At the age of 81, she died in Indiana on March 30, 1940. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Daughter Vernie M. Rugh (1892- ? ) was born on July 14, 1892 in Brush Valley Township. D.H. Tomb was assigned by the county court as her legal guardian. While on a visit to Cleveland, OH in July 1913, she was stricken with what was believed to be typhoid fever and brought back home to Indiana. During the winter of 1913-1914, she is known to have taught school in Ebensburg, PA for Miss Gallagher. She is known to have graduated in 1914 from Indiana State Normal School. Circa the spring of 1916, she was a teacher in Beaverdale, PA and that fall led a class of 103 pupils at Emeigh, near Cherry Tree. Joked the Indiana Weekly, "They must be hard up for schools and teachers over there." On the morning of Sept. 21, 1920, in what the Indiana Gazette called a "quiet, but interesting nuptial event," Vernie entered into marriage with Floyd C. Fowler ( ? - ? ), son of Frank Fowler of South Sixth Street, Indiana. Rev. Chalmers G. Morrow, of the First United Presbyterian Church, led the wedding ceremony, held at his home. At the time, Floyd was considered "one of Indiana's active business men and is a member of the Implement and Machinery firm of Fowler and Fowler," said the Gazette. "The new Mrs. Fowler comes of one of Indiana county's oldest and prominent families. Both [bride and groom] are the proud possessors of a wide friendship, who will wish them the most hearty congratulations." The couple did not reproduce. Vernie was a member of the auxiliary of the Richard Watson Post of the American Legion and the 8 et 40 organization. They resided in the 1960s at 541 Washington Street. As she aged, Vernie became a resident of the Mountain View Nursing Home near Hillsdale. There, at age 75, she died on Feb. 23, 1968. Rev. G. Glenn Stephens led the service, with an obituary appearing in the Gazette. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Son Charles Frederick Rugh (1895-1949) was born on May 19, 1895 in Indiana County, PA. He married Florence Thomas ( ? - ? ). The pair did not reproduce. As an adult, they lived in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood, Montgomery County, PA, making a home in the Wyndon Apartments along Lancaster and Morris Road. Circa 1949, he was employed as a book sales representative with the American Technical Society of Chicago. On the notable day of July 16, 1949, while traveling in Fairmont, WV, he was paralyzed by a stroke and admitted to Fairmont General Hospital. Death mercifully carried him away two days later on July 18, 1949. The body was shipped to Wynnewood for a funeral service, conduced by Rev. Harry Burton Boyd of the First Presbyterian Church. The remains were lowered into the soil of the family burial plot in Greenwood Cemetery, and an obituary appeared in the Indiana Gazette.

Son William H. Rugh (1895- ? ) was born in December 1895. He was in Indiana, PA in 1940, at the time he signed his mother's official Pennsylvania certificate of death. William is known to have resided in Penn Run, PA in 1968.


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