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Photo of the Month
February 2006
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One of the wonderful, remarkable people who inspired Minerd.com was the late Edward John Miner (1910-1996). He was a full-time steelworker and part-time barber from Washington, Washington County, PA, and the grand-uncle of the website's founder. As did his sisters, the late Jessie (Miner) Schultz and the late Anna (Miner) Neely, Ed graciously and unselfishly shared many recollections for the Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor research effort. He went on frequent day trips with Minerd.com's founder to visit distant cousins in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland, to bring the memory of long-dead relatives back to life. Seen here, in November 1988, Ed pays his respects at the fading grave marker of his grand-uncle and aunt, Samuel and Susan (Miner) Birch, at a beautiful cemetery in Prosperity, Washington County. (Samuel was one of more than 100 known Civil War soldiers in our clan.) 

Sadly, Ed passed away on Feb. 10, 1996, at the age of 86. He was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Anna (Beddow) Miner on Valentine's Day. Rest well, Uncle Ed, and thank you.

Copyright 2006 Mark A. Miner