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Photo of the Month Index
Your Guide to the Minerd.com Monthly Photo 
Feature from January 2011 Through December 2015

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

 

~ 2015 ~

 

 
December 2015 - From Ohio farmboy to federal judge, Martin Welker also served as a colonel during the Civil War and as a congressman from Ohio, who penned his memoirs entitled Farm Life in Central Ohio Sixty Years Ago.
 
November 2015 - Martha Emma (Minerd) Gorsuch, one of the most fascinating characters in the extended clan, who lived to the ripe old age of 103, was born before Lincoln was elected president and died a few months after Bill Mazeroski hit his famous home run to win the 1960 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
 
October 2015 - John Henry Goins, of Rendville and Zanesville, OH, was one of millions of out-of-work individuals hired by the federal government's Works Progress Administration (WPA) to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings.
 
September 2015 - Distant cousins Levi Rose and Dennis Romesburg among a timber crew harvesting the rich forests of the now-gone town of Humbert in Somerset County, PA in the early 1930s.
 
August 2015 - Having left Kansas seven years earlier, pioneers James R. and Lydia (Miner) Brown and children pose in front of their new home on a tract of 160 acres in Excelsior Township, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma Territory.
 
July 2015 - The Casco schooner, a vessel originally built for racing and which famed author Robert Louis Stevenson and our cousin Leonidas "Lon" McGirk had in common, for much different purposes, 30 years apart.
 
June 2015 - Sharing a tender moment with her young son, Ruth Ann (Minerd) Kennedy and her extended family faced a lifetime of hardship in and around the Chestnut Ridge community of Philippi and Grafton, WV due to the color of their skin.
 
May 2015 - At the height of World War II, three cousins are among a group of employees posting for a photograph at the Monongahela Railway terminal in South Brownsville, PA.
 
April 2015 - Lester White's real estate and insurance office on Main Street in the Kansas prairie town of Isabel, Barber County, in the early 1900s.
 
March 2015 - At age 23, a recuperating Matthew David McKnight leans on a cane as he receives an award of valor from Pennsylvania Congressman Richard A. Kasunic, and in a few more years his heroism would land him on the pages of the Guinness World Records book.
 
February 2015 - The only known cousin to allegedly have been pardoned for manslaughter by future United States President William McKinley, Simon Henry Miner stands with his presumed second wife who was half his age.
 
January 2015 - Cousins Rhonda (Cook) Tabler, Amy (Nichols) Reid, Irita (Goins) Canady and Alexandra Finley appear on the popular PBS television show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
   

 

~ 2014 ~

 

 
December 2014 - A rare archive of images has surfaced showing Rebecca Jane "Jennie" (Minerd) Conley Woodmancy, her husbands, foster daughter and grandchildren of Nebraska, Chicago and Iowa.
 
November 2014 - Army's Eugene Gribble (foreground, no. 21) breaks up a pass thrown by Navy's Bob Zastrow in the annual Army-Navy football battle, held Dec. 2, 1950, in Philadelphia.
 
October 2014 - Fashion, art, shape notes and grief -- in this tintype portrait, likely dating from the mid to late 1870s, Elizabeth (Minerd) Long of Normalville, Fayette County, PA stands beside an empty chair, signifying her status as a widow.
 
September 2014 - No ordinary dinner at the Fifth Annual Preston County Buckwheat Festival in West Virginia, in 1946, co-founded by John Donald "Happy" Everly.
 
August 2014 - As a new bridge is under construction in the 1890s in Durand, WI, the tug boat Phil Scheckel pushes a lumber-laden barge, piloted by Iowa and Wisconsin pioneer Eli Minder.
 
July 2014 - Taking a break at a 2009 national conference of entertainment executives, Douglas Edwin Minerd enjoys a relaxing 30-minute swim with bottlenose dolphins at SeaWorld's Discovery Cove in Florida.
 
June 2014 - Stricken with a form of arthritis that deformed his bone structure, including his spine, farmer Curtis Fremont Weyant -- husband of Joanna (Harbaugh) Weyant -- was forced to walk with canes on both hands.
 
May 2014 - Throughout the U.S. and Canada, wearing his lucky cowboy hat, third generation auctioneer Sherman "Matthew" Hostetter is generating an international following for his calling skills, capturing several major awards last year.
 
April 2014 - Odger Miner and the Hopewell Township Volunteer Fire Department posing on an old American LaFrance fire truck in preparation for a community parade near Aliquippa, PA.
 
March 2014 - In a poignant embrace, Vietnam War veteran Perry Shinneman reunites with his wife Shirley upon his return home to South Dakota, minus one of his legs, and his crutch lying on the tarmac. This image was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and became an icon for anti-war sentiment around the globe.
 
February 2014 - Charles Henry LaWall,  an early pharmacist and educator of Philadelphia who led the development of ethical standards for the industry and teamed with his wife to produce a variety of publications about the industry's heritage.
 
January 2014 - Confederate prisoners of war take an oath of allegiance to the United States -- Jeremiah Minard, one of just two known Confederates in a family that otherwise produced more than 115 Union soldiers, took such an oath.
   

 

~ 2013 ~

 

 
December 2013 - Although black ink on red paper is not the most legible combination, grocer and politician Ira "David" Younkin of Connellsville, PA used this format for his Christmas card in the early 1900s.
 
November 2013 - Private first class Alton Glen Sterner, of the Fifth Regimental Combat Team, Company L, who tragically was killed in action during the Korean War after only four months of active duty.
 
October 2013 - A portrait of brothers Ephraim and Andrew J. Miner and their wives is iconic in illustrating the size and intra-connections between the Younkin and Minerd pioneer families of Western Pennsylvania. These brothers had a staggering 103 known first cousins, all sharing strands of Younkin DNA.
 
September 2013 - Back to school time: Circa 1925, teacher Winifred Hart and her one-room Majors School in rural Beaver County, PA, one of many hundreds of educators in the extended family.
 
August 2013 - Abiel W. Heilman, a prominent boiler manufacturer of Allentown, PA, whose expert knowledge of metals was applied to artillery service during the Civil War.
 
July 2013 - Martin Miner -- a combat veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg -- and fellow Civil War soldiers and their families attend a reunion in Normalville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania in the late 1800s.
 
  June 2013 - A red ribbon artifact from the Minerd-Miner family's original reunion in 1913 at Ohiopyle in Western Pennsylvania, and a portion of the 1913 reunion photo showing the ribbons flapping in the breeze.
 
May 2013 - Philo Bertram "Bert" Seelye -- husband of Mary "Mollie" Murdock of Wheeling, WV -- who was a longtime educator, scholastic book author and school administrator in New York City, primarily in the Bronx.
 
April 2013 - Silent film actor Cotton "Allen" Hayden, of Alexandria Bay, New York, who appeared in two films produced by circa 1915 by Katharine Russell Bleecker -- Skeins of Destiny and Smuggler's Revenge, which today are lost from the historical record.
 
March 2013 - In recognition for service as FBI National Academy Association President in 1982, and more than a quarter century as Chief of Police of the Philadelphia suburb of Woodbury, New Jersey, President Ronald Reagan greets Floyd "Dean" Kimmel in the White House.
 
February 2013 - Montana pioneer George L. Overfield -- who left West Virginia in about 1871 -- and the brand marks of his cattle, from the 1903 edition of the Brand Book of the Montana Stock Growers Association.
 
January 2013 - Cecil Warren Minard with fellow crew members of their B-17 "Flying Fortress" during World War II, after their bomber was torn open and dented when rammed by a "wildly careening German fighter that inflicted a cut like a giant can-opener."
   

 

~ 2012 ~

 

   
December 2012 - Rev. Ray G. Manley, one of hundreds of clergy in the extended family, who devoted three decades of his life to the mission field of Southwestern Pennsylvania, "through war, labor organizing riots, the flue epidemic, strikes, the depression, [and] the struggling complexity of foreign born Americans."
   
November 2012 - Bass drum player Franklin "Frank" Miner of the Mill Run Concert Band in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, who also was a longtime laborer at Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home over a waterfall.
   
October 2012 - A life without seeing, but full of living -- Isabelle (McKnight) Longfoot, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Cuylerville, New York & Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, who spent her adult life in blindness, raising six children and celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary.
   
September 2012 - Levi Alfred Miner, born in Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe), Pennsylvania, who parlayed a successful newspaper career in Philadelphia into a life of public service as a publisher and politician in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
   
August 2012 - Postmaster David Leander Laughery of Vanderbilt, Pennsylvania, and wife Martha Jane Harbaugh, whose descendants held their 48th annual reunion in Delaware this month.
   
July 2012 - The advertising signs painted by the "Mountain Poet," Allen Edward Harbaugh, for Anderson's Cash Clothing Store in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
   
June 2012 - Letitia A. Long the first woman to head a United States intelligence agency receives congratulations from Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.
   
May 2012 - Grocery store owner John Ellsworth Mayle who with his wife Rachel, both of mixed race, found a welcoming community in Brilliant, Ohio where they established a longtime home and business enterprise.
   
April 2012 - Harry G. Bowman's photography portraiture and imprint from Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana of the late 1880s and early '90s, before a cruel hand of fate intervened.
   
March 2012 - Roy "Penn" Minerd and his model railroad layout, featuring coke ovens, rail yards and neighborhoods patterned on his memories from his parents' hometowns of Uniontown and Connellsville, PA, and later in Erie, Pennsylvania.
   
February 2012 - Mahala "Hallie" McKnight, an early nurse in our family who trained and was employed at Uniontown Hospital in Fayette County, PA, at a time when nursing, stenography and teaching were among the few professional occupations open to women in our society, especially in heavily industrial regions such as Pittsburgh.
   
January 2012 - The "Jones Repair Shop" of EdCouch, Texas, owned and operated by Clyde J. Jones to serve local farmers and others who needed repairs to their tractors and machinery. Clyde contributed to the written history of our family in a letter (typed on pink paper) in the 1970s.
   

 

~ 2011 ~

 

   
December 2011 - At the entrance to the Palestinian town of Doura in Hebron, on the West Bank, Kathleen Kern of the Christian Peacemaker Teams holds up a white scarf to attract the attention of Israeli armed personnel carriers, hoping to protect the rights of a Palestinian woman after Israeli soldiers unlawfully had entered the woman's home.
   
November 2011 - "Killed By Lightning" -- so blared the headline in the Medicine Lodge Cresset newspaper in Kansas about young wife and mother Jeanette "Nettie (White) Bailey in 1889. Today, great granddaughter Janet (Hoyt) Sperry is restoring Nettie's tiny prairie house.
   
October 2011 - Born the same year as our nation -- 1776 -- Daniel Miner Sr. was a pioneer of Ohio, and his photograph is the only known image of a son or daughter of original Western Pennsylvania settlers Jacob and Maria (Nein) Minerd Sr.
   
September 2011 - The "Dean of Travel," Robert W. "Bert" Hemphill was an entrepreneur and tireless promoter in Southern California who spent his career logging more than 1,800 air flights, 200 sailing cruises, 232 county visits and five million miles as a pioneer of luxury air travel and tourism.
   
August 2011 - Cole's Market in San Bernardino, California, owned and operated by Clarence Wilbur Cole and his wife Mary "Helen," who began their married lives in Topeka, Kansas.
   
July 2011 - Civil War veteran William Minerd, of Philippi, West Virginia, who along with his brothers and sisters faced a lifetime of racial discrimination due to their mixed-race heritage.
   
June 2011 - Together again, brothers and Civil War veterans Norman D. Knight (4th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry) and Daniel Harry Knight (92nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry) pose in the early 1900s with their wives.
   
May 2011 - Civil War veteran Ephraim Miner poses with his wife and family circa 1894, more than 30 years after he suffered debilitating injuries during the Battle of Fredericksburg. His Civil War diaries have been brought to light, and will be printed in book form this year under the title Well At This Time, authored by the founder of this website.
   
April 2011 - Of the 107 of our known cousins and spouses who served in the Civil War, Robert Rankin is one of the few photographed in uniform, as he appeared at the time.
   
March 2011 - Heavily bearded Civil War veteran Henry "Foxy" McKnight -- longtime widower of Barbara (Minerd) McKnight of Dawson, Pennsylvania -- is one of 107 Civil War soldiers in our clan whom we will honor at our national family reunion in June.
   
February 2011 - Pamela (Schultz) Nagy, Senior Vice President of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, is appearing on KDKA-TV commercials with bank Chairman Ralph Papa this winter to promote energy assistance for low-income neighbors in need in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
   
January 2011 - Longtime ceramics researcher and corporate inventor Harry George Schurecht poses with colleagues at a conference of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His work with spark plugs helped our nation quickly mass produce military vehicle engines during World War II.
   

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