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Monday Evening, 6 Jan 1941
page 9, column 7
Contributed by Gordon Grening


Funeral Services Tuesday
For Moxham Interior

Herbert W. Plotts, 66, well-known Moxham interior decorator, died at 8:15 o’clock yesterday morning in Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since December 22. Prior to entering the hospital he had been a patient for several weeks at his residence, 662 Cypress Avenue.

A native of Oil City, Pa., Mr. Plotts was born on September 1, 1874, a son of Rev. Peter W. and Margaret (Henler) Plotts. On January 30, 1901, he was united in marriage with the former Mary B. Reel. Their only child, Herbert W. Plotts Jr., died on June 23, 1932.

In addition to his widow, Mr. Plotts leaves four sisters: Mrs. J. D. Ripple, 614 Oak Street; Mrs. Joseph Cawthern, 522 Highland Avenue; Mrs. J. L. Mitchell, Cleveland, O., and Mrs. Ernest Stewart, 318 Highland Avenue. Mrs. Mitchell was a twin sister of the deceased and was a visitor here recently, returning to Cleveland the day before Mr. Plotts death occurred.

Mr. Plotts also leaves a half-brother, William A. Plotts of Whittier, Cal. Two sisters, Miss Ida R. Plotts and Mrs. Robert Porter, and a brother, Frank R. Plotts, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the H. M Picking & Sons Funeral Home on Somerset Street. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Earl C. Weaver, D.D., pastor of the Park Avenue United Brethren Church, of which the deceased was a member, assisted by Rev. W. W. Wilson, D.D., pastor of the Overbrook United Brethren Church.

Interment will take place in Grandview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Waldo Ripple, Van Lohr, Kenneth Spangler, Ralph Mostoller, Louis Mostoller and Harvey Lockard, all nephews of Mr. Plotts.


Thursday Evening, 23 Jan 1941
page 3, column 1
Contributed by Gordon Grening


Former Cambrian Dies in New Jersey; Burial in Gallitzin

Mrs. Sarah (Crawford) Cruse-Lilly, 67, wife of Thomas Lilly and a former resident of Cambria County, died Tuesday afternoon at her home in New Brunswick, N.J. She had been in poor health for the past four years. The Lilly family resided in St. Michael until a year ago. Mr. Lilly was seriously injured at the St. Michael Shaft about four years ago when a cage dropped at the operation, resulting in the death of two men and the injury of several others. He had since been unable to work.

Mrs. Lilly was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Crawford and was born near Gallitzin. She was twice married. Her first husband, John Cruse, passed away 45 years ago.

Surviving are her second husband and these children: Anna, wife of Charles Faust, New Brunswick; Edward Cruse, St. Michael; George Cruse, Good’s Corner, and Alex Cruse, Altoona, all born to the first union; Gertrude, wife of James Reed, New Brunswick, and Edith, wife of Aaron Hartshorne, St. Michael. Nineteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive.

The remains were removed this afternoon to the Edward Lilly home in Gallitzin by H. F. Conrad & Bro., Gallitzin morticians. Funeral services probably will be conducted Friday morning in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gallitzin, by Rev. Father Joseph Farran. Interment will be in the church cemetery.


Tuesday Evening, 19 Aug 1941
page 20, column 2
Contributed by Gordon Grening


William Ruffing, 18, Dies in Altoona Hospital; Injured Sunday.

LILLY – William Ruffing, 18, of Lilly R.D. died last night in Mercy Hospital in Altoona, a victim of spinal meningitis and injuries suffered Sunday when he was struck by an automobile on Route 53 near Lilly.

Meningitis developed after his removal to the hospital. Ruffing suffered a fracture of the skull and severe lacerations of the left arm when he was hit by a car driven by Bruce Miller, 22, of South Fork.

Miller told Coroner Patrick McDermott and State Motor Police that Ruffing was walking in the center of the highway when he first noticed him. Miller said he drove the car onto the berm of the road in an effort to avoid striking the pedestrian.

William Ruffing was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ruffing and was born in Kentport, Pa., on January 24, 1923. His mother preceded him in death.

Private funeral services probably will be conducted Thursday by Rev. E. A. Miles, pastor of the Portage Evangelical Church. Interment will be in the Mt. Union Cemetery under the direction of A. F. Tickerhoof, local mortician.

page 4, column 6


Eleanore Domzella Married to Howard Drummond of Greensburg

GALLITZIN – St. John’s Lutheran Church was the scene of a pretty wedding Saturday when Miss Eleanore Domzella of Gallitzin was united in marriage with Howard Drummond of Greensburg. With Rev. W. G. Dunlap, D.D., PH.D., officiating, the ceremony was performed at high noon before an altar which was adorned with tall white tapers, white pompons and gladioluses.

The bride had her sister, Miss Margaret Domzella of Johnstown, as her bridesmaid, and her little niece, Betty Ann McLaughlin of Oil City, as flower girl. J. P. McLaughlin of Oil City served as best man.

For her marriage the bride wore a gown fashioned of white lace and taffeta with a matching Mary Stewart bonnet. Her only jewelry was a strand of pearls, a wedding gift from the bridegroom, and she carried a white Bible with a shower marker of white bouvardia. Miss Margaret Domzella was attired in mist blue lace and taffeta with a matching crownless bonnet. She carried an arm bouquet of yellow roses and blue delphinium. Little Miss McLaughlin was attired in baby rose taffeta and a Mary Stewart bonnet of the same color. She carried a colonial bouquet.

Miss Alma Domzella, a sister of the bride, presided at the organ. Preceding the ceremony she played “Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms,” “I Love You Truly” and “The Sweetest Story Ever Told.” The wedding march from “Lohengrin” was used as the processional and the bridal chorus from Mendelssohn’s “Mid Summer Night’s Dream,’ as the recessional.

Mrs. Drummond was graduated from Gallitzin High School, Beckley College and Rider College. She was a teacher in the commercial department of Sewickley Township High School. After a wedding dinner at the Summit Country Club the couple left for a honeymoon in the New England States. They will reside in Greensburg.

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