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Obituaries - unidentified miner

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“Body of Supposed Coal Miner Remains Unidentified. The body of an unidentified man, who died Friday night at Miners’ Hospital, following a cerebral hemorrhage, will be buried late this afternoon or early tomorrow if a report from the Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., where his fingerprints were submitted, fails to give a clue to his identity. Many people from all sections of the county have viewed the body at Durst's morgue.
The man walked with a slight limp and was about 58 years old and had the appearance of one who had worked in a coal mine. Bits of coal dust was [sic] imbedded in his flesh. Any person who may have a clue to the man's identity should notify the city police or the undertaking establishment immediately. The Johnstown (Pa.) Tribune yesterday printed a report that the man was identified as Edward Simpson, 55, a resident of Rockwood, Somerset county, saying that 'Simpson’s identity was definitely established through a Frostburg man who was acquainted with him, according to word received today at Rockwood. Prior to that Johnstown police were asked to check up on the case, first information obtained at Frostburg having indicated that he had been a Johnstown resident.
Edward Simpson was a veteran of the World War. There are no surviving relatives at Rockwood, as far as authorities there could learn. Frostburg authorities today said they knew of no one who had identified the man.” [CET 7-17-1935, p. 7]

“Unidentified Man Buried. The body of an unidentified man, who died Friday evening at Miners’ Hospital, was buried this morning in a lot owned by the city in Percy cemetery. Futile efforts were made by both county and city authorities to establish identity. He is believed to have been a coal miner from Rockwood, Pa.” [CET 7-18-1935, p. 6]

b. 1831
d. August 6, 1886
a. 55

“Alfred Van Lear, of this place, died very suddenly yesterday morning at home. He had been afflicted a long time of a complication of diseases. He was a member of Thoburn Post, No. 21, G.A.R., of this place, a meeting of which was called for last evening to take appropriate action. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon about [?] o’clock. He was a brother-in-law of ex-Mayor Peter Payne. A quiet, good citizen, he was universally respected.” [FMJ 8-7-1886]

“Alfred Vanleer [sic], of Frostburg, died there very suddenly to-day, at the residence of Wm. H. Moor, on Orman street. Deceased was an old and respected citizen. He had been ailing for some time, but was not thought to be near death. He was a member of Thoburn Post, No. 12, G.A.R., and a special meeting has been called tonight to arrange for the funeral. One son [Thomas] is the only relative known to survive Mr. Vanleer.” [CET 8-8-1886, p. 1]

Mr. Van Lear was a Civil War soldier [CET 5-29-1912] and was a member of the Potomac Home Brigade [FMJ 8-19-1909, p. 2]

A notice of his wife’s (Sallie Catherine) death was found in FMJ 3-27-1886. We have no proof that she is buried in Percy Cemetery although it is probable that she is. Mr. Van Lear's son, Thomas, was elected mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1916.

(son of ALFRED and Sallie VAN LEAR)
b. July 30, 1862
d. September 3, 1863
a. 1 yr. 1 mos. 4 dys.
Headstone (shared)

See Van Lear Family Chart in Chapter 5.

(daughter of ALFRED and Sallie VAN LEAR)
b. April 18, 1860
d. May 21, 1863
a. 3 yrs. 1 mos. 3 dys.
Headstone (shared)

See Van Lear Family Chart in Chapter 5.


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Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson


Collection Location:
Frostburg, Md

Original Size:
28 x 22 cms

Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .

Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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