April 30, 2013
Revolutionary War Major Gen. Adam Stephen, Martinsburg's founder, was a rival of George Washington's in Virginia politics before he was removed from his post in the Army, his biographer said Tuesday. Stephen's dismissal after the battle of Germantown in 1777 and his subsequent return to what was then “back country” in the Shenandoah Valley are possible reasons why a portrait might not exist, University of Richmond emeritus professor Harry M. Ward said in a telephone interview.
January 29, 2013
Martha Elizabeth (Deeter) Brown, 92, of Providence Place, Chambersburg, Pa., and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died Friday morning Jan. 25, 2013, at Providence Place. She was the wife of the late Bruce B. Brown, her husband of 55 years who died Jan. 14, 2002. Born Christmas day, Dec. 25, 1920, in Goodtown, Somerset County, Pa., she was the fourth of 14 children of the late Milton Henry and Martha Elizabeth (Saylor) Deeter. She was raised from the age of 8 by her paternal uncle, Simon Elmer Deeter and his wife, Mabel (Reininger)
July 3, 2012
Wednesday is the Fourth of July, our nation's 236th birthday. July Fourth or Independence Day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. In June, 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 4, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
June 18, 2012
Kathleen Virginia (Smith) Newcomer, 96, of Benevola, Md., passed peacefully from this life, Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Somerford House Assisted Living in Hagerstown. Born June 12, 1916, in Mapleville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Harry Mumma Smith and Sadie Estelle Cline, and stepdaughter of J. William Stine. Kathleen was a 1935 graduate of Boonsboro High School, where she worked as a secretary for three years after graduation. On Nov. 23, 1938, she was married to Richard H. Newcomer, and they lived on and farmed the Newcomer family farm at Benevola.
January 8, 2012
Betty Lorraine Zeigler Stottlemyer, 83, formerly of Buford Drive, Williamsport, Md., died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg, Pa. Born May 12, 1928, in Greencastle, Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George Frederick and Thelma Mae Eshelman Zeigler Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Robert N. Stottlemyer, on Feb. 12, 1998. She was employed with the City of Hagerstown for 22 years, 17 in the Water Department and five years as secretary to the mayor and city administrator.
November 30, 2011
Virginia Elizabeth "Ginny" Miller, 91, of Williamsport, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Hagerstown, Md. She was born Aug. 30, 1920, in Hagerstown to the late Samuel Kiefer Sr. and Anna Mae Postetter Eckis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ellsworth Miller, in 2004. She lived life for her family. She was a 1937 graduate of Williamsport High School. She attended Frostburg University. Ginny and her husband Charlie were the owners/operators of Busy Corner, Williamsport, until their retirement.
November 3, 2011
Myra Olivia Gosnell Avey, 100, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Elmcroft of Martinsburg. The family will gather Sunday one hour prior to the service at Winchester Avenue Christian Church. The service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the church, with the Rev. Curtis Wheeler officiating. Prior to the service, there will be memorial services held by Golden Rule Chapter No. 69 of the Order of Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.
October 18, 2011
Martha Gall Breakall, age 81, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. Born Sept. 28, 1930, in Belington, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Orion Hoyt and Carrie Edna Summers Gall. She was a member of Trinity-Asbury United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs. She was a 1948 graduate of Moundsville High School and earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1952. She came to Morgan County right out of college to work for the Potomac Edison Power Co. as a home demonstrator.
August 4, 2011
Alexander Hamilton has probably had as much influence on the development of our nation as any of the founders who met in Philadelphia. Yet he is relatively obscure compared to James Madison, Benjamin Franklin or George Washington. When he is remembered, it is likely that he comes to mind because of his death as a result of the duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. Forest McDonald, in "Alexander Hamilton," gives ample reasons to rank Hamilton as a first-rate mind and an indispensable force in achieving the creation of a strong central government and a thriving industrial sector.
July 26, 2011
-JULY 21, 2011 Judith Boggs Mackert, 73, of The Villages, Fla., died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Cornerstone Hospice. Mrs. Mackert was born in Belle, W.Va., the daughter of James A. Boggs and Ressie Snyder Boggs. She spent most of her childhood in Gassaway, W.Va., where she graduated from high school in 1955. She moved to The Villages in 2007 from The Woods Resort in Hedgesville, W.Va. She is a former member of Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, Md. She is a graduate of Richmond Professional Institute with a degree in fashion design.