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by TONY BUDNY | July 4, 2005
Editor's note: This is the third in a summer series examining the histories of local communities in Washington County. Next week: Big Pool DOWNSVILLE anthonyb@herald-mail.com You might not think a rich history would be found in a town on ce referred to, according to local historian Sandy Izer, as a "widening in the road on the way to the river. " But Downsville, between Sharpsburg and Williamsport, has a history that goes back even further than the community itself.
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by SAMANTHA HOUSEHOLDER / Staff Photographer | June 17, 2006
Dave Gipe of DLG Masonry does work on a stone house owned by Jim McLeod in Downsville on Friday.
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April 1, 2009
Correction DOWNSVILLE - Due to a source's error, an obituary in Monday's Herald-Mail for Warren Elwood Miller Sr., 73, of Downsville, who died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Washington County Hospital, omitted information. Services will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport. The Rev. Delancy L. Catlett will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service Thursday until 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open Thursday after 9 a.m.
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April 27, 2013
George F. "Freddy" Weidner, 76, of Wadesboro, N.C., and formerly of Downsville, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his home. Services were held Tuesday, April 23, at Levitt Funeral Home in Wadesboro.
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November 30, 1999
Gray cat reported found on Spielman Road Found ? Gray cat. Where ? The cat was found on Spielman Road between Downsville and Fairplay. When ? The cat was found a couple of days ago. Description ? The female cat is mostly gray, but has some white on two of its legs. The person who found it said the cat appears to be very tame. It was not wearing a collar. Phone number ? If this is your cat, call 301-582-1183.
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October 19, 2011
Rodney Dale Weicht, 49, of White Hall Road,  Smithsburg, Md., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. Born Nov. 29, 1961, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Donald and Joann (Watkins) Weicht of Downsville, Md. He was a graduate of Williamsport High School, Class of 1979. He was formerly employed by Southern States and was employed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department from January 1983 until the present. He was a member of the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association, Williamsport Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84, Western Maryland Sportsman Club of Downsville, Smithsburg FFA Alumni and JICCA.
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January 18, 2012
Helen Louise Socks, 75, of Downsville, Md., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at Ravenwood Lutheran Nursing Home, Hagerstown, Md. Born Aug. 15, 1936, in Clear Spring, Md., she was the daughter of the late Richard Herman and Clara Rebecca Burkett Boppe. She was a housewife and was previously employed by Homewood Retirement Center, Williamsport, Md. She was a member of Star of Hope Chapel, Williamsport. She served as past secretary, taught Sunday school and was very active in the church.
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July 6, 2011
Kenneth Edward Cline, 65, of Shrimp Road, Taylors Island, Md., passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, Md. He was born March 18, 1946, in Downsville, Md., and raised in Downsville by his late adopted parents, John Wesley and Pearl Bertha Mellott Cline. He was employed by Coca-Cola of Hagerstown, until retiring in 1991. He was a member of IORM Tribe 84, Williamsport, Md. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed watching NASCAR.
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April 30, 2013
Catherine Irene Shank, 97, of Downsville, Md., passed Monday, April 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Marjorie Leatherman, in Myersville, Md. Born Nov. 27, 1915, in Downsville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Daisy Palmer Nalley, and stepmother, Mable H. Nalley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Shank Sr., in 1973. She was a member of Trinity Bible Church in Hagerstown, Md., and attended Valley Assembly of God. She was a devoted Christian, mother and homemaker.
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August 26, 2013
Thomas Lee Moats, 67, of Hagerstown passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born May 14, 1946, in Downsville, Md., he was the son of the late John and Dorothy (Cavendar) Moats. He had worked as an assembler for Grove Manufacturing. Thomas was a member of the Needmore Full Gospel Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Sonia (Snyder) Moats; two daughters, Heather Lynn Moore and husband, Phillip, of Hagerstown, and Amber Dawn Moats of Hagerstown; a son, David Norris and wife, Tina; granddaughter, Makayla; and several nieces and nephews.
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August 26, 2013
Thomas Lee Moats, 67, of Hagerstown passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born May 14, 1946, in Downsville, Md., he was the son of the late John and Dorothy (Cavendar) Moats. He had worked as an assembler for Grove Manufacturing. Thomas was a member of the Needmore Full Gospel Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Sonia (Snyder) Moats; two daughters, Heather Lynn Moore and husband, Phillip, of Hagerstown, and Amber Dawn Moats of Hagerstown; a son, David Norris and wife, Tina; granddaughter, Makayla; and several nieces and nephews.
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August 21, 2013
One person was seriously injured Wednesday night after being thrown from a vehicle in a crash on Downsville Pike, according to a Washington County 911 supervisor. Three people, including the seriously injured male, were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown after the vehicle struck a utility pole in the area of 9018 Downsville Pike, the supervisor said. There was a power outage in the area as a result of the crash, which was reported at 10:09 p.m., the supervisor said.
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July 16, 2013
Freda Mae (Davis) Nunamaker, 91, of Hagerstown passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at Somerford Assisted Living. Born Oct. 24, 1921, in Downsville, she was the daughter of the late Roy Elmer and Zola Frances (Bitner) Davis. Freda was a veteran of the U.S. Women's Army Corps. She was a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of Evangel Assembly of God. Freda is survived by a son, Gary Nunamaker and wife, Vicki, and a daughter, Cindy Wolfinger, all of Hagerstown; two sisters, June L. Andrews of Hagerstown and Mary Jane Malott of Williamsport; a brother, Roy E. Davis of Hagerstown; three grandchildren, Michael Nunamaker, and Genny Hammond and husband, Brian, all of Hagerstown, and Eric Wolfinger of Atlanta, Ga.; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Madison Hammond of Hagerstown; special nieces, Pam Chrisman and Kim Palmer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | June 11, 2013
The carnival sponsored by the Downsville Ruritan Club returns to Byron Memorial Park Thursday through Saturday, June 22. The carnival will feature food, bingo and amusement rides. Wednesday is the last day to purchase advanced amusement ride armbands at a cost of $10 each. They can be purchased during regular business hours at Williamsport Town Hall, G.A. Miller Lumber Co., The Cutting Lane in Williamsport and Downsville General Store. Armbands will cost $16 each at the gate. Rained out cruise-in rescheduled for Friday The classic car cruise-in that was canceled last week due to rain is rescheduled for Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. on Conococheague Street.
OBITUARIES
May 17, 2013
Esther Ruth Reiff, 83, of Clear Spring, Md., passed Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Palmetto, Fla. Born Aug. 24, 1929, in Downsville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Moats and Martha Hoffman Moats. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Melvin Paul Reiff Sr., in 1998. Esther was a member of the Hagerstown First Church of God and the Tenth Street Baptist Church in Palmetto. She worked many mission programs. She was a member of the Eastern Star No. 89 and the Mercersburg Moose Lodge 830. Esther and her husband were avid travelers and traveled through all 50 states, Canada, Switzerland and the Caribbean Islands.
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May 6, 2013
Elinor Steadman McLeod, 81, of Williamsport, died May 2, 2013. Born March 29, 1932, in Purcellville, Va., she was the daughter of the late Grover and Mary (Vincel) McHenry. Elinor devoted more than 35 years of her life to education. She was a pioneer as one of the first female principals with the Washington County school system. Elinor was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She is survived by two sons, Terry McLeod of Hagerstown and Jimmy McLeod and wife, Joyce, of Downsville; six grandchildren, Nicholas, Katie, Emily, Amanda and Blaine McLeod, and Morgan Hoffman (expecting Elinor's fifth great-grandchild)
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
A woman crossing the road as she walked her dog was struck by a car and killed Thursday morning on Downsville Pike, Maryland State Police said. Elinor McLeod, 81, of Williamsport, died when she was struck by a Volkswagen sedan driven by Mohamed A. Majeed, 49, of Fairplay, state police said in a news release. Majeed was traveling north on Downsville Pike when the accident happened shortly before 8:30 a.m., state police said in a press release. McLeod was walking east across the travel portion of the roadway when she was struck, according to state police.
OBITUARIES
April 30, 2013
Catherine Irene Shank, 97, of Downsville, Md., passed Monday, April 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Marjorie Leatherman, in Myersville, Md. Born Nov. 27, 1915, in Downsville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Daisy Palmer Nalley, and stepmother, Mable H. Nalley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Shank Sr., in 1973. She was a member of Trinity Bible Church in Hagerstown, Md., and attended Valley Assembly of God. She was a devoted Christian, mother and homemaker.
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April 27, 2013
George F. "Freddy" Weidner, 76, of Wadesboro, N.C., and formerly of Downsville, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his home. Services were held Tuesday, April 23, at Levitt Funeral Home in Wadesboro.
NEWS
April 14, 2013
There's work taking place near the future site of the Washington County Board of Education central offices on Downsville Pike (Md. 632). Is it related to the school board's recent $5.5 million purchase? Assistant County Administrator Sarah L. Sprecher said in an email last week that the activity there is a planned sewer project that has been in the works for several years through the county's Capital Improvement Program. Several pieces of heavy machinery can be seen on the site, where it appears a large L-shaped trench is being dug along Downsville Pike, next to the Interstate 70 interchange in that area.
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