Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Dewart Academy


The Dewart Academy
Built 1859
Destroyed by "Cyclone" (Tornado) on May 21 1919

Unknown Year
Ellie Nye Teacher

Unknown Year
1st Row L-R
John Harley (Dr), ?, Charles Stahl, Martha Nicely Dateman, ?, James Bryson
2nd Row L-R
Robert De Ormond, Grace Nicely, Billy Nye, Josie Nicely, Ralph Nicely, Carrie Nye, Leigh Nicely, ?
3rd Row L-R
Jane Nicholas, John Nicely, ??????
4th Row L-R
Mary Bryson (Koch) Mae Follmer (Kramer) Hester Russell, E.B. Truckenmiller (Teacher), Sally Oakes, Kathryn Confer, ?
Top Row L-R
Verna Confer, Sarah Russell, Lulu Dieffenbach (Confer) ?

1896
Front Row L-R

Wm Elmer Metzger, John Nicely, Forrest Ruckle, Jake Nicholas, Harry Beaver

 2nd Row

L-R Bertha Barto

Josie Nicely, Hester Russell, Low Stewart, Lula Dieffenbach (Confer), Sarah Russell, Esther Nicely, Carrie Nye
 3rd Row
L-R
Billy Nye, John Harley, Russell Nicely, EB Truckenmiler, Norman Beaver, Ralph Nicely, Russell Everhart

Prof. Bruce Bloom, Teacher
Front Row L-R Martha Sherman, John Metzgar, Esther Shroat, Ruth High, Leonore Dietrick, Helen Riffel, Charles Metzgar, Donald Harding

Second Row: Lester Fairchild, Ruth Huffman, Florence Leech, Margaret Kuhn, Helen Kilgus, Helen Leech, James Frederick

Third Row - Stanley Nicholas, Sarah Gray, Margaret Gray, Minnie Deitrick, Martha Burrows


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1919 - The Cyclone


Article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 22 1919


Seven Men and a boy look over part of the remains of the Dewart schoolhouse after a cyclone hit the building and ripped the roof off May 21 1919.  About 20 students were inside the building when the  cyclone struck.  Miraculously, only two pupils were slightly injured.  Investigating the damage are (left to right) Fred Truckenmiller, Jake Wertman, W. Truckenmiller, Ed Truckenmiller, George Fredericks, Stewart Wertman, Unidentified, and Homer Hess, all from the Dewart area.

Ward Truckenmiller would be the "boy".  Fred was his brother, Ed his father.



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