| August/September 1999

  • Memoriam

  • Memoriam

CHARLES LEWIS McMURRAY, Grove City, Pennsylvania, formerly of Slippery Rock, died Thursday, May 6, 1999 in Grove Manor Nursing Home, Grove City, following an extended illness. He was 96.

Mr. McMurray was born March 23, 1903, in Scott Township, Lawrence County, to John Calvin and Mary Amelia McCurdy McMurray.

A retired farmer, he also worked for 20 years as a boiler operator for Slippery Rock University, retiring in 1973.

Mr. McMurray was renowned for 57 years as a sawyer, thresherman and farmer. As a youth, he helped his father to thresh for local farmers, using an antique steam engine and later a heavy tractor. A lifelong lover of steam engines, he owned several and demonstrated them for many years at the Lawrence County Fair. He had been president of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association for more than 20 years.

He lived in Scott Township on a farm until 1962 when he built a home off Harmony Road between Slippery Rock and Grove City. He lived there until he moved to Grove Manor in 1992.

He was a member of Plain Grove Presbyterian Church, Lawrence County.

His wife, the former Clare Novilla Neely, whom he married May 20,1928, died September 17, 1996.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Charlotte) Fisher, of Volant, and Zelda Artz, Arlington, Virginia; three sons, Gail Raymond, Ashtabula, Ohio, C. Irvin, New Castle, and Harry William, Slippery Rock; 19 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Bessie and Jessie Stoughten, Edna Mulvey and Fern Gwin.

During the week ending May 16, 1999, a very community-caring Windsorite, EDWARD BACON, was taken from our midst. At a time such as this, some things need to be said of honorable people, as a rich example for others to follow.

Few people, other than those who were at the receiving end of Edward's helping hands, know how he felt about his neighbors, his work, his Windsor, Vermont, community and others outside of our community.

Ed did receive recognition in the national Gas Engine Magazine a few years back, along with the rest of his family. Many of you know that the old farm cast iron one lunger engines were his joy and he had many and nice ones, too. He had the incredible knack of repairing the 'nonrepairables,' and people knew it. From near and far, came the people for help with their hobbies, one lungers, lawnmowers, golf carts, and just about anything you can think of.

This didn't just begin after his retirement from Miller Construction Company. After working a long day as crane operator for the company, Ed would help someone with a car or snowmobile problem, or any number of things. In the winter, you would find Ed snow-blowing the driveways of his whole street. Ed transported people in need to the doctor or the airport. There was just no end to the numerous times that he has helped some person in this community, even in the last years of his failing health.

Edward was a family man, through and through. He provided well for his family and enjoyed his family, even as he was helping others. Ed Bacon's passing leaves a big void in the community and our old engine hobby. More people should subscribe to his pattern of life for a better world.

Submitted by Wesley J. Hrydziusko, 2130 U.S. Route 5 North, Windsor, Vermont 05089.

The town of Concord lost a prominent citizen when RICHARD NUNWEILER succumbed from injuries resulting from a recent auto accident that occurred within a mile of his home and business in upper New York State.

Dick was a member of the East Concord Volunteer Fire Department and became involved in our hobby some twelve years ago when the department organized their steam and gas show. He had collected several unusual show items and was involved in the acquisition of an antique saw mill for the department which was restored and fully operational at the shows. He was the creator of an annual show directory which gave local businesses the chance to support the show at very reasonable rates. This, plus the raffle he promoted, proved to be very beneficial to the department.

Dick was always on the go, even after being slowed down recently with medical problems. He was a member of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, a charter member of the Knights of St. John, chairman of the Hospice Bouquet Sale, a board member of FTD District 14-A, a fifty-year member of the East Concord Volunteer Fire Department, as well as other organizations.

Dick is survived by Marian, his wife of forty-four years. They operated a floral business in Springville for thirty-three years. He leaves two children and four grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.

Submitted by Mark Ballachino, 172 Cascade Drive, Springville, New York 14141.


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