Posts Tagged ‘Longwell/Coyle’

James Calvin Longwell

January 28, 2009

The following notice appeared in The Lewistown Gazette, on August 26, 1885:

A dispatch from Scotdale, Westmoreland County [Pennsylvania], announces the death of James C. Longwell, a well -known traveling printer. He arrived in Scotdale a few days go and obtained employment in the office of the Tribune. He slept in the offfice and took his meals at restaurante. On Thursday morning he was found dead where he laid down to sleep. An autopsy revealed the fact that death resulted from cngestion of the lungs. The deceased was born at Milroy, Mifflin County, and was about 47 years of age. He learned the printing trade about thirty years ago under Mr. A.J. Greer, foreman of the Morning Tribune, of Altoona, when the latter was conducting the Juniata Sentinel at Mifflin. He served in the late war as a member of the Eleventh Pennsylvania regiment. After the war he wandered over the country, working at his trade wherever he chanced to stricke a job, but never remaining long in one place. He was an excellent compositor, and a jovial, good natured fellow, who was not concerned about the flucuations in trade, or whether he had a dime or a dollar in his pocket. He was a frequent visitor at Altoona, and worked in nearly all the offices in the city. His disease and death was no doubt the result of exposure. His remains were taken in charge by the Grand Army post at Scotdale, and were interred Saturday at Stonerville Peace to his ashes.


James B. Thompson

August 29, 2008

In 1860, James Thompson was 17, living with his mother Hannah and siblings in Perryville, Juniata County, Pennsylvania. He and his older brother John were coachmakers. Hannah had $700 in real property, and $800 in personal property.

After the war, Thompson married Mary Patterson Stuart, called Pattie in the 1870 census. Their daughter Blance was born in 1866. In 1870, Thompson lived in Perrysville, Pennsylvania, and worked still as a carriage maker, with no real property and $130 in personal property. His wife is listed as a widow in the 1880 census.

Frank A. Hutton

August 29, 2008

In 1860, Frank Hutton was 17, and lived with his family in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the 110th Pennsylvania Infantry in December 1861. The 110th moved into the Shenandoah Valley, and was attacked by Stonewall Jackson on March 23, 1862 at Winchester, Virginia, suffering heavy losses. The 110th moved over to Fredericksburg in May, and had another encounter with Jackson the next month at Port Republic. Hutton was discharged on June 12, 1862. He enlisted in Stewarts Infantry Regiment on July 16, 1864. Hutton was discharged on November 14, 1864. He finally joined the 56th Infantry on April 13, 1865, and took part in the events leading up to Lee’s surrender. Hutton was promoted to corporal in May, and mustered out in June 1865.

After the war, he married Florence Longwell, and had two daughters. They were in Grundy, Missouri in 1870 — along with Florence’s father James Longwell — and in 1880 the Guadalupe Valley, Texas. Hutton died there in 1886, at the age of 42.

Omer Osmer

July 17, 2008

Osmer enlisted in the 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry on September 21, 1862. He mustered out on September 30. The 23rd spent that period guarding the Potomac crossings downriver from the recent battle of Antietam.

After the war, Osmer married Grace Longwell, moving to Grundy Missouri sometime before the 1870 census. He is listed as a farmer, and comes next on the page after Grace’s father James Longwell, who was living with her sister Florence Hutton and her family. Later in the 70s, he returned to Pennsylvania, and worked as a lawyer.