Originally, this was going to be a “Hump Day Humor” post because this article was so absurd it made me laugh. But… as I starting looking for more information about this father, daughter, and other family members, it seemed they didn’t need a laugh, they needed Alcoholics Anonymous and Anger Management Classes.
DAUGHTER AND FATHER FINED, DRUNK CHARGE
William Rowe and Elsie Rowe, Of Dry Run, Have Suit In City Court Today
Father and daughter supplied the sensation in city court this morning when William Rowe and his 20 year-old daughter, Elsie of Dry Run were arraigned before Justice Richard Duffeffy on the charge of being drunk and disorderly.
The two were found guilty and fined $10 and costs each. The father went to jail while the girl’s fine was paid by a younger brother due to the fact that the girl is the unwedded mother of two small children.
The pair were arrested by Deputy Sheriff Charles E. Cushwa Sunday afternoon after Mrs. Mary Host and Harold Mills had telephoned headquarters that Elsie and her father threatened them with a shotgun. Mrs. Host said she had called at the Rowe home for her husband.
Daily Mail (Hagerstown, Maryland) Aug 1, 1927
News From Neighboring Counties
BLAME PAIR FOR FATAL STONING
Hagerstown — George William Rowe, 50, farmer residing in the Dry Run district near Clearspring, was stoned to death early Tuesday night, allegedly by his niece, Elsie Rowe, 25, and nephew, George Rowe, 15, following an argument.
The young pair was arrested Tuesday night about 9 o’clock at their home by Deputy Sheriff Emmert Daley, and after questioning, are reported to have admitted the fatal attack.
Gettysburg Times – Jun 1, 1933
Two Released After Probe Of Death Of George Rowe
Jury Unable to Determine Cause of Death of Dry Run Man — Inquest Held at Clearspring
That George Rowe, 45, came to his death from unknown causes during a fight with his niece, Elsie Rowe, 25, in the Dry Run section the evening of May 20, was the verdict of a coroner’s jury investigating the death at Clearspring yesterday afternoon. George T. Prather was foreman of the jury of inquest presided over by Magistrate Charles Kreigh, acting coroner.
Elsie Rowe and her brother, George Rowe, 15, arrested the night of the fatal mishap by Deputy Emmert Daley, were ordered released. Further action, if any, will be taken by the November grand jury when facts in the case will be presented to them.
Dr. Ralph Stauffer and Dr. D.A. Watkins, physicians who performed an autopsy over Rowe’s body, testified that Rowe suffered no fractures or other injuries in the fight which could have caused death. The only fracture found by the physicians was a broken shoulder.
John Irvin testified that he saw the youth and young woman chase Rowe from their home, stoning him as they gave pursuit. He also said he saw them in a clinch before the elder Rowe fell to the road. Another witness said he saw the woman drag Rowe to the side of the road.
Rowe, who had been living on the Clyde Ankeney farm, visited the younger Rowes in the early afternoon of May 30. They consumed liquor during the afternoon, the woman said, and about 7 o’clock they engaged in an argument which subsequently led to the alleged fight.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Jun 2, 1933
Man Held In Shooting Of His Nephew
Thirty-two year old George William Rowe of Clear Spring Route One was charged with assault yesterday after his nephew, Charles Wilbur Rowe, 27, was shot early Saturday morning.
State Trooper Richard Myers said George is accused of firing a shotgun at Charles at the height of a family argument.
Charles’ left arm was badly injured by the blast and a number of pellets lodged in the forearm.
The shooting took place at Charles’ grandfather’s house at Fairview in the Clear Spring section.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Jan 29, 1951
CITY, AREA OBITUARIES
George William Rowe
CLEAR SPRING, Md. –
George William (Short) Rowe, 56, of Rt. 2, Clear Spring, died suddenly Friday morning at his home.
He was a life resident of Clear Spring district, a son of the late Anna Mae Smith and William Rowe.
He was a retired employe of the Mummert Canning Factory of Big Pool, Md. He was a veteran of World War II.
He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Elsie Sites of Stewartstown, Pa.
Arrangements will be announced later by the Thompson Funeral Home in Clear Spring.
Daily Mail (Hagerstown, Maryland) Jul 20, 1974
ITEMS OF INTEREST IN COUNTY TOWNS
DRY RUN LETTER.
Mr. Denton Faith and Mr. William Rowe put out a large potato patch on Mr. Samuel Rowe’s farm.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Jul 13, 1917
DRY RUN LETTER
Dry Run, Feb. 20
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Rowe were callers with Mr. William Rowe and family Sunday.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Feb 26, 1930
William K. Rowe
William Kreigh Rowe, Clear Spring Route One, died at the Washington County Hospital yesterday afternoon after an illness of one day, aged 71 years.
He was born in Dry Run, the son of late Samuel T. and Catherine Dickerhoff Rowe.
He spent his entire life at farming. In his later years he had a small orchard.
He is survived by daughters, Mrs. Elsie Sites, Four Corners, Md.; Mrs. Lucy Atherton, Mercersburg Route 5; sons, George W., Clear Spring Route One; John F., Hagerstown; sisters, Mrs. Jane Wempe and Mrs. Mary Hoover, Hagerstown, and Mrs. Lucy Holderman, Harrisburg; also five grandchildren.
The body was removed to the Suter Funeral Home. Funeral announcements later.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Feb 14, 1951
Rain-Slick Fairview Brings Death To Five
[Excerpt]…a woman was killed in Clear Spring Saturday night when she ran into the path of a car….
The sixth victim was Mrs. Lucinda Vonorsdale, 51, of Main St., Clear Spring, who was killed when she ran into the path of a car Saturday night….
Mrs. Vonorsdale was born at Dry Run, Md., a daughter of the late William Rowe. She had been a lifetime resident of the Clear Spring area and a member of the Clear Spring Church of God.
She leaves sisters, Mrs. Elsie Sites, of Hagerstown, Mrs. Edna Reigel of Clear Spring; brothers, Frank Rowe of Hagerstown and George Rowe of Big Pool.
The Body was taken to the Thompson Funeral Home in Clear Spring. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Sep 13, 1965
John F. Rowe Sr.
John F. Rowe Sr., 64, of 440 Salem Ave., died Wednesday afternoon at the Washington County Hospital. He was born in Clear Spring, the son of William and Anna May Smith Rowe. He had been employed as a painter for the Jamison Cold Storage Door Co. for 35 years.
His is survived by his wife, Sarah May Long Rowe; daughters, Mrs. Mary F. Jorden of Waynesboro, Mrs. Anna M. Garlock of Leitersburg, Mrs. Nancy L. Eichelberger of Shepherdstown and Miss Linda L. Rowe of Waynesboro; sons, John F. Jr. and Jeffrey L. both at home; sister, Mrs. Elsie Sites of Stewardstown, Pa; brother, George W. Rowe of Big Spring; 8 grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Rouzer-Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael L. Jones and the Rev. Daniel J. Barnhart will officiate; burial will be in the Cedar Lawn Memorial Garden.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 7 to 9.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Jun 7, 1974
Samuel T. Rowe
Samuel T. Rowe died at his home at Dry Run at 5:30 o’clock yesterday morning of heart disease at the age of 80 years.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, George and William, both of near Clearspring; daughters, Mrs. Harry Hoover, Wilsons; Mrs. A.G. Haldeman, Harrisburg and Mrs. E.H. Wempe, this city; 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Funeral on Saturday leaving the home at 1:30 o’clock with services in the Lutheran Church at Fairview at 2 o’clock by Rev. W.C. Huddle; interment in cemetery adjoining.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Aug 12, 1932
Mrs. Gettie Rowe
Mrs. Gettie Ruth Rowe died Friday evening at 6:45 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B.H. Wempe, 615 Salem avenue, aged 85 years.
She was a member of the Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church at Fairview.
Surviving are: Daughters, Mrs. B.H. Wempe, Mrs. H.D. Hoover, Western Pike; Mrs. A.H. Haldeman, Harrisburg, Pa.; son, William Rowe, Clearspring; brothers, James Dickerhoff, Kansas and Simon Dickerhoff, this city. Twenty-five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive.
The body may be viewed at the Kraiss mortuary.
The funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Mt. Tabor Church. Service by Rev. Luther L. Hare. Interment in cemetery adjoining.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Oct 15, 1937
Woman Hurts Wrist In Fall Off Ladder
Sarah Jane Wempe, 600 block Salem Avenue, fell off a ladder yesterday while washing windows and fractured her right wrist. She was treated at Washington County Hospital and discharged.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) Dec 15, 1950
Mrs. Sarah Jane Wempe
Mrs. Sarah Jane Wempe, 80, of 388 Key Circle, died at Washington County Hospital Tuesday after a four-day illness.
Born at Dry Run, she was the daughter of Samuel and Gettie R. (Dickerhoff) Rowe. She had spent her entire life in this area.
Mrs. Wempt was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Surviving are a daughter, Miss Margaret A., at home; son, Joseph F., Hagerstown; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Requiem mass will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s.
Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland) May 5, 1965