Ezra Dunmire Family History
By Helen Dunmire Schrecongost
Ezra Dunmire was born March 3,1901 in Nowrytown, PA (Indiana County). The son of William Jackson and Etta Anelie Lindsay. He had two brothers, Lawrence and William (Billie) and three sisters, Bertha May, Lulu Lasinda and Rachael Lavena. Rachael died at 5 weeks of age and May died at the age of 24. Shortly after his birth the family moved to a farm in South Bend Twp. near the village of South Bend, PA. His mother died when he was 13 years old.
Ezra attendeed a one-room grade school located on an adjoining farm about 1/2 mile from his home. The school was the Wherry School and his first teacher was Oscar Wherry from South Bend. He did not attend high school because he was needed to help with the farm work and there was no high school near by, within walking distance. When old enough he joined his brother Lawrence in working at the Apollo Steel Company. I don't know how long he worked there. I do know he returned to the farm.
Ezra married Margaret Catherine Smith, who lived on an neighboring farm, on October 14, 1927. The wedding took place at the Smith family home. Rev. Clifford Bash was the pastor of the St. Jacob Reformed church at that time. They lived at the Dunmire Family home. Ezra and Margaret lived in 3 rooms on one side of the house and father William, Aunt Maggie, Uncle Martin and Billie lived in 3 rooms on the other side.
Ezra and Margaret had three children; Margaret Helen, born November 17, 192'( , James William, born January I, 1930 and David Edward, born December 23, 1947.
Ezra and his sister May attended St. Jacob Reformed (United Church of Christ). I don't know how many of the family attended. My grandmother, Etta must have, because her obituary stated that "funeral services were conducted by her pastor, the Rev. J.I. Lauffer". Lauffer was pastor of St. Jacob's at that time.
During World War II, Ezra worked as a night watchman at the A vonmore Foundry .Margaret worked during the day at Tunnelton as an inspector of large shell casings.I remember she would come home with metal shavings in her fingers even though she wore heavy gloves while working. Ezra continued farming until he was no longer able. His son, David took over the farming. After the war and his watchman job was over, he started driving school bus for Clair Thompson, later Miles Smith took over the buses. (Now Smith Bus Company) He drove school bus for 30 years.
Ezra died in the Indiana Hospital on December 28, 1980. He is buried at the Elders Ridge Cemetery. Margaret died in the Indiana Hospital on October 30, 1994. She is buried at the Elders Ridge Cemetery.