Memorial in the Woods
Donegal Township, Westmoreland County

To find it go to Jones Mill, on RT 31 go 4 1/2 miles from Rt 711 intersection, to top of long hill. Turn right onto Fire Tower Rd. at Laurel Ridge State Park sign. Go 1 mile and turn right. Continue past the Ferguson - Nedrow Cemetery. Continue about1 mile to monument on right about 100 feet off road. This is a rough dirt Forbs State Forest road Monument is four sided and pointed, about 4 feet high, and on a base. It reads

GPS Location
40 03.45 N
079 17.78 W

Catherine SAYLOR
Killed Jan. 9, 1896

No other writing. I was told it is thought these children were killed in a sledding accident

From the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society:

Jan 19, 1896 a sled full of people left Brethren Church held in Nedrow School: a tree fell on them.
Daniel A. Sheets killed instantly; he was the driver.
Katie Saylor daughter of Uriah 15 yrs. died 5 days later.
Curtis Baker s/o Henry died 7 days later.
Also in the sled were: Samuel & wife Neiderhiser, Annie Miller, Joseph Singo's two sons; 2 children of Daniel Sheets.
Nedrow School in Donegal Twp: Folks in sled lived Somerset Co.
Minister at church: Frederick Murray.

A monument is located near where Nedrow School Set with date of accident and three killed on it.

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