Saturday, November 27, 2010



Today is my lucky day.  While pondering my Olive Bowser for a few months I had to recheck my thought and came up an idea (really I should have thought this before)  that perhaps, just maybe,  there had been an Obit in Salem, Ohio, where she had died.

The reference librarian at  SALEM PUBLIC LIBRARY was able to find Olives Obit.


Mrs.  Oswalt Rauhut

Mrs Olive Rauhut, 49, wife of Oswalt Rauhut died at 5:30 PM  Monday at her home, 115 East Pershing Ave.  She had been ill of heart trouble only 18 hours.

Mrs Rauhut, daughter of  the late Mr and Mrs Jacob Bowser, was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, and spent most of her life in Pittsburgh.  Two years ago she and her husband came to Salem to make their home.

Surviving are the husband, one son James, at home; two daughters, Mrs Irene Scheuring, north of Salem, and Mrs Mary Sperl of Millvale,PA and several brothers and sisters.

The Funeral service will be at 2 PM, Thursday at the home on Pershing Ave, in charge of Rev H L Miller, burial in Grandview Cemetery.


I find it odd that her son James was not listed with his last name of Stephens.   But, by the wording of the obit it seems that her brothers and sisters are still alive.

I feel another trip to the Armstrong County Genealogical Society will be upcoming in the spring.


  1. Congratulations! When I find a death certificate, obituaries are the very next thing I look for. The info is not always accurate but an obit can give you a lead about where to search and the names to search for. I hope you find more info when you go to the Armstrong CGS.

  2. That is an excellent idea Nancy. Some of the old obits I have were very small. Today some of them read like a novel.

    I just wish the Armstrong CGS was not closed from November to April. That is a long time to wait when you find some new information.

  3. Happy hunting, you never know what is just around the corner. Hugs, Mary