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Rev. and Mrs. James M. Bandeen Family History

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Rev. James M. Bandeen and Florence Elizabeth Stitt Kepple Bandeen were married in Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1901. They moved to Texas later that year. In 1919, they and their two children moved from Texas to Fayetteville, AR. In 1923, they moved to Hindsville, AR, in Madison County, where all four of them lived for the remainder of their lives. They and their two children are buried in the Hindsville Cemetery east of Hindsville, which is located on the farm that was owned by their daughter and their daughter's husband.

Obituary of Florence E. Bandeen, nee Stitt, FKA Kepple.

Transcribed January 1, 2003, by Barbara Bandeen Bennett from a copy of a document in Florence Bandeen's handwriting.


Florence Elizabeth Bandeen was born Jan. 20, 1875, to John France and Anna Coffman Stitt at Laurel Point, Pennsylvania. Her father's people were Scotch Covenanters and Hugenot her mother's people were German Lutheran. Florence was the youngest of 10 children, two of whom died in infancy. Her father's people were builders and makers of fine furniture, skilled in metal work and milling. Her father was supervisor of bridges and trestle work on the Canadian Pacific Railroad from Winipeg to Calgary. He was also bandmaster for about 30 yrs. Her great-great grandfather and his brothers bought land from the Penn heirs, in 1769, on Taylor's Run, a branch of the Allegany River. The Indians were so savage that they had to build a 12 ft. stockade of heavy timbers for protection. (around their houses)

She attended country school and then had 2 yrs at Appollo High School, graduating in the first class in 1894. She taught school for several years and then married James D. Kepple in 1898. He died of appendicitis in less than five weeks after their marriage. In 1899 she entered Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Ind. She took 2 courses art and education. She married James M. Bandeen Jan. 15, 1901. After graduating in Aug. they went to Texas. For the first ten years of their marriage, she taught kindergarten and expression. Then she taught Primary work for 18 yrs. She also taught Home Ec. Florence joined the church at the age of 12 yrs. and was active in church work all her life. She taught Sunday School class for more than 60 yrs. She had great ability as an artist but her school, church work, and family didn't leave her much time for painting.

When she exhibited any of her work she always got at least one blue ribbon. Before her marriage she was often asked to give readings at church gatherings, conventions and at Grange meetings. She gave two readings at the meeting of the National Grange at Harrisburg, Pa. in 1897. She lived a very busy active life, always ready to help where ever needed. She was a good wife and mother and will be long remembered by her family and friends. Two sisters, Margaret, 89, and Augusta, 84, still live. Four brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. Her husband, The Rev. M. Bandeen passed away Oct. 26, 1954. She is survived by 2 children, James France and Mrs. Paul Smith, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren."

There is also a typed document, as follows:

Florence Elizabeth Bandeen was born January 20, 1875, to John France and Anna Coffman Stitt at Laurel Point, Pennsylvania. She died May 10, 1957, at the age of 82.

Florence was the youngest of ten children, two of whom died in infancy.

She graduated from the Appollo High school in 1895 and taught school for several years. In 1899 she entered Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Indiana. She married James M. Bandeen Jan. 15, 1901, just before they graduated.

They immediately moved to Texas and taught school until 1919. Then they moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and taught four years. In 1923 they moved to Hindsville and continued to teach until they retired.

Florence joined the church at the age of 12 and was active in church work all of her life. She taught a Sunday school class for more than 60 years.

Her husband, the Rev. James M. Bandeen, passed away Oct. 26, 1954.

She is survived by two children, France of the home, and Mrs. Paul Smith, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Schall and Mrs. Augusta Lanning of Pennsylvania."


Note (Written by Helen Parker Bandeen): She died Friday evening, May 10, 1957, at City Hospital in Fayetteville. The funeral service was Sunday, May 12 (Mother's Day) at 2 p.m. at the Hindsville Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the Hindsville Cemetery (near Jean's house). The Bandeens moved to Hindsville in July, 1923. They taught in Hindsville until spring of 1929. Mr. Bandeen taught a subscription High School for several years in the early 1930ies - ending spring of 1936."

Editor's Note: Florence Stitt's first husband was named Kepple. His mother's maiden name was Keppel. Also, one source shows that the name Coffman may have been Kaufman or Kauffman. You may find additional information about the Stitts, the Kepples, and Parks Township in PA at the following websites: beersproject/s/stitt.html beersproject/k/kepplew.html beersproject/history/chap19.html

She told many stories of her childhood. One was about her oldest sister, Harriet. Her dresses were fastened by buttons down the back and the girls at school would tease her, pulling on her dress, and it would come unbuttoned. She would have to go behind the outhouse and her sister would button her dress again. Harriet sewed hooks and eyes on her dresses and the next time the girls teased her, the dress didn't come unbuttoned.
She also talked often of her father's untimely death on the railway trestle (he had arthritis, and could not get off the trestle quickly enough to get out of the way of the train), and of her first husband's death. She married David James Kepple (b. 6 Apr 1874, Armstrong, PA) in 1899. He died five weeks later on 3 Apr 1899, in Armstrong, PA, from appendicitis.
She made wonderful, huge molasses cookies, stuffed bell peppers and hot cross buns as well as preserving many vegetables. She also talked about how she would get her two children, Jean and France, ready for church and then she would get ready. While she was getting ready, they would go out to play and get dirty, then she would have to start all over again.
She spent almost the last year of her life in City Hospital, Fayetteville, AR, about 20 miles away from her home. Her son, James F. Bandeen, known as France, visited her almost every night.


Obituary of Rev. James Mitchell Bandeen

Retired Pastor of Hindsville Dies Oct. 26th


Funeral services for the Rev. J. M. Bandeen, 91, retired Presbyterian minister of Hindsville who died Friday, October 26, were held at the Hindsville Presbyterian church Friday afternoon, October 29 at 2:30 o�clock, conducted by the Rev. Tom Wilson, Rev. Den Montgomery and Burr Wiggins. Burial was in the Hindsville cemetery under the direction of the Brashears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were France Bandeen, Paul Smith, P. J. Smith, A. T. Smith, William Smith, and James F. Coger.

Honorary pallbearers were Hubert Proctor, W. O. Bedingfield, Conner Mayfield, Lloyd Linebarger, L. V. Parker, Fred Montgomery, Rue Berry, Dock Perry and Fay Smith.

Rev. J. M. Bandeen was born in Ashland County, Ohio, April 20, 1863, to William and Jean Clark Bandeen, who had recently come from Aberdeen, Scotland. His paternal grandfather, David Bandeen was steward of the estates of Lord Nevin of Aberdeen and married the Honorable Jessie Nevin, daughter of Lord Nevin. When an infant of six weeks he was baptized and his parents dedicated him to the service of the Lord. His parents moved to a Scotch settlement, Scotch Ridge, in Wood County Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He attended Silverwood school and then went to High School in Bowling Green, Ohio. Later he attended normal at Ada, Ohio. While Superintendent of Schools at Woodville, Ohio he was also pastor of a Church in Woodville and also at Lemoyne, Ohio.

He graduated with a B.S. degree at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. There he married Florence E. Keppel, nee Stitt of Vandergrift, Pa., and went to Texas where he was co-principal of Madison Academy at Madisonville. He was also pastor of the Presbyterian church. There he was made an honorary member of the John B. Walker camp and an adopted son of Texas. He also taught at Marquez, Centerville and Wilmer, Texas. He was a member of the Founders Club of S.M.U. and a 30 degree Mason.

In 1919 he came to Fayetteville, where he taught four years.

In 1923 he came to Hindsville, where he was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church , U.S.A. on November 6, 1923. At Hindsville he organized a High School with 18 credits; at the same time he was pastor of the Church at Alabam, and also preached at Hartwell for 18 years. He preached the homecoming sermon at Alabam for 28 consecutive years. He retired in 1942 but still continued his church work until failing health caused him to quit.

He is survived by his wife of the home and two children, Jean (Mrs. Paul Smith) of Hindsville and James F. of the home, six grandchildren, five great grand-children and numerous nieces and nephews. He lived a full life and was always happiest when busy.


From 1951

Bandeens Observe Golden Wedding Anniversary

The Rev. and Mrs. J. M. Bandeen, of Hindsville, observed their Golden Wedding anniversary on Monday, January 15, with open house for their many friends and relatives at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Paul Smith of Hindsville.

Out-of-town guests included two nieces, Mrs. Lester Simmons of Bowling Green, Ohio, and Mrs. Earl Rogers accompanied by her husband, of Kenton, Ohio, and two old friends of the Bandeens in Texas, Mr. And Mrs. J. M. Alexander, now of Seligman, MO.

Many friends and relatives of this area called to pay their respects to the venerable couple, and numerous messages were received from other distant friends and relatives who could not be present.

The table at the Smith home was beautifully decorated with a wedding cake, and a bouquet of yellow roses flanked by golden candles in crystal holders. The beautiful antique tea set that had belonged to Mrs. Bandeen�s mother was used for the tea service.

Mrs. Paul Smith assisted by Mrs. Edgar Linebarger had charge of the tea and coffee service. Mrs. J. F. Coger, a granddaughter, kept the guest book, while Mrs. France Bandeen and Mrs. P. J. Smith served the cake.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Bandeen are graduates of Valpariso University of Indiana. Mr. Bandeen, now a retired teacher and minister, spent 50 years as an instructor in the schoolroom. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister at Hindsville, Nov. 6, 1923.

Mrs. Bandeen has also been a teacher in the primary and home economics departments for some 30 years.

The couple were married at Valpariso on Jan. 15, 1901. From there they went to Texas where they spent several years. They left Texas for Fayetteville where Mr. Bandeen taught four years, then coming to Madison County. They have lived at Hindsville for the past 26 years.

Mr. Bandeen was born and reared at Vandergriff, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Bandeen at Bowling Green, Ohio. He will be 88 years of age next April while Mrs. Bandeen is now 76.

Besides their daughter, Mrs. Paul Smith, they have a son, France Bandeen, also of Hindsville.

The many beautiful flowers and gifts from their many friends and relatives were evidence of the respect and reverence in which the Bandeens are held in this section. Truly theirs has been a long and useful life, both as to their moral character and influence and in community service. Both still take an active part in church and community activities, and Rev. Bandeen still preaches funerals. One annual occasion at which Mr. Bandeen is one of the principal figures is the annual homecoming at Alabam, at which he always preaches the homecoming sermon.

Editor�s Note: Rev. Bandeen was born in Ohio and Mrs. Bandeen was born in Vandergrift, PA. Their daughter�s name was Florence Jean Bandeen Smith. She was born in July of 1903 and passed away at the age of 86. Mrs. J. F. Coger is the Smith�s daughter, Liz. Mrs. P. J. Smith is Louise Smith, wife of Paul James Smith, the Smith�s son. The two ladies from Ohio were the Rev. Bandeen's nieces.


Madison County Record, July 15, 1926

The Hindsville community should be proud of the rapid progress its school has made in the last few years. It is seldom that such opportunities for a complete secondary education is found even in our large cities. All teachers have either University degrees or Normal diplomas. The splendid new school building and the high standards maintained in every department is largely due to the vision, enterprise and generosity of the citizens of the community and the entire faith and confidence they have in Professor and Mrs. J. M. Bandeen.

Hindsville High � The School with the Spirit of Progress

A full four year high school. University trained teachers. Vocational agriculture and Home Economics, Special course for teachers, School Orchestra, School Band, Visual Education.

Handicapped as we have been with poor school buildings and inadequate equipment the fate gave us last year, the rating of a C High School with fourteen units of work. Now, with our splendid teaching force, our modern school building, our library and laboratory and our rooms for Vocational agriculture and Home Economics, we are offering to the youth of Madison County a FULL FOUR YEAR HIGH SCHOOL of decidedly superior advantages. An electric plant will supply power for use in Manual Training and Home Economics. The installation of a moving picture machine will give the students an opportunity to see the very best films that are produced. Films and slides will be regularly used to supplement text book instruction. THE HINDSVILLE SCHOOL WILL SUPPLY EVERY NEED FOR THE EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OF MADISON COUNTY. Write for bulletin to J. M. Bandeen, Supt. (ad)

The above was reprinted in the Madison Co. Musings, Volume XXIII, No. 3, Fall 2004, page 142. The Madison County Musings is published by the Madison Co. Genealogical & Historical Society, Huntsville, AR.


The Hindsville Presbyterian Church

The following inscription is inside the cover of the pulpit Bible in the Presbyterian Church of Hindsville.

"This Bible was presented to the First Presbyterian Church of Vandergrift, PA, when the church was dedicated October 26, 1897, by Mrs. Elizabeth Weylman and some friends of the Kittanning First Presbyterian Church. When the church was redecorated in 1945, the pulpit and the Bible was discarded for a fancier pulpit and Bible. The pulpit was sent to the Presbyterian Church at Hindsville, Ark., and the Bible was put with a pile of hymnals that was to be thrown away or burned. William Keppel, a nephew of Mrs. Weylman, rescued the Bible and took it home. When we were in Vandergrift in September 1948, William gave the Bible to be placed again on the pulpit where it had rested so long.

s/Mrs. J. M. Bandeen"

Editor's Note: I believe I have solved this mystery. Florence Elizabeth Stitt married David James Kepple in 1899. He passed away five weeks later from appendicitis. His mother's maiden name was Keppel. I believe that Mrs. Elizabeth Weylman is the sister of David's mother and that William Keppel was his brother.
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To the County Clerk of Madison County

Report of Birth to County Clerk 102464

Name of Child: Florence Jeane Bandeen

Sex: Girl Race or Color: White

Date of this Birth: July 19, 1903

Place of Birth: No. _______ Street ___________ Madisonville

Legitimate or Otherwise: Legitimate

Foreign or Native Parents:

Nationality of Father: American

Nationality of Mother: American

Name of Father: James M. Bandeen

Name of Mother: Florence Stitt Bandeen Stillborn or Alive: Alive

No. __________

Date July 22, 1903

Reported by: E. Morris, M.D. Accoucheur

Residence: Madisonville

Funeral Program for Florence Jean Bandeen Smith


Date and Place of Birth July 19, 1903 Madisonville, Texas

Date and Place of Death January 8, 1990 Springdale, Arkansas

Place and Time of Services Brashears Funeral Home Chapel Huntsville, Arkansas January 10, 1990 Two o�clock P. M.

Clergyman Rev. Jim L. Durden

Interment Hindsville Cemetery Hindsville, Arkansas


Jim Bill Smith, James M. �Butch� Coger, Jerry Smith, Dwaine Allen Smith, Jim Cannady, P. J. Smith, Jr.

Arrangements by

Brashears Funeral Home

Huntsville, Arkansas

Editor�s Note: Florence Jean Smith was known as �Jean�. She married Ola Paul (Paul) Smith on her 21st birthday. He was divorced. They had four children: Florence Elizabeth (Liz) Smith Coger, Alfred Thomas (A. T.) Smith, William France (Bill) Smith and Paul James (P. J.) Smith. The pallbearers: Jim Bill Smith is the son of Bill and Camelia Smith; Butch Coger is the son of Liz Coger and the late James M. Coger (buried in the Hindsville Cemetery); Jerry Fred Smith (now Runnersmith), P.J. Smith Jr., and Dwaine Allen Smith are the sons of P. J. Smith. The Rev. Jim Durden (now deceased) was the pastor of the Huntsville, AR, Presbyterian Church. The Hindsville Cemetery is behind the home in which Paul and Jean Smith lived.

OBITUARY For Paul James "P. J." Smith
(October 3, 1927 - May 10, 2008)

Paul James "P. J." Smith, 80, of Hindsville, Arkansas, died May 10, 2008 at the Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale, Arkansas. He was born October 3, 1927, at Hindsville, Arkansas, the son of Paul and Florence Jean Bandeen Smith. He had varied careers in life as the owner of a general store, a restaurant, and had been an insurance salesman, livestock dealer and his main love and staple which was farming. As a young man, he also showed moving pictures in a tent at various locations around Madison County. He touched many lives. He was a devout Christian and a veteran of World War Two, serving in the United States Navy.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Janice Sue Smith, his daughter by his first wife, Louise Berry Hendrix of Huntsville.
Survivors include: his wife, Ana Talamantes Smith of the home whom he married on April 27, 1985; three sons and two daughters-in-law, P. J. Smith, Jr. and Lisa Smith of Hindsville, Arkansas, Jerry RunnerSmith and Jean Runnersmith of Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Dwayne Allen Smith of Little Rock, Arkansas; two daughters and one son-in-law, Kymberly and Kerry McAlister of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Vidi Smith of Hindsville, Arkansas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, A. T. and Georgia Mae Smith and Bill and Camelia Smith, all of Hindsville, Arkansas; one sister, Elizabeth Coger of Fayetteville, Arkansas; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P. M. Tuesday, May 13, in the chapel of Brashears Funeral Home with the Reverend Earl Dean Morris officiating. Interment will be in the Hindsville Cemetery under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home of Huntsville, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be: Jim Bill Smith, Paul Smith, III, Donnie Logan, James Sisk, Chad Johnson and Roberto Fernandez. Honorary pallbearers will be: Lyndell Berry, Oscar Monsivais, John Smith, Sam Warren and James Monroe Coger. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P. M. to 8:00 P. M. on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Heifer International, Post Office Box 8058, Little Rock, Arkansas 72703-8058.

Brashears Funeral Home, Inc. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Billie Louise Hendrix (May 4, 1933 - September 22, 2010)
Billie Louise Hendrix, 77, of Huntsville, Arkansas, died September 22, 2010 at her home. She was born May 4, 1933 at Loy, Arkansas, the daughter of Fred Troy and Anna Bolinger Berry. She had retired from the general offices of Wal-mart and was a Presbyterian. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Janice Sue Smith. Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, P. J. Smith, Jr. and Lisa Smith of Hindsville, Arkansas and Jerry and Jean Smith of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; four brothers, Tom Berry of Lynnhaven, Florida, Fred Berry, Jr. of Livingston, Texas, Lyndell Berry of Springdale, Arkansas and Richard Berry of Huntsville, Arkansas; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P. M. Saturday, September 25, at the Alabam Cemetery with The Reverend Leslie Elam officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Brashears Funeral of Huntsville, Arkansas. The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. to 7:00 P. M. on Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral Program for Janice Sue Smith
In Memory of Janice Sue Smith
Date of Birth: January 1, 1950
Date of Death: May 11, 1972
Place and Time of Services
First Presbyterian Church, Hindsville, Arkansas
May 13, 1971, Four o'clock P.M.
Clergyman - Rev. Cecil Garrison
Place of Interment: Hindsville Cemetery, Hindsville, Arkansas
arrangements By
Brashears Funeral Home, Huntsville, Arkansas

"Obituary for James France Bandeen

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Northwest Edition Posted on Thursday, December 2, 2004


James France Bandeen, 99, of Hindsville died Wednesday at Medi-Home of Prairie Grove. He was born July 13, 1905 in Madisonville, Texas to Rev. James M. and Florence Elizabeth Stitt Kepple Bandeen.

He was a farmer, a retired rural letter carrier and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, Hayes-Smith Post 137, American Legion at Huntsville and Disabled American Veterans. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He served as district commander for the American Legion and a member of the Huntsville School Board. He was a volunteer at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Florence Jean Bandeen Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Parker Bandeen of the home; son, James M. Bandeen of Oklahoma City; daughters, Barbara Bennett of San Antonio, Texas, and her husband Ben Bennett, and Mary Watson of Springdale; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Brashears Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Georgia Senor officiating. Burial will be in Hindsville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Bandeen Family Memorial Scholarship at Huntsville High School, P. O. Box 1377, Huntsville, Ark. 72740, Washington Regional Hospice, 34 West Colt Square, Fayetteville, Ark. 72703 or Hindsville Cemetery, c/o A. T. Smith, P. O. Box 102, Hindsville, Ark. 72738. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Brashears Funeral Home in Huntsville.

In Memory Of


Date and Place of Birth

July 13, 1905, Madisonville, Texas

Date and Place of Death

December 1, 2004, Prairie Grove, Arkansas

Place and Time of Services

Brashears Funeral Home Chapel, Huntsville, Arkansas

December 3, 2004, Two o�clock P. M.


Rev. Georgia Senor


Hindsville Cemetery, Hindsville, Arkansas

Military Honors by United States Army

Arrangements By

Brashears Funeral Home, Huntsville, Arkansas

Honorary Pallbearers

Alfred Thomas �A. T.� Smith, William F. �Bill� Smith

Paul James �P. J.� Smith, E. N. �Ben� Bennett

Kent Watson, David C. Hausam II

P. J. Smith, Jr., Jerry F. Smith

Dwaine Allan Smith, Brian Treat

Billy Stafford, Jim Vaughan

Don Witt,Frank Fitch

Ken Henry, Frankie Fitch

Charles Linebarger

Pallbearers listed above the break are relatives; pallbearers listed below the break are long-time friends.


James F. Bandeen served in the Army Air Force. He was inducted on 5 August 1942 and entered into active service on 19 August 1942. At that time, he was 37 years old. His Honorable Discharge of 1 Aug 1945 with the rank of PFC shows that he was single with two dependents and his occupation was Farmer General 3-06.10. His Military Occupational Specialty and No were Airplane Mechanic 747. He qualified as a Sharpshooter Carbine 27 May 1944. He completed the Air Corps Airplane Engine, Glendale, Calif., Mech, 18 weeks. At the time of his induction, his father would have been 79 years old and his mother would have been 67 years old. The family story, told over many years, is that he reported for service in the morning. That afternoon, the bank president, who was also a member of the draft board, visited his parents to tell them that they would not be able to take care of the farm and he would offer to buy it from them. They did not take him up on his offer.

"Inscription in front of Bible belonging to James France Bandeen:

Dear France,

When going on a long journey a reliable guide-book is very helpful. This is the best of which we have any knowledge. The testimony of all who have accepted it as their guide prove it to be a wonderful source of comfort and inspiration. We pray that it shall be your inspiration and the chart and compass of your life.

With love,

" Mother and Dad:

The Bible is black with the words Holy Bible and James France Bandeen imprinted in gold on the front cover. It is well worn.

There is a page dedicating the translation of the Bible. The heading is:

" �To the Most High and Mighty Prince


By the Grace of God,



The translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy and Peace, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD.�
There is no date indicating when the Bible was printed.

James F. Bandeen completed the Madison County E. H. C. Walk for Health in 1985 at Withrow Springs State Park sponsored by First Federal of Arkansas. He completed the walk and received a T-shirt. At age 80, he was the oldest participant.


"The Bandeens

Household Record 1880 United States Census


Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace



Andrew BANDEEN Son S Male W 21 OH Farm Laborer SCOTLAND SCOTLAND





Source Information: Census Place Center, Wood, Ohio Family History Library Film 1255078 NA Film Number T9-1078 Page Number 190B


1920 US Federal Census

Name: James M Banden (James M Bandow) Home in 1920: Prairie, Washington, Arkansa Age: 54 years Birthplace: Ohio Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Father's Birthplace: Scotland Mother's Birthplace: Scotland Marital Status: Married Race: White Sex: Male Home Owned: Own Able to Read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Image: 685 Neighbors: Household Members: Name James M Bandan Age 54 Elizabeth Bandan 46 Florence J Bandan 16 James F Bandan 14

Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930 Arkansas, Madison Co, Prairie township Bandeen (the letters e look like u, James M Head Age 64 Parents both born in Scotland Home owned or rented: R Radio Set: R Does this family live on a farm: No

Bandeen, Florence E (On the listing, the name has been misread as Lawrence) Wife Age 53, parents born PA and MD

On the same page: Smith, Paul Age 28 Owns Home: O Radio Set: No Lives on a farm: Yes Smith, Florence J (Bandeen)Age 26 Smith, Florence E Age 5 Paul James Age 2 Alfred Thomas Age - 0 The Davidsons

Household Record 1880 United States Census

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Robert W. DAVIDSON Self M Male W 28 OH Farmer SCOTLAND IRE

Jessie DAVIDSON Wife M Female W 28 SCOTLAND Keeping House SCOT SCOT

George E. MUIR Other S Male W 13 OH Works On Farm OH OH

Source Information: Census Place Center, Wood, Ohio Family History Library Film 1255078 NA Film Number T9-1078 Page Number 190B


The Fish Residence

Household Record 1880 United States Census

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

John FISH Self M Male W 52 OH Farmer MD OH

Margaret I. FISH Wife M Female W 41 OH Keeping House RI OH

William FISH Son S Male W 12 OH OH OH

Orren FISH Son S Male W 9 OH OH OH

Ella BANDEEN Dau M Female W 19 OH At Home OH OH

Alexander BANDEEN SonL M Male W 24 OH Works On Farm SCOT SCOT

Source Information: Census Place Freedom, Wood, Ohio Family History Library Film 1255078 NA Film Number T9-1078 Page Number 157B

The following is a newspaper clipping about the Rev. Bandeen's brother, William, from February 9, 1945:>

"Sailing Ship to Air Ship is Span of Lifetime Travel

When he was eight weeks old, William Bandeen, well known farmer living east of Bowling Green, crossed the Atlantic from Aberdeen Scotland with his parents in a sailing vessel. The voyage lasted two months. Yesterday,as a prelude to his 91st birthday next Monday, he made his first trip by airplane in a matter of minutes. No small boy anticipating circus day ever watched the weather more anxiously. Suppose it should storm. But for once this winter it didn't. The skies smiled; Mr. Bandeen smiled, every body who knew about the excursion in the clouds smiled as he climbed aboard a privately owned plane in Kenton at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, took off for glory and came down to earth again in Bowling Green at 1:45. Mr. Bandeen has bseen visiting his daughter, Mrs. Earl Rogers, in Kenton for two weeks. Well and alert as ever despite the march of time, one day he voiced a long-cherished desire, "I wish I could go up in an air plane." And so it was arranged, Emerson Porter, of Kenton, acting as pilot. Mr. Bandeen came to Wood County when he was 11, settling with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Bandeen, in a log house which stood just across the road from his present farm home. He has six living children, Mrs. Rogers, Kenton; Mrs. Lester Simmons and Walter Bandeen, of Bowling Green; Franklin, Pioneer, O., and Howard, who lives near Portland, Oregon. Five grandsons and a grandson-in-law, are in the armed service, all but one being overseas. A. J. Bandeen, 136 Clay St., city, is a brother. Another brother, Andrew, 87, died in January. An added incentive for the airplane trip yesterday is the birthday party at Scotch Ridge United Presbyterian Church, an annual celebration at which this intrepid traveler in sailing ship and airship will be the guest of honor. Yesterday he made a thrilled "happy landing and preparations are under way for a "happy birthday" Monday."


"The Stitts

Household Record 1880 United States Census


Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Jno. F. STITT Self M Male W 46 PA Farmer PA PA

Ann E. STITT Wife M Female W 46 MD Keeping House MD MD

Levi J. STITT Son S Male W 18 PA Carpenter PA MD

Thomas STITT Son S Male W 14 PA Works On Farm PA MD

Benton STITT Son S Male W 10 PA PA MD

Anna M. STITT Dau S Female W 16 PA PA MD

Maggie STITT Dau S Female W 12 PA PA MD

Gussie STITT Dau S Female W 8 PA PA MD

Flora STITT Dau S Female W 5 PA PA MD

Source Information: Census Place Parks, Armstrong, Pennsylvania Family History Library Film 1255095 NA Film Number T9-1095 Page Number 20C

1900 US Fedeal Census

Florence E. Kepple

Home in 1900: Center, Porter, Indiana

Age: 25

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1875

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Race: White

Occupation: (Can't read)

Neighbors: (Can't read)

Household Members: At least 70 other people, both men and women, are listed as household members. Since she went to IN to attend college, this was probably a boarding house.


Mrs. Lanning of Parks Twp. Dead at 93

Suffering infirmities of age, Mrs. Edith Lanning, 93, of Parks Township, died at 2:10 a.m. yesterday (Sept. 6 1965) in a Kittanning rest home.

Mrs. Lanning, widow of Charles R. Lanning who died Feb. 12, 1952, had been a resident of the home for nearly a year.

She was born Feb. 21, 1872, in Parks Township, Armstrong County, to John F. and Anna Coffman Stitt.

Mrs. Lanning was a former charter member of Laurel Point Grange, Parks Township.

A resident of the township all her life, she was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Survivors include two sons: Charles E., Youngstown, Ohio, and John M., Vandergrift; four daughters: Mrs. Roy (Myra) Wiggins, Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. Grace Wolford, Vandergrift; Mrs. Paul (Marie) Martin, Shaners Acres, Apollo; and Mrs. John M. (Willavene) Mumaw, Vandergrift: 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and a number of great-great-grandchildren.


From 7 to 10 p.m. today and 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow, the family will receive friends in the Harold B. Heckman Funeral Home, 274 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Service at 1:30 Thursday afternoon will be in charge of the Rev. Sidney E. Kuhn, her pastor, Burial will be in Spring Church Cemetery.

Editor�s Note: Mrs. Lanning was Edith Augusta (Gussie in the 1880 census) Stitt and the sister just older than Florence Elizabeth Stitt.

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Levi Stitt, 94, Parks Twp., Dies After Falling in Home

Levi G. Stitt, 94, of Parks Twp., died last night at 11:35 en route to Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a fall in in home at 8.

Although he was in ill health the past three years, Mr. Stitt remained active.

He was the husband of Lydia Mae Hanna Stitt, who died in 1928.

He was born in Parks Twp., where he lived his entire life on Oct. 28, 1860, a son of John F. and Anna Coffman Stitt.

During the days his father was a wagon marker and maintained a shop in the township, Levi learned mechanics and progressed to become one of the noted mechanical engineers of the country.

He was the last of the five men who broke ground for the building of the Vandergrift mill and at one time was general superintendent of all four plants of American Sheet and Tin Plate Co., in Vandergrift, Saltsburg.

He retired as superintendent in 1907 and became a consulting engineer for the company, a position he held until his retirement in 1930.

Service Monday

He was a member o Vandergrift First Methodist Church and Kiskiminetas Lodge 617, Free and Accepted Masons, Vandergrift.

He leaves two sons: Arthur P., Vandergrift, and Veryl V., at home; a daughter, Mrs. David D. George, Parks Twp.; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and three sisters: Mrs. Margaret Schall, Tarentum; Mrs. Charles Lanning, Parks Twp., and Mrs. Florence Bandeen, Arkansas.

Friends will be received in the Heckman Funeral Home, 274 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, after 7 this evening. A service will be conducted in the funeral home Monday at 2 p.m., by the Rev. Dr. Guy Smelzer, pastor of Vandergrift First Methodist Church. Burial will be made in Apollo Cemetery.

Editor�s Note: Levi G. Stitt was an older brother of Florence Elizabeth Stitt and was shown as age 18 in the 1880 census.


In Loving Memory of Mildred Schall,/center> Born April 27, 1910, Kittanning Twp., PA
Entered Into Rest February 3, 1995, Pinellas Park, FL
Wednesday, February 8, 1995 at 11:00 AM, Welch Funeral Home
Officiating - Rev. James F. Neal
St. Michaels Cemetery, Burrell Twp., PA
Frank M. Long

Frank M. Long, 77, Apollo, R.D 3, died suddenly yesterday in the Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.

He was born in Armstrong County on July 7, 1887, a son of A. Newton and Mary Stitt Long.

He was a member of the Black�s Hollow Church of God, the Spring Church Grange 1803, and was a retired Apollo Area School District teacher, having served there for 37 years. He ended his teaching career in June of 1952.

Survivors include a brother, Roy M.Long, Apollo, R.D. 3, and a number of cousins.

Friends will be received at the Harold B. Heckman Funeral Home, 174 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, from 7 to 10 p.m. today, 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow and services will be held there at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Jenny Townsend, Dime Church of God, in charge. Burial will be in Spring Church Cemetery.

Editor�s Note: Frank M. Long was the son of Anna Mary Stitt, Florence Elizabeth Bandeen�s older sister. His surviving brother, Roy Moore Long, was born 26 Dec 1889 in Armstrong Co., PA, and died 16 Feb. 1971.

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In Loving Memory of Mildred Schall

Born April 27, 1910, Kittanning Twp., PA

Entered Into Rest February 3, 1995, Pinellas Park, FL

Services-Wednesday, February 8, 1995 at 11:00 A.M., Welch Funeral Home

Officiting - Rev. James F. Neal

Interment-St. Michaels Cemetery, Burrell Twp., PA .

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