William Edward Gunsalus


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William Edward Gunsalus 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 31 Jan 1881, Boalsburg, Centre, PA, USA 2 4
  • Marriage (1): Rose May Stiver on 21 Dec 1903 in Altoona, Blair, PA 1 2
  • Died: 2 Dec 1956, Altoona, Blair, PA at age 75 2 4
  • Buried: 5 Dec 1956, Altoona: Rose Hill Cemetery, Blair, PA 2 4

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Residence: 614 E. Franklin Ave., Altoona, PA on 24 Jun 1937 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 3

2. He appeared on the census in 1940 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 6 The 1940 census recorded owning a $2200 home at 616 E. Caroline Avenue: William Gunsalus, freight brakeman at steam railroad shops, 59, living with wife Rose, 54; daughter Hazel Beecher, 29; and son-in-law Emery Beecher, machinist at steam railroad shops, 32. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. They lived at the same place in 1935.

3. Obituary: Altoona Tribune: obituary of William Gunsalus on 3 Dec 1956 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 2 William Gunsalus
Of 616 East Caroline Ave., died at his home 9:15 A. M. Sunday. He was born at Boalsburg, Pa., Jan. 31, 1881 the son of Robert and Clara (Smith) Gunsalus. He was married to Rose Stiver, Dec. 21, 1903, in Altoona.
He leaves a wife, four daughters and one son; Mrs. Cora Thomas, Duquesne, Pa.; Mrs. Clara Pensyl of Cleveland and Mrs. Catherine Easkins and Mrs. Hazel Beecher, both of Altoona; Elwood of Baltimore; six sisters and five brothers, Mrs. Cecilia Ross, and Mrs. Mary Forsht, both of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. William Dahl of Sinking Valley; Mrs. Amelia Fletcher, of Mill Creek, Pa.; Miles and George H., of Altoona; Mrs. Edith Lane of Brownsville, N. J.; Louis R. Charles; of Altoona; Mrs. Catherine Rowan, of Altoona, Robert of Lake Helen, Fla., and ten grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He was a member of the Salem Reformed church, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and the PRR retired men's association. He was employed as a brakeman on the PRR, and retired Dec. 1, 1947 after 48 years of service.
Friends will be received at the Books Funeral home after 7 P.M. Monday.

William married Rose May Stiver on 21 Dec 1903 in Altoona, Blair, PA.1 2 (Rose May Stiver was born on 10 Mar 1886 in Spruce Creek, Huntingdon, PA, USA,7 died on 26 Jan 1971 in Altoona, Blair, PA 7 and was buried in Altoona: Rose Hill Cemetery, Blair, PA 7.)


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VF3C-B2Q William E. Gunsalus and Rosie M. Stiver.

2 Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania.), 3 Dec 1956, page 6. Oibutary of William Gunsalus.

3 Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania.), 14 Jul 1937, page 4. Beecher-Gunsalus.

4 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=126385739.

5 Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA) (Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania), 21 Sep 1995, obituary of Hazel G. Beecher.

6 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQ8H-JCV William Gunsalus, Ward 10, Altoona, Altoona City, Blair, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 7-44, sheet 7A, line 7, family 115.

7 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=126385833.

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