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This 8.5"x11" original photo was handed down from my great grandmother. The story from my grandmother (now deceased) was that it was a photo of her uncle's funeral. He was a pilot who had his own plane, a rare thing in those days, and died in a plane crash. It was said the whole town came out for the double funeral, and it looks like there were over 100 attendees. We do not know who his friend and/or co-pilot who also died in the crash was. This would have been most likely Smith Mill or Janesville, but possibly Ramey, Madara, Coalport, Houtzdale, or maybe some other town in that immediate area, and would have been around the mid-20's. He was in the 1920 census but not the 1930.
I'd like to find a newspaper article and obituary for this event, as I'm sure there would have been quite a report that may have a good bit of family information. I'm not sure if I need to find the death certificate first, or a tombstone (possibly buried at Brisbin IOOF Cemetery), or maybe I can find someone who knows the death date. Researching Pennsylvania seems quite difficult from a distance.
We also have shrapnel from the plane, a small plate from the plane that says "US ARMY" and has the serial number, and some burnt scraps of his shirt, all from the wreckage. It was all kept, along with some roses from the funeral, pressed between the pages of a children's book, which I noticed was copyright 1923, so that's most likely when it was, certainly not before, but possibly shortly after. We also have a few photos of him as well. His name I discovered was RAYMOND F. DORE, son of HENRY DORE and VADA CURRY, through census records and his WW1 draft card. I believe he was a pilot in the army as well, from the photos and that's likely where he learned to fly.
If anyone knows anything, recognizes anyone, or has an idea as to how to best go about finding out some info, please let me know. Also if someone can better pinpoint the date from clothing styles, that would be helpful as well.
Family Members who are probably in this photo:
parents HENRY DORE and VADA CURRY DORE, their other children (adults) BERYL DORE GIFT, ALFARETTA DORE BARROW, BERNICE DORE LINDGREN, LASCA DORE HAYES, ALLEN J. DORE, MILDRED DORE BEAHAN/ESTRADA, and JOHN HENRY DORE. I can only recognize JOHN C. GIFT and his son.