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Transcribed from the Clearfield Progress, November 21, 1932
Albert Y. Straw Dies After Two-Year Illness;
Hold Funeral Tuesday.
Albert Y. Straw, known throughout Clearfield County for years
as a jury commissioner and leading citizen, died at his home
on Reed street Saturday afternoon, November 19th, after a
lingering illness of two years. He was 73 years old, a native
of the County, and prominent during his long and active
The following biographical sketch is presented through the
courtesy of Editor John F. Short of the Clearfield Republican.
Albert Young Straw, eldest son of the late John T. Straw, a
former County Commissioner, was born in Ferguson Township,
August 14, 1859. He was educated in the public schools, several
normal schools at Curwensville and New Washington and was
licensed to teach when he was 17 years of age. He taught
several years and later conducted a mercantile business at
Kerrmoor, still later was connected with the Clearfield Public
Spirit as local editor; served three terms as jury commissioner;
one term as justice of the peace, and various township and borough
offices during his active, busy life. His last activity was
operating a dairy farm in the Bailey Settlement, Pike Township,
when his health failed and the family moved to Clearfield.
On February 9, 1882, Albert Y. Straw and Margaret Bailey, daughter
of the late Abram and Nancy Caldwell Bailey, Pike Township, were
united in wedlock. Their union was blessed with the following
children; Maud, married to George E. Punchois; Annie, married
to Edward G. Brown; Grace, married to Ralph T. Hess, (died 1917);
Earl, (died 1901), Ruth married, W.S. Callahan; John D.; Abram B.
(died 1916); Winifred married S. Clifton Leech; Samuel L.;
Albert Y., and Walter. A.Y. Straw was a good citizen, husband
and father. He was above the average intellectually and was
abreast with all pertinent issues of the day and generation.
His last work was compiling a history of the Straw family, their
descendants and connections, at which he was engaged when illness
forced him to take his bed. It is a thorough, well written and
carefully prepared genealogy and family record of many of the
pioneer families of the county. The first issue was completed
last February and is highly prized by members of the families.
Albert Y. Straw was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church, as
were all his forebearers on his father's side. He was active
in Democratic politics. Funeral services will be held from the
family residence Tuesday afternoon. Rev. G. W. Hatch of Bells
Landing conducting the services. Interment in Centre Cemetery.
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