A Autobiographical Account of the Life of Herbert Hugh and Marguerite BellBefore I write a bit of history of my life I wish to express my appreciation to all those who have given me guidance and companionship as I complete the lessons on square dancing. Chairmen of our sponsors were Russell and Bobbie Gibson, ably assisted by Phil and Joan Conti, and Ed and Terrie Owens. Len Daughtery has been a patient and caring teacher whose instruction has always been helpful. I especially thank Margaret Armstrong who volunteered to be my dance partner and without her I could never have made it through. I have enjoyed the lessons and the good times spent with everyone in the group - we were like one happy family. A review of one's life generally begins with the place of birth. I grew up on a 155 acre farm north of New Wilmington, the sixth in a family of seven. After graduating from high school I worked with my father. Following his death two years later I was bestowed the honor of taking over the operation of the farm, and after my mother's death eight years later became the owner. In June 1939 I married Marguerite Hoagland who had been a school teacher for eleven years. After our two children, Ann and John, were of school age, Marguerite returned to teaching, retiring after twenty five years of service. My wife and I were both active members of Unity Presbyterian Church. I was treasurer for thirty five years, have served forty years as an elder and one year as a deacon. On the farm I built up a dairy herd of fifty cattle. In addition I operated a threshing machine doing custom work throughout the community. Eventually combining equipment became more popular than threshing. Then I invested in the first Forage Harvester in our area, filling about fifty silos each season. In 1969 I sold the farm and retired in New Wilmington. The following year my wife and I joined with eight other family members for a planned trip around the world. We flew to Hawaii visiting all of its five islands. Out next stop was in Tokyo where our son John and his wife Carol were living. John was a navy pilot, flying mail and cargo during the Vietnam War onto a carrier stationed off the coast of that country. Taking some time off from his military duties, John rented an air force van and took us on a tour of Japan. One of our thrills also was to ride the bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka where a world's fair was being held. Our daughter Ann spent three years as a mission teacher in an international school in Tehran in the country of Iran, then governed by the Shah. During our visit she rented a school bus which enabled us to travel through some of the countryside as well as to visit two other cities. our world tour included altogether nine countries in Asia and in Europe. Four years later my wife and I enjoyed a Princess tour to Alaska. Besides the island cruise by ship we also traveled by plane, bus and train, enjoying the mountains, the glaciers and the cities. After our marriage we had driven across the United State to California, and at another time we had gone by train to Seattle to attend a national church event. My wife passed away December 1984. We had enjoyed a happy and wonderful life together. Soon after her death I was invited to join the Wellness Center, operated by the Area Agency on Aging. I became regular in attendance five days a week from ten to twelve having a good nutritious noon meal, and on two mornings we gathered for breakfast. About two years ago our director, Luanne Neff, changed the Monday daytime schedule to evening which has resulted in as many as 100 or more people from the area taking advantage of a good meal and interesting programs. We enjoy a variety of activities at the Center such as card games, scrabble, bocci, round dancing and square dancing. That explains how I became inspired to take Western square dance lessons. At the center I try to be helpful when equipment needs repaired, moved or even constructed. By joining the Center and participating in its activities I have experienced quite a boost to my life style.
New Wilmington, PA
Herbert Hugh Bell, 2072 Mercer-New Wilmington Road, Wilmington Township, died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday (11-14-95) in the hospital of Jameson Health System, New Castle. He was 89. Mr. Bell was born Sept. 10, 1906 in Lackawannock Township to James Hugh and Ella Junkin Bell. He was a graduate on New Wilmington High School. A retired farmer, he was the third generation on the family farm pioneered by his grandfather William S. Bell in 1854. Mr. Bell was a member of Senior Center, New Wilmington, and participated in Senior Olympics statewide, winning several gold and silver medals. He was a member of Unity Presbyterian Church, Lackawannock Township, where he served as treasurer for 35 years and was a deacon for one year and an elder for 40 years. He was a member of American Association of Retired Persons. His wife Marguerite L. Hoagland, whom he married June 7, 1939, died December 18, 1984. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ozhang (Ann) Karimi, Lancaster, Pa.; a son, John Hugh Bell, Denver; a sister, Mrs. W. Boyd (Alice) Barrett, New Wilmington; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Rebecca Reno and Mary Osborne White, and three brothers, Arthur J. Bell, J. Ellis Bell and W. Wendell Bell. Memorial contributions may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer-New Wilmington Road, Mercer 16137, or Shenango Presbyterian Home, South Market Street, New Wilmington 16142.
The William Bell Family Tree is a collection of information gathered by
Eric & Liz Davis,
Mary Eleanor Bell,
and Alice Erma Bell.
This HTML version was iniated in 1998 by Eric and Elizabeth Fisher-Davis.
Tree outline of Bell Generations