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Michael C. Fetterolf
March 5, 1857 - October 12, 1932

Henrietta Fetterman Fetterolf
March 6, 1857 - October 17, 1901

Rosetta Helwig Fetterolf
February 17, 1879 - August 26, 1924

Daisy Pearl Fetterolf Ferguson
June 29, 1894 - January 26, 1978

St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Numidia, PA

Henrietta Fetterman and MIchael C. Fetterolf

Henrietta was the youngest daughter and one of nine children born to Mary Ann Berninger and Jonas Fetterman, and she was born in the Village of Numidia, Locust Township, PA. According to the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society, she married Michael C. Fetterolf on February 3, 1881. Michael was the son of Elizabeth and Adam Fetterolf, and he was born in Catawissa Township, Columbia County, PA. Although they were married in 1881, their marriage was not announced until February 7, 1918 in the “Retrospects” column of the Catawissa News Item on February 7, 1918, long after Henrietta’s death.

They made their home in Catawissa where Michael was a farmer, and four daughters were born of this marriage:

  1. Hattie E.;
  2. Susan Estella;
  3. Mary Edna; and
  4. Daisy Pearl.

They were married twenty years at the time of Henrietta’s death, and she was was just 44 years, 7 months, and 11 days old at the time of her passing.

Daisy Pearl Fetterolf Ferguson
Rose, wife of Michael Fetterolf

About 1906, Michael married again to Rosetta Helwig, the daughter of Catharine and David S. Helwig. Rose was born in Locust Township, Columbia County. PA. Of this second marriage, two sons were born:

  1. Gomer; and
  2. Percy.

Michael had retired from farming and was working as a laborer for a fur company, and they were living on North Fourth Street in Catawissa Township. At the time of Rose’s death, she had suffered what was listed as an attack of acute indigestion, but was more likely a heart attack. She had been an active member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and was 45 years, 8 months, and day days old at her demise.

By 1930, Michael had retired and he had continued to live in his home in Catawissa Township with his two sons which by now also included a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. When he died in 1932, he was living with his daughter Stella and her husband Benjamin George. At the time of his passing, he was aged 75 years, 7 months, and 7 days.

Pearl was the youngest daughter of Henrietta Fetterman and Michael C. Fetterolf. In 1920, she was listed in the census as a boarder living in the home of Mary V. Burr, a 79-year-old widow and her family. At this time, Pearl was working as a clerk in the War Department. In 1930, Pearl was living with her husband William Ferguson as guests in the home of Belle I. and Cassimer McDowell, a congressman, in Des Moines City, Iowa. William was listed as being born in England and both his parents being born in Scotland, and William’s occupation was listed as an accountant for the public. This was a second marriage for William. Before her retirement, Pearl worked for the Pentagon and was living in a nursing home in Washington, DC, at the time of her death. Of her husband, nothing else is known, and there were no children born of this marriage.

Headstone documented May 30, 2004.