John S Albright obituary pt 2 - 31 May 1961, Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA
"DAD" ALBRIGHT, NEWSPAPERMAN 58 YEARS, DIES Continued from Page One 1941, when consolidation terminated its publication. For the past 20 years he had been courthouse reporter for several district newspapers. He also was an alderman in Unionlown. He was born Dec. 26, 1883, in Everson, a son of the late John S. and Carrie Collier Albright. Albright was graduated in 1903 from Uniontown High School, where he acquired the nickname, "Dad," that clung to him throughout his varied career in journalism. After his graduation he worked for the Genius for three years, then spent a year as a teacher in South Union Township schools before returning to the paper. Shortly afterwards he followed John O'Donncll, who had been editor of the Genius, to the Morning Herald of Uniontown, where he was employed for eight years before returning to the Genius. He remained with that paper until it and the Daily News Standard were consolidated in 1941 as the Evening Standard. In the early 1940's he served as court reporter and sports editor for the new paper, but was best known for his work as courthouse reporter. Among his top stories were the capture of B. Frank Smith, Georges Township killer; the homecoming of Company D of the 110th Regiment from France after World War One; the Polecat Mine flood at Evans Manor; a deathbed interview with coal baron J. V. Thompson; Bill Wambsganss' unassisted t r i p le play in a World Series game, the executions of Frank Wells, last man to be hanged in Fayettc County, and Nick Mondolo, first Fayette County person to be electrocuted at Hockview. His story of the hanging of John Harris was read before the State Senate at the hearings which resulted in substitution of electrocution for hanging. Photographs he took of Frank Monoaghan, being held for an attack on County Detective John Wall, were used in the court trial that followed Monaghan's death In the courthouse. He was a member of the Lc- land Bible Class of Christ Methodist Church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Alberta Crawford; a son, John S. Jr., a member of the Lafayette Junior High School faculty, Uniontown, and head of the Uniontown Recreation Commission; a grandson and a great-granddaughter. The body Is at the Ferguson funeral home, Uniontown. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Dr. Earl P. Confer and the Rev. J. C. Reynolds of Eighty Four officiating. Interment will be in Lafayette Memorial Park.