This gleaming smile belonged to Emma Eagler at the end of her studies at the Irvona-Coalport High School.
Emma was born on June 25th, 1909, in Irvona, Clearfield, Pa. Her parents Joseph Eagler and Lavina “Vinnie” née McGarvey had 6 children (Dora, Byrd, Earl, Luetta, Emma and Francis), Emma was the second youngest. Father Joseph was a teamster (mule driver). In 1910, the family was living in Irvona. The children lost their mother Lavina in April 1918 to pneumonia, Emma was just 8 years old at the time, and her youngest sibling Francis a newborn. In the Census of 1920, father Joseph and the 6 children were living in Irvona. By 1930, their father had re-married.
After Emma graduated from high school, she worked as a clerk with an insurance company. By 1930, she had moved out of home and was lodging with the Allweins in Lancaster.
Emma married Abram Longenecker Markley in 1933. Abram came from a long-line of meat butchers, and Emma joined her husband in the family businesses at the Markley’s Meat Market in Lexington and at the Lancaster Central Market. In 1940, Emma was living at 369 North Broad Str. in Lancaster with her husband and their daughter. This might have been their house.
Emma and Abram’s daughter Patricia “Pat” Ann was born in 1938. She later married Thomas McGovern. According to Patricia’s obituary from 2015 (which I’ve found on FindAGrave.com), she had a long career as a nurse and she also helped out at her parents’ meat businesses in Lexington and Lancaster.
Emma was widowed in 1992, and 7 months later on April 27th, 1993, Emma passed away in Lititz in Lancaster. Her obituary was published in Lancaster New Era on April 28, 1993: