The Rochester Sentinel



1908 - 1910










Wendell C. Tombaugh












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Rochester, Indiana 46975-1538

















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The Rochester Sentinel





Wednesday, January 1, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. Peter BIDDINGER were at Leiters today attending the funeral of Mrs. JOHNSON.


      John B[ooth] DAVIS died at the home of his son, Charles [DAVIS], in Henry township Tuesday evening. About five years ago Mr. Davis suffered a severe attack of LaGrippe from which he never recovered.

      John Booth Davis was born in the State of Delaware on the first day of June, 1825, he was of Welch and English descent, his ancestors being among the very early settlers of Maryland. He was the youngest of a family of seven children and the last of his family. When quite a young man he came West to Indiana with his older brother, Absolam [DAVIS]. When he grew to manhood he settled in Ohio. In 1849 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth GRAHAM of Mt. Sterling, Ohio to this union four children were born. William H. [DAVIS] and Charles M. DAVIS, Mrs. James CURTIS and Mrs. R. C. WALLACE. Mr. Davis with his family moved to Indiana in 1865 locating in Fulton county where they continued to reside.

      In 1870 Mrs. Davis passed into the higher life, leaving the father to sustain the home for his four children, being strong physically he followed his occupation of farming, until five years ago when the first real illness he ever had completely wrecked his splendid health. Mr. Davis was exceedingly temperate in all things, cheerful dispostion, always genial and companionable and a favorite in the community.

      Funeral services will be held at Akron in the Methodist church where he has so long held membership. His pastor Rev. L. W. HILL will officiate, the body will be laid to rest by the side of his wife in the Citizens cemetery at Akron.


Thursday, January 2, 1908


      Ol BORDEN and wife and Mrs. Eva UMBAUGH attended the funeral of Mrs. Ora BORDEN near Peru last Sunday. (Tiosa item)


      Thurl CAMPBELL, son of James and Amanda CAMPBELL, died December 10, aged 5 months. (Leiters item)


      Miss Jeanette CAMPBELL came home from Chicago Tuesday to attend her brother’s funeral. (Leiters item)




Friday, January 3, 1908


      The six months old child of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. O. BALDWIN, north of town, died Thursday. The funeral was held at the residence, this afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. A. L. NEWMAN having charge of the services. Interment was made in Nichols cemetery.


      Council Bluffs, Iowa:-  Mrs. Elitha L. BEVERLY, 109 Union street died of cancerous affection of the liver at her home yesterday, at the age of 79 years. She had been a resident of Council Bluffs seventeen years. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Sarah M. B. MILLARD; three brothers, Charles L. [RICHTER] and Mark RICHTER, of Rochester, Indiana, and two sisters, Mrs. Homer CREED and Mrs. M. E. THOMPSON, both of Chicago. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 1 o’clock Sunday morning. Interment will be in Walnut  Hill cemetery.


Saturday, January 4, 1908


      A telegram to Dr. J. L. BABCOCK this morning, states that W. H. KNISELY of Columbia City died Friday afternoon at 1:45 o’clock. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at two o’clock. This intelligence is received here with much regret as Mr. Knisely has many warm friends in this city who will be very much grieved to learn of his death.


Monday, January 6, 1908


      Clarence [GREGORY], the four years old son of Mrs. GREGORY, who lives west of town, died Saturday of croup. The funeral was held this morning at 11 o’clock and interment made in Shaffer cemetery.


      A surprising death occurred near Leiters Sunday afternoon. Mr. & Mrs. Irvin WALTERS, who lived with Irvin’s father, Robert WALTERS, had helped to entertain a party of friends at Sunday dinner. After the dinner had been served and the party was enjoying a general visit Mrs. Walters went up stairs and was found there about 3 o’clock lying on the bed in a stupor that resulted in death an hour later.

      Drs. SLONAKER and OVERMYER were called and found the patient in a stupor similar to that produced by numerous sleep producing drugs. They tried to relieve her by emetics but she slowly sank to death and lived but a short time after they arrived. No bottle was found containing any drug except a bottle of family medicine that could not have produced the death and it is not known what she took or how or where she got it.

      Of course it is possible that she might have died from some poison taken accidentally but she had talked to the family of being tired of life and she wrote a letter Sunday morning which has not been found.

      Mrs. Walters and her husband had been married but a short time -- about one year -- and so far as known they were happy. Her maiden name was WHITE and her parents moved on the old OVERMYER farm from Vermillion county but soon went back to their old home. Walters and his wife were married in Vermillion county but came back to his parents’ home near Leiters Ford last fall and had lived there since.



      Milton MOORE a well known farmer, living three miles east of town, died Saturday night after a long illness from cancer of the liver. He was 62 years old, the eldest son of George MOORE, deceased, and leaves a wife and two sons, Henry and Homer, and two brothers, Frank and Charles.

      Deceased was a photographer for many years but went back to the home farm when his father grew old.

      The funeral will occur at the family residence Tuesday at 1 o’clock land burial to follow in Odd Fellows cemetery.


Tuesday, January 7, 1908


      Dr. William HILL was called to Deedsville this morning on account of the death of his brother, Julius [HILL], who died of paralysis, this morning, on the Hill farm, west of Deedsville.


Wednesday, January 8, 1908


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Thursday, January 9, 1908


      Julius HILL, an aged farmer living about two miles west of town, died Tuesday morning, he lived with his nephew Bert LEEDY. (Deedsville item)


Friday, January 10, 1908


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Saturday, January 11, 1908


      The remains of Jonas HUNTER, who died at Woodlawn, Thursday of abcess on the brain, will be taken to Winamac Sunday morning for burial.


      The will of William H. KNISELY formerly of this city but during the past year of Columbia City and who died January 3, was filed Thursday with County Clerk Hugo LOGAN, of Columbia City and consisted of six sheets of typewritten manuscript, which set forth every detail of his wishes. Each page was signed at the bottom, with his name in full, and the will was executed on November 16, 1907.

      The third item states that he wishes to give his sons, Frank F. KNISELY and Walter O. KNISELY, a business chance in life. It states that he is owner of certain real estate in Whitley county and of other personal property, not bequeathed to his wife. The saw mill, at Kokomo, he devises and bequeaths to his brother, James C. KNISELY, as a trustee, stipulating that he shall inventory and appraise the same and turn it over to F. F. KNISELY and Walter O. Knisely, giving them power and authority to operate the same.





Monday, January 13, 1908


      Rob[er]t [C.] MARSHALL, who resides on the Michigan road a half mile north of Rochester died Sunday after a lingering illness.

      Deceased is well known by Rochester people as well as others over the country having conducted a grocery store in the north part of the city for some time.

      Robert C. Marshall was born in Seneca county, Ohio, April the 7th, 1855, and died in Fulton county, Indiana, January the 12th 1908. Aged 52 years 9 months and 11 days. In 1864 he moved with his parents to Fulton county, Indiana, where he resided until death. In 1877 he was converted to God at the Germany class and united with the Evangelical church of which he remained a faithful member until death. He leaves to mourn a bosom companion [Catherine MARSHALL], three brothers Lewis [MARSHALL] and John [MARSHALL], Rochester, and Geo. W. [MARSHALL], of Richland township, and three sisters, Mrs. Fred GRAEBER and Mrs. Geo. KESLER of Rochester and Mrs. Frank ZINK of South Bend.

      Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Evangelical church, Rev. L. NEWMAN officiating. Interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


Tuesday, January 14, 1908


      Mrs. A. J. DILLON went to South Bend this morning where she will attend the funeral of L. M. CULVER, formerly of this county.

      South Bend Tribune:-  Lounzo M. CULVER died at his home, 655 Diamond Avenue, Sunday, after an illness of nine weeks with dropsy, aged 64 years. Mr. Culver was born in Fulton county, Indiana, in 1864 and had been a resident of South Bend for the past 26 years. Besides his wife he leaves one son, Linmore E. CULVER, of this city, one brother, Charles CULVER, of Wisconsin; one sister, Mrs. Frank OREN, of Illinois, and one half brother, Jonas CULVER, of Valparaiso, Indiana. Mr. Culver served from 1861 to 1866 in Company A Indiana volunteers. The burial will be held from the family residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. W. F. HOVIS, D. D., officiating. The remains will be laid to rest in Riverview cemetery. The funeral will be held under the auspices of Fidelity camp, No. 28, W.O.W.


Wednesday, January 15, 1908


      Mrs. Frank ZINK returned home to South Bend yest erday evening after attending the funeral of Robert MARSHALL.


Thursday, January 16, 1908


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Friday, January 17, 1908


      John REESE died Thursday at the home of his son, Geo. REESE, west of town. He was visiting from Illinois.

      Mr. & Mrs. George REESE, west of town, accompanied the remains of his father, John REESE, who died Thursday to his home in Fairmount, Illinois, today.



      Alpheus COVER, of Allen township, Miami county, died at his home at Birmingham, Tuesday. He was quite old and had been ailing for a long time. The funeral was Wednesday afternoon at Macy Odd Fellows cemetery. [Alfred COVER, 1822-1908; bur beside Louisa C. COVER, 1826-1906; Plainview cem, Macy, Miami Co Ind]


Saturday, January 18, 1908


      Word was received in this city today bringing the intelligence that Judge SPANGLER had dropped dead of heart trouble in his office in Winamac, this morning at 9 o’clock. The judge was the brother of Mrs. Wash WILEY, northeast of Rochester and well known to the members of the bar in this city having sat on the bench here in circuit court.


      Word has been received by Mrs. N. E. BENNETT that Miss Lucinda LEITER is dead at San Jose, California. She was a daughter of John LEITER, Sr., a step-daughter of Mrs. Martha WOOD, and a half-sister to John LEITER and Mrs. N. E. BENNETT, the three latter being residents of Kewanna. (Kewanna item)


Monday, January 20, 1908


      The final report in the matter of the estate of Jacob RAILSBACK, deceased, has been filed by Administrator John E. TROUTMAN and shows that the work of that official was one of long and tedious application.

      It will be remembered that shortly after the death of Railsback on July 6, 1906, at his home in Union township, an old satchel which he had nearly always carried with him, was opened and found to contain $9,362.86. With the inventory added, the total amount reached $9,895.02.

      Mrs. Isabelle LOUGH, who had cared for the old man during the last years of life was given $2,632 by the court for her services. Back taxes were paid to the amount of $1,824.34 and various other amounts were paid out until the total amount left for distribution among the heirs was $3,787.95.

      The work of finding all the heirs was one that occupied a great deal of the administrator’s time for about a year and as a result of his research, eighty-four descendants were placed on the list. The residences of these people range from Maryland to California and live in from fifteen to twenty states. To strike an average, the amount that would have been due to each one would be $45.09. The largest amounts received by the heirs was $270.56 which was received by Amos W. and Jacob T. RAILSBACK of Kansas City, Missouri, sons of Thomas RAILSBACK deceased brother of decedent. The smallest amounts were received by Cora [ROBISON] and Nora ROBISON, great-grandchildren of Anna WILSON who received $4.10.


      The three months illness of Hiram MORNINGSTAR with brights disease terminated in death Saturday evening when he passed away at Woodlawn hospital surrounded by his family and friends, aged 59 years and ten months.

      Deceased was widely and popularly known as the omnibus and transfer man in Rochester. He was also a first class citizen and neighbor and as husband and father he was the personification of honor and devotion. In serving the public for many years he was always prompt, accommodating and honest, and as a companionable man he had few equals.

      He leaves the wife, son Charles [MORNINGSTAR], foster daughter, Mrs. Will BRINKMAN, one full brother, Cy. MORNINGSTAR of Goshen, and two half-brothers, Ora [MORNINGSTAR] and Frank MORNINGSTAR of New York. His father, George MORNINGSTAR and his brother John [MORNINGSTAR] both died within the past year.

      The funeral this afternoon was conducted by Rev. Dr. CAMPBELL of Methodist church, of which deceased was a member and a large concourse of friends assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to a good friend.


Tuesday, January 21, 1908


      Cyrus MORNINGSTAR returned home to Goshen today, after attending the funeral of his brother, Hiram MORNINGSTAR.


Wednesday, January 22, 1908


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Thursday, January 23, 1908


      Mrs. David KEEL died at Denver, Wednesday after an illness of lung fever. The funeral will be held Friday and burial will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery.


      The Fort Dodge Iowa Messenger says:

        Harry THRUSH passed away at the city hospital at 4:30, January 9th, after several weeks illness with typhoid pneumonia. The deceased was 31 years of age and is survived by his wife and a four year old son. He had been employed for some time as electrician for the Light and Power Co. and was electrician for the Midland threare for a number of years. Prior to his death he was locomotive fireman on the Illinois Central.

        The funeral occurred from the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, Rev. E. E. HASTINGS officiated and the Woodmen held services over the grave.

      Deceased was the son of Mr. & Mrs. N. B. THRUSH of this city and was well known here as an industrious and upright citizen.


Friday, January 24, 1908


      The remains of Mrs. David KEEL were brought to this city via Lake Erie this morning and were later taken to Athens where the funeral services were held.


Saturday, January 25, 1908


      The elegant new burial vault or mausoleum that Mr. A. A.  GAST has been building in the Odd Fellows cemetery since last fall has just been completed. The inside finishing and decorations were finished this week. It is a handsome receptacle for the bodies of the deceased. And Tuesday the remains of Mrs. A. A. [Laura A. BALL] GAST, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. H. W. BALL, who died about twenty-four years ago, were taken up and was placed nicely in the vault, hermetically sealed in their last resting place. (Akron item)


Monday, January 27, 1908


      Mrs. Craton ANDERSON, formerly of this city, died at Akron, this morning, after a protracted illness, aged about 30 years. Her maiden name was Lydia NEWELL, and she was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John NEWELL, of Henry township. She leaves husband, son, Paul [ANDERSON] 8 years old, father and mother and two brothers, Mose [NEWELL], of Akron, and Frank [NEWELL], of Mentone. She was a member of Rochester Hive L.O.T.M. and was well known to many people in Rochester and vicinity.

      The funeral will be conducted Tuesday, at Akron M.E. church at 2 o’clock and burial will be by the Maccabee Order of which deceased was a member.


Tuesday, January 28, 1908


      Harry WILSON went to Kentland today where he will attend the funeral of an uncle.


      A widely known Kewanna business man passed away Sunday in the death of Joe BRUNK. He was long a leading farmer of that community and then became associated with A. D. TONER, Sr., in the elevator business. He had lived a retired life for several years, on account of failing health. He was a popular, successful and upright citizen and leaves a wife and two children.


Wednesday, January 29, 1908


      Mrs. Eliza [ROBBINS] HALTERMAN died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. BURNS, in this city on the 24th inst., aged 66 years and 6 months. Deceased’s maiden name was Robbins and she was the widow of Jacob HALTERMAN and belonged to the Baptist and U.B. churches at Ebenezer and Athens, respectively since 9 years old. She was the mother of 7 children two of whom preceded their mother in death. Those living are Mrs. George ROUCH, and J. M. BURNS of Rochester; Mrs. T. M. HALDERMAN, of Portland, Oregon; George HALTERMAN, of Yost, Kentucky; and E. D. HALTERMAN, of Mentone.

      Funeral was conducted at Athens Sunday, Rev. W. H. FETRO officiating.


Thursday, January 30, 1908


      Will STRAUDERMAN and wife and Trella KENLEY were called to Plymouth Monday to attend the funeral of Mr. Strauderman’s niece, a young lady about 17 years old. (Tiosa item)


      Mrs. F. RICHARDSON and Mrs. Fred ROWE attended the funeral of Miss Lida ANDERSON at Akron Tuesday. (Athens item)


Friday, January 31, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. W. H. GRAY went to Kokomo this morning to attend the funeral of a relative.



      Andrew H. THARP, a well known and highly respected farmer who lived about a mile east of Perrysburg, died Saturday after a prolonged illness of brain trouble. (Macy item)


Saturday, February 1, 1908


      Hugh H. VANDEGRIFT, son of Mr. & Mrs. C. H. VANDEGRIFT, was born in Fulton county March 15, 1886, and died at Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 31, 1908. This sudden ending of so promising a young life is particularly sad. Soon after returning to his studies at Ann Arbor University after the holiday vacation he suffered an attack of appendicitis which was so severe that he was taken to the University hospital and operated on at midnight. From this he seemed to be nicely recovering when a week ago he took pneumonia. His parents were immediately notified and were with him until the end which came Friday morning.

      Hugh had chosen his life work along educational lines. At the age of 13 he finished the common school course, and then entered Rochester College where he made one of the best records in the history of the school grade rating in 1903 with the science degree. He was then called to Monroe, Louisiana, where he filled the chair of mathematics in the High school for two years, giving splendid satisfaction. For one year after returning home he was principal of the Gilead schools in Miami county. At the time of his death he was in his sophomore year in the department of civil engineering at Ann Arbor University, bridge construction being his particular branch of engineering. In this work he had already had much practical experience, having spent his vacations with the Winamac and Rochester bridge works.

      He was a strictly moral young man, in social life a favorite, and that so soon causes much sorrow to the parents and only brother and all who knew him.


      Miss Viad MARTIN, of this city, had a message from Duaste, California, bringing the sad intelligence of the death of her sister, Mrs. Libbie LELAND, wife of A. N. LELAND, a railway station agent. Deceased had been in ill health for quite a while. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. D. R. MARTIN and will be remembered as a popular Rochester girl twenty-five years ago.


      Mrs. Jerry [Hannah R.] EDGINGTON died Friday evening about seven o’clock at her home three miles northeast of Leiters after a lingering illness of nearly a year’s duration. Deceased was afflicted of Consumption and in the last several weeks failed rapidly until death ended all. Two children Tressie [EDGINGTON] and Florence [EDGINGTON] and a husband [Jeremiah L. EDGINGTON] remain to mourn the loss of a loving mother and wife. Mrs. Edgington was known by a wide circle of acquaintances as a loving and upright lady who will be much grieved at their loss.

      The cortege will leave the residence Sunday morning at ten o’clock and the funeral will be held at Richland Center church. Interment will be made in Richland Center cemetery.


      Mr. & Mrs. H. L. MEREDITH and Mr. & Mrs. John BALL, of near Akron, went to Elkhart last Monday to attend the funeral of their nephew, Donald [WHITE], the 11 year old son of Oris WHITE. (Mentone item)






Monday, February 3, 1908


      Mrs. A. S. BENEDICT died Sunday morning of heart trouble at her home in Plymouth after a lingering illness. Deceased was a cousin of Mrs. J. B. CUNNINGHAM of this city and widely known as a conscientious, christian lady. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock at the residence. Interment will be made at Peru.


Tuesday, February 4, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. J. O. SULLIVAN are at Bippus on account of the death of her mother, Mrs. P. BOLLINGER, who died Sunday noon of heart trouble. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon.


      Miss Martha BRAMAN aged nearly 78 years is reported to be critically ill at the home of Mart FORD south of town. It will be remembered that Miss Braman was injured by stray shot in the Gillie BURNS murder several years ago and the elderly lady has never recovered from the shock and injury received.


      Mrs. Silas [M.] [Lydia M. BURNETT] MEREDITH died at the family residence between Mentone and Big Foot after an illness of four months. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank BURNETT, was 30 years old and leaves husband, two small children, a boy and a girl, five sisters and one brother. She was a member of the Christian church and the funeral will occur Wednesday at 11 o’clock at Sycamore chapel, Rev. PIETY, of Wabash, officiating.


      Mrs. Catherine KINDIG, of Deedsville, aged sixty years, died Monday morning. She was the widow of the late Seth KINDIG, of near Perrysburg. She was the mother of John [KINDIG] and Douglas KINDIG, of this city and was a noble christian woman. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. F. C. MOON Wednesday at 2 p.m.


      Jonas NYE, living about two miles southeast of Athens, died this morning, at 11 o’clock, of a complication of diseases at the ripe old age of eighty years. He will be buried at Athens but the date of the funeral has not been decided upon.


Wednesday, February 5, 1908


      The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Ernest SMITH, of Athens, died last night. The funeral will be held at 11 o’clock tomorrow.


      The funeral of Jonas NYE will be conducted tomorrow at 11 o’clock at the Athens church. Rev. BENDER of Akron officiating.


Thursday, February 6, 1908


      Grandma [Catherine] KINDIG died Monday morning at 7:30 o’clock after an extended illness. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at Perrysburg Baptist church. (Deedsville item)


      Henry TEEMS, residing southwest of here, died Sunday evening. He was a good upright christian man. Funeral Tuesday from Zion M.E. church, of which he was a trustee. (South Mud Lake item)


      James O. [PALMER], son of William F. and Mary PALMER, was born in Fulton county March 10, 1869, and died February 2, 1908, age 38 years 10 months and 22 days. Deceased was united in marriage to Emma OVERMYER about 15 years ago. To this union were born six children three sons and three daughters. He leaves to mourn their loss a devoted wife, six children, a kind father and mother, two brothers and four sisters. He was a kind husband, a loving father and affectionate son. Those who knew him best will miss him most.


Friday, February 7, 1908


      Miss Katie WHITE aged 22 years, daughter of Chas. WHITE of the Mt. Olive neighborhood, died Thursday morning at nine o’clock. Death came as the result of months of suffering of tuberculosis and ended a bright young life that was very promising.

      The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at one o’clock at Mt. Olive, Rev. W. F. SWITZER, of Hammond, having charge of the services. Interment will be made in the Fulton cemetery.


Saturday, February 8, 1908


      Mrs. [H.] Greely [Sarah] LUNSFORD died at the family home southwest of Leiters after a short illness of measles and lagrip. She was fifty years old, a devout member of the Baptist church, and leaves a husband and one daughter. [bur Moon cem, Fulton Co Ind]


Monday, February 10, 1908


      The Columbia City Post reports the death of Lewis QUICK a pioneer resident and leading old citizen of Whitley county. He was a brother of Cyrus [QUICK] and Philo QUICK of Liberty township and Mr. & Mrs. Edgar McCARTER, Mrs. Will BAKER and Herbert QUICK attended the funeral.


      Mrs. Susanna SECRIST ALLEN, wife of Isaac ALLEN, died at their home five miles southeast of Rochester Saturday evening. She was born in Stark county, Ohio, June 4, 1835, and came to Indiana with her husband in 1860 and to Fulton county in 1868. Since that time they have resided in the same place. Mrs. Allen was the mother of seven children, four of whom are now living. They are: E. D. ALLEN, of near Macy; Mrs. Alfred NIXON, of Kewanna; Mrs. Lewis SHAMBARGER, of near Macy, and Allie ALLEN who resides east of Rochester. Mrs. Allen united with the Presbyterian church at Mt. Zion in 1888 and was a member at the time of her death.

      The funeral will be held at the Mt. Hope church Wednesday at 11 o’clock. Interment at Mt. Hope cemetery at Athens.




Tuesday, February 11, 1908


      Hubert QUICK and Mrs. Wm. BAKER attended the funeral of their uncle, Lewis QUICK, at Raber Sunday.

      Leona Leota PORTER [BLAKER], daughter of F. M. and Lois E. PORTER, was born September 14, 1879, near Rochester and departed this life at her home north of Newville, February 3, 1908, aged 28 years.

      When 13 years of age she was converted and became a member of the Greenoak M.E. church, near Rochester. After her marriage to G. M. BLAKER, March 10, 1903, she united with the U.B. church at Newville where she became an active worker in the church.

      Besides the sorrowing husband she leaves to mourn her departure a father, three sisters, Mrs. Edwin ALLEN, of Forest Grove, Oregon, Mrs. Victor TOBEY, of Logansport, and Mrs. George TOBEY, of Rochester, also one brother, Wayne PORTER, of Forest Grove, Oregon.

      Taken from Butler paper. “Truly it can be said of her she hath done what she could.” Although Mrs. Blaker has resided in our community but a few short years, she was loved and respected by relatives, friends, neighbors and fellow workers in the church as was evidenced by the scores who sought to render aid during her short illness and by the beautiful floral offerings.


Wednesday, February 12, 1908


      Austin B. SARGEANT, long time resident of Liberty township, but recently of Peru, died there of cancer. He was an old soldier and leaves a wife and several grown children.

      When Alfred HIZER, the man who shot William SNYDER, the saloon keeper at Grass Creek, Saturday evening, is arrested, it will be on the charge of murder, as William Snyder died at St. Joseph Hospital at Logansport at 7 o’clock this morning. As soon as the hospital physicians examined the wounds of Snyder they had little hope of his recovery. But Snyder, being in robust health at the time of the shooting, gained strength after the first collapse and it was believed he would recover. All hope, however, was given up early Tuesday evening, as Snyder suddenly began losing strength.

      The body of the murdered man was taken from the hospital to the home of one of the murdered man’s daughters at Logansport, this afternoon. It will be taken to Grass Creek Thursday morning. The funeral will be held at St. Ann Catholic church at Grass Creek Friday morning. Snyder was 52 years of age, and leaves a wife and three daughters.

      Because of the death of Snyder, it is believed a reward will be offered for the capture of Hizer. This will take some time as it will be necessary to hold a special meeting of the County Council to get an appropriation to pay the expenses of the search and the reward. However, Sheriff Clem MILLER, is not waiting for an appropriation, but is doing everything possible to run down Hizer. Photographs of Hizer have been secured and a large number of copies are being made to be sent to all parts of the country.


      A. R. SMITH went to Butler, Friday, to attend the funeral of his niece, Mrs. Leota PORTER BLAKER. (Macy item)


Thursday, February 13, 1908


      Luman SMITH for many years town marshal of Kewanna, died Wednesday afternoon after a long illness, aged 71 years. Mr. Smith had been a resident of Kewanna and vicinity for many years and was an active member of the Masonic lodge and of the G.A.R. and affiliated with the Free Methodist church. He was the father of Mrs. Otis TROUTMAN, of Kewanna, and of Mrs. Elmer JACKSON, of Fulton. The funeral will occur Friday with burial at Shaffer’s cemetery.


      Mrs. A[lphonso] P. [Sarah F.] HARDING died at her home at Kewanna Tuesday at the age of 45 years. Her affliction was pneumonia and her illness was of short duration. She was the mother of one son by a previous marriage who is a North Dakota lawyer, and of two children by her marriage with Mr. Harding all of whom survive. Deceased was a member of the Methodist church and an active woman in the affairs of her community, and in the order of Eastern Star, which will have charge of the burial. Funeral today at 2 o’clock at Kewanna. [bur. Kewanna I.O.O.F. cem, Fulton Co Ind]


      Mr. & Mrs. George HAYWARD had word that their uncle and aunt, Mr. & Mrs. George EASTERDAY, of Teegarden are both dead of pneumonia and lagrip and they will be buried in the same grave.


Friday, February 14, 1908


      Sarah E. MAHLER was born in Fulton county March 31, 1855, and died at her home in Fulton county, Friday, February 7, 1908, aged 52 years. (Monterey item)


Saturday, February 15, 1908


      Hollin S. IFERT died this morning at five o’clock, at his home 1316 East 9th street after about four months suffering of brights disease. Deceased was born in Middleton, Maryland May 17, 1874. He came to this city over a year ago and was engaged as baggageman at the Lake Erie depot in this city until becoming ill.

      He leaves besides a number of relatives in Maryland and Indiana, a loving wife and wide circle of friends to mourn their loss.

      The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence. Interment will be made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.


      Lucy KERSHNER died at her home southeast of Argos Sunday, aged past 75 years. Deceased was born in Pennsylvania March 27, 1832. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Fulton county Luthern church and interment at that cemetery. (Argos item) [March 25, 1832 - February 9, 1908; bur beside George KERSHNER, 11-26-1826 - December 2, 1901; Lutheran cem, Newcastle twp, Fulton Co Ind]


Monday, February 17, 1908


      The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Ephriam ALSPACH, 325 3d street was interred in Odd Fellows cemetery Sunday.


Tuesday, February 18, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. A. RICE returned home to Noblesville this morning, after attending the funeral of her brother, H. IFERT.


Wednesday, February 19, 1908


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Thursday, February 20, 1908


      Uncle Johnny KILLER, aged 93 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Daniel BRADDENSTINE, southwest of Macy, of pneumonia Monday. Funeral was preached by Rev. S. C. NORRIS at the M.E. church here Wednesday morning at 11:30 o’clock. (Macy item)


Friday, February 21, 1908 and Saturday, February 22, 1908


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Monday, February 24, 1908


      Mrs. Evaline [C.] PARKER, mother of Mrs. W. H. BANTA, died at four o’clock this afternoon at the home of her son-in-law. She was taken ill in December and did not fully recover from the sickness. She was past seventy-eight years of age. [1830-1908; bur I.O.O.F. cem, Rochester, Fulton Co Ind]


      Mrs. Nancy MOORE, widow of Benj. G. MOORE, of near Athens, died Saturday night at eleven o’clock after an extended illness, due to paralysis. Deceased was the mother of seven children, Marion [MOORE], John [MOORE], Mrs. Sol BURNS and Mrs. Chas. DRUDGE, near Athens, Willis [MOORE], conductor on the Panhandle, out of Logansport, and Albert [MOORE] and Laura [MOORE] who reside with their mother.

      Mrs. Moore was a kind and beloved old lady over 71 years of age and will be greatly missed by her many friends.

      The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at eleven o’clock at Mt. Hope U.B. church, Rev. O. B. WELLS, of Butler, having charge of the services. Interment will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery.


      Mabel Odessa HARSH, daughter of A. J. HARSH and wife of Grass Creek, was born November 6, 1886, died February 17, ‘08, aged 21 years. (Kewanna item) [bur Grass Creek cem, Fulton Co Ind]


Tuesday, February 25, 1908


      Mrs. Syrena [WAGONER] GOOD DUMBAULD died at her home at Tiosa, Monday afternoon after six hours illness of neuralgia of the heart aged 75 years. Her maiden name was Wagoner and she was the mother of I. N. GOOD, and Mrs. Wm. WRIGHT of this city; Laman SWINEHART of South Bend; and Frank GOOD of Tiosa. She was a widely known and popular neighbor and friend and gave to her children and community the heritage of a noble life and kindly deeds. Funeral at Tiosa Christian church Wednesday at 11 a.m. and burial in Luthern cemetery.


Wednesday, February 26, 1908


      An infant born to Mr. & Mrs. Ray FRETZ died last night and Mrs. Fretz is in a critical condition.


      Evaline CAINE PARKER was born January 26, 1830 in North Carlina, and died in Rochester at the home of her son-in-law, W. H. BANTA, on Monday February 25, 1908, aged seventy-eight years and twenty-nine days. Her father and mother both died when she was about five years old and she was brought up in the family of an uncle. At the age of nineteen years, she came to Indiana and settled in Richmond, at which place she married Wm. PARKER. Six children were born to them, three of whom remain, viz: E. W. PARKER, of Chicago, Geo. F. [PARKER], of New York and Mary A. [BANTA], wife of W. H. BANTA. Her grandchildren are Grace Leas [BANTA], Katherine [BANTA] and James BANTA, and Edna [PARKER], Florence [PARKER], Erma [PARKER], and Horace [PARKER], children of E. W. Parker.

      Throughout her life she was noted for her extraordinary industry, great skill as a cook and housekeeper and her excellent hospitality. She loved to entertain her friends, and never seemed so happy as when setting before them the choicest products of her culinary art.

      She was a life-long member of the Friends church and almost every year made her pilgrimage to the yearly meetings at Richmond, Indiana. She always used the plain language and was never ashamed to declare her devotion the the church, and to the reality of the christian religion. Her faith never wavered. Her kindly social nature won her many friends, and she received a cordial welcome in many Rochester homes. Her life was not one of leisure, but full of earnest toil, and her wonderful activity was maintained to within a few weeks of her death. “Life’s fitful fever over, she rests well.” Peace to her ashes, joy ineffable in her heavenly home.

      The funeral services will be held at the Grace M.E. church Thursday at two o’clock p.m. The bell will not be rung.


      The Washington birthday entertainment that was to have been given by the Ladies Aid the 22d, was postponed until February 29th, on account of Mr. & Mrs. Ren LUCKENBILL being called to Macy by the death of his brother’s wife, they being the principal movers in the affair. (Leiters item)


Thursday, February 27, 1908


      Mrs. Alonzo [Elizabeth A.] LUCKENBILL died at her home east of Ebenezer Sunday, of congestion of the stomach, aged 32 years. She leaves a husband, three children, the youngest being a babe of twelve months, a mother, three brothers and three sisters and host of friends. She possessed a kindly, cheerful disposition, and was loved by all who knew her. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The funeral was preached in the M.E. church at this place, by her pastor, Rev. J. F. LUTEY, assisted by Rev. S. C. NORRIS. Interment in I.O.O.F. cemetery here.

      Miss Mabel FOOR, of Peru, attended the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. Lon LUCKENBILL. (Macy item)


      Laman SWINEHART and wife and sons Hollis [SWINEHART] and Clayton [SWINEHART], and the Misses Ione [SWINEHART] and Coral SWINEHART of South Bend, attended the funeral of the former’s mother [Syrena WAGONER GOOD DUMBAULD] Wednesday. (Tiosa item)


Friday, February 28, 1908


      Henderson COPLEN, the brother of Isaac COPLEN, near Athens, and the late Elijah COPLEN, of this city died at Goshen on the 18th inst.


      Wm. RICKEL went to Burket today to open and read the will of Edward WALTERS, deceased, which was given to Mr. Rickel in trust by the decedent.


Saturday, February 29, 1908


      Mrs. Fred BOSENBERG went to Goshen today where she will attend the funeral of her uncle, Henderson COPLEN.


      The little son of Mr. & Mrs. Alfred CHATTEN died at 2 o’clock Saturday morning at its parents’ home on 1212 College Avenue.


      Uriah SHAFFER received a letter Monday morning bearing the information that his brother, Theodore M. SHAFFER, died at his home in San Jose, California, on February 15th. (Kewanna item)


Monday, March 2, 1908


      A message to Mrs. J. J. HILL from her nephew, Bent McKEE, who is in California having moved there from Bruce Lake about six months ago, states that his two year old son was drowned in irrigation ditch. No further particulars were given.


      Mrs. Alta HITTLE COOPER, of Jordan, died Friday morning, at 8 o’clock after an illness of dropsy.

      Deceased was known in this city having resided here in former years and has a large number of friends besides a husband, who mourn their loss of a loving companion.

      Funeral was held Sunday morning at 11 o’clock, Rev. MOON officiating. Interment in Jordan cemetery. [1887-1908]


      After an illness of scarcely an hour’s duration, Mrs. Cecelia DREW, wife of Alphonso DREW, died Sunday at the family house at Tiosa. Mrs. Drew was born in Pennsylvania 71 years ago and leaves four sons and one daughter as follows: Jacob [DREW], of Tiosa; John [DREW], of Rochester; Wallace [DREW], of Tippecanoe; Lafayette [DREW], of Iowa; and Mrs. Zada KESSLER, of Whiting. She was a devout member of the Advent, or Church of God denomination and the funeral will occur Wednesday afternoon at Tiosa Brethren church at 1 o’clock.


      The sad intelligence of the deaths of Mrs. May HENDRICKSON CRAFT and baby, of Kankakee, Illinois, was received in this city Saturday evening. Ex-Treasurer Ed. R. HENDRICKSON, received a message Saturday morning that his daughter was in a critical condition, owing to childbirth, and left immediately for her home. In the evening he wired back her death to relatives.

      Deceased was the youngest daughter of ex-Treasurer Ed. R. Hendrickson, and was loved and respected by a wide circle of Rochester people who will be greatly pained to learn of her untimely death.

      She leaves a sister, Mrs. John SWARTWOOD, of this city, and brother Oren HENDRICKSON, of Chicago, besides her father, of this city. The funeral was held this afternoon at the United Brethren church at Grass Creek. Interment was made in Grass Creek U.B. cemetery.


Tuesday, March 3, 1908


      The names of Mrs. Jos. BARNETT, near Athens, and William HENDRICKSON, of Kewanna, were omitted from the Mrs. May HENDRICKSON CRAFT obituary in Monday’s Sentinel, they being brother and sister of deceased.



      Another death is reported from Tiosa, Albert WOOLLEY, a well known farmer living two miles northwest of Tiosa, passed away after a years illness from heart and brights disease combined. He was the father of three children but one of whom, Mrs. Frank ROHRER, is living. Deceased was a member of the Progressive Brethren church and the funeral will be preached at Tiosa Thursday morning at 9 o’clock and the remains will be taken to Chili for burial.


      David FOUTS, a pioneer resident of the north part of Miami county, aged 78 years, died Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wilson YARIAN, of the vicinity of Gilead, where he had been on a visit when taken sick last week from an attack of grippe. He and his wife have been making their home with their son, George FOUTS, and wife, north of Chili. Besides the widow there survive one daughter and three sons. The funeral was held Sunday.


Wednesday, March 4, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. D. BUSSERT attended the funeral of Mrs. Nancy DREW at Tiosa today.


      Charles MILLER and Charles COPLEN attended the funeral of Henderson COPLEN, at Goshen Sunday. (Athens item)


Thursday, March 5, 1908


      Edith Grathel [SMITH], infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. SMITH, born April 1, 1907, and departed this life March 1, 1908, aged 11 months. The little one had been a sufferer from pneumonia and whooping cough for nearly six weeks. A father, mother and brother survive her. The funeral was preached at the home Tuesday morning by Rev. S. C. NORRIS. Interment in cemetery near Roann. (Macy item)


Friday, March 6, 1908


      Rev. A. M. SMITH received a telephone message, Thursday evening from Decatur, Michigan, stating that a very close friend of his at that place was dead and he left this morning to attend the funeral.


      The illness of Capt. David RADER terminated in death at 7:30 this morning. Had he lived until the 29th of this month he would have been 78 years old.

      Deceased came to Fulton county in Henry township, when 15 years old and lived a varied life. In 1854 he went across the plains by ox team to the gold fields of California. He did not find that “all is gold that glitters” and returned to Fulton county four years later. At the beginning of the Civil war he enlisted as 2nd Lieutenant in Co. A of the 26th Ind. Vols and was subsequently promoted to Captain. He was in many fierce battles until the fall of ‘63 when he had an eye shot out in a skirmish and was honorably discharged from the service. Then he returned to Akron and married Miss Delilah DAWSON and engaged in the mercantile business for several years and then came to Rochester and lived a retired life. He was a radical believer in honesty, and gave no quarter to those whom he thought not what they ought to be. He was a man of wide acquaintance and to those he liked he was a very loyal friend. In a biography published of him some years ago he said to the writer that the most important event of his life occurred in March-- his birth, marriage, and discharge from the army. And following these comes his death in March. He was the father of three children only one of whom, Frank D. [RADER], survives, the other two children having died in infancy and the wife and mother some years ago. He was a member of McClung Post G.A.R. and that order will have charge of the burial at Athens Sunday afternoon, the funeral to occur at the residence in this city Sunday afternoon at 1:30.


Saturday, March 7, 1908


      Mrs. Dosia JESSEN went to Mexico, this morning where she will attend the funeral of Elias OLINGER, Sunday.


      The funeral of the late Capt. David RADER will be held at the residence at one o’clock Sunday afternoon, the Dr. O. P. MILES, of the Baptist Church, officiating.


Monday, March 9, 1908


      Miss Henretta CONDREY, formerly of the Leiters Ford vicinity, died at Longcliff hospital yesterday of pneumonia, aged 54 years. She had been an invalid since a little girl when she had scarlet fever, but was kept by relatives until four years ago when she became so demented she had to be taken to Longcliff. Mrs. Caroline FITZGERALD of this city, is a sister of the deceased and one brother lives in Indianapolis and another in Washington. She was a faithful member of the M.E. church, and burial will be made at Longcliff cemetery.


      Mrs. Nancy [E.] MILLER, of the Bigfoot neighborhood died Sunday evening. [d. March 9, 1908, ae 60-3-18; bur beside John H. MILLER, d. July 14, 1899, ae 54-5-1; Sycamore cem, Fulton Co Ind]


Tuesday, March 10, 1908


      The funeral of Israel LEEDY was held at Leiters, Monday and was in charge of the Grand Army. Deceased leaves a wife, two sons, three daughters, an aged mother and three brothers. [February 25, 1847 - March 5, 1908; bur beside Rebecca Jane LEEDY, wife, November 11, 1848 - January 24, 1894, ae 45-2-13; bur Leiters Ford cem, Fulton Co Ind]


Wednesday, March 11, 1908


      Mrs. Mary LEEDY returned home to Marion, this morning after having buried her husband at Leiters, Tuesday.


      Mrs. Anna AUSTIN, a mile north of Perrysburg, died Saturday morning of tuberculosis, and was buried Monday from the Methodist church in Perrysburg. She was 32 years old.


      After a protracted illness from ailments incident to old age Elijah MILLER died at his home in Richland township this morning aged 81 years. Deceased came to Fulton county 56 years ago from Ohio where he was born in Perry county. In 1873 he moved from his farm to Rochester and lived here 18 years and then went back to his farm again. He was married twice the first wife having died about 18 years ago. His second wife who survives was Mrs. Eliza FREELAND. Two sons were born of the first marriage, George [MILLER] and Marion [MILLER], both well known citizens of Richland township. Mr. Miller was long a member of Evangelical church and the funeral will occur Friday forenoon at South Germany church. [January 24, 1825 - March 11, 1908, ae 83-1-17; bur beside Catharine MILLER, wife, d. November 17, 1897, ae 70-7-4; South Germany cem, Fulton Co Ind]


      A telegram to Robert C. WALLACE brings the sad news of the unexpected death of Mrs. Nellie [E.] WALLACE BELL, who lived in Terre Haute. The friends here had been advised that she was to go to a hospital for a minor operation and that she would be back to her home today but instead comes the message of her death. She was the wife of Dr. [William E.] BELL, leaves husband and one son and one daughter, and was 39 years old. She grew up in Rochester and many friends here will be grieved to hear of her death.


      At the family residence at Kewanna Mrs. Nancy [(-----) GARNER] FELTY died after a protracted illness. She was the mother of Henry FELTY of this city and four other Felty children who live near Kewanna, and of four children, sons and daughters of Daniel GARNER who died in service of his country in the Civil war. Deceased was a good christian mother, long a member of the Evangelical church and the funeral will occur Thursday afternoon at Greenland church, Rev. L. E. SMITH officiating.


      The three years old son of Mr. & Mrs. Martin KING died this forenoon after a three weeks illness of lung fever.




Thursday, March 12, 1908


      Tired of life because of many misfortunes an UNKNOWN MAN tried to suicide and was found on the Lake Erie & Western railroad tracks a short distance north of Wagoners, late Wednesday afternoon, with his feet and hands tied to the track. In the pocket of the stranger’s worn and tattered coat was found a note which read as follows:

      “To the person that finds me. I am tired of life and hence have taken this means of committing suicide. I tied myself to the tracks. I know of no relatives living and very few friends. There is no need of knowing my name.”

      There were no marks of violence on the man’s body and no evidence to show that he had been killed by the train. It is a positive fact that he starved to death while waiting for the train to kill him.


      Anna AUSTIN who has been sick for several weeks, died Saturday morning at 7 o’clock. Funeral was held Monday afternoon from the residence of her uncle, George, west of town. (Deedsville item)


Friday, March 13, 1908


      The family of John B. FIESER who were called to Indianapolis Wednesday by a message announcing his critical illness there in a hospital where he recently underwent a surgical operation found him in a dying condition and he passed away Thursday night. Mr. Fieser’s illness was of more than a year’s duration and it culminated in complications which necessitated a surgical operation and blood poison and death followed.

      John Fieser was widely known in Fulton county as a carriage maker and vehicle merchant. And his energy in his vocation made him money and he had accumulated considerable valuable property both in city and country.


      He was a Canadian by birth, his father having been sheriff in Canada sixty-five years ago. When a small boy Mr. Fieser’s parents moved to Tennessee and at the age of 14 he drove an ox team to Fulton county. Six years afterward he commenced an apprenticeship at blacksmithing and pushed right to the front. He soon afterward ventured in business for himself and scored a splendid success. He attributes his success in life to fair dealing with all customers and a straight forward course in all his business affairs. Mr. Fieser leaves a family consisting of a wife [Mary FIESER] and three children, Ida [FIESER], Ed [FIESER] and Alice [FIESER], the former being Mrs. A. J. CONES of Minnesota, and the two others residents of Rochester.

      The remains of the deceased arrived at 4 o’clock this evening and the funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow.


Saturday, March 14, 1908


      The funeral services of Mr. FIESER will occur at the family residence, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Those wishing to view the remains can call 11 a.m. to 1 o’clock p.m. Sunday.



      The neighbors and friends of Mr. & Mrs. Mark KING who helped them in distress of the death of their child are hereby thanked for their kindness and Mr. NELSON and Herman TETZLAFF are especially thanked for their kindness.


Monday, March 16, 1908


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Tuesday, March 17, 1908


      After an illness of several years incident to old age Dr. Vernon GOULD peacefully sank to eternal sleep at the home of his son Dr. Cha[rle]s [E.] GOULD at 2 o’clock this morning. He suffered for 16 years with locomotor ataxia and the severity of the disease increased with his age until it finally kept him confined to his home for almost two years during which time he slowly drifted toward dissolution.

      Vernon GOULD was a native of Shawn, Massachusetts, born in 1829 and came to Aubbeenaubbee township with his parents in 1844 and soon after they came to Rochester where the elder Gould died while serving as County Surveyor. The son, Vernon, was always studious and he adopted medicine as his profession, graduated from Rush Medical College in 1855 and commenced a life long and successful practice, excepting three years spent in the service of his country as assistant surgeon of the 87th Regiment. He retired from active practice eight years ago because of his inability to walk well and spent the remainder of his days with his friends and his books in scientific and philosophic research. He was one of the foremost geologists in Indiana and in all the sciences he was a constant investigator and his fund of knowledge was a veritable fountain to those interested in the classics. He was an enthusiastic member of the University Club, an honored member of the G.A.R. and in his active life was a zealous Mason and Odd Fellow. He was always a modest retiring man, firm in his convictions, and a gentleman and upright and progressive citizen always.

      Dr. Gould’s first wife was Almira RANNELLS who died in 1872 leaving five children, Francis [GOULD], Carrie [GOULD], Lucius [GOULD] Charles E. [GOULD], Hattie [GOULD], the latter two being now the only survivors of the family. Four years later Dr. Gould married Miss Nannie RANNELLS, of Ohio, a cousin of his first wife and she lived but a few years. Then, in 1885, he married Mrs. Margaret [BRACKETT] COWGILL who survives. H also leaves two brothers, Dan [GOULD], of Kansas City, and Willard [GOULD], of Rochester; and one sister, Emma [GOULD], of Crawfordsville.

      The funeral arrangements are not yet perfected but it will likely occur Friday afternoon.


      Chas. HARTZLER, the twenty-eight years old son of Mrs. Martha HARTZLER, living three miles south of Gilead, passed away at Woodlawn Monday evening, at 5:30 o’clock, after an illness of consumption extending over a lengthy period. Mr. Hartzler had recovered from the disease sufficiently about two months to go to New Mexico and take up a claim. However, he became worse soon after arriving at that place and entered a hospital. This course was unavailing, as far as checking the ravages of the disease and he decided to come home arriving in this city over the Erie early Monday morning and was taken to Woodlawn where he died.

      The funeral will be held Wednesday and burial will be made at Chili.

Wednesday, March 18, 1908


      Mrs. Ida CONES left today, for her home in Minnesota after attending the funeral of her father, J. B. FIESER.


      The funeral of Dr. Vernon GOULD will occur Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence of Dr. Cha[rles] E. GOULD.


Thursday, March 19, 1908


      A telegram from Sumner, Iowa, announces the death of Mrs. Jesse W. BUNNELL who was formerly Miss Nannie SHEWARD a well known teacher of this county and sister of Councilman SHEWARD. She died of tubercular affliction and leaves her husband, who is pastor of the U.B. church at Sumner, five children, two brothers, Frank [SHEWARD] of this city, and William [SHEWARD] of Muncie, and one sister, Mrs. Frank COCHRAN of Argos. The remains will be brought here for burial but the time of the funeral is not set. Deceased was 44 years old, grew up four miles northeast of town and a wide circle of friends and acquaintances will mourn her death.


Friday, March 20, 1908


      Joseph CURTIS died at three o’clock this morning at his home in Tiosa as the result of old age. Deceased leaves a wife and large circle of friends who will mourn the loss of a loving husband and kind and upright citizen. The funeral will be held at the residence Saturday afternoon at two o’clock. Interment will be made in Sand Hill cemetery. [July 24, 1835 - March 20, 1908, ae 74-4-4]

      The funeral of Mrs. Jesse W. BONNELL will occur Saturday, at 2 o’clock at the U.B. church. Rev. FETRO officiating. The friends of the deceased are invited to call at the home of B. F. SHEWARD from 10 to 2 o’clock Saturday, 510 E. 2nd Street. [Nannie J. BONNELL, March 1, 1864 - March 18, 1908; I.O.O.F. cem, Rochester, Fulton Co Ind]


Saturday, March 21, 1908


      The funeral of Mrs. Jesse W. BONNELL, at the U.B. church, this afternoon was attended by a large concourse of people who had known her and admired her beautiful life in her residence here. She was one of the most popular teachers the country schools ever had and as girl and woman her life was one of much usefulness. Her death is a great loss to her family but she left them the rich legacy of a beautiful christian life.


      Mrs. Francis SEITNER and daughter, Ella [SEITNER], accompanied by Miss Anna BEIK attended the funeral of Mr. Charley HARTZLER last Wednesday near Roann. Mr. Hartzler was formerly a teacher of Miss Ella and for that reason there was a friendship that cannot be forgotten by her. (Akron item)


      Olden ADAMS died of consumption at his home seven miles northeast of Kewanna, Wednesday. Funeral arrangements were not made at time of going to press. (Kewanna item)


      A. M. WOLF, who moved from the WILSON farm southeast of Kewanna, to Fulton two weeks ago, died at his home in that town, Tuesday, aged 65 years. He had been in feeble health for more than a year. The remains were taken to Pleasant Hill, near Bruce Lake, yesterday, for burial, following funeral services at that church at 1 o’clock. He leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters. (Kewanna item)


Monday, March 23, 1908


      The two daughters of Rev. Jesse BONNELL, Leah [BONNELL] and Lillian [BONNELL], will make their home with their aunt in Toledo, and Hilda [BONNELL] will live with her uncle and aunt Mr. & Mrs. B. F. SHEWARD of this city. The boys, Ralph [BONNELL] and Rex [BONNELL] will live with their father at Sumner.


      The family of W. B. NOLAN, of this city received a belated and awful message Sunday afternoon telling them of the murder of Mrs. NOLAN’s sister in her home at Anderson. No particulars were given in the message but the Sunday papers told the awful story of the murder as detailed in our telegraph column. Advices in particular indicate that it was the most horrible murder ever committed in the state and that the degenerate, half crazy and dissipated son who committed the deed did it for a small amount of jewelry and fifty dollars known to have been in possession of the dead woman and that he had a pal who was helping him spend the money at saloons when arrested in Fort Wayne.

      The Nolan family left at once for Anderson via Huntington to attend the funeral.


      Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Mrs. Jesse BONNELL were, B. W. BONNELL, Fostoria, Ohio; Mrs. R. A. BONNELL, Toledo, Ohio; W. T. SHEWARD, Muncie; F. E. COCHRAN and family, of Argos; Frank HALTERMAN and family, Mrs. O. F. BEIK, Mrs. Ed CURTIS, Mrs. V. SHAFER, Miss Elva SHAFER, of Akron; G. N. MOYER and wife, J. W. CHALLANT and wife, Rev. Noah McCOY and wife, Mrs. M. J. ULCH, Mrs. S. WHITE, Mrs. B. S. DURR, Mrs. J. HORNING, Mrs. J. L. TRICKLE, G. W. DAY, Mrs. C. S. OGDEN, Miss Oma RAGER, Miss Gertrude JOHNSON, and Wade BINKLY of Laketon.


Tuesday, March 24, 1908


      Of the awful death of the sister of Mrs. NOLAN, of this city by the murderous hands of her own son at Anderson, a special says:

        Fully recovered from his drunken condition, Grover BLAKE has at last come to a realization of the crime. Today he is confined in a dungeon in the county jail. Following the grewsome recital at Fort Wayne, where he was captured, the murderer made light of his crime. He was then still under the influence of liquor.

        Certain Anderson saloonists are to reap the wrath of the community, which is worked up to a high pitch of excitement over the matricide. Mrs. BLAKE, who had pleaded with her boy in vain not to drink any more, had notified the saloons that they should not sell liquor to him again. They paid no attention to her warning, and her death by her son’s hand while intoxicated is the result.

        When sober Grover Blake was a model young man. At such times the neighbors give him credit for being very attentive to his mother, who in all his troubles when arrested and with prison staring him in the face many times had been a true mother to him. But when drinking he almost invariably committed some crime from stealing to forgery to assault. When he murdered his mother he was under indictment on the charge of forgery, and the fact that he had not been sent to prison was because his mother pleaded with the prosecutor to postpone the trial.


Wednesday, March 25, 1908 to Friday, March 27, 1908


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Saturday, March 28, 1908


      Katherine JARVES [HOSEY] was born in Knox county, Kentucky, in 1828, and departed this life, March 24, 1908, aged 85 years. She was married to James M. HOSEY March 19, 1842, to which union was born five children, two sons and three daughters, all of which, with the exception of one daughter, with the husband, preceded her to the spirit world some years ago. She was a member of the Methodist church at Hammond. The funeral will be preached by Rev. S. C. NORRIS at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dora M. HATCH. Interment in I.O.O.F. cemetery. (Macy item)


      Mrs. Effie IFERT, of Indianapolis, was in Rochester today looking after her late husband’s life insurance.


      Mrs. Jesse BURNS, of this place, who is about 75 years of age, received word last week of the death of her father, Joseph CISSNA, of New Carlisle, St. Jo[seph] county, aged nearly 100 years old. He only lacked 348 days of reaching the century mark. (Akron item)


Monday, March 30, 1908


      The Sentinel editor had a message yesterday evening notifying him of the death of a relative, W. B. CRANE, a Chicago lumberman well known in Rochester and Peru. He died at Memphis, Tennessee, of pneumonia contracted a week ago on the way from Chicago to the South.


Tuesday, March 31, 1908


      A telegram to Miss Glen HOWELL BARNHART, received today, says her uncle Will HOWELL died of pneumonia, at his home in Indianapolis this morning and that his wife is at the point of death with erysipelas.


      Another of the County’s noblest pioneers passed away in the death of Jacob PUTMAN near Athens, at the age of 87. For more than fifty years he had been a resident of this county and all of his life he was a Godly man beloved by all who knew him. He was a leading member of the Methodist church, devoted to his family and his friends and his circle of friends was as wide as his acquaintance.

* * * * * PHOTOGRAPH OF JACOB PUTMAN * * * * *

He was the father of ten children, nine of whom are living as follows: David [PUTMAN] and Ira PUTMAN of this county; Jacob [PUTMAN] of Kansas; James [PUTMAN] of Plymouth; Mrs. Chas. DAVIS; Mrs Kezia KUHN; Mrs. Mary ESHELMAN; Mrs. George WINES; and Miss Lavina PUTMAN.

      The funeral will be held at Akron M.E. church, Thursday at 2 o’clock.


      The illness of Mrs. W[illiam] I. [Ora J. CLOUSE] RANNELLS, of Fulton culminated in death today after two weeks of heart breaking agony. The physicians believe that her affliction was cancer of the stomach as she had been in poor health for a year but not considered serious until taken down two weeks ago.

      The deceased, Ora J. Clouse, was born in Rochester 48 years ago, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John L. CLOUSE. She went to Twelve Mile with her family when a young girl and then to Hoover, Cass county, where she married her surviving husband, W. I. RANNELLS, of Logansport, twenty-five years ago. Soon after the marriage Mr. & Mrs. Rannells moved to Fulton where he engaged in the mercantile business and they prospered and became leading citizens. Two children were born to them, Mrs. Mabel BEST, of the ROCHESTER TRUST and SAVING CO., and Hugh RANNELLS, of Fulton. Besides these the father, John L. CLOUSE, and two sisters and two brothers survive. They are John CLOUSE of Cleveland; Charley CLOUSE, of South Bend; Mrs. Rose WALKER, of Chicago; and Mrs. Lucy KISTLER, of Fulton.

      Mrs. Rannells was a most estimable girl and woman to all who knew her. Happy, amiable, hospitable and sincerely christian she had hosts of friends and all will be grieved that she died in the midst of life’s usefulness that was scarcely half finished.

      The funeral will be under the auspices of the Baptist church of which she was a member Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, and burial at I.O.O.F. cemetery here.


      Samuel [W.] LOSHER, a retired farmer and pioneer resident, died at his home at Perrysburg Sunday morning after an illness from a complication of diseases. He had been in poor health for the past year. Mr. Losher was a brother of John LOSHER, formerly of Peru. A widow, one daughter, Mrs. Fred MOON, of Argos, a son, Wesley [LOSHER], of Portland, Oregon, and also four step-daughters survive.[d. March 29, 1908, ae 75-7-5; bur beside Lydia LOSHER, wife, d. March 27, 1899, ae 68-6-2; Perrysburg cem, Miami Co Ind]


Wednesday, April 1, 1908


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Thursday, April 2, 1908


      Dr. James G. CAMPBELL drove to Akron today to officiate at the funeral of Jacob PUTMAN.


      Irvin HUTCHINSON, a Vandalia engineer, of Logansport, died this morning after an illness of brights disease. Deceased is a brother-in-law of H. C. CONDON, of this city.


Friday, April 3, 1908


      Mrs. James PUTMAN, Mrs. L. C. KEPLER, of Plymouth, and Alvah PUTMAN, of South Bend, returned home today after attending the funeral of Jacob PUTMAN east of Rochester.


      The will of Samuel W. LOSHER, who died a few days ago at Perrysburg, has been filed for probate. It was written in February, 1906. It gives the widow the choice of taking the house and lot and furniture in Perrysburg and $200, or $1,400. Henry LOSHER, a step-son, of Joy, Nebraska, is to receive $500; Wesley LOSHER, a son, is to receive $385 residue of the estate, consisting of personal property and an eighty-acre farm in Union township, is to go equally to the daughter, Mrs. Mary E. MOON and to Wesley Losher. F. C. MOON, son-in-law, is named as executor.


      The messenger of death came to Benjamin F. PORTER, familiarly known as Frank PORTER, after six months’ illness. Mr. Porter was not an extraordinary man in point of ambition but his quiet, earnest and ready-for-duty life made for him a very wide circle of friends. He was born where the city of Indianapolis now stands in 1829 and came to Fulton county when 13 years old and lived here ever since, except four years stay in the California gold fields and three years spent in defense of his country in the civil war. He had lived on the farm where he died, three miles southeast of town for 57 years and was widely known as a successful farmer scholarly gentlemanly, and good man.

      Mr. Porter married Hannah [M.] COLLINS, who died some fifteen years ago and to them were born ten children, six of whom survive as follows: Marion [PORTER] and Walter [PORTER], of Marion; Vernon [PORTER], St. Paul; Mrs. Lot BABCOCK, of Peru and Mrs. John DOWNS and Mrs. Voris LOWE, of this community, Mrs. Charles CALLOWAY, deceased, was also a daughter. He was an active member of the Masons and of the G.A.R. and both orders will assist at his burial which will occur at Mt. Zion church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. A. M. SMITH conducting the funeral.


Saturday, April 4, 1908


      Ed CHRISTIAN and family, of Indianapolis came today to attend the funeral of B. F. PORTER.


      A message to Miss Glen HOWELL BARNHART, this morning, brought the sad news of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Will HOWELL, in Indianapolis. Mr. [Will] HOWELL died Monday and was buried Wednesday.


      A message to his son, John [CAREY], who lives here, told of the accidental death of Dr. George W. CAREY, at South Bend in a street car accident. A press special from the Bend says Carey, who lived at Edwardsburg, Michigan, had driven to South Bend in a buggy and on the return trip he stopped at the house of Dr. MILLER, hitching his horse across the interurban track from the house. After he had been there some time he heard a car coming and ran to hold him. But the car was coming faster than he thought and before he could get across the track the flying car struck him and knocked him off to one side and he was picked up dead from concussion of the brain.

      Deceased had lived in Rochester and vicinity off and on for years. He sold proprietary medicines and soaps and was widely known as “Doc” Carey. He had many traits of character that won him friends and was a fluent talker on politics, religion and kindred topics. He was 79 years old, leaves several grown children, and a telephone message from South Bend says he will be buried here.






Monday, April 6, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. H. C. CONDON attended the funeral of Irvin HUTCHINSON at Logansport, Sunday.


      Marion [PORTER] and Walter PORTER returned to Marion today, after attending the funeral of their father, B. F. PORTER.


      Mrs. Ezra ALSPACH and Mrs. John SPAIDE left this morning for Ohio where they will attend the funeral of their brother-in-law, Finley STROCK.


      Frederick [McMANAMA], the infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. B. McMANAMA, was buried at Citizens cemetery this afternoon.


      The many friends of Mr. & Mrs. Jesse NEFF, formerly of this place, will be sorry to hear of her death, which occurred a week ago at her home at Lebanon, Indiana. Mr. Neff was deputy court clerk from 1895 to 1899.


      James TAYLOR, aged 97 years died Sunday morning at the home of his son Jerome Taylor, at Mentone, after an illness of several days.

      Mr. Taylor was a remarkable man and his life was one well spent. From boyhood he was a progressive man and made money which he spent in living a life of comfort in old age.

      The aged man was the son of a Revolutionary soldier and was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and remained there until in 1861. At that time he moved to Ohio and later came to Kosciusko county. Twenty-seven years ago he purchased a little farm in Marshall county, just across the Fulton county line, north of Talma, where he and his wife lived happily until her death almost a year ago. Since that time he has made his home with his children, Mrs. Margaret SPOTTS, Nora, Ohio; Mrs. P. N. BLUE, Mentone; Mrs. R. G. ANDERSON, New Holland, Ohio; Jerome B. TAYLOR, Mentone; R. C. TAYLOR, Elburn, Illinois, and Miss Katie TAYLOR, South Bend.

      While calling on Mr. Taylor recently, a Sentinel representative was entertained very pleasantly with stories. He remembered distinctly of the falling of the stars in 1832 and the great excitement occasioned by the first railroad crossing the Adirondack mountains. He witnessed the hanging of a wife murderer in Ohio in 1833 by a mob and told graphic tales of how men conducted such matters in the early days of the last century.

      During his life Mr. Taylor had many misfortunes. He was a carpenter when a young man and after coming to Indiana purchased real estate. Part of this was in Illinois, and for that he paid $6,000. The title for that land proved to be bad and he lost all of the investment. A large part of Mr. Taylor’s wealth went for life insurance. He lost several dollars in the Masonic Mutual Benefit Association and later took out several other policies in the hope that his heirs would receive something after his death. The assessments on these policies grew larger as Mr. Taylor grew older and when the monthly assessments reached fifteen dollars he was forced to stop the payments. It is estimated that he spent more than $10,000 for life insurance.

      During his long life, Mr. Taylor never belonged to any church until two years ago when he united with the Lutheran church at Talma. He was always a christian man.

      Mr. Taylor was married in 1837 and his wife lived until almost one year ago. They celebrated their sixty-ninth wedding anniversary shortly before her death.

      The funeral will be held at Mentone, Tuesday afternoon.


      Mrs. Dillie [Alazanna HARVEY] COOPER died at the home of John BARNETT and family on south Smith street at 3:30 yesterday morning, after an illness of three weeks duration. Death was due to a general nervous breakdown. Alazanna Harvey was born in Johnson county, on April 1, 1839, and died on April 2, 1908, aged 69. She was married to Alexander COOPER on September 26, 1875. He died on October 16, 1881. Mrs. Cooper came to this vicinity when 8 years of age and has since lived here continually. (Kewanna item)


Tuesday, April 7, 1908


      James Floyd WARE, oldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Green WARE was born September 28, 1886, and died April 2, 1908, aged 21 years 6 months and 5 days. “Floyd” as he was called, was a good boy, free from bad habits, and clean in his life. He had the manly merit of being dutiful to his parents. A short time before the end, he desired baptism and committed his soul to Him who will not turn the penitent away. Funeral Sunday at the Blue Grass Chapel was largely attended despite the rain.


Wednesday, April 8, 1908


      Mrs. Roy CLAY, residing about three and one-half miles northeast of Rochester, died this morning after an illness of four weeks. Deceased leaves three small children, and husband besides a number of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The funeral will occur Thursday afternoon at the residence. Interment will be made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. [Charlotte E. (Lottie) RHINESMITH CLAY, October 21, 1879 - April 8, 1908; Roy CLAY, 1878-1951; Sarah Margaret CLAY, 1880-1967]


Thursday, April 9, 1908


      Mrs. Jacob BRUBAKER, aged nearly 75 years died Wednesday evening at seven o’clock at her home near Richland Center.

      Deceased had been ill for the past fifteen years of dropsy and for some time had been quite low. Mrs. [Sarah A.] Brubaker was one of the pioneer residents of Richland township having settled there in the early 50’s and has since lived in the vicinity of her late home. She was widely known by a wide circle of friends who are deeply grieved at her death.

      The surviving children are Tillen [BRUBAKER] and William [BRUBAKER], Cass county; Jacob [BRUBAKER], Leiters; Mrs. Vina LOWMAN, Mrs. Susie MARTIN and Eli [BRUBAKER], near Richland Center.

      The funeral will be held at Richland Center church Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment will be made at that place.


      Born to Mr. & Mrs. A. S. ZABST Sunday, April 5, a son, and as the Lord saw fit He claimed it as his own and the burial took place at Salem cemetery Monday. (Blue Grass item)




Friday, April 10, 1908


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Saturday, April 11, 1908


      Mrs. Charlotte ROGERS died at the home of Thomas J. McCRORY and family northwest of town, Tuesday, at the age of 65 years. (Kewanna item)


Monday, April 13, 1908


      Word was received Saturday by Hiram NEFF, who lives east of the lake that his father, Jonathan NEFF, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, had died suddenly. He left immediately for that place. Deceased was a brother of Fred [NEFF] and David NEFF, and Margaret FOSNER, deceased, of this city. Mr. Neff visited here a number of times and made many friends.


Tuesday April 14, 1908


      Grover BLAKE, of Anderson, the confessed murderer of his mother, who was the sister of Mrs. W. B. NOLAND, of this city, was taken through Rochester Monday via Lake Erie en route to Michigan City, where he has been sentenced for life. Young Blake appeared to be in the best of spirits, was neatly dressed and wore a don’t care look when seen at the depot yesterday.


Wednesday, April 15, 1908


      Mrs. Robert EATON, formerly Effie Van Dorn, of near Yellow Creek lake died Tuesday after an illness of measles. The funeral will be held at Claypool Thursday morning at 10 o’clock.


Thursday, April 16, 1908


      The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas McMAHAN south of town, died this morning. Interment will be made Friday in Odd Fellows cemetery.


Friday, April 17, 1908


      John BLACK was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, about 87 years ago and died Friday, April 10. (Macy item)


Saturday, April 18, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. Jacob MILLER went to Elkhart this morning to attend the funeral of her brother’s son.




      A telegram this morning to Frederick PETERSON, of this city from B. B. MUSSON, of St. Joseph, Missouri, stated that Martha (MUSSON), the ten year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Musson, died Friday evening. Her death was due to injuries received from a severe fall, which injured her spinal column.


      Wm. BOYER died this morning about 8:30 o’clock, at his room over the MILLICE Grocery on north Main street. Mr. Boyer had been ill for a long time and his health gradually failed until the end. Deceased was well known in Rochester, having owned the saloon where the WHITE CITY Bar is now located, for many years. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon.


Monday, April 20, 1908


      Chas. MOORE, 44, Bruce Lake, died at Longcliff hospital Tuesday after a lingering illness. He leaves a wife and five children, Mrs. Moore being a daughter of Jonathan Felty, Kewanna. He has been in inmate of Longcliff for five years. Undertaker RUSSELL of Kewanna took the remains back to the family residence at Bruce Lake Station, where the funeral was held Thursday, followed by burial at Pleasant Hill.


Tuesday, April 21, 1908


      Although had had been in ill health for two years the sudden death of Jacob VanTRUMP Monday evening was a surprise to the community. He had slowly been failing for some time but was not considered immediately dangerous and when in attempting to get out of bed he fell over dead there was no one present but his wife. His disease was dropsy due to some heart affliction.

      Jacob VanTrump was born in Virginia nearly 71 years ago, the son of John and Elizabeth VanTRUMP who were the parents of twelve children, Jacob being the last survivor. The elder VanTrumps came to Fulton county in 1854 and Jacob resided here ever since except a few years residence at Mexico. He was a miller by trade and was also a keen business man in earlier life being at one time quite weslthy. He was a man of very modest demeanor but he was sturdy in all the traits of upright manhood and was kindly and charitable in all things. In 1875 he married Miss Lovina REED of this city, who survives, and to the union were born three sons, Harold [VanTRUMP], of Owensboro, Ky., and Floyd [VanTRUMP] and Carl [VanTRUMP] of the Sentinel, all three being newspaper men.

      The time of the funeral has not yet been fixed.


      Mrs. Will [Hattie E.] MANLY, who has been an invalid for more than two years as the result of paralysis, died this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Mrs. Hattie E. AXLINE, was born in Ohio, and came to Fulton county twenty years ago and has since resided here. In 1894 Mr. & Mrs. Manly moved to Rochester. Here Mrs. Manly made many friends who have been a comfort to her during her long sickness and suffering. Mrs. Manly was a member of the Presbyterian church and a sincere, Christian woman. She leaves a husband, four sisters, one brother, a mother, and many friends.

      At this time the funeral arrangements have not been completed. It has been decided that the funeral will be held Friday. [Hattie E. Manley, March 26, 1868 - April 21, 1908; bur Rochester, I.O.O.F. cem]


Wednesday, April 22, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. Harold VanTRUMP and daughter, Helen [VanTRUMP], are here from Owensboro, Ky., called by the death of Harold’s father.


      The funeral of Mrs. Will [Hattie E.] MANLY will occur Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence. Friends of the family are requested to call between 10 and 12 o’clock Thursday.


      A telegram to relatives in this city this morning, brought the sad intelligence of the death of Luther MITCHELL, which occurred at 8:20 o’clock this morning. Luther had been ill of malarial fever for the past six or eight weeks and during the last week or more had been gradually failing in strength until death came.

      Deceased was the son of Orton MITCHELL, of this city, his mother and sister reside in Chicago and brother Harry [MITCHELL] in New York. He was always of quiet manner and carried the respect of all who knew him for his upright and gentlemanly conduct. While residing in Rochester he was identified with the musical circles, being a violinist of some skill. During the past year he managed a billiard parlor on north State street, Chicago.

      The remains will be brought to this city and funeral arrangements made later.


Thursday, April 23, 1908


      The will of the late Jacob VanTRUMP leaves all of his property to the widow [Lavina VanTRUMP] and names her and Harold VanTRUMP executors without bond.


      Luther MITCHELL was born September 1, 1885 and died April 22, 1908 in Chicago, after an illness of twelve weeks, the last two of which were spent at the Passavant Hospital. During the early stages of his illness he recovered sufficiently to visit his former home and friends in company with his mother, with whom he was making his home, having gone to Chicago to avail himself of the advantages offered there to complete his musical education. Services will be held at the residence of his grandparents Mr. & Mrs. C. A. MITCHELL, East Rochester, at 2 p.m. Friday, the 24th.


      The funeral of Jacob VanTRUMP was a remarkable one. When Dr. CAMPBELL opened the service he was given an obituary written by the deceased on July 4th, 1907 in which he confessed his belief in God and the Christian relition, said he would omit some things in his life and add to in other respects, admonished his sons to live manly men and observe the Golden Rule in all things, and then added a pathetic note to the minister who should officiate. It was probably the most impressive obituary ever read in Rochester and none heard it but were made better by it and all were re-assured of the good heartedness of the deceased.


Friday, April 24, 1908


      Fred PETERSON returned home yesterday evening from St. Joseph, Mo., where he attended the funeral of his granddaughter, Martha [MUSSON], the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. B. B. MUSSON.


Saturday, April 25, 1908


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Monday, April 27, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. Harold VanTRUMP and daughter Helen [VanTRUMP] returned home to Owensboro, Ky., this morning after attending the funeral of his father. They were accompanied home by his mother, [Lavina VanTRUMP] who will spend a couple of weeks with them.


      Mrs. Ellen FOOR, wife of David FOOR, living one and one-half miles north of Rochester on the Michigan road died Sunday morning at 4:20 o’clock of apoplexy at the ripe old age of 70 years.

      There were five children born to Mr. & Mrs. Foor, Dr. J. B. FOOR, of Black Hawk, Fred FOOR, of Rochester, Parlee G. FOOR, Richland township, Mrs. Clara HOFFMAN, of Washington and Emma FOOR deceased.

      The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Christian church in Macy, Elder James WAGONER having charge of the services. Interment will be made in the Macy cemetery.


Tuesday, April 28, 1908


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Wednesday, April 29, 1908


      At the family residence four miles southwest of town this morning, Mrs. Wm. [Wilhelmina] TETZLAFF passed away after an illness of several weeks, with throat and heart trouble.

      Deceased was well known as a quiet, kindly wife, mother and neighbor and her whole life was devoted to the welfare of her family and friends. She was a daughter of Mrs. ROSENBAUM of this city, was twice married and besides her husband leaves five children, viz: John and Louie FELDER, and Sofa, Ida and Eddie TETZLAFF. She was a convert in the Evangelical church and the funeral will be held under the auspices of that denomination. She was about 55 years old and her family has the sympathy of a very wide circle of friends.


Thursday, April 30, 1908


      Chas. and Harvey CONNOR returned to Danville, this afternoon after attending the funeral of their mother, Mrs. David [Ellen] FOOR.


      The funeral of Mrs. Wm. [Wilhelmina] TETZLAFF will occur Friday afternoon at 1:30 at Antioch church and burial will follow at Odd Fellows. [Wilhelmina, March 21, 1852 - April 29, 1908; William, June 16, 1853 - March 30, 1940].



Friday, May 1, 1908


      Miss Margaret EBER attended the funeral of Mrs. Wm. TETZLAFF, south of town today.


      Dr. Harry [M.] PIPER, of Denver, was instantly killed by Lake Erie train No. 22, north bound which is due here at 3:30 o’clock, Thursday afternoon. He was returning home to Denver from a visit south of that place in a closed buggy, and although the engineer blew the whistle the doctor did not hear it and drove on the track. The pilot struck him and carried his body some 300 feet. The horse was thrown fifty feet and died in a few minutes after it was struck.

      The unfortunate man was a brother of Geo. PIPER, until recently a barber of this city but now of Washington, and was a coming physician of Miami county.


      When ex-Sheriff Isaac GOOD heard that ex-Postmaster Jonas MYERS had ordered his casket built of solid walnut Isaac at once came to town to see what his old friend’s idea of the right kind of coffin is. He saw the “box” and liked it so much he ordered cabinet maker, Sam WALTERS, to make one for him just like it. And then he hunted Jonas up and made a contract with him that if he (Good) should die before his casket is finished he is to have the casket already finished for Jonas and Jonas is to use the one to be made for Isaac.

      This is a remarkable circumstance. Both men are at the four score period of life and both talk a good deal of being ready to die and yet they are as cheerful as ever and seem to enjoy the company of their friends the same as usual. And the pair is remarkable in another respect. In politics they have always been the stubbornest of opponents, while as neighbors and Odd Fellows they are the closest of friends. For years they have stood together on all I.O.O.F. matters and both wear “Fifty years an Odd Fellow” badges.

      Myers has carried out the plans for his funeral in detail. He has deposited in his casket full written instructions for his funeral, such as names of pall bearers, songs to be sung, etc., and has the casket locked and the key in the keeping of an undertaker who is to unlock the casket when Jonas dies and carry out the instructions he has written and deposited therein.

      But these funerals may not occur for ten years yet. While each of the illustrious old Fulton countyites have an occasional “brush” of grip or something else that threatens to take them away both are sturdy and at this time in very vigorous health considering their old age.


      Henry F. WELLER, of near Gilead, has qualified as administrator of the estate of Martha WELLER, giving bond in the sum of $200, signed by John W. SMITH and Leo F. RAMSEY. (Macy item)


      Lillie M. WEAVER, of near Wagoners, has been appointed guardian of her children, minor heirs of the late Isaac R. WEAVER, Arthur, Walter and Edna WEAVER, aged respectively twenty, fourteen and five years. (Macy item)


      Mrs. W. A. BARTLETT was called to Milford, Illinois, Saturday on account of the death of her grandmother who was ninety-eight years of age at the time of her death and had never ridden on a railroad during her lifetime.  (Macy item)

      Ralph [HEDGES], the infant son of Omer and Dora HEDGES, died at the home of parents near Deedsville, Saturday, aged one year five months and twenty-eight days. Spinal meningitis was the cause of death. Funeral services in charge of Rev. Frank LaMASTERS, of Mexico, were held at the house Monday at 10 o’clock, interment at Deedsville. (Macy item)


      Grandma NELSON, of Disko, died suddenly last Wednesday morning about 7 o’clock after a tedious illness of several months. The funeral occurred Friday at one o’clock at the M.E. church of that village conducted by her friend and former pastor, Rev. T. H. HILL. (Akron item)


      Margaret Elizabeth WALTERS, widow of Mathew H. WALTERS, departed this life April 25, aged 69 years.  (Kewanna item)


Monday, May 4, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. Will LOY attended the funeral of Dr. [Harry M.] PIPER at Denver, Sunday.


      A clipping from a South Bend paper received by one of his friends in this city has the sad news of the death of Rev. DeLuBURKE who was formerly Rector of the Episcopal church in this city and a very popular man. He died at Yates Center, Kansas, and the remains were taken to South Bend for buria. He had never fully recovered his vigorous health after his severe attack of typhoid fever when a resident of Rochester.


Tuesday, May 5, 1908


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Wednesday, May 6, 1908


      Plymouth Independent: Mrs. Julia Ann HUNTER died at her home in the southeast part of Plymouth at 7 o’clock this morning. Deceased was a widow [of Leonard HUNTER] and was 73 years of age. She was one of the old residents of Plymouth and leaves many friends to mourn her death. The remains will be taken to Fulton county for burial. [Julia A. Hunter,  Feb. 13, 1835 - May 5, 1908; bur Moon cem, Aubbeenaubbee Twp, Fulton Co Ind]


      Joseph C. BARRETT died Tuesday evening at 5:40 o’clock at his residence on South Monroe street, after an illness extending over a period of two and one-half years. Mr. Barrett’s illness was made up of a complication of diseases that bore him steadily to his death.

      Deceased was born in Fulton county, October 23, 1953, and has lived in Rochester a good many years, although he has moved away several time to remain but a few years. A few years Mr. Barrett was identified with the restaurant business in this city and is widely known.

      Mr. Barrett leaves a wife, two brothers, William [BARRETT] and Abner J. [BARRETT]; two sisters, Mrs. Hester COLLINS and Mrs. Richard LEAVELL, of this city, and two daughters, Mrs. Ed. WILLIAMSON, of Auburn, and Mrs. Grace IRVIN of Rochester besides other relatives and friends to mourn this loss.

      The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence. The Odd Fellows will have charge of the burial.­


      John Verl [RENTSCHLER], the eleven years old son of Representative and Mrs. George RENTSCHLER, east of Fulton, died Tuesday at 12 m. o’clock.

      Deceased has been a sufferer of rupture of the heart for the past six months and the end did not come unexpectedly.

      The funeral will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock, at the Fulton U.B. church. Interment will be made in the Fulton cemetery.


Thursday, May 7,. 1908


      Mrs. J. D. TURNER, of Warsaw, attended the funeral of Joseph BARRETT here this afternoon.

      The funeral of Joseph BARRETT was taken charge of this afternoon by the local order of Odd Fellows, assisted by several members of the order of Plymouth.


      Nelie Marie [DURKES], the infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank DURKES, four miles southwest of Rochester, died Tuesday. Interment was made this afternoon in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


      Mrs. Lee [Bessie A. McCARTER] MONTGOMERY died Wednesday evening, of rheumatism, at her home just west of Rochester, on the Leiters road.

      Bessie A. McCarter was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Sylvester McCARTER and was born January 1, 1876 and died May 6, ‘08. On November 16, 1901, she was married to Lee MONTGOMERY to which union was born four children, who survive with the father to mourn their loss.

      The funeral arrangements will be announced later.


Friday, May 8, 1908


      The funeral of Mrs. Lee MONTGOMERY will be held at Presbyterian church Sunday at 2 o’clock, Rev. Arthur Maxwell SMITH having charge of the services. Interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


      A telephone message from Twelve Mile announces the death of Mrs. Ross HOWELL at an early hour this morning. She was taken ill Sunday morning and her critical condition was not fully realized until she was dying. She was a bride of but a few months, the second of of Mr. Howell’s to die within two years, and a sister-in-law of Miss Glen HOWELL BARNHART of this city.


Saturday, May 9, 1908


      Mrs. Catherine E. MARTIN, of Fulton died Friday morning at 9:30 o’clock at the age of 75 years and four days, after an illness of dropsy for about six weeks.

      Mrs. Martin was a pioneer of Fulton county having resided in this county nearly all her life and for many years lived in Fulton. She was a kind old lady and all who knew her were her loyal friends.

      The children who survive are Mrs. Ida MILLINER, Fulton; Mrs. Etta DAY, Plymouth; Mrs. Bert OILER, Greencastle; Mrs. Minnie MOORE south of Fulton; Don [MARTIN], Logansport; Ed. [MARTIN], Peru; and Arthur [MARTIN], Fulton.

      The funeral will be held at Fulton U.B. church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be made in Fulton cemetery.


      (Memorial resolution by Americus Lodge No. 91, I.O.O.F., for Joseph BARRETT, from Plymouth, Indiana, May 6, 1908, signed by Ed V. KOONTZ, Jacob KASZER and William HAHN, committee).


Monday, May 11, 1908


      The funeral of Edward NORRIS, formerly of Rochester, but for the past several years of South Bend, who died Friday was held at the residence in that city Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. The Eagles assisted by the Mason’s Union had charge of the burial. Interment was made in the Bowman cemetery at South Bend. Deceased had several relatives in Rochester and vicinity and was well known by many who regret his death.


      Mrs. Sarah R. EDWARDS NEFF was born near Talma, Ind., March 17, 1845, and departed this life May 10, 1908, from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stewart HASLETT.

      In 1870 she was united in marriage with Elija NEFF now deceased and to this union one child was born, Mrs. Stewart Haslett who with other relatives and friends are left to mourn the loss of a friend and mother.

      Mrs. Neff has practically been an invalid for more than three years and death came as a welcome messenger to relieve her of her suffering. She had never united with any religious denomination, but held steadfast to the Bible and its teachings, doing unto others as she would wish to be done by.

      She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Mary McKEE, of Michigan City, Mrs. Margaret CULVER, of South Bend, and one brother, Lyman B. EDWARDS, of Logansport, to grieve the departure of their sister, her mother, father and three brothers having gone before.

      Funeral will occur Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the home of Mrs. Stewart Haslett, Jefferson street.

      Friends may call between the hours of 9 to 12 o’clock Tuesday morning.

      Mrs. Margaret CULVER, of South Bend, is here on account of the death of her sister, Mrs. Sarah NEFF.


      Luther BIBLER, who was operated upon at Woodlawn May 1, for appendicitis, died Sunday afternoon at 1:20 o’clock.

      Deceased was the eldest son of Atty. and Mrs. J. H. BIBLER of this city, and was born in Rochester March 27, 1882.

      He grew up a bright student in the public schools of Rochester and after considerable study was admitted to the Fulton county bar in 1903.

      On October 1, 1903 he was united in marriage with Miss Martha MUND, of Ora, to which union there was born one child who survives with its mother and other close relatives and many loyal friends to mourn their loss.

      The members of the Fulton county bar had a meeting this morning and a committee was appointed on resolutions and arrangements.

      The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of deceased’s parents, Atty. and Mrs. J. H. BIBLER, South Madison street. Interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


Tuesday, May 12, 1908


      Mrs. John CARRITHERS returned home today from Iowa, where she attended the funeral of her sister.


Wednesday, May 13, 1908


      The Misses McCAUGHEY were called to Logansport today to attend the funeral of Miss Iva JAMISON, a relative.


Thursday, May 14, 1908


      Miss Margaret CULVER, South Bend, and Mrs. Jos. McKEE, Michigan City, have returned home after attending the funeral of their sister, Mrs. [Sarah R. EDWARDS] NEFF.


Friday, May 15, 1908


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Saturday, May 16, 1908


      A special in the Indianapolis Star of today, from Lafayette, says Mrs. LeRoy [Lucinda J. LEAR] ARMSTRONG died at Salt Lake City yesterday of cancer. Mrs. Armstrong’s maiden name was LEAR and she grew up two or three miles west of Rochester.


      The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. David WOLF died last Friday and was buried at Lake Bruce Sunday forenoon.  (Fulton item)


      John L. HOFF, an old citizen of Wayne township, died yesterday morning at the age of 86. The remains were taken to Logansport today and shipped to Flora for burial.  (Fulton item)


Monday, May 18, 1908


      Doratha Marie BRAUN was born in Wittenberg, Germany, May 4, 1827, and died at her home in northwest Rochester Saturday afternoon, May 16, 1908.

      In 1854 she came to America and settled in Newark, Ohio, where she was later married to John SCHOLDER, deceased. In 1860 they came to Rochester where she has since resided.

      There were born seven children to this union, Frona and John SCHOLDER, of this city, and five deceased.

      The funeral was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence, Rev. O. P. MILES having charge of the service. Interment was made in I.O.O.F. cemetery.

      Dan BROWN of Hammond attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Doratha SCHOLDER here this afternoon.


      Mrs. Thomas CLEMENS died this morning at 9 o’clock, at her home near Athens. Deceased is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John GRILL and is 25 years old. She leaves a husband and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn for her. The funeral arrangements have not been announced.


Tuesday, May 19, 1908


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Wednesday, May 20, 1908


      Dan BROWN has returned to his home in Hammond after attending the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Mary SCHOLDER.


      Mr. & Mrs. E. E. CLARY went to Logansport today where they attended the funeral of his step-mother. She was buried in the old Sutton cemetery in Pulaski county.


      The remains of Mrs. Isabel BOCKOVER, were brought from Logansport today for burial at Kewanna. She was the wife of Charles BOCKOVER.


Thursday, May 21, 1908


      Mrs. H. S. FANSLER died Monday at her home in Monterey. The funeral was held Wednesday in the M.E. church. Burial in the Monterey cemetery. (Monterey item)


Friday, May 22, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. Wm. WILSON attended the funeral of Mrs. Elijah [Rachel A.] McKELFRESH at Argos today. [Maple Grove cem, Walnut Twp, Miami Co Ind; Elijah, Oct 29, 1837 - March 14, 1913; Rachel A., his wife, Apr 7, 1845 - May 22, 1908]


Sarurday, May 23, 1908 to Wednesday, May 27, 1908


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Thursday, May 28, 1908


      David BLACK aged almost 80 died at his home at Denver, Tuesday and burial was made at Deedsville this afternoon. Deceased taught school in the neighborhoods southwest of Fulton and Macy for 36 consecutive years and many Sentinel readers were once his pupils. [Deedsville I.O.O.F. cem, Union Twp, Miami Co Ind; Apr 29, 1829 - May 25, 1908]




Friday, May 29, 1909


      Mr. & Mrs. Marion HEIGHWAY, Mr. & Mrs. Henry MILLS and Mr. & Mrs. Scott PONTIOUS went to Leesburg last Sunday to attend the funeral of Isaac POWELL, a relative who died on Friday. (Mentone item)


      Mrs. Susan BABCOCK [ONSTOTT] died this morning at three o’clock at the home of her son, Isaac ONSTOTT, after a month’s illness.

      Susan Joanne BABCOCK, daughter of James and Rebecca Jane BABCOCK was born in Dearborn county, Ind., March 8, 1830, departed this life May 29, 1908. At twelve years of age she moved with her parents to Fulton county and has ever since been a resident of this county. In 1855 she was united in marriage to Isaac Y. ONSTOTT deceased, in 1870, leaving her a family of six children all of whom are living to mourn their loss. The children are Mrs. Ida CASTLEMAN, Emma WILSON, Anna HOLMAN, James, Frank and Isaac ONSTOTT. She also leaves one brother, George [BABCOCK], and one sister, Eliza ADAMS.

      She united with a Baptist church in Dearborn county when ten years of age and when Ebenezer church was organized she became a charter member and has ever since remained faithful, ever characterizing the Savior’s life. Her father and three of her brothers, Andrew, James and Calvin [BABCOCK], were pioneer Baptist ministers of the County. Deceased was a lovable, forcible character always weilding a good influence over all that were fortunate to come in contact with her. She was ever devoted to her family and friends. Being left with six small children she fought life’s battles bravely without a murmer keeping her family together and moulding an influence that will guide and direct them all through their lives.

      Funeral will be held at her late residence at the home of her son Isaac ONSTOTT 506 W. 9th St., Monday afternoon at three o’clock.

      Interment will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


Saturday, May 30, 1908


      Two new monuments have been recently in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Thomas McGINNIS has put a marble monument and Mrs. Grant TRACY a fine marble monument representing the Gates Ajar. (Macy item)


      Miss Edith BROWER the twenty-two year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. L. K. BROWER, of northwest Rochester, died Friday evening about ten o’clock. Miss Brower has suffered of tuberculosis of the stomach for the past seven months and death came as a relief to the patient sufferer.

      Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church having joined when quite young and was always known as a lovable young lady highly respected by all. She leaves a father, mother and three brothers, Harry, Walter and George [BROWER], all of this city.

      Funeral at residence Monday afternoon at 2:30.


Monday, June 1, 1908


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Tuesday, June 2, 1908


      Mrs. Harry ARMSTRONG returned home to Plymouth today, after attending the funeral of Mrs. [Susan] ONSTOTT.


      Mrs. Thos. MERCER and Ed MERCER, of this city and Robert QUIVEY, of North Manchester, went to Plymouth today, to attend the funeral of Mrs. Isabelle REDD.


Wednesday, June 3, 1908


      S. M. NEWBY, of this city, received a telegram Tuesday evening, bringing the news of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Rebecca ROBERTS, of Westfield.


      The funeral of David BLACK was largely attended here last Wednesday afternoon. (Deedsville item)


Thursday, June 4, 1908


      Mrs. Anthony BRAMAN received word from Blanchester, Ohio, that her mother was very ill. She left this morning and since leaving Mr. BRAMAN received word that her brother of the same city was dead.


      Clarence CASTLEMAN and wife and Mrs. Emma SEE attended the funeral of their grandmother, Mrs. Joanah ONSTOTT. (Leiters item)


Friday, June 5, 1908


      Mrs. James [F.] [Martha J. (SHRIVER)] KOFFLE, residing just east of Manitou died Thursday evening about 12 o’clock, after an illness extending over a period of about two years.

      Deceased was a member of the Saints church and during her health was an earnest worker. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Elmer HART, Louisa and Ruth [KOFFLE], and one son, Omar [KOFFLE], besides a husband, three sisters, one brother and many friends to grieve for her.

      She will be buried in Athens cemetery but the time of the funeral is not known.


Saturday, June 6, 1908


      Carl CLIFTON, son of Lemuel A. and Lena L. CRABB, was born in Kewanna on May 18, and died at the family residence on South Logan street on May 28, 1908, aged 1 year. (Kewanna item)


      The editor’s aged mother, Mrs. Delilah SHESLER, died at the home of a son in Idaville, last Friday morning at two o’clock. (Akron item)






Monday, June 8, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. Joe BRADY of Mishawaka were here today to attend the funeral of George [REED], the son of Mr. & Mrs. Fred REED.

      George [REID], the three years old son of Mr. & Mrs. Fred REID, who was burned Friday morning, died Sunday morning about 2 o’clock.

      It will be remembered by Sentinel readers that the little fellow was playing in the back yard at the home of his parents on South Franklin Ave., when his clothing caught fire from a bonfire. The blaze was put out by the child’s mother but not until his left hip and side had been burned quite severely. However, it was not thought that the injury would prove fatal until Saturday evening, when the child began to suffer intensely and remained in a critical condition during the night, passing away early the next morning.

      The funeral was held at the residence this afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. GENGE having charge of the services. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


Tuesday, June 9, 1908 and Wednesday, June 10, 1908


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Thursday, June 11, 1908


      Jay ABBOTT died at his home on Piety Hill Wednesday evening after several months illness. He leaves a wife and three daughters, Mrs. Harry OWENS, Mrs. May HARE and Miss Della ABBOTT.  (Macy item)


Friday, June 12, 1908


      Mrs. W. S. SHAFER received a message Thursday afternoon telling of the sudden death of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth WILTFONG, of Plymouth. Mrs. Shafer left on the Lake Erie train for that place. The funeral will be held Sunday.


      Coral [RAMSEY], the nine year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Leo RAMSEY east of town, who was taken to Woodlawn hospital Rochester where she underwent an operation for appendicitis Friday afternoon, died Tuesday night at 12:15. The funeral cortege will leave the residence at 9:00 o’clock Friday morning, services at the church in Gilead. (Macy item)


Saturday, June 13, 1908


      The body of Geo. H. NAWN, who died on an Erie passenger train Thursday, was shipped today by undertaker ZIMMERMAN to Boston Highlands, Mass.


      Mrs. Maria NELLANS, died this morning at 11:45 o’clock at the home of her son, Ami NELLANS, south Jefferson street.

      Deceased suffered from disease incident to old age and has been in failing health since January. She was born April 24, 1820, in Green county, Penn., and when five years old moved with her parents to Ohio, where, in 1838, she was united in marriage with Thos. NELLANS, deceased. To this union were born eleven children of which eight survive besides an only sister, Mrs. Eliza EDWARDS, of this city. The children are Mrs. Nackey BOYD, Illinois; Mrs. Lavina ROBINSON, Argos; Mrs. Mary E. CLARK, Mentone; John N. [NELLANS], Mrs. Alwilda NELSON and Geo. W. [NELLANS], Mentone; Mac [NELLANS], Richland Center; and Ami [NELLANS] of this city.

      The funeral cortege will leave the residence Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock and will go to Richland Center church where services will be held at 11 o’clock, Rev. O. P. MILES having charge of the services. Interment will be made in Richland Center cemetery.


      The infant child of Arthur UMBAUGH of near Tiosa died monday and following a brief service at the home interment was at the Lutheran cemetery east of Tiosa Tuesday.  (Argos item)


      Mrs. Leavisa CRILE aged 93, and mother of Mrs. A. B. SARGENT, died at the home of her daughter in Peru yesterday. Funeral Thursday. (Fulton item)


Monday, June 15, 1908


      After a long illness, induced by attack of pneumonia fifteen months ago, Mrs. Margaret V. [(WILSON) BRACKETT COWGILL GOULD passed away Sunday morning at the age of 74 years and 9 months. She was born in New York state and came to Fulton county in 1842. Her maiden name was WILSON and she was married to Dr. Charles BRACKETT in 1851, who died in the army twelve years later, leaving her the care of five small children, viz: Lyman M. BRACKETT, Charles W. BRACKETT, Mrs. Louise HOLMAN, Mrs. Minnie PLANK, and Mrs. Rose WILLIAMS, the latter deceased. In 1869 Mrs. Brackett married E. E. COWGILL and to this union two children were born, viz: a son Harry [COWGILL], who died at the age of four years and a daughter, Edith [COWGILL], now Mrs. Frank E. BRYANT. Five years later the subject of this sketch was again left a widow by Mr. Cowgill’s death and three years afterward she married Dr. Vernon GOULD who passed away two months ago.

      Mrs. Gould was doubtless the most widely and popularly known woman in Rochester. She was active in charity and church work, in social and intellectual endeavor, and in all public spirited efforts that had to do with the welfare and progress of the city. She was liberal and charitable in her ideas of things general, and as mother, neighbor and friend her counsel was much sought and the brightness and goodness of her life was a source of inspiration to all who knew her.

      The funeral will occur Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bryant, when Rev. O. P. MILES pastor of the church of which deceased was long a leading member will conduct the service.


      Mrs. Adam [Mary RICHARDSON SAGER] SMITH departed this life Saturday evening at 6 o’clock, aged 67 years at her home in East Rochester.

      Mary Richardson was born January 27, 1841 in Franklin Co., Virginia. In 1848 she came with her parents to Indiana where in 1859 she was united in marriage with C. W. SAGER. To this union was born eleven children. The father, five sons and two daughters preceded her to the better world. In 1879 she became a member of the Dunkard church, of which she ever remained a faithful and constant member. March 27, 1903 she was united in marriage with Adam SMITH, of Ohio City, with whom she lived in devoted christial life until the angel of death called her.

      Friends and neighbors wishing to view the remains may do so Tuesday from 8 to 10 o’clock a.m. Funeral will be held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Interment will be made in Athens cemetery.


      Vern Leroy [HARVEY], son of James E. and Melissa A. HARVEY, died at the family residence of injuries received in jumping from a hay loft.  (Kewanna item) [V. Leroy Harvey, son of J. E. & M. J. Harvey; 1879-1908; bur Kewanna I.O.O.F. cem]


      Miss Mae CUMMINGS died in the hospital at South Bend, Wednesday night at 9 o’clock, as the result of an operation performed that morning for an abcess in her side. (Kewanna item)

       [Ida Mae Cummings, Oct 14, 1882 - June 10, 1908; bur Kewanna I.O.O.F. cem]


June 16, 1908


            Out of town relatives and friends here today to attend the Mrs. [Margaret] GOULD funeral were Mrs. Ella SPOHN, St. Louis, Don. C. PLANK and Mrs. McFADDIN of Chicago, and Chas. M. BRACKETT and daughters Mary and Bernice, Hedgewich.

      The funeral of Mrs. Margaret Gould this afternoon, was a beautiful but modest affair. The floral offerings were profuse and rich, the music was by Miss Genette WARD, and the sermon by Dr. MILES was an eloquent eulogy on the beautiful and useful christian life of the deceased.


      Mr. Thomas [I.] WILSON, brother-in-law to Mrs. A. T. BITTERS and Mrs. Alice REED, died in his home in Hammond yesterday. He was formerly well known in this city as an expert railroad man. His remains will arrive over the Erie tomorrow at 11:10 a.m., and taken to residence of A. T. BITTERS, where a brief service will be held at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. A. M. SMITH, and interment in I.O.O.F cemetery. [1848-1908]


Wednesday, June 17, 1908 to Friday, June 19, 1908


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Saturday, June 20, 1908


      Misses Mary and Bernice BRACKETT returned home to Hedgewich, this morning after attending the funeral of Mrs. GOULD.


      James HEDDENS died Tuesday at Indianapolis from lung trouble, aged forty-two years. The remains were brought to Peru, Wednesday, and taken to the home of a brother, John HEDDENS, on Flax Hill, where the funeral was held at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon, the Rev. DEVOE officiating. The burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. The funeral was held under the auspices of the Eagles, of which organization the deceased was a member. Mr. Heddens formerly lived in Wayne township, this county, and traveled for seven or eight years with the LaPearl shows. He is survived by a wife.


      Since the death of his wife, that occurred in Chicago two weeks ago, Arthur HOFFMAN has come back to Akron and has his little baby boy with him. (Akron item)


      Henry BEIK, of Wabash, and brother of the late O. F. BEIK, of this place died of appendicitis last Sunday morning, after an illness of only four days. (Akron item)


Monday, June 22, 1908


      The sad news of the death of John A. NEW, of Green Oak, who committed suicide at Peru was received in this city Saturday afternoon. Concerning the shocking affair the Peru Journal says:

        The body of John A. New, of Green Oak, Fulton county, was found in a room over the box ball alley on south Broadway just before noon Saturday. The remains were in a terrible condition, and it was several hours before arrangements could be made to remove the body to the potter’s field, where a hurried burial was made.

        The case is one of the worst that has ever been heard of in the city, and as near as can be estimated New had been dead about one week. It was the extreme hot weather what caused the remains to go to pieces and to the condition that they were in when discovered.

        The room in which the remains were found was formerly used by the Salvation Army people and it was Captain HINSHAW and Lieutenant EMVOY who made the discovery after they had broken down the door to find the cause of the awful smell that circulated about the hallway and the street below. Investigations by Coroner GOODRICK have not been completed but from the facts received by a Journal reporter it is almost certain that the man came to his death by suicide. He had as much as threatened his own life and it was only a short time ago that he visited his brother, Marshall [NEW], an employe of the L. E. & W. shops and informed him that he carried a small package with him, and that when the time would come he would be of no more use to earth, he would end it all.

        It was more than an hour after the decayed remains were found before they were identified as those of Mr. New.

        Shortly after Coroner Goodrick was summoned, word was sent to Marshall New, an employe of the L. E. & W. shops, and a brother of the dead man. He was greatly excited over the tragic death, but at the same time acknowledged that it was no more than he expected. He stated that he was almost sure that the man would take his life, but never expected to find him in the condition he was found. In telling of his brother Mr. New stated that he was one of a family of four brothers and one sister. He was born in 1851 in Fulton, and from the time he was ten years old he had better opportunities than any of his brothers or sister. At the age of twenty-one he was given an excellent farm in Fulton county by an uncle. The farm was worth several thousand dollars, and he was given other advantages besides, but he never saved anything.

        He was married twice, and was divorced from both wives. He was out of money, and so the prospect of having to go to the poor house confonting him, it is thought drove him to the rash act. His brothers and sister are: Marshall NEW, of this city, Isom NEW, of Rochester, Robert NEW, of Fulton county, and Miss Ella NEW, of Rochester.

        As soon as the remains could be gotten from the building they were taken to the county infirmary and buried.

      Mr. New was a member of one of the very best families of Fulton county. Jethro NEW, his father was a pioneer of Liberty township in Fulton county, and a more sturdy, honest, industrious and upright man never lived in Fulton county. Isom, an elder brother now living in Rochester, is well acquainted in Peru, was a brave soldier, is a thoroughly reliable business man and always stood at the head of the list in the community in which he lived. Marshall is known well to the people of Peru, having been a faithful railroad employe for many years. This death is a sad affair for the family and they have the deepest sympathy of all.

      The body will be disinterred next winter and removed to South Mud Lake chapel cemetery.


      A telegram to this city Sunday, brought the sad news of the death of Mrs. W. R. TAYLOR, at Litchfield, Mich., which occurred Sunday noon, after a lingering illness.

      Mrs. Taylor lived in Rochester many years and last fall went to Litchfield where she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Clementine Knapp. Deceased leaves two daughters, Mrs. Clyde LEITER, of Decatur; and Mrs. Clementine KNAPP, of Litchfield, Mich., and a son, Levi TAYLOR, of Chicago.

      The remains will arrive in Rochester Tuesday morning, via Lake Erie and funeral will be held at 2 o’clock at Evangelical church. Interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


Tuesday, June 23, 1908


      His chest crushed in like paper when the hoof of his horse fell on him, Horace E. SCOTT, widely known and respected young farmer, near Hoovers, died after two hours of agony yesterday morning, medical aid being unable to do the least thing to stay his suffering.

      The accident happened when Scott, who resides on the farm of Mrs. TYSON, one-half mile south of Hoovers was taking a team of horses to his morning’s work. At 5:45 he had harnessed the horses and jumping upon the back of one rode from the barnyard. His mount suddenly shied and Scott, taken unprepared was thrown, falling first upon the other horse and then the ground where the horse he had been riding stepped squarely upon his chest, crushing the bones into the lungs.


Wednesday, June 24, 1908


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Thursday, June 25, 1908


      Phillip BAKER, aged 49 years, residing one-half mile south west of Wagoners died Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock after an illness extending over a period of five years. However he was only seriously ill since last August and death came as a relief to the patient sufferer. Deceased leaves a wife, four children and a large number of relatives and friends who mourn their loss. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the residence, Elder J. F. WAGONER officiating. Interment will be made in Macy Odd Fellows cemetery.


      Mrs. C. H. MULLICAN and children attended the funeral of her grandmother, Mrs. Adaline FORBES, at Peru last week. (Macy item)

      Mrs. Anderson BOGGESS died at 2:00 o’clock this morning, at her home on East 9th street, after a two months’ illness of cancer of the stomach.

      Deceased was born April 15, 1847, in Clunette, Kosciusko county and in February 1864 was united in marriage with Anderson BOGGESS. In the spring of 1865 they went to Iowa, where they resided about two and one-half years, coming back to Kosciusko county then twenty-four years ago came to Fulton county, where they resided all but five years, which was spent in Kosciusko county. Eighteen years ago Mrs. Boggess united with the Christian church and has since remained a faithful member. There were four children born to this union, three of whom preceded their mother in death, the remaining son being William [BOGGESS] of this city.

      The funeral will be held Saturday morning, at 10 o’clock at the residence, Rev. LACEY having charge of the services. Interment in Odd Fellows cemetery.


Saturday, June 27, 1908


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Monday, June 29, 1908


      Elliott BAILEY, the veteran soldier and hackman, passed away at 1:52 this morning, as the result of injuries sustained in a runaway Saturday afternoon. His death was due to a fractured skull. Mr. Bailey was a popular citizen and a great lover of children. His obliging nature won him friends by the score.

      Elliott Bailey was born in Hardin county, Ohio, February 6, 1835, and departed this life June 29th, 1908, aged 73 years 4 months and 23 days. He grew to manhood at the place of his birth and was united in marriage in 1855 to Martha EVANS. To this union was born one son ex-Sheriff Stilla P. BAILEY, of this city, who survives him, the mother having passed away in 1860. He served as a corporal in the Co. B, 179th O.V.I. and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He was united in marriage to Caroline ROTH, of Kenton, Ohio, November 3, 1871. They came immediately to Rochester, where they have resided ever since. To this union was born three children - -  two sons, Simon K. and Chas. H., and one daughter, Mrs. Stephen PARCEL, all of this city, who, with the mother and six grandchildren survive him. He was town marshal in 1895 and in later years engaged in the hack business.

      The funeral services will be held at the home on east Ninth street at 2 p.m. Thursday. Rev. GENGE will have charge. Interment at I.O.O.F. cemetery.


      At 3 o’clock this morning, Rev. A. L. NORRIS passed away at Woodlawn hospital. Death was due to a complication of diseases. Abraham L. NORRIS was born near Paris, Ohio, in August, 1836. He removed to the Macy-Chili neighborhood when a boy. Here he married Miss Nancy HURST, who died in 1902. To this union were born several children of whom only two survive. Charles [NORRIS], of Peru, and William [NORRIS], of this city. Three brothers, Joseph [NORRIS], of Chili; Jacob [NORRIS], of Deedsville; John [NORRIS], of this city; and one sister, Mrs. John MURPHY, of Macy, survive Mr. Norris. He had been a Methodist minister most of his life, engaging actively in the work until about the time Mrs. Norris died. Since that time he had resided in this city with his son Will. He was a man of sterling character.

      The funeral services will be held at Macy, Wednesday morning, Rev. CAMPBELL being in charge. Interment at the Macy cemetery.







Tuesday, June 30, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. E. H. MURRAY, Mrs. Grace McCARTY and children were in Huntington today, attending the funeral of Mr. Murray’s brother-in-law, E. T. BROWN. He was well known in this city.


      Edward Taylor BROWN, aged fifty-nine, for thirty years a leading business man of Huntington committed suicide by drinking carbolic acid Sunday morning. The act followed a long struggle to overcome the morphine habit from which he had recently broken, but ill health, depression over the death of his wife and successive business failures were also factors in impairing his mental faculties and impelling him to self destruction.


Wednesday, July 1, 1908


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Thursday, July 2, 1908


      Samuel FARNER, south of Rochester, died Wednesday evening, after a long suffering of complications incident to old age.

      Deceased was born in Wayne county, Ohio, in 1845, and during the Civil war was a private of 55th second battalion veteran reserve corps. After an honorable discharge he settled in Indiana and for a number of years resided in and near Kewanna. Several years ago he purchased the old BUTLER farm just south of this city, where he resided until death. He leaves a widow and one son, Sherman [FARNER], of this city, besides a large number of mourning friends.

      The funeral will be held at the late residence Saturday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, Rev. J. G. CAMPBELL having charge of the services.

      Interment will be made in the Citizens cemetery.


      Mr. & Mrs. Lee MILLER and daughter, of Rochester, and Mr. & Mrs. George STEELE, of Marion, attended the funeral of Uncle Abe NORRIS Wednesday.

      The funeral of Abraham L. NORRIS was preached at the M.E. church here Wednesday morning. He has been a local preacher here for twenty-five years and was known and loved by countless friends. (Macy items]


Friday, July 3, 1908


      Wilbur SQUIRES, of the soldier’s home at Lafayette, died at that place Tuesday morning at 5 o’clock. Deceased was well known having made this his home for many years. He was a brother to Mrs. Henry PULVER.

      Mrs. Lee MILLER, of Rochester, and Mrs. Charles NORRIS, of Peru, visited their mother, Mrs. Rebecca FARRAR Saturday. Mrs. Norris went from here to Rochester to be at the bedside of her father-in-law, Uncle Abe NORRIS, who died Monday morning. (Macy items)




Saturday, July 4, 1908


[Holiday - no paper]


Monday, July 6, 1908


      Mrs. James GANDY, who attended the funeral of her father, S. FARNER, returned home to South Bend this morning.


      After an illness lasting over a period of two years or more, Mrs. Emma MILLER, nee LANDIS, died about 1:30 last Sunday afternoon. She was an amiable young lady, the youngest of Moses LANDIS. (Akron item)


      The heirs of the late Mr. & Mrs. Joseph WILHOIT have caused the monument at the tomb of Mr. Wilhoit to be removed and are putting up a new and more modern monument one which is suitable for both the father and mother. (Akron item)


Tuesday, July 7, 1908


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Wednesday, July 8, 1908


      Henry KING, aged 75 years died suddenly Monday evening about eight o’clock, at the home of his brother, George KING, one and one-half miles northeast of Talma.

      Deceased had been in ill health for a long time owing to nervous troubles but was not thought to be in a dangerous condition. Mr. King was a well known farmer of the Talma neighborhood and was highly respected as a citizen and friend.

      The funeral services were held at Yellow Creek church this morning at ten o’clock. Interment was made in Yellow Creek cemetery.



Thursday, July 9, 1908


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Friday, July 10, 1908


      Henry KING, who has been an invalid for a long time practically helpless for two years past, died last Monday evening at the home of his brother, George KING, west of Mentone. He was 72 years of age and well known as a good citizen, and one of the best carpenters in the country. (Mentone item)


Saturday, July 11, 1908


      The body of Wm. LAWS, which was buried in St. Ann’s cemetery near Grass Creek seventeen years ago, was taken up on Thursday of last week and shipped to Marion, for interment beside the remains of his wife who died three weeks ago. (Kewanna item)

      The burial place of the noted Indian chief was indicated to Capt. CROOK of Adams township, Cass county, by the late Major McFADIN, of Logansport, ten years ago, and it has since been the purpose of Capt. Crook to own the lot and furnish the last resting place for the chief. The burial site was on the banks of lake Maxinkuckee. This season he decided to build a dry dock on the lot, having a double purpose in view - to get his dock, and, in making the excavation to find, if possible, the bones of AUBBEENAUBBEE.

      Recently work was begun on the excavation and it was not long until the coveted treasure, the bones of the great Chieftain, were reached. Great excitement reigned for some time among those present when the discovery was made, the party being Capt. FISHER, ex-marshal WOOD, Capt. Jack HEMLING and Capt. CROOK. When the excitement allayed, all gathered around with bowed heads and solemn faces to view the remains of the once noble chieftain who chose his burial place at the edge of the lake whose waters he loved so well. The dry dock will be his monument - the AUBBEENAUBBEE DOCK.


Monday, July 13, 1908


      Peru Journal: An unverified rumor has been circulated about the city for the past few days to the effect that Wilbur MITCHELL, a former Peru man had committed suicide in Watseka, Illinois. Particulars could not be learned and so it is not known how much truth is in the rumor.

      Mr. Mitchell is well known in Peru having lived here practically all his life until a year or more ago when he went to Rochester to open a five cent vaudeville theatre. He later moved to Illinois. He is a son-in-law of John KNUCHLE, formerly of east Main street and once conducted a confectionary store in that part of the city.


      A clipping from a California newspaper says:

        Died, in San Jose, June 29, 1908, Robert MITCHELL, husband of Harriet MITCHELL, a native of Indiana, aged 63 years.

        Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, from the W. B. Ward & Son, Undertaking Parlors, 95 south Market street, at 10:30 a.m. Interment Oak Hill.

      Robert Mitchell was a resident of Rochester for several years and then moved to a farm near Mud Lake in Liberty township. His health failed two years ago but friends here did not know he had gone to California. A note from Mrs. Mitchell says she has not decided where her future residence will be.


      Arthur John [DECK], son of John E. and Carrie DECK was born in Cass Co., Ind., March 29, 1892, died July 9, 1908. Age 16 years 3 months 11 days. He moved with his parents to Delong in childhood where he lived and grew to manhood. He moved to Logansport in February 1908, where he lived in health till he met his sudden death. Arthur leaves three brothers, five sisters and a loving father and mother to mourn their loss. He also leaves a host of friends. He was loved by all who knew him.


Tuesday, July 14, 1908


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Wednesday, July 15, 1908


      John MILLER, aged 57 years, passed away this morning at 1:30 o’clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lon WARE, 180 north Fulton avenue, after an illness of heart complications.

      Deceased was born in Putnam county Ohio, in 1851, and at an early age came to Indiana, where he later took up the trade of stone masonry. Besides a large number of sorrowing relatives his death is mourned by a wide circle of friends.

      The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Lon Ware. Interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


Thursday, July 16, 1908


      While sitting on M. L. PATTERSON’s porch, talking with Mrs. PATTERSON, yesterday morning at 10 o’clock Mrs. Joe [H.] [Anna A. (WEAVER)] DAY indulged in a hearty laugh when she suddenly plunged forward off her chair onto the floor and lay unconscious. In the excitement of the moment Mrs. Patterson rushed to the prostrate woman and fell across her in a faint and both were unconscious when neighbors arrived. Mrs. Patterson soon rallied but Mrs. Day gradually became weaker and died at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, aged 58 years.

      Mrs. Day’s maiden name was Anna WEAVER and she was always a jolly, helpful woman whom everybody liked. She leaves her husband and four children, viz: Charles [DAY], Ray [DAY], Guy DAY and Mrs. Charles HALDERMAN.



Friday, July 17, 1908


      A prominent pioneer citizen of Logansport, Stephen C. TABOR, who has relatives in Peru, died at an early hour Wednesday morning, of apoplexy at his residence. He was born March 8, 1830, and was the oldest son of Cyrus TABER, and probably the oldest inhabitant of that city.


Saturday, July 18, 1908


      Isaac BEMENDERFER, died at his late home in Chicago Saturday from kidney trouble with which he had suffered for some time. Funeral services and interment were at Morocco, Monday afternoon. Deceased was an uncle to Frank BEMENDERFER and formerly resided near Millark. (Macy item)


Monday, July 20, 1908


      The Lake Erie excursion north Sunday, struck O. B. BAIR at Plymouth, and rendered injuries from which he died about thirty minutes later.

      The accident occurred just after the train had crossed the Pennsylvania tracks. The unfortunate man was riding a bicycle and evidently did not see nor hear the approaching train, which was running at a low rate of speed. He was knocked to the side of the track and the train was immediately stopped. The man was not bruised much outwardly and the only serious injury noticeable was a broken arm. However, he died thirty minutes later, probably of internal injuries.

      Mr. Bair is a brother of Mrs. Joel STOCKBERGER, of this city and a well-to-do farmer residing about one mile west of Plymouth. He leaves a wife, a married daughter living in Michigan and a son who enlisted six weeks ago in the standing army.

      Mr. Bair was well known to the hardware men of this city, having been for a number of years state agent for the Champion farm machinery company and paid many professional visits to Rochester.


      W. J. BEMENDERFER received a telegraph message late last Saturday evening that his brother, Isaac [BEMENDERFER], died in Chicago that afternoon. The message came too late to get a train and William did not get to attend the funeral which occurred at Morocco, Ind., on Monday. (Akron item)


Tuesday, July 21, 1908


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Wednesday, July 22, 1908


      The funeral of Oliver P. BAIR, of west of Plymouth, who was killed by a Lake Erie train Sunday will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence. Interment will be made in Plymouth cemetery.


      I. J. BLACKETOR of Athens, Alabama, who has been traveling in the West to regain his health, arrived in Rochester Sunday, intending to spend a few days with his brother, Abe [BLACKETOR], and family south of town, but he received a message Monday announcing the death of his wife and left for home at once. The message was so delayed he is aftaid the funeral will take place before he arrives at Athens, Ala.


      “Uncle Job” BREECE, as he was familiarly called, died at his home in Macy, Monday evening, at six o’clock, of a disease peculiar to old age. He was 86 years old. He was an early pioneer in this county, having immigrated from Ohio. He leaves a wife, two sons, Lewis [BREECE] and John [BREECE], two daughters, Mrs. Mary VANDEGRIFT and Mrs. Susan SROUFE and several grandchildren.

      The funeral was held at the Christian church at Macy today.


Thursday, July 23, 1908


      The Joel STOCKBERGER family attended the funeral of Oliver P. BAIR, at Plymouth today.


      The Sentinel is in receipt of a copy of the Craig (Mo.) Leader containing an account of the death of Hiram TRUE who died there July 12. He was 60 years of age, a member of the 128th Infantry of Indiana in the Civil War and was born in this county. He leaves a wife and three children. He has several relatives in this county.




Friday, July 24, 1908 to Monday, July 27, 1908


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Tuesday, July 28, 1908


      Mrs. J. D. BURNS and son, Charles [BURNS], have returned from Detroit, where they attended the funeral of Mr. Chas. MODLIN, Mrs. Burns’ brother.


Wednesday, July 29, 1908


      Rudy BYBEE died Tuesday evening after a lengthy illness of tubercular trouble at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph BYBEE, Newcastle township.

      Mr. Bybee has been a patient sufferer during the past seven years, four years of which time was spent in Denver, Colo., in hopes of benefitting his health. About two years ago he returned to the home of his father, where with his wife and two young daughters he has since resided.

      Deceased was until the time of his illness one of the foremost school teachers of Newcastle township and a devout christian, being identified with the Baptist church. He was a K. of P. and a student at Rochester college during that institution’s infancy. A wide circle of relatives and friends join the wife and daughters in profound sorrow.

      The funeral services will be held at the Methodist church, in Mentone, Thursday, cortege leaving the residence at 10 o’clock a.m.


      A telephone message from South Bend last evening, brought the sad intelligence that Mrs. Jessie SEWALL had passed away in the hospital there. Death was due to blood poison. Deceased was a daughter of Mrs. [Edward] Leota O’DAFFER, who resides just west of town. She had been married twice, the first time to Walter FIELD by whom she had one son, who survives her. She later married Andrew SEWALL, who with four small children remain to mourn her loss. She also leaves a sister, Miss Daisy O’DAFFER, of Chicago, and a brother, Ray [O’DAFFER], of Danville, Illinois. The body will be brought to Delong. The funeral will be held tomorrow at Burton church and the interment at Sharon [Moon] cemetery.


      In the death of Wm. DAUGHERTY Wednesday evening at eight o’clock Fulton county lost one of her pioneer and well known citizens.

      Deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis nearly six years ago, which rendered him practically helpless and he has been bedfast nearly ever since.

      Mr. Daugherty was born in Fayette Co., Ohio, July 31, 1844, where he resided until ten years of age, when with his parents he came to Fulton county. He enlisted in Co. D, 87 Reg. of Ind. Vol. Infantry on the 9th day of August 1862 and served until June 22, 1865. He then returned to Rochester and went back to the farm.

      He was united in marriage to Nancy Jane MOORE in 1878 and to this union were born seven children, four of whom survive. Thos living are Mrs. A. DULANY, of Chicago, Mrs. Grace BLACKBURN, of Rochester, Miss Bessie DAVIDSON, of Hammond and Roy DAUGHERTY of Huntington. He also leaves seven grandchildren, three sisters, one brother and a host of friends.

      The remains may be viewed at the residence, north Madison street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

      The funeral services will be held at Mt. Hope, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. McNEELY, of Tiosa, officiating. Interment will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery.


        The will of the late Job BREECE of Macy has been filed with the county clerk for probate. The will was written in 1900, but a codicil dated March 25, 1908, supercedes some provisions. To the widow, Elizabeth J. BREECE, is bequeathed one-third of the rents and profits of the 89 acre farm in Allen township, to hold during her natural life, or as long as she remains his widow. At her death or marriage 50 acres off the east end of the farm is to be divided between the sons, Lewis R. [BREECE] and John BREECE. The residue of 39 acres is to be divided between the daughters, Susan Anna SHROUF and Mary E. VANDERGRIFT, share and share alike. To the two sons is also bequeathed the one-third interest of the deceased in the David ZARTMAN 40 acre farm. The widow is also to receive the one and one-half acre residence tract of land in Allen township and all personal property, to hold during her life, after which it is to pass into the possession of the two sons.

        By the original will Isaac B. MULLICAN was named as executor, to serve without bond, but by the provisions of the codicil the son, Lewis R. Breece, is named as executor, to serve under the same conditions. The codicil affects the one and one-half acre residence tract. It is to be divided as follows: One-third to the children, Lewis and John Breece and Mary E. Vandergrift, and the remaining two-thirds to be divided among the children of the widow, Elizabeth Breece.


Friday, July 31, 1908


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Saturday, August 1, 1908


      Mrs. Sarah VICKERY has returned from Detroit where she has been since early in April. Mrs. Vickery was called there by the illness of her son, Chas. MODLIN, who recently died. She is now visiting her daughter, Mrs. J. BURNS.


      The death of Aaron HOLMES came as a shock to a very large circle of his friends on the evening of Thursday, July 23. He had been complaining of liver trouble since about the holidays, which developed jauncide and heart trouble. (Akron item)


      Loren WHEAT, grandson of Mrs. Mary WHEAT, formerly of this place, was instantly killed near Grand Rapids Wednesday morning of last week. With Charley NICHOLS a lad of about Loren’s age, he was on his way to Michigan to secure work in the peach orchards. (Akron item)


      Mrs. Melissa A. HICKELL died of cancer of the stomach at her home on south Logan street Sunday morning after a lingering illness. (Kewanna item)


Monday, August 3, 1908


      Samuel ROUCH, aged nearly 80 years died Sunday morning at 10 o’clock at his home in the Salem neighborhood after a lengthy illness due to old age.

      Deceased is one of the pioneer residents of Liberty township and is probably as well known as any man in the county.

      He leaves five sons, Aaron [ROUCH], Hiram [ROUCH], Jonas [ROUCH], Jesse [ROUCH] and Ezra [ROUCH], all of the Salem neighborhood.

      The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at ten o’clock at Salem church. Interment will be made in Salem cemetery.


      Jeanette PACKER, daughter of John and Elizabeth PACKER, born in Northampton county, Penn., November 28, 1832. Removed with parents to Perry county, Ohio in 1833, where she grew to womanhood.

      Came to Fulton county Ind., some time during the civil war, since which time she has made her home with relatives, and was never married. Departed this life after a brief illness at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Jacob E. EILER on North Jefferson street, August 2, 1908, aged 75 years 8 months and 2 days. The nearest relatives of deceased in this state are nephews, Hon. Wm. C. DAVIS, Attorney of Goshen; Aaron PACKER, Rochester; William PACKER, Knox; George PACKER, Mishawaka; and the nieces Mrs. John M. DAVIS, Mrs. William SMOCK, Peru.

      Funeral at residence of J. F. EILER, north Jefferson street at two o’clock Tuesday.


Tuesday, August 4, 1908


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Wednesday, August 5, 1908


      Joe BEVELHEIMER went to Shelbyville today to attend the funeral of his brother, Eb BEVELHEIMER.


Thursday, August 6, 1908 to Saturday, August 8, 1908


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Monday, August 10, 1908


      Lloyd BAIR, called home by the death of his father, visited his aunt, Mrs. Cordelia MOORE, and other relatives here this week. Mr. Bair is in the artillery service of the U. S. regular army. (Argos item)


      Samuel LEFFEL, a former resident and teacher, of near Perrysburg, was killed by a train in Nebraska last week. (Fulton item)


Tuesday, August 11, 1908


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Wednesday, August 12, 1908


      News of a sad and peculiar death came in from Akron today telling of the drowning of Lloyd [SHIREMAN], the twenty-one year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Ira SHIREMAN, of near Rock Lake, three miles east of that place.

      The young man went to the lake about eight o’clock this morning to wash his buggy and drove his horse into the water. While engaged in washing the rig, the animal became frightened and in attempting to quiet the horse the young man became entangled in the harness. This only tended to further frighten the horse and it soon proved unmanageable. The result was that the boy was drowned before he could get loose and the animal soon after also drowned. The sad affair has cast a gloom over the entire community as the drowned man was one of the popular young fellows of that vicinity.

      Coroner RICHARDS, of Fulton was notified and later visited the scene of the drowning.

      The funeral arrangements are not known at this time.


      Nicholas KING, aged seventy-five years, died Tuesday evening at 4 o’clock, at his home one and one-half miles east of Tiosa.

      Deceased passed away as the result of a stroke of paralysis, which was visited upon him Saturday morning.

      Mr. King was a well known citizen of the Tiosa neighborhood and was highly esteemed by all who resided in that community.

      The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the Lutheran church, east of Tiosa. Interment will be made at Reichter cemetery.


Thursday, August 13, 1908


      Mrs. Anna SHAFER attended the funeral of Nicholas KING near Tiosa today.


      Messrs. Jacob and Fred PERSCHBACHER attended the Nicholas KING funeral, near Tiosa today.


      Miss Lena [ALSPACH], the 37 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ed ALSPACH, south Franklin Ave., this city, died suddenly this morning at Longcliff.

      Miss Alspach was born in Fulton county December 23, 1871, and lived with her parents until last winter, when she became so violent it was decided to place her in Longcliff where she has since remained. This morning a telegram from that institution stated that the unfortunate lady died suddenly there this morning. Undertaker ZIMMERMAN will bring the remains to this city Friday.

      Funeral arrangements will be announced later.


      John TOUGHMAN, aged nearly 90 years, died this morning at the home of his son, Thomas A. TOUGHMAN, northeast of Rochester, from ailments incident to old age.

      Deceased was born in 1818, and came from Delphi about a year ago, since which time he lived with his son.

      Short funeral services, which will be in charge of Rev. A. M. SMITH, will be held at the Toughman residence at 12 o’clock Friday. The remains will be sent to Delphi, Friday afternoon where interment will be made Saturday.






Friday, August 14, 1908


      McClung Post No. 95 will meet Sunday at the Court House at 1:30 sharp to attend the funeral of Comrade Jacob BROWN. By order of Com. O. F. SMITH, A. C. SHEPHARD, Adj.


      Jacob BROWN, the well known ex-soldier, passed away at 7:30 Thursday evening, after an illness extending over a period of two months. Death was due to stomach trouble. Mr. Brown has been janitor of the North school building for the past few years, and he leaves many friends among the school boys, as well as among the citizens.

      Jacob P. BROWN was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, January 22, 1844, died at his home at Rochester, Indiana, Thursday, August 13, 1908, aged 64 years, 5 months and 21 days. The deceased moved from Ohio when twelve years of age with his parents to Shelby county, Indiana, where he grew to manhood. He enlisted at Shelbyville as a member of Co. E, 132nd Ind. Vol. and served his country faithfully and well. At the close of the war he came to Fulton county where he was married March 11, 1866, to Mary M. SPOHN, who survives him. To them were born seven children, all daughters three of whom died in childhood, those living being Mrs. Carrie MATHISON, of Tacoma, Washington, and Hattie [BROWN], Bessie [BROWN] and Mamie [BROWN], who reside at home and share with their mother the loss of a husband and father. At the time of his death the deceased was a member of the Evangelical church of Rochester. He was a faithful husband, a kind and indulgent father, a true friend, - - an honest man. He was well and favorably known in the community in which he lived and was universally respected for his sterling qualities and upright life.

      His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him, that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, “This was a man.”


      Mrs. Emma BROCKMAN, wife of William BROCKMAN of this city, died at 3:00 o’clock this morning at Longcliff. She moved here with her family in 1906 from St. Louis where she had formerly conducted the largest masquerade business in that city, furnished costumes for various theatres, etc., until, on account of ill health, she was compelled to leave the city. She was taken to Longcliff on September 10, 1906, and has since been an inmate of that institution. She was 53 years old and was the mother of three children, Wm. BROCKMAN, Jr., Eugene BROCKMAN and Mrs. Lula May TUEHY. The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, 2:00 p.m., at the Catholic church. Interment at the I.O.O.F. cemetery.


      Cloyd SOUERS [SOWERS?], aged 31 years, died Wednesday evening at the home of his uncle, John SOUERS[SOWERS?], one mile north of Macy, as the result of an attack of tuberculosis.

      Deceased was a resident of Dayton, Ohio, and had been visiting at the Souers home near Macy for about one month. He leaves a wife besides a large number of sorrowing relatives. The remains were sent to Dayton, Thursday evening for burial.


Saturday, August 15, 1908


      The funeral of Mrs. Emma BROCKMAN has been postponed until Monday morning at 10 o’clock at the Catholic church.

      Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. C. H. RUMBLE at Tonawanda, N.Y. Mrs. Rumble was the mother of Wm. [RUMBLE] and Frank RUMBLE both well known here.


Monday, August 17, 1908


      Mrs. Mandy MILLER of South Bend attended the funeral of Jacob BROWN here Sunday.


Tuesday, August 18, 1908


      Mrs. A. WAGONER and Miss Myrtle KNIGHT returned to Marion this morning after attending the Lena ALSPACH funeral.


Wednesday, August 19, 1908


      Mary M. GREGORY died Thursday evening at the home of her sister Mrs. Martin KING, eight miles west of Rochester at the age of 51 years.

      Deceased was born November 19, 1857 and has since resided in Fulton county where she has a host of friends and relatives, who mourn her loss.

      The funeral will be held Thursday morning at eleven o’clock at Antioch, Rev. FETRO having charge of the services.


Thursday, August 20, 1908


      Esther LEWIS, aged about two years, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Omar LEWIS, died Monday morning after a few hours illness. The family have the sympathy of a host of friends in their bereavement. (Leiters Ford item)


Friday, August 21, 1908


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Saturday, August 22, 1908


      A telegram received here this morning brought the news of the death of Mr. Sam BEATTIE of Hammond, formerly of Marshtown. He was a brother of Mrs. James [Elizabeth BEATTIE] MARSH and Wm. BEATTIE both of this city.


Monday, August 24, 1908 and Tuesday, August 25, 1908


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      Wednesday, August 26, 1908


      Miss Bessie HAMLET of Argos was in Rochester today to meet her parents, Mr. & Mrs. W. F. HAMLET, who were on their way home from Delphi, with the remains of Mr. Hamlet’s brother, Jesse [HAMLET]. .. funeral. . at Reichter cemetery this afternoon.

Thursday, August 27, 1908


      The will of Martin CASEY, of Blue Grass, was probated Wednesday afternoon. The probation was a surprise to many local people who were not aware of the gentleman’s death, which happened about two weeks ago.


      Mr. & Mrs. Ed. BAIR attended the funeral of the infant daughter of their niece, Mrs. Clara PEEPLES, at Poplar Grove Tuesday. (Tiosa item)


      Samuel N. BEATTIE was born in Wayne township, Fulton county September 16, 1842. Died at Hammond, August 22, 1908, aged 65. When at the age of 21 he was united in marriage to Sarah E. KERSHNER, this union being separated in a short time when God called his young bride to her eternal rest. In later years he united in marriage to Elizabeth [C.] EIDSON. To this union were born eight children. He leaves a loving wife, three sons, Harley [BEATTIE] and Birt [BEATTIE] of Hammond, Melvin [BEATTIE] of Elwood, a daughter, May [BEATTIE] of Mishawaka, two brothers and two sisters together with a host of friends. He was a member of the Baptist church.

      The deceased united with the order of Free Masons more than forty years ago. The Masonic order of Kewanna of which he was a member assisted by the order at Fulton and also Charles DYER, the worshipfull Master of the lodge at Hammond, laid their deceased brother to rest in the Bowman cemetery and commended his spirit to God who gave it. [Sarah E., wife of Samuel N. Beattie, died August 30, 1866, at age 18y-7d; bur Bauman cem, Wayne twp]


Friday, August 26, 1908


      Henry MILLER, a farmer who formerly lived west of town, and was well known here, died yesterday afternoon at his home south of Kewanna. He was a brother-in-law to Geo. R. BEARSS.


      Friends in this city received the sad news today of the death of Miss Eura FLAGG, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. FLAGG, formerly of this city but now of Hoopeston, Illinois. The Flagg family went to Colorado for the benefit of Eura’s health and it was there she died. The remains were brought to Hoopeston today.


Saturday, August 29, 1908


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Monday, August 31, 1908


      James DEWEESE, brother of ex-county commissioner Asa DEWEESE, died suddenly at the home of his sister, Mrs. [Achory] [Elizabeth DEWEESE] MARRS, at Fulton. He was formerly a resident of Wayne township, but recently removed to Dakota and was here with his wife visiting when taken ill. Death was due to kidney trouble. He leaves a wife and one daughter. The daughter lives in Washington.

      The funeral will be conducted at ten o’clock tomorrow morning at the home of Mrs. Marrs near Fulton.

      Samuel BRINEY, aged 62 years, died Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at his residence, one mile west of Richland Center, after an illness extending over a period of four years.

      Mr. Briney’s latest illness has been due to an attack of gangrene for which he underwent three operations, the last one resulting in the removal of a lower limb above the knee.

      Deceased was born in Ohio in 1846 and at an early age came to Indiana with his parents. For the past 35 years he resided in the locality in which he died and where he leaves a host of friends to mourn for him. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. Arthur SHIREMAN and Mrs. John HENDERSON, of Rochester; and Miss Dessa [BRINEY], who lives at home, and two sons, Harry [BRINEY] and Frank [BRINEY], who also live at home. Wm. [BRINEY] and Jacob BRINEY, of Rochester, are brothers of deceased, and Mrs. L. BAILEY, of Oregon, and Mrs. Robert MARSHALL, of Rochester, are sisters.

      Funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Richland Center M.E. church. Interment will be made in the [Richland Center] I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Tuesday, September 1, 1908 and Wednesday, September 2, 1908


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Thursday, September 3, 1908


      Mrs. W. J. [Eliza A. (HICKMAN)] LEITER, west 8th Street, died suddenly this morning about four o’clock after an illness extending over a period of five years. The ailments with which Mrs. Leiter suffered were dropsy and heart trouble which were patiently borne until death.

      Deceased was born in Marshall county in 1840 and when quite young moved with her parents to Fulton county.

      In 1865 she was united in marriage to W. J. Leiter to which union survive seven children: Mrs. Jennie GREENSTREET, Louisville, Indiana; Chas. [LEITER] and William [LEITER], Los Angeles, Cal.; Clyde [LEITER], Decatur; and Misses May [LEITER] and Della [LEITER] and Fred [LEITER], who live at home. Besides the children and husband one sister, Mrs. Ester McCLURE, of Aberdeen, Washington, is left to mourn with a large circle of friends.

      Mrs. Leiter was a devout Christian lady having united with the Grace M.E. church in childhood and clinging to her faith throughout all the years of her life.

      The funeral will be held Sunday with Dr. CAMPBELL in charge of services.


      Joseph BELT, aged about 50 years, died at eight o’clock this morning at his home 3-1/2 miles southeast of Rochester on the Peru Road. Death was due to Brights disease, with which he had been afflicted nearly a year.

      Mr. Belt was born in Miami county near Macy, February 22, 1855. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Dorsey BELT. In 1884, he married Catharine ROBBINS. To this union four children were born, three of whom survive: Mrs. Iva OVERMEYER, of South Bend, and Rex [BELT] and Glen BELT who live at home. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. John EVERTS [EVERED?], of Macy, and Mrs. Mary CARRITHERS, and four brothers, Raymond [BELT], of Macy, Frank [BELT], William [BELT] and Bogardus [BELT], of this city.

      The funeral service will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Green Oak M.E. church. Rev. MILES will be in charge. Interment at Shelton cemetery.


      Mrs. Anna ROUCH died Wednesday night at 11 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert [D.] [Eliza A. ROUCH] McKEE east of Rochester after an illness of twelve weeks of complications of diseases incident to old age, being 76 years old.

      Deceased was a christian lady beloved by all who knew her and leaves a wide circle of mourning friends.

      She leaves six children: Mrs. Rinda MOORE, near Athens, Mrs. Hattie MOORE, Elkhart, Mrs. M. WOODS, near Rochester, Mrs. Albert McKEE, city, John ROUCH near Talma and George ROUCH of Rochester.

      Funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock at Mt. Zion, Rev. McNEALY having charge of the services.


Friday, September 4, 1908 and Saturday, September 5, 1908


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Monday, September 7, 1908


      Word was received here Sunday that Wm. MADARY, a prominent and well known young farmer, residing four miles east of Fulton, died yesterday morning at eleven o’clock. Death was due to consumption with which the deceased had suffered for some time. Mr. Medary leaves a wife and three children. He was related to P. J. STINGLEY and Mrs. Carolina PETERSON, both of this city. The funeral will be held tomorrow at the Baptist church in Fulton. Interment at Fulton.


Tuesday, September 8, 1908 and Wednesday, September 9, 1908


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Thursday, September 10, 1908


      A clipping from a late Tulsa, Oklahoma paper says: Old residents were both grieved and shocked yesterday afternoon to learn of the death of Mrs. Edward CALKINS.

      Mrs. Calkins had been sick for about three weeks with dropsy and yesterday afternoon at three o’clock the end came.

      The nearest relatives are an aunt in Indianapolis and a sister in Los Angeles, Cal. Both have been wired and the body will be held awaiting their reply.

      Mrs. Calkins had lived in this city for the past fourteen years and in that time had endeared herself to every person who knew her. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and not only was a zealous church worker but had a great charitable heart for all humanity and did much good work outside of the church. Thoughtful kindness was one of the strongest characteristics of her beautiful life, lived more for others than herself. She was sixty-eight years old and leaves a husband [Edward CALKINS].

      Mrs. Calkins was formerly a well known resident of Rochester.




Friday, September 11, 1908


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Saturday, September 12, 1908


      Mrs. Elizabeth FISHER, widow of the late Joseph FISHER, died at her home at Mexico Thursday night at 10 o’clock, of decrepitude of age. The lady was, however, in possession of her complete mental faculties. She was the mother of Mrs. Schuyler MERCER, of Peru, Mrs. Walter EMSWILER, residing three miles south of Peru, and Mrs. John HOOD, of the vicinity of Mexico. She was also a relative of H. A. BARNHART of this city. The deceased would have reached her 82nd year had she survived throughout the month.

      The funeral was held this afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Dunkard church at Mexico and the remains were interred in the cemetery there. [Elizabeth (BROWER), wife of Joseph FISHER, d. Sept. 10, 1908, age 80y-11m-10d; bur Greenlawn cem, Jefferson twp, Miami Co Ind]


Monday, September 14, 1908


      The infant son of Dr. and Mrs. Perry HEATH died Sunday evening about 9 o’clock. Interment was made this morning in Odd Fellows cemetery.


      Mrs. Benjamin F. [Rebecca C. MARTIN] GREEN died Friday, September 11 at her home four miles northeast of Fulton after an illness due to paralysis.

      Deceased was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James MARTIN, deceased, and was born in Liberty township, March 17, 1842.

      On April 2, 1870 she was united in marriage with Benjamin F. GREEN to which union was born five children, all of whom survive. Mrs. Wm. MEDARY, near Fulton, Mrs. Aaron KLINE, LaPorte, James Earnest GREEN near Fulton, Kinney GREEN with Ringling Bros. circus and Elsie Bell [GREEN], who lives at home.

      Mrs. Green was a christian lady beloved by all who were so fortunate as to know her.

      Funeral services were held Sunday morning at 11 o’clock in Fulton Baptist church. Interment was made in Fulton cemetery.


Wednesday, September 16, 1908


      Dr. McKendry GREEN, of Pleasant Lake, Ind., who came to attend the funeral of his brother’s wife, Mrs. B. F. GREEN, returned to his home last evening.


      The four months old child of Mr. & Mrs. Roy WOLFORD, southeast of Rochester, died Tuesday. Burial was made today at the Horton chapel southeast of town.


Thursday, September 17 to Saturday, September 19, 1908


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Monday, September 21, 1908


      Mrs. John LAIDLAW went to Mishawaka this morning to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, Edward LAIDLAW.


      Harry Earl [EMMONS], the six months old son of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. A. EMMONS, near Talma, died Wednesday, September 16, of cholera infantum. Funeral was held from the residence Friday, Rev. James McNEELY having charge of the services. Interment was made in Reichter cemetery.


Tuesday, September 22, 1908


      Mr. & Mrs. John LAIDLAW are at Mishawaka today attending the funeral of E. C. LAIDLAW, a brother of our townsman. A news item from Mishawaka says of the deceased:

        Hon. E. C. LAIDLAW was born in Penn Township April 17, 1844. He was united in marriage at Osceola in 1876 to Miss Henrietta PULLING and they have since lived in this locality.

        For many years Mr. & Mrs. Laidlaw resided on a farm south of the city. In 1894 the deceased served in the state legislature with honors and he also had served his country in the civil war, being a member of Co. H, 138th Indiana Regiment. He received an honorable discharge and belonged to Houghton post, G.A.R., of this city. Mr. Laidlaw also has been for 25 years or more one of the leading members of Monitor lodge, No. 286, I.O.O.F. For many years he was one of the leading figures in the work of the old Northern Indiana & Southern Michigan Agricultural association which annually gave the big fairs between this city and South Bend. Politically Mr. Laidlaw was a Republican, but one whom a Democrat always could meet with pleasure.


Wednesday, September 23, 1908


      Mrs. Alice EIDSON went to Plymouth today where she attended the funeral of a nephew.


Thursday, September 24, 1908


      Chas. A. WHITTENBERGER of Akron died this morning at 11 o’clock, aged 66 years. Deceased was a son of Daniel WHITTENBERGER who with one son, a sister and one brother survive. He has been a sufferer of asthma since infancy and his death was due to this. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made owing to the prostration of the aged father because of the sudden death.


Friday, September 25, 1908 and Saturday September 26, 1908


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Monday, September 28, 1908


      Robert Johnson RUSH, the infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank RUSH, of near Mt. Zion, died Sunday morning, aged 12 days. A short funeral service was held at the residence this afternoon. Interment was made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


      The community was startled Thursday noon of this week by the news spreading that Austin WHITTENBERGER had died very suddenly about 11 o’clock. The deceased had been afflicted with asthma for years, probably ever since his youth, and during this season of each year he is always sorely distressed to get his breath. During the past week or ten days he had been suffering severely from an attack of asthma, but his family, while they gave him every attention, did not notice that his condition was worse than ordinary. (Akron item)


      Merrill H. BICKELL, of Wheeling, West Virginia, has filed a complaint in Fulton circuit court, contesting the validity of the will of his mother, the late Melissa A. BICKELL, of Kewanna. (Kewanna item)


Tuesday, September 29, 1908


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Wednesday, September 30, 1908


      Columbia City Post: Will GOSS, formerly of this city, arrived from Sanford, Florida, Saturday morning, to be in attendance at the settlement of the estate of Sebastian GOSS, deceased, and the case of GOSS vs. GOSS, for partition of real estate, which will be called next Tuesday in the circuit court. He is looking well and hearty and has been engaged in growing vegetables since locating in the South. He will remain in this vicinity for a couple of weeks and will visit his old home at Rochester before returning South.


      The little adopted son of Mr. & Mrs. FRUSH died Sunday forenoon and was buried in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Rochester Monday. (Mt. Zion item)


      Mrs. Nancy [Jane MOORE] DAUGHERTY passed away, Tuesday evening, at her home in northeast Rochester after a short illness of a combination of diseases. Deceased is the widow of Wm. DAUGHERTY, who preceded her in death July 29, 1908.

      Nancy Jane MOORE and Wm. Daugherty were married in 1878 and of this union four children survive, Mrs. A. DULANY, Chicago; Mrs. Grace BLACKBURN, Rochester; Mrs. Leo TRUXELL, Cleveland, Ohio, and Roy DAUGHERTY, Huntington.

      The funeral will be held at Mt. Hope Sunday afternoon at two o’clock, Rev. McNEALY of Tiosa having charge of the services.

      Interment will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery.






Thursday, October 1, 1908


      The estate of the late Sebastian GOSS was practically settled in the Columbia City court Wednesday afternoon; also the partition suit of GOSS vs. GOSS. The bills of Geo. [GOSS] and Will GOSS, executors and commissioners of sale of real estate aggregating $900, were cut to $400. The bill for $472 for care of Jacob GOSS of unsound mind, was not allowed, and a number of other bills aggregating $100 were also disallowed. The total amount disallowed would aggregate $1,100.


Friday, October 2, 1908


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Saturday, October 3, 1908




Monday, October 5, 1908


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Tuesday, October 6, 1908


      George WERNER of Aubbeenaubbee township, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. Warmbrod, at Bass Lake on Saturday October 3, 1908, aged 86 years, 2 months and 29 days, having been born in Pennsylvania, July 4, 1822. Later he moved to Ohio and then to Indiana. He suffered a stroke of paralysis on Monday September 28 while driving from his daughter’s to his home place and did not regain full consciousness during his illness. His wife preceded him to the spirit world about 12 years ago. He leaves five sons and two daughters: Henry [WERNER], Jonas [WERNER] and William S. [WERNER] of Winamac, John C. [WERNER] of Rochester and Rev. E. E. WERNER of Galesburg, Kansas, the daughters being Mrs. Levi KRIEG of Culver and Mrs. G. WARMBROD of Bass Lake.

      The deceased was a relative of Bishop SIBERT, first bishop of the Evangelical church. He heard him preach often and was a life long member of that denomination, always zealous in the cause he represented. He was a soldier in the Civil War service under Logan and Sherman in the West. Interment was made in Pleasant Hill cemetery today.


Wednesday, October 7, 1908


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Thursday, October 8, 1908


      William HARDING, an aged gentleman, died Monday at his home south of Macy. (Macy item) [William Harding, 1834-1908; bur Plainview cem, Allen Twp, Miami Co., Ind.]

      George WERNER died at the home of his son-in-law, Gottlieb WARMBROD, Saturday, 88 years old. Funeral from the home. Interment at Greenland cemetery near Bruce Lake. (Monterey item) [George Werner died Oct. 3, 1908, age 86y-2m-29d; bur Pleasant Hill cem, Union twp, Fulton Co Ind]


      Mr. & Mrs. Bert DURALL and Mrs. Francis COLLINS attended the funeral of Miss Maggie GAULTRY, of Akron, Monday. (Talma item)


Friday, October 9, 1908


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Saturday, October 10, 1908


      Mr. STYLES, who is employed as painter by BEYER BROS., was called to Plymouth, Friday evening by the death of one of his brothers.


      Mrs. M. HILAND and Ed. HEIMBURGER were called to St. Louis, Sunday, on account of the death of their brother, Frank [HEIMBURGER], aged 44 years, which occurred Friday. The funeral took place Monday and they will remain there with relatives through the week. (Kewanna item)


Monday, October 12, 1908


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Tuesday, October 13, 1908


      Mary Lydia GIBBONS was born on the GIBBONS homestead near Richland Center, Fulton county, Indiana, June 18, 1878 and departed this life October 11, 1908, aged 30 years, 3 months and 23 days.

      She received her early education at the Bidwell school house, from whence she graduated in the township course as prescribed by the county Board of Education. Then she entered the Rochester schools and marked good time with her classes in the second year High School when an incurable affliction befell her making it impossible for her to continue farther.

      With admirable fortitude she laid aside high ambitions and lived with her parents and lastly a number of years with her widowed mother on the farm and in Rochester.

      Lydia was a member of the Richland Center M.E. church and an earnest student of the Bible and had memorized chapters. The trend of her conversations these several years with relatives and friends was of Heaven and Heavenly things. She had good counsel for every one and her advice was of a high character tending to uplift and make humanity better. She was unselfish and self sacrificing, bearing many of her miseries in silence for fear of worrying those about her.

      Just before she became unconscious she called the family to her bedside advising them that blessings are the results of right doing and for them to strive zealously that they might meet her in the world beyond of eternal happiness.  . . . .

      The funeral will occur Wednesday from the house, 319 West 5th Street, at 9 o’clock a.m. Burial at Richland Center.


Wednesday, October 14, 1908


      Mrs. Mollie SHRIVER, of Akron, who died Saturday evening at the age of 52 years after a lingering illness of consumption was interred in Athens cemetery Tuesday.


      Mr. & Mrs. M. L. CONNER returned Monday after attending the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Belle MILLER, who died at the home of her sister at Kewanna. (Deedsville item)


Thursday, October 15, 1908


      B. L. CAREY went to South Bend this morning to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Ed. LEAR.


      A gloom was cast over the entire city this morning when the news spread that Mrs. Edward [Clara MONTGOMERY] MURPHY, of south Madison street, had been horribly burned while burning leaves, dry grass and old rubbish in the rear yard at her home.

      The terrible accident happened about 10:30 o’clock and only a couple of minutes before Merle REAM, the milkman, who drove down the alley, exchanged remarks with her concerning her work and she replied “I’m trying to get rid of some of the trash.” Mr. Ream had only reached the cross alleys when he was attracted to the Murphy residence by a piercing scream and running to that place he beheld Mrs. Murphy making her way to the house with flames all over her body. Before he could reach the unfortunate woman she sank to the ground. Mr. Ream, with others who had been drawn to the scene by the lady’s screams, succeeded in getting the flames out and removed the sufferer into the house. Medical aid was at once summoned and at the time of going to press the attending physicians hold out a hope for her recovery although she is in a precarious condition.

      It is thought the wind must have blown her clothing over the fire unknown to her and before she noticed it had spread to alarming proportions.

      The whole affair is most deplorable and sadness was expressed on every hand by sympathetic Rochester people.


Friday, October 16, 1908


      The second shock of the horrible accident of Thursday in which Mrs. Edward MURPHY, of this city, was terribly burned, came this morning, at two o’clock, when the unfortunate lady passed away.

      Clara [G.] MONTGOMERY MURPHY was born April 11, 1878, in Fulton county, and from early girlhood was dearly loved by all who knew her. She graduated from the High school of this city, and early became identified with the Presbyterian faith, to which she clung until death. October 14, 1903, she was united in marriage with County Clerk Edward [E.] MURPHY, and to this union were born two children, Robert [MURPHY] and Hugh [MURPHY], who survive with the sorrowing father and husband. Besides these, deceased leaves mother, Mrs. Alice MONTGOMERY and four brothers, Wilson [MONTGOMERY] and Charles [MONTGOMERY], of San Marcos, Texas, Robert [MONTGOMERY] of Purdue and Guy [MONTGOMERY] who lives with his mother west of town.

      Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

      This untimely death of one of Rochester’s most amiable and promising women has cast a pall over the entire community and the universal sadness is a glowing tribute to the life closed so early by fate.


Saturday, October 17, 1908


      The funeral of Mrs. Edward MURPHY will be held Monday afternoon at two o’clock at the residence. Interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


Monday, October 19, 1908


      Valentime ZIMPLEMAN, was born in Cincinnati, on July 10, 1836, and died of paralysis at his home 6-1/2 miles southwest of Kewanna, on October 8, 1908, aged 72 years. (Kewanna item)


      Mrs. Belle MILLER of Hammond, whose serious illness at the home of Marion EVANS was detailed last week, died early Friday morning, a short time after the arrival of her husband and son, who had been telegraphed for. Her age was 47 years and she had been in failing health for five years. (Kewanna item)


Tuesday, October 20, 1908


      Word was received in this city yesterday, announcing the death of John CLIFTON, of Argos. Mr. & Mrs. Isaac McCARTER, of this city, who are relatives, went to that place today to attend the funeral.


Wednesday, October 21, 1908


      Alfred McCARTER and Mrs. Harley McCARTER went to Argos today, where they attended the funeral of John CLIFTON.


Thursday, October 22, 1908


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Friday, October 23, 1908


      Isaac MEREDITH, a prominent farmer residing 3 miles east of Talma, dropped dead while at work on his farm Thursday afternoon, at 3:30 o’clock. Heart trouble was the cause of his death. Mr. Meredith was about 70 years of age.


Saturday, October 24, 1908

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Monday, October 26, 1908


      Mrs. David [Susie PEOPLES] HAYS died Sunday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. F. SHEWARD, east 4th St., after a lingering illness of complications.

      Susie Peoples was born in Miami county, near Peru in 1832. In early life she united with the Dunkard church but later joined the Christian faith and has ever since been faithful to her chosen life, always happy and contented, making hosts of warm friends by her kindly spirit. In 1850 she was united in marriage with David HAYS, to which union were born ten children, three of whom survive. Mrs. Callie ALSPACH, south of Rochester; Wm. HAYS, of St. Louis; and Mrs. B. F. SHEWARD, of this city.

      The funeral will be held at the Sheward residence Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, Rev. J. H. LACEY having charge of the services. Interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


      Mrs. Belle [(CONNER) HOWLAND] MILLER of Hammond, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Marion EVANS in Kewanna last week, at the age 46 years. Burial was made at Knox. Mrs. Miller’s maiden name was CONNER, and at one time was a resident of Liberty township and well known by many of our people. Her first husband was Edward HOWLAND a blacksmith. (Fulton item)


Tuesday, October 27, 1908


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Wednesday, October 28, 1908


      The sad intelligence of the death of Henry LEBO, near Bruce Lake, was received in this city, today, that aged gentleman having succumbed to heart disease at nine o’clock, this morning.

      Mr. Lebo had driven from his home to Bruce Lake station to buy some young pigs and was on his way home with his purchases, when he stopped and engaged in conversation with a friend. Suddenly he pitched forward and lay unconscious. Medical aid was summoned at once but when a physician arrived death had come.

      Deceased was about 50 years old and one of the prominent farmers of the Bruce Lake neighborhood, having an elegant country home and otherwise well to do. About a year ago his physician informed him that he was the victim of heart disease and might drop dead most any time. However that may have been, his death came very unexpectedly as he was apparently enjoying good health and his demise has cast a gloom over the community in which he lived and where he was highly regarded as a leading citizen.

      Mrs. I. E. BAIR, Kewanna, and Alvah LEBO, Bruce Lake, are children of the deceased.

      At this time there have been no funeral arrangements made.


      Mrs. Jack [A. J.] [Eva M. WHITEIS] JONES died at her home in Perrysburg, Friday evening, after an illness of typhoid fever. The burial took place at Five Corners Sunday afternoon. (Deedsville item) [Eva M. Whiteis, wife of A. J. Jones, July 25, 1863 - October 23, 1908; bur Five Corners cem, Allen twp, Miami Co]


Thursday, October 29, 1908


      Mrs. John WAGONER of near Wagoners died Tuesday evening of cancer of the stomach. Deceased was one of the well known women of that neighborhood and her death elicits the profound sorrow of her many friends.


      A pioneer of Allen township, Mrs. John [A.] [Sarah] WAGONER, died at her home north of Macy, Tuesday evening. The Rebekahs of Green Oak, had charge of the funeral, which was preached in the M.E. church at Macy, Thursday afternoon by Rev. S. C. NORRIS. (Macy item)


Friday, October 30, 1908

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Saturday, October 31, 1908


      Mrs. Susan CALVERT, mother of Mrs. J. N. ORR, and a former resident of this city, died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maggie BOND, near Peru, aged 83 years.

      Mrs. Calvert was a remarkable woman in many respects. She was the widow of the late Rev. R. H. CALVERT, who for more than forty years was actively engaged in the Methodist ministry in this state. He was one of the pioneer preachers, riding from charge to charge on horseback. In all of this work Mrs. Calvert was a constant helper. She came of a family of preachers having three brothers, two sisters and several nieces in addition to her husband and one son, who were regularly ordained ministers. She was particularly strong in exhortation and prayer, and an active worker in the temperance cause, never compromising with anything that had the appearance of evil. During her busy life she reared a family of eight children, four of whom survive to revere her memory and continue her work.

      The funeral will be held at Mexico today, where she will be buried by the side of her husband.


Monday, November 2, 1908


      Isaac J. MEREDITH, son of Robert and Elizabeth MEREDITH, was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, February 2, 1835, died at his home in Fulton county, October 22, 1908, aged 73 years. (Mentone item)


Tuesday, November 3, 1908 to Friday, November 6, 1908

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Saturday, November 7, 1908


      Mabel A. BROWN, daughter of Harvey BROWN and wife of near Star City, and sister to Mrs. David HUDKINS of Kewanna, died Monday, of stomach trouble, and was buried Wednesday. Mrs. Hudkins has been there the past seven weeks and Dave and others of the relatives went over to be present at the funeral . (Kewanna item)


      Mrs. [Charles] Sarah [C. JOHNSON] ROSS, aged nearly sixty-four years, died shortly after 12 o’clock this morning, at the home of her son, William Ross, of Athens.

      Deceased has been ailing for some time but the end was directly due to a stroke of paralysis. Mrs. Ross was a christian lady and was loved by all who knew her for her kind manners toward everybody.

      She leaves a sister, Mrs. A[bner] J. [Rebecca JOHNSON] BARRETT, of this city, four sons, Samuel [ROSS] and Frank [ROSS], of South Bend; William [ROSS], of Athens; and Edward [ROSS], of this city; and a daughter, Mrs. Alice HUGHSTON, Sheldon, Illinois.

      The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the Evangelical church, of this city. Interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


      Mrs. V. P. [Catherine STEWART] CALVIN died at her home in Kewanna Friday night. She was born in Ohio in June, 1835. She came to Indiana in 1851, and was married to Mr. V. P. CALVIN at Pulaski, 58 years ago. To that union there were born thirteen children, eight of whom are living, as follows: George M. [CALVIN], William [CALVIN], I. B. [CALVIN], R. P. [CALVIN], Mrs. Charles [C.] [Mary E. CALVIN] WISELY, Mrs. Fred [Jennie CALVIN] GILLESPIE and Mrs. Lon  [Sallie CALVIN] TROUTMAN, of this county, and Mrs. Maud WASHBURN, of Bisbee, Arizona. Two of the children died after grown to maturity and three in infancy. She was the grandmother of 32 children and five great-grandchildren.

      Mrs. Calvin’s maiden name was Catherine Stewart. For 24 years she has been an earnest and consistent member of the Christian church and lived a devout and christian life, ever ready with open hand and heart to minister to the wants of those in sickness or distress. She had been an invalid for three years, but through all her feebleness and suffering she maintained a loving, cheerful disposition and an abiding faith in her Redeemer. Her 25 years of residence in Kewanna endeared her to a large circle of friends who loved her for her kindly and motherly disposition and her many christian virtues.

      Funeral will occur on Sunday morning at Kewanna from the Christian church and sermon by Rev. J. H. MARITY, Pine Village.


Monday, November 9, 1908


      Miss Catherine E. GOOD died in Cass county, Sunday evening. She was a maiden lady, fifty-five years of age and a daughter of Isaac GOOD. The remains will be brought here and the funeral held at Hoover’s chapel on west Sixth street, Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, Rev. NEWMAN officiating. Burial at I.O.O.F. cemetery.


      Taylor CARR, who has been a resident of Fulton county practically all his life, died Saturday afternoon, at 4 o’clock, at the county farm. He was about 70 years of age. For more than three years Mr. Carr has been at the county institution as he was unable to work, being a sufferer of tuberculosis. He leaves two sons, George [CARR] and Jesse [CARR], who reside in Indianapolis.

      The sons will be here on the evening train and arrangements will then be made for the funeral.



Tuesday, November 10, 1908


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Wednesday, November 11, 1908


      Frank ROSS has returned to his home in South Bend after attending the funeral of his mother.


      A remarkable instance occurred today, in Rochester, where the funeral of the late Catherine E. GOOD was held on the same spot where she was born more than fifty-five years ago.

      When Miss Good’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Isaac GOOD, first came to Rochester they resided where the new HOOVER’s chapel, recently built, now stands. However, the funeral was not held at the chapel on this account, but instead, for convenience sake, the remains being brought here from Logansport.


Thursday, November 12, 1908


      Wm. [COOPER] and Leet COOPER and Alonzo LOUGH attended the funeral of Mrs. Wm. [Francis C.] BELL at Chili today.


      Mr. & Mrs. W. H. COOPER, Leet COOPER and Lon LOWE went to Chili today to attend the funeral of Mrs. Wm. BELL, a cousin of the Coopers.


      Mrs. John ZARTMAN died Tuesday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rinaldo POWELL, north of town. She had been ailing the past week, but her death was a shock to all who knew her. Mrs. Zartman was a member of the Macy M.E. church and lived a consistent christian life. (Macy items)


      John ENGLE and wife were at Kewanna Sunday attending the funeral of her grandmother. (Monterey item)


Friday, November 13, 1908


      Mrs. [Vincent P.] Alice [M. ROSS] HOUSTON, of Sheldon, Illinois, returned home today, after attending the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Sarah ROSS.


Saturday, November 14, 1908


      Sheriff Clem V. MILLER took Alfred HISER to Michigan City prison, this morning, where he will begin his life sentence for the murder of saloon keeper Wm. SNYDER, of Grass Creek. Treasurer-elect Frank McCARTER and Clem MILLER, Jr., accompanied Sheriff Miller.


Monday, November 16, 1908 to Wednesday, November 18, 1908


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Thursday, November 19, 1908


      Rev. L. NEWMAN returned today from Royal Center, where he went to attend the funeral of his uncle, John KENNEL.


      A telephone message today to Jonathan BUSENBURG brought the sad intelligence of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Aaron KESLER, which occurred Wednesday evening at 10 o’clock.


Friday, November 20, 1908


      Peter BUSENBERG is at Tippecanoe on account of the death of his sister, Mrs. Aaron KESLER.


Saturday, November 21, 1908


      The funeral of Mrs. Aaron [Eliza BUSENBERG] KESLER, of Tippecanoe, will be held Monday. [Eliza Kesler, Jan. 13, 1849 - Nov. 18, 1908; Aaron Kesler, June 27, 1846 - Oct. 21, 1914; both bur Summit Chapel cem, Tippecanoe twp, Marshall Co Ind]


Monday, November 23, 1908


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Tuesday, November 24, 1908


      Joe HEFFLEFINGER was called to Cambria this morning on account of the death of an uncle.


      Ira WERT is in Bluffton where he was called by a message announcing the death of his aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth BROWN.


      Mr. & Mrs. R. C. WALLACE attended the funeral of Wm. H. DAVIS at Akron on Monday. Mr. Davis was the brother of Mrs. Wallace. He was 58 years of age and had been a citizen of Akron and vicinity for many years.


Wednesday, November 25, 1908


      Mrs. Henry AULT, of north Pontiac St., died this morning at 8:30 o’clock at Woodlawn having succumbed to an operation for gall stones. Deceased and her surviving husband were married at Columbus Grove, Ohio, October 4, 1908 and the untimely death is a profound sorrow to husband, relatives and many friends. She was a devout Christian, always living up to her professed faith, beloved by all who knew her and ever cheerful companion to her chosen life mate.

      The remains will be taken to her late Ohio home, Thursday morning, where the funeral arrangements will be made later by the Ben Hurs, of which order she was a member.


Thursday, November 27, 1908 ???

[Note: probably should be Friday, November 27, 1908]


      Mrs. Chas. [Rebecca] FARRAR, aged 66 years, passed away at 8:30 this morning at her home in Macy after an extended illness of cancer. Deceased was the mother of eight children, seven of whom survive: Mrs. Al. SLUSSER, Macy; Mrs. Chas. NORRIS, Peru; Mrs. Lee MILLER, Rochester; Mrs. Frank WAITE, Peru; Geo. FARRAR and Mrs. Freed OLIVER, Macy.

      She was a member of the Christian church of Macy, kind and loving toward everybody, carrying the respect of all to the end and now deeply mourned by those who were nearest her in life.

      The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at two o’clock at the late residence, Rev. ARNOLD of the Macy Christian church having charge of the services. Interment will be made in the Macy I.O.O.F. cemetery. [Charles W. FARRAR, d. June 23, 1897, age 60y-29d; Rebecca, his wife, d. Nov. 27, 1908, age 67y-3m-2d; both bur Plainview cem, Allen twp, Miami Co Ind]


Saturday, November 28, 1908


      Word has been received by Julius ROWLEY that his aunt, Mrs. Delight AUSTIN, died at her home at Dansville, Michigan, Wednesday. She was 102 years and 4 months of age and was the grandmother of 105 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.


      Chester Guy HARRIS died at the home of H. O. BLACK, at 86 west Canal street, Saturday morning at 6 o’clock, following an illness of four weeks with ktyphoid fever. (Macy item)


      Mrs. H. R. NAGLE, aged 68 years, died today, at twelve o’clock, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willis Ward, south Main St.

      Deceased was unfortunately visited by a stroke of paralysis about four years ago and ever since has been an invalid, gradually drawing her life to a close.

      She was always a kind and loving companion to those with whom she associated and was a fond mother always looking doubly sure after the welfare of her family.

      The children who survive are Mrs. Willis WARD, city; Mrs. DEBOLD, Peru; J. R. NAGLE, Indianapolis; E. O. [NAGLE] and J. A. NAGLE, North Manchester; Cary NAGLE, Wabash; Mrs. Jessie COLCLESSER, Texarkana; and Miss Blanch NAGLE, Peru. The funeral arrangements have not been completed.


Monday, November 30, 1908


      Raymond Campbell DAWSON, son of Geo. and Effie DAWSON, was born at Rochester, Ind., September 22, 1887, and departed this life November 28, 1908, at Madison, Wisconsin, being 21 years, 2 months and 6 days old, leaving father, mother, sister, grandfather, grandmother and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

      Raymond was a strong, sterling, lovable character, weilding an influence over all who came in contact with him. Raymond, with his ever companion, Harry, and other boy friends, united with the Baptist church in the winter of 1901 and ‘02 under the pastorate of Rev. G. L. CONLEY, always giving his talent to the church, in the choir and other ways, leading the B.Y.P.U. meeting the last Sunday night of his summer vacation. Raymond was ambitious and very desirous of making much of his way. He graduated from high school in 1906 with good grades, was president of the class and editor of the first high school annual, Manitau Ripples. By making his credits the first year in Madison, the University of Wisconsin commissioned the Rochester High school. At the beginning of his second year’s work he was put on the editorial staff of the Cardinal the college daily paper, and showed talent in his chosen work.

      During his sickness he maintained that cheerful, kind, submissive, sweet disposition that he carried all through life, winning the hearts of the physicians and nurses of the hospital. Raymond died as he lived, always doing his very best.

      The funeral will occur at his late home, Geo. V. DAWSON, 212 West 9th St., at 2 o’clock Tuesday, December 1st, Dr. O. P. MILES officiating. The remains may be viewed from now until the hour of the funeral.


      Ed HARDING, a farmer residing in the near vicinity of Germany, died this morning, about three o’clock, of an acute attack of uremic poisoning. Deceased has been in ill health for some time but did not become in a serious condition until Sunday morning, when he was confined to his bed. All day Sunday his suffering was intense and death came as a relief.

      Mr. Harding was forty years old Sunday, and besides a wife and two young children leaves father, four sisters and one brother to mourn for him.

      The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at Leiters M.E. church. Interment will be made in Leiters cemetery.


      Mrs. Matthew ZANGER died Saturday morning at her home two miles east of Fulton. (Kewanna item)


      Edward YARLOTT died of tuberculosis at Chicago Sunday. He was a son of Edward YARLOTT, Sr., by his first wife, she having been dead twenty-five years. (Kewanna item)


Tuesday, December 1, 1908


      Supt. and Mrs. M. P. DENISTON, of Peru were here to attend the Raymond DAWSON funeral today.


      Word was received this morning that Mrs. B. F. [Frank] [Ella POWERS] BROWN had died at her home Independence, Missouri. Mr. & Mrs. Brown were former residents of Rochester years ago, and will be remembered by many of the older citizens. Mrs. Brown was Miss Ella Powers and her husband, Frank, was a soldier through the war in the 87th Indiana Regiment. The remains of Mrs. Brown will be taken to Oklahoma for burial by the side of her children who are buried at that place.


Wednesday, December 2, 1908


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Thursday, December 3, 1908


      Clifford MYERS, aged fourteen years, died Wednesday morning, at 10 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Clyde BICK, near Athens. Deceased was a sufferer of tuberculosis and during the past two weeks gradually grew worse until the end.

      The funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock, at HOOVER’s chapel, Rev. J. G. CAMPBELL having charge of the services. Interment will be made in Citizens cemetery.


Friday, December 4, 1908


      Mrs. Harrison WALKER went to Argos this morning where she attended the funeral of a relative.


Saturday, December 5, 1908


      Floyd Earl TAYLOR, infant son of Clyde Earl and Pearl TAYLOR, was born April 19th, Easter Sunday, and died December 5th, 1908. He was an exceptionally strong and bright little boy, and was never sick until his last illness. Unlike most babies he never cried when hurt and was always good and a companion already to his parents and especially to his mother who was left alone with him during the long hours when her husband was at his business. Floyd by his sweet sunny nature and by his goodness emphasized the teachings of the Savior, “Of such are the Kingdom of Heaven.” The funeral services will be held at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Taylor, 212 W. Fifth St., and will be conducted by Rev. A. M. SMITH.


Monday, December 7, 1908


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Tuesday, December 8, 1908


      Anton THALMANN, who has been ill of dropsy and complications for the past year at his home on the corner of Jefferson and 2nd Sts., passed away this morning about two o’clock.

      Deceased was born August 16, 1849 in Marbach, Switzerland, and at the age of 15 years came to America, locating in Rochester, where he has since resided. In all the forty-five years of his residence in this city Mr. Thalmann with the exception of the past year and about a year he lived on his farm near Adamsboro, he was actively engaged in business, having conducted a grocery and dry goods store for many years in the Academy [of Music] building and several other businesses and later was identified with the local bottling works. In his business career the only faults charged to Mr. Thalmann were his generosity and honesty. Deceased leaves wife, two daughters, Mrs. Del WARD, city, and Mrs. Harry NORRIS, Peru, and a son, Harry THALMANN, city.

      Funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at the late residence, Rev. G. O. JOST having charge of the services. Interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.



Wednesday, December 9, 1908


      Miss Chloe MORRIS died at the home of Jack JONES at Perrysburg, Saturday night. The funeral was held at the Baptist church at Perrysburg Monday afternoon. (Deedsville item)


      Walter SULIVAN, Harry CLYMER and wife and Marshal RALSTON and wife, attended the funeral of Harald TAYLOR at Rochester Sunday. (Palestine item)


Thursday, December 10, 1908


      Capt. H. C. LONG, of this city, passed away Wednesday evening about 12 o’clock at the ripe old age of 72 years after an illness of nearly a month with heart trouble.

      Deceased has been a resident of this city for over sixty years and at one time was a boot and shoe merchant of the city, however retiring from that business years ago.

      Captain Long, or “Cap,” as he is called by his comrades, was born May 31, 1837, in Boone county, Indiana. His father, Elihu LONG, was a shoe-maker by trade. H. C., after he had arrived at an age when he was capable of choosing a vocation, followed the footsteps of his father. He attended the common school until he was ten years of age, when he came with his parents to Rochester. He attended the schools of the town for a time, but his education was nothing more than acquired from common schools, and his mind seemed centered on his trade; still he was moved by impulses not different from most young men, and at the age of nineteen years his convictions on the matrimonial question were so strong that he chose Adelaide BARNUM, a resident of Rochester, but a native of New York, for his wife.

      While Mr. Long was a very quiet, unassuming man, yet a faithful and efficient workman, there was something of his strong nature which would be shown by a true test. This test was applied while he was soldiering during the late rebellion, and it is but just that we should speak of him more particularly in this connection, for while he was a brave soldier and a faithful servant of his country in need, he drew to him in warmest feelings and friendship all of his fellow soldiers. In September, 1861, he enlisted in the Thirty-sixth Indiana Infantry as a musician. Six months later, he was discharged by order of Gen. Buell and immediately re-enlisted as a private in Company F of Eighty-seventh Indiana Regiment. At the formation of the company, he was chosen Orderly Sergeant. From the beginning his true worth and merits were noted, and he soon passed the successive promotions of Second and First Lieutenant, and in April, 1863, he was appointed Captain of Eighty-seventh and served in this place to the close of the war, taking part in some of the most daring and dangerous campaigns and battles of the rebellion.

      Besides a sorrowing wife he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Lewella FARLEY, Battle Creek, Michigan, and a son, Horace [LONG], of this city.

      Funeral will be held at the residence Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be made in I.O.O.F. cemetery.


      James HOOD, aged about 60 years, died at his sister’s, Mrs. John WAGONER’s, near Richland Center, Sunday night. Interment at Burket, his old home, by Rev. L. LUKENBILL, of Leithers. (Leiters Ford item)


      Milo [GUISE], the three years old son of Harvey GUISE, died Wednesday. (Monterey item)


      The remains of James HOOD were taken through this place Wednesday enroute to Palestine for interment. (Tiosa item)


Friday, December 11, 1908


      Ages have mourned for time, Monarchs have mourned for their rulers and surely the community in which Peter SNYDER lived will mourn at the news of his death. On last Monday as night folded her starry curtains round day had faced over the hills, life of one of Wayne township’s prominent citizens slowly ebbed away after an illness of two weeks.

      Mr. Snyder was firm and resolute; when an idea became it was his until changed by thorough explanation. He was a man of no deceit, said what he meant, meant what he said, a true friend, an excellent neighbor, a kind loving father and husband.

      No task was ever too difficult for Mr. Snyder to attempt when helping a friend or neighbor. He was a hard working man and had high ideals in education lines, which has been proven by his untiring goal to educate his children although having received only a common education himself.

      He was baptized in the Lutheran church when a child and believed in the faith until death.

      He was a staunch democrat in politics.

      Peter Snyder was born in Wayne township on a farm, where he always lived, January 20, 1857. He was married to Lucinda LISEY, September 4, 1884, who survives to mourn his death with their children as follows: Edward [SNYDER], Mae [SNYDER], Clarence [SNYDER], Earl [SNYDER] and Merlen [SNYDER]; one sister, Mrs. Michael MILLER, six brothers, Henry [SNYDER], of Dalton City, Illinois, Levi [SNYDER] of Columbia City, Indiana, Will [SNYDER] of Pine Village, Indiana, George [SNYDER] of Hamilton, Ohio, Mike [SNYDER] and Jake [SNYDER] of Blue Grass.

      Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Baptist church in Blue Grass. Interment was made in Bowman cemetery.