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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 1, 1941

Former Union City man dies in Florida.

Word has been received in Union City of the death Tuesday of W. V. (Virge) Macy, former Union City resident, at a Jacksonville, Florida hospital. He had made his residence in Florida for the past 15 years. Funeral services were held in Jacksonville.

Surviving are one daughter, Margaret, wife of J. V. Campbell, of the Bolles Military school, Jacksonville; one brother, Oscar Macy, Mt. Carmel, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Lulu Morgan, Lancaster, O., and Mrs. Arthur (Ethel) Dollison, Charleston, W. Va. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Macy.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 1, 1941

Retired railroader dies.

Samuel G. Thompson, 64, retired railroader, died suddenly at 7 a. m. Friday at his home at 1102 Harrison avenue, Greenville, from the effect of a heart attack.

Thompson was employed as an engineer for the New York Central Railroad for several years.

A native of Allen county, he had moved to Greenville seven years ago. His wife, Margaret, preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Alice Chaney, and Mrs. Elizabeth Stein, both of Celina.

The body has been removed to the Turpen-McKnight funeral home, Greenville, but pending word from the sisters no funeral arrangements have bee announced.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 1, 1941

Death Reported.

Services for Mrs. Alice McKeon, 88, widow of the late John McKeon, who died Thursday evening at the Elaine Andry rest home in Dayton after a lingering illness, will be conducted at the Hoffman and Blose funeral home in Arcanum at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Burial will be in the Abbottsville cemetery. She is survived by a son, Dale, of Grand Rapids, Mich., and one sister, Mrs. Ida Fulton, of Dayton.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 3, 1941

Serious illness proves fatal. - Mrs. W. I. Harrison, 57, is claimed by death at her home Sunday night.

Mrs. Nettie M. Harrison, 57, wife of W. I. Harrison, died at her residence 523 West Oak street in Union City at 10:10 p. m. Sunday night. She had been ill about a month and seriously ill 24 hours. The cause of death was diabetic coma.

She was born in Glen Karn, O., the daughter of William and Rosella (Thomas) Chenoweth.

Surviving besides the husband are two daughters, Mrs. Charles Rafferty, of Vincennes, and Rose Mary Harrison, who is attending college; five brothers, V. E. and E. R. Chenoweth of Glen Karn, O., S. D. and H. W. Chenoweth, of Richmond, and H. E. Chenoweth of Cleveland, O.; one sister, Mrs. Idris McKissick, of near Lynn; and the father, William H. Chenoweth, of Glen Karn, O. One brother, Ora Chenoweth, was killed in an auto accident last July.

The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home at Union City, and will be returned to the residence Tuesday morning where friends may call after 10 o'clock. Funeral services will be held from the Union City Methodist church Wednesday at 2 o'clock (CST), Rev. J. Floyd Seelig will officiate.

Burial will be in the Hollansburg, O. cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 3, 1941

Modoc grandparents mourn death of girl killed in Richmond.

Richmond, Ind., March 2. --- Carolyn Dickinson, 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Dickinson, 318 North Thirteenth street, was fatally hurt Saturday afternoon about 1 o'clock when she was hurled from her bicycle when it was struck by an automobile at Sheridan and North West J streets. She died in Reid Memorial hospital of multiple injuries six hours later.

Police reported that she was riding her bicycle north on Sheridan street and turned in front of a southbound car driven by Ray Ladd, 603 North Thirteenth street, apparently intending to head west on North West J street.

Impact of the crash hurled her 50 feet, police were told. She was removed to the hospital in the police ambulance in charge of Officers Louis Daniel and Jacob Chapman. Officer Moses Shores made the investigation.

Ladd went to police headquarters where he made a report of the accident. He was not held. Coroner S. Edgar Bond said no investigation of the accident will be made, but that an inquest will be conducted later.

The child was a member of the local Girl Scout organization Troop 4, and a week ago last Friday participated in the presentation of a playlet given at the First Friends church at a city wide meeting of the organization.

She was in the 6-A grade at the Starr school and attended the Presbyterian Sunday school.

Surviving besides the parents are two brothers, John and Richard; a sister, Alice; the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Dickinson of Modoc, and a number of aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Jones & Placke funeral home with Rev. H. T. Reinecke officiating. Interment will be at Earlham cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday afternoon and evening.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 5, 1941

Death claims Joseph Cole. - 79 year old man dies at home of Grandson near Winchester.

Joseph M. Cole, 79, died at the home of his grandson, Merrett Monks, south of Winchester, at noon yesterday.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Wise, west of Ridgeville, and Mrs. Mary Heniser of Englewood, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Elsie Odle of Ridgeville; one sister, Mrs. Hattie Brouse of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2:30 p. m. at the Saratoga U. B. church in charge of Rev. D. R. Lusk, assisted by Rev. Zelma Mills. Burial will be in the Saratoga cemetery.

The body was taken to the Middleton funeral home at Ridgeville for burial preparation and this afternoon will be returned to the Monks home, where friends are invited to call. Mr. Cole was a native of the Saratoga vicinity, but since the death of his wife six years ago had been living with relatives.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 6, 1941

Death claims Wesley Ross. - Long illness fatal to aged man near Fountain City.

Wesley Seigle Ross, 76, died at his home near Fountain City Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. following an illness of several years. Surviving are the widow, Ida; two sons, S. L. Ross of New Madison, Ohio, W. E. Ross of Fountain City, one sister, Mrs. Sarah Lynch of San Diego, Cal.; four brothers, E. M. Ross of St. Paris, Ohio; John E. of Hollansburg, Ohio; William G. of Lynn; B. H. Ross of Greenville and four grandsons.

The body was removed to the Reynard funeral home in Modoc for burial preparations. No funeral arrangements have been made

(Funeral services were conducted were held on Saturday at the Huntsville church with Rev. Donald Jennings in charge. Burial was made in the Buena Vista cemetery.).

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 7, 1941

Several months illness fatal. - Coah T. Brawley, 72, dies at home near Lynn.

Coah T. Brawley, 72, died at his home, northwest of Lynn, at 4:30 p. m. Thursday after an illness of several months. Surviving are the widow, Martha Elizabeth, and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Owens of Lynn.

The body was taken to the Thomas funeral home at Lynn and will be returned to the home today. Friends may call at the residence after 3:30 o'clock.

Other funeral arrangements will be announced later.

(Funeral services were held on Monday at the home with Rev. Harvey Thornburg, assisted by Rev. Zelma Mills, officiating. Burial was made in the New Liberty cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 7, 1941

Charles F. Willis, 68, buried at Matthews.

Gaston, Ind., March 6. --- Funeral services for Charles F. Willis, 68, widely known retired farmer and former baseball player, who died Monday night at his home north of Gaston, were conducted this afternoon at the Matthews Methodist church, with Rev. Earl Leonard, of Modoc, and Rev. Douglas Jackson of Matthews, in charge. Burial was in the I. O. O. F. cemetery at Matthews. Mr. Willis was well known as a baseball player during his youth and played in several leagues in various states.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 7, 1941

William H. Wright dies.

William H. Wright, 73, whose wife, Ella, died just 39 days ago, died at 2:17 p. m. Wednesday at Carter's Rest home, in Greenville, Ohio. His death was attributed to pneumonia following a lingering illness.

Wright, a retired farmer, had spent most of his life in the Arcanum vicinity. He was removed to the rest home last fall.

He is survived by two sons, William and Russell Wright, Greenville auto dealers, and a half-brother, Edward Wright, of Arcanum.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Friday at the Abbottsville church with Rev. H. J. Holcombe officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 8, 1941

Death claims Rev. C. E. Hunt, retired pastor. - 76 year old minister is dead at Modoc; last rites on Monday.

Rev. Charles E. Hunt, 76, retired United Brethren minister, died at his home in Modoc yesterday at 4:10 a. m., death following an illness of several weeks. He had been active in the ministry for 30 years, retiring in 1922 at the conclusion of a pastorate at Petroleum in Wells county.

Rev. Hunt began preaching in 1892 at Selma and during the course of his career served as pastor of U. B. churches at Warington, Hartford City Mission, St. Paul in Decatur county, Middletown, New Castle, Fortville, Greentown, Cowan, Lebanon, Franklin, Lynn, Modoc, Dunkirk, Redkey, Muncie Industry and Petroleum.

Short funeral services will be conducted at the home at 9:30 a. m. Monday after which the body will be taken to the Industry U. B. church in Muncie for last rites at 10:30 a. m. Rev. T. A. Garriott will officiate, assisted by Rev. N. S. Tranbarger. Burial will be in the Salem cemetery.

Surviving are the widow, Glenna Shoemaker (?); three sons, Conrad of Modoc and Everett and Virgil of Indianapolis, the latter being district superintendent of the White River U. B. conference; one brother, Samuel of Modoc; six sisters, Retta Baughman of Anderson, Lulu Shipley of Muncie, America Downing of Hagerstown, Grace Hutson of Gary, Pearl Edwards and Artamincia Hunt of Modoc, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 8, 1941

Washington Township native heart attack victim; rites Monday.

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth (Lib) Martin, 72, widow of the late John Martin, died suddenly at 10:55 p. m. Thursday at her farm home near Coletown, southeast of Union City, from the effects of a heart attack. The husband died in 1933.

Mrs. Martin was the daughter of Henry and Diannah Landers, and was a native and lifelong resident of Washington township, Darke county. She had attended the Coletown Christian church for many years.

She is survived by two sons, Charles R. and L. Ray Martin, both of Greenville, rural route 4; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles S. Landers, Greenville rural route 4; and Andrew W. Landers, of near Hillgrove and three sisters, Mrs. Angie Edwards and Miss Harriett Landers, both of near Hillgrove, and Mrs. Mary Hall, of Wakefield.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Monday at the Coletown church with Rev. Arthur Layman officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that she was born Oct. 21, 1868 in Washington Twp., daughter of Henry Martin and Diannah Moyer, both born in Washington Twp.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 8, 1941

Harold Benson, 42, passes away. - Deerfield man is claimed by death Thursday in Fort Wayne.

Harold Benson, 42, of northeast of Deerfield, died at the Irene Byron sanitarium in Fort Wayne at 10 p. m. Thursday.

Surviving are the wife, Esta; four daughters, Alberta, Alvena, Betty Lou and Maxine; two sons, Leonard and Eugene; the father, Alva Benson of Deerfield; two sisters, Mrs. Paul DeBolt and Mrs. Paul Almonrode of Union City.

The body was brought to the Clark and Maynard funeral home in Winchester for burial preparation and at 11 a. m. Saturday will be taken to the father's home at Deerfield, where friends are invited to call.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p. m. at the Deerfield Methodist church in charge of Rev. Roy Beachler. Burial will be in the Fields cemetery at Saratoga.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 10, 1941

Long Illness proves fatal. - Miss Florence Comer, 67, dies at Spartanburg; funeral Monday.

Miss Florence Comer, 67, died Saturday morning at her home in Spartanburg after a lingering illness.

She is survived by a brother, Frank of Lynn; two nephews and a niece.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the residence with Rev. K. Edward Maynard in charge. Burial will be in the Spartanburg cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 10, 1941

David A. Stephens is dead at age of 90; funeral is Tuesday.

Muncie, Ind., March 9. --- David A. (Uncle Dave) Stephens, 90, widely known Delaware county resident, died at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at his home, two miles northeast of Selma. He had lived on the same farm for sixty years.

Surviving are two daughters, Miss Ora Stephens at home, and Miss Mae Stephens, a teacher at Kendallville high school; three brothers, William Stephens of Parker and John and James Stephens, both of Jamestown, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Violet Hitchcock of Farmland; three grandsons, Gailon Stephens, Delaware county coroner, Raymond Wood of Parker and Merrill Stephens of Pennville; two granddaughters, Mrs. Edith Corbin, of Richmond and Miss May Wood of Three Rivers, Mich., and one great granddaughter, Joyce Corbin of Richmond.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Potter-Stephens funeral home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Arthur W. McDavitt, pastor of St. Johns Universalist church, in charge. Burial will in Strong Cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 10, 1941

Death claims Ruth M. Fields. - Services to be held today in Union City and Hollansburg, O.

Mrs. Ruth M. Fields, 48, wife of Orville Fields, died at 11 p. m. Saturday at her residence, 427 West Pearl street, Union City, following an illness of more than one year.

She was born in Camden, O., the daughter of Harry and Lilly (Dickson) Linting. However, she spent most of her life in the Union City community. Before her health forced her to retire, she made many friends and a considerable reputation for preparing good foods as head cook at the Union City Elks home.

Surviving besides the husband, Orville, are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Linting, of Richmond; a daughter, Mrs. Ed Humphreys, of Union City; one son, Charles Peden, also of Union City; a granddaughter, Emogene; two sisters, Mrs. Russell Meyer, of Piqua, O., and Mrs. Perry Kaucher, of Union City, and two brothers, Hilbert and Russell Linting, both of Detroit, Mich.

Brief funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock this afternoon at the residence in charge of Rev. Bessie Whistler and last rites will be conducted at the Hollansburg, O. Christian church at 2 p. m. (CST). Burial will be at Hollansburg. Friends may call at the residence until the hour of the services. Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Fraze funeral home in Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 11, 1941

Greenville man commits suicide. - Acting Coroner pronounces death by self-inflicted bullet wound.

George Duval, 69, took his own life by shooting himself in the head with a .38 calibre revolver, which 40 years ago he had used while serving as Deputy Sheriff in Monroe county, Michigan, about 6 p. m. Monday. Immediately, on discovery of the body in the Moore Paint shop on Eleventh street, where he was employed part-time and next door to his home, acting Coroner Dr. A. F. Sarver was called and pronounced death as resulting from a self inflicted bullet wound. No motive could be advanced for the act. Duval resided at 104 Eleventh street in Greenville, Ohio.

Surviving besides the widow, Evaline, are five daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Schwab, of Greenville, R. F. D. 5, Mrs. Bernadine Reck, of New Madison, Mrs. Helen Coppess, of Gary avenue, Greenville, Mrs. Martha Bennett, Covington, and Mrs. Regina Woodbury, of Greenville.

The body was taken to the Miller funeral home in Greenville pending arrangements of funeral services, which will be private.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that he was born Feb. 5, 1873 in Newport, Michigan, the son of Alexis Duval and Martha Songrant, both born in Erie, Michigan. Burial was made on Wednesday in the Greenville cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 11, 1941

Death claims Minton Clapp. - Spencerville, O., man dies at home of mother near Ridgeville.

Minton E. Clapp, 66, of Spencerville, O., who during a six month illness had been staying at the home of his mother, Mrs. Gehile Clapp, near Ridgeville, died about 9 o'clock Monday evening at her home.

Surviving are the widow, Mamie, five sons, Leslie, of Hepburn, O., Leo, of Bellefontaine, O., Robert, Ralph and Everett at home; one daughter, Helen also at home; three brothers, Alva and Bert, of Urbana, O., and Jacob of Franklin, Louisiana; one sister, Mrs. Bert Jessup, of Urbana, O., an uncle, Harry Clapp, of Muncie and the mother at whose home he died.

The body was removed to the Painter funeral home in Ridgeville and will be returned to the home of the mother, four miles east of Ridgeville where funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday. Interment will be in the Lawndale cemetery east of Ridgeville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 12, 1941

Merritt F. Strahan dies at Indianapolis; is buried yesterday.

Merritt F. Strahan, 66, of near Indianapolis, Randolph county native, died at Methodist hospital, Indianapolis, Sunday at 10 p. m., having been stricken Saturday. He was a son of the late Clement R. and Ellen Strahan of Huntsville.

Surviving are the wife, Nell; one daughter, Lucille of Muncie; two sons, Forrest of near Muncie and Merritt, Jr., of Muncie; two brothers, Lewis of Huntsville and John of Richmond; and five sisters, Mrs. William Fisher of near Winchester, Mrs. Irvin Jackson of Lynn, Mrs. William Keller of Richmond, Mrs. Deon Willard and Mrs. Lanie Moistner, both of Indianapolis.

The funeral service was conducted yesterday morning at 10 o'clock at an Indianapolis funeral home. Burial was at Huntington.

For a number of years before going to Indianapolis, Mr. Strahan was connected with the Indiana Union Traction company operating out of Muncie.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 12, 1941

Aged Resident dies Tuesday. - Joseph Losch, 74, passes away at home near Ridgeville.

Joseph F. Losch, age 74, passed away at his home 3 miles east of Ridgeville Tuesday morning at 2 o'clock.

Survivors are the widow, Agnes; two children, Mrs. (Florence G.) Garnet M. Cox, of Muncie and Floyd Losch at home; one grandson of Racine, Wisconsin; two brothers, John Losch of Winchester and Charles Losch of New Mt. Pleasant; three sisters, Mrs. Malinda Pratt of near New Pittsburg, Mrs. Eliza Croyle of New Pittsburg and Mrs. Lizzie Lloyd of Danville, Ill.

The body was taken to the W. T. Middleton mortuary in Ridgeville for burial preparation and will be returned to the home this morning at 10 o'clock where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted at the late residence Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. H. T. Miller in charge. Interment in the Fountain Park cemetery at Winchester.

The deceased was a prominent Randolph county farmer and had resided in the county for over fifty years. Before moving to Randolph county he was a resident of Jay county.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 12, 1941

Death claims Mrs. G. Durdin. - Dies at home of sister, Miss Margaret Walden, in Union City.

Following an illness of 12 weeks, death claimed Mrs. Elizabeth (Walden) Durdin, 85, at 10:30 p. m. Monday at the home of a sister, Miss Margaret Walden, 225 West Oak street, Union City.

The deceased, born October 5, 1856 in Illinois, the daughter of Rufus H. and Lidie (Nicherson) Walden, came to Union City in 1929 to make her home with her sister, following the death of her husband, George W. Durdin. She was united in marriage with Mr. Durdin in Iowa in 1894. She was a member of the Baptist church. While in Union City Mrs. Durdin taught penmanship.

Survivors include four sisters, of which Miss Margaret Walden is the only one residing locally.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Brooks funeral home in Union City. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 12, 1941

Former Postmaster is dead at Redkey.

Redkey, Ind., March 11. --- Perry Leavell, 79, former postmaster and traction line agent, died at his home here early this morning. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Everett Riegel, and one son, Albert of near Flatt, and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at one o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Jones mortuary, in charge of the Rev. R. M. McBride. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester.

Mr. Leavell at one time held a public office in Randolph county.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 12, 1941

Death claims William Bennett. - Aged man dies at hospital in Winchester; funeral Thursday.

William G. Bennnett, 74, of Lynn died Monday at 11:40 p. m. at the Randolph county hospital, having earlier undergone surgery.

Surviving are the wife, Nettie (Julietta); one daughter, Mrs. Artellisa Ballinger of Richmond; one grandson, Verlon Ballinger, Jr., of Richmond; one stepdaughter, Mrs. J. W. Langham of Bloomington, Ill., and one stepson, George Taggert of Pawnee, Ill.

Mr. Bennett was a member of the Masonic lodge at Williamsburg. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Thomas funeral home in Lynn, with Rev. K. Edward Maynard in charge. Burial will be in the Earlham cemetery at Richmond.

Friends may call at the home of the deceased until 12:45 p. m. Thursday, at which time the body will be removed to the funeral home.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 13, 1941

Long illness proves fatal. - Mary Catherine Pratt, 89, dies at the home of daughter.

Mary Catherine Pratt, 89, died Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James A. Roush, three fourths of a mile south of Pleasant Hill on the Jay-Randolph county line after an illness of about six months. He had been serious for three weeks.

The deceased was born in Jackson township, Randolph county on November 13, 1851, the daughter of Mary and Handchy Smith. In 1872 she married Lorenzo D. Pratt who preceded her in death on January 3, 1926.

Surviving are one brother, L. K. Smith of Union City; three children, Mrs. Myrtle, wife of Alva Christie of Union City; Mrs. Josie, wife of James A. Roush at whose home she died and Cloyce O. Pratt of six miles northeast of Union City. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 a. m. from the Pleasant Hill church in charge of Rev. John Watson of Harrisville. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. The body was taken to the Williamson and Sons funeral home in Portland and will be returned to the home of the daughter this afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 14, 1941

Heart Attack fatal to Charles McEowen.

Charles W. McEowen, 71, native and lifelong resident of Darke county, died suddenly at 3 a. m. Thursday at his farm home two and one half miles northeast of Rossburg from the effects of a heart attack.

His remains have been removed to the Fisher-Becker funeral home at Ansonia but pending word from a son, Stanley, who is in the U. S. Navy, no burial arrangements will be completed.

Seaman McEowen, who was wounded during the bombing of the U. S. S. Panay by Japanese planes in December 1937, is now stationed on the U. S. S. Barry at Norfolk, Va.

Other immediate survivors include a wife, Laura; three other sons, Fred, of near Greenville, Herschel, of Piqua, and C. Hilton, of Freeport, Ill.; five grandchildren and four brothers and sisters.

(Funeral services were held on Sunday at the Hiestand church. Rev. Noble Schlechty and the Rev. Kimmel officiated. Burial was in Abbottsville cemetery. Seaman McEowen was unable to attend the services.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 15, 1941

Mrs. Mary Ann McClain dies in Greenville.

Mrs. Mary Ann McClain, 84, widow of the late Albert McClain, died at 10:45 p. M. Thursday at her home, 708 East Fourth street, Greenville, after an illness of four weeks' duration. Her husband, a retired farmer, died in Greenville on February 25.

She is survived by two sons, Ora McClain, of Greenville, and Russel, of Greenville, rural route; three daughters, Mrs. David Brewer and Mrs. George Martin, also both of Greenville, rural route and Mrs. George Bownan, of Bradford, rural route. There also were 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

The body has been removed to the Miller funeral home, 123 West Fifth street, Greenville, where services are to be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. Joseph Henry will officiate. Burial will be in the Stelvideo cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that she was born July 11, 1856 in Greenville Twp., Darke Co., OH, the daughter of John Smith and Mary Coppess.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 15, 1941

Death ends long illness for county native.

Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Thomas, 56, wife of Noah F. Thomas, Darke county farmer, died at 5:10 p. m. Thursday at her home two miles southwest of Baker's store, following an illness lasting six and one half years. She was a native of Adams township, Darke county.

She is survived by her husband and two sons, Donald Thomas, of Columbus, Ohio, and Glen Thomas, Dayton, Ohio. She also leaves two brothers and three sisters. They are Ed (Edward Forest) Newbauer, Bradford, rural route; Jack (John Jacob) Newbauer, Greenville; Mrs. Ethel (Mary Ethel) Ashman, Greenville rural route 2, and Mrs. Nannie (Georgianna)Marker, Greenville rural route 3.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Miller and Sons funeral home, 123 West Fifth street, Greenville, at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Rev. Frank Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that she was born July 17, 1884 in Adams Twp., Darke Co., OH, the daughter of George Newbauer (b. Greenville Twp.) and Mary Clapper (b. Rossburg, OH.))

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 17, 1941

C. M. Shierling, county native, dies in Dayton. - Saratoga resident seriously ill in Miami Valley Hospital 4 weeks.

Terminating an illness of several months, death claimed the life of Curtis M. Shierling, 75, Sunday at 7 p. ,m. following a heart attack in the Miami Valley hospital, Dayton, Ohio, where he had been for the past four weeks.

Mr. Shierling, a retired and prominent farmer and native of Randolph county, resided in Saratoga, the community in which he spent most of his life. He was born near Saratoga November 7, 1865, the son of Philip and Emaline (Ford) Shierling. He attended the Old Clear Creek school and later the Winchester high school.

In 1887 he was united in marriage with Miss Florence Crum in a ceremony performed near Saratoga. He had been a member of the Saratoga United Brethren church for more than fifty years and belonged to the Odd Fellows lodge.

Surviving besides the widow, Florence, are three children, Roy Shierling, Union City businessman, Mrs. Ermal Richert and Mrs. Harold Brown, both of Dayton, O.; one sister, Mrs. Ida Fraze, of near Saratoga, and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be completed today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 17, 1941

Frozen body found in barn. - Autopsy today to determine if foul play had part in death.

The frozen body of Mike Burkholder, 69, employe of the American Aggregate company in Greenville for many years, was found about noon Sunday in the abandoned barn on the Oscar Moist farm, south of the Darke County Fair Grounds on highway 121 near Greenville.

The body was discovered by attorney and Mrs. T. A. Billingsley, of Greenville, who were inspecting the barn in preparation for its use as a stable for race horses.

Darke County authorities and Dr. A. F. Sarver, acting coroner, were called to the scene. The coroner unwilling to make a statement until after an autopsy, which is planned at 9 a. m. today in the Turpen-McKnight funeral home in Greenville, said that Burkholder apparently had been dead for at least six days. Richard Hole, Darke County prosecuting attorney, has been asked to attend the autopsy, which may or may not indicate that foul play is believed to have had a part in his death. It was revealed that he carried a sizable sum of money on his person when found.

The deceased man had resided at the home of Albert Fry, at Weaver's Station, five miles south of Greenville, where it was said he had left on March 3 to see a doctor in Greenville. Investigation late last night had progressed to the point where he had last been seen alive on March 7 by Forest Brown and Virgil Schlechty, fellow workers at the American Aggregate Corporation.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Frank Crum, Bowman Avenue, Dayton, Ohio, and a son, whose name and whereabouts were not available.

(Tuesday - Suicide held in Burkholder death probe. - Darke County Coroner's autopsy reveals slashed throat.

Although foul play was at first suspected in the death of Mike Burkholder, 69 year old Greenville laborer, whose body was found Sunday noon in an abandoned barn adjoining the Darke county fairgrounds, near Greenville an autopsy performed Monday, by acting coroner of Darke county, Dr. A. F. Sarver, revealed that Burkholoder apparently committed suicide, slashing his throat with a razor blade, which was found beside the body.

The body was so frozen and swollen by exposure that the razor wound was not detected until the post-mortem. The coroner is of the opinion that the suicidal act was perpetrated several days ago.

The later opinion is partially verified by the statement of a Greenville physician who has informed Coroner Sarver that Burkholder had visited his office on Friday, March 7, for a physical examination

The physician's statement further revealed that Burkholder had been found to be in a very serious condition and it is believed that despondent over his health had been the motive for his act.

It is the belief of Coroner Sarver that Burkholder, after visiting the doctor's office in Greenville on March 7, had gone directly to the barn and ended his life.

Officers found nearly $80 cash in his clothing and reported that there were no other marks of violence on his body.

Burkholder, who had been an employe of the American Aggregate Corporation, Greenville, at various times during the past 40 years, had recently been living at the home of Albert Fry at Weaver's Station. He had left there on March 3 but no alarm was felt when he failed to return for several days as it is claimed that he often left for Greenville where he remained for indefinite periods.

The barn in which his body was found is owned by Oscar Moist. It immediately adjoins both the fairgrounds and the Treaty City Stables operated by Attorney and Mrs. T. A. Billingsley, of Greenville, on state route 121, the Greenville-Richmond road.

The Greenville attorney and his wife, who have been negotiating for the purchase of the barn, discovered the body at about 11:30 a. m. as they were inspecting the place. They immediately notified Sheriff Arthur Hartle.

Burkholder is survived by a son, John, of Alberton, Mass., a daughter, Mrs. Frank Cress, of Dayton; two brothers, Joe and Will Burkholder, of Dayton, and two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Syler, also of Dayton, and Mary, of Detroit, Mich.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Turpen-McKnight funeral home, West Fourth street, Greenville at 2 p. m. today. Rev. H. J. Holcombe will officiate. Burial will be in the Abbottsville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 19, 1941

Two weeks' illness ends life of Mrs. Adda Burns.

Mrs. Adda B. Burns, widow of the late David Burns, a former treasurer of Darke county, died at 5:30 a. m. Tuesday at her home at 218 Warren street, Greenville, after a two weeks' illness.

Her death was attributed to influenza and complications.

Her husband, who died several years ago, served as county treasurer from 1907 to 1911.

A daughter, Mrs. Carl Bayman, of Hamilton and two grandchildren are the only immediate survivors.

The body has been removed to the Miller Funeral home, Greenville, pending the completion of burial arrangements.

(Miller Funeral Home records states that she was born June 15, 1860 in Darke Co., OH, the daughter of Sylvester Winterrowd and Elizabeth Riegle, both born in Darke Co. Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Friday with Rev. Holcombe in charge. Burial was made in the Greenville cemetery. Her husband was named here as Daniel Burns.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 21, 1941

Ex-Saratoga minister dies. - Rev. George Barker, 61, expires; funeral to be Friday.

Muncie, Ind., March 20. --- Rev. George Hanley Barker, 61, died at the family home, 614 South Council St., at 2:30 a. m. today, following an illness of two months. Rev. Barker had been a patient at the Hines' government hospital, and was home on short leave at the time of his death.

Prior to coming to Muncie 12 years ago, Mr. Barker had been a resident of Saratoga, where he served six years as pastor of the Saratoga Baptist church. He was a pastor of the First Baptist church of Muncie when it stood at Charles and Jefferson streets.

Rev. Barker had been in the ministry for 35 years and had served overseas for 13 months in the army during the World War. He, also, had held pastorates in Sidney, O. and Louisville, Ky. He was a graduate of the Bonebrick Theological Seminary in Dayton.

Surviving are the widow, Luella; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Arms of Muncie; three sons, George Hanley Barker, Jr., of Hartford City, Paul C. and W. Vincent Barker, at home; a grandson, Wallace Eugene Arms; three sisters, Mrs. Ray Long of Celina, Ohio, Mrs. Della Sites of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Florence Imler of Convoy, Ohio, and four brothers, Hendrick Barker of Sapulpa, Okla., Fred Barker of Convoy, Ohio, Pleasant Barker of Fort Wayne, and Wilson Barker of Detroit.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p. m. Friday at the Piepho mortuary by Dr. J. Marion Smith, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be in the I. O. O. F. cemetery at Saratoga.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 21, 1941

Edward Slick passes away. - Dies at home of daughter, Mrs. Florence Richards in Hollansburg, O.

Charles Edward Slick, 84, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Florence Richards, in Hollansburg, Ohio, Thursday at 4 o'clock.

Surviving besides the daughter, at whose home he died, are another daughter, Mrs. Cora Dodson, of Denver, Ill., and two sons, Len Slick, of Hollansburg, Ohio, and Dewey Slick, of near Union City.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock (EST) Saturday from the Hollansburg Christian church in charge of Rev. Warren Souders. Burial will be in the Hollansburg cemetery.

The Thomas funeral home in Lynn is in charge of arrangements.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 21, 1941

Carlos Gordon passes away. - Dies at home of daughter, Mrs. Josephine Bales, mile west of Lynn.

Carlos O. Gordon, 80, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Josephine Bales, one-half mile west of Lynn at 5:45 p. m. Thursday.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Josephine Bales at whose home he died, and Mrs. Edna Dailey, of Richmond, Mrs. Elva Souder, of Columbus, Ohio, and Elsie Thomas, of Richmond; one brother, Albert, of Richmond; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The body was taken to the Thomas funeral home in Lynn. Arrangements will be announced later.

(Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Lynn Friends church with Rev. Carl Baldwin in charge. Burial was made in the Buena Vista cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 21, 1941

Alpheus Trine passes away. - Retired school teacher ill only five weeks; rites Sunday.

Following a serious illness of only five weeks, Alpheus (Alph) Trine, 73 year old retired school teacher, died Thursday at 2 p. m. at his Union City residence, 342 Carter street.

Born September 23, 1867, in Jackson township, Ind., the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Hinkle) Trine, he had spent all of his life in Union City and its vicinity. His retirement came several years ago after having taught in the district schools of Wayne township for many years.

Later he occupied his time by gardening, being an active member of the Union City Garden club, and raising bees. He also was a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle.

Surviving besides the widow, Lucy, are two children, Charles Trine, and Mrs. Ray Kreider, both of Union City, and one sister, Mrs. Jennie Byrum, of Union City.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p. m. at the Brooks funeral home in Union City, with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Burial will be in the Lisbon cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p. m. today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 22, 1941

Death claims Amanda Miller. - Aged woman dies at County Infirmary Friday morning.

Amanda Miller, 81, formerly a resident near Spartanburg, died early Friday morning at the Randolph ?County infirmary. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mary Bond of New Paris, Ohio, and Mrs. Ruth Warren of Ansonia, Ohio.

The body was removed to the Thomas funeral home at Lynn.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p. m. from the Thomas funeral home in Lynn in charge of Rev. Frank Royer. Burial will be in the Palestine, Ohio cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home anytime.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 22, 1941

Greenville lawyer A. Alvin North, 71, dies; short illness.

Attorney A. Alvin North, 71, an active member of the Darke County Bar association for more than forty years, died Friday at 11:30 a. m. at his residence, 140 West Fourth street. Although he had been in failing health for the past three years he was critically ill for only a few days.

He was a brother of the late Col. William E. North, a member of the Ohio Board of Liquor Control, who died on December 13, 1940.

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan university, Delaware, he completed his legal training at Harvard university. He was admitted to the bar in 1896.

During his active career, Mr. North was keenly interested in literary affairs and had many articles published in newspapers and periodicals.

He was born and reared in Neave township, Darke county, where his father, the late Allen North, was a prominent farmer.

Surviving are a widow; one son, Alvin, J., of Dayton; two daughters, Nadine North, of Dayton, and Mrs. Joseph Accurso, of Chicago, Ill., and three brothers, Andrew North, of New Paris; T. Leroy North, of Greenville, and John North, Greenville rural route.

The body has been removed to the Turpen-McKnight funeral home pending the completion of burial arrangements.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 22, 1941

Emma Favorite passes away. - Dies at granddaughter's home where she had made her residence.

Mrs. Emma Rosetta Favorite, 75, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. (Grace) Guy Bailey, 541 North Main street in Winchester at 12:10 o'clock this morning. Mrs. Favorite had made her home with her granddaughter for the last several years.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Orla Ludwick, of Ridgeville; one sister, Mrs. Seth Hinshaw, of Winchester; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p. m. from the Congregational Christian church in Winchester in charge of Rev. Leo McKinley.

Burial will be in the New Dayton cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 22, 1941

P. C. Chattin, former Union City resident, dies.

Word has been received in Union City stating that funeral services were held Tuesday in San Diego, Calif., for P. C. Chattin, 59, former manager of the Union City Eagle newspaper, and later manager of the Union Grand theater.

The deceased, brother of C. N. Chattin, prominent Union City attorney, died Saturday in San Diego where he had gone about a year ago from Pontiac, Ill., after his health failed. He had lived in Union City from 1918 until 1923.

Surviving are the widow, Ethel, and two sons.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 24, 1941

Rites are set for victim of highway crash. - Alvin R. Pegg, 49, is killed late Friday near Williamsburg.

Funeral services for Alvin R. Pegg, 49, living one half mile east of Huntsville, fatally injured in a truck-automobile accident late Friday night near Williamsburg, will be held Monday at 2:30 p. m. at the Huntsville Methodist church, in charge of Rev. N. H. Thornburg. Interment will be in the Buena Vista cemetery.

Survivors include the wife, Martha; the mother, Mrs. Julia James of Farmland; two daughters, Mrs. Christina Steiner of Farmland and Mrs. Macodine Burton of Modoc; a son, Charles of Modoc; a brother, Thomas Pegg of Farmland; three sisters, Mrs. Gladys Thomas and Mrs. Zoa Whitehead, both of Farmland, and Miss Mary Pegg of Washington, D. C.

Pegg died shortly after the accident in which his car and the tractor-trailor truck operated by Harold Riedemann, 31, were heavily damaged. Riedemann, who escaped without injury, made his report of the accident to Dr. S. Edgar Bond, Wayne county coroner, at Richmond, Saturday.

Mr. Pegg was employed by the Crosley corporation in Richmond and he was believed to be en route to work when the accident occurred. Pegg's car, going east on state road 35, collided with the truck, which careened from the highway and landed in a ditch. Wreckage was scattered for about 100 fee along the road.

Riedemann was driving a truck owned by the Cushman Motor Delivery company, in Chicago, where he resides. He carried a full cargo of sheet steel. The Pegg car remained upright after the crash but continued several feet down the road, coming to rest in the middle of the highway. The entire left side of the car was sheared off by the impact.

Several residents of Williamsburg heard the crash and when they arrived at the wreckage Pegg was still alive but he died before the Richmond police ambulance arrived.

Sheriff Ora Wilson of Wayne county investigated the accident.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 26, 1941

Emma Powell passes away. - Widow of Greenville man dies at her home after a short illness.

Mrs. Emma Powell, widow of the late S. B. Powell, died at 2 o'clock Monday at her residence, 312 Sweitzer street, Greenville, after a week's illness.

She is survived by seven children, one son and six daughters. They are: Earl Powell, Mrs. George Murphy, Mrs. Sam Brumbaugh, Mrs. Arthur Boyer, and Mrs. Theodore Sipe, of Greenville, Mrs. Frank Hart, of Union City, Ind., and Miss Fernwood Powell, at home.

There are also five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Knorr and Mrs. G. C. Van Kirk, both of Greenville and five nephews and nieces.

Services will be conducted at the Powell residence at 2:30 p. m. Thursday with the Rev. C. C. Wessel officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that Emma Freda Powell was born April 29, 1857 in Versailles, OH, the daughter of Henry Trittschuh and Louisa Frank, both born in Germany.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 26, 1941

Joseph Lollar dies suddenly. - 76 year old resident of Saratoga claimed by death Tuesday.

Joseph Henry Lollar, 76, lifelong resident of Saratoga, died Tuesday at 9 a. m. at the home of a neighbor, Harry Arthur, where he had gone for a quart of milk. While visiting in the kitchen, Mr. Lollar died seated in a chair.

Dr. Lowel W. Painter of Winchester, Randolph county coroner, pronounced death due to a heart attack. Mr. Lollar, it was understood, had not been in ill health.

Born May 22, 1864 at Saratoga, the deceased live with a sister, the only survivor. Two sisters and an infant brother preceded him in death. Mr. Lollar was the son of the late John C. and Sarah (Pogue) Lollar.

The body was taken to the Williamson & Son funeral home in Portland for burial preparation and will be returned to the residence Wednesday at 4 p. m. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Saratoga U. B. church, of which Mr. Lollar was a member. Rev. D. R. Lusk, the pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Saratoga I. O. O. F. cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 26, 1941

Dr. Wetzel dies.

Greenville, O., March 25. --- Dr. Ira J. Wetzel, 42, Greenville, well known chiropractor, died at 9:30 a. m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan hospital, Dayton, where he had been under observation for the past two weeks. His health had been failing for several months.

Dr. Wetzel, a graduate of the Palmer School of Chiropractic at Davenport, Iowa, in 1923, began his extensive practice in Greenville in January of the following year. He was actively identified with both the Miami Valley and Ohio State Chiropractic Association.

He had been a member of the Greenville Kiwanis club for several years and was affiliated with various Masonic bodies including the Blue lodge, Scottish Rite and Antioch Temple Shrine. He was also a member of the order of the Eastern Star.

A son of the late Fred and Rachael (Fourman) Wetzel, he was born and reared in Franklin township, Darke county. He was a devout attendant of the St. Paul's Lutheran church.

Surviving are a wife, Margaret M.; one son, Frederick, and a daughter, Patricia, both at home. A brother, Charles Wetzel, resides at Ithica, Michigan.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Stocker funeral home, 130 East Fourth street at two p. m. Friday with the Rev. C. C. Wessel officiating. Burial will be in the Mausoleum at Covington.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 27, 1941

Susan Ward funeral services to be today.

Funeral services for Mrs. Susan Ward, 62, wife of Harry B. Ward, of 420 Vine street, Greenville, who died suddenly at 10 p. m. Tuesday at Ft. Hamilton hospital, Hamilton, Ohio, where she had undergone a major operation earlier in the day, will be conducted at the Turpen-McKnight funeral home, Greenville, at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. John Harrington will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

Mr. Ward, who has been connected with the Keifer-Steward Drug company, Indianapolis, Ind., for several years, also operates a drug store at New Madison.

Besides the husband, she leaves a son, Dr. Harry N. Ward, of Hamilton; two daughters, Mrs. Edwin Stoltz and Mrs. C. R. Mede, both of Greenville; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. John Cassidy, of Joliet, Ill., and a brother, W. Lyons, of Chicago.

Mrs. Ward was a native of Joliet, Ill. She was a daughter of the late John Lyons.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 27, 1941

Greenville school girl dies; rites Saturday.

Lois Waneta Stauffer, 14 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Stauffer, of 765 Martin street, Greenville, died early Wednesday at Wayne hospital here after a week's illness from a complication of diseases.

She was a member of the freshman class at Greenville high school and attended the Otterbein U. B. church.

Besides her parents she leaves two brothers, Harold Stauffer, who is in the U. S. army at Camp Shelby, Miss., and Robert, at home; two sisters, Sarah Alice and Carol LaVon, both at home, and two grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hoff, of New Madison.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Greenville U. B. church at 2 o'clock Saturday followed by burial in the Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 29, 1941

Retired Union City tailor dies. - Edward Thokey dies in home where he was born 72 years ago.

Edward E. Thokey, native and lifelong resident of Union City, died of heart failure at 1 a. m. Friday in the same house, 401 North Columbia street where he was born 72 years ago. A tailor for more than forty years, he had retired since 1930, at which time he became an invalid because of paralysis.

Mr. Thokey was born on September 5, 1868, the son of William F. and Catherine (Schmidt) Thokey. He attended the Union City West Side schools, was a member of the Lutheran church, Lutheran Men's society and Mutual Aid group. For years he conducted his business on North Columbia street where now the Lawrence and Mary restaurant is. He was united in marriage with Clara Romeiser in June 1900.

Surviving besides the widow are six children, Mrs. Marie Knight, of Indianapolis; Carl Thokey, of Polo, Ill. Ernest Thokey, of Troy, O.; Mrs. Hubert (Evelyn) Key, of Union City; Walter Thokey of Dayton, O., Carolena; also one sister, Mrs. Lena Schaefer, and five grandchildren. One sister and one brother are deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 p. m. in the Union City Lutheran church, with Rev. H. A. Barth officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

The body will be returned from the Fraze Funeral home in Union City to the residence at noon today where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 29, 1941

Waggoner services in Greenville today.

Rollin S. Waggoner, 62, for many years an active coal and building supplies dealer in Greenville, died at 2 p. m. Thursday at his home, 801 East Water street, Greenville, after a two weeks' illness from heart disease.

Formerly associated with the firm of Waggoner Brothers, the deceased had more recently been active as a brick mason and general contractor. He was a native of Greenville.

Surviving are two brothers, A. E. Waggoner and H. C. Waggoner, both of Greenville, and two sisters, Mrs. May Schinks and Mrs. Cliff Westerfield, also of Greenville, Harold Waggoner of Union City is a nephew.

Funeral services are to be conducted from the Stocker Funeral Home, 130 E. Fourth street, at 10 a. m. today. The Rev. H. J. Holcombe will officiate. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 29, 1941

Jackson Twp. boy drowns in disposal plant basin at Union City. - Donald Coffman falls in water while playing.

Apparently having fallen while at play into the final settling basin of the sewage disposal plant at the west edge of Union City, Ind., as his father worked less than one hundred fifty feet away. Donald Wayne Coffman, three and one-half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil E. Coffman, was drowned Friday afternoon.

The body was believed to have been in the water about forty minutes before it was brought to the surface at 2:40 p. m. by Sherman Crawford and James Bowers, the latter an employe of the Union City waterworks, using the disposal plant rakes as grappling hooks.

Efforts at artificial resuscitation were of no avail. Sheriff Kora E. Davis and Coroner Lowell W. Painter were called, the latter reporting death as caused by drowning.

The boy had accompanied his father to the disposal plant from where the latter had intended to remove fertilizer from the sludge bed, only a short distance from the basin, to his residence on the Walter Anderson farm, one mile west of the school in Jackson township.

The father stated that the boy had been playing with some crushed stone on a roadway which extended between the sludge beds and the basin, while he shoveled fertilizer into a trailer behind his car and that he had stopped to watch his son only what seemed to him to have been but three or four minutes. before his disappearance.

He called to the boy, and when he failed to answer, he went to a small creek, the Little Mississinewa, a short distance away. When he didn't find the boy playing there he became alarmed; returned to the settling basin and plunged in. Water in the circular basin extends from a depth of about four feet at the edges to more than six feet near the center where a centrifugal beater operates. Unable to locate the boy there, the father jumped into his car and raced to the Union City West Side city building. He breathlessly told his story and Mayor O. G. Gist, Charles Tritt, chief of police; S. E. Thompson, waterworks and sewage disposal superintendent, Sherman Crawford, part-time employe of the city, and James Bowers all hurried to the plant where drainage of the basin was begun. Several o ther persons, including Walter Anderson and Bedford Butcher, Union City business men, also were present and aided in locating the boy's body.

Following the beginning of drainage operations, which require about three hours, Mr. Coffman left the scene to get the boy's mother. It was while he was gone that the improvised grappling hooks were used and the body discovered.

Investigating authorities are of the opinion that the boy had climbed over a low wall surrounding the tank and lowered himself to a narrow cement walkway bisecting the basin. Apparently he fell into the deepest portion of the basin, which is about 30 feet across, as he attempted to pass by the beater shaft which blocks the center of the walk. The father stated that he heard no outcry.

Donald Coffman was born in Richmond on May 16, 1937, making his age three years, 10 months and 12 days. He had resided 12 months in Jackson township.

Surviving are the parents, Cecil E. and Edna (Quante) Coffman; one brother, Richard Ray, 8 months; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lora Coffman, of Liberty; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cus Quante of Liberty R. F. D.; a great grandmother, Mrs. Aldie Leonard, of Liberty, and a grant grandfather, Charlie Coffman, of near Middletown, O.

Short funeral services will be held Monday at 12:15 p. m. at the residence and at 2:30 p. m. at the Liberty Christian church, with Rev. Henry Miller, of Saratoga, assisted by Rev. Mr. Bugher, of Liberty in charge. Burial will be in the Liberty cemetery.

The body will be returned from the Fraze Funeral home in Union City this afternoon to the residence where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 31, 1941

Hutson funeral is Tuesday at 2. - Illness of six weeks is fatal to Lynn man last Saturday.

Funeral services for John E. Hutson, 81, who died Saturday at his home in Lynn after an illness of six weeks, will be conducted at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Adam Flatter, pastor of the Lynn Friends church. Burial will be in Quaker Hill cemetery.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Catherine Hutson; two daughters, Mrs. Marshall Duncan of near Muncie, and Mrs. Ernest Gaylor of Muncie; five sons, Arthur Hutson of near Winchester, Lester P. Hutson, of Muncie, and Mark, George and harry E. Hutson, all of Indianapolis; one sister, Mrs. Lulu Retz of Bloomingport; one brother, Oscar Hutson of Gary; eighteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 1, 1941

Widow of former postmaster dies.

Mrs. Martha (Baker) Jones, 95, widow of the late Alonzo Jones, former Greenville postmaster, died in Greenville Saturday. She was the oldest member of the Greenville Methodist church.

Her husband who died ten years ago, was a Civil War veteran and the last commander of the Jobes Post of the G. A. R. in Greenville.

She is survived by two sons, Carl Jones, Columbus, and C. H. Jones, of Henrietta, Oklahoma and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at the Turpen-McKnight funeral home in Greenville at 2 p. m. Tuesday with Rev. H. J. Holcombe officiating. Burial was at Abbottsville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 1, 1941

Death Reported.

Sylvan J. Cashman, 49, well known Greenville township farmer, died Saturday at his home, four miles north of Greenville on the Ansonia pike.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Darke county. His father, James Cashman, of Greenville survives.

He also leaves a widow, Clara E.; one son, Richard; three brothers, Edward and Robert, Greenville, and Lawrence, of Chicago, and three sisters, Mrs. Henry Murray, Mrs. Sherman Baird and Mrs. Lester Shultz, all of Greenville.

Services were conducted at the St. Mary's Catholic church in Greenville at 9 a. m. Tuesday. Rev. Father John Gnau officiated. Burial was in Greenville cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home records states his named as Sylvester John Cashman, born Feb. 18, 1892 in Van Buren Twp., Darke Co., OH, the son of James Cashman (b. Franklin Twp.) and Ida H. Julick (b. Montgomery Co., OH.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 2, 1941

Death claims Jennie Hersch. - Portland merchant, leader in B. P. W. work dies at Portland hospital.

Portland, Ind., Apr. 2 (Special). --- Miss Jennie Rae Hersch, prominent business woman and civic leader of Portland, died at the Jay County hospital this morning at 6:05 o'clock after an illness of more than three months.

Miss Hersch, assisted by her brother, Lavine Hersch, operated the Model store in Portland. Following the death of the father, Philip Hersch, who founded the Model in 1886, Miss Hersch took charge until after her brother had completed his education and became associated in the management with her.

She was a charter member the Portland Business and Professional Woman's club, which was organized in 1925 and was instrumental in organizing a number of clubs. She was very active, not only in the local club, but in the state and national programs, having been state president at one time. Miss Hersch was a member of the Portland Chamber of Commerce and took an active part in all the projects. She organized the Camp Fire Girls and until her death sponsored the organization.

Funeral services will be held Thursday night at 7:30 o'clock at the Baird funeral home in Portland. Rabbi Abe Klauser of Cincinnati, Ohio, will be in charge.

The cortege will leave Portland Friday morning for Cincinnati. Services will be held there at the Walnut U. Beemetery chapel Friday afternoon. Interment will be in the Jewish cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 2, 1941

$3, 400 found on deceased Darke Co. man. - Brother of Union City resident stricken at home near Ansonia, O.

More that $3,400 in bank certificates were found on the person of John Kuhlman, 82 year old Darke county farmer, whose dead body was found by a neighbor at his residence, two miles southeast of Ansonia at 8 a. m. Tuesday.

Noah Brewer, who resides near the Kuhlman farm, broke into the house with a colored laborer, discovered the dead man in a bedroom and summoned authorities. Dr. A. F. Sarvr, acting coroner for Darke county, attributed death to a heart attack. He stated that the aged man apparently had been fatally stricken while preparing to retire Monday night.

Because of the possibility that other valuables might be cached in the residence it has been closed to the public pending thorough search by Sheriff Arthur Hartle, and deputies.

Gottlieb John Kuhlman, a bachelor, lived alone and his only immediate survivors are a brother, C. Henry, who resides in Union City, and a sister, Mrs. Carolina Biers, of Xenia, O.

He was a native of Germany but came to this country with his parents when a boy.

Funeral services will conducted Friday at 2:30 p. m. (EST) at the Miller Funeral home in Greenville, with Rev. C. C. Wessel officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that he was born in Hammel, Germany, on April 5, 1859, the son of John H. Kuhlman and Wilhelmina Tinnerman (both b. in Hammel, Germany.) He went by the name of John.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 2, 1941

Heart attack fatal to Wm. Shoemaker, Randolph Co. native.

Rev. William Shoemaker, 67, retired pastor of the Wesleyan Methodist church at Long, 10 miles south of Union City, died suddenly at his home there at 6:45 a. m. Tuesday from the effects of a heart attack.

Rev. Shoemaker, who had lived retired for several years, was a native of Randolph county, Ind.

His wife, Adeline, is the only immediate survivor.

The body has been removed to the Turpen-McKnight Funeral home, Greenville, where services will be held at 2:30 p. m. (EST) Thursday. Rev. W. F. Jones will officiate. Burial will be at Alexandria, Ind.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 2, 1941

Darke County boy dies in Dayton.

Russell Eugene Reiman, 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Reiman, who reside on the Greenville-Eaton road, died Monday afternoon at the Good Samaritan hospital in Dayton, where he had undergone a mastoid operation a few hours previously.

The boy was a pupil at the Excelsior grade school near his parents' home and was a member of the Sunday school at Grace Lutheran church.

Besides his parents, he leaves a sister, Elsie, at home, and one grandfather, William Fullroth, of Greenville, route 1.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Thursday (EST) at Grace Lutheran church in Greenville with Rev. Martin Wagner officiating. Burial will be in the Fort Jefferson cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 4, 1941

Sister of Union City woman dies in Bryan, O.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Krills Funeral home in Bryan, O., for Mrs. Mary Crepps, youngest sister of Mrs. Olin Daggett of Union City. Mrs. Crepps died Tuesday in Bryan.

Survivors include the husband, Harry Crepps, one son, Donald, and two sisters, Mrs. Roy Morris, of Bryan, and Mrs. Olin Daggett.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, April 5, 1941

Cheeseman funeral 10:30 a. m. Saturday.

Funeral services for Mrs. Leona Cheeseman, 62, who passed away at her home, 428 South West street, Winchester Wednesday night will be held at the Fraze mortuary at Winchester Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock with Rev. Bertha Driver Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell cemetery.

(Note - There was no newspaper available of copying on Thursday, April 3rd. Seek elsewhere for the complete death announcement.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 7, 1941

Indiana native dies near Rose Hill, O.

Oliver J. Coby, 63, died Thursday afternoon at his home on Fort Recovery route 3, one mile north of rose Hill, after an illness of two year's duration. Death was directly attributed to a heart attack.

Coby, a native of Indiana, had lived in the Rose Hill vicinity for the last 13 years.

He leaves a wife, Mary, one step-daughter, Mrs. Jean Springer; two children; two brothers, Charles and Tony Coby, of near Fort Recovery, and a half-brother, Clem Franklin, of Portland, route 1.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday at the Rose Hill U. B. church. Burial will be in the Rose Hill cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 7, 1941

Darke County native dies at Celina, O.

Tobias Hiestand, 92, a native and lifelong resident of Allen township, died at 5 p. m. Thursday at Gibbons hospital in Celina after a short illness from pneumonia.

The deceased, whose farm home was in the Rossburg vicinity, was one of Darke county's pioneer educators. He had taught schools for a number of years in rural districts throughout Darke county.

Surviving are six children, one daughter, Mrs. Mary Brewer, of Rossburg rural route, and five sons, Ernest, Orville, Paul and Harold, all of near New Weston, and Ralph, who lives in California. His wife died in 1926.

Funeral services will be held at the Hiestand U. B. church at 2 p. m. Sunday with two ministers, Rev. Kimmel and Rev. G. W. Duckwall, officiating. Burial will be in the Webster cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 7, 1941

Retired Greenville police officer dies.

Albert J. Miller, 72, a former Greenville police officer, died at 6 a. m. Friday at his farm home five miles northeast of Greenville on state route 121, after a long illness. Miller retired from the police force almost 35 years ago after serving for a six year period. He was later employed as a meat cutter in the Buchy Packing Co. in Greenville.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; one daughter, Mrs. Clayson Caroll, of Decatur, Ind.; two grandchildren; a brother, Louis, of Springfield, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Packard, of Lexington, Ky., and Mrs. Mary Lenon, Cornland, Ill.

Services will be conducted at St. John's church, east of Greenville, at 2 p. m. Monday. Rev. Katterhenrich will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 7, 1941

Darke County death reported.

George C. Hildebrand, 81, a retired Greenville wagon maker and member of the board of directors of the Greenville Building company, died Friday at Wayne hospital. He had been ill for the past three weeks of pneumonia.

He had served as a director of the building company since 1911 and was one of the oldest active member of the Greenville Elks lodge. He was recently re-elected as tiler of the lodge for the thirty first consecutive year.

He was a member of the K. of C. and a devout attendant of St. Mary's Catholic church.

Mr. Hildebrand was first married to the late Anna Kuntz, and their only child, Frank Hildebrand, of Greenville, survives. He later married Mary Blottman, whose death occurred in 1929. Their two children, Mrs. Leo Hinders and Charles Hildebrand, reside in Greenville.

Services will be conducted at St. Mary's Catholic church in Greenville at 9:30 a. m. Monday. A nephew of the deceased, Rev. Father Lawrence Blottman, of Taylor's Creek, O., will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 8, 1941

Portland physician to be buried on Tuesday.

Portland, Ind., April 7. --- Funeral services for Dr. George L. Perry, 72, widely known physician and surgeon and former county coroner, who died Saturday morning at the Jay County hospital, will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the Baird chapel. Burial will be in Green Park cemetery.

Dr. Perry was graduated from Indiana Medical college and then served his internship, where he took advanced work for two years. He also did research work at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Perry began his practice at Westchester in 1891 and in 1893 moved to Portland. He owned several farms and was interested in live stock breeding, and also was a dog fancier. He never married.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 9, 1941

Union City woman dies in Marion. - Body removed to Union City; funeral services not completed.

Following a lingering illness resulting from senility and complications, Mrs. Hanora M. Caron, 78, died Wednesday at 6:30 a. m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Dan Cashman, 119 West 20th street, Marion, Ind. She had made her home for the past three years with Mrs. Cashman.

Mrs. Caron was a native of Union City and spent all of her life in the community of her birth. She attended the Union City parochial schools and was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic church. She was united in marriage with Joseph Caron, deceased the past 27 years. Mr. Caron was a cabinet maker employed at the Koontz Furniture factory.

The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Donnelly, and was born on June 5, 1862, making her age at the time of death, 78 years, 10 months and 4 days.

Survivors include the daughter, Mrs. Cashman, at whose home death occurred; Charles J. Caron, of Union City, and Joseph Caron, Jr., of Canton, O., and seven grandchildren.

The body will be removed to the Charles Caron residence, 439 North Plum street, Union City, from the Fraze funeral home pending final arrangements of funeral services.

(Funeral services were held Saturday at the St. Mary's Catholic church, Rev. Theodore J. Hammes officiated. Burial was in the St. Mary's cemetery north of Union City.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 9, 1941

Hotel operator dies in Greenville.

Miss. Harriet Zemer, 62, a hotel and boarding house operator in Greenville for many years, died at 12:30 a. m. Monday at her home, 227 East Third street. She had been critically ill for the past three weeks.

Miss Zemer came to Greenville from Rossburg, 35 years ago and with a sister, the late Kate Broderick, took over the management of a hotel known as the Hunt House, which until a few years ago was located on East Third street. Her sister died in 1933.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the late residence and at 3 o'clock at the Christian church at Houston, Shelby county, O. Two ministers, Rev. Frank Thomas and Rev. J. E. Etter, will officiate. Burial will be in the Houston cemetery.

The only immediate survivors are several nephews and nieces. Four of the relatives, William and Bessie Zemer, reside at Hammond, Ind. There are also Lowell Zemer, of Fostoria, O., and Beryl Zemer of Cleveland.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 10, 1941

Richmond services for Union City woman; dies in Greenville.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 2 p. m. in Richmond for Mrs. Cordella Louk, 42, resident of 309 North State Line street, Union City, who died Tuesday at 10 a. m. in the Wayne hospital in Greenville. She had been ill about nine weeks and in the hospital about 10 days.

The funeral services were conducted at the home of a brother, Sidney Armstrong, 12 Fort Wayne avenue, with Rev. Mr. Stackhouse officiating. Burial was in Earlham cemetery.

She was born in Frankfort, Ky., October 15, 1898, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Armstrong.

Surviving besides the husband, Palmer Louk, Union City, are the father, William Armstrong, Richmond; two brothers, Leonard Armstrong, Frankfort, Ky., and Sidney Armstrong, Richmond; two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Straw, Summerset, O., and Mrs. Oscar Bridgeford, Richmond; one half brother, Junior Armstrong, Richmond, and a half sister, Frieda Armstrong, also of Richmond.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 10, 1941

Jason L. Downing, 95, Civil War veteran, succumbs in Union City.

Jay county's last Civil ware veteran -- Jason L. Downing -- died at the home of his son, Roger Downing, 427 North Howard street in Union City, at 12:15 a. m. Thursday. He was 95 years old and had lived with his son for the last 18 months.

Mr. Downing was born April 4, 1846 near New Madison, Ohio (Darke county), the son of Robert J. and Indiana (Baird) Downing. In 1872 he was married to Emily Spencer, who died January 22, 1922.

During the Civil ware Mr. Downing served as a private in Company K, 154th regiment, Indiana Infantry Volunteers.

Surviving are four daughter, Mrs. Edward Smiley of east of Portland, Mrs. Myrtle (George) Roush of south of Union City, Mrs. Florine (Clarence) McLaughlin of Madison township in Jay county and Mrs. Eva (Charles D.) Armstrong of Winchester; one son, Roger Downing of Union City; one sister, Amanda Ellen Loudenslager of near Hollansburg, Ohio. A son, Russell, died in 1913. Several brothers and sisters and a grandson also preceded him in death; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Williamson & Son Funeral home in Portland for burial preparation and will be returned to the residence of the son in Union City Friday noon.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Grace Reform church at New Pittsburg in charge of Rev. H. G. Perry. Burial will be in Green Park cemetery at Portland. The Portland American legion post will be in charge of military services at the grave.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 11, 1941

Former Union City man dies in Michigan.

Mrs. Lloyd Miller, of Union City, has received word of the death of her father, D. H. Stephens, at Lake Odessa, Mich., his home. The deceased formerly lived in Union City.

Surviving besides the widow, Gretrude (Shade) Stephens, are a son at home, two daughters, Mrs. Naomi Neeb, of near Lake Odessa, Mich., and Mrs. Lloyd (Grace) Miller, of Union City; two sisters, Mrs. Martin Elliott, of Union City, and Mrs. Lou Ware, of California; one brother residing in Kalamazoo, Mich., eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 1:30 p. m. at Lake Odessa.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 11, 1941

Elizabeth Elliott is heart victim. - Lifelong resident of Union City community; services Sunday 2 p. m. (EST).

The victim of a heart attack suffered one week ago, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Elliott, 76, native and lifelong resident of Darke county, Ohio, died Friday at 9:40 a. m. at the home of a son, Ora Elliott, three miles southeast of Union City on the Wenrick Pike.

Mrs. Elliott was born at Versailles, O., October 14, 1864; moving while still a girl with her parents to the Union City community. She was united in marriage with Dan W. Elliott in Greenville on April 12, 1884. Mr. Elliott, for years a prominent Darke county farmer, died in 1916. Since that time Mrs. Elliott had made her home with the son, Ora. She was a member of the Waterhouse United Brethren church.

Surviving are five children, Clifford Elliott, Union City manager of the Warren store; Ed Elliott, of Portland; Mrs. Frank Jones, residing northeast of Union City; Roy Elliott, of Detroit, Mich., and Ora Elliott, southeast of Union City; one brother, John Labig, of Versailles, O.; one sister, Mrs. Caroline ore, West Milton, O.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Mrs. Elliott was visiting at the Ed Elliott residence in Portland when stricken.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p. m. (EST) in the Waterhouse church. Burial will be in the Versailles cemetery.

The body will be removed to the Ora Elliott residence on the Wenrick Pike Saturday morning where friends may call after noon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, April 12, 1941

Mother of Union City resident dies. - Charlotte Harshman rites Sunday in Ridgeville; burial in Saratoga.

Mrs. Charlotte Harshman, 79, widow of the late William Harshman, and a resident of Ridgeville for more than 45 years, died Friday at 3 p. m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Fred Keitner, 368 North Walnut street, Union City, O. Mrs. Harshman had been seriously ill for eight weeks. Death was attributed to a stroke Thursday. She had undergone surgery in the Union City hospital about five weeks ago.

Mrs. Harshman was born February 3, 1862 in Ohio, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kress. She moved from the Bradford, O. community to Ridgeville where her husband was employed by the Pennsylvania railroad. The deceased was a past worthy matron and the last charter member of the Ridgeville order of Eastern Star. She also was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Fred Keitner, Union City, at whose home death occurred, and Mrs. Claude Nash, of Portland; two sisters, Mrs. Rhuie Husell, of Portland, and Mrs. J. H. Srofe (?), of Terre Haute; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p. m. from the residence in Ridgeville, with Rev. R. B. Ditmyer, pastor of the Union City United Brethren church, officiating. Burial will be in the Saratoga cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 14, 1941

Death Claims Union City native. - Funeral services Wednesday; remains returned from Indianapolis.

Mrs. H. B. Masslich, 73, native of Union City, died Saturday evening at her residence, 1028 Tecumseh avenue, Indianapolis, following a short illness, Mr. and Mrs. Masslich left Union City several years ago to make their home in Indianapolis where they were interested in the hotel business.

While in Union City, Mr. and Mrs. Masslich operated the Branham hotel for a number of years. Grace Masslich was born in Union City the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Harry Warren. Mr. Warren, before his death, was one of Union City's well known Civil War veteran. Mrs. Masslich attended the Union City schools and was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Surviving besides the husband, H. B., are one daughter, Mrs. Josephine Finberg, of Indianapolis; and one sister, Mrs. Jesse Coby, of Dayton, O.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a. m. at the Fraze funeral home in Union City, with Rev. Forbes Robertson officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

Friends may call to view the remains at the funeral home anytime after 4:30 p. m. Monday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 14, 1941

Services held for Wm. Harvey Byram.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Coletown church for William Harvey Byram, 74, who died Thursday afternoon at his farm home two miles west of Coletown. He had been critically ill for ten days.

A member of the Coletown Christian church, he had spent most of his life in Darke county.

Surviving are a wife, Ara; one son, Frank, of Greenville route 5; two daughters, Mrs. Hayes Funderberg, of Piqua, and Mrs. Robert Fisher, Greenville route 4; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren and a half-brother, Albert Young, of Coletown.

Rev. Arthur Layman, of Dayton, officiated. Burial was in Manuel cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that William Harvey Byram was born Nov. 8, 1866, the son of David Byram and Susan Landers (no birth locations are given in the report.))

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 14, 1941

R. Frank Kinsey dies in hospital. - Parker man employed in Muncie factory is claimed by death.

R. Frank Kinsey, 58, of Parker, died at the Randolph County hospital Sunday morning at 11:30 o'clock. He was an employee of the Indiana Steel Wire company at Muncie.

Surviving are the widow, Cora of Parker, two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Tharp of Lynn and Mrs. Irene Showalter of Parker; three sons, Robert of Muncie, Herbert of Parker and Walter of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Chloe Stevenson of Richmond and Mrs. Della Bunch of Lynn; one brother, James of Winchester, and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1:30 p. m. from the Friends church at Farmland with Revs. Ralph Lawrence, Harold Priddy and Claude Lykins officiating. Interment will be in Quaker Lynn cemetery.

The body was removed from the Thornburg funeral home in Farmland to the residence in Parker at 1:30 p. m. Monday. Friends may call at any time.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 15, 1941

Young woman dies in hospital. - Harriet Thornburg, 24, is claimed by death; funeral Thursday.

Portland, Ind., April 15. --- Harriet Louella Thornburg, 24, employee of the Jay garment company, wife of Robert D. Thornburg, died at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Union City hospital of complications following a major operation she underwent April 7.

Surviving bedsides the husband are the father, Clyde Pensinger, and the following brothers and sisters: Leslie Pensinger of Arcadia, Mrs. Frank Ireland of Jackson township, Mrs. Opal (Marvil) Cash of Pennville, Daniel Pensinger, of Portland, Mrs. Robert VanMatre of Jackson township, Truman Pensinger of Jackson township and Fred Pensinger of Portland.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the Walnut Corner Friends church, northwest of Portland, Rev. Lee Tyndall, of Pennville, will officiate. The body was brought to the Williamson and Sons funeral home and on Wednesday noon it will be returned to the late residence near Bellefontaine.

Mrs. Thornburg was born on January 10, 1917 in Green township, the daughter of Clyde and Bertie (Johnson) Pensinger. On July 10, 1936 she was married to Robert D. Thornburg, who resides at Bellefontaine. She was preceded in death by her mother and an infant daughter.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 15, 1941

County native dies in Union City. - Claude Anderson funeral services to be held Thursday, 2:30 p. m.

Following an illness of more than one year, D. Claude Anderson, 62, retired carpenter, and native of Randolph county, died Monday at 10 a. m. at his residence, 355 South Columbia street, Union City.

Delbert Claude Anderson was born at Bartonia, in Randolph county, January 24, 1879, the son of James B. and Florence K (Hartman) Anderson. He attended the Old No. 9 school, near Bartonia. Mr. Anderson was a Mason and a member of the Union City Christian church. He had been a resident of Union City for the past 20 years.

Surviving besides the widow, Luella, are five children, Harold Lorraine Anderson, of Laguna Beach, California; Mrs. Ernest Hufnagle, of Greenville, O.; Mrs. George Miller, of Dunkirk, and Leland and Robert, at home and the mother, Mrs. Florence L. Anderson, residing on South Columbia street. Also an aunt, Mrs. Ida L. Harter of Union City.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2:30 p. m. in the Brooks Funeral home in Union City. Rev. Ben Holroyd, pastor of the Union City Christian church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery. (The Masonic lodge performed graveside services.)

The body will lie in state at the residence, where friends may call, until the hour of the services.

(An Obituary published May 2nd. states that on May 22, 1902 he was married in Lincoln, Ill. to Miss Luella Vandevener. To this union were born six children. Merlin Wilbur died in infancy.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 17, 1941

Union City woman stroke victim. - Mrs. Mary Schickendanz passes away; funeral to be Saturday.

The victim of a stroke suffered less than one week ago, Mrs. Mary Schickendanz, 80, died at her residence, 431 North Chatham street, Union City, Wednesday at 7 p. m.

Mrs. Schickendanz was born in Gettysburg, O., November 22, 1860, the daughter of John and Rosa (Scherer) Miller, both natives of Germany. She attended the Gettysburg schools, coming to Union City about 1900. John W. Miller, her husband, died about 30 years ago. She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Harry Moore and Mrs. Walter White, both of Indianapolis; one granddaughter, Mrs. Jane (White) Smith, also of Indianapolis, and two brothers, George Miller, of Ansonia, O., and John Miller of Muncie.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 a. m. at the Brooks funeral home in Union City with Rev. H. A. Barth officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

Friends may view the remains at the funeral home after 7 p. m. Thursday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 17, 1941

Wm. Beachler, former Union City Mayor, dies. - Was educator of wide reputation; services set for Saturday.

Widely known as an educator in both Indiana and Ohio, William Beachler, former mayor of Union City, O., died Wednesday at 9:40 p. m. in the Union City hospital following an illness of several months. H had undergone surgery about three weeks prior to his death.

Mr. Beachler was born in Verona, O., February 9, 1857. He was graduated from Earlham college, Richmond, and later attended the University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin. He taught 33 years before retiring. His teaching included Manchester college, and the superintendency of the following schools: New Bremen, O., Arlington, O.; West Milton, O.; Decatur, Ind.; Rockford, O.; Bradford, P.; and Union City, O., during which time his son, Earl, was graduated, and the principalship of the Jackson, O., school, east of Union City.

He was united in marriage with Clara Snorff, deceased. His second marriage was to Mrs. Mary Replogle Beachhler, who survives.

During his more than 50 years of residency in Union City he served, about 19 years ago, as mayor of Union City, O., was superintendent of the United Brethren church Sunday school for a number of years and for a long time taught a Bible class. At one time he served as a director of the Union Trust company.

Surviving besides the widow, Mary, are one son, Willis Earl Beachler, residing east of Union City; one daughter, Mrs. Ray (Lola) Zicht, of Winchester; one brother, Rev. Albert Beachler, of Lewisburg, O.; one sister, Mrs. Mary Boomershine, of Brookville, O.; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Three children preceded him in death; Mrs. Fred Fruchte, of Decatur; Edna Beachler, and Private LeRoy Beachler, killed in action as a member of Company D., Trench Mortar Battalion, on October 3, 1918, in the World war.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Union City United Brethren church Saturday at 2 p. m., with Rev. R. B. Ditmyer, pastor, in charge, assisted by Rev. Albert Beachler, of Lewisburg. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery. Mrs. Herbert Huddle and Mrs. Ray Friesner will sing during the service.

The body was removed from the Union City residence, 322 East Main street, to the Middleton funeral home in Ridgeville, for burial preparation. The remains have been returned to the Union City residence where friends may call until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 17, 1941

Charles Trick dies.

Charles E. Trick, 78, a salesman for the Jefferis Auto company, Greenville, for many years, died at 9:30 a. m. Wednesday at the Wayne hospital after a lingering illness.

Mr. Trick was a native of Preble county but had spent most of his life in Greenville. He was a member of the K. of P. lodge.

Surviving are a wife, Forest; one son, Samuel F., of Greenville; a daughter, Mrs. James Johnson, of Gettysburg; and two brothers, Ben Trick, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Sam Trick, of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday at the Greenville U. B. church with Rev. Joseph Henry officiating. Burial will be in the Gettysburg cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 18, 1941

Victim of train accident dies; rites Saturday. - Thomas A. Ripley, 74, of Parker succumbs to Thursday injuries.

Thomas A. Ripley, 74 year old Parker resident who was fatally injured Thursday morning when struck by a Big Four train in his home town, will be buried Saturday afternoon. Mr. Ripley died in the Randolph County hospital about 5 p. m. Thursday, six hours after being hit.

Last rites will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. at the Parker Methodist church in charge of Rev. Claude Lykins, assisted by Rev. Arthur McDavitt of Muncie. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery.

The body was removed from the Perry mortuary to the residence Friday afternoon.

Mr. Ripley is survived by the wife, Anna; four daughters, Mrs. Nellie Boggess of Muncie, Mrs. Agnes Shipley of Indianapolis, Mrs. Louis Jones of Muncie and Mrs. Dorcas Lasley of Winchester; and four sons, William, of Parker, Lynn of Fort Wayne and Lafe and James of Muncie.

County Coroner Dr. Lowell W. Painter said that Ripley walked in front of the westbound train, being almost across the tracks when hit. He fell by the tracks suffering a severe scalp wound, fractured right elbow and internal injuries. Mr. Ripley was conscious when place in the ambulance and rushed to the Winchester hospital.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, April 19, 1941

Former Union City teacher dies. - Services at Versailles (Indiana) Sunday for Mrs. Earl Graham.

In declining health since October when she submitted to major surgery, Mrs. Earl (Irene Harris) Graham, 27, died at 10:45 a. m. Friday at the home of a sister, Mrs. John Schroder, near Indianapolis.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Graham were instructors in the Union City West Side schools during the 1939-40 school year, and were married during that time. Mrs. Graham taught third and fourth grades and Mr. Graham was assistant athletic director.

Surviving besides the husband, Earl, and the sister, Mrs. John Schroder, at whose home, death occurred, are her mother, three brothers, Leo Harris, at home, near Versailles, Ind.; Clarence Harris, of near Indianapolis, and Charlie Harris, of San Francisco, Calif.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon in the Tanglewood church, near Versailles. Burial will be in the Versailles cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, April 19, 1941

"Cal" Grubbs heart victim. - Union City business man dies suddenly; rites to be Monday.

Calvin Peter Grubbs, 24, Union City business man, died at 12:45 a. m. Saturday at his residence, 209 North High street, Union City, following a serious illness of about one week. Death was attributed to a heart condition.

Born in Germantown, O., on December 5, 1906, the son of Calvin H. and Mellie (Miller) Grubbs, he attended the schools in that community and spent his youth in the Germantown and Brookville communities. He moved to Union City about 12 years ago, after having served a time with the U. S. Marines in Nicaragua.

For the past year Mr. Grubbs had operated the Grubbs Recreation rooms on North Columbia street, Union City. He was a member of the Union City Elks lodge, which will convene at the residence Sunday at 7:30 p. m. for a lodge of sorrow.

Surviving besides the widow, Violet, are three sisters, Mrs. Ora Phillabaum of Brookville, O.; Mrs. Ervin Hoffman and Mrs. Steve Ugron, both of Union City, and a nephew, Marvey Euguene Pillabaum, of Brookville, O.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 p. m. in the Fraze Funeral home in Union City, with Rev. J. Floyd Seelig officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

The body was returned from the funeral home to the residence Saturday afternoon, where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 22, 1941

Anna Heeter rites will be Wednesday at Pittsburg church.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. (EST) in the Pittsburg Church of the Brethren, Darke county for Mrs. Anna M. Heeter, 83, who died at 6:30 a. m. Monday in the Brethren Church home in Greenville. Burial will be in the Abbottsville cemetery.

Death followed a short illness from a heart condition. Mrs. Heeter was born at Painter Creek, O., March 8, 1857. She was united in marriage with John F. Heeter on August 25, 1875. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren and a former resident of Arcanum.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Della Rhoades, residing north of Union City; fourteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Berger, a resident of the Brethren Church home and Mrs. Lucinda Berger, of Versailles. Two other children, Mrs. Viola Wyan and Charles Heeter, are deceased.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 23, 1941

Set Edwards rites Thursday. - Mother of Union City man dies in Wayne hospital, Greenville.

Mrs. Ota Velva Edwards, 49, wife of Roy L. Edwards, of Greenville rural route 3, a custodian of the Darke county courthouse, died Tuesday at Wayne hospital. She had been in failing health for several months.

Mrs. Edwards was a native and lifelong resident of Darke county. Her father was the late Andrew C. Lowdenslager.

For several years she had attended the Fairview church, near Palestine, and was a member of the Daughters of America chapter at Palestine.

Besides the husband, she leaves her mother, Mrs. Elnora Lowdenslager, of Hollansburg; two sons, Leonard Edwards, of Greenville rural route 3, and Raymond, at home, two daughters, Mrs. Lenora Hiatt, of New Madison rural route and Mrs. Mary Ann Wentworth, of Greenville rural route 4.

There also are two brothers, Arno Lowdenslager, of Richmond, and Gail Lowdenslager, Union City, Ind., and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Spencer, of Hollansburg, and Mrs. Mary Murphy, of Cincinnati.

Services will be conducted at the Turpen-McKnight Funeral home, Greenville, at 2:30 o'clock Thursday with Rev. Earl Lantz of Union City officiating. Burial will be in the Palestine cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 24, 1941

Death claims county pioneer in Union City Hospital. - Mrs. Margaret I. Caldwell, 94, dies early on Thursday morning.

One of Randolph county's few remaining real pioneers and a lifelong resident of the Lisbon and Union City communities, Mrs. Margaret I, Caldwell, 94, died shortly after midnight Thursday morning in the Union City hospital. She made her residence at 415 North Plum street, Union City.

Death resulted from complications following the fracture of her hip sustained in a fall about two weeks ago. She had been in the hospital for about that length of time.

Mrs. Caldwell was born July 8, 1847, the daughter of Joseph and Nancy (McGuire) Hindsley in Randolph county, near New Lisbon. She attended the Jackson township schools and was a member of the Union City Christian church. She also was a member of the W. C. T. U. and the G. A. R. women's auxiliary and when younger, was very active in the church and its affiliated organizations.

The deceased was united in marriage 74 years ago with David O. Caldwell, who has been deceased for several years. She made her home in Union City for more than thirty years.

Surviving are three children, Miss Louise A. Caldwell, of Long Beach, Calif.; Joseph G. Caldwell and Mrs. John (Nettie J.) Clark, both of Union City; two grandchildren, Lester Caldwell, of Union City, and Mrs. Josephine McNinch of Washington, D. C., and three great grandchildren. Two other daughters are deceased., Mrs. John (Edith E. ) Strausser, one year ago, and Miss Elizabeth Caldwell, 22 years ago.

Private funeral services will be conducted at the residence, with Rev. Ben Holroyd officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery. The time of the services will be announced later.

The remains were removed from the Brooks funeral home in Union City to the residence Thursday afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 24, 1941

Henry Beisner dies.

Henry C. Beisner, 79, a lifelong resident of Greenville township, Darke County, died Wednesday at the home of a son, Andrew, five miles northeast of Greenville. He had been in failing health for the last two years.

The deceased, for many years active in farming endeavors, was a member of St. John's Lutheran church.

Funeral services are to be conducted at St. John's Lutheran church at 2 o'clock Friday with Rev. E. J. Katterhenrich officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Beisner's wife, Anna, died in June, 1921. Surviving are three sons, Charles, Andrew and Clarence Beisner, all of Greenville rural route 5, and a daughter, Mrs. Omar Stephens, also of Greenville rural route 5. There are also eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that he was born April 24, 1862 in Greenville Twp., Darke Co., the son of Frederich Beisner and Charlotte Buttenrey, both born in Germany. His wife Anna died June 28, 1921 and was buried in St. John's cemetery on June 30th.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, April 26, 1941

Death claims Omer Gettinger. - Farmer and stock raiser dies north of Union City; funeral Monday.

Omer Gettinger, 56, well known farmer and stock raiser, died at 3:30 p. m. Friday at his home five miles north of Union City and a short distance west of the Indiana and Ohio State line. Death followed a six weeks' illness from heart trouble. He was the son of Daniel and Della (Swallow) Gettinger and was a lifelong resident of the community, attending the district schools of Jackson township, Ind. He was born in Jackson township, Randolph county on August 20, 1884. In June, 1907 he was united in marriage to Bess Evitta.

Surviving are the widow, Bess, one daughter, Mrs. (Melrose) Virgil Evans and a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Brock, of north of Union City; one grandson, Dan. His parents and one brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held in the Lisbon church Monday at 1:30 p. m. (CST) with the Rev. John A. Watson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The body will be removed Saturday evening from the Fraze funeral home to the Gettinger residence where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 29, 1941

Funeral services held for former Darke Co. Miller.

John W. Weimer, 68, former Darke county mill operator and for many years an active member of the Greenville Church of the Brethren, died at 2 a. m. Sunday at his farm home, three miles northwest of Greenville on the Union City pike. Death was attributed to the effects of a paralytic stroke which he suffered four weeks ago.

A native of Preble county, he came to this community in 1887 and for a number of years was associated with his father, the late Abraham Weimer, in the operation of the old Weimer flour mill on the Greenville-Union City road. After the father's death in 1914, he and a brother, Allen, continued to operate the mill until a few years ago.

At the time of his death he served as a deacon of the Church of the Brethren and also as a teacher of the young married people's class. For twelve years he was superintendent of the church's Sunday school organization.

Surviving are his wife, Lydia, one son, Ellis; a foster daughter, Mrs. Fred McGriff, of West Milton; one grandson, Robert; a foster-grandson, Ronald; two brothers, Frank, of North Manchester, Indiana, and Allen, of Dayton, and one sister, Mrs. William Sell, also of North Manchester.

Funeral services were conducted at the Church of the Brethren, Greenville, at 2 o'clock Tuesday with two ministers, Rev. G. L. Wine, and Rev. Ira Blocher, officiating. Burial was in the Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 30, 1941

Dr. L. G. Cromer dies suddenly. - Veteran Union City physician, teacher is heart victim.

Seriously ill less than two hours, Dr. L. G. Cromer, 82, former school teacher and practicing physician for the past 51 years in the Union City community, died Tuesday at 8 p. m. following a heart attack at his home, 211 South State Line street. He continued his practice and called on patients up until the day of his death, although he had been in failing health for the past several years.

Dr. Cromer was born in Georgia on May 7, 1858, making him 82 years, 11 months and 22 days of age at the time of his death. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Cromer. His father died in 1902 at the Masonic home in Springfield, O.

He was a graduate of Lebanon university, Lebanon, O.; Cincinnati University School of Medicine, and Chicago Polyclinic institute. He was a member of the Union City Christian church, and had been a resident of Union City for 50 years.

Dr. Cromer was reared on the Georgia plantation where he was born, and for a number of years was overseer of slaves for his father. He came north with his parents following Sherman's army after the Civil war. The deceased taught at the Tobin school, northeast of Union City, for a number of years and then began the practice of medicine at Hillgrove, O., in 1890.

Surviving are the widow, Metzena, with whom he was united in marriage on May 6, 1935; and the following nephews and nieces: William Cromer, of Columbus, O.; Horace Cromer, Jr., of Washington, D. C. An only child, Herbert, died at the age of four years.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10 a. m. at the Brooks Funeral home in Union City, with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

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