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Wednesday, January 8, 1886


BIOG -  Readers of the Sentinel will remember the account, given in these columns, of a horrible murder committed in Missouri, in which a young man named [Henry S.} STAIR was the principal actor. Stair is a son of Fred STAIR who resides in Marshall county, but is well known in this community. The young man is accused of killing a father and son, for no other purpose than that of coming into possession of two teams, two wagons and a lot of trumpery. His trial was had a few weeks ago and being found guilty he was sentenced to be hung on the 15th of this month. Since the trial the woman with whom Stair lived has confessed the whole crime and tells how, and where Stair committed the deed. Although Fred Stair has been to Missouri to see the Governor to intercede for the life of his son, there is but little hope that his life will be saved.


MARRIED - Mr. Benjamin F. CONE and Miss Sarah C. HARRIS, both of Bruce Lake, were married in this city on New Year’s Day, by Rev. A. O. RABER, at the residence of the officiating clergyman.


BIRTHDAY - The many friends of Sam JOHNSON of Henry township perpetrated quite a surprise upon him last Saturday evening. It was his 46th birthday and his friends to the number of a hundred made a raid upon him and helped to celebrate the event. It was a very pleasant party, and he was kindly remembered with an elegant chair as a present.


DIED - George TIPTON, an old resident of this county, died at his home on the 1st inst. He was 75 years 6 months and 29 days old. He was born in Virginia, from whence his parents moved while he was quite young, to Coshocton county, Ohio. June 15, 1837, he was married to Susannah HOLMES who survives him. January 1, 1846, just forty years prior to his death, he crossed the Indiana state line and about two years afterward settled on his farm in Newcastle township where he has ever since resided and where he died. He was a member of the Yellow Creek Baptist church for over thirty years, and while they have no family of their own, their home was scarcely ever without the presence of some little one, placed in their care and keeping by others.

Wednesday, January 13, 1886


MARRIED - Mr. William V. JAMISON and Miss Ella SNYDER, both of this city, were married last Wednesday at the residence of Rev. A. O. RABER, who was the officiating clergyman.


Wednesday, January 20, 1886


HANGED - Readers of the Sentinel are familiar with all the facts concerning the atrocious murder committed by Henry S. STAIR in Missouri last July.

He was accused of killing old man SERWELL and his son for no other purpose than that of coming into possession of their personal property, consisting of two teams, two wagons and a lot of camp property. For that offense he was tried and sentenced to be hung on the 15th of the present month. The fact that the doomed man was born and raised just across the county line, in Marshall county, and was well known in this county, having been sentenced to the penitentiary from this place for counterfeiting, makes his case one of local interest to our readers. He was a son of Fred STAIR, a worthy citizen and farmer of Marshall county. After his liberation from prison he drifted westward and but little was heard of him until he committed the deed for which he suffered the death penalty last Friday. Every effort that could be made was taken advantage of to save him from the scaffold but without avail. All the circumstances were entirely against him and a reprieve was among the impossibilities. His father visited him prior to the hanging and remained with him until the fatal ending of his life. The hanging took place about a mile from Nevada, Mo., in a ravine that formed a natural amphitheater that was crowded with thousands of people to witness the execution. Young Stair remained firm until the last and protested that he was innocent of the crime for which he was to hang. He spoke to his large audience for half an hour and not only insisted that he was innocent but that his acknowledged wife who was accused of being his accomplice was as innocent as himself. But his words availed for naught. He hung until he was dead and his body was then taken in charge by his father who brought it to the family home. The father passed through this place last Saturday evening with his dead son and the burial has since taken place near the old homestead. It was a severe blow to the parents of the wayward boy and they have the deep sympathy of all their true friends in their sore affliction. May his sad case be a terrible warning to all young men who are disposed to disregard the teachings of their parents and are determined upon traveling the road that leads to destruction.


DIED - A young child of Mr. & Mrs. Albert MADARY, of Liberty township, was buried on Monday.


MARRIED - Schuyler C. BENNETT and Miss Ida E. MILLER, both of Bruce Lake, were married at the Central House, in this city, last Thursday morning by Rev. A. E. GIFT.


BIOG - Rans SHIREMAN who has been sent to the penitentiary from this county on two occasions, was quite recently sent for the third time from Warsaw, for one year for stealing a set of harness. . . . .


DIED -  On January 5 Mrs. Mary Jane JACKSON died at her home near Mount Nebo, after a three week’s illness of lung and typhoid fever. Mrs. Jackson was loved most by those that knew her best. Her nature was so pleasant and cheerful she won the friendship of everyone around her. She leaves a husband and five children and a large circle of friends to mourn their loss. Age 53 years. (STRINGTOWN)

Wednesday, January 27, 1886


DIED - For some time past Mrs. H. A. BARNHART has been at Twelve Mile, Cass County, watching with her older sister who was seriously sick. On Saturday she sent her husband a dispatch stating that her sister, Mrs. C. F. HOWELL, had died. Mr. BARNHART went immediately to attend the funeral that took place on Sunday last.


DIED - Mrs. Michael COOPER was buried last week at the Mt. Vernon grave yard. Her disease was paralysis and typhoid fever. Funeral preached by Rev. Butler at Olive Branch.


Wednesday, February 3, 1886


DIED - Mrs. Margaret [HUFFMAN] PLANTZ, wife of Rev. Samuel PLANTZ, was born August 10, 1827; died January 28, 1886, in Richland township, this county, aged 58 years 5 months and 18 days.

The deceased was well known and among the first settlers there as also among the first of the members of the church of the Evangelical Association. When people yet had to worship in houses and old log school houses, she with her sorrowing husband would go through storm with ox teams, making all kind of sacrifices for the cause of Christ and the church. About 37 years ago she was united with the respected Rev. S. Plantz -- a true wife, a kind neighbor, a loyal and true christian, a sufferer for many years, but in all of these years of toil and suffering not a murmer was known to escape her lips. The bereft husband and children, brothers, sisters and relatives will never forget her kind admonitions. Among the well known brothers to the town of Rochester are the following: Rev. John HUFFMAN, Samuel and Peter HUFFMAN. Rev. S. Plantz is well known and of him it can be truly said that he was a kind and affectionate husband, doing all in his power to ease the afflicted sufferer, his dear wife, who is now gone to rest with loved ones gone before, as she left such a bright evidence behind, and admonished all to meet her in Heaven. Bro. Plantz and family has the true sympathies of all around. On the 29th inst., her mortal remains were followed to the old Germany church by an immense concouse of people. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. O. RABER, of Rochester, and the writer.  - James WALES.

Mrs. Plantz, wife of Rev. Plantz, of the Evangelical denomination, died at her residence in Richland township, last week, and was buried last Friday. Mrs. Plantz had been an invalid for years, suffering severely with asthma. There were months at a time that she enjoyed no rest or sleep except as she secured it in an upright position in a chair.


BIRTHDAY - Several of the children and many of the grandchildren of Mrs. George [Ann BLACK] DOWNS assembled at her residence, south of town, last Thursday, and by their presence assisted to make the 72d birthday of the old lady very pleasant. The day’s doings were concluded at the residence of Wm. DOWNS where all spent an enjoyable evening in a family reunion.


BIOG - Young Emery HARRISON who carved young KRYER with a big knife, at Walnut, a few months ago, over a dispute about the killing of a chicken, was tried in the Marshall circuit court recently and given a three year’s term in the penitentiary for his viciousness.


MARRIED - The marriage of Mr. Adolph BICCARD and Mrs. Minnie MOSES occurred at the bride’s residence on South Main Street at 6 p.m. on last Sunday, Rabbi Jacob WILE, of LaPorte, officiating. . . . . Among the guests from abroad were Miss Fannie ROSENTHAL, Mr. I.

ROSENTHAL, Mrs. GUGGENHEIME, Mr. J. WILE, LaPorte; Mr. Marcus KOCH, Cincinnati; Mr. & Mrs. ALLMAN, Plymouth . . . .


BIRTHDAY - Last Friday was the fifty-first birthday anniversary for Thomas A. BEAL. . . . his wife invited his numerous friends . . . .


BIRTH - George RICHARDSONs are blessed with a bouncing boy baby. (MUD LAKE)

George Richardson is happy all because he has a dish-washer come to see him. (FULTON)


DIED - Mrs. Anna HARRIGAN passed from labor to reward and was laid in the grave at the Catholic cemetery last Thursday. The loss is deeply felt by the entire community and the bereaved have our sympathy. The disease was consumption. (BLUEGRASS)


DIED - It was stated in these columns last week that in a hand-to-hand fight between Hudson STILES and Mrs. GILKISON, the keeper of a boarding house, the former got a lock on the forehead with an iron poker, weilded by the strong arm of the Teutonic hash dispenser.

The difficulty between them occurred on Saturday night and originated by Mrs. Gilkison refusing to allow Stiles to occupy one of her beds for the night without payment for it in advance. The wound Stiles received in the battle was regarded as a very slight one and but little attention was paid to it until the following Monday when it inflamed to such an extent that his eyes and face swelled beyond recognition. The township trustee provided quarters and medical assistance for him at the City Hotel where he lingered in great agony until Wednesday evening of last week when death came and relieved him of his suffering. The attention of the coroner was called to the circumstances of his death and that officer at once proceeded to hold an inquest . . .  being on the 8th of February duly called upon to hold an inquisition . . . . that at the time of his death he was about fifty-three years of age; that he was six feet high and was of strong and heavy build; his hair (originally dark) was considerably turned to gray; that his complexion was light; that there was a scar in or near the center of his forehead. . . . and had not, on or about his person, or belonging to him, so far as could be ascertained, any valuables whatever. . . . this 6th day of February. . . . Jacob HERRING, Coroner Fulton County.

A post mortem examination was also made by the medical firms of SHAFFER & RANNELLS and GOULD & GOULD. They have made no official report, but it is safe to say that in their opinion death did not ensue by reason of the blow he had received, only as a primary cause. As soon as his death was reported Mrs. GILKINSON was lodged in jail to await the finding of the coroner’s inquest. All the evidence plainly indicated that she acted in self defense and was not responsible for his death, on which statements she was released from jail.

Hudson Stiles had been a citizen of this county for many years and has been engaged in many business pursuits, chief of which has been the sale of liquors. He has been low in the scale of humanity and again he has occupied prominent positions in society. He had served as constable and town marshal, and once the Republicans nominated him for Sheriff, but he was badly defeated by Dell WARD. Like other men he had some good traits of character but the bad strongly predominated. He came originally from Pennsylvania where he yet has two brothers in Philadelphia and a sister in New Jersey. He was buried in the Citizens cemetery on Friday last. His death was a sad ending of a misspent life.


DIED - Philip MIKESELL, one of the first settlers of the county, and a man esteemed by all his neighbors, was taken from among us last week by the relentless hand of death. (BIGFOOT)

DIED - At her residence in Bluegrass, on the 2d inst., Laura [BEATTIE], wife of Walter BEATTIE, of a nervous disease. The remains were taken to the Lake cemetery where the funeral was preached and the remains laid at rest til the great day. The friends have the sympathy of the community. (BLUEGRASS)


FUNERAL - Mr. & Mrs. Oliver BLACK attended the funeral of Mrs. HOWELL, Mrs. BLACK’s sister, which took place at Twelve Mile. (STRINGTOWN)


MARRIED - The marriage of Miss Emmarettie DUNLAP to a Mr. George COUNTS, of Jonesboro, was quite a surprise to her many friends at this place. We wish the newly wedded pair a life of uninterrupted pleasure. (STRINGTOWN)


DIED - Mrs. Laura BEATTIE, wife of Walter BEATTIE, passed from labor to reward on the second of this month and was laid in the M.E. church cemetery at Fletchers Lake. Funeral discourse by Rev. BAIR, of Chili. (BLUEGRASS)


DIED - Henry REMENSCHNEIDER, of Liberty township, passed from the shores of time on the fourth of this month, aged seventy-two years. He was buried in the Salem church cemetery. Funeral discourse by Rev. WALES, of the Evangelical association. Disease, congestion of the brain. (BLUEGRASS)


Wednesday, February 17, 1886


BIOG - Albert WILSON, son of the late Ellis WILSON, of the firm of BOWMAN & WILSON, formerly proprietors of the ROCHESTER EMPIRE mills, is now in town visiting old friends. Mr. Wilson has been for the last eight years a resident of Colorado, and reports doing well.


MARRIED - Rev. A. M. WORK was called to the home of Mr. Samuel BEMENDERFER last Thursday, near Akron, to solemnize the marriage of his daughter, Laura [BEMENDERFER], to Mr. A. S. POWELL, of Macy. It being Mr. B’s 49th birthday, the occasion was of double interest.


BIRTHDAY - Mrs. Elizabeth FERGUSON, an old lady 85 years of age and mother of Mrs. CLARK, who lives in the Centennial block, celebrated her 85 birthday on Monday. There were present friends from Columbia City, Warsaw and other points. Mrs. Ferguson is of Kentucky stock, having been born and raised in that state, and is a hospitable and kind old lady.


DIED - At his residence in Fulton, on Saturday, Feb 6, 1886, Mr. Allen W. HEDGES, aged 54 years 6 months and 9 days. Mr. H. was born in Rochester, N.Y., but has been a citizen of this place for a number of years. He was a soldier of the late war and on the day of his death a check came to this office from Washington for some $900 and odd dollars, but too late for him to sign, so it is a question of doubt whether the widow can draw the money. The deceased was laid to rest in the Fulton cemetery Feb 7, 1886. (FULTON)

Wednesday, February 24, 1886


DIED - [Sarah A.] THURSTON, wife of A. L. THURSTON, died last Tuesday and was buried in Citizens cemetery on Thursday.


MARRIED - Franklin BARGER and Vida HIATT were married last Thursday at the residence of Rev. Frank LEITER who was also the officiating clergyman.


DIED - Mr. Judson BENNETT, one of the most prominent and worthy citizens of Kewanna, died last Sunday and was buried yesterday. We have no particulars of his death.


DIED - A child nine months old, of Mr. & Mrs. Walter HARDING, died at Ann Arbor, Mich., Monday of last week. The remains were brought to the former home of the parents in this county for burial.


MARRIED - John BARNES and Mrs. Elizabeth STINGLEY were married last Thursday by Justice HEILBRUN. Both are well advanced in life and have enjoyed the sweets of married life before. John and his new wife expect to engage in the grocery and hard cider trade in the near future.


BIRTH - Fred SMITH is the proud papa of a bouncing girl baby. (GREENOAK)


Wednesday, March 3, 1886


DIED - After many months of severe suffering, our townsman, Calvin VanTRUMP, has been called to his home beyond this vale of tears. His death occurred last Wednesday morning and on the following day he was buried at the Odd Fellows cemetery.

The deceased was born in Rockingham county, Va., May 12, 1833, and was at his death nearly fifty-three years of age. For nearly thirty years he had been a citizen of this county, and before he was broken down by disease he was one of the most active, energetic and enterprising citizens. Years ago he served this township as its trustee and made an honest and very efficient officer. He had all the qualifications for higher and more honorable positions, but changes in fortune and circumstances prevented his obtaining them. In common with other people he had his faults that were severely criticized, but withal he had a host of friends to do him honor and to remember him with respect. Of his immediate household there is but one to mourn his departure -- his devoted wife -- who has tenderly and lovingly ministered to all his wants through his long sickness.


Wednesday, March 10, 1886


MARRIED - Mr. Levi T. BARTON and Miss Tincie BUSENBERG, both of Newcastle township, were married at the residence of the bride’s parents last Thursday, Rev. J. MERLEY officiating. The groom is a prominent young man of the community in which he resides and the bride is the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Mr. Peter BUSENBERG.


BIRTH - Mr. P. J. HARRIGAN is the proud father of a big boy baby... (BLUEGRASS)

BIRTHDAY - There was a surprise on W. A. BECKER last Saturday, it being his 38th birthday, quite a large table was spread with the luxuries of life and a large number of relatives were present. (BLUEGRASS)


BIRTH - Mr. Jacob NEFF has once more been made happy by the accession of a boy. During his wedded pilgrimage on this mortal heritage, he has been blessed with quite a nice little family, he being the father of eleven children, and still there’s more to follow. (GERMANY)


Wednesday, March 17, 1886


MARRIED - Rev. A. E. GIFT and his bride are now pleasantly domiciled on North Jefferson street, in a residence owned by Senator [Valentine] ZIMMERMAN.


MARRIED - Mr. W. C. HARRIS, of Bruce Lake, and Miss Elizabeth NEFF, of this township, were married in this city last Saturday, at the Evangelical parsonage, Rev. A. O. RABER officiating.


ANNIVERSARY - Yesterday Mr. & Mrs. D. W. LYON started for Bellefontaine, Ohio, where today they will help to celebrate the 50th or golden wedding anniversary of one of Mrs. Lyon’s sisters.


DIED - Miss Lucinda BEATTIE, aged near ten years, died at the residence of Mr. L. D. HORN last Monday. On Tuesday her remains were taken to Fletchers Lake cemetery, in Wayne township for burial.


BIOG - Andy CALHOUN has made application for admission to the Soldiers’ Home at Dayton. Andy has led rather a checkered life, and now being worn out and nearly destitute, he seeks the fostering care and protection of about the only refuge for worn out soldiers.


BIOG - The State of Indiana has prosecuted its cases against Ab. BARRETT and Lou McDONALD pretty vigorously. Lou was charged with keeping a house of ill fame and Ab. was accused of being a frequent visitor. The case against Lou was tried at Akron and resulted in a conviction and a fine of $5.00 and costs, amounting to nearly $75. Ab. plead guilty and he also was fined $5.00 and costs, total fines and costs of the two cases being near $100, a sum that ought to be sufficient to cool their ardor for a little while at least.


Wednesday, March 24, 1886


SUICIDE - A messenger from near Five Corners in Liberty township came to town last Thursday evening bearing the intelligence that Mrs. Joseph [Ann] CHAMP had committed suicide that evening by hanging herself.

The coroner went out and investigated the matter. He found the report to be true. Mrs. Ann Champ in a fit of despondency had taken her own life by the means indicated. Her husband, Joseph CHAMP, is a well known character, not for his virtues as a good husband and honest man, but for his ways that are dark and tricks that are vain. He is accused of illy treating his family and failure to provide for them the comforts of life. At one time he was financially well fixed but the reverses of fortune, for which he is said to be responsible, has swept it about all away, and that, in addition to his indifference and want of care for his family, caused his wife to become despondent, and it is supposed that in that mood she determined upon self

destruction. For that purpose she repaired to the wood house about 4 o’clock Thursday evening and with a rope about her neck suspended herself from a joist. She leaves three small children to mourn the loss and care of a mother. The following is the official report of the Coroner:

I, Jacob H. HERRING, Coroner in and for Fulton county, in the State of Indiana... on the 18th day of March, 1886. . . . Ann Champ, found dead in Liberty township . . . . about thirty-four years of age, that she was of rather dark complexion, with gray eyes and very dark, almost black hair; that she was five feet two inches in height . . . .


DIED - Newcastle township lost one of its good citizens last week in a distressing and unfortunate manner. Jarvis JEFFRIES was an old and very respected citizen who for many years had been afflicted with epileptic fits. Last Friday morning he started for the woods to do some chopping, his course being along a public highway. When about a quarter of a mile from his home he was taken with a fit, and at the point where he fell there was a ditch along the roadside containing some water. Into that he rolled and was drowned, being found a short time after with his face buried in the water and mud. Mr. Jeffries was regarded as one of the most honest and faithful citizens of that township and his untimely and sudden death is mourned by all who knew him. He left a wife and a number of small children in straitened circumstances.


BIRTH - In all probability Cora VANDERGRIFT is the happiest mortal in the north end -- another Democratic voter in 21 years.  (WAGONERS)


MARRIED - Mr. Wilfred HARRIS wooed and wedded a fair maiden by the name of Elizabeth NEFF, who resided near Germany Station. This happy couple are among the most highly esteemed of the young people of this vicinity, and they have a host of friends who will join with the Echo in wishing them a most happy and pleasant journey through a long and blissful married life.  (GERMANY ECHO)


The funeral of Aggie BEATTIE was preached here at the Baptist church on Monday, the 15th of this month, by Rev. McDANIELS, after which the burial took place at the grave yard of the M.E. church at the lake. (BLUEGRASS)


Wednesday, March 31, 1886


MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s parents, in Henry township, this county, on March 30, 1886, Mr. Emery A. FARMER, of Minneapolis, Minn., to Miss Edelle ORR, of Akron, Ind.

. . . . . she is the youngest daughter of our old and highly esteemed citizen, Melville ORR. For several yeara she has stood in the front rank of Fulton county teachers, closing a work of much usefulness in the Akron graded school where she was employed during the past winter. Her chosen companion is, as above inedicated, a resident of Minneapolis, where he has resided for about five years. For the past two years he has, as we are informed, been engaged in the wholesale fruit and produce buisness as the senior partner in the firm of FARMER & McLEAN . . . .

. . . . . The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. M. RUSH, of Roann, Ind. . . . . .

The newly wedded pair left on the 1 p.m. train over the C. & A. for a brief visit among friends in Hamilton county, Indianapolis -- the former home of the groom -- and Chicago; after which they will settle down to housekeeping and business in Minneapolis, where, as we have said, Mr. Farmer is engaged in a profitable trade extending over the entire Northwest. . . [lengthy details]

DIED - Mrs. Joseph [Emma E.] STINSON whose mind became badly disordered a few weeks ago while attending a revival meeting in Henry township, continued to grow worse day by day until death relieved her of her suffering last Thursday. Her funeral occurred last Saturday.


DIED - An almost unintelligible postal card was received at this office, mailed at Elkhart, from which we extract the information that Marion WOODS died on the 8th of this month and that his remains were taken to Cadillac, Mich., for burial. We presume it refers to the Marion Woods who for years lived at this place and was engaged as bus driver and hotel help. If that is the man there are but few here to regret his death, for a man that deserts his family of wife small children and leaves them to be cared for by the charities of a cold world, cannot expect to have many friends to mourn his departure.


MARRIED - Rev. WORK went out to the residence of Joseph WHITTENBERGER yesterday afternoon to perform a marriage ceremony that would unite a Mr. [Benjamin F.] DITMIRE and Miss [Ida M.] WHITTENBERGER as husband and wife.


DIED - Dr. James Wolfe BRACKETT was born October 8, 1816, at Cherry Valley, N.Y., and departed this life at Rochester, Ind., March 21, 1886, at the age of sixty-nine years five months and thirteen days.

He was first married to Miss Sarah Ann Work BROWN, March 26, 1846, at Logansport, Ind., from whom he was separated by her death in 1868, at Rock Island, Illinois. He was again united in marriage, March 22, 1870, with Mrs. Margaret (ZABST) WEBER, who survives and mourns her loss. She has been faithful, respected and loved as a mother by her husband’s children. The first union was blessed by six children -- four sons and two daughters -- of whom two sons and one daughter died in infancy and two sons and one daughter remain to follow the remains of their father to their former home to deposit their beloved “dust” beside that of mother, children and grandparents in the Rock Island cemetery.

Dr. Brackett came of sturdy Welsh-English ancestry -- his father, a man of learning, (a class mate with Daniel WEBSTER) who sought to give his sons and daughter a liberal education. So far successful was he that each obtained honorable distinction in the several callings pursued. The subject of this sketch began his literary and professional studies at such an early period that at the age of 19 years he completed his studies at the Medical College of Castleton, Vermont; and two years later, at the age of 21, began the practice of his profession at the then village of Logansport, Ind., where he was early associated in practice with Dr. FITCH and later with Dr. BUCHANAN. In 1843-4 the Dr. was a partner in the practice with his brother Lyman [BRACKETT] in Rochester, and later returned to Logansport. Soon after his first marriage -- probably in 1848 -- he left the malarious climate of Logansport, “the Wabash valley” and went with his bride to Rock Island, Ill., which was then his parental home; and he was a resident of that place when the war of the Rebellion came. Moved by that common impulse of the loyal North, he left his little family to the protection of their kindred and went to the field of blood and to the hospital as surgeon of the 9th Illinois cavalry. What service he rendered and how long continued we have no means of knowing; but are assured that his services were valuable and that his surgical skill won for him merited distinction.

At the close of the war he returned to Rock Island and remained there until the death of the first Mrs. Brackett, and then came with his little children to Rochester, where he has since resided. His active professional life in this place would cover about ten years. In his practice he has been regarded as an able and honorable practitioner and in society a man of integrity. The summing up of such a life-work must be left to Him who is in possession of all the facts and to whom mistakes are impossible. During the past five or six years he has made but little attempt to practice his profession, on account of failing health. Notwithstanding the employment of the best surgical skill he has been totally blind for sometime past. This, with a breaking down of the nervous system -- troubles supposed to have had their origin in the exposure of army life, has

rendered him helpless and made his pleasant home a place of patient waiting for the final change. Loving hearts and hands of wife and children have ministered to his comfort for the last time. They have done what they could but the “silver cord is loosed, the golden bowl is broken, the pitcher has been broken at the fountain and the wheel at the cistern. So shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

The funeral service took place at the family residence, one-half mile south of town, on Tuesday, March 23, at 12n., conducted kby Rev. A. M. WORK, of the Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. J. C. REED, D. D. and Rev. Mr. CHITTENDEN. The remains were taken to the C. & A. station enroute for Rock Island, Ill. The choir of the Presbyterian church had charge of the music. The respect shown in the memory of Dr. Brackett must ever be gratifying to his family and friends.


Wednesday, April 7, 1886


DIED - In another column we publish an obituary notice of Rev. T[homas] C. STRINGER, who a few years ago was in charge of the M.E. congregation at this place. . . .

[The obituary referred to reflects that Rev. Thomas C. Stringer, who had been very low with throat and lung disease, died at his home, on First street, in Faribault, Minn., on Saturday morning last, in his fiftiety year. Buried in Mable Lawn cemetery. Survived by wife and one daughter. Another daughter, Grace [STRINGER], died during the winter.)


DIED - Miss Martha HICKS whose parents reside south of here was buried at Mud Lake cemetery. (GREENOAK)


BIRTHDAY - On Monday evening, March 29, family and neighbors to a large number planned and executed a complete surprise on Mr. Strawder ABBOTT, the event being the 69th anniversary of his birth . . . .


DIED - Milton O. STORM died at his home in Leiters Ford last Sunday. Mr. Storm was one of the prominent men of Aubbeenaubbee township and the loss his death occasions will be deeply felt. He was engaged in mercantile pursuits and was an acting Justice of the Peace. Only a few weeks ago he was commissioned as postmaster. He was an active business man and could illy be spared.


Wednesday, April 14, 1886


REUNION - The Mickey family is not very extensive but it held an enjoyable reunion at the residence of Daniel MICKEY, in Newcastle township, yesterday. There are but three brothers -- H. H. MICKEY, Daniel and Hiram MICKEY. H. H. Mickey is the oldest and for many years he has been in the far West and South and had not met his two brothers who live in this county for thirty-five years, until last week when he came to visit them from his present home in Louisa county, Iowa. He is an intelligent old gentleman and the meeting with his brothers and their friends was an occasion long to be remembered.


BIRTH - Last Sunday morning Mrs. M. O. REES gave birth to twin girl babies. Monday morning, or twenty-eight hours later, she gave birth to a still born boy baby. The daughters live with good prospects for continued existence. Our latest information is that the mother is in a very critical condition. The genial deputy county clerk is a subject for congratulation and sympathy.

MARRIED - The wedding of Mr. Will MERCER and Miss Byrd HICKMAN will take place this evening at the residence of the bride’s parents.


DIED - Mr. [John] SWANK, father of Mrs. J. D. BITTERS, died at the residence of one of his daughters, near Gilead, last Wednesday. He was nearly eighty years of age and had been a citizen of Miami county for many years.


Wednesday, April 21, 1886


DIED - On last Saturday morning, at 7:30 o’clock, the spirit of Elijah PARSONS took its flight. The deceased was a native of New Jersey, being born near Cape May, in 1807. As early as 1811 he emigrated with his parents to Hagerstown, this state. In September, 1830, he was married to Elizabeth OSBORNE, who preceded him to the spirit land nearly two years ago. In 1850 he and his family located in Henry township, where they remained until about nine years ago, when they gave up farm life and located in this city. Their marriage union was blessed with eight children, four of whom survive them and were in attendance at his funeral that occurred on Monday afternoon from the Evangelical church, Rev. S. McNEILY, of the Christian church, officiating. Mr. Parsons was one of the most honored and respected citizens of the county. He had been in feeble health for several years, but was yet able to be on the streets as late as the 5th of this month. His funeral was largely attended by his old friends and neighbors to pay the last mark of respect to his memory. Well may it be said that another true and noble man has departed.


MARRIED - Wednesday evening of last week the marriage of Mr. Will MERCER and Miss Byrd HICKMAN took place at the residence of the bride’s parents, in this city, in the presence of a large number of their relatives and admiring friends, Rev. J. C. REED, of the M.E. church officiating. This evening the happily wedded twain will be tendered a grand reception at the residence of the groom’s parents. . . . .


BIOG - After a long time the celebrated Corbin-Mercer case was given a hearing in the Miami circuit court last week. About two years ago, when the bicycle craze first struck Rochester, Ed. MERCER attempted to tame one of the firey steeds with ill success. He utilized the sidewalks of Rochester for his practice, and in doing so, in one of his mad flights he ran over old David CORBIN, knocked him down and created general havoc by scattering the rider, the bicycle and the old gentleman promiscuously over the walk. A sharp prong of the bicycle pinned the hand of Corbin to the wooden walk and it was with difficulty that he was released. The wound proved to be quite serious, and for a time it was thought that death would ensue. It finally healed but the hand and part of the forearm was left in a shriveled and stiffened condition. Corbin brought suit for damages, and a jury awarded him a round $1,000. The injury was unintentional, it is true, but considering the great suffering the old gentleman endured, and the total loss of the use of his hand, he will be but poorly repaid with the $1,000 verdict.

BIOG - Mrs. [Jane L.] STERNER, an old lady living in the south part of town, was stricken with paralysis some time ago. She is now very near death and all hopes for her recovery have been abandoned.

Wednesday, April 28, 1886


DIED - Robert Newton RANNELLS was born in Crawford county, Ohio, March 21, 1827; died at Rochester, Ind., April 22, 1886, at the age of 59 years 1 month and 1 day. He was the third son and fifth child of fourteen, of William and Susan RANNELLS.

When but eleven years of age he came with his father’s family to this county, where he has ever since been a resident. As merchant, farmer and hotel keeper, he has been identified with the interests of this county almost from its beginning. He has seen the Indian’s wigwam displaced by the white man’s comfortable home; the densely unbroken forests give way to fields of waving grain; the malaria-breeding atmosphere of “this Wabash valley” yield under drainage and the letting of the sun light to as healthful atmosphere as may be found.

His life in this community has covered the most important and laborious events of the history of this section of the country, the most important of the history of the world, for that matter. The last fifty years has made more substantial improvements than any equal period in all the thousands of years past. History’s pen can hardly write fast enough to record the changes in domestic, social and civil life -- to keep pace with invention in its application to the employments of our people. The reforms, real and so-called, during this period have been many.

The subject of this sketch has not been a passive spectator of all of these. A constant reader, and an independent thinker, caring less for the good opinions and favors of men than for liberty in its broadest sense, he has passed his years without seeking position or arrogating to himself the prerogatives of a leader.

Mr. Rannells was united in marriage with Elizabeth SPENCER in May, 1848 -- a married life reaching over nearly 38 years. To this union three sons were born; all of whom are living and were permitted to be with their father in his declining days and today, the solace of a grief-stricken mother, who mourns for him who merited their affection both by his position and his conduct. Thus death for the first time has invaded the immediate ranks of this family, although friend after friend has gone from them and more than once has their home afforded the sick chamber which has become the chamber of death for some of their kinsfolk. Their home has been an asylum for the orphan and the needy. Next to his own family will the poor and unfortunate of the community miss him. Many such, turned away from the doors of the more pretentious, have found food and shelter under his hospitable roof. Benevolence was a distinguishing trait of the deceased -- and this was always bestowed without ostentation.

In August, 1862, Mr. Rannells offered his services to the government then in the midst of the terrible civil war, and was appointed Quartermaster to the 87th Ind Volunteers, which position he retained until sickness and destroyed health compelled him to leave army life. To his memory as a soldier the members of the G.A.R. were present at his funeral to pay their tribute. In his death the independant Order of Odd Fellows lose a faithful, devoted member.

A long, painful but cheerfully borne sickness has taken another of our number from our midst and while asking the oft repeated question “What is thy life,” we may also with eminent propriety, call upon Him who holdeth our lives in his hands, to “so teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”


KILLED BY LIGHTNING - Last Monday evening this community was visited by a thunder, lightning and rain storm that was pretty severe for so early in the season. It seems to have spent its greatest force about two miles south of town, in the neighborhood of the county asylum, at least there is where it did its most frightful work in killing Nathan BIBLER, an insane person who had been an inmate of the asylum for about a year. Bibler was a harmless creature and was given the freedom of the farm. Having been a soldier he imagined that he was always on guard duty and every day and evening he “walked his beat” in a lane just east of the asylum. He was

performing his supposed duty Monday evening when the storm came on. The keeper of the asylum supposed that he had returned to the house and gone to bed early in the evening as was his custom. Next morning, an employe on the farm, going through the lane at an early hour, found Bibler near the fence, dead. The fence was built of boards in the ordinary way with twisted wires on the top of the posts. For a distance of 20 rods every post was split and splintered. Bibler lay near the fence with the hair on his head singed and one ear lacerated, together with other marks on his body showing that he had been a victim of the lightning’s wrath. A coroner’s inquest was had [and] the following is the official report of that officer:

. . . . on the 27th day of April, 1886 . . . . Nathan Bibler. . . . about forty-eight years old; that he was of light complexion, heavy build and five feet eight inches high. . . . Jacob H. HERRING, Coroner.

The funeral of the deceased will occur this afternoon at 2 o’clock and will be in charge of the members of the G.A.R. The interment will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - Mrs. John H. SHELTON after a long and severe illness died at her home in South Bend last week. Mr. Shelton and his family formerly lived at this place and the distressed husband has the deep sympathy of his many Rochester friends in his great affliction. The funeral was attended by several relatives of the family from this place.


FUNERAL - The funeral of R. N. RANNELLS occurred at 2 o’clock last Sunday afternoon, and the wonderful concourse of people in attendance to pay their last respects to the dead, is the best evidence of his high social standing. Religious services were conducted at the M.E. church by Rev. A. M. WORK of the Presbyterian church from whence the remains were conveyed to the Odd Fellows cemetery for burial where the various orders of which he was a member performed the last sad rites.


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. [Andrew C. & Ellen] SHEPHERD, on Saturday, a daughter. Mrs. S. is quite ill but her ultimate recovery is earnestly looked forward to.


Wednesday, May 5, 1886


BIOG - The train north at noon on Monday conveyed three prisoners to the Michigan City penitentiary in charge of Sheriff WALLACE. They were Stephen and John SANDERS and E. A. WILHELM.

The two Sanders were the parties who stole a few bushels of wheat of Ben MOORE and upon conviction were each given a term of one year. Two other young men were engaged in the same transaction one of whom was acquitted and the other fined $10 and given a six months jail sentence, but was paroled on good behavior. Wilhelm was the man who speculated in notes and in order to raise the wind, used the names of good men on paper from which he realized handsome profits. He was finally caught at it and for his folly he will do service for the State for two years. Fulton county is getting a good many representatives at the State institution north, but if men will violate the law they must suffer the penalties.


GRAVE ROBBED - When the grave-diggers dug the grave for the old German who suicided by morphine, they located his resting place along side of the grave of Hudson STILES, who died a few months ago. So closely were the graves connected that at the proper depth the grave of Stiles caved into the vault that was being dug. It was then discovered that Stiles’ grave

had been robbed of its remains, the coffin and body being gone. The body of Stiles no doubt became a subject for disection for the young disciples of Esculapius of this or some other city.


UNKNOWN SUICIDE - The funeral of the old Dutchman, who suicided last week, took place from the Pioneer Restaurant, in this city, on Monday, at 10 o’clock. All attempts to find any of the deceased’s friends proved futile, and the poor, unfortunate soul, was laid to rest in a strange land among strangers. The expense was borne by the township Trustee.

Last Wednesday an old German came over from Peru to get work in the woolen mill, failing in which he began to tank up on Rochester whiskey. That evening he was pretty full but was given lodging at Wood’s boarding house. Next morning he seemed to be all right and went out on the street. At about 9 o’clock he dropped into Pellens’ drug store and procured fifteen grains of morphine. An hour later he was back at the boarding house so limber he could not walk. Supposing he was drunk again, he was put out onto the sidewalk when he fell into a stupor from which he could not be aroused. It was finally discovered that he had taken a poisonous drug. A physician was called who did all he could to restore him. By every means that could be employed he was kept alive all that night and the following day when he was so far revived as to be considered out of danger. Saturday night he was in a pretty comfortable condition, but at 4 o’clock Sunday morning he took a relapse and died in a few minutes. On Monday he was buried at the public expense in the Citizens cemetery.


Wednesday, May 12, 1886


A CARD. On account of having purchased the Rochester Sentinel, I will not be a candidate for renomination for Surveyor. Thanking my many friends for past favors and asking a continuance of the same in my new field, I remain yours very truly, H. A. BARNHART.


RESOLUTIONS OF CONDOLENCE - . . . to bereaved family of deceased brother, R. N. RANNELLS, of Knights of Honor, signed M. C. REITER, J. D. BITTERS, S. A. BARKDALL, Com.


MARRIED - On last Tuesday Andrew URSHEL, of New Harrisburg, came to Rochester and provided himself with the necessary documents permitting him to be united with Miss Priscilla J. WOLFORD in the holy bonds of wedlock, . . . . on the day following, Mr. Urshel was knocking at the door of the Clerk’s office . . . . He had lost his marriage license. . . . Of course Isaiah after giving him a brief lecture upon the frailties of humanity, and the fatal results following in the wake of the careless man, again made the applicant happy, by furnishing him a new outfit. . . .


BIRTH - A little son made its appearance at the house of B. O. WEST, the genial agent of the C. & A. R.R. Both mother and son are doing nicely.

MARRIAGE LICENSES issued during the month of April: Wm. R. DECKER and Amanda BOLLINS; Chas. W. IZZARD and Clarissa JONES; Frank OVERMYER and Rose ZINK; Ira STEPHENSON and Orodine GILLESPIE; R. J. DONNELLY and Lurenda McGUIRE; Isaiah HOLLEY and Nellie GOOD; Samuel I. NELSON and Delia STAHL; Chas. A. PENDLETON and Mollie MARTINDALE; Wm. W. MERCER and Rachel A. HICKMAN; J. D. BELT and Amanda SEIDNER; Andrew URSHEL and Priscilla J. WOLFORD.

RUMOR OF BODY SNATCHING NOT TRUE - A rumor to the effect that the bodies of Hudson STILES and the old German who suicided here last week, had been exhumed by human ghouls, is pronounced a canard by Trustee SHELTON and Undertaker SELLERS.


BIOG - A petition to Gov. GRAY is being circulated and has been signed by the court officers and many leading citizens, asking that E. A. WILHELM, the forger, who was sent north for two years, be pardoned. The petition sets forth that Wilhelm is the father of eleven children; that there are living three sets of twins; that he was without means to pay rent during the cold month of January, and that he might bridge over for a little while his terrible destitution and save his large family from being turned out in the cold winter, he deposited the forged note as security for the rent then due, which was afterward settled. The names of Judge CONNER, Prosecutor MARTINDALE and Sheriff WALLACE head the long list of names and Wilhelm’s attorneys are confident that Gov. Gray will grant their petition.


BIOG - W. W. McMAHAN, the successful pension attorney, yesterday secured a pension for Jacob YOUNG, of Henry township, of $8 per month, from May, 1881. The aggregate to date being $487, which will materially aid Mr. Young in fighting life’s battles as he is old and very poor.


BIRTH - A girl baby, [Grace May LOWE] their second, was born to Mr. & Mrs. Neal [Cornelius] LOWE, of Liberty township, Sunday.


BIRTHDAY - On receipt of an invitation, we made it our duty to be present at Mr. I[saac]. B. MULLICAN’s, a week ago Sunday in honor of Mrs. [Catherine] MULLICAN’s 41st birthday anniversary. Over one hundred people assembled to pay their regards to the estimable lady. (WAGONERS)


Wednesday, May 19, 1886


MARRIED - Fredrick D. PROCTOR to Mary F. ENGLISH, is the way it reads on the Clerk’s marriage record. They were married at the residence of Mr. BROWER, of this city, on the 12th inst., by Rev. N. L. LORD, and immediately departed for Chicago, where they will make their future home.


MARRIED - Dr. J. B. PETERS and Miss Mary A. HANSON were issued a marriage license Wednesday, by Clerk WALKER. The parties reside in Fulton.


BIOG - Dwelly BAILY [BAILEY] is the proud father of eleven girls all living and no boys. (BLUEGRASS)


Wednesday, May 26, 1886


DIED - Martha S. TRUE, nee WALTERS, departed this life in Rochester, Ind., May 20, 1886, aged 19 years 8 days.

She was united in marriage to Melvin TRUE, September 21, 1882. They moved to Southern Dakota about one year ago, and for the greater part of the time resided at Miller, in Hand county. On account of her

failing health they returned to Rochester, arriving here on the first day of April, where, amidst the scenes of her childhood she unexpectedly soon departed this life a victim to that dread disease, consumption.

She leaves a husband, two children, and many other relatives and friends to mourn her early departure, but not as those who have no hope.


DIED - For some time Mrs. John SELLERS has been at the bedside of her father, Mr. Geo. W. CHAPMAN at his home in Kokomo. Saturday morning Mr. SELLERS received a telegram from his wife, stating that her father had died that morning. Mr. Sellers left on the noon train south and we failed to get any of the particulars of the funeral.


BIOG - The numerous readers of the Sentinel are acquainted with the trials and misfortunes of Uncle Sol. WAGNER during the past twelve months. The litigation in which Uncle Sol. has been involved and his subsequent removal to Canada has so weighed upon the mind of his son William [WAGNER] that last Wednesday he became violently insane and will no doubt have to be treated at the insane asylum for his malady.


BIOG - Another sad case is that of Emmet BOWERS, of Henry township, who through religious excitement became demented, and in one of his maniacal fits performed emasculation upon himself, as he imagined the Lord had commanded him to do.

Papers of insanity have been made out and forwarded to Indianapolis, and as soon as word is received here authorizing his admittance to the asylum for the insane, he will be taken thither. Several cases of mental trouble exist in the immediate vicinity of Hoover’s Station, and it is probable that in the near future we will be called upon to record several more insanity cases from the same cause as Mr. Bowers. Religion is a good thing in its place, but all good people will join with us in saying that a religion that drives men mad and breaks up homes, is a kind which the general public will not uphold.


BIRTH - Henry MYERS’ [MEYER’s] notes on his E flat cornet have perceptibly changed since the advent of a new baby girl at his residence. Mother and child doing well.


Wednesday, June 9, 1886


DIED - David BRYANT, of Henry township, and brother to ex-county commissioner BRYANT, died at his home Thursday, and was buried on Friday. Mr. Bryant was an old settler and highly esteemed by his neighbors.


DIED - J. M. CALVERT, a prominent lawyer of Peru, died at his home in that city Monday, and will be buried today. Mr. Calvert was a brother of Mrs. J. N. ORR, of this county, and was well known by many of our citizens. He formerly lived in Liberty township, and his many friends there will be pained to hear of his death. His disease was consumption.


MARRIAGE LICENSES issued last week: Will J. MASON and Cora BRUMBACK; Chas. H. HORTON and Emma HICKS; Alonzo WILLARD and Hattie B. RICHARDSON.


DIED - Job JOHNSON, a once well-to-do farmer in Liberty township, this county, died a few weeks ago in Cass county.

Mr. Johnson was once one of the foremost in business as a citizen in Liberty township and served

several years as justice of the peace in that township, was well versed and a good judge of law and was well fixed financially; but about 1883 his wife too sick and died and from that time the wheel of fortune began to roll the other way, until his death, which found him, it is said, in the county house, and he was laid away in a pauper’s grave only about twelve miles from two of his companions.


Wednesday, June 16, 1886


MARRIED - Last Saturday evening Ellsworth JEFFRIES was married to Miss Sarah BALL. . . . (BLOOMINGSBURG)


MARRIAGE LICENSES issued: Thos. WADDUPS and Eliza ABBOTT; Elmer JEFFRIES and Jane BALL; Wm. H. CUFFEL and Louisa WILHOIT; Lincoln ROSS and Maggie J. SMITH.


MARRIED - W. H. SMALLEY was married last Thursday to Rosa AUTHORHOLTS, near Henpeck, Cass county. Harvey was a long time making up his mind but finally made a good choice. We all wish him much joy. (BLUEGRASS)


Wednesday, June 23, 1886


DIED - On Monday, word was received here of the death of Emmett H. BOWERS who last week was taken to the insane asylum at Indianapolis.

The remains arrived here Monday evening on the 7 o’clock train and were conveyed to his late home in Henry township, where the funeral took place yesterday. Mr. B. leaves a wife and several small children to mourn his death.

The case is a peculiarly sad one, in that its surrounding are such as give reason to believe that the remote cause of his death was the over zealous efforts of his friends in trying to convert him to the Christian religion. Emmet, as he was familiarly called, was an honest, upright citizen and by hard work and economy had become the possessor of a small farm and was just getting in a shape financially in which he could live with less hard work, but death ends all.


BIRTH - Perry SANDERS is the happiest man in the neighborhood. A bouncing boy [Elery Leroy SANDERS]. (TIOSA)


BIRTH - Dan JONES was made happy by the addition of twin girls but would have been happier if they had been voters. (TIOSA)


Wednesday, June 30, 1886





Several weeks ago the Kokomo papers contained sensational items of William BILBY kidnapping his own child from its mother, who had refused to live with her husband, (Bilby) and was then keeping house for a relative in Kokomo.

The sequel to this episode transpired at Macy on last Friday evening where Mrs. BILBY

had gone to live with her brother-in-law, Mr. Peter CARVEY.

Bilby resides in Logansport, and on Friday went to Peru and while there was heard to threaten the life of Dr. COE, of Mexico, whom it is understood he accuses of being to a certain extent, responsible for his trouble with his wife. He took the evening train at Peru for Macy, arriving there, went direct to the residence of Mr. Carvey. Bilby asked his wife to take a walk with him which she refused to do, and then he ate supper with the family, and all the time seemed in a very pleasant mood. After supper he started to go away and Mr. Carvey walked with him to the gate. Bilby asked Mr. C. to go on his bond for the maintenance of the child which he had taken at Kokomo, but Mr. Carvey refused to do so. They stood at the gate several minutes and indulged in a friendly chat, when Mr. Carvey, bidding him good bye, and telling him to come and see the child whenever he wanted to, turned toward the house, and had walked but a few steps when Bilby drew a revolver, and fired at him, striking him in the side, the bullet ranging downward and lodging in his abdomen.

Mr. Carvey’s son John [CARVEY] run out of the house to protect his father, when the murderous Bilby fired at him, striking him on the side of the head, where the bullet glanced off without doing much injury. Another son [Sylvester A. CARVEY] then came out and started after Bilby who turned and shot at him twice without effect, and then escaped to the woods and is still at large. Before the shooting occurred, Bail PALMER, who lives in Macy, and is said to have come with Bilby from Peru, went to FARRER’s Livery Stable and ordered the fastest team in the barn hitched up, and to be tied at a certain place, but Mr. Farrer, hearing of the shooting, run to his team and took it back to the barn.

Evidently Bilby’s intention was to kill his wife and then escape in the rig which Palmer is reputed to have hired, to Mexico, and there settle his trouble with Dr. Coe in the same way.

Mr. Carvey is seriously, though not necessarily fatally injured and may recover.

Mrs. Bilby was formerly the wife of Silas HORTON, who committed suicide at Logansport several years ago by hanging. She afterward came to this city and formed the acquaintance of, and married Bilby, who was then working for Mr. A. BOWERS, the lime dealer.

Many rumors are afloat of Mrs. Bilby’s unfaithfulness to her husbands, which, no doubt, has much to do in giving her more than her share of this world’s troubles. The Carvey family is highly respected in Macy, and in their affliction have the sympathy of the entire community.


MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s parents, Rochester, June 22, by the Rev. G. A. CHITTENDEN, Mr. William EULITT and Miss Ollie Bell DAWSON. Both of this city.


BIRTH - Mr. and Mrs. Chas. LEEBRICK, of Peru, are the proud parents of a bouncing boy baby. Uncle Bobby WALLACE is in a happier frame of mind over the event than he has been since Cleveland’s election, and parties who have observed his profuse and vigorous gesticulations in the last few days will now understand that the grandson, and not politics, is the topic of his conversation.


DIED - From Saturday’s Republican  we clip the following: “Some days ago Mrs. Peter WEASNER was summoned to Ohio to attend the funeral of her sister. She went on the sorrowful journey, and a day or two later her husband here received word that his wife was very sick. Peter started immediately to take care of his wife, and while he was on the road to Ohio, their daughter, Jennie [WEASNER], received a dispatch addressed to her father from friends in Ohio, stating that her mother had died this morning. It is indeed a very sad bereavement and one that elicits the sympathy of every friend here.”

MARRIED - Chas. E. MARTIN and Mary A. YOUNG have been licensed to marry.


BIOG - Sheriff WALLACE received word Saturday from the authorities at the Insane Asylum at Indianapolis to come and remove Mr. Uriah SPANGLER to his home, as he had been pronounced incurable. Ten years ago Mr. Spangler was taken to the asylum and will now have to be kept by either his friends or the county, till the new asylum is completed at Logansport, where the incurable insane of Northern Indiana will hereafter be cared for. Mr. Wallace left for Indianapolis Monday.


DIED - Mrs. Ed. CHAPIN died on the 24th and was buried at Five Corners on the 25th.  (MUD LAKE)


Wednesday, July 7, 1886


MARRIAGE LICENSE - The past week has been a bad one for the marriage license trade, as only one couple braved the intensly hot weather to get married. Jas. W. DAUGHERTY to Malone KESSLER is the way it reads on the record. . . . .


Wednesday, July 14, 1886


BIRTH - Milo MARTIN, of Liberty township, is the proud father of twin babies, a boy and a girl. Uncle Jimmy MARTIN, the grandfather, is highly elated over the event, and it is very probable that if an election would have occurred last week, he would have gone one better, and voted three times instead of twice.


MARRIED - James DAUGHERTY wooed, won and wedded a fair young maiden by the name of Malona KESSLER, both residing near Germany Station. They were pronounced man and wife by Esquire STEPHENSON, of Rochester, and they started hand in hand to accomplish the journey of life. . . . (GERMANY)


Wednesday, July 21, 1886


DIED - On Monday evening, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Robert GOULD, Father Foote, quietly and apparently without pain, breathed his last.

Adrain FOOTE was born in Pittsfield, Mass., April 2, 1787, and died in Rochester, Indiana, July 19, 1886.

His father was a surgeon in the Revolutionary war and at its close resumed the practice of medicine and also operated a farm. When the subject of this sketch was 5 years old, his father moved into that portion of Western New York, known as the wilderness, and located twelve miles beyond an open road, and blazed the trees as he went through, that he might find his road back. Here he cleared a farm and raised a family of children. The opportunity for securing an education in this woody country was limited to the lessons which the father gave to his children, around the fireside. At the age of 19 he was married, but his wife soon died and he entered college and graduated from Madison University at the age of 26, from which his career as a philanthropist and a clergyman, may be said to have properly commenced. He was again married in 1832, and was largely instrumental in building several churches in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, where he spent 43 years in active ministerial work. He then moved west to Indiana, and in 1856 located in LaPorte, where he lived three years and then purchased and moved onto a tract of land near Lake Maxinkuckee, from which there was not a stick amiss, and here he, and an only son, cleared the farm, and they prospered until the

war of the rebellion came on, when the son entered the army, only to soon return a cripple for life. Fifteen years ago Father Foote moved to Rochester and has since made this his home. His intellect was remarkably vigorous, and his theological and scientific research in his younger days gave him such a wide range of thought, that his ideas on religious and scientific questions were eagerly sought for by ministers and students of the sciences. He cast his first vote in the Presidential election of 1808, and voted at each Presidential election since.

Until two years ago he was a regular attendant at church and manifested an unusual interest in the welfare of the Baptist denomination, of which he was a member from early life. His wife [Philomella ALDEN FOOTE] survives him, and though entirely blind and 77 years old, she is a pleasant and interesting  conversationalist, and is thoroughly familiar with many historical events which can only be obtained by a long life of practical observation.

All the ministers of the Logansport Baptist Association have been invited to attend the funeral, which well be conducted at the Baptist church today at 2 o’clock by Rev. CHITTENDEN, assisted by Rev. LORD and Rev. E. J. DELP.

Thus closes the life of one who has devoted three score and ten years of a lifetime, covering a period of almost a century, to the welfare of his fellow beings, and to the service of his Creator.

Father Foote was the father of seven children, three of whom survive him, viz: Mrs. Robert GOULD, Mrs. Etta BUMSTEAD, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Mr. A. B. H. FOOTE, of Knox, Indiana.


MARRIED - Elmer E. ELY and Allie MILLER were granted a marriage license by Clerk WALKER last Thursday.


BIOG - Peru, July 18: - William BILBY, who shot the Carveys (Peter and John W. CARVEY] at Macy, on the evening of June 20, and made his escape, surrendered on Friday night to Sheriff STANLEY at Logansport. The sheriff here, who had offered $100 reward went to Logansport today, and tendered Stanley the reward, and demanded Bilby, but was refused. Stanley demands a bigger reward. His actions are denounced as discreditable. Habeas corpus proceedings will follow.

Monday Sheriff Stanley, of Logansport, came over to Macy and tried to get the additional $200 offered by Sheriff GREY for Bilby’s capture. In this he was unsuccessful, and if the parties at Macy, who offered the reward are not worth the amount, the Cass county official will have to be content with an even hundred.

Bilby surrendered unconditionally, and will no doubt do service for the State for several years, as his deed was a dastardly one, and for which he should be justly punished.


Wednesday, July 28, 1886


DIED - On Sunday news reached this city that Mrs. Daniel HOOVER of Akron had suddenly died. Mrs. H. was an old and highly respected citizen and she has many friends here who will be pained to hear of her death.


ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED - Francis J. BROUILLETTE has been appointed administrator of the estate of Emmet BOWERS, deceased.


Wednesday, August 4, 1886


DIED - Many of our readers are no doubt acquainted with James CAHILL, who last December moved from this city to western Illinois. Mr. Cahill had lived in Rochester for several

years and came here from Kewanna, where he married a daughter of Mr. Jos. BISHER.

The Sentinel is in receipt of a copy of the Decaur (Ill.) Herald of the issue of July 29, in which the particulars of the heartrending affair are given as follows:

Yesterday afternoon at about two o’clock came the news of a babe which was burned to death in a burning building near the city limits, and east of the Amman brick yards. A Herald Scribe sought the facts, and immediately repaired to the scene. On the site of the house, on the ground owned by James GADDIS, there was only a heap of ashes, and in the midst of the pile no trace of the burned child could be found. The scribe, thereore, sought the mother, Mrs. James CAHILL, who lay suffering at the home of W. DAUBENSPECK, some distance south. From her at second-hand he obtained the following particulars of the catastrophe to her family:

“I was working in the potato patch at some distance from the house, and was so busy that I had not looked toward the house for some time. I heard my boys, aged five and three years, calling to me from the house, and looking toward them I saw that the house was on fire.

“My baby, three months old, was in the cab inside, and I ran with all possible speed to the house. The fire seemed greatest in the front room, where the baby was, although there had been no fire in that part for two months. The heat was awful, but I wanted to save my baby, and rushed through the flames. I did not know where the cab was exactly. I was crazed. I heard baby scream once after I was in the house, but I could not see anything for the fire and smoke. I felt my senses leaving me. I was fainting as I rushed out again. The fire was all about me. My dress and hair were ablaze. I managed to reach the spring and lay down beneath it before my senses left me. The pain was awful, but the water quenched the fire, and there I remained until help came. Then I was brought here. I don’t know how the fire could have started. There was very little fire in the cook stove in the kitchen, and none in the room in front.”

The woman’s injuries are very serious. She is burned all over the face and neck. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are burned off, and half the hair is burned from the head. Both arms are very severely burned to the elbows, and the right forearm is so badly burned that the flesh may drop off in places. Her ears and lips are terribly burned. Her lips are white. She is covered with blisters. There appears as yet no reason to believe that she inhaled flame so as to permanently injure her lungs. Dr. HARSHA attended her and administered such relief to the sufferer as was possible to give. She is a woman apparently about 35 years of age. She will recover.

The burned house was an old log structure of two rooms. It was very dry and burned fiercely. When the flames attracted the attention of the neighbors they ran to the spot, but could do nothing towards extinguishing the fire. The heat was so intense that they could not approach the dwelling.

It was the property of James GADDIS and was valued at about $300. All the clothing and furniture belonging to James Cahill and wife were burned. Cahill is a day laborer and in needy circumstances.

The two children who called to their mother were uninjured. They had probably left the house before the fire started. It is conjectured that they were playing with matches and had started the fire without knowing it.

The coroner was notified last evening but could not find the remains. The calamity has nearly crazed the poor mother. She has undergone such physical suffering that she is unable to say much. She is being cared for by the Daubenspeck family, and, unless something more appears in the case than is now evident, the good nursing and careful treatment she is receiving will lead to her recovery.

It is a case the sadness of which appeals to the sympathy of all.

Mr. & Mrs. Cahill have many friends and relatives here who will be pained to hear of this terrible calamity which has overtaken them, and the heart of every mother will go out in sympathy to the parents, whose darling baby had to meet the most horrible of deaths.




Elsewhere in this issue will be found the obituary of Mother [Catharine WILSON][Mrs. Abel] ROSS, who died last week at the advanced age of 83 years.

On Sunday at his home in Aubbeenaubbee township, Daniel LAYMAN, an old and respected citizen, died from that dread disease, milksick, and was buried on Monday.

On Sunday Joseph WILHOIT, of Akron, who is well known in this county, was stricken with paralysis, and on Monday morning breathed his last, and was laid to rest on Tuesday. His remains were followed to the grave by an unusually large concourse of neighbors and friends.

Of the departure of these old citizens the public was scarcely aware when Mrs. Daniel [Rebecca] FINLEY, of this city quietly closed her eyes in death at her home on South Madison street. Mrs. Finley’s disease was consumption, from which she had been a great sufferer, and had been lingering between life and death for several months. A short service will be held at their residence this morning, and the friends will then proceed to Richland Center, where funeral services will be conducted and interment made.

Thus in one week’s time are we called upon to chronicle four deaths of Fulton county citizens, each of whom was upward of sixty years of age.


DIED - Catharine WILSON [ROSS] was born in Pennsylvania, Feb. 21, 1803, died July 28, 1886, aged 83 years 6 months 7 days, was married to Abel ROSS, June 14, 1827, and moved from Mercer county, Kentucky, to Johnson county, Ind. In 1856 they moved to Miami county, Ind., and in 1871 her husband died, since which time she has resided with her daughter. She was the mother of five children, of which three survive, two sons and a daughter. She united with the Presbyterian church when quite young, and afterward joined the Methodist church, of which she was a member at the time of her death.

She has been a patient sufferer for a number of years. Afflicted with bone erysipelas her mind was feeble and sometimes deranged. At times be it said to their shame, she did not receive the care from her sons, which a mother deserves. She was buried at the Shelton cemetery, followed by a large concourse of neighbors and friends.





Last Monday at about 8 o’clock at the residence of Thos. McDONOUGH, in Wayne township, there was enacted the saddest and most cruel tragedy that has ever darkened the history of Fulton county. The circumstances as fully as we have been able to glean them are given below.

Edward O’BRIEN, a young man perhaps 21 years of age, had been for some time paying his attentions to Miss Annie NEWBRAUGH, a refined and highly respected young lady of his neighborhood. About two months ago, however, the young lady rejected his company, and accepted the attentions of a Mr. SMITH. On last Sunday Miss Newbraugh took dinner at the O’Brien homestead, and in the evening was

taken home by Edward. It appears that some difficulty had arisen which it is thought brought the would-be murderer to Mr. McDonough’s where Miss Annie worked, in the morning following. Meeting Miss Newbraugh, he was invited in the room, and it was soon apparent that he was in a desperate mood. In a few minutes Annie came running from the room, closely followed by Edward, who drew a revolver, and fired at her on the porch, striking her in the side of the face, and as she ran continued firing until he had emptied three chamgers of his revolver, a 22 calibre.

Mrs. McDONOUGH and the hired man, Jim CONNERS, ran with Annie toward the barn, and one ball fired struck Miss Annie in the fleshy part of the arm near the shoulder, and another perforated the coat sleeve of Mr. Conners, without any injury to him. Miss Newbraugh sank to the ground and O’Brien supposing that he had killed his victim, or fearing the consequences of his rash act, placed the weapon to his right temple and fired. He fell on the porch where he lay some time before friends arrived who removed him home, where he died in the afternoon at 4 o’clock and was buried yesterday at 2 p.m.

A messenger was at once dispatched for Dr. SHULTZ of Logansport, who upon his arrival probed for the ball in the head and found that it had entered near the point of the right cheek bone and ranged upward and forward back of the eye, and its location cannot be found. In the search for the bullet the right eye was removed from it socket, and was found to be badly mangled on its posterior side by the cruel missile. The wound on the arm is very painful though of itself not fatal unless blood poison or inflammation should take place. The wound in the face is a very severe and dangerous one and considering the fact that the bullet is probably imbedded near the cerebrum and will likely produce inflamation of the brain makes her chances for recovery extremely doubtful.

Miss Newbraugh was a very pretty and unassuming girl of seventeen, and was very popular in her neighborhood.

It is learned that not only jealousy was the cause of the trouble, but that O’Brien made improper proposals to her and attempted to do violence to her person on Sunday evening, when she resisted and declared that she would tell her mother, and he told her he would kill her if she did so. When on his visit to her on the morning of the tragecy, he asked her if she had told anyone of his conduct the evening before, and when she replied that she had, he drew his revolver and commenced to fire. Both parties are well connected in Wayne township, the young lady being a niece of county Commissioner Ed. McLOUGHLIN and the young man a nephew of Mrs. McLOUGHLIN.

Many reports are afloat about the sad event, and it is with a considerable degree of uncertainty that facts are obtained, as the location of the scene of the tragedy is seventeen miles southwest of this city, and there is no means of getting the particulars, except from individuals living in that vicinity, who do not claim to be familiar with all the facts surrounding this terrible ending of a lovers’ quarrel.

MARRIED - On last Thursday occurred the ceremony which united “Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one,” by the marriage of Mr. Oliver S. EWING and Miss Sarah GREGSON. These young people start out in life under very favorable circumstances, and with a bright future before them. Mrs. Ewing is of one of the best families in Fulton county, while Ol, as he is familiarly called, is a prosperous young farmer of this county, an honest and upright young man, a staunch Democrat, and withal a jolly good fellow. . . . .


BIOG - Joel R. TOWNSEND, of Liberty township, who has had some newspaper notoriety on account of his crooked ways, is again in trouble and last Friday filed a complaint against Holmes J. TIPTON for assault and battery. The cause was heard by Justice BUCHANAN Friday evening and the defendant was acquitted.


DIED - Wm. BINKLEY who for years has been a mental wreck, died in the poor house last Thursday, and was buried on Friday. Mr. Binkley is well known in the southern part of Fulton

and northern part of Miami counties. He traveled from one neighborhood to another, and, while at times was very crazy, he was considered entirely harmless, and was never in the asylum. His mental disorder was brought about by studying mechanical inventions.


BIOG - In the preliminary trial of [William] BILBY at Peru, on last Thursday, Attorney W[alter] C[lark] BAILEY persisted in objecting to Jno. L. FARRAR’s questions to a witness, whereupon Mr. Farrar remarked to the court: “Your Honor, I think we would get along very well in this trial if that monkey would keep quiet. He is more of a monkey than a lawyer, anyway.” Mr. Bailey jumped up and told the Hon. J. S.[?] that if he repeated that, he would slap him. Mr. Farrar said “Bah!” and Bailey struck him a stinging blow in the face with his open hand. Officers interfered and Bailey was fined for contempt of court.


DIED - An infant son of Mr. & Mrs. B. F. GREGORY, of Macy, died last Thursday and was buried in the Shelton grave yard near Green Oak, on Friday, aged about 5 months.


MARRIED - George W. SULT and Emma FRYE were made man and wife by Justice STEPHENSON one day last week.


BIOG - Now that [William] BILBY, the Macy shootist, is in durance vile, the citizens of Macy, who were so free in offering a reward for his capture, have taken in their sign and refused to pay what they agreed to. The love of law and justice has somewhat abated since there is no longer any danger of Bilby perforating their guilty hides with his little pop. Better whack up, boys, he may get loose again. (GREENOAK)


Wednesday, August 11, 1886


DIED - Aaron BROWER, an old and highly respected citizen of Wayne township, arose last Wednesday morning at half past three o’clock, when he informed a member of his family that it was too early to arise, and again laid down on his couch. When the family arose an hour later, they found Mr. Brower dead. Examination of the body disclosed the fact that the cause of death was heart disease, and that it had probably captured its victim while he was sleeping, as the expression of the deceased’s countenance indicated that he had experienced little or no pain, and had apparently died while sleeping. Mr. Brower was one of Wayne township’s prominent and influential farmers and his death has created a void which will not be soon filled.


DIED - St. Louis, Aug. 5 - A special from Pierce City, Mo., says: Last night the few people who were on the street near the Decatur House, were startled by the sound of pistol shots in the Decatur House saloon. In a few minutes the cause was ascertained, and Wm. REX was found lying dead upon the floor between two billiard tables. The cause of the shooting was about a bill of eighty cents that Rex had owed ROUNTREE & LIVESEY. A few days before Livsey had asked Rex for a settlement of the bill. Rex was maddened because he had asked him for it in the presence of bystanders, and a quarrel ensued, which did not then result seriously. Last night the quarrel was renewed, with the above results.

Since receipt of the above telegram the Pierce City papers giving the details of the murder, have been received here, and they give the facts about the same as given above. It appears from the papers that a quarrel ensued that resulted in a fist fight, when Livsey drew a revolver and

shot Will twice, either of which inflicted a fatal wound. Dr. and Mrs. [M. M.] REX on receiving the sad intelligence, immediately left for Pierce City and on account of the long distance and hot weather the remains were interred there. The family is highly respected here and they have the sympathy of their hosts of neighbors and friends in their sad bereavement. The coroner’s jury found that the shooting was unjustifiable, and the preliminary trial of Livsey was in progress at the time the paper forwarded here went to press.


BIRTH - Editor BROWN of the Akron Echo, announces . . . . the advent of a boy.


DIED - At her home, four miles north of Rochester, on July 26, Mrs. Laura Bell GLAZE, wife of Jesse GLAZE, died. After four months of severe suffering death quietly stole in upon her and bore her hence. Through all her long suffering she manifested a Christian spirit, and bore her affliction without a word of complaint. Mrs. Glaze was 22 years and 8 days old at the time of her death.

Truly in the midst of life we are in death. She leaves a husband and two little boys to mourn her loss. The funeral sermon was preached the following Sunday at the Sandhill school house, by Rev. FITZGERALD which was listened to by a large and attentive audience, the text being, “Set your house in order, for thou shalt die and not live.”


MARRIED - Mr. E. L. YARLOTT, of Kewanna, was married last week to a Miss HECKART, of Cass county.


DIED - Peter HAMLET died of consumption of the bowels at his home in Newcastle township last Wednesday night, and was buried on Friday at the Hamlet graveyard. He leaves a wife and one child.


MARRIAGE LICENSES - Wm. HENDERSON and Eliza KIRK, also Marion W. BEERY and Lavina CALENTINE were licensed to marry this week.


DIED - Mr. HOLLIDAY, after being confined to bed more than two years with spinal affliction and lung troubles passed from this world of troubles to a land of rest July 30. His remains were deposited at Fletchers Lake, July 31. (FULTON)


Wednesday, August 18, 1886


DIED - At Madison, Wisconsin, Miss Flora [A.] McCULLOUGH, aged 22 years. Deceased was a niece of Elder SHARPE, of the Adventist church, was for several years a resident of this city, and was consequently well known to many of our young people who remember her as a young lady of many Christian virtues, patient under heavy afflictions, ready and willing to render prompt obediance to the slightest wish of her friends. The remains were brought to Rochester and deposited in the Odd Fellows cemetery last Friday. The ceremonies were attended by quite a large number of her former neithbors and friends, who join in extending to the bereaved relatives the deepest sympathy in this their time of sorrow.


MARRIAGE LICENSES issued by Clerk WALKER: Uriah M. WEIRICK and Mary CANNON; Alpheus L. ADAMSON and Sarah M. BRYANT.

DIED - Archibald HUDKINS, Sr., of Union township was buried yesterday. We were unable to learn any particulars of his sickness or death.


MARRIED - Mr. Charles DUVALL, of Kosciusko county, and Miss Clara E. GILAM, one of Rochester’s fair daughters, were united in marriage last Wednesday, August 11, at the office of his Honor P. M. BUCHANAN. The many friends of the bride and groom wish them joy and success in their journey through life. They intend to take up their residence at the Gilam farm, west of the city, in the near future.


BIOG - On last Saturday Cyrus GOODWIN, a Green Oak, Fulton county sample, went to the Deedsville picnic with a jug of whisky and opened a bush saloon and for a while did a thriving business selling to minors and adults alike. Deputy Sheriff James RHINEBERGER was present and soon dropped on to the illegal business and arrested Goodwin who was at once fined for selling liquor without license. Then Constable George WILSON, of Allen township arrested Goodwin for selling liquor to minors and Squire Henry PULVER of Macy ladeled out a huge chunk of rural justice to the offender, Monday. A fine of $25.00 was essessed which with the cost amounted to $36.89. The payment of the first fine exhausted the Green Oak saplin’s cash, and Constable Wilson brought him to jail Monday night. The illegal dispenser of blue lightnine in the hazel brush is now an inmate of Sheriff GRAY’s plush-lined parlor and will eat hash-on-toast for the next thirty-seven days at the expense of Miami county, and no one will regret the outlay. --- Peru Sentinel.


Wednesday, August 25, 1886


KILLED BY LIGHTNING - William and James THARPE, sons of Wm. THARPE, who lives at Prairie Grove, about three miles east of Kewanna, have for several months, been slowly sinking with that terrible disease, consumption, and the undertain [?] problem of which should be released from his excruciating suffering first, was solved on Monday, August 16, by James quietly passing away into the spirit world.

 It will be remembered that on that day, in the evening, a heavy storm passed over the west and south part of the county, which was accompanied with heavy thunder and vivid lightning. While the storm was raging Mr. Tharpe’s house was struck by lightning, and, tearing the gable out of the end of the house, the current of electricity then sought the inside, and running down the wall, it struck the bureau and tore it all to pieces. The inmates of the house were severely shocked; and Mrs. ARMSTRONG was momentarily prostrated, but soon recovered. William was lying at the point of death at the time, but after receiving the electric shock he showed signs of convalescence, and when last heard from was feeling very much better, and hopes are entertained by his friends that he may recover. James was 27 years old, and the remains were interred in the Bowman cemetery on the 17th inst. The relaltives have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in their trouble, which seems to come upon them in a deluge.


MARRIED - Mr. John A. MOW and Mrs. Emma C. WOODRUFF were married at the residence of Nicholas LOCK, Monday evening, by Esquire STEPHENSON. . . .


DIED - Miss Susie E. CARTER, daughter of George CARTER, died at her home on South Jefferson street, last Wednesday, and was buried on Thursday. She had suffered a great deal with consumption, and was thirty-two years old at the time of her death.

DIED - A ten year old son of Fred STURKIN, who lives two miles south of town, died of quinsy on Monday morning, and was buried at Odd Fellows cemetery yesterday at ten o’clock. The parents have the sympathy of this community, in this, their sad bereavement.


Wednesday, September 1, 1886


KILLED - George Clarence PONTIUS, son of Rev. D. J. PONTIOUS, was born in Marshalltown, Marshall county, Iowa, and met violent death, near Rochester, Ind., the morning of August 28, 1886, at the early age of 14 years 6 months and 20 days.

His mother preceded him to the spirit world by about seven years. Early in life he was taught the principle and excellence of the Christian relition; through the influence of pious parents he grew up a Christian youth, and at the early age of seven years he made a profession of religion; whenever questioned by anyone as to his experience, he was positive in his answer in reference to his having peace with God.

His father enrolled his name on the church record at so early an age, that our brother could not remember the day when he was not a church member and a Christian. George was an active Christian in Sabbath school, in church and in his daily life, and was held in universal esteem by those who knew him.

Brother George Clarence Pontius leaves a grief-stricken, affectionate father, step-mother and one sister, with many other friends and relatives to mourn their sudden loss. May the grace of God sustain them in their sorrow, and may they all finally meet him in Heaven.

Funeral services were conducted by the writer, assisted by Rev. G. A. CHITTENDEN, of the Baptist church, and Rev. Wm. MEHAFFIE, of Grace M.E. church, on Sunday.  --A. O. RABER.


At about 7 o’clock last Saturday morning Mr. John D. HOLMAN came riding into town at a rapid gait in search of a surgeon, stating that a young man had been badly hurt in a runaway, near the old cemetery just west of town. Further investigation revealed the fact that it was George PONTIOUS [PONTIUS], son of Rev. PONTIOUS [PONTIUS], of this city, and that he had breathed his last before the surgeon arrived on the scene of the accident. Rev. Pontius owns a farm north of town and on that day, he and George had intended to do some hauling on the farm, and George took the family horse and went to a Mr. HUFFMAN’s, who lives west of the fair grounds, to borrow his one horse wagon. The boards used for hauling gravel were on the wagon, and it is supposed that in coming down the little hill south of the cemetery, the boards slipped forward and striking the horse, caused him to run away. Mr. Ans. MERRICK saw the horse running, and looking in the direction from which the horse came, he saw someone lying in the road, and hurrying down to the prostrate form, found George, with the blood running from his mouth and nose. Mr. Merrick picked him up, but he only breathed two or three times when life left him. Upon examination by the parties present, it was discovered that the right anterior part of the scull was crushed and the scalp badly lacerated. He evidently fell off of the wagon in front of the wheel, which struck his head with such force as to fracture the scull and cause almost instant death. His parents and sister were immediately notified and upon their arrival, the scene is said to have been a most heart rending one, as they viewed the lifeless form of a son and brother who had only a short time before left them the very picture of health and happiness. Elsewhere in this issue will be found his obituary from the pen of his pastor, which beautifully delineates the character of this young man, who has been so ruthlessly torn from his home and friends in the very morning of his usefulness.


MARRIED - On last Wednesday evening Prof. Albert E. DAVISSON and Miss Emma REED were married at the M.E. parsonage by the Rev. Dr. REED. The ceremony was witnessed by only a few friends of the high contracting parties who are so well and favorably known in this city. For three years Prof. Davisson has been principal of the Rochester High School, and is known by every teacher in the county as one of the ablest and most zealous instructors that has

ever been connected with the Fulton county schools. The bride is the handsome and accomplished daughter of Rev. Dr. Reed of the M.E. church of this city, and is just such a quiet and unassuming lady as is men’s ideal of true womanhood. Prof. and Mrs. Davisson left on the evening train for Chicago, and from there they go to East St. Louis, where they will make their home. The Sentinel joins with their friends here in wishing them peace and prosperity through life’s journey.


MARRIED - Adam ROBINSON and Lucinda BABCOCK have been licensed to marry.


BIRTH - Dr. SHERWIN announces the advent of a nice girl baby at his home . . . .


MARRIED - Miss Clara HOLZMAN went to Logansport, yesterday, to attend the NESSBAUM-MICHAELS wedding which will be solemnized today.


MARRIED - Monday afternoon, Aug 20, 1886, by P. M. BUCHANAN, Esq., at his office, Mr. Michael WHEELER and Miss Laura E. LAKE, all of Liberty township.


Wednesday, September 8, 1886


DIED - Many of our readers are aware of the fact that [Sarah J. BITTERS] the wife of ex-editor of the Sentinel, A. T. BITTERS has been an invalid for two years. All that the best medical skill in this country could do for her was done, but her disease was unallayed and day by day she grew worse until Monday evening, when death released her.

All through her sickness she was a terrible sufferer, but she bore it patiently and with remarkable fortitude. All the attention and care a husband and foster daughter could give was continually bestowed upon her to alleviate her sufferings and comfort her. Mrs. Bitters was born near Troy, O., 43 years and 5 months ago, and when quite young her parents died and she was adopted by Dr. StCLAIR, of Troy, who afterward moved to this state. At the age of 16, she was again left alone in the world by the death of her foster parents. She afterward located in Akron, this county, and in 1867 was married to the husband who now mourns her death. For eighteen years the deceased has been a resident of this city and has always been a prominent leader in benevolent movements and a faithful member of the Presbyterian church. Having no children, Mr. & Mrs. Bitters adopted a child which has grown to womanhood, and has shown her appreciation of her parents’ benevolence by her tireless and unwavering devotion to the care of her invalid foster parent. Funeral services will be held at the family residence today at 2 p.m. and interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - Two weeks ago the Sentinel contained an account of the accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of Mr. Samuel MECHLING, of this city, which resulted in mangling his foot considerably.

His wound healed rapidly and last Wednesday he was on the street greeting his friends, who, in return, were congratulating him on the prospects of his early recovery from the wound. On Wednesday night, however, blood poisoning set in and proved fatal on Saturday at 6 p.m.

 Mr. Mechling was born in Perry county, Ohio, December 14, 1814, and was therefore 71 years 8 months and 23 days old at the time of his death. But two members of Mr. Mechling’s family survive him, viz: Mrs.Will[iam H.] [Amanda (MECHLING)] SHELTON, of this city and Mr. B. F. MECHLING, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Mechling was an honest, industrious and

benevolent citizen, and always had a good word for his neighbors.

Mr. B. F. Mechling, of Cincinnati, is in the city. He was telegraphed to come to the bedside of his sick father, the late Samuel Mechling, but before he arrived the spirit of his old father had departed, and he was permitted to see him only as he lay wrapped in the icy arms of death. Mr. Mechling laments very much that his father was so suddenly called away as to make it impossible for him to see him once more before he died, but such is life, and mankind must accept it in all its phases.


DIED - About two months ago Mr. & Mrs. Milo MARTIN, who live south of town, were made very happy by the advent in their family of twin babies, a boy and a girl. The little girl was taken with cholera infantum last week, and died on Wednesday. Funeral services conducted by Rev. CHITTENDEN were held at Oliver’s school house on Thursday, and interment made in the cemetery near by.


MARRIED - Mr. Richard MORPHAT and Miss Catharine HENDRICKSON were married by P. M. BUCHANAN, at his office last Wednesday, Sept. 1. The bride is a highly respected young lady of Wayne township, and daughter of Criny HENDRICKSON. The groom is a thrifty young farmer of Cass county . . . .


BIRTHDAY - A birthday party was held in honor of Mr. Albert SHELLY last Saturday evening. . . .


Wednesday, September 15, 1886


DIED - Nearly or quite one year ago, triplets were born to Mr. & Mrs. Thomas SHANLEY, who live a few miles south of here. One of them died soon after, and another was buried last Saturday and the following Monday the third and last one was put under the sod. --Kewanna Herald.


BIOG - In the divorce case of McCLURE vs McCLURE, wherein Mrs. Clara McCLURE asked the court to grant her a divorce from her husband and the custody of her two year old baby. His Honor decided in favor of the plaintiff on the condition that the defendant be allowed to visit his child, and that Mrs. Clara’s father, Doc. JOHNSON, give an obligation of $500 to care properly for the child, which he did.

It will be remembered that Jesse McCLURE, the defendant, had considerable newspaper notoriety last March for taking his baby from its mother while her father was away, and has since kept it near Logansport. Much conflicting evidence was introduced as to McClure’s violent character and abuse of his wife, but the fact of his having no home, except where he worked, to keep the child, seemed to impress the court with the idea that the child would be best cared for by the mother, who could give more attention to its proper training, and he so decided. Both parties are from respectable families, but the general drift of the evidence seemed to substantiate the charge in the complaint that the defendant was very irritable at times and could not control his wrath in such a manner as a dutiful father and husband shoud.


MARRIED - Jasper J. CRAIG and Phoebe BLOSSER were married in Rochester last Thursday. Both are industrious, intelligent citizens of this county, and the Sentinel predicts for them a bright and prosperous future.

MARRIED - Nellie F. SCHOTT brought suit against James D. FARRAR for bastardy in Judge STEPHENSON’s court last week. Notwithstanding the fact that the parties to the suit were both non-residents of Fulton county, and that the defendant could not be held here, he acted the man by taking out a marriage license and employing Esq. Stephenson to unite him and Nellie in the holy bonds of wedlock.


BIOG - Had Jno. A. BARNETT’s revolver not missed fire in his attempt to take the life of Mr. A. D. TONER, last winter, he would now probably be on trial for his life or doing service for the State at the Michigan City prison instead of asking to be honored by an election to the office of Auditor of Fulton county.


DIED - Mrs. Hattie JINKENS, wife of L. D. JINKENS died Saturday at about 9 o’clock.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)


Wednesday, September 22, 1886


BIOG - Miss Maud REX started to Pierce City, Mo., last Thursday where she will spend the winter with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Will REX.


DIED - J. W. GREEN, who lives seven miles west of Rochester, Ind., took his lingering look at family, relatives and friends Sept. 18, and was buried on the 20th. His desire was to be restored to health that he might make good use of it, but acquired consumption did its work. Two heavenward looks and two gracious smiles passed on the vision of those at his bedside at 7 o’clock a.m., of the 18th, and all was over with him.

He came to this county in ‘55 with his parents, being then near fourteen years old. Being a dutiful son he became a model young man and at his country’s call enlisted in the 29th Ind Regiment and received a gunshot wound and a sunstroke while in the service from which he never fully recovered. His comrades speak of his manliness and influence. The members of the church with which he was connected, will remember his exhortations. His neighbors and friends vied with each other in doing him kindly acts during his sickness and they will long be remembered by his worthy family. His brothers and sisters will miss a true brother and a wise counsellor, and the hope of the writer is that they may emulate his example.


BIOG - Miss Mary A. HUFFMAN, of Henry township, has brought an action against Wm. WILHOIT, a butcher of Akron, for seduction and also one for breach of promise of marriage contract. Miss Huffman is 19 years old, is of highly respectable family, and has always borne a good reputation. Wilhoit has been paying attention to Miss Huffman for several months and under promise of marrying her, she allowed him privileges which brought about the trouble in which she now finds herself. The penalty for seduction is imprisonment either in the penitentiary or county jail, and Prosecutor McMAHAN thinks he will have no trouble in convicting the defendant of the charge. The law is not severe enough on offenders who gain the confidence of respectable young girls and promise to marry them for the sole purpose of stealing their virtue away.


MARRIED - Louis J. BEEHLER and Louella HASSENPLUG have been licensed to marry. The parties live in Richland township.


DIED - Master Glen BURCH, son of Mr. & Mrs. Arnold BURCH, of this city, died from membranous croup last Saturday. Glen was a general favorite with his playmates and the idol of

his parents who are now left alone. Funeral services conducted by Rev. WILSON were largely attended at Grace church Monday, and the little body was consigned to a grave in Odd Fellows cemetery.


MARRIED - On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 22, there assembled at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. MARTIN, of Fulton, one of the gayest parties the village has witnessed for many a day. Guests were present from Rochester, Kewanna and Logansport, and when the appointed hour arrived about seventy persons had assembled to witness the marriage of Misses Minnie and Etta MARTIN to Mr. E. B. MOORE and Mr. Martin DAY, respectively. At eight o’clock the two couples appeared and took position side by side in fron of the Rev. SPARKS of Kewanna. . . . .


DIED - An infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Clark CONDON died last week and was buried Friday.


MARRIED - Miss Mattie WILE accompanied by Mrs. Jacob ROSENBURG and daughters departed for Cincinnati yesterday morning, to be in attendance at the marriage of the latter’s sister, Miss Mary ZINSHEIMER.


MARRIED - The following wedding notice from the Plymouth Democrat will be read with interest by many of our readers, as the groom was for several years pastor of the M.E. church at Kewanna:

Miss Lillie DIAL was married Tuesday forenoon to Rev. J. C. MARTIN, of Rossville, Ind. The ceremony was performed at Mr. John DIAL’s residence by the Rev. Dr. A. A. GEE, who came to Plymouth to tie the nuptial knot. Rev. Mr. Martin is a minister of the M.E. church, and took away his bride to their new home at 2 o’clock same day. Miss Jennie RHEAM, of Millersburg, O., Miss Alice COFFEY, of Crown Point, and the members of the THOMAS and DIAL families were present.


MARRIED - Thomas H. LEASE and Laura C. ROBBINS pledged their troth before P. M. BUCHANAN at his office on last Thursday morning. The groom is thrifty carpenter of Wayne township, and the bride is the esteemed daughter of Richard ROBBINS of Greenoak. They intend to begin housekeeping at Marshtown. May success attend them.


DIED - John Wesley GREEN was born in Farmersville, Montgomery county, Ohio, October 19, 1840, and died Sept. 18, 1886 aged 45 years 10 months and 29 days.

He was united in marriage with Rachel A. MARTIN, April 30, 1863. He leaves a devoted wife, one son and three daughters to mourn his loss, also four brothers and two sisters. His life has been marked as one of unswerving energy. In the earlier part of his life he was engaged as a clerk in the mercantile business. Later in life, when our country called and demanded the patriotism of her sons, he was among the first to respond and faithfully did his duty until wounded in the “Battle of Pittsburg Landing,” when he was honorably discharged; after which he chose farming as a vocation. He joined the M.E. church when a boy and lived a consistent christian in that church for many years, but joined the U.B. church later in life, where he strove to let his Light shine the remainder of his life.

MARRIED - Mr. John A. YOUNG, the merchant at Hoover’s Station, was married yesterday evening at Van Wert, Ohio, to Miss Emma SCOTT. Several invitations were received by parties in this county, and Mrs. A. F. BOWERS, of this city, and Mrs. Jacob HOOVER, of Grant, attended the wedding.

MARRIAGE LICENSES issued last week: Isaac RECKNER and Adaline MYERS; Amos C. SARVER and Caroline KRATHWOHL; Thos. H. LEASE and Laura C. ROBBINS; Henry BURDEN and Lizzie KALMBACHER; Fred G. SPOTTS and Dora May TIMMONS; Chas. A. BROUILLETTE and Ella KING.


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Wednesday, October 6, 1886


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Wednesday, October 13, 1886


DIED - Last Thursday at 12 o’clock a.m., Carrie GOULD peacefully and quietly breathed her life away at the Gould residence on South Main street.

That terrible disease, diphtheria, selected her for a victim, and notwithstanding the fact that the best medical skill in the city fought the disease, death’s hand could not be stayed, and in a few days its work was accomplished. Just as she was leaving her girlhood days, and entering upon the duties of noble womanhood, surrounded by every comfort that tends to make life pleasant, at the age of twenty she was stricken down and her friends stood by and watched her life slowly ebbing away as they sadly realized their utter inability to save her. She was rational up to the moment of her death, and conversed with her friends on the subject of death in a manner which more thoroughly than ever before convinced them that this life is not all there is of us, or for us. After she had directed what disposition she wished to have made of her effects, she then bade each member of the household a last farewall and directed that they tell all her friends goodby, and especially to say farewell to poor Mattie, meaning her life-long friend, Mattie ALLEN, who is away attending school at Butler University. On Friday a short funeral service, conducted by Rev. WILSON was held at the residence after which her remains, followed by a large procession of relatives and friends were silently conveyed to their long home in the beautiful Odd Fellows cemetery.


BIRTH - A girl baby was born to Mr. & Mrs. Will COOPER, last Wednesday.


DIED - Henry BERRY, who was formerly a resident of Liberty township, but lately of Miami county, died of consumption last week. He was married and leaves a wife and one child.


DIED - Little Maud [CHRISMAN], the 5 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John CHRISMAN, of Fulton, died of diphtheria and was buried at Fulton cemetery on Thursday evening. Maud was an only child, and the sadness in that home can be fully realized only by those who have been likewise bereft.


DIED - Sarah CURTIS [HOOVER] was born in Miami county, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1814. She was united in marriage with Henry HOOVER in 1830. Died in Fulton county, Ind., Oct 9, 1886, aged 72 years 1 month and 26 days.

Henry Hoover was one of the first three settlers in Henry township. He located where the family residence has since been, at what is now Hoover’s Station, on the C. & A. R.R., in March, 1837, within a year of the date of the organization of the county. There he made a good valuable

farm and home. There the children grew up, and at and near there, four sons and two daughters have their homes. One son resides in Kansas. In the history of the Hoover family we have in a measure the history of Fulton county from the beginning. Three brothers and one sister of Mrs. Hoover also reside in Fulton county.

Mrs. Hoover had survived her husband almost 13 years. During these years her younger daughter and son remained with her, and rendered her help and comfort. Especially during the many months of her confinement by infirmity and sickness have they shown their fidelity and love.

Mrs. Hoover’s life was adorned by many domestic and kindly virtues. While able she was much in the habit of reading the Bible, and when no longer able, her son often comforted her by reading to her. Some years ago she asked and received Christian baptism. Funeral services were held at the adjacent brick church. A large and interested audience was present.


DIED - At his home near Bruce Lake in this county, Oct 6, 1886, John MOYERS (commonly called “MYERS”) aged eighty-four years four months and fifteen days.

John MOYERS was born in Burks county, Pennsylvania, May 21, 1802 and in his early childhood removed with his parents to Shelby county, O., where he grew to manhood. In 1827 he came to Carroll county, Ind., where he resided for 16 years. There, on Feb 14, 1832, he was married to Elizabeth CURTNER, a faithful Christian woman, a patient and devoted wife, who shared his joys and sorrows until her death, which occurred Feb. 4, 1877. In 1843 he came to Fulton county, and was consequently among the first settlers in this part of the State. Here he lived for forty-three consecutive years, and here he reared and aducated his large family of children, nine of whom survive to mourn the loss of an ever kind and indulgent father. Perhaps no man ever lived a life more blameless. From the fact that much of his life was spent in what were then the frontier settlements, it may be inferred that he did not escape the trials and hardships incident to the times and circumstances. Yet he was ever patient and hopeful, possessing a genial, pleasant manner, and a disposition unmarred by the least suggestion of selfishness or avarice. By persevering industry and wise economy he succeeded in providing for himself a modest home where, after a brief illness, he died as he had lived, honored and respected by all who knew him, at peace with everyone.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. E. GIFT on last Friday at the late residence of the deceased, after which the remains were gently laid to rest beside his life companion, in the Moon cemetery. A large concourse of relatives and friends joined in paying their last respects, and testifying their warm affection for one who by long association had endeared himself to every heart. This closes the earthly career of a man pure in heart, thought and action, and one void of offense. Peace be to his ashes.


BIOG - Mr. & Mrs. Martin DAY, who were recently married in Fulton, have taken up their residence on the farm of Mr. Day’s father, Esquire Marion DAY.


DIED - Mr. & Mrs. David GOOD, of Newcastle township, mourn the loss of a child. The particulars of its sickness, death and funeral were not learned by our informant.


FUNERAL - The funeral of Mr. & Mrs. Frederick STURKEN’s son, Martin [L. STURKEN], will be preached at Trinity Evangelical church next Sabbath morning at the usual hour for preaching. All neighbors and friends are especially invited to attend.


DIED - Mrs. Sarah HOOVER, one of the early settlers of this county, died at the old Hoover homestead near Hoovers Station 5 miles east of Rochester, last Saturday. The funeral was held Monday and was largely attended by her many acquaintances.

DIED - Death, that grand leveler of all mankind, visited our neighborhood last week and claimed for his victim Henry M. BERRY who had been a sufferer from bronchial consumption for several months. He leaves a wife and one child and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Thus again are we reminded to prepare for death.  (MUD LAKE)


MARRIAGE LICENSES - Ira N. KERSHNER and Mary H. NOGGLE; James R. CARTER and Ida J. RUSH; Wm. WILHOIT and Mary HOFFMAN; John E. REED and Rosa SUNDAY; Ulysses S. MARSH and Rhoda ELKINS; Wm. WILSON and Minerva BEELE JOHNSON; James W. BUNTON and Laura EWING; Harrison MARTIN and Rosetta WINN; Lawson D. ALLEN and Margaret STEPHENS.


MARRIED - Last Wednesday morning Mr. George DAWSON, junior member of the drug firm of DAWSON & SON, accompanied by his sister, Stella DAWSON, went to Dayton, O., where he was married on Thursday to Miss Effie CAMPBELL, who formerly lived here, and is a sister to Mrs. J. N. ORR. Only the members of the family witnessed the ceremony, and on Friday eve the newly wedded pair arrived in this city where on Saturday evening a reception was given them at the residence of the groom’s parents, which was attended by a large number of the young friends of the bride and groom. This couple starts out in life under remarkably favorable circumstances, and in common with their many friends, the Sentinel wishes them unbounded pleasure and prosperity on their journey through life.


Wednesday, October 20, 1886


BIRTH - Probably no event has so surprised our citizens in several years as the announcement that Mrs. and Uncle Jimmy MARTIN had born to them a daughter last Saturday.

Nineteen years had passed since any addition to their family has been made, and consequently the advent of a baby in their family is an item of more interest than the ordinary event of this kind excites. The father has passed his three score years, while the mother left her teens thirty years ago. Nothing on earth makes home so bright and attractive as a bright-eyed baby, and the Sentinel congratulates them in their good luck in having a little prattler to comfort them in the autumn of their lives.

Mr. Martin came with his parents to this county in Nov. 1832, and has ever since resided here. He was here when the county was organized and is the oldest settler in the county. He has cast every vote he ever voted in this county, voted at every general election held in the county, paid all his taxes in this county, seen Rochester grow from a single house to the beautiful town it now is and cast two ballots for the Democratic candidates at the Nov. election, 1884.


Wednesday, October 27, 1886


BIOG - In 1838 John PENCE located in the woods southeast of Rochester on the site of his present fine farm. Red men were then roaming all over this county and where our beautiful city now stands, the deep sigh of the forest oaks was heard instead of the hum of industry in all its branches. Mr. Pence cleared a farm, sold wood for 25 cents per load, eggs at 3 cents per doz and is today well enough supplied with this world’s goods to give him peace and plenty for the rest of his life. Last Monday was his 70th birthday and his children and friends planned a surprise party on him . . . . One hundred and forty-seven guests sat down to the well filled tables. . . . .

MARRIED - Invitations are out for the marriage of Mr. Charles GOSS and Miss Hannah MARSH this evening at 6 o’clock, at the residence of the bride’s parents, at Blue Grass. Quite a large number of the relatives of the high contracting parties are invited and will be present. Tomorrow at 1 o’clock a reception will be given the couple at the residence of the groom’s parents and throughout the affair will be characterized with the dignity the occasion demands.

The groom is a son of the well known stock dealer, Sebastian GOSS, and is full of business, while the bride is the daughter of Mr. James MARSH, a prominent farmer of Wayne township, and is possessed of all the qualifications necessary to make any man happy. This union of these young representatives of two of the oldest and most highly respected families in the county is pleasant to announce, and with their host of friends the Sentinel joins in wishing them unbounded pleasure and prosperity in their journey through life.


MARRIED - Mr. & Mrs. Andrew BOWMAN went to Marshtown today to attend the marriage of Mrs. Bowman’s brother, Mr. Chas. GOSS.


BIOG - Mary REED, of Iceburg, has filed a complaint against David PECK, of Newcastle township, for assault and battery with intent to commit a rape. She alleges in her complaint that she went riding with Mr. Peck last Sunday and he put his arms around her and made a proposal to her which completely shocked her modesty, and she therefore appeals to the great State of Indiana to reprimand Mr. Peck for his rude conduct. Mr. Peck is a young man of good reputation and considering the fact that the Reed family’s record for truth, veracity and correct deportment is anything but enviable, it is quite likely that the complainant will fail to make a case.


MARRIED - Wm. M. NEWCOMB attended the [Charles M.] RICHARDSON[-[Ida  May] ALSPACH wedding last week south of Rochester. He thinks of doing likewise soon.


DIED - For several years Mrs. E[arl]. P. [Olive P. H.] COPELAND has been a sufferer from consumption and yesterday evening at 6 o’clock she quietly closed her eyes in death at the family residence on West Pearl street. We go to press too early to get any obituary or funeral notice.


MARRIED - Postmaster A. A. GAST, of Akron, will be married this evening to Miss Etta BITTERS, an estimable young lady of Akron and sister of Attorney C. K. BITTERS of this city. A full report of the event will be given in our next issue.


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. A. BICCARD, a girl baby.


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. Irv. RANNELLS of Fulton are highly elated over the advent of a boy baby at their home. . . .


DIED - The home of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph HOUSE, of Liberty township, was visited by death last Wednesday, which took from them their eight year old daughter, [Mandy HOUSE]. Diphtheria fastened its ugly fangs on the child and the combined effords of several physicians could not loosen its hold. Interment was made in the Fulton cemetery on Thursday.

EPIDEMIC - Several cases of diphtheria have been reported in and about Fulton. The little daughter of John CHRISTMAN and Joseph HOUSE’s little girl having been taken from their parents by this dread disease already. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community.


Wednesday, November 3, 1886


BIRTH - George BOGARDUS, who is well known here, sends word from his home in Atlanta, Ohio, that he is the proud father of a baby girl. Mrs. Bogardus has many friends here who used to know her as Clara ROSS.


ADMINISTRATOR - Enoch MYERS has been appointed administrator of the estate of his father, the late John MYERS, of Aubbeenaubbee township.


MARRIED - Last Wednesday evening Mr. Wm. B. ZELLER and Miss Lulu McQUERN were married at the residence of the bride’s mother on York street. Rev. A. O. RABER performed the ceremony binding them as man and wife in his easy, graceful manner. The couple will take up their residence in Mr. Zeller’s property in the southeast part of town, where they will be at home to their many friends.


Wednesday, November 10, 1886


MARRIAGE LICENSES issued: Chas. L. RICHARDSON and Ida M. ALSPACH; Phillip SLUSSER and Emma CLAYTON; Schuyler S. ABBOTT and Sarah E. FUGATE; Charles GOSS and Hannah MARSH; A. A. GAST and Flora E. BITTERS; William B. ZELLER and Lulu D. McQUERN; William PARTRIDGE and Lillie DUNLAP; John W. JONES and E. STECKER; A. L. THURSTON and Minnie V. PERSCHBACHER; Charles ZARTMAN and Mary BAKER; John V. CUSHMAN and Mrs. Lucinda WEAVER; William P. SELLERS and Jennie BROWN.


DIED - Miss Mary L. RICKLE, youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. W. RICKLE, departed this life on the morning of the 4th inst., was aged twelve years nine months and twenty-eight days. During the week of her sickness she was a great sufferer, her disease being diphtheria. All was done that anxious friends and loving hands could do, but of no avail. Mary was of a winning disposition and pleasing manners, intellectually bright and studious in her habits. She leaves a sorrowing father, mother, two sisters and one half-brother to mourn their loss, which is her gain. May the Lord comfort them.


MARRIED - Yesterday evening at half past 7 o’clock Mr. Will SELLERS, of Kokomo, led to the hymenial altar Miss Jennie BROWN, of this city, and they were pronounced husband and wife by Rev. FRAZIER, of Kokomo.

Only the relatives and a few intimate friends of the high contracting parties were present. A wedding repast was served at the residence of the bride’s parents, after which the bride and groom took the 9 o’clock train for Kokomo, their future home. Mr. Sellers was the popular salesman for the Kellar & Sellers furniture firm lately in business here and is now in business in Kokomo. The bride is the handsome and intelligent daughter of Dr. BROWN and is well and favorably known in this city. . . . .

MARRIED - One of the most prominent society events of the season will occur this evening at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Levi MERCER. At 7:30 o’clock Mr. Cal. K. BITTERS and Miss May MERCER will be united in holy wedlock in the presence of a large number of invited guests. A full account of the brilliant affair will be found in our next issue.


BIRTH - The many friends of Mr. & Mrs. Joe SEIGFRED will be pleased to learn of the advent of an eight pound boy baby in their family.


BIOG - The Indiana authoress, Mrs. BATES (Margaret HOLMES) of Indianapolis, is visiting relatives and friends in this city. Her best and most remunerative production is The Chamber Over the Gate.


DIED - A sister of Hon. V[alentine] ZIMMERMAN, who for years has been at the asylum for the insane at Indianapolis, died there Sunday, and the remains of the unfortunate lady were brought here and given a nice burial by her brother.


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. Oscar JOHNSON a girl baby.


MARRIED - Jesse S. WENTZEL of Bruce Lake and Ruth SINGER of Kewanna were married at the residence of Rev. A. E. GIFT yesterday afternoon.


Wednesday, November 7, 1886


MARRIED - As per announcement the marriage of Mr. C. K. BITTERS and Miss Mary MERCER was solemnized at the residence of the bride’s parents on Jefferson street last Wednesday evening at seven o’clock.

One hundred and thirty invited guests assembled and promptly at seven o’clock the Grand March from Tanhauser was played by Prof. WILLIAMSON on the violin with piano accompaniment by Miss Mollie HORTON, and the high contracting parties took positions in the parlor beneath a yoke of beautiful flowers and Rev. J. H. WILSON, of Grace M.E. church pronounced the ceremony which made them one . . . . .

The groom is a young attorney with a lucrative practice and well known in this county, while the bride is possessed of all the accomplishments necessary to make just such a wife as can make home a paradise for a husband. . . . . The sickness of the groom’s father, sister and sister-in-law prevented these relatives from being present. . . . . After the festivities of the evening the couple repaired to their home on West Vine street.


MARRIED - Mr. William KLINE, of Maxinkuckee, and Miss Clara L. RAPP, of Rochester, on the evening of the 14th inst., at the residence of G. J. ZACHMAN. Mr. Kline is an energetic, industrious young man, prominent in church and in society where he lives. Miss Rapp is well known to the people of Rochester as an estimable young lady, and as a Christian worker; as having but few if any equals in this place.

The happy couple will move on their farm near Maxinkuckee . . . . .


DIED - The little six months old son of George DEMONT, of this city, died last Saturday evening of croupe. The remains were taken to Monterey Monday for interment.


DIED - Mrs. Henry COOK, of Greenoak died last Thursday and was buried at the Shelton cemetery on Friday. Rev. J. D. BELT, of Macy, preached the funeral and the remains were

followed to their last resting by many relatives and neighbors.


BIRTHDAY - On last Friday evening there was a small gathering at the residence of Ves McCARTER, in the southeast part of town, the event being the 17th birthday of his daughter, Effie [McCARTER].  . . . . .


MARRIED - Cornelius T. SWIHART and Mary A. STOCKBERGER were married by Justice BUCHANAN yesterday, but it required the aid of Constable ADAMS and a warrant for Cornelius’ arrest for bastardy to induce him to be hitched in double harness. Both parties left their teens ten years ago.


BIOG - Mr. Thos. R. BUTLER, who lives with Asa DEWEESE in Liberty township, is lying quite low with lung disease and typhoid fever. But little hope is entertained for his recovery.


MARRIED - Nov. 14, 1886, at the old home of Samuel VanBLARICUM, in Liberty township, Fulton county, Ind., Mr. Alphonso CRUM and Miss Maggie VanBLARICUM . . . . . -James WALES.


Wednesday, November 24, 1886


DIED - Earl Franklin EASTES, son of Jasper N. and Ida L. EASTES, died of congestion of the lungs Nov. 21, 1886, aged 4 years 6 months and 23 days.

The funeral services were held in Trinity Evangelical church on Monday Nov 23 at 2:30 p.m. and the little form laid away in the Odd Fellows cemetery to await the resurrection morn.

Father, mother, one brother and two sisters are left to mourn their loss.

May He who alone can bind up the broken hearted, comfort the bereaved.


DIED - The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. J. W. CUMMINS died Saturday afternoon and was buried Sunday. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. J. WALES and interment made in the Citizens cemetery.


MARRIED - On Nov 23 by Rev. Geo. A. CHITTENDEN, Mr. Joseph AULT to Miss Anna E. MERRILL, both of Rochester . . . . .


DIED - In our previous letter we mentioned the death of Mandy HOUSE the daughter of Sarah and Joseph HOUSE, who gave up her life to the one who gave it, from the effects of that dreaded disease diphtheria. Scarcely had little Mandy departed from this world, when her little brother, Jimmy [HOUSE], was taken ill with the same complaint and after a few weeks illness was called to take his departure from this to the world beyond. The funeral services took place at the house at 10 o’clock a.m. on the 5th inst., after which the remains were conveyed and deposited in the Fulton cemetery.  (FULTON)


BIOG - Mr. Thomas BUTLER is lying very low with congestion of the lungs and typhoid fever, with but little hope of his recovery.  (FULTON)

MARRIED - Mr. John W. WALTERS and Miss Lou Etta ALEXANDER, Sunday at the residence of Mr. Riley ALEXANDER in Richland township, Fulton county, Ind. Mr. Walters is an energetic industrious young man. Miss Alexander is well known as a Christian lady and beloved by all. Mr. & Mrs. Riley Alexander deserve much praise for the rich repast served on the occasion. Quite a large circle of friends were present to enjoy the same. . . . . . . . ---- James WALES.




SUICIDE - Mrs. Sarah VanVALKENBURG who has lived in this city for several years, suicided last Friday by taking an overdose of chloroform, supposed to have been taken to relieve neuralgia. She was married, but was not living with her husband. Deceased was 44 years old. Interment of the remains were made at Richland Center.


Wednesday, December 1, 1886


DIED - Mr. Van BARR living one-half mile east of this place departed this life Nov. 18, 1886. Mr. Barr was a young man 24 years old and highly respected by all who knew him. He was a great favorite among our young people and will be greatly missed in society. His parents and brothers have the sympathy of all their neighbors and your correspondent in their grief and sorrow. Funeral services conducted by Rev. REED.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)


BIOG - A complaint was filed last Monday in the Circuit Court, in which James M. MOW alleges that his neighbor, Wesley ALEXANDER has alienated the affections of his wife and seduced her, and plaintiff asks the court to give him damages in the sum of $10,000.

The parties to the suit live on neighboring farms and both are married and have children, and from the complaint, the inference is drawn that in the trial shameful revelations will be made. The plaintiff says that it was while he was in Kansas, seeking a home for his once happy family of a wife and three little children, that the defendant invaded his home and ruined his happiness. Mr. Alexander is the father of several children, and his present predicament is one of a very serious nature. The defendant claims that it is a case of blackmail, and nothing more, but the facts obtained from a disiniterested citizen in the neighborhood leads to the conclusion that there is some truth in the complaint, and that the scandal, as usual, has lost nothing by being communicated from one neighbor to another.


DIED - Little Ernie BLACKETOR, the five year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Norman BLACKETOR, who live near Fulton, was taken with membraneous croup last week, and in spite of the efforts of several physicians, his disease proved fatal and the little fellow’s remains were laid to rest by loving hands.


BIRTHDAY - Last Wednesday was the seventeenth anniversary of Robert NAFE, oldest son of Samuel NAFE . . . . . (GERMANY)


DIED - Mrs. [Elias] [Esther] SMITH, who formerly lived here, was buried in the Burton cemetery one day last week. She died of heart disease. (BURTON)

Wednesday, December 8, 1886


DIED - Lucinda B. [BARNHART PONTIUS], wife of Rev. D. J. PONTIUS, and daughter of Mathias K. and Elizabeth BARNHART, was born in Dark county, Ohio, May 29, 1859, died in Rochester, Ind., of congestion of the lungs, Dec. 6, 1886. She possessed rare christian grace, and was sociably very amiable, and therefore won the affections of all who knew her. She was a consistent christian, and gave evidence of her joyful transit into the eternal world. She leaves a husband, step-daughter, mother, brother and two sisters to mourn her early death. May God comfort them.


MARRIED - On Thursday evening, Dec. 2, Mr. Jos. H. COPLEN and Miss Nettie ABBOTT both of Bloomingsburg, were married by Rev. COON at his residence. The young couple is well and favorably known in Newcastle township where they have resided. May success attend them through life.


DIED - A small child of Mr. Jake BOZARTH’s died Tuesday from the effects of an accidental scalding. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in this, their deep sorrow.  (ANTIOCH)


BIRTH - Another girl at George ROWE’s, and the head of the family looks somewhat taller than of yore.  (ANTIOCH)


BIRTH - Cornelius BYBEE is the happiest man in the county all on account of it being a girl.  (BIGFOOT)


BIRTH - Jacob LONG has sold his town property to F. NELSON. Frank is happy now, a new home and a new boy.  (BIGFOOT)


MARRIED - Saturday evening at the residence of Rev. G. A. CHITTENDEN, Mr. Herman METZLER and Miss Rose REED were united in the holy bonds of wedlock and immediately repaired to their residence on Jefferson street which had been furnished and made ready for occupancy by the groom. Mr. Metzler is the well known and popular clerk at MALTBY’s furniture rooms, while Miss Reed is one of Rochester’s model young ladies. They have a large circle of friends here with whom the Sentinel joins in extending congratulations.


MARRIED - Mr. Chas. PEARSON and Miss Wilda CARTER, daughter of Geo. CARTER were married Sunday evening at the residence of the bride’s parents. The groom is an energetic young man and we predict for them a happy future.


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. Charley PRINCE, of South East Rochester, are the proud parents of a boy baby.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED:  Chas. McCONN and Rose METZLER; F. W. STUDEBAKER and Laura M. STRONG; Edgar L. LONG and Emma E. TORRENCE; Jos. H. COPLEN and Nettie ABBOTT; Johnathan P. ROGERS and Joanna SURGUY.

BIOG - Twelve of our citizens left on the early morning train last Tuesday for Wabash, where they were subpoenaed as witnesses in the case of the State of Indiana vs.[William] BILBY. The defendant in this case swore he could not get justice done in Miami county, hence the change. The only trouble was, he was afraid that he would get justice in this county, and if the Wabash jury does not send him up for a full term of 14 years, he won’t get justice in Wabash county.  -- Macy Monitor.


Wednesday, December 15, 1886


DIED - On last Thursday morning, after a severe illness of half a year, Samuel FULTZ, an old and respected citizen of Fulton county, crossed over the peaceful river.

Mr. Fultz has been identified with the growth and development of this county ever since its formation as such, having endured many of the hardships devolving upon early pioneers. He entered into the sacred bonds of matrimony Jan. 20, 1850, with Margaret GREGSON, an estimable wife and mother, who has been left to mourn his loss. His life has been one of a christian, having united early under the guidance of the church. The funeral services were conducted at Grace M.E. church of this city and the remains interred in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. A large concourse of friends followed the remains to their last resting place. With his death society has lost a good member, the wife a good husband and the children a kind and indulgent father. In his life, harvest and springtime have been continually one, until Death has gathered him and sown anew in that invisible land. Thus all, in this eventful race, must sooner or later give up the ties that bind us to those we love. May peace rest to his soul and may the loved ones left behind look forward to that happy meeting where parting shall be no more but all is joy and gladness.

J. B. FULTZ, of Highland Park, Illinois, who was called here by the sickness of his father, the late Samuel FULTZ, made a pleasant call at the Sentinel office yesterday.


DIED - Late Monday evening Coroner LINE was notified to go to the residence of George BOZARTH, who lives five miles southwest of town, and hold an inqyest on the body of Mr. Bozarth’s son, William [BOZARTH], who had been found dead.

About four o’clock in the afternoon Will, as he was called, was about the house and had been there but a short time, when the report of a gun was heard and on going out, he was discovered lying inside the yard gate breathing his last.

Upon examination by the coroner, it was discovered that a bullet had entered his left breast and came out on his back passing very near, if not through, the heart. Some member of the family was the owner of an old rifle and this was lying in the wood house, while the dying man held the ramrod in his hand. Whether the shot was accidental or intentional, will never be known, as there is evidence that it might have been either. The gun was an old one and the lock so badly worn that it would not stand cocked, which made it very dangerous, while on the other hand, an ounce bottle half full of ether was found in deceased’s pocket, which furnishes grounds for the theory that he had determined to end his life in some manner. He was twenty-nine years old and unmarried and at times acted in a strange manner, which led his neighbors to believe that he was deranged. He leaves a sorrowing father, mother, and several brothers and sisters to mourn his untimely death. It is a very sad case and the bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.




MARRIED - Mr. John G. TROUTMAN and Miss Cassie RHODES were married by P. M. BUCHANAN at the Central House parlors in this city on Dec. 13 at 4 o’clock p.m. The bride is one of the belles of Bruce Lake and the groom is a highly respected young man of Kewanna.

They intend beginning housekeeping in the near future on the J. G. TROUTMAN farm northwest of Kewanna. The Sentinel extends its well wishes.


DIED - Mr. Jacob CAMERER started last  Thursday to Rush county to attend the funeral of his father and mother.  (GREEN OAK)


Wednesday, December 22, 1886


DIED - Charles KINDIG, one of the early settlers of this county, died from dropsy on last Thursday. Two weeks ago accompanied by his son-in-law, Charles RICHTER, he went to Hot Springs, Arkansas, but only remained a short time. Seeing that nothing short of death could relieve his sufferings, they returned home. The funeral was largely attended.  (GRANT)


DIED - Mary E[llen] VanKIRK [HARDING] was born in Seneca county, New York, Feb. 15, 1831; died near Germany, Fulton county, Ind., Dec. 16, 1886. Deceased was married to Joseph HARDING, who survives her, in 1853, and was the mother of seven children, six of whom also survive her.

She had been a resident of this county since 1870 and was a faithful member of the M.E. church for 42 years. Her remains were gently laid to rest at Leiters Ford cemetery on the 18th inst., and a large concourse of people turned out to pay her a last tribute of respect. Her disease was consumption.


MARRIED - Mr. John HUNTER and Mrs. Sarah CARPENTER were granted a license to marry last week. This is Mr. Hunter’s fourth marital contract, and Mrs. Carpenter’s second. The bride was generally known as Sade NIXON.


DIED - Jack JOHNSON died at his home, near Millark, last Friday, and was buried on Saturday. Mr. Johnson was well and favorably known in the southern part of the county, where he has resided for many years. One remarkable thing in connection with his death is that he had his personal property advertised to sell at public sale on the same day that his funeral was held.


Wednesday, December 29, 1886


MARRIED - John YOUNG and Angie WHITTENBERGER were married in a hurry in this city yesterday afternoon.


MARRIED - Mr. John E. REAM and Lucinda R. BARKER were married on Saturday evening December 25, 1886, at the Evangelical parsonage. Mr. Ream is one of Rochester’s most industrious men. . . . . The bride is well known to many people here as a christian lady, industrious and frugal. . . . .


MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s father Rev. D. J. PONTIUS on the 26, Mr. Edmond A. SMITH and Miss Ida A. PONTIUS.  . . . . . Mr. Smith is an energetic business man of the insurance firm of J. W. F. SMITH & Bro. The bride is well known as an excellent christian lady, and a teacher of music. . . . .

DIED - Mr. James MULLICAN died at his home near Wagoners Station last Sunday. Deceased was about thirty-five years old and leaves a wife with several small children to care for. Congestion of the lungs or consumption was the disease which caused his death.


DIED - Mrs. Lou FEDER, formerly of this city but lately of Cincinnati, died at her home last Friday evening. She had been afflicted for some time with consumption and her death was therefore not unexpected by her friends. While here, Mrs. Feder was a general favorite in society and in her neighborhood, and her husband has the sympathy of all who knew her in his sad bereavement.

Mr. & Mrs. Lou WOHLGEMUTH attended the funeral of Mrs. Lou Feder in Cincinnati, Sunday.


BIRTH - J. Q. BARCUS and family of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are here on a two weeks visit. They surprised their relatives and many friends by bringing with them a nice six months old boy baby whose advent into the Barcus family had been kept a secret, even from grandma SHIELDS. The precedent is at last established, and there is no longer any doubt that woman can keep a secret, even if there is a nice baby connected with it.


DIED - Debby Ann ALSPACH died Christmas morning. She was forty-three years old, less one day. She has been afflicted with consumption for several years, and had to submit to the dread conqueror at last. Her husband died of the same disease a few years ago. She leaves one child, a boy thirteen years old. The funeral was largely attended at Mt. Hope church Sunday.  (GRANT)


BIRTHDAY - Among the pleasant things that took place on Christmas was a birthday dinner at T. G. EWER.  (MUD LAKE)


BIRTH - Alonzo WILLARD is the proud father of a brand new baby girl. . . . . (MUD LAKE)












Wednesday, January 5, 1887


MARRIED - Mr. James L. BABCOCK and Miss Nellie STEVENS at 5 p.m. December 30, 1886, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jacob STEVENS. . . . Mr. & Mrs. BABCOCK will follow the quiet pursuit of farm life some miles south from Rochester. . . . A. O. RABER.


MARRIED - Last Wednesday a telegram was delivered to Mr. A. J. CORBETT, from Ben ELLIOTT, stating that Charley HOOVER and Miss Julia CORBETT were married at his residence on that day and that after a two weeks visit with relatives in Pennsylvania, they would return to this city.

Both of the high contracting parties have lived in this city for years, the groom being one of the popular managers of the North End Shoe Store, and the bride, the handsome daughter of Mr. A. J. Corbett. . . . .


DIED - Our citizens were surprised yesterday at the announcement that Mrs. Margaret HERMAN, wife of E. R. HERMAN, had suddenly died at the family residence. Deceased was for some time a sufferer from heart disease, and after a very brief illness yesterday, death occurred at 12 o’clock m. Mrs. Herman was 54 years and three months old at the time of her death, and leaves a large circle of friends and neighbors to mourn her sudden death. The funeral services will be held at Trinity Evangelical church this afternoon at 2 o’clock and interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - Miss Clara MILLER, daughter of Simon MILLER, deceased, died at the family residence south of Akron last Saturday, and was buried on Sunday. At the time of her death she was about 17 years old and was universally admired and loved by all who knew her. Her disease was consumption.


MARRIED - Rev. Sam’l PLANTZ and Martha GATES were married at the residence of the groom near Germany, on new years day.


DIED - Mrs. Susan KING received a telegram Dec. 28, informing her that her mother, of Lancaster, Ohio, was dead.  (TIPPECANOE)

Wednesday, January 12, 1887


DIED - The city had scarcely recovered from the shock caused by Mrs. [Margaret] HERMAN’s death of just one week ago, when the announcement was made that Mrs. Wm. FERGUSON had suddenly passed away at her home, on Madison street.

At 5 o’clock Monday evening, Mrs. Ferguson finished her supper and remarked to her daughter, Minnie [FERGUSON], that she felt remarkably well and went into the sitting room where she was suddenly seized with a pain in the head and sank upon the lounge.

Not a memember of the family was at home, except Minnie, both Clara and Mattie [FERGUSON] being away visiting, and Mr. FERGUSON was at Kewanna where he is building the TONER ROLLER MILLS.

A physician was immediately summoned and messengers sent to the members of the family but before any of them could get to her bedside -- except Clara, who arrived just as life was fading out -- her spirit took its departure and as the family arrived one after another and found the wife and mother, who they had left in apparent good health only a short time before, wrapped in the icy arms of death, their grief knew no bounds and the scene was heart rending. The attending physician pronounced the disease apoplexy. Mrs. Ferguson was 46 years 10 months and 23 days old, and was the mother of eight children, five of whom survive her. She was universally loved and respected for her many christian traits of character, and sociability, and her death will cause a void that can never be filled. The funeral service will be conducted at Grace M.E. church today at 2 o’clock, by Rev. WILSON, and intement made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - For several years Tommy JAMESON conducted a general store at Wagoners, a station on the I. P. & C. R.R., where it crosses the county line between this and Miami counties. He came to Wagoners several years ago and purchased a stock of goods from his uncle, Thomas HOLCOMBE, and, being a whole-souled, jolly fellow, he made friends and gained customers very rapidly, and from every indication, was making plenty of money. He increased his stock of goods until he had an immense stock for a country store, and the people in the vicinity of Wagoners had as good a trading point as either Macy or Rochester.

Everything glided along smoothly until about one year ago, when Mrs. GOULD (for whom Mr. Jameson was acting as agent) returned from the West, and discovered much of the valuable timber removed from her real estate and for which she claimed Jameson had never turned over to her any money. A settlement could not be reached and the public was surprised to hear of Tommy’s arrest for embezzlement. Through the kindness of friends, a bond was secured for his appearance, but through some technicality in the preparation of the complaint, the case was dismissed and the defendant re-arrested.

This time it was more difficult to secure bondsmen, and for several days there seemed to be no other alternative for him but to go to jail, but friends again came to his rescue, and he was released from the custody of the sheriff. This second case was dismissed in the Fulton circuit court in order to bring an action in Miami county, where he lived at the time the crime was alleged to have been committed.

Being released here, before the officials of Miami county had a chance to arrest him, he left for parts unknown, and his whereabouts remained a mystery until last week, when the Indianapolis papers published an account of the finding of a dead body one hundred miles from Duluth, Minnesota, and from papers found on the body of the dead stranger, it was ascertained that his relatives lived in Indianapolis, and that he had formerly resided in Miami county.

The dead man had been living at Duluth, Minnesota, and was known by the name of O. A. GRAY, and he had given his residence as Ash street, Indianapolis.

It was soon learned that Gray was not the young man’s name, and from the description it was ascertained that it was the son of T. H. JAMESON, of 338 Ash street.

Upon investigation by his relatives, it was found that the report was correct, and that the body when

discovered was lying in the woods in the snow.

Tommy Jameson left his father’s residence about four months ago, and, after drawing $3,000 at a bank in Peru, he went to Duluth, where he “fell in” with a fellow, who, from letters received by Tommy’s father, he feared was a dangerous man.

The following article from Saturday’s Indianapolis News, confirms the statement that it was our Tommy, and that his murderer is now in jail. It says:

The man SUTTON, who accompanied Thomas H. JAMESON from Duluth to the pine regions, is in jail at Duluth, under charge of killing and robbing his companion. He returned from the expedition alone, representing that Mr. Jameson would be back in a day or two. When the latter did not appear, suspicion began to thicken and the arrest was made. The discovery of the body, with the marks of several fatal stabs upon it, make an ugly case against Sutton. The deeds for certain lands and other valuable papers belonging to Mr. Jameson were left at Duluth in charge of a friend, and will be forwarded to his father in this city.

There is, therefore, no doubt that this man, who claimed to be his friend, murdered Tommy and then robbed him, for, in his letter to his father, he had stated that he intended to go up into the pineries and invest in some timber land. The last year of his life was one fraught with many troubles and vexations and to close up such a career, it seems hard that it had to be done by meeting death at the hands of an assassin in a lonely forest, and far from home.


MARRIED - Miss Jennie LAUER, formerly of this place, is soon to be married in New York City.


MARRIED - Abe WILE and his sister passed through here last Wednesday, enroute for Indianapolis, to attend the FISHER-REINART wedding.


Sam FISHER, of Ft. Wayne, who is quite well known to many of our young people, was married last week at the Bates House, Indianapolis, to Miss Flora REINART.


MARRIED - Yesterday evening at 9 o’clock at the residence of Mr. B. M. ELLIOTT, 2114 K. street, Mr. Charles E. HOOVER and Miss Julia C. CORBETT, of Rochester, Ind., were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony, the services being performed by the Rev. Thomas S. WYNKOOP.

The marriage was quiet and unostantious, only a few select and intimate personal friends of the high contracting parties being present. The bride was handsomely attired in a neat traveling suit, and the happy couple, as they stood in the exquisite parlors of the Elliott mansion, presented a rare picture of youth and beauty. They left on the 10 o’clock train for Philadelphia and New York, and will reach their home in Indiana about the middle of January next.  -- Washington National Republican.


MARRIED - George DOWNS was “run down” by Miss Lizzie GILBERT’s mother on Saturday morning and she informed him that it was absolutely necessary for him to marry Lizzie and no monkeying. Accordingly a license was procured and Esquire STRADL[E]Y bound them for better or worse.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - George C. STEININGER to Sarah E. WEBB; James L. BABCOCK to Miss Nellie STEVENS; Lorenzo D. JENKINS to Margaret A. PETIT; Anthony W. BURDGE to Martha MULLENS; Dr. A. A. EIKENBERRY to Mina C. WILKINSON; George N. DOWNS to Elizabeth GILBERT; Lorenzo D. LEASURE to Sarah A. PUTNAM.

BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. Joe HUFFMAN on the 3rd inst., a boy. Mother and baby doing well.  (MUD LAKE)

Wednesday, January 19, 1887


DIED - For several days the little eighteen months old son of Mr. & Mrs. S. Y. GROVE, of Bloomingsburg, had suffered with scarletina, but just after midnight last Monday, death stole the bright little fellow from his parents and the soul returned to the God who gave it.


BIOG - Simon BYBEE, formerly of this county, is now engaged in the practice of law at North Judson. It is hoped he may be more successful as a pettifogger than he was as an editor.


MARRIED - Mrs. Ed. CALKINS and Miss Carrie SHRYOCK, of this city, attended the ELVIN-JAMISON wedding at Peru, last Wednesday evening.


DIED - Mrs. Ruben BATZ, age 56 years. The deceased had been a member of the Baptist church for forty years and had led a faithful christian life. She was at church the day before her departure. For many years she had suffered of asthma which was the cause of her death. She leaves an aged husband, three sons and four daughters to mourn her loss. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. DELP at the Yellow Creek church. The remains were deposited in the Horn cemetery on the 12th. The family has the sympathy of the entire neighborhood.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)


DIED - The Sentinel failed to get the sad news of the ravages of scarlet fever in the family of ex-trustee [Della and Ida F] BLACKBURN of Fulton last week. No one can fully sympathize with a father and mother as they stand and see their entire family of three little children [Zoa Fay, Orno and Omar BLACKBURN] silently laid side by side in a single grave, yet such was the terrible ordeal that Mr. & Mrs. Blackburn had to endure. Darkness and sorrow certainly now exists in that home where only a short time ago the prattling tongues of little children made it all sunshine and happiness.


Wednesday, January 26, 1887


MARRIED - Mr. Jasper MILLISER, of Kewanna, and Miss Sallie McMAHAN, daughter of William McMAHAN, were married by Rev. BAIR, at Kewanna, on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Mr. Milliser is one of Kewanna’s prominent citizens, and his bride is one of Fulton county’s most successful teachers and has a wide acquaintance in Rochester. The many friends of the high contracting parties unite with the Sentinel in wishing them unbounded prosperity.


BIOG - Henry GARNER, an old soldier, was in town last week, soliciting aid to keep him above hunger until his departure for the soldier’s home tomorrow.

Mr. Garner has a family living near Hoovers, and we are informed that he has been, in his healthy days, one of the most industrious men of the neighborhood, but now being broken down, he must leave his family and seek a home among strangers.

Mr. Garner informed a Sentinel scribe that he has two sons grown, and it is certainly a

clear case of laziness or pure cussedness that they will allow an old and crippled father, who has cared for them all their lives, to get a living as best he can. Two stout young men in Indiana can keep themselves and their father from begging, if they are “made of the proper stuff,” but from the record one of the young Garners made last fall in the orgy with Bruce MOORE, which has cost Bruce so much money, the inference is drawn that to support a crippled father is too humiliating to suit the taste of young men of his stripe.


DIED - John MILLER, an old resident of Henry township, died last Friday, and was buried at Mt. Zion on Saturday. For a long time Mr. Miller was afflicted with heart disease which terminated his life at the ripe old age of seventy years.


ANNIVERSARY - A large and happy party assembled at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Myer WILE on South Main street, last Thursday, in honor of their 20th wedding anniversary. An elegant luncheon was served and the evening was pleasantly spent.


DIED - Grandpa Jonathan ROSE, father of [Maria V. E. (ROSE)] Mrs. [T.] Major BITTERS, was stricken with paralysis on the morning of Jan 11 and died last Thursday morning at the home of his daughter on South Main street.

Mr. Rose was of a retiring disposition and in his six year’s residence in this city made but few acquaintances. He was industrious and accepted everything in life without a murmur. One more year and he would have outlived the allotted lifetime of man ten years. Funeral services were conducted at the residence on Friday by Rev. WILSON, and the last on earth of Jonathan Rose was gently consigned to a silent home beneath the pines in Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - Alice [REED], the little 3 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. R. M. REED, of Fulton, died Tuesday, Jan 18, of scarlet fever. Their other four children are also sick, three with scarlet fever and one with lung fever. Mrs. Reed, who has been sick for some time, is now convalescent. The family have the sympathy of the entire community.


Wednesday, February 2, 1887


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. Joe SMITH, who live south of town on Mud creek, are the parents of a nice boy baby.


ANNIVERSARY - Mr. & Mrs. Sol ALLMAN celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary yesterday and entertained a large number of their friends at tea.


Wednesday, February 9, 1887


DIED - Jane W[right] PERSCHBACHER, first born and only daughter of James and Margaret WRIGHT, was born July 2, 1837, in Newcastle township, Fulton county, Ind., and was united in marriage to George PERSCHBACHER April 2, 1857.

This union was blessed with seven children, six daughters and one son, one daughter having preceded the mother in death. Mrs. Perschbacher was a faithful member of the Lutheran church for many years, died February 3, 1887, in the hope of a blissful immortality. Aged 49 years 7 months and one day.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. E. GIFT, at St. Paul Lutheran church, east of Tiosa, last Saturday, and largely attended by neighbors and friends. Thus an affectionate companion, a loving mother, and a kind neighbor and friend has left us. Peace be to her ashes.

MARRIED - On last Sunday, Mr. Charles RAMER, of Peru, was joined in holy wedlock with Ida METZ, of this place. The ceremony was performed by Esq. STRADLEY, and the contracting parties left for Peru on the 2:30 train Monday where they will take up their abode.


MARRIED - At the home of the bride near Akron, Ind., February 6, 1887, Mr. Wm. H. KING and Miss Rose MILLER. Both groom and bride are highly respected by all who know them, and their many friends wish them a happy future. -- Resp’y, James WALES.


BIRTH - Wm. KING’s wife presented him with a bouncing boy baby.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)


Wednesday, February 16, 1887


BIRTHDAY - Mrs. Fredrick STURKIN will go to Logansport Friday to visit relatives and friends and also to be present at a birthday surprise party to be given her father, Mr. Henry WHIPPERMAN.


Wednesday, February 23, 1887


BIRTHDAY - The birthday surprise on Levi POWNALL was well attended, and a jolly good time was had by all, which ended in a criminal assault on two fat turkeys. (MARSHTOWN)


DIED - The Sentinel announces with sadness the death of Mr. Ivy MERLEY, son of Geo. MERLEY, which occurred at the parental home near Tiosa last Sunday evening.

Just as this young man reached his majority and was prepared to fight life’s battles with vigor and perseverance the grim monster, death, fastened its relentless fangs upon him and claimed him for its victim. The funeral services were held at Tiosa yesterday afternoon and interment was made in the Richland Center cemetery.


BIOG - Wm. HUNTER has been granted an increase of pension from $4 to $8 per month. Mr. Hunter is not rich and the liberality of Uncle Sam toward him for faithful services rendered during a time when brave men were in demand is duly appreciated by him.


DIED - Mr. & Mrs. Nancy WILHELM’s daughter, Sarah [WILHELM], aged six years, died of scarlet fever last Sunday and was buried Monday afternoon. The family resides in Liberty township and two more of the children are reported down with the same disease.


BIOG - The case of Sarah E. SPOHN vs Sylvester A. SPOHN for divorce, occupied the attention of the court Saturday forenoon, and, as usual at the trial of such cases, the bald heads had front seats. Mrs. Spohn sued Sylvester for divorce and alleged in her complaint that his habitual drunkenness was absolutely unendurable. Sylvester filed a cross complaint charging his wife with adultry and being “sweet” on Newt WHITIS and as both proved their allegations to the satisfaction of the court, his honor decided to keep them in double harness, as from the evidence, neither their own conditions nor society would be benefitted by a bill of divorce.

Wednesday, March 2, 1887


BIOG - Andrew CALHOUN, of this city, has been granted an increase of pension.


MARRIED - At the residence of Mrs. ARMY, near Silver Lake, Ind., on Feb. 23, Mr. Alonzo HAIMBAUGH and Miss Laura ARMY, J. D. COVERSTON officiating. May peace and prosperity attend their life journey.


DIED - Mrs. Nicholas LOCKE died at her home in this city Monday night.


DIED - Jethrow NEW, one of the oldest settlers in the county, and a resident of Liberty township, suddenly died at his home last Saturday night. Mr. New was the father of Commissioner I. R. NEW and Postmaster R. A. NEW, of Green Oak and has many friends all over the county who will hear of his death with sorrow.


Wednesday, March 9, 1887


MARRIED - Omar H. DOWNEY, of the Sentinel, left for Churubusco, Ind., last Friday, where he was married on Sunday to Miss Nettie GEIGER, a handsome and accomplished young lady of that town. For several years Omar spent most of his time trying to determine how many different vocations a man can follow, but for the past several years he has faithfully and industriously applied himself to business in Rochester and is fully competent to discharge his duty as a benedict with dignity and honor to the fraternity. May success and happiness attend Omar and his new bride throughout life’s journey.


DIED - The announcement of the death of Dr. A. K. PLANK last Saturday morning was heard with universal surprise and sorrow in this city. For several weeks he had been indisposed with a nervous trouble, and was at times, confined to his room, but the beautiful warm days brought him out again, and he was at his place of business several times during the week, including Friday afternoon, when he appeared to be better than for several weeks past.

Lately the doctor had suffered at times with heart disease, which he feared would, sooner or later, cause his death, but his attacks had been so light as to give his friends no cause for fears of early fatal results therefrom. About ten o’clock Friday evening he complained of difficult breathing, and as he grew rapidly worse, Dr. SHAFFER [SHAFER] was summoned and after examination found that congestion of the lungs was preying heavily upon his already weak vitals. Restoratives were administered and the patient relieved of his pain, but at three o’clock in the morning suddenly and unexpectedly he laid his head back in his chair and life was extinct. A biographical sketch in the Daily Republican says:

The deceased was born in Schoharie county, New York, on the 22nd day of February, 1827, and was therefore sixty years and eleven days old at the time of his death. His father died when he was but eighteen months old. In 1835 his mother and three children moved by wagon from New York State to Indiana, and settled near Door Village, in LaPorte county. When Asa K. became a young man he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. TEEGARDEN, at LaPorte. Soon after graduating he commenced thepractice of his profession at South Bend, but not being satisfied with his surroundings he resolved to seek some other location. During his journeying he went to New Orleans, and returned again to Southern Indiana, where he accepted service for some

 time as a drug clerk. Desiring to follow his profession he returned to LaPorte by stage through this place, and while stopping at Banner LAWHEAD’s hotel was solicited to come to Rochester, which seemed to impress him favorably. Some time after he opened an office here, and soon acquired a very profitable patronage. After a residence here of about three years he married Mrs. Elizabeth SIPPY, of Akron, to whom were born Charles K. [PLANK], our respected townsman, Edward T. [PLANK], deceased, and William [PLANK], who departed this life in 1875. Not long after his marriage he drifted into the drug business, which he followed continuously up to the present time.

Mrs. Elizabeth PLANK died in 1871 and 1872, the Dr. was again united in marriage with Miss Mattie TRIMBLE, who is now left alone to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent husband.

During his long residence and business career here, Dr. Plank was known as one of Rochester’s model citizens, and his death creates a void that can never be filled.

The funeral services took place Monday conducted by the Masonic fraternity, of which deceased was an active member and after a short discourse by Rev. N. L. LORD, at the Presbyterian church, the remains were sorrowfully borne to Odd Fellows cemetery and consigned to their long home.


DIED - Death is striking his cruel blows at our old citizens with quick succession in this city, as the death of Dr. PLANK was followed by a surrender to the inevitable by another of his class, Frank F. RICHTER, last Monday morning at 3 o’clock. For many months Mr. Richter had been a great sufferer and it was only a determined will to live that prevented death from demanding an immediate surrender months ago.

Mr. Richter came to America from Saxony, Germany, fifty years ago when he was but 16 years old, and located in Ohio, but when the gold fields of California offered such bountiful rewards for explorers twelve years later, Mr. Richter went there and being successful, he returned to Ohio three years afterward where he was married to Miss Eva MEDARY who survives him.

In 1857 Mr. & Mrs. Richter came West and settled near Fulton and have ever since resided in this county. A family of nine children were born to this couple seven of whom are still living and are an honor to their father and mother.

The funeral services were conducted at the family residence on north Main street yesterday at 2 o’clock Rev. N. L. LORD officiating. Deceased was a member of the I.O.O.F. of this city and that order had charge of the funeral exercises. Interment was made in Odd Fellows cemetery.

Fred RICHTER was called home from Wisconsin by the illness and death of his father.

Mrs. Ollie MEDARY, of Logansport, attended the funeral of her uncle, Mr. Frank RICHTER, yesterday and returned home today.

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. GLASS, of Huntington, were called to Rochester by the death of Mrs. GLASS’s father, Mr. Frank RICHTER.


DIED - While the body of Frank F. RICHTER was being gently consigned to its final resting place yesterday, Charles J. STRADLEY was peacefully breathing out a well spent life surrounded by his relatives and friends, at his home on Jefferson street.

Mr. Stradley has been afflicted with lung fever for two weeks, and for several days, all hope for his recovery has been abandoned. The announcement yesterday evening therefore, that Justice Stradley was dead, was not unexpected by his many old neighbors and friends in this city. The Sentinel was unable to get any facts of a satisfactory nature before going to press, concerning his biography and it will be given next week. Justice Charles J. Stradley was a man widely known for his benevolence, model Christian character, and honesty of purpose in every step in life, so far as we know, had not an enemy in the world. Peace to his

silent rest. The funeral services will be held at Grace church tomorrow at 3 o’clock.


BIRTH - Rev. and Mrs. A. E. GIFT are the parents of a little son which made its appearance last Thursday night.


DIED - Andrew CALHOUN died at his home in this city last Wednesday evening and the funeral services were conducted on Thursday by Rev. WALES. At the time of his death Mr. Calhoun was 49 years old. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. [Henry] Frank [Nora CALHOUN] CRIM, to mourn his death. His disease was consumption, which he contracted while on duty in the late war, and which preyed on him for several years.


MARRIED - Mrs. C. STEVENS, of Rochester, was in attendance upon the PUTTERBAUGH-COX wedding.  -- Peru Sentinel


Wednesday, March 16, 1887


OBIT - On Wednesday, March 8, 1887, Justice Chas. J. STRADLEY one of the oldest and most honored citizens of Fulton county departed this life at the ripe old age of 72 years.

The subject of this sketch was born in Kent county, Delaware, Oct 14, 1814. His parents, Cable and Susan STRADLEY, were also natives of Delaware, and were descendants of English parents. In 1822, the mother died, and six years later the father moved with his family to Fayette county, Ohio, where they resided about seven years, when he again started westward. This time he settled in the eastern portion of Fulton county, now known as Henry township, where they bore all the hardships attendant  upon the life of the early pioneer.

Here Mr. Stradley received all the education possible in the primitive schools of that day.

At the organization of Henry township he was chosen as trustee, which office he held for several years.

In 1839, he was married to Miss Hellen BENNETT, to whom were born three daughters, Mrs. L. F. WHITE, of Valparaiso, being the only one now surviving. Mrs. Helen STRADLEY died March 18, 1848, and four years later the husband found another partner in the person of Miss Harriett SMITH, who with her four children mourn the death of a kind husband and a beloved father.

In 1848 Mr. Stradley moved to Rochester, where he embarked in the mercantile business, in which he continued for about fifteen years, after which he held the office of postmaster for several years, and from that time until his death, he had served the people in various capacities.

Mr. Stradley was known to his neighbors as a most devout and exemplary christian man, a kind father, an indulgent husband and a model citizen, respected and honored in all the walks of life. In fact he was a self-made man, and the void caused by his death will be one which will not be easily filled.

Prof. H. T. LOOMIS, of the Detroit Business Institute, and wife, Lydia STRADLEY LOOMIS, attended the funeral of Justice STRADLEY last week, and remained in the city until yesterday.



MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s parents on the evening of the 10th, Mr. Schuyler C. STEVENS and Miss Sarah BROWN. . . . .


MARRIED - Mr. Clinton PENDLETON and Miss Maggie LOUDERBACK were married at the bride’s residence on South Main street last Thursday evening by Rev. CHITTENDEN. A reception was tendered the happy couple on Sunday at the groom’s home, one mile west of town.


RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT - A series of resolutions from the Mt. Pleasant S.S. eulogizing the life and character of Alfred G. LONG, step-son of James STALEY, who departed this life March 2, was received for publication this week, but owing to mutual existing rules of our local papers we cannot give them space. Personally we knew Fred to be a truthful, quiet and unassuming boy, and so promising at the age of fifteen that his death is deeply mourned by all his acquaintance. May the great Comforter console the relatives in this, their deep sorrow.


DIED - Ike SAMUELS, of Roann, visited his friends in this place last week. In a conversation with Mr. Samuels, a Sentinel scribe was informed that while on the way from Roann to Denver, he had noted George SARGENT, who formerly resided here and Sargent told Samuels that he was then on his way to Chili, that the remains of the late Mrs. Sargent were on board the train, and that he was taking the body to her old home, near Chili, for burial. It is supposed that Mrs. Sargent has been living with her husband, who is a fugitive from justice, for several months past, but the particulars of her death could not be learned. Mrs. Sargent was a noble, deserving, warm-hearted woman, and had a host of friends here, who will regret to learn of her death.


DIED - Mrs. B. GREEN was called to Kansas suddenly last week on account of the death of a brother.


BIRTHDAY - Last Wednesday Uncle Billy CARTER was 76 years old and in the evening Mrs. Carter gave a luncheon party in honor of the event. About thirty guests were present and a very pleasant evening was spent in social chat and indulgence in a repast in which Mrs. Carter fully sustained her reputation as an expert culinary artist.


DIED - Monday morning a telegram came announcing the death of Mrs. S. FERRY, who resided near Cincinnati, the mother of Mrs. Geo. STOCKTON, of this city. Mr. & Mrs. Stockton left for that place, Monday, evening, to attend the funeral of the deceased.


FUNERAL - Mrs. Ollie MEDARY, of Logansport, attended the funeral of the late Fred RICHTER and visited friends and relatives in this county last week.


MARRIED - At the residence of James WALES, Rochester, Ind., March 20, 1887, Mr. Samuel M. VANBLARICUM and Miss Jennie C. BLACKBURN, of Liberty township, Fulton county, Ind. Their many friends join in extending congratulations and wish them a bright future.


BIRTH - Last Friday John ROUCH was seen to step over an eight rail fence and when he was met by one of his neighbors and asked what was the matter he replied that a baby girl had

come to his house.


Wednesday, March 23, 1887


MARRIED - The marriage ceremony solemnizing the marital vows of Mr. Thos. J. BURKETT and Miss Rose JOHNSON was pronounced at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel JOHNSON, in Henry township, last Saturday evening. The groom is the efficient and popular salesman, postmaster and express agent at Wagoner’s Station while the bride is one of the most handsome and popular of the young ladies of Henry township. The Sentinel congratulates Jeff on the prize he has won and extends wishes for a long and happy life journey to the newly wedded couple.


BIOG - During his stay in jail, Lige NEFF has invented a safety car stove, which is said to be a fine thing by those who have had it explained to them.


BIRTH - Mr. [Herman and Mrs. Charlotta Fredrica KIRCHOFF] HARTUNG, the popular cutter of LAUER’s clothing house, is the proud parent of a nice and hearty boy baby [Karl William HARTUNG].


FUNERAL - Mr. Newt WESTFALL was at Pierceton last week attending the funeral of his father which took place Wednesday. Deceased was 87 years old.


MARRIED - Omar DOWNEY and bride will occupy the ZACHMAN property in a few days, after which they will be at home to their friends.



In the fall of 1835 I with my father’s family came from Ohio, to Northern Indiana, then an almost unbroken forest with an occasional log cabin which marked the humble home of the pioneer of early days, stopping to rest over the Sabbath on the bank of Lake Manitau. Then the old Pottawottomie mill stood near where the dam now stands, and a few Indian camps were there and one white man. Curiosity led us to tramp around that Sunday and see the sights. Near where the water mill stands were two cabins which showed signs of civilication.

In December of that same fall we found a place in the east part of this county, which afterwards proved to be in Fulton county. At that time there was no organization, we knew not what particular place we occupied on this globe, but were sure we were in the woods, and knew of no settlement near. During the summer, a settlement of a few families three miles away, called the South Settlement, among them a few christians, soon formed a class and on Sabbath held prayer meetings, and I soon became a church goer. In 1837 they organized a little S.S. I had an invitation to attend, which I did more for curiosity than otherwise. At the first attendance I was installed teacher. From 6 to 10 children and as many men and women were in attendance; the Testament primer and small catechism were the books used; let me say that although a wild unconverted young man, I owe a debt of gratitude to the friends of that little Sunday school for the care they had for me, and it seems as an oasis in the desert to look back to those happy hours.

In 1850 I came to Rochester to make it my future home, here I soon became connected with the M.E. Sunday school and in my humble way have been working with it ever since, being superintendent for 22 consecutive years, and at different times since; I have seen the S.S. in its infancy in this county, held in the houses of the good men and women of early years, when there was not a church or school within the limits of the county, but the Missionary, the forerunner of civilization, the energy and nerve of the pioneer have so developed its resources that today from 96 to 100 dot the county, and in nearly all of them are organized

Sunday schools, to say nothing of the numerous churches. The facilities for teaching and learning have so improved that all over this broad land we have uniformity of lesson, and still “there is more to follow.” The harvest truly is great but the laborers are few, let us pray the Lord to send forth more laborers, and earnest workers in the Sunday school vineyard.


Wednesday, March 30, 1887


DIED - Saturday, March 19, 1887, Hannah EWER, aged 86 years. The deceased was the mother of T. G. EWER, of Mud Lake, who is the last survivor of the family.

Aunt Hannah, as she was generally known, was one of the earliest settlers of this county having settled here fifty years ago. She was the last member of a family of six, two brothers and three sisters having preceded her to the Spirit land. The youngest member of her family died at the age of sixty-six, which shows that they were a long-lived race of people. She is dead but yet she speaketh, saying to us, “prepare for death.” After a long, weary life she is at rest. Sleep on, sweet saint until God shall awake your sleeping dust, and crown it with immortality at his right hand.

Shall we meet her there?




BIRTH - Con WELCH is the proud father of a bouncing boy baby.  (TIPPECANOE)


MARRIED - This evening at 7 o’clock Mr. Wilbur BEATTIE and Miss Libbie GOSS will be pronounced husband and wife by Rev. BAIR of Kewanna, at the groom’s residence, west of Marshtown. Mr. Beattie is one of Wayne township’s industrious and prosperous young farmers, and Miss Goss is the youngest daughter of Sebastian GOSS, the well-known stockman. The groom’s residence was furnished throughout before the wedding and the new wife and benedict will start out in life tomorrow morning comfortably surrounded with earthly possessions. Success to them.


DEATH EXPECTED - Mrs. BRANDON, of Kokomo, is in the city at the bedside of her sick sister, Mrs. Hattie BEEBER. No hope is longer entertained for her recovery and her friends here are expecting her death at almost any time.


DEATH EXPECTED - Mrs. Rob’t [Almyra SHAFER] WALLACE was called suddenly to Kewanna, Monday afternoon, by the illness of her father, Mr. Jacob SHAFFER/SHAFER, one of the oldest residents of Fulton county. Mr. Shaffer is now past 80 years of age and owing to that fact it is feared he will not recover.


MARRIED - Will IZZARD and Miss Hattie STURGEON, two of Rochester’s well known young people, were united in marriage at the Baptist parsonage last Saturday evening. The happy couple have the best wishes of the Sentinel.


Wednesday, April 6, 1887


DIED - Another of the old citizens of Richland township passed away Monday morning at an early hour in the person of Grandma [Mary A.] WINN.

About the year 1856, Eli and Mary A. WINN settled in Richland township, where they have since

resided and raised the family of children consisting of Mrs. T. FELTS, Mrs. Martin FLETCHER, Mrs. M. LEEDY, Mrs. Christiana WILSON, Jos. WINN, Marion WINN, Eli WINN and Harrison WINN who all reside in Fulton county, except Mrs. Wilson, who lives in Kansas. The subject of this sketch was preceded to the spirit world by her husband about 14 years ago and her remains were laid to rest beside his in Richland Center cemetery yesterday at 12 o’clock.


DIED - Mrs. Wm. [Emma] BEATTIE very suddenly died at the family residence on the old BOOTS farm in Wayne township last Saturday morning and was buried at Fletchers Lake cemetery on Sunday. The husband and six grief stricken children have the sympathy of the entire community in this their deep affliction.


DIED - Through an oversight of a compositor, the Sentinel failed to publish a notice last week of the death of Mrs. Chas. ORR’s aged father, H. C. CHAFFEE, which occurred at Tippecanoetown two weeks ago. The deceased had reached the ripe old age of 76 years.


BIRTHDAY - About forty of the friends and neighbors of D. F. COOK, of Green Oak, Indiana, made up a very pleasant party at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. E. A. NEWCOMB, and armed with good things to eat and some valuable presents, started for Mr. Cook’s residence, where they celebrated his 44th birthday anniversary in grand style. . . . .


BIOG - The estate of the late David BRYANT, of Henry township, was partitioned last week.


DEATH EXPECTED - Mrs. LYON, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed through this place last week, enroute for Kewanna where her father, Mr. SHAFFER lies at the point of death.


Wednesday, April 13, 1887


BIOG - Last Sunday was Uncle Joshua BLACKETER’s 60th birthday and in the evening his relatives and friends to number of more than one hundred assembled near his home, four miles south of town, and taking him completely by surprise they walked into and took possession of the house.

After all were inside of the comfortable residence, Mr. Jacob CAMERER, an old neighbor, made a speech presenting Mr. Blacketer with a handsome pair of gold spectacles, from his children, a comfortable easy chair by his friends and a choice twise of long green tobacco by Grandpa ONSTOTT . . . . .

Fifty-two years ago Uncle Joshua Blacketer settled in this county when most of his neighbors were red men. Later he helped clear the route of the present Peru road, and cleared the fine farm on which he now lives.

Messrs. Ed. and Omar CAMERER favored the party with instrumental music, and all departed feeling that they had fittingly honored an old citizen and neighbor, who is noted all over this section of the county for his liberality and noble citizenship.


BIRTH - At the April fool party at Melvill BUSENBERG’s his wife presented him with an 8 pound boy baby. All parties concerned are doing well.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)


BIRTH - Jno. M. FISH will hereafter be much pleased if friends in saluting him will just call him grandpa.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)

DEATH EXPECTED - John KESSLER, one mile and a half east of here, is very ill and but faint hopes of his recovery are entertained.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)


MARRIED - Willard BOGGESS, who skipped the county some time ago to evade a warrant which had been issued against him for bastardy, returned last week and married the plaintiff in the case, Miss Rosetta REED.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Willard BOGGESS and Rosetta REED; Washington J. BENTON and Emmarilla MACKEY.


BIOG - The Tattler, a magazine-newspaper edited by Mrs. Margaret HOLMES and published at Indianapolis, is a new candidate for popular favor, and the appearance of the first number is such that the editor’s many friends here anticipate a prosperous future for the handsome periodical and its publishers.


DIED - Yesterday’s Indianapolis Sentinel contained a telegram from Logansport announcing the death of Mrs. Susan KRIDER, which occurred at Spring Creek church, Cass county, last Sunday during services.

She was sitting beside her daughter when she quietly passed away without a struggle. Mrs. Krider was truly a pioneer, having celebrated her eighty-fifth birthday the 23d day of March, with about eighty of her ralatives and neighbors, and having lived in this county a half century, moving from Washington county, Pa., sometime in the thirties. She saw Cass county in its wild and primitive state, and afterwards in its present prosperous condition. She was the mother of Mrs. Jno. HEDDINS and an aunt to the DAGUE brothers of Liberty township.


BURNED TO DEATH - Many who have visited the poor farm will remember a female inmate of the insane department, who was always kept carefully dressed in a “straight jacket,” and who by her idiotic actions and soul harrowing, unintelligible appeals, elicited a feeling of pity which clung so tenaciously to the memory of all that it seemed impossible to forget or dismiss it from the mind for many weeks. She was usually locked in a cell at all times, except meal time, and at the breakfast hour last Thursday morning she was in the corridor of the department and in some manner her clothing caught fire and before Supt. BLACK discovered her, her clothing was nearly all burned off, and her body so badly burned that after twenty hours suffering the poor unfortunate’s life went out in apparent peace.

Her name was Alice STEWART and she had been a county charge since April, 1881. Her family formerly resided near Perrysburg, but her father and mother are now dead and her brothers and sisters have left that part of the country. Her remains were buried in the Potter’s field at the poor farm, and although Mr. & Mrs. Black are very sorry that her life ended in such a distressing manner, all who ever saw her will feel a sense of relief in the fact that her body is at rest.


Wednesday, April 20, 1887


DIED - George A. MYERS, son of Geo. W. and Sarah J. MYERS, died at the residence of his parents in this city Saturday evening, April 16, aged 23 years and 24 days.

Anderson, as he was familiarly known, was injured internally while at work on a section of the railroad several weeks ago, and from which he took his bed three weeks ago, and gradually grew worse until death released him from his suffering.

He was an industrious, inoffensive young man, admired by all of his associates, and his death just

at the beginning of manhood, is a severe affliction for his parents, who only one year ago followed a daughter, Mrs. Amos [Sarah A. MYERS] THURSTON, to the grave. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church, on Monday at 3 o’clock by Rev. McNEALY, of Tiosa, and the remains were laid to rest in the Citizens cemetery.


DIED - Sheriff WALLACE received a telegram from Indianapolis yesterday evening informing him that Louisa HELTZEL, an inmate of the Insane Asylum from Rochester township, had died yesterday morning.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - John MALAY and Rose O’BRIEN; Charles C. THOMPSON and Serene E. FEECE; Samual D. BURK and Anna V. FREEL; James MITCHELL and Birdella MACKEY; James CRIST and Vidora SCOTT.


MARRIED - A could-be-quiet wedding occurred at Billy FEECE’s Saturday night between Charlie THOMPSON and Emma FEECE.

The contracting parties thought they would let no one know about it, consequently C. C. loaded up his intended and started for the preacher’s viz: Billy Feece’s. They arrived in good shape, and on entering the house their surprise may be imagined when they saw the room crowded with young folks eager to see the hymenial knot tied. Billy tied the knot in grand shape, after which there was a greater surprise, the newly married couple being escorted to the dining room, where a bountiful repast was in readiness provided by the young people of the neighborhood. To conclude the whole matter the Antioch drum corps was present, and after their salutations and a belling by the boys, counting the evening well spent, all returned to their homes. We wish the newly married folks success and prosperity.


BIRTHDAY - Omar DOWNEY celebrated his 21st birthday Monday.


MARRIED - Last Saturday Esquire BUCHANAN pronounced the ceremony which united Jas. A. CRIST and Vidora SCOTT as husband and wife. Both are highly respected and industrious young citizens of Richland township.


BIRTH - Mr. A. D. CORNELIUS is the proud parent of a bouncing boy baby.


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. Chas. BECKER, of Liberty township are the parents of a new girl baby.


DIED - Thos. N. WHEATLEY, an old and respected citizen of this county, died at the home of his sisters, near Mud Lake, in Liberty township, last Sunday evening, and was buried at Mud Lake Chapel on Monday, at 3 o’clock. Deceased was about 76 years old.


BIOG - A man from Rochester, “so they say,” is here just about this time every year to avoid the assessor. By leaving the county his personal property is not assessed.  -- Winamac Republican.

The “man from Rochester” is Joe BOWEN without a doubt, and assessor ERNSPERGER should see to it that he no longer dodges the assessor. Last year, Joe boarded through the month of April and a part of May at Ora, a station on the C. & A. Ry. in Starke county. Poor men must pay taxes and it is contrary to all justice to allow a man with as much money as Joe has to escape paying on at least a part of his personal property. An examination of the mortgage records will also give the assessor some pointers on the wealth of several “stiff” Rochester citizens who pay taxes on only about one-fourth of their actual possessions.

BIRTH - Joe BARRETT is the father of a nice little girl baby who arrived at his home last Thursday morning.


Wednesday, April 27, 1887


DIED - Mrs. Martha LONG wife of Franklin LONG, near Bigfoot was buried last Sunday.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. Gid MILLER are the parents of a nice new boy baby and the jolly Gid was in town Saturday with a smile on his face as broad as the surface of Manitau.


ESTATE CLOSED - Jno. W. SMITH has filed his final report as administrator of the Eliza McHENRY estate.


EXECUTOR NAMED - Samuel RUSSEL is named as the executor of the will of the late Benjamin STEFFEY.


DIED - Mr. Darius POLK, of Kewanna, who the Sentinel mentioned last week as dying from the effects of self emasculation, lingered until Monday evening and then expired. He believed that the Bible demanded of him a great sacrifice, the performance of which brought him to untimely grave. He was about 30 years old and unmarried, and had been demented for several years.


BODY RETURNED TO ROCHESTER - The authorities at the Insane asylum sent the remains of the deceased Louisa HELTZEL to this city last week. Trustee SHELTON took them in charge, and the body was interred in Citizens cemetery.


Wednesday, May 4, 1887


MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. J. G. HILL, Mr. Henry WARNER to Miss Tracy HILL, Sunday, May 1, 1887, by Rev. J. D. WALES.

Mr. Warner is an industrious young man of Prairie Union, while Miss Hill was well known as one of Rochester’s fairest daughters. The happy pair have the best wishes of the Sentinel.


DIED - At his home near Mt. Zion April 27, Benjamin STEFFEY, aged 73 years 4 months and 20 days.

Mr. Steffey was a native of Pennsylvania, where he married Lizabeth MILLER in the year 1841; and afterward moved to Indiana. The union was blessed with nine children of which seven and their mother remain to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent father and husband. During his sickness he gave the strongest evidence of his reconciliation to God’s will. Father S. was known as an honest citizen, a devout christian, and a kind neighbor and he will be greviously missed in his neighborhood as well as the family circle. Funeral services conducted by the writer, were held on the 28th inst. and the remains were deposited in Mt. Zion cemetery. Peace to his silent rest.


MARRIED - Mr. John G. FLINN and Lillie L. WALES at 5 p.m. May 7, 1887, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Rev. and Mrs. James WALES, on North Jefferson street, Rochester, Ind.


Mr. Flinn is engaged in the lumber business in Larwill, Whitley county, Indiana, where they make their future home.

Mrs. Flinn is well known to the people here, who are sorry to hear of her leaving the place but will wish her well and much joy in her new relation. May peace and happiness attend their way. -- A. O. RABER.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Edward DAY and Ida McKITRICK; Delbert E. WRIGHT and Alta D. EIDSON; Anthony BRUGH and Rose HAY; Henry WARNER and Tracy HILL; Jno. G. FLINN and Lillie L. WALES; Anthony COOK and Jennie HARRIGAN.


BODY EXHUMED - Mr. John HELSEL/HELTZEL, father of [Louisa HELTZEL] the blind girl who died in the Insane Asylum recently and whose body was shipped here for burial, filed a complaint with Coroner LINE yesterday in which he set out that he believed that Louisa had come to her death through violence at one of the institutions where she was recently treated.

The body was exhumed by coroner Line, and Drs. GOULD, DAWSON and SHIELDS made an examination, and reported that the deceased died from natural causes and not as the parent had thought. Dr. Dawson informed a Sentinel scribe that the body was neatly and cleanly attired and was in a finely finished, satin-lined casket. Mr. Helsel says that he is now entirely satisfied that he was mistaken in his idea of the cause of his daughter’s death.


DIED - Vincent SOUTHARD died at his residence on the evening of April 29, and was buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery on Sunday, May 1. He leaves two sons, a daughter and step-daughter to mourn his loss.


RELEASED FROM REFORMATORY - Mrs. Chas. MANN, who was sent to the female reformatory for the murder of her husband three years ago last fall, returned to this city Monday, having served out her sentence. The lesson has been a severe one for her and the people of Rochester hope that her future life will be a sharp contrast to her past.


Wednesday, May 11, 1887


MARRIED - For several weeks cards have been out announcing the marriage of Mr. Henry M. SCHUMM, of Schumm, Ohio, and Miss Minnie HOPPE, of this city, on the evening of the 5th inst., at the German Lutheran church . . . . . repaired to the residence of the bride’s parents on Jefferson street . . . . . Mr. Schumm is a merchant and grain dealer of Schumm, Ohio. . . . . From abroad the guests present were: Misses Kate and Tena MARKET, Messrs. George, Fred and Chas. MARKET, Louis DEICKMAN, J. WHIPPERMAN, Prof. MOESTA, Mr. & Mrs. CHAPPLE, Mr. & Mrs. BURGEMAN and Mrs. BROOKMYER and daughters, of Logansport; Mr. & Mrs. Wm. SCHUMM, Mr. & Mrs. Fred SCHUMM, and Miss Barbara SCHUMM, Schumm, Ohio; Mr. & Mrs. L. SCHUMM, VanWirt, Ohio; Mr. F. C. SCHUMM, St. Louis, Mo.; and Rev. and Mrs. DEIMER, Peru, Ind.


DIED - Mary C. AWALT was born in Germany 1816, married to John A. AWALT in 1840, and died May 8, 1887.

Mrs. Awalt has been an invalid for several years and her death was therefore not unexpected. She was an affectionate prayerful mother, a kind neighbor and died with a full assurance of a reward in heaven. Deceased leaves her life companion, two sons and five daughters to mourn her death. The funeral services

will be conducted at the family residence today at 2 o’clock by Rev. T. G. SMITH, and neighbors and friends are invited to attend.


DIED - For more than a year Mrs. Hattie [DAVIS] BEEBER has been confined to her home with consumption, which has slowly preyed upon her vitals until Sunday night when the last spark of life died out and her soul took its flight to the mystic world beyond.

Mrs. Beeber was born March 30, 1853, and married Mr. Joseph W. BEEBER in May 1874. Her maiden name was Davis, being the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John W. DAVIS who preceded her to the spirit world. In May, 1880, Mr. Jos. Beeber died, leaving his wife and one daughter, Ruth [BEEBER], surviving him, of whom little Ruth is now left an orphan.

Mrs. Beeber leaves one sister, Mrs. Jennie BRANDON, of Kokomo, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Ollie POWNER, of Niantic, Illinois, and Miss Fannie DAVIS, of Warsaw, Indiana, and a large circle of friends here who are grieved to part with one so kind, benevolent and companionable.

Rev. FRAZIER, of Kokomo, preached a beautiful funeral sermon at the Christian church yesterday at 2 o’clock p.m. where the deceased was a devout worshipper, and the remains were then taken in charge of the Daughters of Rebekah and quietly conveyed to the Odd Fellows cemetery where the body was laid to rest.

May the fragrant zephyrs steal gently through the pines of Odd Fellows cemetery today and drift the May blossoms profusely over the newly made grave while the spring birds chant their plaintive requiems to the silent dead.

Since the death of her mother several years ago, Hattie GORDON has had a home and been cared for by her aunt, Mrs. Hattie BEEBER in this city whose death therefore leaves two little girls homeless. Hattie will go to Kokomo to live with Mrs. Jennie BRANDON while little Ruth [BEEBER] will be given a home by Mrs. Ollie POWNER, of Niantic, Illinois, both of the ladies being sisters to the late Mrs. Beeber.


BIRTH - After a long and tedious waiting Jay EWER has at last realized the full fruition of his fondest hopes, it’s a boy, and now Jay can go fishing in peace knowing that he has an heir to his immense wealth and that his name will be perpetuated down throughout the ages.  (NORTH LAKE)


BIRTH - Link CALAWAY is the proud papa of an eleven pound son. Father and child doing well.  (NORTH LAKE)


BIOG - Emma COOK, an eighteen year old maiden, of Newcastle township, filed a complaint with Justice BUCHANAN last week, charging George ELY with bastardy. On Friday George was brought to town and continued the case until Monday, May 16, by giving $500 bond for his appearance, when he will try to show to the court that Miss Cook has been too familiar with several young men of her neighborhood to make a clear case against him.


Wednesday, May 18, 1887


DIED - Last Wednesday at noon a report of the sudden death of Uncle Billy [William] TRIBBETT spread rapidly over the city and was received with surprise by all who heard it.

During the early  part of the day Mr. Tribbett worked in his garden and at 11 o’clock went to the house telling Mr. BRIDEGROOM, who was helping him, that he felt tired and nervous. He was at the house but a short time when Mrs. TRIBBETT called to Mr. B. telling him to come to the house as Mr. Tribbett was quite sick.

A messenger was at once dispatched for Dr. SHAFFER [SHAFER] who went down and found Uncle Billy suffering terribly with a spinal affliction which produced convulsions. The Doctor had been

treating him for some disease and had prescribed nox vomica which he asked Mr. Tribbett if he had taken an overdose of, but the patient assured the Doctor that he had not and expired in a convulsion in a few minutes afterward.

William Tribbett was one of Fulton county’s pioneers and was well and favorably known throughout the county. He leaves a wife and one child, Mrs. Peter BIDDINGER, and several brothers and sisters to mourn his sudden death. He was always happy and contented and by hard work had accumulated considerable property.

The funeral services were held on Friday at the Presbyterian church, conducted by Revs. T. G. SMITH and A. O. RABER, after which a large concourse of his friends and neighbors followed his remains to their long home in the Odd Fellows cemetery.

DIED - Of scarlet fever, after three days of illness, May 13, 1887, Nora MONTGOMERY, youngest child of Mrs. Clara E. JEFFRIES, of Newcastle township, aged 6 years 5 months and 18 days.

Little Nora was a bright child whose presence seemed as a ray of sunshine and the pet of the household. She loved, and in return was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Rev. E. J. DELP. The silent little body was then taken to the Reester cemetery where it was consigned to its narrow bed by the side of its father, W. J. MONTGOMERY, who preceded her more than five years ago. The family has the sympathy of the entire community.


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - William E. MILLER and Amanda SPOHN are now happy.


ATTEND FUNERAL - Messrs. Wesley TRIBBETT, of Thorntown, Ind., and Jno. TRIBBETT, of Montgomery county, attended the funeral of their brother, William [TRIBBETT], here last week.


Wednesday, May 25, 1887


DIED - James F. JOHNSON received a telegram from New York announcing the death of his brother.


DIED - Grandpa Alex G. ROSS died at the residence of Mrs. Sol MILLER, near Leiters Ford, last Saturday, from heart disease. Deceased was 87 years old at the time of his death and was the father of Mr. David ROSS and Mrs. Clark [Martha J. ROSS] HICKMAN of this city. The remains were brought here Monday and interred in Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - The Sentinel failed to get the report last week of the death of Mr. Jos. E. HENDERSON, of Union township, which occurred one week ago last Friday. Mr. Henderson was nearly fifty years old at the time of his death, and was a man widely known for his noble traits of character. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Ivy JOHNSTON, and the remains were interred in the Moon cemetery.


BIOG - Rose and Zenia ATCHINSON [EYTCHINSON], two girls living west of the Fair Grounds, have filed complaints against Frank REED and Isaac MITCHELL charging them with assault and battery. The quartett were out walking one evening last week and the boys behaved so badly that one of the girls reluctantly sacrificed her virtue while the other escaped after a terrible struggle. It is an old fashioned Iceberg case and will probably amount to nothing.

DIED - Clara V. GOSS, the five year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jonas GOSS died of brain fever Monday evening at the family residence 5 miles southwest of town. Little Clara was a bright and promising little girl and the household pet, but this did not stay death’s hand and he claimed her for a victim. Funeral services were conducted yesterday at 2 o’clock by Rev. A. O. RABER at Trinity church, in this city, after which the little body was tenderly laid to rest in Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - Wm. M. ORR is in Hamilton county at his old home, where he was called by the sickness and death of his father.

Wednesday, June 1, 1887


BIOG - The State failed to make a case against [Frank] REED and [Isaac] MITCHELL yesterday for assault and battery upon the persons of the EYTCHINSON girls [Rose and Zenia] and the boys were acquitted. . . . . .


SERIOUSLY ILL - Mrs. John [Catharine PACKER] DAVIS was at the bedside of her father, F. B. PACKER, one of the pioneers of Richland township, Sunday. Mr. Packer has been seriously ill for several months and the prospects for his recovery are said to be unfavorable.


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. Ort DUDGEON a girl baby.


DIED - Reuben CARR died at his home, 3-1/2 miles northeast of town last Thursday and was buried at Hoover’s Station cemetery on Friday. Mr. Carr was one of Fulton county’s industrious and influential citizens and lacked but four years of having reached his allotted age, being over 66 years old.


Wednesday, June 8, 1887


MARRIED - Mr. Henry L. FOGLESONG and Miss Marcia E. WHITTENBERGER, at the residence of the bride’s parents about five miles southeast of Rochester on the first day of June, 1887. Mr. and Mrs. Foglesong have now bidden adieu to the school room, where for years they have been engaged impressing ideas on the mind of “Young America,” and will accommodate the people of Altoner and vicinity when in need of general merchandise. . . . A. O. RABER.


DIED - After a lingering illness, Mr. Fred B. PACKER died at his home in Richland township, yesterday morning at the ripe old age of 73 years.

Mr. Packer was one of the oldest pioneers in the county, having settled in Newcastle township in 1852. During his long residence here, deceased accumulated considerable property, gained a wide acquaintance in Fulton and Marshall counties, and the news of his death will be heard with sorrow.

Mr. Packer was married three times, and leaves six children, Mrs. Jno. C. DAVIS, of this city, Mrs. CLICK, Mrs. SHELLY and Aaron, George and Wm. PACKER, all of whom reside near the old home. The funeral services will be conducted today at 11 o’clock by Rev. A. E. GIFT at the Lutheran church near Tiosa.


LIFE INSURANCE PAID - Mrs. F. RICHTER has received $2,500 from the I.O.O.F. Life Insurance Company, which is the amount in full of the policy carried by the late Mr. Frank

RICHTER. For seven years Mrs. Richter’s son, Albert [RICHTER], has paid the annual dues on the policy, which now places her in her present comfortable circumstances.


SUICIDE - Last Saturday evening word reached this city that Miss CARL, who resides about two miles west of Kewanna, had committed suicide.

It has since been learned that the unfortunate girl in a fit of despondency brought on by the embarrassing situation she was in went to Kewanna and procured a vial of laudanum, and a revolver, and proceeded to pay a visit to her betrayer, a young man named Henry HOOVER, residing in Pulaskiville, where she had a lengthy conversation with him. She then returned to her home and there swallowed the deadly drug which ended her existence. It is a sad case and one that should serve as a warning to other girls to take no stock in the before-marriage promises of any man.


MARRIED - Alfred THOMAS and Miss Emma CALIFF were married last week.


MARRIED - Last Wednesday evening Deputy Clerk REESE opened the marriage license record and inscribed therein with many flourishes the names of Mr. I. R. WEAVER and Miss Lillie M. PRATT, of Wagoner.

The wedding followed on Thursday evening at the residence of the officiating minister, Rev. MILLER, near Green Oak. The groom is one of the most industrious young farmers in the county, while the bride is a young lady of retiring and sociable disposition and is in every way fitted to make a home pleasant and a man happy. May their wedded lives be sunshine with just enough clouds flitting by to reveal to them their silver linings.


BIOG - Mr. Jas. WARE, of Johnston county, is in the city visiting his nephew, county Treasurer James WARE. Mr. Ware camped on the banks of Lake Manitau 55 years ago when there was not a single house between South Bend and Logansport. The old gentleman says that he distinctly remembers the night he camped in Fulton county, as the wild animals and birds kept up such a screaming as he will never forget. The light of the camp fires seemed to make the wolves and wildcats frantic with rage and they kept up a hideous and blood curdling noise all night.


MARRIED - Henry L. FOGLESONG and Miss Marcia WHITTENBERGER were married Wednesday evening of last week, at the residence of the bride’s parents. Mr. F. has been for a long time one of Fulton county’s best teachers, as was also she who is now his wife. The happy couple will locate in Nebo, Cass county, where Mr. F. will go into business. . . . .


Wednesday, June 15, 1887


ACCIDENTAL DEATH - At James NAFE’s saw mill, five miles west of Rochester, an accident occurred last Tuesday, which was most shocking and resulted in the death of Albert MOORE, a young married man about 27 years old.

Deceased was working in the mill and stood on the carriage as it ran back past the saw when in some manner he fell over against the running saw, which caught his foot cutting it nearly off and then cut the bone off below the knee and threw the unfortunate man down in such a position as to again come in contact with the murderous saw, which this time accomplished its undertaking by completely severing the limb from the body above the knee, and then throwing the amputated member thirty feet through the mill.

As quickly as the mill could be shut down the mangled and bleeding man was carried into the house where the fast flowing blood was checked until Dr. OVERMYER, of Leiters and Drs. SHAFFER

[SHAFER] and RANNELLS of this city were summoned and dressed the wound. The patient was apparently rapidly improving from the shock and seemed quite bright on Wednesday, kbut in the evening he suddenly grew worse and after lying in a comatous condition for several hours, quietly breathed his life out.

Mr. Moore was a son-in-law of John BROCK, the north toll gate keeper and leaves a young wife and two children to mourn his untimely and distressingly sad death.


DIED - Kisiah REED (nee BARRICK) was born in Kosciusko county this state, died in Rochester, Ind., June 9, 1887, aged 34 years and 8 months. She was united in marriage to Mr. Harry REED, February 21, 1869, which union was blessed with four children, two of whom preceded her to the other shore. She leaves a sorrowing husband, one son, one daughter, father, mother, one brother and many other relatives and friends to mourn her early departure. May God comfort them.


DIED - A. Ellis FOSNER, was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, died of gland consumption near Rochester, Ind., June 11, 1887, aged 29 years 8 months and 23 days.

Mr. Fosner and Miss Emma REEDER, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, united their fortunes in holy wedlock February 25, 1878, and were blessed with three children.

He was a kind hearted, affectionate companion, a tender father, providing well for his family, a good neighbor and universally respected. He leaves the wife of his youth, two daughters, one son, father, mother, one sister and many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Although he led a strictly moral life, yet during his long affliction he felt the necessity of a different relation to his Maker and relying by faith on the Redeemer of the world, was enabled to rest secure in him. May God comfort the bereft.   -- A. O. RABER.


DIED - Infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Henry HIVELY died June 11, 1887, at the age of 7 months and 7 days four miles west of Rochester, Ind. Mr. & Mrs. Hively came here on a visit to their parents, from their home in Huntington, Ind.., a few days ago and this, to them, is a sad visit, to give up their only child. On Sabbath June 12, the funeral service was held at Mt. Hope church 5 miles east of Rochester, Ind., and the little remains were buried in Mt. Hope cemetery. May God comfort these parents and grandparents.  -- Jas. WALES.


DIED - Martha J. WEASNER, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David WEASNER, was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, February 27, 1867, and departed this life June 11, 1887, five miles west of Rochester, Ind., aged 20 years 3 months and 14 days. She bore her sufferings patiently and died sweetly in Jesus. Parents and sisters, besides many relatives, remain to mourn her early departure. Her funeral was conducted by the writer at Oak Grove school house, June 12, inst. Her remains were buried in the Citizens cemetery, Rochester, Ind.   -- Jas. WALES.


MARRIED - . . . . last Sunday evening at the residence of Mr. A. E. PENDLETON two and a half miles west of this city, Mr. Charles D. CHESTNUT and Miss Canna A. PENDLETON were united in marriage. Rev. E. J. DELP officiated . . . . .


MARRIED - On Thursday evening, June 9, 1887, Mr. John W. F. SMITH and Miss Marian L. TAYLOR, of Oxford, Ohio. . . . . Mrs. Smith will be remembered by many Rochester people she having recently paid her friends here a brief visit . . . . . John has for a long time been industriously and successfully engaged in insuring others against loss and we are glad to see that he has now insured his own happiness. . . . .


BIOG - Benjamin F. GREEN of Fulton was granted a pension last Wednesday.


BIRTH - Al GOODRICH and Willis CARTER each report new boy babies at their homes.


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. Robert MARSH, of Marshtown, are the proud parents of a girl baby. In six years of married life this is the first addition to their family and congratulations are in order.


Wednesday, June 22, 1887


BIOG - A vicious dog owned by Peter BREADBURNER, who lives near Mud Lake, in Liberty township, attacked his master’s 16 months old baby last Sunday and mangled the little fellow’s face in a sickening manner. The blood thirsty cur was at once killed and the child is improving and will likely recover, but will carry the ugly scars through life.


DIED - The subject of this sketch, Isaiah HOOVER, was born in Miami county, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1810, died in Rochester, Indiana, June 20, 1887, aged 76 years and 7 months.

Mr. Hoover came here in an early day and was for years identified with the growth and business interests of Fulton county having faithfully served the people as county Treasurer for two consecutive terms.

Fortune smiled on Mr. Hoover for several years and he became well fixed financially, but his benevolence and liberality were successfully appealed to on every hand and there are but few churches, benevolent institutions or societies in the county which existed during his prosperous days to which he was not a liberal contributor. It is said, and truthfully too, that to his benevolence and philanthropic disposition the extreme poverty in which he died is directly attributable.

Deceased was married to Rebecca BLACKBURN 42 years ago and six children blessed their union, two of whom only and their mother survive. He was a great sufferer for years with rheumatism from which he died.

The funeral services was conducted by Rev. RABER yesterday at 3 o’clock and the remains were laid to rest in Odd Fellows cemetery.


BIRTHDAY - Henry SWARTZLANDER, of Henry township, was 73 years old last Sunday a week and about seventy of his neighbors and friends gathered at his residence and spent the day very pleasantly with the old and well known pioneer. Mr. Swartzlander is one of Fulton county’s most substantial and respected citizens. . . . .


Wednesday, June 29, 1887


KILLED ON RAILROAD - Readers of the Sentinel have become somewhat familiar, through its columns, with Richard McINTIRE, a young man about twenty-three years old who has recently figured in the courts as defendant in the sleigh-bell case, and the Marshland larceny suit in both of which he was acquitted.

For several months Dick, as he was familiarly called, has worked on the C. & A. gravel train and last Thursday he quit work at North Judson and told his friends that he was going to ride home to Marshland on a freight train which came through from Chicago in the night.

He left his fellow workmen and nothing more was thought of the matter until the next morning when someone discovered a ghastly spectacle a short distance this side of Judson. Near a cattle guard and to the side of the track was found part of the remains of a human being, but as it was ground into an unrecognizable mass no clue to its identity was obtained until an acquaintance of the unfortunate young man

came and recognized the body by the clothing. A part of the scull and brains were found on the cattle guard in which it is supposed he fell from the running train, while a lower limb was found ten miles this side, part of the intestines on a car at Huntington, and one hand and arm has not yet been found.

It was a sight from which the bravest of men turned in horror, but kind [hands?] gathered up the scattered fragments of the body and they were brought home to a mother whose distressing grief cannot be pictured in words.

When sober, Dick was a quiet and orderly young man, but whiskey frequently got him into trouble and either directly or indirectly brought him to an untimely death.

The funeral services were held Friday evening and a concourse of sympathizing friends tenderly consigned the remains to a silent grave with but a single thought: ‘tis finished.

The sympathy of every father and mother will go out to the parents of this unfortunate son.


MARRIED - A report on the streets last Friday morning that the popular young barrister, Will McMAHAN, had joined the great family of benedicts, created considerable surprise among his many friends. At the palatial residence of Wm. SAVAGE, near Wagoners, on Thursday evening, in the presence of the relatives of the high contracting parties, Rev. LORD pronounced the ceremony which united as husband and wife Wm. W. McMAHAN and Miss Fannie SAVAGE. . . . . . . . Mr. & Mrs. McMahan will take up their residence in this city . . . . . .


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - E[li S.] YOUNT and Clara B. WAGONER; Albert BLEILER and Melissa KUHN; Oliver FORD and Emma J. BARKER.


MARRIED - Invitations are out for the marriage of Hon. Dan McDONALD, editor of the Plymouth Democrat, and Miss Lillie BRACKETT, which will occur tomorrow evening at the residence of the bride’s mother, one-half mile south of this city.


DIED - Grandma ALLMAN died of old age at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. BICCARD, last Saturday morning, at the advanced age of 76. Deceased had lived in this city several years, but on account of her feeble condition she had but few acquaintances here.

Mr. & Mrs. Sol ALLMAN, A. BICCARD, Mrs. L. HEILBRUN and Mrs. Jos. EHRLICH accompanied the remains of Grandma Allman to LaPorte Monday, where interment was made.


Wednesday, July 6, 1887




MARRIED - At high noon last Thursday at the residence of the bride, one-half mile south of this city, Hon. Daniel McDONALD, editor of the Plymouth Democrat, and Miss Lillie BRACKETT were joined in holy wedlock in the presence of a large circle of relatives and friends, Rev. N. L. LORD officiating . . . . . will return to the groom’s handsome summer residence at Maxinkuckee where they will spend the summer. The following is a list of the guests present:

Mrs. Dr. BORTON, Bourbon; Drs. B. D. and Chas. E. BRACKETT and wives, Claypool; Mr. &

Mrs. Platt McDONALD, Chicago; Mrs. Susan HENRY, Earl Park, Ind.; Mrs. Cora EASTMAN, Rock Island, Ill.; Dr. HOTEN and wife, Mr. & Miss McDONALD, son and daughter of the groom, and Mrs. CLEVELAND, Plymouth; and Mr. & Mrs. Geo. W. HOLMAN; Dr. and Mrs. V. GOULD; Mr. & Mrs. L. M. BRACKETT; Mr. & Mrs. Chas. W. BRACKETT; Mr. & Mrs. Wm. DOWNEY; Mr. & Mrs. C. K. PLANK; Mr. & Mrs. S. ROSENTHAL and Mr. Ben WEBBER and mother, Rochester.


MARRIED - . . . . news came, through the medium of the Chicago papers, that Mr. Harry KANE, of Chicago, and Miss Carrie SHRYOCK, of Rochester, Indiana, had been united in wedlock, the Tuesday evening previous.

The information, coming as it did to the family of Col [Kline G.] SHRYOCK, who had no previous intimation of the event, produced a complete shock. . . . .

It seems that Miss Irene WEBB and H. A. BRADFORD and Miss SHRYOCK and Mr. KANE were spending the Sunday preceding the marriage, together, when apparently in a joking manner, one of the young fellows proposed that they have a double wedding. The young ladies acquieced in the proposals in a bantering way, but no serious thoughts of accepting the proposales were given at the time. The young men, however, alluded to the subject several times during the day and in carrying out their programme they procured licenses to marry, Tuesday, the 28th ult., and calling upon the young ladies, they insisted upon them complying with the agreement made a few days before. The girls were at first completely nonplused, but finally consented that the marriage should proceed, and accordingly Bishop CHENEY, of the Episcopal church, was called in and officiated at the double wedding. . . . .


MARRIED - George FUNK the young Logansport attorney who frequently practices in our Circuit Court was married to Miss Clara BARNES last Wednesday.


Wednesday, July 13, 1887


BIOG - George ENGLE, who was “sent up” two years ago for attempting to shoot Hiel COOK, of Kewanna, has served his time out and came home.


Wednesday, July 20, 1887


MARRIED - Mr. Peter MEDARY and Miss Emma CONN, of Liberty township, were issued a license to marry last Saturday by Clerk REED . . . .


Wednesday, July 27, 1887


MARRIED - Charles J. MERCER and Nora M. BELL were married by Rev. N. L. LORD, last Thursday evening.


DIED - Mollie [ELY] KESSLER, wife of Reuben KESSLER, and daughter of Mr. Lewis ELY, died at her home in Bloomingsburg yesterday and will be buried today. Mrs. Kessler was a highly esteemed young woman, but that dread disease Consumption fastened its fangs upon her and she was called away from her young husband and two pretty little children.


Wednesday, August 3, 1887


DIED - Manases LEEDY, who resides northwest of town near Germany, buried an infant child Tuesday, August 2, inst.

PROPERTY SALE - The personal property of the late Fred B. PACKER will be sold at Public Sale at deceased’s late residence, near Tiosa, tomorrow, Aug. 4th.


Wednesday, August 10, 1887




Wednesday, August 17, 1887


ACCIDENTAL DEATH - In the last issue of the Logansport Pharos the following notice of the death of a former Fulton county citizen is taken:

Enos STINGLEY, who was kicked by a mule some nights ago, died at 5 o’clock this morning at the SHANNON house. His funeral was held today, the remains being taken in charge by the county, he being without money or friends. The deceased was 48 years old, and was unable to speak any language but German. He has been in the city for some time. He worked about six weeks for M. SCHNEEBERGER, and afterward got a job with the street force. At the time of his injury he was out of work, and was simply staying for the night at SHECKLIN’s. The deceased had friends in Fulton county who were notified of his injury, but after coming here and staying a short time, they returned home.

Stingley formerly resided in Liberty township where he and his wife separated and Mrs. STINGLEY came to Rochester and married Uncle John BARNES.


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. P. H. GRELLE -- a girl.


MARRIED - Edwin BARKER and Emma BEATTIE, two estimable young people of Wayne township, were licensed to marry yesterday.


DIED - The six months old child of Mr. & Mrs. Charles BECKER, of Liberty township, died of cholera infantum Saturday night and was buried in the Fulton cemetery Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock.


MARRIED - Invitation cards are out for the marriage of Mr. Henry PFEIFFER, of the firm of BEYER BROS. this city, and Miss Rhoda FOGLESONG, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John FOGLESONG, of Kewanna, which will be solemnized at Spring Fountain Park, Warsaw, on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 24.


Wednesday, August 24, 1887


MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s parents in this city, on Sunday Aug. 21, Mr. Chas. L. SWARTWOOD and Miss Sallie E. ENTSMINGER, Rev. RICKHOFF officiating. . . . . Both are prominent members of the Christian church. . . .


MARRIED - At the M.E. parsonage, at Macy on Thursday evening, Aug. 18, Mr. Henry O. BLACKBURN and Miss Minnie L. CAMERER both of Fulton county. . . . the groom is a wholesouled industrious young farmer, familiarly known as jolly Hank Blackburn, and the bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. Jacob CAMERER. . . .


DIED - For three years Grandma [Rhoda] STAHL has been a great sufferer, but death gently released her last Thursday, when she sank into that sleep from which there is no waking.

Fourteen years ago deceased, with her husband, Mr. Simeon STAHL, moved to Rochester from Ohio and purchased a comfortable home here where they could enjoy the shady side of life and where they have since resided.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. H. WILSON, of the M.E. church, of which Grandma had been a faithful member for many years. Deceased was 72 years old.


DIED - Aunt Rachel GROVES departed this life on the 16th inst. Her remains were laid by kind and loving hands in the Yellow Creek cemetery, to rest while her spirit enjoys the bliss of another world.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)


DIED - An infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Eli CURTIS was buried at Hoover’s cemetery Monday.


DIED - Prof. and Mrs. W. H. GREEN went to Royal Center, yesterday, to attend the funeral of Dr. THOMAS, who is a brother-in-law to Mr. Green.


KILLED IN RAILWAY ACCIDENT - In the late Chatsworth, Illinois railway accident a cousin of Mr. Jacob STEVENS and two daughters were among the list of killed.


Wednesday, August 31, 1887


MARRIED - Last February Sherman CHANDLER left Rochester and went to Hamilton county where he has been engaged in the ministry in which high calling it is said he has met with great success. . . . Saturday’s Indianapolis Sentinel contains an article which chronicles the marriage of Sherman and an estimable young lady of Noblesville which occurred under rather trying circumstances. The Sentinel says:

Sherman F. CHANDLER and Miss Clara BURROUGHS, of Noblesville, having kept company for some time, desired to have the matrimonial knot tied. They gained the consent of the young lady’s parents, that is, all but a brother of the prospective bride who was much opposed to the match for some reason, and threatened to make his opposition emphatic, vigorously assaulted Mr. Chandler with a harrow tooth, cutting a gash and shaking him up somewhat, but not sufficiently to prevent him (Chandler) from going after his assailant and literally wiping the floor with him. To guard against further trouble the young couple came to Indianapolis and were married by Rev. L. H. JAMISON.


MARRIED - The following notice of the marriage of our fellow townsman, Henry PFEIFFER and Miss Rhoda FOGLESONG, of Kewanna, is taken from the Warsaw Times:

[lengthy details] . . . . Mr. Pfeiffer, we understand, is a half brother of the BEYER BROTHERS of this place . . . . .


MARRIED - Mr. Charles PALMER and Miss Etta COLLINS were united in the holy bonds of matrimony last week at Macy, but as we received no cards or cake, we cannot afford a very extensive notice, however, we wish them a happy voyage.  (NORTH LAKE)


DIED - Mr. Wm. TROUTMAN, who was reported very ill last week, died August 2d. Aged near 85 years.  (KEWANNA

Wednesday, September 7, 1887


ACCIDENTAL DEATH - When Joseph OVERMIRE [OVERMYER] left his home in Union township last Thursday afternoon in excellent health and started with his three uncles to Monterey, his family could not have been made to believe that in twenty-four hours they would be following his cold and silent body to the grave, but such was the fact.

On the road home from Monterey Joseph and one of his uncles, two of whom were men, were scuffling in the wagon when Joseph fell out, the wheel passed over his breast and crushed his ribs and breast bone so badly that he died in a few hours. It is said that the crowd was very hilarious from tarrying too long at the flowing bowl to which if true, young Joseph’s untimely death can be directly attributed. Deceased was 17 years old, and his remains were buried in the Bruce Lake cemetery.


MARRIED - At the residence of Mrs. Dr. GOULD last Thursday evening, Rev. G. A. CHITTENDEN officiating, Mr. B. A. CARTER and Miss Emma McKEE, both of this city. The groom is a son of Mr. Geo. CARTER and is a partner with his father in the manufacture of brick. . . . . For seven years the bride has made her home with Mrs. Dr. Gould. . . . . The couple went to housekeeping at once on south Jefferson street where they had a home nicely fitted up for their reception.


MARRIED - Mr. E. A. RANNELLS, of Fulton, will be married to Miss Ida SEEBAUM at Union City, this evening and will return tomorrow when the newly married couple will be at home to their friends. Ez. has a large circle of friends who, with the Sentinel, extend congratulations.


MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s parents on Madison street at 8 p.m. yesterday, Rev. J. H. WILSON pronounced the beautiful ceremony which united as husband and wife Deputy Treasurer A. H. PHILLIPS and Miss Dell HEFFLEY. . . . . the bride is the youngest and accomplished daugher of Mr. Samuel HEFFLEY. They will begin housekeeping at once in the handsome brick residence recently built by Mr. Heffley on the lot adjoining his residence.


BIRTH - At a surprise party of the old fashioned kind at Nathaniel MIKESELL’s a few evenings since, his wife presented him a bran new boy baby, and Than is very proud.  (BLOOMINGSBURG0


BIOG - After thirty-two years of active merchantile life in Rochester, Uncle Jesse SHIELDS will now close out his stock of goods and quit business. Mr. Shields commenced business as a clerk in this city in 1834, since which time he has been actively identified with the growth and prosperity of Rochester and Fulton county. May his remaining days be days of pleasure and happiness.


DIED - Last Thursday afternoon Mr. Wm. M. BRUMM, who was living with Theo. O’BLENNIS, near Tiosa, suddenly dropped dead while plowing in a field near the house. The coroner held an inquest the next day and the conclusion deduced was that death was caused by fatty degeneration of the heart. The deceased was 64 years old at the time of his death, was born in Germany, and has lived in Fulton county for thirty years. He was a bachelor, and had no near relatives in this county.



DIED - The remains of Jesse JESSEN were brought here from Logansport last Wednesday and buried in Odd Fellows cemetery. Deceased was formerly a resident of this city and was a son-in-law of Mr. B. O. JOHNSON of the north side.


DIED - Grandmother Salome WAGONER was born in Westmoreland county, Ohio, Jan 13, 1804, and died Aug 29, 1887. Afterward her parents moved to Perry county, Ohio, where at the age of twenty she was married to Daniel WAGONER. This union was blessed with seven children, two sons and five daughters, all of whom except one daughter and the father preceded the deceased to the spirit world. Deceased was baptized in her infancy and was afterward instructed and confirmed in the doctrines of the Lutheran church, in which she remained a faithful member until her death. Funeral services at the Lutheran church, east of Tiosa.


Wednesday, August 10, 1887


ACCIDENTAL DEATH - Mr. Israel DAGGETT, who lived near Walnut, met his death one day last week by falling from a hay stack. His remains were interred in the Richland Center cemetery.  (RICHLAND CENTER)


DIED - Death has again appeared in our midst and summoned one of our esteemed citizens away, George W. OGDEN, of Macy, who died Wednesday, Aug 6, at his home of brain disease. He leaves a wife and family and a large circle of friends to mourn his departure on that journey we must all travel sooner or later.  (NORTH LAKE)


DIED - Quiet and peacefully Ed. B. CHINN breathed his life out last Thursday morning, surrounded by his family and relatives, after an illness of many months.

Deceased was well known throughout Fulton county as he had been engaged in business in Rochester for many years. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. FRAZIER, of Kokomo, in the Christian church where Mr. Chinn was a regular communicant, after which the G.A.R. Post took charge of the remains and laid them to rest in Odd Fellows cemetery according to the rites of that order, of which deceased was a member. The funeral was largely attended and tears trickled down many cheeks in sympathy with the grief stricken family.




MARRIED - Mr. Chas. CAFFYN and Miss Emma AWALT were married in Wisconsin ten months ago, and kept the matter a secret until last week when they announced the fact of their marriage and at once went to housekeeping in Mr. Caffyn’s Jefferson street property.

DIED - The many friends of Mr. John H. VALENTINE, in Rochester and Fulton county, will be pained to learn of his death which occurred at Stafford, Kansas last week. Deceased was a very popular young drug clerk in this county for many years and had a wide acquaintance. Mr. Frank VALENTINE, of Akron, left for Stafford yesterday morning where he will look after his deceased brother’s business and settle it up.


DIED - John BOCKOVER died at his home west of town last Wednesday and was buried Thursday. His disease was dropsy.


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. John TOWNSEND, of Liberty township, are ready to receive congratulations of their friends on the advent of a girl baby [Iva TOWNSEND] into their family, which occurred last week [Aug 5, 1887].


DIED - Dennis McMAHAN, one of the oldest residents of Rochester township, died at his home 3 miles east of the city last Thursday and was buried on Friday. Rev. Noah HEETER preached a touching and appropriate funeral discourse. Mr. McMahan was a good neighbor, an honest and influential citizen, and a staunch Democrat. His family have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. Clark CONDON, a girl baby [Annie L. CONDON] last Friday morning [Aug 5, 1887].




Wednesday, September 14, 1887


DIED - Sarah E. GOSS, wife of Edward GOSS, was born July 22, 1865, died September 11, 1887, aged 22 years 1 month and 19 days. Her end was calm and peaceful; she died fully trusting in Jesus, and among her last words were these:

“Angels are waiting for me; the golden gate stands open wide for me; I shall meet my mother there.” Then looking upward she exclaimed, “Her angel face I see it now.” Then speaking of her brothers who were absent, she said, “Tell the boys I’ve gone to heaven.”

Then while standing by her bed I saw a smile upon her face, and I then said to her, “What pleases you so well?” She exclaimed, “I am so happy,” Then again: “I am dying so happy I shall clear it triumphant.”

Then speaking of her little girl she said to her husband: “Tell my darling little girl of her mother when I am gone, tell her often of me, Edward, so I’ll never be forgotten.”

She leaves a husband, one child, father, step-mother, five brothers and two sisters to mourn her early departure.

Written by her father, Levi W. POWNALL.

Mrs. Edward GOSS whose obituary appears elsewhere, was one of those unfortunates, who, with all her pleasant surroundings, gave up life after a year of the most excruciating suffering and misery. Her disease was delayed childbirth and all the physicians agreed that death must be the result when, as a last resort, Prof. JAY, of Bennett Medical College, Chicago, was sent for who came and after diagnosing the case, informed the pale emaciated little woman that death would surely result if an operation was not performed which the eminent surgeon thought might possibly save her life. She readily consented to endure any amount of pain if she could only be permitted to live and the Prof. then performed the operation known to surgery as the Caesarean operation

which was successfully accomplished but it didn’t stay the fast approaching dissolution and in three days death released the sufferer. Mrs. Goss was one of the truly noble young women of this county and in her husband’s awful grief he has the heartfelt sympathy of all who know of the terrible affliction he has experienced during the past year.




WEDDING GIFT - On the night of his wedding, Mr. A. H. PHILLIPS was the recipient of a valuable present, a deed for two lots in Kewanna, from the hand of his father, Hickman PHILLIPS.


MARRIED - Justice BUCHANAN pronounced the ceremony yesterday evening which bound together as husband and wife John F. GREGORY and Miss Mary A. WHEATLEY. Both have crossed the meridian of life and have enjoyed marital bliss before. May their paths be strewn with flowers.


MARRIED - A pleasant surprise party was given Mr. E. A. RANNELLS of Fulton, last Thursday evening when he arrived home from Union City with his bride.

His aunt, Mrs. Dr. [O. P.] WAITE of this city, invited a large circle of the friends of the family to meet at the Rannells home at 7 o’clock, when the bride and groom were completely taken by surprise upon the unexpected arrival of so many friends. . . . .

There were present from this city: Mr. & Mrs. Lon RANNELLS, Mr. & Mrs. Curg RANNELLS; Mr. & Mrs. C. K. BITTERS, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. MERCER, Mr. & Mrs. Chas. SISSON, Mr. & Mrs. F. K. KENDRICK, Mrs. Dan AGNEW, Mrs. J. G. GARNER, also Mrs. Jennie RANNELLS and daughter, Mary [RANNELLS] of Perrysburg, and Mrs. Nellie McKLEWEE, of Peru, Mrs. Levi MERCER and daughter, Grace [MERCER], Misses Trude LYON, Anna O’BRIAN, Edna HARDING, Cynthia BROWN, Lola TRUE, Mollie RANNELLS, Lou HICKMAN, and Messrs. Albert RICHTER, Dr. RANNELLS, Kline SHORE and Ed MILLER.


BIRTH - There is a stranger in Fulton who will vote the Democratic ticket in 21 years and his father’s name is James WILSON, Postmaster.


Wednesday, September 21, 1887


DIED - Alta HOWARD was born at Angola, Indiana, August 8, 1857, and died there while on a visit, September 13, 1887, aged 39 years 1 month and 5 days.

On the evening of the 14th inst., the remains arrived in this city accompanied by the deceased’s father, and were taken to the family residence where many devoted friends awaited their coming.

Alta was one of Rochester’s purest and noblest young women, whose every energy was strained to elevate humanity to a higher plane and to teach a lesson each day of eminently noble purposes to her associates.

Funeral services were held in Grace Methodist church on Friday, when Rev. J. H. WILSON pronounced an appropriate and eloquent tribute and funeral sermon to a sorrowing audience, which filled the audience room and gallery to their full capacity.

The remains were then gently laid to rest in Odd Fellows cemetery where mother earth entombed all that was mortal, but the spirit soared triumphantly to the mystic world beyond.



BIRTH - Mr. Menzo FRANCE, of Schoharie, N.Y., is in the city spending a few days with Messrs. ROWLEY and BAKER, and brought the news of the recent birth of a son to Mrs. Cora BROUCK, nee ROWLEY. Mr. France is a very companionable and intelligent gentleman.


ADMINISTRATRIX APPOINTED - Elizabeth MYERS has been appointed administratrix of the estate of Samuel W. MYERS, deceased.


MARRIED - The marriage of Deputy Auditor Ed. T. MILLER and Miss Lou HICKMAN will be solemnized this evening at the residence of the bride’s parents, in the presence of a large party of friends.


DIED - The Logansport Pharos of the 10th inst., has the following notice of the death of a well known citizen of Liberty township:

Mathew ZANGER, aged 58 years, died yesterday of dropsy, at his home in Fulton, Indiana. The remains will be brought to this city tomorrow for interment, arriving here at about twelve o’clock. They will be taken direct to the residence of Mr. John SCHULTZ, of the Southside. The funeral will be held at the St. Joseph church at four o’clock.


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. JOY, a girl. All doing well.  (GREEN OAK)


Wednesday, September 28, 1887


KILLED BY TRAIN - Monday at noon as a C. & A. through freight train was pulling rapidly through the yards at the depot grounds, a man was seen to leap out of the door of a box car and fall beneath the moving train. Several persons ran to the injured man’s assistance, who was then sitting near the track, and found him badly injured. The stranger said his name was Garry [Geary] THOMPSON and that his home was near Bigfoot.

He was at once taken to the WALLACE HOUSE where Drs. GOULD and LORING examined his injuries and informed the young man that he had but a few hours at the most to live. In answer to the inquiry as to how he came to be on that train, he said he had boarded it at Hammond and as he thought the train was not going to stop here he jumped off and, stumbling, fell so near the moving car that a brake beam caught him with the following result: The left hand was split to the wrist, his forehead and nose were torn into deep ugly gashes, his left foot was mashed and his entire right leg was ground so badly that the thigh and shin bones were visible and the mangled foot hung to the leg only by some shreds of skin and flesh. His relatives were at once notified of the horrible accident and his mother, Mrs. Jarvis JEFFRIES, arrived just in time to see her son writhing in the throes of death which occurred at 4 o’clock p.m. For several months this unfortunate young man had been working in Crown Point and Englewood and last Saturday his mother received a letter from him stating that he would be home this week.

The remains were removed to the home of his parents Monday evening, and the funeral services will be held at the Chapel in Newcastle township.

Deceased was about twenty-two years old and unmarried, and was always a quiet inoffensive young man. His sickening death is another warning to people who jump on and off moving trains.

ACCIDENTAL DEATH - About five years ago Jay ROBBINS, a son of Mr. Cyrus H. ROBBINS, moved to Miami county and has since resided there. He lived about three miles north of Peru, and last Friday he and a neighbor were engaged in cutting timber in the woods, and late in the afternoon they were chopping a tree down, when the ax, used by Jay’s assistant, flew off the handle and striking him (Robbins) on the thigh, lacerated the muscles and arteries so badly that he died five hours afterward from loss of blood.

The remains were brought here Saturday evening and taken to the residence of Sylvester McKEE on north Main street, from where the funeral took place Sunday morning interment being made in Odd Fellows cemetery.

Deceased was about thirty-three years old and leaves a wife and four small children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. May He who tempers the winds to the shorn lambs comfort the widow and fatherless children in these their hours of awful grief.


DIED - The funeral of Mrs. PARSELLS was preached at the Christian church, of this place, last Tuesday.  (BLOOMINGSBURG)


BIRTH - Deputy Clerk REESE rejoices because his new baby is a boy, and Ort MITCHELL ditto because his is a girl.  (FULTON)


DIED - Jos. JEFFRIES, an old and highly respected citizen of Newcastle township, died of heart disease at Marion, Monday, and was brought home yesterday. He was the grandfather of young [Geary] THOMPSON, who met death the same day by falling under the cars at the C. & A. yards.


MARRIED - The marriage of Deputy Auditor Ed. T. MILLER and Miss Lou HICKMAN, at the residence of the bride’s parents last Wednesday evening was one of the most brilliant society events of the season. . . .


MUSTER ROLL - Twenty-five years have passed since the Rochester Chronicle contained the following Muster Roll of the late Capt. A. K. PLANK’s company of volunteers, which did such valiant service in the Rebellion. The clipping from the Chronicle is now yellow with age and the members of the company who are still living will, no doubt, be pleased to again see the names of their comrades as they appeared on the roll when they were mustered into the service:

(We are indebted to Jerome CARPENTER, Esq., for the following correct roll of the officers and privates, composing Captain Plank’s Company.  --Ed. Chronicle.



Captain - A. K. PLANK

1st Lieutenant - Geo. W. TRUSLOW

2d Lieutenant - David MOW

Orderly Sergeant - H. C. LONG

2d           “ - Jacob H. LEITER

3d           “ - Joseph W. BEEBER

4th         “  - Al. G. PUGH

5th         “ - D. W. SHRYOCK

1st Corporal - B. B. PATTON

2d           “ - S. C. JEWELL

3d           “ - Jasper W. SQUIRES


4th         “ - Newell CALIFF

5th         “ - J. H. LEAGUE

6th         “ - Jerome CARPENTER

7th         “ - Banner LAWHEAD

8th         “ - William STORM

1st Musician - James S. ELLIS

2d           “ - C. W. KRIDER

Wagoner - James A. WILSON



William, Peter B.

APT, William

APT, John



BEVERLY, Sandford


BERRY, Samuel






CATES, John E.


CLAY, Jonathan


CAPP, George C.




DRAKE, Franklin




FREER, Simeon J.




GRIPP, Peter


HUNTER, William






HIDAY, Jacob





LEISE, Jacob


LOOMIS, George

McFALL, Austin

MYERS, Jonas

McMAHAN, Jas. L.


MOW, Jas. E.

MOW, John O.

MACKEY, Shannon





PLATT, Henry








REID, John M.

ROTH, John



SHORT, Edward

STOTLER, Harrison

SMITH, Joseph J.

SMITH, Benj. T.


STOOPS, Madison

STAHL, Jacob M.


TAYLOR, Joseph B.

TRUE, Jasper




WALKER, Harrison

WEBB, Rev. I. D.



As an item of interest we might further add the list of the members of the company who were mustered out at the close of the war. Those marked with a * were on detached duty at Division and Brigade headquarters as clerks and orderlies:




Captain   - H. C. LONG

1st Lieutenant - Jos. W. BEEBER

2d Bvt. Lieutenant - Jonas MYERS

2d Sergeant - C. W. CLAY

3d        “     - A. E. BATCHELOR

4th      “        - Henry PLATT

1st Corporal - J. W. SQUIRES

2d        “          - Jas. J. BABCOCK

3d        “          - John ROTH

4th     “          - A. REIMENSCHNEIDER

5TH    “           - W. H. ALLMAN





APT, Peter B.

APT, William

APT, John



CATES, John E.


CLAY, Jonathan


FRIER, Simeon







LOVE, Jos. A.






PUGH, A. G.  *


SHORT, Edward







The following members were discharged from hospitals at the close of the war:




MACKEY, Shannon

STOOPS, Madison

The Sentinel is under obligations to H. C. LONG and Mrs. Chas. K. PLANK, for copies of the names of the members of company “F” 87th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, as they were mustered into and out of the service. The article elsewhere in this issue will be of much interest to the older citizens and especially to those who had relatives and friends in the company. Quite a number were mustered out and discharged before the close of the war, some joined other companies, but the most of the missing ones died in hospitals and on battle fields.


CITIZENS CEMETERY - Much complaint is heard of the management of the old cemetery west of the city limits [CITIZENS CEMETERY].

A gentleman who has friends buried there asks the Sentinel to say that those interested in the cemetery are dumb-founded to hear that a large drove of sheep and some cattle are pastured in there by permission of the overseer of the sacred homes of the dead. The idea of a mother going to the grave of her child upon which she has lovingly cultivated some flowers, and there find them destroyed and the little mound covered with litter, is a matter which indeed justly deserves the severest condemnation of every man or woman who has a spark of veneration for the dead. The shade trees were all killed in this cemetery last year, this year it is a pasture field and it will not be much of a surprise to see the plow cutting the sod next year above the silent formes of friends and fellow citizens who, while living, would have shuddered at the thought of such inhuman molestation and utter disregard for the sacredness of their silent homes.


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. George DAWSON a ten pound boy baby last Friday morning.


MARRIED - Mr. William S. PARKER and Miss Flora C. HAMLET, at the Evangelical parsonage on Vine street at 7:30 p.m. September 22, 1887. . . . . A. O. RABER.


BIOG - The trial of Chris. ADLEMAN, who shot George LATTIN, the gas well man, in this city on the 4th of July, was called last Wednesday and given to the jury about three o’clock. A verdict was reached the next morning about 4 o’clock, when they brought in a verdict of guilty and fixed the punishment at two years in the Penitentiary . . . . .


MARRIED - At the Christian church last Sunday evening, Elder Sherman CHANDLER in a most pleasing manner pronounced the ceremony which united as husband and wife, Mr. Phillip DeMONT and Miss Mary BEALL, daughter of Thos. BEALL, of this city. . . . . They will reside at Aurora, Illinois.



Wednesday, October 5, 1887


MARRIED - At the residence of the bride, in this city, on last Sunday, Rev. A. O. RABER pronounced the ceremony which joined as husband and wife Mr. Debolt KLINE, of Maxinkuckee and Mrs. Mary E. ABRAMS. Both are estimable christian people who have enjoyed marital bliss before. They will reside at Argos.



DIED - It is an unusual sight to see two members of the same family lying cold in death at the same time but such was the case at the residence of Joseph JEFFERIES last week when the bodies of Mr. Jeffries and Geary THOMPSON were taken to their home, rigid corpses.

Joseph Jeffries was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, age 60 years and 29 days; he moved to Ohio and thence to Kosciusko county, Indiana, where he was married to Ellen WILSON. From there he moved to Newcastle township, where he lived until his death which occurred Sunday September 24, at 3 o’clock p.m. at Marion, Indiana, to which place he had gone the Thursday before for medical treatment.

Geary Thompson, whose sickening death was described in our last issue was 22 years old at the time of his death and was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth JEFFERIES.

The funeral of both was preached at the same time by Rev. Noah HEETER after which the remains were lowered into their graves at the same moment and the earth closed over them. Peace to their silent rest.

[from the Marion Jeffersonian]:

On Thursday last Joseph JEFFERIES came from Big Foot, Fulton county to Marion to be treated by Dr. SNODGRASS for hemorhage of the lungs. He took a severe coughing spell while on the train which caused an internal bleeding. When he arrived here he was in a very feeble condition and continued to grow worse until 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon when his worldly pains were relieved by death. Some years ago Dr. Snodgrass treated a man from the same county named HOLOWELL and so successful was the treatment that the patient fully recovered health. Jefferies heard of this and thought to be relieved by like treatment, but his case was hopeless. He was on the verge of the grave and beyond the control of medical skill. His remains were taken to Big Foot for burial Monday afternoon.


BIRTH - Miss Katy SHAUGHNESSY, a waiter at the CENTRAL HOUSE, is the mother of a healthy young American whose paternal ancestor is non est inventum.


MARRIED - The many friends of Mr. Ben MECHLING formerly of this city but now of Cincinnati will be pleased to hear of his marriage to Miss Tillie BROUILLETTE which occurred at Vincennes yesterday.

The newly married couple came to this city today and will be given a reception this evening at 6 o’clock at the residence of Mr. Will SHELTON east of the city on the Warsaw road. Mr. Mechling holds a responsible position with FEDER & SILBERBERG’s wholesale house in Cincinnati, with which firm he has been connected for many years. Both are well known in this city and the Sentinel joins their many friends in extending congratulations.


BIRTHDAY - Jacob and Mrs. SHOWLEY, of near Germany church, Liberty township, are two of Fulton county’s most worthy citizens, and as last Saturday was Mrs. Showley’s 46th birthday, Mr. Showley and several of his neighbors planned a surprise . . . .

BIRTH - Capt. Chas. BRACKETT and wife are now the parents of a nice big girl baby. The Captain says that if Division No. 27 disregarded his commands as vigorously and haughtily as that baby does of nights, he would order them to disband and mould their swords into plow shares.


BIOG - John BILLS, of Macy, is in the Peru jail awaiting his trial for drawing a deadly weapon on some Macyite, and Jake ZARTMAN, the old timer, is keeping John company for want of funds to liquidate a fine of several dollars for being drunk.


ARTESIAN WELL - Should the vandal who steals the tin cup from the artesian well ever be found out, due vengeance will be wreaked upon him. It is a trying thing to wade across the street, through the mud for a drink of water and find the cup gone.


MARRIED - Married at the residence of the bride’s parents in Wayne township, Fulton county, Miss Agnes HARRISON to Mr. George HENDRICKSON. The bride is well known in this city and the groom is a well known farmer of Fulton county. The couple have the best wishes of their many friends.  --Logansport Pharos.


MARRIED - Neal ALSPACH, who was married at the fair to Miss Hattie BRYANT, will soon occupy the Kellar cottage in this village.  (MACY)





Wednesday, October 12, 1887


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. John HAGEN  -- a boy baby.


DIED - Cleveland HAWKINS, son of Mr. & Mrs. HAWKINS, of Fulton county, was born July 30, 1884, and died at the residence of his grandfather in Pulaski, September 30, 1887, aged 3 years and 2 months. Some two weeks before the death of the child the father was called to the spirit land. Funeral by Rev. J. C. BEADE, at the St. Peters Reformed church at Pulaski.  -- Winamac Republican.


MARRIED - Mr. Lin E. DELVIN, of Huntington, and Miss Mellie EDWARDS were married at the residence of the bride’s parents on North Main street, last Thursday evening at 6 o’clock, Rev. J. H. WILSON officiating.

Mr. Delvin is a dealer in tobaccos and also express agent at Huntington where he is known as a prince of good fellows. The bride has grown up here and was regarded by her hosts of friends as one of the most industrious and companionable girls in the city. Mr. & Mrs. Delvin left immediately after the marriage ceremony for Huntington where they will hereafter reside. Long may they live and prosper.


ANNIVERSARY - The Sentinel printed some fancy invitations to a reception which will be given by Mr. & Mrs. Benajah STANTON, at their home near LaPorte one week from this evening, the date being the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, or golden wedding. These elderly

people are the parents of our well known townspeople, Mr. E. C. STANTON, Mrs. A. C. SHEPHERD and Mrs. COFFIN.


BIOG - Mike FLAHARTY has received notice that his aunt, in the old country has left him quite a fortune. He will sail for Cork the last of this month.  (KEWANNA)


MARRIED - September 29, by Esq. SUTHERLAND, Q. KLING and Miss Mary COPLEN. . . . . (BLOOMINGSBURG)


Wednesday, October 19, 1887


DIED - The Echo is called upon to chronicle another sudden death this week. Monday afternoon while some workmen were engaged in threshing on the farm of Henry LANDIS, southeast of town, Jacob KRULL, who had been feeding the machine, stopped off the platform, and after shaking hands with a friend, dropped dead. He was in the best of health, apparently, a moment before, and his sudden demise is attributed to heart disease. He was aged about 65 years, and well known in that neighborhood.  -- Akron Echo.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - George W. REX and Mary E. HALLIDAY; Sam P. TERRY and Mamie E. WALKER; Clinton T. MILLER and Ida GUISE; John A. RICHEY and Hattie PUGH; Edward S. FULTZ and Nora HOLMES.


DIED - A Swede by the name of John NELSON, who had worked on the railroad in this vicinity for several years, died at GILKINSON’s restaurant last Saturday and was buried Sunday. It is rumored that by his miserly living he left several thousand dollars in notes and cash.

The funeral of John NELSON, the Swede, who died at GILKISON’s boarding house, last Friday, occurred Sunday at one o’clock p.m. at the Evangelical church. Rev. RABER preached an eloquent sermon on this occasion to a fair sized audience. The interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


MARRIED - Justice BUCHANAN pronounced the ceremony Saturday afternoon which bound as husband and wife Dora YOCUM and Isabelle MARTIN, both of Liberty township.


DIED - Joseph PUGH, a well known and highly respected resident of Logansport died Thursday morning October 6, at 11 o’clock at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. F. T. McLAUGHLIN, on the North side.

Deceased was born April 5, 1801. He came to Cass county from Warren county, Ohio in 1846, and has made Logansport his home ever since. He lived to a ripe old age a worthy and respected citizen, a kind father and generous friend. He belonged to the old school Baptist church and was ever a firm believer. He departed this life in his eighty-seventh year after a long and severe illness sorrowfully mourned by a host of friends and relatives.

All his children survive him, of whom are Mrs. Joseph DOUGLAS, Mrs. F. T. McLAUGHLIN, David and Wm. PUGH of Logansport, A. G. PUGH, Rochester, and Mrs. C. L. MOWDY, of Chicago.  -- Longansport Journal.

SUICIDE - Charles BLUE, a young unmarried man 26 years old, committed suicide Sunday night, at the home of his parents near Mentone by shooting himself through the head while in bed. He had been mentally unbalanced and treated at the insane asylum, but he was not cured and no doubt took his life while in a fit of despondency.


MARRIED - At high noon last Wednesday at the residence of the bride’s parents on Jefferson street, Rev. N. L. LORD pronounced the ceremony which joined as husband and wife, Mr. Sam P. TERRY and Miss Mamie WALKER. . . . The groom is the junion member of the firm of TERRY BROS., lawyers and brokers, and the bride is the youngest daughter of Ex-county Clerk Isaiah WALKER. . . . . and immediately took their wedding trip.


BIRTH - Harrison MARTIN is blessed with a little girl baby. Thomas TRIMBLE is in the same luck.  (RICHLAND CENTER)


Wednesday, October 26, 1887


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Vivian L. ESSICK and Sallie E. BLACKBURN; John KREIGLE and Barbara SCHNERRING; Willard WALKER and Kate MYERS; Lawson TOWNSEND and Elizabeth MACKEY; George ANDERSON and Mary GIG; I. B. CALVIN and Jessie SPARKS; Frederick GILLESPIE and Jennie CALVIN; William H. McLOCHLIN and Mary E. WARE.


MARRIED - Cards are out announcing the marriage of Mr. R. P. TRUE and Miss Stella MITCHELL at the bride’s residence on tomorrow evening.

Mr. & Mrs. DELVIN, of Huntington, and Miss Lola TRUE, Silver Lake are in the city to attend the TRUE-MITCHELL wedding tomorrow evening.


MARRIED - At the Evangelical parsonage on the evening of October 20, John KRIEGLE and Miss Barbara SCHNERRING and Lawson TOWNSEND, of Akron, and Miss Elizabeth MACKEY, of Illinois, were married by Rev. A. O. RABER.


MARRIED - On Saturday evening, October 22, at the residence of the mother of the bride, Mrs. Sarah HOLMAN, Rev. DELP pronounced the ceremony which united as husband and wife Ed. S. FULTS and Miss Nora HOLMAN.


MARRIED - At the residence of L. M. BRACKETT in this city last Wednesday evening, Vivian ESSICK and Miss Sallie E. BLACKBURN were happily married by Rev. J. H. WILSON in the presence of a few invited guests.


MARRIED - I. B. CALVIN and Miss Jessie SPARKS, of Kewanna, were married by Rev. REEDER, at the home of the bride’s parents last Sunday in the presence of the relatives of the family and came to Rochester Monday where they have already commenced housekeeping.


MARRIED - Mr. Will McLOCHLIN, son of Ex-Commissioner McLOCHLIN, and Miss Mary WARE, daughter of Ex-Treasurer Jimmy WARE, will be married this evening.

DIED - Lyman [PLANK], the little twenty months old son of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. K. PLANK, died of membraneous croup Sunday morning at 10 o’clock and the funeral service was held at the family residence yesterday, conducted by Revs. DELP and SMITH. Little Lyman was a sweet baby and his death creates a void in that father and mother’s hearts which can never be filled.


Wednesday, November 2, 1887


DIED - Mary SANNS [CLIFFORD BLUHM] was born May 11, 1810, in the State of Ohio. Died at Rochester, Indiana, October 26, 1887, aged 77 years 5 months and 15 days.

Came to Indiana in 1838; was married to Mr. CLIFFORD, her first husband, in 1842. He died in 1848.

She was married to Wilhelm BLUHM her now bereaved husband August 31, 1871. Mrs. Bluhm had been long sick, and had suffered much. By her death another of the very old citizens has passed away. The number is becoming small of those who were living in Fulton county at or shortly after its organization.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Renaldo P. TRUE and Estella MITCHELL; Marion STERLING and Emma DOUGLAS; Wm. A. REED and Elizabeth VANBLARICUM; Nathan ABBOTT and Marilda E. MILLER.


BIOG - One of the most infamous deeds was brought to light a mile north of this place last week that has ever been my duty to chronicle.

In the above named neighborhood lives a well to do farmer named SLISHER, who is a respectable man and has endeavored to train his children right, but one of his daughters is unfortunately subject to fits, which has to a great extent ruined her mental faculties which renders her rather an object of pity than a fit subject for an unprincipled villain to practice his wits on. But near at hand lives one I. B. MULLICAN, also a prosperous farmer who has a son. This son, as the sequel will show, by some means to us unknown, induced this girl to love him not wisely but too well, and a short time ago it was discovered that coming events were casting their shadows before and the girl was questioned as to who was the author of her ruin, her answer was that it was John MULLICAN. Her father at once proceeded to Macy and had the amorous John yanked into court to answer to the grave charge of seducing a young and feeble minded girl. Esq. PULVER upon hearing the evidence bound him over to court where his case will be settled, and it is to be hoped he will be made to pay the penalty of a crime, for which, in the estimation of all right minded persons, he deserves the severest punishment the law allows. These are the facts in the case as we have gathered them.  (MACY)


DIED - Readers of the Sentinel are all acquainted with the fact that Capt. Ches. CHAMBERLAIN has for several years been a sufferer with dropsy. Slowly but surely his condition has been growing worse for several months, and on Monday afternoon, surrounded by his family and many friends, he gently sank into death’s chilly embrace, and the words, “Ches. is dead!” were quickly heralded throughout the business part of the city.

Chester CHAMBERLAIN, son of Sylvester and Josephine CHAMBERLAIN, was born in Newark, N.J. on New Years day, 1835. On the following year his parents moved west and after stopping a short time in Chicago and South Bend they located near this city upon a tract of land and commenced farming.

Chester was educated at Notre Dame University after which he traveled for three years in the western States and came home at the outbreak of the late war and enlisted in Co “K” 46th Indiana Regiment. He served as a private two years and was then promoted to the office of Captain, in which capacity he served

until the close of the war.

After returning from the war he was married to Miss Sarah SWARTWOOD, who survives him, November 6, 1865, and they have ever since resided in this city.

Under President Johnson’s administration deceased served as postmaster of Rochester for six months and then engaged in the restaurant business in which he continued until 1871, when he was elected County Recorder and again re-elected in 1875. At the expiration of his term of office he opened an extensive grocery house in which business he has since been successfully engaged.

Capt. Chamberlain was always a staunch Democrat and was honored by being chosen a delegate to the Democrat National Convention of 1886, which nominated President Cleveland.

Although firm in his convictions, Capt. Chamberlain was a liberal minded man and for charity and benevolence he had but few peers in Fulton county. Honored frequently by his party, his friends and his neighbors by positions of public trust, he discharged every duty with such fealty and precision as made him the popular citizen that he was and a father whose example the four sons may be proud to emulate.

The funeral service will be held this afternoon at half past one o’clock at the Baptist church, Rev. E. J. DELP officiating. The remains will be in charge of the G.A.R. assisted by the K. of H. and interment will be made according to the honors of war.


MARRIED - Millard F. WALKER and Catherine MYERS were married by Rev. A. E. GIFT at his residence in this city, October 20. Both parties are from Union township where they have already commenced housekeeping.


BIOG - Mr. E. I. CAMPBELL, of Los Angeles, California, and Mr. James CAMPBELL, of West Alexandria, Ohio, are in the city visiting with Mr. & Mrs. Geo. DAWSON. The former is a brother and the latter the father of Mrs. DAWSON.


DIED - Dr. J. C. REED who was pastor of Grace M.E. church in this city for three years previous to last year died at his home in Attica, Indiana, last Thursday. The members of Grace church held a memorial service last Sunday evening which was largely attended and at which several speeches were made eulogizing the life and public services of Dr. Reed while he was located in this city.


DIED - Mrs. Sarah Jane HILL, wife of Mr. George B. HILL, died at her home in this city Monday night aged 23 years and 4 months. The funeral service will be held today at 10 o’clock a.m. at Trinity church conducted by Revs. A. O. RABER and T. G. SMITH.


MARRIED - The marriage of Mr. Will McLOCHLIN and Miss Mary WARE at the residence of ex-Treasurer James WARE, in this city last Wednesday was a happy event and largely attended by relatives and friends. On Thursday a Big reception was given the newly married pair by the groom’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ed. McLOCHLIN, at their palatial home in Wayne township, which was one of the most largely attended and sociable events of the kind ever given in the township. The young couple is representatives of two of the oldest and most highly respected families in the county and the Sentinel’s most sincere wish is that they may emulate the lives of their parents.


BIOG - Capt. CHAMBERLAIN’s sister of Chicago, and step-mother of Dayton, Ohio, are here to attend Ches in his illness.

BIRTHDAY - Dave ABRAMS, the traveling salesman, was twenty-one years old last week, and on his birthday his parents made him a present of an elegant gold watch.


DIED - Mrs. Mary BLUHM died at her residence in this city last Wednesday and was buried on Thursday. Deceased had been a sufferer for many months and death could have been her only relief. She leaves a husband and no children.


Wednesday, November 9, 1887


MARRIED - Mr. Eugene CARTER and Miss Eva RARRICK, at the Evangelical parsonage on Vine street, in Rochester, Indiana, on the evening of November 3, 1887. Mr. & Mrs. Carter will soon settle down to housekeeping near Harrisburg in Wabash county, where they will be at home to their friends. May peace and happiness attend their way.


MACY AND SURROUNDINGS - As locals are a little scarce I took a walk through town to see what the boys were doing and this is the result:

Commencing at the east end the first was M. Lew ENYART, of the Monitor, who was seated at his table sweating and writing and we concluded he must be writing a leader which was to doom some great man to oblivion or lift him to the pinnacle of fame.

Merchant COOK and Bill DAY, his clerk, were busily engaged in waiting for customers yet they both looked happy.

Dr. BOGGS was compounding a remedy for Republican hysteria, which is sure cure or no pay. We would advise Lew ENYART, Major BITTERS and W. I. HOWARD to take a bottle.

Frank SKINNER was busy handing out mail and using cusswords because all publishers do not fold their papers as nicely as the Sentinel is folded. He says if they would a great burden would be lifted off his shoulders.

Al DAVIS was trying to coax Yost WHEATLY to drink some sweet cider, but Swabby wouldn’t indulge. Al spends his odd moments in writing love poetry for his best girl.

Eph CLENDENING was waiting on his many customers while his clerk, Billy BELT, was calculating how much profit there was in paying sixteen cents for butter and selling it out at fifteen.

John CLOUD was trying to fit a lady who had a number seven foot with a pair of number five shoes, while Geo. was just overdoing himself waiting on some other ladies who were trying to make ten cents buy a dollars worth of good. Geo. is a ladies’ man and of course he succeeded in pleasing his customers.

John GROAT was picking his teeth with a spike nail and figuring on how to catch the fellow who got his pocket book.

Dock OGDEN was starting to peg around Jack ZARTMAN’s boot and said he would get back next week one day.

George FARRAR was currying one of his horses with a club and studying up a plan to get rid of those fellows who always went to trade horses with him when they know he never trades.

Hank PULVER was shoeing a horse and wondering who made the most cash, the Justice or the saloon keeper as one furnishes work for the other.

John KELLER and Tom Maginis [McGINNIS] were arguing scripture. John believed in hell fire and baptism and Tom favored the revised translation and Universal salvation.

Lyman SAVAGE was making models for Bill’s patent fence and wondering who would die next, and if he would get his measure.

Arthur McCARTER was making a tin bucket and whistling to keep from searing.

Elias BILLS was loafing and talking patent rights with Yost WHEATLY and a Green Oak green horn.

Ben HIGHT was wishing somebody would get drunk and give him a chance to exercise a little.

Onis CASE was at his old stand selling hardware cheap for cash.

Schyle FINNIMORE was escorting a dude drummer from the hotel to the depot.

Jerry HATCH was getting fresh beef to feed a large crowd of hungry men who were waiting at his hotel for dinner.

Dave COP was looking up his chances for being elected constable and planning what he would do with the cash four years from now.

Cal FOOR was building a kitchen so as to be even with all his neighbors, as everybody is building in Macy now.

Jim BRIGGS was looking for something to force a rapid growth of Mustache on his lip as he was going to get married Sunday and wants to look manly. . . .


FUNERAL - The funeral of Capt. [Chester] CHAMBERLAIN last Wednesday was one of the most largely attended ever held in the city. The K. of P. band, Manitou Blues, G.A.R. Post, K. of H. lodge and carriages formed a procession the length of three squares and besides there were hundreds of citizens on foot all solemnly wending their way to pay the last tribute of respect to a brave soldier, a popular citizen and a good man. Rev. DELP preached a touching and appropriate funeral sermon after which the remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery according to the rites of the G.A.R. and K. of H.




TO THE PUBLIC. My late husband, Chester CHAMBERLAIN, by his will of October 22, 1887, now probated, made me the unconditional owner of all his property, subject of course to his debts, and executrix of his will. . . . Very truly yours, Sarah C. CHAMBERLAIN.


DIED - Al KEEL, a well known resident of the vicinity of Green Oak, died of typhoid fever last Wednesday and was buried at the Shelton cemetery on Thursday.


DIED - Joseph CHAMP who has long been a resident of Liberty township, died at his home west of Fulton last Thursday, and was buried in the Oliver cemetery on Friday.


DIED - The estimable wife of ex-Trustee Samuel [J.] BARGER, [Emma F. BARGER], of Union township, died of dropsy last Tuesday and the funeral was held on Wednesday. Mrs. Barger was one of Fulton county’s most noble women and her husband and children have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in this their loss of a true companion and affectionate mother.


Wednesday, November 16, 1887


KILLED BY TRAIN - Mathias BIDDINGER, one of the oldest citizens of this county, met death last Thursday morning at Leiters Ford, in a most unexpected moment.

About half past 7 o’clock Mr. Biddinger went down to Wm. BRUGH’s, his neighbor, on an errand and as he was returning to his home on the railroad track the early west bound C. & A. passenger train came thundering along and, as the old gentleman was very deaf and did not hear the whistle, the train overtook him and striking him, killed him instantly.

Lafayette and Elmer BRUGH were only a short distance away from the old gentleman and tried hard by gestures to warn him of his danger but he evidently heard or saw nothing of the approaching train until it was within ten feet of him when he turned partially around only to be struck by the engine and thrown

higher than the top of the smoke stack and to one side of the track where he fell, and life was extinct when those who saw the accident hurriedly came up to his body.

A telegram was at once sent to coroner LINE who went down and after examining several witnesses returned  a verdict fully exonerating the Railway company from any blame, as the engineer gave the danger signal and reversed his engine, but the train was running at such a high rate of speed that it could not be stopped in time to prevent the accident.

Deceased formerly lived in this city and was the father of Daniel and Peter BIDDINGER, and Mrs. James WALES, of this city. The youngest son of the deceased was killed in the Leiters Ford church several years ago when it was struck by lightning.

The accident is another warning to people who walk on the railroad track, and especially to those whose hearing is defective.

The funeral services which was largely attended was conducted at the Leiters Ford church on Friday, by Rev. A. O. RABER and interment was made in the cemetery near by.


MARRIED - Miss Jennie ROBBINS went to Chicago last Wednesday to attend the wedding of her cousin, Miss Mamie BROWN, who has many friends in Rochester.


MARRIED - Mr. Chas. SPARKS and Miss Emma HUDKINS, daughter of Commissioner John HUDKINS, were married at the home of the bride, near Kewanna last Sunday.


MARRIED - Cards are out announcing the marriage of Mr. Clarance HUTCHINSON, of Logansport, and Miss Mattie MYERS, of Peru, at the residence of Mrs. Mollie MYERS, in this city tomorrow.


BIOG - Mr. & Mrs. Sol WAGONER will soon return from Canada, and again reside here permanently. The litigation into which Uncle Sol was drawn two years ago has all beeen mutually settled, and he will again take up his residence among his old neighbors and friends.


BIRTHDAY - One of the grandest surprise parties of the season, was participated in on the evening of November 8 by about eighty of the neighbors, friends and relatives of Mrs. John T. KEEL, it being the occasion of her thirty-ninth birthday. . . . . Several beautiful presents were thankfully received among which was a handsome hanging lamp, presented by her brothers and sisters. These were presented in a neat speech by Mr. Jacob CAMERER. . . .


MARRIED - At his office in this city last Wednesday, Justice BUCHANAN pronounced the ceremony which united as husband and wife Mr. Peter HENDERSON, of Liberty township, and Mrs. Sophia TSHUDIN, recently of Switzerland. Mr. Henderson is one of Liberty’s most sterling citizens and industrious and prosperous farmers.


OBITUARY - In its obituary of Joseph MACKEY, brother of Horace MACKEY, and Mrs. [Mary (Mackey) (Noah D.)] LOOMIS of this city, which occurred at Wabash on the 2d inst., the Times of that city says:

It would be a difficult and a tedious task to enumerate all the good works of Mr. Mackey’s life. Not a day passed that he did not do some act that endeared him to his fellow citizens. His retiring, almost modest manner, and constant sacrifices for the public weal, will never be forgotten. Mr. Mackey’s grandest work, perhaps, was the organization of building and loan associations in this city, in spite of the opposition he met on every hand. From no source did he receive encouragement. Day after day and night after night, he studied the intricate workings of those associations, until he became their master, and was able to unfold and explain

the plan, by which poor mechanics and laboring men were enabled to build for themselves comfortable homes. There are scores of pleasant homes in this city, built through the agency of the building and loan associations, that would never have been erected but for Joseph mackey.

His untiring efforts in behalf of those three institutions in which every citizen feels a patriotic interest -- the School Furniture company, the Underwood Manufacturing Company, and the Novelty Wood Works -- are still fresh in the minds of all. Mr. Mackey was a director in each company at the time of his death, and to him do they all owe their existence.


MARRIED - At his residence last Saturday evening, Rev. N. L. LORD officiated at the marital ceremony which bound as husband and wife, Mr. John A. SCHOLDER and Miss Mary E. WALTERS both of this city. May theirs be a life of pleasure and prosperity.


BIRTH - Gus McCLUNG is a thrifty farmer, a public spirited citizen, and withal a first-class fellow, but his ideas of strengthening the Republican party are certainly the least bit extravagant. He announces twin babies at his home and both are boys.




MARRIED - The marriage of Mr. E. R. HERMAN and Mrs. Elizabeth RANNELLS, which occurred last Tuesday evening, was quite a surprise to the people, as no evidence of the probability of such an event had ever been discovered. The groom is one of Rochester’s oldest attorneys and the bride is the widow of the late R. N. RANNELLS.


BIOG - Mr. George KING, of Akron, Indiana, a vigorous Democrat in his eightieth year, called on the Sentinel yesterday in company with his son Samuel [KING]. The old gentleman was formerly an esteemed resident of Perry township.  Peru Sentinel.


MEMORIAL RESOLUTION - for “Our beloved Brother Chester CHAMBERLAIN,” by Hall of Manitau Lodge, No. 463, K. of H., signed J. D. BITTERS, G. H. BABCOCK, H. C. LONG, -- Com.


Wednesday, November 23, 1887


BIOG - Our tinner, Arthur McCARTER, has just finished a cupboard which proves that besides being a good tinner, he is no slouch with carpenter’s tools. It’s a beauty.  (MACY)


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. Ben VAWTER were made happy yesterday by the advent of a boy baby.


BIRTH - Mrs. Rob’t. WALLACE visited in Logansport a few days last week, the guest of her week-old granddaughter, Miss HAUK.


MARRIED - Mr. Clarence HUTCHINSON and Miss Mattie MYERS were married at the residence of Mrs. Mollie MYERS in this city, by Rev. J. H. WILSON last Thursday evening. The groom is a popular young business man of Logansport and the bride is the handsome daughter of

Capt. Ira B. MYERS, of Peru.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Gilbert S. NYE and Ida B. ALSPACH; Clarence HUTCHINSON and Mattie MYERS; Elijah McINTIRE and Melissa RAVER; Jno. F. ONETH and Hattie B. HARROLD; Michael O’BRIAN and Mary A. BURNS.


BIRTH - A nice Democratic boy baby arrived at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Herman METZLER last week. This is their first born, and Herman talks baby with considerable enthusiasm.


Wednesday, November 30, 1887


DIED - At his residence near Reyno, Arkansas, on Sunday morning, November 20, 1877, at 1 o’clock, Mr. Milton M. MOORE, aged 56 years 10 months and 19 days. (Winamac and Kewanna papers please copy)




DIED - Theodore ICE received a telegram from Kansas City last week, stating the death of his daughter, Elizabeth ICE.


BIOG - Mr. & Mrs. Sol WAGONER returned from Canada last Thursday and will reside in this city. The TERRY BROS. settled all judgments against Uncle Sol in consideration of 80 acres of his farm and the remainder of the farm, 240 acres, was sold to Mr. DURAND for $10,000 cash and 600 acres of Tennessee land. Mr. Durand has sold 160 acres of the old Wagoner farm to Attorney Julius ROWLEY.


MARRIED - Miss Lulu BACON and Mr. [William] WAGONER, of Leiters Ford, were married by Rev. SAWYER, of Macy, last Wednesday evening. May good luck and happiness attend them.  (NORTH LAKE)


BIRTH - Tom EWER says he don’t feel so awful happy about that girl at his house, as the same thing has occurred eight times before and it is getting old to him.  (NORTH LAKE)


Wednesday, December 7, 1887


DIED - Miss Salome [Sarah] STOCKBERGER died at the residence of Jacob STOCKBERGER, two miles west of Rochester, on Friday, December 2, 1887, aged 77 years.

Deceased was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, August 28, 1810 and moved with her parents to Ohio in 1825. In 1856 she came with her brothers to Indiana where she ever since resided. Deceased was never married and has been an invalid for many years. The funeral was preached by Rev. A. E. GIFT and interment was made in the cemetery at the Lutheran church in Richland township.


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. G. M. CONN have a new girl baby at their house. George is as proud as a boy with his first pair of red top boots.  (FULTON)

DIED - Mrs. Charity REID, one of the oldest pioneers of Fulton county, died at the family residence, three miles southwest of Rochester, on Sunday night, December 4, aged 71 years and a few months. Deceased was well known by the older citizens as a woman of many christian virtues and a kind and obliging neighbor. She was the mother of Wm. REID who lived with her, and Jno. M. REID, of Wyoming Territory. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. DELP, lat the Baptist church, in this city yesterday and the remains were laid to rest in Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - Mr. R. M. VANBLARICUM, a well known citizen of this place, died of consumption last week and the remains were interred in the Marshtown cemetery. A large concourse of neighbors and friends attended the funeral at which Rev. BUTLER officiated.  (FULTON)




MARRIED - At his residence in this city last Saturday, Rev. WALES officiated at the marital ceremony which bound as husband and wife Mr. Wm. BAKER and Miss Retta QUICK, both of Liberty township. The groom is a well known and industrious young farmer of near Mud Lake and the bride is the handsome, lady-like daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Philo QUICK. . . .


Wednesday, December 14, 1887


DIED - Mrs. Sarah STEVENS, nee BROWN, died December 8, 1887, aged 19 years 3 months and 23 days.

On the 10th day of last March she was united in marriage to Mr. Schuyler STEVENS.

She was converted to God two years ago and lived a faithful, earnest, consistent christian life. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her, and her early demise has filled many hearts with sorrow. Her death bed was a throne of triumph over the world, and a scene of victory through the Lord Jesus Christ.

She leaves a sorrowing husband, father, mother, three brothers, three sisters and a very large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. God comfort them. The writer was assisted in the funeral service by Rev. N. L. LORD.


DIED - Mr. C. T. SHULER died at his residence on South Main street, last Wednesday night from inflammatory rheumatism, aged 66 years.

Mr. Shuler moved to this city from Chili several years ago, but owing to his retiring disposition and frequent absence from the city, was not well known here. He was a quiet, unpretentious man, a kind father and a good citizen. The funeral was held near Chili on Friday, where interment was made. Deceased was the father of Messrs. Charley and Wendall SHULER, both of whom are well known young men here.


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. Victor NORRIS, of Liberty township, a ten pound boy baby.


MARRIED - Lewis WHITE and Minnie COLWELL were married at the home of the bride near Hoovers station last Sunday.


BIRTHDAY - A big surprise was given George STOCKBERGER, of Newcastle township, Monday evening by about one hundred of his neighbors and friends. The party was given in honor of Mr. Stockberger’s 66th birthday.


MARRIED - Mrs. Alda MILLER BROOMFIELD, daughter of J. R. MILLER, of near Green Oak, was united in marriage to a Mr. [Jasper] RAR[R]ICK, of Leiters Ford, last week, so says dame rumor.[1]


BIRTHDAY - On the 1st of December, being Jess ROSS’ 26th birthday, a number of his friends and relatives went in on him by surprise, and gave him some nice presents. L. W. SHELTON, of Rochester, made the presentation speech, after which supper was served by his sister, Mrs. Jas. BLACKETOR.  (BURTON)


Wednesday, December 21, 1887


BIRTHDAY - Last Friday evening the young friends and associates of Harley MONTGOMERY, gave him a grand surprise, it being his birthday.  (TIPPECANOE)


Wednesday, December 28, 1887


MARRIED - Rumor has it that Joe BOWEN and Miss Mattie SMITH, formerly of Akron, were recently married in Wabash county.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - John L. KESSLER and Eulalie MEREDITH; Chas. F. HEIGHT and Victoria ZABST; Ellis REED and Emma THOMMEN; Wm. BEATTIE and Maria NICKELS; Arly GILLAND and Josephine SMITH; Henry MYERS and Alice SMITH; Thos. J. NORCROSS and Mary WEAVER; Emanuel BROWN and Effie McCARTER; Stewart HAZLETT and Lizzie NEFF; Wm. JOHNSTON and Amanda HOOK; Henry WERNER and Mary E. ROGERS.


DIED - An infant son, the first born and only child of Mr. & Mrs. Herman METZLER, died of lung fever Sunday last. The funeral took place Monday, 2 p.m.


DIED - Mrs. Elizabeth WILEY of Chicago died at that city of dropsy last Saturday. Her remains were brought to this place for interment yesterday. The deceased was formerly a resident of Rochester.


BIRTHDAY - The many friends and relatives of Mr. William BLACKBURN, living near Mt. Zion, Fulton county, gave him a very agreeable surprise last Thursday -- it being his 75th birthday. There was about fifty guests present, among whom were Mr. & Mrs. Hiram BLACKBURN, Mr. & Mrs. M. FREELAND and Mr. & Mrs. John CLOUD of this place . . Macy Monitor.

BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. Joe AULT had their home blessed by the advent of a nice girl baby into the family last Wednesday.


BIOG - Mr. J. R. REX, of Delaware county was in this city last Friday hunting his son, Geo. W. REX, who recently married a Miss [Mary E.] HOLIDAY in Liberty township.

Eighteen years ago Mr. Rex’s wife eloped from Muncie with one John WHALEN, taking with her the two youngest children, one of whom was George, and leaving the other two for their father to care for. For sixteen years Mr. Rex advertised and hunted in vain for the runaway pair, when he was visiting in Ohio and met a man who lived near Metea, Cass county, who told him that one of his neighbors had two boys living with him named George and Victor REX. These were the names of the long lost boys and the father soon after started to Cass county to see them, when upon his arrival in the neighborhood he learned that Whalen, the man who was living with Mrs. Rex, had just died and Mr. Rex returned to his home without seeing his family.

Several weeks ago he heard of the announcement of the marriage of a Geo. W. Rex in Fulton county and came here for the purpose of visiting him. Mr. Rex says his wife never obtained a divorce from him and she therefore lived unlawfully with Whalen all these years. The deserted husband and father’s locks are now white from the frosts of many winters, and he spoke of the wife and babies and their deserting him with a degree of sadness which plainly indicated that a spark of love for the wife and fatherly devotion to the children still lingered in his manly breast.











Wednesday, January 4, 1888


MARRIED - Pprof. D. K. GOSS, principal of the High School, returned from his holiday vacation Saturday evening accompanied by his handsome bride, and, of the wedding the Anderson Democrat says:

On Monday evening at the beautiful residence on West bolivar street of Wm. S. DIVEN, Mr. D. K. GOSS was married to Miss Alice B. DIVEN. . . . the following friends from a distance: Rev. D. R. VanBUSKIRK, Indianapolis, officiated; Henry HODGES and wife, Bethany Park; Prof. E. B. STEWART, Vincennes University; Jos. SHEA, Bloomington, Indiana; Mr. Joseph GOSS, brother of the groom, Lebanon; Miss GOSS, sister of the groom, Gosport, Indiana; J. R. SILVER and family, Pendleton; Mrs. L. A. TAYLOR, Pendleton; Nellie TAYLOR, Pendleton; Miss Lyle ZAUBLIN, Pendleton; Dr. C. E. DIVEN and family, Pendleton.

Mr. Goss is a graduate of the State University. . . Miss Alice is an accomplished young lady, having attended the State University two years . . . .

The newly married couple have taken rooms with Mr. & Mrs. C. K. BITTERS . . .


ACCIDENTAL DEATH - A distressingly sad accident occurred last Tuesday, about one mile south of Tiosa, in which George PALMER, the 12 year old son of William PALMER, was killed by his elder brother, Joseph [PALMER].

The two boys, with three others, were hunting rabbits when they discovered a track leading into a large hollow log and Joseph stooped down to look into the log while George came up to the other end and also looked in to see if he could see the rabbit. Joseph saw the rabbit and, not knowing that George was peering in the cavity at the other end, took aim and fired, when George reeled and fell to the ground from the effect of several shot which had penetrated his skull. Some workmen near by heard the shot and shouts of the boys for help and hurried to their assistance and carried George home where he died in about one hour from the time he received his wound. This is a terrible blow to the family and the sympathy of every parent will go out to that father, mother and son in this their hour of awful grief.


BIOG - Mr. Fred HAGEN, of this city, and Grandma DOWNS three miles south of town are both lying near death’s door with no hope of recovery. Both are of our oldest and most upright citizens.



FAMILY REUNION - A very pleasant gathering and family reunion occurred at Uncle Peter APT’s last Sunday. It was arranged so that Mr. Apt’s children and grandchildren were all present. There were present the married children as follows:

Mrs. R. BLAIR, Mr. Harry APT, Mr. Frank APT, Mrs. J. C. PHILLIPS, Mrs. L. C. MILLS, Mrs. Dr. CALVIN and Mr. Charles APT. . . . and there were twenty-one grandchildren present. -- Kewanna Herald.


MARRIED - A letter received by Dr. [M. M.] REX, Monday, informed him that his daughter, Miss Maud E. REX, was married at her home in LaCygne, Kansas, last Thursday, to Mr. S. H. COOVER, a wholesale grocer of Omaha, Nebraska. . . .


BIRTHDAY - The first addition to Mr. & Mrs. Frank DITMIRE’s family is a girl, and it will be one year old the thirtieth day of December, 1888.


MARRIED - Mr. Thomas W. BARNETT, son of Auditor BARNETT, and Miss Dora FERNBAUGH were married at the residence of the bride near Kewanna, yesterday evening, by Rev. J. B. BAIR, of the Baptist church. Auditor Barnett and wife and Dr. B. F. DAWSON and wife, of this city, attended the wedding.


BIRTH - A second son was born to Justice and Mrs. P. M. BUCHANAN last Friday night, and it is reported that since several night sessions of court have been held at the family residence in which the entire attention of His Honor was demanded and held by the young Buchanan, the proper caper for the Justice would be to fine the young twig of the law for contempt.


DIED - Mrs. Barbara COREY, formerly SHORE, died at her home in Brownwood, Missouri, December 23, and was buried on the 26th. Deceased was a sister of the SHORE brothers, of this city, and was raised in this county but went west several years ago.


BIRTH - On last Friday Mr. R. N. BERRIER was seen to smile a smile and say “Hip Oh!” it’s a boy and weighs nine pounds.  (BURTON)


BIRTHDAY - On last Tuesday being Mrs. Drue LOVE’s birthday, a number of friends and relatives went in upon her by surprise. . . . (BURTON)


BIRTH - A little son was born to Mr. & Mrs. Ancil TOWNSEND, Monday.


DIED - On January 7, 1888 Mrs. Ann [BLACK] DOWNS, wife of George DOWNS, died at their home two miles south of this city, aged 72 years 11 months and nine days.

Ann BLACK was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and was married to George Downs on June 25, 1883. Twelve children were born of this union, eight of whom -- four sons and four daughters -- survive to mourn with their father the loss of a faithful and devoted wife, and a tender, affectionate mother. The funeral took place on Sunday, conducted by Rev. A. O. RABER of the Evangelical church.


DIED - The little five month old boy baby [Orange G.? GROVE] of Mr. & Mrs. O[range K.] GROVE of Bloomingsburg, died last Tuesday morning and was buried at the Bloomingsburg [Reichter] cemetery on Friday.

MARRIED - On last Friday, Justice P. M. BUCHANAN pronounced the words in the clerk’s office that made Charles T. BAXTER and Alphia S. TIPTON husband and wife. The contracting parties are very nice young people and of highly respectable families, residing in Newcastle township, the bride being a daughter of Joshua TIPTON. They intend to locate in Montgomery county, Illinois, and there to engage in farming. . . .


DIED - Horace O. WILSON died at his home in Peru last Sunday and on Monday his remains were brought to this place for burial. The funeral party was met at the depot by McCLUNG POST G.A.R. -- of which deceased was a member -- who conducted the remains with the usual ceremonies to the place of interment. Deceased was a brother of Recorder F. C. WILSON, was about 52 years of age and leaves besides his relatives in this county, a wife and five children to mourn his loss.

Mr. Peter APT, Mrs. DUBOIS and other who accompanied the remains of Mr. H. O. Wilson of Peru, returned to their home on Tuesday.


Wednesday, January 18, 1888


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Charles J. BAXTER and Alphia S. TIPTON; Joseph T. HUTTON and Berthe E. STURGEON; Phillip H. WAGONER and Mary L. MARBAUGH; Charles E. JOHNSON and Laura J. NICODEMUS; David H. BURNS and Retta Bell MASTELLER.


MARRIED - On last Saturday, Charles E. JOHNSON and Laura J. NICODEMUS were duly and legally pronounced husband and wife by justice P. M. BUCHANAN at his office. Both parties are natives of Fulton county, the bride being the daughter of Joseph NICODEMUS, of Henry township . . . .


BIRTHDAY - The report of the family reunion at the residence of Mr. Geo. BABCOCK, four miles south of town on the 5th inst., was inadvertently omitted last week. The reunion was held in honor of Grandpa ONSTOTT who is now 82 years old and has lived in this state 53 years. His offspring now consists of 6 daughters, 39 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. Mr. Onstott has ever been an honorable, conscientious citizen and a sterling Democrat and the Sentinel wishes him peace and good health in his remaining years.


DIED - Mr. Christopher FITZGERALD died at his home in this city Saturday evening and was buried at the Odd Fellows cemetery yesterday. Deceased was about 57 years old and resided in this city for many years. He was an unassuming, industrious citizen and kind parent and leaves a wife and several children. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. G. SMITH of the Presbyterian church.


DIED - The announcement of the death of Mr. Wm. MICKEY of Newcastle township will no doubt be a surprise to his many acquaintances throughout the northeastern part of the county.

On Monday evening he retired in apparent good health and nothing was known of his sickness until his wife discovered that he was cold in death at 3 o’clock in the morning. It is believed by the attending physician that his death was caused by neuralgia or paralysis of the heart, as every indication pointed to the fact that death had gently crept on him while he was sleeping and he passed away without a struggle. Mr. Mickey was well known in his neighborhood where he has long resided and at the time of his death was

about 33 years old. The funeral will be held today.


DIED - (From Tuesday’s Daily): Miss Ann LINE was born near Piqua, Ohio, October 21, 1810, and died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. DAWSON, in this place this morning, aged 77 years 2 months and 27 days.

She was married to William KING about the year 1833. They removed to Allen county, Indiana, about 1842, where they lived a short time, and soon after to Mexico, Miami county, where her husband died December 22, 1852. The following year she, with her children, removed to Rochester, and has been a resident of this place since.

She was the mother of six children, four of whom died in infancy; one other was Mrs. J. C. WALLACE, who died at Peru, Indiana, February 19, 1884; and the only remaining daughter is Mrs. J. DAWSON, of this place, with whom Grandma King has made her home the past fall and winter. She was the grandmother of six children, four of whom survive, and the great-grandmother of four, of whom three are living.

She united with the M.E. church in her youth, but later changed her membership to the Presbyterian church. She lived a faithful christian life, and was always interested in church and Sabbath school work. For a considerable while about war time she and her deceased daughter conducted a mission Sabbath school at her residence in the northern part of town, and later managed the same alone after her daughter’s marriage. She was kind to the poor and gave liberally from her small means for both charity and missionary work.

Friends desiring to see the remains may do so at the residence tomorrow morning from 9 to 12 o’clock. The fuenral services will be held at the residence of Mr. J. DAWSON tomorrow afternoon, at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. N. L. LORD. All friends of the deceased are cordially invited to attend.


DIED - We are informed of the death of[Corie T. COON], the youngest son of Elder [Stephen V. R.] COON, of Newcastle township. We were not informed as to the nature of the malady which caused his death.  (TIOSA)


Wednesday, January 25, 1888


SUICIDE - Upon his return from Kewanna Monday evening, ex-Treasurer James WARE brought the intelligence of the tragic death of a beautiful young lady which occurred at her home one-half mile west of Grass Creek Station, in Wayne township, Monday morning. The unfortunate young lady was [Almeda E. HIZER], the youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Alfred HIZER, and was [17 years 12 days] old.

For some time the young lady had been receiving the attentions of a young man by the name of McGRAW, to whom she was very much attached. It was generally understood that the young couple were engaged, but a few weeks ago, a lover’s quarrel occurred, or at least the young man’s attention to Meda suddenly ceased, and from that moment her melancholy took its origin.

On Sunday evening at five o’clock the young lady was found very sick in her room and it was soon discovered that she was suffering from poison. Nothing further of the facts could be learned except that she took a quantity of Rough on Rats and afterward some other poison, the effect of which could not be overcome by any process known to the physicians and she died on the following morning at five o’clock.

But a little more than a year ago young O’BRINE shot and almost killed Miss NEWBRAUGH and then blew his own brains out only about a half mile from the home of Miss Hizer and last summer another young lady who had worked in the vicinity was disappointed in love and went to her home in Pulaski county and committed suicide. It is touchingly sad to realize the rashness of so many estimable young people in the same vicinity, from the same cause and in so short a time, but such is the fact and He alone who gave them

life could reveal the agonies of minds which urged them to exchange their pleasant surroundings in this world for that of the mystic beyond.


DIED - Eleanor Agnes [MOW], only child of Enoch H. and Mary F. MOW, born October 27, 1881, died January 17, 1888 of scarlet fever.

Nellie was a beautiful little girl, a universal favorite of a lovable and amiable disposition and the light of the household. Two little boys had gone before and now her father’s house is left unto him desolate. She died in my arms and I can never forget the look of ineffable peace which settled on her face as death, the consoler, relieved her from the severe suffering which she had endured for three weeks. The stricken household were left entirely to themselves. Their neighbors being very much afraid of the disease, but we cannot help thinking, “If we benefit our fellowmen, we should not simply be partners of their joy when they have joy, but sharers of their sorrow. True human sympathy is made manifest when we weep with those who weep.”


BIRTH - J. S. COLLINS clappeth his hands and shouteth for joy because it’s a boy and the very image of its papa.  (MUD LAKE)


BIRTH - Mr. Anthony BRAMAN, who lives six miles southeast of town reports a nice pair of girl babies,[Jessie and Jeanie BRAMAN], at his home. Hurrah for Anthony.


BIRTHDAY - Last Saturday, January 21st, 1888, the same being my 60th birthday. . . . . . . James WARE.


DIED - The four year old daughter of Commissioner Cyrus BYBEE died of scarlet fever last Friday.


DIED - Celia [BUCHANAN] HORN, wife of Jas. M. HORN, of Wayne township, died at the family residence on the 18th inst., of consumption, aged 27 years and a few months. Deceased was an estimable lady and the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James BUCHANAN and a sister of Justice P. M. BUCHANAN, of this city.


DIED - The nineteen year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. G. W. KESSLER, of Newcastle township, [Dora KESSLER] died of consumption last Sunday.


BIRTHDAY - A very pleasant family reunion was held at the residence of Jacob CAMERER, Monday evening, January 23, it being the 58th birthday of our esteemed mother [Olive CAMERER]. Her children and grandchildren, to the number of 23 were all present. . . . Her children, five in number . . . .


Wednesday, February 1, 1888


DIED - Dora KESSLER, daughter of G. W. KESSLER, died last week and was buried at the Nichols grave yard.  (BIG FOOT)


SERIOUSLY ILL - Aunt Peggy MARTIN is very sick. No hopes of her recovery.  (OLIVERS)


MARRIED - Andrew OLIVER and his new wife have taken up their abode with Mr. David OLIVER. May joy attend them through life.

DIED - Mr. Peter OSTRANDER died at his residence last Sunday, and was buried in the Shelton cemetery. Funeral services by Rev. SAWYER at the M.E. church. Deceased was aged 73 years 11 months and five days.


MARRIED - Mr. James A. MYERS and Miss Lydia MYERS. The ceremony took place at 6 p.m., January 29, 1888, at the Evangelical parsonage on Vine street, Rochester, Indiana.

The bride is a quiet, reserved christian lady, who chose so wisely that her name will not be changed by any authority of the Clerk of courts or ceremony of vows. The groom is well known as a carpenter by trade, and member of the G.A.R. band. A straight forward young man, universally esteemed by all who know him. May peace and happiness attend their way.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Wm. H. NEFF and Allie HUGHES; Thomas J. WARE and Margaret E. GREEN; James A. MYERS and Lydia MYERS; Wm. MOON and Louisa HENDERSON.


MARRIED - Rev. J. WALES pronounced the ceremony Saturday evening at his residence, which united as husband and wife Mr. W. H. NEFF and Miss Alice HUGHES both of whom are residents of Pennsylvania.

The groom is a relative of the Nafes of this county, and was here visiting when his bride, on her way home from Dakota, stopped off and was soon after a wife. Both are excellent young people and their friends join in wishing them a prosperous future.


DIED - Mr. Wilson BOOTHE, who recently fell and broke his leg, died suddenly at his home in this city last Thursday and was buried on Saturday, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. A. O. RABER at Trinity church. Deceased was about 68 years old at the time of his death and was a communicant of the Evangelical church. He was married three times and leaves a wife and four children.


Wednesday, February 8, 1888


DIED - Barbara [BRIDEGROOM] BARNHART, wife of Willard BARNHART, and daughter of Mr. & Mrs. L. BRIDEGROOM, died at her home in east Rochester Sunday night, the 6th, aged about 24 years.

Deceased leaves a husband and four small children to mourn the irreparable loss of a wife and mother. The funeral, conducted by Rev. RABER and BUTLER at Trinity church yesterday, was largely attended by relatives and friends of the deceased, who had spent nearly all of her life in this county. May He who tempers the winds to the shorn lambs comfort the husband and motherless little ones.


BIRTH - Nelson WILLIAMS, of Macy, is the father of an illegitimate child, which was born a few days since to a young girl living near Osage school house. The scoundrel has left for parts unknown.  (NORTHERN CASS)


DIED - Miss Vida WHITTENBERGER was buried at the Omega cemetery Sunday. She died of consumption.  (AKRON)



MARRIED - At his residence Monday evening Justice BOWMAN solemnized the marital vows of Melvin TRUE and Triphena KEEL, and pronounced them husband and wife. This is Mel’s second venture on the sea of matrimony, while his young bride has been “wooed and won” twice before.


SANITARIUM PLANNED - A three story Sanitarium and hotel is to be built at the FEECE flowing well four miles east of Rochester.


DIED - Grandma Mary KESSLER died very suddenly of heart disease at the home of her son, Isaac KESSLER, of Newcastle township, yesterday noon. Deceased was about 75 years of age, was a member of the German Baptist denomination, and was a pious christian lady throughout her long and useful life. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Bethlehem church and the remains will be taken to the Nichols cemetery for burial.


Wednesday, February 15, 1888


MARRIED - Mr. Nelson COOK, of Chili, and Miss Amy [C.] LOWE, the estimable daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac LOW, were married yesterday evening by Rev. RABER at the Evangelical parsonage.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Thomas J. RHODES and Orpha MAXWELL; John E. GINN and Amanda MILLER; Edgar PRICE and Emma E. BLAINE; Lancaster BARKER and Mollie MARSH; Nelson COOK and Amy C. LOWE.


DIED - The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Harry BYBEE of Newcastle township died Friday.


DIED - The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Jno. C. CONKLING, of Walnut, was buried last Tuesday.


DIED - Mrs. Harry KILLEN’s mother died at her home in Hamilton county last Tuesday and was buried Thursday. Mrs. Killen was with her during the last days of her sickness.


DIED - The announcement on the streets Monday morning that D. W. LYON was dead was the occasion of expressions of surprise and grief from all who heard the sorrowful news.

On Friday he was on the streets and on Saturday he made no complaint until afternoon when he was suddenly afflicted with an attack of neuralgia of the heart which rapidly grew worse and it was then thought by the attending physicians that he could not survive until morning, but the patient rallied and on Sunday hopes were entertained for his recovery. As the sun began to near the western horizon, however, he again became worse and lingered until midnight when he passed away, surrounded by his family, except the youngest daughter, Trudie LYON, who was in Boston.

David Williams LYON was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, October 10, 1817 and had therefore, at the time of his death passed his three score and ten 4 months and 2 days.

After arriving at the age of maturity, deceased came west to Bellevountain, Ohio, and worked at tailoring, where he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah McCRACKEN in 1843, who with three of their four children viz: Mrs. Milo R. SMITH, Mrs. Marion C. REITER and Miss Trudie LYON, survive.

Some time during the year 1854 Mr. and Mrs. LYON settled in Rochester where Mr. Lyon engaged in mercantile pursuits and during the war made considerable money, which, by judicious investments he has since increased until at the time of his death, he leaves an estate estimated at $50,000 or more.

The name D. W. Lyon, is as familiar in many homes in Fulton county as Rochester, and his long residence here and candid, upright bearing has builded for him a fame more to be admired than the brightest ever achieved on the field of battle, and could our rising generation be led to emulate his character, arbitrators, juries and courts of law would be as useless in the future as the court practices of ancient times are in the present age. If the writer remembers correctly Mr. Lyon recently stated in his presence that in all his dealings and business career he never engaged in a suit at law.

He was always cheerful and apparently happy and while he was careful in his business transactions, it was always said of him that he was one of the few men who concerned himself but little about the affairs of others, and he died as he had lived, at peace with all men.

The funeral services will be conducted at the family residence this afternoon at three o’clock, conducted by Rev. T. G. SMITH, of the Presbyterian church after which Rochester Lodge F. and A. M. will take charge of the remains and conduct them to Odd Fellows cemetery where interment will be made.

Miss Trudie LYON was in Boston at the New England Conservatory of music when her father died, and the message announcing his sudden death was the first intimation she had of his illness. She immediately left to mingle her sorrow with the grief stricken family at home and arrived in this city this morning.


DIED - Louise CRAVEN [JOHNSON] was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1835 and at the age of 17 was united in marriage with Mr. B. O. JOHNSON in Cass county, to whom was born one daughter, Mrs. Dosia JESSEN, now a widow, who with the husband and father, are left to mourn the loss of a christian wife and mother.

At an early age, the deceased united with the Baptist church, and has ever been a faithful and consistent follower of Christ.

The funeral will be preached Thursday morning at ten o’clock at the Baptist church.


Wednesday, February 22, 1888


BIRTH - We overlooked an item of special interest last week, an eight pound boy at Dr. WILSON’s. Doc smiles, and says he is a democrat.  (TIOSA)


BIRTHDAY - Mr. & Mrs. Thomas BROWN are celebrating their thirty-second birthday today.


BIRTHDAY - Monday was Hon. M. L. ESSICK’s 53d birthday and when he turned his plate at the breakfast table he found under it a handsome gold watch, upon which was engraved the words “From Mother.” Mr. Essick at once recognized the gift as coming from his aged mother who still lives at the old home at Gilead, and he never wore a happier smile in court in his life than he did all day Monday.


DIED - Grandpa [David] HUMMEL died at the residence of his daughter Mrs. [George (Elizabeth) NORRIS two miles south of town Monday, and will be buried in this city today.

WILL PROBATED - The last will and testament of the late D. W. LYON was probated last Friday. It bequeaths $2,000 to each of the three daughters and the balance of the estate to decedent’s wife, Sarah A. LYON, who is named as the executrix of the will.


BIOG - J. B. FIESER has gone to Cincinnati today to contract for 188 buggies, of which a car load of 25 will be selected and shipped immediately. Mr. Fieser says by buying this way and selecting his own work, he will be able to lead the market, both in quality of work and prices. He is also manufacturing 100 jobs of his own make, which will be first class work. His shops are now equipped with a full set of first class workmen, and forty-two jobs are under way. Mr. Fieser says he proposes to lead the van in the carriage trade this season. He proposes to sell more work then ever before.


DIED - Mrs. Job BREECE died at the family residence, north of Macy Tuesday, February 14, aged 65 years. Deceased was one of the pioneers of northern Miami county and was known to a large number of Sentinel readers as a most estimable wife and mother.


FUNERAL - The funeral of the late D. W. LYON was conducted last Wednesday afternoon at the family residence on Jefferson street, Rev. T. G. SMITH, of the Presbyterian church officiating.

After the pronunciation of a beautiful and appropriate eulogy on the life and character of the deceased, Rochester Lodge F. and A. M., assisted by the Masonic Lodge of Akron, took charge of the remains and the large and solemn cortege moved slowly to Odd Fellows cemetery where the remains were gently lowered into a vault and all that was mortal of D. W. Lyon passed from the sight of his many neighbors and friends forever.


Wednesday, February 29, 1888


BIRTH - Sam McGEE says he don’t care, he’s got plenty of girls anyhow. (GRANT)


MARRIED - At six o’clock last Thursday evening, in the WALLACE HOUSE parlor in the presence of the families of the high contracting parties, Rev. A. E. GIFT pronounced the beautiful and touching ceremony which united as husband and wife Mr. Fred H. CORNELIUS and Miss Vida WALLACE, youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert WALLACE.

After congratulations, a wedding feast was spread after which the happy couple took the 8 o’clock train south and went to St. Louis, where they remained over Sunday and then to VanBuren, Arkansas, where they will visit with Mr. Cornelius’ relatives a few weeks before returning, and in which city they may make their future home, as Mr. C. has a business offered him there which he may purchase and engage in.

The groom is well known in Rochester and Fulton county, and is what might be properly styled a city farmer, as his home is in the city while his time is devoted to looking after the interests of his farms in which he has considerable money invested. He is a gentleman of retiring disposition, but genial, and popular among the young men of the city. The bride is one of Rochester’s most prominent society ladies, and by all classes she is recognized as a noble type of womanhood. . . . .


MARRIED - At the residence of Rev. A. E. GIFT Monday at high noon, Mr. Cyrus SHOBE, of Ohio, and Miss Alma PERSCHBACHER, of Newcastle township, were pronounced husband and wife according to the beautiful rite of the Lutheran church. . . . .

MARRIED - Mr. Milton POFFENBARGER and Miss Julia HARDING were married at the Evangelical parsonage on Vine street, Rochester, Indiana, at 11:30 a.m., February 27, 1888.

The gentlemanly groom who walks off with the prize of one of Fulton county’s fair daughters, hails from Middletown, Ohio, and thither the happy couple will soon go to reside.

The bride is a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph HARDING, a dress maker by occupation and until now plied her trade in Kewanna, of this state. . . . .


MARRIED - Mr. [William] E. MYERS and Miss Lucy MASTERS and Mr. Jno. L. GARMAN and Miss Harriett GREEN, took upon themselves the solemn vows of matrimony, in a single ceremony, pronounced by Rev. GIFT at his residence in this city Thursday, at noon. The parties all reside near Kewanna. . . .


BIRTHDAY - Last Saturday was Mrs. S. A. BARKDOLL’s 40th birthday, when her husband and children planned a successful surprise party on her. . . .


DIED - The four year old child of Mrs. Rufus VanBLARIGAN, died at the residence of its grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. L. BRIDEGROOM in south Rochester, last Wednesday and was buried in Odd Fellows cemetery Thursday.






A Review of Our Town and its Business People




In considering the various enterprises of Rochester, the clothing trade assumes an importance with reference to the wealth and general prosperity that commands it to the most careful attention of any work bearing upon the resources of the city, and in this connection the establishment of Messrs. FEDER & SILBERBERG, both from the extent of its business and the character of its operation, should receive fitting consideration.

This is one of the largest best and most thoroughly equipped and reliable clothing houses in this part of the state, and it enjoys a correspondingly high reputation. Like many of our most successful mercantile institutions, that of Messrs. Feder & Silberberg was begun in a very limited way. Mr. [Louis] FEDER established the business in the year 1865 being located on west side of public square. The goods carried consisted of a general line, and $500 would cover their total valuation. Mr. Feder conducted the business until 1866 and then admitting Mr. [Max] SILBERBERG as partner, changing the firm’s name to that of Feder & Silberberg.

They continued their business at their old location until 1875, in the meantime having dropped all lines, except clothing and furnishing goods, when they realized their quarters were altogether too small for the immense proportions their business had assumed. They then built the magnificent building on the north side of public square completing the same in 1876 dedicating the building to the year “Centennial.” The building is 43x95 feet, two stories high, the entire lower floor being utilized as salesroom, while the largest part of the upper floor is devoted to Merchant tailoring. This is without question the finest salesroom in Northern Indiana, being especially adapted to the clothing department, enabling them to display goods in the best possible manner. This store has two front entrances and the front contains over 400 square feet of heavy

plate glass. In fact everything relating to this establishment has a metropolitan appearance.

In 1881 Messrs. Feder & Silberberg established a wholesale and manufacturing house in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is one of the largest of a similar kind in the city. They manufacture all clothing sold by them which enables them to sell the same grade of goods much cheaper than houses which do not possess these advantages.

After establishing their wholesale house in Cincinnati, it became necessary to procure a manager for their extensive house in our city, and then they selected Mr. Lou WOHLGEMUTH for the position (we but voice the saying of all knowing him) they could not have made a better selection. Mr. Wohlgemuth has demonstrated that he knows how to conduct an establishment of this kind. He is well known to our citizens as a gentleman of excellent business qualifications, and unquestionable reliability in all matters pertaining to his social walks of life as well as in his business relations. He has hosts of friends in this locality, and has succeeded by his square dealing and honorable treatment of customers in building up a very large and pleasant patronage.

Truly this is a mammoth store -- not only in room occupied, but in extent and assortment of goods. The stock displayed is not only the largest in Rochester, but is one of the largest in this part of the state, in fact you seldom see as extensive an exhibit of goods in cities of twenty or thirty thousand inhabitants. The stock is complete, fresh and fashionable, and embraces everything known to the trade. Their room will be found completely filled with a large assortment of all kinds of clothing for men, boys and children, of all colors, styles and prices. The childrens department is quite a feature, in short they can fit any person from child three years old to the largest and most portly man. The list of gents furnishing goods embraces everything in the line from the finest imported goods to the more cheaper grades. They show an assortment not usually found in places the size of Rochester, goods that can be relied upon as being strictly first class in every respect. The facilities enjoyed by this house for obtaining furnishing goods cannot be equaled by any house in the state, receiving the same from Messrs. Feder & Silberberg who conduct three large wholesale houses located in Chicago, New York and Cincinnati. They carry a very large line of hats and caps, displaying all of the latest styles and most popular makes. They make a specialty of merchant tailoring and in this line of trade have a wide reputation.

Mr. Wohlgemuth has recently employed a cutter from Cincinnati, Ohio. This gentleman has a reputation that is not excelled by any cutter in the state. This firm carries a splendid stock of piece goods, including the latest styles of everything pertaining to the business.

Those who deal with this house may confidently depend upon receiving choice fabrics, elegant styles, perfect fits and superior finish, while the prices are invariably governed by a sense of moderation for which this house has a thoroughly established reputation.




Wholesale and Retail Lumber Dealers


In reviewing, even in a passably cursory manner, some of the more important of our city’s interests, we cannot but feel impressed that the lumber interests of Rochester, founded as they are with advantage of location, both as to resources and supply, must assume at a near day an importance at the present but little understood by our citizens.

There is no place in this part of the State presenting greater advantages to the dealer in lumber than does Rochester.

Our near proximity to the great lumber districts, and having direct connection with the same gives us great advantages over many places. For a number of years we have been blessed with good facilities for obtaining lumber, but the “Acme” of perfection in this business was reached in 1882, when the gentlemen whose names head this article became sole owners of the extensive lumber yards under consideration. These are the oldest yards in Fulton county, being established by E. D. COWGILL in the year 1857. Mr. Cowgill successfully conducted the business until 1878, then taking in as partners Messrs. Brackett & Barrett (who at

the time were in the employ of Mr. Cowgill) changing the firm name to E. E. COWGILL & CO., which name the firm continued under until the death of Mr. Cowgill, which occurred August 1, 1882.

Messrs. Brackett & Barrett then purchasing the interest held by Mr. Cowgill, again changing the firm name to that indicated in the caption of this article. This is one of the largest and most important lumber firms in this section of the country, and their trade the most extensive. It is an establishment which reflects great credit upon our city, one of which our people are justly proud, and we take great pleasure in presenting to our readers a few facts regarding the same.

The individual members of the firm are L[yman] M. BRACKETT and A[bner] J. BARRETT. They are both young men and devote their united energies to their business with telling effect. Mr. Brackett gives his entire attention to the inside and office work, seeing that all orders are correctly and quickly filled, while Mr. Barrett directs his energies to the outside work, buying, making contracts, &c. &c.

Besides their extensive lumber int erests in our city, they have yards located at Marion, Mentone, Deedsville, Etna Green, Argos, Leiters Ford and Marshland, Indiana. The fact of these gentlemen being such large dealers and manufacturing a large percentage of their lumber from their own lumber lands, gives the establishment under consideration a great advantage over the ordinary dealer. Mr. Barrett is constantly in the lumber markets, buying for their yards, and he is able to pick up many bargains not accessible to the majority of country dealers, who depend upon an occasional trip to the markets and visits from traveling salesmen. The purchase of most of the stock is made direct from the manufacturers, in large lots, and is not allowed to pass through the hands of the middle man. This mode of procedure enables them to secure these advantages, while at the same time they are able to pick out such as their trade demands, not being obliged to take an entire miscellaneous lot in order to secure what they need for their patrons here. Another great point is, that their location with independent side track, enables them to handle stock at a minimum cost. And as they at all times carry the largest stock of hard and white wood lumber, lath, shingles, hard and soft coal, in this section of the country, customers can rest assured of getting just what they want, and that too, at the lowest prices. These facts should be considered by our people when wanting anything in their line.

This establishment is situated near the Lake Erie & Western railroad tracks. They occupy over halp a block of ground, and have at present employed 62 teams hauling lumber and logs. This establishment is a most desirable one with which to establish business relations. The firm of Brackett & Barrett stands deservedly high in this community, and as they have a well established reputation for commercial honor their representations can always be relied upon with the strictest confidence.



Ditmire & Edwards, Prop’rs.


We Americans, as a people, are proud of our country, proud of our commerce, but prouder still of our manufacturers - for have we not risen above our neighbors in the production of almost everything?

Much that we were dependent upon the old world for a few years ago we now manufacture here, and to such perfection have we brought the manufacture of certain articles, that we can safely enter our goods side by side with those of the most celebrated manufactures of Europe. In many lines of goods the American productions are placed in connection with the best foreign makes, have successfully won the prize. And so it is with the manufacture of flour: America stands at the head, successfully outdoing all competitors.

Rochester has long felt the need of a thoroughly first-class, modernly equipped flouring mill, a mill that is capable of successfully competing with our surrounding cities in the manufacture of “breadstuff.” With this end in view the gentlemen whose names appear at the caption of this article, have already contracted, and have in the course of erection “what is to be” one of the most complete flouring mills in the State of Indiana. Messrs. DITMIRE & EDWARDS will receive some little aid from our citizens in erecting these mills, but the

principle part of the expense will be borne by themselves.

The CROWN MILLS will be located near the Lake Erie and Western Ry depot, and a side track will be put in for the convenience of loading cars with its products. The mill proper will be a frame three story and basement building 35x40 feet, the engine house will be built of brick and the entire structure will be covered with an iron roof. The Crown Mills will be equipped with all the new and improved machinery known to the trade from the rollers down to the dust collectors. The system to be used in this mill is known as the Hungarian system, and is manufactured by The Nordyke and Marmon Co., Indianapolis, Indiana. These are the best rolls made; they possess all the latest improvements and are automatic in their working, and are acknowledged as the most perfect at the present day. This mill will be the only mill in this city using this system, and the flour produced will stand without a successful rival. The capacity of the Crown Mills will be 60 barrels every 24 hours, and it will be the aim of its proprietors to start the mill Monday mornings at 6 o’clock and not stop until 7 o’clock the following Saturday night.

The power will be furnished by a fine Automatic Atlas Engine which will be in charge of Emanuel DITMIRE, a thorough engineer, thereby insuring a uniform speed which is very essential in the manufacture of flour.

The mills will be under the supervision of Mr. J. S. CHAPIN, as head miller being a practical miller of large experience whose thorough knowledge of the business will add largely to their popularity.

Messrs. Ditmire & Edwards will manufacture several grades of flour and will guarantee every pound. They will also turn out large lots of graham flour, fine and coarse corn meal, shorts, bran, chopped feed, &c. They will make a specialty of exchange with farmers, and will give as many pounds of flour in exchange for each bushel of wheat as any mill in the county. Another feature we wish to make the farmers acquainted with in regard to this mill is all wheat stored at their mill for grist purposes will be insured against fire, “gratis” to the farmer, which is an item worth looking after.

The proprietors, Mr. B. F. DITMIRE and J. D. EDWARDS are both young and vigorous men, they are endowed with lots of energy, goaheaditiviness, and conservation. They are both well and favorably known, having been raised in Fulton county and need no further comments at our hands.

The weather proving favorable Messrs. Ditmire & Edwards will have their mills ready to start by the first of June, 1888. Rochester looks upon this enterprise as a valuable acquisition to her manufacturing interests and wishes its proprietors the success that they so richly deserve.





Among the oldest institutions of Rochester we have to mention in our editorial review, are some which for extent, and high standing would do credit to a much larger city than this. One we would specially mention is the meat market of Cha’s. LANGSDORFF, founded by the present proprietor in the year 1867, since which time it has always held a leading position.

Gradually from a small beginning it has won its way in popularity and increase of trade until today an immense local trade is transacted and includes among its customers a large list of the best families in the city.

This is an evidence in itself of the superior qualities of the meats Mr. Langsdorff kills, but an inspection of the same hanging in his market or refrigerator is more convincing and yet the best proof of its quality is in the eating of the same. This market furnishes the CENTRAL HOUSE with its meats and it is remarked by its patrons that its meats are not excelled by metropolitan hotels. It has been the invariable rule of Mr. Langsdorff to kill only the best quality of stock, and he has been liberal in paying for the same, being determined that nothing shall find its way to or from his market unless of such a quality as to add to rather

than detract from the hard earned and valuable reputation this market enjoys.

While this gentleman has received a liberal share of the patronage of our citizens and been successful, yet, he has always been liberal in his actions, remembering that no one can live alone, hence he has always contributed his full quota towards the improvements and enterprise of this city. This as well as rigid integrity of his dealings, full weights, fine quality and the tempting manner in which his meats are arranged for public review has added largely to his success.

The premises consist of a large and commodious room with an engine and sausage house in the rear. The room is fitted up and arranged especially for the business, and everything has a very bright and clean appearance. The front room is the sales room and office, which is supplied with improved racks, scales and one of the best and most improved refrigerators for keeping fresh meats. In the rear of this is the work room where all the rough work is done, and still back of this is the sausage department and packing rooms, the former being supplied with all the most approved machinery for manufacturing all kinds of sausage, and a steam engine for the motive power. Mr. Langsdorff has the best arranged slaughter house in the state, which with his commodious ice houses are located just north of the C. & A. Depot, also a large fish pond bountifully stocked with German Carp, some of which will be found for sale at his market the ensuing season. Persons from all over the country who have visited these premises pronounce them to be among the best and most systematically arranged they ever saw.

Mr. Langsdorff always keeps on hand a large stock of fresh salted, dried and smoked meats, curing the same himself, so you can always rely upon getting the best to be obtained, and the sausage and bologna of his make are the finest in this part of the state. He also keeps a good stock of pickled pigs feet, tripe, tongues, headcheese &c. Mr. Langsdorff employes none but reliable and sober men on his premises and patrons can be assured of the most gentlemanly treatment at all times. Mr. Langsdorff is honest and upright in all his dealings and we cheerfully recommend him to the people as worthy of their patronage.






An important feature in connection with the progress and prosperity of our city, is the well conducted hardware houses. And as a work professing to represent in a reliable and attractive manner its commercial facilities, this enterprise deserves special mention. One of the most attractive, best stocked, and best conducted houses of this class, is that of the firm whose names head this article.

This firm was originally organized as WILE & PETERSEN; four years ago Mr. WEBBER bought a third interest in the business. Mr. PETERSON buying Mr. Wile’s interest changing the firm name to PETERSEN & WEBBER. The business was continued one year under this head, then Mr. lHICKMAN buying Mr. Petersen’s interest again changed the firm name to HICKMAN & WEBBER.

The stock of goods exhibited at this place of business is large and complete in every department. In the hardware line may be found a general assortment of everything to be found in a well-stocked hardware. The list embraces a complete line of shelf and heavy goods, all kinds of mechanics tools and supplies, horse shoes and nails, a large stock of tinware and house furnishing goods of every description, a general line of English and American cutlery, all kinds of builders material, mill and factory furnishings, and they are prepared to fill all orders promptly.

This firm keeps constantly on hand the finest line of stoves to be found in this section, among which are the justly celebrated Garland stoves and ranges, besides many others for both wood and coal, at prices that defy competition. They also carry a full line of sporting goods such as revolvers, fishing tackle, ammunition &c. In agricultural implements, this firm has from time to time secured the best implements manufactured, until they have now for sale some of the best known in the United States. This may seem a

broad assertion, but can easily be proven to anyone who will take the time to visit Hickman & Webber’s place of business. They have just received a car load of the celebrated Reed’s harrows from Kalamazoo, Michigan, for which they are the sole agents in this section. At this house will be found a large stock of glass, sash, doors and blinds; in fact everything that can be found in a first-class hardware.

They have a large tinshop in connection employ none but first class workmen, and are prepared to do all kinds of work in this line, such as roofing, guttering, spouting, &c at the lowest possible prices. In fact, the facilities enjoyed by this firm are extensive, enabling them to compete successfully with any of the leading houses of the surrounding country.

Messrs. Hickman & Webber are among our most esteemed citizens and business men. They have a well established reputation for just treatment of all patrons, no matter what their circumstances in life, and it is but a merited compliment to say that they enjoy the entire confidence of their large list of customers and the public in general.




Second Hand Dealers


These gentlemen have been doing business in Rochester for the past year, their place of business is on east side of north Main street. Messrs. HAYWARD & MITCHELL buy and sell all kinds of second hand goods.

They handle everything from clothes pins to pianos, and pay the highest cash value for the same. You will at all times find their rooms stocked with all kinds of household goods, sewing machines, &c., some of which are nearly as good as new and are sold at about one-fifth the price of new goods. They have an auction sale every Saturday, when you can buy anything in their store at your own price. Messrs. Hayward & Mitchell always have on hand a large stock of brooms of their own manufacture, which take the lead for durability and workmanship. Give them a call; it will pay you when wanting anything in their line.



Dry Goods and Clothing


Among the many prosperous and thriving business houses of Rochester, we find none that are more worthy of mention than that indicated in the caption of this article. This is an old established house of fifteen years standing, coming under its present management two years ago.

This firm carries a full line of dry goods,notions, clothing, hats, caps, trunks, valises &c. This business may be summarized as follows: Goods bought at the lowest prices and sold in the same way; business transacted on modern principles; polite attention shown to all and satisfaction guaranteed in every sale.

In the dry goods department they show some exceedingly handsome novelties in dress goods, shawls, ginghams, prints, hosiery, handkerchiefs, embroideries, corsets, muslin underware, notions, fancy goods, &c. The variety is large and must be seen to be appreciated. The selections are very fine, embracing all the new novelties in the various items.

In the clothing and gents furnishing goods department they keep a full and well selected stock of mens, youths and childrens clothing, always being able to fit the smallest boy or the largest man. The stock of furnishing goods is very attractive, a rich and varied display being made of fine neckwear, silk handkerchiefs, toilet jewelry, fur, dress and driving gloves &c. They carry also a large stock of faultlessly fitting shirts, cuffs, collars, in both linen and celluloid. They show a fine line of hats and caps, a first-class selection of umbrellas, and a large stock of nobby traveling bags, valises, and trunks.

This house is under the management of Mr. A. BICCARD, who personally superintends everything, and warrants all goods to be just as represented. We have no hesitation in recommending this firm and we hope to see it continue to prosper in the future as it has in the past.






The above named gentleman has been engaged in the blacksmithing business for the past ten years, entering into business for himself in our city two years ago. He has succeeded in building up a large trade in this section.

His specialty is horse shoeing, in which line he has few equals and no superiors. Mr. Schreyer is agent for the Loomis Rubber Pad, which he uses on horses with sore or contracted feet with the best results. He gives especial attention to handling horses with contracted and crooked feet, and has met with great success in that line. He also has appliances for shoeing vicious horses. Mr. Schreyer is a fine practical workman himself, and employs only first-class workmen. He owns the shop he occupies which is located on the north end of Main street. The patronage of this shop is very large extending all over this section of the country. He guarantees satisfaction with all work intrusted to him, and makes his charges as low as good work and a living profit will allow. He is honest in all his dealings and never allows any disatisfaction with anyone. All orders left at Mr. Schreyer’s place of business will receive prompt attention, and all work left in his care will be attended to in a business like manner. We cheerfully recommend him to the people as worthy of their patronage and hope to see him prosper in the future as he so richly deserves.




Grocery & Restaurant


The above named gentleman started in the grocery and restaurant business in this city six months ago. There are many well conducted and popular grocery houses in Rochester, but we are free to confess along with hundreds of our citizens that there is not one more popular or deserving of its growing success than that of the gentleman whose name heads this article.

The stock of goods is full at all times, and they carry only such goods as the trade demands, everything that the most advanced grocery and provision dealers keep is kept at this house, and the public can always rely upon honest weight, fresh goods, and low prices.

In the management of the Restaurant Mr. Mackey is ably assisted by his wife. This lady takes great pride in seeing that all patrons are properly waited upon, and ladies without attendants can go there with the assurance of receiving respectful attention and of being treated in a manner due to all ladies. At this restaurant can be had as good a meal as one could wish for at any reasonable hour on short notice, or board by the day or week.

Everything about this house is kept in the neatest possible manner, and the trade is supplied with the best the market affords. A specialty is made of oysters during the winter and in the summer of ice cream. They carry a fine line of confections, also tropical and domestic fruits during their season. We unreservedly commend Mr. Mackey and his house to the public as in every way worthy of its confidence and patronage.





This gentleman is proprietor of one of the best known jewelry houses in the city. Mr. DECKER has a thorough knowledge of the business in all its details, having worked at it for the past seventeen years, locating in Rochester in business for himself ten years ago, and from his practical knowledge in fine watch and jewelry repairing, and discernment in selecting those styles of jewelry which suit the taste of the people, his trade has become a substantial one.

He carries a very fine stock, comprising a neat and complete assortment of gold and silver watches, clocks, and every description of jewelry, silver ware, spectacles, fancy goods &c. Mr. Decker warrants every article, and every guarantee is made good if the article bought is not satisfactory and just as represented in every way. These facts are well known to our people, and have had the result of largely increasing the patronage of this house.

Mr. Decker pays particular attention to the repairing department and turns out nothing but first class work. He is also a first class engraver having all the modern appliances enabling him to do his work in the most artistic manner.

His place of business is on Main street opposite Central House and we would say to all those needing anything in his line, give Mr. Decker a call.




Bakery & Restaurant


Mr. LANE has been engaged in his present business for the past nine years, and during that time has succeeded in building up a good trade.

The bakery of this establishment is well conducted, producing from the best and purest of flour the finest breads, all kinds of rolls, cakes, pies, &c.

At this restaurant can always be had a good meal at any reasonable hour on short notice. Hot tea and coffee is kept constantly on hand and a lunch can be procured for any price to suit. Oysters served in any style, while in the summer a specialty is made of ice cream. Mr. Lane also handles the best brands of cigars, foreign and domestic fruits always on hand. Give him a call.






Out in the world, jostled among strangers, the traveling man learns how to appreciate that careful attention and hospitality which characterize the natural landlord and host, calls up home impulses, sheds contempt upon the tired soul and induces rest and repose, even though he be stranger in a strange land. The traveler, after a long and tedious journey experiences sensations on arriving at a hotel where a cordial welcome is given that cannot be described. Such were the writer’s feeling a few weeks since when we entered the city of Rochester.

During our stay at the CENTRAL HOUSE the genial proprietor, Mr. A[lonzo] L[eroy] RANNELLS and his amiable wife (to whose good judgment and untiring efforts to make everybody comfortable, the proprietor can attribute largely his success) did all in their power to make us contented and comfortable, and admirably succeeded in doing so.

Ever since coming into the hands of the present proprietor, the Central House has been unanimously regarded not only as a most pleasant and convenient resort for the traveling public, but as one of the most home-like and comfortable hotels in the state, where all are entertained in a pleasant manner and

where ladies, traveling alone, can receive the courtesy and attention their position demands. Ladies and gentlemen visiting Rochester either on business or for pleasure will find at this hotel the most polite attendants and a table that is surpassed by no house in the country, being supplied with the choicest viands the market affords and what is equally important, has a corps of the most experienced cooks, as well as polite and attentive waiters.

The proprietor is contemplating building a new brick hotel that he may give his many patrons the comforts of modern improvements, as well as genial and hospitable treatment. Lon, as the proprietor is familiarly called, is one of the few who know how to run a hotel, and when one stops at the Central House there is no doubt but that he will make it his headquarters when visiting the city again.




Planing Mill


In publishing a detailed exhibit of the industries of Rochester it is essential that we make mention of this very important branch of her business. This well and favorably known planing mill has been an important factor in the manufacture of lumber ever since its establishment in our city.

The mill was built in the year 1872 by its present owner, Mr. [Samuel A.] BARKDOLL, and is equipped with modern and first class machinery, hence all work turned out by him is No. 1. He manufactures all kinds of doors, sash, blinds, screens &c., at the most reasonable terms, besides doing all kinds of job work, planing, matching, making mouldings &c., and is prepared to turn out all work on short notice.

Mr. Barkdoll keeps in his employ a corps of skilled workmen, and is prepared at all times to make contracts for new buildings. He makes a specialty of inside work and guarantees satisfaction.

We take pleasure in recommending Mr. B. to all who may need anything in his line. He personally attends to all wants of his customers and treats everyone in such a manner that leaves no room for complaint.




Wagon & Carriage Works


Mr. [John B.] FIESER has been connected with the manufacturing interests of Rochester for the past fourteen years, and is well and favorably known to the people of Fulton and adjoining counties.

He manufactures buggies, phaetons, carriages, spring wagons &c. In his productions he has kept fully up with the times in all advancements made in the business, and his vehicles embrace all the latest and most desirable styles and patterns, and are finished in the highest style of the art. Mr. Fieser has in the course of completion one hundred buggies &c., which he will seel at the lowest possible living prices.

Besides vehicles of his own make he always keeps a large stock of Cincinnati, Michigan, and other makes on hand. He also carries a large line of harness, robes, whips, in fact everything belonging to horse gear, and sells all goods as low as the lowest.



Coal & Cement Dealer


The gentleman whose name heads this article, [James B. ELLIOTT], is one of Rochester’s oldest business men, being identified with the same for the past quarter of a century, during which time he has been engaged in various kinds of business, having been engaged in the tanning business for seven years, then selling out and engaging in the milling business which he followed successfully for a number of years, finally engaging in his present occupation, that of dealer in all kinds of coal, lime, plaster, cement, plaster paris &c. Mr. Elliott pays the highest cash prices for hides, pelts and all kinds of furs. He enjoys the fullest confidence of our citizens, has always been known as an honorable upright man in all his dealings, he always gives full weight, is attentive to all callers, and is one of Rochester’s “good old citizens.”




Wagons, Carriages & Sleighs


The subject of this sketch, [Noah CRAVEN], is well and favorably known to the readers of the Sentinel, having occupied his present place of business for the past eight years.

Mr. Craven is one of the oldest manufacturers of vehicles in Fulton county, having been in the business for the past thirty years, and today, the best evidence he can give that his work has been satisfactory, is that persons who began as his customers thirty years ago are his customers today, and they are so well pleased with his work that they never go to other factories for anything in his line. This confidence and continual patronage can be accounted for in a few words: good work, honest construction of the same, the best of all kinds of material, fine and artistic finish, and the making of his work good in every transaction.

It is a well known fact that wagons, carriages, sleighs &c that are made from carefully selected stock and put together by competent workmen, are far superior to work made by machinery and put together by boys. Mr. Craven allows nothing but the best of material to be used in the construction of his work, and every piece of wood, iron, or steel is carefully inspected before being placed in the vehicle.

He does all kinds of repairing, repainting, trimming, and all kinds of blacksmithing &c &c., and right here Mr. Craven wishes to say to the readers of the Sentinel: “When wanting a good first class hand made buggy, carriage or spring wagon, come to my factory, I will sell it to you from five to ten dollars cheaper than you can buy the same grade of work for in any place in the State. I mean business, and will demonstrate it to anyone who will call.” His charges are always low as the lowest. Mr. Craven owns the buildings he occupies and besides being one of the best mechanics, is counted among our most respected citizens.




Standard Oil Agent


This gentleman, [J. S. CRIM], is agent for the Standard Oil Co., a position he has occupied for the past three months. Mr. Crim delivers oil to all parts of the city every morning (Sunday excepted) in a wagon especially adapted for that use and he can sell you oil or gasoline as cheap as it can be bought at the stores and deliver it at your door, a fact our citizens should remember.



Furniture & Undertaking


This gentleman, [Christian HOOVER], is one of the oldest and most respected business men in our city. Mr. Hoover has been in the furniture and undertaking business in Rochester for the past thirty-six years. He carries the largest stock of furniture and undertaking goods to be found in Fulton county. His sales rooms and store rooms occupy about 7,000 square feet of flooring.




Rochester Marble Works


In connection with the trade in marble and granite tombstones and monuments, the house of the above named gentlemen must be mentioned as the most prominent and reliable in this section of the country.

The Rochester marble works was established in 1875 by Mr. FRAIN, who conducted the business alone until 1880, then taking as partner Mr. HOFFMAN, changing the firm name to that of FRAIN & HOFFMAN. These gentlemen keep constantly on hand a complete and well selected stock of monuments and tombstones and no house in northern Indiana can offer better inducements to trade and general public. Being fine, practical workmen, and close observers, Messrs. Frain & Hoffman have always kept pace with the times, and their work is equal to any produced in the county. The public is invited to call and judge for themselves. This house is conducted upon business principles, and the lowest possible prices are always charged, people need not go to other cities for fine work while equally as good can be obtained at home. Our home people can do as artistic work as foreigners, and these gentlemen are willing to compare their work to any brought to Rochester.

Besides understanding thoroughly the monumental business, Messrs. Frain & Hoffman are good sculptors, showing some very fine specimens of their handwork in this art. They are sole agents for the celebrated White Bronze work. This is something new in the line and should be seen to be appreciated. They also handle the famous Georgia Marble which stands today without a successful rival.

Since going into business together, these gentlemen have met with the best of success, and have established a trade which extends all over the surrounding section of the country. This is not to be wondered at however, when we remember that they turn out nothing but first class work, and at prices that are hard to duplicate. Messrs. Frain & Hoffman’s motto is “fair dealing and value for value” and as their representations can always be relied upon we can see no reasons why they should not prosper in the future. They have by their honest policies gained the respect of the general public, and we cheerfully commend their house to the people as the most reliable in this section. Their place of business is on Main street opposite Commercial Block.




Restaurant & Bakery


This gentleman has been engaged in his present business in our city for the past fourteen months. At his well known restaurant can be had as good a meal as one could wish for. Mr. RANNELS carries a good stock of canned and bottled goods, confections, tropical and domestic fruits, during their season. He has a good bakery in connection and delivers bread, cakes, pies etc. to any part of the city.



Drug Store


This is Rochester’s oldest drug house, having been established in the year 1855 by A. K. PLANK. Dr. Plank successfully carried on the business until his death which occurred in March ‘87. The business was then conducted by his wife and son until October when the stock and goodwill of the old firm was purchased by the gentlemen whose names head this article.

Mr. WALKER has been identified with our city’s interests for the past twenty-eight years and has proven himself a worthy citizen in every respect. Mr. FORD moved to our county two years ago. He is an old physician having graduated from the Weston Reserve Medical College of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1863. We speak without fear of contradiction when we say: That the old time honored drug house of Dr. Plank could not have fallen into hands that were better calculated to maintain its commercial honor than the gentlemen of whom we have made mention.

This house carries everything in the way of drugs, fine tinctures and a large list of patent compounds, of standard and reliable makes is always in stock. The selection of notions and druggists sundries is complete, while the paint and oil department shows everything in that line, including a large assortment of dye stuffs. Among the many brands of mixed paints carried by this house, we will make mention of a few of the most prominent. Woodworth Howl & Co., Pratt & Lambert, Neals “Eureka” Carriage Paints, Chicago White Lead and Oil Co’s. paints. These paints have an enviable reputation, repeated tests have proven them to be among the best on the market.

In compounding prescriptions this house uses the utmost caution and anyone taking a prescription to the CENTRAL DRUG STORE to be filled can rely upon getting just what he calls for. They carry a fine line of tobaccos and cigars, the best brands always being kept in stock. In fact everything to be found in a first class drug store. We ask our readers when visiting Rochester to give this house a call, you will be waited upon in the most genteel manner and receive value for value.




Jewelry Store


The prominence which has been given to trade in articles of adornment for the person, as well as elegant objects of virtue for household use and display in our city, during the last few years, is something remarkable. Any merchant or manufacturer who can produce something that will please the eye, and at the same time render it of use to his fellow citizens, is a public benefactor. The name of C. C. WOLF often comes under this head.

This gentleman has been the means of laying before the citizens of this section of the country, some of the most elegant works of art, in watches, clocks, jewelry and silver ware, that the eye has delightedly rested upon; and he is meeting with corresponding reward. Mr. Wolf has had an extended experience in the jewelry business having been actively engaged in the business for the past twenty years and has been carrying on the business for himself in Rochester for over fifteen years. This house is well known to the people and is located on Main Street in the Central Block.

The stock of goods carried is one of the finest in the country, and all goods are new and of the latest designs, only such goods as can be recommended to his patrons are kept in stock. Everything is made of fine material, in the highest style of the art. Mr. Wolf, unlike most dealers gives a guarantee with every article sold and every guarantee is made good if the article is not just as represented in every way. He never misrepresents anything but sells all articles for just what they are. These facts are well known to our people and have had the result of largely increasing the patronage of this house.

The counters extending the length of the store are covered by walnut and silver plate show cases, the contents of which embrade a “thousand and one” articles. Back of the counters and arranged along the

walls are standing cases of most elegant design chiefly devoted to the display of silver ware.

Mr. Wolf has a very large burglar proof safe for the deposit of his most valuable goods, also for the use of his customers who may wish to deposit valuables for safe keeping.

He makes a fine showing of watches, clocks, necklaces, chains, bracelets, etc. The stock of rings is large and unique, showing everything in all the latest styles from the cheapest to the most expensive. This firm carries a very fine assortment of silver, and plated ware, also a large line of optical goods. Mr. Wolf has quite a reputation for success in fitting persons with glasses, and guarantees satisfaction.

Certainly he displays for the season of 1888 a line of goods more extensive and complete than can be found in this section of the country.

A specialty is made of the repair department, particular attention being paid to repairing fine watches and jewelry, for which this gentleman has established a high reputation for reliable and first class work. This establishment ranks among the leading business houses in our city, and the proprietor is a man of acknowledged integrity. He is honorable and upright in all his dealings, and is ready at all times to further any project that will advance the interests of Rochester. He is active and energetic, thoroughly conversant with the details and requirements of the business in which he is engaged, and is universally respected by his large list of patrons and the people generally.




Millinery & Fancy Goods


There is nothing that conduces more to the elevated and refined tone and moral well being of a community than a cultivation of a love for things of beauty. And where this is combined with grace, elegance and experience, the possessor is an invaluable adjunct to society. Such a person we have in this city. We refer to Mrs. S[usan] J. [STRADLEY] BARKDOLL, whose well ordered millinery store is an ornament to, as well as an important factor in the progress and prosperity of the city.

This lady began the millinery business in our city fourteen months ago, and has been very successful. She is acknowledged as a very fine trimmer, and seems to have an almost perfection of taste in all points relating to millinery. Her motto is the most and best goods for the least money. This is a popular motto for the times and brings to her county many customers.

The stock of goods embraces everything new and novel in the millinery and fancy goods line. Mrs. Barkdoll keeps a complete stock of ladies and misses hats and bonnets to suit every age and condition. The finest trimmings, feathers, flowers and ruchings. The entire stock of this house is one of the choicest and most complete it has been our privilege to examine and conclusively shows that this lady exercises the greatest care in securing the best goods and all the latest novelties. Mrs. Barkdoll is now constantly receiving new goods for the spring trade and will show as fine a line as can be found in this section. Her place of business is Main street, opposite the Central House.




Drug Store


Prominent among the drug houses doing business in our city is that of the gentlemen whose name heads this article. Mr. [Jonathan] DAWSON has been a resident of our city for the past thirty-four years and has been in the drug business since the year 1862 being located on the north-west corner of public square.

Their store is well stocked with a complete assortment of drugs, chemicals, patent compounds,

paints, painters supplies, oils of all kinds, perfumes, toilet articles &c. Also a full line of mixed paints of the most popular brands, cigars, tobaccos &c &c. Messrs. Dawson & Son are very careful in compounding drugs, and enjoy the fullest confidence of the people generally.




Plank & Brackett Pr’s.


There is no branch of business which requires a greater degree of enterprise than the boot and shoe trade and the present proprietors of this established house are among the few dealers entitled to attention in this respect, in these days of shoddy imitations of nearly every article manufactured, when the ambition of a certain class of dealers to sell the cheapest instead of the best at the lowest possible prices.

It is always with a great degree of pleasure that we make mention of an establishment whose owners we feel assured will permit only perfect and the best work to pass through their hands. The room occupied by Messrs. PLANK & BRACKETT is located west of the Court House and is the only boot and shoe house in the south end of the city. Their salesroom is large and commodious, nicely fitted up, conveniently arranged, and presents a very attractive appearance. It is completely filled with goods and we are safe in saying the stock is the largest and best in this part of the State. These goods are first class in every respect, and have a well established reputation for lasting qualities. The stock includes a full assortment of standard makes, and everything sold is warranted to be as represented. In fact Messrs. Plank & Brackett will handle nothing but what they know to be alright in every respect. They have established a high reputation for selling satisfactory goods, and will let nothing pass their counters that will mar their reputation.

Among leading goods handled at the “Hoosier Shoe Store” may be mentioned those manufactured by Drew Selby & Co., Portsmouth, Ohio, who make a specialty of ladies fine wear. Thomas Emerson & Sons manufacturers of mens fine shoes, E. H. Stark & Co, Worcester, Mass., manufacturers of mens hip boots and mens fine shoes. Besides these they show a fine line and large variety of medium grades of both gents and ladies wear, from various factories, the assortment of Misses and childrens shoes is the finest in the city. They also handle the celebrated rubber goods made by the Boston Rubber Co., which are unquestionably the best rubber goods to be found in the market.

These gentlemen sell their goods at the lowest prices, and are constantly offering bargains and making special drives on various lines of goods and at each special sale will be found many bargains not attainable elsewhere.

Plank & Brackett have in their employ Mr. Oliver AULT, who is well known and universally liked. He is pleasant and agreeable to all customers and always takes pleasure in showing goods. Don’t forget the place. The Hoosier Shoe Store, east of Court House.




Mens & Boys Clothing


This popular business house is located one door south of the Rochester Bank and is owned and presided over by the genial Sol ALLMAN. Mr. Allman has been doing business in Rochester for the past thirteen years and his house has become a popular resort for the country as well as our city people when wanting anything in his line.

Mr. Allman keeps a large and well selected stock of mens, youths and childrens clothing of every grade, texture and style, ranging from the finest and most expensive to the cheaper and more substantial grades. He makes a specialty of childrens clothing, and carries a large stock in this line, enabling parents at all times to secure the neatest and best made suits for their little ones that the market affords. Mr. Allman

displays a fine line of gents furnishing goods, hats, caps, neckwear, gloves &c, all of which he is selling at the very bottom prices. All goods are bought from first hands, the markets closely watched and purchases made when the prices are the lowest. All bills are discounted for cash and the saving given to the customer in the way of a reduction on the price of goods. All goods sold by Mr. Allman are guaranteed to be exactly as represented. The trade of this house is very extensive and still increasing, which is accounted for by the fact that he carries the best of goods, sells at the most reasonable terms and guarantees entire satisfaction to all patrons, and treats all customers in a pleasant and gentlemanly manner, each and every transaction being charactrized by honesty and fair dealing.




North End Book Store


We take pleasure in calling the attention of our readers to the above named firm. This place of business was only established eighteen months ago, but by no means is the proprietor, [P. F. SARVER], a new man in the business, having had four years of practical experience before entering into business for himself.His business has steadily increased in patronage from the start, until it now stands way at the top, and numbers its customers by the hundreds.

The stock of goods displayed is large and varied, embracing wall paper, window shades, school books and supplies, oil paintings, chromos, frames, hanging lamps, fancy and toilet articles, optical goods, pocket cutlery, jewelry and a hundred and one things too numerous to mention. It is useless to try to enumerate the different goods shown, and we will only make special mention of a few of the most prominent.

In the news department will be found all of the reliable metropolitan dailies, which are delivered to patrons in every part of the city. In the way of illustrated weeklies. Also the standard monthly publications.

In books may be seen those of a miscellaneous and poetical nature, representing all of the most popular authors, with the best makes of blank books and a full line of school books and supplies. Everyhing new and novel in stationery is shown, with all the solid substantials of the line.

A specialty is made of the wall paper department, in which will be found a full assortment of the latest styles and grades of wall paper and ceiling decorations. Completeness of stock being made a special point, and at prices that defy competition. Also a full line of window shades, fixtures, &c.

In musical instruments and merchandise, his stock will be found complete, having the exclusive sale of W. W. Kimball & Co’s. celebrated pianos and organs. These instruments are well known, and possess all the essentials -- power and purity of tone, with agreeable action, and thoroughness of construction. They have met the requirements and become favorites with professional teachers, and the music loving public generally. We can confidently recommend anyone seeking a really first class instrument at reasonable prices and easy terms, to inspect the instruments handled by this house.

Mr. Sarver’s reputation for commercial honor can always be relied upon, and we take pleasure in giving him this brief sketch.



Drugs & Groceries


Of the large number of houses in the same line of trade, there are usually a few who give the best inducements to be honestly obtained. Among the houses of honor in Rochester, which deserve special notice in this issue of the Sentinel, we take pleasure in mentioning that of Mr. P. M. SHORE, dealer in drugs and groceries. This gentleman is well and favorably known to our people, having been in business in our city for the past fifteen years.

He has applied himself strictly to his business, and his career in the commercial world has given him an experience, the advantages of which are daily observed in the management of his trade, which is steadily increasing all the time.

In the drug department, the stock of goods is most complete in every line; it comprises a full line of drugs, and druggists sundries, paints, oils, &c. This gentleman has the sole agency for the celebrated Carry Ogden and Parker Red Cross brand mixed paints, fully demonstrated to be the best in the market.

In the prescription department, his trade is very large, as Mr. Shore gives his personal attention to this branch of the business, and it is not known that this place ever made a single mistake in compounding a prescription. This fact speaks volumes of praise as to the manner of conducting the business, and is the best recommendation that the firm can offer for their careful procedure.

The grocery department is also complete in every particular. The stock consists of all kinds of staple and fancy groceries, with fruits and vegetables in their seasons.

In the line of cigars and tobaccos, his line is especially large; all of the best brands both foreign and domestic always on sale.

The country wide trade will find this store a pleasant place to make their headquarters when visiting the city, and the highest market price will always be paid for country produce. This gentleman’s place of business is in the center of the Commercial Block north end Main street.



MARRIED - James A CARR and Libbie PATTERSON have been licensed to marry.


DIED - Mr. Wm. O. ADAMSON died at his residence, east of this city Thursday, and was buried on Saturday, the funeral being held at Trinity church and interment made in Odd Fellows cemetery. Deceased was about 34 years old at the time of his death and leaves a wife and three children.




Dry Goods & Groceries


We have had occasion to notice the highly prominent establishments in various branches of trade in our city, and we now desire to call the attention of our readers to one of the largest, best stocked, most handeomely equipped, dry goods, notion, fancy goods, boot and shoe, grocery and provision houses in this section of the country. Mr. M. C. REITER established this popular house in Rochester about two years ago, having the entire and complete management of the same, and from the first has shown an aptitute for the business that few men can lay claim to.

He is a natural business man, and goes at everything systematically. Mr. Reiter has had eighteen years experience selling goods, being engaged in some of the best houses in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. His extended experience gives him many advantages over the ordinary dealer, knowing how,

where and when to make his purchases, and always giving his customers the benefits of their advantages.

In the dry goods line the stock is full and complete the selections of dress goods and trimmings being especially fine, while the notion and hosiery departments are full to overflowing, and they show some exceedingly handsome novelties in these goods.

The boot and shoe department is made a special feature. Mr. Reiter being sole agent for several of the most popular and celebrated makes, among which we will mention, G. M. Gokey & Sons goods, Jamestown, N.Y., E. P. Reed & Co., of Rochester, N.Y., H. J. Holbrock & Co., Utica, N.Y., Jack Richardson & Co., Elmira, N.Y. The reputation of the goods manufactured by these firms are so well and favorably known, that they do not need special mention at our hands; and persons wishing anything in this line will find it to their advantage to examine this stock before purchasing elsewhere.

In groceries the stock is full at all times, only such goods being carried as the trade demands. It consists of all kinds of staple and fancy groceries, canned and bottled goods, with fruits and vegetables in their season. Also a full line of crockery and queensware. The highest price will at all times be paid for country produce.

Mr. Reiter never advertises to do anything he is not prepared to fulfill to the very letter. He has always made a point of keeping in stock the best goods the market affords, and sells everything in his line at the lowest possible prices, as low as they can be bought for at any house in the country. He began with the determination of keeping nothing but the best goods, and was not long in convincing people that such was the case and during the time his house has been in existence, he has fully maintained the high reputation he succeeded in establishing at the outset.

This house is situated in Commercial Block, north end Main street, and we cordially commend it to the trade and public generally. Although a comparatively young man, Mr. Reiter has placed his house among the foremost ranks of our mercantile institutions.




Meat Market


There is no business that requires more careful looking after, for its successful prosecution, than that of dealer in fresh meats. Men in this business who look after their affairs, buy nothing but the best of stock, and give good weights, are a blessing to the community. Such a firm we have in this city. We refer to the above named gentleman, [J. W. DELP].

His shop is a model of neatness, and in order, everything is scrupulously neat and clean, and everything about his establishment has an air of cleanliness. The refrigerator is one of the best makes, keeping meats in splendid shape no matter what the condition of the weather may be.

So the steaks and roasts, bought at his shhop are always tender and juicy, and the sausage and bologna of his make are as fine as can be obtained in the city. Mr. Delp carries a good stock of dried and salt meats, curing the same himself, so you can always rely on getting the best that can be obtained. In fact, this gentleman keeps a market that does credit to the town.

Mr. Delp makes a point of buying fat stock of all kinds, and farmers having the same to sell will advance their own interest by calling on this gentleman before selling elsewhere.

Mr. Delp was born and raised in this county, and is too well and favorably known to need further comment at our hands, we heartily commend him to the public, knowing as we do, that persons dealing with him will get the best the market affords and receive full value for their money.



Drug Store


The trade in drugs, from the nature of the articles delt in, is a business the successful prosecution of which requires special training and of long and most vivid experience. As the whole world furnishes the materials, so must the knowledge of the conditions of the supply and demand be equally extensive.

As to the extent of the business we can gain some idea by reflecting upon the countless variety of drugs and patent medicines found in the ordinary drug store. There is no ill to “which flesh is heir” for which there is not some specific remedy, and every year adds to the number of the various cures. There are several houses engaged in the drug trade in this city, and prominent among them is the establishment of MILLER & KEITH.

This popular house was established in the year 1881 by Mr. G. I. MILLER who conducted the business alone for one year, then selling one-half interest to Mr. G. P. KEITH, changing the firm name to Miller & Keith. Their house is located in Citizens Block, south side of public square. Messrs. Miller & Keith carry a large and most complete stock of drugs, chemicals, patent compounds, paints, painters supplies, oils, varnishes &c. They also carry the largest line of mixed paints to be found in the city, their specialty in this line being the “Old Reliable” pioneer brand, manufactured at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also the Red Seal lead, manufactured at St. Louis, Missouri. These goods have a reputation that places them as “Peers” with all competitors.

At this house a fine line of perfumes, toilet articles, artists materials, school books and supplies, hanging lamps, fine pocket cutlery, scissors, razors, in fact everything to be found in a first class drug and notion house can be had at Messrs. Miller & Keith’s. The patronage of this house has enjoyed a steady and healthy increase every year since it was founded, and has continued to grow in public favor. They use the utmost caution in compounding drugs and enjoy the fullest confidence of the people generally.




Bus Line Operator


A well conducted bus line is always worthy of one’s patronage. If we are going away and love to be dependent on the bus man to wake and take us to the train, there is a great deal of satifaction in knowing that we will be called for in time, our luggage properly looked after, and that done in an agreeable and gentlemanly manner. Mr. [J. W.] HILL possesses all these requirements. And has never been known to miss a train, or get a person left during the time he has been in business. His headquarters are at the Central House and all orders left there will receive prompt and courteous attention.




Cigar Manufacturer


In establishing the general aggregate of the commercial and manufacturing importance of Rochester, the tobacco trade in its various branches must not be overlooked, as it is a factor of no insignificant proportions in the many and varied enterprises which influence the prosperity and advancement in our city.

In the cigar manufacturing business, the annual production is no small item, and we deem a sketch of the above named gentleman as worthy of space in our columns. Mr. [C. A.] BROUILLETTE has been in the cigar business in our city for the past three and one-half years, and has built up a very fine trade. He

manufactures the following leading brands: The Beauty, Mon Ami, Sweet Lips, &c. All of these brands have a wide reputation, in fact the cigars of Mr. Brouillette’s manufacture have such a hold upon the smokers, that they ask for them and will have no others. They are acknowledged to be the best cigars brought to this market, and have become so popular that he has ready sale for all he can produce. He also manufactures the celebrated Clippings smoking tobacco, and has a large local trade on the same.

Mr. Brouillette employs none but first class workmen, and uses only the best leaf for both fillers and wrappers. This being the case, it may readily be inferred that the products of his factory are equal to, if not superior to most others in the State. In fact we doubt if there are many factories, outside of the large metropolitan cities, that can make as good a showing as can our Brouillette. His place of business is four doors north of Masonic building.

He is a young man full of push and enterprise and we are glad to know that the people appreciate his efforts to please them, and that he is enjoying a large and rapidly increasing trade.




Dry Goods and Groceries


In a work embracing the various industries of the city, its business facilities and prominent features for the general information of the public, at home and abroad, it is proper that representative houses in their respective lines, with their facilities for transacting business, should be clearly set forth. The stock of goods now under consideration, [SHORE BROS.], embraces two distinct lines, namely: dry goods and groceries, and is one of the best arranged houses in this section of the country.

The room is large and commodious, and is well stocked with a large and complete assortment of goods.

In the dry goods department, they have given special attention to dress goods, and in this line carry one of the most complete assortments in the vicinity. They are sole agents for the deservedly popular Broad Head goods. Their selections in silks and dress trimmings are especially fine, and they can furnish goods to suit any condition of the purse. They carry an unusually large selection of laces, embroideries and kindred goods and make a special feature of the notion department which is full to overflowing.

In the hosiery department may be found all the latest and nobbiest styles in any color to suit. The variety is large and must be seen to be appreciated.

The line of goods this firm keeps in stock in the cloak department, is always of the newest designs, never carrying any over, but disposing of them, often at a sacrifice, so that each season the stock will be fresh and of the latest styles.

In the grocery department their stock embraces everything that comes under that head. These gentlemen have a practical knowledge of the business in all its details and started in with the determination from the first to do a full and good share of the grocery trade of the city and surrounding section, by the simple merits of their goods, low prices and thorough attention to business. The stock of canned and bottled goods is especially large, and there is a great variety from which to make your selections.

They also keep on hand a large line of crockery, glass ware, queensware &c. Country produce is bought in large quantities, and they always pay the highest market price for the same.

We would advise those needing anything in their line to give these gentlemen a call and you will be treated in a pleasant and agreeable manner, and receive full value for every dollar invested.



Central Book Store


Of the several firms or individuals in this city engaged in the book and stationery business, it may be safely asserted that none are better stocked, or conducted with a more thorough knowledge of the requirements of the trade than the establishment named above.

Mr. L. E. RANNELLS, who is familiarly known as Curg [RANNELLS], is right in the prime of business usefulness, and we predict for him a prosperous future knowing as we do that he conducts the affairs of his house on the most business like principles.

The stock of goods carried by the CENTRAL BOOK STORE is the most complete and best selected in the City, always embracing everything new, rare, rich and costly, and the store is the best in its line in this section carrying the most comprehensive list of goods. Mr. Rannells exhibits a large and varied assortment of all kinds of miscellaneous books, embracing all the latest writings of the most popular authors of the day, and all of the standard poetical works.

The stock of blank books is large, and as these goods are purchased direct from first hands, they are able to offer them at extremely low prices, school books and supplies are a specialty. They carry an elegant selection of photograph and autograph albums, scrap pocket books, fancy goods, notions, toys of every description. Particular attention is paid to artists materials of all kinds, the best the market affords, in which line they offer marked inducements.

The news department is supplied with all of the standard, leading popular dailies, weeklies and monthly publications. They take subscriptions for everything in this line, delivering to any part of the city without extra charge. Mr. Rannells also keeps a full stock of wall paper and ceiling decorations. In this line will be found a full assortment of the latest styles and grades at all times and at the lowest possible prices.

This gentleman is enjoying a large and satisfactory patronage, and by his fair treatment of all customers has established a high reputation for commercial honor.



BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. Peter KESLER, a girl baby.


BIRTH - A little girl baby was born to Mr. & Mrs. M. A. ADAMS last Monday.


MARRIED - Frank P. BEMENDERFER and Nancy C. MILLER were issued a license to commit matrimony by Clerk REED last Thursday.




Clothing Store


A prominent philosopher has said that there is nothing that succeeds like success, and most certainly there is no better criterion by which we can estimate merit. Mr. [Joseph] LAUER has been identified in the clothing business in our city since the year 1867, and his long experience is a sure guarantee of the quality of goods handled by him.

He is a splendid judge of the goods he handles, and does not in the sale of goods say: “I bought them for all wool and they ought to be so” but sells them for what they are. He knows what he handles and always guarantees everything sold by him to be just as represented. He studies to please and always makes friends with his customers. Mr. Lauer is a far-seeing gentleman, and by carefully watching the markets, is enabled to buy judiciously and make choice selections, thus offering customers certain advantages not easily duplicated in the city.

The successful prosecution of any business enterprise requires ability and intelligence, combined

with natural genious and taste for business pursuits. The result is inevitable as it has been proved in the case of this gentleman. The knowledge of how, when and where to buy goods is an important element in any business. Mr. Lauer possesses this knowledge, enabling him to give his customers the full benefit of his large experience, and to furnish them goods at prices as low as the lowest.

He has made the wants of his many customers a special study and evinces a studied avoidance of all goods not desirable for his trade. The stock of clothing carried by this house is of the finest quality. He began with the determination of keeping nothing but the best of goods from the best known manufacturers, and he was not long in convincing the people that such was the case, and during his business career has fully maintained that reputation.

The merchant tailoring department is under the supervision of Mr. H. HARTUNG, a gentleman whose reputation as a cutter is second to none in the State. They show some very handsome suitings in this department, of both foreign and American manufacture and at prices that cannot help but please.

In furnishing goods this house displays one of the finest lines to be seen in the city, a rich and varied display being made of fine neck wear, toilet jewelry, dress and driving gloves, fine underwear, shirts, collars and cuffs, showing all the most standard and celebrated makes.

The house of Mr. Lauer is one of the most popular of our city, his representations can always be relied upon, and his word is never questioned. His place of business is south corner of Masonic building.




Buggies, Carriages & Wagons


Of all the houses engaged in the carriage business in our city, we say with confidence that none occupy a position more entitled to notice at our hands than that owned and operated by Messrs. MITCHELL & LONG.

These gentlemen have been engaged in their present business for the past two years, and for the season of 1888 they display at their salesroom one of the largest and most complete stocks of buggies, carriages and spring wagons, to be found in the city. Messrs. Mitchell & Long were raised in Fulton county and for years have made the demand of the people a careful study. They evince a studied avoidance of all goods not desirable for their trade and will carry none that they cannot recommend under all circumstances, and today the vehicles handled by these gentlemen stand as the best proportioned, best ironed, best painted, lightest running and most durable rigs made.

In machine made work Messrs. Mitchell & Long make a “Leader” of the Schofield Buggy Co’s. work manufactured at Ovid, Michigan. The buggies manufactured by this firm are among the very best to be found in the markets today, in fact they have no superiors and few equals, none but the best material is used in their construction, and they possess all of the latest improvements in design and finish. Purchasers will find it to their interest to bear in mind when wanting a buggy that Messrs. Mitchell & Long will sell them the Schofield buggy for the same price they will have to pay for inferior makes at other houses.

This firm makes a specialty of hand made work, manufactured at Noblesville, Indiana by Hare & Son. They have had a large sale on these goods and have never had a single complaint. This can be easily accounted for when we say Messrs. Hare & Son uses nothing but the best second growing hickory, the best trimming, upholstering, paints, oils and varnishes, and employs none but skilled workmen in the manufacture of their vehicles.

Besides the celebrated makes mentioned Messrs. Mitchell & Long handle a large line of buggies, carriages, phaetons, road carts and spring wagons, from various manufacturers. They also carry a large line of harness, robes and whips, collars, brushes &c, and will not be undersold.

One can gain an idea of the popularity of the goods handled by Messrs. Mitchell & Long when we state that they sold five car loads of buggies last season, and judging from present indications will sell nearly

twice that amount the coming season. It is a well known fact that these gentlemen always make their word good, never advertising to do anything that they are not prepared to back up. They are regarded as among our best and most respectable business men, and we take great pleasure in recommending them to the people. Their place of business is one door north of Gould’s store.




Foundry & Machine Shop


Among the manufacturing institutions of Rochester, there are none she takes more pride in than the foundry and machine shop owned and managed by the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this article. Mr. [D. S.] ROSS has had a life’s experience in the foundry and machinist business, having worked at the trade since the year 1852 and his long experience is a sure guarantee of the kind of work turned out by him.

He has applied himself to the demands of his trade with telling effect always adopting anything new in the way of improved machinery that would in any way add to the convenience of his shop, and give his many patrons the same advantages as found only in metropolitan institutions.

Mr. Ross built what is known as the ROSS FOUNDRY & MACHINE SHOP in 1879, where he successfully carried on his business until February, 1888. The increasing demand for his work necessitating a change to more commodious quarters, he bought the entire plant including building, tools, machinery &c that was formerly known as the EXCELSIOR FOUNDRY & MACHINE SHOP.

With the improvements added by Mr. Ross, lthis is without question the best arranged, best equipped and and most complete machine shop and foundry in the state. It is located just across the L. E. & W. R.R. track opposite the depot. Mr. Ross is prepared to do any kind of machine work known to the trade on the shortest possible notice. He makes all kinds of castings both in brass and iron and is prepared to build you a new boiler and engine or rebuild your old one at the lowest possible prices. He employs none but first class workmen, guarantees every job turned out. His shops are now known as the ROSS EXCELSIOR FOUNDRY & MACHINE SHOP. We would say to all when wanting anything done in his line take your work to Mr. Ross, you will be treated in a gentlemanly manner, and your work will receive the benefits derived from modern machinery and first class workmen.






There is no stronger evidence of the advancement of a people in refinement and culture, or more convincing proof of hospitality than the encouragement and cultivation of the fine arts. In the rapid progress of modern research, few professions have received greater accessions of improvements than photography. In the great accumulations of styles, careful sifting and judgment have been required in order to discard the worthless and trivial and select the meritorious.

Mr. [C. B.] MOORE is an example of a painstaking, thorough artist, and a visit to his parlors will amply repay the lover of the beautiful and artistic. This gentleman has had an experience of over eight years, his location being opposite court house. Since locating in our city Mr. Moore has had to contend with a great deal of competition. Photographers have located here time and again, but when patrons compared their work to that of Mr. Moore, they have invariably stuck to the latter, and today he holds the field alone and undisputed.

The rooms he occupies are nicely fitted up, are kept in excellent order, and everything about the place denotes a thorough knowledge of the business in which he is engaged, and a high degree of intellectual culture and refinement. The operating rooms deserve special mention. It is supplied with all the improved instruments known to the profession, and the light is excellent.

Mr. Moore makes a point of always keeping up with the times. His experience is extensive, and he has profited by the knowledge gained. He examines carefully into everything new that is introduced into photography, and if it is considered practical and any improvement on what he has hitherto used, he never fails to adopt it.

Mr. Moore makes all kinds of photographs, but makes a specialty of cabinets, panel pictures and large work. He also pays special attention to retouching, and his work in all things equals that of large cities. His positions are all characterized by an ease and grace which few photographers can obtain, and we consider his greatest success lies in this.

He uses the instantaneous process, by which pictures are taken in one-hundredth the ordinary time. A photograph by this is more satisfactory than by any other, and it is the only method by which you can obtain a life-like picture of a child. He also has special equipment for outside work and has achieved a great success in that line.

We heartily commend Mr. Moore to the people, and are safe in saying that all persons entrusting their work to him will be sure to have good work done, receive full value for their money and be treated in a very pleasant and agreeable manner.




Lumber Dealer


Mr. [Ananias] BAKER has been connected with the lumber business in our city for the past nine years, and there is no detail in the lumber trade no matter how minute that he does not thoroughly understand. As lumber enters into almost every improvement made, it is conceded that the trade is of great importance, and fortunate is the community that has there engaged in the distribution of building material who strives to prepare and furnish it at a minimum cost, thus giving a poor man a better chance to build his little home while the rich do not object to low prices.

His facilities for supplying the trade cannot be excelled by any firm in the city, possessing all the advantages in buying that enables him to sell as cheap as the cheapest. At his yards can be found lumber of all kinds, lath, shingles &c., in any quantity from a dray to car loads. Besides his large lumber interests in Rochester he has yards located in Tipton and Marion, Indiana.

A few words regarding Mr. Baker’s standing as a private citizen we feel sure will be of interest to our readers and we cheerfully give them a place in our columns. He is a staunch member of the Christian church and one of our best and most reliable citizens and business men, who has done a great deal towards advancing the interests of our city. Mr. Baker has his own efforts to thank for the high position he occupies. He had no rich legacy to fall back upon, but “by the sweat of his brow” did he succeed in accumulating enough money to enable him to embark in business for himself, and that he has been successful, one has only to visit his place of business and view its workings to be satisfied. Everything he does is done thoroughly and well and bears the impress of good judgment. This gentleman is held in high esteem by the people in this section, who, one and all unite with us in wishing him a continuation of prosperity so well merited.



Livery Stable


In giving a review of the business of Rochester it is our endeavor to make it as complete as possible. Among the many enterprises that go to make up the commercial world the livery business forms a very important part. The establishment indicated in the caption of this article is one of the best and most complete in this part of the state, and, in fact there are few metropolitan cities than can lay claim to a finer, better equipped and better managed livery stable, than that of E. C. STANTON.

This is one of the oldest established liverys in the city and has been under the present management for the past six years. This gentleman shows an aptitude for the business that few can lay claim to. He is watchful, energetic and employs only the most trustworthy. These stables are models of convenience, there being a place for everything, and everything kept in its place.

Mr. Stanton keeps none but first class turnouts, and will have no others. He believes that it is cheaper to keep a good horse than a poor one.

He has as pleasant drivers both in single and double as one could wish to sit behind, his turnouts are first class, and he is prepared to furnish you with any kind of rig from a road cart to most elegant carriages.

This gentleman takes great pride in keeping everything in prime order. When you get a rig at his stables you do it with the assurance that everything is in the best of order, and have no danger to fear from any neglect on his part. Mr. Stanton has the most comfortable and convenient rigs to be found in the city, for the use of traveling men making drives across the country. His stables is headquarters for horse buyers, and all farmers visiting the city cannot find a better place to have their stock cared for than at these stables. He makes a specialty of keeping boarders, always using the same care and diligence in caring for his patrons’ property as he does with his own.

All patrons will be treated in a gentlemanly manner, and his prices are as low as the lowest. Traveling men and strangers when needing anything in his line, will do well to call on him before going elsewhere. He does a large business which is constantly on the increase, owing to the fact that patrons dealing with him once are always sure to call again. All orders will receive prompt attention and satisfaction guaranteed.






The importance of purity and quality in every article of drink renders the business of supplying its demand one which should be intrusted only to reliable and honorable persons. Every city has its representative establishments, and Rochester lays claim to some of the best, both in regard to fine quality and large variety of stock. One of the best known and deservedly popular liquor establishments in the city is that owned and presided over by Mr. Fred. W. BOSENBERG, which is located on the north end of Main street, under the Academy of Music.

Mr. Bosenberg was born in the old country, and came to the United States in the year 1865. He had no help in making his start in his present business but by his own industry and push, succeeded in accumulating enough money to go into business for himself in a small way, but his business has steadily increased until his establishment now stands far ahead of those usually found in a city of this size.

Gentlemen can go there with the assurance of being supplied with pure liquors, secure from the insults and crowding of loafing bullies and bummers. His sample room is well supplied with the best of all kinds of liquors, and they are served to his customers in any style to suit. Gentlemanly attendants are always on hand to cater to the patrons of the house, and nothing is left undone that will add to the comfort or pleasure of his callers.

He carries a large stock of all  kinds of liquors such as whiskies, brandies, gins, rums, wines, champaigns &v &c., both of foreign and domestic manufacture, also a large stock of cigars, representing the most popular imported and domestic brands.

Mr. Bosenberg is sole agent for the justly celebrated C. F. Smith’s Lager Beer, manufactured at Indianapolis, Indiana. The qualities for which this beer is most distinguished are its healthfulness, purity, brilliancy of color, richness of flavor &c, the result of excellent water, intelligent care of its brewers conjoined to the use of apparatus possessing all the best modern improvements made in this country or elsewhere, and to the superior quality and quantity of the ingredients used. No claims are made for this beer that cannot be substantiated.

Mr. Bosenberg is also sole agent for DuBois’ celebrated Wine of Apples, Sachs’ Pruden  & Co’s A-T-S Agaric Bitters, Sachs-Prudens &c., which are classed among the finest tonics used in the world. So universal are the good qualities of these famous beverages, especially for purity health-giving, and health-preserving qualities which they possess, that there are few families, no matter how temperate, that have not at some time experienced their beneficial results. Mr. Bosenberg, who is sole agent for these beverages in this section has reason to congratulate himself upon the fact that he can recommend them to his patrons for their pure and healthful qualities.

Mr. Bosenberg’s trade on these goods is large and constantly increasing, extending all over the surrounding section of the country. He has displayed great skill in the management of his affairs and has shown a spirit of enterprise that many an older man might do well to profit by. Since his venture in the commercial world he has made many warm friends, who will unite with us in wishing him a pleasant and profitable business in the future.

In 1882 Mr. Bosenberg spent five months in his native country, Germany, among scenes of his childhood. He is one of our best and most enterprising German citizens, also one of the best educated Germans in this section; a progressive man and very charitable citizen. He is highly esteemed by the people of Fulton county, and has established a reputation for square and honorable dealing that would reflect credit upon any person.



DIED - At his home near Fulton, Saturday, February 25, 1888, of catarrhal fever, Wm. REED, aged about twenty-four years. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. BUTLER on Sunday, at Olive Branch. Deceased was married about four months ago to [Elizabeth A. VANBLARICUM], a daughter of S. VANBLARICUM.


Wednesday, March 14, 1888


DIED - Mrs. Peter C. [Susana] DUMBAULD, who was reported very sick last week, died Wednesday last and was buried at the Lutheran cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. E. GIFT at the Lutheran church. Mrs. Dumbauld was one of the pioneer settlers of this county and a christian lady, being a member of the Lutheran church ever since it was established here.  (TIOSA)

Mrs. Susan [Susana] DUMBAULD, wife of Peter DUMBAULD, died at the family residence in Newcastle township on Tuesday, March 6, 1888, aged 72 years.

Deceased was born in Perry county, Ohio, and was married to her surviving husband at the age of thirty-seven years, the union being blessed with two children both of whom survive.

In her infancy Mrs. Dunbauld was baptized according to the rite of the Lutheran church and after arriving at the age of maturity she was confirmed in the faith of that church and lived a faithful christian life. She was universally esteemed as a neighbor and a kind and indulgent wife and mother. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. E. GIFT, of this city at the Lutheran church, east of Tiosa, after which interment was made in the cemetery near by. The sickle of death is felling our old citizens in quick succession and in a few years the last of our Pioneers will be numbered with the dead.

DIED - The odd facial expression and peculiar gait of John ANGERMAN combined to make him an individual who, when once seen, was never forgotten, and these features together with his reputation of living almost a hermit’s life, right in the heart of Rochester, gave him a notoriety that made him familiar to many citizens of Fulton county.

The report, on last Wednesday morning, that Angerman was dead, attracted many of our people to the vicinity of his residence, which was over Johnny WALLACE’s saloon where his death was under general discussion as he had been found dead on the sidewalk about midnight by Recorder WILSON and J. W. HILL, the busman. The doors of his room were locked and the keys inside, as were also his clothes, he having no apparel on when found except his night clothes. These facts, together with the discovery of a bruise upon the back of his head, pointed certainly to the theory that he had at some time in the night, raised the front window and fallen to the hard sidewalk below with fatal results.

Coroner LINE, assisted by Drs. GOULD, made an examination of the dead body, and, while it was ascertained that a bottle, labeled “Laudanum,” and a spoon lay beside him when found, there were no signs of death from poisoning, and the verdict reached was in accordance with the above mentioned theory of falling from the window, a distance of about ten or twenty feet. The constant use of intoxicvating liquors had reduced him to a mental and physical wreck and several months ago his wife and daughter left him and went to live with relatives at Plymouth, where Mrs. Angerman soon after died.

Several relatives came in answer to telegrams informing them of Mr. Angerman’s death and by their direction the remains were placed in a neat casket and on Thursday shipped to Plymouth, where interment was made.

Deceased was an eccentric and decidedly queer, though harmless, old man, who gained his living from the rental of the two adjoining business rooms, over one of which he lived. Whatever were his joys and sorrows the world will never know, and while it seems appropriate in this sad case of a misspent life to exclaim with Lord Lytton “’Twere better had he never been born,” yet the destinies of men are not ours to shape for [here follows a poem].

The will of the late Jno. F. ANGERMAN was probated yesterday and names Fred HILL, as executor thereof. The deceased bequeaths to each of his four daughters and his grandson, Fred Hill, each one-fifth of the residue of his estate after all debts and funeral expenses are paid.


DIED - The Sentinel failed to announce the death of Miss Sarah WILDERMOUTH last week which occurred at the family residence in Liberty township March 1st. Deceased was an estimable young christian lady, and her many friends mourn her taking off so early in life.


DIED - Joseph GREEN, one of the oldest citizens of the county, died at his home six miles southwest of town last Wednesday, aged nearly 78 years and was buried at Salem church yard on Thursday. Deceased was well known to many of our older citizens and was the father of Alex and Will GREEN of that neighborhood.


BIOG - Mr. Tom SAVAGE, of Wagoner, who recently married Miss Ella BABCOCK, deserted his wife, last Saturday, and left for the far west. Both Mr. & Mrs. Savage were very popular in young society, before their marriage, are from the oldest and most respectable families in that section of the country, and the sudden termination of their union in such a manner, will be a source of humiliating grief to their relatives.

Wednesday, March 21, 1888


DIED - Mary GINTHER nee SHADLE, at Leiters Ford, March 14, 1888, aged 67 years 8 months and 10 days.

Deceased was born in Snyder county, Pennsylvania, and with her parents Mr. & Mrs. Jacob SHADLE, moved to Seneca county, Ohio, where she was married to Mr. Henry GINTHER, September 12, 1847. To them was born eight children, one of whom preceded her to the spirit world.

She was an affectionate wife, a loving mother, and an earnest devoted christian. She leaves a sorely bereft husband, seven children, lnine grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

May God comfort them.   - A. O. RABER.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Kelsey HULING and Lillian PUGH; Eli M. BRUGH and Hattie L. SAXON; George E. HICKS and Lola R. CALLOWAY; Clem MILLER and Della EDWARDS; David W. POORMAN and Juniatta SPARKS; Wm. SMITH and Jennie NEFF.


MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s father, David NEFF, Rev. WALES pronounced the ceremony Sunday evening which binds as husband and wife, Mr. William SMITH and Miss Jennie NEFF. The groom is from near Akron where he is favorably known as an industrious and affable gentleman. The bride is a bright and handsome young lady and in every way fitted to make home pleasant for him who won her. Success to them.


DIED - John SAVAGE, an old citizen of near Gilead, and well known to many Sentinel readers, died at his home Saturday, and was buried at Gilead on Sunday.


DIED - For many weeks every issue of the Sentinel has chronicled the sad intelligence of the departure of pioneers of the county and in this, the issue is not different from the previous ones. For almost half a century the name of James CALLOWAY has been familiar to Rochester and that part of the county lying southeast of it, but those who knew him for these many years will now know him no more forever.

On Saturday afternoon Mr. Calloway complained of a severe pain in his head and at about 5 o’clock was stricken with apoplexy of the brain from which he did not rally and died just twenty-four hours afterward, surrounded by his family, relatives and neighbors.

Deceased was 66 years old and has lived in this county from its early settlement and by hard work and judicious investment, he has accumulated property to the value of fifteen or twenty thousand dollars. Mr. Calloway was married three times and to him and his third wife six children have been born, all of whom survive. He was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church and was elder of the Mt. Zion class at which place Rev. T. G. SMITH of this city will conduct the funeral services today at half past ten o’clock.


MARRIED - Mr. Clemens V. MILLER and Miss Della EDWARDS, at the residence of the bride’s parents, on Main street, Rochester, Indiana, at 7:20 p.m., March 14, 1888.

The ceremony took place in the presence of a few special friends of the bride and groom. A sumptuous repast was served, and the evening was spent in social chat and a few fine special instrumental selections by Miss Emma MEYER.

Mr. Miller continues wielding the paint brush. Mrs. [MILLER] will lay down the “birch” to assume the role of generalissimo of the department of cullinary of her own home, which the

industrious and energetic bridegroom prepared ready for occupancy before their marriage, whither they went the same evening. . . . .


Wednesday, March 28, 1888


MARRIED - Mr. Stilla BAILEY and Miss Essa MYERS at the residence of the bride’s parents on Jefferson street, Rochester, Indiana, at 7:00 p.m., March 24, 1888.

The ceremony took place in the presence of about forty guests, many of whom substantially congratulated the happy couple with presents. An excellent supper was spread and highly enjoyed.

Mr. Bailey is well known as a member of the K. of P. band and an industrious and energetic young man. Mrs. Bailey is also well known as a teacher whose friends are limited only by the number of her acquaintances.

The industrious groom furnished a house on Madison street, whither he took his fair bride on the evening of their marriage and where they will be pleased to see their many friends.. . . . . .


DIED - Jacob KEHRER, of Union township, and for twenty-three years a resident of Fulton county, died at his home, near Kewanna March 20, and was buried at Bruce Lake cemetery on Thursday, Rev. A. E. GIFT, of this city, officiating at the funeral service.

Deceased was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, in July, 1819, and was married to Miss Catherine MULLENKOPP in 1860 and five years later  emigrated to Indiana where he located upon the farm on which he died.

He was a faithful member of the Lutheran church and a highly esteemed citizen in his neighborhood and vicinity. Peace to his silent rest.


BIRTH - An eleven pound boy, [Fred W. SCHOLDER], was born to Mr. & Mrs. John SCHOLDER last Thursday, [March 22, 1888].


BIRTHDAY - A number of the friends of Sammy DAWSON gave him a pleasant surprise Saturday evening, in honor of his fifty-third birthday.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Andrew BIGGS and Florence STROUD; Stilla BAILEY and Essa MYERS; William BEEHLER and Christina COPLEN; Chas. L. DENISTON and Ella JONES.


MARRIED - Mr. William BEEHLER and Miss Christena COPLEN were married at the residence of the bride’s parents in Henry township, last Sunday. . . . .


MARRIED - Elder E. COPLEN, of near Grant, writes the Sentinel that he pronounced the ceremony last Saturday which united as husband and wife Mr. Andrew BIGGS and Miss Florence STROUD.


DIED - Another old pioneer of Miami county has passed away and gone to his reward. John HORTON was born in December, 1792, in Berkly county, Virginia, and emigrated to Jefferson county, Indiana, in 1816, from there to Miami county in 1853, and built the first log cabin in Allen township near the spot where he now lies.

He had been a resident of Indiana 72 years, and of Miami county 53 years. Had been a member in good standing in the Church of Christ 60 years, and died March 24, 1888, being 95 years 3 months and 13 days old which entitled him to the distinction of being the oldest citizen in the county. Deceased was the

father of a large family of children, five sons and two daughters. Three of his sons only survive him, namely: T. G. HORTON, W. A. HORTON of Allen township and S. H. HORTON of Ogden City, Utah, the other four children and his wife having preceded him to the spirit land some years ago.

Grandpa Horton as he was called was of German descent and a man of iron will and constitution which enabled him to withstand the hardships incident to a life in what was once the wilderness of Indiana. He came here when the redman was the sole inhabitant of this country and lived to see a veritable wilderness blossom as the rose. Rochester, when he came here, consisted of a very few rude shanties and only one store. The only music to be heard around Mud lake, was the howl of the wolf and the yell of the Indian, and he lived to see it one of the finest agricultural localities in the state.

He died as he had lived a constant follower of the lowly nazarine. He was followed to his last resting place by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and fellow citizens who sadly mourn over his absence from among them. He was a true, noble and honest man. Farewell Grandpa, may we all meet you in heaven never to part again.

Funeral services were conducted by Elder J. H. LACY of Macy, who delivered a splendid sermon from the passage: It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.  (MACY)


Wednesday, April 4, 1888


BIOG - Last Saturday evening Mrs. Willis HILL, wife of the busman, quietly packed her good “duds” and shook the Rochester dust off her feet, in company with Lige NEFF, the notorious, and they took the north bound L. E. & W. train for parts unknown.

Both Neff and his dashing paramour leave a wife and husband in this city who it is said were not strangers to the flirtations of the runaway pair. Neff had been drinking for several days before he left and the fact that Mrs. H’s husband sent her to the train in his own bus, and was seen in private conversation with Neff on Saturday, leads many to the opinion that there is a money consideration in the elopement in which the Hills expect to make a stake. Neff had lately come into possession of about $1,000 and it is not at all unlikely that he will divide handsomely with his frail companion.

Rochester citizens are not of the class who are inclined to submit to such conduct in their midst, without protest of some kind and it might be well for the runaways to keep out of town.


BIRTHDAY - A pleasant surprise party was given Mrs. Geo. ADAMS on last Saturday evening, it being her 34th birthday. The G.A.R. band, of which Mr. [George] ADAMS is a member, gave them a pleasant serenade.


DIED - Mrs. Chas. [S. Elizabeth] CLYMER, who for many months had suffered with consumption, died at the residence of Rev. MURLY, at Denver last Wednesday.

The remains were brought to this place Friday, and Rev. WILSON preached the funeral sermon at Grace church, of which Mrs. Clymer was a member. She had been married but five years, during most of which time she lived in Rochester and by her upright, christian life made many friends who mourn her early demise. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


BIRTH - A new girl baby at Mr. [James E. and Delilah BISHOP] DURHAM’s.  (FULTON)



DIED - Mrs. [Jacob (Susanna)] ROUCH, the aged mother of Henry and Levi ROUCH, departed this life for a home beyond, after a short illness of about two hours. It is supposed that she died with a congestive chill.  (FULTON)

Grandma ROUCH, mother of Henry and Levi ROUCH, of Liberty township, died at the residence of Henry last Wednesday morning at a ripe old age. She was one of the county’s earliest settlers and a noble, christian woman.


Wednesday, April 11, 1888


The quick succession in which the old settlers of Fulton county are falling before the sickle of death has been for several months a matter of general remark, and when the announcement was made yesterday that Uncle George ORR was dead, the general surprise was only a repetition of that manifested in the recent death of various pioneers and well known citizens.

On last Saturday evening Mr. Orr was suddenly taken ill with palpitation and inaction of the heart and grew gradually weaker until Monday morning, when he quietly and peacefully passed from the cares and joys of a well spent life of “thre score years and ten.”

Deceased was born in Maryland in 1813 and emigrated west and settled in Fulton county in the fall of 1839, and has since been a resident of the county, having resided on the Orr farm, 4 miles southwest of this city from 1853 until eight years ago, when his wife died, since which time he has made his home with his sons Chas. and J. N. ORR.

There were born to Mr. & Mrs. Orr, nine children, six of whom are living, as follows: J. N. and Charley ORR, Mrs. Silas J. [Lucretia ORR] MILLER and Mrs. Jud [Emma S. ORR] AULT of this county, F. M. ORR, of Plymouth and Mrs. Ada [ORR] FAHARTY, of Maryland.

The highest compliment that could be paid to the life work of the deceased is to tell the truth of him and say that he was a pure man, honorable in all his dealings, a true father to his family and a devoted christian.

The funeral services will be conducted today at 10:30 o’clock at Grace M.E. church, in this city, by Revs. LORD and WILSON and interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


BIRTH - Ezra NEES’ joy knows no bounds, and cannot be concealed. The boy weighs twelve pounds and they all say it’s the image of his pa.  (WAGONER)


BIOG - Mr. Mark COOK was attacked some days ago with a paralytic stroke, and is very low at this writing. He is almost 80 years old and no hopes are entertained for his recovery.  (WAGONER)


DIED - Mr. Clint CASLOW, of Richland township, was called to Ohio last week to attend the funeral of a brother.


MARRIED - Mr. Sidney WALTERS, the popular C. & A. train dispatcher, of this city, was married to Miss Dora McCARTER last Thursday evening.


DIED - Maggie LACKEY, aged 14 years, died at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Talbert [Allie LACKEY] SHORE Friday morning, after a painful illness of several weeks. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. RIDGEWAY on Sunday, at the Christian church of which Maggie was a communicant, and interment was made in Odd Fellows cemetery.

DIED - The little four year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Joe HUNTER, of Green Oak, accidently fell into a tub of scalding water while playing at the house of a neighbor Saturday evening, and was so horribly scalded that he died on Sunday morning.

The little fellow was an exceptionally bright and interesting boy and his death, under such circumstances, is most distressing to the family and friends. Interment was made in the Shelton cemetery, near Green Oak, on Monday.


DIED - Little Retha BALDWIN, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Oscar BALDWIN, aged 5 years, died of diphtheria Saturday morning. Little Retha was a child of sweet disposition and much admired by all who knew her, but that dreaded disease marked her for a victim and her childlike spirit was wafted back to the mystic world.


DIED - Marion MYERS, the sixteen year old son of Mr. & Mrs. George MYERS, of this city, died suddenly Thursday evening and was buried Friday. Marion was subject to fits and this was the cause of his death, as he ate supper and went to bed in apparent good health, but was soon after discovered to be in a dying condition from which he did not rally.


DIED - Oliver F. SMITH, formerly a resident of this county for many years, died at his home in Grenada, Kansas, last week.


Wednesday, April 18, 1888


DIED - Mark COOK, April 9, 1888, aged 78 years 3 months and 16 days. Mr. Cook was born in England, and was married over 50 years ago, and was the father of eight children, three of whom survive.

He was a kind father, upright citizen, and a constant member of the M.E. church for 25 years. The funeral services were conducted at the M.E. church by Rev. MILLER. Interment was made in the Shelton cemetery.  (GREEN OAK)


DIED - Since our last writing, we are called upon to record an account of the death of an aged father, Mr. Henry KLINE, who well represents the bearded grain, as the poet has said, and of an infant son of Hanes and Laura WOODS, which represents the flower . . . . (FULTON)


DIED - Last Saturday evening Grandma [Mrs. Jacob (Susana)] ROUCH peacefully and quietly passed away. She was buried in the Mt. Zion cemetery.  (SUGAR GROVE)


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. Sol GIVLER, a girl. Both mother and baby are doing well.  (BURTON)


DIED - Abner WOODS died at the residence of Franklin MICKEY, Newcastle township, Saturday morning at 3 a.m. of Brights disease, aged 88 years.

Deceased was a native of Richland county, Ohio, and migrated to Indiana some 40 years ago, living first in Kosciusko county, and for the last twenty-three years in Fulton county.

He served the people of Newcastle township as Justice of the Peace for 14 years. Mr. Wood was a member of the church of the Disciples, the doctrine of which he very ably expounded from the pulpit for many years.

He was an honorable, upright man in the strictest sense of the word, a man of rare intelligence, unfailing memory and extraordinary good judgment. Up to his death he was in full possession of his

wonderful mental faculties.

Deceased leaves a wife 75 years of age, and two daughters, one in Ohio, and Mrs. Havey SPENCER, of this city.


DIED - Mr. Elmer IRWIN, step-son of our townsman, A. L. GOODRICH, died at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the first day of the present month.

When but a small boy, he became an attachee of the Sentinel office, where he acquired a degree of proficiency in the “art preservative,” seldom attained by one of his years. Since then he has worked in several of the larger cities of the country, his last employment being on the Minneapolis Journal.

He was 29 years of age, and he leaves a wife and two children to mourn the loss of a kind father, and a faithful husband. Elmer was a brother of Wm. IRVIN [IRWIN?], who was so brutally murdered at Leiters Ford a few years ago.


DIED - Miss Jennie HILTON, who for many years has been a sufferer from lung disease, died at the residence of Dr. A. H. ROBBINS, Tuesday morning, April 17 at five o’clock.

Miss Hilton has lived in this county for many years, and the number of friends she earned, by an exemplary christian life, are legion. Many of these friends were those who had met her during their early life in the school room, where for many years she taught, but years of separation have not altered the ties of affection then formed for “once to know her was always to love her,” and it will be with the deepest sorrow that all will learn of her death.

The funeral services will be conducted at the residence of Dr. Robbins on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock.


Wednesday, April 25, 1888




DIED - Oliver T. SMITH died March 29, 1888, at 4:30 p.m., at his residence in Grenola, Kansas, of throat and kidney disease, aged 73 years 6 months and 14 days.

He was born in New York State in 1815, and a few years after removed to Fulton county, where he lived until 1871, when he moved to Chautauqua county, Kansas. In 1880 he moved to Grenola, Butler county, Kansas, where he lived until his death.

During his early life he became a member of the Baptist church and ever lived a consistent life. He leaves a wife, two sons, and three daughters.


DIED - Thomas MOORE, an old and highly respected citizen of Fulton county, died at his home four miles east of here last Sunday morning. Mr. Moore was 56 years of age, having for more than 50 years resided in this county.


BIOG - It is authoritatively stated that Simon BYBEE will again try his hand at the newspaper business, and will soon start a new paper at North Judson.

It is possible that the people in the vicinity of Judson have had sufficient rest during the two years since Simon’s Banner died, to again be able to endure the ordeal of witnessing a further slaughter of the King’s English by Simon’s paper. If the “Lord loveth whom he chasteneth” there is certainly no necessity for a further manifestation of his admiration for North Judson’s people than to prompt Simon to inflict upon them a weekly batch of his writings.

DIED - The Sentinel failed to mention the death of Mrs. Phoebe MORNINGSTAR, last week, which occurred in this city on Sunday the 15th inst. Deceased was 64 years old, was a life long member of the M.E. church, and was a modest, christian lady.


Wednesday, May 2, 1888




DIED - Samuel O’BLENNIS a prominent citizen of Tiosa, fell dead last Sunday, from heart disease, and was buried at that place Monday, the funeral services being conducted at the Christian church.


MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry H. SMITH, in this city, Mr. Clarence VIERS lead to the hymenial altar their only daughter, Miss Tina [SMITH], on Monday evening, Rev. G. W. ELLISON officiating. . . .

Mr. Viers is the well known Akron miller, who owned an interest in the COOPER ROLLER MILLS in this city when they burned out two years ago, and his bride has a large circle of friends in Rochester who are sorry to see her leave the city and whose best wishes will follow her to her new home. . . . . will spend about three weeks and then return to Akron where they will reside.


DIED - At the home of his daughter, Mrs. CRIPE, south of town, Uncle Johnny ROBBINS died last Tuesday at the ripe old age of 84 years. He was one of the oldest native Hoosiers in the state having been born while this great commonwealth with its two million people, was a wild Territory.


Wednesday, May 9, 1888


MARRIED - At the home of the bride’s parents in this city, May 2d, by Rev. J. H. WILSON, Mr. David GINTHER and Miss Cassie ZIMMERMAN. . . . .

Mr. Ginther is well known as a young man of straight forward, industrious habits, who has been engaged for several years in teaching in this county, while Miss Zimmerman, the oldest daughter of Senator [Valentine] ZIMMERMAN is one of our most pleasant young ladies, and has all the qualities to make Mr. Ginther a splendid helpmeet. The young couple will reside in this city, and the Sentinel wishes them all the prosperity life seems to hold in store for them.


DIED - Albert WARD, who had been lying very sick in his room over WOLF’s Jewelry store for two weeks, died Sunday afternoon about one o’clock.

He was born in the state of New York but in early life removed to this place where he spent most of his life. He had been physically indisposed for several years, but being industrious, was always at work when it was possible for him to be, though he seems to have been one of the many unfortunates upon whom fortune frowned instead of smiled.

The funeral services were conducted at the residence of his brother, Ex-Sheriff Del WARD, on Monday afternoon by Rev. N. L. LORD. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - John FLINN and wife were called to South Bend last Thursday, by the death of Mr. Flinn’s mother.



BIRTHDAY - About forty of the relatives and friends of Uncle John and Aunt Katy PLUNK called unexpectedly upon that estimable old lady last Friday to celebrate her seventy-first anniversary and presented her with a handsome bedroom set. Among the guests was Mrs. Plunk’s twin sister, Grandma REAM, and both of them are hale and hearty. They are probably the oldest pair of twins in the State.


DIED - Little Albert [RICHE], a two year old son of Mr. & Mrs. John RICHE, died last Saturday, it is thought from the effects of eating canned corn. The funeral was conducted on Sunday at two o’clock at Trinity churcy, Rev. H. E. NEFF officiating, after which the little body was laid to rest neath the flowers in the old Citizens cemetery.


MARRIED - Rev. Henry NEFF of Trinity church was married to Miss Christina WISE at her home in Ohio last Wednesday and came at once to this city. The bride is well known in this city having formerly lived here with her sister, Mrs. A. O. RABER. . . .


DIED - The Sentinel inadvertently failed to mention the death of Mr. Henry BARNETT, a former citizen of this county which occurred at Marmont the 26th of April.

A friend of the family writes: Deceased was born in Kentucky July 3, 1812, and moved to Indiana about 1835, and was married at Logansport to the wife who survives, in the year 1840, and the union was blessed with thirteen children, six of whom are living. The remains were interred in Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - Tiosa Letter: - Our little village was thrown in a state of excitement and surprise Sunday afternoon, April 29, on hearing of the sudden death of our fellow townsman, Samuel O’BLENNIS.

He had just finished his dinner and stepped into another room, when he seemed to faint away, falling to the floor and expired in a few moments. While Mr. O’Blennis had been failing for some time, no one suspected the end so near. The attending physician pronounced the cause of his sudden death, heart clot, or clotting of the blood in the cavities of the heart, stopping circulation.

Samuel O’Blennis has been a citizen of Tiosa for a number of years, and as an upright man ready to do a favor to his fellowman, he had no superior. Always ready to wait on the sick, always having a good word for everybody, he was the life of his associates, who were many in number. Mr. O’Blennis had arrived at the age of 56 years, and leaves a wife and five children, four sons and one daughter, all of whom have grown to manhood and womanhood. The death of Mr. O’Blennis being so unexpected, it seems to be doubly severe to the members of his family and his many friends. We all extend our greatest sympathy to the widow and children in this, their sad bereavement.

The funeral services were conducted at the Christian church by Rev. S. McNEELY. The remains were laid to rest in the Richland Center cemetery.


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. Ulrich WOODCOX, a girl.  (BURTON)


MARRIED - Mr. & Mrs. NEFF held a reception Friday, for their son Henry [NEFF], of Rochester, who was married to a Miss WISE, of Ohio, last week. A goodly number of friends and relatives were present, bringing many valuable presents.  (BURTON)

Mr. & Mrs. Will SMITH, of Gilead, attended the NEFF reception Friday.

Wednesday, May 16, 1888


BIRTH - Rev. and Mrs. Tommy STUDEBAKER of Liberty township, are the parents of a nice girl baby.


DIED - Mr. George ZACHMAN left for Marion, Ohio, Saturday, to attend the funeral of his brother.




DIED - Mrs. A. A. [Phianna E.] KISTLER, an estimable young woman of Akron, died of consumption, at her pleasant home in that place, Saturday, and was buried at Palestine, in Kosciusko county, yesterday.


DIED - Anthony ZWINGENIZER, an aged and respected citizen who had resided in this county for many years, died at his home in the western part of the city on Thursday, from dropsy. The deceased was 73 years 10 months and 29 days old at the time of his death. The funeral was preached at Trinity church Saturday afternoon, and interment made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - Grandma [Ruth] WRIGHT died Wednesday last at her daughter’s residence, Mrs. J. A. REED, and was buried at Sand Hill cemetery on Thursday following.  (TIOSA)

Grandma [Ruth] Wright, one of the pioneers of Richland township, died at her home Wednesday, and was buried Thursday, the funeral services being conducted at Sand Hill school house. Deceased was about 81 years old [80y-2m-14d] and had a large circle of relatives and friends in the vicinity where she has so long resided.


Wednesday, May 23, 1888


MARRIED - The marriage of Mr. Joseph MOORE and Miss May ROBBINS, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Cyrus ROBBINS, at the home of the bride’s parents last Wednesday, was a most enjoyable affair . . . . .


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - Mr. Eli COX and Miss Clara WEASNER were licensed to marry yesterday.


DIED - Mrs. Lon RANNELLS, who had been at Bristol, to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, returned home Wednesday, accompanied by Miss Orena STERNER, who will visit here for a month.


BIRTH - Dr. MORRIS, of Fulton, reports a nice boy recently born to Mr. & Mrs. Frank OSBORN and also a girl to Mr. & Mrs. Jos. WEAVER. Joseph’s locks are rather frosty, but it is said he dances that baby with as much agility as the proudest young papa does his first born.

Wednesday, May 30, 1888


LOST NOTES - Rochester, May 24, 1888. Notice is hereby given that Solomon MILLER, deceased, died the owner of seventeen promissory notes, signed by William H. COOK, given as purchase money for certain land sold by said Miller to said Cook, dated the 5th day of November, 1887, calling for one hundred dollars each and payable in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 years; and the same are lost or deposited with someone unknown to the administrator. Anyone having possession of said notes or finding same will hand them over to the undersigned administrator of said estate.  B. F. OVERMYER, Adm’r.


MARRIED - The many friends of Mr. Cy DAVIS, the popular salesman at Levi’s clothing store, and Miss Callie DUMBAULD, of this city, will be pleased to hear of their happy marriage, the Gordian knot being tied by Rev. A. E. GIFT at his residence last Saturday evening. The young couple were at once driven to their home on north Madison street where they had everything arranged to begin housekeeping . . . . .


DIED - Trustee Joseph COWEN, of Richland, was in the city Thursday, and informed the Sentinel of the death of Elijah RITTINGHOUSE which occurred at his residence in Aubbeenaubbee township on Monday 21st inst. Deceased was one of the oldest citizens in the county, being nearly 78 years old.


BIRTH - Dr. SHAFER reports the advent of a little son, [Francis Edwin MERCER], their third, in the family of Mr. & Mrs. Ed. MERCER, and also a boy, M onday, to Mr. & Mrs. Charlie CAFFYN.


DIED - In answer to a telegram announcing the death of his mother in Chicago, Mr. Paul DORSCH left for that city Friday to attend the funeral. Mrs. DORSCH formerly lived in Rochester and our citizens who knew her remember her as being a companionable and intelligent lady.


BIRTH - I. R. WEAVER reports a bouncing boy baby. Ike says he is solid for Cleveland and Gray.  (GREEN OAK)


BIRTH - Wm. BAKER is the proudest man on the banks of Mud Lake. It is a Democrat and votes the same as its pa.  (GREEN OAK)


Wednesday, June 6, 1888


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - A marriage license was issued yesterday evening to Mr. Harry KINSEY and Miss Zinnie ZIMMERMAN.


DIED - Uncle John GREGORY, an old and well known citizen of Liberty township died of ulceration of the stomach, Monday, and the remains will be interred at Oliver’s cemetery today.


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. Chas. MOORE are the parents of a nice little girl baby.


DIED - James MORRIS, of Kansas, who was called home recently on account of the death of his father, returned Monday.

BIOG - It is said that Will HARDING has purchased the ROCHESTER SOAP FACTORY and will soon begin the manufacture of a superior quality of soap. In these days of ingenious advertising a good quality of soap is not essential to success in the business as liberal and attractive advertising.


BIRTHDAY - Last Thursday was the fifty-third birthday of Mr. Henry DURKES, who lives three miles southwest of Rochester, and Mrs. Durkes planned and executed a very pleasant surprise upon him. . . . . Mr. Durkes has resided on the farm where he now lives, for twenty years, and the way his neighbors and friends tried to honor him with presents and wishes of a long and happy life, only shows how well he has won their respect.


DIED - Mrs. SWEET, living in the east part of town, died Sunday and was buried in the Citizens cemetery Monday forenoon. She leaves a husband and several small children to mourn her loss.


MARRIED - Mr. John MILLER and Miss Mary B. MENDINGHALL, of Ebenezer, were united in the holy bonds of wedlock by Rev. G. W. ELLISON, at his home, Friday evening. The Sentinel extends congratulations.


Wednesday, June 13, 1888


Levina LEWIS was buried at the Mud lake cemetery last week, she was the daughter of David CORBIN.  (MACY)


BIRTH - Among the late arrivals in this vicinity is a girl at John HATCH’s. (MACY)


DROWNED - The first sad report of accidental drowning while bathing, of this season, comes from Kewanna. Last Saturday the ten year old sons of Dr. ROGERS and Mr. WATSON were bathing in a pond about a mile east of Kewanna and as the pond had been scraped out with a road scraper, there were abrupt offsets in it which the little fellows were not aware of.

They were sporting about in shallow water when littler Bertie [ROGERS], the son of Dr. Rogers, stepped into one of the many holes in the bottom of the pond and as the water was about four feet deep, the little fellow strangled and drowned in plain sight of his companion who was powerless from fright to render any assistance.

Near residents to the pond were at once notified by the Watson boy of his companion’s fate and a search by Al MOGLE and Phillip BARNETT soon discovered the body lying in water scarcely four feet deep, and which Bertie could have waded could he have retained his self possession. Physicians were hastily summoned but their efforts to restore the body to life were unsuccessful and it was conveyed home and buried on Sunday. Here is a warning for little boys who are in the habit of going in swimming when no help is near to save them in case of danger.


BIRTH - A girl baby was born to Mr. & Mrs. Finley KLINE, of Liberty township, last week.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Alvah H. McCARTER and Etta GEORGE; Melvin G. ARTHURHULTS and Sarah E. SMALLEY; Joseph CARR and Julia KEELY; Ross GAHRING and Mary L. MOORE; Charles E. JACKSON and Hattie E. CLIFFTON; Jesse W.



DIED - James MEHAFFY departed this life June 2, 1888, aged about seventy-four years. He had not been strong for some time, and gradually failing, and about a week ago was taken with a severe attack of lung fever which culminated in his death.

Mr. Mehaffy was born in Mayo county, Ireland, and after marriage, came to this county while still a young man. During most of his later life, he has resided in Indiana, and for about ten years in or near Kewanna. The funeral services were conducted at the Catholic church, Father MULCAHY officiating.  -- Kewanna Herald.

Deceased was the father of Mr. J. B. MEHAFFEY of this city.


DIED - Mrs. Vine LEWIS, whom the Sentinel mentioned two weeks ago, as being very low with consumption, died, and was buried at the Shelton cemetery, near Green Oak, last week.


Wednesday, June 20, 1888


ACCIDENTAL DEATH - Saturday evening after dark a crowd of boys and young men went down to the creek near the Pottowattomie mills to take a bath. Among them was Frank TAYLOR, the well known cigar maker who was also cited as being an expert amateur athlete and base ball player.

The boys arranged a spring board on the bank from which they jumped and dived into the swimming hole. Frank concluded that he would turn a summersault from the board into the water, and some of his companions assisted in giving the board a sweeping swing so that when Frank made the leap the board darted him into the air about twelve feet, where he turned partly over and fell into the shallow water upon his shoulders and back of the neck. He lay in the water without moving a muscle and when someone suggested that he must be hurt, Johnnie MYERS rushed in and dragged the prostrate form to the bank when he said that his neck was broken and it would kill him.

A stretcher was at once secured and the poor fellow gently carried to his home near the L. E. & W. depot where Drs. BROWN, SHAFER and RANNELLS examined him and decided that the injury must prove fatal, as the posterior projection of the fifth or sixth vertebra was crushed in in such a manner as to press upon the spinal cord or rupture it so that the entire body from the neck down was paralyzed. When reclining in a certain position the sufferer was perfectly conscious and talked intelligently until death relieved him of his suffering at one o’clock on Sunday.

Deceased was born in Michigan eighteen years ago last February and came to Rochester with his parents about three years ago and has since worked at manufacturing cigars. He was a jolly, whole-souled fellow and quite popular among his young associates. His father and sister were away at Evansville, each receiving treatment for chronic diseases at the time of Frank’s death.

The funeral was held Monday at three o’clock at Trinity church where Rev. NEFF preached a touching discourse to the large circle of mourners and friends, and interment was made in Odd Fellows cemetery. Messrs. Chas. BROUILLETTE, Chas. MYERS, Charley SCHOLDER, Billy IZZARD, Grant BETZ and Sam ROSS acted as pall bearers and the funeral cortege was escorted by eighteen of the deceased young gentlemen friends who wore white golves and badges of mourning. It was a most sad and touching funeral and a distressingly trying ordeal for the young man’s family, but such is life in this world where death is the inevitable fate of us all.

ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATE - Mr. Frank GREGORY has taken out letters of administration on the estate of his father, the late John GREGORY deceased.


MARRIED - Mr. Burr BARR and Miss Lizzie KESSLER, both of Bloomingsburg, were married in this city by Rev. J. M. SMITH, at his residence, Saturday afternoon. The high contracting parties are of Newcastle township’s most estimable young people, the groom being an industrious and popular young farmer and the bride the well known school teacher and oldest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Simeon KESSLER. For the present, Mr. & Mrs. Barr will reside with the bride’s parents.


MARRIED - One day last week a young man named JACKSON, who said he hailed from Connorsville, Indiana, came here to visit Miss Hattie CLIFTON, a lady with whom he had been acquainted for a few years.

On Monday morning he visited her home and had a few minutes private interview with the young lady, and immediately after she greatly surprised and astonished her relatives and friends by springing the announcement upon them that she would upon that day wed the gentleman who had been her guest. Thirty minutes later they were enroute for the county seat, and the legal steps were taken to entitle her to the name of Mrs. Jackson.

Who Mr. Jackson is the Echo has no idea. Miss Clifton is one of the estimable young ladies of this place, intelligent, agreeable, with many warm friends. Her strange action in this matter is wholly unaccounted for, and we are told she has not yet offered an explanation.  -- Akron Echo.


MARRIED - Saturday evening, June 16, Hiram E. COPLEN, son of Rev. E. COPLEN, and Anna May SCHAEL, by Rev. H. E. NEFF, at the Evangelical parsonage.


BIRTHDAY - A big birthday surprise party was given Mrs. Samuel PONTIUS, yesterday, her 53d birthday. A large number of her friends and neighbors were present, and a delightful day was spent. The Sentinel force returns thanks for a bountiful supply of delicious cake.


ESTATE OPENED - Frank WAGNER, the Kewanna attorney, has taken out letters of administration on the estate of John HAMILTON, deceased.


BIOG - Alex RUH, who has so long and ably presided over the prescription cases at the Blue Drug Store, has secured an interest in Dr. AGER’s drug store at Rochester, and will soon leave for that place. The Sentinel heartily commends Mr. and Mrs. Ruh to the citizens of Rochester.  -- Peru Sentinel.


MARRIED - Another of Fulton county’s fair daughters has been captured by a non-resident. Miss Nannie [SHEWARD], the bright and popular daughter of Mrs. SHEWARD, of Newcastle township, was led to the hymenial altar last Wednesday by Mr. J. W. BONNELL, of Ohio, where the marital bonds were sealed by Rev. A. E. GIFT, of this city. Mr. & Mrs. BONNEL left immediately for Fostoria, Ohio, where the groom holds a responsible position in a foundry. The Sentinel joins the bride’s hosts of friends in this county in wishing her a happy future and in congratulating the groom on the wisdom he manifested in the selection of a wife.

BIRTHDAYS - John EMMONS, Esq., was born May 2, 1820, and Louisa F. his wife was born June 6, the same year. They were married in November 1837, and have lived together over 50 years. They have raised 9 children and have never lost a child. Their children are all married, and none of these have ever lost a companion. They have 40 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren living. They have buried 10 grandchildren.

On 2d of May, 1887, the 67th anniversary of Mr. Emmons’ birth, Mrs. E. and the children arranged a surprise party on him. On the 6th of June, 1888, Mr. E. and the children arranged a surprise on Mrs. E., it being the 68th anniversary of her birth. Mrs. Emmons had accompanied her husband to Rochester to buy a buggy and during their absence the children to the number of sixty, assembled at the parental home and gained an entrance, when an elegant table was spread. . . .  All of the large family were present except one daughter, her husband and two children. . . . . . May uncle John and aunt Louisa enjoy many more birthdays, was the wish of all present.


Wednesday, June 27, 1888


MARRIED - The marriage of Mr. Kline W. SHORE, of this city, and Miss Carrie RANNELLS was solemnized at the residence of the bride’s parents, near Fulton, last Wednesday evening, in the presence of a large number of invited guests, Rev. T. G. SMITH, of this city officiating.

Mr. Shore is well known to Sentinel readers as the prominent young dry goods merchant, of the Commercial block, and his handsome bride is the only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank RANNELLS, of near Fulton. The couple were the recipients of many handsome and useful presents, and the event was a most enjoyable one. After partaking of the wedding feast, the party dispersed at a late hour, and the bride and groom came directly to this city, where they had rooms ready furnished at the home of the groom’s mother, on Madison street, where they are now at home to their many friends.




DIED - Another of the early settlers of Fulton county has gone to his reward. On last Tuesday evening Mr. Allen BIGGS of Henry township went to bed in his usual good health but about nine o’clock was observed to struggle a little and then fell out upon the floor dead from heart disease. Deceased was 73 years old and had been a resident of Henry township for many years and was one of the most highly respected citizens in the county.


BIOG - The men PENNY and QUALLS who were arrested last week at Idaville for highway robbery are not strangers in Rochester and Fulton county. Both men formerly lived in the county and when here were a good for nothing pair.


BIRTH - [James M. WARE], A Democrat who will vote in 21 years was added to the family of Mr. & Mrs. Hank [Henry M.] WARE, of Wayne township, last week.


Wednesday, July 4, 1888


DIED - Mrs. EWING was called to Peru recently by the death of her brother. (PLEASANT VALLEY)

BIRTH - George PACKER is “setting ‘em up” to the boys. It is an eleven pound boy.  (TIOSA)


DIED - It is reported that Elijah TOWNS, of Walnut, who has been sick for some time, died Sunday afternoon. Mr. Towns was an old resident of this community. Another old and highly respected citizen of that little village, Mr. Wm. BONNELL, is lying at the point of death.  (TIOSA)


DIED - Martha HINKLE [COOPER] was born December 19, 1804, and died of paralysis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary WITHROW, of this city, July 1, 1888.

In 1820 she was united in marriage to David COOPER, in Pennsylvania with whom she lived until his death, eighteen years ago. For the past eight years, she has resided with Mr. & Mrs. Withrow, who moved to this city from Huntington county in April 1887.

Mrs. Cooper leaves a large family, six girls and four boys, who mourn the loss of a loving mother. Mr. David Cooper and Mrs. Withrow, of Rochester, and Mrs. William SWARTS and Martha RYAN, of Sioux City, Iowa, accompanied the remains to their last resting place at Worcester, Ohio, Sunday evening.




MARRIED - At the residence of the bride’s parents, in this city, Thursday evening Dr. E. E. RHODES and Miss Clara HOFFMAN were united in marriage, Rev. T. G. SMITH officiating.

The bride is highly esteemed by all her acquaintances, and is the only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fred HOFFMAN. The groom is a practicing physician who recently moved here from Big Foot, Indiana, and during his short residence here has made many friends. The wedding was a private one, only a few near relatives being present. The couple left that evening for a two weeks visit at Indianapolis, at the end of which time they will return to this city and take up their residence. The happy pair have the best wishes of the Sentinel.


Wednesday, July 11, 1888


MARRIED - At the residence of the subscriber in Rochester, on July 4,, Mr. Eugene NAFE and Miss Sue MILLER, both of this county.

The groom is a very industrious and highly prosperous young man, respected for his christian character and high standard of morality, and his bride is one of the most estimable of our christian ladies being at present Superintendent of the Zion Sabbath school. Their wide circle of friends join in wishing them unbounded success and happiness in their union.  -- J. WALES.


BIRTH - Mr. & Mrs. [James T. & Ida THOMPSON] KITCHEN are the proud parents of a bouncing boy baby.  (AKRON)



FLOWING WELL - The hotel and bath rooms at the FEECE FLOWING WELL will be publicly opened on Sunday, July 22d, when speeches will be made by Hon. M. L. ESSICK and others and a general good time will be given all who attend.


DIED - Orval JONES, the nine year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac JONES, of this city, died at his home on south Pontiac street, Tuesday night July 3d. He had had the measles, and before he had fully recovered, went about town and was in a rain which gave him a backset, and caused his death. The funeral services were held at the Evangelical church, Thursday afternoon. The parents have the sympathy of all who know of their loss.


Wednesday, July 18, 1888


DIED - Levi S. EMRICK -- “Lee Emrick is dead” was the report which spread rapidly through the city Saturday afternoon and expressions of grief and sorrow were heard on every hand.

For several months the deceased was a great sufferer from consumption, and his death was therefore not unexpected. Several years ago he was one of the most promising young men in Fulton county and was made the Republican nominee for County Clerk, but being unsuccessful in the race, a financial and physical disaster here took its origin which followed his every step until it at last overcame him and crowned its successful combat by consigning its victim to the grave.

Deceased was about 40 years old and had lived in Rochester 20 years where he married Miss Alice POTTS in the fall of ‘74, and who with a son and daughter still survive.

Lee, as he was familiarly known, was a genial, whole-souled fellow, and in his days of prosperity no deserving human being in want ever passed his notice without being made happier by a contribution or some act of kindness.

The funeral took place from the family residence on Jefferson street Monday afternoon, Rev. J. W. WILSON officiating, after which interment was made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


DIED - Matilda MOORE WILSON was born in this county, two miles south of the city a little more than 28 years ago and lived nearly all her life in the vicinity of where she was born.

Seven years ago she was united in marriage with Elisha H. WILSON and for several years they resided on the ELAM farm, south of the city and then moved to Rochester. Two years ago Mr. & Mrs. Wilson located at Tolono, Illinois, where they resided until Mrs. Wilson’s death from consumption which occurred last Sunday evening at 5 o’clock.

By a request of the deceased, her remains were brought to her old home southwest of town, where Rev. N. L. LORD conducted the funeral services yesterday at two o’clock, after which the remains were brought to the city and interred in the Citizens cemetery. Mrs. Wilson was a kind wife, and neighbor, as was attested by the large concourse of friends who assembled yesterday to pay her a last tribute of respect.


DIED - Gabriel SAYGER, an old resident of this and Miami counties suddenly died at the residence of his son, Conrad SAYGER, three miles west of Fulton Thursday night.

The old gentleman went to bed in his usual good health, but when called in the morning did not arise and it was then discovered by the family that he was dead. Deceased had been afflicted with heart disease for several years and this was no doubt the cause of his death.

He was 78 years old and was the father of Wm. SAYGER, of Henry township and Conrad Sayger, of Liberty township.

DIED - Christian HOFFMAN, one of the old settlers of Henry township, died at his home on the 11th inst., and was buried at Akron on the 12th. Deceased was one of the model men of his township, honest, obliging and industrious, and his death creates a void that can never be filled.


BIRTHDAY - Grandma Julia W. ERNSBERGER, of this city, was seventy-six years old July 11th and her talented daughter, Margret HOLMES, the well known authoress, sent out the following appropriate poem to members of the family: [. . . . . . . .] dated July 11, 1888.


DIED - Dr. D. M. VINEY, Postmaster at Grass Creek, departed this life last Tuesday morning. Supposed cause of death was dispomania as he had been under the influence for some time previous to his death.

The doctor had once a large practice in one of our neighboring counties but through trouble of various kinds, that preyed upon him, he let it slip away from him with his property. He had worked up quite a practice at Grass Creek where he had been for the last three years, and erected him a small office to which he had added an addition just prior to his death.

His relatives at Logansport and Burlington telegraphed that they would attend the funeral but failed to make an appearance and he was buried by strangers. Peace to his ashes and may his life be a warning to others.  - Kewanna Herald.


BIRTH - The latest arrival at our burg is an infant son of Mr. & Mrs. John NOE.  (BLUE GRASS)


DIED - Christian HOFFMAN, one of the pioneers of this county, departed this life July 9. Deceased was a native of Germany, and emigrated with his parents to this country when quite young.  (AKRON)

Mr. & Mrs. Frank HOFFMAN attended the funeral of Frank’s uncle, Christian HOFFMAN, at Akron Wednesday.


DIED - Elisha WILSON, who brought his wife here for burial Monday, returned to his home at Tolona, Illinois, yesterday evening.


DIED - Grandma [Mrs. Hamilton (Keziah)] SIMONTON, an aged lady, of Perrysburg, died last Saturday and was buried Sunday. Deceased was well known to many Rochester people and several from the city attended the funeral.


BIOG - An increase of pension has been granted to A. H. HIGHWAY.


BIOG - Notwithstanding the fact that Mr. B. F. LANDIS has sued the Akron Echo for $5,000 for slander, that paper bristles right up to him and “hits him again” as follows:

B. F. Landis, the fellow who invites us to contribute $5,000 toward patching up his character which he avers has been greatly damaged by the Echo, was in town nearly the whole of the day on Tuesday. His team was hitched to a post at an early hour in the forenoon where they remained in the hot sun until a late hour in the afternoon without food or water. The owner spent the day in a general carousel, loaded to the guards and drunk as a lord. Will Mr. Landis ask us to prove this?


DIED - The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. George BOGARDUS, of North Vernon died last Friday and was brought here for interment Saturday. Rev. NEFF preached a touching funeral discourse to the grief stricken parents and friends and the little body was laid to rest in Odd Fellows cemetery.


Wednesday, July 25, 1888


DIED - Little Pansy O. KILMER, the seven months old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ocie KILMER, died at the home of Mrs. K’s parents, in this city Sunday afternoon of cholera infantum. The death of this little one leaves the young mother in a most pitiable condition, as her cruel desertion by a heartless husband and the loss of this her only joy in life, has left her totally distracted.


DIED - Thomas MOORE, an old and well known citizen living near the Michigan road, just across the line in Cass county, died Friday night from tumor of the stomach with which he had been afflicted for several months.


SUICIDE - Alvin A. LEBO [age 26y-27d], formerly a resident of Union township, committed suicide in the Indianapolis Insane Asylum last week [July 14, 1888] by hanging himself to the grating of a window with strips of his bed sheet. The young man was receiving treatment in the institution for insanity at the time of his death.


MARRIED - Mr. Charles ROSS, son of David ROSS, was married at the residence of his parents to Miss Josie FOLEY Saturday evening, Rev. WALES officiating.


MARRIED - Mr. Frank EMMONS and Miss Ella FENSTERMAKER were married at the residence of Wm. L. ROGERS in Richland township last Saturday. Both are well known and popular young people of their neighborhood and have the congratulations of their friends.




DIED - At his residence in Tiosa on July 21, Wm. H. WALLACE departed this life. Mr. Wallace had been afflicted for a number of years with a complication of diseases from which there was no relief and from which he grew worse until death relieved him of his affliction.

Deceased was a consistent member of the Brethren church at this place, and the funeral services were conducted at that church, Rev. McNEELY officiating. The remains were interred at the Argos cemetery. The relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.  (TIOSA)


DIED - Mr. & Mrs. James [T. & Ida THOMPSON] KITCHEN were called upon to mourn the loss of their infant son, last Friday.  (AKRON)


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - A marriage license was granted yesterday to Welden L. GRAVES and Sarah C. HEMINGER.

BIRTH - The first born to Mr. & Mrs. Barney CARTER is a girl, which will be one week old tomorrow.


MARRIED - County Superintendent DILLON is in receipt of a card which reads:

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas PAINTER request your presence at the marriage of t heir daughter Joanna [PAINTER] to Alvin E. HEINEY, Thursday evening, August Ninth, eighteen hundred and eighty-eight at four o’clock, Monrovia, Indiana.

Prof. Heiney, the prospective groom will be remembered as the principal of the High school here, two years ago.


Wednesday, August 8, 1888


DIED - A little child of Lon WILLARD’s was buried at Shelton cemetery one day last week.  (MUD LAKE)




BIRTH - Newly born babies are reported in the families of Wm. ORR, Sr., of this city, L. D. PENTECOST, of Big Foot and Frank HANSON, of Fulton.


DIED - Mrs. Mattie TRUSLOW, wife of Wilbur TRUSLOW, died at her home in Indianapolis, Sunday, and the remains were brought here yesterday for interment. The deceased was formerly Miss Mattie HICKMAN, sister to Mr. C. S. HICKMAN and Mrs. W[illiam] J. [Eliza HICKMAN] LEITER, and lived here until the time of her marriage.


BURNED TO DEATH - Two weeks ago today a Mrs. J. B. [Mary Ellen BLAIR] HAHN and daughter, of Indianapolis, were burned to death by the explosion of a gasoline stove. It is now learned that the unfortunate lady was raised to womanhood in Henry township, this county, her maiden name being Blair. Speaking of the terrible death of the ladies an Indianapolis paper says:

Mr. Hahn was lighting a fire in a gasoline stove for his wife and daughter, who were standing near, to prepare a hasty breakfast, as they were intending to go with an excursion party that left on an early train. In the hurry a lighted match was dropped into the catch pan under the stove, and the fluid that had collected there instantly exploded, setting fire to the clothing of the ladies and burning them so severely that death resulted. The young lady died the same afternoon and Mrs. Hahn the next morning.

Mr. Hahn’s hands were badly burned in his attempt to put out the flames that enveloped his wife and daughter. The accident was one of the most heartrending that has occurred in this city for many years, as the ladies were well known and of most amiable disposition. Mr. Hahn has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in his overwhelming bereavement.


BIOG - Michael T. LOUDERBACK has had his pension restored.


DIED - Bernhardt Bertran CORNELIUS, son of Augustus and Helen CORNELIUS, born April 18, 1887, died July 30, 1888, aged 1 year 3 months and 12 days. Funeral conducted by Rev. A. E. GIFT, Wednesday morning, August 1st.

VERY ILL - The family of Mr. Ben BRUCE, of Bruce Lake, have the sympathy of numerous friends all over the county in the affliction of their eighteen year old son with St. Anthony’s dance. The Winamac Prefect of last week stated that at times it required two or three persons to hold the young man in bed.


Wednesday, August 15, 1888


DIED - Mr. Solomon GIVLER died at his home, four miles west of Rochester after a protracted illness, Monday.


BIOG - Ed MATTICE has gone to New Mexico where he will accept the position of conductor on the Santa Fe Railroad.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Benjamin F. SWEET and Margaret E. DOUGHERTY; Squire B. BARR and Mary SHELLY; Alva P. BROWN and Louisa THOMMAN.


BIRTH - The home of Deputy Sheriff [Israel B. and Jessie SPARKS] CALVIN is brightened by the presence of a boy baby, their first born, and Mr. & Mrs. Viv[ian L. (Sarah E. BLACKBURN)] ESSICK are jubilant over a like event in their family except that theirs is a girl [Zella ESSICK]. Doc and Viv are both able to be on the street.


Wednesday, August 22, 1888


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - A marriage license has been issued to Jasper RARRICK and Alda MILLER.


BIRTH - A letter to friends in this city from Mr. Jake GERSON announces the advent of another baby in the Gerson family, but as like events have been of such common occurrence in the family it will create but little surprise among Jake’s friends here.


DIED - Grandma [Anna B. JONES] GRAHAM, an aged citizen of Henry township, died Monday afternoon, and was buried at Akron cemetery. Deceased was the [wife of Henry GRAHAM and] the grandmother of Mrs. R. C. WALLACE of this city, and was a very estimable lady.


DIED - While on a visit with the family of Arch STINSON, east of town, the little three year old daughter of Mrs. Geo. J. BAILY, of Cleveland, Ohio, took sick and died last Wednesday. The remains were taken to Ohio for interment.


ESTATE SALE - The personal property belonging to the estate of the late John GREGORY was sold at the late residence of the deceased, Saturday.


Wednesday, August 29, 1888


DIED - A small child [Linda P. MATHIAS] of Mr. & Mrs. Jno. MATHIAS, died last Saturday and was buried in Burton graveyard Monday.



DIED - Joseph ALLISON, a well known young man of Aubbeenaubbee township died of blood poison Sunday and was buried at Leiters Ford cemetery Monday.


DIED - Miss Pearl ZABST, the daughter of John ZABST, of Rochester township was buried last Wednesday. Her death resulted from diphtheria. -- Kewanna Herald.


DIED - [Stanley E. HOFFMAN] The little six year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel HOFFMAN, of this city, died of diphtheria Friday and was buried Sunday, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. H. E. NEFF, assisted by Rev. WALES.


BIOG - The bastardy suit brought by Miss [Mary] Florine NEWBRAUGH against Wm. WALSH, both of Wayne township, is now on file in the clerk’s office and the Sentinel is informed that it is only one of several which will soon be instituted against the defendant. It is a most unfortunate affair for all parties concerned, as all are highly connected and of the oldest and most widely known families in Wayne township.


Wednesday, September 5, 1888


DIED - Mr. & Mrs. Henry MERLEY mourn the loss of their baby which was buried Wednesday.


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - There was but one marriage license issued last week, which was to Lemuel A. SWISHER and Alice GALTRY.


DIED - Mrs. Richard STEPHENSON died at an early hour Sunday morning. Her death leaves a vacancy which can never be filled, for she was loved by all.


BIOG - Suit has been brought against William WALSH by Mary F. NEWBRAUGH, both of Wayne township, for $5,000 damages, for breach of promise to marry.


DIED - Mrs. Peter SWISHER, who lived in southeast Rochester, died Friday afternoon, after an illness of two weeks, from typhoid fever. Mrs. Swisher leaves a husband and several small children to mourn her loss. The funeral services were conducted from the house by Rev. ELLISON, Saturday afternoon, interment being made in the Citizens cemetery.


BIRTH - The arrival of a boy baby at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Tine ADAMSON and a girl at Silas FISHER’s is announced.


Wednesday, September 12, 1888


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - A marriage license was issued to Geo. H. KENDALL and Ethel E. CAPLINGER, late yesterday evening.


BIRTH - To Mr. & Mrs. Alfred McCARTER - a boy.  --(Thursday’s Daily)

BIOG - Mr. Ed. MATTICE returned from New Mexico yesterday, and will leave for Chicago tomorrow, having accepted a position on the Northwestern.


DIED - Isaac FERNBAUGH, a well known and highly respected citizen from Union township, was taken suddenly ill at the hall in Kewanna Saturday evening, with apoplexy from which he died Tuesday evening.

The funeral service was conducted yesterday by Rev. J. B. BAIR, and interment was made in the old cemetery at Kewanna. Deceased was 65 years old, an exemplary member of the Baptist church, and an active worker in all good works.  --(Friday’s Daily)




DIED - Clarence A. [CAFFYN] the infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. CAFFYN, died suddenly of cholera infantum, Saturday, and the funeral services, conducted by Rev. T. G. SMITH, took place from the family residence at 10 o’clock this morning.  (Monday’s Daily)


DIED - [Melven] Omar ALSPACH, son of Oliver [H.] ALSPACH, died very suddenly at his home two miles south of town, Saturday.

Omar had been complaining for several days with stomach trouble but was much better Saturday, and at his breakfast and dinner, and about 1 o’clock informed his mother that he would go to his room and take a sleep, where he was found lying upon the bed one hour after, cold in death.

Deceased was 27 years old [26y-3m-16d], unmarried, and since his boyhood has been a zealous christian, and always highly respected by those who knew him.

The funeral service was conducted at two o’clock today at Union by Rev. SAWYER, of Macy, after which the remains were laid to rest in Mt. Zion cemetery.  (Monday’s Daily)




BIRTHDAY - A pleasant surprise party was executed upon Grant BETZ last evening by his many friends, the occasion being his twenty-third birthday anniversary. A large crowd of young people were present, and left many useful and valuable presents, which shows the high esteem in which he was held.


Wednesday, September 19, 1888


DIED - Sixty-two years ago James EDWARDS, a Baptist minister, settled in Marshall county where he raised a family of eight children, four boys and four girls all of whom are now dead except the youngest daughter. One of the boys, David EDWARDS, the subject of this sketch, was 3 years old when his father came to Indiana, and at the time of his death last Saturday, was 65 years 5 months and 8 days old.

Deceased was twice married, first to Mahala ELAM, sister of that well known citizen, John ELAM. To this union were born three children, two of whom died in infancy, the other being Mr. Dallas EDWARDS one of the proprietors of the CROWN MILLS in this city.

With his first wife deceased lived for 25 years when she was called to the spirit world and he was afterward united in marriage with Sarah PETIT, who survives him.

His last days were days of great suffering, having been confined to his bed for sixteen months with paralysis. For thirty years deceased had been a faithful member of the Methodist church and was widely

known among the older citizens as an honorable and strictly upright citizen. He saw Rochester when its habitations were wigwams and its inhabitants red men of the forest, but he lived to see our beautiful city and intelligent people take their places, and his country develop from one mighty forest to the richester and most sublime on earth.


SERIOUSLY ILL - Justice Fred DANIELS is still a very sick man, and but little or no hope for his recovery is entertained.


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Elijah O’BLENIS and Ida M. CLICK; George W. KESSLER and Flora A. MONTGOMERY have been licensed to marry.


MARRIED - Cards are out announcing the approaching marriage of Miss Mame FETTER, of Peru, and Mr. Dan LEE, on the 26th inst.


MARRIED - Albert EYTCHESON and Susan DAUGHERTY, of Iceburg, stood up before Justice BUCHANAN at half past eight o’clock, yesterday evening, and solemnly vowed to his honor that they will hereafter journey down the crooked creek of life together, “for better or for worse.”


MARRIED - Lige [Elijah M.] O’BLENIS and Miss Ida [M.] CLICK, both highly respected young people of Tiosa, were united in the holy bonds of wedlock, Thursday afternoon, in this city, Rev. A. E. GIFT officiating. . . . (Saturday’s Daily)


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Jacob METZGER and Elizabeth MILLER; George W. KESSLER and Flora A. MONTGOMERY; Elijah [M.] O’BLENIS and Ida M. CLICK; Albert EYTCHESON and Susan DAUGHERTY; Henry E. TUTTLE and Ida B. MOORE.  (Saturday’s Daily)


DOUBLE MARRIAGE - This afternoon a wedding will take place in Kokomo, in which three of the high contracting parties are Fulton county people. Promptly at 3 o’clock the ceremony which will bind as husband and wife Mr. Arthur SOMMERS and Miss Mary STETSON, and Mr. Elmer KREIG and Miss Nellie STETSON, will be solemnized at the residence of the brides’ sister, Mrs. George GROVES, after which the former will at once go to housekeeping in Kokomo, and the latter leave for the South where the groom is engaged as a photographer.

Miss Nellie has for many months, been a member of the writer’s household, and we are prepared to say that if Elmer will discharge his duties as a husband faithfully, he will always have a tidy and cheerful home and a spread of a delicious and succulent pastry to partake of as ever struck the tender spot of a hungry man. . . .


MARRIED - At his residence in this city Sunday, Rev. A. E. GIFT pronounced the ceremony which united as husband and wife Mr. Jacob METZGER and Miss Elizabeth MILLER, both of Union township. The newly married couple has the best wishes of a host of friends for future happiness.


KILLED - Miss Edna CURTIS who was caught in the machinery and killed at the Elkhart county fair, was a relative of the CURTIS family in this county. (Tuesday’s Daily)

DIED - Mr. Richard SHAKES, an old resident of this county, but of late years a resident of Plymouth, was buried at Richland Center Sunday, a large concourse of people being present to pay the last tribute of respect to the honored dead.  (Tuesday’s Daily)


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Daniel F. RANS and Alice M. HARRISON; Samuel D. WOOD and Elizabeth SMALLEY. (Wednesday’s Daily)


BIOG - The Sentinel learns that Sylvester COLLINS, a prominent Union township Republican, has suddenly left for parts unknown and that two highly respectable, but deceived, young women are left in a very embarrassing situation.  (Wednesday’s Daily)


DIED - Superintendent BLACK of the Poor Farm informs the Sentinel of the death of Mrs. Melvina MELVIN, a county charge, last week, at the advanced age of 76 years.

Mrs. Melvin was the wife of Samuel MELVIN, deceased, who formerly lived in Henry township, but after his death 3 years ago, she was left a dependent without a near relative in the world, and so sought a home in the county infirmary. The remains were laid to their final resting place in the Poor Farm Pottersfield.  (Wednesday’s Daily)


Wednesday, September 26, 1888


DIED - At 6 o’clock a.m. Sunday September 23, Mrs. T[homas] S. GORDON, formerly Miss S[arah] E. GREEN, a sister of our fellow townsman Wm. H. GREEN, died at her home in Winchester, Indiana.

Mrs. Gordon was formerly a teacher in the Rochester public schools under Profs. WOOD, BRYAN and WILLIAMS, superintendent. She was a successful teacher, and has many pupils and friends in this city who will share the sorrow that her brothers and sisters feel in their sad bereavement. She was an exemplary lady, always devoted to the welfare and progress of her pupils and friends. She never failed to bring sunshine and gladness to the hearts of her friends whenever she mingled with them.

The disease that terminated her life was consumption, from which she suffered for the past year, constantly, believing she would be spared to rear her two lovely daughters that blessed her home, but He who holds the destinies of life in His hand, bade her come up higher to enjoy the full fruition of His grace and mercy. She was prepared for the summons. She fell asleep. We trust her awakening will be a grand and glorious immortality, where sin and sorrow is unknown, and danger can never come.

Her relatives and friends have the evidence in the beauty of her life and the sweetness of her disposition of her complete faith in the fulfillment of God’s promise, both in this and the future life. If we believe in Christ we shall see and meet her when life’s fitful dream is over.


MARRIED - The Marion Democrat yesterday contained the following marriage notice which will be quite a surprise to the groom’s many friends in this city:

Last evening at 8:30 o’clock the friends of the contracting parties gathered together at the residence of Dr. DAVIS, of Sweetser, to witness the marriage of Miss Lulu DAVIS to Calvin E. FITZGERALD, the popular young dentist, of this city. Rev. M. SWADENER, of Marion, performed the ceremony. . . .

Mrs. Fitzgerald is the only daughter of Dr. Davis. . . . The groom is associated with Dr. WILKINS in the dental business. . . . The newly married couple will reside in apartments in the Webster block in the rear of the dental office. . . . .

MARRIED - Robert W. PRICE and Laura T. MILLER, both of Richland township were married by Justice BUCHANAN Monday morning.


DIED - The announcement of the death of that universally popular fellow citizen, Fred W. DANIELS, yesterday morning, was heard with sadness by his hosts of friends in Rochester.

For nearly two months, the once rugged and portly Fred has been drifting slowly, but surely to the grave, from a disorder of the digestive organs which the most attentive nursing and best medical skill could not divert, or even allay in its onward course to fatality.

Fred W. Daniels was born February 8, 1850 at Algonac, St. Clair county, Michigan; came to Fulton county sometime during the year 1868, died Wednesday, September 19, 1888; and was therefore aged 38 years 7 months and 11 days.

Three years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Belle BITTERS, daughter of Wm. BITTERS, who, with one child, survive the husband and father, as do also an only brother and sister, viz: Victor H. DANIELS, of this city, and Mrs. R. D. ASHFORD, of Lockport, N.Y.

Six years ago the county commissioners appointed the deceased to the office of Justice of the Peace in Henry township, and he has since been elected to the office in his township, which is strongly Republican, by very flattering majorities and has discharged the duties of his trust with eminent satisfaction to all who had business with him, and honor to his constituency. Four years ago the State Senate honored him with the appointment of postmaster of that distinguished body and few, if any, prominent politicians in Indiana failed to become acquainted with and attached to “Jolly Fred Daniels,” as they all knew him. Deceased always took an active part in poliitcs but his sterling honesty in his democratic convictions and charity and liberality toward those of opposite opinions made him universally popular with all men, and one whose counsels were always in demand in political matters of importance.

Genial, companionable, liberal, hospitable and benevolent our pen fails to pay him the tribute such a beloved citizen deserves. . . . .

The funeral services will be conducted at the family residence one-half mile east of Akron, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. W. N. NELSON, officiating.


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - William MEHAFFIE and Effie CHINETH.  (Saturday’s Daily)


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - H. MILLER and Miss Libbie M. MILLER.  (Sunday’s Daily)


DIED - Francis KREIG, a young man formerly of Henry township, but who left there about a year ago, died near Logansport Friday evening of typhoid fever. The remains will be taken to Disco for burial.  (Sunday’s Daily)


BIRTH - Born to Mr. & Mrs. John C. JOHNSTON, yesterday, a nice boy baby. (Thursday’s Daily)


DIED - The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Will BAKER, of Liberty township, died yesterday morning.  (Thursday’s Daily)


DIED - Mrs. Ben [Eldora SHELTON] BERRY, of Liberty township, died of consumption yesterday morning and will be buried this forenoon in the Oliver cemetery, the funeral services to be held at Ebenezer church.

Mrs. Berry was the youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas SHELTON, and sister of Mrs. Alf

[Ida SHELTON] GOSS, of this city, and was a quiet, unassuming lady, in all that the term implies. The young husband and near relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their sad bereavement.  (Thursday’s Daily)


MARRIED - Cards are out announcing the approaching marriage of Mr. H. G. KEWNEY, the widely known and popular salesman at WILE & RICHTER’s, and Miss Anna AUSTIN, at the residence of her mother in Vincennes, on Tuesday evening October 2d, and also notifying the contracting parties’ friends that they will be at home to them in this city on and after October 25th.  (Friday’s Daily)


MARRIED - Wm. H. WEIDEMAN and Emeline BRYANT, both of Henry township, were married yesterday by Justice BUCHANAN.  (Friday’s Daily)


KILLED IN RAILROAD ACCIDENT - Mr. & Mrs. Joel STOCKBERGER returned from Plymouth Sunday where they were called to attend the sad funeral of Mrs. Stockberger’s uncle, Ephriam MOORE, who was killed in a railroad accident Thursday morning.

The deceased was driving a spry young horse along the P. Ft. W. & C. railway track when an express train running a mile a minute, came up behind him as he was very near the crossing. Both horse and man were frightened and tried to cross the track before the flying train. The horse cleared the track but the wagon was struck by the train and Mr. Moore was thrown a hundred feet, his head striking a tie crushing the skull and killing him instantly. Mr. Moore was one of the oldest settlers in Marshall county having lived there for fifty years and was widely known and universally esteemed.  (Tuesday’s Daily)


Wednesday, October 3, 1888


DIED - Dora [MONTGOMERY], the eight year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Commodore MONTGOMERY died of diphtheria Thursday and was buried yesterday in Odd Fellows cemetery, Rev. N. L. LORD officiating at the funeral service.  (Saturday’s Daily)


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - A marriage license has been granted to Robert W. PRICE and Laura T. WARREN.  (Thursday’s Daily)


MARRIED - The Logansport Pharos says:

Mr. Daniel RANS and Miss Alice HARRISON were married last evening at Grass Creek, Fulton county. Among those present were Mrs. NEWBY, sister of the bride, and Isaac RANS, brother of the groom and Mrs. F. M. BURGESS, all of this city. The couple have many friends in this city. The groom runs a store and grain elevator at Grass Creek.  (Friday’s Daily)


MARRIED - Mr. Will LOOMIS was married to Miss Ella HUBBARD at the residence of the bride’s parents at New Carlisle, Indiana, Wednesday. The newly married couple arrived here Friday, and will reside on the LOOMIS farm just south of town. . . . (Sunday’s Daily)


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Francis CARPENTER and Lizzie FRALLEY; Charles REED and Katie THOMEN.  (Tuesday’s Daily)


DIED - Miss Mollie KESSLER, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. KESSLER, of Newcastle township, died at her home Wednesday after having suffered for the past year with consumption.

Those who were acquainted with her condition were not surprised by her death, but to others it was a sad surprise.

Miss Kessler was an intelligent, Christian young lady, about twenty years old, who for several years has been engaged in teaching in this county, and the large number of friends who mourn her early demise, speak highly of the upright christian life she led.

This is the second death which has occurred in the family from the same cause within the past year, a younger daughter, aged fifteen, having died last winter, and the parents and relatives have the deepest sympathy of all in their great bereavement. The funeral services were conducted yesterday.


Wednesday, October 10, 1888


MARRIED - Mr. Charles CLYMER and Miss Kate BEST went to Bloomingsburg yesterday to attend the wedding of Mr. Clymer’s sister Flora [CLYMER], to Mahlon HAIMBAUGH, which occurred last evening.


BIRTH - A Republican boy [Donald O. NOYER] has put in an appearance at the home of L[awson] M. [and Ella A. WHITTENBERGER] NOYER, editor of the Akron Echo. He will not get to vote in November, however, as he will not have been in that township sixty days. (Sunday’s Daily)


BIRTHDAY - A very pleasant surprise was planned and executed on Grandpa Jonathan MONTGOMERY, at his home at Mr. Isaiah WALKER’s, Friday, the occasion being his 87th birthday anniversary. . . . Among the guests from abroad were Mr. & Mrs. Phillip HOFFMAN of Warsaw, who had been visiting here for several days, and Mr. & Mrs. Joe GREIGSON, of Kansas. . . . (Sunday’s Daily)


MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED - Leonard B. CUTSHALL and Clarissa A. McCARTER; John P. O’CONNELL and Keziah COOPER.  (Tuesday’s Daily)


DIED - Mr. Jacob STEVENS, who has been confined to his home with sickness for the past year, died at his home two miles south of this city, early yesterday morning. Mr. Stevens was an old and highly respected citizen, and the notice of his death will be heard with sorrow by his large circle of friends. The funeral services will be conducted from his residence this afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. A. O. RABER, of Dayton, Ohio, officiating. Interment will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.  (Tuesday’s Daily)


MARRIAGE LICENSE ISSUED - Mahlon HAIMBAUGH and Flora CLYMER were licensed to marry yesterday evening.  (Thursday’s Daily)


MARRIED - Mr. Horace G. KEWNEY returned from Vincennes, Thursday evening with his bride and they will go to housekeeping in the PETERSEN property, recently vacated by Mr. & Mrs. Clark BABCOCK. The many friends of Horace congratulate him on winning so handsome and pleasant an helpmeet and welcome Mrs. Kewney to Rochester society.  (Saturday’s Daily)


DIED - Mrs. Joanna GRAVES died at her rooms, over the post office, yesterday at 1 o’clock, of typhoid fever, aged 42 years.

Deceased was born in Kosciusko county, and in 1862, was united in marriage with W. W. GRAVES, who preceded her to the spirit world several years ago, since which time she has lived a widow. Eight children were born to Mr. & Mrs. Graves, five of whom survive, viz: James, Cora, Lina, Maud and Susie [GRAVES].

Mrs. Graves was a kind, christian lady of a retiring disposition, and much devoted to her children, who are now left to care for themselves.

The funeral service will be conducted this afternoon at Trinity church at 2 o’clock by Rev. H. E. NEFF, after which interment will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery.


MARRIED - A social event of more than usual interest transpired last evening at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Dr. CLYMER in Newcastle township. The occasion referred to was the marriage of their only daughter, Miss Florence CLYMER to Mr. Mahlon HAIMBAUGH.

The neat and commodious country house of the bride’s parents was fittingly decorated in honor of the occasion, and amid the most pleasant surroundings and in the presence of a select company of relatives immediate friends of the high contracting parties the marital ceremony was pronounced.

The groom is a son of Mr. & Mrs. Conrad HAIMBAUGH, a brother to editor Frank A. HAIMBAUGH, of the Spencer Democrat, and a most exemplary and industrious young man who has chosen farming as his vocation and already possesses a home of his own, three miles northeast of this city. The bride is the bright and cheerful daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Clymer, a prominent teacher in the public schools, and with all a perfect little lady in every way worthy of the noble young man’s affections who has won her. That prosperity and happiness may be theirs through the winding avenue of life is the sincere wish of their many friends.


DIED - A dispatch was received at this city, from Chicago early yesterday morning, announcing the death of Mr. Valentine KOCHENDERFER.

Mr. K. went to Chicago nearly two weeks ago, that he might receive surgical treatment for a disease with which he was afflicted. The operation was performed the forepart of last week and the patient appeared to be doing well, and hoped soon to return home. The death was very sudden and unexpected, even by his physicians, and when the telegram was taken to his home, his folks were just reading a letter from him, stating his improved condition.

Mr. Kochenderfer has been sick for more than a year and his death relieves him of the most intense physical suffering. He is an old and respected citizen, and leaves a family. His remains will be brought home for interment.