The Rochester Sentinel




1901 - 1904










Wendell C. Tombaugh









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Rochester IN 46975-1538














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The Evening Sentinel

Rochester, Indiana







Wednesday, January 2, 1901


[no entries]



Thursday, January 3, 1901


Death of John WHITTENBERGER on Christmas day at Independence, Colorado, aged 78 years. Was resident of Akron when he was a young man, and for several years engaged in the mercantile business. The Whittenbergers of Akron received the sad intelligence last Thursday of the death of their brother.



Friday, January 4, 1901


Tom LONG, son of Mr. & Mrs. David LONG, died at his home in Wayne township near the Cass county line, Wednesday night. He was single, about twenty-six years of age. Appendicitis. Funeral was today and interment at Indian Creek in Cass county.


One of the daughters of the late Ephraim DAUGHERTY holds a policy taken out on the old gentleman’s life several years ago, which has not yet been paid, although his death occurred early in the fall. The daughter had grown uneasy on account of the delay, but now the company, which has headquarters at Elkhart, has promised to pay within sixty days.


Saturday, January 5, 1901


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Monday, January 7, 1901


Mrs. Emma CASTLE went to Gilead today to attend the funeral of her niece, Sadie MOHLER, who died Saturday evening at the age of five years. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Benj. MOHLER, and the cause of her death was scarlatina.


John Anderson received word today that Grandpa Isaac HIATT died at his home about four miles north of Leiters this morning. He was nearly ninety years of age, and had been in poor health for nearly two years. The funeral will take place at the Richland Center church, Wednesday at 10 a.m.


Grant CLAYTON died of lung fever at his home in the south part of town about 10 o’clock today after an illness of just nine days. Deceased was about thirty-two years of age and was a painter by trade. His wife and one child, a little boy about 7 years old, survive. The funeral will take place at the residence Wednesday at 2 p.m.


After a protracted illness, [Leah APT] the aged wife of Peter APT died at the family residence in Kewanna Sunday night, aged 76 years and a few months. Quite feeble for some time; death not unexpected.

Mother of eight children, one of whom died in infancy, and another, Frank APT, only recently passing away. Other members of the family are Mrs. John C. PHILLIPS, of this city, and Charley APT the railway agent at Delong. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Kewanna.


Tuesday, January 8, 1901


Grant CLAYTON, son of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. W. CLAYTON was born near Rochester October 1, 1868 and died January 7, 1901 age 32 years 3 months and 6 days. Married February 19, 1893 to Miss Frances JONES, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac JONES. To them born one child, Lee [CLAYTON], now about 6 years of age. Surviving besides wife and son are three brothers, John, George and Sampson [CLAYTON] of this place and two sisters, Mrs. [Ellen CLAYTON] ROUCH of this place and Mrs. [Mary L. CLAYTON] COOK in Wisconsin.

He had been sick 9 days, result of lung fever.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. tomorrow at residence; Rev. LYTLE; Interment at the old cemetery.


Wm. Isaac JONES died at his home one mile north of town yesterday evening at 11 o’clock, aged 75 years and three days. Lung fever.

Born in Shelby county, moved to near Lake Maxinkuckee when about ten years of age. Married Matilda HERRELL. Born to them thirteen children, eleven of whom survive.

Was in Civil War.

Funeral will be Thursday at residence, 10 a.m.


Wednesday, January 9, 1901



Thursday, January 10, 1901


Peter PUTMAN, aged about eighty years, died at his home near Athens this morning.


During the funeral services of Grant CLAYTON yesterday afternoon the floor of the room gave way. No cellar was under the room and the floor lowered only a few inches, but it was enough to give everybody a scare.



Miss Etta FRY, daughter of John C. FRY, died of consumption yesterday noon, age 20 years. Funeral will be tomorrow 11 a.m., Fulton Baptist church; Rev. KAY; Fulton cemetery.


Sudden death of T. J. “Tommy” LONG; appendicitis. Very popular among the young people of Grass Creek. Interment was made at Indian Creek cemetery last Friday; Rev. BURKET.


Friday, January 11, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. John JONES and Mrs. SPENCER returned to Denver today after attending funeral of Isaac JONES.


Mrs. Jasper TRUE and Mrs. Carrie SHAW of Kewanna attended the funeral of the former’s sister, Mrs. HARTMAN, yesterday.


Isaac HIATT, born in Hamilton county, Ohio, September 10, 1817. When a boy, moved with parents to Montgomery county, Indiana where he lived until 1853, moving to Fulton county, remaining until death on January 7, 1901. Aged 83 years 3 months 27 days.

Married Elizabeth TRIBBETT in 1842. Born to them seven children, three of whom with the wife preceded in death. Surviving are four children, seven grandchildren, two brothers, and four sisters.

Interment Richland Center.


Saturday, January 12, 1901


Prof. [Benjamin F.] TEMPLETON, son-in-law of the late Dr. HARTER of Akron died suddenly at his home in Marion this week. He was principal of Marion city schools. Burial to be in Odd Fellows cemetery, Rochester, Monday. [wife: Carrie V. HARTER]


Monday, January 14, 1901


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Tuesday, January 15, 1901


Grandma BERRY, a lady about 85 years of age, died at her home near Green Oak this forenoon.

Nancy A. HARPER born September 18, 1834 near Oxford, Ohio, died January 8, 1901, aged 66 years 4 months 20 days. Married Richard G. VANDEGRIFT December 2, 1851 in Randolph county, Indiana. Five children, one infant preceding in death. Moved to Fulton county in 1854, remaining until her death. Presbyterian at Mt. Zion. Funeral by Rev. Geo. LOCKHART.


Sargent Major Peter C. MEREDITH of the 158 Regt Spanish American War Volunteers died at the home of his father, Nathaniel MEREDITH, in east Rochester last night. While in the service he contracted strangulated bowels and on his way home with his Regiment underwent operation at Indianapolis from which he never fully recovered. Also was frail and lung trouble.

He was about 35 years old, survived by wife, and little daughter.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. tomorrow; burial with military honors.


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Friday, January 18, 1901


Ned DERRO received word that his father had died at Huntington yesterday.


Saturday, January 19, 1901




Monday, January 21, 1901


After an illness of more than a year, the result of a fall, Daniel KOFFEL, a widely known farmer of the Athens neighborhood, died Sunday, Aged 72 years and 3 months.

Born in Ohio; came to Indiana near Stockdale when ten years old and to this county eight years later. Married Maryann HOOVER 52 years ago. She has been dead 10 years. Six children, only three of whom are living: James and Albert KOFFEL and Mrs. Wm. DEARDORF.

Funeral will be Tuesday, Athens U.B. church where he had been a member; Rev. J. T. KEESEY.


Tuesday, January 22, 1901


Miss Maggie McGEE, daughter of Mrs. Moses McGEE, died of pneumonia at Athens this forenoon at the age of 28 years. Funeral will be at U.B. church Athens Thursday 10 a.m.; Mt. Hope cemetery.


Wednesday, January 23, 1901


Clemontine [KEEL], the little son of Mr. & Mrs. Omer KEEL, died of lung fever at his parents’ home four miles southeast of Rochester this morning. He was about two years of age. The funeral will take place at the house tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Thursday, January 24, 1901




Friday, January 25, 1901


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Saturday, January 26, 1901


After an illness of nearly a year, Mrs. Riley [Rebecca J. WALLING] RICHARDSON died at her home near Athens last night. She leaves a large family. The funeral will be Monday.


Letter received Wednesday by Uriah SHAFFER announced death of his brother, D. W. SHAFFER, in Butler county, Kansas. He was former resident of Kewanna, moving from there 25 years ago.


Monday, January 28, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. John ZINK of Huntington are here to attend the funeral of the former’s father, Jos. ZINK.


The two year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Albert JACKSON died at her home in the Bearss neighborhood Friday night. Funeral was at Kewanna yesterday 2 p.m.


Another of Fulton county’s oldest settlers passed away Sunday in the death of Joseph ZINK an aged and widely known farmer of Richland township. He was 74 years old and his death was the result of heart disease. He was one of the wealthiest men in Richland township, was the head of a large and honorable family, and was widely known as an honest, industrious and frugal citizen.

The funeral is to be held at Richland Center Wednesday 10 a.m.


Tuesday, January 29, 1901


Alpheus MURPHY, the dairyman, was called to Peru this morning by the death of his mother, Mrs. Rebecca MURPHY. She was one of the pioneer residents of Miami county and was over 69 years of age.


The late Joseph ZINK of Richland township was the father of nine living children: Mrs. Theo. RANNELLS, of Rochester; Mrs. Will BRUBAKER, Cass county; Mrs. Clint JONES, Mrs. Frank OVERMYER and Mrs. George DUDGEON of Richland township; Lewis F. ZINK of Kansas; John B. ZINK of Huntington; and Frank and Enoch ZINK of Richland township.


Mrs. Mary [SMALLEY] CROSBY died at the home of her son, Dr. W. S. CROSBY, about noon today. Mary Smalley was born in Herkimer county, N.Y. over 73 years ago. Married Ezra CROSBY fifty years ago, and to them were born three children, two . . .  living: Mrs. Chas.

LEHMAN of New York and Dr. CROSBY of this place.

For a number of years Mr. & Mrs. Crosby lived with their son and since her husband’s death, which occurred in 1887, she continued her home with the doctor and his family.

Member of Methodist church. For twenty years an invalid from rheumatism. About a week ago took sick with lagrippe. Funeral at residence, probably Thursday; remains will be taken to New York for interment.


Wednesday, January 30, 1901


Miss Bertha SEIGMUND, who has been a guest at the home of Mr. & Mrs. H. FRANKLIN, was called home to Huntington today by the death of her grandfather.


Sentinel readers remember the sensational murder and suicide calamity in which Josiah BOWER a farmer living northeast of town, shot his son-in-law, Will CARR, and then blew his own brains out with a rifle. They also recall that Bower had made a will sometime before his tragic death in which he bequeathed his $3,500 worth of property to his sister, Mrs. Stephen WHITTENBERGER and others, leaving his son and daughter unprovided for.

In will contest suit, in second trial the jury unanimously agreed that Bower was not competent to make a will and found in favor of the children, but Judge CAPRON set the verdict aside, necessitating a third trial, which was heard at Huntington. The verdict again was for the children.


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Wednesday, February 6, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. David DUMBAULD are expected from South Bend this evening to attend the funeral of the former’s mother.


Thursday, February 7, 1901


Mrs. Nancy [RICHTER] GUNTENSBERGER who formerly lived at this place died at Indianapolis yesterday. Remains were brought here last night and taken to the home of her brother, Mart RICHTER where they remained until this afternoon when they were taken to Athens for the funeral. Int erment was made at Mt. Hope cemetery.


Jacob HUFFMAN departed this life at his home east of town [Akron], last Friday night after a long and protracted illness at the age of 68 years. Wife, [Catharine HUFFMAN] and seven children survive. Funeral was at Christian church Sunday 10 a.m. Rev. SWIHART of Roann. Interment in Gilead cemetery.

Thomas WOOD who died Monday was taken to Logansport Wednesday afternoon for burial.  (Kewanna item)


Friday, February 8, 1901


The fourteen year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Amos KREIG died of diphtheria at his home on the old Thos. BUTLER farm yesterday evening. The funeral will be held at Gilead tomorrow.

Mrs. Lewis [H.] [Ollie HALTERMAN] FEECE died at her home at Athens yesterday afternoon after suffering with consumption for about a year. She was 31 [?] years of age and leaves a husband and one child, a boy two years old. She was a sister to Mrs. T. D. ADAMSON of this city. Funeral will be at the church at Athens Sunday 10 a.m.


Saturday, February 9, 1901


[no entries]


Monday, February 11, 1901


A little son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. SHONK who live in the Bearss neighborhood, died from poison, he having found and eaten some strychnine tablets which were kept in the house for medicinal purposes.


Enoch POWELL died at the home of his son, John POWELL, at Pleasant Hill, Friday afternoon, at the age of 88 years. He was formerly a citizen of the Mt. Zion neighborhood and was the father of four children, one of whom is Mrs. J. M. QUIGG of this place. His death was caused by lagrippe with which he was sick but three days. Funeral was at Pleasant Hill church Sunday 10 a.m.; Rev. SMITH; Mt. Zion cemetery.


Tuesday, February 12, 1901


Fred KRATHWOHL died at his home at Walnut this morning at the age of 60 years.


Clarence WATTS died at his home in Logansport Sunday evening aged thirty-one years. He had been in poor health for six years. He had many relatives in this county.


An infant baby of Lincoln BIGGS was buried at the Lake M.E. cemetery last Sunday. (Blue Grass item)


Wednesday, February 13, 1901


In the wreck on the Erie near Wren, early Monday morning, the fireman, Chas. FINNEY, was the only man killed. The wreck was caused by the breaking of an axle  on the engine. Engineer ESSON remained with his engine and was uninjured. The fireman jumped and was instantly killed. He was a cousin to Mrs. M. R. HEIMMILLER of this place. Mr. HEIMMILLER was at Huntington where the fireman had been taken Monday night.


Russel [SHONK], a little son of Wm. SHONK, died last Friday from the effects of eating some poison tablets, during the absence of the mother. Death followed in thirty minutes after the eating.  (Bearss item)


Thursday, February 14, 1901



Friday, February 15, 1901




Saturday, February 16, 1901


A telegram was received today that Mrs. Max SILBERBERG died at Cincinnati this morning. Former resident of this city.


A telegram to A. C. COPELAND yesterday brought him the sad intelligence that his sister had died at Columbus, Ohio after a protracted illness.


M. H. JACKSON, a Kokomo tinner, fell from a scaffold yesterday and was fatally injured. He is the husband of the widow of J. M. CALVERT, who was raised in this county and the step-father of Lieutenant Robert CALVERT who is on duty in the Philippines.


Mrs. [Rosanna] McCAN died at her home in Wayne township Monday [February 11, 1901] at the age of [77y-7m-1d]. Funeral was at St. Ann’s church yesterday 10 a.m.


Mrs. Lavina [HASKELL] NEWHOUSE died at her residence on Jefferson street yesterday evening as a result of the stroke of paralysis heretofore mentioned in the Sentinel.

Lavina Haskell was born in Ohio nearly 62 years ago. She married Thomas NEWHOUSE at the age of 23 years. Member Methodist church. Survivors are a brother in Colorado, brother in Michigan and brother in Kansas, and four children: Chas. NEWHOUSE of Wabash, Mrs. John [H.] [Mary NEWHOUSE] PYLE of Akron, Mrs. Frank WILDER and Miss Nezzie NEWHOUSE of this city.

Funeral will be Sunday afternoon 2 p.m. Methodist church.


Monday, February 18, 1901


After three weeks illness James VanLUE, widely known old settler of the Athens neighborhood, died Sunday night aged 72 years. He leaves six grown children, four sons and two daughters. Funeral was at Athens Monday afternoon.



Tuesday, February 19, 1901


Mary JOHNSON COLE was born April 9, 1836 in Logansport, Indiana and died February 15, 1901, aged 65 years 10 months 23 days. Married Daniel W. COLE November 2, 1865. Mother of eight children: four boys and four girls. Three sons and two daughters are deceased. Surviving are husband, who for some time has been very sick, one son, two daughters, one grand-daughter, five sisters and two brothers. Member U.B. church at Fulton for 24 years. Funeral at U.B. church.


Wednesday, February 20, 1901


[no entries]

Thursday, February 21, 1901


Joshua BUNCH and family north of here are having their share of trouble. Mr. Bunch’s mother died last Monday, and he has a cancer on his face and the boy, Clarence [BUNCH], has the lung fever.


Ada [MILLISER], the youngest daughter of George MILLISER, who lives three and one-half miles south of here, died Saturday night of diphtheria. The funeral occurred Monday at 2 o’clock. (Leiters item)


[Carrie HENDRICKSON] The wife of Mathias HENDRICKSON died last Friday of consumption. Funeral was Sunday morning at the Blue Grass chapel; Rev. BAIR of Kewanna officiating.


A mistake in last week’s items announced the death of Mrs. Ella O’BRIEN, instead of Mrs. O’Brien’s mother, Mrs. McCAN.


James VanLUE was born in Fairfield county, Ohio August 11, 1828, and after an illness of nearly four weeks, died February 17, 1901 at his home near Athens where he had lived for nearly fifty-seven years. Aged 72 years 6 months 6 days. Came to Indiana in October 1844. Married Malinda CLEMMANS, March 28, 1847. Born to them eight children, six sons and two daughters. The wife and two sons preceded in death. He is survived by six children, nineteen grandchildren and two sisters.


Friday, February 22, 1901




Saturday, February 23, 1901


[Bessie Clare GOODWIN] The six year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. H. M. GOODWIN died of lung fever at the home of her grandfather, Wm. HAY, north of Leiters last night [February 22, 1901], after illness of two weeks. Funeral will be at Mt. Hope tomorrow 1 p.m. Interment at Leiters.


Ada MILLISER, age 14 years, daughter of Geo. and Jane MILLISER, living west of Bruce Lake, died Sunday from diphtheria and was buried Monday in the Moon cemetery.


Monday, February 25, 1901


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Tuesday, February 26, 1901


Word was received by Mrs. Harriet KEWNEY that her sister, Miss Mary WILSON, died at Battle Creek, Michigan yesterday. Mrs. VonEHRENSTEIN left today to attend the funeral.

Wednesday, February 27, 1901


Maynard GOODWIN returned to Chicago this morning after being here to attend his little daughter’s funeral Sunday.


Mrs. Thos. [Nancy Jane] BURTON died at her home near Athens early this morning. She had been confined to her bed with consumption for over three months. She was [66y-4m] of age, and leaves an aged husband. The funeral will take place at the Athens church tomorrow at 2 p.m.


Hon. A. L. McKINNEY, brother of Mrs. Susan CALVERT of this city, died at his home in Troy, Ohio, Tuesday morning at the advanced age of eighty-one years.

Preacher for 60 years in Christian church, and for past 30 years practiced law. Served three years in Civil War. Was twice elected treasurer of his county and only a few months before his death ended his third term as mayor.

Mrs. Calvert is now the only surviving member of a family of eleven children. Her father, husband, one brother and one son were all preachers.


Mrs. Sarah BARKER, wife of Wm. BARKER, died Sunday after an illness of only thirty-six hours. Funeral was at Kewanna Baptist church Tuesday; Rev. DELAVEY; Smalley’s cemetery.

Mr. & Mrs. Fred OTTO and Mr. & Mrs. Richard COSTELLO of Logansport and Wm. COTTON of Hammond attended the funeral. Mrs. Otto and Mrs. Costello are sisters of Mrs. Barker.


Mr. [George] SOUTHALL, who had been sick all winter, died last Saturday and was buried at Leiters Monday.

George Southall, an old and respected citizen of Delong was buried at Leiters Ford cemetery Monday. He leaves a wife and one son, Omer SOUTHALL at Delong, and a daughter, May DILLEE of Indian Territory.


Thursday, February 28, 1901


Mrs. D. H. [Emma CHINN] CRARY, formerly Miss Emma Chinn of this place, died at her home in Dakota last Saturday.


Mrs. Dan [Amelia HOLMAN] JONES died of lung fever at her home near Talma this morning after an illness of scarcely two weeks.

She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. HOLMAN, and was born in Kosciusko county forty-seven years ago.

About twenty-seven years ago she was married to Daniel JONES. Born were seven children: Charles, Roy, Mary, Anna, Ray, May and Ruth [JONES], all survive with their father. Also surviving are four brothers, Billings [HOLMAN] in Kansas, Frank [HOLMAN] in Missouri and Geo. W. and J. D. HOLMAN of this city.


Friday, March 1, 1901



Saturday, March 2, 1901


The seven heirs of the late Katie PONTIUS will not go into court to settle up the estate; but instead have selected Mr. Charles E. STEPHEY as trustee.


Monday, March 4, 1901


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Tuesday, March 5, 1901


Messrs. D. O. and Geo. H. WALLACE went  to Santa Fe, Cass county today to attend the funeral of their niece, Mrs. [Minnie WALLACE] SHELLHAMMER who died of pneumonia. She was Minnie Wallace before marriage, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. A. E. WALLACE, who lived here several years ago.


Wednesday, March 6, 1901


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Thursday, March 7, 1901


Helen HOOVER, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John HOOVER, died of scarlet fever at Bryant, Arkansas last week.


John MOLLENCOPF, an old farmer living near Bearss postoffice, died this morning and the funeral will take place Friday.


Mr. & Mrs. William SAYGER went to Logansport last Friday to attend the funeral of the former’s sister.  (Athens item)

Mrs. MYERS, widow of the late Chas. MYERS, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter SAYGER, Tuesday afternoon of pleurisy. Deceased was 73 years of age. Funeral was Thursday at Bethel at 1 o’clock; Rev. E. TATMAN. Interment in adjoining cemetery.  (Akron item)


Friday, March 8, 1901


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Saturday, March 9, 1901


Mrs. Mary Jane MEYERS, widow of the late Charles MEYERS, died last Tuesday about 2 o’clock in the afternoon, at the home of her son-in-law, Peter SAYGER. She died from the infirmities of old age, aged about 72 years.  (Akron item)

Monday, March 11, 1901


Grandmother [Elizabeth] BUSH died at the home of her son, Wm. BUSH, north of town yesterday, aged 88 years. She had been sick for some time. Funeral tomorrow 10 a.m. at residence; Sand Hill cemetery.


Tuesday, March 12, 1901


Mrs. Chas. RICHARDS went to Monterey today to attend the funeral of Mrs. [Wm.] KELSEY, wife of Dr. Wm. KELSEY. She was sick but a few hours, and died of neuralgia last night at the age of 23 years.


John MULLENKOPF, born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania March 6, 1840 died at his home near Bearss March 6, 1901, aged 61 years. Married December 3, 1863 to Miss Lucinda BRAHMAN who survives. He was the father of four children, two of whom preceded in death. Member United Brethern church since 1880. Wife and two sons, Frank and Chas. [MULLENKOPF], four grandchildren, one sister and four brothers survive. Funeral at Salem church; Rev. J. T. KEESEY; cemetery near by.


The remains of Jas. McNEFF, who was killed October 25 by falling down a hatchway aboard the U. S. Training Ship “Dixie” arrived in Kewanna Friday night. Buried Monday in I.O.O.F. cemetery, Kewanna. Services M.E. church; Rev. OGDEN of Attica. He was a member of the class of 1900 Kewanna High School.


Wednesday, March 13, 1901


Mrs. Frank NELSON went to Mentone yesterday to attend the funeral of her cousin, Mrs. SEVERNS.


Henry SEARS who conducted a successful drayage business in Kewanna for fifteen years, died Sunday at the age of 49 years. He leaves a large family. Funeral was Tuesday.


Hugh BOWMAN received a letter from Chaney, Washington yesterday stating that his brother James [BOWMAN] died at that place in February at the age of 95 years. Hugh Bowman is 87 years old and there remains one older brother and two younger sisters, all of whom are past 80 years. Mr. Bowman had not seen his brother in Washington for sixty years and was preparing to visit him when he learned of his death.


Daniel D. MARKLEY died Tuesday after a short illness.  (Walnut item)


C. V. and Joseph MULLENCOPP have returned to their homes in Ohio aft4r attending the funeral of John MULLENCOPP.  (Bearss item)

Thursday, March 14, 1901


Lew DAVIDSON has discovered that his father, Wm. H. DAVIDSON, who disappeared from his home in Rochester twenty-four years ago, and was long supposed dead, died about a year ago. Davidson was for a number of years employed at a saw mill near Athens. He left home suddenly and no trace of him could be found. His son, Lew, recently heard that a man by the name

of W. H. Davidson died at Newport, Arkansas about a year ago. He received letters and a photograph of Mr. Davidson from relatives there, which confirmed the report and the rumor that it was his father.


Mrs. Arnold CUTSHALL was called to Logansport Wednesday to attend the funeral of her nephew.  (Akron item)


Mrs. S. L. SNOKE went to Logansport last Friday in response to a telegram announcing the sudden death of her sister.


The infant daughter of Merle URBIN died Friday afternoon.  (Kewanna item)


F. R. HOWELL attended the funeral of James McNEFF at Kewanna Monday.  (Delong item)


John MAHLER’s little girl aged one month and twenty-four days died last Sunday evening and was buried Tuesday from the Reformed church.  (Delong item)


Friday, March 15, 1901


Mrs. M. L. ESSICK went to Akron today where she was joined by Mrs. Levi DUKES and then went to Goshen to attend the funeral of Mr. ESSICK’s sister, Mrs. Elizabeth WILSON, who died after a surgical operation at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Essick and Mrs. Dukes are the only members of that family now living.


Saturday, March 16, 1901


The family of Frank McNEFF left Aetna Friday, enroute to Kewanna to attend the funeral of Jas. McNEFF. Within an hour of their departure a telegram was handed them at Lakeville announcing the death of Mrs. McNEFF’s mother.



Mrs. Susan SWALLY, an old citizen of Kosciusko county, died Sunday, March 10, aged 85 years 4 months 19 days. Afflicted for years with cancer on the face. Mrs. John KELLER west of town, Mrs. Wesley THOMPSON, Mrs. Henry SWICK and a maiden lady at home are children of deceased. Funeral was Tuesday.  (Akron item)


Monday, March 18, 1901


The remains of the father of Mrs. Samuel ROSENTHAL will be brought from Chicago to Rochester on the Erie at 11:11 tomorrow forenoon for burial at Odd Fellows cemetery. The cortege will move direct from the depot to the cemetery where Rev. LOCKHART will conduct a brief funeral service.


Tuesday, March 19, 1901


Miss Nora SHEETS, daughter of Winfield SHEETS, died of dropsy at her home near Tiosa Saturday at the age of 22 years. Funeral yesterday 11 a.m. Dunkard church; Rev. MOW. Walnut cemetery.

Wednesday, March 20, 1901


Allen PARSONS died in southern Missouri a few days ago of lung fever. He lived in Rochester five or six years ago, “and had a life lease on what is now known as ‘Wall Street.’” [NOTE: East 9th street, Rochester, Indiana was nicknamed “Wall Street.”  -- Ed.]


John Wesley DAGUE, born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, September 8, 1835, died at his home about three miles southeast of Fulton March 18, 1901 at age of 65 years 3 months 10 days. At the age of eleven years he came with his parents to this county and till his death was a resident of Liberty township. He leaves a wife and five children. Funeral today at Bethlehem church at Twelve Mile.


Thursday, March 21, 1901


Mrs. Thos. [Elizabeth] HARRISON, Sr., an old and highly respected resident of this county, died Tuesday [December 3, 1827 - March 19, 1901]. Funeral was Thursday, Grass Creek Advent church.


Friday, March 22, 1901


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Saturday, March 23, 1901


The funeral of Mrs. Harrison WALTERS, who died of paralysis yesterday, at the age of 53 years, will take place at South Germany church tomorrow at 12 o’clock. The funeral procession will leave the home of Ira WALTERS at 9 o’clock and proceed immediately to the church. Mrs. Walters leaves a husband and one child, Ira [WALTERS], of this place, who is a telegraph operator at Germany.


Monday, March 25, 1901


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Tuesday, March 26, 1901


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Wednesday, March 27, 1901


Fred BIEDERMAN, son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. BIEDERMAN, died about 1 o’clock this morning after an illness of about a week. He was 4 years and 7 months old. The cause of the child’s death was pupura, a hemmorrhage under the skin. Funeral tomorrow at the house 2 p.m.; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Word was received here today that Riley REED died at the Longcliff hospital at Logansport this morning. Riley was the son of Mr. & Mrs. John M. REED, and was 39 years of age. There were nine children in the family, Frank [REED] being the only surviving son. Riley was taken to the asylum about ten years ago. Remains taken to the home of the deceased’s mother,

Mrs. Elizabeth REED. Funeral will be about 4 o’clock; interment at the old [Citizens] cemetery.


Thursday, March 28, 1901


The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. ICE died early this morning. It was about five months old. The funeral will occur tomorrow.


E. R. BARRETT has returned from Springfield, Nebraska, where he was called on account of the death of his mother.  (Akron item)


John [UTTER], the fourteen year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Milt UTTER, departed this life Monday evening. Consumption resulted from an attack of diphtheria last November and death came as a relief to the patient sufferer. Funeral was Wednesday forenoon, M.E. church; Rev. R. H. SMITH; I.O.O.F. cemetery.  (Akron item)


Mrs. Malotte JAMES and Wm. HARRISON, of the state of Washington, were here to attend the funeral of their mother [Elizabeth HARRISON] last Thursday.  (Grass Creek item)

Misses Jennie, Nellie and Lizzie HARRISON were home to attend the funeral of their grandmother, Mrs. Thomas [Elizabeth] HARRISON, returning to Battle Creek, Michigan, Monday. Miss Addie STUART accompanied them.  (Grass Creek item)


Friday, March 29, 1901


The report in the Sentinel sometime ago that the daughter of Ephraim DAUGHERTY, deceased, had not received the life insurance on the policy she held on her father was erroneous. The loss was paid as soon as  proof of death etc. was furnished.


Saturday, March 30, 1901 and Monday, April 1, 1901


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Monday, April 1, 1901


Mrs. Samuel [Maria Ann NEWMAN SULLIVAN] BRICKEL died at her home in the northeast part of town this morning about 8 o’clock. Her death was caused by paralysis, from which she had been a sufferer for four years. Her maiden name was Maria Newman, and she was born in Jefferson county, Ohio seventy-seven years ago. Married Samuel Brickle in 1847. Resident of Rochester for past twenty-two years. Survived by husband and three sons, Louis, William and James [BRICKEL]. William lives in Illinois and James is a traveling salesman. Arrangements pending.


Mrs. Frank TAYLOR died at her home in the east part of town yesterday evening. She was a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dick KNIGHT. A husband and one little daughter are left. Funeral tomorrow 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3, 1901


Wm. R. SNEPP of Fulton died Monday after an illness of several years. Burial at Edinburg, Indiana.


The funeral of Mrs. Benjamin BOWMAN, who died of consumption Monday at her home about eight miles east of Rochester, took place at the Nickels church yesterday 11 a.m. Rev. SPECK; interment in the adjoining cemetery.


Funeral of Mrs. Samuel [Maria Ann NEWMAN SULLIVAN] BRICKEL will be at the residence tomorrow 2 p.m.; Rev. SWITZER. I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Thursday, April 4, 1901


Treasurer Ed. HENDRICKSON received a telephone message from Kewanna stating that a younger sister, Miss Ada E. HENDRICKSON, died near there of dropsy this morning. She was sick but a few days.


Messrs E. L. and Albert SCOTT are at Edon, Ohio to attend the funeral of their mother.  (Akron item)


J. B. MIDDLETON arrived from Chicago Sunday night to attend the funeral of his brother, Charles [MIDDLETON].  (Akron item)

Chas. MIDDLETON departed this life Sunday evening after a tedious illness of diabetis, at the age of forty-eight years, leaving his wife and two children, Mrs. MANDUS and Ray MIDDLETON. Funeral was Wednesday 10 a.m. at Beaver Dam; Rev. E. TATMAN; Palestine cemetery.  (Akron item)


William R. SNEPP was born near Edinburg in Shelby county, November 27, 1841, died near Fulton, Fulton county, April 1, 1901, aged 59 years 4 months 5 days. Married Nancy Alexander GIREY February 20, 1866 -- born two daughters, May [SNEPP] [Mrs. Job] JACKSON and Lenora [R. SNEPP] [Mrs. Samuel J.] YUND. Survivors, wife, two daughters, four grandchildren, one brother and one sister.

Member Kewanna Christian church since 1890. Short service at house; Rev. M. V. HIBBS; burial in southern part of the state.

Friday, April 5, 1901


Funeral of Miss Ada HENDRICKSON who died at the age of 46 years at her home near Kewanna yesterday morning will take place Sunday at 10 a.m. at the residence; Rev. BAIR; Bauman cemetery.


Chas. SHOULDER went to Logansport today to attend the funeral of his uncle, Frederick MARKERT, who died there Wednesday evening. Mr. Markert was a native of Germany and came to America in 1848. For the past fifty years he had been a citizen of Logansport.

Saturday, April 6, 1901


Marie ELY died at the Home of the Feeble Minded at Ft. Wayne yesterday and the remains were brought to the residence of Sheriff FULTZ this afternoon. The funeral will take place at the Presbyterian church 1 o’clock tomorrow. Deceased is a daughter of Mrs. Ella ELY HAIMBAUGH and had been an inmate of the Home about ten years.


Maria Ann [NEWMAN SULLIVAN] BRICKEL was born in Jefferson county, Ohio April 24, 1824 and died April 2, 1901 at the age of 79 years 9 months 8 days. Married Levi SULLIVAN August 1843. To them born one son, John [SULLIVAN], and one daughter, Martha Ellen [SULLIVAN]. The husband died in November 1846 and she married Samuel BRICKEL in 1849. To them born four sons, Christopher, Lewis, Charles and James [BRICKEL], two of whom preceded in death.

The oldest son, John Sullivan, was killed while in the Union Army.

Member Methodist church 45 years.

The husband, Samuel Brickle, and Lewis J. [BRICKEL] reside at this place, and her sons, Chas. William [BRICKEL] at Burnham, Illinois and Jas. Finley [BRICKEL] at Wolf Lake, Indiana. Funeral yesterday; Odd Fellows cemetery.


After an illness of nearly a year Mrs. Ben BOWMAN died last Monday at her home northeast of town five miles. The funeral occurred Wednesday at Nichols church.  (Akron item)


Many of our readers about town will remember Rev. PATTERSON who preached for the Christian congragation about one year ago. They will be pained to learn that his wife was instantly killed about a week ago by a horse or team while she was on the sidewalk wheeling some friend’s baby in a cab. The baby was also killed.  (Akron item)


Monday, April 8, 1901


Daniel FRAIN went to Winamac this morning to attend the funeral of his father who died there yesterday.


Mr. & Mrs. J. F. BRICKEL returned to their home at Wolf Lake today after attending the funeral of Mr. Brickel’s mother, Mrs. Samuel BRICKEL.


Mrs. Jas. DALTON died at her home about two miles north of town yesterday. She had been sick but a short time, the complication of diseases turning into blood poison. With her husband she recently came here from Kentucky. She was 21 years and 10 days old. Funeral this afternoon at residence; Rev. SWITZER; Sand Hill cemetery.


Tuesday, April 9, 1901


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Wednesday, April 10, 1901


Mrs. Mary BECKER, a cousin to Mrs. Henry WARNER of this place, died at her home in Logansport Sunday. Funeral was this afternoon.


Speaking of the death of John FRAIN, Sr., father of Daniel FRAIN, a Winamac special says:

The deceased was born in Pennsylvania and came to Indiana when very young. Early in life he was married to Miss Rebecca DOWNHAM, who is a sister of John DOWNHAM, living south of this city. After the marriage they moved to Pulaski county, where they have since been continually engaging in farming.


Mr. & Mrs. HENDRICKSON attended the funeral of Mr. Hendrickson’s aunt near Grass Creek last Sunday.


Our Leiters correspondent writes the following concerning Carl SMITH, who lived in Rochester a few years ago:

Carl Smith, the boy who was sent to the reformatory from this place, last fall, died there and his body was sent home for burial, Wednesday. Carl’s mind was weak, and he leaves many friends here who sympathized with him in his trouble, and who were sorry to hear of his death.


Thursday, April 11, 1901


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Friday, April 12, 1901


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Saturday, April 13, 1901


Mrs. Durkes returned home this morning after being at Logansport to attend the funeral of her niece, Mrs. [Mary] BECKER.


Monday, April 15, 1901


Mary FULTZ, wife of George FULTZ, died at the family home near Richland Center yesterday aged 49 years. She had long been a sufferer from cancer. The funeral will be at the Adventist church in this city tomorrow forenoon 11:30.

Tuesday, April 16, 1901


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Wednesday, April 17, 1901


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Thursday, April 18, 1901


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Friday, April 19, 1901


Mary Anne BERRESHEIM of Leiters, Fulton county, died Monday afternoon at the St. Joseph hospital of tuberculoses, aged thirty-five years. The remains were taken to the morgue at Killian & Cash’s undertaking establishment, where they are being retained until word is received as to what disposition shall be made of them. The deceased was a native of Germany and has no known relatives in this country.  -- Logansport Pharos


Saturday, April 20, 1901


Wilbirt A. FULLER was born in Union township, Fulton county, Indiana, October 17, 1874, died April 12, 1901, aged 26 years 5 months 25 days. In failing health for past three years.


Monday, April 22, 1901


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Tuesday, April 23, 1901


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Wednesday, April 24, 1901


Miss Mary BERRESHINE of Leiters Ford died of consumption at St. Joseph’s hospital in Logansport last Tuesday. Aged 35 years.

Thursday, April 25, 1901


J. D. BURNS has received word that Jos. KESECKER died at his home in Detroit, Michigan, a few days ago. He was an old friend of Mr. Burns.


Mrs. Lillian [GREEN] WHITE, wife of John WHITE, for years a well known resident of Fulton, but now of Logansport, committed suicide at noon Tuesday by taking poison believed to have been a dose of strychnine.

In a letter to her sister, Mrs. Belle POWNELL, she told of her intention to commit suicide and requested that she be buried in the family cemetery at Everton, Indiana. The letter was burned after it was read by deceased’s sister and Mr. White.

The suicide was discovered by Mr. White at about 1 o’clock this noon. Mr. White had been in charge of his barroom while his bartender was gone to dinner. When the bartender returned to take charge Mr. White went to his rooms in the second story over the restaurant. On entering the first room, which is the bed chamber, he was startled to find his wife lying on the bed.

The suicide did not occasion much surprise to parties who knew her and have been near her of late. It is said that she was lately much distrubed over what she believed was the inattention

of her husband, with whom she was deeply infatuated. She has also been ailing with an internal injury received about ten days ago when she was thrown from a buggy while she was on the road near Fulton to meet her husband. She was in a delicate condition at the time and the accident produced a serious internal complication. Since that time she has been unable to eat much and was in a distressed condition both mentally and physically.

She was thirty-nine years of age. She was formerly Miss Lillian GREEN, daughter of Robert GREEN, an old resident of Liberty township, who afterward moved to Knox, and a sister of Mrs. Tilden BRUBAKER of Richland township. She and Mr. White were married last December.

Funeral at Everton today.


James O’BRIEN, a well known Fulton county farmer, died at his home in Grass Creek Tuesday morning about 7 o’clock after an illness of considerable duration. He was the owner of the little body of water known as O’Brien’s lake, which was named after him. Deceased was about sixty-five years of age and leaves a family consisting of a wife, two sons and five daughters. Funeral will be Friday 9 a.m., Catholic church.


Mr. STEINER, who lived three miles north of town, died Tuesday of consumption. (Delong item)


Friday, April 26, 1901


Mead KINGERY attended the funeral of [Samuel] HUNTER at Leiters today.


Fred and Harry LINKENHELT of South Bend and New Albany respectively are here on account of the death of their grandfather, Mr. [Samuel] HUNTER at Leiters.


Samuel HUNTER, an old resident of Aubbeenaubbee township, died at his home near Leiters Wednesday, aged about 70 years. He leaves a wife and five children - two sons and three daughters. Mrs. Louis/Lewis [R.] [Eldora HUNTER] LINKENHELT, of this place, is a daughter. Funeral today.


The family of D. P. MARTIN received the sad intelligence of the death of Bessie LELAND, the nineteen year old daughter of Mrs. Libbie MARTIN LELAND, a lady formerly well known in this city where she grew to womanhood. Death due to consumption of the kidneys. Survivors are parents and one brother, Harry [LELAND], at San Gabriel, California.


Saturday, April 27, 1901




Monday, April 29, 1901


Mrs. [William] F. [Bertha A. CURTIS] OVERMYER died in a hospital at Detroit, Michigan and will be brought to Leiters this evening for burial. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Oliver CURTIS at Leiters.

Tuesday, April 30, 1901


Mrs. Nancy WILHELM of West Pullman, Illinois, died at Logansport in a passenger coach April 29. She left West Pullman in the morning with her daughter-in-law bound for Dayton, Ohio. She was Mrs. Henry BARCUS, formerly of this place, and has been living with her son, Gus WILHELM, at West Pullman. Gus is now at Dayton, and she was going there to live with him. The funeral will take place at Fulton today.[1]


Wednesday, May 1, 1901


Edith Roxey KROUSE, daughter of Frank and Cora KROUSE, died Monday, aged 5 years and 9 months. She leaves a mother, father and three brothers.


Gustave WILHELM, son of Mrs. Nancy WILHELM, the aged lady who died on the train enroute from Illinois to Dayton, Ohio, arrived in Logansport last night to take charge of the remains of his mother. Burial will be made at Fulton, where the deceased’s husband has been interred some years.  -- Logansport Pharos


Thursday, May 2, 1901


Mrs. Ben HERENDEEN died Monday evening; diabetis. She was the daughter of Trustee and Mrs. HOLLOWAY. Funeral at Nichols church Wednesday forenoon; burial in adjoining cemetery.


Jennie O’BRIEN of Wisconsin returned to her home Monday. She was called here on account of the death of her father, James O’BRIEN.


Bertha Aletha CURTIS [OVERMYER] was born in Miami county, Ohio, March 7, 1872, and died April 27, 1901. Married Wm. F. OVERMYER January 31, 1894. Born to them, Marjorie Carol [OVERMYER], May 11, 1899, who survives.

Member M.P. church in Rea, Michigan.


Friday, May 3, 1901


James W. ROBBINS died of consumption Wednesday evening at his home in Richland township at the age of 44 years and 7 days. Funeral this forenoon at Mt. Zion.


Saturday, May 4, 1901


Will HIVELY received a message from Hammond this morning stating that his brother Francis [HIVELY] wife died there yesterday evening at six o’clock. She failed to rally from an operation for tumor of the stomach. The body will be taken to the home of Daniel HIVELY and the funeral will be Tuesday or Wednesday. Deceased was 26 years of age and leaves a husband and two children.

Monday, May 6, 1901


Mrs. Francis [Alice M. LANG] HIVELY who died at Hammond last Friday was born March 1, 1873 at Evart, Pennsylvania. Her maiden name was Alice M. LANG.

She married Francis W. HIVELY April 22, 1899. Funeral will be at the residence of Daniel Hively tomorrow 2 p.m.; I.O.O.F. cemetery. She leaves two children by a former husband.


Tuesday, May 7, 1901


W. H. TOWNER received word yesterday that his son [O. G. TOWNER] had been killed in a mine at Fairmount, Illinois, and he left for that place this morning.


Wednesday, May 8, 1901


Isaac BLACKBURN, the well known old farmer living three miles southeast of town, died at noon today, aged 77 years. Paralysis, afflicted more than a year.

It was the second stroke and came upon him while out in the yard. He leaves a wife [Susan ALSPACH BLACKBURN], two sons - Charles and Henry [BLACKBURN], and two daughters, all married.


Mrs. John WINN died at her home at Richland Center about 3 o’clock this morning at the age of 72 years. She leaves a husband and four children, one boy and three girls. Funeral will be Friday 10 a.m., Richland Center church; interment in adjoining cemetery.


Thomas LEASE and wife attended the funeral of the latter’s brother near Rochester Friday.  (Blue Grass item)


Thursday, May 9, 1901


Isaac BLACKBURN, who died yesterday noon, had been a resident of Fulton county since 1844, when he moved to the Mt. Zion neighborhood. Member Odd Fellows lodge 36 years. Funeral at residence tomorrow 2 p.m.; Mt. Zion cemetery.


Wm. E. CREWS died at Muskogee, Indian Territory, Tuesday at the age of 39 years. He was a son-in-law of Mrs. Samuel HARPSTER at Richland Center. He leaves a wife and three children.

Remains were accompanied here by the wife and her brother, E. J. HARPSTER. Deceased was yard master for the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Ry system.

Funeral was today 10 a.m. Richland Center church; interment in adjoining cemetery.


John COSTELLO and John and Ed. MARONY attended the funeral of a near relative at Redkey last Monday.  (Grass Creek item)


Friday, May 10, 1901


B. H. TOWNER returned from Fairmount, Illinois, today where he was called by the death of his son, O. G. TOWNER, who was a worker in the coal mines, and while making some repairs in the entry Monday, a slate fell on his head and killed him. He had been a miner for about

seven years. He was 31 years of age and left a wife and one child.


Saturday, May 11, 1901


Lida MILLER, wife of J. S. MILLER of Bruce Lake vicinity, died of cancer, May 6, aged 78 years 7 months 23 days. Funeral was by Rev. SMITH May 7; interment Bruce Lake cemetery.


Monday, May 13, 1901


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Tuesday, May 14, 1901


Mrs. John MOW, Mrs. TUTTLE and Mrs. ICE went to Logansport this morning to attend the funeral of their nephew, Geo. BENNETT.


Wednesday, May 15, 1901


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Thursday, May 16, 1901




Friday, May 17, 1901


Prof. SCULL attended the funeral of Mrs. OVERMYER at Leiters today.


Jacob HERRING is at Lima, Ohio, attending the funeral of George KESSLER, his brother-in-law.


Mr. & Mrs. John ANDERSON and daughter, Belle [ANDERSON], attended funeral of Mrs. OVERMYER at Leiters today.


Saturday, May 18, 1901


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Monday, May 20, 1901


Omer REED died at the home of his mother, Mrs. ENYART, at Five Corners yesterday afternoon. He was about twenty-six years of age and had been sick for some time with consumption. He was a brother to Gar REED and Glen BAKER of this place. The funeral occurred this afternoon.

Tuesday, May 21, 1901


Since the deplorable death of Mrs. B. F. OVERMYER of Leiters Ford it is learned that her suicide was the sixth effort she had made to avoid being confined in an asylum. On two different occasions last summer she tried to end her life with drugs. She was then taken to Dr. Fletcher Private Sanitorium at Indianapolis in January of this hear. She was returned home later.

Nettie STORM OVERMYER was born in Spring Arbor, Michigan, December 13, 1852, and died May 15, 1901 aged 48 years 5 months. Married Dr. B. F. OVERMYER December 28, 1881 and came to Leiters Ford April 20, 1882 to join her husband who had preceded her there.


Wednesday, May 22, 1901


Alex BARRETT, an old gentleman living at Talma, died yesterday.


Irvin HARPSTER and family and Mrs. W[illiam] E. [Cassie] CREWS and children returned to their home in Indian Territory today. Mr. [William E.] CREWS died there about two weeks ago, and was brought to Richland Center for burial.


Thursday, May 23, 1901



Friday, May 24, 1901


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Thursday, May 30, 1901


Mr. STICKLE of Wolf Creek was buried at Richland Center last Thursday afternoon.


Saturday, June 1, 1901


[John] David TROXAL, an aged citizen of this township died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. J. MORRIS, at an early hour this morning after a long period of illness with dropsy. He was 71 years old and came from Montgomery county, Ohio. Funeral will be Monday 10 a.m. Christian church near the Morris home.


Jacob SAUSAMAN was born in Union county, Pennsylvania May 3, 1827 and died in Miami county, near Akron, [Indiana] May 8, 1901 at the age of 74 years 5 days. Mr. Sausaman was a soldier of two wars, having served 7 months in the Mexican War and 4-1/2 years in the Civil War, receiving honorable discharges from both.

Monday, June 3, 1901


A letter from the Heilbrun family at Osage, Kansas, says Mrs. Ben HEILBRUN’s death was the result of a severe coughing spell in which a blood vessel in the brain was ruptured.


Tuesday, June 4, 1901


Miss Martha TROXAL, who came here to attend the funeral of her father, [John] David TROXAL, returned to her home at Brookville this morning.


The remains of John POORMAN, who died in a hospital at San Francisco last Monday, arrived in Rochester over the C. & E. yesterday evening and were taken to the home at Fulton. He was 41 years old, had served Uncle Sam in the Philippine Islands for 19 months as a member of the 45th Regiment. He leaves one child, a boy.

Funeral was at U.B. church at Fulton this afternoon 2 o’clock; Rev. GIFT; with military honors.


Wednesday, June 5, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Harrison COTNER returned to their home at Peru today. They had been at Fulton to attend the funeral of Mrs. Cotner’s brother, John POORMAN, the Philippine soldier.



L. K. BROWER received a dispatch from his wife stating that F. D. PROCTOR died this morning. He had been sick for some time and his sister-in-law, Mrs. BROWER, had been there several weeks. Mr. Brower went to Chicago this afternoon to attend the funeral Friday.


Thursday, June 6, 1901


Aunt Sally [Salome] HUDKINS died Sunday morning and was buried Monday afternoon. The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. B. BAIR at the Baptist church.  (Kewanna item)


Friday, June 7, 1901


Word was received here today that Mrs. THOMPSON died at the Soldiers Home at Lafayette yesterday. She went there about two months ago. Remains brought home today at 11 o’clock and taken to the residence of Frank ROSS where the funeral services will be conducted tomorrow 2:30 p.m. Interment I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Saturday, June 8, 1901


Barbara E. MILLER died at her home on the Peru road Thursday. For over two years she suffered with senile gangrene. Funeral was at Mt. Zion yesterday.

L. N. BITTERS is mourning the death of a son-in-law, Henry L. BARNES, which recently occurred at Sale Lake, Utah.  (Akron item)


Salome HUDKINS was born in Virginia December 10, 1815 and died in Kewanna, Indiana, June 2, 1901, aged 85 years 5 months 22 days. Married to Daniel HUDKINS May 21, 1835.  (Kewanna item)


Monday, June 10, 1901 and Tuesday, June 11, 1901


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Wednesday, June 12, 1901


The little eight months old son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank BERRY, living about three and a half miles northwest of town, died about four o’clock this morning after an illness of some time. Funeral tomorrow 2 p.m. at residence; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Thursday, June 13, 1901


John RICH died at his home at Leiters Monday evening of dropsy of the heart. Age 75 years. Leaves seven children, one of whom is Mrs. Jacob CRIM of this place. Funeral yesterday at Leiters; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Ethan W. COLLINS died at his home four miles northeast of here, Saturday afternoon and was buried at I.O.O.F. cemetery Monday forenoon. Rev. J. P. SHAGLEY officiated. Mr. Collins had reached age of 75 years. Survivors are wife and six children.  (Kewanna item)


Friday, June 14, 1901


Jacob HALTERMAN, an old resident of Henry township, died at his home at Athens yesterday at 3:30 p.m. at the age of 64 years. He had been in poor health for two or three years, but his condition had been in no wise serious but about two weeks. He was the father of seven children, six of whom, with his wife, survive. They are Mrs. Geo. KUHN, Mrs. James BURNS, Mrs. Geo. ROUCH, Mrs. T. D. ADAMSON, Ed. and Geo. HALTERMAN.

Funeral tomorrow 10 a.m. Mt. Hope church; Rev. KEESEY of Macy. Interment in cemetery nearby.


Saturday, June 15, 1901


Dock HUMES of near Star City, formerly of Wayne township, died Friday and was buried Sunday.


Monday, June 17, 1901


Frances Margaret KILLEN [SHIELDS], daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mark KILLEN, born at Noblesville, Indiana, December 19, 1857, died at Indianapolis about 7 p.m. Saturday, aged 43 years 5 months 26 days. About 24 years ago the Killen family came to Rochester, and two years

later, September 13, 1879, she married Jay SHIELDS. They have since lived on Pontiac street. Born to them three children, two of whom remain, Roy and Harry [SHIELDS].

Suffered with paralysis a number of years, almost helpless invalid. Also had dropsy. About three weeks ago she went to Indianapolis to visit her brothers and sister, and her condition became serious.

Survivors are husband, two sons, five brothers and two sisters. They are Harry, Mark, James, William and E. L. KILLEN and Mrs. W. I. [Louisa KILLEN] HOWARD of Spencer and Mrs. W. J. PFAFF of Indianapolis.

Member Presbyterian church. Funeral at the residence tomorrow 2:30 p.m.; Rev. LOCKHART; Citizens cemetery.


Mrs. Lydia [MYERS] STEM died at the home of her son, Ira [STEM], early this morning, age 78 years 3 months 28 days. She was daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John MYERS, born in Wayne county, Ohio in 1823. At age of 16 she married Joel STEM, and twelve years later they came to Kosciusko county, where he died on the 52nd anniversary of their marriage. After his death she made her home with her children. Stomach trouble past seven months.

Mother of nine children, seven of whom survive: Ira, Joseph of Fulton, and Wesley STEM of Goshen, and Mrs. Perry WATKINS of Warsaw, Mrs. Wm. HARRIGAN of Kansas, Mrs. Marion LANDIS of Disco and Mrs. J. M. BLOOMER of Claypool.

Member Church of God at Bethel, Kosciusko county. Funeral tomorrow 1:30 p.m. Methodist church; Rev. TATMAN of Akron assisted by Rev. SWITZER. I.O.O.F. cemetery [Rochester].


Tuesday, June 18, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. E. L. KILLEN of Indianapolis and Mrs. SPENCER are here to attend the funeral of Mrs. [Frances Margaret KILLEN] SHIELDS.


Mrs. Maier LEVI is expected home from Osage, Kansas tomorrow where she went to attend the funeral of Mrs. Ben HEILBRUN. She will be accompanied by Mr. HEILBRUN.


Wednesday, June 19, 1901 to Friday, June 21, 1901


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Saturday, June 22, 1901


Isaac W. TALBOT well known to many of our citizens died at the Dr. KALBFLEISCH sanitarium in Peru last Wednesday and was buried Friday. He was 87 years old.  (Fulton item)


Monday, June 24, 1901


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Tuesday, June 25, 1901


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Wednesday, June 26, 1901


D. A. HAUCK brought the remains of Blanche HAUCK from the Mt. Hope cemetery at Logansport to Rochester this morning, and they will be interred in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Thursday, June 27, 1901


John EDWARDS, Rochester’s veteran street worker, died at the home of his brother, David [EDWARDS] in the north part of town about 7 o’clock this morning at the age of 64 years 4 months 27 days. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. EDWARDS, and was born in St. Joseph county. He came to Rochester over forty years ago. Until about a year ago he had worked for years on the streets. For some time he had been afflicted with dropsy and was confined to the house for over eight months.

Leaves two children, Mrs. Chancey STANTON and Franklin EDWARDS, both of Huntington. Also three brothers and three sisters: Andrew, David and Lyman EDWARDS and Mrs. Joseph [Mary EDWARDS] McKEE of Michigan City, Mrs. Lorenzo [Margaret EDWARDS] CULVER of South Bend and Mrs. [Elijah] Sarah [EDWARDS] NEFF of this place. Adventist church.

Funeral  Saturday 10 a.m., Rev. SCHEIDLER and Dr. HILL; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Friday, June 28, 1901


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Saturday, June 29, 1901


Nicholas F. IRVEN was born in Core Hesse, Germany, November 6, 1834, died at his home one and one-half miles east of Winamac, Indiana, June 23, 1901 of heart failure. Aged 66 years 7 months 14 days.

He came to this country about 1853, and married Elizabeth MURDOCK in Butler county, Ohio, November 13, 1861. Born to them five children. Survivors are wife, three sons, and daughter.

Member German Lutheran church, and for a number of years resided in the Bearss neighborhood.

Funeral was Tuesday June 25, at the M.E. church in Winamac. Interment in cemetery near that place.


Monday, July 1, 1901


The intense heat of Sunday was responsible for a very sudden death in Henry township. George [Leroy] CHESNUT, the 20 year old son of Robert CHESNUT, took his bicycle about two o’clock in the afternoon, and started to Omega to Sunday school. He had been gone only half an hour when Wilson SHRIVER found him lying dead in the road beside his bicycle. A doctor was hastily summoned but his examination of the body revealed the fact that the young man was stricken dead with the heat while riding along the road.

Deceased was an only son and he had been in poor health most of his life but he had been getting stronger for the last year or two and it was thought by his relatives and friends that he

would develop into a strong man.

The remains were removed to the Chesnutt residence, which is two and a half miles southwest of Akron, from where the funeral will take place Tuesday.


Tuesday, July 2, 1901 and Wednesday, July 3, 1901


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Thursday, July 4, 1901


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Friday, July 5, 1901


The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Frank CARR died this morning of cerebro spinal meningitis.


Thomas BROWN and Mrs. Ed. JEWELL went to Chili yesterday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth CADY. [Catharine CADY, d. July 2, 1901, ae 66y-6m-24d; bur Chili cem, Richland twp, Miami co Ind]


The funeral of George [Leroy] CHESNUT was Tuesday at Pleasant Valley church; I.O.O.F. cemetery west of Akron.


While Mr. John KEESEY and family were attending the funeral of Mrs. KEESEY’s grandmother at Logansport their little boy, Harry [KEESEY], strayed away from the house, which delayed the funeral for some time. The boy was found on Cottage hill a mile from the home.  (Grass Creek item)


A Mrs. GOODPASTURE, who was traveling with a party of friends in wagons, was taken sick last Thursday. She continued to get worse until Tuesday when she died.  (Kewanna item)


Wednesday evening Rev. Henry SPOHN died suddenly at his home of heart failure. He had been an invalid for several years. He was nearly 81 years of age and leaves six children: Isaac, Sylvester, Richard, Sidney, Mrs. Amanda [SPOHN] MILLER and Mrs. Jacob BROWN. He was a veteran of Civil War, having enlisted in Co. D 87th Ind.

Funeral will be conducted by McClung post G.A.R., Methodist church this afternoon; Rev. SWITZER.


Saturday, July 6, 1901


Frank CARR’s infant child was buried today from the Evangelical church; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Monday, July 8, 1901 and Tuesday, July 9, 1901


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Wednesday, July 10, 1901


Henry V. JAMISON, once a leading lawyer in Rochester but for many years a resident of Peru, died yesterday at Atlanta, Georgia, after a long illness, and the remains will be brought here for burial Friday evening.


Thursday, July 11, 1901


Prof. W. W. PFRIMMER was called home today by the sad intelligence that his niece, Miss Lulu RIDER, was one of the killed in the terrible C. & A. wreck near Kansas City yesterday morning.


Burl KEEL, son of Mr. & Mrs. David KEEL, living on the Ananias BAKER farm, died early this morning. He was about seven years of age.

Two or three months ago Burl fell and fractured the bone just above his ankle. The wound never properly healed and lockjaw was brought on which caused his death. Funeral will be at the house tomorrow 1 p.m.


A large crowd attended the funeral of Mrs. E. A. HIGHWAY. Frank HIGHWAY of Illinois was present.  (Possum Hollow item)


David TUTTLE was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, January 29, 1816 and died July 7, 1901, aged 85 years. He died at Logansport, was brought to Fulton for burial at which place funeral was held from the U.B. church. He was one of Fulton’s first citizens.


Henry B. JAMISON who died in Peru Thursday was born in Cambridge City, Indiana October 9, 1842. He studied law with ROSS & EFFINGER of Peru and practiced in Rochester 1864-5. Served six months with Union in Civil War. Married, but divorced. Resided in Peru many years.

Mrs. Lizzie [C.] JAMISON, the divorced wife, and her son Edward [JAMISON], of Chicago, were at Peru last week, and the daughter, Mrs. Bert ELVIN of Scranton, Pennsylvania, spent a few weeks there recently account of Mr. Jamison’s condition.

Remains will be brought to Rochester for burial Friday on the noon train.


Friday, July 11, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Sol ALLMAN will depart for Cincinnati tomorrow evening to attend the funeral of Louis HART Sunday. Mr. Hart was Max KOCH’s brother-in-law and died yesterday.


Saturday, July 12, 1901


Mrs. RUSH and daughter Jennie [RUSH] came from Tiosa this morning to attend Mrs. Harvey [Bessie RALSTIN] EISENBERG’s funeral.


After an illness of six weeks Mrs. Harvey [Bessie RALSTIN] EISENBERG died at her parents’ home Thursday afternoon at the age of 21 years 11 months 19 days.

Bessie Ralstin was the only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Manford RALSTIN, and was born

near Rochester July 22, 1879. Married Harvey EISENBERG February 22, 1900. Lived here six months, then moved to Huntington, where they resided until three weeks ago, when she came to her parents’ home on account of sickness.

Survivors are husband, parents, one brother, Earl RALSTIN. Funeral was at the house today 2 p.m.; Rev. DeVOE; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Monday, July 15, 1901


Fred RANNELLS returned to Peru this morning after attending the funeral of Mrs. Harvey [Bessie RALSTIN] EISENBERG.


Jesse MEREDITH died at his home at Talma about 4 o’clock this morning at age 54 years. Consumption for a year.

Survivors are wife and four brothers: Orange and N. L. MEREDITH of this county, Thomas [MEREDITH] of Butler county, Kansas, and Dr. G. W. [MEREDITH] of Ashland, Nebraska. Funeral will be at the house Wednesday 1 p.m.; Yellow Creek cemetery. Member Odd Fellows and Red Man lodges.


Otis BRYANT died at his home northeast of Athens about 3 o’clock Sunday morning age 24 years. Son of Mr. & Mrs. Hugh BRYANT.

Had been married about a year. Saturday he came to Rochester with a load of wheat and on the way ate some apples. He had been suffering with stomach trouble recently and all of Saturday night he was very sick. Funeral was this afternoon.


Tuesday, July 16, 1901




Wednesday, July 17, 1901


A message from Fresno, California brings the sad intelligence that Mrs. Sarah BRAINARD died yesterday. She was a relative of Mrs. James T. [Mary K. ELAM] GAINER and Mr. F. M. REID and was well known in Rochester.


Mrs. D. E. McCAUGHEY and daughters, Martha [McCAUGHEY] and Hannah [McCAUGHEY], James THRUSH and Mrs. Margaret ELLIOTT and son Hugh [ELLIOTT] attended the funeral of Mrs. Margaret METSKER, near Logansport today.


Thursday, July 18, 1901


C. E. BALL, assistant superintendent of the Prudential Insurance company today paid Manford RALSTIN $184.30 for the policy held on the life of his daughter, Bessie RALSTIN.


Jesse, son of Peter and Elizabeth MEREDITH, was born in Fulton county on the farm on which Yellow Creek church house stands September 11, 1846. At the age of 16 he enlisted as a private in the Civil War and served with honors to its close.

Jesse, as he was familiarly known, had a great struggle in overcoming the evils which seek the destruction of the soul, but he fought bravely, and through the assisting grace of God he

won the victory. All through the affliction, which was for over fifteen months, he was patient, not a murmer falling from his lips.

The deceased has one daughter, May [MEREDITH], father, mother, three brothers and two sisters who preceded in death. Survivors are five brothers: Orange [MEREDITH], who lives in Talma, Thomas [MEREDITH], of Kansas, Nathaniel [MEREDITH], of Rochester, George [MEREDITH], of Nebraska, and Franklin [MEREDITH], of Washington. He was member of Yellow Creek Baptist church.

He died Monday morning aged 54 years 10 months 27 days. Funeral was Wednesday July 17, 1901 3:00 p.m., Yellow Creek Baptist church; Rev. W. G. PARKER of Goshen.


Friday, July 19, 1901


C. C. WOLF received a telegram from Chili, this morning, announcing the death of his wife’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Geo. AWALT. Mrs. Awalt was also a sister to John BEECHER and Mr. & Mrs. BEECHER drove there this morning. Funeral will be Sunday.


Saturday, July 20, 1901


Chas. CAFFYN and Mrs. C. C. WOLF went to Chili this morning to attend Mrs. Geo. AWALT’s funeral tomorrow. Mr. Wolf will go this evening.


The three year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Noah MARTIN of Gas City died Tuesday and will be buried tomorrow at the cemetery near Fletchers.


Monday, July 22, 1901


Mrs. Harvey [Catharine] OVERMYRE died of heart trouble at her home near Richland Center yesterday at the age of 39 years. Funeral tomorrow.


S. H. SMAILES, living north of town, has received word that his sister, her two daughters and one granddaughter of near Columbus, Ohio, were picking blackberries near their home when a big storm came up and they went under a shed for shelter. The shed was struck by lightning and all four persons were killed. This happened a year ago but Mr. Smailes was not notified immediately as the bodies had to be interred next day.


Tuesday, July 23, 1901


Mrs. Prentice SMITH came from Peru this morning to attend the funeral of her grandfather, Andrew CAPLE.


Jerry H. SMITH, the widely known abstractor, died at his home in this city at 1 o’clock Tuesday morning aged 60 years 9 months.

Since death of his wife last October he had been on the down grade physically; he became weak and finally collapsed with congestion of the brain and death soon followed.

Jerry Houston SMITH was born in Shelby county, Indiana, October 18, 1840, and came to Fulton county when a young man. Married Anna Margaret CARITHERS on New Years day 1861. Born to them seven children, four of whom died in infancy. Another, Mrs. Tina A. [SMITH] VIERS, died in 1893 leaving a son, Kenneth [VIERS], who had since made his home at Grandpa

Smith’s. Only two survive: Omar B. SMITH, of the Rochester Bank and Ex-town Clerk Delbert SMITH. Deceased was a brother of Jno. W. SMITH of this city and of “Joe” and Marion SMITH of the Green Oak neighborhood. Member Baptist church, Ben Hur Knights of Honor and Red Men.

Funeral will be Thursday 10 a.m. at residence; Rev. SWITZER; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Andrew CAPLE died at his home just west of the fair grounds about midnight last night at the age of 78 years. Sick short time before death from heart trouble.

Survivors are wife and seven children: Alfred CAPLE, of Maxinkuckee; Otto CAPLE, living west of town; Mrs. Jasper MILLISER, who has been living with her parents; Mrs. A. C. THATCHER, of North Manchester; Mrs. Lewis LOVE, of Leiters; and Will and Edward CAPLE, of South Dakota and Monticello, Virginia, respectively. Funeral tomorrow 2 p.m. at residence.


Mrs. Mary PERSCHBACHER died at her home in Tiosa about 8 o’clock this morning after an extended illness.

She was over 70 years of age and her husband, John PERSCHBACHER, died about four years ago. The five children living: Mrs. D. M. SWINEHART, of Rochester; Mrs. Michael FOKER, of Whiting; John and George PERSCHBACHER and Mrs. Ella EIDSON. Arrangements have not been made for the funeral.


Wednesday, July 24, 1901


Funeral of Mrs. Mary PERSCHBACHER will be at Tiosa Lutheran church tomorrow forenoon. Rev. DITTMERE; Richter cemetery.


Thursday, July 25, 1901 thru Monday, July 29, 1901


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Tuesday, July 30, 1901


Telegram today announced death of Mrs. E[lectra] J. [SHRYOCK] RYLAND at Indianapolis where she has been living for several years. Cause not given, but 18 years ago lagrippe left her weakened in mind, and she has been in private sanitarium for some time.

She left Rochester, which was her home all her life, about ten years ago to Ft. Wayne, then to Warsaw and Indianapolis to live with her daughter, Mrs. Alice Daniels.

Deceased twice appointed postmistress of Rochester. She was daughter of Col. K. G. SHRYOCK, and wife of Adjutant [Fredus] RYLAND, who was killed in the Civil War. His burial place has not been found.

Surviving two children: Mrs. [Flora] Alice [RYLAND] DANIELS and Harry RYLAND; a brother, Frank SHRYOCK of this city; and a sister, Mrs. Harry KANE, of Chicago.

Remains will be brought to Rochester, Wednesday 4:20 p.m. over the L.E. & W., and the cortege will move direct from the depot to Odd Fellows cemetery for burial.

Wednesday, July 31, 1901


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Thursday, August 1, 1901


Mrs. [Flora Alice RYLAND] DANIELS and daughter, Nellie [DANIELS], and Mrs. GILL, who came yesterday to attend funeral of Mrs. E. J. RYLAND, returned home to Indianapolis today.


Levi BYBEE died at his home at Lucerne yesterday at 11 o’clock. He was a brother to Mrs. John [N.] [Hannah E. BYBEE] BRYANT of this place. Funeral will be Friday 2 p.m., Yellow Creek; interment at Mentone.


Friday, August 2, 1901 and Saturday, August 3, 1901


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Monday, August 5, 1901


Levi BYBEE was born February 19, 1864 near Sevastopool in Kosciusko county and died July 31, 1901 at his home in Lucerne after a protracted illness of nearly a year. He was the youngest son of Nathan and Clarissa BYBEE, both of whom preceded him in death.

Married March 19, 1884 to Miss Flora ELY. Born to them five children, three of whom survive: Noma, Devane and Donald [BYBEE], also surviving is the wife. He was the youngest of a family of thirteen children, of whom four brothers and seven sisters survive, all residing in Fulton and adjoining counties.

Joined Christian church at Talma in 1893. Funeral was August 7 at Yellow Creek church; Rev. McNEELY; Interment at Mentone.


Tuesday, August 6, 1901


Kezia TEEL [HEIGHWAY] was born June 13, 1855 in Franklin township, Kosciusko county, Indiana. Died July 8, 1901, aged 46 years 25 days.

Married Empson A. HEIGHWAY February 19, 1874. Born to them three sons and three daughters. The eldest, Cora A. [HEIGHWAY], died in infancy. Surviving are three sons, two daughters and husband; also father, mother, one sister and four brothers.

Member Church of Christ, at Sycamore Chapel since June 13, 1873. Funeral was 3 p.m. July 9, Sycamore Chapel; Rev. A. W. HARVEY of Indianapolis.


Wednesday, August 7, 1901


Bert SMITH of Peru died of Typhoid fever in Chicago and the remains will be taken through Rochester to Peru this evening. He was well known here, having been born in the Salem neighborhood. Deceased was an engineer by trade, and about thirty years of age. He was a cousin of Mrs. John LAIDLAW.

Thursday, August 8, 1901


Jim DAUGHERTY died at his home in the east part of town about noon today at the age of 27 years. He had suffered with consumption for months. His father and mother both died of consumption and he leaves but one brother, Frank [DAUGHERTY]. Funeral will be Saturday.


Friday, August 9, 1901


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Saturday, August 10, 1901


By the death of his grandfather, Jerry SMITH, Master Kenneth VEIRS fell heir to one-third interest in a three thousand dollar life insurance policy. His father will be his guardian.  (Akron item)


Monday, August 12, 1901


James DAVENPORT, of near Lapaz, who had been reported dangerously ill a few days ago, died yesterday morning. Funeral at Lapaz Tuesday.


Jacob CLINGENPEEL died of heart trouble at his home about one mile west of Athens early yesterday morning. When his wife called him he answered in an undertone and noticing the strange expression on his face she called assistance but he died within a few minutes. He was 74 years of age and leaves a wife and five children - three daughters and two sons. Funeral will be tomorrow at Mr. Hope church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.


Tuesday, August 13, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. W. H. HAYWARD attended the funeral of Jacob CLINGENPEEL near Athens today.


Mrs. Albert EHERENMAN and Frank BRYANT went to Lapaz today to attend the funeral of James DAVENPORT.


Mrs. I. H. ALEXANDER went to Walkerton yesterday to attend the funeral of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Oliver ALEXANDER.


Wednesday, August 14, 1901


Jacob CLINGENPEEL was born August 28, 1826, and died August 11, 1901, aged 74 years 11 months 17 days. Born in Preble county, Ohio, and moved to Indiana with his parents when 10 years of age to a farm near Mexico, Miami county.

Married Amelia SHIREMAN in Rochester in December 1852. Born to them six children: Martha L. [CLINGENPEEL] BARR, Sophia R. [CLINGENPEEL] RICHARDSON, Mary E. [CLINGENPEEL] HEETER, William N. [CLINGENPEEL] and Jacob E. CLINGENPEEL, and Silas R. [CLINGENPEEL] who died aged two weeks. Wife and children survive. He has lived in

Fulton county for nearly forty years.

Member Dunkard church since shortly after marriage.

Funeral and interment at Athens, Tuesday forenoon, August 13.


Mrs. Susan [DOWNEY WEBER] PATTON died at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Henry SMITH Tuesday evening about 7 o’clock at the age of 64 years 1 month and 20 days.

She was daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John DOWNEY and was born at Akron, Ohio in 1837. When about eight years old she moved with her parents to Ligonier, Indiana.

In 1853 she married Nathaniel WEBER. Born to them four children, none survive. Mr. Weber died in April 1863 and about six years later she married Benjamin PATTON at Kewanna, and lived on a farm west of Rochester until his death in 1881. Born to them two children: Mrs.William [H.] [Mary PATTON] NELLANS of Peabody, Kansas and William PATTON. Surviving are the children, a brother, William DOWNEY, and two sisters, Mrs. John CAIN of Dundee, Iowa and Mrs. Wayne FLOWERS of Ligonier.

Member Methodist church. Post mortem showed disorganized condition of the intestines, the result of inflammation; also gall stones in the gall cyst which had evidently been the cause of previous repeated attacks of sickness. She had been sick for some time.

Funeral will probably occur Friday.


Thursday, August 15, 1901


Mac PIERSON’s little boy, two months old, died last night about ten o’clock. It had been sick but a short time with cholera infantum. The funeral took place at the old Citizens cemetery this afternoon.


Funeral for Mrs Susan PATTON 10 a.m. tomorrow Methodist church; Rev. SWITZER; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Friday, August 16, 1901


Mrs. H. H. WARD received a telegram today, announcing the death of her brother, Max SAMUELS. He died at Houston, Texas yesterday.


Just as the cortege escorting the remains of Mrs. Susan PATTON to the church was about ready to start this morning, a telegram came from Mrs. Nellie NELLANS, a daughter of the deceased, who lives in the far West, saying she would reach here this evening. Funeral was then conducted at the residence instead of the church, and the remains will be held for burial at 10 o’clock tomorrow.


Saturday, August 17, 1901


John CARRITHERS went to Marion this morning to attend the funeral of his brother, Dave [CARRITHERS], who died at the Soldiers’ Home there.


Monday, August 19, 1901


Mrs. Bert CORBETT returned to Chicago yesterday after attending the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. [Susan] PATTON.

H. R. STITT received a message from Bloomingburg, Ohio, yesterday announcing the death of a nephew, Ernest STITT. Aged about twenty years.


Since the announcement of the death of Dave CARRITHERS, formerly of this county but for several years an inmate of the Soldiers’ Home at Marion, it is learned that his death was directly due to poison although he had been a bedfast invalid for a year.

It seems that the chief Home surgeon was away one day and treatment of the sick patients was entrusted to a subordinate. He went to the prescription case to compound medicine and through some mistake used the wrong drug and gave the preparation to six of the old soldiers, four of whom died and two are still in a critical condition.


Tuesday, August 20, 1901


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Wednesday, August 21, 1901




Thursday, August 22, 1901


Philip H. BAUMAN, the Chicago street car motorman who was killed Monday, was a former resident of Mentone, where he was proprietor of the hotel a few years ago. He lost control of his car at the Pennsylvania railroad crossing and it dashed into the train. He was crushed across the breast, but was not killed outright. The funeral took place at Mentone today.

Sidney FEECE, a prominent young man of this vicinity, died with the black diphtheria a few days ago.  (Leiters item)


Friday, August 23, 1901 and Saturday, August 24, 1901


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Monday, August 26, 1901


A telegram to county clerk Henry WARD received Sunday evening brought the surprising and sorrowful intelligence of the death of Wolf SAMUELS which occurred at Longmont, Colorado after three days illness. Congestion of the bowels, according to letter received today. He was spending the summer with his daughter, Mrs. Hattie HALDERMAN, and they had just returned from a trip in the mountains.

He was born in Germany 78 years ago next Christmas and came to this country in 1849. Resided in Rochester more than 30 years, his wife having died here about three years ago. Surviving children are Mrs. H. H. WARD, of this city; Mrs. Grant HALDERMAN, Longmont, Colorado; and Mrs. BENDEL, Abe, Ike and Joe SAMUELS of Texas.

Funeral will be Wednesday at Peru; burial at Peru.

Tuesday, August 27, 1901


Miss Carrie MICHAEL came yesterday from Indianapolis to attend the funeral of Wolf SAMUELS.


Sexton MARTIN of the I.O.O.F. cemetery is superintending the work of putting in a very substantial foundation for a HECTOR family monument. The Hectors already buried are in heavy walled concrete vaults and the monument foundation will rest upon the walls of the vaults. The monument will be one of the costliest in Rochester.


Mrs. Frank [Emma M. FUNK] SHEWARD died at her home in the northeast part of town yesterday evening about 7 o’clock at the age of 27 years 5 months 24 days.

Her maiden name was Emma M. Funk, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. FUNK. Married Frank SHEWARD March 18, 1899. In very poor health since the birth of their only child a few weeks ago. Survivors are husband, child, mother, three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral will be Wednesday U.B. church 2 p.m.; Revs. SHOWLEY and DeVOE. I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Wednesday, August 28, 1901


Ethel [SCOTT], infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Marion SCOTT, died at the parents’ home at Talma about 8 p.m. yesterday. One year and 10 days old. Cholera infantum; sick ten days. Funeral this afternoon at Richter cemetery.


Funeral of Wolf SAMUELS took place at Peru this morning. Remains arrived from Colorado about 8 a.m. and were immediately taken to the Hebrew cemetery, where funeral services were conducted by Mr. LEVI of Peru. Remains were accompanied to Peru by Abe SAMUELS of Texas and Mr. & Mrs. HALDERMAN, of Colorado.

Those present from Rochester were, Dr. and Mrs. H. H. WARD and son, Del [WARD]; M. WILE; Mrs. Julius RICH; Mrs. M. LEVI; Joe LEVI; Sol ALLMAN; Gus GOLDSMITH; Sam HEILBRUN; H. FRANKLIN and A. BICCARD. Mr. & Mrs. J. P. MICHAEL and daughter, Carrie [MICHAEL], of Indianapolis, also there.

Memorial services will be held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Ward this evening at 6 o’clock.


Thursday, August 29, 1901


Dr. KELSEY reports in the case of Sidney FEECE who died with malignant diphtheria near Leiters that it was one of the worst cases he had seen for many years. He was called in consultation with Dr. PARKER of Leiters on Friday at noon after Mr. Feece had been ailing from Monday. He at once administered 2000 units of antidiphtheritic serum double xx, and again repeated the injection 8 hours afterward making altogether 4000 units double xx. The effects of the antitoxin was very prompt and gave relief, and seemed that the disease would yield to the treatment, but the recuperative forces of nature were exhausted by reason of the long continuance of the disease before the antitoxin was given. Possibly one day earlier would have saved him.  -- Monterey Sun

Friday, August 30, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Henry MEYER attended funeral of Fred GRANT at Wabash yesterday. Mr. Grant was the husband of Mrs. Meyer’s niece, and he died in Chicago.


Saturday, August 31, 1901 and Monday, September 2, 1901


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Tuesday, September 3, 1901


Warren PENDLETON went to Mechanicsburg today to attend the funeral of his uncle, Jos. PENDLETON, who died Sunday. He was accompanied by Chas. PENDLETON from Richland Center.


Wendell SHULER, HOOSIER STORE dry goods merchant, died at 11 p.m. Monday night. Death expected several days. Heart disease nearly two years. Was up and joked with wife and brother-in-law few minutes before death.

Born in Minnesota 43 years and one week ago. Came to Rochester from Roann with his parents about twenty years ago and commenced his business career as a clerk at WILE’s dry good store. Married Miss Cynthia BROWN in 1899. Survivors are wife, one child, Edward [SHULER] four years old, his mother and three sisters. His father, two brothers and one sister preceded in death. His mother-in-law also survives.

About nine years ago he purchased John FLYNN’s dry goods department of the TWO HOOSIERS store and with C. K. PLANK managed the store with much success, having accumulated considerable property.

Funeral will be Thursday 2 p.m. at the residence.


Wednesday, September 4, 1901


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Thursday, September 5, 1901


Mr. HALL of Peru was here today to attend the funeral of his cousin Wendell SHULER.


Mr. & Mrs. Frank WILDER went to Wabash this morning to attend the funeral of the latter’s brother, Charley NEWHOUSE.


Mrs. Harry [N.] [Emma M. WYCOFF] HILLING died at her home in the northeast part of town last night of consumption. She was 23 years of age. Mr. Hilling is car inspector on the C. & E. The funeral will be tomorrow 1 p.m. at the residence; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Funeral of Wendell SHULER this afternoon: music by Methodist choir; Rev. SWITZER; Pall bearers were the business associates of the deceased, Chas. K. PLANK, Sardis ROBBINS and Isaac ONSTOTT, and his friends, A. J. DILLON, Henry A. BARNHART and R. P. TRUE.

Charles E. NEWHOUSE died suddenly Tuesday 7 p.m. in failing health for many months with consumption, in fact not well for two years.

Born in Fulton county in 1856 and moved to Wabash twenty years ago. Employed in BLOUNT & MORSE drug store five years, and then went into insurance business which he had continued ever since, being a partner with Mayor James E. McHENRY. Member of Masons, Elks and Knights of Pythias. Surviving are wife and two children, Atha [NEWHOUSE] aged 13 and Russell [NEWHOUSE] aged 11. 

--  Wabash Times


Mrs. B[eneville] R. [Edna Irene MORGAN] GUISE died of consumption last Thursday and was buried at Bruce Lake cemetery Friday.  (Kewanna item)


Mrs. Green TROUTMAN died Sunday morning and was buried Tuesday at the Shaffer cemetery. Surviving are husband and four children, one of which is an infant.


Friday, September 6, 1901


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Saturday, September 7, 1901


The community was shocked Sunday when it was announced that Mrs. J. G. TROUTMAN had died suddenly at her country home northwest of Kewanna.  (Kewanna item)


Mrs. Anna WALSH, wife of Kyran WALSH, died Thursday evening at 5 o’clock at her home near Grass Creek after an illness extending over two years, aged sixty-seven years. She was one of the oldest residents of the Grass Creek neighborhood. Funeral this morning, St. Ann’s church at Grass Creek; Very Rev. B. A. KROEGER assisted by Rev. Father FORD and Rev. Father BLOOM; St. Vincent cemetery.


Monday, September 9, 1901


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Tuesday, September 10, 1901


Joseph E. PENDLETON, who died at his home in Madison county a few days ago, was well known to many people. His brother, A. E. PENDLETON of this place, is the only surviving member of the family of four brothers. He was 78 years of age, having lived on his present farm for 73 years.


Wednesday, September 11, 1901


C. C. HIPP died at his home at Kewanna Sunday of consumption. Surviving are wife and three daughters. He was a brother-in-law of Geo. HARRISON, north of Rochester. Funeral yesterday; I.O.O.F. cemetery at Kewanna.

Thursday, September 12, 1901



Friday, September 13, 1901


Scott FENNIMORE of Chicago attended funeral of his father, Joseph FENNIMORE, formerly of the Zion church neighborhood near Lucetta.


Saturday, September 14, 1901


Adam GRAF, a prominent resident of Lincoln, died last evening at 6:30 o’clock, aged seventy-eight years. Ill several months with heart disease and dropsey. Survivors, two half sisters, Mrs. Theodore WHITE, Logansport, and Mrs. James BURROWS of Fulton. - Logansport Pharos


Monday, September 16, 1901 and Tuesday, September 17, 1901


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Wednesday, September 18, 1901


C. T. MIDDLETON went to Salem, Ohio, to attend the funeral of his father.  (Walnut item)


Thursday, September 19, 1901


Margery [GRELLE], five month old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Phillip H. GRELLE, died at their residence on South Main street at 10 a.m. today. Sick since birth. Funeral will be Friday morning; Rev. SWITZER of Grace M.E. church.


Friday, September 20, 1901


The Denver Sun reports the death of Imri MURDEN which occurred last Thursday at the home of his son near Fulton. [Aug 18, 1819 - Sep 13, 1901, ae 82y-26d; bur beside wife, Rebecca Ann MURDEN, Feb 19, 1827 - Apr 9, 1894, ae 72y-1m-20d, Westlawn cem, Jefferson twp, Miami co Ind]


Saturday, September 21, 1901


Roy YARBRO of Logansport, former resident of Kewanna, died of consumption September 12, aged 25 years.


Monday, September 23, 1901


Dr. SCOTT’s little daughter, one year old, died at Bloomingsburg this morning. Funeral 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Prof. GERMANN received a telegram stating that Miss Molly HOFFMAN, of Ohio City, a former student of the R. N. U. [Rochester Normal University] music department died at her home September 20.


Elijah SHOEMAKER and family went to Deedsville today to attend the funeral of his father-in-law, John TILDEN, at Ebenezer church. Mr. Tilden died at his home Sunday morning. [d. September 25, 1901; age 81y-3m-29d; buried at Tilden Cemetery, Union Township, Miami county, Indiana]


Bertha Ameda RICHARDSON [NICHOLS], daughter of Francis and Sophia RICHARDSON, was born in Fulton county, August 31, 1878. She married Chas. [A.] NICHOLS, October 2, 1897. Born to them two children. Survived by husband. Member Mt. Hope U.B. church since 1896. After long suffering she died at her home in Athens, September 18, 1901 [age 23y-18d]. Funeral and interment at Mt. Hope, Friday.


A message reached Rochester today bringing the sad intelligence of the death of Charles K. SHRYOCK which occurred in Washington, D.C., Sunday morning. He was the eldest son of the late Col. K[line] G. SHRYOCK and had held a position in the Government postoffice department for more than forty years. However, he always claimed Rochester as his home and he was well known to the pioneers in this city. His disease was heart trouble and had been an invalid for some time.


Tuesday, September 24, 1901


Mrs. Webber BALDWIN, of the Bearss neighborhood, went to Chicago this morning to attend the funeral of her little cousin, Howard BUKE.


Wednesday, September 25, 1901


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Thursday, September 26, 1901


Jacob Floyd WILTSHIRE was born June 25, 1883 near Rochester. He died at the home of his parents in Macy September 21, 1901, aged 18 years 2 months 26 days. Member Evangelical denomination at Pleasant Valley church in Fulton county since he was 13 years old.


Friday, September 27, 1901


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Saturday, September 28, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Simon BYBEE came up from North Judson today to attend the funeral of Mrs. Bybee’s uncle, Hiram MICKEY.

Mrs. Allen BLACK died of typhoid fever Wednesday morning about two o’clock. Her age is about 35 years and she leaves six children, a husband, her mother, Mrs. Alex COOK, and several brothers and sisters.  (Akron item)


Tuesday, October 1, 1901 thru Monday, October 7, 1901


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Tuesday, October 8, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Newton TRUE were at Stockdale, near Roann, yesterday to attend the funeral of an old friend, Bert PENCE. Mr. Pence was one of the old settlers of the Roann neighborhood.


Wednesday, October 9, 1901 and Thursday, October 10, 1901


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Friday, October 11, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Mike HETZNER went to Columbus today noon on account of the death of Mrs. Hetzner’s mother, Mrs. BAILEY. She was over 80 years of age. Funeral tomorrow.


John D. ANDERSON, an old and respected citizen of the Germany neighborhood, died at his home yesterday evening about 6 o’clock. Confined to his bed for several months with sciatic rheumatism. Survivors are wife and two children, both married. The daughter is Mrs. John [W.] [Tessie H. ANDERSON] EASH of this place. Funeral tomorrow 10 a.m. at residence; Rev. C. H. DeVOE; interment will be at the old [Citizens] graveyard here.


Thomas MURPHY died Wednesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. A. WELDY, on E. E. SLICK’s farm east of town.  (Kewanna item)


Saturday, October 12, 1901


While Frank MOORE and Loyd BRYANT were opening up a gravel pit at Athens just north of the little depot last Tuesday they found a HUMAN SKELETON under ground only about two or three feet. The skull was crushed and one or two joints of the fingers were missing but otherwise the skeleton was intact. It bore evidence of being in the ground for years and fell to pieces when taken up.


Monday, October 14, 1901


Word was received here from Asa BACHELOR at Tipton that his little son, about 9 years old, died of typhoid fever this morning. Mr. Bachelor himself has just recovered from an attack of the same disease.

Tuesday, October 15, 1901


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Wednesday, October 16, 1901


Grandmother Ludlow MARSHALL died at her home six miles northwest of town at the advanced age of 84 years. She was the mother of Robert, John and George MARSHALL and Mrs. Fred[erick] [Margaret MARSHALL] GRAEBER. Member Evangelical church; Funeral Thursday 2 p.m. at old Germany church; Revs. LAUDEMAN and PINKENBERGER.


Thursday, October 17, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Will WHITEMAN, Mrs. Mary LOWELL and Misses Alma and May ZINK, of South Bend, and Mrs. Frank INGRAHAM and little daughter, Louise [INGRAHAM], came today to attend the funeral of Mrs. Ludlaw MARSHALL.


Friday, October 18, 1901


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Saturday, October 19, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Zane RUSSELL went to Kansas about two weeks ago to see Mr. Russell’s mother-in-law, Mrs. Polly TULLIS, who died a few days after their arrival there. A number of relatives live here.


Daniel [W.] BISHOP, a young married man who formerly lived in Blue Grass neighborhood, died yesterday in North Dakota and a telegram to John RUSH says the remains are now on the way to Blue Grass for burial. [son of J. R. & Barbara BISHOP, d. October 17, 1901, age 23y-3m-19d] He carried a thousand dollars Maccabee insurance, two hundred of which he provided should be used in defraying the expense of his sickness and burial.


Monday, October 21, 1901


Mrs. Joe CUNNINGHAM and Mrs H. H. DOUGLASS were at Macy yesterday to attend the funeral of Miss Laura EURIT who died of consumption at the age of about 20 years.


The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. John KEEBLER who live north of the lake died Saturday morning. The child was seven months old. Funeral at residence; Rev. SCHEIDLER; Citizens cemetery.


Tuesday, October 22, 1901


Mrs. Marsh ADAMS died this morning at the family residence near Mentone after five weeks sickness. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom are living.

Mrs. David RADER, Mrs. Oscar JOHNSON and Dr. and Mrs. Perry TERRY went to Birmingham today to attend the funeral of Thomas CUMMINS who died at the age of 61. He was Mrs. Johnson’s uncle and Mrs. Terry’s grandfather and was the only survivor of a family of nine brothers and three sisters and was one of the earliest settlers in northern Indiana.


Wednesday, October 23, 1901




Thursday, October 24, 1901


Mrs. Rachel KERCHER died at her home near Gilead Friday evening at 6 o’clock of typhoid fever. She was sixty years and six months old and was born in Ohio in 1841. She moved to Gilead with her parents when she was about two years old and resided in Perry township the remainder of her life. She was married to Fred KERCHER in 1868. Her husband and three children survive her.


Mr. BRINKLE and family were called to Dayton, Ohio to attend the funeral of Mr. Brinkle’s sister who was killed by a train at a crossing. Mr. Brinkle’s father was also seriously hurt.  (Grass Creek item)


Daniel BISHOP, formerly of Blue Grass, died in North Dakota last Friday and the remains were brought back home. The funeral occurred at Blue Grass chapel Thursday 1 p.m.


Friday, October 25, 1901 [no entries]


Saturday, October 26, 1901


Joseph B. GRAHAM, an old veteran and member of company E 29th Ind Vol died at his home in Macy Thursday morning of that dreadful disease consumption.


Monday, October 28, 1901


Mrs. Eveline PARKER was called to Richmond this morning by the death of her sister, Mrs. Jane E. MOORE.


Tuesday, October 29, 1901


Wm. DOWNEY received word this morning of the death of his nephew, Ed. McLEAN, at Ligonier. He was over 50 years of age.


After a year’s illness from Brights disease Aaron HIZER, Sr., one of the first settlers of Wayne township died Thursday evening near Grass Creek aged 81 years. He was the father of seventeen children and his aged wife still lives. Funeral was Sunday; Rev. J. B. BAIR.


Wednesday, October 30, 1901


Ralph Emerson BECK, infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Lee BECK, died at his parents’ home east of Rochester this morning about 3 o’clock. He was not quite a year old and the cause of his

death was diphtheria. He was an only child. Burial was at Athens cemetery this afternoon.


The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel ADAMS died Sunday. It was five months old.  (Blue Grass item)


A telephone report from Gilead brings the intelligence of a shocking accident there Tuesday evening. Mrs. Margaret WAITE, a widely known and beloved grandmother of 84 years, was sitting in her room alone and in some manner knocked a lamp from the table beside her into her lap. The oil spilled over her clothing and before others in the house could get to her she was envoloped in flames. She was partly paralyzed and could not help herself any and was so badly burned that her condition is pronounced beyond recovery.

Grandmother Waite was one of the earliest settlers in the Gilead neighborhood and was the mother of James H. WAITE, of Gilead; Mrs. W. W. LOCKWOOD, of Peru; A. C. WAITE, of Peru; and Sullivan WAITE, of Fairmount.


Thursday, October 31, 1901


Price BIGGS, an old resident of the southern part of Henry township, died yesterday from paralysis and the funeral will take place at Mt. Hope, Athens, tomorrow at 11:30.


Friday, November 1, 1901


Emanuel ZERBE, who was taken to the Logansport asylum in 1890, died there yesterday, and will be brought here and buried tomorrow.


Saturday, November 2, 1901


The remains of Emanuel ZERBE, formerly of this place, who died at the Logansport asylum thursday, were brought here to the home of the deceased’s sister, Mrs. John [Alice R. ZERBE] KERN, yesterday evening. Funeral will be Sunday 10:30 a.m. and interment at Luthern cemetery, Newcastle township.  [March 26, 1856 - October 31, 1901, age 45y-7m-5d; buried at I.O.O.F. cemetery, Rochester, Indiana]


Price BIGGS, an old and respected citizen, died Wednesday afternoon southwest of town.  (Akron item)


Monday, November 4, 1901


A telegram to Mrs. Isom NEW, Sunday morning, brought the sad intelligence that Mrs. Mary J[ane MILLER] ALLEN, widow of the late Obed ALLEN, had died at the home of her son-in-law, Fred RICHTER, at Niles, Michigan. No details of death. She was long a resident of Rochester, but after the death of Grandpa Allen she went to Michigan to live with her daughter, Mrs. Mattie ALLEN RICHTER. Mrs. Richter died, and since then, Mrs. Allen has continued to live with Mr. Richter and his daughter.

Mrs. Isom New, who is a step-daughter to the deceased, left for Michigan this morning. Arrangements pending.

Tuesday, November 5, 1901


A dispatch to the Chicago Cronicle from Brazil, Indiana, dated November 4th says, “The death of a man in a mover’s camp near this city today, furnishes a mystery which puzzles the police. A man and a woman also in the camp declared the dead man’s name was James PITTS, and said he came from Rochester, Indiana. Whether he died from natural causes or not will be determined at a Coroner’s inquest.”

Pitts is a young man scarcely grown and he and his parents spent a good deal of their time here although they rove about the country a good deal. The father of the dead boy will be remembered as a rag buyer and vender of wicker flower stands. They lived at the north end of town at various times but frequently travel and camp out during the summer. It is not known here who was with Pitts.


Wednesday, November 6, 1901


Mrs. Margaret WAITE, the aged lady who was so severely burned at Gilead last week, died yesterday afternoon.


Mr. & Mrs. Willis WARD and son, Harry [WARD], went to Pettysville today to attend the funeral of Mr. Ward’s niece, Miss Grace CUNNINGHAM.


A letter from Pioneer, California, brings the sad intelligence of the death of George W. BATZ from a sudden attack of hemorrhage of the lungs. He was born in Fulton county January 23, 1860 and died in Bakersfield, California October 23. He leaves a wife and two children, son and daughter. He was an Odd Fellow having joined Leiters Ford Lodge and afterward Kern Lodge at Bakersfield and was buried by that lodge.


Wm. BRUGH was born in Columbia county, Ohio, November 16, 1826, and died of cancer of the liver at Leiters Ford, November 2, 1901, aged 74 years 11 months 17 days.

When 4 years old he moved with his parents to Senaca county, Ohio, where he lived until 1846, when he married Miss Louisa KLINK. Just after their marriage they moved to Steuben county, Indiana, where they resided until 1868, and then moved to Leiters Ford in this county where they have lived ever since.

Born to them twelve children, eight girls and four boys. Four of the girls have preceded in death. There are thirty-five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at Leiters Monday; Rev. J. B. BAIR.

Thursday, November 7, 1901


The Fulton county soldiers are home from their trip through Mississippi, Tennessee and other states, where they visited the battlefields on which they fought in the Civil War. One of the places they visited was the grave of John HOOVER, who fell at the battle of Champion Hills. Mr. Hoover was an uncle of Sam JOHNSON, of Athens, one of the party, and of Os. JOHNSON, of this place.



Henry HOFFMAN, a highly respected citizen, died early last Friday morning at the age of 79 years after a long affliction of paralysis. He was one of the worthy pioneers of Henry township. Ten children - five sons and five daughters - and his wife survive him.

Funeral was 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Highland church. Interment at the old cemetery.  (Akron item)


Friday, November 8, 1901


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Saturday, November 9, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Isaaac SRIVER returned from Dowagiac, Michigan last Monday where they attended at the deathbed of their son, Clarence [SRIVER], and his funeral. The young man died of appendicitis after an illness of about ten days and after a surgical operation which came too late to save him.  (Akron item)


Monday, November 11, 1901


Virgil QUIVEY, an old and respected citizen of Richland Center neighborhood, died of dropsy last night. He was 76 years of age and leaves a wife and two children. Funeral tomorrow at the residence two miles west of Center.


A telegram to John W. SMITH brings the sad intelligence of the death, at San Diego, California of Dr. H. E. SHERWIN, a former well known dentist of Rochester. There are no particulars given but as the deceased has been an invalid ever since he left Rochester, and for some time before, it is probable that his death came as a result of the brain affliction which destroyed his health.

For several years the Doctor has roamed about the country in an aimless unsettled condition. He was in Florida, Texas, California, the Hawaiian Islands and probably Cuba and Porto Rico. Mrs. SHERWIN and daughter, Nellie [SHERWIN], live in Peru and the remains will likely be sent to them for burial.


Tuesday, November 12, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. Omar ROSS attended the funeral of Virgil QUIVEY at Richland Center this forenoon. Mr. Quivey was Mr. Ross’ uncle.

Wednesday, November 13, 1901


Mrs. Franklin BLACK died at her home near Fulton last Saturday at the age of 73 years and 7 months. For six months past she had been a great sufferer. Member of U.B. church. Husband, three sons and one daughter survive.

Thursday, November 14, 1901


John UMBAUGH and F. M. UMBAUGH have returned from Lima, Ohio, where they attended the funeral of their brother, Dewait UMBAUGH.



Newton HUNT, an inmate of the county infirmary, died yesterday evening at the age of 63. He had been suffering with consumption for the past two years. A daughter, Mrs. ATCHINSON, resides near Kewanna. He had been at the poor farm since September. Burial was

on the county lot today.


Friday, November 15, 1901


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Saturday, November 16, 1901


Geo. COMPTON received word this morning that his wife’s brother, Everett FLETCHER, had died of consumption at his home at Tippecanoe.


Monday, November 18, 1901


Funeral of Dr. SHERWIN at Peru this afternoon. Attending from Rochester: Chas. CAFFYN, Ananias BAKER, John SMITH, Frank TERRY, Mrs. Wm. WOOD and Mrs. GRAHAM.


Robert CARTER, the four year old and only son of Mr. & Mrs. Byron CARTER, died at the family home in Hammond last night. No particulars. Mrs. John J. HILL and Miss Olive ROBBINS went to Hammond this afternoon to attend the funeral.


Tuesday, November 19, 1901


John FIESER’s mother died at Knox Saturday and the funeral was today at Richland Center.


Wednesday, November 20, 1901


Mrs. Savilla HARSH died of paralysis at Akron yesterday. She was over 65 years of age. The funeral was today.


John W. SMITH is qualified as administrator of the Dr. SHERWIN estate. It is learned from a letter that the Doctor’s death was very sudden. He had been in his usual health and at his boarding house, left the parlor and went to his room. Immediately after closing the door he was heard to fall and on entering the room he was found lying face down and soon after breathed his last. Coroner pronounced death due to heart failure or apoplexy.


Thursday, November 21, 1901


Mrs. Cevilla HARSH died Monday morning after illness of two weeks. Resident of this vicinity over 50 years. Survived by a son, Alsinus HARSH. Funeral was Wednesday afternoon Christian church; burial Old cemetery.  (Akron item)

Friday, November 22, 1901


Isaac MINNEER died Saturday at the home of his brother, John [MINNEER], on the MARTENY farm. His body was taken to Monterey for burial Monday.  (Kewanna item)

Saturday, November 23, 1901


Dr. Horace E. SHERWIN died suddenly last night at the St. James hotel. He had apparently been in normal health and up to a few minutes before his death had been talking to fellow lodgers. At 6 o’clock people passing through the corridor heard a noise in his room and upon entering found him prone on the floor. . . . The coroner’s jury this morning decided that he came to his death by inflammation of the kidneys and heart trouble. -- San Diego (Cal) Call


Mrs. Cevilla HARSH, one of the oldest citizens in this community, passed quietly away about 8 o’clock last Monday morning.  (Akron item)


Monday, November 25, 1901


The wife of Walter HARTLE died Sunday at the family residence north of Leiters. She leaves two small children and her husband and numerous relatives.


Jas. F. FIESER of Knox was in Rochester today taking out letters of administration on the estate of his mother whose death occurred last week.


Tuesday, November 26, 1901


After an extended illness Mrs. John [Martha Ann BYBEE] MONTGOMERY KESLER, wife of the ex-Auditor of Fulton county, died at her home near Talma yesterday evening. She was about fifty years of age. For nine months past she was an invalid, supposedly from cancer of the stomach.

Her maiden name was Martha [Ann] Bybee, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Nathan BYBEE, both of whom are dead. Survived by sisters: Mrs. Levi SHOEMAKER, of Talma, Mrs. DAVENPORT of Lapaz, and brother, Joe BYBEE of Talma. One daughter and two sons by a former husband also survive. They are: Mrs. Isaac LOVE of Lucerne, Nathan MONTGOMERY, a soldier in the Philippines, and Washington MONTGOMERY, at home.

Funeral tomorrow 11 a.m. Sycamore church.


Wednesday, November 27, 1901


A telegram from South Bend to N. R. STONER late this afternoon stated that Hon. Clem STUDEBAKER had just died.


Mrs. Chas. JACKSON received a telegram this morning stating that her aunt, Mrs. William ERNSBERGER of Bristol, Indiana, was dead. Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. KEELEY will attend the funeral Friday.


Mrs. Jas. T. MASON died at her home in the Mt. Olive neighborhood early this morning. She had been ill for some time with what was supposed to be consumption. She was about 45 years of age, and leaves a husband and one child. They came here from Hennings, Illinois, last March. Mr. Mason engaged in real estate business.

Funeral will be Friday 10 a.m. Salem church; Rev. CARSON.

Thursday, November 28, 1901


[no publication - Holiday]


Friday, November 29, 1901


Wm. MURPHY, whose son accidentally killed himself near Gilead yesterday, is a brother to Columbus MURPHY and Mrs. Noah NORRIS of this place. Mr. Murphy and Mrs. Norris are there to attend the funeral.


Elmer MURPHY, seventeen year old son of Mr. William MURPHY, living about four miles south of Gilead, accidentally shot and killed himself while hunting yesterday morning about 10 o’clock. In company with other boys young Murphy had chased a rabbit into a hole under some brush.

There was but one gun in the party, and this was in the hands of Murphy, who was to shoot the rabbit when the other boys routed it from its hiding place. In the excitement of the moment the gun was accidentally discharged, the full load of shot entering Murphy’s eye and blowing his brains out. His companions ran for assistance and John BUTLER, a neighbor, was the first to reach the scene of the disaster. When he arrived the clothing of the unfortunate boy was in flames and he would soon have been cremated. He gave two groans and died.

He was carried home and the funeral will occur at Chili tomorrow at 11 a.m.


Saturday, November 30, 1901


After an illness of six weeks in which Mrs. Belle DAY suffered extremely, she passed away Sunday night about 11 o’clock. During all that time her breathing was so difficult that she could not lie down, neither could she lean backward, one of the most trying positions imaginable. Mrs. Day was a splendid neighbor and her funeral Tuesday afternoon at the M.E. church was crowded by the people who wished to pay their respects to her memory.  (Akron item)


Monday, December 2, 1901


Del WARD had a telegram Saturday announcing the death of his nephew, Pete HOUSE, which occurred at Eagle, Colorado. He died of pneumonia and the remains will be brought to Logansport for burial. Deceased was once a resident of this city.


W. K. MURPHEY, the well known Pulaski county farmer, southwest of here, died Monday from the injuries sustained in a fall, and was buried in the Mull cemetery.  (Kewanna item)


Hanna [MOSS] EVANS, formerly Moss, was born at Decatur, Illinois, October 28, 1818, and died November 24, 1901, aged 83 years and 27 days.

Married W. W. EVANS at Greensburg, Indiana, December 25, 1836. Born to them one son, Benjamin Franklin [EVANS], who died in 1864 at the age of 27 years, and one daughter, Mary J. [EVANS], who only lived about one year. Their home was in Rochester township for about 60 years; the last five years were spent with their grandson, W. C. EVANS in Kewanna.

Tuesday, December 3, 1901


Diphtheria in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Frank JONES, near Delong, was the cause of the death of one of their twin boys, Sunday evening.


Wednesday, December 4, 1901


On account of the sudden death of Mr. [John R.] SHOUP, the Christian Endeavor social, which was to have been in the basement of the Presbyterian church this evening, has been postponed till next Tuesday evening.


It was a great shock to Rochester people to learn that John [R.] SHOUP, while coming up town early this morning, was suddenly afflicted with heart failure and died within a few minutes.

He had not been well for some time with heart trouble. When in front of A. J. DILLON’s house he was seen to stagger, and Max GOLDBERG was the first to reach him. Several men assisted in carrying him into Henry MEYER’s residence. Body was removed to the Shoup residence in the northwest part of town.

John Shoup was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, August 20, 1828, and was 73 years 3 months and 14 days old. Married to Julia MOORE and after her death and while employed in Clay county, Missouri, he married Helen BARRETT in 1853, and about eight years later they came to Rochester.

Survivors are wife, two brothers, three sisters and seven children. One brother, Jacob [SHOUP], lives in Winamac and the other, Marion [SHOUP], in Starke county. Mrs. DOWNING, of Marshall county, Mrs. Alice CARTER and Mrs. KING of this place are sisters. His sons, John and Will [SHOUP], are in Chicago and Charlie [SHOUP] is in Texas. There are four daughters: Mrs. John BLOOM, of Chicago, Mrs. Sid HOOVER, in West Virginia, Mrs. Fred HOFFMAN, of Crawfordsville, and Mrs. F. C. MONTGOMERY, of this place.

Arrangements pending.


Thursday, December 5, 1901


Mr. & Mrs. T. A. HOWES, who came from Colorado to attend the funeral of their son, Peter HOWES, at Logansport came to Rochester today and are the guests of Dr. and Mrs. H. H. WARD.


Funeral of John [R.] SHOUP tomorrow 2 p.m. Presbyterian church; Rev. LOCKHART; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Jessie JOHNSON, son of Finley JOHNSON, four miles north of here, died with diphtheria.  (Leiters item)

Friday, December 6, 1901


Henry SMITH received a telegram this morning announcing the death of his son in Des Moines, Iowa. The remains will be taken to relatives in Missouri for burial. Mr. Smith left this afternoon to attend the funeral.


In the recent death and burial of Hon. Clem STUDEBAKER two former Rochesterites were conspicuous attendants. Dr. Chas. TERRY was one of the attending physicians and Rev. Sam GOSS, of Crawfordsville, assisted in the funeral services.


Saturday, December 7, 1901


The baby boy of Mr. & Mrs. John MAHLER died yesterday at the family residence near Leiters.


The eleven months old child of Mr. & Mrs. H. W. FORD of the Mt. Zion neighborhood died yesterday morning. Funeral this afternoon at Fulton.


The county commissioners ordered a headstone for the grave of C. C. HIFF, soldier, this morning.


There was a fatal accident north of Talma Thursday in which J. J. BUNCH a well known farmer and a resident of the community for twenty-five years lost his life. He was found after lunch on the ground unconscious, one of the threshing and corn shredding machines having passed over the entire length of his body. He lived almost 24 hours after the accident.

He was about fifty years old and leaves a wife and children. Funeral was today, the Masonic lodge of Bloomingsburg assisting.


Diphtheria is spreading terror in Aubbeenaubbee township northwest of Leiters. In addition to deaths of children already reported in the Sentinel, a telephone message tells of two deaths in the Finley JOHNSON family of two of the children who were just at the threshold of man and womanhood. Jesse [JOHNSON], the 19 year old son first died of the dread disease. He was a bright and popular young man and a graduate of the commercial department of the Rochester Normal University. This sad event was followed three days later by the death of his sister, Bessie [JOHNSON], a lovely girl of 16 years of age.

Monday, December 9, 1901


Ella [DAUGHERTY] BECK, wife of Jacob BECK and daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lyman DAUGHERTY, died at her home on east Center street at 12 o’clock Saturday night in her 18th year. She had been sick with consumption since last August and her death was not unexpected. Surviving are husband, mother, step-father, two brothers and one sister. Funeral at Athens 10 a.m. today; Rev. SCHEIDLER.

Tuesday, December 10, 1901


Guy WEASNER, aged 12 years, son of David WEASNER, died at his home at Grass Creek Monday. He was operated on for something like appendicitis Sunday evening.


Wednesday, December 11, 1901




Thursday, December 12, 1901


Death has again visited the family of Finley JOHNSON and has taken away their daughter, Bessie [JOHNSON], who died with diphtheria a few days after the death of her brother, Jessie [JOHNSON]. There are two new cases of the disease in the western part of the township.  (Leiters item)


Friday, December 13, 1901


Frank MOORE, a retired wealthy farmer living in Gilead, died suddenly of heart disease. He had been ailing for three weeks but was up and around as usual yesterday. He was in the sitting room of his house talking to some neighbors who had called after supper to spend the evening. Death came within a few minutes after he was stricken.


Miss Minnie WEIRICK died at the home of her parents, 3 miles east of Rochester Thursday night at the age of thirty years. Her disease was pulmonary trouble which embraced the symptoms of both pneumonia and consumption. She was well known in Rochester having lived in the G. I. MILLER and other families for many years.

Funeral will be Saturday 2 p.m.; Rev. I. IMLER; Hamlet cemetery.


Saturday, December 14, 1901


Ben NORTON and Mrs. Ella KIRKENDALL attended the funeral of Wm. BAILEY near Leiters today.


Mrs. E. A. HUGHSTON received a telegram from Middleton, Ohio, today stating that Will CHINN’s oldest daughter, Maud [CHINN], aged 18 years, died of pneumonia last night.


Death of Mrs. Kate HALDEMAN HUNTER occurred at the parental home about 4 o’clock Monday morning.  (Akron item)


William BAILEY died Friday of complications incident to old age. He was about 85 years old and one of the oldest settlers in the Leiters Ford community. Surviving are wife and six chidren -- four by a former marriage and two by the last.

Monday, December 16, 1901


Prof. Rob MILLER returned yesterday evening from his home at Thorntown where he had been called by the death of his sister-in-law.


Tuesday, December 17, 1901


Grandmother KINDIG died of a complication of diseases incident to old age at her home about two miles east of Athens Sunday night. She was one of the oldest residents of Henry township, being over 88 years of age. She was the mother of Orval KINDIG and Mrs. Chas. [C.] [Mary Ann KINDIG], the mother of W. N. RICHTER of this place. Funeral 10 a.m. today.


Wednesday, December 18, 1901


The many friends of Mrs. [Ulysses S.] Bertha MEYER LEFFEL were shocked and saddened this morning when the word went out from the home that she had died. She had been in poor health two or three weeks, and immediate cause of death, general peritonitis.

She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Henry MEYER and was twenty-six years of age last April. Married U[lysses] S. LEFFEL November 28, 1899.

Surviving are husband, two children aged 18 and 6 months, parents, brothers and sisters.

Funeral 2 p.m. Friday, Presbyterian church; Rev. LOCKHART; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Thursday, December 19, 1901


Mrs. & Mrs. Ignace MEYER and Lee COLE are here from Chicago to attend the funeral of Mrs. LEFFEL.


A letter from Middleton, Ohio, states that Miss Maud CHINN died from the immediate effects of diphtheria. She died in a hospital.


Ephraim BURKETT died at his home near Richland Center early this morning. About a month ago he was taken sick with a malignant carbuncle on the back of his neck and no medical assistance could relieve him. He was about 61 years of age and leaves a family of four sons and three daughters.


Friday, December 20, 1901


The funeral of Mrs. Lis LEFFEL at the Presbyterian church this afternoon was very largely attended.



Saturday, December 21, 1901


Elba “Butch” CLARK died at the county poor farm last night. He was the son of Mrs. Anna CLARK and was about 32 years of age. Interment this afternoon at the poor farm cemetery.

Funeral of Winfield S. BURKETT will be Sunday 10:30 a.m. Richland Center Baptist church; Rev. W. S. SIMONSON.


Achory MARRS, a well known old farmer of the Fulton vicinity met a cruel death in Logansport Thursday afternoon.

He went to Logansport with his son-in-law to transact some business, and, as he had recently sold his farm, he carried $35 in cash and a check for $300 in his pocketbook. He and his son-in-law ate dinner together and at one o’clock the latter left Marrs while he went over to a lumber yard. Marrs was all right when the son-in-law left him on the street but at two o’clock the police were notified that an old man was dangerously sick at a Mrs. FIGLEY’s house and the city ambulance was sent to remove him to the hospital.

The doctor who reported him sick said the case was suspicious and the woman was at once arrested and locked up. As soon as the son-in-law reached the old man he discovered that he had been robbed of his pocket book and the charge of robbery was lodged against the woman.

Marrs continued unconscious until sometime Friday night when he died without being able to give any information as to his assailant. The woman says he staggered into her house very sick and sat down in a chair from which he soon after fell to the floor and she at once called a physician who said it might be apoplexy and it might be knock-out-drops. She denies any knowledge of Marrs drinking anything and protests that if he was poisoned it was done before he staggered into her house.

However the woman has a shady reputation, the police say, and while the case is very much clouded in mystery, there is no doubt but the woman is in serious trouble and if a postmortem examination shows that Marrs was killed by poisonous drugs she will probably be charged with the crime.

The remains are to be brought to the family residence near Fulton this afternoon and burial will be made at Fletchers Lake tomorrow. Marrs was about 64 years old, leaves a wife , [Elisabeth DEWEESE MARRS] and five grown children and was widely known as a very talkative but honest and kindly man. [died December 20, 1901, age 67y-9m-4d; buried Fletchers Lake cemetery]


Mr. & Mrs. Milton ENYART were summoned to North Manchester last Thursday by the serious illness of Mrs. Enyart’s aged father, John ABBOTT. When they reached their destination they learned that Uncle John had died.  (Fulton item)


Chris FRED has bought the A. MARRS farm of 100 acres near Fulton and will take possession in March.  (Kewanna item)


Monday, December 23, 1901


Circumstances surrounding the deaths of James BURNS and Achory MARRS, the Fulton county farmer, point to foul play in both instances. The indications are that some rough and desperate characters have invaded this city. They should be hunted down. There is little doubt but what James Burns was murderously assaulted. There is a mystery surrounding the death of farmer Marrs. Every effort should be put forth to discover the people implicated in these crimes and bring them to justice.  -- Logansport Pharos

The coroner’s inquest on and post mortem examination of the body of Achory MARRS, who died under suspicious circumstances at Logansport, resulted in a finding that Marrs’ death was due to apoplexy. But how he got into the FIGLEY woman’s resort and who robbed him is still a mystery with the Logansport police. This is the third recent death of a suspicious nature in Logansport and the people are much agitated.

But the post mortem revealed the fact that Marrs’ affliction was apoplexy. The physicians state that they found at the base of Marrs’ brain a clot of blood which had been forming there for some time and which indicated that the process of apoplexy had been in progress for perhaps a week or ten days, precluding all possible doubt as to the immediate and direct cause of death. The arteries were hardened and every symptom convinced the physicians that death resulted from natural causes.

The woman who was arrested on suspicion of being implicated in the cause of death and the robbery was released.

One of the old residents of Liberty township, Aaron ROUCH, died Friday night at the age of 74 years 9 months and 17 days. He had been confined to his bed for several weeks. Deceased was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. ROUCH, and was born in Pennsylvania. He came to Indiana with his parents and for many years had been one of the most prominent farmers of Liberty township. He leaves a wife, one daughter and seven sons, all grown. The daughter is at home and the sons are: Frank [ROUCH], in Kansas, George [ROUCH], in Oklahoma, Silas [ROUCH], in Peru, Emanual, Will, Schuyler and Tobias [ROUCH], in this county.

Funeral was at Salem Evangelical church this afternoon 1 o’clock.


Elmer E. KREIG died at his home on Perry street Saturday night after an illness of some time with consumption. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin KREIG, and was born in Henry township, and at the time of his death was 36 years 8 months and 6 days of age.

 Thirteen years ago he was married to Miss Nellie STETSON, daughtrer of Mr. & Mrs. Frank STETSON, of this city. He moved to Cincinnati where until a few months ago, he and his brother were proprietors of the largest picture gallery in the city. Elmer worked almost entirely in the dark room and his health was much impaired. He moved his family here last summer, while he himself went to Mexico in hopes of regaining his health, but lived only a few days after his return. His father and brother Jacob [KREIG] and his only sister reside in Cincinnati. He also leaves a wife and two children, a son aged 9 years and a daughter aged 11.

Funeral will be at the residence at Akron tomorrow; Rev. DeVOE.


Tuesday, December 24, 1901


Levi MILLER, founder of the Orphan’s Home and the Old Folks Home at Mexico, died Monday at the age of 86.


Clarence COOK, son of John COOK, of near Walnut, died Sunday afternoon of lung fever and the funeral will take place today. He was twenty-two years old and attending high school at Walnut.




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Friday, January 3, 1902


William DAWSON, a farmer living in the vicinity of Argos, came to Rochester Saturday to do some trading and put his horses up at KIME’s feed yard. He then started to walk briskly toward Main street and while passing the side door of BRACKETT’s wholesale house, fell heavily to the walk. Charley STRADLEY was near and heard him fall and ran to him. He had fallen face down and when he was turned over he gasped a few times and died.

The limp body was carried inside the wholesale house and Dr. SHAFER was summoned but when he reached Dawson, life had been extinct some time and deputy Coroner Val ZIMMERMAN was notified to take charge of the remains.

The deceased was a brother of Sammy DAWSON, of this city, and had been afflicted with heart trouble for some years. On his way to town he stopped at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. BALDWIN, and told them he was feeling much better than for some time.

William Dawson was a man about fifty years old, was married and the father of three children. He lived in BRYANT neighborhood, north of Athens for several years, and was quite well known in the northeastern part of the county.

Funeral was Saturday at Nichols cemetery; Elder DeVOE officiating.


Elizabeth LAUGHBRIGE WALTERS was born in Harrison county, Ohio, July 5, 1817 and died December 15, 1901, aged 85 years 6 months and 25 days. Married Henry WALTERS March 9, 1837, and they lived together 57 years until his death at age 79 years 6 months and 10 days. Born to them 9 children, five boys and four girls, four having preceded in death. Father and Mother Walters were among the early settlers of Indiana having lived in this state 56 years.


George DAWSON of Warsaw and Richard DAWSON of Plymouth were here to attend the funeral of their brother, William [DAWSON].


Hiram BLACKBURN died at his home near Macy after a prolonged illness. He was well known in this county and was the father of Mrs. Viv[ian] [Sarah E. BLACKBURN] ESSICK and Mrs. Will [Effa BLACKBURN] DELP.


George A. COE, formerly Superintendent of this division of the Erie, died at Chicago Wednesday night and will be buried tomorrow. Passenger agent B. O. WEST of this city will attend the funeral.


Mrs. Elizabeth SWARTZLANDER died at her home about three miles east of Athens yesterday at the age of 84 years. She had been confined to ber bed for over three months. She was

born in Pennsylvania, and leaves four children: Mrs.  [Benjamin] Frank [Lola SWARTZLANDER] BARKMAN, Mrs. Al. ESHELMAN, Milton SWARTZLANDER and Levi STAHL. Funeral tomorrow 10:30 a.m. at Athens.


H. M. DAVIS, baker at the CENTRAL bakery, received a letter from his sister, bringing the sad news of the death of his only brother, S. Cecil DAVIS, at Kansas City, Missouri. He died December 24 and leaves a wife and three children, also three sisters and one brother. Mr. Davis formerly lived in Rochester.


Earl THARP, son of John THARP, died of Sciatic rheumatism Saturday. Aged 14 years.  (Leiters item)


Mrs. [Dr. W. A.] [Olive CALVERT] ARMSTRONG died at the home of her mother, Mrs. R. H. CALVERT, about noon Friday, after being an invalid for a long time. Her maiden name was Olive Calvert, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. R. H. CALVERT, and she was born in Liberty township, August 19, 1856. She was 45 years 4 months 8 days of age.

When ninetten years of age she married Dr. W. A. ARMSTRONG and their home was at Mexico, Miami county. Born to them one child, Hazel [ARMSTRONG] who is about twelve years old. For about a year before her death Mrs. Armstrong had made her home with her mother here. Surviving besides mother and child are two sisters, Mrs. Albert BOND of Mexico and Mrs. J. N. ORR of this place and two brothers, O. W. CALVERT of Huntington and R. H. CALVERT of Rochester.

Funeral was Saturday 10 a.m. at the home of Mrs. Calvert on Fulton avenue. Burial was at Mexico.


Samuel LOVE was born December 8, 1846, died December 15, 1901, aged 55 years and 7 days. Joined M.E. church at Pleasant Hill in 1865. Married to Martha WHITCOMB February, 1881.


Friday, January 10, 1902


Vera MONEY, the little daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Henry MONEY who live east of the lake, met a horrible death by burning Saturday afternoon. She and the other children were alone at the house at the time the accident occurred, and before assistance could reach her she was fatally burned.

Mr. & Mrs. Money reside on the old HICKMAN farm. There were four children, of which Vera, who lacked but a few days of being six years of age, was the oldest. About 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Money left the house for a few minutes, going to the home of Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas ROBBINS, which was about twenty rods away. Little Vera was left with the other children in the house and was washing dishes. In a few minutes she rushed from the door, her clothing afire, and ran to the corner of the house, where she threw herself on the ground and screamed for help. Jas. NELLANS was passing on a wagon and, hearing the cries of the child, ran to her assistance. She was lying on the ground with her clothing, except a band about the neck, burned off her. The mother soon reached home and the father, who was cutting ice at the lake was sent for. The little girl was still conscious and when her father asked if she knew him, she said she did. Vera asked for a little boy who had been staying there lately and those were the last words she spoke. Dr. M. O. KING was summoned by telephone, but before he arrived the little girl was dead.

One of the girl’s brothers explained that Vera was standing over the stove at her work. The stove door was open and the flames caught her dress.

Funeral at Mt. Zion; Rev. LOCKHART.


Wm. H. KING, a well known and highly respectable farmer of the Talma neighborhood complained Saturday of a pain in his side, but was not sick enough to be confined to the house. In the evening he went to the barn and fed the stock and while on the way to the house was seized with a terrific pain in the region of the heart. A messenger was hastily sent for the doctor, a half mile away, but when he arrived life was almost extinct and King soon after died.

It is believed that a rheumatic pain struck his heart and no medical assistance, had it been present, could have saved him. He was about fifty years old and leaves a wife and three children.


Richard NORRIS, an aged farmer living near Deedsville, but who was in the grocery business in Rochester some years ago, died Sunday after a protracted illness. He was a brother of John NORRIS, the miller, and an uncle of Charley and Will NORRIS, the wholesale grocers of this city. He was about 70 years old and leaves a wife and one son, John NORRIS, of Oregon.


Henry ARNETT, one of the pioneer residents of Newcastle township, died at his home on the river road south of Talma, about 10 a.m. Sunday, at the advanced age of 68 years and 11 months. A few years ago Mr. Arnett suffered a stroke of paralysis and a second stroke Saturday. He leaves two daughters, both of whom are married. Funeral today 10 a.m. Talma church; Rev. McNEALY; Richter cemetery.


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Friday, January 24, 1902


Albert Clark NORRIS died at his home on East Perry street about 11 o’clock Thursday night after an extended illness.

Mr. Norris was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Ranson NORRIS, and he was born at Maxinkuckee April 11, 1846, forty-six years ago. He was married to Ellen DILLON, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. DILLON in 1873 and in 1885 moved to Kewanna. Since 1896 he was a resident of Rochester. By trade Mr. Norris was a blacksmith, and for some time after his removel here had a shop near his home. He was a Mason, having become a member of the lodge at Argos. Twenty-five years ago he united with the Methodist church.

Both his parents are dead, but he leaves one sister and five brothers: Mrs. Mary SHROEDER, Devil’s Lake, North Dakota; Harve and Geo. NORRIS, at Maxinkuckee; Gilson [NORRIS] at Three Oaks, Michigan; Schupler [NORRIS], Roanoke; and William [NORRIS] at Argos. Mr. Norris was the father of four children, three of whom, Mrs. Jennie [NORRIS] CLIFTON, Wm. R. and Albert C. NORRIS, together with their mother remain.

For several years Mr. Norris had not been a strong man and for nearly two years past was confined to his bed with consumption.

Funeral was Sunday afternoon at residence; Rev. SWITZER; Rev. CONLEY assisting.

Mrs. Thomas D. COFFING died at her home near Wagoner’s Friday, January 17. Grandma Coffing, as everyone called her, was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, March 13, 1836, and when seven years of age moved with her parents to Knox county, Ohio, where on April 21, 1849 she married Thomas [D.] COFFING. In 1854 they moved to Defiance county, Ohio, remaining there twelve years and in October, 1866 they came to Miami county locating on the farm near Wagoner’s Station, which is still the parental home.

She was the mother of seven children: three sons and four daughters. Two sons died in infancy. The daughters living are Mrs. Levi B. HORTON and Mrs. Josephine SANDERS. There are nineteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at the house; Rev. CANFIELD; Mt. Zion cemetery.


R. C. STEPHENSON was called to Wabash yesterday evening by the death of his oldest brother’s wife, Mrs. Leslie STEPHENSON. Mrs. Stephenson and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Maria STEPHENSON, will go in the morning.


Dick LAWMAN received word this morning of the death of his sister, Mrs. Esau WOODHOUSE, at the Longcliff hospital at Logansport. She had been there about six years. Funeral will occur at Twelve Mile tomorrow at 11 o’clock.


William ULLERY, an old resident of the Fletchers Lake vicinity and a veteran of the Civil War, died suddenly Tuesday night. He was found dead in bed in the morning by members of his family, death being due to heart trouble. He leaves a wife and a daughter. Coroner SMITH of Cass county was called to hold an inquest.


Mr. & Mrs. John F. WAGONER, who live south of town and west of the Michigan road, received a telegram last night announcing the death of their son, Charles [WAGONER], at Longcliff hospital. He was twenty-nine years of age and had been at the institution for seven years. The remains were brought home today and the funeral will occur at the Evangelical church tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.; Rev. SWITZER; Citizens cemetery.


Jas. A. TERRY had a telegram today notifying him of the death of an uncle, V. F. AXTELL, of Crested Butte, Colorado.


The brief notice of the death of Frank SHEPHERD, clipped from the Kewanna Herald and published in another column of this issue, is surprising news here although he has been an invalid for several years. His parents, Mr. & Mrs. A. C. SHEPHERD, moved to California several years ago in the hope of climatic help and for a time he improved but his disease -- affliction of the spine -- was incurable and his life became one of constant misery and distress. He died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday afternoon.


Mrs. Sophia COFFING, wife of Thomas D. COFFING, died at her home two and one-half miles south of Wagoner’s, yesterday of a complication of diseases incident to old age. She was past 75 years of age, having been born in Pennsylvania, March 13, 1826. She was the mother of Mrs. HORTON, at Macy, and Joshua COFFING. There are also two other children, a son and a daughter, and their father is still living.

Funeral will be Sunday 10 a.m.; Mt. Zion cemetery.

Mrs. Ella LOWRY of Upper Sandusky, and Mrs. Jennie PIERSON of Fostoria, Ohio, who came to attend the funeral of Miss Barbara LOWRY at Logansport, were the guests of Mr. & Mrs. Robert LOWRY Saturday on their way home. They were accompanied here by Mrs. John LOWRY, mother of the young lady who died.


Last Sunday the people of this place were grieved to hear of the death of Alta [FAYLOR], the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. FAYLOR, who had been sick for only a shor time. She was a bright and modest young girl and as a pupil in schol she took her rank among the best of the class. She was fifteen years of age.

Funeral was Tuesday at Baptist church at Blue Grass; Kewanna cemetery.  (Blue Grass item)


After a long illness Michael RICHARDS, an old and respected citizen northeast of town six miles, died aged 69 years, last Wednesday afternoon, from the disease known as diabetes. When in the prime of life he was a great worker, never knowing what it was to be tired, nor scarcely knowing his great strength. He leaves a widow, one son and two daughters. The funeral occurs today at South Pleasant.  (Akron item)


E. M. SHEPHERD received a telegram Wednesday, stating that his brother, Frank W. [SHEPHERD], died at San Diego, California, Tuesday the 14th.  (Kewanna item)


Friday, January 31, 1902


Mrs. Wile BRINKMAN went to Plymouth today to attend the funeral of Mrs. Thos. FORSTER, who died at Goshen Sunday.


Mr. & Mrs. Abe SHUMAN were at Macy yesterday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Shuman’s niece, the infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. WELLER.


Mrs. Nelson PHILLIPS returned to her home at Goshen today. She had been called to Plymouth the first of the week by the death of her mother, Mrs. Thos. FORSTER, and while here was a guest at the home of Hi MORNINGSTAR.


The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Philip HAMLET of Newcastle township died yesterday at the age of 6 months and 5 days. It had been sick for about a week with congestion of the brain. Funeral was at the residence 1 p.m. today; Hamlet cemetery.


Mrs. Chas. WIBEL died at her home on Elm street about noon today at the age of about 27 years. She was the daughter of Mrs. McCARTER, who lives near, and besides her husband she leaves two sisters and one brother: Mrs. Al CHESNUTT and Mrs. FISHER and Fred McCARTER. Mr. & Mrs. Wibel moved here from Peru last fall and she had been down with consumption the whole time of their residence here.


Mr. & Mrs. Wilson COPLEN have gone to attend the funeral of her brother, Mr. BURKETT.  (Talma item)


Mrs. Lydia ASHLEMAN departed this life Monday morning at the home of her son, Alden K. [ASHLEMAN], seven miles northwest of Akron. She was a resident of this community

for a half century. For the past year she suffered from injuries caused by a fall, and was seventy-four years of age. Funeral was Wednesday 11:30 a.m.; Citizens cemetery.  (Akron item)


February 7, 1902




February 14, 1902


Jacob OVERMYER died at his home southwest of Leiters Ford February 5. Funeral was Saturday at the German Reformed church, Bruce Lake; Rev. Lynn BATES; Bruce Lake cemetery.

The deceased was the son of William and Susan OVERMYER and was born in Union county, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1826 and at the time of his death he was 75 years old. When eight years old he moved with his father to Sandusky county, Ohio, where he lived until the time of his marriage to Susan JONES, November 7, 1851.

During the following winter he was converted and unitd with the Methodist Episcopal church at Kewanna. He was licensed as an exhorter in 1853, and during the early settling of the country he did efficient work as a local preacher.

He was always ready to do what he could to promote God’s kingdom in this world and was never known to neglect what he felt to be his duty. He transferred his membership from Kewanna to the class in Bruce Lake, lwhich was organized in the school house and when the Methodist class was organized at Sharon he transferred his membership there where he remained a faithful class leader until his death.

He leaves a widow, five children, two having preceded him in death, and fourteen grandchildren.


When Sheriff FULTZ went into the jail Tuesday morning a wierd spectacle confronted him. He had Jasper CARSON, a farmer of near Fulton in detention until he could be examined and admitted to the Insane asylum and he was standing more than half upright in the cell, a strip of towel about his neck and attached to an overhead grate, and stiff and cold in death.

He had taken a small towel, torn it into strips, tied the ends together  and then putting one end about his neck threw the other twice about an overhead bar and holding to the end which looped about the bar fell back and choked himself to death. When found he was still clinging to the end of the towel with one hand, thus showing his determination to die as he could have let go the towel and saved himself or simply straightened up on his feet and relaxed the choking which the weight of his reclining body occasioned.

Carson purchased the SHEPHERD farm east of Fulton last fall and moved there from Michigantown, near Frankfort. Eight years ago he had a spell of insanity and again when he purchased the Shepherd farm he suddenly disappeared and was gone for two or three weeks.

But in both attacks he soon after was himself again and not until the latter part of last week did he show serious symptoms of a return of his malady. Friday morning he became quite frantic in the hallucination that his wife and children would become destitute and a neighbor and his brother, Rev. CARSON, were sent for to take care of him. After their arrival he expressed the opinion that it would be better if all the family were dead and grabbing the stove shovel attempted to carry his mania to destroy the family into effect by rushing upon his three year old child. But

those present restrained him and he was carefully guarded until Saturday when he became so violent he was brought to town and placed in jail until he could be sent away for treatment.

Monday he had a talk with his brother, Rev. Carson, and his mind was so far gone that he did not recognize him. He asked what they had him confined for and insisted that his family must be dead.

Deceased was 47 years old and leaves a wife and three children and the remains will be taken to Michigantown for burial.


The subject of this sketch, Hanna STRONG [WHITTENBERGER], was born in Cuyahoga county, Ohio, May 28, 1836. In 1853, she, with her parents and family of nine children, emigrated from her home in Ohio to Fulton county, settling on what is now known as the Spencer STRONG farm three-quarters of a mile north of Akron. On May 11, 1868 she married Wm. WHITTENBERGER, and to them was born an only daughter, Mrs. Orla [WHITTENBERGER] SAUSAMAN. Her husband died August 12, 1899.

She died February 8, 1902, after a short sickness at age 65 years 8 months 11 days.

She was the second child of the family of Jacob STRONG, all of whom are deceased except a brother, Spencer [STRONG], who resides on the old homestead just north of town, and a half sister, Mrs. Alonzo HAND, of Denver.

Member Methodist church at Akron since 1858.

Survivors are the brother, half sister, a daughter, five grandchildren and a number of relatives.

Funeral at the home; Rev. W. A. BENDER.


Fred CORBETT, son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. CORBETT of Richland township, died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew CORBETT with whom he was staying in the northwest part of town this morning. He was attending the R.N.U. [Rochester Normal University] and went home sick last Thursday and the physician pronounced his illness rheumatic fever. He was 17 years 7 months and 9 days of age. The fever affected his heart, and when his parents arrived at his bedside immediately after hearing of his sickness he did not know them. He leaves one sister. Funeral will be at the residence of Andrew Corbett Thursday 2 p.m.; Rev LOCKHART; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Mrs. Sarah C. CLARK received word from St. Joe, Michigan, yesterday that her brother, Quincey FOWLER, was dead there.


Mr. & Mrs. R. H. FROMM, Mr. & Mrs. Geo. WEBER, Louis SMITH and Geo. BAGLEY, who were here to attend the funeral of J. J. BAGLEY, returned to Chicago this evening.


The remains of J. R. CARSON, who suicided by hanging in the jail Monday night were sent to Michigantown, twenty miles west of Kokomo today noon for burial. They were accompanied by Mrs. CARSON, the deceased’s brother, Rev. CARSON, and daughter, Mary [CARSON].


Grandma [Sarah Ann KEEL NORRIS] BROWN, widow of the late Thomas S. BROWN, was brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. E. JEWELL, today where she will make her future home. This is the first she has been able to leave her bed since the death of her husband. She

is 78 years old and has been an invalid for years.


Mr. & Mrs. A. M. WOLF, who live in the SHOWLEY neighborhood, received word yesterday that their daughter, Mrs. Idola HASSELS, had died of quick consumption at Ohio City, Ohio. She had been married only about a year. Mr. & Mrs. Wolf departed this morning to attend the funeral.  (Friday)


Mrs. Jas. GILLESPIE died at the home of her father, Elder J. T. WAGONER, two and one-half miles north of town, this morning, about 9:30 o’clock. She suffered a stroke of paralysis about a week ago and this morning the second stroke. Funeral will be Sunday 1:30 p.m. M.E. church; Rev. ZILMER of Plymouth.  (Friday)


Chas. HASSENPLUG, of the R.N.U. [Rochester Normal University], was called to his home in Ohio yesterday by the death of his grandfather.  (Saturday)


Mrs. Angeline CONN died at her home south of Fulton at the age of about 78 years this morning. She had been sick with pneumonia about thre weeks. She leaves seven daughters and two sons. Her husband, V. C. CONN, was one of the best known farmers of the Fulton neighborhood. He died about three years ago. Funeral will be Sunday 1 p.m.; Fairview church; Interment at Metea.  (Saturday)


The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. David HISSONG of Richland township died yesterday. It was a little girl and about six weeks old. The funeral was today at Monterey.  (Monday)


Omar B. TROUTMAN was born May 1, 1874 and died at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. H. N. TROUTMAN, February 7, 1902. He had been a patient sufferer for four years. Surviving are father, mother, one sister and two brothers.  (Kewanna item)


Wesley KALEY took charge of the High School Monday in the absence of Prof. BOWMAN, who was called home by the death of his step-mother.  (Leiters item)


A. E. MONGER came from Crawfordsville Thursday to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Mr. OVERMYER.  (Delong item)


Mrs. Rosa [GAERTE] LONG, widow of the late John LONG, was buried Tuesday after an illness of consumption of two or three years duration. Her maiden name was Gaerte.  (Akron item)


Mrs. George [G.] [Cassie MILLER] ROYER was buried last Sunday at the Odd Fellows cemetery. She was Peter MILLER’s daughter and had been afflicted for several years with consumption.  (Akron item)


John J. BAGLEY, candy manufacturer at DOWNEY’s factory, died at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Will TRUE about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. He had been sick two or three weeks, and a post mortem examination revealed a stoppage in the stomach of which there could be no cure. He was born in Lincolnshire, England, July 12, 1838, and was 63 years 6 months and 27 days old. He came to America with his father when a boy. His father is living at the age of 95 years in Detroit.

Survivors are the father, two daughters and three sons: Mrs. Henry FROMM and Mrs. George WEBER, both of Chicago, and one son in Chicago, one in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and one in the Klondike.

Funeral was Tuesday 2:30 p.m. at the residence; Rev. LOCKHART; I..O.O.F. cemetery.


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Friday, February 28, 1902


Mrs. Roena [JOHNSON] RICHARDSON, wife of Columbus RICHARDSON, died Sunday after an illness of nearly seven years. She had spinal trouble and was a great sufferer much of the time during her illness. Her maiden name was Johnson and she leaves two sisters, Mrs. A. J. BARRETT and Mrs. Sarah ROSS. She was 49 years and six months old and was a long member of the Christian church.

Funeral was Tuesday, Christian church, 2:30 p.m.


Lola Bernice LEITER, oldest child of Mr. & Mrs. Clyde LEITER, died at her parents’ home Sunday morning at the age of 10 years 5 months 29 days. Congestion of the stomach one week. A little brother and sister are left. She was a member of room 5 Central building and was one of the brightest pupils. Attended Miss Effie GELBAUGH’s Evangelical Sunday school class. Funeral was Tuesday, Evangelical church 2:30 p.m.; Rev. SCHEIDLER, Rev. SWITZER assisting; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Mr. & Mrs. Wm. STACEY of Finley, and Mrs. W. T. KINGSBURY, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Mr. HIPELEY and daughter, of Crown Point, and Mrs. TREADWAY, of North Judson, came to attend the funeral of Gladys STACEY this afternoon.  (Tuesday)


The funeral of Gladys STACEY occurred yesterday afternoon and was attended by many more than could find room in the house. Rev. LOCKHART; I.O.O.F. cemetery.  (Wednesday)

A telegram to Tobias GOSS this morning announced the death of Oliver JONES at Los Angeles, California. He was Mrs. GOSS’ brother-in-law.  (Thursday)


Otto GSCHWIND arrived from Frankfort, Kentucky last night to attend the funeral of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Peter FIESER.  (Saturday)


Daniel R. BALL was born in Henry county, Indiana October 27, 1837, died February 7, 1902, at his home in Juniata, Nebraska, aged 64 years 3 months 11 days.  (Akron item)


Misses Effie and Addie LEONARD attended the funeral of their uncle, Russell R. LEONARD, at North Manchester, last Saturday. He died of lung fever after an illness of two weeks at the age of 57 years.  (Akron item)

Gladys [STACEY], the little daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W. H. STACEY, died about 12:30 this afternoon. A little over two weeks ago she was taken sick with rheumatic fever and later with mumps, but the best of medical skill was of no avail and she passed away peacefully and without a murmer, although she had suffered much. She was 9 years and 8 months of age, having been born June 22, 1892. She was the youngest daughter, and leaves two sisters, Madge and Mary [STACEY], and one little brother, Russel [STACEY]. In school Gladys was a member of room 3, Central building, of which Miss Bertha BAKER is teacher, and she was a member of Miss Trude HOOVER’s class in the Presbyterian Sunday school. She was an unusually bright pupil in both these places, a leader always, and a favorite with everybody who knew her.

Funeral will be Tuesday 2 p.m. at the house; Rev. LOCKHART.


Friday, March 7, 1902


Lawson M. NOYER, died at his home in Akron early Thursday morning after a two months illness at the age of 48 years. He had a complication of liver and kidney diseases which the attending physicians could not properly diagnose nor control and even the post mortem examination did not definitely reveal just what the complications could have been. Mr. Noyer had been employed by a St. Louis grain commission firm for a year and a half and had a fine position but his health failed. He came home for a rest during holidays and grew worse steadily until the time of his death.

He married Ella WHITTENBERGER in December 1879 and to them were born four children, three sons and a daughter, one of the former having died in infancy. Early in 1880 he purchased the Rochester Republican and published it for four or five years and then sold it and published the Akron Echo, now the News, for several years. After disposing of theEcho he worked as traveling circulator for the Chicago dailies for about ten years, and although crippled and unfortunate in several investments he was always energetic and doubtless tried to do his best to get on in the world.

Funeral was 2 p.m. Saturday at the residence in Akron; Rev. J. W. BONNELL.


Jas. A. BROUILLETTE, one of the pioneer residents of Rochester, died at his home on the corner of Washington and Jefferson streets, about 1 o’clock Monday morning, at the age of 67 years and 11 days.

He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Bradley BROUILLETTE, and was born at Logansport, September 22, 1834. Shortly after his birth his parents moved to Rochester, he then being their only child. Here he grew to manhood, and on his 28th birthdate, September 22, 1862, he married Nancy NIXON. Born to them one son, Charles [BROUILLETTE]. Besides the wife and child, he leaves two brothers, Tom and Bradley [BROUILLETTE], of Vincennes, and one sister, Mrs. Tilly [BROUILLETTE] DEUNION, of Elmwood Place, Ohio. His two brothers were here to visit him last week.

He was by trade a barber, but on account of age had not followed it for a number of years past. For some time he had been proprietor of a boarding house. He had not been well for a long time and for several weeks past had been confined to his bed. The immediate cause of his death was heart trouble.

Funeral was at the house Tuesday, 1 p.m.; Right Reverend Father BILSTINE of Monterey; Old Citizens cemetery.

Rebecca [SHERNAN YEAGER] HARRIS was born in Virginia February 20, 1832, and died at the home of her son-in-law, Wm. BLAUSSER, in Kewanna, February 28, 1902. She married Allen YEAGER, September 22, 1846. Born to them three sons and five daughters. Four are living. Her husband died in the war in 1863 and three years later she married Wyatt HARRIS. To them born four daughters, all but one of whom are living. She had been a resident of Union township since the fall of 1852.

Funeral was at Baptist church Sunday 2 p.m.; I.O.O.F. cemetery, Kewanna.


Mrs. [Daniel] Kate [Catharine VANNATTA] MILLER, died at her home, two miles south of Akron at the age of 52 years. She was the mother of one daughter, Mrs. Dave [David H.] [Libbie M. MILLER] MILLER, who lives near Rochester.


A letter to the SCHOLDER family Friday brought the intelligence of the death of Henry FREECE, at Schumm, Ohio. He met with an accident last fall, by a cow stepping on his foot, which superinduced blood poison and that was the cause of his death. He was about 70 years old and a jolly German who was well and favorably known in Rochester. Buried in Ohio.


Thomas McDONOUGH, a well known farmer of near Grass Creek, died Friday and was buried Sunday at St. Ann’s church in Wayne township.  (Tuesday)


Rev. LOCKHART went to Peru today, to be present when the will of the late Mr. SIMINGTON, of Perrysburg, was probated. When Mr. Simington died he left all his property, which amounted to several thousand dollars, to foreign missions, his daughter, Mrs. CARVEY, to have a life lease upon it. Mrs. Carvey is a member of the Rochester Presbyterian church, and Mr. Lockhart was one of the witnesses to her father’s will.  (Wednesday)


Otto GSCHWIND left for his home at Frankfort, Kentucky today after being here to attend the funeral of Mrs. Peter FIESER.  (Thursday)


Roman GINTHER was called to Ohio this morning by the death of a brother-in-law.  (Friday)



Sam NOYER, of Chicago, was in Rochester this morning on his way to Akron, where he had been called by the death of his brother, Lawson [NOYER].  (Friday)


Thos. McDONOUGH died at his home southeast [?] of Kewanna just across the Pulaski county line yesterday morning. He was about 45 years of age and was a son-in-law of Kyran WALSH. Lung fever was the cause of his death.  (Saturday)


Sam C. NOYER returned to Chicago Tuesday afternoon having been called to Akron on account of the death of his brother.  (Akron item)


Mrs. M. McCLURE, Mr. & Mrs. John PHILIPS, of Warsaw, Lynas NOYER of Crestline, Ohio, and Sam NOYER attended the funeral of their relative, L. M. NOYER.  (Akron item)

The infant child of Chas. KING was buried at Mentone Wednesday.  (Yellow Creek item)


Friday, March 14, 1901


Henry F. FREESE was born January 22, 1837 at Krummendeich, Hanover, Germany. About 1864 he came to this country and settled at Logansport, Indiana, where he married Mrs. [John] HOPPE, the widow of John HOPPE, July 15, 1869. In 1873 he moved with his wife and her daughter to Rochester where he remained till April 1900 when they moved to Schumm, Ohio, where their daughter is living. Here he died of Senila Gangrene on February 26, 1902, aged 65 years 1 month 4 days. Member Evangelical Luthern church. Funeral by Rev. GEEMEYER and burial at Schumm, Ohio. Survivors are wife, one daughter, one son-in-law and eight grandchildren.


Miss Della HARTER, youngest daughter of the late Dr. [C. F.] HARTER, died at Akron, Wednesday from paralysis which came upon her twenty-four hours before. She had not been in robust health but her death came as a shock to the whole Akron community, where she had lived all of her life and was loved by a wide circle of acquaintances. She was a musician of rare accomplishment and taught music for a few terms in the Marion schools. She was about thirty years old. Funeral next Friday 1 p.m. at the residence; I.O.O.F. cemetery in Rochester.


Word was received here this morning of the death of Ephriam STREET, one of the oldest citizens of Union township and a resident of Kewanna. He leaves a wife and two children. He was 66 years of age. Funeral tomorrow 10 a.m. under direction of Kewanna Lodge No. 546 F. & A. M.  (Tuesday)


Chas. STIVER received a telephone message from North Manchester yesterday evening, bringing the sad news of the death of his father, Jerry STIVER. He had been twice married, and was 69 years of age. Three sons and one daughter remain from the first marriage, and his second wife and 9 children are also living. Mr. Stiver also received word of the death of a cousin, Mrs. John OBENCHAIN, at South Whitley. He went to North Manchester today.  (Wednesday)


The funeral of Della HARTER will occur Friday instead of Saturday as announced in the Sentinel. Rev. LOCKHART of this city will officiate.  (Thursday)


Grant A. WALLER received word yesterday evening of the death of his brother, Roscoe WALLER, at Fowler, Indiana. Mr. Waller’s father, D. A. WALLER, and his uncle, M. V. GOTHRUP, were here visiting and looking at land with a view of buying, and the news was a terrible shock to them.

The young man was about 20 years of age and would have graduated from the high school in the spring. He was sick when his father left home, but a card was received here, Wednesday, stating that he was improving. The father was in the country when the sad news came and when he heard it he completely broke down and it required the services of a physician to revive him. He returned home this morning accompanied by Mr. Gothrup and Mr. & Mrs. Grant WALLER.  (Friday)

[S. A.] Gus ZARTMAN, son of Mr. & Mrs. Ad[am] ZARTMAN, died at his parents’ home east of the lake about half past nine o’clock this morning. He had been sick but a few days and the cause of his death was typhoid fever. Gus was a young man about twenty-six year sof age. Several years ago he was unfortuante in that one of his lower limbs had to be amputated above the knee, and since then he used crutches. He leaves parents and several brothers and sisters. Funeral next Monday; Mt. Zion cemetery.  (Saturday)


Mrs. LIVINGSTON came from South Bend Saturday night to attend the funeral of her brother, Gus ZARTMAN, which was conducted by Rev. LOCKHART at Mt. Zion this morning. The young man’s mother has been very sick for some time and was not able to attend the funeral.  (Monday)


Prof. Al. CAMPBELL and wife of Peru and Charley CAMPBELL of Rochester were home to attend the funeral of Ephriam STREET.  (Leiters item)


Friday, March 21, 1902


A telephone message from Grass Creek brings the sad intelligence that Uncle John COSTELLO met a cruel death Wednesday afternoon by being kicked to death by a colt. No one saw the accident but Coroner HOWELL made an investigation which developed the fact that the deceased had been kicked in the head by one of the colts which were in the stable where he was found dead.

He was 73 years old last Monday and leaves a wife and five children: Mrs. Frank TWITCHELL, of Rochester; Mrs. John [Anna COSTELLO] COAKLEY, of Beloit, Wisconsin; Mrs. HOLLAND, and Police Sargeant Richard COSTELLO, and Fireman Kyron COSTELLO, of Logansport. He was a good old man of Irish birth and widely known in the western and southern parts of the county.


Another Fulton county pioneer passed away Sunday night in the death of Jesse SHRIVER, of Akron. He was one of the earliest of Henry township citizens and was past eighty years old. He was the father of a large family and one of the richest farmers in the county, being also a mill wright. But for many years he lived in Akron the comfortable life of a retired farmer. He was a kindly old man and had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Funeral will be Tuesday at Omega church at 11 o’clock.


Mrs. [Joseph B.] Abigail CHESNUT, mother of Chas. and Milo CHESNUT, died at Longcliff Wednesday, aged 81 years. For two years or more her mind gradually failed with the increasing feebleness incident to her age and six weeks ago she became so badly demented her removal to the hospital was necessary. She was long a resident of Rochester, a member of the Baptist church and an energetic woman. Funeral pending, but burial will be at Akron beside the grave of her husband who died many years ago.


Mrs. Josephine HORNER, a widow 66 years old, died at the home of her brother-in-law, James HORNER, on the Newt TRUE farm, southeast of Rochester. She had been sick almost four weeks.


Mr. & Mrs. Milo CHESNUT came from Chicago last night to attend the funeral of Mr. Chesnut’s mother.  (Thursday)

Mrs. Philip [Stella SCOTT] HAMLETT died at her home southeast of Talma, Tuesday night, of consumption. She was a daughter of Mrs. SCOTT who lives near the river north of town. She was 23 years and 15 days of age, and leaves a husband, mother, one brother, four sisters. Member Evangelical church for six years. Funeral this afternoon; Hamlett cemetery.  (Thursday)


Bruce McMILLAN, formerly of Bruce Lake, died at his home in South Bend, March 7, at the age of 45 years. His remains were taken to his old home and the funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Reformed church by Rev. L. S. FISHER of South Bend. He leaves three sons, one of whom is in the Philippines, a devoted wife and a host of friends.  (Saturday)


Mrs. Margaret HESTON died Saturday night at the age of 55 years and 7 months. She was the widow of John HESTON, a Civil War soldier. She had been in poor health for years and the cause of her death was consumption. Three daughters are left, one of whom is married and lives in Michigan.  (Monday)


A J. WHITTENBERGER, of Roanoke, Mr. & Mrs. H. B. WHITTENBERGER, of Larwill, returned to their homes last Tuesday. They were here to attend the funeral of their niece, Miss Della HARTER.  (Akron item)


Miss Trella HARTER, the Green Oak teacher, dismissed school Friday, on account of the funeral of her cousin, Miss Della HARTER, at Akron.  (Mt. Zion item)


The finest monument in the St. Ann cemetery in Wayne township was erected over the grave of Mrs. Kyran [Ann] WALSH a few days since.  (Kewanna item)


One of the saddest funerals ever witnessed in this county took place at Ebenezer church, Tuesday when Mr. & Mrs. George A. [and Angeline V.] GLASFORD were laid to rest in one grave. They were both in the prime of life, both industrious, thrifty people and perhaps had the promise of long life as much as any couple in the neighborhood. They had pneumonia.  (Akron item)


Friday, March 28, 1902




Friday, April 4, 1902


Mr. & Mrs. John [and Mary STROOP] BUSEHART who died at their farm home near Germany station, had only lived there five years, having moved from Peru where Mr. Busehart was a dray and baggageman. Mrs. Busehart was the daughter of the late Michael STROOP, an early settler and well known Peruvian. The Buseharts were aged 62 and 59 years and they leave four children: Mrs. Peter BENDER, of LaPorte; Mrs. Julius GASTIL, of Columbus, Ohio; and Jacob and Laura BUSEHART, of Germahy.

The double funeral took place at Burton church, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Interment was then made at the Rochester I.O.O.F. cemetery. Both bodies were placed in one grave, something that has never before occurred in this cemetery. About forty years ago a man and wife were buried in

one grave at the Old Citizens cemetery. The bodies lie side by side, the rough box divided, and the grave necessarily being a wide one.


Another pioneer of Rochester and Fulton county is dead. Harvey S. FARRINGTON passed away at his home in the northeast part of town Tuesday evening about 9 o’clock. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Joshua FARRINGTON, and was born in Boston, Massachusetts, April 19, 1819, and thus was aged 82 years 11 months and 12 days. He came to Fulton county 45 years ago and lived in the little residence near the race bank for the past 40 years. In 1863 he married Harriet DOWNS, this being his third marriage.

His aged wife and five children remain: Mrs. DAYMAN, Quincey Point, Massachusetts; Helenas FARRINGTON, Chelsey, Massachusetts; ED. [FARRINGTON], at Warsaw; Harvey [FARRINGTON], at Peru; and Mrs. Mary STAPLETON, at home. Funeral was at the house, Thursday 2 p.m.; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


James L. McCOY, the widely known station agent, grain buyer, and stockman, of Walnut, died Tuesday evening from an attack of heart disease after an illness of only an hour and a half. He had been bothered some with heart trouble for several years but the symptoms were not serious and his death was therefore quite unexpected. He was born in Ohio about 53 years ago and came to Marshall county when 5 years old. He was the step-son of Frederick STAIR and married a daughter of Samuel BODEY, who, with two children survives. He was an active Odd Fellow.


Mrs. Nancy [J. HURST] NORRIS, wife of [Abraham L.] NORRIS, died at her home in Macy, Thursday noon. She had been in poor health for about two years, suffering with a malignant disease of the liver. She was about 65 years of age and leaves, besides her husband, two sons, Charlie and Will [NORRIS], both of this city. There are also one brother, James HURST, of Macy, and one sister, Mrs. Geo W. STEEL, of Marion. Funeral at Macy M.E. church last Saturday 1 p.m.


Word was received here that Granville EMRICK, brother of Dan EMRICK, who lives north of town, died at Fennville, Michigan, Friday night, at the age of 31 years. He was a resident of Fulton county for fifteen years and was well known here. The funeral was Monday.  (Tuesday)


Mrs. Richard KNIGHT died at her home east of the Lake Erie tracks at 1:30 p.m. yesterday. She has been sick with a complication of diseases for some time and was 57 years of age. She was the mother of six children and the four boys, Tom, James, Tid and Charles [KNIGHT], together with the husband are living. Funeral tomorrow 10:30 a.m.; Citizens cemetery.  (Tuesday)


[Delbert] Dean [ROGERS], the eighteen months old son of Mr. & Mrs. [Leonidas and Linnie L.] ROGERS, died this morning of typhoid fever. Funeral tomorrow 1 p.m.; Rev. LAUDEMAN; Odd Fellows cemetery.  (Thursday)


Mrs. John JACOBS, who was called here by the death of her mother, Mrs. SPOTTS, returned home to Illinois today.  (Monday)

Mrs. O. E. OXER returned to her home at West Alexander, Ohio, today, after attending the funeral of Harry HOLMAN and visiting relatives.  (Monday)

Mrs. Mary COOK, aged seventy-one, died Tuesday morning, of complication of diseases, at the family residence six miles north of Akron. She had a large number of friends and acquaintances in Akron.  (Akron item)


Friday, April 11, 1902


Notwithstanding the fact that the local press announced the serious illness of Editor Major BITTERS Friday evening, the general public was sorrowfully surprised to learn, Saturday, that his sickness terminated in death at 3 o’clock that morning.

While the attending physicians practically gave up hope Friday afternoon, the many neighbors and friends of the sick journalist hesitated bo believe that he would not rally and pull through as his strong constitution had enabled him to do in previous similar attacks.

For the past ten years he has suffered with stomach and liver trouble and has had several very severe attacks. Monday he was subject to one of these, which is known in the medical world as vuliary eaculi from which he rapidly rallied. Wednesday morning, he arose at his usual hour, ate a hearty breakfast and went to his work at the Republican office a little before seven o’clock, feeling better than he had for the previous month. He had not been there over an hour when he began to feel weak and surmised he was to suffer another attack, similar to the one of Monday.

At this he went to his home and grew rapidly worse until about noon when the family again called the doctor. Mr. Bitters rallied slightly from this and spent Wednesday night and Thursday morning practically free from pain. Thursday night he began to grow worse quite rapidly and at midnight suffered a severe congestive chill followed by profuse sweats and another chill at 5 o’clock Friday morning. From that time he grew rapidly worse and his stomach and liver becoming congested during the illness caused congestion of the brain. All day Friday he was in a most critical condition, he himself giving up all hope of recovery in the morning.

His suffering was great all day and still more intense toward midnight, and from that time his strong physique began to give way and about 2:30 o’clock he lost consciousness and died fifteen minutes later.

Thomas Major BITTERS, son of John and Sarah Ann [MAJOR] BITTERS, was born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania, September 21, 1835, and was therefore 66 years 6 months and 14 days of age. He was one of a family of five sons and six daughters, six of whom are now living as follows: Lemuel W. [BITTERS], of Akron; William [BITTERS], of Rochester; John D. [BITTERS], of Marion; Andrew T. [BITTERS], of Rochester; Mrs. Rebecca [BITTERS] DOANE, of Mentone; and Mrs. Margaret A. [BITTERS] SNYDER, of Wabash.

Early in life Major, as he was always known, -- having been named so in honor of his mother’s maiden name -- was apprenticed to a printer and learned the trade. In 1856 he came west to Peru and took the foremanship of the Peru Republican, which position he held for seventeen years, when he came to Rochester and purchased the Union Spy and changed the name to Rochester Reublican. Five years later he sold the Republican and went to Rensselaer and purchased the Republican there. But the death of a six year old son made all of the family disatisfied with Rensselaer and they returned to Rochester. Here Mr. Bitters tried both the grocery and real estate business, but as he was a newspaper man by training and inclination, he founded the Tribune, afterward sold it, then purchased the Republican again and in 1890 bought out the Tribune and consolidated it with the Republican.

Early in 1886 he established the Daily Republican and, with his son, Albert [BITTERS],

as assistant editor and job printer, made a success of the business to such an extent that he owned the Republican, the building it occupies, a business room just north of Milo SMITH’s on Main street, and three residence properties, all in Rochester.

Major Bitters never aspired to an elective office, but he enlisted in the war of the Rebellion. He was active in church work and in early life was a leading member of the Methodist church. But for twenty years has been a free thinker, an advocate of advanced or independent thought, and for ten years an enthusiastic Spiritualist, being the head of that organization in Rochester.

Major BITTERS and Maria Victoria ROSE were married in Peru in 1857. To them four children were born. Albert W. [BITTERS], the business partner of the deceased, Mrs. Maggie [BITTERS] MILLER and Frank [BITTERS] and Fred [BITTERS], the two latter having died in youth. He was always a great home man and his children were kept as close to him after their marriages as in their childhood.

The court house was turned into a temple of sorrow Monday, when the throng of saddened friends and bereaved relatives of the late Major Bitters gathered there to pay their last tribute of respect to the dead.

The funeral was first announced to occur at the house, but later it was felt that there was not room enough there to accommodate the people who would attend and the court room was secured. Business was suspended in the county offices, and the stair ways and court room were decorated with flags and floral emblems.

Rev. J. Harry MOORE of the Spiritualist Society, conducted the services and paid a glowing tribute to the character of the deceased. Rev. Grant A. WALLER read an appropriate poem, and the choir of the Baptist church rendered several beautiful selections.

Daniel AGNEW, V. ZIMMERMAN, Jas. F. SCULL, C. C. WOLF, W. H. BANTA and J. M. REITER acted as pall bearers.

The Citizens band led the funeral cortege to the Odd Fellows cemetery where the last sad rites were performed and the mortal remains of Major Bitters were lowered to their last resting place.

Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mrs. LEWIS, of Andrews; John D. BITTERS, of Marion; Lemuel N. BITTERS, of Akron; Mrs. Rebecca DEANE, of Mentone; Mrs. Jessie DAY and Mr. & Mrs. A. A. GAST, of Akron; Mrs. Elsie BOLLMAN and Mr. & Mrs. Peter KEGAN, of Bunker Hill; Editor W. W. LOCKWOOD and Jas. H. SWIFT, of Peru; Editor Frank GOULD and E. M. SHEPHERD, of Kewanna; Mrs. D. GASKILL, of Hammond; Mrs. Rachel McCARTY, of Macy; Mrs. Ella ROBERTS and Dr. GOULD of Argos; T. M. SNYDER, of Warsaw; Bart KINZIE and Mr. & Mrs. Peter ARMANTROUT, of Denver.


A letter from Gus WILHELM, who now lives to Hamilton, Ohio, brings the sad intelligence that one of his little girls died recently.  (Tuesday)


After years of suffering with that dread disease, consumption, Marshall [M.] OLIVER departed this life Saturday morning, at his home two and one-half miles east of Akron. He was born in Henry township more than forty years ago, and had always resided in this one community, and his life was one that won the respect of all acquaintances. Four children, his wife [Rebecca OLIVER] and aged mother [Martha SIPPY OLIVER] survive. Funeral and interment was Monday at Log Bethel; Rev. E. TATMAN.  (Akron item)

Joe BOLLINGER, a pioneer resident living near here, died Saturday and was buried Tuesday in Monterey Catholic cemetery.  (Delong item)


A telephone message from Leiters, gives the sad intelligence that Mary RALSTON died yesterday evening at about four o’clock. She had reached the ripe old age of 70 years, and her death was not wholly unexpected.

Deceased was a member of the Sanctified church, the funeral ceremonies were held from that church at Leiters this afternoon at three o’clock, and interment will be made at the Leiters I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Survivors are husband, [William RALSTON], and eleven children, two children having preceded her in death. The living children are located as follows: three live at Leiters, one at Akron, one at Argos, one in Oklahoma, three in Chicago, and two in Oregon, all of whom were at the funeral except the two in Oregon and one in Oklahoma.


Friday, April 18, 1902


John COOK, one of the oldest residents of the northern part of Miami county, died at his home at Macy, Tuesday, about 10:30 a.m. He had been in poor health for some time suffering with Brights disease. He was born in Maryland eighty-one years ago and had been married fifty-seven years. Far above average in wealth. Lived in Macy neighborhood many years, and known as “Uncle John.”

Survivors are the wife, [Eliza COOK] who is eighty-three years old and seven children: Theodore [COOK], Seattle, Washington; Rev. Uriah [COOK], Chicago; Rev. O. A. [COOK], Loveland; Mrs. Columbus MURPHY, Rochester; Mrs. Sam KIMES, Five Corners; Mrs. Wm. MURPHY, Chili; and Noah COOK, Minnesota.

Funeral was at Weesaw church Wednesday 2:30 p.m.


Mrs. F. BRANDENBERG and Mrs. SMALL were called to Chicago this morning by the death of the former’s sister. Her home is at Watseka, Illinois, but she has been in a hospital in Chicago.


William A. COOK, of Hathaway, Tennessee, who was called here to attend his mother, Mrs. Mary COOK, in her last illness arrived too late. She died Tuesday evening and he could not reach here until Wednesday.  (Akron item)


Mrs. [Wm.] Mary C. [OYLER] KIRKENDALL died at the home of her son, Dr. Fred KIRKENDALL, early this morning at the age of 78 years. She was the daughter of Jacob OYLER, and was born in Hawkin [Hocking?] county, Ohio. Her Husband, Wm. KIRKENDALL, died twelve years ago. Five children remain: Mrs. Elizabeth TILBERRY, south of town; Mrs. Wm. BAILEY, Leiters; Mrs. DUMBAULD, South Bend; and W. F. and Nelson KIRKENDALL, of this place. Arrangements pending.  (Friday)


Mrs. WOOLET, of Michawaka, and Mrs. DUMBAULD, of South Bend, are here to attend the funeral of Mrs. KIRKENDALL.  (Saturday)


Richard ANDERSON, one of the oldest citizens of Liberty township, died at his home in Fulton this morning. For many years he lived on a farm just west of Fulton, but as he was in feeble health, he moved to town last fall. He was about 79 years of age. Surviving are wife and three

children, Will [ANDERSON], in North Dakota; Mrs. Will REED, Logansport; and Mrs. Alfred [Emma ANDERSON] ELLIOTT, near Blue Grass. (Saturday)

The funeral of Richard ANDERSON of Fulton occurred at Salem church this afternoon.  (Monday)


Frederick GRAEBER, of Rochester and Lewis GRAEBER, of North Judson, arrived in this city this afternoon, being called here on account of the death of their sister, Mrs. Charles [H.] [Regina GRAEBER] STAHL. She was born in Germany in 1853, being 49 years 11 months and 16 days of age. She came to this country in 1855 with her parents and married her surviving husband in 1875. Born to them four children, only one son surviving.  -- Columbia City Post

Mrs. Wm. SHERIDAN, after a long and severe seige of sickness, died at her home north of town, Wednesday.  (Kewanna item)



Friday, April 25, 1902


Mrs. Sophia [HOFFAKER] EASH, widow of Jonas EASH, who died a few years ago, died quite suddenly Friday morning at her home in the northwest part of town. She had suffered with heart trouble for some time and had a serious attack of it about two weeks ago.

She was the daughter of Michael HOFFAKER, and she was born in Ohio 62 years and 8 months ago. She married Jonas Eash October 13, 1855. Five children survive: Charles [EASH], Marion; Jane [EASH], at home; Michael [EASH], on a farm three miles west of town; Mrs. Ed. [Amelia EASH] GOSS, near Salem church in Liberty township; and John [EASH], of this city. Member Methodist church. Funeral was Sunday.


Mrs. Joseph [Armenia BAILEY] FELTY died at Leiters yesterday of cancer of the stomach. She was 54 years old and leaves two brothers, William and Louis BAILEY, and one sister, Mrs. Perry PRICE. Funeral will be at Leiters 2 p.m. tomorrow.  (Wednesday)


Rev. and Mrs. Uriah COOK, of Chicago, and Theodore COOK and son, Oron [COOK], of Seattle, Washington, have left for their homes after attending the funeral of John COOK at Macy.   (Thursday)


Mrs. Rachel [ROGERS] PERSONETT, wife of J. S. PERSONETT, died at her home at Walnut last Wednesday, at the age of 40 years. She leaves a husband and five children. Member Methodist church. Her maiden name was Rogers, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David ROGERS.  (Thursday)


George DAWALD died at his home near Deedsville aged 82 years. He was the father of Sam DAWALD of Liberty township.  (Friday)


Thomas B. KEEL died at the county infirmary yesterday of dropsy. He had been there only two weeks, during which time he was confined to his bed. He was single, and was born in this county February 4, 1844. Funeral 1 p.m. today; Mt. Zion cemetery.


W. E. GREGORY of Peru attended the funeral of Mrs. Sophia EASH Sunday.  (Monday)

Mrs. BRANDENBERG and Mrs. SMALL came home from Chicago last night after attending the funeral of the former’s sister, Mrs. MOORE.  (Monday)


Willie [SHELTON], the little son of Mr. & Mrs. Eugene SHELTON, was so badly burned by falling into a bucket of hot water near Green Oak, Thursday, that he died this morning about 6 o’clock. Funeral at Green Oak tomorrow 2 p.m.; Mt. Zion cemetery.  (Monday)


Mrs. David VanMETER of Logansport died last Saturday and was brought to this place for burial Monday.  (Grass Creek item)


Friday, May 2, 1902


Nathaniel MEREDITH, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Peter MEREDITH, was born February 6, 1843, and died Wednesday morning, aged 59 years 2 months 24 days. The old Meredith home was in the Yellow Creek church neighborhood.

At age of 18 years, March 27, 1861, he married Miss Eliza DONALDSON. Born to them five children, two of whom, Turpie MEREDITH and Mrs. Harry [Minnie MEREDITH] CAPP, both of this city, together with their mother remain. There are also three brothers: Thomas [MEREDITH], Augusta, Kansas; George [MEREDITH], living at Ashland, Nebraska; and Orange [MEREDITH], Talma. Frank MEREDITH of Washington state is a half-brother. Member Baptist church. Several months ago he was stricken with paralysis.

Funeral will be at residence on Pearl street east of the railroad today at 2 p.m.; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Michael Turner LOUDERBACK died at the home of his brother-in-law, Jas. BRYANT, one mile north of Fulton, about 2 p.m. Friday. In poor health for a number of years and at time almost helpless. About four weeks ago he had stroke of paralysis and was confined to bed since.

Michael Turner Louderback was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew LOUDERBACK and was born in Cass county seventy years ago. He moved with his parents to a farm near Fulton, which was for twenty years his home. He married Elizabeth BRYANT. Joined the army in Civil War, serving about eight months. Member of 118th Ind Vol. For the past several years he was a resident of the southeast part of Rochester and he and his wife were spending the winter with the latter’s brother near Fulton.

Surviving are wife, four brothers and one sister: John S. [LOUDERBACK] and T. B. [LOUDERBACK], Valparaiso; Allen [LOUDERBACK], in the south part of the county; Frank [LOUDERBACK], of this city; and Mrs. [John W.] Amanda [LOUDERBACK] HANSON, Fulton.

Funeral was Sunday 1 p.m. Christian church; Rev. DeVOE; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Grandma Elizabeth [SHEAR] EDWARDS, one of the oldest residents of Fulton county, died at the home of her son, David EDWARDS, Wednesday night at the age of 84 years 10 months 23 days. She was daughter of David and Elizabeth SHEAR and was born in Ohio June 8, 1817. She had been resident of Rochester about fifty years. She married Joseph EDWARDS, who died in 1859. The cause of her death was heart trouble and old age, and she had been sick only two days. The children remaining are: Andrew and David [EDWARDS] of this city; Mrs.[Joseph] [Mary EDWARDS] McKEE, Michigan City; and Mrs. [Lorenzo H.] [Margaret EDWARDS]

CULVER, South Bend. Funeral will be Friday 2:30 p.m.; Advent church; Dr. HILL; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Mrs. Joseph [T.] [Joanna O’DELL] JONES died quite suddenly at her home two miles southwest of Grass Creek Thursday about 1:30 p.m. Her husband and oldest son were at work about two miles from home at the time and the woman had passed away before word of her condition could be communicated to them. Mrs. Jones and two little children were at the house alone and upon going out of the door she fell on the step. She could not be aroused and the little boy, about 7 years old, ran to the home of a neighbor, Geo. COMPTON, and told him that his mother must be dead, as he could not make her speak. Mr. Compton ran to the Jones home and found the woman lying on the step where she fell, her head lying over the edge. She was dead, but Dr. HOWARD, of Grass Creek was called. The cause of her death was probably heart trouble.

Her maiden name was Anna [Joanna] O’DELL, and she was about 35 years of age. [died April 24, 1902, age 38y-2m-29d] She had been married about fourteen years. The husband and three little children remain. Funeral today.


Nathaniel MEREDITH, who died yesterday morning, served his country at the time of the Civil War as a member of Company I, 5th Cav. He was mustered into the service November 12, 1864 and mustered out June 15, 1865.  (Thursday)


Friday, May 9, 1902


Mrs. Anna Elizabeth STINGLY died at her home near Fulton Saturday evening after an illness of several years with heart disease. She was 74 years and 9 months old and was the widow of Frederick STINGLY who died in 1892. She was a native of Switzerland and with her husband located in the Fulton neighborhood in 1866. There they cleared the old home farm and raised two sons and one daughter: Peter J. STINGLY, of this city; Fred [STINGLY], deceased; and Mrs. Cornelius [Anna E. STINGLY] GREEN who lived with the deceased for the last four years. Member German Reformed faith since 16 years old. Funeral Monday 11 a.m. at Fulton.


The remains of [El Leon BUSENBERG] the two year old son of Mel[vin and Minnie M.] BUSENBERG reached Rochester from Oklahoma Sunday evening, having been on the way since Friday evening. They were accompanied by Mel Busenberg and Mrs. Jno M. FISH and the funeral was held Monday afternoon, Rev. CONLEY . . . . The cause of death was Malarial fever which followed an attack of scarlet fever.


Mrs. John BANES died at her home at Delong Friday night of spinal and brain trouble at the age of 26 years. She was formerly a Huntington lady and about six years ago in June was married to John BANES, an Erie car inspector. Two years ago they moved to Delong. Besides the husband, she leaves three children, the oldest son of five and the youngest a baby two months old. Mr. & Mrs. Joe SIMONS, the bereaved parents, were at her bedside at the last, and they took the remains to Huntington Sunday evening. Funeral was Tuesday.


George WRIGHT, a farmer living southwest of Delong, died yesterday aged 47 years. He leaves a wife and three children and the funeral will be held at Leiters tomorrow; Rev. KALEY.  (Tuesday)

Mrs. L. C. KISTLER and Mrs. Dosia JESSEN had a message this morning announcing the death of Miss Eisel EARLEY, a daughter of their cousins, Mr. & Mrs. David EARLEY of near Metea.  (Tuesday)


Mrs. Jacob [Matilda CORBIN] BAKER died at her home one and one-half miles south of Green Oak, Sunday at the age of 43 years. She had been in poor health for some time, the cause of her death being consumption.

Her maiden name was Matilda Corbin, daughter of David CORBIN, deceased. Funeral this forenoon, Green Oak; Mt. Zion cemetery.  (Tuesday)


Word was received here last evening of the death of Andrew MORRIS, in Michigan. He was the son of Jackson MORRIS, northeast of town, and a brother of Will [MORRIS], employed by BEYER BROS.  His death was due to consumption and his father had but recently visited him.  (Thursday)


Mrs. Lew ENYART died at her home in Peru about 5 a.m. today. In poor health over a year. Mr. & Mrs. Enyart were for a number of years residents of Macy. She leaves three children: Ora, Ed and Orpha [ENYART]. Funeral will be Sunday at Twelve Mile.  (Friday)


Grandma [Elizabeth] EDWARDS, who died at the age of nearly 85 years, was a member of a long lived family. One member lived to the ripe old age of 96 and another was 95. None of the family died under the age of 80.  (Saturday)


The remains of Mrs. [Cornelius] Mary Jane CULVER McGINNIS, will be brought here from Valparaiso this evening for burial. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 1:30 at the residence of James TIPTON, deceased having been an aunt of Mrs. TIPTON’s. As Mrs.  Culver the deceased was formerly well known here.  (Saturday)


John R. FISH received a telegram from Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory yesterday evening, announcing the death of his grandchild, El Leon BUSENBERG. The child was 2 years old March 10. Mel BUSENBERG and sons Guy and El Leon and Mrs. FISH went to Guthrie several weeks ago to see Carl FISH and they had not been there long when the baby was taken sick with what was thought to have been scarlet fever. The remains were shipped from Guthrie this morning and will arrive in Rochester sometime Sunday.  (Saturday)


The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. SPARKS of Fulton died Saturday. Its age was 7 months and 12 days. Funeral was Sunday at the U.B. church; Rev. HIBBS.  (Monday)


Mrs. Rose ORAM of Decatur and Mrs. Lo CULVER of South Bend were here yesterday to attend the burial of Mrs. [Mary Jane] McGINNIS. The funeral had been at Valparaiso where deceased was member of Catholic church.  (Monday)


Mary BRODERICK, who has made her home with the family of Kyran WALSH for a number of years, died Monday at the age of 16 years and was buried Wednesday in the cemetery adjoining St. Ann’s Catholic church.  (Kewanna item)

Friday, May 16, 1902


Bazel BURTON, the well known old farmer of the Fletcher neighborhood who was recently mentioned as critically ill, died Monday evening at the age of 73 years and 6 months. He was born in Ohio and married Louise DEWEESE in 1856. Born to them thirteen children, ten of whom are living. Member Methodist church since youth. Funeral was at Fletcher M.E. church; Rev. HAGENBROOK.


Mres. Eliza LOUDERBACK was up from Fulton today and received the life insurance carried by her late husband, Turner LOUDERBACK.

Prof. HEINMILLER received a message from Kokomo this morning announcing the death of his mother, Mrs. John HEINMILLER, at the age of about 72 years. He and Mrs. HEINMILLER went to that city on the noon train.  (Wednesday)


Mrs. Andrew [Maria ANDERSON] BIGGS died at the Wm. WHITTENBERGER home west of Akron this morning. She leaves two children. Funeral services will be held Saturday.  (Thursday)


Grandma MATTHEWS died at her home at Talma last night at the advanced age of 92 years. Death due to old age and she had been sick only a few days. Funeral will be Sunday a.m. at Sycamore church.  (Friday)


A prominent farmer of Tiosa, Wm. McFERN, died at his home yesterday evening at the age of about 55 years. Death result of consumption. Ill over a year. Survived by two sons at home, Oscar and Charles [McFERN], and two daughters, both married.  Funeral will be Sunday afternoon.  (Saturday)


H. C. LAMBERT received a telegram Sunday stating that his brother’s wife was dead at Andrews, and he and his daughter, Mrs. Chas. [H.] [Delia LAMBERT]  SNYDER, started Monday to attend her funeral.  (Blue Grass item)


Friday, May 23, 1902


Mrs. [Chester] Sarah C. [SWARTWOOD] CHAMBERLAIN died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 59 years 6 months and 11 days. Her maiden name was Swartwood, daughter of John and Lydia SWARTWOOD, and she was born in Pennsylvania, November 20, 1842. With her parents, she moved to Winamac when she was six years old, and two years later to Rochester, where she has lived since.

Married Chester CHAMBERLAIN in November 1865. Born to them five children, the one daughter dying in infancy. Mr. Chamberlain died in October 1887. She has been an invalid for several years. Four years ago she fell and broke her hip and it was never properly set. Post mortem by Drs. KING, TERRY and LORING, showed abscesses and gall stones, either of which would have caused death, and were found in the kidneys.

Four children: William, Albert B., Harry and Jesse [CHAMBERLAIN]. Also two brothers, Chas. [SWARTWOOD], at Frankfort, and Sam [SWARTWOOD], of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Horace [Emma SWARTWOOD] SHELTON.

Funeral will be at the residence Friday 2 p.m.; Rev. DeVOE.

James and Elias SHRIVER, sons of the late Jesse SHRIVER, were in Rochester, Monday, conferring with attorneys in regard to their father’s will, which cannot be found. A few days after the death of Mr. Shriver, Mrs. SHRIVER and her son’s wife, Mrs. Elias SHRIVER, took the will out of the Akron bank to have it probated, the former taking it to her house and locking it in the bureau drawer. A few nights afterward Mrs. Shriver was at Elias’ home and when she returned the will was gone. The provisions of the will are very unsatisfactory to the heirs and they wish to break it.


Maria ANDERSON BIGGS, who died at Akron Thursday, was one of the county’s early settlers having come to the Athens neighborhood with her parents in 1857. She was a sister of Mrs. W[illiam] H. [Catharine ANDERSON] CURTIS, of Rochester and a member of the Newlight church; Rev. W. A. BENDER officiated.  (Tuesday)


John FITZGERALD, a widely known citizen of Wayne township, who had been sick at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frances [May FITZGERALD] GILL, near Blue Grass, for a long time, died yesterday noon. [June 23, 1850 - May 21, 1902; bur. St. Anne Catholic cemetery, Wayne township] (Thursday)


Mrs. Eliza BENNETT died at her home in Indianapolis Monday evening, and the funeral was yesterday afternoon. She was the step-mother of Doc. BENNETT, the grocer, of this city, and was in good health a few days ago when Mr. Bennett visited her at Indianapolis.  (Thursday)


The little daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Harvey GREGSON, aged three years, died today of consumption. Funeral will be Sunday at the residence 2:30 p.m.  (Saturday)


We have learned that Wm. POTTER, son of ex-treasurer Wm. POTTER, died and was buried at the Longcliff asylum two weeks ago.  (Blue Grass item)


The mother of Mrs. S. N. SHESLER, aged 82 years, residing west of Logansport in Idaville, died two hours before Mrs. Shesler could reach her Saturday.  (Akron item)


Mr. & Mrs. Curtis MILLS, residing 1-1/2 miles east of Fulton, were called to Marion Saturday to attend the funeral of Mr. Mills’ niece who was burned to death Friday night.   (Fulton item)


Friday, May 30, 1902


J. P. ROTH, a former well known pastor of the Presbyterian church at this place, died at his home in Greencastle Thursday 3 a.m. Death was expected several weeks. For past year confined to bed with a peculiar blood disease for which there is no cure. About 50 years old.

He began his pastoral duties here November 10, 1889, during the erection of the present church edifice. His pastorate ended May 12, 1896, when he moved to Rockville, and after two years he went to Greencastle.

Survived by wife, and two daughters, Mrs. OVERMAN, of Rockville, and Miss Lena [ROTH].

Funeral was Friday 3 p.m. at Greencastle, and remains reached Rochester for burial

Saturday. Short service at Presbyterian church; Rev. LOCKHART; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


James Andrew MORRIS was born in Huntington county, Indiana April 6, (-----), died May 6, 1902, aged 33 years and 1 month. Married Miss Jane RICHARDSON, February 26, 1890. Born to them 5 children who with the wife, a father, 1 brother and 2 sisters survive.


Elizabeth SCHWARTZ [WENTZEL], wife of Edward WENTZEL, was born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, February 28, 1828, and died suddenly of heart failure May 23, 1902, aged 74 years 2 months 25 days. Member German Reformed church since 1845. Joined Lutheran church in Union township about thirty years ago.

Married Edward WENTZEL November 22, 1855. Three children born: one daughter, Julia [WENTZEL GIFT], now deceased, wife of Rev. A. E. GIFT, and two sons, Nathaniel and Jessie [WENTZEL] both of Union township. Mr. & Mrs. Wentzel moved from Pennsylvania to present home in Fulton county in the spring of 1858.

Funeral, Lutheran church, last Sunday a.m. May 25; Geo. F. DITTMAR; Interment at the cemetery near the church.


Mr. & Mrs. Wm. DeMONT went to Culver today to decorate the graves of two of their daughters at a cemetery near there.  (Tuesday)


The infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. STANLEY of Talma died yesterday of congestion of the brain. Funeral 2 p.m. today.  (Tuesday)


The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Jas. THOMPSON died yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock. It was 26 days old and when born weighed just 2-1/2 pounds. Its heart refused to act regularly. Odd Fellows cemetery.  (Thursday)


Mrs. [Daniel] Harriet [MILLER] DANIELS died at her home at Akron of neuralgia of the heart yesterday evening. She was the widow of Dan DANIELS, deceased, a sister of Mrs. Reub [Esther MILLER] WHITTENBERGER and Mrs. Rob[ert M.] [Naomi MILLER] CHESTNUT, the mother of Chas. A. DANIELS and step-mother of Victor H. and Fred DANIELS, the latter deceased. She was about 60 years old and in failing health for some time. Funeral tomorrow at Akron.  (Thursday)


Thomas NELLANS was born in Pennsylvania, April 8, 1818, and died at the age of 84 years at his home near Richland Center, May 22, 1902. Married Mariah STROOSNIDER, in 1838. Born to them eleven children, eight of whom are living. He came to Fulton county in 1839 and for the past 21 years resided on the farm near Richland Center. Member of Center Methodist church. Funeral Richland Center church last Sunday; Rev. SIMONSON.  (Thursday)


Thomas NELLANS died at his home near Richland Center yesterday. He was one of the oldest citizens of the neighborhood, and leaves an aged wife and several children, all grown.  (Friday)


Mr. & Mrs. Chas. OVERMAN and Jas. ROTH, the latter of Seaton, Illinois, came with the remains of Rev. [J. P.] ROTH Saturday evening and returned home Sunday. Mrs. ROTH’s health would not permit her to come.  (Monday)

A sad death occurred in Harrison township early Saturday morning, it being that of Mrs. Young McCAY. Deceased’s former home was in Fulton county near Kewanna. She was married to Mr. McCAY last year, and they have been living on what is known as the old TOBEY farm, now a part of the big NADEN farm just west of Fairview. Death was due to puerperal fever. The child a boy, now two and a half weeks old, is to be cared for, we are informed, by Mrs. Charles KURTZ, sister of deceased.  Winamac Democrat.    (Monday)

John FITZGERALD died of dropsy Wednesday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Frank [May FITZGERALD] GILL, aged 52. Burial St. Ann’s cemetery.  (Kewanna item)

Friday, June 6, 1902


Mrs. [Daniel] Harriet [MILLER] DANIELS who died suddenly at her home east of Akron Wednesday evening, May 28, was aged 63 years. When she was ten years of age she became a resident of this community with her parents, Samuel and Leah MILLER with their family of five daughters and four sons, when they came from Stark county, Ohio to this township. Of this large family Mrs. Reubin WHITTENBERGER, Mrs. Robt. CHESTNUT, Mrs. Sarah HOOVER, Daniel and Gabriel MILLER are yet residing in this township.

She married Daniel DANIELS August 24, 1871. Born to them one son, Charles A. DANIELS, who survives. The father died in March, 1885.

Member United Brethren church at Athens for 25 years.

Funeral was Saturdey 2 p.m. at the M.E. church; Rev. W. A. BENDER.


Mrs. Reuben STEININGER died at the family home in the north Germany neighborhood Sunday night aged 60 years. An invalid for several years, afflicted with heart disease which terminated in dropsy. She with her husband came to Fulton county from Pennsylvania forty years ago and for fifty years both have been members of Evangelical church.

One son, George [STEININGER] preceded. The husband, three sons and one daughter survive: Milo, Frank and Henry STEININGER and Mrs. Lulu [STEININGER] HIATT, of the Germany neighborhood.

Funeral South Germany church Wednesday 10:30 a.am; Elder BAUMGARTNER of Elkhart, and Rev. HOWARD of Logansport.


Cecil [FEECE], infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Clinton FEECE, died at its home near Mt. Zion Saturday. Burial was at Mt. Zion cemetery.  (Tuesday)


Mrs. William [Hannah Y.] SAVAGE died at their home in Macy last night at the age of 71 years and 9 months. [Sep 5, 1830 - June 3, 1902, age 71y-8m-28d; buried Plainview Cemetery, Macy, Indiana] In poor health for some time. She was the mother of Lyman, Tom and Lucian SAVAGE, Mrs. Will McMAHAN, of Hammond, and Mrs. TALMAGE, of Indianapolis. Funeral tomorrow 1 p.m.  (Wednesday)


Mrs. Nancy DeWITT BYBEE died yesterday at 3 p.m. at the home of her son, Cyrus [BYBEE], in Newcastle township, after great suffering for a period of thirteen months. Born in Ross county, Ohio, nearly eighty years ago. Joined U.B. church when a girl. Surviving are eleven children. Funeral tomorrow 10:30 a.m. Mentone M.E. church.  (Wednesday)


Will McMAHAN and family, of Hammond, were here last evening, on their way to Macy to attend the funeral of Mrs. McMahan’s mother, Mrs. William SAVAGE. Mrs. Chris.

HOOVER and Miss Ella NEW went down today.  (Thursday)


Charles A. DANIELS, whose mother died suddenly at Akron Wednesday night, has been attending college at Lafayette and a telegram to him shortly before she died asked him to come as she was very sick. He knew nothing more until he reached Rochester at four o’clock yesterday evening and when told of his misfortune he collapsed with grief. He is the only child of the deceased, and his father died when Charley was a little boy.  (Friday)


A telegram received by relatives here yesterday evening announced the death of Loren MONTGOMERY, at Jonesboro. He was formerly a well known young man in Rochester, he having been raised by his uncle, Theo. MONTGOMERY. O. F. and Lee MONTGOMERY went down to Jonesboro this morning to attend the funeral  (Saturday)


Elmer JACKSON received word yesterday eveing that his father, Jos. JACKSON, died quite suddenly of bowel trouble at Tipton yesterday morning. Mr. Jackson was a resident of the vicinity of Rochester about thirty years, but for the past fifteen years had resided at Tipton. There are four sons, Charles, Newt., Mark and Elmer [JACKSON], and one daughter, Mrs. Lon METSKER. Remains will arrive this evening and be taken to the home of Chas. Jackson on the KERN farm, north of town, and funeral will be there, Sunday 2 p.m.; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Victor H. DANIELS, of Toledo, was in Rochester yesterday, he having come over from Akron where he attended the funeral of his step-mother. “Vic” as he is familiarly remembered by many Sentinel readers, was once editor of this paper and is well known as a very clever gentleman.  (Monday)

V. H. DANIELS and daughter, Nellie [DANIELS] attended the funeral of his stepmother last Saturday.  (Akron item)


Friday, June 13, 1902


David COOPER, one of the best known citizens of Rochester, died at his home on Franklin avenue late Friday evening. He went home from his work on the MEYER house Tuesday feeling well but was taken suddenly sick with congestion of the stomach and there was no relief for him.

He was the scond child in a family of nine, the son of David and Martha COOPER, and was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, July 7, 1825. Aged 76 years 10 months 28 days.

When a young boy he worked on the Susquehanna canal near his home. But, thrilled by the stories of life farther west, he and a companion walked to Wooster, Ohio. He was then only eighteen years of age. At Wooster he learned the carpenter trade. Early in 1850 the stories of the wonderful finds of gold in California caused him to leave everything and once more start across the country, this time to the Pacific slope. He was in the west till May 1, 1853. While there he found what he sought, gold, and large quantities of it, but trusting too much in a friend, he lost all. This trip, however, furnished to Mr. Cooper a never ending source of stories, and he was never so well pleased as when telling some friend of his adventure, both pleasant and otherwise.

On December 1, 1853, at Milbrook, Ohio, he was married to Anna A. LOUGH who survives. He again sought frontier life and in 1863, with his wife, moved to a farm near Gilead. In

March, 1874, they came to Rochester, where he pursued his trade of carpenter. The first house he built is now owned by Dr. LORING on Main street. At one time he owned an interest in BARKDOLL planing mill. He was also a hardware merchant here and for seven years was the town treasurer. At time of his death he was serving in his second year as assessor for the town.

Two brothers and four sisters remain: Casper COOPER, of Freeport, Kansas; Mrs. Nancy [COOPER] WISE, Wellington, Kansas; Mrs. SWARTZ, Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs. RITTER, Newton, Kansas; Mrs. WITHROW, Laud, Whitley county, Indiana; and Sam COOPER, Cripple Creek, Colorado. Mr. Cooper was the father of six children, four of whom are living: Mrs. John [F.] [Martha E. [COOPER] SHOUP and Voris [COOPER] of Chicago, and Will and Leet [COOPER] of this city.


An infant child of Mr. & Mrs. H. B. FELTS died at the family residence at Huntington today and Mrs. WIER and her daughter, Mrs. COBLENTZ, will go there this evening to attend the funeral.  (Tuesday)


The funeral of David COOPER was held at the residence yesterday afternoon. Attending from a distance: Mr. & Mrs. Wm. BELL, Peru; Mr. & Mrs. Ralph ARNOLD, Roann; Mrs. BISH, Jos. [James?] BALTIMORE, Mrs. MARTINDALE and Mr. & Mrs. CUMBERLAND, Chili; Dr. CASE, Lincolnville; Mr. & Mrs. C. BELL and Newt BELL, Denver; Mr. & Mrs. CLENDENING, Macy; and John LOWE and Quimby LOWE, Gilead.  (Tuesday)


Mrs. Mary POTTER was here from Akron this morning on her way to Union City at attend the funeral of Mrs. C. A. HILL.  (Saturday)


Friday, June 20, 1902


Death came to Mrs. Margaret [ZABST WEBBER BRACKETT] at her home just south of town last night and relieved her of intense suffering which she had borne patiently for nearly a year. Her disease was cancer and it was of such a nature no medical aid could be given except that for temporary relief of pain.

Margaret A. ZABST was born November 1, 1826 and was therefore 72 years 7-1/2 months old. She first married Jacob WEBBER who died in 1865. Five years after she married Dr. James BRACKETT who died in 1886.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. DAVENPORT, of Ohio, and one brother, Peter ZABST, of near Fulton. She was step-mother to Mrs. Daniel [Lillie M. BRACKETT] McDONALD of Plymouth, and foster mother of Wm. DOWNEY of this city.

Member Methodist church more than fifty years. Funeral will be Monday 2 p.m.; Rev. SWITZER of Grace church.


Mrs. SMALL received a message this morning announcing the death of an aunt, Mrs. Irene CLARK, at Grundy Center, Iowa.  (Wednesday)


The Wm. H. GREEN family had the sad news today that the wife of W. C. THOMAS died at Logansport this morning. Mr. Thomas is a Logansport banker and quite well known in Rochester.  (Thursday)

Harry L. PHIILLIPS, the 14 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. James PHILLIPS, died at their home two and a half miles east of Fulton last Saturday of appendicitis. Harry had been sick only two weeks.  (Monday)


Eli BARKER and wife attended the funeral of the latter’s aunt, Mrs. Margaret BRACKETT, at Rochester Monday.  (Grass Creek item)


Friday, June 27, 1902


The will of Margaret BRACKETT was probated. It was drawn by attorney Enoch MYERS and Henry VanBLARICOM is executor. Provides that real estate and personal property be sold. Household goods to be divided among her ten nieces. Wm. DOWNEY to receive $100 cash, and balance divided between her three brothers and two sisters if living, and if not living their heirs. Real estate consists of 88 acre farm on Michigan Road, adjoining city limits on the south, and a fine corner lot just north of Enoch Myers’ residence.

The sixteen year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Sam ROGERS died at her home east of Akron last Tuesday night. Sick with quick consumption about three months. Funeral was at Bethel church; Rev. TATMAN; Odd Fellows cemetery at Akron.  (Monday)


Friday, July 4, 1902


Mathias FOSNER died at his home in the northwest part of town Tuesday morning about 1 o’clock at the age of 75 years 4 months 7 days. Born in Germany, February 24, 1827, and at the age of six years came with parents to Pennsylvania locating near Williamsport. On February 27, 1849 he married Margaret NEFF. Fifty-three [?] years later, in 1884, he and his wife moved to Fulton county, locating on the farm east of Rochester where they lived until this spring.

Dropsy for past two years. Father of two children, one son, Ellis [FOSNER], who died fifteen years ago, and Mrs. Jacob [Mary C. FOSNER] FOGLE. Survivors are aged wife, daughter, half-brother in Nebraska.

Funeral was Thursday Evangelical church 10 a.m.; Rev. MYGRANT.


Zelma Anita WAREHAM, daughter of Charles and Arminta WAREHAM of Cincinnati, Ohio, was born in Fulton county, Indiana, March 26, 1899; died at Cincinnati June 23, 1902, aged 3 years 2 months 27 days. Remains were shipped to Akron. Funeral was Wednesday 9 a.m., Christian church; E. TATMAN officiated.  (Akron item)


Mrs. Josiah KING died Monday evening, having suffered for years with lingering consumption. Surviving are three children, all married, along with the husband. Mrs. King was 52 years of age. Had been resident of this community for about twenty-five years. Funeral was Wednesday 10 a.m., Highland church; Rev. FOX.  (Akron item)


Friday, July 11, 1902


Mrs. Jacob [Mary C. FOSNER] FOGLE died at her home in northwest Rochester about 10 p.m. Friday, age 49 years. Nine weeks ago she became ill with Addison’s disease, for which there is no known cure.

Her maiden name was Mary C. FOSNER, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mathias FOSNER,

and she was born near Williamsport, Pennsylvania, April 11, 1853. Married Jacob FOGLE March 1, 1871 at her home in Pennsylvania, and they moved to Rochester eighteen years ago. Her father died in this city about a week ago. Member Evangelical church.

Funeral will be Thursday at the house; Rev. MYGRANT; 10:30 a.m.; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Telephone message from Monterey announced death of Alexander H. SHEETS, which occurred north of that city this morning at 3 o’clock. Death due to complication of diseases, which finally ran into dropsy. For many years he resided near Akron on a farm and had been in Monterey neighborhood about a year. Remains to be taken to Akron Friday, and funeral will be at Omega church, southwest of that place.  (Wednesday)


FIESER estate has been settled. Alexander C. FIESER, of Knox, is sole owner of 145 acres just south of Marshall county line on the Michigan road. There were eleven children. One of the boys, Hiram [FIESER], came here from Washington last winter to assist in settling. Alexander and John B. [FIESER] bought out the other heirs, and now Alexander has bought out John B.  (Wednesday)


Charles LINKENHELT, son of Lawrence LINKENHELT, a wealthy grain and coal dealer of Plymouth, committed suicide by taking carbolic acid. He died yesterday morning at 5 o’clock in great agony. Medical aid was of no avail. There was no known cause for the deed.  (Saturday)


Enoch MOW has received word that the little son of Rev. and Mrs. Schuyler MOW met an awful death by drinking gasoline at its parents’ home in Muncie last Saturday. The little boy was three years old the only son in a family of five. His mother was taking spots off Rev. Mow’s coat and had a bottle of gasoline setting on the table, when the little boy picked it up and drank its contents before anytone could stop him. He died in thirty minutes. When a boy, Rev. Mow made his home with Mr. & Mrs. Enoch MOW.  (Saturday)


“Squire” HOFFMAN, a widely known newspaper correspondent, died at his home at Roann, Saturday, aged 63 years.  (Monday)


James HARTMAN, who had been in failing health for some time, died suddenly of heart failure last Sunday afternoon at his home. Funeral was Monday afternoon, Athens; Rev. W. A. BENDER; interment in adjoining cemetery.  (Akron item)


Mrs. R. H. SMITH died Tuesday at Streeter hospital, Chicago. Suffered more than a year with complications that baffled physicians. Remains will be taken to New Burlington, at which place Rev. SMITH is now pastor, where funeral and burial will be made at Muncie.  (Akron item)


Friday, July 18, 1902


Hattie Maude STEINHIZER [WERNER] was born July 23, 1881, died July 10, 1902, aged 20 years 11 months 17 days. Married to John J. WERNER October 27, 1901. Joined M.E. church aged eleven years; later joined Leiters Ford Baptist church. She was one of a family of eight children. The father, one brother and one sister preceded in death. Surviving are husband,

mother and five sisters.


Remains of Thomas “Tom” PECK arrived here Monday noon for burial. About 30 years old. He died at Kokomo Friday. He was a son of the late Jebediah PECK, who lived east of the lake, and brother of Sherman, Frank and Maude [PECK], who with his mother [Mary A. PECK] live at Kokomo. He was electrician, and formerly worked for the Light company and the Telephone company of this city. Recently had been in charge of construction of a rural telephone line near Muncie. Death due to bowel trouble.

Funeral was Monday afternoon; Christian church; Knights of Pythias and Rev. DEVOE; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Mrs. J. L. BABCOCK returned from Oklahoma last night. She is considerably worn by the care of her friend, Mrs. SHORT, who recently died.  (Tuesday.)


Frank RANNELLS came from Knox today to attend the funeral of A[lexander H.] SHEETS near Akron. Sardis ROBBINS and family of this place also attended.  (Friday)


Mrs. Hattie M. [STEINHEISER] WERNER, wife of John J. WERNER, died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Christian STEINHEISER, one and one-half miles south of Leiters last evening 5:30 p.m. Death due to consumption. Age 21 years, and had been married only a little over a year. Their home was at Fulton. Funeral will be at Methodist church, Leiters Sunday; Leiters cemetery.  (Friday)


A card received by Dr. BABCOCK from his wife at Oklahoma City today gives the intelligence that her friend, Mrs. Dr. SHORT, died Thursday evening. Mrs. Babcock is expected home soon.  (Monday)


The Aubbeenaubbee graduating class of 1899 has been an illfated class as three of their number have died in the last year. Hattie STEINHEISER WERNER, Fred CORBETT and Jessie JOHNSON, and the unlucky number of 13 remain.  (Leiters item)


Friday, July 25, 1902


Christina [AMBROSE] ELLIOTT, wife of J. B. ELLIOTT, died at her home in northwest Rochester last Friday at 8 a.m. from a stroke of paralysis, at the age of 72 years. Ill for several months.

Christina AMBROSE was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania July 18, 1830, and married J. B. Elliott, near Peru, in 1852. Born to them six children: George, Chauncy and Charley [ELLIOTT], and Mrs. Samuel SWARTWOOD, of this city, Mrs. Wm. WHITESIDES, of Peru, and Mrs. Leroy EMORY, of South Bend.

Surviving also are two sisters, Mrs. Amanda THOMPSON of this city and Mrs. Jennie WHITESIDES of Huntington. Also surviving is the husband.

Funeral will be at the residence Sunday p.m.; Rev. George LOCKHART; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Mrs. CUNNINGHAM went to Macy today to attend the funeral of Mrs. SNODGRASS  (Wednesday)

Mrs. STRADLEY returned today from Argos, where she attended the funeral of Grandma ALLMAN.  (Wednesday)


A letter from Frank A. JACKSON, of Portland, Oregon to Chas. A. JACKSON of this city announces the death of Mrs. Mary [RALLS] ROBERTSON, of that city. Mrs. Robertson was formerly Mary Ralls, and was a teacher of Latin in the Rochester schools and well known to a large number of people.  (Monday)


A number from this place attended the funeral of Mrs. Clem CURTIS at Washington church Sunday morning.  (Mt. Hope item)

Friday, August 1, 1902


Miss Marie CLELLAND, a maiden lady, died at her home seven miles southwest of Akron Tuesday. She was a sister to Mrs. John DEILMAN.  (Akron item)


Lewis SMITH was born near Strasburg, France, August 22, 1824. With his parents he came to this country in 1827, settling in Summit county, Ohio, from which place they moved to Miami county, Indiana in 1843. He married Mary A. HARSH in 1848. Born to them ten children, three of whom preceded in death. In 1888 father and mother Smith left their farm, which they had cleared, and moved to Akron, Indiana where mother Smith died February 8, 1896. He died July 26, 1902, at age 77 years 11 months 4 days.

Member Evangelical church. Survived by five sons, two daughters, nineteen grandchildren.

Funeral was July 28 at Akron; Rev. E. Q. LAUDEMAN of Rochester assisted by Rev. TATMAN of Akron; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Elizabeth LAUDEBAUGH [RAVER] was born in Germany December 25, 1829; died July 26, 1902, aged 72 years 6 months 1 day. Married Ira RAVER about 1850. Nine children born, six of whom with husband survive. Funeral was July 28 at the house; Rev. G. F. DITTMAR.


Friday, August 8, 1902


After almost two years prostration by paralysis Ovid P. OSGOOD passed away at his residence in this city at one o’clock this morning aged 68 years and 9 months.

He came to this county from his birthplace in New York when a boy and settled with his parental family in Akron. There he grew to young manhood and then came to Rochester and entered the County Clerk’s office as a deputy to Sidney KEITH. Later he served two terms as clerk in the State Legislature and in 1860 married Miss Matilda SPOTTS who survives. Soon after he enlisted in Co D 87th Ind Vol serving three years. Upon return from service he took up his adopted vocation of harness maker and followed it the remainder of his life. Also was a charter member of Rochester Citizens Band. Survivors are a brother, Gardner OSGOOD, of California; and three sisters, Mrs. Dan [Jane OSGOOD] TERRY, of this city; Mrs. Andrew [Sarah OSGOOD] STRONG, of Akron; and Mrs. Dan [Hattie OSGOOD] GOULD, of Kansas.

Funeral was at the house yesterday p.m.; Rev. SWITZER, escorted to cemetery by Citizens Band. Vocal music by Misses GREEN and CROSBY and Messrs. HEINMILLER and BUCHANAN.

Dr. Charles TERRY came down from South Bend to attend the funeral of his uncle Ovid [P.] OSGOOD.  (Thursday)


Friday, August 15, 1902





Friday, August 22, 1902


The sad but not unexpected news of A. B. McLAIN’s death was telephoned to his wife at her home near Rochester Friday morning. Lon McLAIN, as he was called by his hosts of friends, was a victim of Brights disease, and has suffered untold agonies from it for the past year and a half. Receiving the very best of medical attention he gradually grew worse, until recently, when his friends thought he might conquer the disease. His condition improved to such n extent that he began to contemplate a trip to the West to try the influence of a change of climate. A week ago he left with his mother for the home of his childhood, near Gilead, and at once began to grow weaker. Late last Thursday Stella BAILEY was asked by telephone to inform Mrs. McLAIN that Lon was dying. The anxious wife arranged to go to his bedside by the first train, but before it left another message bore the sad intelligence that her husband was dead.

Remains sent home this afternoon and Odd Fellows of which he was a member took charge.

He was a son of Mr. & Mrs. Perry McLAIN and was born near Perrysburg 35 years ago. He leaves a wife and three children.


Mrs. [John] Catherine BARR died at home at Talma yesterday at the age of seventy. Surviving children: Squire, Charles and Minnie BARR. Funeral will be Christian church at Talma tomorrow; Rev. RUPE of Argos; Victor [Reichter] cemetery.  (Wednesday)


The wife of Levi EIKENBERRY, the dairyman, who lived just west of Rochester several years, died last week at Mexico, leaving a will in which her husband is to hold all of her property as long as he lives and then turn it over to the one son, George [EIKENBERRY], if he be living. But if he die before his father then the estate shall be turned over as an endowment fund to the Dunkard church.  (Wednesday)


Enoch MOW collected $54.10 to defray expenses of the late Willis HILL during his sickness and death, and has paid all expenses to date, leaving $32.10 with which to buy a grave stone.  (Saturday)


The little son of Elijah QUICK died Sunday at 8 p.m. Particulars unknown.  (Wagoner item)


Friday, August 29, 1902


Little Geneva [BRIDEGROOM], the nine months old baby of Mr. & Mrs. William BRIDEGROOM, died yesterday at their home about a mile and a half east of Athens. Funeral was at Mt. Hope church this afternoon.  (Saturday)

Mrs. Carter SMITH had a telephone message from Miami, near Kokomo, yesterday evening, giving her the sad intelligence of the death of her only brother, William JONES, after a long illness. Mrs. Smith and her sister, Mrs. Mary BLACKETOR, left on the morning train to attend the funeral.  (Saturday)


Mrs. Tobias GOSS, Mrs. John SNODGRASS and Henry SMITH went to Miami yesterday to attend the funeral of their relative, William JONES.  (Monday)

Henson BENNETT, an old inmate of the county infirmary, died Saturday and the remains were taken to his former home, Kewanna, for burial.  (Monday)


Judge CONNER and Attorneys ROWLEY and MYERS and Auditor LOWRY, accompanied with their families, attended the [Frank L.] WAGNER funeral at Kewanna, Sunday.  (Monday)


Enoch MYERS was here Monday looking after the affairs of the late F[rank] L. WAGNER.  [Kewanna item)


Mose ENGLE of the Bruce Lake neighborhood who has been suffering a long time with cancer, died Wednesday.  (Kewanna item)


The death of Attorney Frank L. WAGNER, of Kewanna, from acute stomach trouble, occurred Friday afternoon and he was aged nearly fifty years.

Deceased came to Rochester from his birth place in Stark county, Ohio in 1874 and after a residence here of several years, was principal of the Kewanna school for two years. He then turned his attention to insurance collections, etc., until fifteen years ago when he was admitted to the bar and has ever since been in the active practice of law. He was always identified with the progressive interests of Kewanna and was one of the substantial men of that excellent town. He married Miss Ida MURRAY in 1877 and their union was productive of four children, all but one son of which preceded the father in death.


Charles BAKER died at his home in Fulton Wednesday, August 20, at the age of 31 years, after a lingering illness. Born December 21, 1870 near Green Oak where he lived for many years. Married Hattie MILLER in 1893. Born to them five children, four of which remain with the wife, mother, two sisters and five brothers. Funeral was today at Mt. Zion church; Rev. LACEY.


Friday, September 5, 1902


Last Friday evening while Mr. & Mrs. Geo. W. CAREY were visiting their daughter at Marion, Mrs. Carey suddenly died. Mr. Carey had just retired for the night, and his wife, a few moments later, entered the room apparently in perfect health. Just as she approached the bed she threw up her hands and fell heavily forward to the floor. Mr. Carey at once jumped out of bed only to find his wife dying. A physician was called but he could do nothing.

Surviving are husband, eleven children, fourteen grandchildren and two brothers.

A peculiar feature of this death is the fact that she is the fifth one of her family who have died the same way, including both her parents.

Mrs. Mary [SHELT] WHITTENBERGER, widow of the late Jacob WHITTENBERGER, died at her home at Akron September 2 at 7 o’clock. She was 75 years old and has been sick with paralysis for several weeks. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. [Ina M. WHITTENBERGER] George [K.] BRUNDIGE and Mrs. L[awson] M. [Ella A. WHITTENBERGER] NOYER. Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m.


After illness of heart disease of several years, Henry HISEY died at his home Friday morning about four o’clock. Unconscious since Monday morning.

He was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, August 20, 1847, and came to Fulton county with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jacob W. HISEY in 1863. In the early part of 1870 he came to Rochester and worked a few years at carpentry, after which he accepted foremanship of Samuel BARKDOLL’s planing mill, where he remained until his health began to fail on account of the dust of the mill. He then purchased Sidney LEITER’s interest in the hardware business of LEITER & STOCKBERGER, in which business he remained until he died. About twelve years ago he was elected town trustee.

He married Amanda STOCKBERGER, a sister of his business associate, Joel STOCKBERGER, on July 4, 1871. Born to them two children, Della and Lee [HISEY], who with their mother survive. Also surviving are four brothers and one sister: John C. and Daniel W. HISEY and Mrs Lydia [HISEY] PARTRIDGE, of Rochester, Charles HISEY, or Argos, and County Commissioner Augustine HISEY, of near Tiosa. Member of Odd Fellows, who had charge of funeral at the house Sunday afternoon; Rev. CONLEY of Baptist church; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Mrs. Hester COLLINS went to Argos today to attend the funeral of Mrs. [Sarah F.] TURNER.  (Thursday)


Miss CLIFTON returned to Peru this morning after attending the funeral of Henry HISEY.  (Monday)


Mrs. [Alonzo M.] Sarah [KESLER] MATHEWS, daughter of Simon KESSLER, died in Illinois Saturday, and the remains were brought to Talma today for burial.  (Monday)


Funeral of Henry HISEY Sunday afternoon attended by crowd so large that Baptist church filled and many could not get inside. Rev. CONLEY preached; Frank BRYANT sang; and then a hundred Odd Fellows and others in long procession escorted remains. Pall bearers were all hardware men, competitors of deceased, but his friends. They were Fred H. CORNELIUS, Norman STONER, John McCLURE, Ed ZOOK, George BLACK and Levi DULMATCH.


John BAINES attended the funeral of his little son at Huntington Saturday.  (Delong item)


Sarah MATHEWS died suddenly at her home in Malta, Illinois, and the body was returned to Talma Sunday. Funeral Monday a.m.  (Talma item)


Delmer BENNETT, who was called here to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Hanson BENNETT, returned to his home at Hammond today.  (Talma item)

Friday, September 12, 1902





Friday, September 19, 1902


Peter MILLER died at the family home in Richland township near Leiters Ford Friday of heart disease, aged 77 years and 7 months.

He was born in Elsas, France, now Germany, where he grew to manhood and at age of 21 enlisted in French military, serving seven years in the cavalry. After discharge he spent one winter with parents, and in the summer of 1858 came to America, landing in New York. He came to Indiana where he spent greater part of his life, becoming resident of Fulton county in 1864.

Married a widow, Mary WALTER, in 1865. Born to them seven children, four of whom with his wife preceded. Member Evangelical church over 40 years. Survived by two sons, Noah and Abraham MILLER, one daughter, Mrs. E. P.[Sue MILLER]  NAFE, one brother and many relatives.


Anna [BARKDOLL] STEPHEY, daughter of Samuel and Margaret BARKDOLL was born at Fountaindale, Adams county, Pennsylvania, August 19, 1830, and died at her residence near Mt. Zion Thursday, September 11, aged 72 years and 23 days.

Married David STEPHEY, “now deceased, in December 1852, in the state of Pennsylvania. In the year 1869, came to Fulton county with her family, in 1871 moved to the farm where she died. She was the mother of eight children, five sons and three daughters. One son and one daughter preceded in death. Survivors are four sons and two daughters, one brother, Samuel BARKDOLL, and one sister, Mrs. Christian [Margaret A. BARKDOLL] HOOVER. Member German Reformed church. Funeral will be Saturday a.m., Mt. Zion church; Rev. George LOCKHART; Mt. Zion cemetery.


The nine month old baby girl of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. GRASS who live near Talma died yesterday.  (Friday)


The funeral of Mrs. Wm. HILL will be held at the Adventist church Sunday afternoon. Elder P. J. STALEY, of Franklin, Indiana, will conduct services.  (Friday)


The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Oliver BORDEN died Saturday. Interment at Richter cemetery near Tiosa.  (Tuesday)


The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. William GRASS of near Mentone died September 10 aged seven months. Funeral at Yellow Creek church; Rev. CLEM.  (Tuesday)


The wills of Mrs. Rebecca VANMETER and Peter MILLER are being probated today.  (Wednesday)


The twelve year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Irvin ZARTMAN who live southeast of Fulton died last night from an attack of typhoid fever. Funeral tomorrow.  (Wednesday)

Pearl WEAVER, 15 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac WEAVER died about 3 a.m. today at her home near Wagoner. Sick about a year with kidney trouble. Burial tomorrow; Mt. Zion cemetery.  (Thursday)


Charles SEVENGOOD of the Bruce Lake neighborhood died Tuesday from appendicitis. He leaves a family.  (Kewanna item)


Infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. GRASS was buried Friday.  (Talma item)

Friday, September 26, 1902


Wm. Jay SHIELDS died at his home in Rochester yesterday evening at four o’clock. He had been in poor health for thirty years and for the past two years confined to his home most of the time. His affliction was a stomach disorder which caused rheumatism and nervous prostration and it slowly wore his life away.

He was born on the SHIELDS farm near Columbia Park fifty years and one month ago. When two years old his parents moved to Rochester, and his father, Jesse SHIELDS, opened up a mercantile business which he conducted successfully for years and in which Jay received his business training. In 1879 he married Miss Frances KILLEN, who soon after became an invalid and remained so for twenty years. To them two sons, Roy and Harry [SHIELDS], were born, the former a writer on the Chicago Chronicle and the latter city reporter on the Rochester Sentinel.

In 1877 Mr. Shields was elected town Clerk, in 1882 he was the democratic nominee for County Recorder, in 1894 President Cleveland appointed him Postmaster of Rochester and in 1899 he was elected a member of the town council. In all of these positions he proved himself an honest, trustworthy and competent official. But while he was thus favored by the public and his many friends, as a deserving citizen, his life was one of constant trial. Sick himself and his wife a helpless invalid, there was little sunshine in life for him. Besides, his brother was an invalid for several years when death took him. Then followed the death of his wife, and then of his father, all within the past five years.

Jay Shields will long be remembered as a clean citizen, an honest man and a true friend. He was frank and candid in all he did and there was never any doubt where he stood on public questions. He was kind to the poor and loyal to his friends. He made the most possible of a life handicapped with the misfortune of ill health.

The funeral of Wm. Jay Shields will take place at the family residence at 10 o’clock Friday morning. Rev. LOCKHART officiating.


Mr. Ed COLLINS and family and Azro COLLINS went to Leiters today to attend the funeral of Mr. Collins’ step-sister.  (Wednesday)


Mrs. Adam MOW died about noon today after a long illness. She was about sixty-five years old and the mother of Dave, John, Zene, George and Bert MOW, and of Mrs. John WOODFIELD, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Amanda LINN, of Lansing, Michigan.  (Thursday)


A telegram received by Charles E.[F?] OSBORN Saturday evening, stated that his half-brother, Enoch McCOY, died in Montana, where he had recently gone on a visit with his brother. No particulars given. Mr. McCoy was a native of Fulton county and has been a resident of Kansas City for several years.  (Monday)

George GOODMAN, formerly of this place, was killed in a mine near Farnsworth, Sullivan county. He leaves a wife, two children, and a host of friends.  (Mt. Hope item)


Mrs. J. H. KREAMER died at home north of town Monday evening. The remains were taken to North Manchester for burial. She leaves a husband, three little children, father and mother.  (Kewanna item)


Great was the surprise and sorrow Tuesday morning when the Lady Maccabees received a telegram from Hammond reporting the death of their sister, Lady Ella McKEE, of that place, but late of Leiters, and requesting them to take charge of the remains which would arrive on Wednesday at 10:40.  (Leiters item)

Friday, October 3, 1902


Funeral of Wm. Jay SHIELDS this morning; Rev. LOCKHART. Pall bearers: Hon. V. ZIMMERMAN, L. M. BRACKETT, Ananias BAKER, Marion REITER, John D. HOLMAN and Scott SHIELDS.  (Friday)


Sam E. STEPHEY, trustee of Anna STEPHEY, deceased, will dispose of stock, implements and household articles of said estate at public auction on Tuesday October 14 at the late residence of said decedent 4 miles southeast of Rochester.  (Wednesday)


McClung Post members will soon have some very pretty and unique grave markers for deceased members. Justice DAVIS has designed a pretty pattern for use in moulding the iron marks and it is very neat and attractive. It is a star mounted on a ground spud and within the star are the initials G. A. R.  (Thursday)


The little child of Lewis POLLEY died Tuesday and was buried here Wednesday.  (Leiters item)


Clarence and Lawrence FIKE returned to Hammond to work after the burial of their mother, Mrs. Ella McKEE, but Ferne [FIKE][?] will remain in Leiters to attend school this winter.  (Leiters item)


Died at her home in Hammond September 22, Mrs. Ella McKEE, of neuralgia of the heart. Deceased had been a resident of Leiters for about 18 years until last April, when she with her three sons moved to Hammond, her husband and one daughter having preceded her in death some years ago. Member M.E. church since her 15th year. Funeral conducted by L.O.T.M. of Leiters, of which she was member.  (Leiters item)


Mrs. Wm. HAY was called to the death bed of her sister.  [Mt. Hope item)


Odie Milton POTTENGER, son of James and Cyrene POTTENGER, was born at Middleton, Ohio, June 6, 1886, and died near Disko, Indiana, September 25, 1902, aged 16 years 2 months 29 days. He always held in especial regard his mother who was faithful to him until the dying hour. Funeral was at M.E. church at Akron; Rev. Ernest LUTES; [Akron] Odd Fellows cemetery.

Martha L. PRESTON [MOW], daughter of Mr. & Mrs. D. W. PRESTON, was born in Dublin, Indiana, October 5, 1839 and died at her home in Rochester September 25, 1902, aged 62 years.

Married John A. MOW in 1857, and born to them twelve children, seven boys and five girls. Five of the children preceded in death. Surviving are David W., John A., Harvey A., George and Zenis T. [MOW], of this city, Mrs. Mary [MOW] WOODFIELD, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Amanda [MOW] LINN, of Lansing, Michigan. The sisters and brothers are Edwin PRESTON of Peru, J. C. PRESTON of Kansas City, William PRESTON of Gilead, Alfred PRESTON of this city, and Mrs. Sadie [PRESTON] JONES of Twelve Mile, Maggie [PRESTON] LOCKWOOD, of Gilead, and Emma [PRESTON] BURCH, of Ft. Madison, Iowa. Member Evangelical church; Funeral was Sunday afternoon; Citizens cemetery.

Friday, October 10, 1902


Huldah HAMLIN MEREDITH, wife of the late Jesse MEREDITH, and daughter of Joshua and Eliza HAMLIN, died October 5, 1902, aged 68 years and 5 months. Born in Stark county, Ohio. Member Christian church at Talma. Her little daughter, May [MEREDITH], aged 9 years, had preceded her in death a few days. Surviving are three sisters, one in Ohio, one in Chicago and one in Wabash. Funeral was by Rev. J. C. RUPE; Yellow Creek cemetery.


Mrs. Hannah [GUARD] GREEN died at the home of her son, Alexander GREEN, on South Main street, Saturday afternoon at the advanced age of 90 years and 12 days. Her maiden name was Hannah Guard, and she was born in Prebel county, Ohio, September 22, 1812. She was the mother of six children, four of whom are living. They are: Wm. J. GREEN and Mrs. Sarah [GREEN] GREGORY, both of whom live in the south part of the county; Mrs. Phoebe [GREEN] WHEELDON, of Nebraska; and Alexander GREEN, of this city.

Grandma Green, as she was best known, was of a home like disposition, and was highly esteemed by those who knew her best in her declining years. Member United Brethren church; funeral at the residence last Monday a.m.; Rev. SHOWLEY assisted by Rev. H. E. HOCHSTADLER; Salem cemetery.


Mary Georgia LIVESAY died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Rachel LIVESAY, early Sunday morning aged 22 years 10 months 14 days. Born in west part of Fulton county. Poor health with lung trouble since last April; death expected for two weeks. Surviving: her mother, one brother and one sister: Ben LIVESAY and Mrs. John [T.] [Grace LIVESAY] TAYLOR. Funeral was Monday p.m., Mt. Olive church; Rev. SHOWLEY.


Robert [CARTER], the little five months old son of Mr. & Mrs. Al. CARTER, died Saturday evening at 9:30 after a week of intense suffering from cholera infantum. Funeral was Monday afternoon at the home; Rev. LOCKHART; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Mrs. Wm. POTTER, of near Blue Grass, received word a few days ago of the death of Jas. SMITH, in Washington state. The young man was her grandson, the son of Geo. SMITH, who, until his death a few years ago, lived in Wayne township.


V. P. CALVIN and wife, Chas. WISELY and wife, Mrs. G. M. CALVIN, I. B. [CALVIN], Will [CALVIN] and R. P. CALVIN attended the funeral of the former’s half brother, Geo. D. WASHBURN, at the Crooked Creek Baptist church Sunday. Mr. Washburn died at Royal

Center, Saturday, aged 92 years. Deceased came to Logansport from Brown county, Ohio, 72 years ago, when it was only an Indian village. V. P. Calvin of Kewanna, aged 72, is the only surviving member of the family of boys and girls of which deceased was a member.  (Kewanna item)


Charley BEMENDERFER died at North Manchester, Tuesday, aged about 28 years. He grew up at Akron and was a popular young man. He leaves a wife and four children, one brother and one sister, and was a nephew of Samuel and Wm. J. BEMENDERFER. His disease was typhoid fever.  (Friday)


Mrs. Huldah MEREDITH died last Sunday.  (Talma item)

Friday, October 17, 1902


Robert “Uncle Bob” WALLACE died Wednesday night, after ailing for several months with a combination of colds, rheumatism, etc. incident to old age, and death was not unexpected.

He was one of the best known men in northern Indiana until his declining years induced him to seek the seclusion of a home on his fruit farm just northeast of town, and then he was not forgotten, for the imprint of his indomitable will and sturdy character, derived from his Scotch ancestry, will always remain plainly written upon the pages of Fulton county history.

He was born in Scotland in 1828, and traced his lineage definitely back to the BRUCEs and WALLACEs of Scottish fame. He came to America in 1834 and settled in Oneida county, New York, where he remained until 1840, when he came to Fulton county and settled on a farm near Kewanna. In 1854 he moved to Rochester and entered the mercantile business, and in 1857 he erected the building which, in 1869, was remodeled and converted into what was then the finest and best equipped hotel in northern Indiana. He remained in the hotel business until 1888, when he leased his building and sought rest from a long life of arduous labor on a little farm, which it was his delight, aided by his wife, to convert into a beautiful fruit farm. There he remained in peace and comfort with his fruit, and chickens, and bees, until about two weeks ago, when he and his wife decided to live with their daughter, Mrs. Fred H. [Vida J. WALLACE] CORNELIUS, during the winter, and where he died late yesterday afternoon.

He married Elmira SHAFER at Kewanna in 1848, who survives him. Born to them five children: Mary C. and John [WALLACE], who preceded the father in death, and Mrs. D. A. HAUK, of Canon City, Colorado, Mrs. Chas. LEEBRICK, of Peru, and Mrs. Fred H. CORNELIUS, of this city.

Member Presbyterian church; life long democrat “of the old school.”

Funeral will be at the Cornelius home Saturday afternoon 2:30; Rev. MOORE.


Mrs. Robert [H.] [Florence C. DeMONT] STEVENS died at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. W. F. DeMONT, at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday after a two weeks . . .  typhoid fever.

She was Mr. & Mrs. DeMont’s oldest daughter, born near Lake Maxinkuckee, December 7, 1875, and at the time of her death was 26 years 10 months 9 days of age. Twenty-one years ago she came with her parents to Rochester; graduated from the High School here; later took teachers course at Terre Haute Normal. Taught school near Akron one year and for three or four years was a teacher in the Rochester schools. The term of 1900-01 she was principal of the Thorp, Washington schools.

While at Thorp she became acquainted with Robert Stevens, and on September 4, 1901 they were married in Rochester. In that far away western state she lived hardly a year, being called to Rochester the latter part of August by the sickness of her brother, Eugene DeMONT, who was suffering with typhoid fever. After nursing her brother through his sickness she herself was taken down with the disease two weeks ago.

During the greater part of her sickness she was unconscious, recognizing her relatives at intervals. Her husband arrived at her bedside last Friday night and at only one time, last Saturday, did she recognize him.


Hugh Hill is dead. After ten days of suffering with a bullet in his body, the result of an accident, the little patient passed away at his parents’ home, corner of Monroe and Plum streets, at 9:10 o’clock, Wednesday morning.

Hugh Emerson HILL, son of Mr. & Mrs. John J. HILL, was born in Rochester March 9, 1890, and at the time of his death was 12 years 7 months and 6 days of age. He was a member of room 6 South Building, and one of Miss PARKER’s brightest pupils.

The accident that resulted in his death occurred Monday evening, October 9. Hugh and a playmate were playing with a toy revolver, in which they were preparing to shoot a No. 22 cartridge, having cut the lead off even with the end of the cartridge. Hugh pressed the end of the weapon against his abdomen and struck the cartridge with his knife to tighten it, and the bullet entered his body.

Post mortem was conducted by Dr. W. S. SHAFER, assisted by Drs. J. N. RANNELLS and P. E. TERRY, Wednesday morning. It was found that the ball had pierced the peritoneim, but left the alimentary canal intact. It then took a downward course, dropping into the pelvic fascia and an abscess was formed.

Besides the father and mother, two brothers, Floyd and Fred [HILL], remain. Funeral was 2 p.m. Friday; Rev. DeVOE.


Chas. STIVER received a telephone message from North Manchester, last evening, informing him that his brother, Earl [STIVER], had been killed in a factory there. No particulars were given. He was about 16 years old. Funeral will be Sunday.  (Friday)


Vint HOMAN, a pioneer citizen of Mexico and the first merchant that the little village ever had, died at his home Sunday at 3 o’clock after an affliction of many months resulting from paralysis. He had spent several months in the South recently in an effort to regain his health, but to no purpose.  (Thursday)


Friday, October 24, 1902


There was a sad ending of an unfortunate life at Akron at noon today. Mrs. [William H.] [Louisa WILHOIT] CUFFEL, an estimable lady, took Rough on Rats poison Sunday night and slowly sank to death from its effects.

Deceased had been afflicted with chronic mania for several months and had been treated at Longcliff Hospital at Logansport. Last week her husband brought her home on a furlough at her earnest request and as she was but little improved she was very despondent and Sunday night got up from her bed and took a dose of Rough on Rats. She did not tell what she had done until her condition was discovered and the poison had so permeated her system that she was beyond recovery.

This was not her first attempt at self destruction. She entertained a constant fear that she

would commit violence on some of her relatives and talked freely of her decision that it would be better for all if she were out of the danger of harming them. She tried self destruction once before going to Longcliff and once after she was there. She improved some with the treatment but insisted that her case was hopeless.

Mrs. Cuffel’s maiden name was Wilhoit and she leaves her husband, a son 13 years old, and numerous other relatives. Funeral Thursday morning at 10 o’clock.


Martha Jane REYNOLDS [WALKER] was born in Akron, Ohio, March 13, 1835 and died of paralysis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H[erman] L. [Clara WALKER] SLICK, northeast of Kewanna, October 12, 1902, aged 67 years 6 months 29 days. Married to her now deceased husband, Chauncy WALKER, in 1860.  (Kewanna item)


Sam McKEE, of Piper City, Illinois, is here to attend the funeral of Hugh HILL.  (Friday)


Funeral of Hugh HILL at Christian church yesterday afternoon was largely attended. His room in school, No. 6, was dismissed and together with their teacher, attended the service in a body. The pall bearers were Ross HENDERSON, Omar MARTIN, Gleason MACKEY, Arthur HENDRICKSON, Hovey BALL and Everett SHRIVER. The last named was a member of Hugh’s Sunday school class and the others were his roommates. Music by Messrs. B. F. FRETZ and Chas. KILMER and Misses Myrtle GREEN and Pearl BARRETT.  (Saturday)


Mrs. Eva YOUNG FELKER, of Lebanon, is visiting Mrs. Jennie CLIFTON. She came to attend the Florence DeMONT STEVENS funeral (Saturday)


Mrs. E. J. EHRLICH, who was a resident of Rochester about twelve years ago, died at Toledo, Ohio, Saturday. She was the mother-in-law of Ben HEILBRUN.  (Monday)


Lewis COX and wife attended the funeral of his brother’s child at Twelve Mile, Tuesday.  (Blue Grass item)


Friday, October 31, 1902


Mrs. David [G.] [Anna ASHLEMAN] HARTER, who came here from Kentucky about two weeks ago to visit her brother, Alden ASHLEMAN, near Akron, died of typhoid fever Sunday.

She was the daughter of Samuel ASHLEMAN, deceased, and was born and raised in Fulton county. She and her husband went to Kentucky about four years ago. One brother, Alvah [ASHLEMAN], has been in California for twenty-six years, and he met her here. Arrangements were made that he should accompany her home and they were to leave for Kentucky a week ago, but Mrs. Harter was taken sick. Mr. HARTER arrived Saturday evening. The children at home were telegraphed of the death.


John C. PHILLIPS, ex-Auditor of Fulton county and a widely known citizen and lodge man, died at his home in Rochester at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning aged 57 years and 3 months.

Deceased had been sick for eighteen months with complicated heart trouble which

baffled the skill of many of the best physicians and failed to yield to the climatic vigor of California where he spent three months in search of health. He was also treated by specialists of a Chicago hospital but despite all, he slowly went down to death.

John C. Phillips was born in Virginia and came with his parents to this county when he was 10 years old. When he reached manhood he taught school and then for 18 years was a leading merchant of Kewanna. Then the democratic party gave him the important office of County Auditor and he served faithfully for four years. Then he engaged, for several years, in the bridge building business and then took up general organization work for the Order of Maccabees, which he followed successfully for twelve years, extending his acquaintance and the growth of the Order all over the state. He was a charter member, in Kewanna and Rochester, of the Masons, Knights of Pythias, Ben Hurs, Red Men and Maccabees in all of which he was an honored and useful member.

He married his surviving wife, Mary A. APT, in 1871, and to them seven children were born all of whom are living as follows: Leonard [PHILLIPS] and Jay [PHILLIPS], of Chicago, Mrs. Mable [PHILLIPS] CHURCH, of this city, and Don [PHILLIPS], Grace [PHILLIPS], Nellie [PHILLIPS] and Frankie [PHILLIPS], still at home. He also leaves two brothers and two sisters - Hickman PHILLIPS and Mrs. BOWMAN, of California; Marshall PHILLIPS, of Monon, and Mrs. Jere LEITER, of Kewanna.

Funeral this afternoon 2:00 p.m. at the Court house; Rev. Harry MOORE, pastor of the Spiritualists.


Mrs. SHESLER was called to White county Tuesday on account of the sudden demise of a sister.  (Akron item)

Mr. & Mrs. D. K. VICKERY of North Manchester attended the funeral of Mrs. D. G. HARTER last Tuesday.  (Akron item)


Friday, November 7, 1902


The funeral of the late John C. PHILLIPS occurred Friday afternoon at two o’clock, the services being held in the circuit court room.

The funeral procession from the residence was preceded by the Citizens Band and the local lodges of Masons, Maccabees and L.O.T.M. The pall bearers were ex-Trustee RUSSEL and Mrs. RALSTON, of Kewanna, Major SKINNER, Chas. CAFFYN, Wm. BITTERS and J. O. MILLER. Music was furnished by Misses Lola CRIM and Pearl BARRETT, Wm. RANNELLS and Dee REITER. Rev. CONLEY read a short poem and the funeral oration was delivered by Rev. MOORE.

Among those who were here to attend the funeral were Louis MILLS, Mr. RALSTIN, Mr. BAIR and Geo. CALVIN, and their families of Kewanna, Grand Commander of the K.O.T.M. Milo MEREDITH, and Grand Record Keeper REPLOGLE; Taylor BENNETT, Kokomo; Mr. SNYDER, Onward; Marshall PHILLIPS, Monon, and A. D. and H. P. APT of Chicago.


Robert Owen MURRAY was born in Fulton county, Indiana, January 4, 1847, and died October 29, 1902. Aged 55 years 9 months 25 days. Married in 1881 to Mary BOWMAN. Born to them four children, one of whom preceded in death. Survivors are wife, three daughters and relatives.

Member United Brethren church. Funeral at the home; Rev. S. P. KORSTER; Bowman cemetery.

Owen MURRAY, ex-trustee of Wayne township, died Wednesday night at 8 o’clock and was buried Friday at 10 o’clock; Bowman cemetery.  (Kewanna item)

Eliza A. SUTTON died Wednesday October 23, 1902 at the home of her son, Jesse SUTTON, in Fulton county, aged 64 years 1 month 28 days. Married Stephen SUTTON January 7, 1864. Born to them nine children, seven of whom survive. Funeral was Friday, Christian church Star City; Rev. HORN.


The heirs of the late Lewis SMITH met in this place last Monday and disposed of the two pieces of town property. Mrs. Mary [SMITH] SEITNER, a daughter of the deceased, bought the home place and C. E. SMITH gets the little property on north Main street occupied by the Thomas WHITTENBERGER family.  (Akron item)


Mrs. Emma [KUHN] BARNES, wife of Isaac BARNES, died Thursday evening of last week, aged about 42 years. Her maiden name was Kuhn and she was a sister to Lincoln and Alvin KUHN. Survived by seven children, some of them yet young.  (Akron item)


Mrs. LYONS and Mrs. C. H. FLAGG came home last night from Bellefountain, Ohio, where they attended the funeral of Samuel HOOVER. He was Mrs. Lyons’ brother-in-law and Mrs. Flagg’s grandfather.  (Friday)


The infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. HOLLOWAY, on the SHIELDS farm, died Sunday morning. Burial was in the WICKELS cemetery today.  (Monday)

Adam “Cold Day” HENSEL, died at the county infirmary Saturday at 11 a.m. He was a native of Germany and was about 61 years of age. By trade a blacksmith. Burial was Sunday at the county farm cemetery.  (Monday)


A telephone message from Akron announced the death of Mrs. [Jacob E.] [Martha SARBER HOTE] DAY, which occurred at the home of her son, Frank DAY, two miles northeast of that place, at 5 o’clock Wednesday morning at the advanced age of 84 years.

She was the widow of Jacob E. DAY, who died about two years ago. Her maiden name was Martha Sarber and she was born near Nantocke Dam, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania in October, 1818. Her first husband’s name was HOTE, and she leaves by this marriage three children, Mrs. John BONIWITZ, Mrs. David WILLIAMS and Sarah Ellen HOTE. The children of the second marriage are John, Will, Joseph, Hige, Frank and Carey DAY. She had lived on the present DAY farm for many years, her husband having secured it of the government. Funeral at the home today 1:30 p.m.


Lovina Ann BAKER, daughter of Phillip BAKER, deceased, died Wednesday afternoon, aged 25 years. Funeral will be Friday 10 a.m. Green Oak church; Shelton cemetery.  (Tuesday)


The funeral of Helen A. DAWSON, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel B. DAWSON, occurred at the home about three miles northeast of Athens Sunday afternoon. The child was one year and eight months old and the cause of death is not known. Mrs. Dawson awoke near midnight Friday night and the baby was sick, and it died within a few minutes. Funeral conducted by Rev. SHOWLEY.  (Tuesday)

Mrs. Hannah ELLIOTT, of Gilead, aged 79 years, died Sunday night at 10 o’clock of typhoid pneumonia. She was an aunt of Mrs. Margaret ELLIOTT, of this city.  (Thursday)


Friday, November 14, 1902


Mrs. W. S. GIBBONS received a telegram last evening telling of the death of a sister at Paragould, Arkansas.  (Friday)


Miss Lavina BAKER died at her mother’s home near Green Oak Wednesday at the age of 25 years. The disease was consumption. Funeral was at Green Oak this forenoon by the Lutheran minister of Peru.  (Friday)


The funeral of Mrs. Martha DAY occurred at Akron today at 1:30 p.m. Among those from Rochester in attendance were Mrs. A. T. BITTERS, Mr. & Mrs. C. K. BITTERS, Mrs. Mart BITTERS, Wm. BITTERS, Mr. & Mrs. John PURCELL, who are visiting here from Pennsylvania, and Ray DAY.  (Friday)


Mr. & Mrs. Bert SCULL and Miss Rosa MEYER went to Wabash this morning to attend the funeral of their cousin, Miss Emma EBERHART, who died with typhoid fever.  (Monday)


Alice BROADSWORD [HUDKINS] was born in Peru January 23, 1858. Married W[alter] D. HUDKINS at Kewanna November 27, 1884.

Member Peru Baptist church, and upon moving to Kewanna with her parents in 1880 became member of Kewanna Baptist church. She died November 4, 1902 in South Dakota where she had lived since the fall of 1899. Aged 44 years 10 months 11 days. Surviving are husband, one child, two brothers, two sisters, father, mother and many relatives. She died of blood poisoning after two weeks of suffering.

The remains arrived in Kewanna from Devoe Friday evening and funeral was at Baptist church Saturday 1:30 p.m.; Rev. BAIR; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Lovena May BAKER, born near Green Oak, June 8, 1877, died November 5, aged 25 years and 5 months. Sick almost a year with consumption. Survived by aged mother, one sister, five brothers.


Percival BERRY, principal of the Onward high school, whose death bed wedding with Miss Mae REED was mentioned some days since, died Monday of typhoid fever.

And being unable to rise from bed the ceremony was performed in his room, the bride standing at his bedside. This was the last wish of the deceased and the doctors thought if it were granted he would improve, but he grew worse. The deceased was a son of Wile BERRY, the artist, who formerly lived on a farm in this county, near Lucetta.


Austin “Pony” SPENCER died at Longcliff Hospital this morning at 9 o’clock.  (Thursday)


The infant child of C. T. HUGHS was buried at Mt. Zion cemetery Saturday.  (Wagoner item)

Miss Lovena BAKER died November 6 and was buried at Shelton cemetery November 7. She was in her 26th year. Survived by aged mother, three brothers and one sister.  (Wagoner item)


Friday, November 21, 1902


George YENNA, a farmer living near Lucetta in Liberty township, worked at corn husking Saturday all day and ate a hearty supper as usual. Soon after supper he suddenly fell over and when members of his family reached him he was dead. He was a soldier of the Civil War and was nearly 60 years old.


Mrs. Elizabeth [MILLER] STEFFEY, widow of Benjamin STEFFEY, deceased 16 years ago, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. S. BOLLES, this morning aged 79 years.

She had been afflicted with paralysis for six months and disolution dated from the day of her first affliction. Her maiden name was Miller, she was born and married in Pennsylvanit and located in Fulton county 40 years ago, and always lived on the STEFFEY farm four miles southeast of town. She was the mother of eleven children, four of whom are dead. The living ones are Abraham, Hiram, Henry and Frank STEFFEY, and Mrs. Lizzie [STEFFEY] KLOSTER, Mrs. W[ilson] S. [Susan STEFFEY] BOLLES and Mrs. Mel [Tryphena STEFFEY KEEL] TRUE. Funeral at Mt. Zion church Tuesday 11:30; Rev. LAUDEMAN.


The remains of Mrs. Louisa B. GREEN arrived in Rochester today noon from Longcliff asylum at Logansport. She was ninety years of age and had been an inmate of the asylum for several years. She was the mother of Walter STICKLES. Upon arrival the remains were interred in the Odd Fellows cemetery.  (Friday)

Walter STICKLES, an old time Rochester newspaper man and printer was here today from Elkhart attending the burial of his mother, Mrs. GREEN.  (Monday)


James LOGAN, father of attorney  Harley LOGAN, died at Plymouth yesterday, aged 74 years.  (Tuesday)


Friday, November 28, 1902


Levi BURCH died at his home at Athens Wednesday evening. He was 82 years of age and a highly respected citizen of the community. He had been troubled for some time with heart disease. Arnold BURCH, of this city, is a son. Funeral was today at Mt. Zion; Rev. SHOWLEY.  (Friday)


John FOGLESONG, a pioneer citizen of Kewanna and at one time a widely known hotel man, died suddenly this morning after eating a hearty breakfast. He had been troubled some with inactivity of the heart and this, in conjunction with his age of 75 and half years, was responsible for his death. He was a native Indianian having been born in Rush county and was long an active member of the Methodist church. His wife and eight children survive, three of whom, Mrs. Henry PFEIFFER, Mrs. Laura SHAFER and Frank FOGLESONG, live in this city. Funeral will be at Kewanna Monday.


The remains of the infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. ROSS were brought here from

Logansport yesterday and interred in the Odd Fellows cemetery.  (Tuesday)






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Monday, January 5, 1903


The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Val ZIMMERMAN, born on New Years Day, died yesterday afternoon.


Everett [SHUMAN], the son of Mr. & Mrs. Abe SHUMAN, who has been very low with lung fever for some time, died Saturday night, aged 3 years 6 months. Funeral was at Evangelical church this afternoon.


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Thursday, January 8, 1903


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Saturday, January 10, 1903


The funeral of Mrs. Wm. TRUE will be held tomorrow at 2:30 o’clock at the residence.


Mr. & Mrs. Eli ZARTMAN were called to Macy Wednesday on account of the death of a sister.  (Akron item)


Tuesday morning Andrew PONTIUS arose at about the usual hour and built the fire. Soon after he called to Mrs. [Andrew] [Lydia] PONTIUS, but he received no answer. He went to her room and found her a corpse. She had been in her usual health so far as we can learn.  [March 4, 1848 - January 6, 1903, ae 54y-10m-2d; bur. Gilead cemetery, Miami County, Indiana] (Akron item)

Monday, January 12, 1903


James B. GIBBONS, a widely known old farmer of Richland township, died Sunday afternoon from a complication of disorders, chief among which were Brights disease and paralysis. He had been sick for some time and was past 67 years old.

He came to Fulton county from West Virginia about fifty years ago and located in Richland township. There he lived ever since, except two years residence in this city. He was the father of eight children, six of whom - three sons and three daughters - and the wife and mother survive. The sons are County Superintendent W. S. GIBBONS and Mel and Charley GIBBONS well known teachers.

Member Odd Fellows. Funeral will be at the residence Tuesday noon.


Tuesday, January 13, 1903


McKINLEY school was adjourned Friday, and teachers and pupils went in a body to attend the funeral of Edith MASTELLER, of Room 2, fourth grade. Her desk was draped and due reverence paid to a dutiful pupil and popular schoolmate.


Frank EASH, the well known young farmer residing two miles north of this city, died suddenly last night of hemorrhage of the lungs.

He sat up until ten o’clock engaged in cheerful conversation with his family. Soon after retiring he called to his mother, and a few minutes after reaching his bedside he passed away.

Mr. Eash was a son-in-law of ex-commissioner Augustine HISEY, and at the time of his death was 27 years of age. For some time he had been in poor health, but his death comes as a surprise. He leaves a wife and two children. Funeral Thursday at Sand Hill church; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Wednesday, January 14, 1903


E. H. MURRAY was called to Andrews on account of the death of his father-in-law, Mr. LEEDY.


Al NELLANS, who lives near Fulton, received a letter from his son, Will [NELLANS], who now resides in Rugby, N. D., but formerly of this place, telling of the death of Loyd [NELLANS], their 11 month old boy.


On the day of the funeral of Mrs. Shannon [Amanda L. [SHORE] MACKEY more stores will be closed on this account than has ever before occurred in this city because of death. Her husband is a grocer, her son-in-law is also a grocer, and her three brothers are in business, one drugs, one wholesale grocery and the other dry goods.

Mrs. Shannon [Amanda L. SHORE] MACKEY died at her home in the southeast part of town at 5 o’clock this morning of congestion after a week’s illness at the age of 58 years.

 She was a sister of the SHORE brothers of this city, the oldest of the family, and was born and raised on a farm in Richland township. When a young woman she moved to this city with her parents and continued to make her home here until her death.

February 10, 1866 she married Shannon MACKEY who had just returned from the war.

Born to them five children, two of whom are dead. Surviving children are Mrs. L[yman] E. [Maude MACKEY] DOWNEY, of this city, Mrs. [James] [Birdella MACKEY] MITCHELL, of Cicero, Indiana, and Dr. Harry S. [MACKEY], of Indianapolis, who, together with the husband, her aged mother, Mrs. Lydia SHORE, and brothers survive her.

Member Christian church since early age. Funeral Friday afternoon at 2:30 at Christian church.


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Friday, January 16, 1903


Rev. DeVOE received a telegram this morning from his brother in New York stating that their father, Charles DeVOE, had died yesterday at his home in Bluffton, Massachusetts. He was in his sixtieth year and was sick but a short time.


The friends of the deceased will have an opportunity to view the remains of Mrs. Chester [C.] [Nora FLENAR] BITTERS from 9 to 10:30 tomorrow.


Mrs. Isabelle ACKERMAN died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. I. MILLER, at Marion. The remains will be brought here tomorrow noon and taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. P. KEITH. The funeral will be at 2 o’clock and she will be laid to rest in Odd Fellows cemetery by the side of her husband. Grandma Ackerman had reached the age of 89. Rev. LOCKHART will officiate.


Saturday, January 17, 1903




Forty-seven years ago today the first burial was made in I.O.O.F. cemetery, near this city.

Today the 1466 person was laid to rest in that burial ground. On both occasions Mr. D. R. MARTIN acted as grave digger and Mr. C. HOOVER was the undertaker.

This is a record that perhaps has no parallel in Indiana history. For this long series of years Mr. Martin has not dug all the graves, but with the exception of brief intervals the work has been done under his supervision, and he can tell, without reference to the plat, where the grave of nearly every one of this large army of persons is located. During all this time Mr. Hoover has been engaged in the same line of business. Mr. Martin has passed the three-quarters of a century mark, and Mr. Hoover is not much younger. While the former is becoming somewhat feeble, the friends of the latter often remark that he seems almost as young as he did thirty years ago.

During these years there has been more changes in the cemetery than in the appearance of the men who officiated at its dedication. It was then a blank level field. Now it is one of the handsomest spots to be found, beautified with bright evergreen trees and shrubs. Under the painstaking management of Mr. Martin the grounds are always in the best possible condition. Covered with a neatly cropped green sward, a wealth of choice blooming plants and decorated

with thousands of dollars worth of granite and marble, it is truly a handsome “city of the dead.”

The largest number of burials in any one year was in 1893, lwhen they reached fifty-eight, and last year was second with fifty-three.

Dan GIBBONS, who was here to attend the funeral of James GIBBONS, returned to his home at Cresto, Colorado, today.


Mr. & Mrs. Ed ZEIS, Oxford; Mr. & Mrs. G. I. MILLER, Marion; Mrs. Albert RICHTER and son Keith [RICHTER], Albion, Michigan, are here to attend the funeral of Grandma [Isabelle] ACKERMAN.


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Wednesday, January 21, 1903


C. H. FLAGG received a telegram this morning announcing the death of his brother-in-law, W. S. PATTON, at Paxton, Illinois, which occurred last night. He left for that city on the noon train to be present at the funeral.


The unexpected death of Grandfather James A. THRUSH occurred at the home of his son, N. B. [THRUSH], in Rochester last night. He had been failing rapidly for some time and his death may be attributed to old age, he being 83 years and 1 month old.

He was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania December 20, 1819, but had been a resident of Fulton county for nearly half a century. Of his immediate family he leaves two sons and two daughters: N. B. THRUSH, of this city; W. S. THRUSH, of Fletchers lake; Mrs. John MARTIN, of Cass county; and Mrs. Robert [J.] [Ada R. THRUSH] BEATTIE, of Lucerne. Life long presbyterian. Funeral will be at the Fletchers Lake church 2 o’clock Thursday.


Thursday, January 22, 1903


Uncle David McCAUGHEY and Hugh ELLIOTT attended the James THRUSH funeral at Fletchers today.


Elizabeth WINGERT [KLINE] was born November 19, 1822 at Neider Weinheim, Grand Duchy Hess, Darmstadt, Germany.

At a young age she came to Buffalo, N.Y., to be with her three sisters. There she met Debolt KLINE, who formerly came from Wickersheim, Alsace, France, now a part of Germany. In the summer of 1848, they were married and came to Lake Maxinkuckee, then a wild, unsettled country, and endured many of the hardships of pioneers.

Born to them nine children: Theodore, George, Frank, Mary, Debolt, Henry, John, Will and Sarah [KLINE]. Mary and Henry are deceased.

Her father came from Germany in 1849 and made his home with her, but died soon afterwards, and was the first person buried in the cemetery that is now her earthly resting place.

After 37 years of married life, her husband departed, leaving her with her children with

whom she made her home until her death, January 20, 1903, aged 90 years 2 months and 1 day.

Brought up a Lutheran, but after coming here she became member of Evangelical church. Funeral January 22 at Washington church and burial at Washington cemetery, at her hold homestead.


A large concourse of people attended the funeral of Mrs. Chester BITTERS last Saturday.  (Akron item)


The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Otis WHITTENBERGER died suddenly early Monday morning. Interment at I.O.O.F. cemetery Tuesday afternoon.  (Akron item)


Asbury BENNETT of the Fletcher neighborhood died Saturday and was buried Monday.  (Blue Grass item)


Mrs. Gottlieb [Magdalene] HUBER died at her home three miles west of here Saturday morning after a very brief illness. Funeral was Sunday.  (Kewanna item)


Friday, January 23, 1903


The remains of Joe BOWEN were laid away in Omega grave yard today in a $250 hermetically sealed metallic casket.


Reub. GILLILAND received word of the death of Mrs. Jessie GEIGER, the wife of Virgil GEIGER, editor of the Churubusco Truth, and he left today for that place to attend the funeral.


Saturday, January 24, 1903


The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Mart KING died of pneumonia today and the funeral will be at the residence tomorrow. Burial at Antioch.


Mrs. Martha BOWEN has been appointed administratrix of the estate of her deceased husband, Joe BOWEN, and has given bond of $20,000.


In the death of Samuel MONTGOMERY, which occurred at his home in Idaville, last Friday morning, another chapter is added to the sad story in the life of two homeless children of Kewanna, says the [Kewanna] Herald.

Six weeks ago James HORN, his wife and two children comprised a happy home in Kewanna, loved and esteemed by all who knew them. One month ago yesterday, after a few days’ illness of lung fever, the husband passed away. Eight days later the mother closed her eyes in sleep eternal, leaving two young children alone in the world. A few days then elapsed and amid the bewildered cries for the one who could no longer hear them, the little ones were taken to the home of their grandfather, Samuel MONTGOMERY in White county. Scarcely had they arrived at this new home and learned to love the kind old genteleman when he too became ill and after a week’s struggle with death lost the battle. And again the children were homeless.

John F. WILSON -  tender hearted John Wilson - attended the funeral at Idaville Sunday

and brought home with him the boy, while an uncle, Frank MONTGOMERY, of Indianapolis, took the little girl. Fatherless, motherless, and far away from each other, the young orphans certainly solicit sympathy.


Monday, January 26, 1903


Jacob HERRING went to Elkhart today to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, David SLUSSER, who died in Colorado last Friday.




When Mr. & Mrs. Charley JONES, of near Talma, arose Saturday morning, their little five year old daughter, May [JONES], got up with them. She was dressed and stood in front of the heating stove where a lively fire had been kindled. She stood so near the draft duct that her dress was drawn into the opening and caught fire. In an instant she was enveloped in flames and the parents had the blaze out before her body was reached by the fire, but she had inhaled the flames to such an extent that she died Sunday about noon. She was a very sweet little child and the parents are prostrated with grief.

Funeral will be Tuesday 11 a.m.; Rev. McNEELY; Richter cemetery.


Tuesday, January 27, 1903


Joseph BOWEN, son of Constant and Sarah BOWEN, was born in Marion county, Ohio, March 25, 1824, and departed this life January 21, 1903, aged 78 years 9 months 21 days.

The deceased settled with his parents in Henry township, Fulton county, in 1834, and has principally made his home on the farm he first settled on with his parents, when a boy but ten years old. And it seemed to be his enjoyment in his latter days to daily view the old farm over, where he had been raised by his parents and with brothers and sisters. Knowing he was the only one living of the family and was patiently waiting to view these old land marks again when the messenger called him away. The deceased was a man who attended to his own affairs and only wished others to treat him the same and was firm in what he would say. If he told a thing he meant it and would not vary from it, and was active to attend to his business, and was known as a never tiring business man and made life a success.

He never made a public profession of Christianity or united with a church, but was often heard to say the last few days he lived that he wished to do all things right and nothing wrong.


The long sickness of Charley McKEE terminated in death, last night, at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Sylvester McKEE.

He was 28 years old and leaves a wife, Dora MOORE McKEE, whom he married five years ago, one child having preceded him in death. A brother, Frank [McKEE], and a sister, Mrs. George [W.] [Effie S. McKEE] LEE, both of South Bend, with his wife and parents survive.

Deceased was widely known among the young men of Rochester he having been born and raised here. He was the popular third baseman in the Red Fellows ball club when they were famous all over northern Indiana as star players. And it was while playing ball that he was injured to such an extent that he was ever after an invalid, his final illness being something like


Funeral will be Thursday 2 p.m. at Sylvester McKee residence in southeast Rochester.


Wednesday, January 28, 1903


Mrs. R. GRIFFITH, of Glendora, Michigan, is here to attend the funeral of Charles McKEE.


Manson YIKE went to Denver today to attend the funeral of his cousin, Timothy YIKE.


The schools were closed here Monday on account of the death of[May JONES] the little Jones girl.  (Talma item)


Thursday, January 29, 1903


Ed DOWNS came home from Elgin, Illinois yesterday to attend the funeral of Charles McKEE.


Ethel JONES, ten years, daughter of Ed JONES, died Tuesday afternoon, January 27, of typhoid fever. Interment in Grass Creek cemetery Thursday where her mother was buried last August. Her teacher and playmates of room two showed their esteem for her by draping her desk at school and sending flowers to her home.  (Delong item)


Wesley KALEY took charge of Leiters High School Monday and Tuesday as Mr. DEEMER was called away by the death of his niece.  (Leiters item)


Friday, January 30, 1903


Geo. W. LEE returned to Mishawaka yesterday evening after attending the [Charles] McKEE funeral


An infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Rob. OSBORN of Richland Center died yesterday evening and will be buried tomorrow at 10 o’clock.


Miss Maud EWRIT, a millinery trimmer, who grew up at Macy, died in Peru Wednesday of acute pneumonia. She was a niece of Mrs. Si ALLEN, formerly of Mt. Olive.


Saturday, January 31, 1903


Mrs. Sarah LAMBERT one of the oldest citizens of Mentone and probably the oldest in that township died last Monday at the age of 92 years 6 months and 12 days.  (Akron item)

Mr. & Mrs. Sidney STRONG received a telegram early Monday morning announcing the death of Chas. MATHEWS at Peru which occurred sometime during the night. The deceased married a sister to Mrs. Strong.  (Akron item)

Monday, February 2, 1903


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Tuesday, February 3, 1903


John WEARY, one of the oldest residents of Union township, died at the home of his son-in-law, F. M. NORRIS, in Kewanna, January 31 at the age of 85 years and 25 days. Funeral last Sunday 2 p.m. Baptist church Kewanna; Rev. J. B. BAIR. Deceased was member of Eden lodge I.O.O.F. in Kewanna since 1856, and was buried by the Order.


Wednesday, February 4, 1903


On Saturday, January 31, the infant daughter of Robert and Ella OSBORNE was buried at the Jordon cemetery after a brief existence of three days. (Richland Center item)


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Friday, February 6, 1903


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Saturday, February 7, 1903


Merritt A. BAKER had a telegram at noon today bringing him the sad, but not unexpected intelligence that his brother, Attorney Albert BAKER, died this morning at Cobleskill, N.Y. The funeral will be Tuesday. Deceased leaves two orphan children and considerable property and Mr. Baker will take charge of them. Owing to illness Mrs. BAKER will not be able to go.


Monday, February 9, 1903


Cyrus [McKEE], the son of Mr. & Mrs. Albert McKEE, died at home of his parents on south Monroe street Sunday evening at 5 o’clock. Born April 9, 1891 and died February 8, 1903, age 11 years and 10 months. For some time past he had been suffering with congestion of the brain, ktogether with other complications which resulted in his death. Member Christian church Sunday school and was a pupil of Mrs. Jennie CLIFTON in the fourth room at the South school building. Surviving are brother, two sisters and parents. Funeral will be Wednesday 2 p.m. Christian church.


Tuesday, February 10, 1903


Fritz THOMAN who was killed at Fulton last week by a falling tree was married twice. The first wife is still living and the second died a week before her husband.

Monday evening at about 8:30 Reuben STEININGER died at his home seven miles northwest of Rochester, age 72 years. Born in Pennsylvania where he lived until he reached manhood, when he came West and eventually settled on the farm where he lived continuously for forty years and died. He was a well known and energetic farmer who made many friends and by his sterling qualities kept them. His wife preceded him in death about eight months ago, and he leaves five children.

Funeral will be a Germany church Wednesday 10 a.m.


Wednesday, February 11, 1903


At 2 a.m. today Mrs. Joseph CONN of Liberty township died after a week of terrible suffering from blood poison. She was a young woman but leaves three little boys and an infant two weeks old. She was widely known as a good and useful wife and her death was a depressing sorrow to many relatives and friends.


Charles DILLON, who resides on the Dillon homestead in Richland township, died yesterday morning after a short illness of typhoid fever. He was thirty-nine years old and had lived on this farm for several years. He was the son of Oliver P. DILLON and a brother of Mrs. Ira [C.] [Rebecca DILLON] BABCOCK, William, Andrew U. and Thomas DILLON. He also leaves a wife and four children. Funeral will be Thursday 10 a.m. at Washington church; Poplar Grove cemetery.


Thursday, February 12, 1903


Mrs. Wm. MOORE returned to her home in Elkhart this morning after attending the funeral of Cyrus McKEE.


Friday, February 13, 1903


Ross Duberl [WINES], the three year old son of Mr. & Mrs. William WINES, died yesterday at 3 p.m. of diphtheria. Funeral today 2 p.m.; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Saturday, February 14, 1903


Mrs. Geo. BLACK went to Marion this morning to attend the funeral of her cousin, Mrs. Eva MAGRIT.


Monday, February 16, 1903


Mrs. E. Blaine died at 9:30 last night after a protracted illness.

Frances PENTZ BLAINE, daughter of Wm. and Catherine PENTZ, was born in Portage county, Ohio, August 13, 1845; came to Akron, Indiana with her parents in 1852, where except for about two years she has since resided. She married Eldridge BLAINE in 1861. Born to them three daughters, the eldest died in childhood. The husband, the daughters, Mrs. Ed[gar C.] [Emma E. BLAINE] PRICE, of St. Louis, and Mrs. W[illiam] P. Martha BLAINE] BURNS of this place, and one sister, Mrs. McPHERSON, of Claypool, survive to cherish the memory of a good life gone from among them.  (Akron item)

Tuesday, February 17, 1903


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Wednesday, February 18, 1903


A little son of Mr. & Mrs. Ed MAGEE [McGEE?] of Athens died yesterday. Funeral today at Mt. Hope.


The infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ed. NEWTON died yesterday and was buried at 10 a.m. today.

At midnight Tuesday, Mrs. David Neff of this city peacefully sank to death after six hours affliction with paralysis.

She had not been well for some days but had eaten her supper and then sat down for the evening. Suddenly she fell to the floor speechless and lay there until her husband ran for help among the neighbors. Dr. CROSBY was hastily summoned and pronounced the affliction paralysis. For a time she seemed to rally slightly but the hand of death could not be stayed and she died without having recovered consciousness.

Lucinda [HARTER] NEFF, wife of David NEFF, was born in Ohio and came to the Akron vicinity many years ago where she became the wife of Frederick HARTER and the mother of three living children: Andrew and Charles HARTER, of Henry township, and Mrs. Ida HOOVER, of LaGrange, Illinois. Frederick Harter died many years ago and in 1893 the widow married David Neff, of this city. In addition to her husband and children she leaves two sisters, Mrs. Pauline BOWERS, of Akron; and Mrs. Isaiah ADAMSON, of Erie, Kansas. Funeral will be Friday 2 p.m Trinity Evangelical church; interment at Akron.


Thursday, February 19, 1903


W[illiam] H. DENISTON went to Mexico this morning on account of the death of his father [Ethan DENISTON].


Funeral services for the late Mrs. David NEFF will take place at the home, corner of Monroe and Plum streets, Friday at 10 a.m. and at the M.E. church, Akron, at 1:30 p.m. Burial in the Akron cemetery.


The father of Wm. H. DENISTON died at his home near Mexico last night, aged upward of 80 years. For many years he was widely known as proprietor of the DENISTON flour mill but was stricken blind about twenty-five years ago by an attack of fever and retired from active business. He was always a leading citizen in good deeds and the name of “Uncle Eth Deniston” will be honored as long as time lasts for those who knew him.


Friday, February 20, 1903


Rev. D. SHOWLEY, of Rochester, preached the funeral of Mrs. Jacob EASTERDAY Wednesday. Mr. Showley preached the funeral of Jacob EASTERDAY eleven years ago, while pastor of the U.B. church of this city.  -- Plymouth Independent

Saturday, February 21, 1903


Mrs. Wm. DENISTON, Mrs. Geo. DAWSON, Fred BRUBAKER and Roy DENISTON went to Mexico this morning to attend the funeral of Ethan DENISTON.


Monday, February 23, 1903


Al. C. CARTER, received a telegram message from Hammond yesterday morning announcing the sudden death of his brother’s wife. Mr. & Mrs. CARTER at once left for Hammond where they will remain until after the funeral.


Early Sunday morning Andrew J. EDWARDS died at his home on north Main street, after several weeks of suffering from Brights disease. His death was not unexpected as he has been slowly failing for some time.

He was one of the pioneers of Rochester, coming here with his parents in 1836 when but a child. Here he grew to manhood and has always enjoyed the friendship and respect of a large acquaintance. By trade he was cooper, which vocation he followed for many years, and there are not many of the older families in Fulton county who have not had business dealings with Andy Edwards. Politically, he was always a democrat of the old school. Religiously his sympathies were with the Adventists, and his creed through life has been “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

He was born in Mishawaka early in 1835 and was nearly 69 years of age when he died. His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth EDWARDS have long preceded him in death. He was married in 1859 to Louisa STROSNIDER, and to this union there was born five children, three of whom, Mrs. A. J. [Alwilda EDWARDS] DILLON and Mrs. Clem[mans V.] [Della EDWARDS] MILLER, of this city, and Charles EDWARDS of Huntington, survive to sustain the aged wife and mother in her grief.

The funeral will occur at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning, and interment in I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Tuesday, February 24, 1903


The A. J. EDWARDS funeral this morning was largely attended. Rev. SWITZER assisted by Dr. HILL conducted a beautiful service. Miss Mary STANTON sang two solos and then the remains were laid to rest in Odd Fellows cemetery.


Wednesday, February 25, 1903


Mr. & Mrs. E. HOOVER of Chicago returned home after attending funeral of her mother Mrs. David NEFF.



After suffering for about a year with consumption, Mrs. Daniel W. [Martha C. ZORTMAN] HISEY died early this morning. She was a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David ZORTMAN, and was born near Macy 46 years ago, and was married to Daniel W. Hisey in 1875. Born to them two daughters, Mrs. Elva JONES, who resides in Kosciusko county, and Mrs. LeRoy [Lillian D. HISEY] DECKER, whose home is at Vincennes. Deceased was a sister of Mrs. Augustine HISEY, of Richland township. Member Baptist church, where funeral will be Friday 1

p.m.; Rev. CONLEY; I.O.O.F. cemetery. Husband survives.

The remains of the late Mrs. D. W. HISEY may be viewed at the home from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.


Thursday, February 26, 1903


John Milton DAVIDSON, an old resident of Rochester died in a Chicago hospital last night as a result of a second surgical operation for the relief of a chronic disease which had afflicted him for years.

He was 72 years old and had lived in Rochester for more than half a century. His father, John DAVIDSON, was the first sheriff of Fulton county and a widely known citizen. “Milt” as he was familiarly known, went to California as a gold seeker and there met with an accident in which a falling log injured him so badly he had to have one leg amputated and he ever afterward walked by the aid of two crutches. He leaves three married sisters in Logansport, a daughter in Aurora, Illinois, and a son in Wheatland, Illinois.

Remains will be brought from Chicago tomorrow at 1:30 by undertaker Val ZIMMERMAN and Con DITTON and burial will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery, the cortege moving direct from the depot to the grave.


Friday, February 27, 1903


Mr. & Mrs. Geo. [W.] [and Rosanna M.]FARRAR and Mr. & Mrs. Paul SAMPSON of Macy and Mrs. J. I. JONES of Mentone were here today to attend the funeral of Mrs. Daniel [W.] [Martha C.] HISEY.


Mr. & Mrs. T. P. SWIGART, Mr. & Mrs. J. P. SKINNER and Mrs. Carrie RADABAUGH, of Logansport, were here today attending the Milton DAVIDSON funeral.


Speaking of the death of Wm. H. DENISTON’s father the Peru Sentinel says:

E. A. DENISTON was for fifty years owner of the well known DENISTON mill on Eel river, and was a county commissioner at the time the court house at Peru was built, his name being inscribed on the cornerstone of the building.


Saturday, February 28, 1903 and Monday, March 2, 1903


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Tuesday, March 3, 1903


Mrs. D. SLATTERY of Huntington went to Argos yesterday to attend the funeral of Mrs. T[homas] H. [Viola A. EATON] BAILEY.


Wednesday, March 4, 1903


Grandma [Lydia Ann AMES] SHORE, mother of Talbert [C.], Perry and Kline SHORE, died at the home of the latter late this afternoon.

Thursday, March 5, 1903


Mrs. Will BLOOMER and mother Mrs. Butler GIBBONS went to Argos today to attend the funeral of Mrs. Thos. [H.] [Viola A. EATON] BAILEY.


Mr. & Mrs. Albert BITTERS received a telegram this morning announcing the death of one of Mrs. Bitters’ old friends, Richard McCARTER and they left on the noon train for the funeral.


The petition in Commissioners Court of Mary E. HORN for a tombstone at the grave of her deceased soldier husband was granted and the stone ordered erected.


Mrs. Lydia Ann [AMES] SHORE who died at the home of her son, Kline [SHORE], Wednesday afternoon, was a pioneer of Fulton county. She was born near Wooster, Ohio February 14, 1824, and died at her late home March 4, aged 79 years and 18 day.

She was a daughter of P. & C. AMES and came with her parents to Indiana when quite young, locating near Warsaw. She was married to Talbert C. SHORE, April 4, 1844, residing on their farm 5 miles north of Rochester on Michigan road; moved to Rochester in 1863, remaining here until death of her husband in 1865, then she and her family moved back to their farm returning to this city in 1866 where she has since remained.

She became member of 7th Day Adventist in 1874.

A husband and five children have preceded her in death. Five children: Mrs. A. C. SIDELL, of Arcadia, California; A. L. SHORE, of Minneapolis; P. M., K. W. and T.C. SHORE, of this city, a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one sister in Iowa.

Funeral will be Saturday 10:30 a.m. Presbyterian church; Dr. W. HILL, Rev. LOCKHART and Rev. DeVOE.


Friday, March 6, 1903


Pete BROADSWORD was found dead in his bed over a saloon at Peru. He has a brother, Daniel [BROADSWORD], in Kewanna. He was 74 years old.


Saturday, March 7, 1903


Mrs. Chas. [Mary] KING of Yellow Creek neighborhood died of paralysis this morning at the home of A. J. MEREDITH aged 78 years [November 22, 1825 - March 7, 1903]. Funeral will be Monday 11 a.m. Yellow Creek church; Mentone cemetery.


Monday, March 9, 1903


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Tuesday, March 10, 1903


Clyde ENTSMINGER attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. [Chas.] [Mary] KING, at Yellow Creek yesterday.

Wednesday, March 11, 1903


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Thursday, March 12, 1903


Walter SWEET and wife of Argos called on friends here Sunday while enroute to Yellow Creek to attend the funeral of Mrs. SWEET’s grandmother, Mrs. [Chas.] [Mary] KING.


Archie [SMITH], the youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. Albert SMITH who has been lingering at the point of death for several days past died Tuesday, 10th, twelve o’clock. Services at the house Wednesday 8 o’clock; Mentone cemetery.


Friday, March 13, 1903 and Saturday, March 14, 1903


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Monday, March 16, 1903


Clemeons SMITH of Gilead died Friday night of heart failure. He was Master Mason of the Masonic lodge at Gilead and was conferring the second degree in the lodge hall when he suddenly dropped over dead. Seemingly in good health, and death came as a shock to the people. Funeral was there Sunday afternoon; Wilson PETERS, N. RICHTER, J. E. GARWOOD and Wm. COOPER, brother masons of this place attended the funeral.


Tuesday, March 17, 1903


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Wednesday, March 18, 1903


Mrs. Magdalena MYERS was born in Switzerland, State of Basel, December 9, 1817, and died in Fulton county, Indiana, March 15, 1903, aged 85 years 3 months 6 days.

She came to America in 1864. She married in early youth Henry MYERS, Sr. Born to them three children, one preceding in death, Henry MYERS, Jr., with whom she made her home in her declining years, and Mrs. Charles BECKER, both of Fulton county.

Member of German Reform church from early youth. Besides the son and daughter, she is survived by 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral at the residence of her son; Rev. J. K. CARSON.


Thursday, March 19, 1903


Mrs. Rose HOOVER had a telegram Sunday from Wisconsin stating that her sister had died Friday.  (Athens item)


Abraham B. BLASSER died [March 17, 1903, age 66y-2m-9d] at his home about five miles north east of town. Mr. Blasser has suffered for about a year with heart trouble. Funeral will be Thursday afternoon Baptist church; Shaffer cemetery.  (Kewanna item)

Friday, March 20, 1903


Uncle Jonathan BOONE died at the Poor Farm yesterday at the age of 76 years. He was an unmarried man who had been a resident of Rochester for many years having come here from Ohio. As there are no near relatives living to arrange for a funeral, burial was made at the County Farm cemetery this afternoon.


Saturday, March 21, 1903


Mrs. Lovina [HECKARD] GRAHAM died of paralysis Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. ZIMMERMAN, of Kewanna.  (Kewanna item)  [NOTE: Lovina (-----), m. 1st: Peter HECKARD; m. 2nd Israel GRAHAM]


Monday, March 23, 1903


[Almedia KUMLER] The wife of ex-county treasurer John J. KUMLER died at the family residence near Grass Creek Saturday evening after a long illness. She was 57 years old, the mother of nine living children. Funeral at Round Lake church Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock.


A copy of the Wild Rose (Wis.) Times brings the sad news of the death of Mrs. Willis WOODARD, formerly Miss Mollie ABBOTT, of this community.

Some years ago Miss Abbott left here and went to Chicago and engaged in business. Her mother had died when she was quite small, and for the most part, she fought life’s battle alone and fought it successfully. While in business in Chicago she married her surviving husband but it was soon found necessary to take her to Colorado for the benefit of her health. There she improved and they built a home at Colorado Springs but she suddenly grew worse and it was advised that she come East. She was brought to Chicago and thence taken to Wisconsin, but despite all this the disease could not be stayed and she died March 14. She was an active member of Christian church.


James VanMETER died at the home of his brother, east of the city, Sunday evening, after a protracted illness of dropsy. He was 55 years old and unmarried. Burial Tuesday at 10 o’clock at Odd Fellows cemetery.


Tuesday, March 24, 1903


Mrs. Wm. [L.] [Sarah Ann] MINTER, who resides on the south bank of North Mud Lake, passed away suddenly Saturday evening [March 21, 1903, ae 55y-10m-3d] after a short illness, it is thought of heart failure. She had been in Rochester Thursday and was seemingly in good health. Funeral will be at Macy Methodist church Tuesday 10 a.m. She was the mother of Mrs. Eli [Lulu C. MINTER] ZARTMAN of Akron.


Wednesday, March 25, 1903


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Thursday, March 26, 1903


Capt. Shields, whose sudden death is reported elsewhere in this issue, was well known to many Rochester and Henry township people. He once lived here and was a Captain in the 46th Regt and several Fulton county boys were in his company.


(from the Peru Journal) -

Captain Robert SHIELDS, a well known resident of Mexico, five miles north of Peru, dropped dead of heart disease at his home Tuesday evening. He and Mrs. Shields had just arrived home from Macon, Georgia, where they had visited their only son for two weeks, when the sudden summons came. He was standing in front of the heating stove getting warm when he fell forward upon his face and never spoke a word.

Captain Robert Shields was sisty-eight years of age March 17, and he was born in Vincennes.

He came to this county with his sister, Mrs. James M. STUTESMAN and brother John W. SHIELDS in 1864. In the Civil War he served for three and a half years as captain of Company K in the Forty-Sixth Regiment of Indiana Volunteers. He served at the seige of Vicksburg and many other important campaigns in the conflict between the north and south. He was married twice. He was a splendid citizen and no one speaks but good of him. Besides the brother and sister previously mentioned there remains another sister, Mrs. Helen CONSTANT, now living with her daughter, Mrs. SHUTT, in Washington, D.C.


Had she lived until next September Grandmother Eliza[beth] WAGNER, widow of Christian WAGNER deceased, would have been eighty years old. But old age and disease overcame her Wednesday and she passed away. [Sept 3, 1823 - March 25, 1903, ae 79y-6m-22d]

She was the mother of John F. and James WAGONER, Mrs. Finley EMMONS and Mrs. William [F.] [Catharine WAGNER] EMMONS and was one of the noblest old ladies in the county. She was a pioneer of this community having lived northeast of this city for nearly half a century.

Funeral will be Friday 10:30 at the old Wagoner homestead; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Friday, March 27, 1903


Mrs. W. N. RICHTER left for Syracuse last evening to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, James BENNER.


Mrs. E. A. HUGHSTON had a letter yesterday confirming the report that her uncle, J. A. BRAMAN, died in Larimore, Iowa, Monday. He was long a resident of this county, but moved to Iowa in 1880 and engaged in the furniture business. He leaves a wife and five children, and was buried in the funeral rites of the Baptist church, which he joined at Ebenezer, this county, in 1850.


Saturday, March 28, 1903


G. W. HAYWARD went to Plymouth to attend the funeral of Elmer McBROOM.


George BOWERS, a printer well known to the central portion of the country, and a frequent visitor to this city, was killed in the freight yards of the L. E. & W. at Peru recently.

Bowers was known by almost every printer as “Bugs.” He had a habit of roaming over the country, never staying long in any place.


Deaths this week: Dora HENDERSON ENGLE, Almeda URBIN, Charles Delbert SINGER, Cecil Everest WISELY and Grandmother BIXLER.  (Kewanna item)


Monday, March 30, 1903


Word was received here today of the death of Harvey FARRINGTON formerly of this city. He was engaged in painting WALLACE’s winter headquarters and contracted the disease of painters consumption, dying Sunday morning at 4 o’clock.


Ray HOOVER, a well known young man of the Athens neighborhood, died yesterday at the age of 23 after an illness of several months of consumption. He had educated himself at R.N.U. and at Butler College, Indianapolis, and was teaching at the time he became afflicted. Six months ago he married Miss Julia LaRUE and as both were highly educated their future was full of promise for much usefulness. He was a son of Frank HOOVER and very popular with those who knew him. Funeral will be Wednesday 11 a.m. Mt. Hope, near Athens.

Tuesday, March 31, 1903


Miss Lou HOOVER has gone to Athens to attend the funeral of her relative, Ray HOOVER.


Of the death of Harvey FARRINGTON in Peru, the Journal says:

He was sick five weeks and the time he was taken down he was employed by ELLIS, STILES & CO. as a painter. He was thirty-three years of age, and leaves a wife and one son. The funeral services were held at the house today at 2 o’clock. The painters’ and musicians’ unions, including both bands, attended. He was president of the printers’ union and a member of a musical organization.


Wednesday, April 1, 1903


Bruce LOCKRIDGE, a student at the Indiana University, and a son of Mr. & Mrs. Webster LOCKRIDGE, of near Roann, was accidently killed by receiving a blow on the temple from a hammer thrown by his companion and friend, J. H. HORNE, while coaching the Louisville High school team in athletics at the latter place last Saturday.

The details of the sudden termination of the life of Bruce LOCKRIDGE show that his death was due to an accident. He was employed as coach for the male high school track team at Louisville, and it was while he was talking to a group of students that J. H. Horne, coach of Indiana University, took up a twelve pound hammer and whirling it around his head sent it flying through the air toward Lockridge. It was thrown with more force than Horne intended and before he could warn Lockridge the latter was struck in the forehead. He was taken to a hospital where he died an hour later. Horne was almost crazed with grief over the accident, and tried to commit suicide. Deceased was a brother of Ross LOCKRIDGE, of Peru, and was well known to many in this county as a bright, gentlemanly young man, and was recognized in college circles as a scholar of rare attainments, and one of the best athletes in the country. He was to have coached the Louisville High school team for their big spring meet on May 30, and was recommended for this position by coach Horne, who was later asked by the deceased to come down and assist him a few


Funeral was Monday morning at the family residence near Roann; Dr. [William Lowe] BRYAN, president of Indiana University, assisted by the members of the faculty of that institution.


Thursday, April 2, 1903 and Friday April 3, 1903


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Saturday, April 4, 1903


Mrs. [Jay. D.] Eva [HANSON] HIGHT, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John W. HANSON, of this place, died last Saturday morning at her home one mile north of Peru, after a long illness. She was born and raised in Fulton and was well known by many here.  (Fulton item)


Monday, April 6, 1903


Benage GUYER, of Denver, passed away Saturday night age of 82 years. Interment will be made at Chili Tuesday. Deceased was the grandfather of L. E. DOWNEY of this place.

Tuesday, April 7, 1903


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Wednesday, April 8, 1903


Mr. & Mrs. Henry DURKES went to Royal Center this morning to attend the funeral of Mrs. John GUGLE.

Thursday, April 9, 1903


Mrs. Martin ECKMAN, of Wabash, and Mrs. McDONALD, of Denver, are here on account of the death of their brother, Sylvester PIPER.


Sylvester PIPER died Wednesday evening at the home of his father-in-law, J. A. BRAMAN, after an illness of different complications for three or four months.

Mr. Piper is the son of David PIPER, of Wabash, and had until his sickness been a farmer. He was born in Miami county and remained there until he married a daughter of Mr. Braman’s after which he resided in this county. He leaves a wife [Elma BRAMAN PIPER] and three children, also two brothers and two sisters, Charley [PIPER], of this city; Lawrence [PIPER], of Michigan; Mrs. Martin ECKMAN, of Wabash; and Mrs. M. McDONALD, of Denver.

Funeral will be Friday 3 p.m. Methodist church; Citizens cemetery.


Mrs. Belle [S. F.] RINGER died at her home six miles southwest of here Friday. The funeral was conducted by Rev. N. E. TINKHAM at the M.E. church Sunday afternoon. I.O.O.F. cemetery. [May 29, 1852 - April 3, 1903] (Kewanna item)

Jacob WEIRICK, who has lived about two miles northwest of town for about a year, was buried in the Shaffer cemetery Wednesday.  (Kewanna item)


Friday, April 10, 1903


Archie [L.] MOORE, the ten year old son of Mr. & Mrs. John [H. and Ella] MOORE, who reside near Milark, died yesterday, of cerebro spinal meningitis. Interment will be made in the Mt. Zion cemetery Sunday. [1893-1903]


Stephen REED, who resides one and one-half miles southwest of Fulton, died Thursday morning about 11 o’clock after suffering for some time with a complication of dropsy and gangrene.

He leaves a wife and two daughters, Mrs. George [Minerva J. REED] KESSLER and Mrs. [William D.] [Rhoda E. REED] EDINGTON, also two brothers, Robert and James [REED], the latter living at Marion. Andy [REED], of Marion, and James [REED], of Fulton neighborhood, being half brothers.

He was a member of United Brethren church of Fulton. Funeral at the residence Saturday morning; Rev. BUTLER, of Fulton; Beattie cemetery at Fulton.


Saturday, April 11, 1903


Wm. RANS, of Wayne township, died yesterday at noon after a long illness of dropsy and complications. Mr. Rans was 63 years old and had been a thresher most all his life which probably together with old age, had a great deal to do with his death. A wife [Mary A. RANS - August 4, 1845 - May 7, 1915] and 9 children survive him. Funeral tomorrow 2 p.m.; Interment at Bauman cemetery. [March 29, 1840 - April 10, 1903]


Sina F. HENSON died at her home six miles southwest of Kewanna, aged 50 years 10 months 4 days.  (Kewanna item)

Alexander WYRICK was born in Johnson county, Indiana August 15, 1845 and died of lagrippe at his home west of Kewanna April 6, 1903, aged 58 years.  (Kewanna item)


The death of Aaron KROFT has been expected for several days and it came to his relief about six o’clock last Monday evening.  (Akron item)


Monday, April 13, 1903


Ray DAY went to Akron today to attend the funeral of his uncle, Lewis EMBREE. [May 18, 1835 - April 11, 1903; bur. Akron cemetery]


Mr. & Mrs. Sardie ROBBINS attended the funeral of Charley HISEY at Argos today.


Lewis EMBREE of Akron died yesterday of a stroke of paralysis suffered last week.


Mrs. Adam VINNEDGE died at Plymouth Saturday. Her husband died four months ago and as she had long been an invalid the loss of her husband was so overwhelming she could not survive.

John N. BRYANT, the Athens neighborhood farmer, who was injured in a run away accident, died Sunday evening at 5 o’clock without having regained consciousness. His injuries were bruises of the head and body inflicted by getting caught in the running gear of the wagon so his head and shoulders dragged under the wheels.

He was a native born Henry township man. He was a son of Commissioner Wm. BRYANT, deceased, and was always a happy, popular and useful citizen. He owned a pleasant farm home and in addition to being a successful farmer, was frequently called to important trusts by his neighbors and the democratic party of which he was a lifetime member. And his popularity was not confined to party lines as he was elected township assessor of Henry township, when the opposition party was largely in the majority. Had he lived until May 25th, he would have been 54 years old and he leaves a wife [Nancy J. MOORE BRYANT - Feb 5, 1852 - July 31, 1911] and four children -- one son and three daughters.

Funeral at Mt. Hope, near Athens, Wednesday 2 p.m. [May 25, 1849 - April 12, 1903]


Tuesday, April 14, 1903


Charles W. HISEY, who died at his home in Argos Saturday of a complicated case of brights disease, was buried in the Argos cemetery, after an impressive funeral ceremony at his home. Deceased was 54 years of age, and had lived at Argos for many years, and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of a large circle of friends. He leaves a wife and seven children. He was a brother of John, Augustine and Dan HISEY, and Mrs. T[homas] J. [Lydia A. HISEY] PARTRIDGE of this county.



Wednesday, April 15, 1903


John EHERENMAN was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, 82 years and 2 months ago and died April 8. He married Catherine HOGATE and eleven children were born to them. His first wife, five children, three sisters and one brother have preceded him. He leaves a living wife, 6 children, two of whom reside in California, one brother, two step-children, grandchildren.


The funeral of Stephen REED of Liberty township occurred at Olive Branch church Saturday, Rev. H. E. BUTLER officiating. He was 61 years and 5 months old and leaves a wife and family. He was very active and prominent G.A.A. and a leading Odd Fellow and these two orders assisted in the funeral.


Mrs. Susan Nellie [BARKER] OTTO died at Logansport Saturday at the age of 20 years and three months. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William BARKER of Blue Grass and leaves a husband and one little son. Funeral was at Blue Grass Sunday; Rev. H. E. BUTLER.


Thursday, April 16, 1903


A telephone message from Macy says Albert HAKINS dropped dead just after noon today.

He was a stone and brick mason and was engaged in building a well under Dr.

WILSON’s house. He ate a hearty dinner and went back to his work. On arriving there he went down under the house to continue his work and told his tender he would call for mortar when he needed it. The tender waited quite a long time and then called and, receiving no answer, looked under the house and saw him lying by his work, dead. Help was summoned and doctors tried to revive him but he had evidently been stricken dead and the body was removed to his house.

He was 48 years old and leaves a childless wife and three sisters, one of whom, Mrs. M. L. PATTERSON, lives at Akron. He was a prominent Odd Fellow and the funeral will be conducted by that order. [d. April 16, 1903, ae 52y; wife, Minerva HAKINS; bur. Plainview cemetery, Macy, Miami County, Indiana]


The funeral of Wm. RANS, of Wayne township, was very largely attended at the home of the deceased, Rev. J. B. BAIR officiating.

Mr. Rans was one of the substantial and upright citizens of his community, honored and respected by all who knew him, a kind husband, a loving father, whose loss will be deeply felt in the home and among his large circle of friends and neighbors.

The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Wayne township, and the procession one of the largest seen for years. The family has the sympathy of the entire community.


Grandmother [Catherine E.] MEHLING died at her home in Richland township, at the ripe old age of 85 years. [Apr. 10, 1817 - Apr. 15, 1903, ae 86y-5d] She came to this country fifty years ago and lived in this county about thirty-five years. Her affliction was pneumonia. A husband [Conrad MEHLING; b. May 25, 1822 - no.d.d.] and two children, Henry MEHLING and Mrs. Wm.[M.] [Catharine MEHLING] MILLER, survive. Funeral Friday 11 a.m.


Christopher C. BOYER died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo. E. [Eresta L. BOYER] FINNEY, of the Prairie Grove neighborhood, on Friday April 10 at the ripe old age of 76 years. He was born in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania in 1827 and has been a resident of this county for years. Seven daughters and a son are left, the wife and one son and one daughter preceding in death. Member U.B. church. Rev. SWAMBAUGH officiated; remains sent to Marion, Ohio for interment.


Frank DAY of Jorth Judson, Oscar EMBREE of Battle Creek, and Mr. & Mrs. Lew WADE of Fulton attended the funeral of Lewis EMBREE last Monday.  (Akron item)


Lewis EMBREE sustained a paralytic stroke last Thursday night from which he died on Saturday evening. [May 18, 1835 - April 11, 1903] He was a veteran of the Civil War, and had been a resident of this community for more than twenty years. A wife [Nancy EMBREE, January 6, 1845 - March 21, 1913], two sons, and two daughters survive. Funeral under auspices of G.A.R. was Monday at Christian church; Rev. WINGATE of Markle; I.O.O.F. cemetery.  (Akron item)


James E. HAUSER, one of Akron’s best citizens, died Monday evening from a tedious illness of about two years at the age of 48. [July 6, 1854 - April 13, 1903]

For twenty years he was connected with the mercantile firm of LEININGER & CO., but failing health caused him to sever his connection. His wife [Emma L. HAUSER, April 5, 1866 - February 3, 1933] and little daughter, Mary Francis [HAUSER], survive. Funeral will be Friday

10 a.m. M.E. church; Rev. E. E. LUTES. K. of P. will direct the ceremonies, as Mr. Hauser was one of the charter members of the Akron lodge. Interment at Palestine.  (Akron item)


Quarter-master John DAVIS of the G.A.R. McCLUNG POST No. 95, received over 100 GRAVE MARKERS from the ROSS foundry today. The design is of iron and has the emblem of the Order in open work and they are pointed so as to drive into the ground at graves of the soldiers. They are being painted today and a hundred will be used immediately. These markers enable those who wish to know where the graves of old soldiers are buried to easily designate them from the others and as the emblem is a very striking one it will make a fine appearance at the decoration day exercises.


Mrs. Henry MOONSHOWER and Mrs. Kate MOONSHOWER went to Ohio to attend the funeral of their sister.


Friday, April 17, 1903


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Saturday, April 18, 1903


Mrs. J. E. GARWOOD went to Macy today to attend the funeral of Albert HAKINS.

Mrs. Rosanna SUMMERS died of old age at the home of her son-in-law, A[aron] D. [Caroline S. SUMMERS] HIZER, in Wayne township, Friday morning, aged 84 years and 2 months.  (Kewanna item)


Mrs. Margaret [NEFF] FOSNER, wife of Mathias FOSNER deceased, died Friday evening after a brief illness, at the advanced age of 74 years and nine months.

She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Rochester in 1884 and she is the last one of her immediate family her husband and one daughter having died within the past year. Olive, Mayme and Roy FOSNER are grandchildren, and David and Fred NEFF are brothers of the deceased. Funeral will be Monday 10:30 a.m. Trinity Evangelical church; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Monday, April 20, 1903


Mrs. Mary ZOLMAN, wife of Chas. ZOLMAN who lives about 7 miles west of Rochester, died Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Mrs. Zolman has been suffering with consumption for some time and death came as a relief. Funeral will be Wednesday 2 p.m. at Leiters Ford; Leiters Ford cemetery.


Donald [BRYANT], the youngest child of John BRYANT, of this city, died about six p.m. Saturday, aged 8 years 2 months 21 days. He had been sick for just a week previous to his death with lung fever. Survived by father, four sisters and two brothers. Funeral this morning at the residence; Nickles cemetery, 10 miles east of Rochester.

Tuesday, April 21, 1903


Charley SISSON received a telegram this morning from Erie, Pennsylvania stating that Bernice [BIGELOW], the little daughter of his sister, Mrs. Lizzie BIGELOW, was killed this morning by a street car.


Bruce HICKMAN, a former resident of Rochester and later of Argos died Thursday in the Marshall county poor house and was buried at Argos. He was once quite a promising man but whiskey wrecked his life.


Gladys May [GRANDSTAFF], the little daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John GRANDSTAFF residing 5 miles from Rochester on the Peru road, died yesterday of spinal meningitis, aged 8 months. Funeral tomorrow afternoon Green Oak church; Rev. KONTZ of Macy.


Wednesday, April 22,  1903


The Peru Sentinel says, “the infant daughter of Prof. and Mrs. BERRY, 76 West Seventh street, died early Tuesday morning. The remains were taken to Roann Tuesday afternoon for burial.”

The mother of the dead child is a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. L. M. SPOTTS.


Frank BLACK, a well known farmer of southeastern part of Liberty township, died yesterday at the age of 76 years. He was the father of George BLACK a well known farmer, and his disease was lagripp and paralysis. Funeral at Fulton, Thursday afternoon 3 o’clock.

Thursday, April 23, 1903


Mrs. SMITH, of near Gilead, living with Mr. & Mrs. Charles SHUMAKER, dropped dead upon the back porch Tuesday of paralysis, it being her third stroke. She was fifty years of age.


The funeral of Mrs. May MOORE ZOLMAN occurred here Tuesday. The remains were laid to rest in the I.O.O.F. cemetery, Rev. L. BATES officiating.


Friday, April 24, 1903


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Saturday, April 25, 1903


A message from Akron says Miss Clara FLENAR died at her home near Gilead and was buried at Akron this afternoon. She was a sister of Mrs. Chester [C.] [Nora FLENAR] BITTERS who died here a few months ago, both having been afflicted with consumption.


The funeral of the late James E. HAUSER last Friday morning was one of the largest ever occurring in Akron.

Monday, April 27, 1903


Edna [Faye SMITH], the three year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jesse [and Harriett L.] SMITH of Richland township died Saturday night of spinal menengitis. The funeral took place today at Richland Center, Rev. EDWARDS officiating.


Mrs. Wm. WINBIGLER died Sunday at the family home near Talma of something like consumption. She was the mother of several children, all dead, and leaves her husband the only near relative. Funeral Tuesday at Talma Christian church.


Roxy Jane DeMONT daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles DeMONT died Sunday of consumption aged 17 years and 1 month. The funeral will be Tuesday at family residence in southeast Rochester; Rev. DeVOE; Mentone cemetery.


Tuesday, April 28, 1903


Wm. MORRIS had a telegram yesterday evening informing him of the death of his sister, Mrs. [Will] FENSTERMAKER, at Hammond and he and his father left for Hammond this morning. It is thought the remains will be brought here for burial but nothing could be learned today of the arrangements.

A message to Will MORRIS of this city brought the sad intelligence of the death of his sister, Mrs. Will FENSTERMAKER, at the family residence at Hammond. Her death was due to typhoid pneumonia and she leaves a family consisting of a husband and three children. She was 26 years old and the daughter of A. J. MORRIS and was widely and popularly known in the neighborhood east of town in which she grew up.

Funeral will be Wednesday 11:30 a.m. Evangelical church this city; Odd Fellows cemetery.


Wednesday, April 29, 1903


The widow of Wm. SAYGER, who lived northeast of Akron, died yesterday and the funeral will be tomorrow. She was quite a pioneer in her community and widely known as one of the truly good women in that section of the country.


Thursday, April 30, 1903




Friday, May 1, 1903


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Saturday, May 2, 1903


Mrs. James BURNS died early Thursday morning leaving a babe one week old and other small children. She was Mr. & Mrs. Samuel COOK’s daughter. (Kewanna item)

Monday, May 4, 1903


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Tuesday, May 5, 1903




Wednesday, May 6, 1903


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Thursday, May 7, 1903


At their April term, the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS vested certain rights in the Board of Directors of CITIZENS CEMETERY, Rochester, Indiana, for the government of said yard. Those who have friends or relatives buried there are expected to make a full report of the number of burials, location of each, size of lot, or lots, etc., and explain right or title to the same. To aid you in this report the members of the Board will be on the grounds the day before and on Decoration day. Make all reports to Marion F. CARTER or Harvey SPENCER.

The object of the Board is to gather data for making a complete map, record of all burials, etc., and locate all vacant lots, and make assessments for maintenance of ground.

Send in report by May 15, 1903.   -- F. F. MOORE, Sec.


Mrs. Sarah URBIN was stricken with paralysis Saturday afternoon. She died Sunday afternoon, and the funeral was at M.E. church Tuesday afternoon; Rev. N. E. TINKHAM.  (Kewanna item)


Mr. R. M. VISE and wife returned Monday from Indianapolis where they had been to attend the funeral of a grandchild.  (Kewanna item)


Friday, May 8, 1903


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Saturday, May 9, 1903


Action brought in court by Sarah E. BRUCE, heir of Aaron HIZER, to contest his will. Eight to ten thousand dollars in property involved.  (Kewanna item)


Mrs. Jane KROFT and her son, Fletcher [KROFT], appointed as executors of the will of the late Aaron KROFT.  (Akron item)


Mrs. Julia HOOVER, nee LaRUE, is in receipt of a draft for two thousand dollars, in full payment of policy held by her late husband, Ray W. HOOVER.  (Akron item)

Monday, May 11, 1903


The little 18 month old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel CONRAD died this morning at four o’clock. Funeral will be tomorrow 2 p.m. U.B. church; Rev. KESSEY of Peru.


Word was received in Rochester last night of the death of Mrs. Anna THOMPSON, of near Etna Green. Deceased was the mother of Mrs. J. C. LORING and Henry THOMPSON of this city, and was in her 74th year. She had been failing for some time. Dr. and Mrs. LORING and other relatives will attend the funeral tomorrow afternoon.


Telegraphic news in the city papers state that Foster Ely BRACKETT, a senior in the department of Latin at Leland Stanford University, of California, died yesterday from typhoid fever, after an illness of three weeks. He would have received degrees in a month had he lived. He will be remembered by many Rochester prople, being related to the BRACKETTs of this city, and having visited in this city several years ago.


Tuesday, May 12, 1903 and Wednesday, May 13, 1903


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Thursday, May 14, 1903


Roy SHANKS received word today, announcing the death of Mrs. R. MYLER, who lvisited here last summer.


After an illness of three weeks, Sylvia [HARTMAN], the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph HARTMAN, died Tuesday morning at nine o’clock of spinal trouble, aged 14 years 10 months 19 days. Ssurviving are father, mother, three sisters, and hosts of relatives and friends.

She was a member of the Burgon United Brethern church and was a hard worker both in church and Sunday school

Funeral today 10 a.m. Burton church; Athens cemetery.

Mrs. E. A. HUGHSTON and Miss Grace DOWNS attended the funeral of Miss Sylvia HARTMAN at Burton this afternoon.


Friday, May 15, 1903


George ANDERSON, a well known farmer living five miles northeast of town, died this morning at the age of 45 years after an illness of several months with what physicians called consumption of the blood. He was a man of wide popularity as a neighbor and upright citizen and he leaves his father, Robert ANDERSON, and a wife and four children as immediate relatives. Funeral will be Sunday 11 a.m. Bethlehem church; Sycamore cemetery.


Saturday, May 16, 1903


Leonora [HATTERY], the infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Francis HATTERY, residing in the northwest part of town, died this afternoon of whooping cough. Funeral probably next Monday.

Monday, May 18, 1903


[Leonora HATTERY] The little daughter of Francis HATTERY, who died Saturday of whooping cough, was buried this afternoon. She leaves a twin brother and her parents to mourn. The funeral was conducted by Rev. SHOWLEY.


Dr. FORD of Loveland, Ohio died last week. He will be remembered as one of the drug firm of FORD & WALKER, who owned the BLUE Drug Store before Alex RUH bought them out.


The funeral of George ANDERSON, held at Bethlehem church yesterday, was the largest gathering of people ever held in Newcastle township. Rev. BENDER of Akron preached.


The many friends of Joseph ARNOLD, the widely known Newcastle township farmer, were pained and shocked Sunday morning, when the word was sent out that he was no more, and it was with difficulty that the public could be brought to realize the fact until it was later confirmed by the particulars.

Mr. Arnold had been as well as usual Saturday morning, and had gone to Argos on business. At about half past two in the afternoon he began to suffer with a slight headache and later his heart began to pain him. About five o’clock his suffering grew so intense that Dr. RANNELLS, of this city, was telephoned and at once drove out to the Arnold home, where he found his patient suffering with an acute attack of neuralgia of the heart. The patient repidly grew worse until about 2:30 Sunday morning, when death relieved the suffering and the rugged frame of Joe Arnold passed into its long rest.

Deceased was one of the best and most favorably known farmers of Fulton county, and was one of the old settlers having come here from Ohio shortly after the war. He was a member of the G.A.R. having served his country in an Ohio company during the rebellion. Had he lived until October he would have passed his 57th milestone in life, and has always borne the reputation of being an upright, progressive and largehearted citizen, and an ideal neighbor and friend. Politically he was a democrat of the kind that knows no wavering, and will be missed in the councils of this party.

Three daughters, Mrs. Joseph [Metta ARNOLD] WRIGHT, and Mrs. William [A.] [Della M. ARNOLD] STRUCKMAN, of this county and Mrs. Sam EILER, of Beaver Dam, and son, Sam ARNOLD, who lives on the old home place survive to mourn with the wife the death of father and husband.

The funeral will be held from the Bethlehem church, at Tiosa Tuesday, at 2 o’clock p.m. Rev. FOX, of Akron, officiating. Interment in I.O.O.F. cemetery in Rochester


Tuesday, May 19, 1903


Mrs. E. E. BORDEN went to Tiosa today to attend the Jos. ARNOLD funeral.


Miss BURKET, a young lady of 20 years, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mat BURKET of Macy, died last night about 12 o’clock after an illness of three weeks.  --Peru Chronicle


Death claimed another victim, this morning in the person of John HAIMBAUGH, who lived with his son, John HAIMBAUGH, near Marshtown. He died at the ripe old age of 85 years,

after a short illness.

Mr. Haimbaugh was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, January 18, 1818 and lived there until the year 1859 when he moved to Indiana where he has remained ever since, having resided in Newcastle township for about 40 years and up until April of this year when he moved with his son to the place where death came to him.

He was a member of the Yellow Creek Baptist church, of Newcastle township, for 40 years and at the time of his death was a deacon in the same church. A wife, one son and six grandchildren and hosts of relatives and friends remain to mourn the loss of a husband, father and an upright man.

The funeral services will be held at the Yellow Creek church, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and interment will be made in the church cemetery.


Wednesday, May 20, 1903


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Thursday, May 21, 1903




Friday, May 22, 1903


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Saturday, May 23, 1903


Miss McGRAW was called to Indianapolis by the death of her cousin, Mrs. Carrie GRANT REED.


Monday, May 25, 1903


John WAGNER left for Freemont, Ohio, today to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Mary FOGLE.

Tuesday, May 26, 1903


William H. LOVATT, father of Thomas and William LOVATT, of the BEARSS neighborhood, died at his home in Peru, Sunday. Mr. Lovatt was a tailor by trade. He was born ninety-one years ago in Newcastle, England. It was while he was a young man that he walked 150 miles to witness the coronation of Queen Victoria, in 1837, an incident that he was always quite fond of relating. He had lived in Peru for fifty years.


Wednesday, May 27, 1903


Mrs. Schuyler FENNIMORE and Miss Blanch WILE went to Denver today to attend the funeral of Mrs. C. HOWARD.

Thursday, May 28, 1903


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Friday, May 29, 1903


Sexton D. R. MARTIN received a message this morning stating that Mrs. Gideon [Margaret] WOLFE, of Culver, was dead and that she would be brought here for burial tomorrow morning. [Oct 5, 1827 - May 28, 1903]


Mr. & Mrs. John GOSS, Geo. GOSS and son, Loyd [GOSS], and Mr. & Mrs. Lon LOWE went to Columbia City today to arrange the funeral of Sebastian GOSS.


A telephone message to relatives here brought the sad intelligence yesterday evening that Sebastian GOSS died at his farm home near Cresco, in Whitley county.

It was not known here that he was worse and it is presumed that he died suddenly as he has been afflicted with heart trouble for some time, which was liable to terminate fatally at any moment.

Sebastian Goss was widely known in Fulton county as one of its foremost farmers and stockmen. From 1870 to 1890 he was the principal stock dealer in the county and owned and operated a large farm in the Salem church neighborhood for more than forty years. About ten years ago he sold the large farm and bought a smaller one six miles west of Rochester and in the winter of 1902 sold that and went to Whitley county where three of his sons are located.

He came to Fulton county with his parents in 1840, and married Elizabeth ROUCH, who died two years ago. To the union twelve children were born ten of whom are living, viz: John, George, Edward, Alfred, Jacob, William and Charley [GOSS], and Mrs. Andrew  [Ellen GOSS] BAUMAN, Mrs. Lon [Alonzo L.] [Angie GOSS] LOWE and Mrs. Wilber [Libbie GOSS] BEATTIE. One brother, George GOSS and one sister, Mrs. PLUNK, both of this city, also survive.

The family were active members of the Evangelical church for more than a half century and Mr. Goss was one of the pioneer Masons of Fulton county. He was always pleasant, energetic and progressive and was widely known over the county as a conscientious, reliable gentleman.

The remains will be brought to Rochester and laid to rest beside the graves of the wife and two daughters but the time of the funeral has not yet been announced. [Aug 27, 1825 - May 28, 1903]

Saturday, May 30, 1903


The remains of the late Sebastian GOSS will be brought to Rochester Tuesday on the 11:35 Erie train and taken direct to the Methodist church where the funeral services will be conducted at 2:30. The wait is to afford time for Mrs. BAUMAN to arrive from California, and for friends to view the remains which may be done any time between 12:00 and 2:30 o’clock.


Mr. [Sebastian] GOSS had spent most of the day riding about his farm on a pony. He was well up in years and walking was laborious and tiresome to him. He had sorted his cattle and had the men drive the sheep to the barn-yard to sort them. While thus engaged he was attacked with something like a fainting spell and sat down. Jake KRAMER advised him to go to the house, but

 at first he protested. Later he agreed to go if the hands would help him onto his pony. They did so, and when the pony started he seemingly fell forward on the pony’s shoulders and the men ran to his aid to prevent him from falling off.

When they reached the house the old gentleman refused to go in and sat down on the porch. He said he needed fresh air and would be all right in a few minutes. His niece finally prevailed upon him to come into the house and lie down on the bed. After reaching the bed he requested all of them to go away so he could get plenty of air. They offered to fan him, but to this he raised objection, and so all present stepped away from him. In a moment it was evident that his condition was very critical, for he was then gasping for breath and within two minutes he passed away.  -- Columbia City Post


Joe HOLLENBECK an old man formerly of this city but lately a resident of the Fletcher Lake neighborhood, died suddenly Wednesday of supposed heart disease. He had been hoeing in the garden and come into the house very sick and his wife ran to the neighbors for help. When she got back he was unconscious and died before a physician reached him. He had been in feeble health for a year.


Joseph HOUSE, southwest of this place has an old Seth Thomas clock that has not run for nearly thirty years and keeps it standing upstairs with the neavy weights resting on the floor. Last Monday while he and his wife, John KRIDER, J. V. POWNALL and wife, and others were upstairs, around a table in a room where the clock stood, writing out the obituary of Susanna KRIDER, who had just died, they all heard loud ticking and upon looking around saw the old clock running, and kept it up for fully ten minutes.


Monday, June 1, 1903


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Tuesday, June 2, 1903


Mrs. Jeffrey RUNKLE of Macy died Monday evening at 7:30 after a long suffering with consumption. She leaves a husband and four children. Funeral will be Wednesday 11 a.m. Christian church of which she was a member. Interment I.O.O.F. cemetery.


The Sebastian GOSS funeral at Grace church this afternoon was one of the largest held in town for a long time. Town and country people turned out in large numbers to pay a last tribute of respect to one who was long a leading and most upright citizen. As Mrs. BAUMAN did not get here but is on the way, the remains were taken to the Lon LOWE residence from which burial will be made Thursday afternoon, a private funeral service.


Wednesday, June 3, 1903


E. VonEHRENSTEIN is attending the funeral of Sir Knight SEEBELL at Plymouth today.


Mr. & Mrs. W. N. MARTER and their daughters attended the funeral of Mrs. Marter’s brother, Owen THOMPSON, at Mentone today.

Mrs.  [Thomas] Jefferson  [Anna JOHNSON] BURKETT died Sunday night at eight o’clock. She was in her 38th year. She leaves a husband, three sons and one daughter, a little babe nine months old, and a host of frienes and relatives to mourn her loss. The funeral was preached at the Christian church in Macy, Tuesday and interment at I.O.O.F. cemetery.  (Wagoner item) [Aug 22, 1868 - May 31, 1903; bur Plainview cem, Macy, Miami Co Ind]


Thursday, June 4, 1903


Mrs. Andrew BAUMAN arrived today from her long and tedious trip from California to be present at the burial of her father, Sebastian GOSS. She was detained two days in Kansas on account of the floods but reached here at noon today, and burial of the remains will be made this evening. Although the body has been dead more than a week it is in perfect state of preservation and undertaker Val ZIMMERMAN says he could keep it six months the same way under the improved process of embalming.


Friday, June 5, 1903


Mrs. M. McINTYRE went to Sevastapool yesterday to attend the funeral of Mel KEESECKER.


Saturday, June 6, 1903


Rosa [J.] FENIMORE, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. [John] Wesly FENIMORE, died at her home in Fulton yesterday morning after an illness of nearly a year with consumption. The funeral will be held from the home at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon. [March 18, 1884 - June 5, 1903; bur Fulton cem]


Dr. Calvin E. PONTIOUS, a former well known resident of Henry township, died at his home in Fairview, Kansas yesterday and will be buried there. The wife of the deceased and Mrs. P. E. TERRY, of this city are sisters. Dr. TERRY leaves for Fairview tonight.


Mrs. T[homas] J[efferson] BURKETT died last Sunday at the family home near Macy. The funeral was held at Macy Tuesday. The deceased was daughter of Samuel and Mrs. JOHNSON, four miles south of Akron, and was for several years afflicted with lung trouble. A two years residence in the West failed to result in permanent benefits and all other means known to human skill failed to redeem her life.  (Akron item)


Monday, June 8, 1903


Charley and Will NORRIS had a message this morning telling them of the tragic death of their cousin, a married lady, of Peru in a runaway accident.


Tuesday, June 9, 1903


Miss Rose Josephine FENIMORE, daughter of John Wesley and Matilda FENIMORE, was born March 19, 1884, in Liberty township, and died at Fulton June 6, 1903, aged 19 years 2 months 13 days. She leaves a father, mother, three sisters and two brothers. The funeral was held in the U.B. church Sunday at 2 p.m.; Rev. H. E. BUTLER

Mrs. Rebecca [A. SKINNER] KLISE died at her home on north Pontiac street this morning at 2:30 a.m. of paralysis. She was born November 18, 1836 and died at the age of 62 years 6 months 21 days. She leaves her husband, Jacob [KLISE], and eight children, four sons, Harvey, Wm., LeRoy [S.] and Byron [M.] [KLISE] and four daughters, Mrs. Wm. [R.] [Eve/Ava  A. KLISE] WINES, Mrs. Emma [KLISE] HOOVER, Mrs. Anna [KLISE] HOOVER and Mrs. Deliah/Delila [C. KLISE] BARR.

Funeral will be Thursday 2 p.m. U.B. church; I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Wednesday, June 10, 1903


Mrs. Chas. MEYER returned from Huntington today, called home by the sad message that her foster mother had died suddenly. She was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Effie FULKERSON, who she was visiting at Huntington.


A letter received by Rochester relatives this morning written by Mrs. Flora BALL, of Walkerton, told of the serious illness of Mrs. India[na] [CHINN] BEEBER, who was visiting the writer of the letter, who was a niece of the sick woman.

The letter said she was taken with a severe attack of congestion of the stomach and it involved the spine to such an extent that she was unconscious. Immediately following the receipt of the letter came a telegram saying she had died.

Deceased was about sixty years old and had lived much of her life in Rochester. Her maiden name was CHINN and she was the wife of John BEEBER. She was a sister of Mrs. Angus BROWN, Mrs. Sarah MANN and Mrs. W. H. DAVIDSON and the foster mother of Mrs. Chas. MEYER, who is her niece. She was a lady of pleasant manner and industrious ways and had quite a wide circle of friends.

Body to be brought here for burial. Arrangements pending.


Thursday, June 11, 1903


The remains of Mrs. India[na] BEEBER were brought from Walkerton this morning and taken to the home of Mr. & Mrs. Charles MEYER. Funeral will be at the Meyer residence 2 p.m. tomorrow.


Friday, June 12, 1903


William CHINN, of St. Paul, Nebraska arrived here last evening to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. India[na] BEEBER, today.

Saturday, June 13, 1903


Mr. & Mrs. J. N. BARR and daughters returned to Peru today after attending the funeral of Mrs. Rebecca KLISE.


Monday, June 15, 1903


Dr. Angus BROWN died at his residence at noon today after an illlness with cancer of the stomach that confined him to his home for eight months.

Angus Brown was born in lower Canada more than 71 years ago and commenced the practice of homeopathic medicine in 1863. Six years later he located in Rochester. His first wife

was Jane McARTHUR and to them five children were born, viz: Mary and Catherine [BROWN] of Trinidad, California; Dougal [BROWN], of Pontiac, Michigan; Hugh [BROWN], of Chicago; and Jennie [BROWN], of Kokomo.

Mrs. Brown died in 1867 and the doctor, four years afterward married Mrs. Lucy SHAF[F]ER, mother of Tommy SHAF[F]ER and Mrs. Jo[seph F.] [Mary B. SHAFFER] SEIGFRIED. To the latter union four children were born, viz: Town Clerk Wm. BROWN, Dr. Archie BROWN and Mrs. Grant WALLER, of this city, and John B. BROWN, of Pontiac, Michigan. All of these and one brother survive.

Dr. Brown was not only a prominent man in the medical profession but took an active interest in educational and benevolent work and was a leading member of the Rochester Christian church for twenty-five years. He was an unpretentious, quiet gentleman of deep and unwavering convictions and the community always found him sincere and devoted to good works.

The time of the funeral cannot be announced until distant relatives are heard from.


Tuesday, June 16, 1903


The funeral services over the remains of the late Dr. [Angus] BROWN will be held Thursday afternoon at the home, conducted by Rev. DeVOE.


Dougal BROWN, of Chicago, is here to attend his father’s funeral.


The sickness of Clark W. HEDGES which developed hasty consumption terminated in death Monday night at the home of Lon STOCKBERGER, where he was cared for by his niece.

Deceased was almost 32 years old. He had never been strong from his boyhood up. His parents died when he was a small boy and he lived for many years with Rev. and Mrs. MERLEY, in the Warsaw neighborhood. Then they moved West and he traveled here and there for the benefit of his health, returning here about six months ago to be with his sister, Mrs. George WALLACE, and his brothers, Oscar and Ed. [HEDGES]. He was always a quiet gentlemanly fellow, made friends of all who knew him, and was a member of the Baptist church and the order of Red Men.

The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. CONLEY at the Lon Stockberger residence at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, and the remains will be taken to Fulton for burial.


Wednesday, June 17, 1903


The funeral of Dr. Angus BROWN will be conducted at the Christian church at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon instead of at the residence as previously announced. Friends desiring to view the remains can call at the residence at any time prior to noon tomorrow. The casket will not be opened at the church.

Mrs. Silas [Eva] CLEMANS, of Macy, died at a sanitarium, where she had been for three weeks. Shortly after she went to the sanitarium she underwent a surgical operation from which she was recovering nicely when heart disease set in and caused her death. [May 29, 1864 - June 15, 1903; bur Plainview cem, Macy, Miami Co Ind]


Mrs. P. TERRY went to Macy this morning to attend the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. S[ilas] CLEMANS.

Grandma AYDELOTT died at the home of her foster daughter, Mrs. Ida WARNER, Sunday evening, about eight o’clock, at the ripe old age of eighty-three years. In the year of 1840 she was united in marriage with John AYDELOTT. She never became the mother of any children but has raised Mrs. Warner and Wm. H. BRYANT.  --Macy Monitor

Thursday, June 18, 1903


Elder RICKHOOF, of Tipton, came today to attend the Dr. [Angus] BROWN funeral.


Mr. & Mrs. D. A. WALLER, of Fowler, and Dougal and John BROWN, of Pontiac, Michigan, came today to attend the funeral of Dr. [Angus] BROWN.


Friday, June 19, 1903


Eddie WAGONER, who lived with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. WAGONER, about four miles east of Rochester, died at his home last night, at the age of 20 years. His death was caused by consumption, and he has been steadily failing since last August. Eddie was a popular and promising young man, and counted his friends by the score, and his death just at the beginning of a life of usefulness is a sad one.

The funeral services will be conducted at Liberty Chapel, by Rev. DeVOE, of this city Sunday at 10:30 o’clock a.m. The remains will be interred in I.O.O.F. cemetery in Rochester.


Saturday, June 20, 1903 and Monday, June 22, 1903


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Tuesday, June 23, 1903


Mrs. J[oseph] C. [Regina] FENIMORE died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert ROSS, last night at ten o’clock after an illness of seven weeks of rheumatic fever and dropsy. She had come from her home in Macy here for a visit with her daughter and while here was taken sick and remained so until death came.

Mrs. Fenimore was born in Ross county, Ohio, in 1836, and later moved to Macy where she has lived for the past twenty years. She leaves six children, Schuyler [FENIMORE], William [FENIMORE], Mrs. Albert ROSS, Mrs. Lem POWELL, Mrs. Ben SLUSSER and Mrs. Ella CONNER. The funeral will be held at Macy M.E. church, tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock. [Aug 21, 1838 - June 22, 1903; bur Plainview cem, Macy, Miami Co Ind]


Wednesday, June 24, 1903


After being blind and unconscious for two weeks, since his third stroke of paralysis, Jacob STAHL, the well known old carpenter, suddenly regained consciousness this forenoon, told his family he was now ready to die and before the neighbors could be summoned he passed away, while complaining of a pain in his heart.

Jacob Stahl came to Rochester in 1857 and was nearly 67 years old. He married the surviving wife and mother, Rebecca COLWALD in 1858 and to them four living children were

born: Alice [STAHL], of this city; Alvah C. [STAHL], of Indianapolis; Wm. L. [STAHL], of Chicago; and Mrs. Luella [STAHL] MOORE of Logansport. Another near relative, a brother, Wm. STAHL, of Hartford City, also survives.

Deceased was an old soldier, member of the 87 Ind Vol, a carpenter by trade, and a Baptist in religion. He was a quiet, unassuming man and highly esteemed by all of his neighbors. His affliction had been of sixteen years duration, he having had his spine permanently injured by getting caught beneath a falling shed roof and which finally precipitated paralysis -  first attack two years ago and second and third on the 7th and 12th of the present month.

Funeral at the residence Friday afternoon, Rev. CONLEY officiating.


Thursday, June 25, 1903




Friday, June 26, 1903


E. T. HOCHSTEDLER went to Goshen this morning to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. SHROCK.


Saturday, June 27, 1903


The Peru Sentinel says the two months old child of Mr. & Mrs. George WASHINGTON died at Macy Friday evening at 8 o’clock. Death was due to gastric poisoning resulting from food accumulating in the stomach. The disease is very rare and some of the best physicians of Macy and Rochester were called in consultation, but nothing could be done to relieve the little sufferer.


Mrs. Wm. BIGGS went to Belleflower, Illinois, Wednesday, in answer to a message to the effect that her nephew, the son of Mr. & Mrs. A. McINTIRE, had burned to death.  (Kewanna item)


Wm. H. RENO, Sr., died suddenly yesterday morning as a stroke of apoplexy. He has been in very feeble health for many months, yet his death was unlooked for at this time. He was one of the oldest citizens of Kewanna, and highly respected by all.  (Kewanna item) [Oct 28, 1832 - June 25, 1903; bur Shaffer cem, Kewanna, Union Twp, Fulton co Ind]


Monday, June 29, 1903


James Harvey BRUCE, a highly respected citizen of Wayne township, residing near Grass Creek, died last Friday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. B. BAIR in the Baptist church at Kewanna, of which deceased was an honored member, Sunday at 11 o’clock. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Kewanna.

Tuesday, June 30, 1903 and Wednesday, July 1, 1903


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Thursday, July 2, 1903


The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Worthy SHUMAN died last Saturday morning of whooping cough. Funeral was Monday afternoon; Rev. E. TATMAN; I.O.O.F. cemetery.  (Akron item)


[James] Harvey BRUCE, a well known resident of near this place, died Friday at 3 o’clock at his home, and the funeral was held at the Kewanna Baptist church Sunday forenoon at 11 o’clock; interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery. Mr. Bruce was the father of ten children, and his loss is deeply felt by friends and relatives.  (Blue Grass item)


Friday, July 3, 1903


Mrs. Sol ALLMAN returned from Cincinnati yesterday where she has been during the sickness and death of her mother, Mrs. Sol KOCH. Her father accompanied her home for a visit.


Mrs. Margaret MOBLEY died last night at 11 o’clock after a sickness which has lasted 13 weeks. She was born at Mexico, Indiana June 16, 1822, and lived there all her life, until five years ago when her husband, Reuben MOBLEY, died and she has since made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Richard LOWMAN, of this city, where she died.

The cause of her death could not be determined by the physician and an autopsy was held the result of which is not yet given out.

Three children remain: Edward MOBLEY, of Hiattsville, Kansas; Amos MOBLEY, of Marion; and Mrs. Richard LOWMAN, of this city. Funeral will be Saturday M.E. church at Mexico; interment at Mexico cemetery.


Saturday, July 4, 1903


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Monday, July 6, 1903


 Byron KINGERY, 9, was killed instantly and Vaugn CONNERS, 10, was fatally injured by the explosion of a piece of casting which the boys were firing at Mexico, Miami county, Saturday afternoon.

The boys were watching older boys fire an anvil for some time, when they thought of a plan for celebrating all to themselves. They procured an old casting with a hole in it and begged powder was touched off and the boys ran. They did not succeed in getting away, however. The casting was blown to pieces and a heavy piece struck Kingery on the head, killing him instantly. Conners was struck on the leg by another piece and his leg was so horribly mangled that it was amputated.

Both boys were picked up by the older ones, who furnished the powder which caused the accident, and taken to their homes. Physicians who amputated the leg for Conners fear he will not live, as he lost so much blood.

The dead boy is a son of Mead KINGERY, the well known barber of this city. The parents of the boy are divorced and the little fellow lived with his grandparents at Mexico. Kingery was called to Mexico Saturday night by telephone message and remained for the funeral



Tuesday, July 7, 1903


A special from our Kewanna reporter says John ALLEN, an eccentric character was found dead Monday morning in a ditch beside the Vandalia railroad track near Mill Creek bridge.

His body was all submerged except his feet and there were indications that he had fallen off the grade into the ditch or pool, head first and drowned before he could get out of the mud and water. The body was so badly decomposed the features could not be recognized, but the clothes were John Allen’s, and he had left the home of his daughter, Mrs. John RHENO at Kewanna Thursday afternoon to go to the Kyran WALSH farm, and there is no doubt but he fell into the pool while in an intoxicated condition and there strangled to death.

Allen was once a bright man, but trouble and drink reduced him to want and he had spent some time at the county farm as a pauper. The body was so badly putrified it was gathered into a box with hooks and buried at once after a coroner’s inquest.


Two of the oldest of Fulton county’s pioneers are dead, viz: Richard MOORE, of Fulton, and Ex-County treasurer, Wm. POTTER, of Wayne township.

Mr. Potter died this morning at the age of 84 after a long siege of general collapse. He was county Treasurer from 1881 to 1883, was a good officer and a good man. He leaves an aged wife and two living children, Mrs. Will [Mary POTTER] ZOOK and John POTTER, four other children having died, of these Will and Fannie who were well known in Rochester. The funeral occurs Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at Fletcher lake church.

Richard MOORE, of Fulton, died Sunday evening as the result of a fall and broken hip. He was 86 years and 4 months old and had been a resident of Fulton for a half century or more. Funeral this morning at Fulton U.B. church.


Wednesday, July 8, 1903 and Thursday, July 9, 1903


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Friday, July 10, 1903


William GRASS, the Newcastle township man who contracted lockjaw from a rusty nail wound in the foot died last night after undergoing terrible suffering.


Another Fulton county pioneer passed away in the death of William McCARTER, who died of hernia, Thursday evening, aged 73 years and 8 months.

Deceased was born near Millroy in Rush county, this state, and came to the Green Oak neighborhood in 1849. In 1854 he married Susanna MILLER, daughter of Judge Hugh MILLER, deceased. To them six children were born, viz: Alvah H. McCARTER, of this city; Mrs. Sarah M. [McCARTER] HOBBS, Mrs. Isabelle [McCARTER] LANE and Mrs. Emma [McCARTER] STEINBERG, Battle Creek, Michigan; Mrs. Ella M. [McCARTER] ROBERTS, of Plymouth; Mary L. [McCARTER] SMITH, deceased. Mrs. McCARTER died in 1873 and eight years later Mr. McCarter married Mrs. Catherine SHIRLEY who with one brother Samuel McCARTER of Macy and one sister Mrs. Maria [McCARTER] WILEY of Missouri survive.

“Uncle Billy” as he was popularly known was always a quiet, good man and a true friend and kind neighbor.

The funeral will be conducted at the Christian church at 2 p.m. Saturday, and friends may see the remains from 6 this evening until twelve tomorrow.


Saturday, July 11, 1903


Mr. & Mrs. Chas. MITCHELL will go to Newcastle Sunday morning to attend the funeral of her brother, William PENCE, who died in the government hospital at San Francisco. He enlisted in 1900 for three years service and his time would soon have been up. The cause of his death was not learned by his relatives.


Monday, July 13, 1903


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Tuesday, July 14, 1903


Nellie BERGER, the unfortunate girl who came into prominence about three years ago through her abduction by Clyde JONES, who is now serving time at Jeffersonville for the crime, is once more the subject of notoriety through the suicide of her affianced husband, William [Andrew] GOFF, Sunday night.

Since her escape from Jones, Nellie has been an invalid, and has received the sympathy of her friends. Among them was one William Goff, who lived with Frank FITES, near Gilead. William has been a regular caller at the BERGER home for several years, beginning his attentions to the daughter prior to her escapade with Jones. Upon her return to her home, the courtship was continued until it resulted in an engagement which was to end in a marriage on July 4th.

The young man evidently became tired of the bargain, for according to the testimony before the coroner, he told his affianced on May 30, that he had changed his mind and would not marry. Later, on July 11, Nellie’s father, Wm. BERGER, called him in and told William that he would have to marry Nellie or stand trial. Goff answered, “You crack your whip and I’ll crack mine.” He seemed to be much agitated and soon after left. Miss Berger saw him alive but once after that time - that was as he was passing on the morning of July 12.

On the morning of the 13th, when Frank Fites, his employer, went out to the barn he found Goff dead in the buggy and the horse standing at the barn door eating.

Coroner YARLING, of Peru, was called to the scene and took the testimony of only three persons, namely: Frank Fites, William Berger and Miss Nellie Berger, but from others less connected with the sad ending of the young man some evidence was obtained. It seems that death was preferable to marriage, to this man, and all indications point to his death by the morphine route. Sunday night Goff was entertained until after midnight by Miss Bertha FLEMER, near Gilead. She states that Goff was restless all the time he was in her company but she never suspected that he was about to take his own life. She was shocked yesterday when the news came to her and so was everybody else in the neighborhood. Goff was about twenty-five years of age, had good hapits and was well liked.

Inquiries of the people of the neighborhood indicate that Goff was also in the habit of keeping company with several other young ladies of that neighborhood, and it is stated that he would have married one of them if he could have broken with Nellie Berger, to whom he had

taken a sudden averson. Funeral will be at the Fites home tomorrow a.m. [March 1, 1875 - July 13, 1903; bur Gilead cem, Gilead, Perry Twp, Miami Co Ind]

Wednesday, July 15, 1903


Chas. E. FULLER, son of Judson FULLER, died at his home east of Kewanna Sunday of heart disease. He was nearly thirty-five years old. Three children preceded him in death, and his wife, formerly Miss Minnie GARBISON, is the only survivor of the family. The fuenral service was conducted by Rev. BAIR at the Kewanna Baptist church, Tuesday, and Dr. Seward GARBISON, of Michigan, and Mr. & Mr. Thos. HERD, of near Warsaw, were among those from a distance who attended.  (Kewanna item) [d. July 12, 1903, ae 35y-6m-12d; bur Shaffer cem, Kewanna, Fulton Co Ind]


Grey [WARD], the little 5 year old son of Dr. and Mrs. J. M. WARD, died Tuesday of peritonitis. Funeral occurs Thursday at 2 o’clock.


Thursday, July 16, 1903


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Friday, July 17, 1903


The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. ICE died this morning, aged 4 months and 26 days. Burial tomorrow 10 a.m. Citizens cemetery.


Mrs. [Michael T.] Elizabeth [ D. BRYANT] LOUDERBACK, died at the home of her brother, James BRYANT, at Fulton last night after a suffering of long duration with carsonoma of the stomach. Mrs. Louderback was born in Ohio in 1840, and at an early age came to Indiana. For several years she occupied the toll house on the south pike and is well known by many Rochester residents. The funeral will be held in the Christian church, of which she was a member, Sunday, the time to be given later. The funeral service will be preached by Rev. DeVOE, interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery. [Dec 2, 1840 - July 16, 1903]


Saturday, July 18, 1903


Funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth LOUDERBACK will be Sunday 2 p.m. at the Christian church.


Monday, July 20, 1903


Mrs. Mary Ann [MECHAN] SINNOTT, wife of Mike SINNOTT, of Wayne township died at the family residence Sunday morning, after an illness of several weeks. Her maiden name was MECHAN and she was aged about 58 years. She leaves her husband and seven children and numerous other relatives and a host of friends all of whom mourn the death of a noble woman. Funeral at St. Ann’s church, Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Father FORD officiating.

Tuesday, July 21, 1903 and Wednesday, July 22, 1903


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Thursday, July 23, 1903


Mrs. [Mary E.] LAKE who lived near Sear’s Lake died Sunday and was buried Tuesday afternoon in the Shaffer cemetery.  (Kewanna item) [d. July 19, 1903, ae 47y-4m-27d]


Friday, July 24, 1903


H. F. MOW went to Union Mills today on account of the death of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ella [GOSS] MOW.


Jonas GOSS received word that his daughter, Mrs. Ella [GOSS] MOW, of Union Mills, was dead and the remains would be sent here tomorrow for burial. No particulars learned.


Saturday, July 25, 1903


The funeral of Mrs. Ella [GOSS] MOW, who died at her home in Union Mills yesterday morning of peritonitis, will occur Sunday afternoon at the residence of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jonas GOSS, on south Main street at 2 o’clock. Rev. W. F. SWITZER officiating. Those wishing to view the remains may do so between 11 and 2 o’clock tomorrow. Mrs. Mow was the eldest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jonas Goss and besides them she leaves a husband and one child, a sister, Miss Martha GOSS, three brothers, Samuel, Ira and Byron [GOSS], together with a number of relatives and friends to mourn for her.


Monday, July 27, 1903


Jacob EASTERDAY who has been sick for several years died this afternoon at his home on north Madison street.


Eva Marie MEHRLEY, the little daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Walter MURRAY ? [MEHRLEY] ? of near Athens, died this morning of cholera infantum, aged 2 years and 4 months. The funeral will be held at the Evangelical church tomorrow morning at 10:30 o’clock. Interment will be made in the Citizens cemetery.


Tuesday, July 28, 1903


The community was pained this afternoon when the report became current that Mrs. John [Susan FLOOD] KING was no more.

She had been in feeble health for two years, as the result of an attack of paralysis, and for the past two weeks the invalid rapidly lost strength until noon today, when she passed into her last rest.

Susan Flood was born in Lancaster, Ohio, 64 years ago, where she lived until she was united in marriage to John KING and came to Fulton county thirty-six years ago. Mr. & Mrs. King

were the parents of nine children, seven of whom survive to console the bereaved husband and father. They are: Mrs. Frances CLYMER, of Peru; Dr. M. O. KING, Dr. Lee KING, of Williamsport, Albert [KING], Annette, Estella and Emma [KING].

Mrs. King was known and loved by a large circle of friends for her noble, wifely, motherly qualities, and as a neighbor, and hundreds of Fulton county people will shed tears of sympathy for the bereaved family in their affliction.

The funeral services will be held at the family residence Thursday at 10:30, conducted by Rev. George HILL, of the Presbyterian church. Interment will be made in I.O.O.F. cemetery.


While at work about her home, Monday afternoon, Mrs. Henry AULT was suddenly stricken with paralysis and died twelve hours later aged about 76 years. She was always a good, motherly christian woman and leaves many friends and a family consisting of her husband, one son, Jos. AULT, the architect, and three daughters, Mrs. George [H.] [Mary AULT] ADAMS, Mrs. Wm. [J.] [Eva AULT] BAILEY and Mrs. Frank BARCUS. The time of the funeral is set for Thursday.


Another old citizen of Rochester to die Monday afternoon was Jackson M. EASTERDAY who has been an invalid from tuberculosis for many yers. He was 67 years old and the father of six children, whom with their mother survive. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence in the northeast part of town.


Wednesday, July 29, 1903


The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Henry AULT will be conducted at the house at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.


Mary WHITE, mother of J. R. WHITE, William WHITE and Mrs. H[enry] [Sarah WHITE] MEHRLEY, of this county, died yesterday, at Messick, Michigan. The remains will arrive in Rochester from the north on the L. E. & W. evening train. The funeral services will be held at the Evangelical church tomorrow afternoon at 3:30. Rev. MYGRANT officiating. Burial at Citizens cemetery.


Ira GOSS returned to Crawfordsville today, after attending the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Ella [GOSS] MOW.


Aaron [C.] McCUMBER, who came from the soldiers home at Leavenworth, Kansas last Friday, to visit with Wm. McLAUGHLIN, took sick shortly after he arrived here, with heart trouble and died before a doctor could be secured. Interment was made in the Blue Grass cemetery. (Blue Grass item)


Thursday, July 30, 1903


The funeral of Mrs. John [Susan FLOOD] KING, at the family residence this morning was largely attended by neighbors and friends. A special quartet composed of Mrs. W. S. GIBBONS, Miss Pearl BARRETT, and Messrs. Frank BRYANT and Hugh MILLER sang, and Rev. George A. HILL gave a touching and comforting eulogy. The floral offerings were the finest ever seen in Rochester and altogether it was a most fitting farewell to a noble woman and a loving

wife and mother.


Grandmother WEISPALM died at the home of her son, Herman [WEISPALM], Tuesday. She will be buried at the Greenland cemetery Thursday. (Kewanna item)


Friday, July 31, 1903


Carl [SHUMAKER], the six month old son of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. SHUMAKER, who reside in the northeast part of town, died yesterday of whooping cough. Interment was made this afternoon in the Citizens cemetery.


Saturday, August 1, 1903


Samuel ARTHURHOLZ, an old soldier, died at his home near Twelve Mile, Tuesday morning, and was buried this afternoon under the auspices of Reed Post G.A.R. of this place of which he was a member.  (Fulton item)


Monday, August 3, 1903


Mrs. Charles HOOVER, who resides south of Athens, died Sunday evening. Mrs. Hoover has been suffering with consumption for the past year and had just returned a few weeks ago from Oregon, where she had gone in the hope of benefitting her health. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, and interment will be made in the Akron cemetery.


Mrs. Adam [Katherine BOLSTER] AULT, who was stricken by paralysis Friday evening, died this morning at 6 o’clock.

Throughout her sickness she has been unconscious, the only time she recognized anyone was when her husband talked to her on two occasions.

The deceased’s maiden name was Katherine Bolster and was born April 5, 1847, in Wayne county, N.Y. From there she moved to LaPorte county, Indiana, in 1850, where she resided until October 19, 1897, when she was united in marriage with Adam AULT and has since lived with him in their home on west Center street. Mrs. R. D. UTTER, of Walkerton, a brother, George BOLSTER, of Union Mills, her husband and a number of relatives and friends remain to mourn the loss of a noble woman.


Tuesday, August 4, 1903


Josep[h] GATRELL died at his home three miles west of town Sunday night of paralysis at the age of 79 years. His body was sent to Servia today where it will be buried.


The funeral of Mrs. Adam AULT will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Methodist church.

Wednesday, August 5, 1903


Mrs. Grace [M.] HOOVER passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Maude HUTCHINSON, of near Akron. She has been in poor health for three years as the result of an attack of tuberculosis. She was born in Henry township, Fulton county, thirty years ago, and leaves a husband, son, father and sister. [Sep 8, 1873 - Aug 2, 1903; bur Akron Cem]

Alice [JACKSON], the 19 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. JACKSON, who reside near the Pendleton river bridge, died this morning at 5 o’clock. Miss Jackson had been suffering with consumption for several months and the end was not unexpected. Funeral will occur at the Presbyterian church Friday afternoon.

Thursday, August 6, 1903


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Friday, August 7, 1903




Saturday, August 8, 1903


Word has reached here of the death of the six weeks old child of Mr. & Mrs. Claud CHINN at Hamilton, Ohio, Tuesday.


After a protracted illness of consumption Joseph “Joe” MOORE, a well known farmer living three miles southwest of town, passed to his long sleep last night. He was about 52 years old, a good neighbor and quiet citizen and leaves a widow and other relatives.

Funeral will be at Trinity Evangelical church Sunday 3 p.m; Rev. MYGRANT assisted by Rev. CONLEY; Citizens cemetery.


Monday, August 10, 1903


Mrs. H. E. BUTLER, of Fulton went to Grovertown today to attend the funeral of her nephew, Albert UNCAPHER.


Tuesday, August 11, 1903


The mention heretofore made of Alice JACKSON’s death at her home near Pendleton Ford, was a profound sorrow to the community.

She took to her bed with tubercular trouble about eight weeks ago, and remained a patient sufferer, until the death angel relieved her of her suffering. She leaves a father, mother and grandparents besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn the loss of a dutiful daughter and a kind hearted friend. Alice was a graduate of the common school and was preparing for a higher education, while her parents had spared neither time nor expense on her musical education.

She was a good girl, never causing her parents or friends any trouble and by her modest manner, kind hearted ways and intelligent mind, made the world better by her short life spent in it. She often expressed her desire to get well but said if that was impossible she was not afraid to die. Funeral service was conducted at the Presbyterian church at Rochester by Rev. E. H. EDWARDS of Richland Center and interment was made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Wednesday, August 12, 1903 and Thursday, August 13, 1903


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Friday, August 14, 1903


Mrs. Robert [M.] [Jane E.] YELTON, who resides about a mile northeast of Leiters Ford, died at 7 o’clock yesterday evening, of dropsy. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon, at the residence at 2 o’clock. [Dec 25, 1833 - Aug 13, 1903; bur Moon cem, Fulton Co Ind]

News has just been received here of the death of Albert UNCAPHER, the seventeen year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew UNCAPHER of Grovertown, Ind. His death, last Saturday morning was due to quick consumption brought on by an accident.

While attending college here the young man suffered from a hard fall from his bicycle. He returned to his home where he was very ill for three weeks. Recovering, he attended the fourth of July celebration at Knox. He became ill again, soon after however, and died at three o’clock, Saturday morning.

The funeral was held in the U.B. church at Grovertown, Monday afternoon. Rev. MATTIX, an old friend of the boy preached the funeral sermon.

Albert Uncapher was born at Grovertown, August 3, 1886, and died at the same place August 8, 1908, being 17 years and 5 days old at the time of his death. He was an honest hard-working lad, who was trying to make the best that he could out of himself in this life and who was respected and loved by all who knew him well.


Saturday, August 15, 1903


Mrs. Hester COLLINS and Miss Pearl BARRETT were called to Chesterton this morning on account of the death of their cousin, Mrs. O. SHANKS, who died yesterday. Mrs. Shanks is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jacob SHANKS and formerly resided at this place.


The will left by the late Joe MOORE was read today, and it was short and plain. It provides that his mother have five acres of his eighty acre farm and that the other seventy-five acres be sold by the executor. Of the proceeds of the sale decedent’s wife is to have $2,000, his mother $500, and the balance, after all expenses are paid, donated to the repair fund of the Citizens cemetery in this city. As the farm is worth probably $60 per acre, it will furnish $1,000 or more to the Citizens cemetery -- a very substantial donation.


Dallas E. BEMENDERFER expired about 5 o’clock last Tuesday morning at his home two miles northwest of Akron.

One year ago last June he commenced complaining and it was not long until it was known that he was suffering from that grim destroyer, consumption. Even though everything was done that could be done to wrest him from that awful doom, yet nothing availed, even though a trip to the West this summer failed in its purpose.

Mr. Bemenderfer is the only son of W. J. and Mrs. BEMENDERFER, was a prosperous and highly respected citizen, and will be sorely missed by his family and community.  (Akron item)  [d. Aug 11, 1903, ae 32y-5m-4d; bur Akron cem]


Monday, August 17, 1903


Kewanna, Aug. 17 -- There was a FATAL ACCIDENT on the C. C. & L. railroad, formerly the C. R. & M., at WYNN station, four miles north of here, last night. An engine, running light, had a break of an eccentric rod and it resulted in the death of Earnest BALLINGER,

a brakeman.

When the eccentric broke the engine gave such a lurch as to throw Ballinger off and the fall killed him. The broken eccentric lashed round and round so furiously that it knocked a hole in the boiler, escaping steam seriously scalded an unknown man who was riding the engine. He will recover all right from the burn and is not otherwise injured.

The dead body of Ballinger was brought to Kewanna this morning and Coroner BABCOCK held an inquest the result of which was a finding that he came to his death as the result of the engine breaking and throwing him off. The remains were prepared for burial and sent to his home at Richmond on the 9:30 morning train. He was 27 years old and leaves a wife, but further than this nothing is known of him here.

William WAGONER, the well known farmer, who lived three miles northeast of town, is dead the result of a surgical operation in Chicago.

For many years Mr. Wagoner had convulsions as the result of a crushed skull which affliction came upon him in an accident in which he was thrown from a horse. His convulsions developed a form of epilepsy and recently he became mentally deranged to such an extent that a sanity inquest wes held. But the doctors doubted the possibility of affording him relief at an insane hospital and suggested that he be taken to a Chicago specialist for examination. The family agreed to this and the leading surgeon of Chicago advised trephining, that is taking off that part of the skull which was crushed down and pressed on the brain.

Accordingly the operation was performed last Friday morning, and William’s brother, Charley [WAGONER], who was with him, returned home with the cheering report that he had passed through the operation nicely and was doing well. But a telegram came Sunday evening saying he had died and no further particulars are known. Charley Wagoner left at once for Chicago to bring the remains home and will probably reach here this evening.

Wm. Wagoner was a son of Solomon WAGONER, deceased, he was about 48 years old, and leaves a wife and five children.


Tuesday, August 18, 1903


Peru Ind., Aug. 18  -- Ernest BALLINGER, a freight conductor, was killed; C. Z. BARKER, fireman, of New Waverly, was fatally scalded, and Thomas ARMSTRONG, engineer, of this city, and Daniel MILLER, conductor, of North Judson, were injured by an accident at Wynn, on the Chicago, Cincinnati & Louisville Railway.

The accident was due to the breaking of an eccentric strap and side rod, the latter crashing into the cab of the engine occupied by the four men. When the eccentric strap gave way, Ballinger jumped, and in the fall his neck was broken. The side rod smashed the pipes in the cab and before fireman Barker could get out of the way he was frightfully scalded. The other two men jumped but sustained no serious injury.


Grandmother Fredereka/Fredrica BARNES/BARNS died at the Poor Farm last night at the advanced age of 87 years. She being a pauper her body properly belonged to the state anatomical board, but Justice John E. TROUTMAN, who had been a sort of guardian for mother Barnes decided to bury the body here at his own expense rather than see it go to some college dissecting room. [b. Germany, adm Poor Farm 4-28-1903; sick & feeble. d. of old age; bur Citizens cem, Rochester August 18, 1903]


The funeral of George GONSER occurred at Kokomo Sunday afternoon. The remains were deposited in Crown Point cemetery. The obsequies were conducted under the auspices of the

K. of P. lodge of Logansport, and the K. of P. and Elks lodges of Kokomo. He was 42 years of age.

Concerning the suicide, the coroner of Marion county says that he examined the body shortly after it was removed to the morgue, finding that practically every bone was broken, both feet were crushed and all bones in the back were broken. There is no truth in the statement that he cut his throat with a razor before making his fatal plunge under the train. It is true that his throat was cut from ear to ear, but that was done by the flange of the car wheel or the rough edge of the railroad track.

Gonser’s last visit was with Mr. & Mrs. Mack GRABLE, of near Fletchers Lake with whom he used to live. That was a week ago, four days before his suicide. He carried $12,000 life insurance.


Wednesday, August 19, 1903


The funeral of the late Wm. WAGONER was held yesterday at Liberty chapel. Mrs. Wagoner is prostrated over the death and in care of a physician.


Thursday, August 20, 1903


The friends of the late J[ames] A. CARTER may see the remains tomorrow from 10 to 1 o’clock.


[Edgar S. GANGWER] The five months old son of Mr. & Mrs. N[ed] S.[and Nannie M. MARRS] GANGWER, of near Fulton, died Tuesday, and the funeral was conducted by Rev. F. C. MOON, yesterday. [March 15, 1903 - August 18, 1903; bur Fulton cem, Fulton Co Ind]


After eleven weeks sickness which commenced as a form of erysipelas and afterward developed into impoverished blood, James A. CARTER, the well known ARLINGTON Hotel landlord, died at 6:30 Wednesday evening.

He had made a gallant struggle against odds to get well but despite the best medical attention, the constant care of a devoted wife, and the assistance of skillful nurses and ready friends his disease sutbbornly invaded the strength of his every organism and he died in a general collapse of his entire constitution.

To the traveling public, Landlord Carter was the most widely and popularly known man in Rochester. He was born in Ohio 45 years ago, came to Indiana when 11 years old and practically “grew up” in a hotel, although a furniture finisher by trade, having spent five years in the HOWE factory at Peru. He was 12 years with the HAYS Hotel at Warsaw, managed the Hotel RYHER, of Kendallville, one year, and was head clerk of the HASCALL House at Goshen for seven years.

Ten years ago Mr. Carter, with Mel R. WILLIAMS, of Warsaw, purchased the Arlington hotel and developed it into one of the best hostleries in this section of the state. And he was not only a popular hotel manager but a careful business man as well and made money at the business. He was a liberal man in all things, and while he never accumulated wealth, he made ample provision for himself and wife who is left in comfortable circumstances.

He was the son of Rev. J. B. CARTER and in addition to his father and mother, wife and step-daughter, Mrs. Mabel FIESER, he leaves three brothers and one sister, as follows: Mrs.

CRITES, Warsaw; Omar CARTER, Chicago; C. E. CARTER, Logansport; and Lester CARTER, Warsaw.

He was a prominent member of the orders of Knights of Pythias and Woodmen of the World and carried fraternal insurance in both of them. He was always companionable and interesting and was known to a very wide circle of acquaintances as a good fellow.

The funeral services will be conducted at the Arlington parlors at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, Rev. George A. HILL officiating, and Fredonia Lodge Knights of Pythias in charge. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows cemetery.


Isaac WHITMAN, a civil war veteran and hosler for Dr. OVERMYER, at Leiters Ford, was found dead in his chair at his sleeping quarters at the stable. Little is known of him at Leiters except that he was a man who drank a good deal and who said that he had a divorced wife and two sons in Chicago. The funeral was conducted at Leiters with G.A.R. honors.


Mr. & Mrs. L. R. DUKES attended the funeral of Mrs. MURRAY at Huntington last Sunday.  (Akron item)

Rev. E. E. LUTES conducted the funeral service of Mrs. LAMAR at Silver Lake last Sunday.  (Akron item)


Friday, August 21, 1903


Oscar SCHOOLCRAFT who was once a clothing merchant in Rochester died yesterday in Huntington of typhoid fever.


The funeral of J[ames] A. CARTER today was a large and solemn affair. The Presbyterian quartette sang. Rev. Geo. A. HILL pronounced a eulogy, Messers Ike WILE, Harry KILLEN, Charley SISSEN, Chas. B. MOORE and Frank RADER acted as pall bearers, the Citizens band and Fredonia Lodge K. of P. escorted the remains to Odd Fellows cemetery and a very large concourse of people paid the last tribute of respect.


Saturday, August 22, 1903


Rev. FOX was called to Peru last Thursday to attend the funeral of an uncle.

Monday, August 24, 1903


Dr. and Mrs. A. BROWN went to Fowler this evening on account of the death of the infant child of her brother, R. WELLER. The child died yesterday evening of summer complaint, and will be buried Tuesday afternoon.


Tuesday, August 25, 1903


Henry BAUMAN/BOWMAN, who resides in Talma, died Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. He had been suffering with dropsy, along with the effects of old age, for the past 9 months and the end was not unexpected.

Mr. Bauman came to the little town of Talma from Fremont, Ohio, about forty-five years ago and engaged in the milling business for a number of years until his health failed.

Deceased leaves two sisters, Mrs. Lowis BOYER, of Goshen, and Mrs. Abs[elom] NELLANS, of near Fulton and a brother Aaron BAUMAN/BOWMAN, who when last heard of

eight years ago was in the Klondyke; also three sons, John and Aaron [BAUMAN/BOWMAN], of Chicago, and Albert [BAUMAN/BOWMAN], of Talma, the deceased having lived with the latter for a number of years previous to death.

Funeral at Talma Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock.


The many relatives and friends of Mrs. Malinda SHULER were surprised to receive word that she had died at 9:30 this morning.

Mrs. Shuler has spent the greater part of her life in this county, and has won many friends by her motherly disposition. She was born in Henry county, near Greencastle, in 1830, and at an early age came to Fulton county where she remained until death came.

Three children, Mrs. G. HUDDLESON, Delong, Mrs. W. WATSON and Mrs. L. B. WALTERS, of this city survive.

The funeral will be held at the Watson residence over KEITH’s drug store, Thursday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


Wednesday, August 26, 1903


The time of the Mrs. [Malinda] SHULER funeral tomorrow has been changed from 10 to 2 o’clock.


The two weeks old baby of Mr. & Mrs. Rob RUSSEL, who live at Possum Hollow, died yesterday, and will be buried tomorrow.


A telegram from Hattiesburg, Mississippi was received by the local Masonic Order yesterday, asking the lodge to make arrangements for the burial of a daughter of E. S. BARNES, the remains of whom will reach here tomorrow at noon. The Barnes’ formerly lived here and Mr. Barnes was in the furniture and undertaking business in a room where the Sentinel block now stands.


Mr. & Mrs. Clarence HUNTER had the misfortune to lose their twin babies last week while at the camp ground at Yellow lake, with cholera infantum. They don’t believe in doctoring and believe in praying and laying on of hands, but that did not save them. They were buried Saturday at the Nichols cemetery.  (Athens item)


Thursday, August 27, 1903


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Friday, August 28, 1903


Maggie SEXTON died at the home of her parents in the north part of town Monday, after an illness of less than two weeks. Funeral services were conducted at St. Ann’s church in Wayne township Wednesday after which the body was taken to Logansport for burial.  (Kewanna item]

Saturday, August 29, 1903


Mrs. Davis [Hattie L. KESSLER/KESLER] HORTON died at her home near Wagoner today, at the age of 25. She was a sister of Del[l] KESSLER/KESLER, of this city. No particulars of the funeral could be learned. [1877-1903; bur Mt. Zion cem, Fulton Co Ind]


Monday, August 31, 1903


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Tuesday, September 1, 1903


Mrs. Rebecca SKINNER has become insane as a result of melancholia over the death of her husband, Capt. SKINNER, and application has been made for her admission to Longcliff hospital.


Wednesday, September 2, 1903


Charles Lyman [PAULUS], infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward PAULUS, of Chillicothe, Ohio, died at the home of its grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. N. B. THRUSH, of this city, at 4:15 p.m. age 2 weeks and 2 days. The remains will be taken to Chillicothe for burial.


Mrs. V. GOULD had a telegram this morning, notifying her of the death of her nephew, Will CHAMBERLAIN, of Taylorville, Illinois. He was a half brother of Ches. CHAMBERLAIN, deceased, formerly lived in Rochester and went to Taylorville and became very wealthy as a coal mine owner and operator. He visited Rochester last June and was then in poor health.


David HENDERSON, the man who was instantly killed at Logansport Friday, by touching an electric wire, was buried at the Fletcher Grave yard Sunday.  (Blue Grass item)  [1875-1903; bur Fletchers Lake cem]


C[harles] HAIMBAUGH died Friday, at his home north of town, with an affliction of cancer. Interment was made in the Yellow Creek cemetery, near Mentone.  (Blue Grass item)


Mrs. Eva BAILEY, formerly Eva KIMBLE, died at the home of Jonah ROUCH, Sunday, funeral was held at the Baptist church here Tuesday, 10 a.m. Rev BUTLER officiating. Interment in Smalley Cemetery.  (Blue Grass item)


Hattie L. KESLER/KESSLER [HORTON], 9th child and daughter of Geo. W. and Sarah KESLER/KESSLER, was born August 18, 1877, in this county, and died at her home near Wagoner, August 29, 1903, aged 26 years and 11 days. She was united in marriage with Davis HORTON, December 25, 1901. Member Methodist church at Pleasant Hill and later member Christian church at Macy. Surviving are the husband, father, mother, three brothers and one sister.  (Wagoner item)


Charles HAIMBAUGH, of the Grass Creek vicinity, was buried here last Sunday. In the absence of the former pastor of the deceased, Rev. A. E. SELEM, who had gone to South Whitley,

funeral services were conducted by Isaac MEREDITH and William THOMPSON. He left a wife, an infant, a father, two brothers, three sisters and other relatives.  (Yellow Creek item)


Thursday, September 3, 1903


A report reached Rochester today that Mrs. Sam O. [Nellie LACEY] WAGONER died yesterday at Corunna, Indiana, near Fort Wayne, after a short illness with typhoid fever. Deceased was formerly well known in this city as Nellie LACEY, daughter of Rev. LACY and sister of Mrs. Lou[is W.] [Lotta R. LACEY] FELDER, of Fulton. No particulars of the funeral could be learned. Mr. Wagoner is said to be very sick in Mississippi, and his wife was at Corunna visiting her parents when she died.


Mrs. Clarissa [CARTER] TOWNSEND, wife of Joel [R.] TOWNSEND, died at her home about six miles south of Rochester, in the Mt. Olive neighborhood, Wednesday night about 12 o’clock. She had been sick only a little over a week, but the death messenger did not come unexpectedly.

Mrs. Townsend was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George CARTER, deceased. Besides the husband she leaves four brothers and four sisters -- Frank CARTER, Gordon, Nebraska; B. A. CARTER, Hammond; George CARTER, Franklin; Marion CARTER, of this city; and Mrs. A. W. HOLEMAN, Mrs. Charles PIERSON, Mrs. J. T. MARTIN and Mrs. Harrison ROBBINS, also of Rochester.

Arrangements pending.


A little child of Mrs. KOCHENDERFER was buried at or near Fulton Saturday.  (Kewanna item)


Friday, September 4, 1903


The funeral of Mrs. Joel [R.][Clarissa CARTER] TOWNSEND will be held at the Grace church Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the M.E. minister at Macy officiating.


LaPorte Argus-Bulletin:  The remains of Mrs. Nellie LACEY WAGONER will be brought here tomorrow from Corunna, Indiana for burial. Mrs. Wagoner died yesterday, death resulting from a fever in Mississippi. Mr. WAGONER has succumbed also to fever and the sands of his life are fast ebbing away in the far south. Rev. and Mrs. LACEY will accompany the remains of their daughter. Mr. Lacy was formerly pastor of the Christian church at Rolling Prairie, and was a resident of this city for several years.


Saturday, September 5, 1903


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Monday, September 7, 1903


Mrs. Elizabeth KIMBLE, sister of George and William COOPER of this place, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jones ROUCH, near Blue Grass, last Sunday. Funeral took place Tuesday afternoon.  (Fulton item)

After an illness of nearly eight months Adelle TURNER, eldest of the TURNER SISTERS, milliners, passed away Sunday night.

She was almost 29 years old and had spent most of her life in Rochester where she was widely known and admired by a very large circle of friends. Last January she was stricken with paralysis, while in a millinary wholesale house in Toledo, and it was thought then she could not recover, but she rallied so as to be brought home. Here she was surrounded by hosts of well wishing friends who encouraged her in every way possible in her commendable determination to get well again, but heart trouble developed and for two months last past her existence was a constant struggle between life and death and she died physically and mentally worn out.

She was the eldest of the four daughters [R. Marie TURNER, D. None TURNER and E. Isabelle TURNER] of Mr. & Mrs. Frank TURNER, and sister of H. S., Alfred and Ray TURNER. For six years she was a leading Rochester milliner and had built up a fine patronage from both town and country. She was always amiable and good hearted and a favorite with all who knew her.

The funeral will be conducted by Rev. DeVOE at the Christian church at 2 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, and burial will be made in Odd Fellows cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the residence in NOFTSGER block from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday. [1874-1903]


Tuesday, September 8, 1903


[Ruth B[elle] STEININGER] A daughter of J[ohn] F[ramk] [and Elizabeth] STEININGER, of Richland township, died at five o’clock last evening. [1898-1903; bur South Germany cem, Fulton Co Ind]



William CONNER, of Mexico, an uncle of Lafe CONNER and Mrs. A. BURCH of this city, died at his home in Mexico some time last night and the funeral will be held at his home, Wednesday afternoon 2:30 o’clock.


Peru Journal: In the verdict which Coroner YARLING filed some days ago on the death of William GOFF, the young farmer found dead in his buggy near Gilead a few months ago, he gives the cause of death as morphine poisoning and indicates that it was taken by himself with suicidal intent.


Wednesday, September 9, 1903


Lafe CONNER and Mrs. A. BURCH went to Mexico to be in attendance at the funeral of their uncle William CONNER.


Miss Alma ZOOK, of Denver, came to attend the funeral of Miss Adelle TURNER this afternoon.


Nellie May LACEY [WAGONER], wife of Samuel O. WAGONER, of Wagoner Station, was born in Berlinville, Ohio, and died in Corunna, Indiana, of malarial fever, contracted in Mississippi, September 1, 1903, aged 29 years.

Desirous of remaining with her husband she stayed too long, returning home too late to

save her life. Her husband, taken ill after she left the South, was unable to travel, and without him we buried her remains in LaPorte. She was a member of the Church of Christ in that city. Rev. C. H. BASS, of Kendallville, conducted a short service at the house.


Thursday, September 10, 1903


The funeral of Rutha Belle [STEININGER] only daughter of Frank STEININGER, was held in the South Germany church, yesterday, and was largely attended. The floral offerings were numerous and of the most beautiful. She was four years 9 months 10 days of age. Service conducted by Rev. MYGRANT of the Evangelical church.


Friday, September 11, 1903


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Saturday, September 12, 1903


Grandmother Leah NYE died at home near Athens Friday night, and the funeral will occur at Mt. Hope at 10:30 Sunday. She was the mother of Isaiah NYE and a pioneer of Henry township.

Monday, September 14, 1903


Mr. & Mrs. Frank TURNER and daughter, Marie [TURNER], returned to their home in South Bend, after attending the funeral of Adelle TURNER and visiting with Rochester acquaintances.

Sherman HENDERSON received a message yesterday announcing the death of his sister-in-law, Mrs. E. E. HENDERSON, at Toledo. The remains will be brought to Logansport for burial and Mr. & Mrs. James HENDERSON and daughter, and Mrs. W. S. HENDERSON left for that place today to be present at the funeral which occurs tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 15, 1903


Floyd BRUGH, a young man aged about thirty, met a horrible death Sunday night, by being run over by an