Union City Evening Times, Friday, January 1, 1937
Long Illness - Preceded the death of John Lally at 2:30 o'clock yesterday. - He was a well known farmer and horseman of North State Line.
John Lally, one of the best known farmers, of North State Line road, died Thursday, Dec. 31, after a long illness. His first attack occurred about seven years ago while walking on North Columbia street, and he was assisted to the doctors office.
Two years later he sustained a stroke of paralysis, since which time he has been an invalid, and confined to his home five miles north of Union City on the State Line. His condition became more serious a few weeks ago and he passed away at half past two o'clock.
John Lally was the son of Owen and Bridget Flemming Lally, and he was born near Richmond, Ind., on Nov. 1869. He came to Union City with his folks when he was a young boy.
Besides his farming interests he became one of our expert horsemen. He never lost his faith in horseflesh and on occasion he was one of the few men who had the horses to supply the growing demand.
He was honest and a Christian gentleman and by friendly disposition and straight forward ways made many friends who will regret to learn of his death.
He is survived by the following sisters: Mrs. Margaret McIntire, of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Emma Cashman, Lima, O.; and Elizabeth, Rose, Hannah, Julia and Clara Lally of this city.
The Fraze funeral service was called in and the funeral will take place from St. Mary's Catholic church Monday, Jan. 4, at 9 a. m.
The burial will take place in the Catholic cemetery, north of Union City.
Old Smithy - Lew Powers passes away following an emergency operation. - He attended No. 4 school of which the teacher was Atty. Theo. Shockney.
J. L. Powers, better known as "Lew" Powers, one of the best known blacksmiths in Randolph and Darke counties, died last evening at half-past seven o'clock, following an illness of some weeks.
He was rushed to the Union City hospital where an emergency operation was performed in an effort to prolong his life. However, all efforts proved fruitless and he passed away at the time stated.
J. Lewis Powers was born in Green county, O., near Paintersville, Dec. 1, 1860, and he was therefore 76 years of age at the time of his death. He was the son of Hiram and Elizabeth Mullen Powers, who came to this county when J. L. was a very young child. He attended the school of which Theodore Shockney was the teacher.
When still almost a boy up to which time he had been a farmer, he learned the blacksmithing trade of John Abel, in the shop at that time located just north of the Pierce elevator, on the corner.
After he had learned his trade he went to Redkey to start a blacksmith shop. Here he was married to Miss Louise Ball, and to them three children were born, Edithe, at home, Roy Powers of Lima, O., and Herbert Powers of Muncie.
From Redkey they moved to Dunkirk where Mr. Powers operated a shop for three or four years after which he with his family moved to Union City and J. L. established the blacksmith shop in Fletcher Avenue which became one of the most famous blacksmith shops in this section.
He retired from blacksmithing ten or twelve years ago and moved to a farm which he bought, seven and one-half miles northeast of Union City, and three miles west of the Jackson Indiana school, where he spent the rest of his days.
Through his honest work and fair dealing, during his long career as a blacksmith and with his pleasant personality he made a host of friends and he was a valued member of the Redmen and Modern Woodmen lodges. He was also a devout and faithful member of the Christian church. He helped a lot in the building up of his adopted city and he will be sincerely mourned.
Besides the children he is survived by one brother, A. S. (C.) Powers, of West Oak street, and Mrs. Cora Shockney of South Columbia street. Also two grandchildren.
The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home where friends may call after six o'clock this evening. The funeral will take place from the Fraze funeral home Sunday, Jan. 3 at 2 p. m. Burial in the Union City cemetery.
Pioneer - Miss Caroline McKenzie came to Hillgrove when Union City was young. - She was the sister of Mrs. Clara J. Murphy and Byrd McKenzie deceased.
The death of Miss Caroline A. McKenzie, which occurred at the home of her sister Mrs. Clara J. Murphy, 639 West Pearl street Thursday morning marks the close of a very interesting life for she lived to be 92 years of age. She had been an invalid for the past five years, and her condition became serious about a month ago when she contracted a cold. She passed away at half-past eight o'clock.
Miss Caroline Amanda McKenzie was born Dec. 4, 1844, and she was therefore ninety-two years of age at the time of her death.
She was the daughter of David S. and Hannah Phares McKenzie and she was born at West Alexandria, Ohio, between Dayton and Eaton. When she was twelve years old her parents moved to Hillgrove, O., where her father bought a tannery. This was at a time when Hillgrove was much larger than Union City, and was considered a much more promising place. However, when the railroad came Union City grew rapidly.
In the meantime the McKenzie's moved to Winchester where they resided for eighteen months, after which they moved to Union City and here Miss McKenzie grew up and lived all the rest of her life.
She was the sister of Byrd McKenzie, who was a harness maker. For many years he worked for Web Lambert's harness shop and he was known as the children's friend. After his death Miss McKenzie resided with her sister, Mrs. Clara J. Murphy where she had a good home and received every care and affection. The sister is the only surviving relative of the departed who was a good Christian woman and lived a useful life. The body was taken to the Brooks funeral home.
The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Murphy home 639 West Pearl street, conducted by Rev. Ben Holroyd, pastor of the First Christian church. Burial in the Union City cemetery.
Old Resident - Mrs. Wash. Ennis answers makers call Saturday night. - She had lived in Union City for the past seventy years.
One of our oldest and best known women answers her makers call Saturday night after about a two weeks illness. She had contracted a cold and the day after Christmas took her bed. Last Friday her condition became serious and she passed away 15 minutes past 10 o'clock.
Mrs. Ennis was formerly Miss Emma Renz and she was born at Hagerstown, Ind., July 10, 1854 being 82 years of age at the time of her death.
The family moved to Winchester where Mrs. Ennis attended school. At the death of her parents when she was a small child she came to Union City and made her home with her sister Mrs. Wm. Wortz, Sr. on North Plum street.
When she arrived at young womanhood she was married to Wm. Washington Ennis.
Mrs. Ennis became the mother of four children, all living: Mrs. George Eisenmann of High Street, Edward Ennis of Anderson, and the Misses Crissie and Anna Ennis of this city. The husband passed away 21 years ago last October, since which time Mrs. Ennis has been residing with her daughters. For the past several years they have resided at 305 North Walnut street.
During her long life more than 70 years of it in Union City she has meant much to the city of her adoption, for she was a good mother and a devout Christian woman. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in 1876, the teacher and minister at that time being Rev. Ernest Boehme.
She was a charter member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid Society with which she performed many good deeds and she was ever ready and willing to respond to the call of duty.
Besides the above she is survived by two grandchildren, Mrs. Ralph Lennon of Noblesville, Ind. and Walter Eisenmann of this city. There is one great granddaughter, she being Joan Lennon.
The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home and friends may call at the Ennis home on North Walnut street at any time before the hour of the funeral.
The funeral will take place Tuesday at 2 p. m. from the home on North Walnut street conducted by Rev. H. A. Barth. Burial in the Union City cemetery.
Aged Lady - Mrs. Bridget Kennedy passed away after short illness - Has lived nearly all her Christian life in Union City.
Mrs. Bridget Kennedy, 84, died at her residence 631 West Pearl street following a brief illness. She was born at Castle Gregory, County Kerry, Ireland. In 1873 she married Arthur Kennedy and came to Union City. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Rosary Society. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Patrick Carr of this city; two sons, James Kennedy of Bellefontaine, O., and P. J. Kennedy of Newcastle, Ind. Funeral service was held at the St. Mary's Church at 9 o'clock this morning, the Rev. T. J. Hammes officiating. Interment took place in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Benefactress - Mrs. Henry Hitz passes away at the age of eighty-seven. - Was a philanthropist and gave money to rebuild Christian Church.
In the death of Mrs. Henry Hitz, Union City loses one of her outstanding women, a philanthropist and in the days of health an active church worker.
She had been in very good health, for one of her age, and she was stricken with the flu and pneumonia and she passed away Saturday night at 10 o'clock.
Mrs. Hitz maiden name was Miss Ella Cring, and she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tobias Cring. She was born in Jay county when it was still a wilderness, the date of her birth being August 18, 1849.
She attended her district school. Some years after the death of her first husband Mr. Stone, she was married to Henry Hitz, who died over twenty years ago.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Joseph Caldwell, of 623 North Columbia street, where Mrs. Hitz made her home for the past several years, and where she passed away. She was also survived by one grandson Lester Caldwell and one great grandson and one great granddaughter.
Mrs. Hitz was a devout Christian woman and a philanthropist. It was she and her husband who gave the money to remodel and rebuild the Christian church and especially the addition of the new East side of the church.
She was a member of the Women's Missionary society, which later became merged with the Ladies Aid Society and is now known as the Women's Council of the church.
She was also a valued and very active member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. She was of a quiet, modest personality and always met her friends with a smile and pleasant welcome.
The remains were taken to the Brooks Funeral Home, where it is being prepared for burial. Friends may call at the Brooks Funeral Home any time after three o'clock this afternoon and the funeral will be held from the Brooks Funeral Home Tuesday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ben Holroyd. Interment in the Union City Cemetery.
Many Years - Mrs. Elizabeth McClintock lived in Union City more than half century. - She passed away at the home of her daughter yesterday.
Mrs. Elizabeth Bushaw McClintock, one of our respected aged residents died Tuesday morning at 8:15. Mrs. McClintock was the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Bushaw and she was born at St. Henry's, O., Nov. 18, 1858. Mrs. McClintock had been ill since the beginning of the year when she suffered a stroke.
She was married to Joseph McClintock Aug. 5, 1911, and she resided in Union City for more than sixty years. Mrs. McClintock made her home with her daughter, Mrs. James Kelly on South Street. Besides the daughter she is survived by three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Frank Circle, passed away some three years ago. One brother, Joseph Bushaw, also survives. The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home and the funeral will take place Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church. Burial in the Catholic cemetery, north of the city.
Man Killed - In a railroad crossing at Greenville, O., Saturday night. - Cuthbert Weybright, 56 years old, struck by fast passenger train.
Greenville, Ohio - Cuthbert Weybright, 56 years old, was killed instantly at 7:15 o'clock Saturday night when the car he was driving was struck by the east bound Spirit of St. Louis passenger train at the Washington Avenue crossing in Greenville
Weybright was coming to Greenville from his home three miles to the south and was alone at the time. The car was hurled 100 feet down the track by the force of the impact, witnesses said.
Darke County Coroner L. N. Brumbaugh said he believed that the victim died instantly when his skull was fractured. The body was taken to the Stocker Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Mr. Weybright was a farmer and had lived in the Greenville community for many years. Surviving are his wife, Elsie; a daughter, Wilda, at home; and a son, Edward, of Greenville.
New Lisbon - Will be burial place for Mrs. Daisy Kreider Benner. - She formerly lived in Union City and funeral will be Friday.
Mrs. Daisy Benner, 64 years old, wife of D. O. Benner, prominent Rossburg farmer, died at 2 a. m. Saturday at her home one-half mile west of Rossburg, following a three day illness.
Mrs.Benner who had spent the major part of her life in the Rossburg vicinity, was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church there. Funeral will be held from that church at 1:30 p. m. Monday with the Rev. Noble Schlechty officiating. Burial will be made in Lisbon, Ind. cemetery.
Besides the husband, survivors include two brothers, Perry Kreider, of Fort Recovery, and the Rev. Horace Kreider, who lives in Michigan, and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Nicodemus, of Steward Valley, Sask., Canada.
One sister, Mrs. Frances Kreider Bennett, resides in Union City and with her husband operates the Bennett filling station.
Peaceful End - Mrs. Jerry Shugars passes away Wednesday afternoon. - She was one of Union City's oldest and most respected residents.
In the death of Mrs. J. W. Shugars who passed peacefully to her rest Wednesday at 4 o'clock in the afternoon Union City loses one of its oldest and most respected Christian pioneer women.
Her last illness covered a period of nearly two months during which time she had the loving and tender care of her son and grandchildren.
Mrs. Sarah Shugars, aged 85, was the daughter of William Mason of Virginia and Ellen Gullet Mason of Carolina who came to Indiana in the pioneer days and settled on what became known as the Old Mason farm west of Haysville where Miss Sarah Mason was born. She attended the old Haysville district school and in 1866 she was married to Jerry W. Shugars who for many years was a well known Union City business man and who passed away many years ago.
At her marriage Mrs. Shugars moved to Union City and she lived the rest of her life here a period covering 70 years.
Mrs. Shugars was a fine example of the pioneer Christian woman who helped so much to build up our community. She was a life-long member of the Christian church and the Ladies Aid society in both of which she was an active worker and she was never called on in vain to help in any good work that needed to be done.
Besides the son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shugars, she is survived by three granddaughters, Mrs. Howard Johnson of this city, Mrs. C. K. Benbow of Dayton, O., and Mrs. Hervert Harrison of Winchester. Also five great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and William Mason and two sister, Mrs. George Hueber and Mrs. Flo Clements.
The body was taken to the Brooks funeral home where friends may call anytime up to the hour of the funeral services which will be held from the Brooks funeral home Friday at 2 p. m., conducted by Rev. Ben Holroyd of the First Christian church. The interment will take place in the Union City Cemetery.
Death Calls - Mrs. William H. Ambler passes away at 9:30 this morning. - She was the wife of the fireman at the Johnston Furniture Factory.
Mrs. Wm. H. Ambler, who had been an invalid for several years, passed away this morning at half-past nine at the family home, corner of Vine and Plum streets. She was the wife of the well known fireman at the Johnston furniture factory.
Mrs. Ambler was formerly Miss Anna Cook, daughter of James and Mary Mullen Cook, She was born between Lynn and Fountain City, near the Wayne County line, May 15, 1882, where she attended school.
She was married to Wm. H. Ambler, and for a time they resided near Bartonia. From there they moved to Union City about a year ago. She was a devout Christian woman and a member of the Christian church of Muncie, Ind. She is survived by the husband and one daughter, Mrs. Hazel Romey, of South Bend, Ind.; also two brother, Carl Cook, of Nottingham, Ind., and Clyde Cook, of Muncie, Ind.; also two sisters, Mrs. Maude Ginger, of Poneto, Ind., and Mrs. Etta Hodson, of Carlos, Ind.
The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home from where the funeral will be held Sunday at 2:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. Larry Clevenger. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.
Funeral Today - The services for James J. Riggs was held from the Waterhouse Church. - Services conducted by Rev. Frank, burial at Teagarden.
James J. Riggs, a prominent farmer of the Waterhouse church district passed away at his home two and one-half miles north of Waterhouse Saturday morning January 23, at 8 o'clock in the morning following an illness of six or seven weeks, and his health had been failing for several years.
James J. Riggs was born at the old home place near Waterhouse March 24, 1877 and he was the son of John W. and Mary Hiatt Riggs, who came to Darke county from Oxford county, O., in the early days. He lived practically all of his life at the home place. He was a good worker, honest and straight forward and he was honored and respected by the community.
He was a member of the United Brethren church of Waterhouse and he was always ready to do his Christian duty.
Besides the widow Mr. Riggs is survived by two brothers and one sister, namely; Ben Riggs of Waterhouse, Filmore Riggs of Richmond, Ind., and Mrs. Baxter Skidmore, of near Hillgrove.
The body was taken to the Brooks funeral home and was from there returned to the Riggs home Saturday evening. The funeral took place today this afternoon at 3 o'clock (E.S.T.) from the Waterhouse church conducted by the Rev. Frank of Eaton, O. Burial in the Teagarden cemetery.
Born Here - Mrs. Edna Brandon passes away at the Randolph Hospital. - She was ill only a very short time and died Tuesday afternoon.
Word reached here last evening (Tuesday) of the death of Mrs. Edna Ebling Brandon, aged 35 years, who passed away at the Randolph County hospital late yesterday afternoon, after only a very short illness.
Mrs. Brandon was formerly Miss Edna Ebling and she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ebling of 325 South State Line street. She was born Feb. 22, 1901, in this city and later she made her home near Bartonia, and attended the Wayne school.
At the time she became ill she was employed as a domestic in the home of Louis Zaltzberg, owner of the Boston Store in Winchester, Ind. Mrs. Brandon was a faithful Christian woman and she was a member of the Christian Church at South Salem. She is survived by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ebling and two daughters, Betty and Peggy, who reside with their grandparents on State Line street.
The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home from where it was taken to the home of the parents and from where the funeral will take place Friday at 2 p. m., Rev. Earl Lantz in charge. The interment will be in the cemetery at Spartanburg.
Born Here - Herbert Sowers, Jr., 16, killed while riding wheel in Delaware, Ohio. - The body will be brought to the Lester Home in West Union.
Herbert Frederick Sowers, 16 years old was struck by an automobile Monday and he died from the injuries received yesterday, Tuesday. The accident happened in Delaware, Ohio where Herbert and his father Herbert Sowers, Sr. resided. The boy was on his way home from school on his bicycle when he was struck by a car and received injuries which caused his death Tuesday morning.
Herbert was born here in Union City and his mother was formerly Miss Mary Lester. His father some years ago moved to Delaware where he conducted a dry cleaning establishment. Herbert spent his summers here with his uncle Fred Lester of west Union.
The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p. m. from the Lester home in West Union and the arrangements will be in charge of the Fraze Funeral Home. Burial in the Union City cemetery.
Passed Away - Wm. Lahey, a well known young man succumbs to illness. - Born at Fletcher, O., but lived here nearly all his life.
The death of William F. Lahey, age 38, was quite a shock to his many friends for he had scarcely arrived at middle age and he was in the prime of life.
He became ill five weeks ago, and though he received every attention and care and everything possible was done for him, he grew steadily worse and he passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, at two o'clock in the afternoon at the home, 619 North Union street.
William Lahey was the son of John and Isabel Holden Lahey and he was born June 11, 1899, at Fletcher, O. Here he lived until he was four or five years old when he came to Union City.
He attended number 2 school west of Union City, and later also was a student at the West Side school.
He was married July 2, 1923 to Miss Alberta Stebleton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stebleton, of South Walnut street. Six children were born to this union, all living as follows: Robert, 13; William Joseph, 11; Patrica Ann, 9; John Michael, 6; James Edward, 5; and Thomas Martin, aged 2.
Mr. Lahey was an industrious young man and for the past fourteen years he had been a valued employee of the Jalco Motor Co. He was of a friendly disposition and many friends will mourn his death. He was a prominent member of the Knights of Columbus, with which he had held the place of Secretary and Treasurer.
Besides the children he is survived by one brother Albert Lahey, of Norwood, O., and two sisters, Mrs. Raymond Bernhart, of Piqua, and Miss Rosalind Lahey, who is a trained nurse student at St. Vincent's hospital in Indianapolis.
The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home from where it was returned to the family home, 619 North Union Street.
The funeral will take place Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, from St. Mary's church. Interment in St. Mary's cemetery.
Born at Dawn - Madison McFarland brought back to home county for burial. - The funeral party stopped here for dinner at Brannon Cafe.
A large funeral party stopped off in Union City today and took dinner at the Brannon Cafe. The party accompanied the remains of Madison McFarland, 72, of Indianapolis, Ind., and who passed away at his home in that city following a stroke which he sustained a few days ago.
Madison McFarland was born at Dawn, O., in Darke County and here he spent his boyhood and young manhood. He was an interior decorator of great ability and twenty-two years ago he moved to Indianapolis where he established himself and where he was highly successful in his art, in which he built up a fine patronage.
He is survived by the widow, one sister, Mrs. Dora Byrd, and one niece Mrs. T. H. Puderbauagh, both of this city. The party was composed of fourteen of the relatives and dear friends of the departed and it was enroute to Beamsville, O., where the funeral services will be held in the Christian church conducted by Rev. Treber of Farmland, Ind. The funeral director was Mr. Kirk of Indianapolis.
Auto Crash - Causes the death of Joslin Edgers near Sidney, Ohio. - Moved from Union City to Sidney, Ohio, only two weeks ago.
Sidney, Ohio - Joslin Edgers, 33 years old, of 830 North Main street, was killed, and his father, William, riding with him, was slightly hurt when the auto in which they were riding was struck by an auto driven by F. N. Winant, 58 years old, Dayton, at the intersection of Ohio-66 and Ohio-47, north of here, shortly before noon today.
Edgers had come here from Union City with his wife, father, and three small children only two weeks ago.
Edgers, who was driving, was enroute to Union City at the time of the accident. Winant was slightly cut and bruised.
Shoots Self - Robert Owens 20 year old Winchester boy suicides. - His father and stepmother resided here until recently.
Robert Owens a 20 year old boy well known here and in Winchester, committed suicide this (Thursday) morning about 6 o'clock by shooting himself through the heart with a 22 calibre rifle.
The deed was committed on the young man's father's farm one and a half miles northeast of Winchester, where his body was found in the barn. Coroner Dr. Lowell Painter rendered his verdict in accordance with the above facts and the remains were taken to the Summers funeral establishment.
Young Owens was the son of Merle Owens and wife, who was his step-mother and who was formerly Mrs. Margaret Studebaker of this city. The boy had resided in Winchester with relatives for the past number of years but his parents resided here on West Oak street until about a month ago when they moved to the farm near Winchester.
The news of the boy's death was a great shock to Bob Burris of this city for he and the boy were great friends. Only last Sunday young Owens with his parents visited Mr. Burris and family here and the latter reported that the boy seemed to be in good health and spirits while here. While in the city young Owens and his parents also visited Tilden Harshman and family on Market street.
No cause has been given for the boys rash act.
Obituary - Delia Frances Reitenour Reynard, was the daughter of David E. and Susan Reitenour, and was born in Randolph County, Ind. Aug. 5, 1871. She received her education in the schools of White River Township of this county.
She married Sylvester T. Reynard in 1892. Three boys were reared in this home, the eldest, Harold Purl, preceded her in death.
In early life she was a member of the Clear Creek Christian Church, was baptized by Rev. Rediker of T. Wayne, Ind. where her late home is located. Her sickness was of several months duration and she suffered much, passing away at the Ft. Wayne hospital Feb. 6, 1937, aged 65 years 6 months and 1 day.
In passing she leaves her husband, two sons, Don of Portland, Ind., and Russel of Union City, Ind. and five grandchildren. There are also three brothers: Purl Reitenour, Ansonia, Ohio, Robert and Edward Reitenour of near Winchester, Ind. and one sister, Mrs. Frank Burton of near Winchester, Ind. and many friends.
Funeral services were held at the Clear Creek church, (Five Points) Tuesday Feb. 8, 1937, conducted by Earl Lantz, pastor of the Church of Christ at Lynn and New Lisbon, Ind. Scripture read from II Tim. 4:1-8 and Phil. 1: 21. Mr. and Mrs. Lantz sang "The Old Rugged Cross," "Beautiful Isle," "Goodnight, Good Morning." Burial at Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester, Ind.
Wife Called - Mrs. Oliver Aukerman passes away today at 11:30 a. m. - She had been a semi-invalid for the past several years.
Many friends were deeply shocked today to learn of the death of Mrs. Oliver Aukerman which occurred this morning at half-past eleven o'clock at the family home, 932 North Howard street.
Mrs. Aukerman had been a semi-invalid for the past several years, and bout last Christmas time her condition became more serious. She was taken to the Long hospital at Indianapolis and everything that medical and tender, loving care could do for her was at her command but all proved of no avail.
Mrs. Aukerman was born Feb. 17, 1895 in Jackson township, Indiana.
She was formerly Miss Wavelene Simmons and she was the daughter of John T. and Lavina Bailey Simmons. She attended the Jackson centralized school and she graduated with the class of 1914, with high honors.
After completing her high school course she attended the Muncie Normal school, Blakers Teachers College in Indianapolis and was a graduate of the Muncie Conservatory of Music.
After she was thus thoroughly equipped, she taught school for several years in the Jackson school, and she was married to Oliver Aukerman, cashier of the Union Trust Co., Dec. 24, 1919. The young couple moved to Union City in 1920 to the present home on North Howard street.
Mrs. Aukerman was a woman of fine Christian character and a member of the Christian church, and also of the Mothers Club in both of which she took an active part. She was a young woman of splendid intellectual attainment, which helped her to be a helpful wife and an ideal mother. She will be sincerely mourned and long remembered by a large circle of friends. She is survived by the husband and two children, Elaine and Leslie. Also one sister, Mrs. Alva Hindsley, and one brother, Theodore Simmons, of Urbana, O. Funeral announcement will be made later.
Veteran - Of the World War answers his last roll call. - John Kindell dies suddenly at his home Saturday night.
Funeral services for John T. Kindell, 48 years old, who died Saturday morning at his home, 203 Elm street, of heart disease, after a brief illness, will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday, at the United Brethren Church. Rev. L. G. Ludwick will officiate. Burial will be in the City Cemetery.
Mr. Kindell was employed at the Wright and Russ Filling station and had been a resident of this city practically all his life.
At the outbreak of the World War, he enlisted and saw active service in France as a member of the 327th Field Artillery. He is survived by his widow and three sons, Glen, Fred, and Bennie.
Eli Byrum - Dies at his farm home north of this city Sunday. - Had lived in this community all his life.
Eli M. Byrum, 67, passed away at his home 2 miles north of this city Sunday noon after an illness of several weeks.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byrum. He was born in Jackson, Ind. township, where he attended school and lived all his life. He was united in marriage, on Oct. 6, 1894 to Miss Jennie Stump and to this union was born one daughter Mrs. Christine Kuhlman and one son Robert H. Byrum.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Lisbon Christian church conducted by Rev. Noble Schlecty of Rossburg, O. Interment in the Lisbon cemetery.
Last But Two - Jacob Ludy, 96, Civil War veteran answers last roll call. - Death was the result of a fall on the ice five weeks ago. - He had a great war record and was twice wounded in action. - Only two Civil War Veterans are left here, David Moist and Jacob Fisher.
In the passing of Jacob Ludy Union City so far as known loses the last but two of her honored Civil War veterans, the remaining veterans being David Moist and Jacob Fisher.
The main factor in the death of Comrade Ludy was a fall on the icy ground sustained five weeks ago last Saturday.
On Saturday, Jan. 9, although he had been cautioned stepped on an icy board on the rear of his home this side of Hillgrove and fell fracturing his left arm between the elbow and shoulder. His son, W. E. Ludy helped him to the house and although at first he seemed to rally and hold his own, and made a wonderful fight for life, he gradually grew weaker. His condition became serious Thursday. Taps sounded for him and he answered the last roll call Sunday, Feb. 14 at five minutes to high noon. During his illness he had every attention and care that the loved ones who surrounded him could render.
This grand old war veteran was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Ludy of Hillgrove, Ohio and he first saw the light of day at the old family home one and one-fourth miles north west of Castine, O. Later his parents moved to one mile south of Ft. Jefferson and here he grew up and attended school.
He was one of the first to answer his country's call in the Civil War in which he served from the beginning to the end. He was a member of Company D of the 69th Ohio Volunteers and he took an active part in the battles of Stone River, Mission Ridge, Chicamouga and he was with Sherman in that historic march to the sea. He was twice wounded in action and was at Johnson's surrender in North Carolina and he received his honorable discharge at the close of the war in 1865.
Comrade Ludy was not of large stature, but a mighty good little man who never shirked a duty and fought bravely and well.
He was married Nov. 23, 1865 to Miss Rachel Bromegem. She lived to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Nov. 23 and two days later she passes away. Four sons of this union survive. They are W. E. Ludy, Hillgrove, O., Charles Ludy, Albany, Ga., Walter Ludy, Port Lock, Alaska, and Harry Ludy of Dayton. Two children Ora and Addie Jane died when young.
Comrade Ludy was a member of Sedgewick Post G. A. R. which he served as post commander and he attended soldiers reunions all over the United States.
"Jake" Ludy as he was generally called by his host of friends was a man of fine character and pleasant personality and many well remember him as he sat in the sun on a bench at the public library and greeted them with his pleasant , genial smile. He fought a good fight and he was an honor to his country.
Besides the above he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mariah Burkett, Arba, Ind., and Mrs. Sarah Niewander, Of Oklahoma City, Okla. Two brothers James Ludy, 97, Greenville, O., and Silas Ludy, 77, Ft. Jefferson, O. Also one grandson Harold Stuck, Seattle, Wash., and one great granddaughter Iris Eileen Stuck.
The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home and was taken back to the home about a quarter mile West of Hillgrove and the tentative date for the funeral is Thursday at 12:30 o'clock p. m. (C. S. T.) in the Federated church at Hillgrove, conducted by Rev. Ludwick and Rev, Perry. Burial will be in the cemetery at Greenville, O.
Ol Lewis - Prominent Union City resident passed away at 12:30 this afternoon. - Was for many years a passenger conductor on the D. and U. railroad.
Oliver L. Lewis, better known as "Ol" Lewis, passed away today at 30 minutes past 12 o'clock noon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. C. Fisher, 526 North Howard street after only a short illness.
While he had not been in robust health for several years, he was able to be up and about until a few days ago when he became ill and he passed away at the time stated.
Oliver L. Lewis was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, Jan 15, 1851 and he was 86 years of age at the time of his death. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewis and when he arrived at young manhood he was married to Miss Jessie Brandon. They were the parents of one daughter who survives and with whom Mr. Lewis made his home since the death of Mrs. O. L. Lewis many years ago.
Oliver Lewis came to Union City many years ago and he was for many years a passenger conductor on the old D. and U. railroad working his way by faithful attention to his duties. He was one of the last conductors of the old regime and when the automobile sounded the knell of much railroad passenger traffic, he retired to take a well earned rest after a long and outstanding record as a passenger conductor. He was naturally of a friendly disposition and he was always welcome in any circle he cared to join. His friends were many and he will be missed from the places he was want to visit and where he spent many a pleasant hour.
He was a Christian gentleman and a member of the First Methodist Church.
Besides the daughter he is survived by one grandson Robert Fisher, one granddaughter, Alice Fisher and one great granddaughter Caryl Fisher.
The body was taken to the Fraze Funeral home and the funeral will take place Thursday at 3 p. m. from the Fraze Funeral home. Interment will be in the Union City Cemetery.
Lived Here - Mrs. Iva May Semans passes away at her home in Muncie. - She was a native of Union City and left here years ago.
Word was received here last night of the death at the home in Muncie, Ind., 409 East Gilbert street, of Mrs. Iva May Semans, 54, after several weeks illness.
Mrs. Semans was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Barnes and she was born in Union City, her maiden name being Miss Iva May Barnes.
After her marriage to J. Seman the couple went to Farmland where for several years they conducted the former Mills Lake summer resort.
Later they moved to Muncie and Mrs. Seman had resided in that city for the past four years.
She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Gladys Ford, and a grandson Vincent Ford, Jr., both of Muncie. Also her father, Wm. G. Barnes and a brother Wm. A. Barnes, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.
The body was taken to the Moffit and Piepho funeral home, where friends may call.
The funeral service, will be conducted from the funeral home Thursday at 10 o'clock in the morning.
Joe Furby - One of this community's most prominent farmers. - Passes away at his home this morning after short illness.
Joseph Furby, 58, passed away this morning about 3 o'clock at his farm home 3 miles east of this city on the Wenrick pike after a three days illness of heart trouble.
He has lived in this community for a great number of years, and was one of the community's most highly respected and trust-worthy citizens and a successful tiller of the soil.
He leaves his wife, three sons, Orla who lives at San Francisco, Calf., Edward and Joseph at home and one daughter Mrs. Ross Stewart of Liberty, Ind. The funeral arrangements will not be completed until word is received from his son Orla.
Watchman - Rollo D. Frazier passes away at his home in Hillgrove. - He was for many years a railroad crossing keeper.
Rollo D. Frazier, a well known Union City resident, and for many years a faithful crossing watchman, died at his home in Hillgrove, O., this morning. Had been ill for about two years and last Monday sustained his second and third stroke of Paralysis from which he never rallied and passed away at fifteen minutes past seven o'clock.
Mr. Frazier was born Dec. 14, 1869, and was 67 years old at time of death. He was the son of John and Sarah Ann Shockney Frazier, and was born four miles south of Union City on the Jackson pike, where he grew up and attended school.
He was twice married and the surviving widow was formerly Mrs. Lola Skidmore Lipp. He is also survived by one daughter Mrs. O. A. Garretson of Waterloo, Ia., and four step-children, two sons and two daughters. The first Mrs. Frazier was Miss Anna Austerman, who passed away many years ago.
There are also two brothers namely: Abner Frazier of South Salem and David C. Frazier, of Billings, Okla.
Early in life he became a railroad employee which occupation he followed practically all of his life. For many years he was a railroad crossing watchman, stationed at the Columbia street crossing and he was always honest, faithful and reliable in his duties. He was a Christian gentleman and a member of the Methodist church.
The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home where friends may call. The funeral will take place from the Fraze funeral home Friday at 2:30 p. m. (C.S.T.) Conducted by Rev. Carl Adams of the First Methodist church. Burial in the Union City cemetery.
Taps Blown - John Kindell is buried with a soldier's honors Tuesday. - The U. B. church is filled with friends in attendance.
The funeral services for John Kindell, a veteran of Foreign Wars, took place Tuesday afternoon from the United Brethren church, which was filled to capacity by the many friends who came to pay honor to the dead soldier.
There were many flowers and floral tributes and they were very beautiful.
The services were conducted by Rev. Lewis G. Ludwick, and the music was supplied by the quartet composed of Mar. and Mrs. J. B. Lynch, J. H. Wahl and Mrs. Osa Warner, with Mrs. Wilbur Price at piano. They sang "There Will Be No Dark Valley," "Rock of Ages" and "Shall We Gather At The River."
Rev. Ludwick used as his text, the fifteenth verse of the First Corinthians, 55th chapter, "O death where is thy sting?" and he paid a high tribute to Comrade Kindell, as a citizen and a soldier. He spoke about his splendid World War record and told about the nine months in active service, during which time he saw many shot down around yet he escaped all wounds. With the modesty characteristic of the soldier he refrained from speaking of his fine war record.
At the close of the services the following pall-bearers bore the casket to the waiting funeral car: Fred Heck, Earl Ely, Burl Ely, Roll Snook, John Roger and Comrade Wallace of Muncie.
At the grave the Veterans of foreign Wars and the American Legion Auxiliary took charge and conducted the beautiful and impressive soldier ritual. A salute of three volleys was blown. Bugler Paul Bannon, of Annapolis, Md. Naval Training Station, District Commander Wm. Jones of Muncie was also present.
The burial took place in the Union City cemetery.
Many Attend - Friends fill the Christian church as tribute to Mrs. Aukerman. - The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ben Holroyd.
The large auditorium of the First Christian church was filled yesterday by friends who came to pay a last tribute of respect at the funeral services for Mrs. Oliver Aukerman.
There were great heaps of flowers and beautiful floral pieces sent by loving friends.
The services were conducted by Rev. Ben Holroyd, of the First Christian church, assisted by Rev. Myrtle Baker , of the Christian church of Pleasant Hill. Rev. Baker offered up an earnest prayer to the Giver of Life, and Rev. Holroyd read selections from the scriptures including the 91st Psalm, and parts of the fourteenth chapter of John.
The music was supplied by a quartette composed of Mr. and Mrs. Harlie Garvey, Steward Riffle and Mrs. Irene King, with Miss Mary Lesher, at the organ and who during a part of the service played softly a requiem interlude. The quartette sang, "Sometime We'll Understand."
Rev. Holroyd in a beautiful and impressive way spoke of the "Acceptance of Immortality" and he paid a high tribute to the departed wife and mother. He spoke of her beautiful Christian life and how she was always faithful and loyal.
At the conclusion of the services the following pall bearers bore the beautiful casket to the funeral car: Glen Hindsley, Hugh Warner, Cloy Lorton, Roy Shierling, Delmar Anderson and Ora Barber of Wisconsin. The interment took place in the Union City cemetery.
End Comes - Dr. S. A. Hawes dies at his home in Greenville, O. - Prominent Physician had been in poor health for some time.
Greenville, O. - Dr. Sylvester A. Hawes, 76 years old, who for over a half-century had been active in medical, financial and fraternal circles in Darke County, died at his late home at 124 W. Fifth street, Greenville following a prolonged illness.
During his medical career, which dated back to 1894, he had practiced in Greenville for 22 years. Immediately following his graduation from the Cincinnati Medical College he located at Arcanum and maintained offices there for an additional 21 years. A brother, Dr. I. H. Hawes, still practices in Arcanum.
For the past 30 years he has served as pension examiner for Darke County and for an extended period acted as local surgeon and physician for both the New York Central and Baltimore & Ohio railroads.
For many years he had played a prominent part in Masonic lodge activities in this district. He was affiliated with both the Blue lodge and the Scottish Rite and had served as district lecturer.
His financial connections included a long period of service on directorate boards of banking institutions in Greenville, Arcanum and Union City.
Dr. Hawes was a son of the late Lycurgus Hawes, one of the early settlers in the Arcanum vicinity. He was born and reared in this vicinity and spent his childhood in Darke County.
Besides the one brother, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Salome McGriff, of Greenville, and Mrs. Inez Hoffman of Columbus.
The remains now lie in state at the Turpen-McKnight funeral home on West Fourth Street. No arrangements for funeral services have as yet been completed.
Passes Away - Mrs. Alice M. Engle passes away at her home in Winchester, Ind. - Was a true Christian woman who was universally loved by all.
Winchester, Ind. - Mrs. Alice M. Engle, 80, widow of Judge James S. Engle, died at her home on South Main street here at 12:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. She was a member of the Methodist Church and had taught the Sunday School class known as Mrs. Engle's class for fifty years. She was a lifelong resident of this community.
Surviving are a nephew, Robert Parry, and a grandniece, Alice Bell Parry. The body will be removed from the home to the Methodist Church at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon and will lie in state until 2 o'clock, when the funeral will be conducted. The Rev. Fred Thornburg assisted by the Rev. A. T. Tester of Ft. Wayne, will officiate. Burial will be in the Fountain Park Cemetery.
Called Home - Mrs. Blanche Skinner passes away at the home of her sister. - She had resided in Union City for a number of years.
Mrs. Blanche Skinner, one of Union City's well known residents, passed away at the home of her sister Miss Lillian Mitchell, 430 North Plum street. She formerly made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Demus Lindley, when the later resided on North Howard street, but in late years she had made her home with her sister. Death followed an illness of some weeks. She was a devout Christian woman and a devout member of the First Methodist church where during her years of health she was a regular attendant. She is survived by one daughter and one sister.
The remains were taken to the Fraze Funeral home from where the funeral took place this afternoon at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. Carl G. Adams. The interment took place in the Union City cemetery.
Saw Lincoln - Mrs. Lou Green, one of our oldest and most honored women passes away. - The widow of J. Hart Green, a Civil War veteran. - She was born in Darke County when it was still a wilderness.
Mrs. Lou Green, one of Union City's grand old women, passes away Monday on Washington's birthday at thirty minutes past four o'clock in the afternoon, at her home, 523 West Pearl street, at the age of 92.
All her life she had been a woman of splendid health and she became ill one week ago Sunday. She never rallied but gradually grew weaker, and she drifted quietly and peacefully into her eternal sleep at the time stated.
Mrs. Lorena Green was born in Darke County, Ohio, April 4, 1844, and she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hyde. When she was very young her parents moved to Celina, Ohio, and about 1850 the family again moved to a farm near North Salem. From there they went to Bethel. Here she attended school and she also attended school at New Paris, Ohio.
It was during her girlhood that the outstanding incident of her life took place, when at New Madison, Ohio, she saw Abraham Lincoln as he passed through on the train to Washington D. C. to be inaugurated as president. Then five years later she again saw the presidential train, but it bore the body of the Great Emancipator on its way for burial at Springfield, Ill.
She was married August 19, 1866, to John Hartwell Green, a soldier of the civil war, member of Company H, 110th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The marriage ceremony took placed in New Madison, O., and the young couple moved to a farm between Hollandsburg and New Madison.
Later, in October 1871, they moved to Union City, and Mr. Green took up the work of a contractor and bridge builder. He next entered the employ of the old Bee Line railroad afterward the Big 4, with which he spent the rest of his life and passed away Jan. 30, 1900.
Sometime after the death of her husband Mars. Green moved to the home on West Pearl street, where she spent the rest of her long and useful life.
She was a life-long member of the Methodist church, Ladies' Aid Society, and Woman's Missionary Society. She was a devoted member of the church and she was always ready to do more than her share of any good work that needed to be done. She was also a charter member of the Women's Relief Corps, in which she was much interested.
She was a woman of beautiful Christian character, pleasant and pleasing personality, who always looked on the bright side of life, and so lent help and encouragement to the many who came to her and sought her counsel. While her baptismal name was Lorena, to the many who grew to love her she was known as Mrs. Lou Green. She will be sincerely mourned and her memory will be long cherished in the city of her adoption.
She is survived by one son Orla E. Green, who with his wife, the former Miss Mantie Weesner, moved from Union City to Indianapolis, where Mr. Green has his headquarters as State Agent of the Providence, Washington Insurance Co. for Indiana, and Kentucky.
Also one grandson Hugh Green and two great grandchildren, Dudley H. Green, 12, and Barbara Green, 10, of Los Angeles, Calif.
The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home where friends may call. The funeral will take place from the funeral home Wednesday at 2:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. Carl G. Adams of the First Methodist church. Interment in the Union City cemetery.
Death Angel - Steps in and takes Mrs. Davis Stump from our midst. - Funeral will take place Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Davis Stump, 59, died at 7 o'clock last evening at the Union City hospital, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Stump resided on the Deerfield road, northeast of this city. She was a member of the Christian church.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Roy Bowman, of Elroy, O.; Mrs. Troy Moore, of Newcastle, and Mrs. Ray Jordan, of Union City, and four sons, Raymond Stump, of Nashville, O., Glen Stump, of Long Beach, Calif., Emerson Stump, of Union City, Lester Stump, of Union City.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Ben Holroyd at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Christian church. Burial will be in the Lisbon cemetery. The remains were taken to the Brooks funeral home, and will be removed Wednesday to the home of the son Lester Stump on North Plum street.
Trips on a rug - Well known citizen succumbs seven weeks after a fall. - Michael Holden dies at the home of his son Lawrence Holden.
Some seven weeks ago Michael Holden, better known to his friends as "Mike" Holden, while walking across the kitchen floor at the residence of his son Lawrence Holden, corner of Caroline and Walnut streets, East Side, where he made his home, tripped over a rug and crashed heavily into the kitchen stove, which he struck with his shoulder. He was not burned, but his shoulder was badly crushed and bruised, and he was confined to his bed. His condition never improved, but in spite of all that could be done, he grew steadily worse and he passed away this (Wednesday) morning at 5:15 o'clock.
Michael Holden was born in the Sharpeye, Ohio neighborhood, 74 years ago and there he grew up and attended school. After his marriage, he and his wife and family resided for some years on the Grimes farm, just west of Union City. The family moved to Union City some twenty years ago. Mr. Holden worked at different occupations. For the past five years he had been employed at the Smith & Teaford Garage, and he was the father of Mrs. Al Smith of the Smith & Teaford Garage, and the brother of Mrs. John Leahey of North Columbia street.
He was honest and industrious and a good citizen and he will be missed from the paces he frequented. His wife died many years ago, but the following children survive: Three sons, Lawrence, John and Ralph. Also five daughters, namely: Mrs. Barbara Lou Rutgers, Mrs. Mildred Knee, Mrs. Ruth Peckham, Mrs. Marie Snyder, and Mrs. Margaret Smith. There are a number of grandchildren. There are also five surviving brothers and two sisters. They are: William and Joe Holden of Degraff, Ohio, Henry Holden and James Holden of Piqua, O., John Holden of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Hannah Garry of Piqua, O., and Mrs. John Leahey of North Columbia street.
The body was taken to the Fraze Funeral Home where it was prepared for burial and returned to the Lawrence Holden home.
The funeral will take placed Saturday at 9 a. m. from St. Marys church. Interment in the Union City cemetery.
Union City Man - Wm. T. Swisher passed away in the hospital at Anderson, Ind. - He was for many years a shoe repairer in Union City.
Word comes from Anderson, Ind., of the death in St. Joseph's hospital in that city of William T. Swisher, who passed away at a little after 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, following an illness extending over a long period, and which dated from the time he lost his wife, who died a year ago.
In order to have better care and attention, Mr. Swisher moved to Anderson, Ind. nearly a year ago to make his home with his son Elmer Swisher.
For a number of years he engaged in the shoe repairing business in the Sullivan building on the East Side, and by honest methods and good work he succeeded in building up a nice business.
He had lived most of his life in Union City and he was born 81 years ago, and he was a valued and faithful member of the United Brethren church.
Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Nellie Seek, Sturgis, Mich., one son Elmer Swisher of Anderson, Ind., One granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Seybert Mannix of Greenville, Ohio, one sister Mrs. L. C. Lambert of St. Petersburg, Florida, and the following brothers: Chas. Swisher of Dayton, O., Frank Swisher of Cleveland, O., Calvin Swisher, of Bellefontaine, O., and Tracey Swisher of Troy, O.
The body was taken to the Brooks Funeral Home in this city, where friends may call up to the hour of the funeral, which will take place from the United Brethren church, Wednesday at 2 p. m., conducted by Rev. Lewis G. Ludwick. The burial will be in the Abbottsville cemetery.
Octogenarian - Mrs. John Hampshire passes away at her home near Buck's Corners. - She was the mother of Men Merritt and Orvile Hampshire of this city.
Mrs. John Hampshire, notice of whose illness appeared in this paper not long ago passed away last night at fifteen minutes past eight o'clock at the home one-half mile east of Buck's Corner, after a week's illness.
Mrs. Hampshire was formerly Miss Melvina Lineback and she was born in Hancock County, near Cleveland, O., Aug. 29, 1852, and there she attended school. She was married to John Hampshire, Nov. 5, 1870, and the young couple moved to the farm in Mississinewa township, east of Buck's Corner where she lived all the rest of her long and useful life.
She was a good Christian woman and a valued member of the Pleasant Ridge Christian church. During her years of health she was an active worker in the church and also in the Ladies Aid Society of which she was also a member. She kept her faculties to a remarkable degree to the last and last Sunday she came to the dining room and enjoyed the meal with the family.
She was a faithful wife and a good mother and she lived for her church and her family.
The husband, John Hampshire, died Oct. 4, 1926.
She is survived by eight sons and one daughter as follows: Wesley Hampshire, Greenville, O., Joe Hampshire, at home, Ben Hampshire, North State Line, Merritt Hampshire, West Chestnut street, Orville Hampshire, West Oak street, Ernest Hampshire, Joliet, Ill., Earl Hampshire, Piqua, O., John Hampshire, Ansonia, O.; one daughter, Mrs. James Whitaker residing one-half mile north of Buck's Corner. Also twelve grandchildren and one great grandson.
The body was taken to the May funeral establishment at Ft. Recovery, O., and the funeral announcements will be made later.
Old Barber - Alfred Smith passes away after a four days illness at his home. - He worked at the barber trade for a period of 65 years.
Alfred Smith, the veteran barber, passed away at his home on North Plum street this morning at 4:35 after only four day's illness.
He was born at Longtown, Ohio, 79 years ago and he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Smith. He grew up at Longtown, and when still a mere boy he began the barbering trade at which he worked all the rest of his life and he wielded the razor and shears for a period of sixty-five years.
He began to learn the trade at Troy, O., where and when he arrived at young manhood he was married to Miss Nancy Rebecca Oakey. The young couple moved from Troy, O., to Portland, Ind. , where Alfred Smith went into partnership in the barbering business with his brother Rueben Smith. From there he came to Union City many years ago and he conducted a barber shop in the basement of the Commercial Bank and also in the Y. M. C. A. building. He was honest and upright in all his dealings. He was a good barber and he lived a good life.
He is survived by the widow and one grandson, Lester Boyd, of Richmond, Ind. Also two great granddaughters Jeanette and Barbara Jean Hill, of Richmond. Also one brother Rueben and one sister Sarah Smith.
The funeral will take Wednesday. There will be a short service at the home, 516 North Plum St., after which the funeral cortege will wend its way to Portland where the regular services will take place at 2 p. m. in the A. M. E. church conducted by Rev. Bass of Longtown, O. Burial in the Portland cemetery.
The body was taken to the Brooks funeral home and returned to the home on Plum street, where friends may call from Tuesday to Wednesday noon.
A Pioneer - G. J. Kaucher passes away after a month's illness with flu. - He was born near Hillgrove eighty-six years ago.
G. J. Kaucher, one of our oldest and best known pioneer farmers passed away this morning at fifteen minutes past two o'clock at the old Kaucher home on the banks of the Greenville Creek, a short distance east of the Union City country club. A month ago he contracted an attack of influenza which developed into pneumonia.
Godfrey John Kaucher, was born in Washington township, Darke County, near Hillgrove, Aug. 17, 1850, and he lived there and on the old home place all of his life. He was among the first white children born in that locality which was then still a wilderness.
He was the son of Abraham and Julia M. Kaucher. After attending such school as there was in his early day he became a farmer, and when he arrived at young manhood he was married to Miss Martha Woods and to them two daughters were born who survive him. They are Mrs. Charles Blackford, of Richmond, Ind., and Mrs. Harry Lambert of Winchester, Ind. After the death of the first Mrs. Kaucher forty-six years ago he was married to Ruth Blackford who survives him. This marriage took place thirty years ago. He is also survived by grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
G. J. Kaucher was a God-fearing man and a member of the Reformed church in Hillgrove, O. He was honest and industrious and he will be missed from the community in which he lived.
The body was prepared for burial at the Fraze funeral home from where it will be returned to the Kaucher home Wednesday morning.
The funeral will take place Friday, March 19 at 2 p. m. from the Hillgrove Federated church conducted by Rev. Perry. Interment in the Snell cemetery.
Answers Call - Mrs. Walter S. Kerr passes away after a long illness. - She was at one time a teacher in Union City schools.
After an illness covering a period of about twelve years, Mrs. Walter S. Kerr, one of Union City's best loved women answered her Maker's call Friday night. Her condition became more serious a month ago after which she never rallied and she passed away at half past nine o'clock.
Mrs. Walter S. Kerr came from pioneer stock. She was formerly Miss Abba Barr, daughter of Martin M. and Elizabeth Parent Barr, and her father bought the old home place south of Hillgrove from the government and there Abba Barr was born December 13, 1879.
She grew up in that community and attended the old Bickel school. Afterward her father built the fine home at Cresecent Bend and Abba Barr attended the Hillgrove school. After her graduation from this school she attended the famous Normal College at Lebanon, O., where she graduated with high honors. After her graduation from college she became a valued teacher in the Union City, Ind. schools, a position she held for several years. She was married to Walter S. Kerr Nov. 17, 1904, who with one son, James, survives.
The young couple resided on North Howard street from where they moved to Plum street and a few years ago they moved to the present home, 733 North Columbia street.
Mrs. Kerr was a devout and faithful Christian woman and when her health permitted, an active member of the Methodist church. Before illness overtook here she was also a valued member of the Research Club. She was a woman of high character and fine attainments, and she will be greatly missed and sincerely mourned by many friends.
Besides the above she is survived by three sisters and three brothers as follows:
Milo Barr and Blaine Barr, South of Hillgrove, O., Thad Barr of Union City, Mrs. Ben Glunt of Crescent Bend, Mrs. Mathew Glunt, Union City and Mrs. E. J. Dettman, Crescent Bend.
The body was taken to the Morris funeral home from where it was returned to the home and the funeral took place this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Carl G. Adams of the Methodist church. Interment in the City cemetery.
Mother Dies - Mrs. Jane Prescott passes away at her home at 7:30 last night. - Survived by nine children, 50 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Another of our pioneer women was called by death last night, in the passing of Mrs. Jane Prescott, who died at her home north of Pleasant Hill at 7:30 after a long illness, she having been an invalid for the past two years.
Mrs. Prescott, who was the daughter of Thomas and Martha Peden, and she was born in the North Salem district, Oct. 17, 1851. She lived in this neighborhood all of her life but two years which were spent in Nebraska. She was married to Benjamin D. Prescott in 1877, who died thirteen years ago.
Nine children were born to this union all of whom survive as follows: Mrs. Melvin Straley, Mrs. Carl Gettinger, Mrs. Dolly Roush, Mrs. William Lindley, of Salamonia, Mrs. Rock John, Ray, Joe, and Ralph Prescott. There are also fifty grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Also four brothers Alex Peden, William Peden, Henry Peden and T. V. Peden, and one sister Mrs. Nannie Sutton, Ashtabula, O.
Mrs. Prescott was a devout Christian woman, a faithful wife and a good mother, and a member of the Pleasant Hill church.
The funeral will take place Saturday at 10 o'clock in the morning from the Pleasant Hill church. Burial in the Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Died --- John H. Jones, age 80, died at his home in Bartonia Friday evening. Funeral will be held in the Bartonia church, burial in the Spartanburg cemetery.
Died --- Mrs. Levi Weimer, 74, died in the Union City hospital Sunday 7:00 p. m. after suffering with pneumonia. The body was brought to the Fraze Funeral Home where friends may call. She is survived by three step-sons, Dan Weimer and Ezra Weimer of Columbus, O., and Abraham Weimer of Chicago, Ill. Funeral will be held at the Fraze Funeral Home Wdnesday at 1 p. m. Burial at Liberty, Ind.
Life's Work - Of Mrs. Belle Riffle comes to a close. - Lived for a number of years in this city.
Mrs. Belle Riffle, a former resident of Union City and a life long resident of Darke County, died suddenly last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Buchy at Greenville.
Mrs. Riffle was eighty-five years of age and although she has been in failing health for several weeks, her death came suddenly as a result of a heart attack. She had enjoyed her favorite radio programs throughout the day and was in her usual happy mood when the end came.
She leaves to mourn her departure one daughter, Mrs. Frank Buchy, and five sons, Charles of Ansonia, John of Greenville, Lemuel of Dayton, and George and Cletus of this city.
The funeral will be held at the Teegarden Church, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock (Eastern Time).
Mrs. Riffle was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Granville Fifer and she was born in Mercer county, Ohio, March 13, 1852. When she was quite a young woman she was married to George Riffle. They lived for years in Greenville, O., and moved to Union City in 1917. They lived here until the husband and father George Riffle, died in 1918, when Mrs. Riffle moved back to Greenville, where she had resided since that time. Before moving to Greenville however, she and her son, George Riffle resided for a while on South State Line.
Mrs. Riffle was a faithful member of the Christian Church. Besides the above she is survived by 10 grandchildren. Also two brother, Gus Fifer, Chicago, Oliver Fifer, Bradford, O., and one sister Mrs. Lemuel Sipe, Bradford, O.
The funeral cortege will leave Greenville at 2 p. m. (E.S.T.)