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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 1, 1939

Anna Geeting passes away. - Former resident of Jay County expires at Fort Wayne.

Portland, Ind., May 31. --- Anna Geeting, former resident of Madison township, died at her home in Ft. Wayne at 1:00 Wednesday morning.

The deceased was born Nov. 15, 1901 in Darke county, Ohio, the daughter of William Wesley and Theresa Hummell Geeting, being 37 years, 6 months, and 14 days of age at the time of her death.

Surviving brothers and sisters are Albert and Charles Geeting of Madison township; Ona, wife of Clarence Myers of Cincinnati; Nora, wife of W. C. Croxton, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Clyde Geeting of Indianapolis. She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

The body was returned to the Williamson and Sons funeral home for burial preparations. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

(A later article stated the funeral services were to be held Friday at 10:30 a. m. from the Williamson & Sons funeral home in charge of Rev. I. H. Nall, pastor of the Portland United Brethren church. Burial was to take place in the Union City cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 1, 1939

Heart trouble proves fatal. - Mrs. Mary Mannix dies at home in Ft. Recovery Wednesday.

Mrs. Mary Mannix, widow of the late Henry Mannix, died at her home in Ft. Recovery yesterday afternoon at 5:20 o'clock, death being due to heart trouble.

The deceased was born near Rossburg, Ohio, April 27, 1855, the daughter of James and Mariah Lamb Shelley, being 84 years, one month and four days of age at the time of her death. She had lived at Ft. Recovery practically her entire life.

Surviving children are Mrs. Agnes O'Dell, of near Ft. Recovery; James and Harry Mannix, of Jackson, Mich.; Mrs. Grace Cultice, of Dayton, and Mrs. Archie McCabe, of Muncie.

Funeral services will be conducted from the St. Mary's Catholic church at Ft. Recovery at 9 o'clock Saturday morning in charge of father Rudolph Stoltz. Burial will be made in the church cemetery. She was a member of the St. Mary's church, the Altar society, and died well fortified with the last sacraments of the church. The body was removed to the May funeral home at Ft. Recovery for burial preparations.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 1, 1939

Heart attack fatal to Coletown man.

John Irwin Patten, 65, a retired Greenville brick mason, died suddenly at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday at his farm home, immediately west of Coletown, from the effects of a heart attack.

Patten, who had worked in the vicinity for several years, was a member of Little Turtle Tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men, Greenville. He was a native of Montgomery county.

Two brothers, William, Greenville, and Albert, Cleveland, are the only immediate survivors. There are several nephews and nieces.

The remains have been removed to the Turpen-McKnight funeral home, Greenville, but pending word from relatives no burial arrangements will be completed.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 2, 1939

Coppess death at Ansonia is sudden.

Harmon C. Coppess, 79, a retired farmer, died suddenly at 9:30 p. m. Wednesday at his home in Ansonia from the effects of a heart attack.

His immediate survivors include a widow, Mary; one daughter, Mrs. Noah Miller, of Covington; a son, John C. Coppess, of near Ansonia, nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Milt Boyer, of Stelvideo.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday at the Ansonia Christian church followed by burial in the Ansonia cemetery.

(Fisher-Oliver Funeral Home, Ansonia, records gives the name as Harman and states he was born April 2, 1860 in Richland Twp, Darke Co. OH. His father was John Copposs and his mother is not identified. Apparently he had been married twice - first to Florence Brewer and then to Mary Shelby.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 3, 1939

Boze Funeral

Funeral services were held Tuesday for Stephen Wesley Boze, 67, who died last Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Clara Olwine, in Union City.

Surviving are three daughters, Ors. Olwine, Mrs. Minnie Johnson and Mrs. Pearl Stafford, all of Union City. He was a member of the Teegarden church, where the services were held. Burial was made in the Teegarden cemetery.

( Fisher-Oliver Funeral Home, Ansonia, records states that he died at the Darke County Home. He was born Nov. 4, 1848 in Darke Co. the son of Peter and Rebecca Strait Boze. His spouse was Maggie Weidner.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 5, 1939

L. M. Starbuck dies suddenly; funeral is today. - Retired businessman is stricken while working in garden.

Lawrence M. Starbuck, 66, retired businessman, died suddenly at 9:30 a. m. Saturday at his home at 518 North Columbia street, Union City. While working in his garden he suffered a heart attack. He went into the house where he died ten minutes later. He had been in ill health for several months.

Born in Union City, he went when a boy to Chicago with his parents. Later for 35 years he was engaged in business in New York City. In 1933 he went to Richmond, and a year later moved to Union City to make his home with his mother, Mrs. Belle Starbuck.

Surviving besides the mother are the widow, Elizabeth, a son Lawrence of Hollywood, Calif., and a daughter, Mrs. Edward Burr, of New York.

The body was removed to the Morris Funeral home where services will be held at 4 :30 p. m. (CST) today, with Rev. W. J. Sayers, of Muncie, officiating. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 5, 1939

Plan burial service today for former Union City resident.

Burial services will be held for Mrs. Gertrude Cowdery Harrison, former resident of Union City, at 3 p. m. today either at the Union City cemetery or in the Fraze Funeral home, with Rev. Forbes Robertson officiating.

Mrs. Harrison, widow of the late Roll Harrison, died May 31 in a sanitarium at St. Peter, Minn. Her home had been in St. Paul, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison left Union City several years ago.

The remains were cremated and the ashes are expected to arrive in Union City today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 6, 1939

J. Vining Taylor is claimed by death in Houston, Texas

J. Vining Taylor, 66, former resident of Winchester, died in Houston, Texas, Sunday. Although particulars surrounding the death are not complete, it is known he died suddenly, about two hours after being taken ill.

Time of the funeral is not known, but it may be Thursday afternoon at the home of Percy M. Goodrich, 241 East Washington street, Winchester.

Surviving are the widow, Elizabeth Johnson Taylor, and two daughters, Maurine Viola and Betty Jane.

Mr. Taylor was born in Richmond, Va. on July 18, 1877, the son of Theodore F. and Florence I. Taylor. Reared in Richmond and educated in the schools of that city, he left school when 12 years of age to work for the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad as messenger boy, remaining with the company for 10 years, during which period he worked up to the position of chief clerk of the freight department at Richmond. In 1898 Mr. Taylor was transferred to Cincinnati as chief clerk in the freight department, where he remained for 18 months.

His eyes failing, he obtained a leave of absence and came to Winchester in 1900 and took employment in the G. R. & I. offices under Fred G. Nichols, the agent at that time.

On September 1, 1901 he went into the office of Goodrich Bros. company and remained with this firm until 1909 when he succeeded P. E. Goodrich as secretary-treasurer of the National Hay association. In 1914 he left the employ of Goodrich Bros. company and opened an office in the Odd Fellows building, devoting all his energy to the building of membership and prestige of the National Hay association.

In 1928 Mr. Taylor resigned this position and moved to Los Angeles, Cal., where he engaged in the hay and other businesses and in 1934 he entered the employment of the Lawrence Warehousing company of San Francisco, reputedly the largest warehousing company in the United States.

He advanced rapidly with this organization and at the time of his death was stationed at Houston, Texas, as manager of the company's business in that city.

Mr. Taylor was married in Winchester on August 10, 1899 to Elizabeth A. Johnson, daughter of Thomas H. and Viola F. Johnson, a prominent Winchester family.

(A later article stated that the funeral services would be held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the home of P. E. Goodrich, 241 East Franklin street, Winchester. Rev. G. M. Payne, pastor of the Winchester Presbyterian church will officiate. Burial will be made in Fountain Park cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 7, 1939

Union City relatives mourn death of Mrs. Flora Bailey, 61.

Relatives in Union City are mourning the death of Mrs. Flora Bailey, 61, which occurred at 8 p. m. Monday at her late home at Fry's corner, south of Greenville. Death followed a lingering illness.

The deceased was the wife of G. W. Bailey, who has been active in farming pursuits in Darke county for more than 20 years.

Besides the husband and one son, she is survived by a step-mother, Mrs. Frank Bradney, Union City, a half-brother, Oliver Bradney, of Sugar Tree Ridge, O., and four half-sisters, Mrs. Roy Flory, Union City; Mrs. Chaney Irwin, of Castine; Mrs. Nellie Crawford, of Alpha, O., and Mrs. Rachel Blackburn, of Peebles, O.

The remains will be returned to the last residence from the Turpen-McKnight funeral home, Greenville, at 4 p. m. today. Services will be conducted from the residence at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with Rev. E. V. Louchs officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 12, 1939

Death claims aged resident of Union City. - Funeral services for T. H. Armstrong, 89, to be Tuesday.

Thomas Henry Armstrong, 89, lifelong resident of the Union City vicinity, died at his residence 634 West Chestnut street, Sunday at 3:15 p. m. He had been in declining health since January, when he fell on the ice and sustained a fractured hip.

Mr. Armstrong came to Union City many years ago from Hillgrove, O., southeast of Union City. He attended the Hillgrove and Coletown schools. He was a retired railroad man and threshing machine operator.

The last of his family, Thomas Armstrong was the son of Thomas Armstrong, Sr. and Eliza Garver. He at one time was a member of the Union City Eagles club. He married Emma Conrad January 8, 1898.

Surviving are one son, Hugh Armstrong of Union City and the widow Emma.

The body was removed to the Fraze Funeral home in Union City were services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Carl Adams officiating. Burial will be made in the Snell cemetery, near Hillgrove. Friends may call at the funeral home to view the remains.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 12, 1939

Charles Ross passes away. - Long illness is fatal Saturday to man near Lynn.

Charles Gold Ross, 62, died Saturday morning after a long illness at his home four miles west of Lynn. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock (CST), in the Huntsville church, with Rev. Zelma Mills and Rev. Masters officiating. Interment will be at the Buena Vista cemetery. Friends may call at the home any time.

Survivors are two sons, Norman of near Lynn and Garver of New Castle; two grandchildren; five brothers, W. S. Ross of Fountain City, E. M. Ross of St. Paris, Ohio, John G Ross of Hollansburg, Ohio, William G. Ross of near Lynn, and Harrison Ross of Greenville, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Lynch of La Mesa, Cal., and several nieces and nephews.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 12, 1939

Former resident Lynn community dies in Arizona.

Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Luella Hodson Thorn which occurred Friday morning at her home in Glendale, Ariz.

She was well know in the Lynn community, having spent most of her life there. She moved to Glendale a few years ago. Funeral services and burial will take place at Glendale.

Survivors are six daughters, Miss Edith Thorn, at home; Mrs. Helen Brooks, Mrs. Ruth Coffett, Glendale, Ariz.; Mrs. Lucy Morgan, Mrs. Maria Hollingsworth, Lynn; Mrs. Mary Kirkman, Whitewater; two sons, Steward Thorn, Huntsville, and Wilber Thorn, Rosedale; one sister Mrs. Inda Whiteman, Indianapolis; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 12, 1939

Emma Jane Shaffer to be buried today.

Mrs. Emma Jane Shaffer, 65, died Saturday afternoon at her home near Farmland. Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Hopewell church, with Rev. Luther Addington officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Mrs. Shaffer is survived by one son, Vurl, of near Farmland, and two daughters, Mrs. Hurna Parker and Mrs. Lula Jones, both of Farmland.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 12, 1939

Unionport woman dies of paralysis.

Mrs. Ledbetter McIntire, died Saturday noon after a brief illness of paralysis at her home in Unionport. Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. (CST), today at the Buena Vista church, with Rev. Zelma Mills and Rev. Joseph Thornburg officiating. Interment will be at the Buena Vista cemetery.

Besides the husband, Mrs. McIntire is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Hattie Schaffer and Mrs. Ruby Holiday, both of Unionport and one sister, Mrs. Rosetta Coffin, of Danville, Ind.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 13, 1939

Former Union City Methodist pastor dead in California.

Word has been received in Union City of the death of Dr. C. E. Bacon, former pastor of the Union City Methodist church, at his home in Los Angeles, Calif.

He married Miss Nettie Wigs, sister of Carry Johnston of Union City. A number of years ago he was superintendent of the Indianapolis district of the Methodist Episcopal church. Dr. and Mrs. Bacon observed their sixtieth wedding anniversary on January 1. The widow survives. Burial will be made in the Los Angeles City cemetery on Wednesday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 13, 1939

Benj. F. Clevenger, 84, passes away at home near Modoc.

Benjamin F. Clevenger, 84, died at his home near Modoc at 7 o'clock last evening.

Surviving are his widow, India, three daughters, Mrs. Mary Wood of Lynn and Mrs. Acel Stock and Mrs. Iris Sharp of Modoc; a son Marion Clevenger of Modoc, and a brother, William Clevenger of Parker.

Arrangements for the funeral had not been completed last night.

(A later article stated that the funeral services would be conducted from the Reynard funeral home at Modoc at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be made in the Salem cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 14, 1939

Aged resident dies. - Mrs. Mary Phelps Wilds, 91, expires at home of her son.

Mrs. Mary H. Phelps Wilds, 91, died at the home of her son, Guy Phelps of Farmland about 8 p. m. Tuesday.

Surviving are five sons, A. R. Phelps, Lemm E. Phelps, Charles G. Phelps and Clyde H. Phelps, all of Farmland, and John Phelps of Richmond.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the Buena Vista church with burial at Buena Vista. The body was removed to the Thornburg funeral home at Farmland for burial preparations and will be returned to the home of the son early this afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 14, 1939

Self-Inflicted Bullet Wound is Fatal to Maxville Farmer.

A self-inflicted bullet wound in the temple was fatal yesterday afternoon about 5:30 o'clock to Deo P. McKee, 44, whose farm house is located one mile southwest of Maxville. McKee fired a .22 calibre long rifle bullet into his right temple, death being instantaneous.

Domestic trouble was advanced last night as cause of the suicide.

McKee's body was discovered by Ralph Stuck, a brother-in-law who saw it lying in the back yard near the home as he drove into the driveway. Stuck immediately called Joe Green, a neighbor. A Farmland physician was called and the body later taken to the Thornburg funeral home at Farmland.

McKee was presumably alone at the time of the suicide, as his wife, Freda had spent Monday night and Tuesday at the home of her parents.

There are two children, Larry, 6, and Ardith, 1 year of age.

Sheriff Lester Mann and Deputy Sheriff Korn E. Davis investigated.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 15, 1939

Mrs. Hedrick stroke victim. - Dies in Union City hospital after cerebral hemorrhage.

Mrs. Frank Hedrick, residing five miles northwest of Union City, died at 2:10 p. m. Wednesday in the Union City hospital, where she was taken Sunday following a cerebral hemorrhage.

The deceased was born at Orland, Ind., the daughter of James and Loretta Amy Shannon. She came while still a girl to the community where she lived at the time of her death. She was a member of the Union City Methodist church.

Surviving are the husband, Frank Hedrick and one sister, Mrs. James O. Bragg, of Milton.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. at the Fraze funeral home in Union City with Rev. Carl Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home to view the remains anytime after noon today, it was stated.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 15, 1939

Died --- Kate Ruhl, 70, resident of the Darke county infirmary for many years, died there at 7 p. m. Tuesday after a lingering illness.

Funeral services will be held this morning at Greenville, with burial being made at the Friendship cemetery near Braffetsville, O. There were no immediate survivors.

[Miller Funeral Home records state she was born April 10, 1869 at New Madison, OH, the daughter of Alfred Ruhl and Sarah Miller. She was single.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 16, 1939

Death claims Lynn teacher at Logansport. - Leo W. Johnson passes away following a brief illness.

Leo W. Johnson, 46, a teacher in the Lynn high school, died following a brief illness in the Cass County hospital in Logansport at 6 o'clock Thursday night. The Johnsons were visiting for the summer with Mrs. Johnson's parents at Monticello.

Surviving besides the widow, Maye, are the father Link Johnson, of near Lynn and four brothers, Charles and Cleo both of near Winchester and Everett and Frank, both of Lynn.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock (CST) from the Lynn Friends church in charge of Rev. Adam Flatter assisted by Rev. Ira Johnson. Interment will be taken to the home of the Brother Everett, where friends are invited to call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 16, 1939

Anderson infant dies; Rites today.

Raymond Donald Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Anderson, five miles northwest of Union City, died at 3 p. m. Thursday in the Union City hospital, six hours after birth. Surviving besides the parents is one brother, Wayne, 16 months. The mother prior to her marriage was Georgia Oldenberg. Graveside services will be conducted at 3:30 p. m. today at the Union City cemetery by Rev. Carl Adams. The remains were taken to the Fraze Funeral home in Union City where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 16, 1939

C. L. Medsker, Sr., dies in Muncie.

Muncie, Ind., June 15. --- Chauncey L. Medsker, Sr., 79, widely known attorney, died at 4:45 o'clock last evening at his home 423 East Washington street. Although he had been ill for six months his condition did not become serious until yesterday morning.

Mr. Medsker was a member of Welcome Lodge K. P., and of the Delaware County Bar association.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Meeks mortuary at 3:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Rev. Arthur W. McDavitt, pastor of St. Johns Universalist church in charge. Burial will be in Beech Grove cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 16, 1939

Brother is dead in Portland, Ore.

Mrs. Stanley Glunt, 724 West Oak street, Union City, received word Thursday morning of the death following surgery of her brother, Fred K. Gordon, in Portland, Oregon. The deceased lived in Union City many years ago, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver C. Gordon, deceased.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 16, 1939

Death claims aged man, 90. - John Oberender is dead at home of son near Bloomingsport.

John Oberender, 90, died Thursday about 6 a. m. at the home of a son, Clarence, south of Bloomingsport.

Surviving are five sons, T. J. of Denver, Col.; Charles of Jewell, Iowa; George, of near Jewell; Clarence, at whose home he died, and Lawrence, of Lynn; one daughter Mrs. Nellie Thorn, of near Lynn; 17 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Bloomingsport church at 1:30 o'clock (CST) Sunday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Ira Johnson. Burial will be in the East Germantown cemetery.

Mr. Oberender was preceded in death by his wife, Emma; a son, Frank and a daughter, Alice. Mrs. Oberender died about 10 years ago.

The body was taken to the Thomas mortuary at Lynn for burial preparation and will be returned to the home of the son, Clarence, where friends may call after 3 p. m. (CST) today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 16, 1939

Irene Bothast passes away. - Funeral service to be held Saturday afternoon.

Irene Carolina Bothast, 74, widow William Bothast, died at 12:30 a. m. Thursday, following a lingering illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Virgil Wilson, West Pearl street, Union City.

The deceased, who will be buried Saturday, June 17, on the anniversary of her seventy-fifth birthday, was born in North Star, Ohio, the daughter of William and Josephine Caldwell Westfall. She came to the Union City community while still a young woman and was united in marriage with William Bothast on November 27, 1884, in Union City.

Surviving are the one daughter, Mrs. Virgil Wilson, and one son, Leonard Bothast, Union City, and one sister, Mrs. William Bradoff, of Hamilton, Ohio. Five grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.

The remains were returned to the home of the daughter on West Pearl street Thursday evening from the Fraze funeral home in Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 16, 1939

Boomer Funeral is Saturday Afternoon.

Funeral services for Alice Boomer, 52, former resident of Winchester, who died Wednesday night at Churnbusco, will be conducted in the Winchester Friends church on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Aaron Napier will officiate. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

The body will be taken to the home of a sister, Mrs. Cora Brooks, 616 South Main street, Friday morning from the Fraze funeral home.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 17, 1939

Ethel Murray passes away. - Aged Williamsburg resident dies at home of daughter.

Mrs. Ethel Murray, 55, of Williamsburg, died at the home of her daughter, Mars. Mural Weimer, two miles south of Williamsburg, Friday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, death being due to complications.

Surviving are the husband, Edward R.; two daughters, Mrs. Weimer at whose home she died and Mrs. Thelma Greathouse of Williamsburg; one son, Gilbert, of Richmond; two brothers, one sister and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) at the Williamsburg Nazarene church. Interment will be made in Union cemetery near Carlos. The body was removed to the Thomas funeral home in Lynn for burial preparations and will be taken to the Murray home this afternoon where friends are invited to call after 3 o'clock this afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 17, 1939

Householder rites to be held today.

Mrs. Inez Householder, 32, wife of Robert Householder of Ansonia, died at 2:05 p. m. Thursday at Wayne hospital in Greenville following a major operation.

Mrs. Householder was a native and lifelong resident of Darke county.

Besides the husband, she leaves her father, Ora Godown, of Troy, and two sisters. Mrs. Retta Richarson and Mrs. Hazel Goodrich, both of Greenville.

Funeral services will be held at the Fisher funeral home, Ansonia, at 2:30 today. Burial will be in the Ansonia cemetery.

Friends may now view the remains at the Householder residence.

(Fisher-Oliver funeral home, Ansonia, records state her birth to be January 19, 1907, Monroe Twp, Darke Co., OH. Her father was Ora Godown and mother was Idella Norris. Her spouse was Robert Householder.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 19, 1939

Death claims Alice Mays, 66. - Long illness is fatal to Aged resident of south of Salem.

Alice Mays died at her home four miles south of Salamonia Sunday morning at 2:30 o'clock following a several months illness. She had been seriously ill the past six weeks.

The deceased was born November 11, 1872, the daughter of Ira and Lucy Conklin, being 66 years, 6 months and 7 days of age at the time of her death. She was united in marriage July 13, 1888 to Thomas J. Mays, who preceded her in death 19 years ago. She lived for the past 39 years on the farm on which she died.

Surviving are the following children: George Mays and Susan, wife of Charles Stewart, both of east of Portland; Hazy, wife of Earnest McKibben, Phoebe, wife of Bryce Dunavent, and Ica, wife of Eldon Goodpasture, all of Muncie; Treva, wife of Glen Abel of south of Salamonia, Chester Mays of Salem, Helen, wife of Charles Barr of Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Mabel Peden, of Portland, Charles Mays of Salamonia and Carrie, wife of Jesse Read of Union City. Other survivors include one sister, Orville Hunter, of near Winamac; 20 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One sister and three sons preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 11 (CST) from the Antioch church, southeast of Portland on the Boundary Pike, in charge of Rev. J. H. Nall, pastor of the Portland United Brethren church. Interment will be made in the Antioch cemetery. The body was removed to the Williamson and Sons funeral home, Portland, for burial preparations and taken to the late home Sunday afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 19, 1939

Short illness proves fatal. - Marvin Lee Rhoades dies at home northeast of Union City.

Marvin Lee Rhoades, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Rhoades, died at the home of its parents, eight miles northeast of Union City, Saturday afternoon at 5:45 o'clock, following an illness of 11 days of acute ileo colitis. The child had been seriously ill for the past two days.

The deceased was born July 18, 1938, the son of Hiram R. and Mary M. (Cline) Rhoades, being 10 months and 29 days of age at the time of its death.

Surviving besides the parents, are the following brothers and sisters: Ralph William, Mary Jean, Richard Eugene, Herbert Royce, Donald LaVerne, Elay Ilene, Norman Edward and Eunice Marlene, a twin sister of the deceased child. The grandparents, William H. Cline of Salamonia, and Mary Elizabeth Seman, of Greenville, also survive. He was preceded in death by a grandmother and grandfather.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock (CST) from the Pleasant Valley church, near the home, in charge of Rev. Noble Schlecty, of Rossburg. Interment will be made in the Lisbon cemetery. The body was removed to the Williamson & Sons funeral home, Portland, for burial preparations and taken to the late home Sunday afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 19, 1939

Haisley rites this afternoon. - Elderly woman claimed by death Saturday near Winchester.

Mrs. Anna E. Haisley, 74, died at 5 p. m. Saturday at her home two and one-half miles southeast of Winchester.

Surviving are one daughter, Lillie M. Haisley, at home; one sister, Mrs. Elva J. Allen, who resides at the Haisley home; two brothers, John Luther Keys and Elwood Keys, both of Winchester.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. (CST) today at the Clark & Maynard funeral home in Winchester in charge of Rev. Charles Hiatt. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

The body will remain at the Haisley home until one hour before time for the service.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 19, 1939

Lynn youth drowns in Winchester pool. - To drain water of pool today for inspection. - Inspection by noon.

To set at rest rumors that the body of John Paul Coats was caught beneath iron pipes on the bottom of Goodrich park pool Saturday afternoon, water will be drained from the pool this morning. The pit will be ready for inspection by noon.

Decision to drain the pool was reached Sunday afternoon by Mayor Oran E. Ross of Winchester and Dr. V. K. Stoelting, deputy county coroner, setting in the absence of Coroner Lowell W. Painter who left Saturday afternoon, just an hour before the drowning, on a vacation trip.

Lifeguards and park board officials said the pool bottom is perfectly flat and that there are no pipes or other obstructionable objects in the pool.

Apparently seized with cramps, John Paul Coats, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Coats of Lynn, was drowned in the Goodrich park swimming pool Saturday afternoon, the first fatality at the Winchester pool since its opening two years ago.

A four hour battle to save the youth's life proved futile and the boy was given up as dead about 8:30 p. m. Saturday at the Randolph County hospital where he had been taken in the Fraze ambulance.

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

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock (CST) at the Lynn Friends church in charge of Rev. Adam Flatter assisted by Rev. Ira Johnson. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester. The body was removed to the home of the parents last night where friends are invited to call.

Surviving are the parents, two brothers, Carl Woodson of Arlington (Rush County) and Charles, a music student at Bloomington, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Coats and Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Johnson, of near Lynn.

The boy's body was accidentally discovered on the bottom of the nine foot diving pool, near the gate, by "Red" Skinner, an employee of the Overmyer Mould and a senior life saver.

Young Coats was removed and although there seemed to be some sign of life, it was later believed the boy was dead when taken from the water. It was thought he had not been under the water more than 15 minutes.

Various stories as to the tragedy were rampant over the weekend but this seems to be the official report:

Mrs. Ralph Coats and her son, John Paul, Mrs. Edwin Chenoweth and three children, George Franklin, Joan and Edwin, Jr., and Mrs. Verle Williams and son, Richard, all three families being neighbors at Lynn, came to Winchester so the children could take a swim.

John Paul had wanted to go to the Springwood pool at Richmond.

Arriving at the pool, John Paul was first out of the car and grasping one of the Chenoweth children, by the hand, rushed immediately into the water after procuring the necessary basket in the bath house.

Remainder of the party went inside and within a short time Mrs. Coats remarked to one of the lifeguards that she couldn't see her son in the water. It is reported the guard said he would check to see if the boy's basket had been turned in. Learning otherwise, Robert Barnes rushed to the diving pool and made two dives before Skinner stepped on the boy's body.

Barnes is manager of the swimming pool. Two life guards were on Duty. Deloss Blanchard on the "island" and Charles Hitchcock on the beach. Dallas Cheeseman, another guard, was on bath house duty.

This was about 4:30 p. m., it was thought, and the advance life guard unit of the Boy Scout Camporee had entered the pool, preparatory to organizing a swimming part for the 300 scouts who were camped just south across the street in the valley by the Morton school.

Dr. V. E. Stoelting, deputy Randolph county coroner, other physicians, life guards and Boy Scout executives assisted in the life saving efforts at the pool and hospital.

D. Stoelting's investigation showed only a small bruise on the boy's right shoulder and it was suppositioned Sunday that this might have occurred when the body was removed through the wire gate from the diving pit. The deputy coroner Sunday afternoon, at the Thomas funeral home, conducted another examination to set at rest a rumor that the boy's skull was fractured.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 19, 1939

Infant son buried.

Graveside services were conducted Sunday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the Spartanburg cemetery for Jerry Dodd, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dodd.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 20, 1939

Former Union City woman dies in California.

Word has been received by relatives and friends in Union City of the death Saturday in California of Mrs. Frank Kerr, formerly of Union City.

Details of the death were not received. The body will be returned to Union City for burial. Funeral arrangements will be made later.

(A later article states the funeral services for Mrs. C. Kerr, former resident of Union City who died Saturday morning in San Diego, Cal., will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. Thursday at the John Morris home on North Columbia street, Union City. Rev. Forbes Robertson, pastor of the local Presbyterian church will officiate. Burial will follow in the Union City cemetery. The remains, accompanied by the husband, arrived in Union City Wednesday.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 20, 1939

Dr. O. E. Current, Farmland, succumbs on vacation trip.

Dr. Orpheus E. Current, 67, of Farmland, died of a heart attack Sunday morning while on a vacation trip in North Carolina. He, his wife and daughter had left Farmland last Tuesday.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock (CST) at the Farmland M. E. church in charge of Rev. Sylvester Billheimer, assisted by Rev. Lyle Case. Burial will be in the Strong cemetery at Albany.

The body arrived in Farmland yesterday afternoon.

Dr. Current started the practice of medicine in Farmland more than 40 years ago, and was a member of the Delaware and Randolph County Medical societies, the Farmland Methodist church and the Lions club.

Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Esther Current; one daughter, Mrs. Ray Julian of Monon; two sons, Roger of Lexington, Ind., and James of Tell City, and the mother, Mrs. Rhoda Current of Farmland.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 21, 1939

Funerals for twins today.- Second Rhoades child dies within three days; double rites.

Tragedy hit the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Rhoades of eight miles northeast of Union City yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock, when a second child died within a period of a little over three days. Eunice Marlene Rhoades, who died Saturday afternoon, died at the Union City hospital of acute ileo colitis.

The child was born in Darke county, Ohio, July 18, 1938, the daughter of Hiram H. and Mary M. (Cline) Rhoades, being 11 months and 2 days of age at the time of death.

Surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Ralph William, Mary Jean, Richard Eugene, Herbert Royce, Donald Laverne, Elsie Ilene and Norman Edward. The grandparents, William H. Cline, of Salamonia, and Mary Elizabeth Seman of Greenville, also survive. She was preceded in death by a grandmother and grandfather and also the twin brother who died Saturday.

Double funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 2 o'clock (EST) from the Pleasant Valley church near the home in charge of Re v. Clarence Erbaugh, pastor, assisted by Rev. Theodore Eley, of Union City. Interment will be made in the Lisbon cemetery. The body was removed to the Williamson & Sons funeral home, Portland, for burial preparations and was taken to the late home early this morning.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 21, 1939

Aged resident of County dies. - F. Dale Thornburg expires at home in Farmland.

F. Dale Thornburg, 81, lifelong resident of Randolph county, died at his home in Farmland at 9:40 o'clock, Tuesday night.

Surviving are the widow, Lydia, and two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Wright, of Richmond, and Mrs. Edna Sutton, of Farmland.

The body was removed to the Thornburg funeral home in Farmland and will be returned to the home this afternoon.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 22, 1939

Nancy DeBolt dies following short illness. - Services to be conducted Friday at Lisbon church.

Mrs. Nancy DeBolt, 81, widow of Charles DeBolt, carpenter and contractor, died Wednesday at 3 a. m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Russell Brooks, five miles northeast of Union City, after an illness of three days.

Born in Brookville, Ohio, Mrs. DeBolt lived most of her life in the Union City community, residing several years in Union City. She was a member of the Lisbon Church of Christ.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Russell Brooks, at whose home she died, and three sons, Clayton Debolt, trustee of Jackson township; Henry DeBolt, of Union City, and Joseph DeBolt of Brookville, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. in the Lisbon church, with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Burial will be made in the church cemetery.

The body was removed from the Fraze Funeral home in Union City to the Brooks residence, Wednesday, where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 22, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Francis M. Driskill dies at his home in Farmland.

Francis M. Driskill, 78, died at 3:25 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at his home on East Jackson street in Farmland, following a seven months illness of complications.

Surviving are the widow, Susannah; three daughters, Mrs. Lydia Phelps, of Winchester; Mrs. Idris Ludwick, of Daleville, and Mrs. Gladys Brown, of Los Angeles, Calif.; four sons, Rashael of Farmland, Albert of Ridgeville, Clyde of Modoc, and John of Muncie; one half-brother, John Worl of Los Angeles; one half-sister, of Edmore, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Reynard funeral home at Modoc for burial preparations and will be taken to the late home this noon. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Buena Vista church, in charge of Rev. Walter Rees and Rev. Harold Priddy. Interment will be made in the Buena Vista cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 23, 1939

"Laugh This Off," is farewell note left by suicide victim.

Greenville, Ohio, June 22. --- A farewell note, bearing only the brief inscription, "Well, laugh this off," will be a vital factor in the formal investigation of the suicide of Mrs. Opal Fitzwater, 35, Greenville, which was perpetrated shortly before 10 p. m. Wednesday at the Busy Bee cafe, 132 East Third street.

Mrs. Fitzwater, who shot herself just above the left breast with a .38 calibre revolver, died on an operating table at Wayne hospital. No definite motive has as yet been established for her act. Coroner L. N. Brumbaugh, Darke County, states, that he hopes to uncover full details of the case during a formal inquest which was tentatively scheduled to start at 1 p. m. today.

The deceased entered the cafe at about 9:30 p. m. with a party of friends. Police, who questioned her companions at length, state that they had no idea she was carrying a gun.

Just before 10 o'clock, Mrs. Fitzwater excused herself and entered a rest room alone. It was only a matter of seconds before the shot rang out.

Russ Beesecker, proprietor, rushed to the rest room where he found the woman's body sprawled on the floor. Blood was gushing from the wound on her left side. The gun was still clutched in her hand.

Police Officers Abe Miller and Walter Wolfe were hurriedly summoned and they ordered Mrs. Fitzwater's removal to the hospital. Preparations for an emergency operation had just been completed when death occurred.

The note was found in her purse which was beside her body. It was not addressed to anyone in particular, but police believe it was undoubtedly intended for relatives.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Opal Harter, was a Darke county native. She was born at Nashville where her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Harter, still reside.

Other survivors include her second husband, Jasper Fitzwater, Greenville; two sons, Donald and Wilbur Oswalt, both of Greenville, and two daughters, Betty and Mary Ellen; three brothers and five sisters.

The brothers and sisters are: Earl Harter, Greenville; Harry Harter, of near Nashville; Earl Harter, Baker's Store; Mrs. A. M. Teaford, Palestine; Mrs. C. C. Rush, Saratoga, Ind.; Mrs. John Brinley, Nashville; Mrs. Leo Marker, Carlos City, Ind., and Mrs. Warren McCabe, Weaver's Station.

The body has been removed to the Miller funeral home, 124 West Fifth street, but no definite burial arrangements have been completed.

(Miller Funeral Home records give her name as Lottie Opal an her birth as December 2, 1903, Liberty Twp., Darke Co., OH. Her parents were Sylvester Harter and Emma C. Miller. She was buried in the Nashville cemetery on June 24, 1939.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 26, 1939

Union City man's sister is buried.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for Mrs. Mary A. Flock Wilcox, 81, who died Thursday night at the Wayne hospital, Greenville, of complications that developed from a hip fracture last spring.

Besides the husband, Elijah, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Irwin Shuff of Painter's Creek, three sons, Orville Frock of Piqua, O., Wilber of Richmond, Ind., and Minor of Troy; three brothers, George Westfall of Union City, Ind., Martin of Fremont, O., and Elmer of Owendale, Mich.

(Believe her father was Martin Westfall, b. KY and her mother Ellen Burkett, b. Ashville, NC.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 26, 1939

Portland boy dies in wreck. - Ralph Starr, Member of high school baseball team, killed.

Portland, Ind., June 25. --- Ralph Starr, 17, a member of this year's graduating class of the Portland high school, died about 11 o'clock Saturday night of injuries sustained in an automobile accident about three-fourth mile east of Bellefontaine on state road 26. This makes the second traffic victim in Jay county since January 1, and both have been within a mile of each other.

The accident occurred as Bill Loy, accompanied by Harold Reitz, Roy James and Ralph Starr were returning from Fort Recovery. According to State Policeman, Earl Warnock, who investigated, it is presumed that a tire blew out on the automobile causing it to get out of control. Starr and James were riding in the rumble seat and both were thrown from the car.

Charles Lingo, and Frank Ables were on their way to Ft. Recovery at the time of the accident, but returned with Starr to this city, death occurring before they reached Dr. Donald Spahr's office. James and Loy were taken to the office of Dr. F. E. Keeling for medical attention, but their injuries are not expected to prove serious.

Dr. George L. Perry, deputy coroner, investigated and stated that Starr's death was due to a crushed chest and fractured skull.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 28, 1939

Mrs. Blanche DeBolt dies. - Funeral services to be Thursday for Bartonia woman, 62.

Mrs. Blanche DeBolt, 62, of near Bartonia, died early Tuesday morning at the Union City hospital following a serious illness of about a week.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Bartonia Methodist church and burial will be made at the Spartanburg cemetery.

In addition to the husband, Robert, she is survived by two sons, John and Oscar Morton; four sisters, Mrs. Eva Harrison, Lynn, Mrs. Maude Pressler, Terre Haute, Mrs. Mabel Jordan, Crete, and Mrs. Frank Listner, Green's Fork, and three grandchildren.

Mrs. DeBolt was born at Bartonia in 1877, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Cammack. She attended school near Bartonia and was a member of the Bartonia Methodist church.

(A later article stated that funeral services would be held at the Spartanburg Methodist Episcopal church instead of the Bartonia church. Rev. Kenneth Maynard officiating.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 28, 1939

Viola Wagner, 72, is dead. - Lifelong Randolph Co. resident succumbs near Union City.

Mrs. Cora Viola Wagner, 72, lifelong resident of Randolph county, died Tuesday morning at her farm home, four miles south of Union City. She had been seriously ill for a week.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. (EST) Friday at the Poplar Grove church, Rev. D. G. Berkebile, of the Union City Church of the Brethren, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Theodore Eley. Interment will be made at the Greenville, O. cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, Earl Wagner, Guy Wagner, Ray Wagner, and Alva Wagner, all of near Union City; two sisters, Mrs. Oak Boyer, Union City, and Mrs. Boles, of Anderson, Ind.; one brother, Harvey Zumbrum, Union City, and nine grandchildren.

Born in Union City in 1867, the deceased attended the Union City schools and was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Her husband, A. H. Wagner, died in 1934.

The body will be returned to the home from the Brooks funeral home Wednesday morning.

[Published in a later edition]

Obituary --- Editor's note: The following was written by the deceased, Mrs. Cora Wagner, and found by members of the family following her death Tuesday morning. The last paragraph and poem were added by Rev. D. G. Berkebile.

Cora Viola Zumbrum, oldest daughter of Henry and Rachel Benson Zumbrum, was born on January 25, 1867, one mile east of Union City, Ind., on what at that time was the John Zumbrum farm.

At the age of three years I moved to Union City where I attended the West Side school but did not finish the eighth grade. I then began working to make my own way. I lived in or near Union City all my life with the exception of 18 months when I lived near Pennsville, Ind., with my maternal grandparents and uncle's family.

I was baptized into the Church of the Brethren by Elder Joseph Longnecker on February 25, 1886. I was married to Alonzo Hershal Wagner, son of Daniel and Catherine Baker Wagner. Four sons were born to this union.

I have tried to live a Christian life, but have made all too many failures. Hope the rest of you will always keep the Lord's work above all else. I don't know what any of us will have to go through with yet, but above all don't let Satan deprive you of your crown.

I was thrice annointed and received much benefit each time, both spiritually and physically. I was at one time healed of a very serious illness through the prayers of God's people. This might help some poor discouraged one to trust more fully in the Good Lord.
--- Cora Wagner

Sister Wagner passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 72 years, five months and two days. She leaves to mourn her going, her four sons, Earl, Guy, Ray and Alva; two sisters, Mrs. Oak Boyer, of Union City, and Mrs. Finley Bolen, of Anderson; one brother, Harvey Zumbrum, of Union City; nine grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

"Could we but see beyond the veil
That hides our loved ones from our sight,
How many doubts would be removed,
How much that's dark would then be light.

But mortal eyes can never pierce
The cloud that hides them from our view,
We only trust that God's free grace
Will guide us in the way that's true."

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 28, 1939

Heart attack is fatal to Darke County farmer.

A heart attack believed induced by overexertion caused the sudden death at four p. m. Monday of Preston Pence, 57 year old Washington township farmer.

Pence, who had been working in a corn field since early morning, collapsed in a barn where he was found by his wife. She hurriedly summoned medical aid but death occurred before a physician arrived.

The body has been removed to the Miller funeral home, Greenville, where services will be held at ten a. m. Thursday with the Rev. Frank Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Abbottsville cemetery.

Besides the wife, he leaves four children, three sons and one daughter; two sisters, Mrs. Sam Plumer, Greenville R. R., and Mrs. Walter Moore, Arcanum, and three brothers, Marshall Pence of near Greenville; Harvey Pence, who resides in Piqua, and Clifford Pence, of Phillipsburg.

The children are: William Pence and Mrs. Ed North, both of Greenville R. R., and Harold and Earl Pence, address unknown.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that he was born January 24, 1881 in Adams County, Ohio. His parents were Lewis Pence and Rachael DeCamp. His spouse was not given)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 28, 1939

Funeral Services for Mrs. Christina Banks

Funeral services for Mrs. Christina Banks, 85, wife of Henry John Banks, Greenville township farmer, whose death occurred at 2:40 p. m. Monday, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday afternoon at St. John's Lutheran church. The Rev. Katterhenrich will officiate. Burial is planned in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Banks' death occurred at her farm home, 1 1/2 miles east of Greenville on the old Versailles pike near St. John's church. She had been in poor health for fiue years.

Besides her husband, she leaves one brother, C. F. Kruckeberg, of near Baker's Store, and several nephews and nieces.

[Miller Funeral Home records state that she was born April 17, 1854 in Greenville Twp., Darke Co., OH, the daughter of Christ Kruckeberg. Her mother was not named.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 29, 1939

Monroe Twp. farmer killed instantly in train wreck.

Noah Ditmer, 56 year old Monroe township farmer, was instantly killed at 12:20 p. m. yesterday when his auto was struck by a west bound New York Central freight train at a rural crossing, 1 miles southeast of Arcanum on the Greenville-Dayton road.

Ditmer, who lived about three miles southeast of Arcanum, was said to have been enroute home at the time of the accident. The freight, a local, hurled his car several feet.

Death was due to a skull fracture and severe head lacerations, medical examiners stated.

Both the Darke county sheriff's office and Coroner L. N. Brumbaugh investigated the accident.

Ditmer, a life long resident of Darke county, is survived by a widow and two sons. The sons are Homer, of Verona, and Herbert, of Phillipsburg.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 29, 1939

Darke Co. farmer dies as result of pitchfork wound.

An intestinal infection resulting from a jagged wound sustained when he toppled from a haymow onto a pitchfork caused the sudden death at 2:30 a. m. Wednesday of Edward Brumbaugh, 62, of near Bradford.

Brumbaugh's death occurred at Wayne hospital, Greenville, where he had been removed yesterday for emergency surgical treatment. However, the operation was never performed.

The accident occurred last Thursday at Brumbaugh's farm home near the Harris Creek church in Newberry township, Miami county. He toppled backward from the haymow onto the fork and one of the prongs punctured an intestine.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. Friday at the Harris Creek church with two ministers, the Rev. Weaver and the Rev. Berkebile, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 30, 1939

Wreck fatal to Lynn funeral director. - Death claims R. C. Thomas. - Passes away at hospital of fractured skull and hemorrhages.

Russell Clyde Thomas, 60, Lynn funeral director, died at 9 o'clock last night at the Randolph county hospital of injuries received in an automobile accident one mile north of Arba yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. His attending physician stated he suffered a fractured skull and hemorrhages of the brain.

Mrs. John Southworth, also of Lynn, who was accompanying Thomas to the John Brown home near Arba, where the Thomas & Son funeral home was in charge of services for Icy Dora Brown, received minor injuries and after being given first aid treatment at the hospital was released.

The accident occurred as Thomas and Mrs. Southworth, riding in a Buick, were going south. J. L. Beatty of Hollansburg, Ohio, driving a DeSoto with a trailer loaded with corn was traveling west. Coming into the intersection, Beatty drove his machine, according to the county officers, into the rear end of Thomas's Buick, turning it around and upsetting it in the road.

Thomas was taken to the Winchester hospital by A. G. Hill, George Armstrong and Ronald Thorn. He was unconscious when admitted, they said.

Surviving are the widow, Leona; two sons, Leland and Paul, of Lynn; the father, John I. Thomas, of Lynn; one sister, Mrs. Helen Beetley, of Richmond; two brothers, Percy and J. C. Thomas, of Richmond; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be announced later.

(A later article stated the funeral services were to take place Sunday at 3 o'clock (CST) at the Lynn Friends church, Rev. Elvin Thornburg will officiate, assisted by Rev. Ira Johnson and Rev. Adam Flatter. Burial will be made in Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester.

Mr. Thomas was born in Randolph County, September 26, 1879 and went to Lynn in 1915. He was married to Miss Leona Hill of Winchester on February 16, 1899.

He was active in the funeral firms of Clark & Thomas at Lynn which later became the Thomas & Sons funeral home, and the Clark, Maynard and Thomas funeral home in Winchester, this firm now being the Clark & Maynard funeral home, since Harry Potter left several weeks ago.

Mr. Thomas was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge 223, I. O. O. F. lodge 234, Masonic lodge 113 and the Lynn Commercial club.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 30, 1939

Clarence Waltz Dies in Columbus.

Word was received in Union City yesterday of the death of Clarence Waltz at his home in Columbus, Ind. Relatives in Union City are a sister, Mrs. Hazel Prosser, West Hickory street and a daughter, Miss Gloria Joan Waltz, East Chestnut street.

Funeral services will be held at the deceased's home in Columbus at 2 p. m. Saturday.

Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, July 1, 1939

Rees funeral to be Sunday. - Aged resident of Redkey expires Thursday evening.

Mrs. Lillie Rees, 66, died at 11 o'clock Thursday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leonard Gantz, south of Redkey. Mrs. Rees had been ill for the past several weeks.

Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Leonard Gantz, south of Redkey, and two sisters, Mrs. W. O. Hoppes and Mrs. Laura Hammitt, both of Redkey.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Redkey United Brethren church with Rev. J. H. Nall, of Portland in charge, assisted by Rev. H. E. Fruth, of Redkey. Interment will be made in the Hopewell cemetery, north of Farmland. Mrs. Rees was prepared for burial at the Thornburg Funeral Home at Farmland and was taken to her own home, two and one-half miles southeast of Redkey Friday afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, July 1, 1939

Ray B. Wright funeral to be conducted Sunday afternoon.

Funeral services for Ray B. Wright, 49, principal of the Willard grade school in Winchester who died suddenly of a heart attack Thursday night, will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CDST) at the residence, two miles south of Winchester. Rev. G. M. Payne, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be made in Fountain Park cemetery.

The body was removed from the Clark and Maynard funeral home to the residence last night. Friends are invited to call.

Mr. Wright, for 29 years a teacher in Winchester and Randolph county schools, was seized with the heart attack about an hour after retiring.

Beginning his teaching career in 1909, he taught in the rural schools near Ridgeville until 1916 when he assumed the principalship of the Willard school, succeeding John Stine, now cashier of the Peoples Loan and Trust company of Winchester.

Mr. Wright was regarded highly as a teacher and was one of the most popular teachers in the city. In addition to his duties as principal, he taught mathematics and history in the sixth and seventy grades. Mr. Wright received his education at Earlham college, Indiana State Teachers at Terre Haute, the University of Wisconsin and received a bachelor of science degree from Ball State college in 1933.

He was prominently mentioned for the superintendency of Winchester city schools at the death of A. R. Williams about three years ago.

Mr. Wright was a member of the Indiana Teachers association, the National Education association and Masonic lodge.

Surviving are the widow, Alta, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Wright of Richmond; one son, Richard at home; one daughter, Mrs. Neal Inman of Millgrove; one brother, Leo of Indianapolis, and two sisters, Mrs. Basil Stegall and Mrs. Mae Rupe of Richmond.

Mr. Wright was born at Ridgeville. Until recently he had made his home on North Meridian street in Winchester. He had gained quite a reputation as an horticulturist and busied himself during the summer months vacation from his teaching duties trimming and caring for trees and shrubs in this vicinity.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, July 1, 1939

Personal Mention --- A message received in this city from Jeanne Gellispie at Phathdrum, Idaho, states that her father, Charles E. Gellispie, died. He was an agent for the Northern Pacific railroad, retiring because of ill health.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, July 5, 1939

Funeral Thursday for mother of 7, Mrs. L. Tegtmeyer.

Funeral services for Mrs. Larie Tegtmeyer, 55, wife of Henry Tegtmeyer, of Rossburg, O., R. R. 1, will be held at 2:30 p. m. (EST) Thursday at the St. Paul Lutheran church, three miles north of Brock, O.

Mrs. Tegtmeyer died early Sunday evening at the Wayne hospital, Greenville, O., after a lingering illness. The remains were removed to the Fisher funeral home, Ansonia, O.

Besides the husband, seven children survive.

(Fisher Oliver Funeral Home, Ansonia records state her name as Laria Almond Tegtmeir. She was born Nov. 10, 1883 in York Twp., Darke Co., OH. Her parents were Isaac Bertram and Sarah Smith. Her spouse was Henry Tegtmeier. Burial was in the Ansonia Cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, July 5, 1939

Harshman rites to be Thursday. - Miss. Myrtle T. Harshman, 41, died at Union City hospital.

Funeral services for Miss Myrtle Thetis Harshman, 41, who died suddenly Tuesday morning at the Union City hospital, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Lisbon church, north of Union City, Rev. Earl Lantz will officiate. Interment will be made in the Lisbon cemetery.

Death came to Miss Harshman as a result of a blood clot. She had undergone surgery approximately a week ago at the Union City hospital and apparently was recovering when her conditions became serious.

A former resident of Union City, Miss Harshman had been housekeeper for Hugh Brooks for the last six years at his home north of Union City. She was born in Jackson, Ind., township Oct. 25, 1897, the daughter of Wesley and Melinda (Johnson) Harshman. Her mother died leaving her at the tender age of eleven years. She then turned to her sister for advice and comfort. She leaves to mourn her lose, one sister, Mrs. Roy Strait of Union City, and one brother, Harry of Glendale, California, and one nephew, Stacey Harshman, besides many other relatives and friends. She was a member of the Union City Church of Christ.

The body will be returned from the Fraze funeral home today to the home of the deceased's sister, Mrs. Roy Strait, four and a half miles north of Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 6, 1939

John McNees passes away. - Aged Randolph County farmer dies; Funeral to be Friday.

John Luther McNees, 66, of near Farmland, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Orville Wolfe, near Winchester, Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock.

Surviving besides the widow, Mrs. Cora McNees, and a son, Lester, of near Farmland; one daughter, Mrs. Orville Wolfe, of near Winchester; one brother, Herman McNees, of near Farmland and two sisters, Mrs. Russell Driver, of near Farmland and Mrs. James Hunt, of Muncie. He was a member of the White River church.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 o'clock (CST) Friday afternoon from the Maxville church in charge of Rev. Zelma Mills, assisted by Rev. N. H. Thornburg. Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery. The body was returned from the Thornburg Funeral home of Farmland to the late home, north of Farmland, where friends are invited to call.

(A later obituary article states he was the son of Calvin and Sarah (Garrett) McNees and was born south of Farmland, Indiana on August 31, 1873. He attended the White River school near his home. On February 13, 1897 he was united in marriage to Mertie Medler. To this union three children were born: Gladys, who is now Mrs. Orville Wolfe, Julie Aneta who died April 23rd, 1906; a son, Calvin Joshua, also dying February 10th, 1906. On May 19th of the same year, death again entered the home, claiming his companion and numbering three deaths in the family in less than four months time, bringing much sorrow for him to overcome, which he bravely accomplished in his quiet way. On August 3rd, 1907, he was again united in marriage to Cora Kabel, his present bereaved widow. Two sons were born of this union, Lester, who survives him and Ruby Calvil, who died January 13th, 1922. Also surviving are three grandsons and four granddaughters.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Zelma Mills, assisted by Rev. N. B. Thornburg, on Friday, July 7th, 1939. After which the remains were laid to rest in the beautiful Woodlawn cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 6, 1939

Mother of Union City men dies; funeral services to be Friday.

One of Darke county's oldest residents, Catherine (Kate) Kester, 92, mother of Dr. C. D. Kester, Greenville osteopath, died at 2:10 a. m. Wednesday at her son's home, 743 Martin street, after a lingering illness.

The widow of the late Charles Kester, who for many years farmed in the Spring Hill vicinity south of Union City, Mrs. Kester had been bedfast for more than a year from the effects of injuries sustained in a fall. She was removed to her son's home, following the accident.

She was a native of Preble county, Ohio, but had spent most of her life in Darke county and for many years was an active member of the Carnahan Christian church, near Union City.

Two other sons, Frank, of Union City route 4, and George, of Union City; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren survive.

The remains have been removed to the Miller funeral home, Greenville, where services will be held at 2:30 p. m. (EST) Friday. Two ministers, Rev. Earl Lantz, Union City, and Rev. Frank Thomas, Greenville, will officiate. Burial will be at Palestine.

(Miller Funeral Home records states her name as Mary Catherine Kester. She was born March 26, 1847 in Preble Co., OH. Her parents were Isiah Klinger and Elizabeth Copp.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, July 7, 1939

Modoc Roller Mills manager dies enroute to Ball Hospital.

William E. Stock, 53, manager of the Modoc Roller Mills, died while being taken to Ball Memorial hospital at Muncie, late yesterday afternoon, death being caused presumably by a self-inflicted bullet wound in the temple.

Stock, still alive, was discovered on a pile of corn cobs in the engine room of the Modoc mill by ??? about 4 p. m. He was rushed to Muncie in the Reynard ambulance, but died just before arriving at the hospital.

The infliction was made by a .32 calibre revolver, the bullet going completely through his head, according to Sheriff Lester Mann, who conducted an investigation with Dr. Lowell W. Painter, county coroner.

Surviving are the widow, Euphemia; three children, Darrell Stock of Greenfield, Lois Stock and Mrs. Doris Jones, and one brother, Clarence, all of Modoc.

The body was taken to the Reynard funeral home at Modoc for burial preparation. No funeral arrangements had been made last night.

(A later article state that the funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) at the Modoc Methodist church. Rev. A. D. Scotten will officiate, assisted by Rev. Robert Garrell. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery at Modoc.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, July 8, 1939

Death claims Lennie McNees - Aged resident dies; funeral Sunday.

Mrs. Lennie McNees, 67, died Friday evening at 6 o'clock at the home of her brother, Harve Allen, five miles southwest of Ridgeville, following a lingering illness of two years. She was a member of the Winchester M. E. church.

Surviving are two brothers, Harve Alloen of near Ridgeville and F. O. Allen of Elgin, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. L. W. Tucker of Hollywood, Calif., and Mrs. Alta Johnson of near Winchester.

The body was removed to the Painter funeral home in Ridgeville for burial preparations and will be taken to the home of the sister, Mrs. Alta Johnson, southwest of Winchester, this evening. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock (CST) from the Buena Vista church. Interment will be made in the Buena Vista cemetery

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, July 8, 1939

James Creviston funeral to be held in Union City today.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. today at the Fraze Funeral home in Union City for James Creviston, 82, former resident of the Union City community who died suddenly shortly after midnight Thursday morning in the Delaware county infirmary. His death was sudden, following a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mr. Creiston was born in Darke county, Ohio, and received his education in the Old No. 1 school southwest of Union City. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Creviston. He was a retired carpenter and is survived by one brother, Bruce Creviston, Union City route 5.

The remains were removed to the Fraze Funeral home where they will be until the hour of the funeral, which will be officiated by Rev. H. A. Barth. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, July 8, 1939

Union City man mourns death of cousin.

Word has been received in Union City by Jack Wallace of the sudden death Tuesday of his cousin, Nicholas Wallace, at Lewiston, Idaho. Mr. Wallace left the Portland community about 32 years ago and has been in the west since that time, residing in Lewiston for the last several years. He has been connected with reforestation work.

The deceased was born February 12, 1880 in Jay county, the son of Dennis and Mary Jane (Keilty) Wallace, deceased, being 59 years, 4 months and 22 days of age at the time of his death.

Surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Kathryn Schlechty and Mike Wallace of south of Boundary; James Wallace of Noble township; Ella, wife of Uavey Bickel, of Portland; Mary Wallace, of Anderson; Anna, wife of John Canada, of Indianapolis; John Wallace of Madison township, and Margaret, wife of Ray Shoemaker, of Muncie. Two brothers are deceased.

The body was returned to the Williamson and Son Funeral home in Portland. Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the Portland Catholic church in charge of Rev. Fr. McAullisse. Interment will be made in the Union City Catholic cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, July 10, 1939

Barr rites to be Wednesday - Former Randolph County resident expires in Chicago hospital.

Chauncey E. Barr, 58, died at a Chicago hospital Saturday morning at 9 o'clock following an illness of four weeks. The body will arrive in Ridgeville at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday morning and will be taken to the Painter funeral home where it will remain until 1:00 when it will be removed to the home of a brother, William Barr, five miles south of Ridgeville. He is a former Randolph county resident.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) from the Deerfield M. E. Church in charge of Rev. George E. Addington. Interment will be made in the Ritenour cemetery at Deerfield.

Surviving are the widow, Julia; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Blackford of Philadelphia, Ind., and Ella Mae Barr of Hammond; two brothers, William and Everett of near Ridgeville; one sister Mrs. Leonard Williams of near Farmland and two grandchildren.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, July 10, 1939

Heart attack is fatal to W. H. Crombie. - Indianapolis man dies while visiting daughter in Union City.

William H. Crombie, 65, of Indianapolis, died suddenly at 10:30 a. M. Sunday, following a heart attack at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Schmidt, 926 North Howard street, Union City. Mr. Crombie arrived Saturday noon in Union City for a visit.

The deceased, although under a doctor's care for the past year, had not been considered seriously ill. He only recently returned from Hollywood, Calif., where he had been visiting his sons.

Children surviving, besides Mrs. Schmidt, include Mrs. Alma Richardson, of Indianapolis; Richard and Russel Crombie, of Hollywood, Calif. Among brothers and sisters surviving are Mrs. M. Ryder and Mrs. D. Crouch, of Indianapolis.

The body was removed to the Brooks Funeral home in Union City from where it will be removed to Indianapolis for funeral services and burial following the completion of arrangements today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, July 11, 1939

Automobile dealer commits suicide at his country home. - Herb Ralls, 43, dies at hospital in Winchester.

H. A. (Herb) Ralls, 43, for the past several years manager of the Hub Motor Sales Buick agency in Winchester, died at the Randolph County hospital yesterday morning about 8:30 o'clock, approximately an hour after he had shot himself in the head with a .22 calibre rifle at his country home, four miles east of Winchester on the Short street road.

No direct motive could be advanced by the family for the tragedy as Ralls has seemed in good spirits prior to the time he was discovered, still alive, by his wife in the garden west of their country home. After officers arrived Ralls was rushed to the hospital in the Clark and Maynard ambulance. He died within 45 minutes after being admitted.

Ralls borrowed the Remington single shot rifle from a neighbor, Martin Bousman, who resides the first home east of the Ralls home, sending one shot into his mouth, the bullet going through the roof of his mouth and coming out on the right side of his head above the ear.

Early yesterday morning Ralls went to the Bouseman home asking to borrow a rifle with which to shoot groundhogs. Having loaned the Winchester man the rifle on numerous previous occasions to shoot groundhogs and rats, Bouseman readily gave him the gun and commented after the body was found that Ralls seemed in good spirits, talking and joking with him as usual.

It was then about 5 a. m., Bouseman, on his way to work at the Chris Runkel home, west of the Ralls home, about an hour later was asked by Mrs. Ralls if he had seen her husband. Being informed that he had not seen Ralls since he borrowed his gun, Mrs. Ralls asked him to tell him, should he see him, to come in for breakfast.

About 45 minutes later Mrs. Ralls began a search for her husband and found him lying in the garden west of the house. She immediately notified Winchester police Chief P. G. Daly, officer Forest Haldeman and Sheriff Lester Mann answering the call. Drs. J. S. Robison and Lowell W. Painter, the latter being county coroner, were called as was the Clark and Maynard ambulance.

Ralls was lying on his back in the garden with the rifle resting between his body and right arm.

Surviving are the widow, Jean; two children, Jean Austin, 12, and Donald Jack, 5, at home; the mother, Mrs. Kate Ralls of Dayton, Ohio, and the following seven brothers and two sisters, all of Dayton: George, William, Ernest, Carson, Ralph, Samuel, Walter, Mrs. R. A. Claggett and Helen Ralls.

Private funeral services will be conducted at the Clark and Maynard funeral home, where the body will remain, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CDST). Burial will be made in Fountain Park cemetery.

At the request of the family, services will be private and there will be no flowers.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, July 12, 1939

Mrs. Della M. Bragg, 71, dies. - Well known resident of Redkey is victim of heart trouble.

Della Mae Bragg, well known resident of Redkey, ill for the past six months with heart trouble and complications, died Tuesday morning at 12:40 o'clock at the Randolph County hospital in Winchester where she had been taken Monday afternoon for treatment.

The deceased, past 71 years of age, was born November 28, 1867 in Randolph county, the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. William Sarff. On November 28, 1885, she was married to Austin Bragg, who died November 9, 1936.

Surviving are two sons, William of Redkey and Roy of Redkey; two daughters, Gertie, wife of Clem Sipe of Union City and Grace, wife of David Cromer of Dunkirk; one sister, Mrs. H. E. Stuckman of Harrison, Mich.; fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Five daughters are deceased.

The body was brought to the Williamson funeral home in Portland, and was taken to the home of Mrs. David Cromer at Dunkirk last night.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock (CST) from the Church of God in Dunkirk, with Rev. David Fisher, the pastor in charge. Burial will be made in the Saratoga cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 13, 1939

Death claims Sarah C. Baker. - Prominent Ridgeville woman passes away on Wednesday.

In failing health for two years and seriously ill of the past two months, Mrs. Sarah C. Baker, 55, died at her home on South George street in Ridgeville yesterday morning at 8:45 o'clock.

Wife of Fred W. Baker, she had been actively affiliated in newspaper work most of her life and was joint editor of the Randolph County News at Ridgeville from 1920 to 1937, when the publication was sold to Walter Thompson, present publisher.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CDST), place of the services to be announced later.

Mrs. Baker was born at Camden, Ind., May 9, 1884, one of four children born to William and Lenora Corns. Surviving are the mother, Mrs. Lenora Corns, of Delphi; one brother Harry D. Corns, of Indianapolis, and the husband, . One brother died in infancy, a sister a few years ago at Knightstown, and her father, about six years ago.

Mrs. Baker was prominent in county and state club circles. She was deputy of District 12 of the O. E. S. in 1932, a past president of the Randolph County Federation of Women's Clubs, for several years was president of the Randolph County Tuberculosis association, a district officer of the B. P. W. club and a past matron of the Ridgeville Eastern Star.

At the time of her death she was a member of Acadia chapter 239 O. E. S. of Ridgeville, the Winchester chapter of the B. P. W. , of which, she was a charter member. The Esther White Shrine of Jerusalem, of Muncie, the Randolph County Past Matrons association, an honorary member of the Past Matrons association of Muncie, the National Association of Press Women, and the following four Ridgeville clubs: New Idea, Zetetic, Enerpean and Sorrosis.

(A later article stated funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CDST) at the residence on South George street. Rev. W. O. Power will officiate, assisted by Rev. H. DeWese. Burial will be made in the Reitenour cemetery, two miles east of Ridgeville on state road 28, where a short prayer service will be held at the graveside Warren T. Middleton, Ridgeville funeral director, is in charge of arrangements.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, July 14, 1939

Cousin of Union City woman dies in Greenville.

Mrs. Holfacker, ??, died Wednesday evening at her late home at 605 Central avenue, Greenville, following a lingering illness from a complication of diseases.

The husband, three cousins, Mrs. Alice Thomas, Union City; Mrs. Rosa Crouch, Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Mary Scott of Greenwood, Iowa, are the only immediate survivors.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Stocker funeral home in Greenville at 2 p. m. Saturday with Rev. John Harriington officiating. Burial will be at Fort Jefferson cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, July 15, 1939

Gertrude Leeper Expires at Selma.

Gertrude R. Leeper, 69, widow of D. J. (Jeff) Leeper, died at 1:30 o'clock Thursday at her home in Selma after a long illness. She was born near Selma and lived in that vicinity most of her life.

She was a member of the Ladies' Aid society of the Selma U. B. church, a member of the Order of Eastern Star No. 329 of Parker, a charter member of the Selma Womens club, and a member of Pocahontas Lodge No. 96 of Selma.

Survivors are two sons, Paul of Cleveland and Noel R., and a daughter Mrs. Dorthea Holt of Lafayette, seven grandchildren and a brother, C. A. Shrack of Redkey.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, July 17, 1939

Death claims Albert Wright - dies at home of daughter; funeral to be Tuesday.

Albert Wright died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Phil McGarrell, south of Dunkirk, Sunday morning at 2 o'clock following a five weeks' illness.

The deceased was born in Blackford county, February 13, 1860, the son of William and Peggy (Barber) Wright, being 79 years, 5 months and 3 days of age at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his wife.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Phil McGarrell, at whose home he died, and Mrs. Martha Leisure, of Cadillac, Mich.; two sons, Hazelet Wright, of Pennville and Duard Wright, of Bridgeport, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Thena St. John, of Union City.

The body was removed to the Jones funeral home at Redkey for burial preparations and will remain there until the hour of the services which will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Jones funeral home. Interment will be made in the Mason cemetery at Pennville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, July 17, 1939

J. T. Kenney, Adams County native, dies.

Decatur, Ind., July 16 - John T. Kenney, 75, prominent Madison, Wisconsin attorney, died at his home Friday morning, according to word received by relatives here. Mr. Kenney was a former resident of Jefferson township, Adams county, and a brother of the late James Kenney.

The deceased was a pioneer resident of Adams county and prior to moving to Wisconsin, taught school in Jefferson township and in Mercer county, Ohio and for a time resided in Celina, where he practiced law.

He is survived by the widow and five children. A brother, P. E. KIenney, of Celina, also survives.

The Misses Helen, Agnes and Grace Kenney, nieces of the deceased went from here to attend the funeral services at Madison, Saturday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, July 18, 1939

Glenn O'Connor dies of injuries. - Winchester man expires at Muncie following accident Sunday.

Muncie, Ind., July 17. - Glenn O'Connor, 25, Muncie garage mechanic, was injured fatally Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving hit a bump in the road and went out of control near Darrtown, Ohio. O'Conner died in a Hamilton, Ohio hospital three hours later.

Mr. O'Conner was driving the motorcycle, owned by Thomas Reid, who was riding the rear seat, when the vehicle struck a bump in the road. Reid was thrown off and suffered only minor injuries, but O'Conner stayed with the vehicle and was pinned when it went into a ditch.

An employee of Morgan's Garage, 508 West Main street, O'Conner lived in Winchester and rode back and forth to his employment here. He left Muncie Saturday noon to visit relatives in Richmond and was to return to work Monday.

Surviving are the widow, Evelyn; the mother, Mrs. Mary Williams, Richmond; a brother, Robert O'Conner, and a sister, Mrs. Grace Seal. Funeral services will be conducted in Richmond Wednesday at 2 p. m. , by Rev. Irvin Stegall, and burial will be in Earlham cemetery, Richmond.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, July 18, 1939

Former Union City school teacher succumbs; to return remains.

Miss Ella Shover, resident of the Peabody home at North Manchester and former resident and school teacher in Union City, died at 8 p. m. Monday following a brief illness at the home. No immediate relatives survive.

Miss Shover was a member of the Union City Presbyterian church. The body will be returned to Union City where funeral services will be held and burial made in the Union City cemetery. The Morris funeral service will be in charge of the arrangements, which will be announced later.

(Wednesday, July 19. - Plans are changed for Shover rites; not to be returned. --- Funeral services for Miss Ella Shover, former resident in Union City, who died Monday evening at the Estelle Peabody Presbyterian home at North Manchester, will be held Thursday at 10 a. m. at the home. Burial will be made at North Manchester in the Peabody Home cemetery.

The deceased was a former Union City East Side and Versailles, O., school teacher. Later she operated a millinery store on Union street, the site of her place now being occupied by the new United States Post Office.

She was one of three graduates in the first high school class from the Union City, Ohio, school in 1884, and was later the first principal of that high school. She leaves no immediate relatives. She entered the Peabody home in 1935.

The change in burial place was made since there is no vacant place on the Shover burial lot in the Union City cemetery, and the rules of the home do not allow the purchase of one elsewhere than in the Peanbody cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, July 19, 1939

Rev Earl Lantz to Officiate at Services.

Word has been received in this community of the death Monday evening of David Marshall Wilcox, father of Mrs. Harry Creager. Mr. Wilcox died at the home of his daughter at Hampton, O., after an illness of nearly three months. He left his home in Palestine, O., to live with his daughter when he became ill.

Mrs. Creager is his only child. He was 77 years of age.

Rev. Earl Lantz, pastor of the New Lisbon church, will officiate at the funeral services, to be conducted Thursday at 1:30 p. m. (CST) at the Church of Christ in Palestine. He and Mrs. Lantz will sing.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 20, 1939

Union City relatives will attend funeral of former resident.

Following the death Tuesday of Mrs. Fletcher Porter, former Union City resident, at her home in Hillsdale, Mich., Miss Lydia Veit and Herman Veit, of Union City, left Wednesday for Hillsdale. Fred Veit and Miss Edith Veit, of this city will leave early today to attend the funeral services which will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. today in Hillsdale. Burial also will be made there. Those attending the services from Union City are the only surviving relatives. Mrs. Porter left Union City about 57 years ago.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 20, 1939

Infant daughter dies in hospital.

Wretha Naomi Hartzell, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. David Hartzell, died at the Randolph County hospital Wednesday morning. Besides the parents, the survivors include three grandparents, Cris Kauffman, of near Winchester, and Mr. and Mrs. George F. Hartzell, of Greenville, Ohio, and several uncles and aunts.

The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home, where it will remain until time for the graveside services which will be held at Praise Chapel, east of Pittsburgh, at 2:30 (CST), Thursday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 20, 1939

Death claims A. G. Michaels. - Farmer, injured in accident, dies at Randolph County hospital.

Portland, Indiana, July 19. --- Alonzo G. Michaels, 58, of near New Pittsburg, injured in a run-away accident near Deerfield last Friday, died at the Randolph County hospital tonight at 10:30 o'clock.

Mr. Michael, who is the father of Arthur Michael, teacher of the fifth grade at the Haynes school here, was found unconscious at the roadside two miles northeast of Deerfield after a team of horses he had been driving returned to the home of Clyde Alexander, the owner, for whom he had been working.

There were no witnesses to the accident but it is presumed the team became frightened and ran away, throwing Mr. Michael from the wagon and dragging him a long distance. At the hospital it was found he suffered a fracture of the jaw and a broken right leg below the knee. Several teeth were knocked out.

The deceased was born October 7, 1880 in Randolph County.

Surviving are the widow, Elizabeth; one son, Arthur of Portland; one brother, Charles Michaels, of Ridgeville. One daughter and two brothers are deceased.

The body was removed to the Williamson and Sons funeral home at Portland for burial preparations. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

(A later article stated the funeral services would be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) from the Praise Chapel church at New Pittsburgh, Rev. R. A. Walling, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery, east of Salem.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, July 21, 1939

William Shaw passes away. - Retired railroad conductor dies in Peru hospital.

William Shaw, 66, retired Wabash railroad conductor, died at 11:20 o'clock Thursday morning at the Wabash railroad hospital in Peru. He suffered a heart attack four weeks ago.

The deceased was born east of Ridge and spent his boyhood days in and around Randolph county. He was a member of the Peru Masonic lodge for a number of years and a member of the Christian church.

Surviving are the widow, Lula Bea Shaw; one daughter, Mary Show of Peru; one son, Rea Eugene Shaw, of Lafayette; one brother, J. O. Shaw, of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Mrs. Myra Kolp, of Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. M. H. Donnell, of Redkey, and the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Shaw, of Redkey.

Funeral services will be conducted at Peru Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, July 21, 1939

Two killed in head-on crash. - Portland man one of victims in accident near Walkerton.

Portland, Indiana, July 20. --- Two truck drivers, one a Portland youth, were instantly killed at 3 o'clock Thursday morning in a head-on collision of their machines on U. S. highway No. 6.

The Portland victim was Willard Willis Brown, 23, son of Mrs. Rebecca Derringer of 208 West McNeal street, for five years a driver for the Craig Trucking company of Albany. With him, and painfully but not seriously injured in the crash, was Robert Franklin of Pennville, owner of the truck which was leased to the Craig company.

Officials at Walkerton communicated with the Craig company of the tragedy and George Turner, a representative of the latter came here by automobile at 6:30 a. m. and notified Brown's mother and his step-father, Enos Derringer.

Young Brown spent weekends at his mother's home here. In his last visit he arrived Saturday afternoon and stayed until Sunday evening. On the fatal trip he left Albany Tuesday evening with Franklin, taking a load of general freight to Chicago and they were on their way home when he met death. Walkerton is 80 miles east of Chicago.

The other truck in the collision was in the service of the Ritz-Beedy Distributing company of Chicago and was bound for that city. The name of its dead driver was not learned here.

Upon being informed of the accident the Craig company sent Carl Gillum, an employee, to the scene to learn the details. The tractor in which Brown and Franklin were seated was demolished and the cargo trailer badly damaged. The Baird ambulance was sent from here for Brown's body.

In addition to his mother and step-father, young Brown is survived by two brothers, Francis of Newport, Mich., and Emory of East Votaw street and two sisters, Maud Emily and Christina Brown, at home. He was a half-brother to Ottie Lykins of Ridgeville, and Lester, Chester and Jack Derringer, at home and step-brother to Charles, Dale and Robert Derringer of Portland. Also surviving is his grandmother, Mrs. Emma Lykins of Portland.

After being brought here late Thursday evening the body will be prepared for burial and taken to the Derringer home this morning. Funeral services will be held in the Baird chapel at 3 p. m., daylight time, Saturday, with Rev. J. H. Nall officiating. Burial will be in Green Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, July 21, 1939

Former County resident dies. - Funeral services for Mrs. Clarkson Puckett to be Saturday.

Mrs. Minnie Puckett, 73, wife of S. Clarkson Pucket, died Thursday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Medford Staltz, at Connersville. The body will be removed to the home of another daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Pursley, at Farmland Friday.

Surviving besides the two daughters are three brothers, John Cheesaman of Winchester and Taylor Cheesaman and Edward Cheesaman, both of near Winchester, and one sister, Mrs. John R. Botkin of Farmland.

The deceased was at one time a resident of Farmland and Winchester. Her husband several years ago served two terms as Randolph county treasurer.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock (CST) from the home of a daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Pursley, of Farmland, in charge of Rev. Herbert Boase of Winchester. Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, July 22, 1939

Train kills Dunkirk man. - Elisha King walks in path of freight train Friday.

Dunkirk, Indiana, July 21. --- Elisha King, East Commerce street, Dunkirk, was instantly killed about 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, when he was hit by a train at the Pennsylvania railroad on the Main street crossing in Dunkirk.

Dr. E. C. Garber, Jay county coroner, investigated and said death was due to shock from the following injuries: fracture of the neck, crushed face, crushed right chest and shoulder, fractured right arm above the elbow, compound fracture of the right leg above the ankle and many small lacerations.

Mr. King is said to have been hard of hearing. According to reports, he had left the Ford home and walked up town, crossed the railroad tracks and stopped at Scoopy's place, a lunch room, located by the railroad. He bought a box of matches, left and went south across the railroad when hit. He was walking south of the east side of the street.

Witnesses were Frank Baumbaugh, Indianapolis, who is visiting at the Elmer Grothers home and was standing in the yard when he saw the man crossing the railroad track. Charles Luttropp, Green township, Randolph county, who was standing about 30 feet south of the track and saw King hit, and the crossing watchman, Oscar Coons, 548 Lincoln avenue, Dunkirk.

Coons came on duty at 2 o'clock, one-half hour before the fatal accident. Mr. Coons made the following statement regarding the accident:

"The old man was coming from the north and I passed him thinking he was going to wait and when I looked again he was on the track and it was too late.": He also stated he knew King had been hit as when he looked underneath the train he could not see him. The body was thrown about 15 feet to the east from where the body was struck. The train stopped within a short distance.

The train crew consisted of D. H. Stevenson, engineer; H. J. Harper, fireman; J. E. Warye, conductor; O. Schwartz and R. L. Sandage, brakemen. The freight train was No. 86 and was traveling about 45 miles per hour. Witnesses stated the train whistled.

King, who would have been 92 years of age in September, was born near Wabash and had made his home with his daughter, Mr. D. C. Ford, for the past 11 years. Mr. Ford is Dunkirk fire chief. He had been a farmer his entire life until about 20 years ago when he came to Dunkirk. He had farmed in the Oak Grove community in the western part of Jay county for many years. He was married to Barbara Ross, who died 11 years ago.

Surviving, besides the daughter with whom he made his home, are three sons, Nate King, of northeast of Dunkirk; George King of Como, and James King, of Portland; 16 grandchildren. He was the last of his family and was preceded in death by two sons, one of them being Cy King, of Portland, who died three years ago.

The deceased was a member of the Oak Grove Methodist church. The body was removed to the Jones mortuary in Dunkirk for burial preparations. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, July 22, 1939

Former Ansonia, O., Business Man Dead.

Charles W. Wolf, 67, former operator of a meat market at Ansonia, died at 8:45 a. m. Friday at Dayton, following a lingering illness

Wolf's remains have been removed to the Miller Funeral home, 124 West Fifth street, Greenville, where services will be conducted at 1:30 p. m. Sunday. Rev. Martin Wagner is to officiate. Burial will be made in the mausoleum at Ansonia cemetery.

[Miller Funeral Home records state that he was born May 20, 1872 at Dayton, OH, the son of John Wolf and Susan Winterhalter. His spouse was named Edith Wolf.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, July 24, 1939

Ed Waters, Muncie, expires Saturday.

Ed Waters, of Muncie and formerly a farmer in the Ridgeville community, died at his home in Muncie Saturday night at 9:30 o'clock of a heart attack. He had been ill for sometime.

Surviving are two sons, Jesse And Delma, of Muncie and two daughters, Mrs. Juanita Plimel and Mrs. Dorothy Simms also of Muncie.

Funeral services will conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (DST) from the Ridgeville Evangelical church.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, July 24, 1939

Father of Saratoga Woman Succumbs.

Hoy E. McVay, 55, died last Sunday evening at San Francisco, relatives have been informed. Before going to California, McVay was employed as electrical engineer at the Broderick plants in Muncie and Noblesville. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

For the past ten years he had owned a flower store in San Francisco. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Hale Harman, of Saratoga, a son, Lewis R. McVay of Muncie. Funeral services were held Tuesday in San Francisco.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, July 25, 1939

Erwin Green hangs self. - Tree surgeon commits suicide; funeral to be today.

Muncie, Ind., July 24. --- Erwin C. Green, 42, tree surgeon, committed suicide by hanging himself in a corncrib at the Gilbert Clock farm two miles east of the city yesterday morning. The body of Mr. Green, a veteran of the World war, was found by Mr. Clock as he glanced to the crib while on his way to feed cattle in a nearby woods about 9 o'clock.

The veteran's home was in nearby Rector addition. He had been in ill health and friends attributed his act in taking his own life to that circumstance. The body was removed to the Parson mortuary and was taken to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Green in Parker, where friends may call.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock (CST) tomorrow afternoon in the Parker Friends church. Burial will be in Sunderland cemetery near Daleville. Survivors are the widow, four children, Helen, Eva, Roween and Wilbur, and the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Green.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, July 25, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Mrs. Dale Ford expires in Detroit hospital; funeral Wednesday.

Portland, Indiana, July 24 --- Mrs. Dale Ford, wife of Earnest Ford, died Sunday evening in a Detroit hospital following a year's illness of heart trouble and complications.

The deceased was born in Jay county May 6, 1905, the daughter of George and Hattie (Curtner) Tawney, being 34 years, 2 months and 17 days of age at the time of her death.

Surviving are the husband, Ernest, of Detroit; one daughter, Harriet Louise, the father George Tawney, of Vincennes; two sisters, Mary Alice Tawney and Mrs. Beth Hartman of Vincennes.

The body will arrive in this city at 4 o'clock (CST) Tuesday afternoon on the Pennsylvania railroad and will be taken to the Williamson and Son funeral home where it will be until the hour of the services, which will be Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) from the Williamson chapel in charge of Rev. J. H. Nall, pastor of the Portland United Brethren church. Interment will be made at Saratoga.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, July 26, 1939

Death claims county native. - H. E. (El) Clevenger, 76, dies suddenly at home near Parker.

H. E. (El) Clevenger, 76, life-long resident of Randolph county and the Stoney Creek vicinity, died suddenly about noon yesterday at his home near Parker. Death was due to a heart attack.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs., Glen Krammer, of Columbus, Ohio; a son, Lee Clevenger, of Windsor; a brother, Ward Clevenger, of Albany, and two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Miller, of Albany, and Mrs. Tina J. Jones, of Indianapolis.

The body was taken to the Thornburg funeral home at Farmland for burial preparations. No funeral arrangements had been made last night.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 27, 1939

Death follows long illness. - Mrs. V. E. Hinkle dies at home; funeral Friday.

Mrs. V. E. Hinkle, 51, died at 3:30 p. m. Wednesday from a lingering illness originating from an attack of pneumonia in February at her home two miles northwest of the Lisbon church in Jackson township.

Mrs. Hinkle was born Mary Elizabeth Culy, daughter of Benjamin and Jane Culy, at Rockville, Ohio, where she started her schooling. Later she moved to near Deerfield, where she finished her schooling. She was united in marriage November 29, 1906, to V. E. Hinkle in Union City. She was a member of the Saratoga United Brethren church.

Surviving besides the husband, V. E. Hinkle, are the following children: Mrs. Gladys Mangas, south of Harrisville; Roger Hinkle, at home; Mrs. Pauline Shierling, of near Saratoga; Leah Hinkle, at home; Reva Mae Hinkle, at home, and four grandchildren. The following brothers and sisters survive: Mrs. Minnie Bousman, residing at the Hinkle home; Mrs. Ethel Warren, of Saratoga; George Culy, of Greensfork; Walter Culy, of Winchester, and Asa Culy, of Union City, and the following half-brother and two half-sisters: Russell Culy, of Muncie; Mrs. Vera Simmons, of Saratoga, and Mrs. Alvina Peters, of Lynn. Two brothers are deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1 p. m. (CST) at the Saratoga United Brethren church with Rev. D. R. Luck, assisted by George Culy, of Greensfork, officiating. Burial will be made in the Lisbon cemetery. The body will be returned to the residence this afternoon from the Brooks Funeral home in Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 27, 1939

Jay D. Cook passes away. - Restaurant proprietor dies at Selma Tuesday; Funeral Friday.

Following a long illness, Jay D. Cook, well known restaurant proprietor, died at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday at his home in Selma. Mr. Cook had been in the restaurant business in Selma for 18 years.

He was a member of the Methodist church at Salamonia (Jay County), a member of the Red Men's lodge, No. 234, in Selma; the I. O. O. F. lodge No. 179 in Selma; the Masonic lodge No. 630 in Parker, and of the Selma Conservation club.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Friday, at the Selma Methodist church with Rev. E. R. Schwartz in charge. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor cemetery.

Surviving are the widow, Ella; three sisters, Mrs. Grace Garringer, of Portland; Mrs. Ida Karcher, of Selma, and Mrs. Almeda Mullen, of Muncie; two brothers, Paul and Arnold Cook, both of Muncie and the mother, Mrs. Jennie Holman, of Selma.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 27, 1939

Word of Death.

Relatives in Union City received word yesterday of the death Tuesday of George Hicks at his home in Joliet, Idaho. Mrs. Carl Theis, of North Plum street, is a sister, and William Hicks, of near this city, is a brother of the deceased. Funeral services and burial will be at Joliet. Mr. Hicks visited in Union City for about one year; leaving slightly more than a year ago.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 27, 1939

Harley Auker passes away. - Heart trouble is fatal Wednesday; Funeral will be Friday.

Harley Auker, 56, of Winchester, died at the Randolph county infirmary Wednesday morning. Heart trouble, with which he had been suffering about a month, was given as cause of death.

Surviving are three daughters, Edna Mills of Redkey, Mrs. Helen Tomlinson of Farmland and Mrs. Pearl Jones of Muncie; and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Ullom of Ridgeville and Mrs. Frank Jones of Winchester.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning at 10 o'clock at the Middleton chapel in Ridgeville in charge of Rev. Zelma Mills. Interment will be made in the Ritenour cemetery. The body was removed to the Middleton funeral home for burial preparations and will lie there until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, July 27, 1939

Died --- Death occurred Wednesday, July 26 at Xenia, Ohio to Mrs. Hazel Hampshire, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Caron of Dayton, O., and niece of John Caron of this city. The funeral will be held in Dayton, Ohio, 617 West 4th street, at 8 a. m. Friday next. Mrs. Hampshire leaves seven children all grown.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, July 28, 1939

Death ends 5-year illness. - Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Cropper to be Saturday.

Mrs. Clara Alice Cropper, 72, widow of Nelson Cropper, died at 10 a. m. Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Teeter, one mile east of Union City on highway 47, following a serious illness of more than five years resulting from a broken hip.

The deceased was born in Winchester, Clara Alice Harman, daughter of Henry and Martha Harman. She attended the Winchester school and moved to the Union City community about 23 years ago.

Surviving besides the daughter, Mrs. William Teeter, at whose home she died, are one brother and one sister, Leo Harman, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Grace Summers, of Indianapolis, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Jehovah Witness organization, Saturday at 2 p. m. (CST), with Edward Nine officiating, at the Brooks Funeral home in Union City. Burial will be made in the Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester.

Friends may view the remains at the Brooks funeral home after noon today until the hour of the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, July 31, 1939

Fall is fatal to former Union City woman. - Services for Mrs. E. H. Michael in Union City today.

Mrs. E. H. Michael, 83, widow of a former Union City business man, died in the Union City hospital at 6 p. m. Saturday of injuries received in a fall in Union City on July 20. Since her husband's death in 1932, Mrs. Michael had been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Lamson, in Rennselaer. She was visiting in Union City when she fell down a basement stairway fracturing her leg below the hip and causing a brain concussion.

Born the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennerville Degler, Mrs. Catherine Michael spent most of her life in Union City where she was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Surviving besides the daughter, Mrs. Ernest Lamson, are one sister, Mrs. Hannah May, of Portland; one grandson, one granddaughter and one great grandson. A son was electrocuted while working at Redkey 27 years ago.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p. m. (CST) today in the Union City Presbyterian church with Rev. Forbes Robertson officiating. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery (beside her husband who died in 1932.) The body will remain at the Morris Funeral home in Union City where friends may call until the hour of the funeral.

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