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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, August 1, 1939

Samuel A. Beeler, well known Jay Co. resident, passes away [with photo]

Portland, Indiana, July 31. --- Samuel A. Beeler, well known retired farmer of Jay county and father of County Auditor Charles Beeler, died at his home two and one-half miles northeast of Portland this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. He had his limb amputated last December, but did not become seriously ill until 10 days ago, death being due to complications.

The deceased was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, May 1, 1859, the son of William and Margaret (Burcaw) Beeler, being 80 years and three months of age at the time of his death. At the age of four he moved to Jay county with his parents. He was united in marriage November 1, 1888 to Mathilda Gagle, who survives. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary October 30, 1938.

Surviving besides the widow are four children, Bertha, wife of Merle Scholer, east of Portland; Noah A. and Irvin L., both of Cambridge City, and Charles Beeler of Portland; one sister, Martha, wife of Isaac Sanft, of Rockford, Ohio, and nine grandchildren. One infant son, four brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

The body was removed to the Williamson and Sons funeral home for burial preparations and will be taken to the late home Tuesday. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 1:00 (CST) from the Pleasant Hill church in charge of the pastor, Rev. C. W. Walmer, assisted by Rev. Fred Young. Interment will be made in Green Mound cemetery at Ft. Recovery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, August 3, 1939

Creek Yields Youth's Body - Alfred Kelly, 18, of Bradford Meets Death by Drowning.

Greenville, O., Aug. 2 --- A police search for Albert Kelly, 18, of Bradford, who had disappeared from his home Monday afternoon, was tragically climaxed early Tuesday evening when his dead body was recovered from Greenville creek waters near the Three Bridges "swimming hole," three miles southeast of Bradford.

Abrasions on the youth's head indicated that he had probably been stunned when he slipped and fell on several rocks near the creek bank. A theory that he had injured himself by diving into the stream is disregarded by relatives, who state that the youth could not swim.

They believe that young Kelly , who was unemployed, had gone to the creek to just "wade and splash around."

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Kelly, did not become alarmed about his absence until Tuesday morning when they began questioning friends and relatives about his whereabouts.

No police search was instituted until a 11-year-old boy, James Etter, residing near where the body was found, reported to Marshal O'Roark, of Covington, that he had noticed a bundle of clothing along the creek banks.

The boy stated that he had first seen the clothes early Monday evening but thought that the owner was in swimming. When he saw the same articles in an identical spot yesterday afternoon he became alarmed and reported his findings to authorities.

The Covington marshal and the Bradford officers immediately visited the spot and after briefly dragging the creek recovered Kelly's body.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Bradford Brethren church followed by interment in the Harris Creek cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, August 5, 1939

William L. Rust dies at Dayton; funeral today.

Muncie, Ind., August 4. --- William L. Rust, 68, former well known resident of Muncie, died at 7:55 o'clock yesterday morning in a Dayton Hospital after an extended illness. He was a World war veteran and served overseas for seventeen months in the 34th Engineers of Company H. Mr. Rust was a member of Delaware Post No. 19 of the American Legion.

Mr. Rust had resided in Muncie for twenty-five years and had been employed by the Muncie Malleable. For the past ten years he had made his home at Edmore, Mich. Mr. Rust was a member of the Huntsville Methodist church.

Surviving are one son, Earl C. Rust of Muncie, and two daughters, Mrs. William Wolff of Delaware county and Mrs. Simpson G. Stowe of Selma.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Parson mortuary at 3 o'clock (DST) tomorrow afternoon, Rev. Zelma Mills of Randolph county and the American Legion in charge. Burial will be in the American Legion plot at Beech Grove cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 7, 1939

Russell Ruff dies following long illness. - Services today for former Union City business man.

Russell Ruff, 56, farmer, died Saturday at 8 a. m. at his residence two miles northwest of Union City following an illness of several months. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

The deceased came to Union City about 30 years ago from Lewisburg, O., and together with his father and brothers operated a meat business in the old Grimes shop on the South Side. He later retired to take up farming.

The Union City Elks lodge, of which he was a member, held a lodge of sorrow Sunday at 7:30 p. m. at the home.

Surviving are the widow, Grace; one son, James, of Union City; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Jones, of Richmond; four brothers, Robert, of Richmond; Joseph, Fred and Montall of Union City.

Funeral services will be conducted today at 2 p. m. at the residence, with Rev. H. A. Barth officiating. Burial will follow at the Union City cemetery. Friends may call at the residence until the hour of the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 7, 1939

H. H. Riggleman passes away. - Services Tuesday at residence for retired farmer.

Henry Harrison Riggleman, 79, retired farmer, of 216 Caroline street, Union City, O., died at the Union City hospital Sunday morning following an illness of several weeks.

The deceased had been a resident of Union City for the past 21 years.

Survivors include the widow, Mary; four sons, Charles, of College Corner, Ind.; John of Greenfork; Harry, of Williamsburg, and Samuel, of Piqua, O.; one daughter, Mrs. Fannie Long, of Union City; one step-daughter, Mrs. Mae King, and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the residence Tuesday at 2 p. m. (CST), with Rev. D. G. Berkebile officiating. Burial will be made at Rose Hill, O.

Friends may call to view the remains at the Brooks Funeral home in Union City until Tuesday morning, at which time the body will be returned to the residence, where friends may call until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 7, 1939

Former Winchester Osteopath expires in Iowa Saturday.

Dr. William L. Crain, 63, formerly of Winchester, osteopathic physician, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed F. Moorman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He had been ill for about a year and had been residing with his daughter since last September.

Before going to Cedar Rapids, Dr. Crain practiced in Richmond for a number of years. In an endeavor to regain his health he underwent an operation at the Mayo hospital, Rochester, Minn. last fall.

The survivors include two daughter, Mrs. Moorman and Miss Genevieve Crain, of Cedar Rapids, formerly a local resident; a grandson, Robert Moorman; three brothers, Dr. C. J. Crain of this city, Clyde of Moberly, Calif., and Guy of Los Angeles; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Bess Sambrough of Atlanta, Ga., now the guest of Dr. and Mrs. C. J. Crain, and Mrs. Pauline Hamlin of Los Angeles.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at Doan's funeral home in Richmond. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, August 9, 1939

F. J. Claypool dies Tuesday. - "Builder" of Muncie Fair and farm leader succumbs.

Muncie, Ind., Aug. 8. --- Seventy-two hours after the gates were closed on the 87th annual Muncie Fair, a man who devoted 52 years to making that institution one of the midwest's outstanding events, died at his home here.

He was Frank Jay Claypool, 79, one of Muncie's best known men, an official of the board that has managed the Muncie Fair since 1887, secretary-manager of the fair for 26 years and a member and former president of the Indiana State Board of Agriculture which promotes the Indiana State Fair.

Mr. Claypool, who died at his home, 624 East Adams street, resigned as secretary of the fail December 14, 1938, and was succeeded by Seward B. Price.

The funeral will be held at 4 p. m. Thursday at the Meeks mortuary with burial following in Beech Grove cemetery. The body will lie in state at the mortuary for one hour preceding the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 14, 1939

Pneumonia is fatal Sunday. - Irvin Hill expires; home on North State Line street.

Irvin Hill died Sunday night on North State Line street where he had been making his residence for the last several months. Death followed a two weeks' illness of Pneumonia.

The deceased was born July 16, 1877 in Hamilton county, Ohio, the son of George and Lucy (Kirgen) Hill.

Surviving are two children residing at Galion, Ohio.

The body will be removed from the Fraze funeral home to a former residence at 244 Harding Way, Galion, today where funeral services will be conducted Wednesday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 14, 1939

Brother of local men dies in Greenville.

John Riffle, 56, well known restaurant owner of Greenville, O., for several years and brother of Cleve and George Riffle, of Union City, died at his home in Greenville Saturday morning. He is survived by his widow, one sister and four brothers. Funeral services will be held at the residence this afternoon, with interment following in the Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 14, 1939

Union City native dies in Dayton. - Mrs. O. E. Colvin remains to be returned to Union City.

Mrs. Otto Evan Colvin, 43, formerly of Union City, died Saturday at her home in Dayton, O., following an extended illness.

Mrs. Colvin was born in Union City, Nelle Goodman, the daughter of George and Martha Goodman, where she attended the Union City West Side school and was a member of the Christian church. While working in Dayton she met and married Evan Colvin, of Chillicothe, O. She had been a resident of Dayton for the past 20 years. She frequently visited relatives and friends in Union City.

Surviving besides the husband, are the mother, Mrs. Martha Goodman, of Union City; four sisters, Mrs. Maybelle Perkins, of Newark, N. J.; Mrs. Maime Riddle, of Macon, Ga.; Mrs. Zella Makela, of Cincinnati, O., and Mrs. Betty Evans, of Union City; three brothers, J. E. Goodman, of Flint, Mich.; Ralph Goodman, of Oakland, Calif. and Virgil Goodman of Hawthorne, Calif.

Funeral services will be conducted in Dayton at 10 a. m. (EST) Tuesday. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery. The casket will be opened at the grave, after which a brief service will be conducted by Rev. Altman, pastor of a Dayton Methodist church. The funeral cortege is scheduled to arrive in Union City at 11:30 a. m. (CST)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, August 15, 1939

Ansonia woman dies at daughter's home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. (EST) today at the Fisher Funeral home in Ansonia for Mrs. Jennie Baughman Householder, 82, widow of the late Mose Householder, Ansonia. Mrs. Householder died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Vale Reid at Demopolis, Va. Rev. Hugh A. Smith will officiate, with burial to be made in the Mausoleum at the Ansonia cemetery.

Surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Mabel Baxter, also of Demopolis, Va. and Mrs. Valley Schutere, of Wichita, Kansas; one son, Victor, of Phoenix, Arizona; three brothers and a sister and six grandchildren.

(Fisher-Oliver Funeral Home, Ansonia, records gives the name as Mary Jane Householder, born Oct. 21, 1856 in Brown Twp., Darke Co., Ohio. Her parents were William Baughman and Katheryn Bertz, both born in Germany. Also, the record states that Demopolis is in the state of Alabama and not Virginia.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, August 16, 1939

Richardson rites are held Tuesday at Blountsville.

Samuel J. Richardson, 89, a resident of Blountsville, died Sunday at 12:20 a. m. in the Ball Memorial hospital, Muncie, after a short illness. He was a former resident of Stoney Creek township.

He leaves four sons, John F. Richardson, 1529 North E street, Richmond; Herbert, Mooreland; James, Windsor; and Jacob, Dayton, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Kizzie Downs, Chickasha, Okla.; and Mrs. Bessie Howell, Muncie; two brothers, Lincoln Richardson, Portland, and Sherman Richardson, Selma; a sister, Mrs. Lula Slacmum, Wilmington, Del. Mrs. William Walls and Mrs. Paul Johnson of Muncie are granddaughters. There are 16 granddaughters and seven great granddaughters.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Christian church, Blountsville, in charge of Rev. Walter Reece.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, August 16, 1939

Darke Co. Infirmary Inmate Hangs Self.

Greenville, O., Aug. 15. --- Charles Rall, 64, a Darke county infirmary resident, formerly of Gettysburg, hanged himself at 12:30 p.m. today in a barn adjoining the farm's main building, one mile south of this city. Despondency over failing health was said to have motivated his act. The dead body, which was found hanging from a doorway leading into a silo, was discovered by a fellow inmate.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, August 18, 1939

Fred Gunckel passes away. - Williamsburg resident dies at Richmond hospital.

Fred M. Gunckel, 61, of Williamsburg, died at 9:10 last night at the Reid Memorial hospital in Richmond, following an operation.

Surviving are the widow, Gennett; two sons, Ora and Julian, both of Williamsburg; two brothers, Thomas B. and Francis, both of Greens Fork, and one nephew, Glenn Gunckel, of near Lynn.

The body was removed to the Thomas funeral home in Lynn and prepared for burial. Funeral services will be completed today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, August 18, 1939

Rev. Max Shafer dies at home near Muncie yesterday.

Muncie, Ind., Aug. 17. --- Rev. W. Max Shafer, 78, one of Delaware county's best known men, died at 11:30 a. m. Thursday at his home north of Muncie on state road 3 after a short illness. Mr. Shafer served two terms as auditor of Delaware county.

Mr. Shafer was a lifelong resident of Delaware county, having been born on a Hamilton township farm in 1860. He was an ordained minister of the Christian church and for several years served as president of the Eastern Indiana conference of that congregation.

He was also active in the affairs of the Republican party and was a popular speaker at political meetings. He was elected county auditor in 1926 and was re-elected in 1930, each time carrying a heavy majority over his opponent. He retired from the office five years ago.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Kreps, at home, a son, M. Reed Shafer of Celina, Ohio, two grandchildren, Sarah and Stockton Shafer, and a brother, George Shafer of Muncie.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, August 19, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Mrs. Ida J. Mosier expires; funeral at Modoc Sunday.

Mrs. Ida J. Mosier, 64, wife of Huston L. Mosier, died at 8 o'clock last night following an illness of two and one-half years.

Surviving besides the husband are nine children, Mrs. Margaret Davis and Walter Mosier of New Castle, Herschel and Terry of Economy, Luther of Lynn, Charles of Windsor, Pearl, Ray and Gordon, at home, and one sister, Mrs. Jessie Taylor of Mooreland.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Modoc United Brethren church in charge of Rev. Denver Medaker. Interment will be made in Riverside cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, August 19, 1939

Samuel G. Bartell died in Evansville.

Samuel George Bartell, age 83, died at the home of his son, George, in Evansville, yesterday. Mr. Bartell is a former resident of Randolph county.

He leaves one son, George, and one brother, William Bartell, of Muncie.

The body will be returned to the Thornburg Funeral home at Farmland this afternoon where friends may call.

Graveside services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at the Maxville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 21, 1939

Union City veteran railroader dies suddenly. - Services to be Tuesday for Joseph E. Arnold; ticket agent.

Joseph E. Arnold, 61, Union City ticket agent for the Big Four and Pennsylvania railroad for the past 29 years died suddenly at noon Saturday following a heart attack at his residence, 229 North Walnut street, Union City. The attack occurred shortly after he had eaten a hearty meal. The deceased had been in ill health for several years.

Mr. Arnold had worked on special occasions in the ticket offices at Indianapolis and Dayton. He was a member of the Union City Methodist church and the Masonic lodge.

Surviving besides the widow, Myrtle, are the one daughter, Mrs. Ruth McManaman, of Chicago; two half-brothers, Jesse Arnold and Earl Arnold, of Indianapolis; three half-sister, Mrs. Myrtle Bannister, of Greensburg, Mrs. Hazel Todd, of Ida Grove, Iowa, and Mrs. Ethel Todd, of Spencer, Ia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. at the Union City Methodist church with Rev. Carl G. Adams officiating. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery. The body was returned to the residence Sunday afternoon from the Fraze Funeral home. Friends may call until the hour of the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 21, 1939

Long illness proves fatal.- Mrs. Romanta Hood dies at home in Lynn Sunday.

Mrs. Romanta Morrow Hood, 58, died at her home in Lynn Sunday morning at 3:30 o'clock, following a lingering illness.

Surviving are the husband, Albert; one daughter, Mrs. Bernice Stengall, of Lynn; one sister, Mrs. Florence Meeks, of Parker, and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) from the Chester M. E. church, in charge of Rev. K. E. Maynard, of Lynn, assisted by Rev. Ira Johnson. Interment will be made in the Goshen cemetery. Friends may call at the Thomas Funeral home in Lynn to view the remains until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 21, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Edith Mann expires at her home in Salem; funeral Tuesday.

Edith Mann died at her home in Salem Saturday night at 6:15 o'clock, death being due to arthritis and euremic poisoning. She had been bedfast since 1932 and seriously ill for the past three weeks.

The deceased was born in Randolph county March 21, 1882, the daughter of Johathan and Mary (Simmons) Sell, being 57 years, 4 months and 28 days of age at the time of her death. She was united in marriage March 24, 1900 to John Q. Mann, who survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Horace and Hugh Mann of Muncie; one sister, Bertha Alexander, of Minnesota and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter and two sisters.

The body was removed to the Williamson and Sons funeral home, Portland, for burial preparations and taken to the late home in Salem Sunday afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock (CST) from the Lisbon church in charge of Rev. J. H. Anderson. Interment will be made in the Lisbon cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, August 22, 1939

Long Illness proves fatal. - Robert C. Skinner dies at his home near Lynn Monday.

Robert C. Skinner, 79, passed away at his home near Lynn at 7 o'clock yesterday morning following a lingering illness.

He is survived by the widow, Jennie, two daughters, Mrs. Nora Best, of New Paris, Ohio, Mrs. Clara Pearson of Lynn, two sons, Bert and Earl, both of Lynn, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren and one brother, William Skinner of near Arba.

The body was taken to the Thomas funeral home in Lynn for burial preparations and will be returned to the home this morning where friends may call anytime after noon today.

Funeral services will be held at the Arba Friends church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) with Rev. L. R. Pendry, of the Lynn Nazarene church in charge. Burial will be in the Arba cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, August 22, 1939

Death claims Robt. Gilmore. - 13 year old boy dies at New Castle; funeral Wednesday.

Robert Eugene Gilmore, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gilmore of near Lynn, died at New Castle Sunday afternoon after a long illness.

Besides the parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mary and Gladys, two brothers, Harold, Jr. and Charles, all at home.

The body was removed to the Thomas funeral home in Lynn for burial preparations and is now returned to the family home where friends may call anytime.

Funeral services will be held from the Lynn friends church in charge of Rev. Elvin Thornburg, assisted by Rev. Ira Johnson. Burial will take place at the Palestine, Ohio, cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, August 23, 1939

Jackson Twp. native dies. - Funeral services to be held Thursday for Frank Devor.

Frank L. Devor, 76, well-known farmer of eight miles northwest of Union City, died Monday evening at the Union City hospital following extended ill health and two weeks of serious illness. He had lived his entire life in his home community.

He pursued farming as an occupation all of his life with the exception of a short time when he worked for the Warren Stores, Inc. He was born June 5, 1863 on a farm near North Salem, the son of Benjamin and Lavina Devor.

On January 1, 1890, he was married to Maggie Corle. To this union were born two children, one, Inez Glee, died when quite young, the other, Mrs. Kenneth Sink, survives and lives in Union City. He leaves one grandchild, Junior Fuller.

Surviving, besides the widow, Margaret, are one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Sink, of Union City; two sisters, Mrs. James McFadden and Mrs. (Mary) William Clough, both of near North Salem, Ind.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2:30 p. m. (CST) at the residence with burial following in the Salamonia cemetery. Rev. Frank Thomas, of Greenville, will officiate.

Friends may call to view the remains until 3:30 p. m. today at the Brooks Funeral home in Union City, after which time the body will be removed to the residence, where friends will be welcome until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, August 24, 1939

Injury fatal at Troy, Ohio. - Louisa Lindley, former resident of County, dies Wednesday.

Louisa Lucinda Lindley died Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the home of a son, Theodore Lindley, at Troy, Ohio, death being due to a fractured hip, suffered September 27, of last year at the home of a brother, Fred Cline, in Portland. She was removed to the Covington, Ohio hospital and later removed to the home of the son in Troy, where she died.

The deceased was born March 8, 1867, in Madison township, Jay county, the daughter of Alexander and Lucinda (Davis) Cline, being 72 years, 5 months and 15 days of age at the time of her death. In January, 1886, she was united in marriage to Demas A. Lindley, who preceded her in death on April 27, 1933. The family formerly resided in Union City.

Surviving are six children, Chauncy V. Lindley, of Baltimore, Md.; Theodore Lindley, of Troy, Ohio; Charles A. Lindley of Fairmont, W. Va.; Lester G. Lindley, of Petersburg, W. Va.; Hazel, wife of Rev. Cecil Leek, of Tallmadge, Ohio; and Esther, wife of Earl West, of Union City; three brothers, Fred Cline, of Portland; John Cline, of Troy, Ohio, and Joe Cline, of west of Salem; two sisters, Anna, wife of William Peden, of Salem, and Mrs. May Matchett, of Saratoga; three half-brothers, Hiram Pinney, of near Union City; William Cline, of Salem, and Francis Cline, of Muncie; 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Three daughters and two half-sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock (CST) from the Pleasant Hill church east of Salem on the Jay Randolph county line, in charge of Rev. John A. Watson, of Harrisville. Interment will be made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. The body was removed to the Williamson & Sons funeral home, Portland, for burial preparations and will be taken to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Earl West, North Plum street, Union City this afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, August 25, 1939

O. F. Huffman is found dead. - Wife finds husband in field yesterday; Funeral Sunday.

Omer Frank Huffman, 70, of Deerfield was found dead by his wife in a field, where he had gone to repair a fence, yesterday morning about 9:30 o'clock.

Surviving are the widow, Josephine and three sons, Clyde E., and Troy of Muncie and Russell of Redondo Beach, Calif.

The body was taken to the Middleton funeral home at Ridgeville for burial preparations and will be returned to the home this afternoon.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) at the Deerfield M. E. church in charge of Rev. Zelma Mills. Burial will be in Beech Grove cemetery at Muncie. The casket will be opened at the cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, August 26, 1939

Farm Woman killed four hurt in crash east of Union City. - Autos sideswiped in passing, upset in ditch.

A woman is dead and four persons are in the Greenville, O., hospital, one in a critical condition, as the result of a collision of automobiles on Ohio state highway 71 five miles east of Union City, near Coletown, at 10 o'clock CST last night.

Instantly killed in the crash was Mrs. Roy McClain, 52, of Rural Route 5, two miles east of Union City. Her son, Gerald, aged 20, suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries.

Not believed seriously injured, but kept at the hospital for X-ray examination are three Union City women--Mrs. Frank (Doc) Denniston, of Ward street, driver of one of the cars, and her two companions, Mrs. Pearl Kindell of Wall street and Mrs. Orville Elliott of Railroad street.

Roy McClain, husband of the dead woman and driver of the other machine, escaped injury.

The Union City women were enroute to Greenville to attend the Darke county fair on its closing night, and the McClains were driving in the opposite direction toward their home.

Sheriff Linn Browne and his deputy, Harry Neiswonger, who investigated the accident, said the cars sideswiped in passing and toppled over in a ditch on the same side of the road. An examination of the body of Mrs. McClain showed she died of a fractured skull.

Sheriff Browne said late tonight the cause of the accident had not been determined. The left side of each of the autos was badly smashed.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 28, 1939

Two-car wreck death toll 2 as son dies in Wayne hospital; joint funeral services today.

With the death of Gerald McClain, 20, in the Wayne hospital in Greenville, O., early Saturday morning, the death toll of the two car collision Friday night near Coletown, five miles southeast of Union City, mounted to two. Mrs. Roy McClain, Union City route 5, mother of the youth, was killed instantly in the crash.

Joint funeral services for the mother and son will be held at 1 p. m. (CST) today at the Turpen-McKnight Funeral home in Greenville, Rev. Frank Rover, of Nashville, will officiate. Burial will be made in the Ansonia cemetery.

The accident involved two cars driven by young McClain and Mrs. Frank Denniston, 25, of Union City and recently a resident of Ansonia The McClain car was headed toward Union City while the other machine was enroute to Greenville.

Mrs. McClain was almost decapitated, investigators state. The impact hurled her headlong through a side window and it is believed that she was struck by a spot-light on the Denniston car. She was dead when removed from the wreckage.

Her son was unconscious when admitted to Wayne hospital here and never rallied. His death was attributed to the effects of a skull fracture.

The father, Roy McClain, who was riding beside the driver, escaped with minor body bruises.

Mrs. Denniston and two occupants of her car, Mrs. Pearl Kindell, 48, and Mrs. Orville Elliott, 41, also of Union City, received painful but not serious lacerations. They were all removed to Wayne hospital. Attendants stated that the women suffered from shock but that none was in a critical condition.

Mrs. McClain, the former Adah Grooms, was a daughter of the late George Grooms. Besides her husband, she leaves another son, Dale, and a daughter, Mrs. Herman Millett, both of whom reside near the McClain home, two miles east of Union City.

Other immediate survivors include three grandchildren; an aged mother, Mrs. George Grooms, who resides in Charlotte, Mich.; one brother, Cary Grooms, of Frankfort, and three sisters, Mrs. Ora Cox and Mrs. Effie Fehsler, both of Charlotte, Mich., and Mrs. Eugene Hittle, of near Ansonia.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 28, 1939

Car crashes; Ansonian burns to death; companion escapes.

Charles Locke, 22, Ansonia, O. painter, was burned to death and John Scholley, 25, also of Ansonia, sustained serious injuries and burns when the Austin car in which they were riding, crashed into a telephone pole and immediately burst into flames about 12:30 a. m. (CST) Sunday.]

The accident occurred as the two youths were returning home from Greenville and had almost reached the south edge of Ansonia. Louis Brumbaugh, Darke county, O. coroner, stated that Locke was driving the machine and that Scholley was asleep when the car struck the pole. Locke was pinned inside the machine, but Scholley was able to extricate himself, after his legs were badly burned, but too late to be able to assist his companion. He was admitted to the Wayne hospital in Greenville, where his condition Sunday night was thought not to be serious. The body of Locke was terribly burned; death being caused by burns rather than injuries sustained in the wreck, it was stated. Investigators believe that Locke must have fallen asleep, allowing the machine to leave the road.

Immediate survivors of the deceased include the widow, Madge. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p. m. (EST) today at the Fisher Funeral home in Ansonia, with Rev. Dwight Burkham officiating. Burial will be made in the Ansonia cemetery.

(Fisher-Oliver Funeral home, Ansonia, records states he was born May 9, 1917. His parents were Fred Locke and Cathryn Milland. His spouse was formerly Madge Riffle.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 28, 1939

Three-year-old boy slips in front of tractor operated by father; dies in hospital.

Three-year-old John Mack Townsend, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Townsend, southeast of Farmland, died Saturday evening in the Randolph County hospital in Winchester, where he was rushed by his father, after being struck by a trailer-tractor, about 5:30 p. m.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, at the Buena Vista church in charge of Rev. Robert Garrett, of Modoc. Burial will be in the Buena Vista cemetery.

The accident occurred in front of the Townsend home on a country road, the child slipping in front of the trailer-tractor which was operated by his father.

The body was removed from the hospital to the Thornburg Funeral home at Farmland.

Survivors are the parents; one brother, Don Allen, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hitchcock, of near Farmland, and Mr. and Mrs. Neal Townsend, of Farmland.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, August 28, 1939

Retired Darke Co. farmer dies after extended illness.

Funeral services for George F. Reigel, 83, who died Friday afternoon at the home of a son, Chester, in Ansonia, were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Ansonia Methodist church. Burial was made in Teegarden cemetery.

Mr. Reigel, a retired farmer, has spent most of his life in Darke county, Ohio. His death followed an extended illness.

Surviving, besides the one son, are four sisters, Mrs. Lavina Foster and Mrs. Jennie Richardson, of Dayton; Mrs. Julia Donaldson, of Greenville, and Mrs. Catherine Pardee, of Toledo, and one brother, Henry Reigle, of Detroit, Mich.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, August 30, 1939

Sister of Union City man dies at home in Greenville Tues.

Relatives in the Union City community have received word of the death of Mrs. Jacob Young at 9 a. m. (EST) Tuesday at her home on Central avenue in Greenville. Death followed an extended illness.

Born at New Paris, O., Mrs. Young was a resident for many years of the community northeast of Union City. Surviving, besides the husband, Jacob, are one brother , Porter A. Daily, who makes his home at the Ernest Turner residence on North Columbia street, Union City; one son and two daughters.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the Miller Funeral home in Greenville.

(Miller Funeral Home records states her name as Clara J. Young. She was born May 17, 1861 in West Manchester, OH, the daughter of Benjamin Dailey and Margarett Malissa Marshall. The son was named as Jacob Dailey (Jr.), Columbus, OH. and the daughters, Mrs. R. W. Jenkins, Columbus, OH. and Mrs. C. E. Hetzler, Huntington, PA. She was buried in the Greenville Mausoleum.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, August 31, 1939

Former Union City pastor dies in Cal.

Word has been reached Union City of the death on August 11 of Rev. H. H. Haller, 72, following a lingering illness at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ray Wiser, of Gridley, Calif. Rev. Haller was pastor of the Union City United Brethren church at the turn of the century, serving the local charge for three or four years. Mrs. Haller died two years ago.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 1, 1939

C. M. Johnson passes away. - Electrical engineer dies in Farmland at the home of a sister.

Claude M. Johnson, 43, well-known electrical engineer, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lillian Howell, in Farmland, Wednesday, following an extended illness. The son of the late Rev. Daniel E. and Mellessa Johnson, of Losantville, he was graduated from Losantville high school and was employed for a number of years at the Broderick Roller works in Muncie.

The body was removed to the Thornburg funeral parlors in Farmland.

Mr. Johnson is survived by one son, Claude M. Johnson, Jr., of Muncie; one daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Farlow, of Anderson; three brothers, Ralph Johnson of Losantville; A. D. and Herbert Johnson, of Muncie, and four sisters, Mrs. Esther Petro and Mrs. Lena Frantz, of Muncie; Mrs. Rosa Thatcher, of Elwood, and Mrs. Lillian Howell, of Farmland.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Thornburg funeral home in Farmland in charge of Rev. N. H. Thornburg. Burial will take place in the Riverside cemetery near Modoc.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 2, 1939

Death claims Chloe Parkison. - Farmland woman dies; funeral services to be this afternoon.

Chloe Parkison, 49, died yesterday morning at her home in Farmland.

Surviving are the husband, Daniel; the father T. N. Metcalfe, of Farmland; two brothers, Eaines Metcalfe, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Robert Metcalfe, of San Diego, Cal.; and two sisters, Mrs. Asa Highley and Mrs. Albert Highley, both of Swayzee.

Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Farmland Friends church in charge of Rev. Charles E. Hiatt. The body will be taken to Scottsburg Sunday morning for burial by the Thornburg mortuary at Farmland.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 5, 1939

Death claims Marcus Dailey. - Aged resident of Ridgeville expires; rites to be Wednesday.

Marcus LaFayette Dailey, 71, died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Byrd, in Ridgeville, Monday morning.

Surviving are four children, Mrs. Albert Byrd, Clarence Dailey and Mrs. Amy Mosier, all of Ridgeville and Mrs. Raymond Brent, of Dayton, Ohio; one sister, Elizabeth Dans, of Muncie, and one brother Vernon Dailey, of Hot Springs, Ark.

The body was removed from the Middleton Funeral home at Ridgeville to the home this afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted from the Middleton chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) in charge of Rev. Power, pastor of the Ridgeville M. E. church. Interment will be made in the Riverside cemetery at Ridgeville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 5, 1939

Death claims George Zicht. - Funeral services today for Union City native.

George Zicht, 70, died Sunday at 5 a. m. at the home of his sister, Mrs. Anna O'Brien, 907 West Pearl street, Union City, following an illness of six months. He was a lifelong resident of Union City within three squares of his birthplace, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zicht.

Mr. Zicht was formerly employed by the Koontz Furniture factory, and for the past 15 years was an employee of the O'Brien greenhouse. He was a member of the Lutheran church and the Men's society.

Surviving are one son, Ray Zicht, greenhouse proprietor of Winchester; two daughters, Mrs. Don Silvers and Mrs. Nelson Hushour, of Union City; one grandson and one sister, Mrs. Anna O'Brien.

The body was removed Monday morning from the Brooks funeral home to the Zicht home on West Elm street where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. today, with Rev. H. A. Barth officiating. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 5, 1939

Mrs. J. P. Hoke passes away. - Long illness precedes death; funeral Wednesday.

Mrs. J. Preston Hoke, 81, died Sunday at 9:15 p. m. at her residence at 436 North Plum street, Union City, following a serious illness of several weeks. She had been in failing health for the past year.

She was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Trine, born in Butler county near Middletown, O. At the age of six years, she moved with her parents to their farm home near Lisbon. On September 2, 1880, she was united in marriage with J. Preston Hoke, who survives.

While a young girl, she joined the Church of Christ at Lisbon, and when she moved to Union City she became affiliated with the Union City Church of Christ.

Surviving besides the husband are one daughter, Mrs. C. L. Reeves; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Byrum, and a brother, Alfred Trine, all of Union City; six grandchildren, Mrs. Harold L. Christman, Mrs. A. J. Buckingham, Mrs. Clifford Smith, Charles L. Reeves, Jr., William Gilbert Reeves and J. Robert Reeves, and five great grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Brooks Funeral home for burial preparation, from where it will be returned to the residence this afternoon. Friends are asked to call between the hours of 4 and 8 p. m., today. Private funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Earl Lantz at the residence at 3 p. m. Wednesday. Burial will be made in the Lisbon cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 5, 1939

Merle Stroh passes away. - 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stroh dies Monday.

Merle Marion Stroh, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stroh, of New Pittsburg, died at the Randolph County hospital in Winchester, Monday morning at 6 o'clock.

Surviving are the parents; one brother, Donald, and one sister, Jacques, both at home, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Hall, of New Pittsburg.

The body will be returned to the residence from the Clark & Maynard Funeral home in Winchester this afternoon at 2 o'clock, from where private funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p. m., Rev H. G. Perry, of Salamonia, will officiate. Burial will be in the New Pittsburg cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 5, 1939

Woodbury funeral services held Monday at Union City residence.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence, 1004 West Oak street, Union City, Monday at 2 p. m. for Mrs. Anna Woodbury, 77, who died at 6:15 a. m. Saturday after several years of ill health.

The deceased was the widow of Harvey N. Woodbury, Union City contractor who lost his life in a factory accident 12 years ago. She formerly lived in Dayton, O., but spent most of her life in and near Union City. She was a member of the Union City Methodist church.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Della Austerman, of Union City; one son, Clarence O. Woodbury, artist, of New York City; one grandson, Clarence A. Austerman, of Piqua, O., and one great grandson, Raymond Eugene Austerman. Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. William Ilhardt, of Norwood, O., and a brother, George Snider, of Indianapolis.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Fraze funeral home. Rev. Earl Lantz officiated at the funeral services. Burial was made in the Union City cemetery.

Pallbearers included; Vernie, George, Mort and Robert Woodbury; Harry Ilhardt and P. C. Ochler.

(A later published obituary states that Anna Belle was born April 8, 1862 in California, Ohio, near Cincinnati. While still a young woman, her parents established their home in Dayton, Ohio. It was here that Anna Belle met and later married Harvey N. Woodbury in the year 1889. A little later this young couple came to South Salem, Ind., where they lived several years. Thirty five years ago, Mr. Woodbury built the late home where they lived the rest of their lives.

She was the mother of three children. The second child, a son, Charles Howard, dying in infancy. Mr. Woodbury died October 15, 1927. She was a member of the local Methodist church for may years.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 6, 1939

Don O. Smith dies following long illness. - Services for prominent Jackson, O., Twp. farmer Friday.

Death claimed Don O. Smith, 47, prominent Jackson, O., farmer residing just east of Union City, at 10 p. m. Tuesday in the Union City hospital following a serious illness of less than one week. He had been in failing health for a number of years.

Don O. Smith was the third in a family of five children born to William R. and Jennie Downing Smith while living in Wayne township, Randolph county, Indiana. He was born on November 11, 1891. He was married to Hazel Marie Gettinger on January 1, 1916. He was the father of one son, Edward Laverne and one daughter, Mabel Elizabeth, known to all as Betty. The young wife and mother passed away February 13, 1936.

Mr. Smith was admitted to the hospital Friday. He was a member of the South Salem church and had held public office in the township as well as serving in a civic capacity of several occasions.

Survivors include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Smith, residing southwest of Union City; two children, Betty and Edward, at home; three brothers, Elvin L. Smith, Claude J. Smith and Harry L. Smith, all of near Union City, and one sister, Mrs. (Thelma) Chester Stump, of near Saratoga.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. (CST) in the Union City Christian church. Burial will follow in the Union City cemetery.

The body was removed to the Fraze funeral home in Union City for burial preparation.

(A lengthy written obituary and account of the funeral services was published in the September 12th Times-Gazette.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 6, 1939

Former Union City man dies at Troy, O.; funeral is today.

Word has been received by relatives in Union City of the death Sunday of Omer Donovan, former resident of this city, at his home in Troy, O. The deceased is the father of Paul Donovan, of this city, who is associated with Gail Wasson in the management of the Standard laundry.

Funeral services will be conducted in Troy at 10 a. m. (EST) today.

Donovan left Union City 15 or 20 years ago. Relatives here include besides the son, four nephews and a niece, Clifford, Elmer, Harry and Joe Kaucher, and Mrs. Ira Anders. Clifford Kaucher left Tuesday for Troy, where he will attend the services today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 6, 1939

Second auto blaze victim succumbs.

An auto crash and ensuing blaze at Ansonia early Sunday morning, August 27, claimed a second victim Monday, when John Sholley, 22, of Ansonia, died at the Wayne hospital from the effects of Multiple body and facial burns.

Charles Locke, also of Ansonia, driver of the car at the time of the tragic accident, was burned to death in the wreckage.

Sholley leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Sholley, of Ansonia; a brother, William, Jr., and three sisters, Mrs. Helen Coppess and Mrs. Marie Derr, of Ansonia, and Mrs. Alice Shaw, of Versailles.

Funeral services will be held at the Fisher funeral home, Ansonia, at 2 p. m. Thursday, followed by burial in Ansonia cemetery.

(Fisher-Oliver Funeral Home, Ansonia, records gives the name as John Martin Shalley, born Jan. 14, 1917 in Ansonia, OH. His parents were William Shalley and Nettie Miller. He was single.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 6, 1939

Edward Jones, 66, dies at Greenville hospital yesterday.

Edward Jones, 66, died at the Wayne hospital in Greenville, O., Tuesday morning at 1 o'clock, following a major operation.

Surviving are the widow, Mary; one daughter, Norma Louise, at home; one adopted son, Kelley Dixon of Chelsea, Mass.; two brothers, Clarence Jones of near Glenn Karn, O., and Charles Jones of near Pleasantville, O.; one sister, Mrs. Emma Rhoades of near Covington, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted at the home south of Hollansburg, Ohio, Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock (CDST) with Rev. Ira Johnson in charge. Burial will be in the Palestine, Ohio, cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 8, 1939

Mrs. W. L. Pearce dies in Greenville.

Relatives in Union City have received word of the death Wednesday afternoon in the Wayne hospital in Greenville of Mrs. Ola M. Pearce, widow of Webster Lee Pearce, former Greenville insurance man.

Immediate survivors include five children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted at the residence in Greenville Saturday at 2 p. m.

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

Death Claims Eva Clark, 58. - Winchester Woman Dies After An Illness of Two Years.

An illness of two years proved fatal to Mrs. Eva Clark, 58, wife of Ernest M. Clark, Winchester funeral director, yesterday morning at 10:15 o'clock at her home, 248 East South street, in Winchester.

Surviving other than the husband, are one daughter, Georgia Gilbert, of Sturgis, Mich.; two grandchildren, Patricia and Bobby Gilbert; one brother, Charles Mann, of Richmond, and two sisters, Pearl Comer, of near Spartanburg and Imyl Clark, of Winchester.

Funeral servives will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock (CDST) at the Clark and Maynard funeral home in charge of Rev. Raymond Harris, pastor of the Main Street Church of Christ. Burial will be made in Fountain Park cemetery.

Mrs. Clark was a member of the Main Street Church of Christ and the Thimble club and prior to her illness was with her husband, a member of the Jiggs and Maggie club. She would have been 58 years old today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 11, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Mrs. Julia Daubenmire, 88, dies at home near Jackson, Ohio.

Mrs. Julia Daubenmire, 88, died at 1:00 this morning at her home at Hunchbarger corner near the Jackson, Ohio, school following a lingering illness.

The deceased was born in 1861 in the community in which she died. She was the last of a family of seven children, her maiden name being Julia Hoke. She was a charter member of the Waterhouse United Brethren church, attended the Thomas school and lived in that community for the past 24 years. She was united in marriage in 1882 to Emanuel Daubenmire, who survives.

Other survivors include one daughter, Mrs. (Cora) John Winn of near Jackson, Ohio; three sisters, Mary Weam of Sugar Grove, Ohio, Pena Stout of north of Union City and Mrs. Laura Fause of Winchester; three grandchildren, Vernon Winn, Hickory street, Union City; Mrs. John McKnight, of near Winchester, and Miss Norma Jean Winn, at home; and two great grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Brooks funeral home in Union City for burial preparations and will be taken to the late home this afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (EST) from the Waterhouse church in charge of Rev. Frank Royer of Greenville. Interment will be made in the Teegarden cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 12, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Mrs. Minnie M. Jetter dies at Otis Hospital in Celina.

Mrs. Minnie M. Jetter of Ft. Recovery died yesterday morning at Celina following an illness of three years. She had been seriously ill the past week.

The deceased was born in Jay county October 17, 1883, the daughter of Daniel and Melissa (Lindley) Atkinson, being 55 years, 10 months and 24 days of age at the time of her death. She was united in marriage April 2, 1902 to Charles Jetter, who survives. The family lived in Ft. Recovery for 13 years, going from there to Salamonia.

Others who survive include two children, Mrs. Luther Brumm of Ft. Recovery and Mrs. Kenneth Stump of near Ft. Recovery.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Salamonia M. E. church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock (EST). Interment will be made at Salamonia. The body was removed to the May funeral home at Ft. Recovery for burial preparations and taken to the late home last night.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 12, 1939

Receive word of brother's death.

Mrs. Clara Byrum, residing with her son, Ralph Byrum, at Bartonia, and Mrs. Wanda Barker, of Winchester, have received word of the death of their brother, W. J. Lowe, 47, at Beaver Dam, Wis. When a young man, Lowe lived in the Lisbon community. He had been gone for the last 25 years. The body will be removed to Chicago for funeral services Thursday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 13, 1939

Mrs. Wm. Funk passes away.- Funeral arrangements to be completed today.

Mrs. William H. Funk, 74, died Tuesday at 7 p. m. following a long illness at her residence at 510 Deerfield road, Union City. She was born in Darke county, Ohio, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Shephard, and spent all of her life there.

Surviving besides the husband, William, are the following children: Sam Funk of Union City; Mrs. Hannah Teegarden, of Redkey; Mrs. Edith Sites and Harry Kraft, of LaPorte; Mrs. Sarah Mumah, of Greenville; Mrs. Edgar Wesley, of Minneapolis, and Edward Kraft, of Marshall, Ill.

The body was removed to the Fraze Funeral home in Union City for burial preparations. Funeral arrangements will be completed today.

(The funeral services were conducted from the Fraze Funeral home on Thursday, September 14th conducted by Rev. L. G. Ludwick. Burial was made in the Snell cemetery near Hillgrove.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 14, 1939

Pennville man dies Wednesday. - Stephen W. Earehart dies at his home; rites are Friday.

Stephen Wesley Earehart, 80, died Wednesday morning at his home in Pennville.

The deceased was born March 6, 1859, the son of Samuel and Cynthia (Metzker) Earehart.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Jane Earehart; six children, Ira D. Earehart, Phineas Arthur Earehart and Perry James Earehart, all of Pennville; Harry Alfred Earehart, of Whitmire Lake, Mich.; Mrs. Dottie Blaine Rowland, of near Hartford City and Mrs. Julia May Woods, of Ridgeville; one sister Mrs. Anna Whitacre, of Pennville; one half-sister, Mrs. Leona Barger, of Pennville; 16 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Polhemus funeral home in Pennville for burial preparations and later returned to the home. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Pennville Friends church in charge of Rev. Lee Tyndall. Interment will be made in the Mason cemetery at Pennville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 15, 1939

Death claims aged woman. - Harriet E. DeVoss, 80, dies at home near Farmland.

Harriet E. DeVoss, 80, died at her home six miles northwest of Farmland, at 11:45 o'clock yesterday morning. She had been ill five weeks.

Surviving are the husband, David; one son, Leo, of near Farmland, and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Fairview Methodist church. Burial will be made in the Strong cemetery at Albany.

The body will be returned to the residence from the Thornburg funeral home at Farmland this morning.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 15, 1939

Death claims Carlos woman. - Mary Bell McAllister, 74, dies Wednesday after lingering illness.

Mary Bell McAllister, 74, died Wednesday at her home in Carlos following a long illness.

Surviving are three sons, Arthur Naylor of Parker, R. O. Naylor of Modoc and Fred McAllister of Carlos; three daughters, Bertha Carey of Spartanburg, Ola Kennedy of Richmond and Dora Durbin of Hagerstown; three sisters, Dema East of Selma, Flora Hangner of Parker and Hattie Perry of Parker. Eighteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held today at 10 a. m. (CST) at the Carlos Christian church, with Rev. Harvey Thornburg officiating. Burial will be in the Union cemetery near Windsor.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 15, 1939

Union City woman's father dies in Jay Co.; funeral today.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. today at the Mt. Zion Evangelical church, with Rev. C. W. Walmer in charge, for ?. W. Martin, 75, life long resident of Noble township, Jay county, who died Wednesday noon at his home following a year's illness. Burial will be made in the Mt. Zion cemetery.

Surviving are the children, Mrs. Minnie Hanoy, of Union City; Mrs. Mabel Reaver, Mrs. Hazel Hartzell and Mrs. Ethel Flory, all of near Portland; Ward, at home, and Flory, of Toledo, O.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 15, 1939

W. O. Conarroe passes away. - Well known retired farmer ill 5 months at his Economy home.

William O. Conarroe, 70, well know retired farmer, died yesterday afternoon at his home in Economy, after 5 months illness.

He is survived by the widow, Nennie, and one sister, Mrs. Delma Luther, of Modoc.

The body was taken to the Reynard funeral home in Modoc and will be returned to the family home this afternoon where friends may call.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

( Funeral services were conducted Saturday, 2 p. m. (CST) at the Economy Methodist church, in charge of Rev. Elmer Jordan. Interment in the Economy cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 15, 1939

Died --- The funeral of Mrs. D. A. Sneary was held at the local church [Woodington] of which she was a member on last Wednesday morning and was quite well attended. The funeral discoarse was preached by Rev. Edith Quintner. Mrs. Sneary had been ill for some time and passed away early on Labor day morning. She leaves to mourn her departure a loving husband, one son, Leonard; one daughter, Mrs. Iola Rue, both of New Weston vicinity; one grandson, several brothers and sisters and a host of other relatives and friends. Burial was made in the Greenville cemetery.

[Fisher-Oliver Funeral Home records, Ansonia, OH, gives her name as Dora Alice. She died Sept. 4, 1939 and was born Oct. 8, 1877, in Allen Twp., Darke Co., OH, the daughter of McKendric Sebring and Margaret Kimmel. Her spouse was Allen Sneary. She was buried on Sept. 6th.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 16, 1939

Former Washington Township native dies in Greenville.

Brownlow Rogers, 72, a retired farmer, died at Wayne hospital in Greenville, at 6:30 p. m. Thursday, following a lingering illness. Before moving to Greenville several years ago, the deceased resided in Washington township, southeast of Union City.

Among his immediate survivors is a twin sister, Jemina Rogers, who lives in Greenville.

Rogers was born Oct. 28, 1866, and reared in Washington township and had been a member of the Coletown Christian church for many years. His father was the late Phillip Roger and mother Mary Cox; both also born in Washington Twp. He was single..

He leaves one other sister, Mrs. John House, of Union City rural route.

Funeral services are to be conducted from the Coletown church at 1:30 p. m (EST), Sunday, with Rev. Earl Lantz, Union City, officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. W. E. Souders, Coletown. Burial will be in Manuel cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Greenville in charge of arrangements.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 18, 1939

Fouse rites today at 2. - Leander Fouse, age 81, died at his home near Harrisville.

Leander Fouse, 81, of near Harrisville, died at his home Saturday morning. Survivors include three sons, Frank of Winchester, Elmer of Huntington and Robert of Clements Falls, Ore.; three daughters, Leola of Winchester, Mrs. Eva Falls and Mrs. Mary Pettyjohn, both of Detroit, Mich.; one brother, Sylvester of near Winchester, and one sister, Cora Fouse of near Harrisville.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Fraze funeral home in Winchester today at 2 p. m. (CDST), with Rev. John Watson of Harrisville in charge. Interment will be at Fountain Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 19, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Robert Morgan expires at home east of Lynn Monday.

Robert R. Morgan, 53, died at his home east of Lynn Monday evening at 2 o'clock following a lingering illness.

Surviving are a daughter, Edith Francis, at home; five brothers, Charles of Dunkirk, Norman of Richmond, Will and Ed of Arba and Glen of Lynn; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Horner, of Lynn, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) from the Spartanburg M. E. church. Interment will be made in the Spartanburg cemetery. Friends may call at the home after 6 p. m. this evening. The Thomas funeral home of Lynn is in charge of arrangements.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 22, 1939

Death claims Geo. Kreider. - Prominent Darke County farmer dies of heart attack.

George W. Kreider, 55, died at his home, one mile southeast of Union City, in Jackson township, Ohio, at 8:15 o'clock last night, following a series of heart attacks beginning 10 days ago.

The deceased was born in Jackson township, Ohio, the son of Oscar and Sarah Kreider and was educated in the Jackson township, Indiana schools. However, he spent most of his life as a prominent Darke county, Ohio, farmer. He was a trustee of the Union City United Brethren church.

Surviving are the widow; the mother, Sarah Kreider, of Union City; one daughter, Mrs. Clyde Wise, who resides at home; two brothers, Ray Kreider, of Union City and James Kreider, of north of Union City and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Burton, of Union City and Mrs. Chester Washler, of near Lisbon.

The body was removed to the Brooks funeral home in Union City for burial preparations. Funeral arrangements will be completed today.

(Funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. at the Union City United Brethren church. Rev. L. G. Ludwick, assisted by Rev. Ira Clark, was in charge. Burial was made in the Lisbon cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 22, 1939

Mother of two dies in Lightsville home.

Mrs. Edna Hetzler, 28, wife of Verl Hetzler, of Lightsville, died at 3 a. m. Thursday at her home in the Darke county village after a six month's illness from pernicious anemia.

Besides the husband, two young children Marjorie Lou and Ronald, survive. The later is only a year old.

Other relatives include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Schlamb, also of Lightsville; and three sisters, Mrs. Irvin Cline and Mrs. Leroy Carnahan, both of Greenville, and Miss Treva Schlamb, at home.

Funeral services will be held at the Lightsville M. E. church at 1 p. m. (CST) Saturday with Rev. Noble Schlechty, of Rossburg, officiating. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 25, 1939

C. W. McLaughlin is dead at 75. - Well known lawyer was long prominent in Portland.

Portland, Indiana, September 14 --- A familiar figure in the life of Portland was removed Saturday morning with the passing of Attorney Charles W. McLaughlin, 75, for years prominent in public affairs of the city and county.

Mr. McLaughlin died at 3:20 p. m. at his residence at the corner of Phesant and Votaw streets. He had been in failing health for more than a year and in a serious condition since he suffered a general breakdown two weeks ago.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Monday at the Baird chapel, in charge of Rev. E. J. Wickersham, pastor of the Methodist church, of which, Mr. McLaughlin was a member, and a eulogy will be given by James R. Fleming of Fort Wayne, formerly of Portland and now United States attorney for the Northern district of Indiana. Burial will be in Green Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 25, 1939

Wm. Wagner passes away. - Prominent Darke County contractor dies of heart attack.

William Wagner, prominent contractor of Darke county, Ohio, died Sunday morning at 5:10 o'clock at his home at 903 East Main street, Greenville, Ohio, following a heart attack at 2 a. m.

The deceased was born in Darke county, Ohio, December 18, 1879, the son of Joel and Eliza (Reigel) Wagner, being 59 years, 9 months and 6 days of age at the time of his death. He was united in marriage March 31, 1930 to Imo E. Croye, who survives.

Other survivors are a son, William Edward, Jr., 3, and one brother, Albert Wagner, of near Ansonia, Ohio. One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

The body was removed to the Williamson & Sons funeral home in Portland for burial preparations and taken to the late home Sunday afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock (EST) from the Teagarden church, east of Union City, by Rev. Noble Schlechty, pastor.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 25, 1939

Man, 72, is killed by hit-run driver. - Hatless motorist in roadster object of intensive search. Siggle Denton victim of accident as he takes afternoon walk on country road east of Farmland Sunday afternoon.

A hit and run driver was the object of a widespread search last night and this morning, following the death of Siggle Denton, 72, near Farmland, Sunday afternoon.

County, city and state officers combined forces to track down the driver, but had only meager description on which to work.

Denton, who lived with his brother, Elmer about a mile and three-fourths east of Farmland on what is known as the North Farmland Pike, the Jackson street road and the "back road to Winchester," die at 4:30 o'clock as he was being taken from the Thornburg ambulance into the Randolph county hospital in Winchester. Death was due to shock, Dr. Lowell W. Painter, county coroner, said. Injuries consisted of a broken left leg just above the ankle, small lacerations of the right temple, abrasions of the face, right shoulder and left elbow.

Death of Mr. Denton was the third automobile fatality in Randolph county this year.

The accident occurred as the elderly man was taking his usual afternoon walk. He was struck off the burm of the road, investigation showed, as he was walking east on the north side just a few rods from the home of his brother.

The hit-run car was going west, it was said.

Lying in the yard, Denton's brother heard the impact (although he did not see it) and rushing to the scene found the deceased near death.

Best description of the hit-run driver was given by B. G. Warren of Wilkinson, who was in that vicinity looking at a farm. Warren was going east, he told Winchester Officer Ev Arrick, the west bound car nearly striking him about one-fourth mile from the accident.

The Wilkinson man described the car as a roadster, possible Ford or Chevrolet with the top down or having no top. The driver was hatless and held his face down when the cars met.

Knowing nothing of the accident, Warren continued on but on his return a short time later, attracted by a crowd near where Mr. Denton had been hit, stopped and told what he knew. It was an old roadster, he said, but as the paint was faded he could not tell what color it was.

Another description was that the car was a Ford or Chevrolet with yellow wire wheels, occupied only by the driver.

Mr. Denton is survived by his wife, Emma, of Thorofare, N. J.; one sister, Mrs. Bert Ingle of near Farmland; and three brothers, Elmer and Herman Denton of near Farmland and Herbert Denton of Detroit, Mich.

The body was returned to the Thornburg funeral home at Farmland. Funeral arrangements were not completed last night, pending word from Mrs. Denton in New Jersey.

Description of the hit-run car was placed on the state police radio hookup. Officers participation in last night's search were Sheriff Lester Mann, Deputy Sheriff Kora E. Davis, State Officer Merrill Wann and Winchester Officer Forrest Holdeman.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 26, 1939

Stocker rites will be today. - Aged Darke County woman expires Sunday after lingering illness.

Greenville, O., Sept. 25. --- Funeral services for Mrs. Catharine E. Stocker, 70, wife of William Stocker, residing one-fourth mile north of Pikeville, whose death occurred Sunday, are to be held at two p. m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran church here. Rev. C. C. Wessel will officiate. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

Death followed a lingering illness from a complication of diseases. The deceased was a native of Montgomery county.

Besides the husband, she leave five children, two sons and three daughters. They are: Chalmer, of Sidney, and Mrs. Lucile Cooper, Mrs. Wima Burns and Shirley and Loraine Stocker, all of Dayton.

There are also two grandchildren; four brothers, William Jount, Portland, Ind.; Charles Yount, Muncie, Ind.; Walter Yount, Dayton, and Ohmer Yount, Pleasant Hill, and three sisters, Mrs. Anna Martin and Emma Yount, both of Greenville and Mrs. Lulu Bicker, Piqua.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 27, 1939

Short illness proves fatal. - Walter Keith Strickler, 9, dies; funeral is Thursday.

Walter Keith Strickler, 9, only son of Rev. and Mrs. Walter Strickler of Mt. Pleasant died at Ball Memorial hospital in Muncie at 12:10 o'clock Tuesday afternoon following a two weeks' illness.

Survivors other that the parents are eight sister, Mrs. Willard Rankin and Mrs. Robert Ford of Muncie, Mrs. Eugene Tiner of Parker, Violet, Marjorie, Marcella, Made and Phyllis at home.

The body was removed to the Reynard funeral home at Modoc and will be returned to the home this afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted at the Mt. Pleasant U. B. church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Oren Fuller of Mooreland. No decision has been made as to the interment.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 27, 1939

Former county resident dies. - Ethel Weesner, 57, expires at her home in Muncie.

Ethel Vera Weesner, 57, died at her home at Muncie, Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock of complications following a several months' illness.

The deceased was born July 7, 1882, in Randolph county, the daughter of Henry and Susan (Hammond) Druly, and was united in marriage June 2, 1917, to Delmar Weesner, who survives. She formerly resided in Pike township, Jay county, moving to Muncie two years ago.

Surviving, besides the husband, are two sons, Francis Wilson of Portland, and Harry Wilson, of Long Beach, Cal.; one brother, Jess Druly, of Pontiac, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Genevieve Clark, of Pike township, Jay county, and two grandchildren.

The body will remain at the Baird funeral home, Portland, where friends are invited to call.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Baird chapel in charge of Rev. Lee Tyndall. Interment will be made in the Lower Salamonia cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 27, 1939

Death claims Luther Coates. - Aged county resident dies last night; rites Thursday.

Luther E. Coates, 78, died at his home four and one-half miles northeast of Winchester at 8 o'clock last night following a stroke of paralysis.

Surviving are the widow, Malissa; one son, Rev. Carlos Coates, of Sheridan; three daughters, Mrs. Frank Weyrick, Mrs. Peter Fields and Mrs. Willard Addington, all of Randolph county; four brothers; one sister; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Clark and Maynard funeral home in Winchester for burial preparations and will be returned to the late residence this afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the White River Friends church. Interment will be made in the White River cemetery.

Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 28, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Mrs. Martha Chenoweth expires at home at Losantville.

Mrs. Martha Gaines Chenoweth, 60, died at her home in Losantville Wednesday, at 4:15 a. m., after an illness of several months. She had been employed as a primary teacher, and would have resumed the same position this year if she had not been ill.

Mrs. Chenoweth was the widow of John Chenoweth, and is survived by her mother, Mrs. Zerelda Gaines, one sister, Mrs. Gail (Florence) Moore of Muncie, and one brother, Francis L. Gaines of Huntsville. She was a member of the Losantville Methodist church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. (CST) Friday, at the Losantville Methodist church, with Rev. Blythe Whiley of Sweetsers in charge. Burial will be in the Riverside cemetery at Losantville. The body was taken to the Reynard funeral home in Modoc for burial preparation, and will be returned to the home this morning.

Mrs. Chenoweth had taught in the schools of Randolph county for 24 years, mostly engaging in primary work.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 28, 1939

Retired minister dies at Economy; funeral Thursday.

Economy, Ind., Sept. 27 --- Rev. Elmer Jordan, 72 year old retired Methodist minister, died early Tuesday morning after a long illness at his home in this community.

He was born near Economy on April 14, 1868, and lived here until he was 20 years old, when he moved to Davies county. Four years later, he entered the Methodist ministry and served several charges in Southern Indiana.

Because of the illness of his wife he asked to be and was transferred to Sheridan, Wyo., where he was pastor for about four years. Rev. Jordan also served at Cheyenne, Wyo., and in 1933 retired and came back to his childhood home near Economy.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the local Methodist church, with interment following at the church cemetery.

Surveyors are the widow, Ida Lamb Jordan; one son, John, residing in California, and a sister, living in New Jersey.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 28, 1939

Former Union City woman dies in Dayton, O.

Word has been received by Mrs. Jesse Anders, of this city, that her sister, Mrs. O. C. (Orell Curtis) Reck, of Dayton, died Tuesday between 11:30 p. m. and midnight at her home in that city. Mrs. Reck was a resident of Union City before moving to Dayton.

Surviving, besides her husband, are six sons, Elsworth, Doyle, Virgil, Harold, Bud and Guy; four daughters, Doris, Dorotha, Juanita and Delilah; one brother Charles of Dayton, and four sisters, Mrs. Lulu Keller, of Benton Harbor, Mich.; Mrs. Don Geesy, of near Union City; Mrs. Walter Landis, Dayton, and Mrs. Jesse Anders. She was (Bonnie Belle) the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. N. (George Newton) Miller of Union City, deceased. Funeral services will be conducted in Dayton, Friday afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 29, 1939

Death claims Jemima Smith. - Aged County resident dies at her home in Parker Thursday.

Jemima E. Smith, 86, died at her home in Parker at noon Thursday. She had been ill for five weeks.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Della West of Parker, who lived with the deceased, and Mrs. Louanna Rinard and Mrs. Orpha Denton, both of Muncie.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Union church, south of Parker, in charge of Rev. Claude Lykins, pastor. Interment will be made in the adjoining cemetery. The body will be removed from the Thornburg funeral home at Parker to the home this noon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 29, 1939

Mrs. Rose Bolinger dies; ill 5 days; funeral is today.

Muncie, Ind., Sept. 28. --- Mrs. Rose Bolinger, 69, of 648 North Jefferson street, died at 1:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Ball hospital, after a five days' illness. Mrs. Bolinger came to Muncie twelve years ago, and was a member of the High street Methodist church and the Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Newell J. Ward, Mrs. Eunice Brown, Mrs. Mildred Daugherty and Mrs. Fleety Addington, all of Muncie; two sons, Neal, of Ridgeville, and Wilbur Bolinger of Dunkirk; one sister, Mrs. Ella Ruffman, of Farmland, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the High street Methodist church. Burial will be in New Dayton cemetery, five and one-half miles east of farmland. The body will lie in state at the residence until the time of the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 30, 1939

Elizabeth Scherer is dead at Monroe.

Decatur, Sept. 29. --- Miss Elizabeth Scherer, 87, for 65 years a resident of Adams county, is dead at her home in Monroe. Death was caused by complications and old age. She had been a patient at the Hoseman hospital in Berne for more than three years.

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