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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 2, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Mrs. Lena M. Klingshirn dies at home east of Ft. Recovery.

Mrs. Lena M. Klingshirn died Saturday night at her home east of Ft. Recovery near Sharpsburg following an illness of about six weeks.

The deceased was born at Wendolin, Ohio, April 28, 1868, the daughter of John and Margaret (Mahl) Frank, being 71 years, 5 months and 2 days of age at the time of her death. She was united in marriage January 20, 1893 to George Klingshirn, deceased. She was a member of the St. Paul Catholic church at Sharpsburg and of the Christian Mother's society.

Surviving are five children, Joe Klingshirn of Burkettsville, Urban P. Klingshirn of Toledo and Edward J. Klingshirn at home, and eight grandchildren. Two children are deceased.

The body was removed to the May funeral home at Ft. Recovery for burial preparations and returned to the late home Sunday afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from the St. Paul Catholic church at Sharpsburg. Solemn high mass will be held in charge of Fr. Nicholas Greiwe, assisted by Fr. Rudolph Stoltz and Fr. Frances Krull. Interment will be made in the church cemetery. The deceased died well fortified with the last sacraments of the church.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 2, 1939

Death claims Caneri Brown. - Heart trouble fatal to aged man at home near New Weston.

Caneri F. Brown died Sunday evening at 6:30 o'clock at his home near New Weston of heart trouble.

The deceased was born June 2, 1852, the son of Jack and Mary (Glancer) Brown, being 87 years, 3 months and 29 days of age at the time of his death. He was united in marriage in 1870 to Minerva Arnett who preceded him in death. He was a member of the Heiston U. B. church.

Surviving children are Allie Brown of Mendon, Della Mofford of Celina, Ceralda Suider of Mears, Mich., Dora Brown of Greenville, O. and Mrs. Lawrence C. Moore at whose home he died.

Funeral services will be conducted from the residence at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning with burial near Rossburg, Ohio. The body was removed to the May funeral home at Ft. Recovery for burial preparations and will be taken to the late home this afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 2, 1939

Funeral today for ex-soldier; - George McCartney, 59, is claimed by death on Saturday morning.

George Benjamin McCartney, 59, died at the Randolph County hospital at 2 a. M. Saturday, after an illness of several months. He was a native of Randolph county. Survivors include the widow, Mary; three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Burris of Richmond, Mrs. Madge Funk of Winchester and Emma Jane at home; and one brother, Harley, of Union City.

The body was removed to the Fraze funeral home in Winchester for burial preparations and taken Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock to the home two miles southeast of Winchester on the Greenville road. Funeral services will be conducted today at 2 p. m. at the Mount Zion church with Rev. Roll Marsh in charge. Interment will be in the Mount Zion cemetery.

Mr. McCartney served in the United States army, in the field artillery, from 1904 to 1910.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 2, 1939

Luella Hawk passes away. - 79 year old woman succumbs Sunday morning; funeral Tuesday.

Mrs. Luella Hawk, 79, died Sunday morning at 8 o'clock at the home of a grandson, Everett Reed, in Parker.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Earl Marshall of Muncie, Mrs. John Canada of near Farmland, Mrs. Ola Reed of Parker and Flossie Fodrea of Farmland, and two sons, Carl Hawk, of Parker and Ray Hawk of Selma.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the union church, in charge of Rev. Denver Medsker. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.

The body was returned to the Reed home from the Thornburg mortuary at Farmland Sunday night.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 2, 1939

Wilson Rupe passes away. - Aged resident of Ridgeville dies following long illness.

Wilson A. Rupe, 75, died Sunday morning at 5 o'clock at the home of his daughter at Ridgeville, following a lingering illness.

Surviving are the widow; two children, Mrs. Claude Carter of Winchester and Mrs. Leo Smith of Portland; two brothers Wesley Albert, of Ridgeville; two sisters, Mrs. Sam Swigart of Portland and Mrs. Carrie Huffman of Muncie, and two grandchildren, John and Sylvia Carter, of Winchester.

The body was taken to the Middleton funeral home at Ridgeville for burial preparations and will be returned to the late home this morning. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence in charge of Rev. W. O. Powers. Interment will be made in the Deerfield cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 3, 1939

Death claims Riley Peters. - Aged man expires at his home northeast of Arba Monday.

Riley H. Peters, 61, died at 6 o'clock Monday morning after several months illness at his home northeast of Arba.

Surviving are the widow, Mary, five sons, Frank of Winchester, Ralph of Greentown, Martin of Greensfork, James of Detroit and Hugh of Lynn; one daughter, Bernice at home; one brother, W. D. Peters, of Hemlock; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Bear, of Huntington and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the home at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning at Greensfork in charge of Rev. Ed Allen. Burial will be made in the Albright cemetery at Kokomo. Friends may call at the home to view the remains. Arrangement are in charge of the Atkinson funeral home at Hagerstown.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 3, 1939

Aged Saratoga resident dies. - Mrs. Luella V. Shierling dies at her home Monday noon.

Mrs. Luella V. Shierling, 74, died at her home in Saratoga Monday noon following a six weeks illness.

Surviving are a son, Charles O. Shierling, of Saratoga; one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Moistuer, of Huntsville; two sisters, Mrs. Ary Etta Pierce of near Ridgeville and Mrs. Ida Dota of Hartford City; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Painter funeral home in Ridgeville for burial preparations and will be removed to the residence this morning. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Saratoga U. B. church in charge of Rev. D. R. Luske, pastor. Interment will be made in the Deerfield cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 3, 1939

Union City woman passes away. - Long illness ends in death of Miss Florence Hufford.

Miss Florence Hufford, 40, died Monday at 9 p. m. in the Union City hospital following a serious illness of several months. She had been making her residence at the home of her sister, Mrs. James Mangas, West Division street, Union City.

Miss Hufford was born in Darke county, Ohio, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hufford. She was a member of the Union City Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. James Mangas and Mildred Hufford, and one brother, Neven Hufford, all of Union City.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Union City Church of the Brethren, with Rev. D. G. Berkebile officiating. Burial will be made in the Teegarden cemetery.

The body was removed last night from the hospital to the Brooks funeral home for burial preparation and will be returned to the home, 721 Division street at 5 o'clock Tuesday evening.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 4, 1939

Coletown woman dies at hospital

Mrs. Peninah E. Bankson, 79, a prominent resident of the Coletown community, died at 8:30 a. m. Tuesday at Wayne hospital after a year's illness from a complication of diseases. Her husband, the late Barzillia F. Bankson, died in 1929.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. Thursday at the Coletown Christian church, which the deceased had attended for several years. Rev. Earl Lantz is to officiate. Burial will be in Manuel cemetery.

Immediate survivors include seven children, five sons and two daughters; 10 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two brothers, William Harris, of Rush's Station, and Ray Harris, Coletown,

The children are: Virgil J. and Ray Bankson, of Woodington; Irwin, of Rossburg; Charles, of Greenville rural route; Mrs. Lee Wilson, Coletown, Mrs. Elva Lytle, Union City rural route, and Harold Bankson, Greenville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 4, 1939

Ida A. Fetters, 73, dies Tuesday.

Ida A. Fetters, 73, died at her home at Ridgeville Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock, following a lingering illness.

Survivors are two sons, Ivan Nickey, of Ridgeville and Paul Nickey of Winchester.

The body was removed to the Middleton Funeral home at Ridgeville for burial preparations. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 5, 1939

Addie F. Clem passes away. - Lingering illness proves fatal to woman at Lynn Wednesday.

Addie F. Clem, 80, died at her home in Lynn yesterday morning at 11:50 o'clock, following a lingering illness.

Surviving are three sons, Dr. W. W. Cottingham, of Mountain View, Mo.; Dr. Leo Clem, of Richmond and Dr. B. H. Clem, of New Madison, Ohio; one brother, C. H. McKee, of Full River, Kans.; two sisters, Mrs. C. D. Maguer, of Buena Vista, Col., and Mrs. Theron Gilbert, of Colorado Springs; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the home at Lynn Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Morgan of Muncie. Burial will be in the Goshen cemetery.

Friends may call at the home after 4 p. m. today, where the body will be removed from the Thomas mortuary at Lynn.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 9, 1939

Heart attack proves fatal. - Mrs. Victoria St. John dies at daughter's home.

Mrs. Victoria St. John, 61, lifelong resident of the Union City vicinity, died Saturday at 11 p. m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Fred Heck, 625 East Main street, Union City. She had been in ill health for the past two years, but had been seriously ill for only a few hours prior to her death.

Mrs. St. John was born Victoria Bickel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bickel, in Hillgrove, southeast of Union City. She attended the Hillgrove school.

Surviving are five daughters, one son and one brother; Mrs. Fred Heck, Mrs. Emma Davis, Mrs. Gladys Thornburg and Mrs. May Butt, all of Union City; Mrs. Clara Longfellow, of Ansonia, O.; Nelson St. John, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and Ira Bickel, the brother, of Greenville.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. (CST) at the Fraze Funeral home in Union City, with Rev. Carl Adams officiating. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery.

The remains will be returned from the funeral home to the Heck residence today at 1 p. m. where friends may call until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 9, 1939

Former Union City man succumbs in Richmond. - A. L. Evans dies at son's home; funeral to be Tuesday.

A. L. Evans, 83, died at 10:15 p. m. Saturday, at the home of two sons, Ben and Bruce in Richmond, following an illness of more than one year.

Mr. Evans was born in Darke county, Ohio, where he was a prominent farmer until about 15 years ago, at which time he moved to Union City. Seven years ago, he left the Union City community to make his home in Richmond. For many years he was a member of the Raper Chapel.

Surviving are fours sons, Ben and Bruce Evans, of Richmond; Clarence, of Chicago, and Paul, of Washington, D. C.; five grandchildren, Mary, Virginia, and Eugene Evans, of Union City, and John and Charles Evans, of Richmond.

The remains will be brought to Union City Tuesday afternoon, where funeral services will be held, with Rev. Carl Adams officiating. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 9, 1939

Former resident claimed by death.

Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. O. L. Moorman, former resident of Randolph county, at her home in Riverside, Cal.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Moorman were former residents of this county. Burial will be made in Riverside today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 9, 1939

Morris Weiler, prominent retired Portland merchant is dead; funeral Tuesday.

Portland, Ind., Oct. 8. --- Morris Weiler, 80, retired Portland businessman, died suddenly at his home here at 8:45 o'clock Saturday night, after being stricken about two hours earlier. He had been in failing health, but his condition was not considered serious.

Mr. Weiler was founder of the Weiler Brothers' department store here and was chairman of the board of directors of the Citizens Bank. He had taken an active interest in civic and charitable affairs of Portland for many years, having donated the land for the park here which bears his name, and considerable money for the Jay County Hospital. He had lived in Portland more than fifty years.

Mr. Weiler was born at Kaiserlauden, Germany, in the section that is on what is now the Western front of the European war, in 1859 and was the second son in a family of six boys and two girls. When their father died the brothers decided to seek their fortunes in the new world and the eldest, Abe Weiler, came to America and at Union City obtained employment in the old Kirshbaum & Silvernale store in which Isaac Silvernale, then owner of the leading department store in Portland, had an interest.

Abe Weiler sent his savings back to the family home in Germany and in 1872 they financed the coming of the second son. With all of his earthly belongings in a bundle on his back, 13 year old Morris Weiler crossed the ocean in steerage and came directly to Portland where as had been arranged by his brother, he went to work in the Silvernale store as an apprentice.

Morris Weiler's first business venture was as partner to his brother Charles in a store which they started in Farmland in 1882. While in business there, on May 11, 1885, he was married to Miss Anna Kahn of Indianapolis, whose father was a prominent Indianapolis clothier.

Surviving are the widow; one daughter, Mrs. Lewis Weiler of Portland; one son, Raymond Weiler, owner of the Fair store at Anderson, and three grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Baird funeral parlors and will be returned to the family residence tomorrow.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning from the Baird chapel with burial in Green Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 9, 1939

Henry County man ends life; funeral to be this morning.

New Castle, Ind., Oct. 8. --- George Shaw, proprietor of the pool room and cigar store in Shirley, committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth with a pistol early Saturday morning.

He was found dead in his apartment at the rear of the pool room on Main street by his brother, Charles Shaw, at 7 o'clock, about 45 minutes after the shooting took place. Daniel Burris, who had been staying with Mr. Shaw at nights since he had been suffering severely from a carbuncle at the base of his brain, had left at 6 o'clock and said that Mr. Shaw was much distressed because of his suffering.

Surviving besides the brother, Charles, are two other brothers, Lloyd Shaw of Carlos City, and Bert Shaw of Pasadena, Calif.

The body has been taken to the home of Charles Shaw on Main street. Funeral services have been tentatively set for 10 o'clock Monday at the Shaw home.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 10, 1939

Seward Hart dies following short illness. - Randolph County native to be interred in Greenville.

Seward Oran Hart, 74, well known Washington township farmer and threshing machine operator, died at 4:45 p. m. Monday at his late home, one-fourth mile north of the Poplar Grove church on the Greenville-Union City road, after a short illness from heart disease.

Hart, a native of Randolph county, had spent most of his life in the Union City vicinity.

He leaves a widow, Mollie; two sons, Dr. T. Eugene Hart, of Union City, and Claude Hart, of Plain City, O.; one daughter, Mrs. William Dancer, Greenville; a step-son, Alfred R. Lowry, of Lake Odessa, Mich.; one step-daughter, Mrs. C. C. Lane, of Fountain City; two grandchildren; one great grandchild and a brother, William Hart, Arba.

Funeral services will be conducted from the late home at 2 p. m. (EST) Wednesday with Rev. J. E. Exter, Greenville, officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

(Miller Funeral home, Greenville, records states he was born Aug. 23, 1865 in Randolph Co., IN the son of Samuel Hart and Mary Powell)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 12, 1939

J. H. Williams dies suddenly. - Funeral Friday for Union City Railroader.

John H. Williams, 56, died suddenly Wednesday about 7:30 a. m. at his residence, 311 North State Line street, Union City. He had been ill for three days.

Mr. Williams, an employee of the Big Four railroad, was born the son of Mr. and Mrs. Enos Williams in Darke county, Ohio, north of Greenville. He attended school in the Greenville public schools. He was a member of the Union City Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving besides the widow, Cretoria, are one son, Enos, at home; one sister Mrs. Elizabeth Baker, of near Greenville, and a half-sister, Dorothy, whereabouts unknown.

Funeral services will be conducted in Union City Friday at 2 p. m. (CST) in the Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Ralph Yaney officiating. Burial probably will be in the Lisbon cemetery.

The body will be removed from the Brooks Funeral home in Union City to the residence this morning where friends may call.

(Personal Note - My Grand Uncle - His name was John Jacob Williams and he was buried in the Lisbon Cemetery. There was no stone to mark the grave but one was place years later by a cousin. He was born March 7, 1883. His first wife was named Romea C. Hampshire who died in 1931. Cretoria was his second wife. She later married again; spouse unknown. The odd numbered side of State Line street is in Indiana.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 12, 1939

Death claims Jacob Ricker. - Lingering illness proves fatal Wednesday at Spartanburg home.

Jacob H. Ricker, 77, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Spartanburg following a lingering illness.

Surviving are the widow, Jennie; one daughter, Mrs. Stella Smith; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Ozella Simmons, of Hope; Mrs. Ethel Harmeyer, of Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. Fern Gilleland, of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Robert, Maxine and Josephine Smith; one sister, Miss Anna Ricker, of Lewisburg, Ohio; one half-brother, John D. Ricker, of Lebanon, Ohio; four stepsons, Roy, Irvin and Albert Mobley, all of Indianapolis, and Delbert Mobley of Durand, Okla., and one step-grandson.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Spartanburg Methodist church in charge of Rev. Earl Lantz. Burial will be made in Mound Hill cemetery at Eaton, Ohio.

Friends may call at the home where the body has been removed from the Thomas mortuary at Lynn, anytime prior to the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 13, 1939

Esther Fouts rites today. - Succumbs at Economy in Wayne County; burial in Union city

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. today in the Fraze Funeral home in Union City for Mrs. Esther Fouts, 77, widow of Wilson R, Fouts, who died Wednesday at 11 a. m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williamson, of near Economy in Wayne county.

Mrs. Fouts was born north of Union City, where she made her home until a few years ago, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gettinger. She was a member of the Economy Methodist church.

Funeral services will be under the direction of Rev. Clark Meyers, of Economy. Burial will be in Union City cemetery.

Surviving are two brothers, Dan Gettinger and Jonas Gettinger, of north of Union City; Mrs. George Ripp, of Union City, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williamson, a niece and nephew.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 13, 1939

Clara Bell Wessel, 62, dies Wednesday; body at Richmond.

Mrs. Clara Bell Wessel, 62, wife of Frank Wessel, died Wednesday night at the Randolph County hospital in Winchester. She was a native of Randolph county and had formerly lived at Lynn.

The body has been removed to the Unser & Waltermann funeral home in Richmond, where friends may call pending arrangements of funeral services.

Survivors are the husband; two sons, Joseph of Dayton, Ohio, and Walter of Richmond; one daughter, Mrs. Leslie Hershey of Dayton; three grandchildren, Richard Hershey of Dayton and Robert and Marjorie Wessel, both of Richmond; her father, Charles Slick of Lynn; two brothers, Dewey Slick of Greenville, Ohio, and Lynn Slick of Hollansburg, Ohio, and two sisters, Mrs. Flo Richards of Hollansburg, and Mrs. Cora Dodson of Danville, Ill.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 14, 1939

Death claims retired banker of Ridgeville. - Funeral services for Wm. A. Ward to be conducted Sunday.

William A. Ward, 78, prominent resident of Ridgeville, died at his home Thursday evening at 11 o'clock.

The deceased was born the son of David Ward, one of the first old settlers in the Ridgeville community. He had been connected with the Citizens bank at Ridgeville for the past 35 years, but retired three months ago due to illness. He also served several years as town treasurer and town clerk, was postmaster about 26 years ago and at various times served on several civic committees.

Surviving besides the widow, Malissa, are one daughter, Mrs. Jack Bailey, of Detroit; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Stely, of Ft. Wayne; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The body will be returned from the Middleton funeral home at Ridgeville to the residence at 10 o'clock this morning where it will remain until one o'clock Sunday afternoon. It will then be taken to the Ridgeville Methodist church, where it will lie in state one hour. Funeral services will be conducted at that time with Rev. O. W. Power in charge assisted by Rev. Luther Addington. Interment will be made in the Ritenour cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October, 14, 1939

Long illness proves fatal. - Mary E. Mills, 80, dies at home in Lynn; rites Sunday.

Mary E. Mills, 80, died at her home in Lynn Thursday night at 11:30 o'clock following a lingering illness.

Surviving are the husband, William Mills; two sisters, Mrs. Rachael Tevis and Mrs. Jessie Cooper, both of near Lynn; one brother, Isaac Meredith, of Mooreland, and three grandchildren, Mrs. Helen Clements, Joel Johnson and Cynthia Mae Polly, all of near Lynn.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Lynn Friends church in charge of Rev. Adam Flatter and Rev. Ira Johnson. Interment will be made in Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester. Friends may call at any time to view the remains. The Thomas funeral home at Lynn is in charge of arrangements.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 14, 1939

Eminent jurist is claimed by death in Winchester home. - Judge F. S. Caldwell passes away on Friday morning.

Frederick S. Caldwell, 77, dean of the Randolph county bar and former judge of the Indiana appellate court, died Friday morning at his home in Winchester. He had been in failing health for the last few weeks.

Judge Caldwell, who by attorneys throughout Indiana as well his local colleagues was highly respected for his keen legal mind, was to have participated in a jury trial in Randolph circuit court Monday.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Fred Tucker of Indianapolis; three grandchildren, Robert C. Oliver of Winchester, who was affiliated with his grandfather in the practice of law, Emmagene and Fred Tucker, Jr., of Indianapolis; one brother, Clinton E. Caldwell of Ravenwood, W. Va., and one sister, Mrs. Susan Merritt of Columbus, Ohio.

The body was removed to the Summers funeral home in Winchester for burial preparation and will be returned to the residence at the corner of North Meridian and West North streets this morning.

Funeral services will be conducted at the residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. G. M. Payne, pastor of the Winchester Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

Frederick Sidney Caldwell was born at Long Bottom, Ohio, on January 17, 1862. He was educated in the district schools of that state and in 1885 he was graduated from National Normal university at Lebanon, Ohio, receiving highest class honors, and was made valedictorian of his class in 1882 when but 20 years of age, he was chosen as principal of the schools at New Amsterdam, Harrison county, Indiana, where he served with marked success for two years. In August, 1885, having already received a state license in Ohio, he came to Winchester and was chosen principal of the city schools. Later he secured a state license in Indiana, the youngest applicant ever receiving such license in the state up to that time.

He taught continuously for a period of six years as principal of the Winchester schools and was then chosen superintendent, retiring at the end of one year to take up the practice of law, a subject to which he had devoted studious energy, both day and night, for several years.

In 1892 Judge Caldwell formed a law partnership with Wesley W. Canada, later United States consul at Vera Cruz, Mexico. In 1897 he became a law partner of A. L. Nichols, whose term as county clerk had then expired, and in 1899 he joined with James S. Engle, former circuit court judge. When Mr. Engle became judge, five years later, Mr. Caldwell then for about a year was associated with Walter S. Parry, now a practicing attorney in Winchester.

Judge Caldwell was married at Long Bottom, Ohio in 1886 to Miss Emma Stewart, who died September 24, 1926. To this union were born two daughters, Bernice, wife of Fred Tucker of Indianapolis, and Gladys Lucile Oliver, who died in Winchester on January 2, 1938.

In the spring of 1912, Mr. Caldwell became a candidate for Indiana supreme court judge before the Democratic state convention in Indianapolis. While defeated in that race, yet so highly was he esteemed by those with whom he came in contact, and particularly so well impressed with him was Governor Samuel M. Ralston, that he resolved to know him better.

To this end Judge Caldwell was chosen as one of the governor's legal advisors to pass upon the enactments of the general assembly of 1913. A vacancy occurring on the appellate bench on September 1, 1913, Governor Ralston appointed Judge Caldwell to the position. On March 19, 1914, he was nominated by acclamation at the Democratic state convention to continue in the same office and was successful in the election.

Judge Caldwell was accredited by his friends as being an eminent lawyer and judge of the law. To its study he brought a clear, analytical mind; keen in the discernment of complicated problems and especially endowed with a temperament so desirable in a judicial capacity.

From 1891 until a few years ago, Judge Caldwell was active in politics, speaking throughout eastern Indiana in behalf of the Democratic party.

He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Odd Fellows and Masons.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 16, 1939

Aged resident of county dies. - Martha Alice Myers, 77, dies at home in Ridgeville.

Martha Alice Myers, age 77, widow of D. K. Myers and a lifelong resident of Ridgeville until about three years ago, died at the Ball Memorial hospital in Muncie Sunday evening at 8 o'clock.

Surviving are two sons, Walter of near Ridgeville and Glen, of Daleville, with whom she had made her home for the past three years.

The body was removed to the Middleton funeral home in Ridgeville for burial preparation. Funeral services will be held at the Middleton chapel at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with burial in the Lawndale cemetery, east of Ridgeville. The minister is undecided.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 16, 1939

Death claims Julia Potter. - Aged resident of near Jackson, Ind., dies suddenly.

Julia Ann Potter, wife of David "Dee" Potter, died suddenly at her home near the Jackson, Ind. school at 11 o'clock last night; death being due to heart trouble.

The deceased was born in 1867 near the Jackson school and lived in that vicinity all her life. She was married 52 years ago to Davie "Dee" Potter, who survives. She attended the Jackson No. 4 school. She was 72 years, 1 month and 20 days of age at the time of her death.

Surviving besides the husband is one brother, Jesse Poorman, of Spokane, Wash., who stated he would be unable to attend the services.

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

(Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday in the Deerfield church. Rev. John Watson, of Harrisville officiated with Rev. Zelma Mills, of Winchester, assisting. Burial was made at the Deerfield cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 16, 1939

Former resident of Randolph county is to be buried today.

Amos L. Vanderburg, 65, a blacksmith, died at his home in Progress at 5 o'clock Saturday morning after an extended illness. He had been a resident of Progress for thirty years, going there from Randolph county. Mr. Vanderburg was a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist church and of the Red Men's lodge.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Maggie Vanderburg; one son, Francis Lee Vanderburg, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Leslie Turner of Cowan, and Mrs. Ruth Stiffer, of Progress; two brothers, Rev. George Vanderburg, of Ridgeville, and Raymond Arthur Vanderburg, of Wenatchee, Wash.; one sister, Mrs. Will Thomas of Carlos City and one grandson.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Mt. Zion Methodist church, south of Muncie, at 2 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. Harry James in charge. Burial will be in Sunderland cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 18, 1939

Jacob Conklin, 93, Co. native dies in Union City - Plan services Thursday at Harrisville church.

Jacob Conklin, 92, lifelong resident of Randolph county, died at 5:30 p. m. Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Riley Jones, 827 West Pearl street, Union City, following an illness of one year.

Mr. Conklin was born in Wayne township the son of Samuel and Catherine Whitesel Conklin. He was educated in the old district school, since supplanted by the Wayne township school. Retired for many years, he was one of the early farmers in the township. He was a member of the Harrisville Christian church and the Knights of the Golden Eagle lodge. He was united in marriage to Mary Ingle, deceased.

Survivors include two living children, Mrs. Riley Jones, Union City, and Jacob Elmer Conklin, Union City route 4; one brother, Ellsworth Conklin, Union City route 2, and two children deceased, Mrs. Catherrine Colms and Miss Florence L. Conklin.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p. m. in the Harrisville Christian church, with Rev. John A. Watson officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

The body will be returned to the Jones residence from the Fraze Funeral home in Union City this evening. Friends may call until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 18, 1939

New Pittsburg carpenter passes away. - Services Saturday for R. L. Mendenhall at Praise Chapel.

Russell L. Mendenhall, 41, carpenter and native of Jay county, died of paralysis and a heart ailment, at 12 o'clock noon Tuesday at his home at New Pittsburg, northwest of Union City on the Jay-Randolph county line. He had been ill for many years and seriously ill since July.

Russell Mendenhall was born in Jay county the son of John and Amanda Judy Mendenhall and attended the Mount Holly school. He had lived all his life in the New Pittsburg community with the exception of 12 years in Columbus.

Survivors include the widow, Gladys; his father, John Mendenhall; and the following children; Mrs. Wilbur Day, of near Saratoga; Harold, Russell, Jr., Cletis, Earl, Ernest, Margaret Ellen, Virginia Lee and Charles Franklin and two deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. at Praise Chapel in New Pittsburg, with Rev. R. A. Walling officiating. Burial will be made in the Brock cemetery.

The body will be returned this afternoon from the Fraze Funeral home in Union City to the residence, where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 18, 1939

Brother Union City man is killed by machine. - Hold Versailles man in Darke Co. jail to face charge.

Greenville, O., Oct. 17. --- Norman Mills, 24, Versailles, whom officers are convinced was the driver of a car that struck and killed Charles Davenport, 43, Covington Route 3, near Bradford late Saturday night, will probably be arraigned today in Darke county common pleas court to plead to charges of failing to stop after the accident.

An affidavit that is being prepared by Prosecuting Attorney Hugh A. Staley will formally charge Mills with "operating an automobile and in the due operation thereof having an accident and failing to stop."

Mills, who has been held in the Darke county jail since early Sunday evening, has admitted that his car "struck something," officers state, but still maintains that he never saw Davenport walking along the highway.

Davenport, who until recent weeks had lived in Covington, is survived by his wife and one son; his mother, Mrs. Sarah Thompson, of Bradford; a half-brother, Harley Thompson, of Union City; and four half-sisters, Mrs. Stella North, Troy; Mary Thompson, Bradford; Mrs. Hazel Hacker, Piqua, and Mrs. Ethel North, Covington.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Stocker funeral home, Bradford, at 2 p. m. Thursday. Burial will be in Highland cemetery at Covington.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 20, 1939

Frank Caron dies following long illness. - Union City barber succumbs at daughter's home near Winchester.

Frank E. Caron, 42, Union City barber for the past 15 years, died at 3:15 p. m. Thursday, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bernard Fisher, west of Winchester four miles on rural route 1. He had been seriously ill for the past 10 months.

Mr. Caron was born in Union City the son of John F. and Bertha Neff Caron, and with the exception of eight years in Dayton, O., he had lived in Union City until about four months ago, at which time the family moved to the Fisher home. He attended the St. Mary's school in Union City and was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic church and the B. P. O. E.

He was united in marriage in Union City in 1916 to Esther Reeves.

Surviving besides the widow, Esther, are the father, John Caron, Union City; two children, Mrs. Bernard Fisher, Winchester R.F.D. 1, and John William Caron, at home, and one brother, Fred Caron, Union City.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 9 a. m. (CST) in the St. Mary's church in Union City, with Rev. Fr. T. J. Hammes officiating. Burial will be made in the church cemetery north of Union City.

The body will be returned to the Fred Caron residence, 317 N. Union street, Union City at 4 p. m. today from the Fraze Funeral home in Union City.

The Union City Elks will conduct a lodge of sorrow Sunday at 4 p. m. at the Fred Caron residence.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 20, 1939

Darke Co. man stroke victim. - Bruce Creviston dies suddenly; services Saturday.

Bruce A. Creviston, 78, native of Darke county, Ohio, died suddenly at 4:30 a. m. Thursday at his home, Union City route 1, following a sudden paralysis stroke suffered 24 hours earlier. He had farmed on the same ground, two miles southeast of Union City, for the past 24 years.

Mr. Creviston was born in Brown township, Darke county, the son of David and Mary Wasson Creviston. He was united in marriage with Eugenie E. Ruff. No children were born of this union. He was the last of a family of nine. As a youth, Mr. Creviston attended the Old No. 1 school in White River township, Randolph county. He was a member of the Union City Lutheran church and for many years had served as a Republican committeeman in Jackson township. He returned to Darke county from Canada where he had been a homesteader for several years.

Surviving besides the widow, Eugenie E., are a host of nephews and nieces; Mrs. Paul Temme, of Union City, being the only one in the immediate vicinity.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a. m. (CST) in the Union City Lutheran church, with Rev. H. A. Barth officiating. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery.

The body will be returned this morning from the Fraze Funeral home in Union City to the residence where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 21, 1939

Aged resident of county dies. - Louisa Sibert expires at Randolph County Hospital.

Louisa Catherine Sibert, 68, died at the Randolph County hospital at 11 o'clock Friday night.

Surviving are the husband, William Sibert; one daughter, Opal Sparrow, of Columbia City, Ind.; three brothers, Samuel White and Frank White of Winchester, and Abner White of Owensburg, Ind.; five step-children, Euguene Sibert of Saratoga, Florence King and Irene Sibert of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mrs. Carl Sthrome of Hartford City and Lillian Sibert of Butlerville, Ind., and 10 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the East Street Christian church in charge of Rev. Leo McKinley, pastor. The body will be returned to the residence at 402 Elm street, Winchester, from the Clark & Maynard funeral home at 2 o'clock this afternoon where friends are invited to call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 23, 1939

Oliver Rowe passes away at Harrisville. - Services for prominent Randolph Co. farmer Tuesday.

Oliver J. Rowe, 85, prosperous Randolph county farmer, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mable Huffman, at Harrisville, Sunday at 5:45 a. m., following an illness of more than five years.

Mr. Rowe was born in Perry county, Ohio, where he attended school, the son of Henry and Myra Vanski Rowe. He came to Randolph county at the age of nine years, where he farmed until a few years ago.

He married Martha Gettinger in Union City on May 19, 1876. He was a member of the Harrisville Christian church and the Union City I. O. O. F. lodge.

Survivors include the following children; Mrs. Myrtle Arnold, Union City; Rev. Harry Rowe, Franklin; William G. Rowe, Milwaukee; Alva A. Rowe, Union City; Mrs. Mable Huffman, Harrisville; Paul Rowe, Quincy, O., and Mrs. Barney Powers, Union City; and the following brothers, Harve Rowe of Muncie; Frank Rowe, of Richmond; daughters (? sisters?), Mrs. Frank Davis and Mrs. W. V. Davis, of Winchester.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 10:30 a. m. in the Huffman home at Harrisville, with Rev. Zelma Mills and Rev. J. A. Watson, officiating. Burial will be made in the Union City cemetery.

The body will be returned to the Huffman residence this morning from the Fraze Funeral home in Union City, where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 23, 1939

Aged resident of county dies. - Ambrose T. Moffett, 70, expires Sunday; funeral is Wednesday.

Ambrose T. Moffett, 70, died at 7:30 o'clock last night at his home four miles southwest of Union City, death being due to lung disorder. He had been ill three years and seriously ill two weeks.

The deceased was born August 15, 1869, in Randolph county and spent all his life in this county with the exception of three years which he spent in Kansas. He was the son of William W. and Rachael (Van Sky) Moffett. He attended the old No. 2 school, northeast of Winchester and was united in Marriage at Claysville, Pa., to Clara Plants, who survives.

Other survivors include one daughter, Nina Special, of southwest of Union City; one son, John A. Moffett, at home; one step-daughter, Ila Plants, of Washington, Pa.; three nieces, Mrs. Inez Allen, of Winchester; Mrs. Thelma Sarabee, of Briggstown, N. J., and Winifred Houghton, of Harrow, Ontario, Canada and one nephew, Leslie Henshaw, also of Harrow.

The remains will be removed from the Fraze funeral home, Union City, to the residence this afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Winchester Nazarene church in charge Rev. Corman Cox and Rev. Roy Beachler. Interment will be made in the White River cemetery, near Winchester.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 24, 1939

Former Union City pastor dies in Greenville. - Services to be held Wednesday in Union City.

Greenville, O., Oct. 23. ---- Lewis William King, 59, who for several years had served as an elder of the Old Order German Baptist church at Union City, died suddenly at 9:50 p. m. Sunday at Wayne hospital, Greenville, from pneumonia complications which followed an influenza attack.

The deceased, a native of Greenville township, lived immediately north of Rush's Station four miles northwest of Greenville.

Two brothers, James and John King, and a sister, Mrs. A. E. Waggoner, reside in this city.

Other immediate survivors include a widow, Amelia; three sons, Rufus W., of Greenville route 4, and Thomas and Benjamin, at home; three daughters, Mrs. William Kimmel, Clayton route 1, and two other sisters, Mrs. Maggie Cloyd and Miss Carrie King, both of Greenville route 4.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. (EST) Wednesday at the Union City church. Burial will be in the Miller Grove cemetery east of Palestine.

(Miller Funeral Home, Greenville, records state that he was born Aug. 30, 1880, Greenville, OH, the son of John H. King and Barbara Wells (or Wills.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 24, 1939

Brother-in-law of Union City woman dies in Cincinnati.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at the Well Funeral home in Cincinnati for Louis K. Oppenheimer, 79, president and founder of the Oppenheimer Printing company in Cincinnati, O., who died Thursday following a light stroke sustained five weeks earlier. Mr. Oppenheimer was a bother-in-law of Mrs. Herman Simons, North Union street, Union City.

Mr. Oppenheimer was one of the oldest printers in Cincinnati. He founded the Oppenheinmer company when he was 18 years old. Prior to that time he was associated with the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Surviving him is a daughter, Claudia Oppenheimer, who now operates the printing firm. Burial was made in the United Jewish cemetery in Evanston. Mr. Oppenheimer was well known in the Union City community.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 24, 1939

Mrs. C. Crozier dies at Fremont; body returned.

Mrs. Carlton Crozier (Ardia Downing), 35, died at her home in Fremont, Ohio, Monday morning. The body was brought to the Middleton mortuary and the funeral will be held at the chapel Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock after which the body will be taken to the Meeks mortuary at Muncie for cremation.

Surviving are the husband; five sisters, Mrs. John Kuntz of Muncie; Mrs. C. H. Oyler, Mrs. A. C. Hect and Mrs. R. F. Rush, all of Dayton and Mrs. C. E. DeLong of Gaston; one brother, A. H. Downing, of Cincinnati and the mother, Mrs. Margaret Oyler, of Winchester.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 25, 1939

Winchester cyclist killed as machine collides with truck. - Donald Speakman is dead; companion badly injured.

Donald Speakman, 22, of Winchester, was killed and Frank Mannn, 19, also of Winchester, was badly injured in a motorcycle truck crash on state road 32 west of Parker last evening about 5:30 o'clock.

Speakman died just as the Perry ambulance from Parker arrived at Ball hospital in Muncie. Mann, thought not critically injured, was confined to the hospital.

Investigating officers said that Speakman, operating the machine, and Mann were enroute west to Muncie where they were to begin work on the night shift at Ball Brothers factory.

The cycle collided with an Eavey truck from Richmond, going east, operated by Ralph Green, 1516 North E street, Richmond, the machine striking the truck in rear of the cab. The accident occurred about one and a half miles east of Parker in front of the Joe Reed home.

The truck driver told Sheriff Lester Mann and Deputy Sheriff Kora E. Davis that Speakman and his companion were lighting a cigarette and that sensing an accident he swerved his truck to the side of the highway. The crash came, the truck was overturned and the motorcycle was thrown into a side ditch, a mass of wreckage.

Speakman's leg was torn off as was part of the pelvic bone. His body was on the blacktop highway, his severed leg in the ditch when aid arrived.

Speakman was born September 10, 1917 and was married but had no children. His wife, Mary Louise, is an employee of the Anchor Hocking Glass corporation. Parents are Jerad and Mattie Speakman of Winchester. Lawrence Speakman of Winchester is a brother.

The deceased lived in an apartment above Mary's dress shop on the west side of the courthouse square and just last week had purchased a property on Orange street in Winchester.

The body was prepared for burial at the Perry funeral home in Parker. Funeral arrangement will be completed this morning.

(The funeral was conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, 137 East Orange street, Winchester, in charge of Rev. Jacob Frazier. The interment place was not named.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 26, 1939

Charles Chenoweth, watchmaker, dies at Richmond home.

Richmond, Ind., Oct. 24. --- Charles A. Chenoweth, veteran Richmond watchmaker, died Tuesday evening after a week's illness at his residence, 214 North Nineteenth street. He was 52 years old.

Mr. Chenoweth was born on a farm near Arba, the son of Benjamin and Hannah Chenoweth. He had lived in that city for the past 20 years and was a member of the Christian church.

For 12 years, he had been in charge of watch making and repairing at Jenkin's Jewelry store, but for the past several years had operated his own shop at 1002 East Main street.

Survivors are the widow, Anna; one daughter, Maude, at home; a son, Donald, also at home, and three sisters, Mrs. John Beverly of Lynn, Mrs. Edith Horn of Union City, and Mrs. T. Clarence Love of this city.

(Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1:30 in the James & Placke Funeral home, Richmond, Rev. J. H. Wilson officiated. Interment was made in the Spartanburg cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 26, 1939

Waldo Hoke rites in Union City today.

The Union City American Legion will be in charge of funeral services to be conducted at 2 p. m. today at the Fraze Funeral home for Waldo Hoke, 44, who died Tuesday afternoon in the Marion, Ind., Military home. Mr. Hoke had been there for the past 8 years.

The deceased was born in Randolph county and spent many years of his life in the Union City community. Survivors include Mrs. Rolland Coats, Anderson, a sister; Mrs. Charles Clear, an aunt; Fred Clear and Mrs. Joe Hoke, cousins, all of Union City. The body arrived in Union City Wednesday.

Rev Carl Adams will officiate with burial following the services in the Lisbon cemetery northwest of Union City. Friends may call at the funeral home today until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 27, 1939

Ida Harshman passes away. - Spartanburg resident expires at 7:30 Thursday night.

Ida A. Harshman, 40, died at her home at Spartanburg at 7:30 o'clock, Thursday night.

Surviving are the husband, Ott; two sons, Ernestand Francis, at home; four daughters, Mrs. Catherine Shank of Greenville, Ohio, and Doris, Rachael and Roberta, all at home; the father, Conly Manning; five sisters, Mrs. Thelma Lamb, of near Lynn; Mrs. Willodean Richards, of Hollansburg, Ohio; Mrs. Norene Lawman, of New Castle; Mrs. Janith Foutz, of Charleston, W. Va., and Mrs. Christine Crouse, of New Madison, Ohio; three brothers, William and Stanford Manning, of New Paris, Ohio, and Caleb Manning, of Glen Karn, Ohio, and two grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Thomas funeral home at Lynn for burial preparations. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

(The funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Spartanburg Christian church in charge of rev. Earl Lantz. Burial was made in the Spartanburg cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 30, 1939

Rev. Earl Lantz to officiate at Mills funeral.

Fountain City, Ind., Oct. 29. --- Miss Emma Mills, 72, a resident of Fountain City for many years, died here Friday night at her home.

She is survived by a sister, Miss Lucetta Mills of Fountain City; a nephew, Creighton Mills of Cleveland, Ohio, and one niece, Mrs. Ada Smith of East Orange, N. J.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home with Rev. Earl Lantz of Union City, former pastor of the Fountain City Christian church officiating. Burial will be in the North cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 30, 1939

Wreck fatal near Dunkirk. - Vaughn Duke, 20, of Albany, is killed instantly.

Dunkirk, Indiana, October 29. --- Vaughn Duke, 20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Duke of Albany, was instantly killed about 5:20 o'clock Sunday afternoon when the car in which he was riding failed to negotiate a turn three-fourths of a mile south of Dunkirk in Delaware count.

Duke was a passenger in a car driven by James Halsley, also of Albany. It was reported the car left the road on the right side, traveling in the ditch about a distance of 85 feet and then crossed to the left side of the highway, traveling about 150 feet in the ditch before finally coming to a stop.

Death, due to a fractured skull, came instantly for Duke, who was pinned under the automobile. Halsley suffered cuts and bruises, but was not injured seriously.

The dead man's body was taken to the Garland funeral home in Albany. Delaware county coroner Earl K. Parson, conducted an investigation.

This is the twenty-second traffic fatality in Delaware county since January 1.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 30, 1939

Former resident dies in Cincinnati.

Funeral services for Dr. Perry J. Shank, 80, formerly of Union City and for the past 36 years a practicing physician in Cincinnati, O., were held Saturday in Cincinnati. Rev. Benjamin F. Judd, pastor of the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian church, officiated and burial was made in the Spring Grove cemetery, Cincinnati.

Dr. Shank died Wednesday at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Shank, following an illness of two years. There were no other near relatives. He had never been informed of the death of his brother Warren A. Shank, which occurred in a automobile accident a year ago. His wife died in 1918.

The deceased was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Shank, formerly of Union City. He at one time operated a Chinaware store in Wabash, but later studied in the old Miami Medical college where he was graduated in 1902. He was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Masonic lodge and the Medical academy.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 30, 1939

Lem Austin, 64, is killed in accident near Winchester. - Wife seriously hurt but may recover; others injured.

Lem Austin, 64, well known farmer, living six miles southeast of Winchester, was instantly killed, and his wife, Addie, was critically injured in a automobile accident last night about 7 o'clock.

The crash occurred at the intersection of the Greenville pike and a county road four miles southeast of Winchester, just two miles from the Austin home.

Three other persons were injured in the two car accident, Harry Charles Smith and his wife, Geraldine Esther, 419 Walnut street, Winchester, and Dorothy Wood, 14, who lives with the Smiths. Their injuries were minor, however, and they were released from the hospital after being given medical attention.

Mr. Austin's death was caused by a fractured skull and broken neck, Dr. Lowell W. Painter, county coroner, said. Extent of Mrs. Austin's injuries was not definitely known late last night, but it is thought she suffered several broken ribs. and a back injury. X-rays were taken at the Randolph County hospital where she was taken.

Mr. and Mrs. Austin were driving north in their Willys automobile, presumably enroute to church services at Saratoga. Driving onto the Greenville pike pavement from the dirt road, their light car was struck by a westbound heavy Buick driven by Harry Smith, careening it down the highway and dumping it over in a deep ditch on the north side of the road where it overturned.

The top of the Willys was torn off. Austin's body was under the overturned car, his wife being partly thrown out of the machine.

When taken to the hospital Mrs. Austin was conscious.

Sheriff Lester Mann and Deputy Sheriff Kora E. Davis answered the call, the sheriff being notified of the accident by an unidentified person who also called the Clark and Maynard ambulance. The officers, assisted by Aden Meek, Randolph county game warden, and others directed traffic while the machines were being taken into Winchester by wreckers. The Austin car was a mass of wreckage and part of it was left laying in the ditch.

Mr. Austin is survived, other than his wife, by five children, Ralph, of Fountain City; Gale, of Muncie; Mildred Moser, of Michigan; Mabel Cox, of Winchester, and Ruth Austin, at home. Frank Austin, of southeast of Winchester, is a brother.

The body was taken to the Clark and Maynard funeral home for burial preparations.

(Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Winchester Nazarene church, Rev. Rlland Marsh of New Pittsburg officiated, assisted by Rev. Ruben Walling of Saratoga. Burial was made in the Mount Zion cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 30, 1939

Rev. Yantis, former Ansonia pastor, dies.

Rev. J. Wesley Yantis, 72, former pastor of the Ansonia Christian church, died Friday afternoon at his late home in Springfield, Ohio, after a short illness from heart disease. He was stricken Tuesday.

The deceased, who was very well known through the Miami Valley, had been active in church work for the last 42 years.

He leaves a wife, Cora, four children and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Christian church at Oran at 2 p. m. today followed by burial at Springfield.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 30, 1939

Darke Co. native dies; services Tue.

George Martin Smith, 69, a prominent Richland township , Darke County, farmer, died suddenly at 1 p. m. Saturday at his home immediately south of Beamsville. He had been critically ill since Thursday from heart disease and complications.

Smith, a Darke county native, had lived near Beamsville since 1923. He attended the Greenville Methodist church and had been a member of the church choir for several years.

Immediate survivors include a widow, Wilda; one daughter, Mrs. Leonard Locke, Greenville, and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at the Methodist church in Greenville with Rev. W. P. Clark of Franklin, O., a former pastor, officiating. He will be assisted by Rev. H. J. Holcombe. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home, Greenville, records state that he was born May 23, 1870. His parents were Martin Smith and ??? Wagner.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 30, 1939

Camden woman is buried Sunday; related locally.

Camden, O., Oct. 29. --- Mrs. Ollie Young, 81, widow of Samuel Young, was found dead at her home on North Main street, Friday afternoon by neighbors. The deceased lived alone and had been in poor health for some time.

She was a member of the Camden Presbyterian church and the various church organizations. Two stepdaughters, Mrs. Minnie O'Conner, Union City and Mrs. Maud Armstrong, Ridgeville, Ind., four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p. m. in the Presbyterian church in charge of Rev. Robert K. Foster. Burial was in the Sumerville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 31, 1939

Chas. Murray killed in wreck of truck; flames char body; - crushed in tractor cab as machine leaves road.

Portland, Ind., Oct. 30 --- The seared, fire-blackened body of Charles Murray, 23, of two miles northeast of New Pittsburg, was taken from the crushed and burned cab of a truck tractor at 10 o'clock Monday morning a half hour after the heavy vehicle had left the road and plowed across a ditch and through a wire fence along Highway 27, four and a half miles south of Portland.

The youth is believed to have been mercifully killed instantly when the truck body, breaking loose from the tractor, crashed onto and demolished the cab, pinning him in the wreckage.

The accident occurred just south of the residence of Daniel V. Flesher, who was working in his barn when he heard a loud crash. He ran out to investigate and saw the shattered machine in the adjacent field with smoke and flames emerging from the wreckage. When he reached the scene he saw it would be impossible to free the man whose imprisoned form he could see in the cab, and devoted his efforts to trying to put out the fire with buckets of water from his well. Just as he thought he had the blaze under control the truck's gasoline tank exploded and the whole front of the machine burst into flames.

A telephone call brought Chief Guy Dollins and the fire truck from Portland and he used 40 gallons of chemical in extinguishing the blaze. The chief was joined by Fireman McGriff and Volunteers D. J. Jones and Ora Brady was aided in removing the victim's body from the wreckage. It was brought to the city in the Baird ambulance and was later removed to the Williamson funeral home.

Not until after the body had been brought here was identity established. Gerald Lord, who had gone to the scene of the wreck, recalled having seen the truck a few minutes earlier at the Goodyear service station at Main and Commbree streets where one of the tractor tires was being repaired. At the station it was learned from Ray Bailey, an attendant, that the driver had been young Murray, a regular patron of the place. This was confirmed by checking the tractor's number on the motor vehicle license records at police headquarters.

John Murray, father of the victim and his partner in a general trucking business, said later at the funeral home that he and his son, driving separate machines, had delivered loads of beets to the sugar factory at Decatur. Returning, they had stopped in Portland for breakfast and the older Murray had come on home while the son remained for the tire to be replaced. He intended to go from here to Ridgeville to have his truck repaired. It was on that portion of the trip, that he met death.

What caused the truck to leave the west side of the highway and veer across the road and into the ditch on the east side probably never will be known. The most plausible explanation offered was that the steering apparatus became broken.

The belief that Murray was dead when the flames reached him was supported by the examination made of the body by Dr. George L. Perry, deputy county coroner, who found the chest and limbs crushed.

Young Murray was born in Madison township. He was married last spring to Miss Beulah Oren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Oren of near Redkey. Surviving besides his widow and parents is one sister, Miss Laura Alice Murray. His mother was the former Gertrude Alexander. He was preceded in death by the grandparents and two brothers.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon from the Praise Chapel church in charge of Rev. R. A. Walling, pastor. Burial will be made in the Weimer cemetery, north of Saratoga. The body will be removed from the Williamson and Sons funeral home to the home for the parents, two miles northeast of New Pittsburg, Tuesday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 31, 1939

Otto Keck dies in Dayton, O., known in Union City - Services Wednesday for prominent Greenville businessman.

Greenville, O., Oct. 30. --- Otto Keck, 75 years old, a prominent figure in Greenville business, fraternal and church affairs for more than a half century, died suddenly at 5:40 p. m. Sunday at Miami Valley hospital, Dayton, where he had undergone a major operation Saturday.

Mr. Keck, a Greenville native, formerly operated the Keck Monument Works here but in recent years had been connected with the E. F. Nickel Monument company, Inc., of Versailles.

He was one of the oldest active members of the Greenville Masonic lodge and on November 16 was to have been presented with a 50 year Masonic service medal at special lodge ceremonies.

He was also affiliated with both the United Commercial Travelers and I. O. O. F. lodges here and for many years had been a regular attendant of the Methodist church.

His entire life had been spent in Greenville. His parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. John Keck.

Immediate survivors include a widow, Estella; two sons, Paul, of Union City, and Seward, at home; two granddaughters, and two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Homer and Sophia Breslin.

The remains have been removed to the Turpin-McKnight funeral home, 214 West Fourth street, where funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. (EST) Wednesday, Rev. H. J. Holcombe, pastor of the Greenville Methodist church will officiate. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

A Masonic lodge of sorrow will be held at the funeral home at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening.

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