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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 1, 1940

Services to be held Saturday for former village marshal.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. (CST) in the Union City United Brethren church for Josiah Maloon, 78, who died at his late residence, 424 North Walnut street, Union City, Wednesday night following a serious illness of 10 days. Mr. Maloon served for nearly 25 years, beginning in 1907 and continuing until 1935 with but one interruption as marshal of Union City, O.

A native of Union City, he spent nearly all of his life in the community where he died. Charles E. Maloon, a son, was elected to the office of marshal of the village and began his duties January 1, 1940.

Mr. Maloon was the son of Jonathan and Mary Saxon Maloon. He attended the Union City East Side schools and later adopted brick moulding as his occupation. He was joined in marriage on March 13, 1884, in the Union City United Brethren parsonage with Miss Ida Slife. He was for many years a committeeman and prominent in political circles of the Democrat party.

Survivors include the widow, Ida; three sons, Charles E. Maloon, Union City; Lawrence and Carl Maloon, at home; one daughter Mrs. William O. Elwell, Union City; 11 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and one brother, Charles Maloon, Sr., Union City.

Rev. L. G. Ludwick, assisted by Rev. B. R. Lake, will officiate. Burial will be in the Snell cemetery south of Hillgrove. The body will be removed 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, Saturday, March 2, 1940

Ben Kem, 69, passes away. - Native of Winchester is claimed by death at Anderson home.

Ben Kem, 69, of Anderson, a native of Winchester, died Wednesday night at Anderson. Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 2 o'clock in Winchester at the home of Mrs. N. C. Simmons, a sister of the deceased, on North West street. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

W. T. Kem, also of Winchester, is a brother. Two other sisters, Miss Josephine Kem and Mrs. B. B. Parcella, both of Anderson, with whom Mr. Kem made his home, also survive. Mr. Kem left Winchester approximately 50 years ago.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 2, 1940

Short illness proves fatal. - Catherine Schlechty is claimed by death near Boundary.

Portland, Indiana, March 1. --- Catherine Schlechty died at ?? o'clock at her home two miles south of Boundary. She had been in poor health several months, but her condition was not considered alarming.

The deceased was born in Union City, Ohio, November 5, 1871, the daughter of Dennis and Jane Keilty Wallace and was united in marriage July 8, 1889 to Levi Schlechty, who died March 2, 1920.

Surviving are four daughters, Lulu, Mable and Mary Schlechty, at home and Mrs. Clarence Ankrom of Green twp.; two sons, Leo at home and Howard of Detroit, Mich.; three brothers, James and John Wallace of Noble township and Michael Wallace of Pike township; four sisters, Mrs. Pavey Bickel of Portland, Mrs. John Kennedy of Indianapolis; Mrs. Ray Shoemaker of Muncie and Mary Wallace of Portland.

The family has resided on a farm in Pike township for the past 45 years.

Mrs. Schlechty was a member of the Church of Immaculate Conception. The body was taken to the Baird funeral home for burial preparations. Arrangement will be completed today.

(The funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the Portland Catholic church in charge of Father Frances McAuliffe. Burial was made in the Green Park cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 2, 1940

Myra McCartney Dies Soon After Birth on Friday.

Myra Ellen McCartney, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. McCartney, died at the home of Everett Coddington in Saratoga Friday at 8:45 a. m.

Besides the parents the survivors are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Fenimore of near Winchester, and Mr. and Mrs. Harley McCartney of near Union City; great grandfather, Ollie Fenimore and several uncles and aunts.

The body was taken to the Summers funeral home in Winchester for burial preparation and returned to the Coddington home at Saratoga, Friday afternoon. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday at 1 p. m. at the Wymer cemetery in charge of Rev. Rollo Marsh.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 5, 1940

Parents of former Jackson, O. teacher, explosion victims.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Mann, 65 and 64, died Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the Good Samaritan hospital in Eaton, O., of burns inflicted Saturday when gasoline exploded and burned their farm home to the ground.

Following the blast, Mann took his wife to an Eaton doctor in a car; both were removed to the hospital. The fire destroyed the farm house and several buildings. Mrs. Mann died less than 36 hours after her husband succumbed to third degree burns.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. James Ruprecht, and one brother, Edward Huxley, both of Dayton. Union City community interest is focused on the tragedy because the daughter, Mrs. Ruprecht, was for many years a teacher in the Jackson, O., schools, east of Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 5, 1940

Mrs. Baughman Funeral Today in Ansonio, O.

Mrs. Mary Baughman, 80, widow of the late Enos Baughman, of Ansonia, died Wednesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles Stickel, on Markwith avenue, Greenville. She had been critically ill for several weeks.

The remains have been removed to the Fisher Funeral Home, Ansonia, where services are to be held at 2:30 p. m. today afternoon. Burial will be in the Ansonia cemetery.

Besides the daughter, three sons and several brothers and sisters survive.

The sons are: Charles and William Baughman, of Ansonia and Roy Baughman, of near Madison, Ind.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 6, 1940

A. L. Kitselman, 84, native of near Ridgeville, is dead; industrialist dies in west.

Muncie, Ind., March 5. --- Alva LaSalle Kitselman, the self-termed "inventive crank" of a family of four brothers, who rose from obscurity to wealth and industrial fame, is dead today at the age of 84.

The long career, paralleled with the growth of Muncie from a struggling county seat trading town to a thriving industrial city of more than 50,000 persons, ended Monday at 10:30 p. m. (Muncie time) in a Loma Linda, Cal. hospital where Mr. Kitselman had been a patient several weeks. He went to California last fall to recuperate from two major operations that had been performed at a Battle Creek, Mich. hospital.

His family believed he was recovering and only 10 days ago Mr. Kitselman notified a Muncie friend he was "getting well and I'll be home in April."

Eldest of the four brothers, Alva L. Kitselman was born on a farm near Ridgeville, December 22, 1855, the son of Davis and Mahala Star Kitselman. When he was six years old his parents moved to Ridgeville, and it was in that Randolph county town that the "dreamers" of the four brothers, Alva and D. Monroe (Roe) began their experiments that were the forerunners of a great industry. They were to be joined later in their work by the other brothers, E. Fay and C. Maitland Kitselman.

After Alva Kitselman had been employed briefly as a railroad section worker and by a Ridgeville cutlery firm, he with his brother, Roe, bought their father's hardware store in Ridgeville which they operated several years.

It was at this time that Alva Kitselman made what he declared to be the most important business deal in his lifetime. From the stock of his hardware store, he traded a shotgun worth $4. 50 for a small 7 by 9 inch printing press.

He began job printing as a sideline but found he needed additional schooling in grammar and English, which prompted him to continue his school work in Ridgeville. On this small press he printed the Ridgeville college program, which bore the modest footnote, A. L. Kitselman, book and job printer. In 1877 he published his first newspaper, "The Rose Bud," and in 1879 he bought a larger press.

When the Kitselman Brothers company observed its fiftieth anniversary in 1923, A. L. Kitselman told how he and his brother had published their second newspaper, "The Ridgeville Reporter," which they started in 1880. The Reporter was filled largely with verse, essays and Ridgeville news happenings and bore the name of A. L. Kitselman as the editor, publisher and printer.

"Mait pumped the press and I fed the paper in it," Alva Kitselman said.

In 1883, the two brothers formed the Kitselman Brothers company to manufacture roller skates of the boxwood type. The company thrived for a short time but the roller skates had quickly passed leaving the young manufacturers with 18,000 pairs of skates and a large amount of unfinished material.

It appeared that the first "Kitselman dream" had burst, Alva Kitselman said.

A two-paragraph news story in an Indianapolis newspaper proved the solution, however. Alva Kitselman noticing the "story" that told of the roller skating craze in Australia and New Zealand, paid $10 for a list of names of 416 hardware dealers in Australia and New Zealand, printed circulars describing his skates and mailed them to his potential customers. Within two weeks he began receiving cabled orders for roller skates and within a few months the Kitselman supply was exhausted along with the supply of skates produced by three other companies which the Kitselman brothers had bought to meet the overseas demand.

Then with the roller skate market closed, the brothers found themselves with a factory and nothing to manufacture.

One day a man called at the Kitselman office and tried to interest the brothers in a machine for making a fence of wooden slats, held together by strands of wire.

"Why not make them all wire?" Alva Kitselman thought and before he went to bed that night he had made a model of a machine to weave fence. It was patented January 18, 1887.

The Kitselman machine, which was operated in the field by two men, could weave from 40 to 50 rods of fenced a day and the company offered a $10,000 payment to any competitive machine that could make more kinds of fencing or do the work more speedily. Alva Kitselman later admitted that had they been forced to pay the $10,000 it would have made a big dent in the family fortune. Later the hand-power machine gave way to the power-driven loom and then to the factory loom.

In 1900 the two Kitselman brothers moved their factory to Muncie and were joined here by the other brothers, E. Fay and C. Maitland. In 1901 the Indiana Steel and Wire company was also organized and the two plants have been operated continuously since that time, giving work to hundreds of Muncie men for almost a half century. The companies produce fencing, steel posts, barbed wire, telephone and telegraph wire for a world market.

At the time of his death, Alva L. Kitselman was president of both companies. The other brothers, who preceded Alva Kitselman in death, filled the other firm offices. Fred Crapo is now vice-president and general manager of the two companies.

Alva Kitselman found fun in his business, he said in a 1932 interview.

"We worked hard in those days. We carried wooden skate platforms five blocks from the factory to the hardware store in Ridgeville and dipped them at night, carrying them back the next morning. But we enjoyed the work. I still like to work and the hardest thing I ever have tried to do has been to do nothing. Hard work is a blessing. I'll be actively engaged in the business as long as I can get down to the office."

And he was.

Alva Kitselman - as well as his three brothers - played one of the leading parts in the development of Muncie as an industrial city. He was a director of both the Merchants National bank and Merchants Trust company and had extensive real estate and other holding in Muncie and elsewhere. He built "Hazelwood," a palatial home on a 26 acre tract on University avenue, where the family now resides.

He was an active Republican, a member of the Columbia club, in Indianapolis, the Muncie Exchange club, the Delaware County club, the Muncie lodge of Elks and the Ridgeville lodge of Masons. His brother, E. Fay, once served as Republican chairman of Indiana, and the brothers were personal friends of many of the leading statesmen of the country. Former U. S. Senator James Watson frequently visited the Kitselmans on his trips to Muncie.

The late Harry Kitselman, Alva Kitselman's son by his first marriage, was a candidate for congress.

Mr. Kitselman is survived by the widow, Leslie Curtis Kitselman, widely known as a philanthropist and as a writer; two sons, Alva L., Jr., who with his mother was with Mr. Kitselman at his death, and Donald Curtis Kitselman, a student at the Kentucky Military Academy; a daughter, Mrs. (Marjorie) Floyd Hanson of Battle Creek, Mich.; three sisters, Mrs. John W. Smith of Winchester, and Mrs. John Frederick of Kokomo; a granddaughter, Mrs. (Janet) Andrew W. Rose, of Muncie, and a grandson, Harry L. Kitselman, Muncie.

Mr. Kitselman's health had been poor for the last two years but when in Muncie he was able to get to the office almost daily, many time driving his own automobile. He entered a hospital at Battle Creek several months ago and there underwent two major operations. With Mrs. Kitselman he then went to California to spend the winter.

Funeral services are indefinite but the body is expected to reach Muncie late Thursday or early Friday.

(Funeral services were held at 2:45 o'clock Sunday at Grace Episcopal church, Rev. C. Russell Moodey, rector, in charge. Cremation followed. The ashes were deposited in the family mausoleum in Beech Grove cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 6, 1940

Death takes Jerry Jenkins. - Prominent resident of Jay County was 85 years old.

Portland, Ind., Feb. 5. --- Jerry J. Jenkins, 85, and for many years one of the most prominent residents of Pike township, died at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at his farm home five miles southwest of Portland. He had been suffering from a complication of asthma and heart trouble for several weeks but his condition became serious only 24 hours before his death.

Mr. Jenkins was born August 25, 1854, in Darke county, Ohio. His parents were Henry and Cathrine (Miller) Jenkins. On November 5, 1892 , he was married to Sarah J. Luzadder who died September 11, 1938.

Survivors are a daughter, Garnet, wife of Capt. Waldo A. Ross of Washington, D. C.; a son, Lake Jenkins, whose address is not known to his relatives here, and a sister and nephew, Mrs. Mary E. Gary and Miller Gary, who made their home with him since the death of Mrs. Jenkins. Three sisters and eight brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. Jenkins had been a member of the Redkey Odd Fellows lodge for 47 years.

The body was removed Tuesday morning to the Williamson funeral home. Funeral arrangements will not be made until the arrival of Mrs. Ross from Washington.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 6, 1940

Death claims Juditha Gantz. - Funeral services to be Thursday for Randolph County woman.

Mary Judith Gantz, 81, widow of Newton Gantz, died at her home in Ridgeville yesterday at noon.

Surviving are a son, Wesley Gantz, of near Redkey; one grandson, Carl Gantz, of Muncie; one granddaughter, Miss Mable Wells, of Ft. Wayne and two great grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Middleton funeral home for burial preparations and will remain there until time of the funeral which will be at 10:30 Thursday morning at the Hopewell church in charge of Rev. Arthur McDavitte, of Muncie, assisted by Rev. N. H. Thornburg. Interment in the Hopewell cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 6, 1940

Bothast funeral is this afternoon.

Funeral services for John F. Bothast, 62, died suddenly at his home in Muncie Monday, will be conducted at the Piepho mortuary in Muncie at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in charge of Rev. E. E. Franklin, pastor of the College avenue Methodist church. Entombment will be in the Elm Ridge cemetery.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Jessie Bothast; one son, Ralph Bothast of Muncie; a daughter, Mrs. Carlton Puckett of Muncie; two brothers, Dr. Luther Bothast of Liberty, and Lew Bothast of Lynn; a sister, Mrs. Ross Smith of Union City, and one granddaughter.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 7, 1940

Death claims Thomas Shimp. - Prominent man dies as Jay County hospital Wednesday p. m.

Portland, Indiana, March 6. --- Thomas W. Shimp, 77, died at the Jay County hospital at 4:15 p. m. where he was taken Wednesday morning. He had been ill with a cold for the past week, but his condition was not considered serious until last night.

He was born in Bearcreek township, January 12, 1867, the son of Jesse and Emily (Hiestand) Shimp. He was married December 26, 1893 to Ella Sheward, who survives along with one son, Paul Shimp of Fort Wayne; one daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Stevenson, an instructor in Portland high school; Another daughter, Eva (Shimp) Sweezy died at Ann Arbor, Mich. in 1925. He is also survived by 2 brothers, George Shimp of Noble township, and Valentine Shimp of Van Wert, Ohio; 4 sisters, Mrs. Belle Gilpin of Los Angeles, Mrs. Grace McCartney of Detroit, Mrs. Laura Kimble of Noble township and Mrs. Clara Flauding of this city.

He began teaching in the county schools at the age of 17 years and taught in several localities, later serving as superintendent of city schools at Fort Recovery, Upper Sandusky and Delphos, Ohio. In 1910 he returned to Portland to reside and was one of the organizers and an official of the Jay County Savings and Trust Company bank, and for several years his been local representative of the Peoples Life Insurance Company of Frankfort.

He was very active in church work being an Elder in Presbyterian church and clerk of the session. He was a member of the choir, a past superintendent of the Sunday school and taught the high school Sunday school class for 17 years. He was also active in Masonic lodge work being a Past Master of Jay Lodge No. 57 F. & A. M., and a present trustee of the lodge. He also is the present associate patron of Eastern Star order.

The body will be removed from Baird funeral home to the residence on West Race street this afternoon. Funeral services Saturday morning at 10:30 from the Presbyterian church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. T. O. M. Wills. Interment in Green Park cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before the service.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 11, 1940

Darke County native heart attack victim. - Services to be Tuesday for Mrs. Leda Studebaker.

Mrs. Leda Studebaker, 65, widow of Oscar Studebaker, died at 7:30 a. m. Saturday in the Union City hospital as the result of a heart aliment. She was a native of Darke county, Ohio, and had spent most of her life in the Union City vicinity. She had been in poor health for four years and seriously ill about 1 week.

Mrs. Studebaker was born in New Madison, O., the daughter of David and Lisa Teeter. She attended the Mt. Holly school and of late years had attended the Pentecostal church. She was united in marriage with Carl Cummings, deceased. In 1908 she became the wife of Oscar Studebaker in a ceremony performed in Greenville, O.

Surviving are two sons, Carl Cummings, of Dayton, O., and Benton Studebaker, 415 South Columbia street, Union City, where she had been making her home; two brothers, Curt Teeter, Union street, Union City, and William Teeter, Union City R. F. D.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Benton Studebaker residence Tuesday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Burial will be made in the Ansonia cemetery.

The body was returned Sunday afternoon from the Brooks Funeral home in Union City to the residence where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 11, 1940

John Freymuth dies, Darke County native.

John Morris Freymouth, 91, Darke county native, died at 4 a. m. Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ed Nagel, southwest of Lightsville, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. (EST) in the Lightsville Methodist church with Rev. Noble Schlechty officiating. Rev. Earl Lantz and Mrs. Lantz will assist and present special music.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 11, 1940

Dr. Karl H. Kayser, Winchester native, claimed by death.

Indianapolis, March 10. --- Dr. Karl H. Kayser, 54, for many years an instructor in the Indiana University Dental school, Indianapolis, and a native of Winchester, died Saturday evening at his home here after an illness of four years. Dr. Kayser was well-known throughout the state. He retired from the dental school faculty four years ago because of failing health.

Dr. Kayser is survived by his widow, Mrs. Edna Kayser, and a daughter, Miss Margaret Louise Kayser. A sister, Mrs. Charles Holdeman, of Winchester, is deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday in Indianapolis at a funeral home. Burial will be in Winchester Tuesday afternoon with graveside services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 11, 1940

Jay Pettyjohn expires Sunday. - Services to be conducted Tuesday at Ridgeville.

Funeral services for Jay Pettyjohn, 77, who died at his home in Ridgeville Sunday morning will be conducted Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Painter funeral home in Ridgeville in charge of Rev. James Hilliard, pastor of the Ridgeville Nazarene church. Interment in the I. O. O. F. cemetery in Ridgeville.

Surviving are the widow, Sarah, three sons, Ray of Fountain City, Earl of Detroit and Olney of Mishawaka; three daughters, Mrs. Goldia Strohl of Cadillac, Mich., Mrs. Maude Westgate of Freemont, Mich., and Mrs. Edna Wise of Dunkirk; one brother, Asa, of near Ridgeville; two sisters, Mrs. E. J. Royer of Blackwell, Okla., and Mrs. Grace Artman of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Friends may call at anytime at the Painter funeral home to view the remains.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 12, 1940

Daniel Stump passes away. - Services for Fort Recovery man to be Thursday p. m.

Daniel Henry Stump, 53, died at his home south of Ft. Recovery on the county line last evening at 6:30 o'clock. He had been ill about 20 months following a stroke.

The deceased was born April 7, 1866, the son of George and Susan (Rape) Stump and was married to Pearl E. Munford February 11, 1895 at Portland. He had lived at his present home for the past 37 years.

Surviving besides the widow are seven children, Mrs. Lola Baldauf, Mrs. Bertha Griesinger, Mrs. Mable Elder and Mrs. Hazel Davis, all of near Ft. Recovery, Mrs. Alta Kimble of Muncie, Audray L. Stump of Danbridge (?), Ohio, and Cecil Stump of Middleburg, Ohio; three brothers, Wash Stump, Elmer Stump and Joseph Stump, all of near Ft. Recovery, and four grandchildren. Four brothers and two children preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Ft. Recovery First Church of Christ. The minister and place of interment have not been determined. The May funeral home at Ft. Recovery is in charge of arrangements.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 12, 1940

Ansonia man dies from injuries; plan funeral Wednesday.

Greenville, O., March 11. --- William Yockey, 85, retired Ansonia blacksmith, died at 2 p. m. Sunday at Wayne hospital, Greenville, from the effects of injuries sustained Friday night when he was run down by a motor car at Ansonia.

Yockey's death was attributed to a skull fracture. Hospital attendants report that he never regained consciousness.

The accident occurred at 8 p. m. Friday as Yockey was attempting to cross Main street in Ansonia. It is claimed that he walked directly into the path of a car driven by Purl Trick, of Coletown. Witnesses have exonerated the auto driver of all blame.

The aged man, who had lived at Ansonia for more than 60 years, leaves a widow, Stella, and four daughters, Mrs. Ethel Riegle, Ansonia; Laura, at home, and Grace and Ruth, both of Detroit, Mich.

Funeral services are to be held at the late residence on E. Calan street, Ansonia, at 2 p. m. (EST), Wednesday with Rev. Hugh A. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 12, 1940

Union City woman dies at son's home in Piqua. - Funeral Wednesday for Mrs. Mary Susan Riggleman.

Mrs. Mary Susan Riggleman, 84, a resident of Caroline street Union City, died Monday at 1 a. m. at the home of a son, Sam Riggleman, in Piqua, O. She had been making her home in Piqua since her health failed last November.

Mrs. Riggleman was born in West Virginia and for the past 20 years had been a resident of Union City. She was a member of the Portland Christian church.

Survivors include the following children: Mrs. May King, of Portland; Charles Riggleman, of College Corner, O.; John Riggleman, of Greenfield; Harry Riggleman, of Williamsburg; Sam Riggleman, of Piqua, O, and Mrs. Fanny Long, of Dayton, O.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p. m. (CST) in the Rose Hill church, rev. D. G. Berkebile, of Union City, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 12, 1940

Former Union City businessman dies.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. (EST) today in the Klaus Funeral home at Hamilton, O., for Charles M. Suma, 70, Union City native, who died Saturday morning in the Fort Hamilton hospital following an appendectomy.

Mr. Suma at one time was in the bakery business in Union City where the I. G. A. store now is located. He left Union City several years ago for Dayton, and later went to Hamilton. At the time of his death he was an employee of the Hamilton Engraving company. He also was a member of the Union City Red Men's lodge No. 62.

He is survived by the widow, Mary, one son, Frank Suma, of Hamilton, and brother, Carey Suma, Detroit, Mich. Burial will be in the Dayton Woodlawn cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 12, 1940

Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Martha Jane Clary, native of Darke county and former Ansonia resident, at her late home in Pasadena, Calif. The remains will be returned today to the residence of Mrs. J. W. Berry, 425 E. Third street, Greenville, s sister-in-law, where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 14, 1940

Winchester native dies in Union City. - Aged woman ill only three days following heart attack.

Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Morgan, 69, widow of Arthur J. Morgan, died suddenly at 2 p. m. Wednesday at her late residence, 339 Clifford avenue, Union City, following a heart attack suffered three days earlier. Mr. Morgan died several months ago.

Mrs. Morgan was born in Winchester on May 1, 1870, the daughter of Jacob and Evina Thomas Summers. She attended the Old District School No. 1 near Winchester. Later she moved to New Madison, O. She had made her home in Union City since 1936, at which time she was united in marriage with Mr. Morgan, her second husband. Mrs. Morgan was a member of the New Madison United Brethren church.

Survivors include five children, Leonard Hoover, New Madison, O.; John Hoover, Michigan City; William Hoover, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. Mae J. Murphy, and Mrs. Ellen McCarter, both of Union City; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangement will not be completed until today. The body was removed to the Morris Funeral service in Union City for burial preparations.

(Funeral services were held on Friday, March 15 at 2 p. m. at the Morris Funeral service, Rev. Carl Adams officiating. Burial was made in the Green Mound cemetery at New Madison, O.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 14, 1940

Death claims Richard Jessup. - Winchester resident is dead in Union City; funeral to be Friday.

Richard Elsworth Jessup, 74, died at the home of a brother, James Jessup, 740 South Columbia street in Union City, at 5 a. m. Wednesday. The deceased had lived in Winchester most of his life, moving to Union City about six months ago.

Surviving are three brothers, Milford, Frank and James Jessup, all of Union City, and one sister, Minnie Burelison, of Richmond.

The body was taken to the Clark and Maynard funeral home in Winchester for burial preparations and will be returned to the home of the brother, James, in Union City Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. at the White River church in charge of Rev. Elvin Thornburg. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 15, 1940

Brother of local man passes away.

Samuel Myers, of Union City, is mourning the death of a brother, John D. Myers, 72 years old Greenville carpenter, who died suddenly Wednesday evening at his late home, 522 East Fifth street, Greenville, from the effects of a heart attack.

He leaves a wife, Viola; three sons, Oscar of Versailles; Earl of Dayton, and Irvin, Greenville; two daughters, Mrs. Charles C. Weaver, Greenville and Mrs. Audrey Richards, Ansonia; one sister, Mrs. Rose Trissell, Greenville, and a brother Samuel Myers of Union City.

Funeral services are to be conducted from the Myers residence at 2 p. m. Saturday with Rev. Joel Harmon, officiating. Burial will be in Beamsville cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that John Daniel Myers was born July 1, 1868 in Staunton, Va., the son of Andrew Jackson Myers (b. Staunton, Va.) and Lucy Buchanan (b. Ansonia, O.) His wife was Viola Trissel.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 15, 1940

Funeral today for mother of Union City woman.

Mrs. Ethel Harter, of Union City, is mourning the death of her mother, Mrs. Nellie Peterswime, 58, wife of Russell Petersime, which occurred at her late home, 756 Central avenue, Greenville, Wednesday afternoon. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mrs. Pertersime was a native of Brown township and had spent her entire life in Darke county.

She leaves the husband; three daughters, Mrs. Ilene Hartzell, Piqua; Mrs. Ethel Harter, Union City;, and Betty Petersime, at home; one son, William, also at home; five grandchildren, and a aunt, Mrs. Margaret Nyswonger, of Ansonia.

Funeral services are to be held at 2 p. m. (EST) today at the Stocker funeral home, Greenville, followed by burial in the Ansonia cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 16, 1940

Will Clapp dies Friday. - Death claims lifelong resident of Ward Township.

Will Clapp, lifelong resident of Ward township, Randolph county, died at 7:45 a. m. Friday at his home one half mile south of Deerfield on State Road 27. He was 73 years, 1 month and 1 day of age at the time of his death.

He leaves to mourn his life the widow, Viola; one daughter, Mrs. Viola Harshman; a son-in-law, Joseph Harshman of Union City; a sister, Rebecca Houseman of Chicago; a brother, Dan Clapp, of Winchester. At the time of his death he was a trustee of the Deerfield M. E. church, a member of the Modern Woodman of America lodge and of the I. O. O. F. lodge. He did not forget his duties as he served on the educational board for 19 years and he won the respect of all who knew him. He was a carpenter in his early life.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Deerfield M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Miller assisted by Rev. S. F. Harter. Interment in Deerfield cemetery. The body was removed to the Middleton funeral home at Ridgeville for burial preparations and taken to the late home Friday night.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 18, 1940

Heart attack proves fatal. - Chester Wright, ex-Modoc resident, dies at Richmond.

Chester Arthur Wright, 51, salesman for Ridenour Sales in Richmond, died suddenly at his home 115 West 9th street that city at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon following a heart attack.

The deceased was born March 10, 1889 at Modoc the son of John W. and Mary J. Wright. He had lived in Richmond since 1930, going there from Modoc. He was a member of the Modoc M. E. church.

Surviving are the widow, Florence A.; one daughter, Miss Maxine Wright, of Modoc; one son, Fred W. Wright, of New Castle; one step-son, Jimmy Hiatt, at home; three sisters, Mrs. James Haxton of Richmond, Mrs. Verda Strickler of Losantville and Mrs. Florence Reynard of Modoc and four brothers, Warder and Raymond of Richmond, John of Cambridge City and Clarence of Modoc.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Jones and Placke mortuary in Richmond in charged of Rev. Charles B. Croxall of Richmond. Interment in the Riverside cemetery at Modoc. Friends may call at the late home anytime after 7 o'clock tonight until Wednesday noon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 19, 1940

Jackson pupil dies following short illness. - Everett Bemis funeral to be conducted Thursday.

Everet Dale Bemis, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Bemis, died Monday at noon at his home north of New Lisbon in Jackson township, Randolph county, following an illness of 24 days.

Everet Dale was a pupil in the fourth grade at the Jackson, Ind. school and attended the Lisbon church. He was born in the home where his death occurred.

Surviving besides the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Bemis, are two brothers and two sisters, Frances, 18; Richard, 16; Helen, 12, and Ray, 7, all at home. Katherine L. Bemis, a sister, died in infancy.

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

The body was removed to the Brooks Funeral home in Union City where friends may call after noon today until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 19, 1940

Heart attack proves fatal. - Mrs. John Aurelius succumbs at home in Union City.

Mrs. John Aurelius died suddenly at 10 o'clock Monday night following a heart attack which occurred at 5:30 o'clock Monday morning. Death occurred at the home of Mrs. E. G. "Ida" Reynard, 330 North Columbia street, Union City, where she had been making her home since the death of her husband, John Aurelius, who died last May.

She was a member of the Union City Presbyterian church and Over the Teacups club. The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Reed, deceased, and was a former school teacher in the Union City vicinity and lived in that community for the past 35 or 40 years.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. (Gladys) Ross Stephens, of Longinmont, Colo.; one step-daughter, Mrs. W. C. Hand, of Muncie and formerly of Union City.

The body was taken to the Morris funeral service, Union City, where funeral arrangements will be completed today.

(Funeral services were conducted at 3 p. m. Thursday at the Morris Funeral home. Burial was made in the Union City cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 19, 1940

Aged woman dies Monday. - Mrs. Margaret Lasley, 91, dies at her home in Winchester.

Mrs. Margaret J. Lasley, 91, died at her home, South Meridian street, Winchester, Monday. She was a lifelong resident of Randolph county.

Surviving are one adopted daughter, Mrs. (Eva J.) Oscar Elliott, of Winchester; three grandchildren; Grace Irene Elliott, John T. Elliott and Robert Elliott, five great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home in Winchester and will be returned to the home this afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Fraze funeral home in charge of Rev. Zelma Mills. Interment in Maxville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 19, 1940

Aged resident of county dies. - John A. Summers dies at home west of Winchester.

John A. Summers, 71, passed away at his home three miles west of Winchester last night at 9 o'clock after a lingering illness.

Besides the widow, Mahala B., he is survived by five sons, Ross E., of Winchester, Lester, at home, Raymond, of Lynn, Irvin, of Winchester and Floyd, of Winchester and two sisters, Mrs. Lena Black, of Farmland and Mrs. Milinda Betts, of Morgantown, Indiana.

The body was removed to the Summer Funeral home in Winchester for burial preparations and funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 19, 1940

Union City woman mourns death of 2 brothers.

Mrs. Martin Elliott, 426 Ward street, Union City, is mourning the death of two brothers, Charles Stephens, 59, of Piqua, Ohio and L. E. Stephens, 64, of Palestine, O. Both men died Sunday almost within the same hour as a result of heart trouble.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. (EST) in Palestine for L. E. Stephens, and in Piqua Thursday at 2 p. m. for Charles Stephens.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 20, 1940

Infant son dies; last rites today.

William Dudley, Jr., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Dudley, of Winchester, died Tuesday noon at the Randolph County hospital. Surviving are the parents, two sisters, Barbara and Jane, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dell Dudley, of Winchester and W. S. Derr, of Union City.

Graveside services will be held this afternoon at the Teegarden cemetery, east of Union City, in charge of Rev. Leo McKinley, of Winchester.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 21, 1940

Earl Young, cider mill operator dies after long illness.

Earl Ethan Young, 69, died at 5 p. m. Wednesday at his residence at the end of South State Line street, Union City, following an extended illness.

Mr. Young, who was never married, had his residence on the second floor of the cider mill that he operated in this community for years.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. Friday in the Brooks Funeral home on North Union street, Union City, with Rev. John Watson, of Harrisville, officiating. The body will remain at the Brooks Funeral home where friends may call after 5 p. m. today.

Biographical particulars, not available last night, will be published tomorrow.

(Nothing further was published.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 21, 1940

Portland plant executive dies. - Orville R. Easterday was one of founders of Jay Garment Co.

Portland, Indiana, March 20. --- Orville R. Easterday, treasurer and co-founder of the Jay Garment company and one of Portland's foremost citizens, died at 5:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at his home at 408 East Main street. Death was due to heart trouble with which he had been in a serious condition for the past month.

Mr. Easterday was 56 years of age, a native son of Jay county and since his early boyhood a resident of the city in the affairs of which he came to play a leading role in its business, industrial and general civic life.

Funeral services are to be held at the Presbyterian church at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon in charge of the Rev. T. O. M. Wills, the pastor. Burial will be made in Green Park cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.

Mr. Easterday was born in Noble township September 8, 1884. In his early youth he came with his parents, John G. and Elizabeth (Schneider) Easterday to Portland where his father opened the Easterday grocery on North Meridian street and conducted the business until his death about two years ago.

Mr. Easterday was married June 10, 1908, to Miss Esther Griffith, who survives him with one daughter, Mary, wife of Dwight Young, of south of Portland, and his step-mother, Mrs. Frances Easterday of North Meridian street.

He was a member of the Presbyterian church, the Rotary club, Jay Lodge No. 87, F. & A. M., and the Fort Wayne consistory of the Scottish Rite.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 21, 1940

Ansonia, O. grocer salesman succumbs.

Chester Lanich, 48 year old Ansonia grocery salesman, died suddenly at 12:45 a. m. Wednesday at Wayne hospital, Greenville, from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was stricken Sunday.

Surviving are a widow, Thelma; one daughter, Marjorie, at home; his father, Finley Lanich, of Versailles; a sister, Mrs. George Stamm, Versailles, and a brother, Homer Lanich, of Buffalo, N. Y.

Funeral services will be conducted from the late residence in Ansonia at 2 p. m. Friday followed by burial in the Ansonia cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 22, 1940

Remains of former Ansonia woman returned.

The remains of Miss Civilia Corwin, 72, formerly of Ansonia, whose death occurred Sunday at Orlando, Fla., arrived in Greenville at 7:30 p. m. Thursday.

Funeral services are to be conducted at the Stacker Funeral home in Greenville at 2 p. m. (EST) Saturday with the Rev. Frank Thomas officiating. Interment will be in the Teegarden cemetery.

A brother, Oscar M. Corwin, lives at Ansonia. Another brother Clint Corwin, resides at Van Wert, O.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 25, 1940

Margaret Elizabeth Jones, 82, expires at her home in Redkey.

Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Jones, 82, widow of the late Alonzo T. Jones, passed away at 2 o'clock Sunday morning at her home on W. Main street, Redkey, after more than two years illness.

Mrs. Jones is survived by three sons, Orle and Homer of Redkey and Raymond M. Jones of Muncie; one daughter, Mrs. Gill Watson, of near Redkey, two half-brothers, Charles F. and Asa Howell of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.]

She was the last of an original generation of neighbors residing west of Redkey during the pioneer days of nearly a century ago while the country was still unimproved and practically a wilderness. Mrs. Jones had been a member of the Redkey Methodist church for 65 years, was active in various branches of the church and had taught a Sunday school class in the church for 43 years until she was forced to retire two years ago on account of ill health. She had resided in Redkey and vicinity since she was 10 years of age.

The deceased was born in Darke county, Ohio, December 5, 1857, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Fruit. While yet a small child her parents moved to Indiana near Union City. Her father was one of the contractors who helped to build the Big Four railroad between Union City and Muncie. Mr. Jones passed away 16 years ago shortly after he and Mrs. Jones had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

The body was taken to the Jones mortuary at Redkey preparatory to burial after which it will be returned to the late home on west Main street. Funeral services will be conducted at the Redkey Methodist church at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. T. B. Morris will officiate. Burial will be made at Hill Creek cemetery.

The pallbearers will be composed of Ralph Watson of New Jersey, Edwin Jones of Indianapolis, W. A. Manger of Bedford, Dwight Craig and Floyd Watson of Redkey, all grandsons of the deceased, and William Champ, a nephew of Albany. Mrs. Jones' Sunday school class member are asked to meet at the home in time for funeral to act as flower bearers.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 25, 1940

Gralig funeral at Ridgeville today.

Funeral services for Shirley A. Gralig, 47, who died at Ridgeville, will be held today at 2 p. m. at the Middleton funeral chapel in Ridgeville in charge of Rev. W. O. Powers.

Surviving are the mother, Mrs. Florence Gralig of Billings, Mont.; the widow, Ruth Gralig; two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Stewart of Billings and Mrs. Martha Finn of Muncie; three sons, George, Marcellus and Lester, all of Ridgeville, and one sister, Mrs. Omer Harlan of Billings.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 25, 1940

Former resident of Union City community dies; rites today.

James I. Gibson, 59, formerly of Union City and Ansonia communities, died suddenly at 11 p. m. Friday at his late home near the Oakland church on Bradford route near Gettysburg, O. Death has been attributed to a heart attack.

Funeral services are to be conducted from the Ansonia Methodist church at 2 p. m. (EST) today with Rev. Noble Schlecty, of Rossburg, officiating. Burial will be in the Ansonia cemetery.

Immediate survivors include a widow, Carrie, and three brothers, Alpha, Alva and William, all of Darke county.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 25, 1940

Flo Borror passes away. - Resident of near Winchester dies at Richmond hospital.

Flo Borror, aged 44, residing near Winchester, died at the Richmond hospital about 9 o'clock Sunday evening.

Survivors, besides the husband, Ollie, are two daughters, Agnes and Hazel, both at home; two brothers, Cecil Oliver and Herb Oliver, both of Redkey, and five sisters, Mrs. Rose Curtis of Redkey, Mrs. Mabel Kabel of Redkey, Mrs. Edith Sutton of Portland, Mrs. Blanche Curtis of Redkey, and Mrs. Edna Shaneyfelt of Ridgeville..

The body was taken to the Summers funeral home in Winchester for burial preparations. Arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.

(Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday at 1:30 p. m. at the North White River church in charge of Rev. George Addington. Burial was made in the New Dayton cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, March 25, 1940

Death claims Emma Goshorn. - Aged woman dies at home of brother in Farmland.

Mrs. Emma J. Goshorn, 80, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at the home of her brother, Sylvester Billheimer, of Farmland.

Surviving is the brother at whose home she died.

Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Thornburg funeral home in charge of Rev. Lyle Case. The body will then be taken to Washington, Ind. where a second funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock with burial in Oak Grove cemetery at Washington.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 26, 1940

Emma Gruber stroke victim; Union City native. - Services tentatively set for Thursday morning.

Following a paralytic stroke Wednesday, Mrs. Emma Jane Gruber, 79, widow of Joseph Gruber, died Monday at 4:30 p. m. at her late residence at 639 North Columbia street, Union City. Mrs. Gruber, who was a native and lifelong resident of Union City, had been in poor health for some time.

Born the daughter of Benjamin and Martha Robbins Stewart, she attended the Union City schools and was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic church and the Rosary society. She was united in marriage to Joseph Gruber in Union City on April 14, 1879. He died in 1934.

Survivors include four children, Earl F. Gruber, of Frankfort, Ind.; Mrs. Loretto Rhatican, of Union City; Mrs. Ida M. Nelson, of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Florence Hayes, of Rye, N. Y.; two sisters, Mrs. Olive Jenkins, of Union City, and Mrs. Clara Sheridan, of Piqua, O.; two brothers, Finley and George Stewart, of Dayton, O., and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services have been tentatively set for Thursday at 9 a. m. in the St. Mary's church in Union City, with Rev. T. J. Hammes, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, north of Union City.

The body will be returned from the Fraze Funeral home in Union City Tuesday evening to the residence on North Columbia street where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, March 26, 1940

Rossburg woman, 91, dies; call son home.

Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Rebecca Ann Berry, 91, of Rossburg route 1, who died Saturday at 2:30 p. m. after a prolonged illness, will not be completed until a son, Russell, arrives here from Alhambra, Cal. He is now en route.

Her remains have been removed to the Miller Funeral home, Greenville, pending funeral services.

Mrs. Berry, a daughter of the late Robert Ross, was one of a family of 12 children. She was born in Liberty township and had spent her entire life in Darke county.

Her husband, Norman Berry, has been dead since 1898.

She leaves four children, two other sons, W. H. Berry, Rossburg route 1, and Steward Berry, of Lake Port, Calif., and one daughter, Mrs. Elynos Sink, New Weston; two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Hercules, Ansonia rural route 1, and Mrs. Jennie Francis, of Columbus, and a brother, Robert Ross, of Rossburg.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that she was born November 3, 1848 in Palestine, Ohio, the daughter of Robert Ross and Mariah Mitchell. She was buried in the Greenville Cemetery but no date was given.)

(Later newspaper information stated that the funeral services were held at the residence at 2 p. m. Friday, Rev. Noble Schlecty officiated. Burial was made in the Greenville cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 27, 1940

Charles Yunker passes away.

Charles C. Yunker, 81, former Winchester city engineer and Randolph county surveyor, died at 3:45 a. m. at his home on East Washington street in Winchester after a lingering illness.

For many years he had been a director in the Winchester Home and Savings association and the Randolph County bank.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Summers funeral home in Winchester in charge of Rev. G. M. Payne. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

Surviving are a daughter, Grace P. Yunker, at home, and a sister, Mrs. Alice Eller of Winchester.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, March 27, 1940

Heart trouble proves fatal. - Sophomore in Jefferson (Deerfield) school dies Tuesday.

Portland, Ind., March 26. --- Lucy Frances Garringer, 15, sophomore in the Jefferson high school at Deerfield, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Garringer, near Zoar in Pike township, at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, following a four month illness of heart trouble. She had been seriously ill the past two weeks.

The young girl was born in Pike township, November 2, 1924, the daughter of Benjamin and Susan (Warren) Garringer.

Surviving besides the parents are three brothers, Kenneth, Thurman and Sherman Garringer, and three sisters, Ethel, wife of Bert Jordan; Velma and Esther Garringer, all of near Portland.

The body was removed to the Baird funeral home for burial preparations and will be taken to the home of the parents Wednesday noon. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Zoar M. E. church in charge of Rev. Lura Milligan, of Dublin. Interment in Antioch cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 28, 1940

Aged resident dies suddenly. - Mrs. Bertha E. Ashcraft expires; funeral to be Saturday.

Mrs. Bertha E. Ashcraft, 67, died suddenly at her home at 436 Union street in Winchester at 10:45 p. m. last night.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. John Wysong, of Winchester; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ruth Ashcraft, of Albany; two granddaughters, Mrs. Mary Ashcraft Meranda and Mrs. Eileen Ashcraft Zehner, of Albany; two grandsons, John A. Wysong and Philip D. Wysong, both of Winchester; three brothers, George Hall of Portland, O. M. Hall of Pennville and Frank Hall of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The body was removed to the Clark and Maynard funeral home where funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Lee Jackson of Peru, in charge. Interment will be at Ft. Recovery, O.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 28, 1940

Ed Flood dies at county infirmary; born at Longtown.

Ed Flood, colored, died at the Randolph county infirmary Wednesday about 3 p. m. , death being attributed to gangrene.

Born at Longtown, colored settlement in Randolph county near the Ohio state line, Flood had been an inmate of the institution for 38 years, having been admitted in 1902. Superintendent Roy Thornburg said he had no record of the man's age, but he thought it was in the neighborhood of 70 years.

It could not be verified, although reported, that Flood's parents were slaves before moving to the Longtown community.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. at the Fraze funeral home in Winchester. Surviving is one brother in Richmond.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, March 28, 1940

Aged resident of county dies. - Seralda F. Greene expires at home north of Farmland.

Seralda F. Greene, 75, died at her home, five miles north of Farmland, yesterday morning, after an illness of three weeks.

She is survived by the husband, Francis W., and one son, Thomas, of Albany.

The body was taken to the Thornburg Funeral home in Farmland for burial preparations and will be taken to the family home later.

Funeral services will be held from the Hopewell church, north of Farmland, at 10:30 o'clock Friday morning in charge of Rev. Zelma Mills, assisted by Rev. George Vanderburg. Burial will take place in the adjoining cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 29, 1940

Union City woman is victim of hemorrhage. - Death of Mrs. John Strasser is sudden; funeral at residence.

Mrs. John Strasser, 56, died at 10:30 a. m. Thursday at her residence in Union City, 415 North Plum street, less than 24 hours after she had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Death came as a distinct shock to her relatives and friends. She had been in good health until stricken Wednesday.

She was born near Cosmos in Darke county, Ohio, Edythe Caldwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Caldwell. While still a girl, she came to Union City with her parents, where she was graduated from the Union City East Side school. She was a member of the Union City Christian church, Research and Needlecraft clubs and the Eastern Star order.

Survivors include the mother, Mrs. David Caldwell, who resides at 415 North Plum street, Union City; two sisters, Mrs. John Clark, of Union City, and Louise Caldwell, of Coronada Beach, Calif.; one brother, Joe Caldwell of Union City, and the husband, John Strasser, who operates a cleaning establishment in Winchester.

Private funeral services will be held at the residence. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery. Other arrangements will be made following the arrival of Miss Caldwell.

The body will be returned from the Brooks Funeral home in Union City at noon today to the residence where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 29, 1940

Woman, 91, passes away. - Gulielma Stanley dies at daughter's home at Bloomingport.

Gulielma J. Stanley, 91, died Thursday at 3 p. m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Marianna Engle at Bloomingport.

Besides the daughter at whose home she died, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Guy Coffin of near Lynn; three sons, Levi of near Lynn, Isaac of Ekalaka, Mont., and Clinton of Los Angeles; one brother, Albert Jessup of Spiceland; 19 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Thomas funeral home at Lynn for burial preparation. Funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, March 29, 1940

Only negro farmer in Adams Co. dead.

Decatur, Ind., March 28. --- Walter Scott, 69, only colored farmer in Adams county, is dead. Funeral services will be held at the Salem Methodist church at 12:30 p. m. Friday and burial will be made in the Paulding, O., county cemetery. He was a tenant on the Fred Amos farm in St. Mary's township near Pleasant Mills.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 30, 1940

Brother of Lynn woman is dead; funeral Sunday.

Muncie, Ind., March 29. --- Arthur C. Stout, 59, of Yorktown, dropped dead yesterday afternoon in the 500 block of South Walnut street. Coroner Earl K. Parson, who investigated, said that death was due to a heart ailment.

Mr. Stout was born in Virginia, and came to Muncie twenty years ago, moving to Yorktown six months ago. He was a member of the CIO Union at Warner Gear company, where he had been employed for the past eighteen years.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. M. Lee Stout; a stepson, Hubert Elmore, of Muncie; one stepdaughter, Miss Mary Ellen Elmore, of South Bend; the mother, Mrs. Delila Stout, of Bristol, Va., and two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Reynolds, of Lynn, Ind., and Mrs. Sally Polmon of Bristol.

Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel of Elm Ridge mausoleum at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. R. E. Boyles, pastor of the Avondale Methodist church, in charge. Burial will be in Elm Ridge cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 30, 1940

Charles Douglas dies at Versailles of heart trouble.

Rev. Charles Douglas, whose wife is a former Winchester resident, died suddenly of heart trouble Thursday night at his home in Versailles, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the Versailles Lutheran church. The body will be brought to Winchester for burial in Fountain Park cemetery arriving in Winchester at 3 p. m. (CST). The casket will be opened at the cemetery. Masonic and Scottish rite ceremonies will be performed.

Mrs. Douglas, who survives with two sons, Harold and Henry, is the former Effie Pickett, daughter of Henry Pickett. Several cousins of Mrs. Douglas live in this vicinity.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, March 30, 1940

M. C. Keffer dies.

M. C. Keffer, 86, father of Dr. C. C. Keffer of Union City, died at 10:30 p. m. Friday in the Union City hospital following a critical illness of one week. Mr. Keffer recently came to Union City on a visit and suddenly took ill a week ago and removed to the hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 1, 1940

M. C. Keffer rites today. - Former Union County man dies in Union City; burial at College Corner.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. today at the home of a son, Dr. C. C. Keffer, 312 South Columbia street, for Monroe C. Keffer, 86, who died Friday night in the Union City hospital following an illness of three weeks.

Mr. Keffer was born about five miles east of Liberty, later moving while still a child with his parents to a farm near Cottage Grove. During his early manhood he was a teacher in the public schools. In 1879 he was united in marriage with Ida Crume and they lived on the farm near Cottage Grove until the death of Mrs. Keffer in 1914.

In 1918 Mr. Keffer was married to Margaret Morris. They moved to Fresno, Calif., where they made their home until a few weeks ago at which time they came to visit in Union City with the expectations of making their future home here.

Surviving are the widow, Margaret, and five children, born of the first marriage; Oliver Pilav Keffer, of Houston, Tex.; Roscoe H. Keffer, of New York; Mrs. Ruth Snyder, of Dayton, O.; Ralph Keffer , of Hartford, Conn., and Dr. C. C. Keffer, of Union City.

Rev. Carl Adams, pastor of the Union City Methodist church will officiate. Graveside services will be held at the cemetery at College Corner, O., at 4:15 p. m. (CST).

Friends may call at the residence of Dr. C. C. Keffer until the hour of the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 1, 1940

Former Union City woman dies in Dayton, O. - Mrs. Thomas Sowers rites 2 p. m. Tuesday in Union City.

Mrs. Thomas Sowers, 72, for many years a resident of Union City, died suddenly at 3 a. m. Sunday following a heart attack at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl Goodwin, in Dayton, O. She had been in good health.

Mr. and Mrs. Sowers left Union City only a few months ago to live with the daughter. They formerly had lived on South State Line street in Union City. Mrs. Sowers was a member of the Union City United Brethren church.

Surviving besides the husband, Thomas Sowers, are three children, Mrs. Earl Goodwin, at whose home she died; James Sowers, of Dayton and Ray Sowers, of Indianapolis; two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. in the Fraze Funeral home in Union City, with Rev. L. G. Ludwick officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

The remains will be returned from Dayton to the Fraze Funeral home Tuesday at 10 a. m. after which time friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 1, 1940

Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Arnett dies Sunday p. m.

Leroy Arnett, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Arnett, died at the home of his parents seven miles east of Union City in Darke county, at 9 p. m. Sunday evening about two hours after birth.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p. m. (EST) today in charge of the Brooks funeral home. Interment will be in the Teegarden cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 1, 1940

Donald Leroy Yoder dies Sunday night.

Donald Leroy Yoder, four day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Yoder, died at 10 p. m. Sunday at the home of Mrs. Yoder's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzit Larison in Hillgrove.

The body was removed to the Fraze funeral home in Union City where funeral arrangements will be completed today.

(Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday at the Harry Cline residence, 809 East Main street, Union City, officiated by Rev. L. G. Ludwick. Burial was made in the Snell cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 3, 1940

Sarah Brady passes away. - Funeral services for relative of county people to be Friday.

Sarah Bell Brady died at her Muncie home at 1304 East Seventh street, about 4:30 p. m. Tuesday.

Survivors are one sister, Mrs. Markle Hubbick, of Parker; three brothers, Will Grubbs of Modoc, Lawrence Grubbs of Losantville, and Ancil Grubbs of Carlos, and the following children: Mrs. Lee Shaw of Farmland, Mrs. Murray Engle of Garret, Mrs. Pearl McCoy, Mrs. James Green and Miss Ida Brady, all of Muncie, and Nelson Brady of Farmland.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Friday in charge of Rev. J. Virgil Siberal of Muncie at the home of a daughter, 401 West North street, in Muncie. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery near Farmland.

The body was removed to the Thornburg funeral home where it will remain until Thursday, when it will be taken to the home of the daughter in Muncie.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 3, 1940

Auto accident shock is fatal. - Hastens death of Joseph Hinshaw, aged resident of Jay county.

Portland, Indiana, April 2. --- An automobile accident in front of his home a mile west of Flat at noon Monday, resulted fatally at 7 o'clock Tuesday morning for Joseph Hinshaw. Shock suffered in the crash is blamed for hastening his death from organic heart trouble with which he had been afflicted for several months.

Mr. Hinshaw, who was 73 years of age, and his wife were occupants of a car driven by Marion Pugh of Hartford City, from which place they were returning from a visit. As Mr. Pugh turned his auto into the Hinshaw home drive, it was struck by a machine driven by Mrs. Clyde H. Brown, of Montpelier, R. R. 1, a Jay Garment company employee, who was hurrying from Portland to the Hartford City hospital, where her husband had been taken for an operation. The Pugh car was overturned twice and the driver and his aged passenger were badly shaken up.

Mr. Hinshaw was a native of Randolph county, having been born near Snow Hill. With his parents he moved to Blackford county when he was 15 years old. After his marriage to Mrs. Cerrelda Shusher, he lived for 15 years in Randolph county and then came to Penn township, where they since resided. Surviving, besides the widow, are a son, Ray Hinshaw, of Waynedale, Allen county; two grandchildren and a sister, Hettie, wife of Perry Cline, of Penn township.

Funeral services will be held at the Flat Friends church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in charge of Rev. Ray Bouse. Burial will be in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, Pennville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 3, 1940

Union City native dies at Troy, O.

Mrs. Clarence Garbrey, 50, native of Union City, died suddenly at the Memorial hospital in Troy, O., about 5 p. m. Tuesday. Mrs. Garbrey left Union City about 20 years ago to make her home in Troy.

The deceased was born in Union City, O., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hays. She attended the East Side schools.

Surviving, besides the husband Clarence, are three sons, Clarence, Jr., Maurice and Daniel, all of Troy; one daughter, Annabell Garbrey, at home; one sister, Mrs. Omer Crawford, Ward street, Union City, and two brothers.

Funeral arrangements will be completed today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 4, 1940

Mother Union City man dies in Greenville; services to be Friday.

Greenville, O., April 3. --- Mrs. Mary Catharine Fitzgerald, 77, widow of the late Dr. W. T. Fitzgerald, prominent Greenville medical practitioner and former U. S. congressional representative from the Fourth Ohio district, died here at 9:30 p. m. Tuesday.

Death occurred at the Fitzgerald residence, 432 West Fourth street, following a year's illness from a complication of diseases.

Mrs. Fitzgerald, whose parents, both deceased, were Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dininger, was born on a farm near Greenville on September 9, 1862, and had spent her entire life in the community. She had been a member of the Greenville Presbyterian church for many years.

Immediate survivors include four children, one son and three daughters; 14 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Townsend, Greenville.

The children are: H. D. Fitzgerald, Union City, Ind.; Mrs. Maude F. Sharpe, of Bowling Green, O.; Mrs. C. L. Mong, Greenville, and Mrs. R. M. Graham, of Akron.

Funeral services are to be conducted from the late residence at 2:30 p. m. (EST) Friday with Rev. John Harrington officiating. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 4, 1940

Darke County woman dies of pneumonia. - Funeral Friday for Mrs. Margaret Rachel Shank.

Complications resulting from pneumonia claimed the life of Mrs. Margaret Rachel Shank, 86, native and lifelong resident of Darke county, Ohio, about 1:15 a. m. Wednesday at the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Henry Rinebarger, Washington township, Darke county, O.

Mrs. Shank was born in Darke county and for the past 20 years had resided with her daughter. She was united in marriage with George Shank, who died in 1929. She attended the Hillgrove Federated church. Mrs. Shank had been seriously ill for the past three weeks.

Survivors include five children, Mrs. Henry Rinebarger, at whose home she died; Richard (Dick) Shank, Union City; Miss Bertha Shank, at home, and Mrs. Edna Haines and Mrs. Elizabeth Tilly, residing in Dayton.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. (CST) in the Lisbon church, northwest of Union City, with Rev. H. G. Perry, of Salamonia, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body was returned from the Morris Funeral service in Union City Wednesday afternoon to the Rinebarger residence where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 5, 1940

Grade teacher passes away in Saratoga. - Services Sunday for Miss Mary Alice Taylor.

Miss Mary Alice Taylor, 59, primary teacher in the Saratoga schools for the past 28 years, died at 1:30 p. m. Thursday at her late residence in Saratoga, following a serious illness of seven weeks.

Miss Taylor was born the daughter of James A. and Laura Bell Taylor in Antioch. She was a member of the Saratoga Methodist church, attended the Saratoga public schools, :Marion Normal and Ball State colleges. She was a member of the Ladies Aid and Missionary societies.

Surviving besides the parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Taylor, are three brothers, G. M. Taylor, of Saratoga; N. C. Taylor, of Union City, and E. R. Taylor, of Dayton, O.; three nieces and three nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p. m. in the Methodist church, with Rev. Mr. Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Saratoga cemetery.

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

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 5, 1940

Resident of Farmland dies. - Mrs. Blanche Ellen Sayers expires; funeral is to be Saturday.

Mrs. Blanche Ellen Sayers, 57, of Farmland, died at the Randolph County hospital Thursday afternoon at 4:20 o'clock.

Surviving are the husband, Gola Sayers; six sons, Harold, Albert and Clayton of Muncie; Adrien of Fairfield, Ill.; Rex and Bobbie at home; four daughters, Mrs. June Marquell and Mrs. Gene Wigmore of Modoc, and Mrs. Ralph Whistler of Union City; one brother, Clayton Delk, of Winchester and three sisters, Mrs. Lucile Simmons of Winchester, Mrs. George Cavanaugh and Miss Lelia Delk of Farmland.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Thornburg funeral home in charge of Rev. Omar Shaffer. The body will be returned from the funeral home to the residence this evening at 6 o'clock and will be taken back to the funeral home Saturday at the hour of the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 5, 1940

Rosa Retter passes away. - Economy woman known in this County expires; funeral Sunday.

Rosa (Luzadder) Retter died yesterday afternoon at 4:10 o'clock at the farm home three miles northwest of Economy, Ind., from a 13 years illness of arthritis complications and had been a complete invalid for about the last seven years.

The deceased was born south of Redkey May 23, 1874, the daughter of George and Nancy J. (Lake) Luzadder, being 65 years, 10 months and 12 days of age at the time of her death. In March 1909, she was united in marriage to George Retter who preceded her in death November 6, 1936.

She is survived by one adopted son, Robert, at home and one sister, Mrs. Miriam Smith, of two miles southwest of Redkey. Four sisters and one brother preceded her in death, one of them being the late Mrs. Jerry Jenkins of Jay county.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock at the residence in Wayne county in charge of Rev. Harvey Thornburg of near Farmland. Interment in Strong cemetery at Albany. The body was removed to the Williamson and Sons funeral home, Portland for burial preparations and will be removed to the residence this evening.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, April 6, 1940

Former Union City man dies in Indianapolis.

Word has been received in Union City that funeral services were held Friday in Indianapolis for William S. Wilson, 73, former Union City resident who died Wednesday at his home, 3952 Washington boulevard, Indianapolis. Mr. Wilson was former vice-president of the Central Supply company and president of the Indianapolis Belting and Supply company for several years. When in Union City he was associated with the Knapp Supply company. He was ill only a short time.

He was born at Celina, O., and later lived for several years in Union City, going from here to Indianapolis about 30 years ago when the Central Supply company was organized.

Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Maude C. Wilson, and two granddaughters, Sally Jeanne and Diana Loer Wilson. Lewis, a son, born in Union City, was killed in an accident a few years ago.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 8, 1940

Death claims Union City woman; long illness. - Funeral to be held Tuesday for Mrs. John Denlinger.

Mrs. John B. Denlinger, 84, died at 11 a. m. Sunday at her late residence on highway 71 at Crescent Bend, one mile southeast of Union City.

Mrs. Denlinger was born Luella Kelley, November 16, 1865, at Lewisburg, Preble County, O., the daughter of Thomas T. and Elizabeth Kiser Kelley. When she was 13 years of age she came with her parents to the Union City community where she remained the rest of her life. She attended the Union City West Side schools, and was a member of the Union City United Brethren church. On December 26, 1886 she was united in marriage with John B. Denlinger. She was active in church work, the United Brethren Missionary society and Ladies' Aid society before her health failed.

Surviving beside the husband, John, are one son, Charles Denlinger, at home; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Lambert, of Anderson, and Mrs. Eudora Harding, of Union City; one brother, George W. Kelley, of Santiago, Cal. who has reached the age of 93 years, and three grandchildren, Louanna K., Kathryn I., and John C., at home. There are also a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 1:30 p. m. (CST) at the residence with Rev. L. G. Ludwick, assisted by Rev. Ira Clark, of Piqua, O., officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

The body will be returned from the Brooks Funeral home in Union City to the residence at 4 p. m. today, where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 8, 1940

Death claims Nancy M. Hart. - Stroke proves fatal to 75 years old woman; funeral Wednesday.

Mrs. Nancy Martha Hart, 75, died at her home four and one-half miles south of Union City Sunday at 11 a. m., following a stroke suffered recently.

Survivors include the husband, Howard Hart; two daughters, Sarah Lucinda Hart at home and Mrs. Ethel Pearl Clevenger, of Shiloh, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Passmore of Winimac and Mrs. J. W. Ganger of Shelby, Mich., and several nieces and nephews.

The body was removed to the Clark and Maynard funeral home in Winchester and returned to the residence at 4 p. m. Sunday Funeral services will be conducted at the Union City Methodist church Wednesday at 2 p. m. with Rev. John Watson officiating, assisted by Rev. Carl Adams. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

(A later published obituary on April 12th states that she was the daughter of John and Lucinda Strader. She was born near Arcanum, O., April 30, 1864. She spent her early life in Darke County. On April 20, 1883 she was joined in marriage with Charles Howard Hart. The two daughters named above were born of this marriage.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 9, 1940

Death claims Fred L. Draper. - Lynn town attorney is dead at 71; rites to be Wednesday.

Fred L. Draper, 71, Lynn town attorney, died at his home in Lynn Monday at 5 a. m., following an illness of several weeks. He had been a resident of Lynn for five years, coming to that community from Indianapolis where he had practiced law for ten years.

Prior to his Indianapolis practice where he had served many times as judge pro tem to city courts, he lived at Danville, Ill. where he served as county judge during part of his 30 years spent there.

Mr. Draper is survived by the widow, Eva; two daughters, Mrs. E. C. Nieman of Lynn and Mrs. Harry Fry of Indianapolis; a foster daughter, Madge Draper of St. Louis, Mo., and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10:30 a. m. at the Thomas funeral home at Lynn in charge of Rev. K. Edward Maynard, assisted by Rev. Adam Flatter. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery at Winchester. Friends may call at the mortuary anytime.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 10, 1940

W. A. Wilmore passes away. - Death claims Saratoga man, 75, Tuesday afternoon at 4.

W. A. Wilmore, 75, passed away at his home in Saratoga yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock after a lingering illness.

He is survived by the widow, Ella, and two daughters, Mabel Love of Saratoga and Ruth Wilmore at home.

The body was removed to the Clark and Maynard funeral home in Winchester from where funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Friends may call at the funeral home anytime after 10 o'clock this morning.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 12, 1940

John Morton dies suddenly. - Prominent Wayne Twp. farmer, stockman heart victim.

John Wright Morton, for many years a prominent Wayne township farmer and stock buyer, died suddenly at 2 a. m. Thursday of a heart illness at the home of a daughter, Mrs. George Ebling, near Bartonia. He had observed his eighty seventh birthday anniversary only a few hours earlier on Wednesday, April 10.

Mr. Morton was born near Bethel, Ind., April 10, 1853, the son of William Stidham and Elizabeth Barton Morton. When about seven years of age he moved to the Bartonia community in Randolph county. On February 20, 1873 he was united in marriage to Laura Elona Belle Daniels of Greenville, Ohio. To this happy union were born three children. For the remainder of his life, the next 80 years, he resided in Wayne township. He attended the Old No. 9 school on the Jackson pike in Wayne township and for 30 years lived on North Howard street in Union City. He left his home in Union City about four years ago to make his home with his daughter.

He was a member of the Bartonia Methodist church and for more than 50 years was associated with the Odd Fellows lodge. Survivors include two daughters, Blanche Margaret, wife of George Ebling and Lillian Irene, wife of Chelcia Oliver, both of Bartonia; four grandsons, John W. Morton of Cincinnati, G. Oscar Morton of Richmond, Morton Branch of Peoria, Illinois and David Oliver of Bartonia, and three great grandchildren. Mrs. Morton passed away on February 14, 1936. A son, Guy D. Morton died at the age of 25 in 1899.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p. m. in the Bartonia Methodist church with Rev. Fremont Harter officiating. Burial will be in the Spartanburg cemetery. The body will be returned at 2 p. m. today from the Brooks Funeral home in Union City to the Ebling residence.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 12, 1940

Death claims County native. - Services Saturday for Mrs. James Dixon, Washington Twp.

Mrs. James Dixon, 71, native and lifelong resident of Washington township, Darke county, Ohio, died following an illness of one week at 1:10 p. m. at the Wayne hospital, Greenville, O. Her late residence was two and one-half miles northwest of Coletown.

Mrs. Dixon was born Lula Hart, daughter of Johanthan and Magdalena Hart. She attended the Washington township schools and was a member of the Hillgrove Federated church.

Survivors include the husband, James Dixon; a foster son, Clifton Marshall, of Greenville; one brother, John Hart, of Greenville, and one sister, Mrs. Rose Hershey, of Dayton, O.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p. m. (EST) at the Miller funeral home in

Greenville. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

The body was removed to the residence northwest of Coletown Thursday evening. Friends may call until 11 a. m. Saturday.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that Catherine Lula Hart was born April 20, 1868 in Washington Twp. Darke Co., OH, the daughter of Jonathan Hart and Magdalena Huffer.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 15, 1940

Man is found dead in woods. - Lowell Lumpkin, 64, is heart attack victim near Huntsville.

Lowell Lumpkin, 64, of near Huntsville, was found dead about 10:15 o'clock Saturday night near his home. He had entered a wooded area to cut wood, and a search was started when he failed to return. It was believed he suffered a heart attack.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Josie Lumpkin; three sons, Wallace Lumpkin of Hagerstown, John Lumpkin of Modoc and Byron Lumpkin of Modoc; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Patterson of Winchester, Miss Alta Lumpkin of Greenville, Ohio, and Miss Marjorie Lumpkin of Modoc; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Golliher of Losantville, and Mrs. Daisy Clevenger of Hartford City; and brother, Merl Lumpkin of Union City; one half-brother, Dora Ross, and three grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Reynard funeral home at Modoc. Funeral at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Huntsville church, Rev. Elvin Thornburg officiating, assisted by Rev. Robert Gorrell. Burial at West River cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 15, 1940

Laura Davis passes away. - Aged resident of near Selma dies; funeral to be Tuesday.

Laura J. Davis, 81, wife of William A. Davis, died at 11 a. m. Sunday at her home near Selma.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Nettie Davisson of Selma; three sons, Claude Friddle of Indianapolis, Fay Friddle of Ft. Benjamin Harrison and William E. Friddle of Selma; one brother, Minn Frier of Farmland and two sisters, Mrs. Allie Parker of Muncie and Mrs. Martha Myers of Eaton.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Thornburg funeral home at Farmland in charge of Rev. Zelma Mills. The body will be left art the Thornburg funeral home where friends may call. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 15, 1940

Former Union City woman succumbs; funeral is today.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. today in Anderson for Mrs. John Wogerman, 83, who died Saturday at 11 a. m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Harry Wilson, in Anderson, after a week's illness.

Before leaving for Anderson about a year ago, Mr. and Mrs. Wogerman had lived on West Pearl street in Union City. She had attended the Harrisville Christian church.

Survivors besides the husband, John, are three children, William Wogerman, of Union City; Mrs. Harry Wilson, of Anderson, and Mrs. George Bradford, of Celina, O., and two sisters, Mrs. William Hicks, Pearl street, Union City, and Mrs. Fannie Finch, of Albany.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 15, 1940

Elvert Lamb dies at Ball Hospital.

Muncie, Ind., April 14. --- Elver Lamb, 61, of 921 South Ebrite street, died at 8 o'clock Friday night at Ball hospital after an illness of one month.

Mr. Lamb was born in Randolph county. He was employed at the Indiana Steel and Wire company several years and was a watchman there for the past eight years.

Surviving are three sons, Willard, of Parker, and Leo and Howard, of Muncie; five daughters, Mrs. Pearl Van Pelt, of near Parker; Mrs. Mary Booher, of near Parker; Mrs. Vera Shelby, of Muncie; Mrs. Lucille Hunt, of Muncie, and Miss Emma May Lamb, at home; three brothers, William and Merl, of near Farmland and Charles, of Eaton; fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 15, 1940

Charles Ross passes away. - Sudden death follows stroke; services Tuesday.

Charles Ross, 81, retired sawyer, died suddenly at 5 a. m. Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mary Stivers, 911 West Hickory street, Union City. Death was caused by a paralytic stroke suffered a few days earlier.

Born in Union City the son of Sam and Christena Ross, the deceased had spent all his life in the community of his birth with the exception of a few years spent in Fowlerton and Marion. He attended the Spring HP1 school and was a member of the Union City Christian church. Mr. Ross and Lilly Snyder were united in marriage in April 1888. Mrs. Ross died about 25 years ago.

Survivors include six children, Fred Ross and Mrs. Mary Stivers, of Union City; Robert Ross, of Monticello; James Ross, of Flint, Mich.; Dr. Paul Ross, of Chicago, and Mrs. Helen Thieroff, of Philadelphia; two brothers, Ira Smith, of Lewisburg, and Edward Smith of near Cosmos, O., and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Brooks Funeral home in Union City, with Rev. Ben Holroyd officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery. Friends may view the remains at the Brooks Funeral home after noon today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 15, 1940

Burns fatal to Union City man. - Plan funeral services today for Charles Schmidt.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p. m. today in the Morris Funeral service, 530 North Columbia street, Union City, for Charles Schmidt, 65, who died at 1 p. m. Saturday in the Union City hospital. Death was attributed to leg and body burns sustained on March 18 caused by a kerosene explosion which occurred while Mr. Schmidt was building a fire at the residence, corner of Cedar and North streets, Union City.

Mr. Schmidt, born in Union City the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Robino Schmidt, was a lifelong resident of the community. He never married. At one time he was employed helping his brother at the butcher trade, but of recent years he had worked at odd jobs. He attended the Union City United Brethren church and as a youth received his education from the East Side schools.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. O. F. Basey, of Indianapolis, and a brother, Lew Schmidt, of Union City.

Rev. L. G. Ludwick will officiate at the services today. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery. Friends may call to view the remains at the Morris Funeral service until the hour of the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 15, 1940

Isaac Smith is dead. - Is claimed by death Sunday morning at daughter's home.

Isaac E. Smith, 89, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Earl Brown, eight and one-half miles southeast of Winchester Sunday at 9:40 a. m. Survivors besides the daughter include one other daughter, Mrs. Iva Campbell of Muncie; three sons, Ed Smith of Redkey, Ben Smith of Winchester and Ralph Smith of Selma, and one brother, W. O. Smith of Winchester.

The body was removed to the Clark and Maynard funeral home in Winchester, where it will remain until Tuesday afternoon, when funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock at the Congregational Christian church. Rev. Elvin Thornburg will officiate, assisted by Rev. Leo McKinley. Burial will be in Maxville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 17, 1940

Aged resident of County dies; George Alexander, 83, expires at home of his daughter.

George W. Alexander, 83, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lester Arthur, two miles southwest of Bartonia, at 8:20 o'clock last night of complications. He had been seriously ill for the past two days.

The deceased was born in Jackson township the son of Thomas and Lucinda (Harshman) Alexander and had spent his entire life in Randolph county. He was married April 2, 1878 to Martha Ann Whitesell, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Della Loch of Indianapolis, Mrs. Ruby Washler of near Winchester, Mrs. Lester Arthur of southwest of Bartonia and Miss Pearl Alexander, teacher at Pippa Passes, Ky., and one son, Pierre Alexander of Portland. He was the last of a family of 12.

The body was removed to the Fraze funeral home in Union City pending the arrival of the daughter in Kentucky at which time definite arrangements will be completed.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 17, 1940

Long illness proves fatal. - Mrs. Violetta Johnson, 80, dies; funeral to be Friday.

Mrs. Violetta Johnson, 80, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ollie Haisley, 516 North Meridian street, Winchester, at 4 p. m. Tuesday following a lingering illness.

Surviving other than the daughter at whose home she died are two daughters, Mrs. Frank Frame of Webster and Rev. Zelma Mills of near Lynn; two brothers, Grant Johnson of Pittsfield and A. L. Johnson of Lynn; 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the New Liberty Christian church in charge of Rev. George Vanderburg, assisted by Rev. Leo McKinley. Interment in the New Liberty cemetery. Friends may call at the home of Mrs. Zelma Mills after 3 p. m. today. Arrangements are in charge of the Thomas funeral home at Lynn.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 17, 1940

Christian Mader dies in Richmond.

Christian Mader, 87, died at Richmond Tuesday morning. The body was brought to the Fraze funeral home in Winchester. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

The survivors are one sister, Mrs. Mary Creviston of Union City and two brothers, William Mader of Muncie and Frank Mader of near Winchester.

(The funeral services were held at the Fraze funeral home in Winchester on Thursday at 2 p. m. Rev. Elvan Thornburg officiated and burial was made in the Saratoga cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 18, 1940

Typhoid Fever proves fatal. - Charles Hodson, member Modoc graduating class, dies.

Charles Herbert Hodson, 17, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hodson of Modoc, died at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon following a 2 weeks illness of typhoid fever.

The young man was a member of this year's Modoc graduating class.

Surviving besides the parents are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Hodson and Mrs. May Keever, all of Modoc.

The body was removed to the Reynard funeral home at Modoc and will be returned to the home of the parents this evening. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, April 17, 1940

Retired farmer, 92, dies; 48 relatives.

John R. Whittington, 92, a retired Darke county farmer, died at 2:30 a. m. Wednesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Irvin McGee, of Van Wert. He had been critically ill for the past two weeks.

Since 1919, when his wife died, Whittington had lived with his children. for 21 years he made his home with a son, Herman, near Ansonia, leaving there for Van Wert several weeks ago. He celebrated his 92nd birthday anniversary on March 28.

The deceased moved to Darke county from the Xenia vicinity 47 years ago.

Immediate survivors include two other sons, William, of New Weston, and Roy, of Ansonia R. R.; three other daughters, Mrs. Harley Hickman, Xenia; Mrs. Ed Marker, Greenville, and Mrs. G. H. Brinker, of Detroit, Mich.; twenty one grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren.

The remains have been removed to the home of the son, Herman Whittington, near Ansonia, where friends may call until 10:30 a. m. Friday.

Funeral services are to be held at 2:30 p. m. Friday at the Miller Funeral home, Greenville, followed by burial in Greenville cemetery.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that he was born March 28, 1848 in Winchester, Va., the son of Francis and Mary Anderson Whittington. He was also survived by one brother, Edward Whittington of Martinsburg, W. Va. His wife, who died January 10, 1919, was Margaret A. Oferrell, daughter of Wm. Oferrell (b. Ireland) and Margaret Caniford (b. Va.).)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 19, 1940

Arden McCurdy taken by death. - Spent entire 74 years of his life in Jay County.

Portland, Ind., April 18. --- Arden McCurdy, 74, died Thursday morning at 1:30 o'clock at his home nine miles southwest of Portland in Jefferson township. Heart trouble was the cause of death. The body was taken to the Baird funeral home where friends may call. Funeral services will be held in the Baird chapel at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Burial will be in the Finch cemetery near New Mt. Pleasant.

Mr. McCurdy was born March 10, 1866, in Jefferson township and had resided his entire life in the vicinity of New Mt. Pleasant. He was married in 1889 to Camiline Farmer, who died in 1910. He was then married to Sarah E. Henizer, who survives. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Other survivors are five children: Edward McCurdy of Cleveland, Ray McCurdy of Redkey, Margaret Sampson of Bradford, Ohio, Dollie Elliot and Hattie Sipe of Ridgeville; three stepchildren, William Heniser of Winchester, Mrs. Charles Funk of Winchester and Homer Henizer of Jefferson township. One son and one daughter are deceased.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, April 20, 1940

Heart illness proves fatal. - Mrs. M. C. Keffer, dies 3 weeks after husband.

Mrs. Margaret Smith Keffer, 76, died of a heart illness in the Union City hospital about 4 p. m. Friday following several years of poor health. Her husband, M. C. Keffer, died just three weeks earlier.

Mr. and Mrs. Keffer came from California to Union City, where they intended to make their home, about six weeks ago. Both became seriously ill shortly after arriving in Union City.

Mrs. Keffer was born in Jackson county, Indiana. She was united in marriage with M. C. Keffer in 1920 in California.

Survivors include the following step-children: Dr. C. C. Keffer, Union City; R. M. Keffer, Englewood, N. J.; O. P. Keffer, Houston, Tex., Ralph Keffer, Hartford, Conn., and Mrs. S. F. L. Snyder, Dayton, O.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 p. m. at the residence of Dr. C. C. Keffer, 312 South Columbia street, Union City, with Rev. Carl Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery. Friends may view the remains at the Fraze Funeral home in Union City after 10 a. m. Sunday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, April 20, 1940

Death claims Charles Wood. - Prominent resident of near Dunkirk dies Friday a. m.

Charles H. Wood, prominent resident of near Dunkirk, died at Ball Memorial hospital at Muncie at 10:35 o'clock Friday morning after being a patient at the hospital for the past two months.

The deceased was born July 28, 1896 in Green township, Randolph county, and was 43 years, 6 months and 11 days of age at the time of his death.

Mr. Wood came to Dunkirk with his family about three years ago and formed a partnership with Russell Fiers in establishing the Home Service Shop on South Main street. Ten years previous he had made his residence at 516 Gilbert street, Muncie, during which time he served as an accountant with the Central Indiana Gas company. He was a member of the High Street Methodist church at Muncie, Ralph Burgess Post No. 227 of the American Legion and was a World war veteran.

Surviving besides the widow, Mrs. Lilymae Wood, are two daughters, Mary Catherine and Florence and one son, Bernard, all at home; the father, Sylvester Wood, of Farmland; four brothers, Lester of Cleveland, Ralph and Carl, of Huntington and Milton of Farmland; and three sisters, Mrs. O. G. Wise of Muncie, Mrs. David Collins of Farmland and Mrs. John Garringer of Winchester.

The body was returned from the Martin funeral home at Dunkirk to his home southwest of Dunkirk this forenoon. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at the Dunkirk Congregational Christian church in charge of Rev. Truman B. Moore of Redkey and H. Guy Campbell of Dunkirk. Interment will be in Hillcrest cemetery at Redkey.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 22, 1940

Long illness proves fatal. - Mrs. Mary Thompson, 57, is claimed by death northeast of Lynn.

Mrs. Mary Thompson, 57, wife of Harvey Thompson, died at her home northeast of Lynn Sunday morning at 7:15 o'clock after a lingering illness.

Surviving other than the husband, are three daughters, Mrs. Basil Mills of Muncie, Mrs. Geraldine Toohy of home and Mrs. Donald Ozsbun of Richmond; three sons, Leonard of Winchester route 3, Wilson of Springfield, Ohio, and Carl, at home; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Longnecker of near Lynn; one sister, Lydia Longnecker of near Lynn; and five brothers, Walter and James of near Lynn, Morton of Winchester, Robert of Chicago and Henry of Union City, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Spartanburg Methodist church in charge of Rev. Adam Flatter, assisted by Rev. Laura Fetters. Burial will be in the Spartanburg cemetery. Friends may call at the home northeast of Lynn where the body has been taken from the Thomas mortuary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 22, 1940

Brother of County persons is dead; burial on Sunday.

Muncie, Ind., April 21. --- Ulysses Grant Silvers, 76, of 322 North Mulberry street, died at 4 o'clock Friday morning at Ball hospital after a brief illness. He was proprietor of the Mecca Cigar store on South Walnut street. Mr. Silvers was born near Ridgeville, in Jay county, and was a clothing merchant in Portland for eighteen years.

Mr. Silvers came to Muncie thirty-six years ago. He was a charter and lifelong member of the Portland K. of P. lodge. For many years, Mr. Silvers was a clothing salesman for Sam Ringold and later for the Marx and Kallmeyer company.

Surviving are one son, H. Rex Silvers of Toledo; a daughter, Mrs. Modjeska Ketterman, of Muncie; one brother, Sherman Silvers of Goshen, Ind.; two sisters, Mrs. Christina Neeley of Farmland and Mrs. Viola Wise of Ridgeville; a grandson, Sylvan Ketterman and one great grandchild, Sylvan Rees Ketterman, both of Chicago.

Funeral services were conducted at the Meeks mortuary at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Burial was in Beech Grove cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 23, 1940

Death claims Joseph C. Gard at Winchester home Monday.

Joseph C. Gard, 73, one of Randolph county's best known men and one of the few Democrats ever to hold a Randolph county office, died Monday morning at 4:15 o'clock at his home, 221 West South street, in Winchester. He had been in failing health for the past year.

Mr. Gard was born in Randolph county on March 27, 1867 on a farm southeast of Winchester, the son of the late Hugh and Sarah Gard. Following his marriage to Olive Jane Pierson of Fairhaven, Ohio, the couple lived on the home farm for a short time before moving to Bartonia where they lived for two years, moving to Winchester in 1902.

Surviving, other than Mrs. Gard, is one son, Kyle I. Gard, manager of the Winchester Lumber company.

Mr. Gard was engaged in the livery business where the A. H. Burke firm is now located, then was affiliated with O. E. Davis as an automobile salesman. From 1914 to 1918 he served as clerk of Randolph circuit court, gaining office on the Democratic ticket when the Bull Moose group split the Republican party.

After leaving this county office, he was associated with the Peoples Investment and Guaranty company and was in charge of the Winchester branch of the automobile license bureau prior to the appointment of P. A. Bragg, the present manager.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Main street Church of Christ in Winchester in charge of the pastor, Rev. Raymond Harris. Burial will be in the Mount Zion cemetery. The body was returned to the residence Monday afternoon from the Fraze funeral home in Winchester.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, April 25, 1940

Former Union City woman dies in Chicago.

Word was received Wednesday morning in Union City of the death of Mrs. G. W. Short, about 55, in Chicago. She had been a resident of that city for several years after leaving Union City. Mrs. Short was born in Darke county, O.

Survivors include the husband Dr. G. W. Short, of Chicago; one son, Dr. Calvin Short, of Chicago; five brothers, Charles Teegarden, of near Woodington, O.; J. C. Teegarden, of Indianapolis; J. H. Teegarden, of Oregon; H. A. Teegarden and J. L. Teegarden, of Union City, and one grandchild.

The remains will arrive by train in Union City Friday at 4 a. m. Funeral services will be conducted at the Morris Funeral service, 530 North Columbia street, Friday at 2 p. m. (CST), with Rev. John Stover, of Woodington, officiating. Burial will be in the Teegarden cemetery, six miles northeast of Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, April 26, 1940

Former Jay County man dies; funeral Praise Chapel Saturday.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Praise Chapel church, near New Pittsburg, for Chaunchy C. Reynolds, 74, who died at a hospital in Anderson about 10:45 a. m. Wednesday following a heart attack three weeks earlier.

Mr. Reynolds was a native of Jay county, born near North Salem in 1866. He resided in that vicinity near the Jay-Randolph county line, eight miles northwest of Union City until about 14 years ago when he left to make his home in Anderson.

Survivors include four children, Mrs. Perry Alexander, of Ridgeville, Kenneth Reynolds, of Evanston, Ill., Harry Reynolds, of Racine, Wis., and Mrs. R. E. Schieve, of Anderson; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Gettinger, of North Salem, and Mrs. Lulu Girton, of Portland rural route, and one brother, Day Renolds, of Mason City, Wash.

Rev. E. A. Reardon, of Anderson, will officiate. Burial will be in the Praise Chapel cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, April 27, 1940

Lola Pritchett dies at Muncie.

Mrs. Lola Judy Pritchett, age 52, died at the Ball Memorial hospital in Muncie Friday morning. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Ripley of Fort Wayne, Mrs. DeEtta Kaufman at the home in Muncie; one brother, Forrest Judy of near Saratoga; and two sisters, Mrs. John Bisel and Mrs. Mary Waldron of Portland.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 (DST) Sunday at the Parson funeral home in Muncie. Interment will be in Elm Ridge cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 29, 1940

Heart trouble proves fatal. - William H. Browne, 41, dies at hospital in Indianapolis.

Portland, Indiana, April 28. --- Heart trouble proved fatal to William H. Browne, 43, of East Arch street, Sunday morning at 3 o'clock at the U. S. Veterans' hospital at Indianapolis where he has been for the past three months. He had been in failing health for the past several months.

The deceased was born July 17, 1898 at Winchester, the son of Charles N. and Retta B. (Thornburg) Browne and was formerly employed in the lumber and building supply department at the Haynes Milling Co. He was united in marriage July 19, 1923 to Edna Eahmann, who died January 16, 1940.

Surviving are the father, Charles Browne, of Winchester and one sister, Mrs. J. P. Carter, of Goodland, Ind. One daughter is deceased. He was a member of Robert Guy Ayers Post 211 of the American Legion and served as a seaman in the U. S. Naval service in the World war.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 at the Baird chapel in charge of Rev. Willman of St. Marys, Ohio. Interment in the Port Jefferson, Ohio cemetery. The American Legion will conduct military rites at the graveside. The body will remain at the funeral home where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 29, 1940

Former Union City clerk dies. - Remains of Ross Sutton to be returned for funeral.

Ross C. Sutton, 66, native and former clerk of Union City, died suddenly Sunday morning following a heart attack at his late home in Columbus, O. He had left Union City 20 years ago to make his home in Columbus.

Mr. Sutton was born in Union City the son of Thomas and Lucy Jane Sutton. He was a member of the Christian church at Columbus, Knights of the Golden Eagle and K. of P. lodges and the Masonic order. He attended the Union City West Side schools as a boy. Mr. Sutton served from 1910 to 1918 as clerk of Union City and for many years operated a wallpaper and paint store on North Columbia street. He had been conducting a similar business in Columbus.

Surviving besides the widow, Nellie, are two brothers, Ernest Sutton of Union City, and Harry Sutton, of Grover Hill, O., and three sisters, Mrs. Grover Hipp, Grover Hill, O., Mrs. Alice Noffsinger, Dearborn, Mich., and Mrs. Marie Taylor, Dayton, O.

The body will arrive in Union City at 10 a. m. Tuesday at which time it will be removed to the Brooks Funeral home on North Union street. Funeral services will be conducted there at 2 p. m. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, April 29, 1940

Expires on his 81st birthday. - James Shaneyfelt, native of Randolph Co. dies; rites Tuesday.

Portland, Indiana, April 28. --- James Shaneyfelt, for many years a resident of Portland, died Saturday morning at 7 o'clock on his 81st anniversary from heart trouble. He had been in failing health for some time, his condition serious for several weeks.

Mr. Shaneyfelt was born April 27, 1859, in Randolph county, son of John and Elizabeth (Small) Shaneyfelt. He was married to Catherine Spillman, who survives with two sons, Charles Adrian of Rock Island, Ill. and Charles S. Shaneyfelt of Ridgeville. One brother, Daniel, also survives.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baird chapel in charge of Rev. Anderson of Geneva. Interment in Antioch cemetery. The body will remain at the Baird funeral home where friends are invited to call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 30, 1940

Mrs. Ella Supinger dies in Dayton, O., rites in Ansonia, O.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. (EST) today in the Fisher Funeral home in Ansonia for Mrs. Eli Supinger, 68, who died following a cerebral hemorrhage Saturday morning at the home of a son, Harold Supinger, in Dayton, O., where she had been ill about three weeks.

Until a few weeks ago, Mrs. Supinger had resided at the farm home, one mile east of Jackson, O. school. Mr. Supinger died on December 23, 1939. She was a member of the Ansonia Church of God.

Survivors are three children, Harold Supinger, of Dayton; Mrs. Lucille Witters, west of Lightsville, and Merle Supinger, of Toledo; three brothers, Samuel Swille and Lyman Swille, of Hartsburg, Ill. and William Swille, Plain Cliff, Colo., and one sister, Mrs. Lillian Doan, St. Louis.

Rev. Smith, of Ansonia will officiate. Burial will be in the Shooks Chapel cemetery, northeast of Rossburg.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 30, 1940

Mose Mossler, 69, dies Monday. - Well-known Portland merchant dies of heart attack.

Portland, Ind., April 29. --- All Portland was saddened Monday afternoon by announcement that Mose Mossler, head of Mossler's department store, had passed away at 2:40 p. m. at his home at 428 West High street from a heart attack suffered after an illness of eleven days from neuralgia. He was 69 years of age.

Mr. Mossler was the senior member of the firm of Mossler Bros. With his father, the late Henry Mossler, he came to Portland in 1892 and founded what was for years known as the Cincinnati store, forerunner of the present large establishment. The first store was on North Meridian street, next to the Merchants hotel, the present Eagles' home. From there they moved to the room now occupied by Martin & Botkin and then to the northwest corner of Main and Meridian streets, now the Equity corner. The name was changed to Mossler Bros. when Mose and his brother Fred bought the present site of Mossler Bros. at Meridian and Walnut street, formerly occupied by the Cartwright & Headington store.

Mr. Mossler was born in Lebanon, son of Henry and Sarah (Phflume) Mossler. He was married to Clara Adler, who died June 20, 1927. Surviving are one daughter, Miriam, wife of Fred Radi; one sister, Hattie and one brother, Fred of Portland.

Mr. Mossler was a member of the Elks and Eagles lodges of Portland.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Jewish cemetery chapel at Indianapolis in charge of Rabbi Freuerlicht. The body will remain at the Baird funeral home where friends are invited to call until Wednesday noon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, April 30, 1940

Wreck fatal Monday night. - Wesley Ketring, Richmond, dies in Reid Memorial hospital.

Wesley H. Ketring, 49, of near Fountain City, died at 8:15 o'clock Monday night in the Reid Memorial hospital at Richmond following a motorcycle-automobile accident at Richmond earlier in the evening. It was necessary to amputate his right leg. Ketring was employed in Richmond.

Surviving are the widow, Alta; one son, Marvin, of New Paris, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Claude Berry, of Richmond and three brothers, Marshal of Indianapolis, Roy of Richmond and Frank of near Lynn.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Arba Friends church in charge of Rev. Delmer Mock, assisted by Rev. Homer Achor. Interment in the Arba cemetery. Friends may call at the home of the father-in-law, Charles Hill, two miles south of Arba after 6 p. m. today. Arrangements are in charge of the Thomas funeral home at Lynn.

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