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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 3, 1940

C. Thornburg passes away - Losantville man dies Monday afternoon; funeral Wednesday.

Charles O. Thornburg, 72, of Losantville, died at 5 a. (?) m. Monday. Surviving are the wife, Clara; two sons, Paul of Losantville and Wayne of Selma; four brothers, Irvin Thornburg of Muncie, Lincoln Thornburg of Betratis (Beatrice ?), Neb., Bert Thornburg of Losantville and Ora Thornburg of Parker; and one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Chenoweth of Parker.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Union cemetery church with Rev. N. H. Thornburg officiating. Interment will be in Union cemetery. The body was taken yesterday to the home from the Thornburg funeral home at Farmland.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 3, 1940

Rites Monday for Union City woman - Mrs. Elizabeth Steele dies Saturday after stroke.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for Mrs. Elizabeth Steele, 66. She died Saturday morning at her home, 317 N. Walnut street, following a stroke.

Mrs. Steele's death came exactly six years to the day after the death of her son, Richard, who died August 31, 1934, following an auto accident on the Winchester-Union City road 32. His funeral also was on Labor day. Mrs. Steele was the widow of Addison Steele who died in 1932.

The day before her death Mrs. Steele had attended the funeral for Lester Thomas, 14, who died Wednesday after he had been fatally injured when struck by a train in Union City.

Born in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Steele had been a life-long resident of the Union City community. She was a member of the Union City Christian church and the Eastern Star.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. James Davis, Indianapolis, and Mary, at home; two brothers, C. I. Fernsler, south of Union City and Harry Fernsler of Charlotte, Mich., and two sisters, Mrs. John Tharp of Union City, and Mrs. Sam Phillippi of Surrey, N. Dak.

Funeral services yesterday were conducted by Rev. Ben Holroyd at the Union City Christian church. Burial was in the Greenville, O. cemetery. The body was taken to the Brooks funeral home for burial preparations.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 7, 1940

Veteran Union City railroader dies in Toledo. - Services Sunday afternoon fro J. A. (Andy) Conaway.

Seriously ill only one week, J. A. (Andy) Conaway, 82, who made his residence at the Bert Woodbury residence, North Howard street, Union City, died Friday at 3 p. m. in the Toledo City hospital. The deceased had an active record of more than fifty years of railroading service.

Born in Arcanum, O., May 29, 1858, he attended the schools of that city and later was united in marriage with Emma Livingston in Arcanum. Mrs. Conaway died in 1927. The deceased was a member of the Methodist church and had spent all of his life in either Darke (Ohio) or Randolph (Ind.) counties. For many years he was a railroad conductor, but more recently had been a scale inspector.

Surviving are the following: six children, Dorsey Conaway, Ansonia, O.; Mrs. Myrtle Rickard, Shreevesport, Mich.; Mrs. Clara McClellen, Greenville, O.; Mrs. Olive Solomon, Beverly Hills, Cal.; Dale Conaway, of Chicago; one brother, Jack Conaway, of Arcanum, and one sister, Mrs. Belle Kennedy, of Greenville, O. One daughter died in infancy and a son, Harry, died in 1924.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 1:30 p. m. (CST) in the Fraze Funeral home in Union City, with Rev. J. Floyd Seelig officiating. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after noon today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 7, 1940

Darke Co. native dies at Piqua, O.

The remains of Mrs. Hannah Edna Hess, 45, a Darke county native, who died Wednesday afternoon at Piqua hospital are to be laid to rest in the Brock cemetery. Burial will immediately follow funeral services at the Piqua Congregational Christian church at two p. m. (EST) today.

Mrs. Hess, wife of Leonard Hess, had been ill for the past five weeks. Death was attributed to a spinal thrombosis, or blood clot.

A daughter of the late George Supinger, she was born at North Star. Her mother, Mrs. Sarah Supinger, who survives, now lives at Ansonia.

Besides the husband and mother, she leaves six children, three sons and three daughters.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 9, 1940

Sonny Rupe passes away. - 8 year old son Mr. and Mrs. Groe Rupe dies at Ridgeville.

Sonny Rupe, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Groe Rupe, died at the family home in Ridgeville early Sunday morning following a 4 weeks' illness.

The body was taken to the Painter funeral home in Ridgeville for burial preparations and Tuesday morning will be taken to Belfast, Ohio, for funeral services and burial.

Surviving besides the parents are two sisters, Mrs. Verl Fenimore of Winchester and Carol at home; one brother, Rex, at home and a grandmother, Mrs. Anna Rupe, of Ridgeville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 9, 1940

Union City native dies in Dayton, O.

John Henry Cooper, 67, native of Union City, died at 10 p. m. Friday at the Sharritt rest home in Dayton following a long illness. He was a railroad hostler before his retirement because of ill health.

Services will be held at 10 a. m. (EST) today at the Frank Reisinger funeral home, 1334 West Third street, Dayton, with Rev. William H. Boyer officiating. Burial will be in the Dayton Memorial Park cemetery.

Surviving are the widow, Louie Pearl Cooper; one daughter, Mrs. Corrine Morris; three sons, Fred, Walter and Morris; one brother, Edward Cooper, and 13 grandchildren, all of Dayton.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 10, 1940

Darke Co. native dies at Coletown.

Mrs. Melissa H. Williamson, 89, widow of the late Peter B. Williamson, died at 9:30 p. m. Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Earl Riegel, one-half mile west of Coletown. She had been ill since last February.

Mr. Williamson died in 1924, since which time the widow had made her home with the daughter, an only child.

The deceased, a native of Darke county, was a member of the Coletown Christian church for many years.

Besides the one daughter, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren survive.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Coletown church at 2 p. m. (EST) today with Rev. John Watson officiating. Burial will be in Manuel cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 11, 1940

Last Adams County Civil War veteran passes away at 93.

Decatur, Ind., Sept. 10. --- (UP) --- Funeral services will be held here Wednesday for David Baker, 93, Adams county's last surviving Civil war veteran. Baker entered the Union army in 1864 to serve with the 54th Ohio regiment. He took part in Sherman's march through Georgia.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 11, 1940

Union City native dies suddenly. - Mrs. Wm. Bickel stroke victim at Greenville home.

Mrs. William Bickel, 56, native of Union City, died suddenly at her residence, 416 Warren street, Greenville, O., at 6 a. m. Tuesday.

The deceased was born the daughter of Doc and Mary Bothast Boggs in Union City on March 26, 1884. She attended the Union City West Side schools and later was united in marriage with William Bickel, who survives. For several years they resided in Union City, later moving to Crescent bend on the Union City-Greenville road south of this city. They moved to Greenville about seven years ago.

Surviving besides the husband are one son, Kenneth Bickel, of Greenville; one brother, John Boggs, of Union City; one sister, Mrs. Lady May Holzfaster, of Piqua, and a niece, Mrs. Dick O'Dell, of Dayton, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Brooks Funeral home in Union City, with Rev. H. A. Barth officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

Friends may view the remains at the funeral home after noon today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 16, 1940

Death claims Stella Lewis. - Well known resident of Ridgeville will be buried Wednesday.

Mrs. Stella Florence Lewis, 66, died at 4:30 p. m. Sunday at her home in Ridgeville after an illness of several months. The body was taken to the Painter Funeral Home and will be removed to the family residence Monday afternoon.

The deceased is survived by her husband, Jeff Lewis; three sons, Cecil Marsh of Muncie, Ray Marsh of Ft. Recovery and Norval Marsh of Portland; one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Friend of Portland; two step-children, Ada and Cloy Lewis of Ridgeville, and three brothers, Marion Robbison of Greenville, O., Henry Robbison of New Castle and Warren Robbison of Dayton, Ohio. She also is survived by 14 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the Prairie Chapel church at New Pittsburg, Rev. R. O. Marsh officiating with burial in the nearby cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 16, 1940

Theo. E. Caryer taken by death. - Retired painter had lived at Fort Recovery for sixty years.

Theodore E. Caryer, 88, retired painter and paperhanger and a resident of Fort Recovery for sixth years, died at 12:25 p. m. Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Sarah Berman, at that place. He had been in ill health for several years but his condition did not become serious until three weeks ago.

Mr. Caryer was born at Salem, O., May 10, 1852, son of George and Sarah (Mincer) Caryer. He was married August 14, 1874, to Nancy Ann Moore, who preceded him in death. Surviving besides the daughter are five grandchildren and also great grandchildren.

The body was removed Sunday afternoon to the May funeral home at Fort Recovery and funeral services will be held there at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in charge of Rev. O. L. Nichols. Burial will be in Spring Hill cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 17, 1940

Former resident dies at Rockville.

Word was received yesterday in this city of the death Monday morning of Howard Hunnicutt, former Union City resident at his home in Rockville. (Ind.)

The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Hunnicutt, of New Castle. He was graduated from the Union City West Side schools (Class of 1929) where he was an outstanding member of the basketball team.

Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at New Castle.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 17, 1940

Former Union City woman dies at Urbana, O.

Mrs. George Shafer, 72, a former Union City resident, died at her late home in Urbana Friday after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held there Monday. Mrs. Shafer, the former Florence Stick, had many relatives in the Union City vicinity.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 21, 1940

Death claims Luther Jenkins. - 41 year old man dies on Friday morning near Winchester.

Luther A. Jenkins, 41, died Friday at 3 a. m. at his home, seven miles southwest of Winchester. Included among the survivors are the wife, Edith; seven sons, Herman of Ridgeville, Charles of Winchester and Raymond, Thurlo, Lloyd, Wilbur and Carl, all at home; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Jenkins of Winchester; two brothers, Loren and Clarence, both of Winchester, and one sister, Mrs. Nettie Jones, of Winchester.

Funeral rites will be conducted at the residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Vern Leonard in charge, assisted by Edgar Billman. Interment will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 21, 1940

Union City woman dies following short illness. - Cerebral Hemorrhage fatal to Mrs. Clara Jane Murphy.

A cerebral hemorrhage, following a brief illness, claimed the life of Mrs. Clara Jane Murphy, 84, about 4 p. m. Friday in the Union City hospital. She had been admitted to the hospital only a few days prior to her death. She had resided at 639 West Pearl street, Union City, for more than half a century.

Mrs. Murphy was born in Lewisburg, Ohio, the daughter of David and Hannah McKenzie, September 9, 1856. While still an infant, she moved with her parents to the Hillgrove community, where she attended school. Later making her home in Union City, she was united in marriage with Warry Rynearson, deceased. She was the last surviving member of a family of 12 children.

At one time she was an active member of the Rebekah and Pocahontas lodges. She had been a member of the Union City Christian church for many years.

Survivors include two grandchildren, Hannah Rose Flory, of Dayton, O., and Robert Flory, of Union City, and three great grandchildren. Imogene Rynearson Flory, an only child, is deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10 a. m. at the Brooks Funeral home in Union City, Rev. Ben Holroyd will officiate. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home any time after 6 o'clock this evening.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 21, 1940

Long illness proves fatal. - Azora C. Addington, 74 (?), claimed by death near Bethel.

Mrs. Azora Cecilia Addington, 47, died at 7 o'clock Thursday night at her home one and one-half miles north of Bethel, death following several weeks' illness.

Surviving are the husband, Arthur M. Addington; one brother, John Wisner, of near Union City; and four sisters, Mrs. Rachel Sizemore and Mrs. Gertude Howell, both of Union City, and Mrs. Carrie West and Mrs. Myrtle Albright, both of Dayton, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 10 a. m. at the Pinhook church with Rev. Zelma Mills in charge. Burial will be in the Spartanburg cemetery. The body will be returned from the Thomas funeral home at Lynn to the residence where friends may call at any time after 9:30 o'clock this morning.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 23, 1940

Mrs. Sommer dies Saturday. - Former local resident succumbs at home in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Magdalena Sommer, 86, former local resident, died Saturday evening at 5:50 o'clock at her home, 815 East Creighton Avenue, Fort Wayne. Death was due to complications and infirmities of advanced age.

The deceased was a daughter of Frederick and Magdalena (Koenig) Yaeger, and was born in Alsace-Lorraine, January 10, 1854, being aged at the time of her death, 86 years, 8 months and 11 days.

On October 20, 1874, she was united in marriage to Thomas Sommer, a Civil war veteran, who preceded her in death in 1903.

She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mary M. Baldauf, and Mrs. Emma Baldauf, both of Marion, Ohio; Mrs. Caroline L. Inskeep, Ella B. Sommer and Anna C. Sommer, all of Fort Wayne. She is also survived by one brother, Philip Yaeger, of Cleveland, Ohio; ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Besides the parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, four brothers, and one sister.

The body was brought to the Williamson and Sons funeral home here for preparation and Sunday returned to the late residence in Fort Wayne, to lie in state.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, CST, from the St. James Lutheran church at Salamonia. Rev. F. H. Holtmeyer, pastor of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran church of Fort Wayne, of which the deceased was a member, will officiate. Rev. D. R. Honn, pastor of the parish, will assist. Interment will be made in the Salamonia cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 23, 1940

Death of Greenville, O. man near Ansonia held accidental.

The death of Leonard H. Hayes, 26, of Greenville, O., whose body was found under a bridge over Stillwater creek, about eight miles northeast of Union City and near Ansonia, Friday night, was of an accidental nature, according to the opinion of L. N. Brumbaugh, Darke county coroner. However, the coroner will not deliver his formal verdict until today.

The body of the Greenville man was discovered by members of an Ansonia Boy Scout troop as they were returning home from a roast. Scoutmaster Don Riffle immediately contacted Ansonia authorities who in turn notified both Sheriff Linn Browne and Coroner Brumbaugh.

They found Hayes' body slumped face downward on the creek bank with one arm hanging over a barbed wire fence. A subsequent medical examination disclosed that death had resulted from a broken neck. There were no visible marks of violence on the body, Coroner Brumbaugh stated.

Preliminary investigation brought to light the fact that Hayes, a truck driver for the Ballinger Lumber company, Greenville, had not reported for work all day Friday and it was further learned that he had not been home since early Thursday evening.

Later it was found that Hayes had last been seen with another Greenville resident, James McGuire.

McGuire was contacted at once and he admitted being with Hayes up until a few minutes before his disappearance.

According to McGuire's story he had accompanied Hayes to Union City Thursday night. At the Japanese Garden, Union City tavern, McGuire stated that they met a girl friend, Rita Bulcher, 19, of Ansonia.

They agreed to take the girl home, McGuire further stated, but he claimed that it was after midnight before they left Union City.

Reaching Ansonia, they headed north and at the first cross road turned to the left. McGuire avers that they crossed two bridges before halting the car.

Hayes left the auto at that point, McGuire asserts, and further contends that when last seen he was walking back toward the second bridge.

McGuire also claims that although it was only a short while before he and his companion began to search for Hayes they were unable to find any trace of him. He further contends that they continued their search for at least two hours, driving around in a wide radius from where they had first stopped.

After escorting the Ansonia girl to her home, McGuire returned to Greenville but before going to bed he asserts that he again returned to the scene of Hayes' disappearance where he made another futile search.

Upon returning to Greenville for the second time, he claims to have parked Hayes' car on West Fifth street, near the Christian church and to have left the keys at the Wayne restaurant.

Coroner Brumbaugh and Sheriff Browne later both questioned the Ansonia girl and they reported that her statements were practically identical with those obtained from McGuire.

It is the opinion of Coroner Brumbaugh that Hayes, having reached the bridge, either leaned against or sat down on the bridge railing, where he lost his balance and toppled backwards onto the creek bank.

The force of his fall not only broke his neck but probably rendered him unconscious preventing any calls for help, it is further believed.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. today in Greenville with Rev. C. C. Wessel officiating. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

Immediate survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hayes, of 800 East Fifth street, Greenville; four brothers, Arthur, Alfred, Albert and Melvin, all of Greenville; three sisters, Miss Mollie Hayes, Dayton, and Mrs. Guy Burrell and Miss Wanda Hayes, Greenville, and three half-sisters, Mrs. Owen Rice, Dayton; Mrs. Walter Newman, Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Elmer Warner, Greenville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 23, 1940

Mrs. Johnson dies Sunday. - Funeral services Tuesday p. m. from Clark & Maynard chapel.

Mrs. Mariah Johnson, aged 87, died Sunday night at 7:15 o'clock at the residence, 109 South East street, Winchester. Death resulted from infirmities due to advanced age. The deceased was the widow of the late Clarence Johnson.

She is survived by one son, Ira Johnson, of Muncie; one daughter, Mrs. May Pierce, at home; two grandchildren and one brother, William Rockhill, of near Winchester.

The body was removed to the Clark & Maynard funeral home for burial preparation, and where it will lie in state. friends are invited to call at any time after Monday noon.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Clark & Maynard chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Herbert Boase will officiate. Interment will be made in the Buena Vista cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 24, 1940

Illness fatal to Asa Grindle - Asa M. Grindle, 72, dies after extended illness.

Asa. M. Grindle, 72, residing about one mile west of Union City, died at his home last night after an illness of about four weeks. He had been seriously ill for two weeks.

He was born the son of Benjamin and Suba (Salms) Grindle on July 3, 1868 in Lancaster, O., and was united in marriage to Anna M. Wigger, of near Union City, in 1889. The deceased was a carpenter by trade and had spent about forty-two years of his life in the Union City community. He was a member of the Lutheran and Methodist churches and the Modern Woodmen. He attended the No. 2 and the Liberty schools.

Survivors are the widow, Anna; three sons, Russel, of Madison Wis., Clarence, of Union City, and Walter, of Philipsburg, O.; three daughters, Mrs. Maude Hite, of Muncie, Mrs. Marie Wolf, and Mrs. Mable Moore, both of Union City; one sister, Mrs. Laura Wooster, of Millersport, O.; eighteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Fraze funeral home in Union City, where friends are invited to call from 3 p. m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday. The body will remain at the home one mile west of Union City from noon Wednesday until time for the services.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Lutheran church in charge of Rev. H. A. Barth, assisted by Rev. Floyd Seelig. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 24, 1940

Dexter Sickels dies on Monday. - Funeral to be Wednesday p. m. for the Rural church.

Dexter Sickels, aged 69, died Monday evening at 6:30 o'clock at the family home, five miles southwest of Winchester following a lingering illness.

He is survived by the wife, Mary Sickels, and 12 children, five sons and seven daughters as follows: Clarence, Marshall and George Sickels, of Winchester; Herschell Sickels, of Union City; Joe Sickels, at home; Mrs. Edith Potter, Mrs. Bessie Augsperger, Mrs. Elizabeth Cox, and Miss Alma Sickels, of Winchester; Mrs. Estella Love, of Fountain City; Mrs. Nellie Lowery, of Muncie, and Miss Ruth Sickels, at home.

The body was removed to the Sommers funeral home at Winchester for preparation and will be returned to the late residence Tuesday afternoon, where friends are invited to call.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Rural church, Rev. Elvin Thornburg will officiate. Interment will be made in Fountain Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 24, 1940

Searl last rites at Ansonia today.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Amanda Searl, 61, wife of Charles S. Searl, of Ansonia, who died Saturday night at her late home on Canal street in the neighboring town, will be conducted from the residence at 2 p. m. today. Burial will be in Ansonia cemetery.

Besides the husband, four children, two sons and two daughters survive. They are: Jerry Gerber and Mrs. Fred Ditmer, Greenville, Jake Gerber, of Ansonia, and Mrs. Robert Livingston, of Covington.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 27, 1940

John H. Holmes dies of stroke. - Former star athlete and bandsman is to be buried Saturday.

John H. Holmes, 59, former night policeman who during his youth was an outstanding athlete, an out fielder on Portland semi-professional baseball teams and a member of the city band, died at his home on South Shanks street at 2:15 a. m. Thursday from the effects of a stroke suffered last Sunday. For the past three years he was employed as a watchman for the Jay Garment company.

Mr. Holmes was a son of the late Jack Holmes, pioneer North Meridian street grocer, and Emaline (Jones) Holmes, and was born in Portland on January 30, 1881. On November 22, 1911, he was married to Emma C. Glick, who died January 6, 1937.

Surviving are three sons, John R., Jack and Bobbie J.; one daughter, Martha Louise, wife of Grover Farber, all of Portland and three grandchildren. One infant daughter is deceased.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the U. B. church in charge of the pastor, Rev. J. H. Nall. Burial will be made in Green Park cemetery.

The body was returned to the residence from the Baird funeral home Thursday afternoon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 30, 1940

Charles Graf passes away. - Aged resident dies at Barnhart residence Sunday night.

Charles Philip Graf, 82, died at the residence of Mrs. William C. Barnhart, 616 East North street, in Winchester Sunday, at 10:30 p. m.

Survivors are two brothers, Henry Graf, of Kewanna, and George Graf, of near Kokomo, and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Schrader, of near Kewanna.

The body was removed to the Clark and Maynard funeral home in Winchester for burial preparation.

Funeral services will be held in Amboy from the G. E. Laird funeral home Tuesday at 2 p. m. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery, at Amboy.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 1, 1940

William van Wylich dies in Winchester; rites on Wednesday.

William van Wylich, 70, of Winchester, died Monday at 11:35 a. m. at the Randolph County hospital, where he had been taken a week ago last Saturday following a paralytic stroke at his home.

He was a native of Denmark and had not returned to his country since coming to the United States when 21 years old. Mr. van Wylich was a Mason, member of the Friends church, Kiwanis club and for many years had been active in Red Cross work in Randolph county.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. at the residence, 319 South East street, Winchester. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

(A later article named his widow, Minnie E. van Wylich, as the appointed administratrix of his estate. No children were named.) (A further article stated that Minnie van Wylich was appointed guardian of her daughter, Charlotte Ann.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 2, 1940

D. F. Amspaugh passes away. - Services Thursday for ex-Darke County official.

Daniel F. Amspaugh, 80, former Darke county commissioner and for many years a leading figure in civic and political affairs, died at 9:55 p. m. (EST) Monday at his late home, three and one-half miles north of Woodington.

His last illness extended over a period of nineteen months, dating back to February, 1939, when he was injured in a fall in a barn adjoining his home.

Mr. Amspaugh, who during his extended career had also served as a trustee in Brown township, was elected as county commissioner in 1908.

He was a member of the Teegarden Christian church.

Immediate survivors include three sons, Dallas, of Rossburg; Wilford of Versailles, and Daniel, Jr., of Greenville; five daughters, Mrs. Floyd Smith and Mrs. Edward Applegate, both of Union City; Mrs. Roy Petersime, of Ansonia route 1; Mrs. Joseph Ruebush of Ansonia, and Mrs. Foster Brewer, Greenville.

There also are 15 grandchildren; one brother, Edward Amspaugh, of Anderson, and three sisters, Mrs. Christena Murray and Mrs. Maggie Moyer, of Union City, and Mrs. Lizzie Clark, of Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at the Teegarden church at 2 p. m. (EST) Thursday with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden cemetery.

Friends may call at the Amspaugh residence.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that Daniel Frederick Amspaugh was born March 29, 1860 in Logan Co., OH, the son of Daniel Amspaugh (b. PA) and Margaret Daubeminer (b. Germany). His wife was Susan Catherine Zeller who died May 2, 1939 and is also buried in Teegarden cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 3, 1940

Illness fatal to Mrs. Wilson. - Funeral Saturday morning from Fraze Funeral Home.

Mrs. Flossie Almina Wilson, 56, wife of Walter P. Wilson, died yesterday evening at 5:15 o'clock at the home, 127 East Elm street, in Union City, following an illness of 13 months.

The deceased was a daughter of Eli and Mary C. (Hodge) Embody, and was born in Saratoga, October 27, 1883, being aged at the time of her death, 56 years, 11 months and 25 days.

She was united in marriage to Walter P. Wilson, November 18, 1899, who survives with the following children: Verdan Wilson, Mrs. Grinell Gress and Miss Mamie Wilson, all of Union City and Mrs. Chula McVey, of Winchester. She is also survived by two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Minnie Cline and Mrs. Dottie McGriff, of Marion, Ind., and Harl Embody, of Union City. One brother, Clyde Embody, preceded her in death several years ago.

Mrs. Wilson was educated at the Saratoga school, and was a member of the United Brethren church at Union City. Practically her entire life had been spent in the vicinity of Union City.

The body was removed to the Fraze funeral home for preparation and will be returned to the late residence at 4 o'clock this afternoon, where friends are invited to call.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a. m. from the Fraze funeral home. Rev. Elvan Thornburg, of Winchester, will officiate. Interment will be made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, at Marion.

The body will be returned to the funeral home at 9 o'clock Saturday morning to lie in state for one hour before the services begin.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 3, 1940

Roda E. Howell, native of Modoc, claimed by death.

Richmond, Ind., Oct. 2. --- Roda Everett Howell, 45 years old, 2209 Glen Court, died suddenly Tuesday morning at his home. Mr. Howell, a line foreman for the Richmond Home Telephone company, where he had been employed for 24 years, was in his usual health Monday and had worked all day.

He was born March 3,1895 at Modoc, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Howell.

He was a member of the First Friends church and of the Eagles lodge.

Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Anna Howell; two daughters, Mrs. Roy Painter, Lomax, Ill., Patty Lou Howell, at home; a son, William Thomas Howell; two brothers, Walter of Columbus, Ohio, and Ulus of Union City, Indiana; two sisters, Mrs. Claude Davisson, Hagerstown and Mrs. Russell Dow of Modoc; one grandson, Charles Painter.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Unser & Walterman funeral home, in charge of Rev. Bruce Hadley assisted by Rev. Truman Kenworthy. Burial will be in Salem cemetery near Modoc. Friends may call at the funeral home.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 4, 1940

Death claims Silas Benson. - 74 year old man dies at home of a son near Winchester.

Silas C. Benson, 74, died at the residence of a son, Forrest D., two miles east of Winchester at 2:30 a. m. Thursday.

Survivors are the widow, Luella; three sons, James of Los Angeles, Cal., Forrest D. of Winchester and Dr. Kenneth H. of Richmond, Pa.; two daughters, Mrs. Edith Lee of Riberatia, South America, and Mrs. Edna Lykins of Parker; three brothers, Alva of Deerfield, Wilbur of Traverse City, Mich., and Linis of Wakeeney, Kan.; two sisters, Mrs. William Keiser of Union City and Mrs. Frank Stevens of Dark City, Kan., and twelve grandchildren.

The body was returned last night from the Clark and Maynard funeral home to the residence of the son, where friends may call.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the White River Friends church. Interment will be in White River cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 5, 1940

Former Union City woman dies in Indianapolis.

Christian Science services for Mr. Pearl Hussey, wife of Herbert Frank Hussey, formerly of Union City, who died Wednesday at her late home in Indianapolis, were conducted at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from the Miller Funeral Home, 124 West Fifth street, in Greenville. Burial was in the Greenville cemetery.

The deceased was graduated from the Union City West Side schools in the class of 1899 and for many years was employed by the local telephone company.

Mrs. Hussey's death followed a lingering illness.

Besides her husband, she leaves two sisters, Mrs. J. Dull, Greenville rural route, and Mrs. Ethel Markwith, of Long Beach, California, and one Brother, L. F. Garland, of Brookville, O.

(Miller Funeral Home records state that Pearl Inez was born June 25, 1882 in Randolph Co., IN, the daughter of Jeff Collins (b. Randolph Co.) and Olive Azora Ferguson (b. Darke Co., OH); survived by Mrs. Harry Hersch, Dayton (?))

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 5, 1940

Nathan Scott, 98, dies in Wells County.

Montpelier, Ind., Oct. 4. --- Nathan M. Scott, 98, Civil War veteran, died Thursday at his home, five and one-half miles north east of here. His death leave only one surviving Civil War veteran in Wells county.

Mr. Scott was a member of the old Camden Friends Meeting and for many years was one of its leaders. He was well known in the northwest section of Jay county. A sister, Mrs. Benjamin L. DeWees of Balbec, died several years ago.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 7, 1940

Union City native fatally hurt in fall.

Cleo H. Rose, 51 years old, a native of Union City, was hurt fatally Saturday in a fall from a fifth story window of a downtown Indianapolis office building.

Robert C. Rose, a son, said his father was subject to spells of dizziness and expressed belief he might have fallen while attempting to get air.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 7, 1940

Lightsville blacksmith dies after being struck by rake.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. (EST) today in the Fisher Funeral home in Ansonia, O., for John Broderick, 58, who died about 10 p. m. Friday in the Union City hospital from injuries sustained three and one-half hours earlier when he was struck by a buck rake fastened to the rear of an automobile.

Mr. Broderick, a retired blacksmith, had been working Friday sowing wheat for Ora Livingston on the farm seven miles northeast of Union City. When he failed to return to the Livingston residence when darkness fell, Mr. Livingston sent his son, Lester, 20, to the field, some distance from the house, to tell him to quit work. The youth drove the old machine, which had been converted into a semi-tractor with the buck rake attached. When he reached the field he found Mr. Broderick had unhitched the horse and was preparing to return to the house. Before returning to his home Lester continued on to another field to load some barrels into the car.

The youth stated to investigating officers, Charles Maloon, Union City East Side marshall; Linn Browne, Darke county sheriff; Dr. Lowell W. Painter, Randolph county coroner, and John Brumbaugh, Darke county coroner, that as he returned to his home he met another car. Just as he passed the other machine he saw Mr. Broderick and the horse walking along the side of the road. He stated the lights of the other car had made it impossible for him to see the walking man and horse until he was passing them. Both the horse and Mr. Broderick were struck by the rake which protruded at the rear of the car on both sides.

The injured man was rushed to the Union City hospital for medical aid. Attending physicians stated that he sustained a fracture of the skull on the right side of the head, an amputated right ear and a badly mangled right foot. Amputation of the right leg below the knee had just been completed, it was stated, when Mr. Broderick died. Death, which was held by Coroner Brumbaugh as resulting from accidental injuries, was thought to have been immediately caused by a combination of shock and a fractured skull resulting in hemorrhages.

John Broderick was born in Lightsville, O., the son of Martha and John Broderick. He had lived in the Lightsville community, where he followed the occupation of blacksmith, until the past few years when he had been living in the Jackson, O. community, immediately east of Union City.

Surviving are seven children, five at home and two married and residing in the Lightsville vicinity; one brother, Elmer Broderick, of Piqua, O., and two sisters, Mamie Hartle, residing somewhere in Michigan and Susan Wills, of Pikesville, O.

Rev. Noble Schlechty will officiate at the services today. Burial will be in the Webster cemetery, two miles west of Rossburg.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 7, 1940

Former Jackson pupil dies in New York; burial at Lisbon.

Word was received here last night of the death Sunday at 9 a. m. in Massena, N. Y., of Stanley Peden, 17, native of Jackson township, Randolph county. After his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peden, moved to New York, Stanley made his home with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Peden, near North Salem. He joined his parents in New York about two years ago.

A former student of the Jackson, Ind. school, the deceased had been ill for the past eight years. His death was attributed to heart trouble, it was stated.

Surviving besides the parents and grandparents are four sisters and two brothers, all at home.

The remains will be returned to Union City for burial in the Lisbon cemetery. Time of the funeral and interment were not known last night.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 8, 1940

Hemorrhage fatal to Rossburg woman.

Mrs. Mary E. DeFord, 74, widow of Dr. J. M. DeFord, of Rossburg, died at her late home in the Darke county village early Monday morning. Death resulted from a cerebral hemorrhage which she suffered last Thursday.

Mrs. DeFord had lived at Rossburg for more than forty years and was very well known in that community.

She leave eight children, four sons and four daughters. The are: Herman J. DeFord, of Chicago, Ill.; Lester J., of Lowellville, O.; Mason W., of Rossburg; Willard, of Sidney; Mrs. Eulalia Smith, of Greenville; Mrs. Ruth Martin and Mrs. Justine McGee, of Ansonia, and Mrs. Margaret Klopp, of Middletown.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Rossburg Methodist church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be in the Beamsville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 12, 1940

Aged farmer dies at home. - Johnathan Anderson, 82, dies at 7:30 o'clock Friday.

Johnathan Anderson, 82, died at his residence five miles south of Union City, at 7:30 o'clock Friday evening.

The deceased was a retired farmer and had spent all his life in Randolph county. He was born on a farm seven miles southwest of Union City on November 14, 1856, the son of Abner and Elsie (Phipps) Anderson. He was united in marriage with Ida Everhardt, October 25, 1885 at Churubusco, Ind. who died June 20, 1897. He was left with seven children of a tender age to which he was both father and mother. All of these children survive him. On February 16, 1906 he was married again, this time to Miss Althea Bennett, this marriage taking place at Ft. Wayne. She died August 10, 1922. To this union were born two daughters, both of whom survive.

Survivors are nine children, Grover Anderson, Mrs. Wilbert Ullery and Alfred Anderson, of Union City R. R. 4, Mrs. Guy Wagner, of Union City R. R. 3, Mrs. Jennie Clindinst, of Muncie, Mary Anderson and Mrs. Edward (Irene) Roselip, of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. David Wilson, of Matthews, Ind., and Mrs. Robert Shearwood, Cincinnati, O. The last two daughters were from the second marriage.

The body was removed to the Fraze funeral home for burial preparation, where friends are invited to call until Sunday at 10 o'clock, when the body will be taken to the residence.

Services will be held Monday at 2 o'clock (CST) in charge of Rev. Earl Lantz. The place of interment was undecided last night.

(Above expanded and corrected with information from a lengthy Obituary published October 22nd, adding many important details.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 12, 1940

Heart ailment proves fatal. - Services Tuesday for Mrs. Ben Huntwork.

Heart disease, following a week's serious illness, claimed the life of Mrs. Ben Huntwork, 64, Sunday at 3 a. m. in the Union City hospital, less than four hours after she had been admitted. She resided at 251 North Sycamore street, Union City.

Born in Plymouth and united in marriage with Ben Huntwork in Indianola, Neb., in 1903, the deceased had made her home in the Union City community for the past 25 years.

Surviving are six children, Floyd Huntwork, Vernie Huntwork, Mrs. Grant Bradford, Lucille Huntwork and Percy Huntwork, all of Union City, and Mrs. Ruby Haskett, of Indianapolis; one sister, Mrs. M. A. Bell, of Eckley, Colo., and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. in the Brooks Funeral home in Union City, with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Burial will follow in the Lisbon cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 15, 1940

Death claims Ellie Simmons. - Winchester woman, 86, passes away; last rites Wednesday.

Mrs. Ellie Simmons, 86, of Winchester, widow of the late N. C. Simmons, a Civil War veteran, died at 2:30 p. m. Monday at the Randolph County hospital.

Surviving are five sons, Earl of Indianapolis, Troy, Will, Walter, and Vern of Winchester; three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Keever and Mrs. Ed Best of Winchester, and Mrs. Roy Shierling of Union City; one brother, William T. Kamm of Winchester; two sisters, Mamie Parcell and Jocie Kemm of Anderson, 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The body will be removed from the Clark and Maynard funeral home to the residence, 600 North West street in Winchester, at noon today. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the residence in charge of Rev. Charles Hiatt, assisted by Rev. Aaron Napier. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 15, 1940

Mrs. Nona Marker died Monday night.

Mrs. Nona Weltha Marker, 50, wife of Walter Marker, died at 10:30 o'clock Monday night at the home, six miles east of Lynn, following an illness of only a few hours.

The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Henderson. She is survived by the husband, the father, one daughter, Minnie May Marker, and one sister, Mrs. Mervil Ozbun, of east of Lynn.

No funeral arrangements had been made last night.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 17, 1940

William D. Koch found dead; lived alone. - Believe death occurred Monday; to arrange services.

William D. Koch, about 73 years of age, violin instructor and retired journalist, was found dead about 7:15 p. m. Wednesday in his second floor flat, 327 West Oak street, Union City, apparently the victim of a heart attack.

Dr. W. S. Dininger, acting Randolph county coroner, judging from the condition of the body and testimony of friends who last saw him alive Monday, stated that apparently death had occurred sometime Monday afternoon or evening.

Mr. Koch, who had been a familiar figure in the business district as he daily worked as a Union City Times reporter for the past 30 years, retiring in March 1939, He had at one time served as director of the Union City band for 15 years, led the old Union Grand orchestra for 25 years, and had instructed the youth of the community in playing the violin. His health was reported to have been failing for several weeks.

The only immediate survivors are three daughters, Miss Katherine Isabel Koch and Miss Frances Ernestine Koch, teachers in Mishawaka schools, and Mrs. Jason (Barbara Ellen) Talmadge Harbert, of Las Animas, Colo.; two brothers, Adolph and Frederick Koch, both of Jackson, Mich.; three grandchildren, Jason Harbert, Jr., Barbara Harbert and William Bruce Harbert. Miss Dorothy Koch, another daughter, died several years ago. Mrs. Koch succumbed in 1917.

The body was removed to the Fraze Funeral home. Arrangements for funeral services are pending the arrival of the daughters.

(Funeral services were held Friday at the funeral home and burial was made in the Union City cemetery. He was born May 27, 1865 in Effington, Ill. He came to Union City in 1890 where he met and married Frances Gertrude Runkle, deceased since 1914.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 18, 1940

Fall injuries prove fatal. - Woman dies in Greenville; brothers in Union City.

Mrs. Martha Metscar, 73, wife of Link Metscar, well known Greenville building mover, died at 8:50 a. m. (EST) Thursday at her home, 308 Thirteenth street. Death was directly attributed to the effects of injuries sustained in a fall last July.

Mrs. Metscar was born at Union City and was a life long resident of Darke county.

Besides the husband, she leaves three sons, Ira, of Greenville, and Russell and Charles, of Cincinnati; thirteen grandchildren; five brothers, John, Frank and Willard Hart, of Union City; Clarence Hart, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Walter Hart, of Dayton, and three sisters, Mrs. Seward Hart, of Union City; Mrs. Rose Rudy, of Detroit, Michigan, and Mrs. Maud Murphy, Dayton.

The remains have been removed to the Miller funeral home, 124 W. Fifth street, Greenville, where friends may call after 3 p. m. (EST) today. Funeral services will be held there at 10:30 a. m. Saturday with Rev. Earl Lantz, of Union City officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery. (Miller Funeral Home records state that Martha Survannah was b. Oct. 6, 1865, in Union City, OH, the daughter of Cyrus Hart and Elizabeth Armstrong.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 19, 1940

Death takes W. S. Johnson. - Funeral Sunday afternoon from New Lisbon Church.

William S. Johnson, 74, died Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at his home, four miles northwest of Union City from complications following a stroke last February. His condition had been critical for two days.

The deceased was a son of Wesley and Sarah Ann (Hindsley) Johnson and was born on the farm where his death occurred, December 15, 1865, being aged at the time of his death, 74 years, 10 months and 2 days. Four generations of the Johnson family have been born on this farm.

On January 14, 1892 he was married to Alice Byrum, whose death occurred July 24, 1921. Two daughters survive; Mrs. Grace Boone at home; Nellie, wife of Raymond Cox, northwest of Union City. The deceased is also survived by one granddaughter, Mrs. Howard Scofield, northwest of Union City, and two sisters, Mrs. Reta Gettinger, of five miles north of Union City and Mrs. Bertha Wilson, five miles south of Union City. Two brothers and two sisters are deceased.

The body was removed to the Williamson & Sons funeral home at Portland for preparation and was returned to the late residence Friday afternoon, where friends are invited to call.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the New Lisbon church. Rev. Earl Lantz, of Union City will officiate. Interment will be made in the New Lisbon cemetery.

(Oct. 30 - Obituary - Excerpt - William S. Johnson was the twin brother of Joseph G. Johnson (deceased). No other new information is found in the article.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 19, 1940

Gray death sudden; funeral to be Monday.

Mrs. Carrie May Gray, 61, wife of Bert Gray, Greenville R. F. D. 4, died very suddenly at 12:30 a. m. at her home on the Greenville-Union City road 7 miles east of Union City. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mrs. Gray, a Darke county native, had been a member of the Coletown Christian church for many years.

Besides the husband, she leaves one son, Hobart, of Dayton; a sister, Mrs. Maud Fahl, of Drexel, O., and two nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at the Coletown church at 2 p. m. Monday with Rev. John Watson officiating. Burial will be in the Creekbaum cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 19, 1940

Alice Sheppard dies on Friday. - Resident of Farmland dies at Randolph County Hospital.

Mrs. Alice Sheppard, 59, a resident of Farmland, died Friday at 11:30 a. m. at the Randolph County hospital. Surviving are one son, E. I. Sheppard, of Muncie; one daughter, Mrs. Cecil Marsh, also of Muncie, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Harvey, of Green's Fork.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 3 p. m. at the Thornburg funeral home in Farmland, with Rev. Zelma Mills officiating. Burial will be in Buena Vista cemetery.

The body will be taken to the residence on South Main street in Farmland this afternoon and returned Sunday morning at 11 o'clock to the funeral home.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 21, 1940

Injury fatal to Mrs. Isenhart. - Salamonia woman dies at hospital following accident.

Mrs. Katherine Louise Isenhart, aged 79, of Salamonia, died in a Richmond hospital Sunday morning at 6:55 o'clock. Death resulted from complications following a hip fracture which she sustained 12 days ago.

The deceased was a native of Indiana and was born November 16, 1860, being aged 79 years, 11 months and 4 days. Her parents were William and Dorothy (Butcher) Wortz.

On March 5, 1884, she was united in marriage to Morton Isenhart, who survives with two sons, A. W. Isenhart and Carl Isenhart, both of Dayton, Ohio; four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and on brother, Paul D. Wortz, of Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by one son and one daughter.

The deceased was a member of the Lutheran church at Union City.

The body was removed to the Williamson & Sons funeral home for preparation. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

(Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Union City Lutheran church, Rev. H. A. Barth in charge. Burial was made in the Union City cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 21, 1940

Long illness proves fatal. - Fannie Hollowell, 69, dies after several years illness.

Mrs. Fannie Ollie Hollowell, 69, died at her home in Ridgeville, Sunday at noon. Although she had been in ill health for several years she had been serious only one day.

Survivors are the husband, Roy; one son, Quimba, of Ridgeville; one daughter, Mrs. Ergo Myers, of Ridgeville; three brothers, Charles Swihart, of Washington, D. C., Dennis, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Samuel, of Elwood; one sister, Mrs. Hilda Buettemeyer, of Stoy, Ill.; one half-sister, Mrs. Melvina King, of Greensfork, and two grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Painter funeral home in Ridgeville for burial preparation and will be returned to the residence Monday at noon. Friends are invited to call at the home.

Services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Ridgeville Evangelical church, in charge of the pastor, Rev. Harris DeWese. Burial will be in the Reitenour cemetery at Deerfield. The body will lie in state at the church one hour preceding the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 21, 1940

Former resident dies at Dayton; funeral is today.

Mrs. Arminda Edwards, 80, a former resident of Winchester and Union City, died Saturday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Agnes Kercher, at Dayton, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Fraze Funeral home in charge of Rev. Raymond Harris. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

Surviving, other than the daughter at whose home she died, are two other daughters, Mrs. Lulu Wagner of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Ruth Roosa of Beaver, Pa.; two sons, Russell of Los Angeles, Cal. and Ralph of Dayton; 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 22, 1940

Former local man dies in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Smith Funeral home in Columbus, O., for William Cross who died Friday morning following a lingering illness. Familiar to all horse and racing enthusiasts in this community, Mr. Cross resided on the Old Noffsinger farm, northwest of Union City, until last spring at which time he moved to Columbus. At Columbus he managed a stable of horses for the Powell Lumber Co.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 22, 1940

Funeral at Maxville.

Funeral services for James Seidner will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Methodist church at Maxville. Rev. J. H. Nall, pastor of the Portland First United Brethren church will officiate. Interment will be made in the Maxville cemetery.

Seidner committed suicide Sunday afternoon at his home in Parker.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 24, 1940

Edward Byram passes away. - Lingering illness fatal to Darke County native.

Edward Newton Byram, 80, a retired mechanic, died at 7:50 a. m. Wednesday at his home in Hillgrove after a lingering illness.

The deceased, a native of Washington township, Darke county, Ohio, had lived at Hillgrove for the last 48 years. He was a member of the Masonic lodge.

Immediate survivors include a widow, Mary; four sons, Hugh, of Greenville; Howard, of Gettysburg, Frank, of Dayton, and Maurice, at home; one daughter, Kay, also at home; seven grandchildren, and two brothers, Charles and Ollie Byram, both of Dayton.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Hillgrove Federated church at 2 p. m. (EST) Friday with Rev. Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Snell cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 24, 1940

Mrs. Bousman died yesterday. - Funeral Saturday morning from Saratoga U. B. church.

Mrs. Lizzie Bousman, aged 54, wife of Dayton Bouseman, died Wednesday afternoon at 4:15 o'clock at the residence, five and one-half miles southwest of Winchester. She had been ill for several months, but her condition was critical only for the past few days.

She is survived by the husband, five sons, Charles O. Bousman, of Ridgeville; Paul W. Bousman, of Richmond; Robert Bousman, of Winchester; George and Marvin Bousman, at home; six daughters, Mrs. Frank Lemaux, of Portland; Mrs. Leonard Harshman, of near Ridgeville; Mrs. Mary Jones, of Ridgeville; Mrs. Fenwick Copper, of Winchester; Miss Bertha Bousman, at home.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Lewis Bragg and Albert Bragg, of Union City; Mrs. Oliver Allen, of Aurora, South Dakota; Mrs. Carl Clarkson, of Greenfield, Illinois; Mrs.Orville Cantrall, of Winchester, Ohio; Mrs. Wilbur Kirck, of Richmond; and Mrs. Harry Bauer, of Cleveland.

The body was removed to the Painter funeral home at Richmond (Ridgeville ?) for preparation and will be returned to the late residence at noon today, where friends are invited to call

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Saratoga United Brethren church. Rev. Zelma Mills will officiate, assisted by Rev. D. R. Lusk. Interment will be made in the Reitenour cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 24, 1940

Lefevre rites in Union City. - Short illness proves fatal to Dayton resident.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock (EST) this afternoon at the Union City United Brethren church for Ira F. LeFevre, 79, who died Tuesday morning at his residence, 237 Linden avenue, Dayton, O., following an illness of but one week.

A native of Pennsylvania, he had been a resident of Dayton for the past 30 years, a member of the St. Paul's Methodist church and the I. O. O. F. in that city.

He is survived by the widow, Rose LeFevre; three sons, Romney of Union City; Glenn H., of Dayton, and Frank B. Clark, of Los Angeles, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. C. R. Steenrod, of Richmond; one sister, Mary Frazier, of Union City; 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 25, 1940

M. M. Hathaway dies suddenly. - Well known Jay County resident ill only 15 minutes.

Michael M. Hathaway, aged 68, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon at the home in Salamonia. He had been troubled by heart trouble for the past five years, but his condition was not considered serious. He suffered an attack about 1:45 o'clock and succumbed 15 minutes later.

Mr. Hathaway had lived in Florida for several years, returning to Jay county three years ago. The family formerly lived near the Miller school, southeast of Portland, moving to Salamonia about four months ago.

The deceased was a son of George A. and Jane (Eley) Hathaway, and was born at New Pittsburg, March 15, 1876, being aged at the time of his death 64 years, 7 months and 9 days.

In 1900, he was married to Emma Shock, who preceded him in death in 1924. He is survived by the following children: Ethel, wife of John Byers, of Muncie; Elmer E. Hathaway, of Miami Springs, Florida; Mrs. Edith Harback, of Dunkirk; Charles L. Hathaway, Raymond L. Hathaway, and Leland J. Hathaway, all of Salamonia; nine grandchildren also survive.

Brothers and sisters surviving are Stephen Hathaway, of Salamonia; William Hathaway, of West Virginia; Alma, wife of J. E. Spitler, of Madison township; Violet, wife of Lewis Hiatt, of Alberta, Canada.

He is also survived by the following half-brothers and half-sisters: Edna, wife of Mack Evans, of Midland, Michigan; Blanche, wife of Daniel Hole, of Benton Harbor, Michigan; Margaret, wife of Elmer Mitchell, of Greenville, Ohio; Leo Hathaway, of Madison township; Adah, wife of Bernard Chew, of Madison township; Gaynelle, wife of Lawrence Shirk, of Boundary; Basil Hathaway, of near Dunkirk.

Besides the parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sons, one daughter, one sister, two half-brothers and one half-sister.

The body was removed to the Williamson & Sons funeral home in Portland, where it will remain until information is received from the son in Florida. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 26, 1940

Charles Neal rites today at Ansonia, O.

Charles Edward Neal, 71, a retired Allen township farmer residing four miles northwest of Rossburg, died Thursday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ellen Prasuhn in Liberty township. His death followed a lingering illness.

Funeral services are to be conducted at 2:30 p. m. today from the Fisher Becker funeral home at Ansonia with Rev. E. J. Katterhenrich officiating. Burial will be in the Holsapple cemetery.

The deceased, whose wife died in 1932, leaves nine children, four sons and five daughters. They are: Mrs. Mabel Root, of Sunbury, O.; Leroy Neal, of Lansing, Michigan; Elmer, Prasuhn, Liberty township; Cary Neal, Greenville R. F. D.; Cora, and Ethel Neal, of Dayton; Mrs. Laura Heistand, of DvLuz (?), California and Willis Neal, address unknown.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 28, 1940

Ernest Rich died Friday afternoon in Winchester hospital.

Ernest B. Rich, 45, a railroader residing six miles north of Richmond, died Friday afternoon at the Randolph County hospital after an extended illness. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Welfer funeral home in Richmond, in charge of Rev. C. P. Baldwin of Bluffton. Interment will be at Earlham cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Masonic services will be held at the grave, also the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen will hold services at the grave.

Survivors are the widow, Ruth; a daughter, Mrs. Ernestine Maines, at home; his father, Willis, at home; one sister, Mrs. George Unthank, of Dover, Ohio; a brother, Burr Rich of Richmond, and one granddaughter.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 29, 1940

Former Union City resident dies. - Military services Wednesday for Edward Evans.

Edward G. Evans, 63, a former Union City resident, died Monday at 12:40 p. m. at the Soldiers home hospital in Dayton as the result of a heart condition. He had been removed from his residence, 57 East Riverview Drive, to the hospital ten days prior to his death.

Mr. Evans was born in Woodfield, O., on September 24, 1877, the son of George W. and Mary (Beard) Evans. He was united in marriage with Fay Castle, who survives.

The deceased had moved from Union City to Dayton about 20 years ago. Prior to his death he had been employed as an apartment manager in Dayton. When in Union City he worked as an interior decorator. He was a Spanish-American war veteran.

Surviving besides the widow are two brothers, Frank Evans, of Ocean View, Cal., and Charles Evans, of Kenosha, Wis. Charles Castle and Harry Brown, of Union City, are brothers-in-law.

A military funeral with Rev. J. Floyd Seelig officiating will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p. m (CST) in the Fraze Funeral home in Union City. Burial will follow in the Union City cemetery.

Friends may view the remains at the funeral home after 4 p. m. today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 29, 1940

Several month illness fatal. - Rev. Ira C. Johnson, 91, passes away at home of son near Lynn.

Rev. Ira C. Johnson, 91, died at the home of a son, Cyruse, near Lynn at 8 p. m. Monday. He had been ill for several months.

Reverend Johnson had served in the ministry for seventy years; served as superintendent of the yearly meeting of the Friends, and as township trustee. His wife, Esther, preceded him in death about sixteen years ago.

Survivors are two sons, Harry, of Union City R. R. 4; and Cyruse, at whose home he died south of Lynn; two daughters, Edith Winslow, of Tallahassee, Fla., and Mrs. Mayme Horn, of Lynn; thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the home of the son, Cyruse, south of Lynn. Other funeral arrangements will be completed on the arrival of the other daughter, Mrs. Winslow.

The time for the services and other arrangements will be announced later.

(Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the Lynn Friends church, with Rev. Adam Flatter officiating. Interment was made in the Quaker Lynn cemetery.)

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 30, 1940

Death claims Mrs. W. H. Kerr. - Funeral services to be held Thursday morning.

Death following a lingering illness claimed the life of Mrs. Harry Kerr Monday at 6 a. m. at her late residence, 210 West Division street, Union City.

Mrs. Kerr came from DeGraff, O., her birthplace, as a child to the Union City community where her father was employed by the Big Four railroad. She was born Anna Gertrude Fitzgerald, daughter of Edward and Ellen (Murphy) Fitzgerald. For many years the family resided in what was familiarly known as the Old Fitzgerald home on North State Line.

She was united in marriage with W. H. Kerr in Union City on February 27, 1905. She was a member of the St. Mary's church and had attended the parochial school. Mrs. Kerr was a charter member of the Cecilian club and at the time of her death was an honorary member of this organization.

Several years ago, she was employed in a penny store, operated by a Mrs. Hoover. Later, she worked in the grocery store operated by her brother, James Fitzgerald, located on Oak street, where now the Corbin store is. Still later, she was employed at the R. Kirshbaum store in charge of the shoe department.

In 1925, Mr. and Mrs. Kerr moved to Cincinnati, O., where they made their residence for 12 years, returning to Union City three years ago.

The husband, W. H. Kerr, is the only immediate survivor. Mrs. Kerr being the last of a family of four brothers and one sister. They were John, Thomas, James, Edward and Mary Fitzgerald.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 9 a. m. at the St. Mary's church in Union City, with Rev. T. J. Hammes officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the home anytime.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 31, 1940

F. Bertram Rites today; Darke County farmer succumbs.

Frederick H. Bertram, 82, a retired Darke county farmer, died late Monday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. W. R. Wilson, northeast of Hillgrove, after an extended illness.

The deceased, a native of Germany, had spent most of his life in Darke county and for more than a half-century was actively engaged in agricultural pursuits. His wife, Lydia, died in 1924.

He was a member of the Union City Lutheran church.

The immediate survivors include two sons, Carl, of Covington, O. , and Ernest, of Jackson township; the one daughter, Mrs. W. R. Wilson; a step-son, Walter Snyder, of Jackson township; one step-daughter, Mrs. L. E. Edwards, of Washington township; thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the daughter's residence near Woodington at 2 p. m. (EST) today with Rev. H. A. Barth, of Union City, officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

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