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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 1, 1943

Ex-county highway superintendent dies.

Edward Shields, 74, operator of the Shields Hatchery adjoining his home, 3 1/2 miles east of Greenville on state route 71, died at 10:45 a. m. Thursday at his farm residence after a year's illness.

Active in Republican politics in Darke county for a number of years, Mr. Shields formerly served two years as county highway superintendent and had also been a member of the Van Buren township board of trustees.

Surviving are his wife, Laura; four sons, William, Carl, Kenneth and Chalmer, all of Greenville rural route 2; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Unger, also of Greenville rural route 2 and Vergie, at home; four grandchildren; one brother, Lewis, of San Diego, Cal., and four sisters, Mrs. Mell Miller, Mrs. William Miller and Mrs. Frank Shade, all of Greenville, and Mrs. Treva McLaren, of Seattle, Washington.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p. m. at the Abbottsville U. B. church. Burial will be in Arcanum Greenlawn cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 1, 1943

Teaford infant dies at home in Palestine.

Sonya Gay Teaford, 3, daughter of Gale and Madonna (Baker) Teaford, of Palestine, Ohio, passed away at 1:30 a. m. Friday after a few hour's illness. She is survived by her father and mother; one sister, Constance Kay, 6; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baker of Bakers Store; and great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Baker, of route three, Greenville.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock (EWT) at the church of the Brethren on Central avenue in Greenville, with Rev. Ira Blocker and Rev. G. L. Wise in charge. Burial will be in the cemetery at Palestine.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, May 4, 1943

Clara Richter claimed by death in Union City home.

Miss Clara D. Richter, for the last 30 years a well know Union City businesswoman, died Monday at 3 p. m. at her home on Oak street, Union City, following a serious illness of two years.

Only survivors are a sister, Miss Nettie Richter, with whom she lived and was an insurance business partner, and a cousin, Miss Zella Richter of Ely, Minn.

The body was taken for burial preparation to the Fraze funeral home, where it will remain until time for the last rites, which Monday night had not been completed. Friends may call at the mortuary after 4 p. m. today.

Miss Richter was born at Williamsburg in Wayne county, the daughter of Napoleon H. and Sarah Edwards Richter. In 1915 she moved to Union City, entering the law office of S. R. Bell and after his death assumed management of the insurance agency connected with the law business. Later she formed a partnership with her sister.

Miss Richter was a member of the Presbyterian church, the Foster Auxiliary, the G. G. G. society and various insurance organizations.

[Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Fraze funeral home. Rev. G. M. Payne, pastor of the Winchester Presbyterian church officiated. Burial was made in the Union City cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, May 4, 1943

Mrs. Stiles dies following a short illness.

Mrs. Janie Viola Stiles, 72, passed away at her home, five miles northeast of Winchester at 2:30 a. m. Monday following a short illness. She was born near Saratoga, September 4, 1870, and was a lifelong resident of Randolph county.

The body was removed to the Maynard mortuary in Winchester and will be returned to the residence at 10 a. m. today, where funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday. Rev. George Addington will be in charge and burial will be in the I. O. O. F. cemetery at Saratoga.

Survivors are the husband, Bert Stiles; one son, Earl Stiles of Saratoga; three daughters, Mrs. Fred Shafer and Mrs. Virgil Alexander of Ridgeville, and Mrs. Earl Conklin, Union City, and one sister, Dora Dennison, Union City, Ohio. A daughter, Mrs. Herman Hobbick, died September 22, 1942.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, May 4, 1943

Ira D. Bickel, Washington Twp. clerk, succumbs.

Clerk of Washington township, Darke county, and a native and lifelong resident of the Hillgrove community, Ira D. Bickel, 65, died Sunday at 10:45 p. m. (EWT), at his residence following a serious illness during the past two months from a complication of diseases. He had been in failing health for the past five years and had retired from farming approximately ten years ago.

Mr. Bickel was born on March 31, 1878, the son of Daniel F. and Mary (Landis) Bickel. He attended the McClure school and was a member of the Coletown Christian church. On May 16, 1896, in Darke county, he was united in marriage with Mary A. Ryan, who survives. Mr. Bickel had served for approximately twenty-five years as clerk of Washington township.

Surviving besides the widow, Mary, are three daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Lucille) Peters, of Coletown; Mrs. Doyt (Catherine) Hurless, of Dayton, and Mrs. Ralph (Irene) Weimer, of Springfield, O.; one son, D. Franklin Bickel, Union City rural route three; five sisters, Mrs. Lucy Cole, of Coletown; Misses Nannie and Katie Bickel, of Greenville rural route four; Mrs. Pete Neff, Union City rural route three, and Mrs. Nora Ketring, Union City rural route three; five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday a 2:30 p. m. in the Hillgrove Federated church, with Rev. John A. Watson officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

The body was removed to the Miller and Son funeral home in Greenville from where it will be returned to the residence Tuesday afternoon, after which time friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, May 6, 1943

Miss Emma Klumpp dies in Indianapolis; plan Union City burial.

Word of the death Monday night in the Methodist hospital in Indianapolis of Miss Emma Klumpp has been received in Union city.

Miss Klumpp, a former resident of Union City, left here about twenty-five years ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Klumpp, deceased. There are no immediate survivors.

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p. m. prior to interment in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, May 6, 1943

John R. Ross, 87, former Union Citian, dies in Brookville.

John R. Ross, 87, former resident of the Union City community, died Tuesday night at Brookville, Ind. He had been a resident of the Brookville neighborhood for several years.

Surviving are one son, Irwin Ross, of Cincinnati, O., and two daughters, Mrs. Aaron Householder, of Huntington, and Mrs. Roy Blume, of Logansport.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a. m. at the Clevenger funeral home in Brookville. Graveside funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p. m. prior to burial in the Union City cemetery. Local arrangements are in charge of the Fraze funeral home, Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, May 7, 1943

Child electrocuted; touches hot wire.

Barbara Lee Birt, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. King Birt, formerly of near New Weston, Darke county, was killed instantly Tuesday when she touched a charged copper wire in a small pool of water in a trailer camp at Troy, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p. m. near New Weston with Rev. Noble Schlechty of Rossburg officiating . Burial will be in the Shook Chapel cemetery.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. King Birt; three brothers, Byron, Ellsworth and John; and one sister, Mary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, May 7, 1943

Stammen funeral held at Sebastian.

Funeral services for Andrew Stammen, whose death occurred Sunday at his late home in Sebastian, Mercer county, were conducted there at 9 a. m. Thursday.

The deceased formerly lived near New Weston, where for more that 35 years he was engaged in farming pursuits.

He leaves a wife, Anna; five sons and six daughters.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 8, 1943

Beamsville woman found dead in bed.

Mrs. Goldie Naomi Smith, 55, was found dead in bed at 6 a. m. Thursday in her home at Beamsville by her husband, Harley. She had been in declining health for several years.

A daughter of the late Joseph and Alice Mitchell, she was a native and lifelong resident of Darke county.

Surviving are the husband; two sons, Tyron, at home, and Jack, of Dayton; three daughters, Mrs. Melvin Miller, Greenville rural route 5, and Mrs. German Luers and Mrs. Edward Keller, both of Dayton; five grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Effie Vance, and a brother, Connell Mitchell, also both of Dayton.

Funeral services will be held today at 2 p. m. (CWT) at the Smith residence with Rev. Denlinger officiating. Burial will be in Beamsville cemetery.

[Miller Funeral Home records state that she was born July 21, 1887 in Darke Co., the daughter of Joseph Mitchell and Alice Osman (both b. in Darke Co.)]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 8, 1943

Mrs. W. J. Sirk dies in California.

Word has been received in Union City of the death of a former resident of this community, Mrs. Florella Sirk, 78, which occurred Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. in a hospital in San Bernadino, Cal.

She had been confined to the hospital since December 11, 1942, suffering from a fractured hip.

Mrs. Sirk was born in Germantown, O., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Hommowun. Although she had been a resident of San Bernadino for a number of years, she spent the early years of her life as a resident of Union City. She also, together with her husband, Will J. Sirk, deceased, operated moving picture theaters in North Manchester and other places. She was a member of the Catholic church.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. A. S. Powers and Miss May Hommowun, both of Union City. Particulars concerning funeral arrangements were not available last night, although relatives felt that the remains would be returned to Union City for interment in the St. Mary's cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 8, 1943

Lillie Chamness claimed by death.

Lillie Kurie Chamness, 78, widow of the late Rev. Leander Chamness, died at 6:30 a. m. Friday at the Randolph County hospital in Winchester, following an illness of several weeks.

Surviving are a son, Clifford of near Carlos; a sister, Mrs. Alice Baldridge of Green's Fork; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p m. at the Lynn Friends church in charge of Rev. Lowell Nicholson with burial in the Economy cemetery. Friends may call at the Thomas funeral home in Lynn after 1 p. m. today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 8, 1943

W. H. Coombs, 76, died in Greenville, Ohio.

William Henry (Funston) Coombs, 76, for many years an active livestock buyer in Darke county, died very unexpectedly at 10 a. m. Friday at his residence, 762 Martin street, Greenville, from the effects of a heart attack. He was critically ill only a few hours.

He leave a wife, Alice Jane; one daughter, Clara, at home; four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. William Lewis, of Los Angeles, Cal., and a brother, Charles, of Coletown.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 p. m. (EWT) at the Miller funeral home, West Fifth street, with Rev. Frank Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

[Miller Funeral Home records state that he was born March 22, 1867 at Ft. Jefferson, Darke Co., OH, the son of Henry Coombs and Maryann Bryant (both b. in England)]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, May 10, 1943

Services are conducted for Mrs. Armstrong.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Salamonia Christian church for Mrs. Serena Ann Armstrong, 75, wife of Rev. Samuel A. Armstrong, who died Friday morning at her farm home two miles east of Salamonia. Rev. A. N. Shockney, pastor of the church, officiated. Burial was in the Ft. Recovery cemetery.

Surviving besides the husband, Rev. Armstrong, are three children, Mrs. Harry Bickel, of near Ansonia, O.; Mrs. Elva Bibler, of near Brice, and Russell I. Armstrong, four miles south of Ft. Recovery; five granddaughters, two grandsons, two great grandchildren, one brother and one sister.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, May 10, 1943

Greenville spiritualist pastor passes away.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Miller funeral home in Greenville, for Rev. Clara F. Heller, pastor of the Greenville Spiritualist church for the past four years, who died Thursday in the Wayne hospital following an illness of five months. Interment was in Ft. Jefferson cemetery.

The deceased had frequently conducted spiritualist services in Union City.

Surviving besides the husband, Walter Heller, are her father James Ludy, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Keller, both of Greenville.

[Miller Funeral Home records state that Clara Frances Heller was born June 20, 1890 in Darke Co., OH., the daughter of James B. Ludy and Rosa Beatty (both b. in Darke Co. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. T. J. Rhoades of Peru, IN.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, May 11, 1943

Philip Rowe, killed in plane crash near Norfolk, Va.

Philip Rowe, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Rowe who live about six miles east of Winchester on state road 32, was killed in an airplane crash near Norfolk, Va., according to a navy department telegram received by the parents late last night.

Young Rowe, a radio man, enlisted in the navy in February of 1942, received basic training at Great Lakes, was sent to the Pacific coast and was returned from Washington state about a month ago to a new post in Virginia.

Prior to his enlistment he was employed at the Overmyer Mould company and had worked at the Hinshaw grocery in Winchester. He was a graduate of the Wayne school.

No particulars regarding the tragedy, believed to be the first Randolph county World War 2 fatality, were received.

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Surviving besides the parents, Alva A. and Bertha (Collings) Rowe, Union City rural route four, one-half mile south of Harrisville, are three brothers, Lowell, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Buell, of Chicago, and Willett Rowe, at home; one sister, Mrs. Charles McRose, of Winchester, and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Emma Collings, Danville, Ill.

The remains will be sent from Norfolk to Union City, and upon arrival will be taken to the Fraze funeral home. Later the body will be removed to the family residence.

Philip C. Rowe was born in Danville, Ill., on March 23, 1922, but had spent nearly his entire life in Randolph county, where he attended the Wayne township school. He was a member and an officer of the graduating class of 1940. He was a member of the Christian church in Muncie, Illinois.

Following his graduation from high school, he was employed at the Overmyer Mould company in Winchester. He also had worked at the Hinshaw grocery in the county seat. Enlisting in the United States navy in December, 1941, he was called for training in February, 1942. He received his basic training at Great Lakes, Ill. Later he was sent to the naval air station, Seattle, Wash., and only approximately a month ago was transferred from there to Virginia. At the time of his death he was a radio operator and navigator on a naval bomber.

{Funeral services were conducted on Saturday afternoon in the Union City Methodist church. Burial was made in the Union City Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, May 12, 1943

Jane Colvin, 24, dies at Irene Byron.

Jane Colvin, 24, died last night at 9:30 o'clock at Irene Byron sanitarium, Fort Wayne, where she had been a patient for two months.

A former office employee of the Union City Body company, Miss Colvin made her home on West Pearl street, Union City, with her grandmother, Mrs. Martha Goodman and an aunt, Mrs. Bettye Evans.

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Plan Colvin rites in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. in Chillicothe, O., for Miss Anna Jane Colvin, 24, resident of Union City for the past four years, who died Tuesday at 9 p. m. of tuberculosis in the Irene Byron sanitarium in Ft. Wayne. She had bee admitted to the sanitarium two months prior to her death.

Miss Colvin was born in Chillicothe on September 26, 1918, the daughter of Wells and Alice (Tompkins) Colvin. She was a member of the Chillicothe Trinity Methodist church and attended the schools in that city.

Before making her home in Union City, four years ago, she had been employed in Dayton as a stenographer and resided with an aunt, Mrs. O. E. Colvin, a daughter of Mrs. Martha Goodman and sister of Mrs. Bettye Evans, Union City. In Union City Miss Colvin resided with Mrs. Goodman, 1221 West Pearl street, and was employed as a stenographer at the Union City Body Co., Inc.

Surviving are the father, Wells Colvin, of Chillicothe; two brothers, Wells, Jr. and Winston Colvin, both of Chilicothe, and two sisters, Miss Dorothy Colvin, of Chillicothe and Mrs. Edith Pompos, of Dayton.

She attended the Union City United Brethren church and was a member of the Otterbein guild at that church, the Golden Eagle lodge and the Ladies Democrat club.

Officiating at the services will be Rev. James Lyons, pastor of the Chillicothe Trinity Methodist church. Burial will be in the Grandview cemetery at Chillicothe.

The body will be a the C. J. Ware and Son funeral home in Chillicothe where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, May 13, 1943

Pneumonia claims Rhotehamel infant.

Mary Frances Rhotehamel, eight-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Rhotehamel, Ansonia rural route 1, died Monday afternoon at the parents' home after a short illness from Pneumonia.

Funeral services will be held at the Rhotehamel residence at 2 p. m. Thursday with Rev. Jennings officiating. Interment will be in Greenville cemetery.

Surviving besides the father and mother are two brothers and four sisters, all at home.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, May 13, 1943

Patrick McGill dies at Lawrenceville home.

Word of the death of Patrick McGill, which occurred Monday at his residence in Lawrenceville, has been received in Union City. He had been ill for the past five years following injuries said to have been sustained in an automobile accident.

Mr. McGill was well known in Union City, having served as supervisor of the Big Four railroad signal department for years.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 15, 1943

Plan Hartzell rites today at residence.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the residence for Mrs. Ella May Hartzell, 70, wife of George F. Hartzell, who died Wednesday at her farm home two miles northwest of Pikeville. She was a native of Greenville and had spent her entire life in Darke county.. Burial will be in the Beamsville cemetery.

Besides the husband, she leaves six sons, glen, of Indianapolis; Paul, of Miamisburg; George, of Brookville; Hugh and John, both of Union City, and Floyd, of Greenville rural route; one daughter, Mrs. Henry Meyer, Dayton; ten grandchildren, two half-brothers, John Culbertson, of East Gary, Ind., and Ashley Culbertson, McCool, Ind., and a half sister, Mrs. Adrian Ewing, Albion, Michigan.

[Miller Funeral Home records state that she was born Dec. 11, 1872 in Greenville, the daughter of David Culbertson and Rhoda Laurimore (both b. in Darke Co.)]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 15 1943

Mann rites to be at 2 p. m. Sunday.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Mann, 75, who died Thursday as the result of an accidental gun wound, will be held at the Main Street Church of Christ in Winchester at 2:30 p. m. Sunday, Rev. Leo Jackson of Peru will be in charge assisted by Rev. Raymond D. Harris.

The body was removed to the Summers funeral home in Winchester and will remain there until time for the funeral. Burial will be in the Mount Gilead cemetery east of Lynn.

Mrs. Mann died Thursday afternoon at the Randolph County hospital after a revolver in the hands of an 11-year-old grandson was accidentally discharged with the bullet striking Mrs. Mann in the chest.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 15, 1943

Wilson infant dies shortly following birth.

Sharon Kay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson, Union City rural route five, died at noon Friday, five hours following her birth, in the Union City hospital. The body was removed to the Stocker funeral home in Greenville.

[Funeral services were conducted at the home on Saturday and at the graveside in the Greenville cemetery, Rev. H. A. Barth officiating. Besides the parents she is survived by one brother.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, May 17, 1943

Death claims Charles Castle, 71, in Union City.

Charles E. Castle, 71, retired Union City business man, died Sunday night at 7:30 o'clock at the Union City hospital following a serious illness of two days. Death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage and diabetic coma. He had been in failing heath for some time.

A clothier for 50 years, Mr. Castle retired three years ago.

Mr. Castle was the son of Reynoldo and Eliza (McDaniel) Castle, being born in Union City on May 12, 1872. His wife, Eliza C. Castle, died last summer.

The deceased attended the Union City schools and was a lifelong resident of the city. He was a member and elder of the Presbyterian church, past exalted ruler of the Elks and was a member of the degree team.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Walter V. Wichterman of Hagerstown; one son, Richter Castle of Union City; one granddaughter, Janet Castle; two sisters, Mrs. E. G. Evans of Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. O. E. Hutton of North Miami Beach, Fla. Two other sisters are deceased, they being Mrs. Alice Sells and Mrs. Grace Brown.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p. m. at the Fraze funeral home in Union City with burial in the City cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after 4 p. m. today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, May 17, 1943

Relatives learn of Lambert death.

Relatives in Union City have received word of the death Saturday of James Lambert, 19, which occurred in Indianapolis as a result of infantile paralysis. Off and on for the past three years he had been the occupant of an iron lung.

He was the son of Mrs. Henry Lambert, formerly Ethel Rikard, surviving, a resident of Indianapolis and a native of Union City. He also leaves two sisters, residents of Indianapolis.

Harry Lambert, his father, and Kenneth, a brother, both died several years ago from the same disease.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, May 17, 1943

Randolph native passes away.

Frank Sutton, 67-year-old farmer and lifelong resident of Randolph county, died Saturday at 8:30 a. m. at his residence, seven miles northwest of Union City. He had been ill for the past eight months.

Mr. Sutton was born on September 14, 1875, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sutton. He attended the county schools and was a member of the Saratoga Methodist church.

Surviving besides the widow, Bertha, are one daughter, Mrs. Retha Mann, southwest of Union City; two sons, Ralph, residing east of Winchester, and Dale, west of Union City; and two sisters, Mrs. Dora Smiley and Mrs. Hazel Croyle, of near New Pittsburg.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. today in the Saratoga Methodist church in charge of Rev. Elvan Thornburg. Burial will be in the Saratoga cemetery.

The body was removed Sunday from the Brooks funeral home in Union City to the residence where friends may call until the hour of the services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, May 17, 1943

Plan Kester rites Tuesday at St. John's.

Mrs. Callie Louise Kester, 75, wife of Louis Kester, died at 4:45 p. m. Friday at her farm residence, one mile west of Beamsville after an extended illness.

A native of Darke county, she has been a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran church, east of Greenville, where services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday. Rev. E. J. Katterhenrick will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Besides the husband, she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Clara Prasum, at home, a brother, Daniel Shafer, Covington rural route, and one sister, Mrs. Minnie Peters, Ansonia.

[Oliver Funeral Home Records state she was born March 13, 1868 in Greenville Twp., Darke Co., OH, the daughter of Christian Shafor (b. Germany). Her mother's name was not given.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, May 17, 1943

Heart attack fatal to retired farmer.

John C. Detling, 84, a retired Brown township, Darke county, farmer, died very unexpectedly at 12:30 a. m. Saturday at his home, 2 1/2 miles southwest of Ansonia, from the effects of a heart attack. He was critically ill only a few hours.

Surviving are a daughter, Jennie, at home, and two sons, Carter, Ansonia rural route and Chauncey, of Rossburg rural route.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. today at the Ansonia Christian church. Burial will be in the Ansonia cemetery.

[Oliver Funeral Home Records state that he was born Dec. 25, 1858 in Brown Twp., Darke Co., OH, the son of Jacob Detling (b. Germany) and Elizabeth Peters (b. France). His spouse was Lucy Detling, deceased.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, May 18, 1943

Mendenhall funeral is Wednesday at 2.

Funeral services for Ed. J. Mendenhall, 65, prominent Farmland man who died early Monday morning in Methodist hospital, Indianapolis, will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Thornburg mortuary in Farmland in charge of Rev. J. O. Powell and Rev. A. M. Thomas. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Friends may call at the mortuary until time for the last rites.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, May 18, 1943

Cox funeral to be Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services for Clinton E. Cox, 71, who died Sunday night in the Randolph County hospital, will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Jericho church in charge of Rev. Elvin Thornburg. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.

The body was removed from the Summers mortuary to the residence, three miles southeast of Winchester, where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, May 19, 1943

Mrs. Boze, 76, claimed by death.

Mrs. Elizabeth Boze, 76, wife of Eli Boze, died at 12:45 a. m. Tuesday at her farm home two miles east of Hillgrove, death following an extended illness.

Daughter of John and Sarah Reeser, the deceased was born near Webster and was a lifelong resident of Darke county.

Surviving other than the husband are one son, John A. Winn, of Union City route 5; two daughters, Mrs. Garfield Young of near Greenville and Mrs. Robert Washington of Union City route 3; one sister, Mrs. Martha Emmons of Rossburg; 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

The body will be returned to the residence at 11 a. m. today from the Miller mortuary in Greenville.

Funeral services had not been completed last night pending word from a grandson in a Texas army camp.

[Miller Funeral Home records state that she was born Sept. 15, 1866 the daughter of John Reeser and Sarah Shidler. Funeral services were conducted at the Teegarden church on Friday, May 21st., with Rev. Lester Snyder officiating. Burial was made in the Teegarden Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, May 20, 1943

Ridgeville youth, 15, is drowned in raging waters of Mississinawa.

Flood waters claimed their first victim in Randolph county Wednesday afternoon as John Adams, 15, drowned in the turbulent Mississinawa river at Ridgeville.

Sheriff Kora Davis and Winchester police called to the scene directed the search but after more than four hours the body had not been recovered. Because of the lack of electric power for lights and because of the possibility of searchers falling into the swollen river, the hunt was postponed around 6 p. m. but will be resumed in the morning.

The Adams youth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herb Adams of Ridgeville, was one of a party of seven boys who were swimming near the Pennsylvania railroad bridge at the south edge of Ridgeville when the drowning occurred.

The strong current pulled the victim under water near an abutment of the bridge and he was seen again about 40 feet below the bridge before disappearing from view.

Jack Bailey, one of the swimmers, was sent to Ridgeville for aid, and others in the party sought to rescue the victim, but the swift waters already had carried him out of sight.

A canoe belonging to Cloy Lewis, Ridgeville, was used in the search for the body until a boat could be brought from Winchester. Because of the strong current the boat was tied to the railroad bridge while Deputy Sheriff Lester Puterbaugh and Winchester Police Chief Charles Bullock used grappling hooks in the water which was approximately 12 feet deep. William (Bill) Poe, Winchester, and Forrest Holdeman of the Winchester police also aided in the search.

Eugene Barnes, 15, of near Ridgeville, one of the youths in the swimming party said that the group was wading and swimming in the river and that the Adams youth had waded through the water near the bridge when the current swept him off his feet and into the deep water. He shouted for help, Barnes said, and several boys in the group raced to the bank of the river but failed to reach the victim before he disappeared.

Others in the group were Douglas Van Skyock, Carl Smithson, Jim Bailey, and Leroy Mosier. All lived in or near Ridgeville and except for Jack Bailey all were between 13 and 15 years of age. Jack Bailey, brother of Jim Bailey, is about 11 years old.

The victim's father is employed at the Durham Manufacturing company in Muncie and the mother is employed in a Dunkirk factory. Both were returning from work just before the tragedy occurred and were notified at their home. Two sisters also survive.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, May 20, 1943

Former Union Citian dies in Santa Fe; retired railroader.

Word has been received in Union City of the death on May 10 of Clemence (Clem) W. Moore, 72, which occurred at the Santa Fe, N. M., hospital in Santa Fe.

Mr. Moore was a former resident of Union City and attended the Union City West Side schools. A resident of Santa Fe for the past several years, he had visited in Union City three or four years ago following his retirement in 1939 after approximately fifty years of service with the Santa Fe railway. He is survived by a brother, Albert Moore, of Los Angeles, Cal.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 22, 1943

Dickey rites today in Ansonia church.

Mrs. Jennie Dickey, 67, formerly of Ansonia, died Wednesday at her residence at 3025 North Main street, Dayton, after a lingering illness. She was the widow of the late Austin Dickey, whose death occurred at Ansonia twelve years ago.

The body has been removed to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Olive Warner, one mile west of Beamsville, where friends may call. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. today at the Ansonia Christian church. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

Surviving are four other children, Mrs. Mary Poling, Ansonia; William Dickey, Gettysburg, and Opal and Homer Dickey, both of Dayton.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, May 25, 1943

Linda Threewits, county native, passes away.

A native and lifelong resident of Darke county, Ohio, Mrs. Walter Threewits, 67, died Monday at 4:30 a. m. at her late residence, one mile south of Cosmos, O.

The deceased was born on September 4, 1875, Linda Freed, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Freed. She was united in marriage with Walter Threewits on March 21, 1900, at Eldorado, Darke county. She was a member of the Christian Science faith and the Grange.

Surviving besides the husband Walter, are two sons, Byron Threewits, at home, and Maurice Threewits, of Dayton; one brother and five sisters. Another son, Paul, is deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted at the residence Wednesday at 2 p. m. with Mrs. Milo Wenger, of Greenville, in charge. Burial will be in the Teegarden cemetery.

The body will be removed from the Brooks funeral home in Union City to the residence at 10 a. m. today, after which time friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, May 26, 1943

William Bayless dies near Rossburg, Ohio.

William Bayless, 79, who for a number of years had resided on a farm 3 1/2 miles west of Rossburg, died at 1:30 a. m. Tuesday at the home of a son, Russell, in Dayton. Death was attributed to heart trouble.

Mr. Bayless was stricken ill one week ago and was removed to the son's home last Saturday.

He was a member of the Rossburg Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca; one son, Russell E., Dayton; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The body has been removed to the Stutz and Sando funeral home at New Madison, where friends may call after 2 p. m. today. Services will be held thee at 2:30 p. m. Thursday with Rev. Noble Schlechty officiating. Interment will be in Ft. Jefferson cemetery.

[Stutz-Sando-Storch Funeral Home Records states that William A. Bayless was born Dec. 14, 1863, at Lightsville, Darke Co., OH, the son of Jacob Bayless (b, Lebanon, OH) and Nancy Anderson (b. Franklin, OH) His wife was Rebecca B. (Philips) Bayless.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, May 26, 1943

W. Birt Fisher dies suddenly.

William Birt Fisher, 57, Union City business man, died suddenly Tuesday at 7 p. m. at his residence, 528 West Pearl street, from a heart condition. He had been in failing health for a number of years, but seriously ill only since the early hours Monday morning.

Mr. Fisher was born in Union City on May 30, 1865, the son of Samuel J. and Lida (Grebble) Fisher. He attended the Union City West Side schools, was a former member of the Federal club and at the time of his death was a trustee of the Union City B. P. O. E.

As a young man Mr. Fisher was a baseball player of more than local reputation. He held the distinction of having caught the longest professional baseball game in diamond history; 25 innings, pitched by Otto (Jelly) Burns, now a resident of Greenville, O. The game was played in the "Three Eye" league and was played between Bloomington, Ill. and Decatur, Ill. In 1939 Mr. Fisher went to Decatur at which time the twenty-fifth anniversary of the famous game was celebrated.

Before becoming an active figure with the S. J. Fisher Coal company, Mr. Fisher for more than twenty years assisted his father in the operation and management of the Grand theater in Union City. He was a lifelong resident of Union City.

Surviving are one sister, with whom he resided, Mrs. Claude (Louise) Ramsey, Union City, and two brothers, Samuel J. and George Fisher, both of Union City.

The remains were taken to the Fraze funeral home in Union City pending the completion of funeral arrangements.

[Funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon at the Union City United Brethren church with Rev. R. B. Ditmyer officiating. Burial was made in the Union City Cemetery.]

[A later issue of the newspaper gave a list of the out of town guests attending the Fisher funeral. It also revisited the famous game. This account of the game is more complete and I believe more accurate as well. "Mr. Burns was the pitcher and Mr. Fisher was the catcher in the longest game recorded in organized baseball played at Bloomington, Ill., on May 31, 1909, a game with 26 innings which resulted in a score of 2 to 1 in favor of Decatur and on which Burns and Fisher were the battery. The record of this game is in the Hall of Fame and National Museum of Baseball at Cooperstown, N. Y." The five years difference between 1914 and 1909 makes much more sense. This would make Burns 23 years old and Fisher 44 years old. His friend Otto Burns from Greenville was one of the pall bearers at Mr. Fisher's funeral.]

From June 3rd 1943 Union City Times-Gazette newspaper:

Decatur, Ill., writer pays tribute to Fisher, longest game catcher.
-- Editor's note -- The following article is reprinted from the May 23 issue of the Decatur, Ill., Daily Review newspaper and concerns the late Birt Fisher, of Union City. The article was written by Howard Hillard, sports editor.

"The death of Birt Fisher at his home in Union City, Ind., Tuesday night leaves but one-half of the early battery in the history of organized baseball who walked off a field, the winner of a 26-inning game.

It also removed the only player in the battery of the game who scored a run so late in a ball game, for it was Fisher, the Commie catcher, who was driven home by Marty Purtell's triple after being hit by a pitched ball, early in the evening in Bloomington on May 31, 1909.

Only a few miles from Union City a fellow mate and the pitcher of that memorable game, will travel from Greenville, O., today to attend the last rites for his catcher. It is Otto Burns, the outfielder Fisher had brought to Decatur to make his first I. I. I. start, the afternoon he was to make baseball history and not walk a single batter in 26 innings of play.

Present day Commie fans didn't know Fisher, but they had an opportunity to greet him along with Burns, outfielders Danny Jenkins and Leonard Cote and the third baseman, Johnny Barkwell, the night of August 16, 1939, when a reunion of the living member of the famous team was held at Fans Field.

Marty Purtell, the only other survivor, who is managing Mobile of the Southeastern league and couldn't make the trip here, or six of the nine who played would have been present.

That reunion was probably the greatest thing that every happened, in a baseball way, for those fellows, since that day Fisher crossed the plate with the winning run.

No other ball club ever won a 26-inning game, although Boston and Brooklyn played a 2 to 2 tie that also went 26 innings."

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, May 26, 1943

Ellen Warnock rites today at residence.

Funeral services will be conducted at the farm residence at 10:30 o'clock this morning, with Rev. A. N. Shockney, of Portland, officiating, for Miss Nancy Ellen Warnock, 81, who died Sunday in the Reid Memorial hospital, Richmond. She resided in Noble township, Jay county.

Brothers and sisters surviving are: Mrs. Ann Warnock, of Noble township; Warren Warnock, of Salamonia; W. H. Warnock, of Noble township; Mary, wife of George Franklin, of west of Salamonia, and Boon Warnock, of Noble township.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, May 27, 1943

Thomas Wallace dies in Chicago.

Thomas L. Wallace, 59, native and resident of Union City, died of a heart attack Tuesday at 4:30 p. m. in Chicago, Ill., where he had been employed for the past three weeks in an auto accessory store. Mr. Wallace had spent several days last week working in this city before returning to his work in Chicago Friday night. Details of his death were not immediately available.

Mr. Wallace was the son of James and Ellen Wallace. He was a member of the St. Mary's church and attended the parochial schools.

For a number of years Mr. Wallace operated a laundry in Union City. Later he moved to Cincinnati where for 25 years he was employed by the Western Auto Supply company. He returned to this city five years ago following the death of his wife. Until recently he had been employed part time by the Bailey Products corporation in Union City.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas, in the United States army, and James, located at the Great Lakes naval training station at Great Lakes, Ill.; one daughter, Mary Adeline, a teacher in the Cincinnati schools; one brother, J. A. Wallace, mayor of Union City, O., and four sisters, Miss Mary A. Wallace, of Union City; Mrs. Thomas Hart, of Dunkirk; Mrs. Charles C. Cambs, and Miss Beatrice Wallace of Bellefontaine, O.

Funeral services and burial will be conducted Saturday morning in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, May 27, 1943

Stock Buyer is dead at Lynn.

Madison Edward Morris, 68, died at his home in Lynn at 2:15 p. m. Wednesday, death following an illness of several months.

A stock buyer, Mr. Morris had purchased for the Winchester stockyards for several years.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at the home in Lynn in charge of Rev. K. Edward Maynard. Burial will be in New Liberty cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p. m. today at the residence, to where the body will be removed from the Thomas mortuary at Lynn.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, May 28, 1943

Edward Huffer dies in Dayton.

Edward C. Hufford, 40, resident of Darke county, died at 1 p. m. yesterday at Dayton Ohio.

Born June 19, 1902, in Darke county the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hufford, attending the Brown township schools, a member of the Church of the Brethren, the decedent is survived by the mother, Mrs. Link Hart of Union City; a brother, Forrest of Dayton; a sister, Mrs. W. R. Paulin of near Union City, and a half-sister, Mrs. Don Wagner.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Brooks mortuary in Union City in charge of Rev. D. G. Berkebile. Burial will be in the Teegarden cemetery. Friends may call at Brooks after 6 p. m. today.

Ill for the past four years, Mr. Hufford was a guard at the Ripley building in Dayton.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, May 28, 1943

Collett rites today in Portland chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock this afternoon in the Baird chapel at Portland, with Rev. J. H. Nall officiating, for Mrs. Anna Luella Collett, 63, who died Tuesday night in the home of her son, Leonard Collett, in Portland.

She is survived by two sons, Leonard, at whose home she died, and Ora Lee of Redkey. One child is deceased.

Also surviving are three grandchildren, three brothers, Thomas Mendenhall, of Madison, Wis., John Mendenhall, of Union City, Finley Mendenhall, of Jefferson township, and three sisters, Mrs. Josie Glenn, of Steubenville, Ohio, Mrs. Rosa Baughman, of Redkey, and Mrs. Alice Altman of Muncie.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, May 28, 1943

Died -- Word has been received in Union City that the husband of the former Miss Mary Catherine Leatherman, who was a navy air pilot, was recently lost in a storm on the Pacific while on his way home on furlough from Honolulu to California. No trace has been found of the crew of 14 men that were on the plane. When the lost pilot's mother learned of the tragedy at her home in Denver, she died from shock. Mary Catherine was a graduate of the West Side high school and a former employee in the Union City Sweet Shop.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, May 29, 1943

Sarah Ashman rites are planned Sunday.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 p. m. (CWT) at the Stelvideo church for Mrs. Sarah Ashman, 75, wife of John N. Ashman, Sr. who died Thursday morning at her residence in Stelvideo. She had been in declining health for several years and death was hastened by a fractured hip and other injuries which she sustained in a fall on May 21.

Services will be in charge of Rev. Bertha Brown and Re. W. L. Denlinger. Burial will be in the Stelvideo cemetery.

Besides the husband, she leaves three son, John, Jr., of Greenville rural route 5; Clyde, of Greenville rural route 2, and Leo, of Gettysburg; four daughters, Mrs. Emma Moul, Gettysburg; Mrs. Gertrude Pierson, Laura rural route 1; Mrs. Wilma Durr, Greenville rural route 1, and Mrs. Alice Kendall, Greenville rural route 8; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Elmer Hayes, Greenville rural route 5, and a half-sister, Mrs. Emma Sutphin, of Salem, Va.

[Miller Funeral Home Records state that Sarah Lee Etta Ashman was born Oct. 7, 1867 in Adams Twp., Darke Co., OH, the daughter of John Hayes (b. PA) and Eliza Failey (b. Ireland).]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 1, 1943

Calvin Swisher funeral today.

Native of Union City, Calvin (Cal) Swisher, 68, died of a heart condition at his residence, six miles north of Union City, Saturday night . He had been in failing health for the past 18 months.

The deceased was born the son of Ralph and Mary (Trissle) Swisher on January 9, 1875. He attended the Union City schools as a youth and in 1897 in Union City was united in marriage with Ivy E. Schricker. He was a former member of the I. O. O. F.

Mr. Swisher lived in or near Union City for all but 16 years of his life. During the time spent away from his native community he was employed with the Westcott Motor Co. in Springfield, O., and the A. J. Miller Body Co. at Bellefontaine, O. For 25 years he was employed as a trimmer in the Union City Carriage company. He retired to his farm residence six yeas ago.

Surviving besides the widow, Ivy, are one daughter, Mrs. Isabell Cliner, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; one son, Raiford Swisher, Springfield, O.; two brothers, Tracy, of Troy, O., and Bud, of Anderson; one sister, Mrs. L. C. Lambert of St. Petersburg, Fla., and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock this afternoon in the chapel of the Fraze funeral home on West Pearl street, Union City. Rev. W. W. Wilson, of Union City, will officiate. Burial will be in the city cemetery. Friends may call to view the remains at the funeral home at any time.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 1, 1943

Barrett services to be Wednesday.

Funeral services for Theodore Barrett, 76, who died at his residence, two miles north of Deerfield Sunday will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Deerfield Methodist church in charge of Rev. H. T. Miller.

Mr. Barrett was born in the Deerfield community and was a lifelong resident there.

Survivors are the widow, Addie; one son, Piere, southeast of Ridgeville; one sister, Mrs. Howard Armstrong, east of Ridgeville; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The body was removed to the residence Monday from the Middleton Mortuary and friends may call there.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 1, 1943

Margaret Ables claimed by death.

Margaret E. Ables, 79, died at her home, 707 North State Line street in Union City, at 7 o'clock Monday night, death following a four year illness of heart trouble and complications. She had been seriously ill for six months.

Mrs. Ables had been a resident of Union City for two years, prior to that time living on the Hope farm northeast of Ridgeville.

The deceased was born in Fayette county, Ohio, on February 4, 1864 the daughter of William and Eliza Jane (Bonecutter) Lynch and on December 4, 1881 was married to Samuel M. Ables who died January 10, 1939.

Surviving are eight children, Wilbur of Detroit, Mich., Dr. Roy Ables, who made his home with her in Union City, Franklin of Columbus, Ohio, Earl of Union City, Elydia, wife of Harold Sipe of northeast of Ridgeville, Ida, wife of Ona Sutton of Union City, Laura, wife of Harry Goodman of Covington, Ohio, and Minnie Ashley of Fort Wayne; one stepson, Charles Ables of northeast of Ridgeville; one sister, Laura, wife of Henry Tucker of near Ridgeville; 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 14 step-great grandchildren.

Two sisters and one brother are deceased.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Deerfield Methodist church in charge of Rev. H. T. Miller of Saratoga. Burial will be in Lawndale cemetery west of Deerfield.

The body was taken to the Williamson funeral home at Portland for burial preparation and will be returned Wednesday morning to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Harold Sipe, northeast of Ridgeville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 1, 1943

Died --Salamonia -- Another of Salamonia's old residents has passed on to his reward, in fact the oldest of our people in the length of years in town and the oldest in years, John W. Walls passed on at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Emmerett Hall in St. Marys. John came home after staying the winter in St. Marys but stayed but a few days when his health caused him to have to return to his daughter’s where he died Tuesday night. John was 87. Burial will be made in the Salamonia cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 2, 1943

Death claims Mrs. Mikesell.

Mrs. Charles Mikesell, 61, died Tuesday at 11 a. m. at the home of a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Washler, 330 Carter street, Union City, following an illness of five years. She had been critically ill for the past nine weeks.

The deceased, a lifelong resident of the Union City community, was born on October 1, 1881, in Darke county, Ohio. She attended the rural schools in the community of her residence, northeast of Union City, and was united in marriage with Charles Mikesell at her home on May 23, 1906. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren.

Surviving besides the husband, Charles; are one daughter, Mrs. George Washler, Union City; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Kershner, Mrs. Anna Keltner and Mrs. Hattie Bright, all of Union City, and two brothers, Joseph Wise, of Woodland, Mich., and David Wise, of Greenville.

The remains will be returned from the Brooks funeral home in Union City at 10 a. m. today to the Washler residence where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 3, 1943

Death claims Isaac Good.

Isaac S. Good, 83, died at his home in Union City at 5:15 p. m. yesterday following one week's illness.

Rev. Ralph B. Ditmyer of the United Brethren church will be in charge of funeral services but arrangements were not completed last night.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Lulu Wills, Piqua, O., Mrs. Willard Zeck and Mrs. Harry Lay, both of Union City, and six sons, Forrest of Piqua, Earl, who is now in the navy, Herbert of Greenville, Ohio, Clifford of Lightsville, Ohio, and Harry and Frank, both of Union City rural routes.

[Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the residence, 304 North Walnut street, Union City, Ohio. Burial was made in the Teegarden Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 4, 1943

Death claims Nancy Erlinwein.

Death claimed Mrs. Nancy J. Erlinwein Thursday at 3:30 a. m. at her late residence, 537 North State Line street, Union City. Death was attributed to a complication of diseases following an illness of two years.

She was born in Hancock county, Ohio, the daughter of Addison and Catherine (Henry) Branson. she had resided in Union City since her second marriage in 1927. Her first husband, Joseph Wingate, died in 1925. In 1927 she married Joseph Erlinwein. Mrs. Erlinwein was a member of the Union City Church of Christ.

Surviving besides the husband, Joseph, are three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Rose Langley, Ansonia, O.; Mrs. Sarah Houser, Ada, O., and Mrs. Allie Schrowl, Elida, O.; one brother, Jasper Branson, Bluffton, O., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a. m. (CWT) in the South Side Church of Christ at Lima, O., with Rev. E. J. Penderwood, of Lima, officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Chapel cemetery, eight miles northeast of Lima.

The remains will be removed to the residence at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the Fraze funeral home in Union City. Friends are invited to call at the residence.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 4, 1943

Bobby McCord dies Thursday at hospital.

Bobby McCord, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis McCord, Deerfield, died at 3:40 p. m. Thursday at the Randolph County hospital after a lingering illness.

The body was removed to the Summers funeral home in Winchester for burial preparation and will be removed to the home in Deerfield at 5 p. m. today where friends may call. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Survivors, in addition to the parents, are three brothers, Lewis, J., Parker; Donald Gene, stationed in Dearborn, Mich., with the navy, and Raymond Leo, at home, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Martha Bickel, Logansport, and Mildred Elene and Cynthia Ann, at home.

[Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Buena Vista church southwest of Winchester with Rev. Raymond D. Harris in charge. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 5, 1943

Death claims John Browne.

John William Browne, 72, a former resident of the Arba community, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Carl Gumpher, Fountain City at 11 a. m. Friday following an illness of several months.

The body will be taken from the Thomas funeral home in Lynn to the home of a son, George Browne, near Arba, where friends may call after 2 p. m. today.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p. m. at the Arba Friends church with Rev. Delmar Mock officiating. Interment will be at Fountain Park cemetery, Winchester.

Survivors in addition to the son and daughter are two other daughters, Mrs. Harry Jackson, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mrs. Kenneth Keesling, Richmond; another son, Orville Browne, near Arba; Three sisters, Mrs. Walter Miller and Mrs. Roy Jackson, both of Richmond, and Miss Sarah E. Browne, Winchester; two brothers, Thomas G. Browne and Francis M. Browne, Winchester; four grandchildren and one great grandson.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, Saturday, June 5, 1943

Death claims Mrs. Powers.

Mrs. Lola M. Powers, 83, died at 7:15 a. m. Friday at the residence, two and one-half miles east of Winchester, following a lingering illness. She had been seriously ill for seven weeks.

Mrs. Powers was born in Jackson county, W. Va., November 30, 1859, and had resided in Jay and Randolph counties for the past 75 years.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p. m. Sunday in the East street Congregational-Christian church in Winchester with Rev. Elvin Thornburg in charge assisted by Rev. Leo McKinley. Interment will be at Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester.

The body was removed to the Maynard and Walker mortuary in Winchester and will be taken to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Frank Byrd, 250 Watson street, where friends may call after 10 a. m. today.

Survivors are the husband, Dempsey Powers; one son, Russell Powers; two daughters, Mrs. Byrd and Mrs. Earnest Owens, all of Winchester; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, Saturday, June 5, 1943

Former resident dies in Indianapolis.

Word has been received in Union City of the death Wednesday of Mrs. Ed. McCallie, 6137 Guilford avenue, Indianapolis, following a lingering illness. The deceased, a native of Union City, was Miss Hattie LaTourette before her marriage. She left this community a number of years ago.

Surviving besides the husband are one daughter, residing in Indianapolis, and one brother, Earl LaTourette, living in Dayton.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon in Indianapolis. Burial will be in the capital city.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 5, 1943

Harold Imel is killed in plane crash.

A-C Harold E. Imel, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Imel, southeast of Portland, died Thursday in an airplane crash near Hemet, Cal., according to word received by the parents. Cadet Imel was receiving training at Ryan field, Cal., at the time of the accident. He entered service in 1941.

The body is being returned to the Williamson funeral home, Portland, but funeral arrangements will not be made until further information is received concerning arrival of the body.

Survivors are the parents; four sisters, Mrs. Lela Fuller, Mrs. Chloe Smith and Mrs. Marjorie Runkle, all of Marion, and Miss Doris Imel, at home; and two brothers, Cloyd Imel, Union City, and Howard near North Salem. The maternal grandparents, Mr. and Ms. Martin Shaneyfelt, Boundary, also survive.

[Funeral services were conducted on Thursday afternoon at the Salamonia Methodist church with Rev. H. G. Perry officiating. Interment location was not stated.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 5, 1943

Frank W. Clark succumbs Friday.

Frank Walter Clark, 74, died at his home east of Lynn at 9 a. m. Friday following a short illness. He was a former stock buyer.

Funeral arrangements have not been made pending word from a daughter in Arizona, but friends may call at the Thomas funeral home in Lynn.

Survivors are the widow, Jennie; four daughter, Mrs. Alta Bragg, Zero Beach, Fla., Mrs. Edward I. Eddy, Tucson, Ariz., Mrs. Ray Delamater, Richmond, and Mrs. A. C. Jennings, near Lynn; one stepson, Lowell Runyan, near Lynn; one sister, Mrs. Alvin Kelley, near Lynn; four brothers, Corwin and Clarence Clark, both of Lynn, and Clint and Leonard Clark, both of near Lynn; and three grandchildren.

[Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon at the funeral home with Rev. M. G. Long officiating. Interment was made in the Quaker Lynn cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 7, 1943

Mrs. Lydia Beutler dies in Greenville; set funeral Tuesday.

Mrs. Lydia Catherine Beutler, 75, widow of the late G. E. Beutler, died at 11:50 a. m. Saturday at her residence, 323 East Water street, Greenville, after a five weeks' illness.

A daughter of the late Samuel and Barbara Rudy, she was born at Painter Creek and had spent her entire life in Darke county.

Surviving are one son, Clarence, Greenville; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; a brother, Abe Rudy, of Winchester and three sisters, Mrs. Martha Heath, Newport, Ky.; Mrs. Emma Willis, Union City, and Miss Mary Rudy, Greenville.

The body has been removed to the Turpen-McKnight funeral home, Greenville, where friends may call. Services will be held there at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday with Rev. Martin Wagner officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 7, 1943

Morton Earl dies suddenly.

Morton Earl, 75, died suddenly at 8:15 p. m. Sunday at his home, corner of South and High streets.

The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home, from where last rites will be announced today.

Surviving are the wife, one son, Ray, and three daughters, Mrs. Dane Gettinger of Troy, Ohio, and Mrs. Laura Sweeney and Mrs. Martha Noffsinger of Washington, D. C.

Death was due to coronary thrombosis.

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Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10:30 a. m. in the chapel of the Fraze funeral home, West Pearl street, Union City, for Morton E. Earl, 77, who died suddenly at 8 p. m. Sunday at his late residence, corner of South and High street, Union City. He had been in failing health for several months.

Mr. Earl was born in Hamilton county, Indiana, February 18, 1866, the son of Samuel and Martha (Rogers) Earl. He attended the Hamilton county schools and in 1907 moved to Union City where he was employed in the Hoop mill, later in the Union City Carriage factory and after that in the Backstay Welt corporation. He retired ten years ago. He was united in marriage on December 9, 1886, with Sarah Pierce, in Noblesville.

Surviving besides the widow, Sarah; are three daughters, Mrs. Lena Ayers, of Dayton; Mrs. Martha Noffsinger, of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Louise Gettinger, of Troy, Ohio; one son, Raymond Earl, of Dayton; one sister, Mrs. Cora Sturdevent; two brothers, Noah and Ollie Earl, all three of Noblesville; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Rev. J. Floyd Seelig, pastor of the Union City Methodist church will officiate. Burial will be in the Summit Lawn cemetery at Westfield.

Friends are invited to call at the Fraze funeral home after noon Tuesday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 8, 1943

Mildred Richter, 39, former Union City resident, dies in Richmond.

Mrs. Mildred Richter, 39, former resident of Union City and wife of Forrest P. Richter, 512 Pearl street, Richmond, died Sunday evening in the Reid Memorial hospital in that city following a few weeks' illness.

Surviving besides the husband, Forrest, are one daughter, Nancy Kay, at home; father of the deceased, O. W. Gorman, Fairfield, O., and a brother, Harry Gorman, of Detroit, Mich.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p. m. in the chapel of the Jones and Black funeral home on East Main street, Richmond. Burial will be in the Earlham cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 9, 1943

William Roark dead; lived at Coletown.

William Roark, 78, a well known Greenville township farmer, died at 8:45 a. m. Monday at his home in Coletown after a year's illness.

Born near Coletown, he had spent his entire life in that vicinity and was the last of a family of nine children born to the late William and Rebecca Hipple Roark.

He leaves his wife, Mary; three sons, Elmer and Hobart, both of Greenville, and Chester, of Hillgrove; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held today at 2:30 p. m. (EWT) at the Coletown Christian church with Rev. Frank Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

Friends may call at the Roark residence until the hour of the service.

[Miller Funeral Home Records state that he was born Feb. 10, 1865 in Greenville Twp, Darke Co., OH, the son of William Roark and Rebecca Hipple (both b. in Montgomery Co., OH). His wife's maiden name was Cook.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 9, 1943

John Weisenborn claimed by death.

John Frederick Weisenborn, 84, died at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday at Hollansburg, Ohio. Death followed a short illness.

The body was taken to the Thomas funeral home at Lynn where last rites will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. in charge of Rev. Frank Royer of Palestine, Ohio. Burial will be in the New Madison cemetery.

Surviving are the wife, Rebecca; one daughter, Mrs. Orla Hunt of near Fountain City; three sons, John of Chattanooga, Ohio, Fred of near Lynn and Lawrence of Brookville, Ohio; one brother, Herman of Rockford, Ohio; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 10, 1943

Burke infant funeral today.

Private funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. today at the Artie Burke residence, three miles southwest of Union City, for Emma Joan Burke, 9-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burke.

Death occurred at the Burke residence at 4:15 a. m. Wednesday following a brief illness. The infant was born August 24, 1942.

Surviving besides the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burke, are the paternal grandfather, Artie Burke; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Grace Garringer, of near Portland; maternal great grandmother, Mrs. Jennie Holman, of near Portland, and the paternal great grandmother, Mrs. William Burke, residing southwest of Union City.

Rev. Earl Lantz will officiate during the services, and burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

The body will be removed from the Fraze funeral home in Union City to the residence at 10 a. m. today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 12, 1943

Lyle Scholl leukemia victim at Greenfield; former Union City resident.

A native of Jay county and a former resident of Union City and community, Lyle Scholl, 8 years of age, died Friday at 1:30 a.m. at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Gerald Ware, Greenfield. Death was attributed to leukemia, a rare blood malady, and followed an illness which began in November 1942.

Surviving are the mother, Mrs. Ware, Greenfield; the father, Eli Scholl, residing in the North Salem community; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Conkling, two miles north of Union City on State Line; paternal grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. George Scholl, North Salem community, and a great grandmother, Mrs. Sue Scholl, North Walnut street, Union City, O.

Tentative funeral arrangement have been made for Sunday at Greenfield, where burial is expected to be made.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 12, 1943

Heart attack proves fatal.

The victim of a sudden heart attack following a day's work in the fields, William (Tuck) Orville Austerman, 43, died Thursday at 9:30 p. m. at the residence of a neighbor, J. R. Stump, nine miles northeast of Union City, near Buck's Corner.

Mr. Austerman was born in Darke county, O., on May 26, 1900, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Austerman. He attended the Elm Hill, O., school, and with the exception of several years spent in Illinois, he had resided in or near Union City all of his life. A farmer the past five years, he had been employed as a salesman previously.

Surviving besides his wife, Lillian (Hathaway) Austerman, are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Austerman, Union City route five; are two brothers, Marvin, Union City route three, and Walter, Dayton, O., and three sisters, Mrs. R. H. Turner, Celina, O.; Mrs. James Welch and Mrs. Arnold Ward, both of Anderson. Two brothers are deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 1 p. m. (CWT) at the residence, with Rev. Earl Lantz, of Union City, officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

The body will be returned from the Fraze funeral home in Union City to the residence this morning. Friends may call after noon today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 12, 1943

Ulysses Beales, 72, is dead.

Ulysses Beales, 72, farmer and labourer, died at 6 p. m. Friday at his home three miles northeast of Saratoga. He had been in failing health for several weeks.

Surviving are the wife, Bertha; two sons, Pvt. Everett Beales of South Carolina and Clinton of Winchester, and one daughter, Stella Beales at home.

The body was taken to the Thornburg funeral home at Farmland for burial preparation. Funeral arrangements had not been completed last night.

[Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the Buena Vista church south of Farmland. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 12, 1943

Woman, 85, is claimed by death.

Annetta Thornburg, 85, widow of Restor Thornburg, died at 11:30 a. m. Friday at the home of Mrs. Francis Ellis, seven and one-half miles southeast of Winchester. Death followed an illness of two months.

Mrs. Thornburg was born in Randolph county and was a lifelong resident. She was a member of the Jericho Friends church. Mr. Thornburg died June 17, 1934.

Surviving are nine children, Mrs. Lora Heiss, of Lynn, Mrs. Rosanna Spurgeon of Michigan City; Leroy of Lipscomb, Texas, Mrs. Elmina Austin of Winchester, Alonzo of Fort Wayne, Mrs. India Price of Hemp, N. C., Harold, Mrs. Orpha Ellis and Mrs. Rhoda Welch of Winchester; three sisters, Mrs. Anduline Edwards of Macodonia, Ill., Mrs. Alemira Amburn and Mrs. Delana Johnson of Winchester; two brothers, Rev. Levi Cox of Ridgeville and Ottiwell Cox of Richmond; 27 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Maynard and Walker funeral home where it will remain for the last rites which last night had not been completed. Friends may call after 2 p. m. today. It is asked that flowers be omitted.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 14, 1943

Hazel Miller rites today; died in Union City.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Miller residence on West Weller street, Ansonia, for Mrs. Hazel Miller, 51, wife of Noble Miller, Ansonia stone mason, who died Friday in the Union City hospital. Mrs. Miller had been in failing health since an appendicitis operation on March 18.

Rev. W. W. Wernle will officiate during the rites today. Burial will be in the Greenville cemetery.

Besides the husband, she leaves one son, Rodney, of Ansonia; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Hope Burnett, Dayton, and Mrs. Josephine Davis, Ansonia; her mother, Mrs. Jennie Tritschuh, Versailles, and one grandchild.

Mr. Miller conducts a branch monument sales agency in Union City, with Ray Buckingham as manager.

[Oliver Funeral Home Records state that Hazel T. Miller was born Jan. 10, 1892, the daughter of August Trittschuh. Her mother was not named.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 14, 1943

Death claims county native.

Word of the sudden death of Mrs. Robert Shearwood, 33, Saturday at 8 p. m. at her late residence in Cincinnati, O., has been received by relatives in and near Union City.

Mrs. Shearwood, employed in a government position in Cincinnati, had worked as usual Saturday and was stricken only a few hours after leaving her employment. She will be remembered in Union City as having been associated a number of years ago with the Western Union here.

The deceased was born Ruby Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johathan Anderson on the Jackson pike in Randolph county, south of Union City. She attended the Wayne township school, where she was graduated. Mrs. Shearwood left the Union City community more that ten years ago for Cincinnati.

Surviving are the husband, Robert Shearwood; six sisters, Mrs. Wilbert Ullery and Mrs. Guy Wagner, of near Union City; Mrs. Jennie Clidentz, of Union City; Miss Mary Anderson and Mrs. Irene Roselip, both of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. David Wilson, of Richmond, and two brothers, Alfred and Grover Anderson, both residing near Union City.

Although funeral arrangements had not been completed last night, it is believed that services and burial will be held sometime Tuesday in Cincinnati.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 16, 1943

Death claims Fred J. Veit, 85, Union City merchant.

A Union City business man for the past 53 years....the community's oldest from the point of years of actual service.....Fred John Veit, 85, died Tuesday at 4 a. m. at his residence, 702 West Hickory street, Union City. He had been confined to his home since last November and had been seriously ill for the past week. Death was attributed to the infirmities of his advanced age.

Mr. Veit was born in Wayne township, Randolph county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Veit on March 14, 1858. He spent his entire life in or near Union City. He attended the Wayne township schools and was a member of the Union City Lutheran church. Mr. Veit was united in marriage with Louise Heuss, in Salamonia, on November 3, 1881.

A farmer while a young man, Mr. Veit moved from the country to Union City about the time of his marriage. In Union City he worked for Henry Fey in the meat business and in 1890 opened a grocery and meat market on West Oak street, approximately where the office of Dr. R. A. Voisinet now is located. He continued in business in the same place until 1916 when he was joined by his son, Herman, and the establishment became the Fred Veit and Son market and was moved a few doors west to the present location. Mr. Veit maintained a definite permanent connection with the business, in spite of his advanced age, until a few months before his death.

Surviving besides the widow, Mrs. Louise Veit, are three daughters, Miss Lydia Veit and Miss Edith Veit, both of Union City, and Mrs. C. P. Murray, of Toronto, Canada, and one son, Herman, Union City.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday a 3 p. m. at the residence on West Hickory street, with Rev. H. A. Barth officiating. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

The remains will be returned from the Fraze funeral home in Union City to the residence where friends may call after 10 a. m. today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 16, 1943

George Heady dies; rites set for today.

George Heady, 57, of Union City and for several years a resident of the Darke county infirmary, died Sunday at the Lima tuberculosis sanitarium after an extended illness. He as removed to the hospital three months ago.

The body has been returned to the Zecker funeral home, Greenville, where friends may call. Services will be held there at 2 p. m. Today with Mrs. Bowman Hostetler officiating. Burial will be in the infirmary cemetery.

There are no immediate survivors.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 17, 1943

David E. Davis passes away.

Death claimed David E. Davis, 76, native and lifelong resident of Randolph county, Tuesday at 10:30 a. m. at his residence, corner of Columbia and Pearl streets in Union City. He had been seriously ill for the past week.

Mr. Davis was born in White River township on December 5, 1866, the son of Squire and Anna (Hayworth) Davis. He attended the Old No. 1 school in White River township and was a member of the White River township Quaker church. The deceased, retired for a number of years, first pursued the occupation of farming and then later as a carpenter.

Surviving besides the widow, Lilly, are one son, Chelsen Davis, Union City, a barber associated with the Caron barbershop and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. in the White River Quaker church, with Rev. Elvin Thornburg officiating. Burial will be in the White River cemetery.

Friends may call at the Fraze funeral home in Union City after noon Thursday to view the remains.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 17, 1943

J. C. Riegel dies at Ansonia home.

J. C. Riegel, 89, retired implement dealer and garage operator at Ansonia, died at 7 a. m. Tuesday at his home in the neighboring town after a short illness.

A resident of Ansonia for the last 25 years, Mr. Riegel was born near Lightsville and had spent his entire life in Darke county. Before entering the implement business he had been active in farming pursuits for approximately a half-century Recently he and his wife, Catherine, had celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

Besides the widow, he leaves five sons, Lon, of Lima; Walter, Ansonia route; James, Greenville; Hershel, Dayton, and Owen, of Monroe, Michigan; two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Laird, Dayton, and Mrs. Jesse Denniston, also of Monroe, Michigan; 20 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

There also is one sister, Mrs. Miranda Campbell, of Redlands, California, and three half-sisters, Mrs. Allie Hopper, Ansonia; Mrs. Minnie Landis and Mrs. Mattie Niswonger, both of Greenville.

Pending arrival of the son and daughter from Michigan, no funeral arrangements will be completed. The body is at the Fisher-Becker funeral home in Ansonia.

[Funeral services were conducted on Thursday afternoon at the Teegarden church with Rev. Denlinger officiating. Burial was made in the church cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 21, 1943

Joseph Funk, Carlos farmer, dies in hospital.

Joseph Funk, 60, died Saturday night at the Randolph County hospital in Winchester after a five-day illness. He was a farmer, residing in the Carlos community.

Surviving are the widow, Cornelia V.; two daughters, Mrs. Audrey L. McCollum and Miss Mildred Funk, both of Indianapolis; a son, Pvt. Paul Funk of a medical service school at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; one grandson; five sisters, Mrs. Mary Sickels of Winchester, Mrs. Susie Smith of Carlos, Miss Alice Funk of Michigan City, Mrs. Amanda Williams of Winchester and Mrs. Grace Washburn of Detroit, Mich.; three brothers, Charles and Frank Funk of Winchester and Harry Funk of Union City.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Carlos Christian church in charge of Rev. J. J. Beisiegel. Burial will be in the Fountain Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 21, 1943

Heart attack claims Mrs. Stiner; rites today.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. (EWT) today in the chapel of the Miller funeral home in Greenville for Mrs. Jane Stiner, 91, who died very suddenly at 1 p. m. Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ray Folkerth, 123 Spruce street, Greenville.

Stricken by a heart attack, she lived only ten minutes.

She was the widow of the late George Stiner, whose death occurred in 1926.

Surviving are the one daughter, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Rev, Earl Lantz, of Union City, will officiate. Burial will be in the Palestine cemetery.

{Miller Funeral Home Records state that she was born March 15, 1852 in Preble Co., OH, the daughter of Juday Saylor and Elizabeth Ware (both b. in PA). Her late husband was George Wiley Stiner.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 22, 1943

Lee E. Nuss, 71, passes away.

Lee E. Nuss, 71, farmer living north of Spartanburg, died at 8 a. m. Monday at the Randolph County hospital.

Surviving are the wife, Ida; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Barnett of Richmond and Mrs. Etta Midlem of Muncie; one brother, Wilford of Richmond, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the residence in charge of Rev. Delmar Mock. Burial will in the Spartanburg cemetery. Friends may call at the home to where the body was been removed from the Thomas mortuary in Lynn.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 1943

Lynn man's nephew killed in crash.

Harley Spencer of Lynn has received word of the death of his nephew, Jack Spencer of Indianapolis, an aviation cadet, in a two-plane crash at Corpus Christi, Tex., Monday. The soldier is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Spencer of Indianapolis.

The body will be returned to Indianapolis today and taken to the Flanner & Buchanan funeral home. Funeral services will be held there Friday at 3:30 p. m. with burial in Crown Hill cemetery.

A number of other relatives of the deceased are said to reside in this area.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 1943

Lynn woman is claimed by death.

Mrs. Matilda Catharine Murphy, 75, died at her home in Lynn at 6:30 p. m. Wednesday, death following a lingering illness.

Surviving are the husband, William, one sister, Mrs. Roy Stephens of Williamsburg, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Bloomingsport Friends church in charge of Rev. Elvin Thornburg, assisted by Rev. George Addington. Burial will be in the Williamsburg cemetery.

The body is at the Thomas funeral home, Lynn.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, June 25, 1943

County native dies in Hartford City; funeral there today.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock this afternoon in the Hartford City Methodist church for George Christopher Wine, 83, native of Randolph county in the Losantville area, who died Tuesday afternoon at the home of a son in Hartford City. He was a resident of Marion for the past several years.

In charge of the services will be Rev. Loren VanMeter, of Marion, assisted by Rev. Glen Payne, Hartford City. Burial will be in the I. O. O. F. cemetery at Hartford City.

Surviving are the widow, Ellen, one brother John, of Hartford City; two sisters, Mrs. David Green, of Traverse City, Mich., and Mrs. William Greer, of Portland, and 11 children; Mrs. Rosa Wilhelm, of Muncie; Mrs. Ruben Hutson, of Portland; Joseph Wine, whereabouts unknown; William, Amos and Everett, of Hartford City; Staff Sgt. Chester, reported missing in action in the Philippine Island theater of war operations; Kreston, in an army camp in Pennsylvania; Russell, of Muncie; Mrs. Marie Englehart and Charles Wine, both of Marion.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, June 26, 1943

Plan services today for Mrs. Muller.

Mrs. Willeta Bell Muller, 63, wife of Anton Muller, North Star, died Thursday at Gibbons hospital, Celina, after a nineteen-week illness from a heart malady.

Besides the husband, she leaves nine children, four sons and five daughters; one brother, Louis Stump, of Osgood, R. R., and a sister, Mrs. Clarence Pearce, of Bradford R. R.

The children are: Mrs. Leland Haschoer, of Rossburg route; Mrs. Wendell Applegate and Mrs. William Kiser, both of Bradford route; Nelson Muller, Mrs. Chester Johnson and Mrs. Neal Myers, all of New Weston route; Perry and Charles Muller, both of Detroit, Michigan, and Raymond Muller, Fort Recovery route.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. (EWT) at the North Star Christian church. Burial will be in Holsapple cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, June 28, 1943

Oliver P. Botkin is dead at 83; funeral Tuesday.

Oliver Perry Botkin, prominent West River township farmer, died at 12:30 a. m. Sunday at his home six and one-half miles southwest of Lynn, death following an illness of several months.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the residence in charge of Rev. Earl Leonard. Burial will be in the Huntsville cemetery. Friends may call after noon today at the home, to where the body will be returned from the Thomas mortuary at Lynn.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Thomas Gaddis of near Carlos; Mrs. Edith B. Pursley, of Winchester; Mrs. H. H. Smith, of Little Rock, Ark., and Mrs. G. M. Payne, of Winchester; two sons, Dr. G. E. Botkin of Marion and Dr. R. G. Botkin, of Indianapolis; three brothers, E. E. Botkin, of Muncie; Ira M. Botkin, of near Lynn and J. W. Botkin, of near Carlos; one sister, Mrs. C. E. Martin, of Lynn; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Mr. Botkin was born in West River township August 15, 1859, the son of William and Martha (Hiatt) Botkin.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 29, 1943

Allen W. Ross, retired farmer, is dead at 84.

Allen W. Ross, 84, retired farmer, died last night at 7 o'clock at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ira Keys, four miles east of Winchester. He had been ill one day.

Mr. Ross, a resident of Randolph county for 46 years was born in Wabash county.

The body was taken to the Fraze funeral home in Winchester for burial preparation and will be removed to the home of another daughter, Mrs. Herman Keys, 257 East Franklin street, Winchester, where friends may call after 3 p. m. today.

Surviving are two other daughter, Mrs. Charles W. Cox and Mrs. Oda Coryell, both of Winchester; one son, Charles Ross of near Winchester; 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Main Street Church of Christ, Winchester, in charge of Rev. Raymond D. Harris. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, June 29, 1943

Local man dies in Hamilton, O.; rites Wednesday.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p. m. (CWT) at the home of Jacob Compton, 218 North State Line street, Union City, for Floyd Douglas Compton, 66, a brother, who died Saturday at 5 p. m. in the Mercy hospital, Hamilton, Ohio. He had been admitted to the hospital on Thursday.

Further funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. in the Methodist church at Ansonia. Interment will be in the Ansonia cemetery.

The deceased was born in Ross county, Ohio, May 24, 1877, the son of Millard and Sarah (Figel) Compton. He attended the rural public schools of Darke county and on November 10, 1915, he was united in marriage with Crystal Shephard, of Union City, O., and resided in this city since 1926. Mr. Compton was a cement finisher by occupation.

Surviving besides the widow, Crystal, he is survived by two sons, Earnest D. Compton, of Hamilton, O., and Carl E. Compton, of Muncie; two daughters, Mrs. Martin Nistler and Mrs. Francis L. Hart, both of Hamilton; eight grandchildren; one brother, Jacob, of Union City; four sisters, Mrs. Lucy Ross, of Rossburg, O.; Mrs. Anna Randolph, of Stryker, O.; Mrs. William C. Bishop, of Hamilton, and Mrs. Vina Iben, of Ansonia, and many nieces and nephews.

The body will be removed from the Colligan funeral home in Hamilton to the residence in Union City at 11 o'clock this morning. Friends may call after that time.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, June 30, 1943

Funeral services held for Harry A. Boolman.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p. m. (CWT) at the Rose Hill church for Harry A. Boolman, 76, of Fort Recovery, whose death Sunday followed a four-week illness. Burial was made in the Rose Hill cemetery.

Surviving are five sons, Roy, near Ansonia; Earl, of Greenville; Carl, of Bellefontaine; Louis, of New Madison, and Oliver, of near Portland; two daughters, Mrs. Mary McKibben, Portland, and Mrs. Vina Sheets, New Weston; 33 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

There are also three brothers, Frank Boolman, Indianapolis and Clifton and Louis, of Springfield, and one sister, Mrs. Edna Graham, also of Springfield.

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