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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 1, 1949

Services Are Held For Ansonia Youth, Victim Of Polio

Graveside services were held this afternoon at the Brock cemetery for Lanny Ross Shiverdecker, Ansonia, route one. Rev. Earl Lantz of Union City officiated.

Lanny died Tuesday night at Miami Valley hospital in Dayton, a victim of infantile paralysis. His death was the seventh in Darke county since the present polio incidence occurred on June 30.

Besides the parents, he leaves one sister, Sharon Sue; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Fischbach, of near Rossburg, and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Shiverdecker, Ansonia.

The thirty-seventh case of polio this season from Darke county was reported Wednesday evening. The victim was reported to be a patient at Miami Valley hospital but the hospital has started a rule withholding names of new patients. However, they said, the victim is eight years old and lives in Ansonia.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 2, 1949

Former Resident Of Union City Dies In Florida

Mrs. Pansey B. Crews, 56, a former resident of Union City, died Thursday morning at her home, 252 Atlantic avenue, Palm Beach, Fla., following an extended illness.

Born in Union City on July 31, 1893, Mrs. Crews received her education at the East Side school. She was employed in a millinery store in Union City until she was ?? years old, at which time she moved to Jacksonville, Fla.

Surviving are the husband, George P. Crews, whom she married in Jacksonville, in 1918; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Klabbetz of North Carolina, and Mrs. Martineu McPortlan of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren; the mother, Mrs. Daisy Derr of Union City; two brothers and three sisters, including Jennie Brenner of Union City.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon in Palm Beach, with burial in the West Palm Beach cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 2, 1949

Drug Overdose Is Fatal To Dorothy Fields

An overdose of drugs claimed the life of Dorothy Marie Fields, 24, at 7:15 a. m. Thursday.

The young woman made her home with her uncle, Ralph Owens, three miles southwest of Winchester. She had been in ill health for the last five or six years.

Survivors include the father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fields of Winchester; a twin sister, Mrs. Dorval Hendon of Murray, Ky., and two other sisters, Mrs. Kathryn Hutchens of Murray, and Miss Marjorie Fields of the state of Delaware; one brother, Harold, jr., of Farmland; a step-sisters, Mrs. Sarah Louise Hines of Winchester, and the maternal grandfather, Ed Rowe of Winchester.

Funeral services for Miss Fields will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Summers funeral home in Winchester with Rev. Zelma Mills officiating. Interment will be in Fountain Park cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 3, 1949

Death Claims E. M. Chase At Home Near U. C.

Elmer Melvin Chase, 72-year-old retired railroad brakeman died at 10:30 a. m. Saturday at his home on the Wenrick Pike, located on Union City route 5, following a five year illness.

Born October 28, 1878, in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of John and Louise Chase. He received his education in the Chicago public schools and had served as a brakeman for the New York Central system for thirty-four years. He came to the Union City community forty-five years ago and was a member of the Union City Evangelical United Brethren church and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.

Survivors include the widow, the former Cora Leavell; one daughter, Clara Arabella Young, at home; two grandsons, Francis and Lee Young, both of Union City, and three great-grandchildren.

The body will be removed from the Brooks and Sons funeral home in Union City to the residence where friends may call after 5 p. m. Sunday.

Final rites, in charge of Rev. R. B. Ditmyer, will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Union City EUB church. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 3, 1949

Claude Whitted Dies Suddenly At Glass Factory

Claude B. Whitted, 43, of Ridgeville route three, died suddenly at 9:30 a. m. Friday at the Anchor Hocking glass factory following a heart attack.

Mr. Whitted was an assistant foreman in the selecting department at Anchor Hocking and had worked until 6 a. m. Friday. He returned to the factory for a package of eggs which he had forgotten to take home when he quit work. His wife, Blanche, and one of their children were waiting for him in their automobile outside the factory. His father, Thornt Whitted of Winchester, was working at the factory at the time his son was stricken and was with him in the first aid room when he died.

He was born June 4, 1906, in Bedford, Ind., and came to Randolph county about 22 years ago. He had been employed at Anchor Hocking for the last 17 years.

Surviving in addition to the widow and the parents are three daughters, Mrs. Juanita Shaw, of Winchester, and Mable and Jeanette, both at home, and three sons, Wayne, Donald and Robert, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Willis of Orlando, Fla., and Mrs. Geneva Rector of Muncie; four brothers, Frank of Muncie, George and Chester, both of Bedford, and Lawrence of Winchester.

Funeral services for Mr. Whitted will be held Monday at 2:30 p. m. at the Saratoga Gospel temple. Rev. Jessie Cotton will officiate, assisted by Rev. Russel Castle. Burial will be in Fountain Park. Friends may call at the residence, two and one-half miles northeast of Saratoga.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 6, 1949

Funeral Rites Held For Polio Victim From Darke County

Graveside services for Mrs. Mary K. Thwaits, 17, of Greenville, who died of infantile paralysis Saturday in Miami Valley hospital, Dayton, were held Sunday afternoon at the Abbottsville cemetery, southeast of Greenville.

Mrs. Thwaits had been in a respirator since she was admitted to the hospital last Friday. She was reported to have had the bulbar type of polio.

Her death was the eighth from polio in Darke county this year and the second within seven days, Lenny Ross Shiverdecker, age 8, of Ansonia, died last Tuesday.

Mrs. Thwaits and her husband, Leonard, lived with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Ralph Fletcher, at 305 Chestnut street in Greenville.

Besides Mrs. Thwaits, three other polio victims from Darke county were admitted to the Dayton hospital over the weekend. They were: a 19-month-old boy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Subler, Frenchtown; Leonard Dapore, 24, East Water street, Versailles, and Mrs. Dorothy Bryson, 28, of 1101 Wayne avenue, Greenville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 6, 1949

Death Claims Parker Johnson; Rites Wednesday

Final rites will be held at 1:30 p. m. (CST) Wednesday at the Summers mortuary in Winchester for Parker Johnson, 79, of Union City, who passed away at 5:30 p. m. Sunday at the Randolph County hospital following a lingering illness. Rev. Weigand will be in charge and interment will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

Mr. Johnson was a former plumber in Winchester and had resided in Union City for the last several years.

Surviving in addition to the widow, Mina, is a sister, Mrs. India Hays of Toledo, Ohio, two step sons and three step daughters.

Friends may call at the funeral home at any time.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 6, 1949

Pastor's Wife Ends Life By Hanging; Last Rites Wednesday

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock (DST) Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasant Hill United Brethren church for Mrs. Bessie B. Rees, 56, wife of Rev. Walter Rees of near Selma, who ended her life by hanging at approximately 10 o'clock Monday morning. Rev. Robert Gorrell will officiate and burial will be in the Blountsville cemetery. Friends may call at the residence, a mile and a quarter east of Mt. Pleasant on state road 35.

Delaware County Coroner Sam Drake, in establishing the death as suicide, said that friends of the family attributed Mrs. Rees act to failing health. The coroner was told that Mrs. Rees had been ill for several months.

The body was found in the enclosed back porch of the Rees home shortly before noon Monday by Rev. Rees, the coroner said Rev. Rees, who is pastor of Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Old Constitution church, told the coroner that he was away from home between 9:30 and 11:45 o'clock Monday morning and that he found the body when he returned.

Surviving in addition to the husband are three sons, Richard of Lynn, Merrit of Peru, Neb., and Roy of Selma; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Wasson of Ohio, and Mrs. Claude Hoffman of Selma, and a brother, Charles Kilmer of near Losantville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 6, 1949

Last Rites At Lynn Wednesday Afternoon For R. E. Defibaugh

Last rites for Russell Earl Defibaugh, 53, will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas funeral home in Lynn. Rev. Larwill of Porter will be in charge. Burial will be in Willow Grove cemetery, where military rites will be conducted. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Mr. Defibaugh died Sunday morning at the Veterans hospital in Dayton, after being in failing health for several months. He was a veteran of World War I and a resident of Fountain City.

Survivors include the widow, Jessie; two daughters, Mrs. Freda Barr of near Lynn, and Bette at home; four sons, Robert of Decatur, William of Winchester, Junior of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Harold of New Paris, Ohio; several grandchildren; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Defibaugh of Arba; one sister, Mrs. Harry Hawkins of Bethel, and six brothers, Garland, Merl, Paul and James, all of Richmond, Carl of Seffner, Fla., and Hallie of Baltimore, Md.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 8, 1949

Death Claims H. M. Glunt, U. C. Resident

Harvey Milton (Milt) Glunt, 84, of 510 North High street, Union City, passed away at 4 p. m. Wednesday at the Brumbaugh nursing home in Greenville following a stroke he suffered ten days ago. He had been in declining health for the past three years.

Born of December 11, 1864, in Darke county, he was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Crumrine-Glunt. He received his education in Darke county schools and was married to Hanna Roe on December 24, 1885.

Mr. Glunt had spent his entire life in Darke county and the Union City community and was active in farming pursuits until his retirement in 1920. He was a member of the Modern Woodman lodge.

Besides the wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Mable Chenoweth, Wasseon, O.; one son, Guy G. Glunt, Greenville; four grandchildren, including Warren Glunt, Union City businessman, and one great-granddaughter.

The body was removed to Fraze funeral home in Union City where friends may call after 12 o'clock noon Friday.

Final rites in charge of Rev. Ira Blocher, will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 8, 1949

Sister Of Union City Resident Is Dead

Raymond Marshall of Union City, is mourning the death of a sister, Mrs. Luella Mendenhall, 75, which occurred suddenly Tuesday. Her home was located near Economy. Other survivors include the husband, Newman, three daughters and two sons. Services were held this afternoon at the Economy Friends church, with burial in Economy cemetery [Wayne Co., IN].

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 8, 1949

Graveside Services Held For Joan Cruze

Graveside services for Joan Agnes Cruse, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cruze, West Manchester, O., were held Wednesday afternoon at [Old] Teegarden cemetery, northeast of Union City. Joan died Monday morning at Miami Valley hospital, Dayton, where she had been admitted for polio treatment Sunday. Other survivors include the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Cruze, Woodington.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 8, 1949

Darke County Death – Olive Wiesenbarger

Arcanum – Funeral rites were held Wednesday in Arcanum for Mrs. Olive May Wiesenbarger, 78, who died Monday at the home of a son, R. D. Weisenbarger, near here. Prior to residing near Arcanum she lived in Gordon. Other survivors include a husband, John. Burial: Ithaca cemetery.

[Her maiden surname was Eichelbarger. Cemetery stone gives name as Weisenbarger.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 8, 1949

Darke County Death – Harley Witwer

Bradford 0. - Harley Z. Witwer, 63, prominent Darke county farmer and former member of the Adams township board of trustees, died Sunday at Piqua hospital from the effects of a heart attack. Services: Wednesday, at residence near Bradford. Burial: Harris Creek cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 8, 1949

Darke County Death – Anna M. Peck

Beamsville – Mrs. Anna M. [Achbach] Peck, 87, widow of Dr. C. L. Peck, well known Darke county veterinarian, died Monday at the home of a son, Charles Peck, one mile east of Beamsville. Mrs. Peck had resided near Willowdell for 30 years prior to moving to the Beamsville area. Services: Wednesday, here. Burial: Beamsville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 8, 1949

Darke County Death – Bertha Wenger

Greenville – Christian Science funeral services were held Wednesday in Greenville for Mrs. Bertha Westfall Wenger, whose death occurred Sunday at her residence, here. Burial: Greenville cemetery. Survivors: husband, Milo Wenger, nieces and nephews.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 9, 1949

Final Rites For Irvin McKibben To Be Saturday

Funeral services have been arranged for Irvin Grant McKibben, 83, a resident of the Lightsville community practically all his life, whose death occurred Thursday at a Dayton hospital. He had been in failing health for the past two years.

The services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Lightsville Methodist church with Rev. Noble Schlecty officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden cemetery, northeast of Union City. Friends may call at the Miller funeral home in Greenville.

Mr. McKibben was born on May 14, 1866 in Lightsville, the son of Hugh and Mary Niswonger-McKibben. Following his education he was married to Sarah Catherine Rudy whose death occurred on January 22, 1936.

Mr. McKibben had resided in Lightsville until the death of his wife and then made his home with his daughters. A retired farmer, he was a member of the Lightsville Methodist church, a charter member of the Lightsville grange and at one time served as the Mississinawa township trustee.

Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Ernest Dye, Mrs. Oscar Brock and Mrs. Ray Brown, all of Lightsville; Mrs. Evert Snyder and Mrs. Mabel Oswalt, both of Greenville, and Mrs. Lewis Painter, Fort Recovery; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 9, 1949

Sarah E. Higgs Passes Away; Rites Saturday

Mrs. Sarah Emma Higgs 85, died Thursday at Wayne hospital in Greenville. She formerly lived near Brookville but recently was living with her daughter, Miss Martha Higgs, 617 West Oak street, Union City.

A few weeks ago while visiting at the home of her son, William, near Brookville, she fell and broke her hip and was taken to the Greenville hospital.

Survivors include the daughter, Miss Martha Higgs, an elementary teacher in West Side school; two sons, William and Elmer, both of near Brookville; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Wilson, Brookville, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. in the Methodist church at Brookville. Rev. Wesley Fink will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery.

Friends may call after 6 p. m. Friday at the Sauter funeral home in Brookville until 1 p. m. Saturday when the body will be taken to the church and will lie in state until 2 o'clock.

[Maple Grove Cem. (also known as Polk Grove Cem.) is located in Butler Twp., Montgomery Co., OH]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 9, 1949

Ethel Minnick Dies; Was Related Locally

Mrs. Ethel Minnick, 50, who lived on route three, Richmond, died Thursday evening. She was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle church at Richmond.

Survivors include the husband, Isaac; a daughter, Mrs. Everett Graham, of Union City; a grandson, Richard W. Graham, also of Union City; two sisters, Mrs. Roy Miller and Mrs. Cecil Campbell, both of Camden, O., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Stegall-Berhelde funeral chapel in Richmond. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p. m. today.

[Burial was made in Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, IN.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 9, 1949

Union City Woman Is Kerosene Blast Victim

Mrs. Eva D. Warrell, 58, died at 11:55 p. m. at the Union City hospital where she was receiving treatment for first degree burns suffered late Thursday afternoon in a fire at her residence, 543 North Walnut street, Union City.

She was the mother of eight children, five of whom resided at home.

The fire followed an explosion of kerosene in a two-gallon can which it is believed Mrs. Warrell was using to start a blaze in a cook stove. She was alone in the house when the accident occurred.

As the fire enveloped the kitchen Mrs. Warrell's clothing caught on fire but she was able to run from the house to the yard where she collapsed immediately.

The explosion not only shattered several windows in the hours but was heard by neighbors within a one block radius.

They summoned the East and West side fire departments at 5:30 p. m. and gave assistance to Mrs. Warrell before she was rushed by Union City ambulance to the hospital.

The fire spread quickly throughout the interior of the six-room one and a half story frame structure. Firemen battled flames gamely but the interior of the dwelling was considered a total loss. Practically all furniture and clothing also was lost.

Capt. Floyd Root, head of the Union City Salvation Army corps, was among the first to arrive on the scene. He started immediately to give assistance to the children of Mrs. Warrell.

She was born on March 6, 1893 and had resided in the Union City community most of her life. She was the widow of Daniel Warrell whose death occurred about three and one-half years ago.

Among the survivors are the eight children, Herbert, Donna, Raymond, Morris and Robert, all of whom resided at home; Mrs. Merriam Hall of Ansonia; Cecil, of Union City, and Edward, of Dayton; one brother, Elmer W. Smiley, of Ridgeville, and three sisters, Mrs. Della M. Snider of Anderson, Mrs. Emma Harmon and Mrs. Mildred Keifer, both of Indianapolis.

Mrs. Warrell was a member of the Free Methodist church.

The body was removed to Brooks and Sons funeral home in Union City. Tentative funeral services have been set for 2 p. m. (DST) Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. George M. Weigand, pastor of the Union City Free Methodist church, in charge. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 10, 1949

Joe G. Hurst Dies Suddenly At Dunkirk Home

Joe G. Hurst, 47, a former resident of Winchester, died suddenly Thursday afternoon at his home, 617 Orange avenue in Dunkirk. He was employed at the Armstrong Cork company in Dunkirk.

Surviving are the widow, the former Virginia Smith of Winchester; one son, Richard, at home; one brother, Robert O., of Sharon, Pa., and one sister, Mary Hurst of Losantville.

The body was removed to the Summers funeral home in Winchester and will be returned to the residence in Dunkirk where friends may call until Sunday morning at which time the body will be returned to the Summers mortuary for services at 2 p. m. Sunday in charge of Rev. G. M. Payne. Interment will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 10, 1949

Darke County Death – John Byrd

Greenville – John Byrd, 77, veteran Greenville real estate abstracter and former Darke county recorder, died Tuesday night at Wayne hospital from the effects of a stroke. He was elected as county recorder in 1914 and served two terms in office. Since that time he had been active in the abstracting business. Services: Friday, here, with Rev. Earl Lantz in charge. Burial: Greenlawn cemetery at Versailles.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, September 10, 1949

Darke County Death – Elizabeth Brantley

New Madison – Mrs. Elizabeth Brantley, 33, of near New Madison, an expectant mother, died Wednesday at Reid Memorial hospital, Richmond. Survivors include her husband, Clarence. Services in charge of Stutz and Sando funeral home here.

[Maiden name was Elizabeth Sheldon Kursten. Surviving 3 daughters were Judy, Caroline and Joyce. Burial was made on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Hollansburg Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 12, 1949

Former Union City Resident Is Dead

Mrs. Lulu Hanlin, 719 West Oak street, Union City, has received word that her niece, Mrs. Inslee A. Bennett, died at a hospital in Sayre, Pa., on September 3.

Funeral services were conducted in Pittsburgh, Pa., on September 6. Mrs. Bennett lived in Union City during her early girlhood days.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 12, 1949

Serious Illness Proves Fatal To S. O. Westfall

Sherrel O. Westfall, 41, well-known Standard Oil distributor in the Union City community, died Sunday at 5:05 a. m. at Good Samaritan hospital in Dayton following a serious illness since last July 17. He resided at 715 North Plum street, Union City.

A native of Palestine, he was born on October 14, 1907, the son of George and Luella Culbertson-Westfall. He received his education in Palestine schools and came to the Union City community to make his home in Jackson, Ohio, township during 1918. His marriage to Naomi Bose took place in 1930 at Fort Jefferson, O.

Mr. Westfall was a member of the Turpen Masonic lodge and the Knights of the Golden Eagle lodge at Harrisville. He also belonged to the Union City Christian church and had completed a one year term as chairman of the official church board last June. At the present time he was serving as a deacon.

Besides the wife, he leaves one son, William, at home; his mother, Mrs. Luella Westfall, Union City; one sister, Mrs. Omer Skidmore, south of Union City, and one brother, Herman, of Greenville. One brother preceded him in death.

The body will be taken from Brooks and Sons mortuary in Union City to the residence where friends may call after 6 p. m. today.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Christian church with Rev. Charles G. McCallister officiating. Burial will be in Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 12, 1949

Graveside Services

Graveside Services were conducted at 10 a. m. Monday at Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester for Patrick Duane Pursley, stillborn son of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Pursley of near Union City. Rev Perry of Parker officiated.

Besides the parents, the child is survived by the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Granville Pursley of near Union City, and Mr. and Mrs. James Jordan of Harrisville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 13, 1949

Darke County Death – Opal Huddle

Greenville – Mrs. Opal Huddle, 66, widow of Harry N. Huddle, prominent Greenville auto dealer, died suddenly from a heart attack Friday at her residence here. Mrs. Huddle, who was born and reared at Ansonia, had lived in Greenville for about 30 years. Survivors: daughter, Gloria, at home; her mother, Mrs. Clara Holloway, Piqua; a sister and one brother. Services: Tuesday, here. Burial: Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 14, 1949

Funeral Services Friday Afternoon For 96-Year Old George W. Keller

Funeral services for George W. Keller, who died in his ninety-sixth year Tuesday at Brookville, Ohio, will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at the Winchester Friends church in charge of Rev. Herbert Boase of Chester, former pastor of the Winchester Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Kenneth Pickering.

Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery. Friends may call at the Fraze and Diggs funeral home after noon Thursday.

Mr. Keller, born June 8, 1853 at Bucyrus, Ohio, the son of George B. and Catherine (Kayser) Keller, came to Winchester in 1855, learning the shoe maker trade and working with his father. Winchester was in its infancy then.

Mr. Keller and his father later became partners in a grocery business in the building at the corner of North Main and Pearl streets.

In 1878 he was married to Rebecca Stiles. Their four children were Ralph, Edna, Lora and Amy. His wife and three children preceded him in death.

Following a stroke of paralysis early in 1948 Mr. Keller went to live with his daughter, Mrs. David (Amy) S. Hiestand at Brookville.

Surviving other than the daughter, at whose home he died, are four grandchildren, George F. Moore, of Kansas City, Mo., Miss Virginia Moore and Herbert Moore, of Dayton, Ohio, and Gertrude Keller (Mrs. Max Albrecht); one great-grandchild, Gloria Albrecht of Indianapolis; his youngest brother, Dr. Frank G. Keller of Alexandria, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Keller was a member of the Friends church and the Winchester Masonic lodge.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 14, 1949

Darke County Death – Paul Karns

Jaysville – Services were held Sunday for Paul Eugene Karns, jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Karns, sr., of near Jaysville, whose death occurred Saturday at Wayne hospital in Greenville. Burial: Fort Jefferson cemetery.

[He was an infant who only lived 15 hours.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 14, 1949

Darke County Death – Cerena Arnett

Greenville – Mrs. Cerena Arnett, 85, resident of the Brethren church home in Greenville since 1935, died there Sunday after a short illness. The widow of Lewis Arnett, she formerly resided at Pitsburg. Services: Tuesday, church home. Burial: Abbottsville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 14, 1949

Darke County Death – Howard Munn

Greenville – Howard W. Munn, 72, retired Darke county farmer, died Saturday at his home in Dayton. Services: Tuesday, Dayton. Burial: Memorial Park cemetery, there. Survivors: wife, Louvina; three daughters, five sons, 24 grandchildren, one brother, Willard, Greenville, and six sisters including Gertrude Shook, Rossburg.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 15, 1949

Nora Hotmire, Native Of Near Union City, Dies

Mrs. Nora Hotmire, 69, a native of near Union City, died Wednesday at 7 p. m. at the home of a sister, Mrs. Nelson Lane, in West Alexandria, O., following a four-month illness. Her condition was serious for the past six weeks.

A lifelong resident of Darke county, she was born in Washington township, located southeast of Union City, on April 10, 1880, the daughter of Isaac and Symanthia Snell. She had made her home in Greenville prior to her illness and was a member of the old Carnahan Christian church near Winchester.

Surviving are three sons, Herbert Williams, Elkhart, Ind., and John and Webster Hotmire, both of Union City; eight grandchildren; one brother, Elmer Snell, Greenville, and three sisters, Mrs. Etta Boner and Mrs. Ada Karn, both of Piqua, O, and Mrs. Nelson Lane, at whose home she died.

Final rites will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Miller funeral home in Greenville with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Burial will be in Palestine cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 15, 1949

Darke County Death – Arthur Conaway

Arcanum – Samuel Arthur Conaway, 62, veteran of World War I, was found dead Monday afternoon in his home here. Death was attributed to heart trouble. Survivors: Brother, Francis, Dayton, and sister, Mrs. Judy Belle Clark, Greenville. Services: Wednesday, here. Burial: Abbottsville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 16, 1949

Death Claims Mary A. Meier At Saratoga

Mrs. Mary Ann Meier, 80, a resident of the Saratoga and Union City communities for the last year, died Thursday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ward Evans in Saratoga.

She had been in declining health for the last year and her condition was serious for the past two months.

Born on October 1, 1868 in Letcher, S. Dak., she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Fitak. She was married to Joseph Meier 57 years ago at Letcher. His death occurred in 1941.

Before coming to Randolph county she resided in Houston, Texas.

Mrs. Meier was a member of the Holy Name Catholic church in Houston and the Rosary society of that church.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John L. Malers, Ipswich, S. Dak., Mrs. Leonard Keagy of Harrisville and Mrs. Evans of Saratoga; one son, John E. Meier of Houston; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. S. J. Raschke of Watertown, S. Dak., and Mrs. Pauline Horock of Elkins, W. Va. One brother, Steve S. Fitak of Letcher, S. Dak

The body was shipped by the Fraze funeral home of Union City to the Earthman funeral home in Houston this morning.

Services will be conducted Monday at 9 a. m. at the Holy Name Catholic church in Houston with Father Cassata officiating. Interment will be in the Garden of Gethsemane cemetery at Houston.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 16, 1949

Mann Rites At Lynn Saturday

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock (CST) Saturday afternoon at the Lynn Church of Christ for Oscar E. (Auk) Mann, 79, who died Wednesday morning following a heart attack. Rev. Ben F. Taylor of New Castle will be in charge. Interment will be in the Spartanburg cemetery.

Friends may call at the Thomas funeral home in Lynn at any time.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 16, 1949

Darke County Death – Rachel De Weese

Fort Jefferson – Mrs. Rachel (Jennie) De Weese, 74, widow of John M. De Weese, died Tuesday night at her farm home near here. Sshe had lived in this vicinity most of her life. Survivors: daughter, Mrs. Gerald Lenker, Rossburg; three sons, Leonard, North Canton; Bernard, Mariemont, O., and John, Greenville, route one; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Dave Hughes, Greenville, and Charles Hughes, Ansonia. Services: Friday, here. Burial: Ft. Jefferson cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 16, 1949

Darke County Death – Lt. Frank J. Eggers

Arcanum – The war department has notified Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Eggers, Arcanum, route two, that their son, First Lt. Frank J. Eggers, 21, had died in Germany on September 9 from injuries sustained in an airplane crash. The fatal accident occurred during army maneuvers but no other details were given. The body of Lt. Eaggers will be returned home for burial.

[Services were held in Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 8. Burial was made in Calvary cemetery, Dayton.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 19, 1949

Wreck Injuries Are Fatal To Mrs. Longnecker

Mrs. Mabel C. Longnecker, 39, of one mile north of Lynn, died at the Henry County hospital in New Castle at 5 a. m. Sunday as the result of injuries received two weeks ago in an automobile accident near Mooreland.

Last rites will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. (CST) at the Thomas funeral home in Lynn by Rev. Ben F. Taylor. Burial will be in the Spartanburg cemetery.

Surviving are the husband, James R. Lognecker, who also was injured in the accident; a daughter, Sarah Allen, at home; two sons, David Allen, at home, and Paul Richard with the United States navy at Norfolk, Va; the parents Mr. and Mrs. Howard Chenoweth of Lynn, and a sister, Mrs. Don Welch of Winchester.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 19, 1949

Darke County Death – Augustus Biddle

New Madison – Services were held here Sunday for a former New Madison resident, Augustus A. Biddle, 78, whose death occurred Friday at the Darke county infirmary. Burial: Greenmound cemetery. Only survivor is a sister, Mrs. William Runkle, Greenville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 20, 1949

Father Of Union City Man Passes Away

C. C. Boese, 54, father of E. F. Boese, Union City businessman, died Monday at 6 p. m. at his home in Fort Wayne following a one-year illness. The deceased was well known in Union City, having visited here frequently.

Besides the son, he leaves the wife, Anna, and one daughter, Mrs. Marie Schelmann, Fort Wayne. Services are planned at Fort Wayne, with burial in Concordia cemetery there.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, September 21, 1949

Rites Thursday At Modoc For Bernie Kellams

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock (CST) Thursday afternoon at the Modoc Methodist church for Bernie Ray Kellams, 42, of near Modoc, who died Monday afternoon at the Randolph County hospital. Rev. Carl O. Wirey and Rev. Walter Best will officiate and interment will be in the Centerville cemetery. Friends may call at the Reynard funeral home in Modoc.

Mr. Kellams was a tool maker at the Hagerstown Perfect Circle plant and had been ill only a short time.

Survivors include the widow; the mother, Mrs. Mary J. Kellams of Mitchell; four daughters, Gertrude Moorfield of Centerville, Pauline, Mary Ellen and Charlotte, at home; six sons, Homer E., William, George, James, Charles and Robert, at home; five sisters, Ida Miller, Osceola, Ind., Maud Wood of Mitchell, Ona Harvath of South Bend, and Lucille Schessor of LaPorte, and two brothers, Leslie of E. St. Louis, Ill., and Lowell E., of South Bend.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 22, 1949

Winchester Woman, 28, Killed near Ft. Wayne – Rachel Cash Is Victim Of Auto Accident.

A semi-trailer truck-automobile collision near Fort Wayne at 1:30 a. m. today claimed the life of a former Winchester girl and two of her companions. A fourth person is at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne in a critical condition.

The accident occurred five miles east of New Haven on U. S. 30 when a Cadillac automobile driven by Eugene Foreman, 24, of River Haven, a suburb of Fort Wayne, crashed head-on with a semi-trailer truck driven by Floyd W. Lantz, 29, of South Paris, Ohio.

Mr. Foreman, his wife, Genevieve, 24, and Rachel Cash, 28, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Winchester, a passenger in the automobile, were killed instantly. Charles Kilgore, 27, of Fort Wayne, also a passenger in the car, was critically injured. He sustained multiple lacerations and bruises about the body and internal injuries. Mr. Lantz, the truck driver, was not injured.

In a telephone conversation with the city desk at the Fort Wayne News-Sentinal Thursday morning the Winchester Journal-Herald was told that the Foreman vehicle was going east on a narrow stretch of the highway when it crashed into the truck, loaded with 38,000 pounds of frozen foods.

According to the Fort Wayne newspaper, Allen County Sheriff Harold Zeis said that the Foreman vehicle was four or five feet in the wrong traffic lane when the impact occurred.

The bodies were removed to the Haper funeral home in New Haven.

Miss Cash was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Cash of near Saratoga, formerly of Winchester. During World War II she was a member of the WAC's and since has been working in Fort Wayne. She resided at 4421 South Lafayette street.

Surviving in addition to the parents are three sisters, Ida Mae, Imogene and Mrs. Henry Smiley of Ridgeville, and five brothers, Noah of Kankakee, Ill., Jay, George, Joe, Ivan and Emerson of Winchester; the maternal grandmother, Rachel Brooks, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cash of Union City.

[Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Jericho church with interment made in the Jericho cemetery. She was an employee of the Essex Wire corporation at Fort Wayne and had been living with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Elliott, 4421 South Lafayette street in that city.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 22, 1949

Ansonia Widow Dies At Greenville Home

Mrs. Lenora [Yost] Corwin, 77, widow of Russell Corwin, of Ansonia, died Wednesday at the St. Clair home in Greenville after a four-month illness.

A lifelong resident of Darke county, she had resided at the St. Clair home for nearly three years, moving there from Ansonia on October 16, 1946.

Services will be held at the Miller funeral home in Greenville Friday at 10:30 a. m. Burial will be in Abbottsville cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 23, 1949

Brother Of Farmland Man Suicide Victim; Final Rites Saturday

Albany, Ind., Sept 23 – A 55-year-old Albany man, Alfred Conn, was found dead yesterday morning on a road just west of Albany. A shotgun was found near the body and he had been shot through the head. His death has been listed by Cooner Sam Drake as suicide.

The deceased had been missing since Tuesday morning. A yardstick found near the gun was believed to have been used to fire the weapon.

Mr. Conn's family had sought official aid in searching for him when he did not return home Tuesday [?] night. The body was found by Robert Harshman, 21, of Albany, at eight o'clock Tuesday morning. It is presumed he killed himself several hours before the body was found.

Survivors are the widow, Ruth; a son, Billy, and his mother, Mrs. Mary Conn, all of Albany; three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Gibson and Mrs. Merl Nibarger, both of Muncie, and Mrs. Lola Green of Albany; and two brothers, Clarence of Albany and Cordie of Farmland.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Albany Methodist church with burial in Strong cemetery. Friends may call at the Rust funeral home after 2 p. m. Friday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, September 23, 1949

Darke County Death – Elizabeth Leedom

Versailles – Mrs. Elizabeth Leedom, 91, died Tuesday night at the Darke county home after an extended illness. She was admitted to the home from her farm residence three miles southwest of Versailles three weeks ago as a medical patient. The widow of Alviro Leedom, she leaves four sons, Ollie, Ansonia; Walter and Elmer, both of near Versailles, and Henry, Anderson. Services: Greenville Friday. Burial: Stelvideo cemetery.

[Rhodie Elizabeth Malone Leedom was born in Adams County, Ohio Dec. 15, 1857.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 26, 1949

Former Resident Of Union City Passes Away

Mrs. Lady Jane Holzfaster, 86, of Arcanum, formerly of Union City, died Saturday at 11:50 p. m. at the Greenville sanatorium where she had been receiving care since February. She had been in declining health for the past several years.

A native of Piqua, O., she was born on September 12, 1863 and came to Union City at an early age. Upon the death of her husband, William Holzfaster, a Union City harness maker, during 1917 she made her home in Greenville. She had resided in Arcanum for the past few years and was a member of the Union City Methodist church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Fisher, Arcanum, and Mrs. Clara Sell, Troy, N. Y.; one son, William, of Dayton; eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Miller funeral home in Greenville with Rev. Lloyd C. Zeller officiating. Burial will be in Union City cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 26, 1949

Ralph Gettinger Death Occurs In Fulton, Mo.

Ralph F. Gettinger, 63, of Kansas City, Mo., a former resident of Union City, died Saturday at 7:30 p. m. at a hospital in Fulton, Mo. Death was attributed to bronchial pneumonia.

Born Nov. 30, 1856, in Kansas, he was the son of Nathaniel and Coura Fredericks Gettinger. He came to Union City at the age of two, attended the Union City East side high school and graduated from Purdue university in 1919. He was an electrical engineer of the Westinghouse company and a charter member of the Masonic lodge in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Besides the wife he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Roger McClellen, Kansas City, and Georgianna, North Carolina; two sons, Ralph, jr., of California and John Fredrich, North Carolina; one grandchild; three brothers, Carl and Neil Gettinger, both of near Union City, and H. A. Gettinger of Hammond, Ind.; one sister, Mrs. Paul Sutton, Union City, and his mother, Mrs. Nathaniel Gettinger.

The body was returned to the Brooks and Sons funeral home in Union City where funeral arrangements are pending.

[Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the funeral home. Interment was made in New Lisbon Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 26, 1949

Illness Fatal To Ray McFarland, Factory Foreman

Raymond McFarland, 48, shipping foreman at the Anchor Hocking glass factory in Winchester, died Monday at 5:30 a. m. at the Randolph County hospital following a two-day illness.

He was born April 21, 1901 at Union City and moved to Winchester 26 years ago. He attended the Winchester Nazarene church.

Survivors include the widow, Ruby Forrest McFarland, Union City; one brother, Harvey McFarland, Union City; two half-brothers, Rollie Snooks and Harvey Snooks, both of Union City.

Final rites will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p. m. at the Nazarene church in Winchester with burial in Fountain Park cemetery. Rev. E. Van Houghton will be in charge.

The body will be removed from the Maynard and Walker funeral home to the residence where friends may call after 1 p. m. Tuesday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, September 26, 1949

Darke County Death – Clifford Sandridge

Greenville – Clifford A. Sandridge, jr., 34, Greenville, died Thursday at the Columbus tuberculosis hospital after a three-month illness. Survivors: parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford A. Sandridge, sr., Greenville; two brothers, and three sisters. Services: Sandridge home. Burial: Abbottsville [on Saturday, Sept. 24.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 27, 1949

'Vine' Roosa, 73, Passes Away At Winchester Home

Levina W. (Vine) Roosa, 73, of 730 Richmond street, Winchester, passed away Sunday at his home following a five-year illness. He was a retired paper hanger and decorator.

Mr. Roosa was born January 24, 1870 near Maxville and was a lifelong resident of Randolph county. He was member of the Odd Fellows and Eagles lodges and the Main Street Christian church.

Surviving are the widow, Lydia Roosa; one son, Lawrence of Winchester; one daughter, Mrs. Charles Hulett of Winchester; one sister, Mrs. Marilla Guthiel, Winchester; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p. m. at the Main Street Christian church in charge of Rev. Peter Macko, with burial in Fountain Park cemetery.

The body will be removed from the Maynard and Walker funeral home to the residence where friends may call after 1 p. m. Tuesday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, September 27, 1949

William L. Stump, Former Resident, Claimed By Death

William Luther Stump, 72, a former resident of the Union City community, passed away Tuesday at St. Elizabeth hospital in Dayton following a major operation he had undergone one week ago.

He was born and reared in Washington township, located southeast of Union City, and had resided in that township until making his home in Dayton 43 years ago.

Surviving are the wife, Edith; four sons, all of Dayton; one sister, and three brothers, including Louis O. Stump, Union City.

Services and burial are planned in Dayton.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 29, 1949

Rites Held For Ex-Union City Businessman

Funeral services were held Wednesday in Indianapolis for Moses E. Wolf, 66, a former Union City businessman who was employed as a credit clerk at the L. Strauss and Company in Indianapolis. Burial was made in a cemetery at Dayton, O.

Mr. Wolf was found dead at his desk in the Strauss company building on Monday. He was believed to have suffered a heart attack.

An employe of the store for 10 years, Mr. Wolf was born at Moscow, O. He formerly operated the Wolf and Son department store and later the Princess shop in Union City for approximately thirty years. Both store were located on North Columbia street.

From Union City Mr. Wolf moved to Richmond about 15 years ago. Five years later he made his home in Indianapolis. He recently had undergone treatment for a heart ailment.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Betty Grossman, Cleveland, O., and a cousin, Mrs. Harry Sussman, Indianapolis.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 29, 1949

Darke County Death – Jerry Cashman

Versailles – Jerry Cashman, 92, well-known York township farmer and horse breeder, died Saturday night at his home near Versailles after an extended illness. Survivors: four daughters, Mrs. Nellie Baltes, Mrs. Stella McEldowney and Mrs. Orpha Monnier, all of near Versailles, and Mrs. Marie Barga, of Akron; two sons, Earl, Indianapolis, and Mart A. Cashman, Versailles; 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Services: Tuesday, Frenchtown. Burial: Catholic cemetery at Frenchtown [Holy Family.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 29, 1949

Darke County Death – Sackett Infant

Greenville – Services were held Saturday at Greenville for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sackett, jr., this city. The infant was born Friday and lived but a few hours. [She was given the name Tamara Sue.] Burial: Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 29, 1949

Darke County Death – Petry Infant

Greenville – Services for Allen C. Thomas Petry, two-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Petry, Greenville, were held Monday at the Turpen-McKnight funeral home here. Burial: Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 29, 1949

Darke County Death – Charles D. Miller

Gettysburg – Charles D. Miller, 62, Gettysburg, prominent Darke county funeral director and furniture dealer, died Tuesday at Piqua Memorial hospital after a short illness. Actively engaged as a funeral director for nearly forty years, Mr. Miller and a brother, William, operated funeral home in both Gettysburg and Versailles under the firm name of Miller Brothers. He was a lifelong Gettysburg resident. Services: in charge of Miller Mortuary in Gettysburg.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, September 29, 1949

Darke County Death – Nora Minnich

Arcanum – Mrs. Nora E. [Zecker] Minnich, 68, wife of Clarence Minnich, Arcanum, died Tuesday at Wayne hospital in Greenville. She had spent most of her life in Arcanum. Services: Thursday, here. Burial: Mote cemetery, near Pitsburg.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 1, 1949

Former Rose Hill Resident is Dead

Funeral services were held Thursday at Fort Recovery for Jesse C. Painter, 80, whose death occurred Tuesday at his home in Fort Recovery. Burial was made in Springhill cemetery.

A native of Mercer county, Mr. Painter formerly followed the occupation of farming in the Rose Hill vicinity, located northeast of Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 1, 1949

Heart Attack Is Fatal To Paul Shockney

Paul W. Shockney, 49, of 330 Clifford Avenue, Union City, died at 4:10 p. m. Friday in the office of a Union City physician following a heart attack. Mr. Shockney had suffered from heart trouble of the last six years.

A lifelong resident of Randolph county, Mr. Shockney was born July 25, 1900, the son of William T. and Lillie (Wallace) Shockney and received his education in the Wayne school. He was married to the former Mary Harnish, who survives, on September 25, 1929, in Winchester.

Mr. Shockney followed the occupation of farming until 1939 when he went to work at the Anchor Hocking glass factory in Winchester. He remained at the factory until 1949 when ill health forced him to retire. He was a member of the Bartonia Methodist church.

Surviving in addition to the widow are three daughters, Norma Jean, Lois Ann and Mary Jane, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Shreeve of Union City, route 2, and Mrs. William Resor of Greenville, rural route; two brothers, Theodore of Greenville, and Wallace of Farmland, and an uncle, Harry Shockney of Muncie.

Funeral services for Mr. Shockney will be conducted at 2 p. m. Monday at the Methodist church in Union City with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating and Rev. Burl Bechdolt assisting. Interment will be in the Union City cemetery.

The body has been removed from the Brooks and Sons funeral home in Union City to the residence where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 1, 1949

Infant Son Of Wayne Township Coach Dies

Edward Leon Hiatt, two-day-old son of George F. and Anna Mae (Ressler) Hiatt, 640 West Pearl street, Union City, died at 6:20 a. m. Saturday at the Union City hospital. The father is coach at the Wayne township high school.

Other survivors include one brother, James George at home; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ressler of Tipton county, Indiana, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hiatt of Howard county, Indiana.

Graveside services are planned Monday at the cemetery in Greentown, Ind. Friends may call at the Fraze funeral home in Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 1, 1949

Fred J. Petty Dies At Muncie; President Of Ball Stores, Inc.

Muncie, Ind, Oct. 1 – Fred J. Petty, vice-president of Ball Brothers company and president and treasurer of Ball Stores, Inc., died Friday morning, forty minutes after he suffered a heart seizure. He was 51 years old.

He is survived by the widow, Margaret Ball Petty; a daughter, Mrs. Henry Harper; a grandson, Charles Henry Harper. The family home is on Briar road in Westwood.

Funeral services will be conducted at the First Presbyterian church at 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon by the pastor, Rev. Lewis Weber Giahler, and the body will be placed in the Ball family mausoleum at Beech Grove cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 1, 1949

Darke County Death – Clinton Seiders

Beamsville – Clinton Seiders 82, died Thursday at his home here following a lingering illness. He had spent most of his life in Richland and Brown townships and was active for many years as a building contractor. Services: Saturday, Ansonia. Burial: Harris Creek cemetery.

[Oliver Funeral Home Records, Greenville, are incomplete. He did leave a widow and Mary Ann Seiders is buried in the same plot at Harris Creek Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 1, 1949

Darke County Death – Carl E. Wills

Greenville – Carl E. Wills, 58, retired Greenville florist, died Thursday at the home of a son, Robert, four miles east of Greenville, after an extended illness. One of the founders of the Wills greenhouse here, he later operated a filling station south of Greenville. He was a lifelong resident of this community. Services: Saturday, Greenville. Burial: Abbottsville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 3, 1949

Darke County Death – Harry Bashore

Greenville – Harry Bashore, 62, well known Franklin township farmer, died Friday at Piqua Memorial hospital from the effects of a heart attack. Services: Sunday, West Grove church. Burial: Pleasant Hill cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 4, 1949

Sister Of U. C. Resident Is Dead

Funeral services were held in Muncie this afternoon for Mrs. Sarah Almira French, 81, of Huntington, Ind. Burial was in Beech Grove cemetery in Muncie. Mrs. French died Saturday evening at the home of a son, Russell Shaneyfelt, Huntington. Among other survivors is a sister, Mrs. Leona Dean, of Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 4, 1949

Services Held For Pvt. Jerry Lauber, Related Locally

Funeral services were held this afternoon at Coldwater, O., for Pvt. Jerry Dean Lauber, 19, who was fatally injured in a truck accident last Wednesday at Camp Carson, Colo. Rev. R. B. Ditmyer of Union City was in charge, and burial was made in Swamp College cemetery.

Surviving are the father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. William Lauber, Union City; step-father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Pat McCaffrey, Los Angeles; two sisters, Mrs. Dona Moorman, Union City, and Mrs. Rae Mathews, Portland; one brother, Val, Portland; two step-sisters, Kathryn and Sue, and a step-brother, Jimmy, Union City, and three grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Lauber, Coldwater, and Werner Johnson, Van Wert, O.

Pvt Lauber was born and reared in Mercer county and resided in Coldwater prior to entering the service on January 28, 1947.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 4, 1949

Services Are Held For Hugh Armstrong, Native Of Near U. C.

Funeral services were held in Greenville this afternoon for Hugh L. Armstrong, 89, who died Saturday at his residence, 311 Central avenue, Greenville, after a lingering illness. Burial was made in Greenville cemetery.

Born in Washington township, southeast of Union City, Mr. Armstrong had lived in Greenville for 35 years and since 1936 had been engaged in the coal business.

He had been an active member of the Greenville Masonic lodge for the last half century.

Surviving are his wife, Pearl; one son, Earl, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Jennie Roberts, Indianapolis; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Onkst, Greenville, route four.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 4, 1949

Darke County Death – Catherine Davis

Bradford – Mrs. Catherine Davis, 90, widow of John Davis, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Warner, at Circle Hill, south of Bradford, after a short illness. Services: Monday, Bradford. Burial: Greenville Creek cemetery.

[She died Oct. 1 and her maiden name was Elicker.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 4, 1949

Darke County Death – Irene Hulett

New Madison – Mrs. Irene Hulett, 75, New Madison, route two, died Friday at Wayne hospital, Greenville. Services and burial were held Sunday at Lancaster, Ky., where she formerly lived.

[Her maiden name was Crutcher.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 4, 1949

Darke County Death – Sophia Schoer

North Star – Mrs. Sophia [Eilerman] Schoer, 86, died Thursday at the home of her nephew, Bernard Eilerman, in North Star, where she had resided since the death of her husband, William Schoer, in 1937. Services: Monday, North Star. Burial: Catholic church cemetery here [St. Louis Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 1949

Dudley Wilson, Former Pastor In U. C., Dies

Rev. Dudley E. Wilson, 72, a retired Presbyterian minister and former resident of Union City, died Tuesday at 10:30 p. m. at his home in Pierceton, Ind., following an illness since last June. His condition was serious since July 21.

Born on June 16, 1877 in Woodland, Pa., he was the son of Nicholas and Margaret Hoover-Wilson. He was gradated from the high school at Woodland, Otterbein college and the Bonebrake Theological seminary in Dayton.

Following his retirement from active ministry he made his home in Union City in 1931. Three and one-half years ago he moved to Pierceton.

He was a thirty-second degree Mason and during World War I was actively engaged in YMCA activities.

Surviving are his wife, Eva Frank-Wilson; one daughter, Gladys M. Ford, Seattle, Wash.; one son, Frank M. Wilson, Pierceton; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. R. H. Meek, Avis, Pa.

Services will be held at 3 p. m. Friday at the Presbyterian church in Pierceton and at 10 a. m. Saturday at the Brooks and Sons funeral home in Union City. Rev. J. R. Bishop will be in charge. Graveside services in the Greenville cemetery will be in charge of the Masonic lodge.

The body will be taken from the Brooks and Sons funeral home to the residence in Pierceton where friends may call after 5 p. m. Thursday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 1949

Jacob F. Denney, Ex-Jay County Judge, Is Dead

Portland, Ind., Oct.54 – Jacob F. Denney, 75, former Jay circuit court judge and former Portland mayor, died Tuesday afternoon in a Muncie nursing home. He had been in ill health for some time.

A native of Mercer county, O., he was born June 6, 1874, to Azariah and Lydia Reigle Denney at their home near Fort Recovery, O. He graduated from the Fort Recovery high school and soon after his graduation began the study of law in the office of Lafollette and Adair in Portland. He was admitted to the Jay County Bar association in February, 1894.

Mr. Denney was named Portland city attorney and served years in that capacity. He was elected mayor for one term prior to 1914, when he was appointed judge to serve out an unexpired term. In 1916, he was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for congress in the old eighth district. He also was a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Surviving are the widow; two sister, Mrs. Stella Vaughn of four miles south of Fort Recovery, O., with whom he had lived for four years prior to becoming a patient in the nursing home, and Mrs. Carolyn Lotz of Muncie, and one brother, Carl of Indianapolis. One daughter, Florence, died at the age of 15.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Vaughn residence in charge of Rev. O. F. Jordan. Burial will be in Green Park cemetery at Portland. The body was taken to the Riffle mortuary, Fort Recovery, O., and will be removed to the sister's home, where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 1949

Darke County Death – Jacob C. Spidel

Greenville – Jacob C. Spidel, 81, well-known retired Darke county farmer and livestock buyer, died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Wright, Greenville. He had lived his entire life in Darke county. Survivors: wife, Phoebe; two sons, Atty. Wilbar D. Spidel and Robert L. Spidel, both of Greenville; one daughter, Mrs. Mildren Wright, Greenville; ?? grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Dale Warrick, also of here. Services: Wednesday, here. Burial: Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 1949

Darke County Death – Albert D. Sharp

Arcanum – Albert D. Sharp, 89, father of 15 children, died Sunday at Wayne hospital in Greenville from the effects of injuries [fractured right hip] sustained a week ago in a fall at his home on Arcanum route two. He was a lifelong resident of Darke county. Services in charge of Zechar funeral home in Greenville. [Burial was made Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Holsapple Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 6, 1949

Elmer Roark Dies Near Greenville; Services Friday

Elmer Roark, 62, well known Neave township farmer, died suddenly Wednesday at his home, seven miles south of Greenville on U. S. route 127, from the effects of a heart attack. Born in Washington township, located southeast of Union City, he had spent his entire life in Darke county.

Survivors include his wife, Viola; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Winn, Rossburg, route one, and Mrs. Mary Louise Godown, Greenville; one son, Forest E. Roark, Pittsburgh, Pa.; five grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. William Roark, Greenville, and two brothers, Chester, Greenville, and Hobart, of Laura.

Services will be held Friday at 2 p. m (EST) at the Miller funeral home in Greenville with Rev. G. D. Letner officiating. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 6, 1949

Stroke Fatal To Odessa Flanagan In Winchester

Odessa L. Flanagan passed away at her home, 501 Oak street, at 12:30 p. m. Wednesday following a stroke. She had been ill for ten days.

Mrs. Flanagan was born February 26, 1885 in Delaware county, the daughter of John and Mary (Adams) Parkison, and was educated in the Liberty school near Yorktown.

She came to Randolph county 23 years ago and was the wife of William Fred Flanagan. She attended the Congregational Christian church.

Surviving in addition to the husband are a son, Norviel Satterfield of Muncie; two grandchildren, Bruce and Nancy; three sisters, Mrs. Carl Zoller and Mrs. Mark West, both of Muncie, and Mrs. Fred Thompson of Indianapolis, and two brothers, William Parkison of Muncie, and Dan Parkison of Farmland.

Funeral services for Mrs. Flanagan will be conducted at 2 p. m. Friday at the Congregational Christian church with Rev. Harvey Thornburg in charge, assisted by Rev. Orville Woody. Interment will be in Fountain Park cemetery. Friends may call at the residence at any time.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 6, 1949

Darke County Death – Peter Paulus

Versailles – Peter Paulus, 77, died Monday at his farm home northeast of Russia where he had resided 44 years. Services: Thursday, Russia. Burial: St. Remy's cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 6, 1949

Darke County Death – John F. Broughman

Verona – John F. Broughman, 46, died Monday night at the home of a sister, Mrs. Ohmer E. [Nellie] Niswonger, of near Verona, after a three-month illness. He had made his home at Lancaster, Pa. For the past 25 years. Services: Thursday, Arcanum. Burial: Ft. Jefferson cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 7, 1949

Lester Byrum Death Occurs In California

Lester Byrum, 46, of Downey, Calif., formerly of the Union City community, died Thursday at 11:35 a. m. at the general hospital in Southgate, Calif., following a one-week serious illness from the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage. He had been in failing health for the past several months.

Born and reared in Jackson, Ind., township, he was the son of Joseph and Gertrude Johnson-Byrum. He was a graduate of Jackson township high school and had followed the occupation of farming and later factory work prior to moving to California four years ago.

Surviving are the wife, Eleanor Locke-Byrum; one son, Donald, at home; the father, Joseph Byrum, California; two sisters, Mrs. George Noffsinger and Mrs. Henry Runkle, both of Union City, five brothers, including four who live in California, and Russell Byrum, Winchester.

The body will be returned to Union City and graveside services are planned in New Lisbon cemetery. Time of the services will be announced later.

[Funeral services were held at the Fraze funeral home, Union City, on Thursday, Oct. 13. Burial was made in New Lisbon cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 7, 1949

Graveside Rites For Silas Hunt At Riverside

Graveside services for Silas W. Hunt, 50, who killed himself by hanging, will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 a. m. at Riverside cemetery near Modoc in charge of Rev. Robert Morris.

Surviving are the wife, Edith, and an aunt, Mrs. Jenny Connaroe of Economy.

Mr. Hunt's body was discovered late Thursday morning by Nulan Holaday, who had gone to a shed in the cemetery for tools. Officials estimated he had been dead since September 17, when he was last seen alive by three boys.

The boys who were cutting grass at the cemetery told authorities they saw Hunt enter the grounds but did not remember seeing him leave.

Hunt had thrown a rope across a rafter and stepped off a box after putting his head through a noose.

He had been separated from his wife for several months and for that reason she had not known he was missing. She and her mother continue to live at the family home northwest of Modoc, while Hunt made his home with a bachelor friend, Ralph Patterson, who resides about three miles from Modoc.

However, Hunt would return to his home for tools and clothing occasionally.

Patterson said the last time he saw him was while he was attending the Indiana state fair. He understood he had been employed as a painter in Muncie during the summer.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 7, 1949

Darke County Death – Goldie Estelle

Longtown – Mrs. Goldie Mae Estelle, 32, died Sunday at her home in Akron, O., after a short illness from heart trouble. Services: Thursday, Longtown. Burial: Clemens cemetery. Survivors: husband, Harry; one daughter, Shiela Mae; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Grant, Greenville; two brothers, Raymond Grant, Richmond, and George Grant, Greenville, and five sisters, Mrs. Naomi Clemens, Muncie; Mrs. Mary Brown, Richmond; Mrs. Glendora Price, Spartanburg; Mrs. Ogreta Wade, Detroit, and Miss Bertha Grant, Greenville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 8, 1949

Darke County Death – Lillie Shultz

Greenville – Mrs. Lillie Shultz, widow of Christian V. Shultz, well known Greenville grocer, died Wednesday at her home here. She had spent the greater part of her life in Greenville and community. Survivors: two son, Foster and Lester, both of Greenville; two daughters, Mrs. James Riegle and Mrs. Carl Rose, also of this city; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. James Ardinger, Yakima, Wash. Services: Saturday, Greenville. Burial: Greenville cemetery.

[Her maiden name was Lillie Barbara Bowman. She was 82 years old.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 8, 1949

19-Year Old Boy Dies In Wreck Near Deerfield - Companion Is Unhurt As Car Turns Turtle

A 19-year old boy Saturday became Randolph county's seventh automobile accident fatality of 1949 when he died enroute to the Portland hospital following a wreck at 9:15 a. m. east of Deerfield.

He is Junior Gilbert, who had been working in Portland and with a companion was enroute to Olive Hill, Ky., his home.

Uninjured in the crash was James M. Walker, 19, of 720 West Main street, Portland. He was driver of the machine, a 1940 four-passenger Plymouth coupe owned jointly by himself and Louise Walker.

The accident occurred three miles east of Deerfield on state road 28, Walker losing control of the machine, which witnesses said was going at a “high rate of speed,” as he attempted to pass another car rounding a curve.

The car, Deputy Sheriff Perry Jennings said, turned over two or three times in a distance of from 50 to 60 feet and ended up in a ditch on the north side of the road. Walker was headed east.

Gilbert's death was caused by a skull fracture and internal injuries.

When placed in the Maynard and Walker ambulance at the scene of the wreck, he was alive, but was dead upon arrival at the Jay County hospital.

The body was returned to the Maynard and Walker funeral home in Winchester, where Coroner Lowell W. Painter was conducting an investigation.

Investigating the accident at the site, other than Deputy Jennings, were Winchester Police Chief P. O. Fraze and officers from Union City.

Witnesses to the upset were three women in the automobile which Walker was attempting to pass and Nolan Thompson of Winchester, who had been trailing the speeding car in an effort to get the license number.

Thompson told officers the Kentucy-bound car had forced him off state road 27 at the Jay-Randolph county line curve. Thompson, going north, turned around and trailed the speeding machine, watching it turn east at Deerfield. When the wreck occurred, he said he was “about three city blocks behind.”

The dead youth is survived by the mother, Marie Riley of Olive Hill, Ky.; two sisters Elsie Gilbert of Portland and Delores Gilbert of Olive Hill, and one brother, Kenneth of Olive Hill.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 10, 1949

Darke County Death – Frank T. Harter

New Madison – Frank T. Harter, 72, died Thursday at his home on New Madison, route one. Survivors: one son, Dwight, at home, and one brother, E. S. Harter, Indianapolis. Services: Sunday, here. Burial: Greenmound cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 11, 1949

Services Are Held For Ella May Dunn, Related Locally

Services were held this afternoon in Greenville for Mrs. Ella May Dunn, 83, widow of John Dunn, whose death occurred Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Russell Hicks, in Greenville after an eight-week illness. Burial was made in Ithaca cemetery in Darke county.

A lifelong resident of Darke county, Mrs. Dunn leaves over seventy immediate survivors including two son, Taylor Dunn, Ansonia, Route one, and Mike Dunn Greenville, route one; three daughters, Mrs. Hick, Greenville; Mrs. Mary Longfellow, Union City, and Mrs. Alice Kraft, Winchester, route three; 30 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 11, 1949

New Weston Man Stricken At Rose Hill

Funeral services have been arranged for Oscar L (Dude) Myers, 58, of New Weston, route one, whose death occurred suddenly of a heart attack Sunday while attending a rodeo in Rose Hill, located northeast of Union City.

The services will be held Wednesday at 3 p. m. (EST) at the Miller funeral home in Greenville. Burial will be in Beamsville cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.

A carpenter by trade, Myers spent most of his life in the Greenville vicinity, moving to the northern part of Darke county within the past few years. He was a veteran of World War I and was a member of the Greenville American Legion post.

Surviving are his wife, Pearl; five sons, Lester of Cleveland, and William, John, Jack and Donald, all at home; three daughters, Mrs. William Miller, Piqua, and Betty and Barbara, at home; one step-daughter, a step-grandson; his mother, Mrs. Viola Myers, Greenville; two brothers, Irvin, Greenville, and Earl, of Dayton, and two sister, Mrs. Charles C. Weaver, Greenville, and Mrs. Jesse Richards, of Ansonia.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 12, 1949

Losantville Senior Is County's Eighth 1949 Accident Fatality

A 17-year-old Losantville high school senior is Randolph county's eighth automobile accident fatality of 1949, the second death by accident in four days.

Dead is Lowl H. Lester, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer H. Lester, of two miles north of Losantville. He was killed at 4:30 p. m. Tuesday when a car in which he was riding figured in an accident at a road intersection five miles north of Losantville.

Injured and in the Randolph County hospital in Winchester are:

Loda Petro, 63, Parker – Shock, Condition fair.

Mike Petro, 3, his grandson – Badly lacerated scalp, possible skull fracture. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Petro, Parker route 1.

Charles W. Knotts, 31, of 515 South Franklin street, Muncie – Injured right arm, general bruises.

X-rays were to be taken today to establish definite injuries.

In Ball hospital at Muncie, another victim of the accident, is Bonnie Dunnuck, 25, of 1723 East twelfth street, Muncie. She was removed to Muncie from the Winchester hospital Tuesday night. Mrs. Dunnuck was riding with Knotts.

Lowl's death was due to a fractured skull and internal injuries. He was thrown from the Petro-operated car, a 1937 Ford sedan. The machine was demolished.

Knotts was driving a 1946 Buick sedan owned by Charles W. Everett of Muncie. Damage was estimated at $800.

Cause of the accident is unknown and inasmuch as there were no witnesses, investigating officers have made no arrests.

Knotts was driving east on a county road and Petro was going south on the Losantville pike, the two machines coming together at the intersection. The Muncie car forced the Petro machine into a ditch where it overturned and Lowl thrown out. Knotts' car then went through a fence on the P. J. Staley farm, through a pasture lot passing through and separating two hog houses and through another fence before coming to a stop. It did not upset.

Funeral services for Lowl Lester will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at the Mt. Zion church in charge of Rev. Leroy Houk of Lebanon. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery.

The body has been returned to the home, where friends may call, from the Reynard mortuary at Modoc.

Surviving are the parents, one brother, Dean, at home; two foster brothers, Leon Johnson, an army corporal stationed at Chanute field, Ill., and James Mattix of Modoc, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lester of Modoc, and Mr. and Mrs. Alden Petro of Losantville.

Lowl was one of Losantville high school's better athletes and soon would have played a major part in the basketball season.

His death followed by three days the death of Junior Gilbert, 19, of Portland and Olive Hill, Ky., who was killed in an accident east of Deerfield last Saturday morning.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 12, 1949

Services For Bessie Strait Will Be Friday

Funeral services have been arranged for Mrs. Bessie E. Strait, 68, of three miles north of Union City on route three, whose death occurred Tuesday at 10:25 a. m. at the city hospital following a one year illness from arteriosclerosis. Her condition was serious for the past two weeks.

The services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. at the New Lisbon Church of Christ with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Burial will be in Lisbon cemetery. Friends may call at the Fraze funeral home.

Surviving are the husband, Roy C. Strait, and one brother, Harry Harshman of Glendale, Calif; and one aunt, Mrs. D. H. Gettinger.

She was born on April 3, 1881 at Mount Holly [Jackson Township], northwest of Union City, the daughter [the eldest child] of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Wesley Harshman. Following her education in Randolph county schools she was married to Mr. Strait on December 16, 1903. She had spent practically all her life in the Union City community and was a member of the New Lisbon church.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 13, 1949

Services Friday For Nashville Infant

Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a. m. (EST) at the German Baptist church, east of Palestine, Margaret Ann Stoner, four-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amza Stoner, sr., who was found dead in her crib late Tuesday afternoon. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Death was attributed to suffocation. The Stoner family resides two miles west of Nashville, located southeast of Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 14, 1949

Nick Nicholas Dies At Randolph County Hospital

Nick Nicholas, 74, died at the Randolph county hospital at 6 a. m. today following an illness of one month.

Mr. Nicholas was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Dan and Anna Nicholas, and came to Randolph county about 20 years ago. He was a resident of the Deerfield community and formerly worked as a laborer at the Ridgeville stone quarry and as caretaker at the Reitenour cemetery near Deerfield.

Funeral services for Mr. Nicholas will be conducted at 1 p. m. Saturday at the Maynard and Walker mortuary with Rev. P. M. Macko in charge. Interment will be in the Reitenour cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p. m. today.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 15, 1949

New Castle Man Dies Following Extended Illness

Herbert Eads, 40-year-old New Castle resident, passed away at his home in New Castle Friday afternoon following an extended illness.

Survivors include one daughter, Darlene, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Eads of near Economy; seven sisters, Mrs. Byron Daffron, Mrs. Carrie Bennett and Mrs. Ernest Crabtree, all of New Castle; Mrs. Nolan Thompson and Mrs Lexie Smith of Winchester; Mrs. Leonard Gossage of Lewisville and Mrs. Robert Addington of Carlos, and two brothers, Edward of Dublin and Claude of Economy.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the First Baptist church in New Castle in charge of Rev. R. E. Halls. Burial will be in the South Mound cemetery at New Castle.

The body was removed to the home of his parents, two and one-half miles northeast of Economy, where friends may call.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 15, 1949

Relative Of Local Residents Dies Friday At Richmond

Frank M. Rowe, 90 years old, passed away at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Anna Brown, of Richmond, Friday night following an illness of three months. Mr. Rowe made his home with his daughter.

Surviving in addition to Mrs. Brown, are another daughter, Mrs. Grace Parrott, of Ridgeville; two sons, Murl of Rossburg, O., and Orville of Richmond; one brother, John Rowe of Winchester; one sister, Mrs. Ella Davis, of Winchester; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 15, 1949

Eaton Farmer Found Dead In Car Along Road

Arlie Borror, 59-year-old farmer of near Eaton, was found dead early Friday morning in his automobile which was discovered parked on Center pike, about one-half mile north of state road 28.

Wilbur Turner, of near Muncie reported to Delaware County Sheriff W. Pete Anthony that Mr. Borror was slumped over the steering wheel. The ignition was still on when investigating officers arrived.

Mr. Borror was widely known in Muncie and was a former resident of Hartford City.

Survivors include the stepmother, Mrs. Jesse Borror of Farmland; one daughter, Mrs. Arlene Hinton, of Muncie; two half-sisters, Miss Florence Borror, of Muncie, and Mrs. Iva Davidson of Los Angeles, Cal.

Final rites will be conducted Sunday at 2 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Hinton, 836 North Jefferson street, Muncie, in charge of Rev. Harvey Thornburg, with burial in Hopewell cemetery near Farmland.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 17, 1949

Otha Sprowl Dies Today At Union City Home

Otha Sprowl, 65-year-old retired woodworker, died today at 8:30 a. m. at his home, 510 North State Line street, Union City, following a several years' illness. His condition was serious for the past four months.

A native of Brown township, Darke county, he was born on May 10, 1884 and attended Darke county schools. At the age of 27 he moved to Dayton where he resided for 35 years prior to coming to Union City in 1946.

Survivors include the wife, Mabel Baughman-Sprowl, one daughter, Mrs. Mary Margaret Kaiser, at home; one grandson, Joseph Frazier of Union City, a student at Ball State Teachers' college at Muncie, and one brother, William Sprowl, also of Union City.

The body was removed to Brooks and Sons funeral home in Union City where friends may call after 4 p. m. Tuesday.

Private services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the mortuary with Rev. Burl M. Bechdolt in charge. Burial will be made in Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 18, 1949

Jesse Werts Dies At Ansonia; Rites Wednesday Afternoon

Funeral services for Jesse Wilburn Werts, 66, farm sales clerk in Darke county for nearly forty years, who died Sunday at his home in Ansonia, will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Ansonia Congregational Christian church with Rev. E. Harold Klingle officiating. Interment will be in the mausoleum at Greenville cemetery.

He had spent his entire life in Brown township and had been a member of the Ansonia Congregational Christian church since childhood, serving for a period of 17 years as clerk of the Church boards. He was a member of Ansonia Grange No. 1004.

Friends may call at the Werts residence until the hour of services.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 18, 1949

Services Are Held For Former Resident Of Near Union City

Services were held this afternoon at the Marker funeral home in Dayton for Thomas C. Stonerock, 65, who died Saturday at his home in Dayton after a short illness. Mr. Stonerock spent the major part of his life in Darke county, for a number of years operating groceries in Hillgrove, Palestine and Gordon. He moved to Dayton four years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Susie; one daughter, Mrs. Goldie P. Stutz of Lewisburg, and two sons, Charles E. and Lawrence W. Stonerock, both of Greenville.

[Burial was made in Abbottsville Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 18, 1949

Rites Wednesday At Farmland For Wallace T. Shank

Final rites will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock for Wallace T. Shank, 53, of just north of Farmland, who passed away Monday morning at the Randolph county hospital in Winchester following an illness of two weeks.

Mr. Shank was well known in the Farmland community and had been employed at the Warner Gear company in Muncie for the past 14 years.

Surviving are the widow [Sarah B.]; his father, Levi Shank of Muncie; one brother, Roy of Farmland; one sister, Mrs. Naomi Crane of Muncie; two daughter, Mrs. Edwin Miller of Farmland, and Anna Frances Shank of Muncie; three sons, Donald Shank of Elgin Field, Fla., Myer Shank of Richmond, and Howard Shank of Fort Bragg, N. C. and eight grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at the Thornburg funeral home in Farmland with Rev. John Randolph officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn cemetery.

Friends may call at the home until one hour before the funeral.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 18, 1949

Services Held In Michigan For Former Resident

Funeral services have been held in Keego, Mich. For Claude Pace, 77, retired farmer and former Randolph county resident who passed away Friday following a heart attack in his home at Keego.

Survivors include the widow; seven children, Harold and Mrs. William Weishar, both of Pontiac, Mrs. Frank Davis, William H., Hobart, Frederick and Frieda, all of Keego Harbor, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. William Zimmerman of Keego Harbor; one brother, Linus of Pontiac; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Pace resided in Randolph county until moving to Keego 23 years ago. He was a member of the Christian church in Randolph county and was married to Beulah Boots here in 1900. Burial was in Commerce cemetery near Pontiac.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 18, 1949

Charles Estep Dies At Lynn; Rites Tuesday

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Thomas funeral home in Lynn for Charles F. Estep, 85, who died Saturday evening at his home in Lynn following a two year illness. Rev. Zelma Mills officiated and burial was in the cemetery at Chester.

Mr. Estep was a retired railroader.

Survivors include the widow, Josie L.; one son, Clair of Lynn; one grandson; one sister, Mrs. Alta Petherick of Aberdeen, S. D., and several nieces and nephews.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, October 19, 1949

Former Teegarden Resident Is Dead

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Omaha, Nebr., for Fred Douglas, 69, formerly of the Teegarden community, northeast of Union City, whose death occurred Saturday at a hospital in Omaha following a two year illness from heart trouble. Burial was in a cemetery in Omaha.

A native of Missouri, Mr. Douglas came to the Teegarden community at an early age and resided there until making his home in Nebraska about 45 years ago. He was a member of the Elks lodge.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Edna Rosvally, Oakland, Calif., and Doris, of Philadelphia, and two brothers, William Douglas, Union City, and Charles, of Greenville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 20, 1949

Harvey Martin Dies Today At U. C. Hospital

Harvey Martin, 58-year-old well known farmer of the Union City community passed away Thursday morning at 7:20 o'clock at the city hospital following a one week serious illness. He resided one mile north of Union City on the Ansonia road.

A lifelong resident of the Union City community, he was born on March 9, 1891 at Hillgrove, the son of John and Lettie Curts-Martin. He received his education in the old No. 1 school north of Union City and was married to Clara May Neel at Bluffton, O., on October 15, 1913. Mr. Martin had followed the occupation of farming most of his life.

Besides the wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Joseph Lenker, of Union City; one grandson, Martin Allen Lenker, Union City, and two sisters, Mrs. Roll Simmons, also of Union City, and Mrs. Earl Wagner, south of the city.

The body will be removed from Brooks and Sons funeral home to the residence where friends may call after 12 o'clock noon Friday.

Final rites, in charge of Rev. Charles G. McCallister, will be conducted on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) at the funeral home. Interment will be made in Union City cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 21, 1949

County Native Dies At Jay County Hospital

Alice E. McFarland, 83, of North Salem, died Thursday morning at the Jay County hospital in Portland. She had been in ill health for five years due to a heart condition.

Born of July 15, 1866, in Randolph county, she was the daughter of George L. and Rachel(Depor) Mann.

She was first married to Abraham Losh who died in 1905. In July, 1908, she was married to Dr. Norman McFarland who preceded her in death in 1924.

Survivors include one step-daughter, Mrs. William Cummins of Montpelier; one brother, J. Q. Mann of North Salem; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Ritenour of near Ridgeville, Mrs. Laura Klinger of Rose City, Ohio, and Mrs. Anna Moore of Alliance, Ohio. One daughter, three brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Funeral services for Mrs. McFarland will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Williamson funeral home in Portland. Interment will be in the New Pittsburg cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 21, 1949

Ridgeville Man Succumbs At 49, Rites Saturday

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Middleton mortuary in Ridgeville for Charles E. Allen, 49, of Ridgeville, who died Thursday night at Billings hospital in Indianapolis, where he had been a patient one year. Rev. Philip Williams will officiate and burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery in Winchester.

Until his illness Mr. Allen was a postal clerk on the Pennsylvania railroad. He was a veteran of World War I and was a lifelong resident of Ridgeville. During his school days he was a star basketball player for the Ridgeville Cossacks. He was a member of the Portland Legion post.

Surviving are the widow, Flora Belle; two daughters, Mrs. Martha Paucher of Ridgeville, and Susan, at home; one son, Charles, Jr., serving in the navy; two grandchildren; his father, Weldon, of Ridgeville; and one brother, Harry, of Newark, Ohio.

The daughter, Susan, was stricken with infantile paralysis this year.

Friends may call at the mortuary at any time.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 22, 1949

William Jeffries, 81, Widely-Known Darke Countian, Is Dead

William E. G. Jeffries, 81, widely-known Liberty township farmer and fertilizer salesman, died Friday at 4:40 p. m. in Wayne hospital, Greenville, from the effects of a heart attack. He resided two miles northeast of Palestine.

Mr. Jeffries was widely know in Darke county as an auction clerk for more than 40 years and had served as Liberty township justice of the peace for an extended period.

Services will be Monday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the Miller funeral home, Greenville. Burial will be in Palestine cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after Sunday noon.

Surviving are the wife, Harriett; two daughters; three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 22, 1949

Fred G. Nichols, Native Of Lynn, Dies At Muncie

Funeral services for Fred G. Nichols, 81, native of Lynn who died at Muncie Friday, will be conducted Monday at 2:30 p. m. at the Meeks mortuary in Muncie. Rev. Lewis W. Gishler will be in charge, followed by entombment in the Elm Ridge mausoleum.

Friends may call at the Muncie mortuary fro 3 to 8 p. m. and 7 to 9 p. m. Sunday or anytime Monday.

Mr. Nichols was born the son of Henry D. and Elizabeth Gray Nichols at Lynn on August 5, 1868. He went to Muncie in 1902 and became associated with the Kitselman Brothers company with which he remained until his retirement in 1945. For several years he served as a superintendent with the Indiana Steel and Wire company.

Surviving are the widow, a daughter, Mrs. Earl Shreeve of Muncie; a son, Marvin of Muncie; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Florence, died in 1919.

Mr. Nichols was a member of the Masonic and K. of P. lodges of Winchester,, the Muncie Exchange club, the Scottish Rite and Murat shrine of Indianapolis.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 22, 1949

Darke County Death – Anna E. Fouts

Greenville – Mrs. Anna E. Fouts, 88, widow of Edward R. Fouts, died Wednesday at her home here. For several years Mrs. Fouts and her husband operated a millinery shop here. Services: Friday, here. Burial: Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 25, 1949

Harry Pierce, 61; Dies At Hospital; Rites Thursday

Harry Pierce, 61, owner and operator of the Pierce Studio and Gift Shop on the south side of the courthouse square in Winchester, died Tuesday at 7:45 a. m. at the Randolph County hospital, where he had been taken Sunday afternoon.

Death was due to a heart attack.

Born in Winchester September 1, 1888, Mr. Pierce owned one of the county seat's oldest businesses, a business established by his father, the late Charles F. Pierce.

Mr. Pierce lived at 322 South Main street, Winchester.

Surviving are the mother, Dora; the wife, Bernice; one sister, Mrs. Chauncey Watters of Winchester, and one brother, Parry Almonrode of Saratoga.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Maynard and Walker funeral home in Winchester in charge of Rev. Paul Stephenson, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

Friends may call at the mortuary after 2 p. m. Wednesday.

Mr. Pierce was a veteran of World War I serving one year in this country and ten months in France. He enlisted September 17, 1917 and served with the 309th engineers of the 84dth division, being honorably discharged July 19, 1919 with the rank of sergeant.

He was the first commander of Randolph Post 39, American Legion.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 25, 1949

Death Claims Aged Resident Of Woodington

Mrs. Tillie Moore, 75, widow of Arthur W. Moore, died Monday at the home of a son, Floyd, one-half mile southwest of Woodington, located southeast of Union City. She had been in declining health for the last year.

Mrs. Moore was born and reared at Dawn and had spent her entire life in Darke county. Her parents were the late Thomas and Josephine Shelley.

Besides the son, she leaves a brother, Wilbur Shelley, Greenville, and two sisters, Mrs. George Peck, Troy, and Mrs. C. J. Holloway, Greenville.

Christian Science services will be held Wednesday at 10 a. m. (EST) at the Miller funeral home in Greenville. Mrs. Edna Albright will be in charge, with burial in Greenville cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 25, 1949

Rites Wednesday For Rebecca Van Fleet Of Near Coletown

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the Miller funeral home in Greenville for Rebecca Jane Van Fleet, 87, who died Sunday evening at her farm residence, one and one-half miles west of Coletown, after a lingering illness. Rev. W. L. Denlinger will officiate. Burial will be in Manuel cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p. m. Tuesday.

Miss Van Fleet was born and had spent her entire life on the farm where death occurred. She was a member of the Coletown Congregational Christian church. One brother, Frank Van Fleet, Greenville, route four, is her only immediate survivor.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 27, 1949

Versailles Man Is Suicide Victim

Covington, O. - (Spl.) - Joseph Schieltz, 59, of 218 North West street, Versailles, shot and killed himself Wednesday afternoon in a service station rest room here.

Norman Miller, assistant police chief, said the body was found by a son-in-law in the rest room of the Paff service station. Charles Kiefer of Piqua, Miami county coroner, returned a verdict of suicide.

[Joseph P. Schlietz was buried in St. Valbert's Cemetery, Versailles, on Oct. 29, 1949.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 27, 1949

Clark Schell Dead; Rites Held Today

Services were held at 1:30 p. m. (EST) today at the Miller funeral home in Greenville for Clark E. Schell, 73, a retired farmer, whose death occurred Monday at the farm home of Mrs. Harry Miller, two miles south of Greenville, where he had resided for the past four years. Rev. Earl Lantz officiated. Burial was in Mound Hill cemetery at Eaton, O.

Mr. Schell, who had been seriously ill for the past six weeks, was a member of the Poplar Grove Church of the Brethren, southeast of Union City. Among survivors is a daughter, Mrs. Alvin Hittle, Union City, route five.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 27, 1949

Former New Weston Resident Is Dead

Robert F. Davison, 88, died Wednesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Uren Trump, in New Harrison, O., after a lingering illness. Mr. Davison, a retired farmer, had spent most of his life near New Weston and North Star.

Services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the Zechar funeral home in Greenville. Burial will be in Holsapple cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 27, 1949

Mary Simmons Dies At Home Near Winchester

Mary Matilda Simmons, 82, widow of the late Mose Simmons, died Tuesday at her home near Winchester.

She was a lifelong resident of Randolph county and the Saratoga community.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law; one granddaughter; two grandsons, and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Simmons will be conducted at 10 o'clock Friday morning at the Summers funeral home in Winchester with Rev. R. O. Marsh officiating. Interment will be in the Weimer cemetery.

Friends may call at the mortuary after 8:30 a. m. Thursday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, October 27, 1949

Winchester Man Dies At Hospital In Indianapolis

Clarence Runyon, 43, a resident of Winchester, died at 7:10 o'clock Tuesday night at the Robert Long hospital in Indianapolis where he had been a patient since Saturday.

Mr. Runyon was born in Redkey the son of Benjamin and Eunice (Smith) Runyon and came to Randolph county several years ago. He was employed at the Randolph County Sales in Winchester and for the last three years had served as manager of the service department.

Surviving are the widow, Ada; one son, William, at home; one daughter, Mrs. Marie Moore of Winchester, and a sister, Dr. Agnes Runyon of Tampa, Fla.

Last rites will be conducted at 2 p. m. Friday at the Congregational Christian church in Winchester with Rev. Orville Woody in charge. Burial will be in the New Lisbon cemetery near Union City.

Friends may call at the Maynard and Walker funeral home in Winchester after 3 p. m. Thursday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 28, 1949

Carrie Wood Dies Suddenly At U. C. Home

Mrs. Carrie Elnora Woods, 75, widow of David Woods, died suddenly at 9:30 p. m. Thursday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Glen Bretz, 350 North Walnut street, Union City, following a heart attack. She had been in declining health for the past ten days.

A lifelong resident of the Union City community, she was born on November 5, 1873 in Darke county, the daughter of William and Eliza Fertig-Lambert.

Following her education in East side schools she was married to Mr. Woods on May 28, 1889. His death occurred several years ago. Mrs. Woods was a member of the Union City Christian church.

Besides the daughter, she leaves three other daughters, Mrs. Stella Paige, Union City, Mrs. Bertha James, Dayton, and Mrs. Emerson Bretz, Ansonia, route one; one son, Raymond Woods, Chicago; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The body was removed to Brooks and Sons funeral home where friends may call after 12 o'clock noon Saturday.

Final rites, in charge of Rev. Charles G. McCallister, will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the funeral home. Burial will be in Snell cemetery, near Hillgrove.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 28, 1949

Lorena E. Brown Death Occurs In Union City

Following a lingering illness of several years duration Mrs. Lorena Ellen Brown, 66, widow of Edgar A. Brown, retired railroad telegrapher, passed away Thursday at 9 p. m. at her residence at the end of West Division street in Union City. Her condition was serious since last August.

Born on May 15, 1883 in Darke county, she was the daughter of Thomas J. and Mary Jane Joseph-Williams. She received her education in Darke county schools and was married to Mr. Brown in 1898. They made their home in Versailles until 1930 when they came to Union City. Mr. Brown's death occurred March 24, 1949.

Surviving are four sons, Gale and Paul Brown, both of Union City; Robert W. Brown, Tucson, Ariz., and Tomas N. Brown, Crown Point, N. M.; four daughters, Mrs. Morris Kreider, Dayton; Mrs. Paul Trittschuh, Versailles; Mrs. William Lytle, Tucson, and Mrs. Robert Moss, Wabash, Ind.; 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Brooks and Sons mortuary in Union City at 3 p. m. Monday. Dr. Neil Newlin will be in charge. Interment will be made in Greenlawn cemetery at Versailles. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p. m. Saturday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, October 28, 1949

Flossie Clear, 26, Dies At Randolph County Hospital

Mrs. Flossie Clear, 26, wife of Paul Clear, died at the Randolph County hospital Wednesday evening at 11 o'clock.

Survivors include the mother, Mrs. Mary Exum of Doyle, Tenn.; nine sisters, Mrs. M. L. West, Miss June Cater and Mrs. Marilla Davis, all of Orlando, Fla., Miss Elsie Carter of Brooklyn, N. Y., Miss Lorell Carter, Miss Nellie Carter, Miss Eleanse and Miss Cellie Carter, all of Doyle, Tenn., and Mrs. Shirley Faulla of New York City. One brother, Howard Carter, resides in Orlando, Fla.

The body was removed to the Summers funeral home where services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Elvin Thornburg officiating. Interment will be in the Union City cemetery.

Friends may call art the funeral home after 11 a. m. Friday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 29, 1949

Mrs. Adrian Hamilton, Leukemia Victim, Dies At Union City Home

Mrs. Beatrice Jeannette Hamilton, 36, wife of Adrian Hamilton and the mother of four young girls, passed away Friday at 11:20 p. m. at her residence, 701 North State Line street in Union City.

Death resulted from the effects of leukemia, a rare blood disease from which she had been receiving treatment since March of 1948. She frequently had been confined to University hospital in Columbus, Ohio, during the 19-month illness.

A lifelong resident of the Union City community, she was born in Wayne township October 24, 1913, the daughter of John and Garnet (Watson) Turner. She was educated in the Wayne township schools and married Mr. Hamilton in 1932 in Palestine, Ohio. She was active in the Union City Church of the Brethren. Mr. Hamilton is employed in the paint department of the Body company.

Besides the husband she is survived by four daughters, Phyllis, Arlee, Caroline Sue and Sharon Louise, all at home; the parents, two sisters, Mrs. Don Clark and Mrs. Harold Pierce and two brothers, Ronald and Dorian Turner, all of Union City.

The body was removed to the Fraze funeral home in Union City, where friends may call after 7 p. m. Saturday.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a. m. Monday at the Church of the Brethren with Rev. Kenneth Long in charge. Interment will be in Lisbon cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, October 29, 1949

Death Claims Clara Dennison; Rites Monday

Mrs. Clara E. Dennison, 68, wife of Ollie S. Dennison, passed away Friday at 1:30 p. m. at her residence, 370 North State Line street, Union City, following a ten-month illness for a complication of diseases. Her condition was serious for the past three weeks.

Born on July 13, 1881 in Union City, she was the daughter of Jacob and Friedrika-Knoll. After her education in Union City schools she was married to Mr. Dennison in 1913 at Covington, Ky. Mrs. Dennison had spent practically all her life in the Union City community.

Her husband and several nieces and nephews are the only surviving relatives.

The body was removed to Fraze funeral home in Union City where friends may call after 7 p. m. today.

Services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Interment will be made in the city cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, October 31, 1949

Death Claims Jackson, Ohio Township Native

Funeral services have been arranged for Webster W. Eichelberger, 47, a native of Jackson, Ohio, township, whose death occurred Saturday at 7 p. m. at the Miami Valley hospital in Dayton from the effects of pemphingus vugaria, a rare skin disease. Mr. Eichelberger, who resided three and one-half miles north of Ansonia, had been hospitalized for the past four weeks.

The services will be held at 2 p. m. (EST) Tuesday at the Fisher-Oliver funeral home in Ansonia with Rev. Leslie Rogers of Dayton officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden cemetery, northeast of Union City. Friends may call at the mortuary.

A lifelong resident of Darke county, Mr. Eichelberger was born and reared in Jackson township. He followed the occupation of farming and was a minister of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Eichelberger, Ansonia, route one, and three brothers, Harold, of Union City, Raymond, Ansonia, route one, and Romain, Frankfort, N. Y.

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