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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 1, 1949

Frannie Stowe, Lifelong County Resident, Dies

Frannie Veal Daly Stowe, 81, a lifelong resident of Randolph county, passed away at 2 a. m. Monday at the Randolph County hospital. She had been a semi-invalid for the last twelve years and had been seriously ill for the last week.

Born near Carlos on January 5, 1868, Mrs. Stowe had resided in or near Winchester most of her lifetime. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Lester Clark and Mrs. Bonnie Jackson, both of Spartanburg, and Mrs. Merle Comer of Winchester; one son, Floyd Stowe of Dayton, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Spartanburg Methodist church with Rev. Earl Lantz of Union City in charge and Rev. J. E. Slimp, pastor of the church, assisting. Interment will be in Mt. Zion cemetery.

The body will be removed from the Maynard and Walker mortuary in Winchester to the home of the daughter, Mrs. Clark in Spartanburg, where friends may call after 7 p. m. Tuesday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 1, 1949

John Adams Ross, 10-week-old, Dies At Winchester Home

John Adams Ross, 10-week-old son of Ralph and Mary L. (Adams) Ross, died at 10 a. m. Monday at the family home, 518 East North street, Winchester. Death was believed due to asphyxiation. Deputy Coroner Dr. W. S. Dininger of Winchester investigated.

Surviving in addition to the parents are a brother, Robert, three, at home, and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ross of Winchester.

The body was remove to the Maynard and Walker funeral home where arrangements will be announced later.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, November 2, 1949

Services Thursday For Ansonia Man

Services have been arranged for Jay Thomas Fry, 78, of Ansonia, a prominent, retired Darke county farmer, whose death occurred Monday at Wayne hospital, Greenville, after a lingering illness. He had spent his entire life in Brown township and was actively identified with the Ansonia Masonic lodge for more than 25 years.

The services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the Fisher-Oliver funeral home in Ansonia with Frank Thomas in charge. Burial will be in Teegarden cemetery, northeast of Union City. Friends may call at the mortuary.

Survivors include the wife, Melvina; one son, John, of Hamilton; three grandchildren, and a half-sister, Margaret Fry, Dayton.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, November 3, 1949

Sister Of Union City Resident Is Dead

Charles R. Ditmer of Union City is mourning the death of a sister, Mrs. Dora B. Davenport, 80, an active Greenville church worker for more than a half-century, whose death occurred Tuesday evening at Wayne hospital, Greenville, after a one-year illness. She was the wife of Charles M. Davenport.

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

[Other survivors include one son, Harold of Hamilton, OH; one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Brumbaugh, New Rochelle, N. Y.; 3 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; 3 sisters, Ethel Macy, Phillipsburg, OH, Amanda Bridenbaugh and Cora Timmons of Potsdam, OH; another brother, Edward Ditmer, Pleasant Hill, OH.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, November 3, 1949

Albert McGuire, Justice Of Peace, Succumbs at 79

Albert J. McGuire, 79, justice of the peace of White River township, passed away at 7 o'clock Wednesday night at the Randolph County hospital.

A lifelong resident of Randolph county, Mr. McGuire was a former school teacher and farmer and had served as trustee of White River township from 1927 to 1939. He also was engaged in the real estate business in Winchester with offices in the Ward Agency.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Maynard and Walker funeral home in Winchester at 1:30 p. m. Friday with Rev. G. M. Payne in charge. Burial will be in Maxville cemetery.

Survivors are the widow, Minnie; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Botkin of near Parker and Mrs. Opal Hammers of Muncie; three sons, Neal and Thomas, both of Winchester, and Roger of Union City; three sisters, Mrs. Lou Pope of Eugene, Ore., Mrs. May Williams of Palo Alto, Cal., and Mrs. Gussie Coleman of Kalamazoo, Mich., and one brother, Blaine of Farmland.

Friends may call at the mortuary after 7 p. m. Thursday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, November 3, 1949

Opal L. Thompson Dies At Home in Winchester

Mrs. Opal L. Thompson, 63, wife of Lanson Thompson, Winchester used car dealer, passed away at the family home on West North street at 7:30 o'clock Wednesday night following a lingering illness. She was a lifelong resident of Randolph county.

Besides the husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Esther Fenimore of Jeffersonville; three sons, Ivan, Nolan and Evard, all of Winchester; her mother, Mrs. Delana Grubbs of Winchester; one sister, Mrs. Rosa Dixon of Muncie; three brothers, Herschel Johnson of Muncie, Marion Johnson of Jackson, Mich., and Ira Johnson of New Castle, and six grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Thompson will be conducted at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Winchester Nazarene church with Rev. E. Van Houghton in charge. Interment will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

The body will be removed from the Maynard and Walker funeral home to the residence where friends may call after 7 p. m. Thursday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, November 3, 1949

H. L. Stephenson Dies At Farmland At Age Of 71

Harry Lee Stephenson, a Farmland merchant for the past eleven years, died at his home at 7:35 a. m. Wednesday at the age of 71 years. He had been in ill health for several months.

Prior to opening his own clothing store in Farmland in 1938 Mr. Stephenson was connected with the old Weiler-Lumpkin store for twenty-eight years.

Mr. Stephenson went to Farmland from Pennville thirty-nine years ago. He was a native of Wayne county, having been born at Whitewater, nine miles north of Richmond. He was a member of the Farmland Lions club.

Survivors include the widow, Dell; two daughters, Miss Mildred Stephenson, at home, and Mrs. Forrest Mumbower of Fort Wayne, and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Lamb and Mrs. Minnie Robison, both of Richmond.

Funeral services for Mr. Stephenson will be conducted at 2 p. m. Friday at the Farmland Christian church, of which he was a member, with Rev. S. W. Heald officiating.

The body will be removed from the Thornburg mortuary in Farmland to the residence on North Main street at 2 p. m. Thursday and will lie in state at the church one hour before the services after which the casket will be closed.

[No place of interment was given in this obituary.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, November 4, 1949

Wilson Stanley Of Near Carlos Dies Suddenly

Wilson H. Stanley, 50, died suddenly Thursday evening at the home of a brother-in-law, Gerald Kimmerling, southeast of Lynn.

A farmer living near Carlos, Mr. Stanley also drove a school bus for the Huntsville school.

Survivors include the widow, Doris; two sons, William of Cambridge City and Vernon at home; one daughter, Mabel Lou at home; the mother, Mrs. Laura Stanley of Whitewater; one sister, Mrs. Clara Clark of Parker; two brothers, Parker Stanley of Whitewater and Russell Stanley of Hollywood, Cal., and two grandchildren.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, November 4, 1949

Anna Ramseyer, Former Resident, Dies In Muncie

Mrs. Anna Lloyd Ramseyer, 71, a former resident of near Winchester, died Tuesday at her home in Muncie following an extended illness.

Mrs. Ramseyer lived near Winchester practically all of her life until nine years ago when the family moved to Muncie.

Survivors are the husband, Levi; one daughter, Mrs. Goldie Kuhn of Winchester; one son, Arlie Lloyd of Muncie; one brother, Charles Yost and one sister, Nancy Summers, both of Anderson.

Last rites were held at 2 p. m. Friday at the New Dayton church near Winchester with Rev. George E. Addington in charge. Burial was in New Dayton cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, November 4, 1949

Elwood Nelson Shaffer, Four-Weeks-Old, Dies At Home In Winchester

Elwood Nelson Shaffer, four-weeks-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Cleo (Duff) Shaffer, died at 10:50 p. m. Wednesday at the family home, 433 North West street, Winchester.

Last rites were conducted at 2 p. m. Friday at the Summers, funeral home with Rev. Elvin Thornburg in charge. Burial was in Fountain Park cemetery.

Survivors in addition to the parents are the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Van Note of Winchester; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vurel Shaffer of Farmland, and the maternal great-grandfather, Ambrose Van Note of Winchester.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, November 4, 1949

Rollie Reynard Dies At Farmland; Rites Friday

Rollie J. Reynard, 72, died Wednesday at his home in Farmland.

Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p. m. Friday at the Eaton Methodist church. Rev. John Randolph officiated and burial was in Union cemetery at Eaton.

Survivors include the widow, Eva; one daughter, Mrs. Lee Butler of Muncie; three sisters, Mrs. Maisy Zehner and Mrs. Minnie Zehner, both of near Muncie, and Mrs. Ruth Norton of Coldwater, Mich.; one brother, Charles of Coldwater, Mich.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 8, 1949

Alva Towell, 77, Randolph Native, Dies Near Portland

Alva Towell, 77, a native of Randolph county, passed away at his home northwest of Portland Saturday night following an illness of six weeks.

Mr. Towell was a retired farmer and had spent his entire life in Randolph and Jay counties.

Survivors are the widow, Flossie; two sons, Howard of Bay City, Mich.; and Paul of Portland, and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 1:30 p. m. at the Baird funeral home in Portland in charge of Rev. Elvin Thornburg and Rev. John Wine. Burial was in the Saratoga cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, November 9, 1949

P. Hayden Hammands Succumbs In Texas

Word has been received in Union City of the sudden death of P. Hayden Hammands, 53, which occurred from a heart attack Tuesday morning at his home in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Immediate survivors include the wife, Cecil Stewart-Hammands, formerly of Union City, and two sons, William, stationed with the marines on Guam, and Donald, of Wichita Falls.

Five Union City relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Stewart and Mrs. Clifford Boyer, left Tuesday afternoon to attend the funeral services and burial which will take place at Wichita Falls.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, November 10, 1949

Grace S. Rickert Dies Wednesday After Operation

Grace S. Rickert, 51, of two miles south of New Pittsburg, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening at the Union City hospital after undergoing major surgery one week ago. She was the wife of Chalmer L. Rickert.

Mrs. Rickert was born February 26, 1898 in Jackson township, the daughter of John and Phoebe (Ault) Peters. She was married February 26, 1917.

Survivors include the husband, Chalmer; two sons, Leon (Todd) Rickert of New Pittsburg, and Everett, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Starr of near Saratoga and Letha Rickert, at home; two granddaughters and one grandson; four brothers, Daniel Peters of Clearwater, Fla., Edward of Dayton, O., Merritt of Modoc and Telso of Dayton, O.; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Friesner and Mrs. Elmer Rehling, both of Dayton, and Mrs. Maude Culy of Richmond. Five brothers and one sister are deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Saratoga Evangelical United Brethren church in charge of Rev. C. W. Propfs of Anderson and Rev. Chester Grace of Saratoga. Burial will be in the Weimer cemetery near Saratoga.

The body was taken to the Williamson funeral home in Portland where friends may call until Friday morning, when the body will be removed to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Helen Starr, near Saratoga.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, November 10, 1949

Hunsucker Rites To Be Saturday At Winchester

Funeral services for Stewart Hunsucker, 37, who died Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock in Cleveland, O., will be conducted Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Maynard and Walker funeral home in Winchester in charge of Rev. Paul Stephenson, with burial in Fountain Park cemetery. The body has been returned to Winchester.

An industrial engineer at the Overmyer Mould company in Winchester, Mr. Hunsucker died at a Cleveland clinic following an extended illness.

Born in Bristol, Va., he was the son of John and Alice Hunsucker. Moving to Winchester in 1924, he was a graduate of Winchester high school, a member of the Union City Elks lodge, Winchester Moose lodge and the Methodist church.

Survivors include the widow, Rosabelle Simmons Hunsucker; one daughter, Linda Lou; one son, Terry Lee, and one aunt, Mrs. O. T. Sally, of Winchester.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a. m. Friday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, November 10, 1949

Mary E. Haynes Dies At Home Near Farmland

Mary E. Haynes, age 82, passed away Wednesday at 5:45 a. m. at her home six miles southeast of Farmland. She was the widow of Harrison Haynes.

Survivors are one sister, Mrs. Troy Pegg of Indianapolis; two brothers, Dr. F. L. Botkin and Dr. V. V. Botkin, both of Muncie; four granddaughters and two great grandsons.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, November 12, 1949

Former Washington Twp. Man Is Dead

Funeral services were held in Columbus, Ohio, this afternoon for D. A. (Lon) Shade, 72, a former resident of Washington township, located southeast of Union City, whose death occurred Wednesday at his home in Columbus after a several months' illness. Burial was in a Columbus cemetery.

The deceased had resided in the Ohio capital for the past 35 years. He leaves the wife, two daughters, Mrs. Helen Stevenson, Columbus and Mrs. Thelma Witters, Pasadena, Calif., and a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Stephens, of Lake Odessa, Mich.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, November 14, 1949

Heart Attack Proves Fatal To Marion Shreeve

Marion Francis Shreeve, 73, of 409 South Columbia street, Union City, died unexpectedly at 7:25 p. m. Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Nelson Smock, in Trotwood, O., from the effects of a heart attack. He had been seriously ill for the past three weeks.

A lifelong resident of the Union City community, he was born on February 13, 1876 in Randolph county, the son of Enos and Adeline Wakefield-Shreeve. He received his education in Randolph county schools and was married to Florence Mann at Arba, Ind. In 1902.

Mr. Shreeve followed the occupation of farming for a number of years and later was employed at the Backstay Welt company in Union City until his retirement three years ago.

Mr. Shreeve was a member of the Knights of Golden Eagles lodge at Harrisville, Junior Order of United American Mechanics and D. of A. While employed at the Backstay Welt company he was a member of the local union.

Besides the wife, he leaves the daughter, Mrs. Smock; one granddaughter; one sister, Mrs. Mirl Miller, Greenville, route three, and three brothers, Louis and Roy, of Union City, and Alf, Charlestown, Ill. Two sisters and one brother are deceased.

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

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p. m. (EST) Wednesday at the First Christian church in Union City. Rev. Earl Lantz, assisted by Rev. Eugene Fernsler, will be in charge. Burial will be in the city cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, November 14, 1949

Services Are Held For Frank Birt, Rossburg Resident

Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Rossburg Methodist church for George Franklin (Frank) Birt, 78, prominent retired Darke county grocer and merchandiser, whose death occurred suddenly Friday night at his home in Rossburg after a four-year illness. Rev. Earl Lantz, assisted by Rev. Noble Schlechty and Rev. Henry P. Snapp, was in charge. Burial was in Holsapple cemetery.

The deceased had resided at Rossburg for the past 35 years and was operator of the general store in that village for an extended period.

Surviving are the wife, Ida; two sons, Corrie, Rossburg, and Donald, Ansonia; four daughters, Mrs. Mabel Whited, Greenville; Mrs. Fern Taylor, Beamsville; Mrs. Isabel Felkley, Dayton, and Marjorie Ackley, Rossburg; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. C. C. Snyder, Greenville, and three brothers, Hosea and Jesse, also of Greenville, and Harry, of New Weston.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, November 14, 1949

Ridgeville Youth Ninth Wreck Fatality Of 1949

Funeral services for Charles Shaneyfelt, 21, Randolph county's ninth 1949 automobile accident fatality, will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Evangelical United Brethren church in Ridgeville in charge of Revs. Russell Castle and Robert Lutton. Burial will be in the Reitenour cemetery, where the Jr. O. U. A. M. will have charge of graveside services.

The young man, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shaneyfelt of Ridgeville, died Sunday at 6:30 a. m. in the Randolph County hospital from injuries suffered Saturday night when a car in which he was riding left the road and struck a culvert three miles south of Saratoga on the old Union City-Winchester road.

Death was due to a skull fracture.

Driver of the car was Marvin Leo Carpenter, 18, of Winchester, who told investigating officers he was driving about 50 miles an hour when his car reached a curve at a road intersection. He still was confined in the hospital Monday. His injuries are not regarded as serious.

Following the accident, Carpenter limped to a farm home and called for aid, he and Shaneyfelt being taken to the hospital in the Summers ambulance.

Investigating officers were Deputy Sheriff Perry Jennings and Winchester Police Chief P. O. Fraze. Coroner Lowell W. Painter conducted his investigation at the hospital.

Shaneyfelt, an employe of Anchor Hocking in Winchester for five years, was born in Ridgeville and attended the Ridgeville school.

Other than the parents he is survived by five sisters, Mary, Martha, Myrtle, Clara Jane and Bonita , and four brothers, Truman, Roy, jr., John and Dennis, all at home, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Michael of Portland.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 15, 1949

Former Washington Township Resident Dies At Greenville

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the Miller funeral home in Greenville for Miss Jemina Rogers, 83, whose death occurred Sunday at the Greenville Sanitarium after an extended illness. Rev. W. L. Denlinger will be in charge, with burial in Manuel Cemetery, near Coletown.

A resident of Greenville for the past few years, Miss Rogers was a native of Washington township, located southeast of Union City, and had spent most of her life in the vicinity of Coletown. She was a member of the Coletown Congregational Christian church.

One sister, Mrs. John House, Greenville, route four, and several nieces and nephews are the only surviving relatives. Friends may call at the funeral home.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 15, 1949

Cora Landers Is Claimed By Death; Services Thursday

Mrs. Cora Landers, 80,, widow of Samuel Landers and a resident of Washington township, died Monday at 4:50 p. m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. E. Warvel, of near Coletown.

Other survivors are another daughter, Mrs. Everett Bryson, of near Union City; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Angeline Moritz, Minot, N. D., and Mrs. Minnie Johnson, Greenville.

Funeral services will be held at the Coletown Congregational Christian church at 2 p. m. (EST) Thursday with Rev. W. L. Denlinger officiating. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, November 16, 1949

Death Claims Brother Of U. C. Resident

Andrew Avra, 77, brother of Ira Avra, Union City, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at his home near West Alexandria, O., following a heart attack.

Other survivors include the wife, other brothers, Clarence, New Lebanon, O., and William, Vincennes, and one sister, Isabelle Strawburg, Brookville, O. Services will be held Friday afternoon at the Eversole church, one mile north of New Lebanon. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, November 19, 1949

Walter Norvell Dies Friday At Chillicothe Home

Walter Norvell, 75, former Randolph county resident, passed away at his home in Chillicothe, O., Friday evening at 10 o'clock following an extended illness.

Well known in Randolph county, Mr. Norvell was born in Union City and attended the Union City schools. Shortly before the turn of the century he was associated with the J. W. McCamish company in Ridgeville, and later moved to Winchester as an official of the W. A. Miller company.

In 1912 he moved to Chillicothe, where he owned and operated a department store until his death.

There are no immediate survivors.

The body will be removed to the Maynard and Walker funeral home in Winchester Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the funeral home in charge of Rev. John Greer, of Chillicothe, with burial in Fountain Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, November 21, 1949

Woodington Road Worker Killed; Rites Tuesday

Greenville, Nov. 21 – A county road worker was electrocuted near here Saturday afternoon when the wind whipped a high tension wire against a crane on which he was standing. The crane operator was stunned.

Killed was Roy Monroe Young, 61, employe of the Darke county engineer's office who resided near Woodington, located southeast of Union City. Injured was Harold Townsend, crane operator, who was quickly recovered.

The crane was being used in a tile-laying project on a county road west of New Madison when the accident occurred. A crew of men from the county garage witnessed the electrocution.

Mr. Young had been employed by the county for a year having previously served with the state highway department for three years.

Surviving are his wife, Blanche; a son, Dwight; a daughter, Mrs. [Mary Leona] Clifford Oda, Greenville, route four; two grandchildren; the mother, Mrs. Alice Wright, Greenville; four brothers, Newton, of Dayton, Charles, of Greenville, George of Lima and Gus, route four, Greenville, and a sister, Mrs. [Mary Elizabeth] Sam Lear, also of Greenville.

Services will be held at 2 p. m. (EST) Tuesday at the Woodington Christian church. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery. Friends may call at the Miller funeral home here.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 22, 1949

Clayton Bickel Succumbs; Was Hillgrove Resident

Funeral services have been arranged for Clayton L. Bickel, 73, of Greenville, a native of Hillgrove, whose death occurred Monday at Wayne hospital in Greenville, following a five weeks' illness.

The services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. (EST) at the Miller funeral home in Greenville with Rev. Grover Letner officiating. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.

Born and reared in Hillgrove, Mr. Bickel moved to Greenville in 1904 and was a retired railway mail clerk, a position he had held for 35 years. Prior to going into the railway mail service he taught school in Washington township for two years.

Besides the wife, Alice, he leaves two sons, Clifford, of Sidney, and Morris, Charleston, W. Va.; two grandchildren; two brothers, William, of Greenville, and Omer, Union City, and two sisters, Mrs. Samuel Stump, Dayton, and Mrs. Arthur Kibby, Pittsfield, Mass.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 22, 1949

Polio Blamed In Sudden Death Of Donald Read

An autopsy Monday evening at Ball Memorial hospital in Muncie revealed that Donald Read, 22, who resided one mile south of Union City on state road 32, died from the effects of poliomyelitis.

He had been ill for the past few days with death coming suddenly Monday at 3:45 p. m. shortly after he was admitted to the Randolph County hospital in Winchester.

A service station attendant at Haysville, he was the son of Jesse and Carrie Mays-Read.

His death is the only polio fatality occurring in the Union City community in recent years. In Randolph county he became the sixth fatality from the disease since August 8.

He graduated from Wayne township high school in 1946 and operated the Haysville service station together with his two brothers, Charles and Harry. He was a member of the Union City Elks lodge.

The parents and two brothers are the only immediate survivors.

The body will be removed from Fraze funeral home in Union City to the residence where private services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Orla S. Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Union City cemetery.

Because of the nature of the illness, there will be no Elks lodge of sorrow or calling of friends.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, November 23, 1949

Frank L. Braden, Ridgeville Native, Dies In Michigan

Portland, Ind., Nov. 23 – Frank L. Braden, 80, former Portland publisher, died suddenly Tuesday at his home on Burt lake near Petoskey, Mich., where he moved two years ago.

A native of Ridgeville, he was the son of Daniel and Anna Braden. He graduated from Ridgeville college and took a business course in Cincinnati. Returning to Portland he became city editor of the Portland Commercial and was elected city clerk to a four-year term before 1900.

In 1898 he established the Saturday Review, a weekly, and made it into a daily with the purchase of the Commercial from E. J. Marsh in 1902. In 1904, he was associated with Kent Cooper, now executive director of the Associated Press, in the formation of the United News Service. He sold the newspaper in 1906 and started the Indiana Fire Adjusting company in Indianapolis with his brother, Fred.

He was a charter member of the Portland Elks lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners and a honorary life member of the Sheboygan, Mich., Rotary club.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Fowler Graham of Scipio, Okla., Miss Garnet Braden of Kansas City, and two brothers, Forrest of Mt. Dora, Fla., and Fred of Indianapolis. His wife, Gertrude Meeks-Braden died in 1944.

The body is being brought to the Baird mortuary, Portland, where funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon. Burial will be in Green Park cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, November 23, 1949

Former Resident Of Union City Dies At Chicago

Mrs. Minnie (Jacobs) Leedy, 78, a former resident of Union City, died Wednesday morning at her home in Chicago.

Her parents were the late Mr. and Mrs William Harraman. She was first married to Harry Jacobs, and several years after his death she was married to M. Leedy.

Surviving are one daughter and one grandchild.

Services will be conducted Friday at 2 p. m. at the Fraze funeral home in Union City in charge of Rev. Burl Bechdolt, with burial in the city cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, November 23, 1949

Matchett Infant Dies Wednesday At U. C. Hospital

Bruce Lee Matchett, two-day-old son of Lewis E. and Janice (Long) Matchett, of Bellefontaine, six miles east of Portland, died Wednesday at 7:20 a. m. at the Union City hospital from atelectasis of the lungs.

Besides the parents the infant leaves the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Long, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Matchett, all of near Salamonia, and two great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Poe, of Tullahome, Tenn.

Graveside services will be conducted at the Salamonia cemetery Friday at 1:30 p. m. in charge of Rev. H. G. Perry. Friends may call at the Williamson funeral home in Portland.

[A congenital condition characterized by the incomplete expansion of the lungs at birth.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, November 25, 1949

Wife Of Former Resident Is Dead

Word has been received in Union City of the recent death of Mrs. Jane Harraman at her home at Pleasant Banks, White Stone, Va. She was the wife of Jess Charles Harraman, formerly of Union City.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harraman were held at the White Stone Methodist church, with burial in a cemetery there.

Mr. Harraman, director of parcel post in the United States postal system until his retirement two years ago, also was notified of the death of his sister, Mrs. Minnie Leedy, at her home in Chicago Wednesday morning. Funeral services for Mrs. Leedy were held this afternoon at the Fraze funeral home in Union City. Burial was in the city cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, November 26, 1949

Woodington Native Dies In Florida

Ora L. Ganger, 75, retired Greenville mail carrier and prominent musician, died unexpectedly late Thursday night at Sarasota, Fla., where he had planned to spend the winter months.

Death message disclosed no details as to the cause of death, but stated that the body would be returned to Greenville for burial. No definite burial arrangements were revealed.

Mr. Ganger was born and reared in the Woodington vicinity, located southeast of Union City.

Survivors include the wife, Della; two sons, Robert, of Bronxville, N. Y. and Foster, of Dayton; two grandchildren, and a brother, Mont Ganger, Woodington.

[Burial was made in the Greenville Cemetery.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, November 26, 1949

Resident Of Near New Weston Dies; Services Sunday

Funeral services have been arranged for Mrs. Hannah Ann (Miller) Walls, 70, wife of Fred Walls, well known Darke county road contractor, whose death occurred Thursday evening at her residence, four miles west of New Weston, after a brief illness from heart trouble.

Mrs. Walls had spent her entire life in the New Weston vicinity. Besides the husband, she leaves two sons, Roy, New Weston, and Vinton, Coldwater.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the New Weston Methodist church with Rev. Noble Schlechty officiating. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery. Friends may call at the residence.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, November 26, 1949

Addie Furby Dies In Randolph County Hospital

Mrs. Addie Furby, 79, of Winchester, route four, died Friday at 7 p. m. at the Randolph County hospital in Winchester following a two weeks' serious illness.

A native of Jay county , she was born on November 26, 1870, the daughter of Leng and Matilda Meeks-Welch. She received her education in Jay county schools, later moving to Randolph county where she spent the remainder of her life.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Garnet Williams, Indianapolis; Mrs. Agnes Hite, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Minnie Folkerth, Bryan, Ohio, and Mrs. Helen Poffenberger, Union City, and one son, Harry Furby, Winchester; eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Five children are deceased. Her husband, whom she married in 1883, also preceded her in death.

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

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p. m. at the Clear Creek Christian church, three miles west of Saratoga, of which she was a member. Rev. Vurley Oran will be in charge, with burial in Saratoga cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, November 26, 1949

Granddaughter Of Winchester Couple Dies After Drinking Kerosene

Richmond, Ind., Nov. 26 – It was a tragic Thanksgiving for the family of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Keller, 91 Liberty avenue.

Janet Louise, their one-year-old daughter, died at Reid Memorial hospital shortly after 2 a. m. Friday after she drank kerosene from a tin can at the home of relatives just before a family Thanksgiving dinner.

The Kellers were at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Pierce, northwest of the city. Keller and Mrs. Pierce are brother and sister.

Keller, who is employed at the Crosley plant, was rabbit hunting with Pierce, his brother-in-law. Mrs. Keller had gone outside with another daughter, Diana Jo, two years old. Janet was in the kitchen.

It was then that she got the can of kerosene setting near a stove and started to drink it. Mrs. Keller came back into the kitchen to find the child coughing and strangling.

The child was taken home and then to the hospital by her grandfather, Russell H. Keller.

The child celebrated her first birthday Nov. 4.

Survivors in addition to the parents and the two-year-old sister, are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell H. Keller, and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Ratleiff, of Winchester.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a. m. at the Jones & Placke funeral home. Burial will be in Earlham cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, November 28, 1949

Union City Native Claimed By Death

Word has been received here of the death at Vernon, Ind., of Charles Harris, 66, which occurred Friday. He was born at Union City on March 10, 1883.

He later lived in Richmond and for 30 years was employed by the Pennsylvania railroad. He then worked for the New York Central railroad at Anderson from 1924 to 1939, when he retired.

Surviving are a son, George Harris, of Chicago, a daughter, Mrs. Hazel Lakes, Vernon; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Mr. Harris were held Monday morning at the Jordan funeral home with burial at Vernon.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, November 28, 1949

Last Rites At Ridgeville For J. O. Carpenters

Funeral Services for John O. Carpenter, were conducted at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Middleton funeral home in Ridgeville, Rev. P. M. Macho, pastor of the Main Street Christian church in Winchester, was in charge and burial was in Green Park cemetery in Portland.

Mr. Carpenter, a prominent businessman who opened the first Ridgeville garage, died at noon Saturday at the Randolph County hospital following a heart attack.

Surviving are four sons, Carl of Union City, Jack of Winchester, Glen of Detroit, and Neal of Kalamazoo, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Alice Butler of Union City; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 29, 1949

Brother Of U. C. Woman Is Dead

Mrs. Retta Robinson of Union City is mourning the death of a brother, William F. (Fod) Norris, 63, retired Greenville businessman whose death occurred unexpectedly Sunday at Wayne hospital in the neighboring city from the effects of a stroke. He was a lifelong resident of Darke county.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. (EST) at the Turpen-McKnight funeral home, Greenville, with burial in the cemetery there. Friends may call at the mortuary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 29, 1949

Resident Is Dead

Word has been received by relatives in Union City of the sudden death of Mrs. Olive Agnes Fleming, 23, of Tampa, Fla. She was the daughter of Dr. Agnes Runyen Morgan of Tampa, formerly of Union City. Services and burial took place at Tampa last Friday.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 29, 1949

Portland Man, 74, Is Fatally Hurt When Hit By Two Cars

Portland, Ind., Nov. 29 – Funeral arrangements are being made today for Pavey Bickel, 74, of Portland, who was fatally injured at 6 o'clock Monday night when struck by two automobiles at a street intersection here. He died four and one-half hours later in the Jay County hospital.

The ???? was hit by the automobile operated by Keith Kunce, 17, of Portland, and hurled into the side of the machine driven by Theodore Jacobus, Fort Wayne, which was coming from the opposite direction. He suffered fractures of both legs, a crushed chest and head injuries.

Surviving are two daughters, Misses Marie and Gertrude Bickel, both of Portland; three sons, Lawrence of Portland, Dennis and James, both of Fort Wayne, and one sister, Mrs. Daisy Knoll of south of Portland.

The body was removed to the Williamson mortuary.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, November 29, 1949

Anna L. Butts Dies At Randolph County Hospital

Miss Anna L. Butts, 82, of six miles southeast of Winchester, passed away at the Randolph County hospital Sunday night at 11 o'clock. She had been in failing health for about a year and seriously ill for the last three months.

A native of Randolph county, Miss Butts was the daughter of Nathan and Louisa (Mary) Butts. She was a teacher by profession and was employed at the Marion County Children's Guardian home for sixteen years. She also was secretary of the Randolph County Sunday School association for several years.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. A. J. Davis of Winchester, Mrs. Elizabeth Cortner of Farmland, and Miss Viola Butts of Winchester, and several nieces and nephews.

The body will be removed from the Fraze and Diggs funeral home in Winchester to the late residence Tuesday afternoon where friends may call after 3 o'clock.

Private funeral services for relatives and close friends will be held at the late residence Wednesday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Richard Applegate in charge. Burial will be in the Fountain Park cemetery.

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

A. T. Horner Dies Thursday At Lynn Home

Alpha Thomas Horner, 78, died at 5:50 o'clock Thursday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Omer Wolfe in Lynn. He had been ill one week.

Mr. Horner was a lifelong resident of Lynn and was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Spartanburg Methodist church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Wolfe and Mrs. Harold Platt of near Lynn; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; two brothers, Ora of Winchester and Clarence of Lynn.

Funeral services for Mr. Horner will be conducted at 2 p. m. Saturday at the Spartanburg Methodist church with Rev. Wilbur Thorn in charge and Rev. O. S. Kent assisting. Interment will be in the Spartanburg cemetery.

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

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, December 5, 1949

Heart Ailment Proves Fatal To Rev. Harry Rowe

Funeral services have been arranged for Rev. Harry G. Rowe, 66, a native of near Union City, whose death occurred Sunday at 8:10 a. m. at the Terre Haute hospital following a seven week serious illness from a heart ailment. Rev. Rowe, who resided at Palestine, Ill., had been active in the ministry for 45 years, retiring on July 26, 1948 because of ailing health.

The services will be conducted on Tuesday at 2 p. m. at Palestine. Interment will be made in Palestine cemetery.

Born in Wayne township, near Union City, on October 14, 1883, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Rowe. He received his education in Union City schools and was a graduate of the old Union Christian college at Marion, Ind. In 1906, he was married to Pearl Wright.

Until his retirement Rev. Rowe was pastor of the Community Congregational church in Johnson county for nine years. Previously he had served the Emerson Avenue Baptist church in Indianapolis and congregations at Huntington and Warren in Indiana, the First Baptist church of Danville, Ill., and several other Illinois churches.

For eight years the minister was state superintendent of young people's work in the Indiana Council of Churches. He had been in great demand as a commencement speaker. During World War I he served overseas as a secretary of the Y. M. C. A.

Surviving are the wife, one son, Wendel B. Rowe, Indianapolis; three sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Arnold, Quincey, O., and Mrs. Mable Huffman and Mrs. Bonnie Powers, both of Union City, and two brothers, Alva A. Rowe, Harrisville, and F. Paul Rowe, Quincey.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, December 5, 1949

Ruby Current Succumbs After Extended Illness

Mrs. Ruby Current, 48, wife of Lynn R. Current, well-known insurance agent died Sunday evening at 10 o'clock at her residence, 420 West Division street, Union City, following a 13 month illness from a complication of diseases. Her condition was serious for the past five months.

A native of near Muncie, she was born on March 4, 1901, the daughter of David E. and Mata Russel-Rhoads. She received her education in Jay county schools and was graduated from the Redkey high school in 1919.

On December 21, 1921 she was married to Mr. Current at Portland and they made their home in Union City many years ago. Mrs. Current belonged to the Union City Methodist church and was a member of the ladies organizations within the church.

Besides the husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Carol) Deal, Greenville, and Nancy, at home; one granddaughter, Gretchen; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Rhoads, of Redkey, three sisters, Mrs. Darrel Ray, Kankakee, Ill., Mrs. Norman Bantz, Dunkirk, and Mrs. Herschel Reedy, Portland.

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

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at 10:30 a. m. at the Union City Methodist church with Rev. Burl M. Bechholt officiating. Burial will be made in the city cemetery.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, December 5, 1949

Former Resident Dies At Muncie

Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie L. Shultz, of 318 University avenue, Muncie, who died at 12:15 a. m. Sunday at Ball Memorial hospital in that city, will be conducted at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Jackson Street Christian church by Rev. Robert Sulanke. Burial will be in Union City cemetery.

The wife of Warren D. Shultz, manager of Ball Stores in Muncie, Mrs. Shultz died after an extended illness. She was born near Union City, the daughter of Fred and Sarah Alexander-Roe, pioneers of the Union City community. She went to Muncie in 1919.

Mrs. Shultz was an active member of the Jackson Street Christian church and was superintendent of the church's primary junior department. She also was a member of the Sorosis club and the Riverside Culture club, both in Muncie.

Surviving in addition to the husband are two daughters, Mrs. Maria Ruth Lumley of Indianapolis and Miss Emily Joyce Shultz, at home; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Spellman, Chicago, and a brother, Harry F. Roe, of Richmond.

[She was age 58 at death.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, December 5, 1949

Ottilla Monks Dies: Rites Tuesday

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Summers mortuary in Winchester for Mrs. Ottilla D. Monks, 79, widow of Edward F. Monks of Winchester, who died at the Randolph county hospital Sunday afternoon after a year's illness. Rev. Paul Stephenson will officiate and burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Charles Wasson and Miss Elizabeth Monks, both of Winchester; a sister, Mrs. Charles J. Heltz of near Winchester; a brother, John B. Wysong of Bellefontaine, Ohio; and two granddaughters.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 o'clock tonight.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Monday, December 5, 1949

Charles Snell Death Occurs In California

Charles Snell, 88, prominent businessman in Union City for over a half century, passed away Saturday at the home of his two nieces, Mrs. Leota Moorman and Mrs. Roll Turpen, in Huntington Park, located near Los Angeles, Calif., following a short illness.

Mr. Snell, together with the late Oliver G. Gist, operated a livery stable and later automobile business in Union City. Their business establishments were located in the buildings now occupied by Randolph Motors, Inc., on West Pearl street, and the Central garage at the corner of North Howard and West Oak streets. Prior to his retirement about ten years ago, Mrs. Snell became a partner of the late Joe Caldwell and operated a used car business on West Oak street for one year.

Mr. Snell was born on July 15, 1861, in Washington township, southeast of Union City, and received his education in the Sharpeye school. In 1990 he was married to Flo Gist whose death occurred several years ago.

Mr. Snell had spent his entire life in the Union City community until six years ago when he made his residence in California. For a number of years he spent the winter months in California but continued to maintain his residence in Union City.

Besides the two nieces, he leaves one nephew, Robert Williams, also of Huntington Park.

The body will be returned to Union City and will be taken to the Brooks and Sons funeral home where friends may call after 7 p. m. Thursday.

Final rites, in charge of Rev. Charles G. McCallister, will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the funeral home. Burial will be in Union City cemetery.

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

Earl Hartman Dies Following Heart Attack

A heart attack suffered Monday afternoon proved fatal to Earl D. Hartman, 47-year-old farmer of the Union City community at 3:30 a. m. today at the Randolph County hospital in Winchester. He resided two miles east of the Jackson, Ohio, township school building on Union City, route five.

A lifelong resident of Jackson township, he was born on October 13, 1902, the son of Frank D. and Laura Paterson-Hartman. He received his education in the old Toben school and was married to Marguerite Kaufman on September 28, 1925 at her parent's home.

Besides the wife, he leaves one son, Leonard Keith Hartman, route five, Union City; one daughter, Alene, at home; two grandchildren; the mother, Mrs. Laura Hartman, of near Union City; three sister, Mrs. B. F. Kaufman, route five, Union City; Miss Opal Hartman, Union City, and Mrs. Abbigail Rust, Spencerville, O., and three brothers, Will Hartman, Union City; Jess, of Union City, route three and Cecil of Lima, O.

The body will be removed from Brooks and Sons funeral home to the residence where friends may call after 10 a. m. Wednesday.

Final rites will be conducted Thursday at 2 p. m. (CST) at the funeral home with Rev. W. H. Sherer in charge. Burial will be in Union City cemetery.

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

James L. Burke Death Occurs Suddenly Today

James L. Burke, age 64, died suddenly at 10 a. m. today at his residence, 548 Wall street, Union City, from the effects of a coronary occlusion.

Mr. Burke who was the janitor at the East Side school, was stricken while at work this morning.

A life-long resident of Union City he was born on September 18, 1885, the son of James W. and Margaret (Lilly) Burke. He received his education in the St. Mary's parochial school, and was married to Anna M. Short in Union City during 1918.

Prior to being a janitor in the East Side school, he was a metal worker at the Body company.

Mr. Burke was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic church.

Besides the wife he leaves one daughter Mary Alice Burke and one son, James L. Burke, jr., both at home; one sister, Mrs. Clayton Binkley of Union City and one brother, John of Peru, Ind.

The body will be removed from the Fraze funeral home to the residence where friends may call after 7 p. m. Wednesday.

Funeral services will be announced later.

[Funeral services were held at the St. Mary's Catholic church on Friday morning. Burial was made in the church cemetery, northwest of Union City.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, December 7, 1949

Services Thursday For Minerva Walls, New Weston Woman

Services have been arranged for Mrs. Minerva [Briner] Walls, 87, widow of Vinton Walls, whose death occurred Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Della Stickel, in New Weston, after a three week illness.

The services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the New Weston Methodist church with Rev. Earl Lantz and Rev. L. P. Weganset officiating. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery.

Friends may call at the Stickel residence.

A lifelong resident of New Weston, Mrs. Walls is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Bertha Johnson, of Akron, and Mrs. Rosa Shott, of Magodore [?], O.; one brother, Marion Briner, of Marion, O., and two sisters, Mrs. Angie Laughlin, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Emma Westfall, Greenville.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, December 7, 1949

Death Claims Cora Ebeling, U. C. Resident

Mrs. Cora L. Ebeling, 78, a lifelong resident of the Union City community, passed away at 1:30 a. m. today at the home of a daughter, Mrs. E. J. Coppock, at 632 Wayne avenue, Greenville, following a two month illness. Her condition was serious for the past five weeks.

A native of near Bartonia, she was born on February 17, 1873, the daughter of Joseph and Levina Parker-Newton. She received her education in Mt. Holly school and was married to William Ebeling in 1891 south of Union City. His death occurred January 1, 1947. Mrs. Ebeling belonged to the South Salem Christian church.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Frank Clark, Union City, route four; Mrs. Coppock, at whose home she died; Mrs. Ralph Girton, Winchester, and Mrs. Willis Hiatt, Allegan, Mich.; one son, Russel Ebeling, Sykesville, Md.; 15 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. The last surviving member of her family, Mrs. Ebeling was also preceded in death by a son, Merle.

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

Last rites, in charge of Rev. Earl Lantz, will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Spartanburg cemetery.

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

Injuries Prove Fatal To Albert DeLong, 72

Injuries suffered when struck by a motorist last Saturday at 5 p. m. proved fatal to Albert DeLong, 72, former superintendent of Union City East Side school, at 11:15 p. m. Wednesday at the city hospital.

He suffered a skull fracture, cerebral hemorrhage and compound fracture of both legs and never regained consciousness.

The mishap occurred in Union City as Mr. DeLong was crossing North Union street, just west of the post office. Operator of the car was Victor Bothast, route one, Union City. He was not held by investigating officers.

Mr. DeLong was born on March 24, 1877 in Saratoga, the son of Calvin and Elizabeth Hinkle-DeLong. He was a graduate of Saratoga high school and attended Danville Normal college, Purdue university, Terre Haute Normal college and Ohio State university. At Ohio State he received his master's degree in education.

He was married to Lulu Harker in 1899 near Deerfield and they made their home in Union City twenty-six years ago.

For a thirty year period Mr. DeLong served as a school teacher in this area. He succeeded the late Theodore R. Eley as superintendent of East Side school, holding that position until 1932.

For the past several years he had been employed at both the Union Trust company and post office in Union City.

He was a member of the Methodist church, a Sunday school teacher and served as secretary of the Men's Bible class. He also belonged to the Turpen Masonic lodge.

Last November 6, Mr. and Mrs. DeLong quietly observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Besides the wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. W. B. Petty, Dalton, Ga.; one son, Kenneth DeLong, Brookville, O.; five grandchildren, and three sisters, Mrs. Lulu Dawson, Anderson, Mrs. Herman Limbert, Portland, rural route, and Mrs. Benjamin Jessup, Portland.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p. m. at the Methodist church with Rev. Burl M. Bechdolt in charge. Burial will be in Reitenour cemetery at Deerfield.

The body will be removed from the Fraze funeral home to the late residence, 308 South Columbia street, Union City, where friends may call after 7 p. m. Friday.

Members of the Turpen lodge are requested to meet at the Masonic temple at 7 o'clock Friday evening prior to holding a lodge of sorrow at the residence at 7:30 o'clock.

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

Ida M. Jordan Dead At Lynn; Rites Friday

Mrs. Ida M. Jordan, 89, widow of the late James B. Jordan, died Tuesday afternoon at her home in Lynn. She was a member of the Arba Friends church.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ernest Coffin of Richmond; five sons, Harold of Cambridge City, Ray of Richmond, Willard of Lynn, Sol of near Lynn, and Ralph of Detroit, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jordan will be conducted at 2 p. m. Friday at the Thomas funeral home in Lynn. Interment will be in the Spartanburg cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home at any time.

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

Services Are Held For Former Resident Of Coletown Area

Services were held this afternoon at the Miller funeral home in Greenville for Mrs. Elsa Young, 57, a former resident of the Coletown area whose death occurred Wednesday at Wayne hospital, Greenville, from the effects of a heart attack. Burial was in Beamsville cemetery.

Mrs. Young, the widow of Ray Young, had spent her entire life in Darke county moving to Greenville five years ago from the Coletown community. She was a member of the Stelvideo Congregational Christian church.

Surviving are three brothers, Bernard Riggs, Greenville, route four; Victor B. Riggs, Miami Beach, Fla., and Virgil Riggs, Versailles, and three sisters, Mrs. Herman Whittington and Mrs. Fred Schafer, both of Ansonia, and Mrs. George Pitsenbarger, Beamsville.

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

Jessie Kerr Rites Will Be Held Saturday

Funeral services have been arranged for Miss Jessie L. Kerr, 76, head librarian at the Union City public library from about 1910 to 1945, whose death occurred Thursday at 5:30 a. m. at the West Park nursing home in Indianapolis.

Miss Kerr had been in failing health for the past four years, although death was attributed to a cerebral hemorrhage suffered on Tuesday. She had received care at the nursing home since last August.

The services will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. Saturday at the Fraze funeral home in Union City. Rev. O. J. McMullen will be in charge, with burial in the city cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.

A native of Wayne county, she was born in February, 1873, the daughter of John S. and Mary Coffin-Kerr. She came to Union City during early childhood and received her high school education in the city schools. She was a graduate of Earlham college at Richmond and took post graduate work at Columbia university in New York.

Just six years after the Union City public library came into existence Miss Kerr assumed her duties as the head librarian.

Through all the years the management of the library has rested in the hands of only four people. The four librarians have been Miss Susan Weimer, Mrs. Mina Harris Lambert, Miss Kerr and Mrs. Treva Mangas.

Miss Kerr was a member of the Union City Presbyterian church.

She is survived by one brother, Orpheus C. Kerr, Indianapolis; one sister, Mrs. Pearl Arthur, Lafayette, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In respect to Miss Kerr the Union City public library will be closed on Saturday from 2 to 4 p. m.

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

Heart Attack Is Fatal To Charles Warstler

Charles Warstler, 66, well known Randolph county farmer, died of a heart attack Thursday afternoon at his home six miles east of Ridgeville.

He is survived by the widow, Rena; one daughter, Mrs. Margie Bisel of near Portland; two sons, Wallace of near Ridgeville, and Nobel of Portland; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Praise Chapel church at New Pittsburg, in charge of Rev. Cleon Props. Burial will be in the Weimer cemetery.

The body has been removed from the Middleton mortuary at Ridgeville to the residence where friends may call.

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

Death Claims Mary Conklin; Rites Tuesday

Mrs. Mary E. (Leacy) Conklin, 60, wife of Roy Conklin, died unexpectedly at 1 a. m. Sunday at her home, northeast of Union City on the Wenrick pike. She had been ill for the past five weeks but her condition suddenly became serious Saturday evening. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

A lifelong resident of the Union City community, she was born near Jericho in Wayne township on June 30, 1889, the daughter of Lindley and Elizabeth Landess-Thornburg. She received her education in the old No. 8 school near Bartonia and was married in Mr. Conklin on August 18, 1906. She was a member of the Jericho Friends church.

Besides the husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. William (Alice) Yoder, route four, Greenville, and Mrs. Gerald (Esley) Ware, Greenfield, Ind.; one son, Auburn, at home, and one sister, Mrs. Ralph Corle, Portland; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One son, Leroy, jr., is deceased.

The body was removed from Fraze funeral home in Union City to the residence where friends may call.

Final rites, in charge of Rev. Elvin Thornburg, will be conducted on Tuesday at 2 p. m. (CST) at the funeral home. Burial will be in Union City cemetery.

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

Rose Hill Burial For New Weston Resident

Services were held this afternoon at the Riffle funeral home in Fort Recovery for Sanford M. Keltner, 91, of New Weston, route one, whose death occurred Friday afternoon at Wayne hospital, Greenville, after a short illness. Burial was made in the Rose Hill cemetery, northeast of Union City.

A Darke county native, he had spent his entire life in the New Weston area. Mr. Keltner lived with a niece, Josie Keltner, for the past 12 years. She is the closest surviving relative.

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

Services Held Today For Holden Infant

Services for John David Holden, infant son of John A. and Marcella Whistler-Holden, 311 North Union street, Union City, were held this morning at 10 o'clock at the Fraze funeral home in Union City. Rev. Kenneth Long was in charge, and burial was made in the city cemetery.

The infant was stillborn on Saturday evening at the Union City hospital.

Besides the parents, survivors include the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Whistler; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Holden; maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. George Miller and paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Forest Yoder, all of the Union City community.

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

Effie Shockney, Lifelong U. C. Resident, Dies

Mrs. Effie Belle Shockney, 83-year-old lifelong resident of the Union City community, passed away Sunday at 9:30 p. m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Harvey Marker, 328 South street, Union City, following a several months illness from a complication of diseases.

A native of Wayne township, she was born on March 30, 1866, the daughter of John N. and Mary Jane Hartman-Turner. Following her education in Wayne township schools she was married to Harry Armacosh, now deceased. Later she was married to the late John M. Shockney.

Mrs. Shockney was a member of the South Salem Christian church and the ladies organizations of the church.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Charles Whitesel, Mrs. Lester Holdeman and Mrs. Marker, all of Union City; two sons, Theodore Shockney, Union City, and Lee Shockney, Ridgeville; one step-daughter, Mrs. Ray Rowland, Union City; one step-son, Guy Shockney, Troy, O.; 29 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Ernest Thornburg, Winchester; a half-sister, Mrs. Mary Murrow, Union City, and three half-brothers, John W., Lester and Walter Turner, all of Union City.

The body will be removed from the Fraze funeral home in Union City to the Marker residence where friends may call after 7 p. m. today.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. at the Union City First Christian church with Rev. C. C. McCallister and Rev. Eugene Fernsler in charge. Burial will be in the city cemetery.

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

Mother Of U. C. Funeral Director Succumbs Today

Mrs. Rachel Eliza Brooks-Kirshner, 87, mother of Russell R. Brooks, Union City funeral director, passed away at 2 a. m. Monday at the home of another son, Fred F. Brooks, in Liberty, following a serious illness since last Friday.

She was born on May 1, 1862 in Lightsville, the daughter of Henry and Sarah Peters-Fisher. She had spent most of her life in Darke and Randolph counties and had lived in Union City for about 16 years.

She was first married to William H. Brooks, whose death occurred in 1909. Later she was married to Thanny Kirshner, who died about 15 years ago. Mrs. Kirshner was a member of the Baptist church.

Surviving are four sons, Russell R. and W. H. Brooks, both of Union City, Fred F. of Liberty, and W. B Brooks, San Diego, Calif.; one daughter, Merl Brooks-Milton, of Greenville; 14 grandchildren and one brother, G. W. Fisher, Ansonia. Seven children are deceased.

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

Final rites will be conducted on Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in Lisbon cemetery.

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

Death Claims Aged Union City Woman Today

Mrs. Florence L. Anderson, 88, died today at 6:40 a. m. at her residence, 323 South Columbia street, Union City, following a five weeks' serious illness.

A resident of the Union City community most of her life, she was born on February 10, 1861, the daughter of Jeremiah and Sarah Harless-Hartman.

She received her education in the old No. 9 school and on September 19, 1877 was married to James B. Anderson, now deceased.

Surviving are five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Ida Harter, of the Columbia street address. One son, Claude, preceded her in death.

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

Final rites, in charge of Rev. Earl Lantz, will be conducted at 10 a. m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be made in Union City cemetery.

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

Theo Finnarn Dead; Former Treasurer Of Darke County

Services have been arranged for Theodore (Theo) Finnarn, 83, former Darke county treasurer, who died Monday night at his residence, 211 South Broadway, Greenville, after a lingering illness.

Mr. Finnarn had spent most of his life in Greenville and served as a member of the fire department in the neighboring city from 1897 to 1904. He successfully campaigned for the office of county treasurer on the Democratic ticket in 1923, and served two terms in office.

The services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. (EST) at the Turpen-McKnight funeral home, Greenville. Burial will be in Greenville cemetery.

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

Obituary – Thaddeus O. Smith

Mr. Thaddeus O. Smith, 65 years, 10 months and 13 days passed away at 7:30 a. m. Saturday, November 5, 1949 at the Randolph County hospital in Winchester following a one year illness, and his condition was serious for four months.

A lifelong resident of the Union City community, he resided at 316 North State Line street. He was born on December 22, 1883 in Mississinawa township, Darke county, the son of John Z. and Elizabeth Hedrick-Smith.

He attended the old Egypt school in Mississinawa township and was married to Hattie May Stooksberry in Jackson, Ind., township on June 27, 1908. He followed the occupation of farming for several years prior to becoming a carpenter. Mr. Smith moved from the rural area to Union City in 1937 and was a member of the Raper Chapel Methodist church.

Mr. Smith is survived by the wife; one son, Wayne E. Smith, Union City route five; one daughter, Mrs. Ellen Kemp, 424 North State Line street; three grandchildren and one brother, Israel.

[He was buried in Lisbon Cemetery, Randolph Co., IN.]

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

Thomas Clapp Funeral Rites To Be Friday

Funeral arrangements have been completed for Thomas L. (Tommie) Clapp, 69, prominent Washington township farmer, whose death occurred Wednesday at his residence, one and one-half miles northwest of Sharpeye, located southeast of Union City, following an extended illness.

The services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock (EST) at the Miller funeral home in Greenville with Rev. Earl Lantz officiating. Burial will be made in Palestine cemetery.

The body has been removed to the Clapp residence where friends may call until 9:30 a. m. Friday.

A native of Union City, Mr. Clapp had lived in the Sharpeye vicinity since 1912. He formerly served as a member of the Washington township board of education and as clerk of the township board of trustees.

He had been a member of the Greenville Masonic lodge for the past 43 years.

His wife, Myrtle, is his only immediate survivor.

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

Jessie Thomas Passes Away; Rites Saturday

Mrs. Jessie L. Thomas, 78, a former resident of Lynn and widow of Ben Thomas, died Wednesday evening at the Union City hospital.

Mrs. Thomas resided with her daughter, Mrs. James St. Myers, 1102 West Oak street, Union City, and was a member of the Union City Methodist church.

She is survived by five sons, Hugh of Union City, Forest of New Madison, Delmer of Fountain City and Herman and Wilbur of Richmond; two daughters, Mrs. St. Myers and Mrs. Robert Hunt of New Paris; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. Saturday at the St. Myers residence with Rev. Burl M. Bechdolt officiating. Burial will be in Willow Grove cemetery at Fountain City.

Friends may call at the Thomas funeral home in Lynn from 1 to 4 p. m. Friday after which the body will be taken to the St. Myers residence.

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

Ray V. Sowers Is Dead At Muncie; Left U. C. 38 Years Ago

Muncie, Ind., Dec. 16 – Prominent in city, county and state American Legion activities, Ray V. Sower, 59, died unexpectedly early today at his home, 911 University avenue, following a heart seizure.

Though he had remained active in business and social activities, he had been in ill health for several months.

He was owner of the Sowers Distributing company, dealing in storm sash, with offices in the Wysong building.

Born in Portland, he came here from Union City, 38 years ago.

Survivors include the widow, Florence; a daughter, Evelyn, at home, a sister, Mrs. Lawrence Richards, and a brother, James, both of Dayton, O.

He was a lieutenant in the quartermaster corps during the first World war. Mr. Sowers was the principal speaker during Veterans' day of the recent Union City centennial celebration.

After the war he managed the Tyler Manufacturing company on South Mulberry street and had been employed in the office of the Warner Gear division of Borg Warner corporation.

His body was removed to the Meeks mortuary.

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

Funeral Rites For Dr. Barnard Sunday At 2

Funeral services for Dr. P. C. Barnard, 81, who died Thursday at his home in Parker, will be conducted Sunday at 2 p. m. at the Parker Methodist church by Rev. E. B. Megenity. Entombment will be in Elm Ridge mausoleum in Muncie.

Friends may call at the residence where the body has been returned from the Perry funeral home.

Death of the physician, who had practiced medicine at Parker for 36 years followed a lingering illness.

Dr. Barnard's record as an active practitioner was one of the oldest in Indiana, dating back to his graduation in 1901 from the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons in Indianapolis.

A member of the Delaware-Blackford Medical society, he first practiced at Oakville and later at Hamilton. He established his residence in Parker in 1913 and was actively engaged in his profession until his last illness.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary Henderson, of Muncie and Mrs. Edna Marshall of Parker; a brother, J. C. Barnard of Winfield, Kan., and two grandchildren. His wife died seventeen years ago.

For sixteen years, he said in an interview on his eightieth birthday anniversary, he was a horse and buggy doctor.

“I wore out three buggies during that period,” Dr. Barnard said then. “And three or four times I've had a buggy upset when I was hurrying to make a call. Once my buggy broke down on a country road, and the horse took off across a picket fence. Me? I fell into the road and wound up wiping up the dust with the seat of my pants.”

A lot of babies first saw the light of day with the help of Dr. Barnard. He couldn't remember exactly how many, but the figure was somewhere near the 1,000 mark.

Eight of the ten member of the Parker high school basketball squad a season or two ago, plus their student manager, were ushered into the world by Dr. Barnard.

In his time, the Parker physician observed the rise of American women from obscurity of the home to the active part many of them now take in affairs once thought of as belonging to men alone, but women in medicine were not new to him. In his graduating class of 1901, three of the new doctors were women.

Medicine was Dr. Barnard's whole life.

“I never seemed to have time for either hobbies or vacations,” he said. “My profession is medicine, my hobby is medicine, and my vacations are medicine.”

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, December 17, 1949

Pauline Shepherd, 38, Killed In Auto Wreck Near Fort Recovery

Mrs. Pauline I. Shepherd, 38, of 520 North Plum street, Union City, was killed instantly at 1 a. m. today when the car in which she was riding hit a bridge abutment, went out of control and overturned on a county road three miles south of Fort Recovery.

Mrs. Shepherd was hurled from the car and pinned beneath the wreckage. Death was attributed to a fractured skull.

Her husband, William Elwood Shepherd, was fatally injured in an automobile accident on July 19, 1948, one mile east of the Jackson, Ind., township school on the New Lisbon road. Mrs. Shepherd was injured in that mishap.

E. R. Pequignot and James Irvin, Darke county deputy sheriffs who investigated, report that Mrs. Shepherd was traveling in a 1949 Oldsmobile sedan, owned and operated by Paul Hines, 23, of 640 North Plum street, Union City.

They disclosed that Hines was headed north, going from Union City to Fort Recovery, when the car struck the southeast abutment of a bridge, swerved out of control and then overturned on its top on the west side of the road.

Hines, who is confined to the Union City hospital, has a fractured rib and his condition was described as good. Another occupant of the car, Richard Arnold, 28, of 224 North Howard street, Union City, escaped injury. They also were hurled from the auto but were thrown clear of the wreckage.

The car was practically demolished.

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

Services, in charge of Rev. Ralph B. Ditmyer, will be conducted Monday at 1:30 p. m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Palestine cemetery.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Alberta Lahey and Mrs. Hattie Hardesty, and one brother, Edwin Stebleton, all of Union City. Another brother, Fred Stebleton, is deceased.

Mrs. Shepherd was born in Union City on July 29, 1911, the daughter of Michael and Sarah Alswager-Stebleton. She received her education in Union City schools and was married to Mr. Shepherd in 1934 at Greenfield, Ind. A lifelong resident of Union City, she was a member of the Methodist church.

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

Olden E. Welch Dies Of Injuries: Funeral Tuesday

Last rites for Olden E. (Pappy) Welch, 62, who died late Saturday 9:45 night of injuries sustained in a train-truck accident in Winchester, will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Summers funeral home in Winchester.

Rev. Zelma Mills will officiate, with burial in the New Liberty cemetery.

Friends may call at the mortuary.

The accident in which Mr. Welch received fatal injuries occurred Thursday afternoon when he drove his truck into the path of a Pennsylvania freight at the Fifth street crossing in Winchester.

Survivors include the widow, Velma; one son, Earl, two daughters, Mrs. Lester Mann and Mrs. Myron Davis, all of Winchester; one brother, Earl of Lynn; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie McClerney and Mrs. Gladys Tilson of Greensfork, and Mrs. Effie Ward of Portland, Ore., and four grandchildren.

The son of Benjamin and Jeanette (Cranor) Welch, he had lived in Randolph county the most of his life.

The death of Mr. Welch was Randolph county's tenth automobile accident fatality of 1949.

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

Former Resident Of Union City Dies At Boston

Mrs. Mary Twigg-Morley, 64, a native of Union City, died suddenly at her residence in Boston, Mass., Saturday.

She was the daughter of the late Milton H. and Margaret Thompson-Twigg and was a graduate of West Side high school. Following her education she was married to W. Lawrence Morley and they made their home in Buffalo, N. Y. His death occurred about 15 years ago.

Mrs. Morley was a member of the Married Three-G's society and formerly belonged to the Tri Kappa sorority of Union City.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. H. W. (Clara) Rathbun, of Boston, and one brother, Phillip Twigg, Cincinnati.

The body has been cremated and the ashes are being shipped to the Fraze funeral home in Union City where services will be held Tuesday at 2 p. m. Rev. E. Eugene Thompson, pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal church in Greenville, will officiate. Interment will be made in Union City cemetery.

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

Funeral Services For Mrs. Rachel Burleson Held At Centerville

Richmond, Ind., Dec. 19 – Mrs. Rachel M. Burleson, 76 years old, 1023 South Seventh street, died Friday. She was born January 28, 1873 in Jay county.

She was the widow of Ralph Burleson. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Grace Collins, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Marie Ashenfelter, Mrs. Ruby Dohertly, and Robert Burleson, Winchester; three brothers, Virgil and Elwood Fulton, New Paris and Joe Fulton of Greenville; one sister, Mrs. Josephine Estep of Lynn; 20 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Burleson were held Monday at 2 p. m. at the Centerville Christian church. Rev. Homer Ashor officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery.

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

Former County Resident Dies At Portland

Mrs. Flossie L. Towell, 72 years old, passed away Wednesday morning at 5:30 o'clock at the Jay County hospital in Portland following an illness of several weeks. Her home was just Northeast of Portland.

Mrs. Towell's husband, Alva, died approximately six weeks ago.

The deceased was born in Randolph county April 5, 1877, the daughter of John and Laura Iliff Stick. She moved to Jay county in 1929.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Towell of Portland and Howard Towell of Bay City, Mich.; seven grandchildren, including Ruth McMichael, Marvin and Elvin Towell, who were reared by Mrs. Towell; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Elmer Stick of Gaston and Harley Stick of Union City.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baird funeral home in Portland in charge of Rev. Elvin Thornburg and Rev. John Wine, with burial in the Saratoga cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

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

Edna Ritz Dies At Greenville; Rites Saturday

Funeral services have been arranged for Mrs. Edna Ritz, 52, prominent resident of Jackson, Ohio, township, whose death occurred Wednesday at the Greenville sanitarium after a two year illness. She had been under medical care at the sanitarium since last February.

Christian Science services will be conducted at 2 p. m. (EST) Saturday at the Miller funeral home in Greenville. Burial will be in Teegarden cemetery, northeast of Union City. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p. m. Friday.

A native of Darke county, she was born on June 15, 1897, the daughter of Samuel and Dora Woods-Cable. In 1936 she came to the Union City community from Dayton where she had been connected with an insurance firm.

In Union City she served as manager of the insurance department at the Farmers State Bank from 1938 to 1942. Later she conducted her own insurance business and was employed in the office of the John Parent company for two years.

She was a member and past president of the Business and Professional Women's club in Union City and a past president of the Jackson, Ohio, Mothers' club.

Immediate survivors include a son, Murray Ritz, Greenville; one daughter, Mrs. Gene Robbins, Lakeland, Fla.; her father, Samuel Cable, Dayton, and a sister, Mrs. Maude Gillespie, also of Dayton.

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

Ira Avra Dies At Residence In Union City

Ira Avra, 58-year-old implement dealer, passed away Thursday at 2:30 p. m. at his residence, 902 East Elm street, Union City, following a one year serious illness from heart trouble.

He was born on January 12, 1891 in Pyrmont, O., the son of Albert and Hannah Stump-Avra. He received his education in Pyrmont schools and was married to Amy Shafer at Eaton, O., in 1920. Mr. Avra came from Eaton to Union City three years ago and since that time was associated with the Avra Implement company at the Elm street address.

Besides the wife, he leaves six daughters, Mrs. William Maxel, and Mrs. Victor Ross, both of Eaton; Mrs. Henry Davis, West Manchester, O.; Mrs. William Griffith, Union City, and Grace and Donna, at home; three sons, Lloyd, Everett and Harry J. Avra, all of Union City, and 13 grandchildren.

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

Services will be held Monday at 2 p. m. at the funeral home. Burial will be made in Lisbon cemetery.

[Also survived by one sister, Mrs. Perry Strausburg, Brookville, O., and two brothers, Clarence Avra, New Lebanon, O., and William Avra, Vincennes, Ind.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, December 24, 1949

Blanche Fisher Dies Suddenly In Colorado

Mrs. Blanche Mann Fisher, widow of Harry Fisher, died suddenly Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Naomi Toumey in Pueblo, Colo. She formerly lived six miles north of Redkey and moved to Winchester after her husband's death last January.

Survivors include another daughter, Mrs. Max Lyons of Winchester; one son, Floyd of Union City; her mother, Mrs. George Mann of Carthage; five sisters, Mrs. Ela Tooley of Muncie, Mrs. Mary Cramer and Mrs. Ruby Tooley, of Sturgis, Mich., Mrs. Daisey March, Portland and Mrs. Ortha Marsh, Ridgeville; and three grandsons.

The body will arrive at the Middleton mortuary in Ridgeville Sunday night and will be taken to the Lyons home, 600 West Franklin street, Winchester, Monday noon.

Funeral services for Mrs. Fisher will be held at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Middleton mortuary and burial will be in the Lawndale cemetery.

Services will be in charge of Rev. R. O. Marsh.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Saturday, December 24, 1949

Coy Fernsler Dies At Home In Union City

Coy I. Fernsler, 61, well-known Union City resident, passed away Friday evening at 11 o'clock at his home, 224 South Columbia street, Union City, following a six month serious illness. He had been in failing health for the past five years, and death was attributed to a heart attack.

A lifelong resident of the Union City community, he was born on April 28, 1888 in Washington township, the son of Henry and Lydia Walburn-Fernsler. He received his education in Darke county schools and was married to Effie Caylor in 1911 at Dayton.

Mr. Fernsler had been active in farming pursuits until 1946. Later he was employed at the Kemper Furniture company until suffering a stroke last June.

He was a member of the South Salem Church of Christ, a past worshipful master of the Turpen Masonic lodge and a member of the Union City Elks lodge.

Services in charge of Rev. Earl Lantz will be conducted on Monday at 2:30 p. m. at the mortuary. All member of the Turpen lodge are asked to assemble at the lodge home at 1:45 p. m. Burial will be in the Union City cemetery.

Besides the wife, he leaves one son, Rev. Eugene Fernsler, pastor of the South Salem church; one granddaughter, Joanne Burkett; two sisters, Mrs. Barbara Phillipi, Surrey, N. D., and Mrs. Merl Tharp, Greenville, and one brother, Harry Fernsler, of Charlotte, Mich. One daughter, Frances Burkett, died in 1934.

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

West River Township Teacher Dies

Mrs. Garnet Washler Sell, 38, a teacher in the West River township schools, died at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the Randolph County hospital.

Mrs. Sell was in her fourth year of teaching science and physical education at Huntsville and Latin and science at Modoc.

Survivors include three children, Sibyl, Clarie and George, all at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Washler of Saratoga, and one brother, John M. Washler of Eveleth, Minn.

Funeral services for Mrs. Sell will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Saratoga United Brethren church. Rev. Roy J. Davidson of Muncie, and Rev. Chester H. Grace of Saratoga will officiate. Burial will be in New Lisbon cemetery, five miles east of Saratoga.

Friends may call at the Reynard funeral home in Modoc until noon Wednesday and at the home of the parents, two miles southwest of Saratoga, after that time.

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

Services Held Today For Aged U. C. Resident

Final rites for Mrs. Emma Jane Armstrong, 91, who died Saturday at 5 p. m. at the home of a son, Hugh Armstrong, 640 West Chestnut street, Union City, were held this afternoon at the Fraze funeral home. Rev. Charles G. McCallister was in charge, with burial in Union City cemetery.

Mrs. Armstrong's death followed an 18 month illness from a complication of diseases. Her condition was serious for the past six weeks.

A native of Hocking county, O., she was born on June 14, 1856, the daughter of David and Lucinda Richey-Conrad. Following her education she was married to Amos Tipple, whose death occurred many years ago. Later she was married to Henry T. Armstrong who died in 1939.

Mrs. Armstrong came to the Union City community many years ago and was a member of the Christian church.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Conway, Cynthiana, Ky.; six sons, Mr. Armstrong, at whose home she died; Earl Tipple, Lancaster, O.; Harry Tipple, Akron, O.; Ross Tipple, Miami, Fla., and Elzie and Ernie Tipple, both of Sidney, and one brother, William Conrad, Union City.

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, December 28, 1949

Well Known Saratoga Man Dies At Hospital

Mel Warren, a resident of Saratoga, passed away at 9:30 a. m. today at the Randolph County hospital.

Mr. Warren was a well known and lifelong county resident.

The body was removed to the Middleton funeral home in Ridgeville where arrangements will be announced later.

[Funeral services for Melvin C. Warren, 80, were conducted on Friday, Dec. 30 at the Saratoga Methodist church with Rev. Milton Persons officiating. Burial was made in the Saratoga cemetery. Survivors include four sons, Burt, Harry and Ralph, all of Saratoga, and Ed of Dayton, Ohio; one brother, Russell of Hamlet; one sister, Mrs. Ada Sipe of Union City; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, December 28, 1949

Margaret Wall, of Ridgeville, Dies In Ohio

Mrs. Margaret Wall, 83, of Ridgeville, widow of Admiral Wall, passed away at the home of a son, Hugh, in Norwood, Ohio, at 3:40 a. m. Tuesday.

Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Beth Stanley of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Pearl Nikolal of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Middleton funeral home in Ridgeville where services will be held at 10 a. m. Friday in charge of Rev. Philip Williams. Burial will be in the Reitenour cemetery.

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

Father Of Local Resident Is Dead

Greenville, O. - A former Darke county resident, Mrs. Eva Sollenberger, 59, died Tuesday at her home in Tampa, Fla., after an extended illness.

Her body is being removed to the Stutz and Sando funeral home in Arcanum where services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. (EST). Burial will be in the Abbottsville cemetery.

Survivors include the husband, Jesse; one daughter, Maxine, of Tampa; five sons, Carl, of Verona; Elmer, Hartford City, Ind.; Marle of Winchester, Ind.; Emerson, of Union City and William, Indianapolis; six grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Rosie Wogoman, Arcanum, rural route, and two brothers, Chalmer and Clarence Shelley, both of near Arcanum.

[Note: The headline for this obituary is as it appeared in the newspaper but it should have read, "Mother Of Local Resident Is Dead."]

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Union City Times-Gazette, Friday, December 30, 1949

New Weston Burial For Former Resident

Funeral services were held Friday morning at the Methodist church in New Weston for Mrs. Angeline Briner Laughlin, 89, a former resident of the neighboring village, who died Tuesday at her home in Indianapolis. Burial was in Fairview cemetery near New Weston. She was the widow of Thomas Laughlin.

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