mgmm «°* n e w s items
of Early Set tl ere of Noble County, Indiana,
ee published In "The Albion Hew Era".
Albion is the county seat of Noble County,
OBITUARIES and NEWS ITEMS
from other sources in Noble County, Indiana*
PSASCES DINGMAN CHAPTER
Daughters of the American Hevolutlon,
Kendall vllle, Noble County, Indiana.
Compiled by Mrs. H. G. Misselh orn.
Kendall vllle, Indiana.
Typed by Mrs. Allen S. Courtney,
Kendall ville, Indiana.
Com. i /rs. H. 0. Misselhorn
Mrs. w. a. De Vault (Deceased)
Mr 8. Charles Myers
Jan. 16-1576-nlbion New Era
The Jefferson Union Church Mill be dedicated
on Sunday January 30, 1876. The place is known as
Skinner's Burying Ground. All ministers of the
Gospel, and others, are invited to attend. Good
speakers are expected.
We shall soon have the pleasure of announcing
the dedication of the H. t« church on South Orange
Street, as the structure is nearly completed.
An old citizen of this County blows his brains
out with a revolver.
A sad affair.
On Tuesday morning of this week our citizens were
startled by the announcement that Mr. Barzllla T.
Black, an old citizen of this county, who resided on
his farm in north east Jefferson township, had
committed suicide by blowing out his brains with a
revolver. Jtr. Black was a man of perhaps 55 years of
age, and leaves a wife and several children.
Death of David B. Herri man
We find in the Kendall vl lie standard a biographical
sketch of the life of Dan B. Herrlman, who died at his
home in Iowa, in December last, written by Hev. £•
I'othregill, who preached the funeral discourse.
Mr. Herrlman cane to Indiana at an early day,
settling In this county, and soon became one of the
leading citizens of the oounty and a prominent
politician of his day. He was repeatedly elected to
the State legislature and State senate, where he made
an honorable record as a faithful and hard working
member. He will be remembered by many of the older
citizens of this and adjoining counties, who will be
pained to learn of his death, which occurred near
Wadena, Fayette county, Iowa, on the 19th day of
At the time of his death he was 67 years and
2 months old.
We make the following extract from the sketch of
his life above mentioned which will be read with
Interest by our readers: In the fall of the same year
he became acquainted with Kiss tfary Judy, who, with
her parents had emigrated from the State of Ohio, and
early In the following year, they were united In
marrlsge, and soon thereafter moved to their home In the
timber, their dwelling being a log house, (sweet
remembrance of log house days to the early years of we
Pioneers of Northern Indiana,) with plenty of Indians,
wolves and deer, and other wild animals. Here he lived
for a number of years clearing away the timber, plowing
and cultivating the soil, until he made a model farm
for that country. This farm lies close to the village
called Rome City, on the Ft. Wayne and Grand rsaplds R. H.
Not many years passed away until the log house and other
log buildings gave way for better and more substantial
In the meantime he became the favorite of his party,
and was elected to the state Legislature, where he
remained for sixteen unbroken years, save one, he
refusing to let his name go before the people* He said
"I wanted to stay home with my family." Soon after the
opening of the session, he received a letter from a
friend stating he wished him to come immediately to the
Legislature, and he went. The Southern Michigan
Bailroad wanted him to get a grant to pass through a
portion of the state on its way to Chicago. He was
employed in working up the hill, and it passed. He
was gone from home two months, and had sixteen
hundred dollars for his services when he got home.
No man ever worked harder for the interests of his
people, than did D. B. Herriman, though at no time
in his life was he able to make a speech. While
others were speech making he was doing the work, and
scarcely ever failed to carry hie measure through.
He was, a part of his life, a great joker, and
when he could get a political joke on his opponent,
he enjoyed it hugely. And, finally, his political
career in Indiana was a success. "
After moving to Iowa, he was elected to many
positions of public trust. His life was a long and
useful one, and he died leaving a large circle of
friends who mourn his departure to the mysterious land
beyond the dark river of Death.
?rom Albion New Era, Jan. 13, 1876
In regard to the biographical sketch of the life of
the late David B. Herriman, formerly of this county, which
was published in the county papers some weeks the
following: ;tr. :noch Pothreglll, in his biographical
sketch of David B. Herriman, mis-represented the facts
(lgnorantly, I presume) when he says, and "was" elected
to the state legislature, where he remained for sixteen
unbroken years, save one, he refusing to let his name
go before the public. He said "I wanted to stay at
home with my family."
The facts are, he was not elected to the legislature
to exceed three terms, which at that time was but one
year each, and the last time he ran for the office of
legislator, he was badly defeated by a whig, his
opponent, but not, however, without making a
desperate effort on his part as well that of his
party, to accomplish his election. The facts in the
case would not seem to indicate that he wished to stay
at home with his family as above expressed, but
rather that he stayed at home for want of votes.
Dave, as he was familiarly called, was not one
of that kind. He was an aspirant and lover of
office. He, like Falstaff, carried a big belly and
was full of fun. He could run a foot race, blow out a
candle, Jump over a rake stale, play euchre, drink
whiskey, say grace, and do many good things, all
in twenty four hours.
Verite sans peur 1 H* S.
Albion New Era, Feb. 3. 13? 6
Joseph Cox, County clerk, is able to be about
town, but is yet too weak and enfeebled to do much
We last week received a pleasant call from tir. Cwen
Black, in company with his brother, Amos Black, who
is a well-to-do farmer residing near Kendall vllle.
Obituary. -Died, at Cromwell, Ind., Jan. 27, I876,
Raehael Deluslee, aged 76 years 9 months and 23
days. She was born in Kentucky, in 1799. Was left
an orphan at the age of three years, when she was
taken into the family of her uncle BenJ. Laiklns, from
wiiom she received religious Instructions. She was
converted when 13 years old In Mt. Carmel church,
Cleraont County, Ohio, and was a faithful member of
the M. E. Church up to the time of her death. She
left four sons* and two daughters to mourn her loss.
Discourse by Rev. Jacob Kasemore.
Feb. 3, I876, New Era, Albion.
The Hew Era of last week was full of crisp local
matter. Among Its other news, we noticed that the
workmen at the foundry had commenced breaking up the
old Sea Serpent press that the Goshen Democrat was
first printed on. It was too bad to let that old
relic be thus destroyed. -Goshen Democrat.
Locals in New Era, Albion, Feb. 17, 1376
It is said that the M. 2. Parsonage at Kendall ville
was sold for delinquent city taxes a few weeks since.
The Ft* Wayne Gazette, of recent date, contained
the following scrap of history of the old printing press
that was broken up a short time since at the Albion
foundry 1 We notice by The New Era, published at
Albion, Noble County, that the "Old Sea Serpent"
printing press, upon which the old Goshen Democrat
was first printed, has been broken up at the foundry
at that place. It was brought to Goshen about 1338
and 1849 was moved to Warsaw, where the former, and
also present editor of the Gazette were first
Introduced to the art preservative, the first as typo
and the latter as editor. It was afterward taken
to Albion, where it by some means was placed upon the
The *3ea serpent* was a press of peculiar
construction, Invented by Benjamin Franklin, and was
said to be the second of the pattern ever cast. Were
It today set up and placed on the sidewalk, it would
attract more attention than a double-cylinder Potter
press. Its weight, if we remember correctly, was
about 1*K)0 pounds, and was a perfect model of
ugliness and strength. As a hand press, it was a
man killer. Prom sixty to eighty sheet® per hour
was its capacity. It was fully a hundred years old
at the time. It should have been preserved and sent
to the centennial as a relic of the past.
From New Era, Feb. 1?, I876.
Death of Hon. Thos. Wilson,- Of the death of this
old and respected citizen of Koble County, which
occurred a short time since, the Warsaw, Indlanlan
says* One day last week, the Hev. Geo. W. Wilson, the
pastor of the presbyterlan church, at this place, was
called to the home of his parents in Noble County,
on account of the serious illness of his father, Judge
Wilson. He remained until Monday evening, when he
was called home on account of the serious sickness of
his little son, leaving the Judge In a dying condition.
In about an hour after he left, the father died.
Judge Wilson was in the eightieth year of his age, and
had long been a citizen of Noble County. There was
no more honorable and upright man In the county. He
was repeatedly elected by the people of that county
to important offices, and no man in the county had the
confidence and esteem of his neighbors to a greater
extent, a good man has passed away.
Hon. Henry D. Wilson, of Goshen, formerly Hayor
of that city, is also a son of the deceased.
New Era, F e b. 17 t 18?6.
Obituary.- Joseph C. Lash died of pneumonia at
his residence In Orange township, Noble County, on the
6th day of February I876, aged 38 years, 2 months, and
11 days. H© was the oldest son of William and Mary
0. Lash-born In Mifflin county, Pexm. , Nov. 26th, I837.
When about two years of age he was taken by his parents
to Wayne County, Ohio, whence after a residence there
of some nine years, he removed with his parents to
Noble County. They settled on the farm (now known
as Lash's Addition to the city of KendallvllleJ where
his father died in the year 1855, leaving Joseph, then
a youth of 18, as the virtual head of the family, then
consisting of the mother, himself and four brothers
and two sisters. Prior to the death of his father,
he had united with the Baptist Church, nnni fee ting
at that early age, (not quite 17 ( ) the maturity of
religious conviction and moral sentiment which
characterized his whole life, thence forward; and which,
with his rare amiability, fidelity and industry
enabled him to so guide, govern and support the little
flock thus left In his care, as tc mitigate the
severity of their affliction, and win for himself the
lasting gratitude, love, and deep respect of his
young brothers and sisters, as well as of the entire
community, who witnessed his young career, so beautiful
and useful in all the relations of life. In July I860
he united himself In marriage with Miss 3arah Wlllover,
a most estimable young woman, and soon afterwards
purchased and settled upon the farm where he died and
where his family now reside, about five miles northwest
of Kendallvllle. Kind, faithful and exemplary-
ever after his union with the church a consistent humble
follower of Chris t-he was in all respects a good and
useful citizen, an exemplary and loving son, brother,
husband and father. His mother Mrs. K. G. Isbell, his
brothers, James J. and Slijah P. Lash, his sister Mrs.
Lizzie Lester-all of Albion, a sister, Mrs. Jewell in
Chicago, and his wife and four children, are left to
mourn an Irreparable loss and charlst the tender,
grateful memories which such a life inspires.
Albion New Era, Feb. 17, I876.
Dedication of the H. E. Church, on South Orange
street took place on Sunday evening. Rev. T. N.
Campbell of Greenoastle, Ind. preached a very able
Albion New Era, Peb. 17, I876
The centennial chair, manufactured by J. K.
Lautsenhiser, of Goshen, formerly of this place,
contains pieces of 100 different kinds of wood, (all
of Elkhart County). Goshen is making an effort to
purchase it and have it sent to Philadelphia during
the centennial exhibition.
Died.- In Ligonier, February 21st, 1376, at 9*15
A. H. of consumption, Dr. D. w. c. Denny. Aged 4?
year 8, 5 months and 16 days.
We understand that Mr. Jacob Kltt, a well known
and respected citizen of the south part of this county,
was buried at Wolf Lake on Monday.
Albion New Era, Feb. 24-1876.
Thomas Naltheus, of Wolf Lake, died Saturday
last at the age of 49 years, and was burled on Sunday,
He was a much respected citizen of Noble County.
Albion New Era, Feb. 24, 1376.
The Ligonier Banner sayt The wife of Jonathan
Hammett. Professor of Keadville (Pa.) College, died
on Sunday last, aged 54 years. Deceased was a sister
on Hon. Geo. s« Chapman, and Bother of Wm. C. Haanett,
formerly of this plsoe, but now a citizen of Toledo,
both of whom attended the funeral, at Meadville
Mr. Ver«ilyea, whose death we recorded last week,
was buried on Thursday. The funeral discourse was
preached at the Methodist church, and a large number
of our citizens followed the remains to its last
resting place In the cemetery. He was an old and
much respected citizen.
Albion New Era, Kerch 2, 1376.
In March, 1376, the physicians in Albion were*
Dps. Leonard, Lemon, Hays, and Spencer.
Thos. O. Evans, attorney and Counselor at law,
established 1375. , „ ,
Samuel S. Elrord, attorney and counselor at law
J. M. Denny
Thos. M. Eels
Tousley & Priokett s ■ •
Wm. S. Kiser, abstract of titles of Noble County.
3. J. Harklns, shoe shop, established in 1853
The oldest establised business of the kind in
Albion. . ,,. 4.^ «.
The dry goods store of C. B. Phillips, northest
oorner of Main and Orange Streets, is one of the oldest
establishments of its kind in town. It was established
by William «. Clapp in 1856. In 1862 the firm name was
changed to Clapp & Phillips, and on the 16th ult.,
Mr. C. B. Phillips became sole proprietor. It is one
of the old and reliable institutions of nlbion.
The Albion New Era was established In October
1872, by Saiauel E. Elvord. On the flret of January
last It was purchased by Prickett & Starr, the present
proprietors, who enlarged It to a nine column folio.
The following biographical notice of Dr. D. W. c.
Denny, who died recently at Ligonler, we clip from the
Kendallvllle Standard of last weeks
Dr. D. V. C. Denny was born in Treble county, Ohio.
His father, Col. Wm. Denny, removed with his family
from there about the year 1834, perhaps a year or two
earlier, and settled in Elkhart county, where they
remained three or four years, then came from that
County to this and settled in the Haw Patch, some three
miles northeast of Ligonler.
when young Denny was about sixteen he went to Wolf
Lake and engaged for * time in teaching school. At the
latter place he began the study of aedicine with Drs.
Nlmmon and Sheldon, who were then the most prominent
physicians in the county. After a few years preparation,
the subject of our sketch entered regularly upon the
duties of his profession at the place last named, where
he continued until i860, when he removed to Albion, and
pursued his business until about 1870, going from there
Dr. Denny was a graduate of one of the Cincinnati
colleges-a good physician, having a wide olrcle of friends
and patrons throughout the county, among whom he had
practioed about 27 years. He was a member of the American,
North Eastern Indiana and Noble County Medical Societies.
"Clint*, as he was familiarly called, had his
faults. Who has not? We point to them as a warning to the
living and throw the mantle of charity over the grave of
our dead friend, whose geniality, kindness, ability, and
and general accomplishments In hla profession, won for
hla a strong friendship In the hearts of those who
knew hla best. T.
Biographical.- Isaac Smith was born In Shenandoah
county, Virginia, July 5th, 1801, being at the time
of his death 7^ years, 7 months and 19 days of age.
He emigrated with his father (his mother haying died
when he was yet a small child) , at the age of ten
years to Licking County, Ohio. His father buying a
large tract of land in Licking and the adjoining county
of Husklngua, he was early put to hard work, and
consequently had not the advantages of an education,
but could calculate and transact business readily.
He remembered the war of 1812, two of his older brothers
engaged therein. In 1819 he became a member of the Old
School Baptist church, in which he lived a consistent
member until his death, and, as has been frequently
remarked, was a "pillar and a post.*
In the year 1364 he removed to Noble County with
his wife and three children, leaving one son and a
daughter in Ohioj the oldest son having removed to the
State of Iowa many years before. There were born unto
his wife ten children, most of whom lived to be men and
"tils wife was called to depart this life July 9th
1871. Subsequently he married Rrs. Lucinda Hclaes, of
Elkhart township, this county, who was Indeed a wife to
him, and to use her own language, when the accident above
narrated occurred, she said, "I could have Jumped out,
but seeing Mr. Smith could not do likewise, I felt like
going with hla."
He was an affectionate husband and a kind and
Indulgent father. This the hi story -and thus ended the
life of our father.
J . B. 3*
ulte a number of our subscribers visited our
office on Friday last. Among the number ve recall the
names of Gtanfill Corbin, Home City, Chas. Law,
Wolcottvllle, Christian weaver and John Potts, of
Brimfield, and James Drake of Lao t to.
New Era, April 6, I876
The Kendallvllle standard soys* Lake Ihrie has
been assigned to the White Line, between Chicago and
Toledo, and took his first run out of Chicago last Sunday
night. Lake will make an efficient postal clerk
If he can ctad the physical labor and loss of sleep.
He is on si.* days and off six.
Albion New ~ra, Way 18, I876.
We received a pleasant call on Friday, from Dr.
L. c. Schutt, of Avllla. He Is an enterprising citizen
of the county and reports business moderately good
In that village.
New Era-June 8-1 8? 6
Ligonier and Noble County, lost one of their most
prominent and best citizens on Sunday last in the
death of Mr. Charles 0. Vail, a gentle man who has
been long and favorably known as an homest, straight-
forward business man, and respected citizen. Cur
acquaintance with the deceased dates back to our
childhood's days, and has extended through a period of
30 or 1*0 years. In all his relations of life, he was
honest and just, and possessing an Indomitable will
and positive convictions as to right and Justice, he
wielded an extensive influence in moulding the opinions
of those by whom he was surrounded. He came to Elkhart
county about I835 or 18 36, from Inlontown, Pennsylvania
wo believe, where he continued in business until his
removal to Ligonier, several years sinoe. He was about
71 years old at the time «f his death. A good man has
Mew Era, June 8, 1876.
Address of Mr. Kelson Prentiss, Delivered before
the Cld Settler's Association of Noble County,
on Saturday, June 3rd, 1376.
Another year has passed and gone since we
assembled here, and its history is written upon the
record of the past, and today we meet according to
appointment to review the past, to talk of the present,
and to contemplate upon the future. The year that has
just passed has been to some of us one of uninterrupted
peace and prosperity, and we rejoice and give thanks
that the same Divine Providence that has shaped our
destiny through erwy lane of life has still kindly
smiled upon us.
Our lives and our health have been graciously
preserved, and we enjoy the privilege of again looking
upon faces that were familiar in days gone byj of
grasping the warm hand, and assured that our hearts
have not grown cold toward each other. We meet as a
little band, small indeed today, and becoming smaller
each year, and we realize the fact that in a few
short years the last of our band will be removed from
the scenes of earth. Each revolving year leaves our
number less and as I gaze over this audience and see
before me faces so well remembered, but oh I how changed
by time, the solemn truth is impressed upon my mind
that "Time Is winging us away to our eternal home."
The raven locks of forty years ago have given place to
the frosted hairs of age. With us "the silver
cord will soon be loosed, the golden bowl be broken,
and finis be written upon the history of our lives."
But let us be truly thankful that so many of us are
spared to meet again, and let us each endeavor so to
live that when called hence we may leave this world
In the joyful anticipation of unending bliss In the
rest that remains for the faithful.
This Is an Important era In everything that
pertains to American hl3tory. It Is the centennial
birth-year of our nation, and we In common with all
others may rejoice that we have lived to see It. One
hundred years seem like a long time, yet some of the
pioneers of Noble County have lived ne; rly half that
time here. But let us briefly review the past year.
I remarked In the outset that to some of us this
year has brought prosperity and peace, and that no
dark shadows have crossed our paths, but to others the
year has produced far different results. Today, as
old settlers, we look In vain for familiar faces that
were wont to gladden our hearts. Today there are
vacant seats at our social board. Today there are
aching voids in hearts, that cannot be filled, and
homes where the light has gone out, never to be
re-kindled on earth. So far as I have learned, the
following friends have left us» Mrs. Mary a- Clapp,
Dr. D. W. C. Denny, Hon. Thos. ii. Wilson, Mrs. Nancy
Cummlngs (late Mrs. Broughton) , John Davis, and Mrs.
Mrs. Mary a. Clapp was born in Huron county, Ohio,
in 1824, end died at Albion in I375i and was, at the
time of her death, over 51 years of age.
She came to Noble county In I836, and with her
f ether* s family lived In Jefferson township until her
marriage to Hon. Wm. M. Clapp, since which time she
resided in Albion. In early life she embraced religion,
and united with the 3aptlst church, and continued a
worthy member until her death. She leaves a husband and
three children to mourn her loss.
Thomas H. Wilson was born In Westmoreland county
?exm. t Feb. 20th, 1797, and died at his house in
Washington township, Feb. 7th, 1876, being at the time
near 79 years of age.
At the age of 14 years he removed to Ohio with his
parents and continued there until 1836, when they
settled In Noble county, where he lived until his death.
On the day day of August, 1321, he was married to Miss
Neal, with whom he lived happily Tor more than fifty
years? rearing a large and respectable family who are
living examples of proper paternal care and early
training. Three of his sons are prosperous and
intelligent farmers, two are lawyers, and one a minister
in the presbyterian church. In early life, living
as he did on the frontiers, he did not enjoy the
advantages of education which are now so abundant, but
his na':lve good sense and observation made him more
than the equal of many whose scholastic acquirements
were superior to his.
Soon after his settlement In Noble County, at the
earnest solicitations of his neighbors he accepted the
office of Justice of the peace. He was subsequently
elected one of the Associate Judges of the Noble Clrouit
Court and discharged his duties on the Bench In an
acceptable manner. He also represented Noble County
in the legislature (once or twice) and his record there
shows without a stain. He had enemies, as every man
will have who has the moral courage to do right
regardless of consequences, but even these never
charged him with official misconduct. All the places
of trust he ever held were thrust upon him unsolicited
and frequently against his protest.
He was a member of the first Presbyterian church
organized in Noble County, but the church having been
dissolved, and there being no organization of his
choice in his vicinity, he united with the Evangelical
Lutheran church, of which he was a member at the time
of his death.
John iavl8 was one of the pioneers of Noble
County having located here In 1336, on the farm where
he died In 1876, at an advanced age. He lived and
died a member of the ft. E. Church, and I need not
say that hit death Is regretted by all who knew him.
His memory Is enshrined In the hearts of his old
associates, and the world Is better for his having
lived in it. "Ihe memory of the Just Is blessed."
firs. Mary Cummlngs of Swan township died Feb.
27th, 1376, at the advanced age of 81 years. :>he was
born in the State of New York and emigrated thence to
Ohio, where she lived several years, and where she
buried her first husband, Hr. Broughton. She came to
Noble County in 1336, and settled In the township where
she died. She was the mother of William and Samuel
Broughton, who reside among us, and who are Justly
held in high esteem among their fellow citizens, and
who owe their success in life to the wise counsel of a
mother, for being left fatherless in their childhood
their training depended upon the mother. She was the
mother of ten children, of whom eight are living.
She was a member of the H. 2. church from early youth
until her death, and when she became aware that the
time for her departure was at hand, her mind was
tranquil and serene, and with full assurance of
unending bliss above, she fell asleep to wake amid
the glories of Heaven.
Mrs. Frances Galloway was born in Vermont in the
year 1814, and died August 16th, 1375* being at the time,
sixty one years of age.
She came to Noble County in 1336, with the family
of Mr. Bolin Stewart, the father of James C. Stewart,
now auditor of Noble County. She was married to Joseph
Galloway, one of the first settlers of the county,
with whom she lived until his death, In 1361. She
was the mother of eleven children, several of whom
have proceeded her to the spirit world. Her house
was ever open to the weary, and no needy or hungry
one went empty from her door. Her Industry was
proverbial and she accomplished more in her day than
a score of modern women, who look upon labor as
beneath their notice.
The writer was celled upon a short time before
death to prepare her will, and found her calm and
even joyful in the proepeot of bliss beyo; i the tomb.
At the sick bed, in the house of mourning and
affliction, and wherever she saw suffering humanity,
she was found the tender nurse, the sympathising
friend. No danger deterred, no toll daunted. She
pursued the even tenor of her way, quietly and
silently, and when the work was done, she gladly
hailed the King of terrors, as a kindly messenger,
sent to <vll her to the higher enjoyments of heaven.
And now having imperfectly delineated the lives
and services of our departed friends, let us turn our
attention to the present, and may our meeting today
be pleasant, and a time to be member ed while
Let me also call your attention to the necessity
for a change in the officers of this organization.
You are all aware that there has been much comment
upon the question of a third term for president of the
United States, and the country seems to have settled
down to the conviction that it would be highly
Improper to establish such a precedent. And yet the
old settlers of Noble County, who are all good, law
abiding citizens (Although they did hang a black-leg),
have elected the same president, not only for a third
term, but a fourth term. Beward, friends, lest your
liberties be endangered.
OLD SETTLERS MEETING
Pursuant to adjournment, a large number of old
Bet.lers convened at the court house In Albion, June
Jaaes C. Stewart presented the society with a part
of the stone of the first mill erected In Noble County,
by John G. Hall, upon the Goshen road In Noble
The meeting was addressed by James McQueen, Jacob
J. Grunllch, Mrs. H. F. Basse tt, Mr. Huff, John
Bowman and Mrs. Hathaway.
By Invitation of the society, 5. I« Alvord, Esq.,
addressed the meeting In an eloquent manner, and was
listened to with close attention.
On motion the president appointed the following
persons to report to him the deaths of old settlers,
during the ensuing yean
Janes Wilson, Washington; L. B. Eagles, Spar tat
Jacob Wolf, Perry t I. Tlbbett, Elkhart) Charles Wright,
York; Or. S« Jones, Noble} Charles G. Weeks, Green)
J. L. Foster, Jefferson; Wm. B. Dunn, Orange; A* Crofoot,
Wayne) E. 3. Spencer, Allen) Samuel Broughton, Swan.
On motion, the meeting adjourned to meet at Albion
on the 1st 3aturday of June, 1377.
Jaaes M. Denny, Secy.
Death of Joseph S. Cox.- A telegram was received on Tuesday
morning announcing the death of Joseph 3. Cox, clerk of
Noble County, which occurred at Three "slvers, Michigan
at 9 o f clock of the night previous. He had gone to Three
Elvers some weeks previous to his death, for the
benefit of his health. Mr. Cox has been In feeble
health for a long time, and his death was not unlocked
for, although for a short time after visiting the
Magnetic Springs at Three .livers, It was thought that
his condition nad Improved, and hopen were entertained
that his life sight be prolonged for years perhaps.
His remains were brought to Kendallvllle, his former
home, for Interment. He was burled yesterday at 10
o* clock. In his death Noble County has lost one of
her best citizens.
Albion New Era, June 22, 13?6
Hiram Bradley of Albion, obtained a wagon load of
potatoes in this locality last Saturday. Kl says he
could have got them for 5$ per bushel, but felt
ashamed to offer less than 10.-
Why should Hiram Bradley go all the way to Ligonier
to purchase potatoes at 10 cents per bushel, or even
at 5, when they can be purchased much cheaper right here
in Albion. A gentleman from the country came into town,
we are lniormed, a few days since with a two-horse
wagon loaded with potatoes and finally sold the entire
load for two and one-half plugs of tobacco worth ten
cents per plug.
Albion New Era, June 22, 1376.
Many of our readers will remember Bill Hill, who
escaped from the county Jail in this place years ago,
since when we believe nothing definite was ever known
ox his movements. The Lagrange Standard of last week
published the following in regard to his final taking
We heard, recently, a story In respect to the
death of Bill Hill, a some what noted character, who
left this section of the country during the Regulator
The story Is, that he went West, settled in
Arkansas, and put out a shingle announcing himself
as a doctor, and that he succeeded in gaining a
luoratlve practice, when the war broke out he found
himself surrounded with rebels, but giving out the
impression that he was on their side, was not
troubled. But some time during the war, Just when, our
informant did got know, Union troops took possession
of the locality, and Hill formed an acquaintance with
the Commander. I report soon after became current that
he propose 3 to the Union Captain, to do away with the
rebels in that locality through the contents of his
pill -bags* Whether so infamous a proposition was
made or not, the rumor struck a community ready to
meet it with equal barbarity. He was soon waylaid,
shot, and his body literally slashed to pieces.
The Elkhart Review says that Hev. J. H. Hutchison
has had a stroke of paralysis, but is convalescing.
Hr. H. f we believe, formerly resided in Albion.
Albion Mew 2ra, Aug. 2*», 1376
Dled-At Ligonier, Ind., Sept. ilth, 1376, George feel.
:r., aged 77 years.
recessed was born In Franklin County, Va., July
28th, 1799; removed with his parents early in the present
century to Preble county, Ohio, thence to Noble County,
Ind., in I837. He resided near and in Ligonier from
that date until his death. He leaves a widow, the
companion of fifty years. Of his surviving descendants
there are nine children, twenty- three grand-children,
and one great-grand child. The funeral services took
place at 1 ©•clock P. K., Thursday, 14th, 1st., at
the R, E. church, In Llgonier.
Mr. George Teal was the father of county jlerk,
Geo. B. Teal, and Dre. Wilton and N. Teal of
Albion New Era, "ept. 21, 1876
Gapt. hlram Iddings has lived on hie present farm
40 years. Forty years ago last Sunday he commenced
"housekeeping" in his new horse in the wilderness, as
one of the pioneers of this county. uite a number of
friends were assembled at his pleasant home last
Sunday, among whom were Senator C. P. Morton, a. fl.
Hltt of Kt. Morris, 111., Secretary of Legation at
Paris, Prance* Gen. Geo. a. oheridan, of New Orleans,
who were hospitably entertained by the Captain and
his accomplished lady. Their residence is one mile
south of the city, and is a delightful and favorite
resort for their many friends.
Kendallville Standard copied in the New Era, Sept.
It has been generally supposed, oven by some of our
old residents, that Bixler lake is very deep; the
usual guessing as to Its depth, ranging from one
hundred to three hundred feet. A fishing party, one
day last week, in order to gratify their owrs curiosity,
sounded the lake in a number of places, end the
greatest depth of water they could find was 35 feet.
The depth varies from 20 to 35 feet; which is much
less than it was generally supposed. -
Kendallville Standard. Copied in Hew Era,
Sept, 28, 1876.
John D« Black and fiichard L« itone are
contending for the Treasurer's office.
New Era, Sept. 23, 13?6.
Sarauel K« Alvord, George B. Teal and W. V.
Sklllen are the candidates of the various parties
for the clerkship.
New 2ra, Sept. 23, I876.
Rev. B. A. Wood and wife, of New Lon ion, Conn.,
are spending a few weeks in Albion. >!rs. Wood is a
daughter of Judge fousley.
New Era, Sept. 28, I876
ftrs. J. 5. Iheubottorn, of Wolcofcfcville delivered
an address to tho citizens of .*»lblon on *o«an , s
rights, on Saturday evening.
New Era, Sept. 28, 1376
There are hut two candidates for recorder In this
county, although there are four separate tickets in
the field. John baughman is the republl co-demo*
antl-secret-soelety candidate, while our friend D. E. A.
Spencer Is ths greenback candidate for the oosition.
Dick" is determined to make a gallant fight for the
New Era, Sept. 28, 18?6.
A Remarkable Helic.-A young E&n brought a stone In to
Charley Latta on Monday which was dug up on the farm
of 3tephir. t. Smith, of Jlinton township, and whloh is
something very curious. It has on it a writing
dated i?eV| in *hlch the author says he was a prisoner
In the hands of a noted warrior called "Bloody Knife",
and was to be burned the next day. lie says ten others
were captured with him, but were put to death in the
struggle. They wert tamdfcaj party frosi a*ay beyond
the lakes, and this was their sad fate as they were
returning hoie, nils is about the substance of the
writing as we understood it. ihe stone can be seen at
the News depoi-Goshen e^ocrat.
In the New sra, Oct. 12, 13?6.
"ather Woodruff i«aa brought to the polls in a
buggy. He was the oldest man who voted at the polls
In Albion, if not in the county.
Albion New Era, Oct. 19, 1876.
j. r ne Kendnllville Standard says; ^aong -he incidents
of the election in this city yesterday, were several
ludicrous mistakes. One aan voted the printed oiroular
of Mrs. Isbell's Millinery Store. One man passed in
his ballot and lit out so quick that his naae could not
be learned. (One democrat less.) Another anxious
democrat voted two tickets, nicely folded together.
He had, probably, money upon Blue Jeans. Teal lost
two votes by Alvord's name not being scratched off the
ticket. Both names being on, of course neither were
Notwithstanding the large vote, the Board finished
counting at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1376.
Mrs. Beokley, wife of KoClure Beckley, of Avllla,
died October 12th, of heart disease. Formerly Mrs. B.
was a frequent contributor to the different papers of
the county, and doubtless many can recollect her able
poetical productions over the naae of Arcella Prentice.
The remains were taken to Cromwell, her former home, for
interment, on Friday, Oct. 13th, 18? 6
Died. -On unday evening, Oct. 22nd, 1876, at his
residence near Albion, of lung fever, Mr. Adam Dlngman,
well known to every citizen of Albion and vicinity.
Kr. Dlngman was an old citizen of Noble county, and had,
we believe resided in Indiana for the last 52 years.
New Era, Oct. 26, I876
Chas. DeWitt, charged with maiming Johathan
Shuttleworth, by biting off a portion of his ear in a
fight some aonths since, was put upon trial in the
circuit court on Tuesday, and after hearing the
evidence, the jury returned a verdict of "guilty",
fixing his punishment at confinement in the county jail
for six aonths, together with a fine of 1150.
Albion New Era, Oct. 26, I876
Died.-Nov.l6th, 1876, at her residence in Jefferson
township, Krs. Azubah Soovil, aged 90 years, 3 months
and 25 days. She was born in Connecticut, February
22nd, 1876 (?) 1786. She experienced religion many
years ago, and for the last 50 years ha .*■ been a member
of the old School baptist church, and tor nine years
a worthy and faithful member of the Mount Salem church
in Jeff "son township. Her pastor Eld. Z. Thomas,
delivered a very impressive funeral sermon. She
outliverd the companion of her youth many years, and
lived to see the fifth generation of her family.
New Era, Nov. 23, 1876
sr. H. R. Shirk has returned to Albion from a
visit to the centennial and to friends in Lancaster
New Era, Deo. 7» 1&76
Jacob Wolf, of Ligonier, was in town for a day or
two last week. ir. Wolf is one of the first settlers
of Noble county, and retains the vigor of mind and
body to a remarkable degree.
New Era, Dec. 7. 1376
we see by the Hoshen Democrat, that Mrs. John D.
Soiman, of Kearney Junction, Nebraska, is visiting
friends in that city. Mrs. D. is a relative of the
Carrs, of Ligonier, this county.
New Era, Dee. 7i 1376
I teas taken from the New Era of Albion for
the year I878
crval Johnson, a son of Ambrose Johnson who
was killed in the army, was buried last Friday.-
Hon. wm. H. Clapp was united in marriage on
Tuesday evening, Deo. 25th, 1877 to Kiss Angellne
Skinner, of Albion, Her. Preston McKinney officiating.
The marriage was a quiet, unostentatious one, and
was but little known until the next day. Both of the
contraeti '<$ parties are well known throughout the
county, Mr. Clapp being known throughout the state,
and especially In the northern part.
New Era, January 3, 1873
Another Load Park Bemoved.
Jarrett Weeks died at his residence in Albion,
December 26, 1877, agod 64 years, one month and twenty
five days. Mr. weeks was one of the very early
set lers of Northern Indiana, having settled in Allen
County, about the year 1330, when a youth. Bis father,
Charles weeks, was one of the first white men in Allen
county outside of Ft. Wayne*
Host of the old settlers Kill remember the old
Weeks place where many a weary traveler found a
hospitable welcome when most of Noble County was a
wiilerness. It Is not to be supposed that under suoh
circumstances the subject of this sketch enjoyed the
advantages of education with which the y^ung men of
of the present are blessed.
Inured to toll from early life he contracted
habits of industry, and the privations endured by him
in common with all early settlers taught his economy,
which traits were prominent through his life. Hence
unaided and unassisted, he rose from poverty to a
competence, and at the time of his death he was in
possession of enough of this world »d goods to
satisfy him. But better than this he had sought and
obtained the true riches which alone can bring peace in
a dying hour. He was at one time a member of the
United Brethem church, but I have been informed that
he had withdrawn recently from that organisation. About
' -o years ago he had a severe attack of lung fever,
iiom which he never fully recovered. Mr. Weeks was
the father of eight children, six of whoa and his
widow, reside on the homestead, -the other two having
proceeded the father to the other shore. He was
buried in the cemetery at Albion, on the 28, the
services being conducted by the Rev. Preston HcKinney,
and was followed to the grave by a large concourse of
his friends and neighbors, among whom were twelve of
the eld settlers of Noble county, who acted as Pall
bearers. Wr. Weeks settled In Noble county about 1342,
and has sinoe resided here. By his industry and economy
he acquired property, by honesty and fair dealing he won
the confidence of his neighbors, and the old settlers
of Noble will miss his pleasant face, and the cordial
shake of his hand at our next annual meeting.
New Era, Jan. 3, 1878.
An excursion to Kansas will start from Kendallville
on the 15th of this .nth.
Goshen Democrat says: "We received a call en
Monday from Rev. Hp. Hutchison of Elkhart. He has
retired from the ministry and is now Justice of the
peace. It will be remembered that he married Hiss
Wary Kibllnger, formerly of this city,"
Hew Era, Jan. 3, 1578
Mr. Philip wolf, a saloon keeper, presented
George Chambers, a reformed drunkard, with a valuable
pipe on New Years day for keeping his pledge. Well,
Phil is a gentleman in every respect. How many
saloon keepers are there in Indiana who would take the
fallen by the hand end encourage them as Mr. Wolf
Kendallvllle locals in New Era, Jan. 3, 1878.
Mr. Geo Gretzinger of Jefferson township informs
us of the death in Ohio, on Sunday of last week, of
Mr. Mwmos Spenee, a well known resident of that
township. He was in Ohio visiting friends, when he was
taken sick with typhoid Twkp from which he died in a
few days. He leaves a wife and family in this county.
New sra, Jan. 1?, 1878
Mr. Bradford B. Longyear died of consumption at
the residence of his father in Wayne township, Jan. 9th
1878, aged 32 years and 7 months.
New Era, Jan. 24, 1873
Jtr. Theater Taylor, of Kendall villa, died at his
hone In that city on January 14, 1878. He had been a
resident of this oounty fir sore than 40 years.
There will be another excursion to Kansas on the
5th of February. Several Noble County oen here purchased
land In that state within the p&jt few months, some
of whoa will make It their future hone.
Mew Era, Jan* 24, 1878
Llbble Stewart's scholars wenr the pain when It
cones to declamations. Wish we were a schoolboy
a villa Items In New Era, Jan. 31, 1878
Mr. William Simpson, the first settler of Elkhart
county, died a few days ago In Benton township at the
«€• of 75 years. He cane to the oounty In 1823, when
a young man, from Tennesee, and settled on Slkhart
Prairie, on the farm subsequently owned by the late
Col* John Jackson.
Locals fron Elkhart County in New Era, Jan* 31, 1878
Mr. John wiles, an old citizen of Kendallvllle,
died at that place last week* He came from England when
a small boy.
New Era, Feb. 7, 1878
Mr. Dunshee, a former citizen and Medical
practitioner of Albion, but now of Southern Iowa,
has been spending a week or two with his old friends
Sew Era, Feb. 7» 1878.
Bill Oroh, well known to the people of this and
adjoining counties, died at his home in Kendall ville
on Tuesday morning last, of consumption, we believe.
Mr. Oroh at one time was quite wealthy and carried on
one of the largest grocery houses in this part of
We received a c* 11 on Thursday from aev. B. F.
Stultz, formerly of this place, but now located at
White Pigeon, Michigan. The many warm friends of
Mr. Stultz in this vicinity will be happy to learn that
he is well pleased with his new home.
Mr. Jonas Bortner of this vicinity, has a hat that
is pierced by three bullet holes. They were mevs at
the Fort Fisher fight, during the rebellion, and the
hat was on the head of Mr. B. when the bullets passed
through It. Strange to say neither of the balls touched
Mew Era locals, Feb. 14, 1878
William Groh, whose death ftl Kendallvllle, we
noticed last week, was but 37 years old. He was born
in Germany, and upon landing In New York when a mere
boy, ooaaenoed work la a machine shop la Sew Xork
City* Ho eaao west with his parents la 1859* aad
since that tlao bo has boon identified with the
business of Kendallvllle, excepting a few aonths
during the war in which he served In the **4th
roglneat, and was severely wounded. Ho had joined the
catholic church a short tine previous to ala death,
and was buried in the catholic cesetery In ^villa,
on Wednesday of last week.
How Era, Fob* 21, 18?3
Never do wo visit a school but that, upon leaving
It, we wonder why we do not sake then a more frequent
occurrence, and by so doing not only benefit ourselves,
but also others, perhaps.
On Friday afternoon last we paid Mr. Skinner's
school a visit, aad after recess we were entertained
by the Lyeeua, composed of the scholars of that rooa.
The president of the society, John Lweaap, called the
society to order, and 2lla Jrrentlss, secretary,
iaacdiatcly called the roll, walls Mr. Skinner took a
"back seat", being no wore than a meaber. Iho
principal feature was the paper, which they call "The
student* s Journal** It is edited, or arranged, by
Hisses Flora woodruff and Alble Love, who had their
paper nicely arranged, while the pupils are the
contributors. The articles contributed were all good,
soae of then possessing real aerit, but we have not
the space to speak In detail.
Kisses Woodruff and Love both did their part well.
■Ml exercises were Interspersed with music and
deelaaatiens. The music, by Misses /lora woodruff
and Belle Cook, with Kiss Hit tie Leanon at the organ,
waa also good. The exercises throughout were very
New Sra, Feb* 21, 1879
Hon. Orlando Klamel has been called to Canton,
Ohio, to attend hit step-mother, who Is lying
dangerously ill at her hoae in that place*
Feb. 28, 1378.
Mon will he represented at the Paris exposition
in the person of Cwen Black. He will probably spend
a portion of the summer on the continent*
New Era, Feb. 28, 1878
Avllla locals, New Era, Feb. 28, 1378.
Mrs. N. 1. Hill, ATllla's first landlady, is
paying her relatives here a visit, after an absence
of many years* J'-.e is a sister of the late Judge
Handall, of this place.
Mr. Henry Cummings, an ex soldier, was burled with
Military honors last Saturday.
Pros New Era, March 7* 187-
DeKalb county items.
The German population of Corunna attend church at
Kendallville every Sunday. They go there by hand oar
on the railroad.
March 7. 1878
Burning of the Borne City Woolen Mills.
On Friday last the intelligence reached Albion that
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tli* Bon* City woolen mills had, on hat nomine, been
totally destroyed by fire. The Bone City Kills were
built by G. v. Geisendorff, about 1870, and In 1672,
Judge Clapp, of Albion, Capt. B« H. Fisher, of Borne
City, and Hon* J* C« Zimmerman, of Llgonier, fortaed
a partnership, and purchased the buildings and
machinery, since which time they have been operating
It, adding at different tines, valuable improvements .
The original cost of the factory was about $25000 and
since the factory has been under the new management
considerable Improved machinery has been added.
Making due allowance for the present prices of machinery,
etc., the loss will be about §24000 • There was no
New Era, March ?, I878
Car. W. H. Nlmajon, of wawaka, died on Wednesday of
last week, at his home In that village, aged about 60
years. He was fl native of Ohio, we believe, but
Immigrated to t«oble County at a very early day, nearly
40 years ago, and was the oldest medical practitioner
In the county at the time of his death.
When first reaching noble county, Sochester bid
fair to become the leading town of the County, and Dr.
Xlmmon settled there, but afterward moved to Augusta,
then the county seat, thence to Wolf Lake, thence to
Albion, and finally to Wawaka, where he had resided
for a number of years previous to his death. A short
time after his arrival In Noble county he was elected
to the Indiana legislature, In which body he served for
one or two terms. The Doctor was rough In his exterior,
but possessed a kind disposition and was generous to
a fault, giving his servloes to the poor and needy with
the same alacrity with which he attend the summons of
the wealthy, even when there was no prospect of
securing any remuneration for his servloes. Although
having a large practice, which extended through nearly
a half century In this county, he died comparatively
poor. In his death the medical profession of the
county has lost its oldest comber, and the poor and
needy one Mho never turned a deaf ear to their call
for help. His remains were burled at Eden Chapel,
in the Haw Patch.
New Era, April 18, 1878
March 28, 1878, at Mlddlebury Station, Elkhart
County, Robert Officer; aged 64 years. Mr. Offioer
was a resident of Albion, and at the tine of his
death was visiting his daughter, Mrs. Kyte, living at
Mlddlebury . -Banner
nils is a mistake. Mr. Offioer was not a resident
of Albion at the time of his death, but some years
ago was a well-known resident of Noble County.
New Era, April 18, 1878
The Port Mitchell Woolen Mills Laid in Ashes.
The Only Mill of the kind in Noble County
An Incendiary* 8 Work.
Siuoe the burning of the Home City Woolen Mills a
few months ago, the factory at Port Mitchell has been
the only establishment of the kind in Noble County.
Messrs. West a Campbell were making preparations to
do an extensive business there this season in the line
of wool carding, spinning, etc., and In addition were
preparing to start a few run of burrs to do grinding for
the people of that portion of the county.
Early on Sunday morning, between two and three o'clock
we believe, the woolen mills were discovered to be on
fire, and when discovered the flames were under such
headway that it was found impossible to save any
thing. There is not any doubt whatever that the fire
was the work of an incendiary.
These woolen mills were built twenty or twenty
five years ago, and were, perhaps, the first stills of
the kind erected in Noble county.
Mew Era, Hay 16, 1878.
Mrs. Catherine Hill, mother of Nicholas Kill,
Lawrence Hill, and Mrs. Peter Single, died Tuesday
evening, Kay 7th, 1873, at the residence of Nicholas
Kill, four miles north of this city, aged 93 years.
Mrs. Hill was burled in the Catholic Cemetery at
A villa, last Thursday.
Copied from Kendallville Standard.
A drove of Gipsies, numbering 60 or 70, and
having i*t wagons, 22 horses, 6 mules, 1 colt and 6
dogs, recently camped In the woods near Ligonler.
New Sra, Kay 23, 1878
Last Sunday was a day set apart in the Boman
Catholic Calendar for the dedication of the new church
at this place. Although the day began with a
drizzling rain, at an early hour, people began pouring
into town. The trains on the B. & 0. road unloaded
vast multitudes, but when the train on the Grand
liapids came up to the station and unloaded, its human
freight was Immense.
Here the Ft. Wayne brass bead mas set by the
atI 11a band end took their line of march for the
church grounds. It looked like a vast military
company. The large church was filled to overflowing!
and hundreds remained on the grounds outside.
We would like to comment on the Rev. gentleman 9 I
sermon but spaoe forbids.
Among the visitors, we noticed from Ft. Wayne,
Dr. D. D. Wlsell and lady, o. D. F. Ohneck and lady,
Mrs. Amy Seavy, daughter of the late Judge Randall,
of this plaoe, Frank Wagers and lady and many other
old acquaintances. From Albion we noticed John
Pepple, w. S. Klser, Jno. w. Smith, Or. Clark and
Avllla Items in Albion New Era, Ray 23, 1878
In excavating for the cellar of Dlok Stone* 8 new
buildings on west Rain street a pleee of the old "Sea
Serpent" printing press, which was formerly used In
the Goshen Democrat office was unearthed. We did
think of expressing it to Beanex present proprietor
of that paper.
Mem Era, Ray 23, 1873
John Cramer, aged 60 years, an old citizen of
Washington township, died a short time since.
Hew Era, Ray 30, 1878.
Jos. D, whitford, living a few miles from
Kendallville, died on Thursday of lest week.
New Era, June 6, 1873
Mr. Nathan Prink, father of Mrs. Sheriff Eagles,
Is Tery 111 at the residence of hit son In Slkhart.
Mrs. Eagles has been there attending upon him during
a portion of the past week.
New Era, June 6, 1878
Benjamin Shew died at his residence In York
township, Noble County, Indiana, on Sunday, June 2nd,
1876, aged 64 years, 11 months, 10 days. The subject
of this sketch was born In Ohio, In Stark County, we
believe, June 22nd, 1313, and Immigrated to Noble
County In the autumn of 18*M*. He lived during the
winter of 1844-^5 on Adas Klmael*s land, In Jefferson
township, but the following season moved on to his
own land In York township where he lived and died,
beloved and respeoted by all who knew him. Ke lived
a quiet, unostentatious life, and although belonging
to no church organization, practiced a strict
observance of the Golden 3ule. He nerar held a public
position, but was a candidate for sheriff of Noble
County In 1854, we believe, In which a tie vote was
cast, and his competitor received the position.
He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his
departure one of the latter being Joseph K. Shew,
now a resident, of this place.
The funeral services were conducted by Hev.
Christian Weaver, at the Dunkard Church In the Weaver
neighborhood, on Monday, and his body was burled In
what Is known as the Csborn burying ground.
New Era, June 6, I878.
Blographys of Old Settlers given at eld Settlers
Meeting, June 1st, 1878 at Albion.
First biography was that of Jarrett weeks which was
practically the sane as obituary copied a few weeks ago.
One paragraph we will give concerning his father,
Charles Weeks. "Host of the old settlers will
remember the old yeeks place, north of Hunter town, where
many a weary traveler found a hospitable welcome when
the most of Noble County was a wilderness."
born in Ohio, July 10, 1800, and died at Ligonier,
August 31 t 1877» being at the time of her death a little
over seventy-seven years of age. In 1817 she was
married to John Vorls by whom she had nine children,
only two of whom survived her. Two of her sons gave
their lives for our liberties, having died In the army
during the war of the rebellion.
Capt. am. H. Vorls, her son, who now resides in
Washington township, was the first soldier mustered into
the serivce of the United States from Noble County, in
iihe came with her husband to Noble County In 1835,
and in November of the same year the husband died and
was the first one burled In the cemetery at Wolf Lake.
Thus she was left with a family of nine small
children, most of them helpless, without means and
almost without shelter (for Kr. Vorls died before he
had finished his cabin) in the wilderness, without
neighbors near. She struggled on with a will that
laughsat difficulties, and with an abiding faith in
the help of Cod until she saw her family grow up and
become useful and exemplary members of society. At a
subsequent period of her life she was married to Win.
Roberts who died many years ago and during the last
years of her life whe found a home among her children
and grand children, and among them all she was ever
rTora early life until her death, she Mas a
member of the Freewill Baptist church, and by her
exemplary life and christian deportment, was a living
epistle of the religion she professed. Her early
trials and privations, her struggles with sickness
and poverty will never be written; the record would
fill volumes} but her life is closed j her end was
peace, and today she enjoys that rest prepared for
was born in Maryland, Kay 25, 1305, and was called
hence on the same day as Mother Roberts. Thus those
two aged mothers who for nearly half a century had
lived near each other as neighbors, were on the
same day and nearly the same hour, transplanted
from this world of suffering to one of eternal rest.
Mr. Bray died Deo. 25, 1354. Stat was the mother of
seven children, of whom six are still living. She
with her husband, emigrated to Noble county in
November, I835, and settled on the farm where both died,
In early times they kept a hotel , and all the old
settlers know the place. She attended strictly to
her own business, never interfering with the affairs
Old Settlers' Biographies Continued
Mrs. Abigail 3eeley
was born In Crange County, New York, April 22, 1799,
and died at Brimfleld, September 30, 1877, being at
the tlae 73 years, 5 months, and 3 days of age.
Her maiden name was Abigail Reynolds. She was
married to Ephralra Seeley in 1821, with whom she
lived until his death which occurred at Brimfleld,
but the date of his death has not been furnished me.
In the spring of 1824, they moved from the state
of New York to Defiance, Ohio, and In 1828, removed
to Goshen, Indiana, and in 13>D they settled on
English Prairie, Lagrange county, where they lived
until I860, when they then settled at Brimfleld,
where both t led, beloved and respected by all who
knew them. I have reason to remember with gratitude
this aged mother. When I first visited Indiana,
having been taken sick on the road and not possessed
of much means, I found myself, when able to travel,
reduced very low in the region of the pocketbook, and
the day I reached Indiana I had 68 cents left. I
was in a strange country, among strangers j had never
been much from home, and knew but litble of the ways
of the world; was trying to reach Lima where I
expected to find some persons with whom I left home.
I was not yet fully recovered from my sickness of
body, and was sick at heart. I regretted that I had
left home. About dusk, tired and discouraged, being
about 8 miles from Lima, I called at a cabin on the
south side of English Prairie, and inquired the distance
to Lima. Being told that it was 8 miles, 1 knew that
I could not reach it without rest, for I was almost
exhausted, henoe I asked the privilege of remaining that
night, tiy request was promptly complied with, and I
was asked if I had had supper. I told them I had not,
but did not add that I had no dinner that day, which
was the fact. But said I, "I have but little money",
an in candor told the extent of my means and said that
I did not want to go beyond ay means unless I could
work It out. I can still see the good man and woman
as both assured me that they were not the kind of
people to take the last cent from a poor boy. In
short I was made welcome and the unaffected
hospitality of these good people made me forget that
I was away from home. I was at the home of Abigail
Seeley. 3ht? furnished the first food I tasted in
Indiana, and seasoned it with such motherly solicitude
that, although it was plain, no king ever enjoyed
his royal banquet as I enjoyed that meal. The next
day I left for Lima as rich in purse as when I came.
Prom that time until the day of her death, I hare
felt for her a feeling akin to veneration. The
foregoing sketch shows as clearly as words can convey
one leading trait of her character. She was the
mother of ten childre, eight of who are living.
She was a pattern of propriety and industry, and well
would it be for the world if we had more like her.
She has left the impress of her character upon those
of her family that survive her, and her children are
worthy of such a mother.
By Nelson i^rentisa
died at his residence in Allen township, Noble County,
during the year, but the exact date I have not been
furnished with. He was a native of England, and
came to Noble county in 1333, where he lived until
his death. He leaves a widow but no children. At the
time of his death he was ?2 years of age. He was a
quiet unassuming man, scarcely known out of his
immediate neighborhood, but was known to be an honest
was born in 1313* and died In Sparta township, Noble
County, in October, 1377, being at the time of her
death, 64 years old. Her father Andrew C. Douglass,
emigrated to Noble county in 1833# when the subject
of this sketch was 20 years of age, and she lived
here the remainder of her life. She was twice
married, first to wm. Baker, by whom she had two
children, both of whom are livirig. Baker died many
years ago, and she subsequently married Isaac w. Kern,
who died several years ago, and at the time of her
death she was a widow.
was born in Eoss County, Chio, June 12, 1312, and came
with his parents to Elkhart county in 1330, and Noble
County in 1831, where he resided until his death, whioh
occurred September 22, 1877. He was married to Amanda
Neeley, December 31» 1340. He leaves a widow and six
children. His father was one of the very early
settlers of the county, and died many years ago. Henry
continued to live upon the old homestead until within
a short time before his death, when failing health
induced him to sell his farm and remove to Llgonier,
where he died. Most of his life was passed in Noble
County, and most of you knew him. He never knowlingly
wronged any one.
Isaac Bart ley
died at his residence in York township Nov. 2, 1377,
aged 64 years, 10 months and 10 days. He came to
Northern Indiana at an early day. I think that he once
Informed one that he worked for Col. Jackson, on
Slkhart Prairie, In 1834. He came to Noble County
In 1837» and has resided here since that time, At
the time of his settlement in Noble County he was
poor, but his Industry and economy enabled him to
pcoumulate a good property, and at the time of his
cvath he was far above want. Snergy and perseverance
were prominent traits In his character. He knew no
suoh word as fail, and what-ever he undercook he
usually accomplished. t the time of his death he
was a member of the Dunicard church.
was born in Jefferson County, New York, Karch 14, 1814,
and died Feb. 28, 1378, in Swan township. He came to
Noble County in 18 35. In 1845 he was married to tfary J.
Straus, who, as well as six children survive him.
died at her home in Swan township, Nov. 19 » 1377* aged
63 years. She was born in Licking Co., Ohio, and came
to this county about 1336, with her father, Adam ;ulk,
who died in Swan township a few years ago at the age
of 105 years. Krs. Hoff experienced her full share
of hardships In the early settlement of the county, and
in the main, the history of one is the history of all,
but occasionally something transpired out of the
ordinary routine of pioneer life. This was the case
with Mrs. Hoff. One evening she left home for the
purpose of finding the cows, and either in consequence
of a late start, or that she was compelled to go further
than usual, night overtook her in the woods, while
trying to find her way she was followed by a pack of
large wolves, and followed so closely that she was
compelled to climb a tree to save her life, where
she remained the greater part of the night, but was
finally relieved by her brother who had gone In search
of her and when found the wolves had nearly out the
tree down with their teeth.
was born in Oreenbrlar county, Virginia, February,
1302, and died during the year 187?. She was married
to James KcHann In 1320, who died about eight years
ago, She was the mother of ten children, of whom
five are living, four having died at an early age, and
one at his poet in the War of the Ilebellion, 5he
settled In Koscuisko county where In 1339* and soon
after moved to Noble county where she died. She was
a member of the universalis t church at Llgonier, while
that organization was kept up, and she lived and died
In the belief of that doctrine.
Dr. ... H. Nlataon
(Practically the same obituary as copied before with
only this addition) j "He settled In Koble County In
Secember, 1339. He was twice married; to Kary Coon,
in the spring of 1349, by whom he had two children,
both of whom died in infancy. Several years after
the death of his first wife, he married Hrs. .mmbleson,
who survives him. He left two children by his
second wife both of whom are nearly grown."
Her. George w. Wilson.
died at Cassopolis, Kioh., on the 29th or 30st of
Kay, and his remains were yesterday brought to this
county for burial beside his father and other friends
who hove gone before. He was the son of Hon. Thomas H.
Wilson, who was long a prominent citizen of the county,
and who died a little over two years ago. Mis aged
mother still lives in Washington township. Nearly
all his life was passed in this county. Several years
ago he entered the ministry in the Lutheran church, but
subsequently united with the Presbyterians, of which
church he was a sinister at the time of his death. A
short time ago he took charge of a church at Cassopolls,
Xlch. , and entered upon his work, no doubt anticipating
a life of usefulness in tha Has tor* s cause.
These obituaries were read by kelson Prentiss, £sq.
at the Old Settler^s Meeting, June 1st, 13?3.
Mrs. Amanda Crocker wrote a poena to commemorate
Speeches were given by Isaac Tibbett, Steadman Gray,
and J. W. Leonard. Later on more speeches were made by
Jno. Bowman, Harvey Adair, Jacob Wolf, Jas. Me ueen,
A. Humphreys, Daniel Ahlwine, Harrison Wood, Wm. Crlspell,
Nelson Prentiss and others.
Joseph Whetzel, an old resident and citizen of Swan
township, died on the morning of June 4th, 1978, aged
71 years, 3 months and 7 days. He had been a resident
of iNoble county for about 21 years.
New 3ra, June 13, 1373
J. 3. Kelley, of the Kelley House* Kendallvllle,
has purchased the brick hotel on the corner of Main
Street, recently known as the Jackman House, and it
is said will nove the house he now occupies near the
L. S. railroad to the former location, asking a first
class hotel building.
Hew Era, June 13, 1878
In regarding to the burning of the residence of
Capt. Hires Iddings, near Kendallvllle, laat week, the
The residence of Capt. Hiram Iddings one mile
south of this City, was burned Tuesday night, line fire
was discovered about eleven o'clock, in the roof of the
one story wing, used for the kitchen, by Mrs. ladings,
who had not retired, and the household aroused, but
as there was but one man about the premises-baiter
Schutt-and he turned his attention persistently in
endeavoring to put out the fire, there was but a small
portion of the furniture and household coods saved. The
parlor furniture and that of one bedroom, was mostly
saved, through the efforts of the three or four ladies
of the household, '."here was no wind, at the time, and
the woodhouse and other outbuildings were not burned,
and the trees and shrubbery but slightly damaged. The
loss falls heavily upon Hr. And Mrs. Iddings, as most
of their books and private papers were burned, and
innumerable souvenirs which cannot be replaced with
money. Mr. Iddings was absent at the time, in
attendance at the State Convention at Indianapolis. The
house was one-and-a half stories with numerous additions,
built in 1852, but was one of the old fashioned heavy
frames, consequently was quite good yet, and about >400
had been expended in repairs during the past year. There
was ?700 insurance on the house, ;700 on the furniture,
whloh covers but about one-half the loss.
New 2ra, June 13» 1378
In regard to the death of D. W. Flke, at
Kendall vi lie, and the subsequent proceedings of the
Coroner's Inquest, the Standard says:
Divine w. Flke died at his residence in this
city Saturday corning, June 8th from the effects
of a shot which he received on the 18th of May, 1877,
aged 32 years* He had suffered severely from the
wound, most of the time during the year, although
at one time he had so far recovered as to resume his
business as clerk in the store. 4a inquest was held
before Esq. Wildman, who appointed Doctors Williams,
Teal, Gilbert and Vincent, to make a post mortem
examination-. the jury consisting of Geo. B. Teal, John
Smith, fieuben Killer, Louis Leibrentz, H. L. Klme,
J. H. Van Arnum, D« :orker, i-reeman ;nber, tfm. M.
Gushing, L. Klngsley, J. I • Bungen and A. K« Moyer.
A careful and thorough examination was made by the
physiclfcns, and it was discovered that the ball had
worked its way down through the brain and was found
in the base of the posterior lobe. An encysted tumor
had forued where the ball first lodged-about two and
one half Inches inside the skull-which was filled
with pus, &nd was the cause of much of the pain and
hastened his death. The verdict of the jury was to
the effect that he came to his death from the effects of
a wound inflicted with a revolver in the hands of
J. W. Bixler, May 10th, 1877.
From the Sew Era, June 13» 13? 8
Captain Iddings will not re-build on the site of his
old dwelling, but will erect a neat residence on a pleoe
of land which he owns Just beyond the corporation limits
of the city of Kendall vllle.
New Era, June 27, 1878.
The people of Albion and vicinity were shocked
on Saturday last to hear of the sudden death of Mr.
William Bonhara, who lived in Jefferson township, about
two miles from Albion. His death occurred on Saturday
afternoon, after a brief Illness of a few ciays, with
lung fever. Mr. B. was a well-to-do farmer, and a
highly esteemed and respected citizen. He was perhaps
**5 or 50 years of age. I878
Capt. Iddlngs will build a block of brick business
rooms in Kendalivllle this season.
Hew Zra, July fc a 1678
The grand Jury found an Indictment against J. W.
31x1 er, but as to Its nature we are not Informed.
July *, 1873, Hew Era
The widow of the late W. D. Pike, of Kendalivllle
has gone to Phoenix, New York, to live with her mother.
New i£ra t July 4, 1378
Dled-In Llgonler, June 2>d, I878, Anna, relict of
Charles G. Vail, deceased, aged ?2 years, 11 months, and
7 days. Mrs. Vail was a native of Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, and was married to Hr. Vail In the year
1871. Ker maiden name was Woodward.
New Era, July k t 1378
A drive around Eixler Lake is the latest project
in consideration at Kendall vl lie.
New Lra, July 13, 18?3
There were five seres of wheat raised this year
within the corporation of the city of Kendallville.
New era, July 18, 13?8
Died at his residence nmr Cold Springs, in Noble
township, Noble County, Indiana, July 13, 13?8, Mr.
Francis 1« Davis, aged 57 years, 9 months and 26 days.
Mr. Davis was attending his ordinary business on
Thursday. During the night following he was attacked
with the Cholera Morbus, rjsA died about 1C o , clock
Saturday evening. He settled upon the farm where he
died, on the 5th day of Ootover, ISM*, Although not
elapsed as an old settler under the present rule, he
has ssen much and passed through many of the hardships
incident to the settling up of new countries. By a
consistent course of industry, ability tnd economy, he
had accumulated a sufficiency Wt this vtorld^s goods
to supply the wants of himself and family. Of late
years his mine has been almost exclusively engrossed
in the culture of bees, and at the time of his death,
scores upon scores of stands of bees were standing
about his premises. He leaves a vflfe and one son. A
very feeling and appropriate discourse was delivered
upon the occasion at the church at Cold Springs, loy
rilder Peter Wlnebreiuier, after which his body was
conveyed to its final resting place at the cemetery near
Cold Jorings in Washington township.
New Sra, July IS, 13?8
John Weston, of Kendallvllle, donated eight
building lots in Elkhart to the sohool trustees of
that city for school purposes.
Few rra, July 25, r"78
Nathan Prink, an old resident of Noble county,
but of late years a citizen of Tana county, Iowa,
died at the hone of his son, Dr. C. S. .-rink, at
Elkhart, on Sunday. He was the father of Prs. N. P.
Sagles, of Albion, and Mr. A. f. Frink, of
New Era, July 25, 1878
Nathan Frink died st the residence of his son,
or* Charles i. Prink, at Elkhart, July 20th, 1878,
in the 78th year of his B£«.
He was born in Oneida County, New York, December
19th, 1800, and came to Noble county in the spring
of I836, and settled near Fort Mitchell, where he
lived wflny years. In I860, tataMLag sold his farm,
he removed to Iowa, where he had his hone until quite
recently. He spent most oi the past winter here, and
in the early spring returned to Iowa, but his failing
health seens to have admonished hira thPt the end of his
lr.bors wee nenr, and he wrote to his children that he
wished to return and die among them. He returned about
two months ago as far as rakhart, where he died. He
was twice married; his first wife died in 1837, and
was buried at wolf Lake.
3y her he had five children all of \*hom are now
living, three of whom reside in Noble County, one in
Illinois and one in Lkhart.
He subsequently married Miss Aohsah Kent who was
called to the other shore a little over four years apo.
By her he had seven children, four of whoa survive him.
i.e wrs lntiaately identified with, and took part in all
the important events connected with the early settle-
ment of Noble county, and was honored with many public
positions by his fellow citizens, and discharged his
official auties with credit end ability.
lie was modest and retiring in his habits »
courteous and affable in his deportment; end like all
ohe pioneers of Noble county, was hospitable and kind.
He was for many years before his death u Member of the
. . church, and by his daily walk and conversation,
a pattern worthy of imitation.
Rev "re, July 25, 1373
Conrad Cramer, of iwan township, one of the old
residents of the county, died on the 27th at the
advanced age of 79 years end 28 days.
New are, August 1, 1076.
lkhart County Items in Albion Us* _ra, August 3, 1378
The Elkhart Review says that "the school Board
yesterday decided to name the building in I or th west
Elkhart the Weston school. The selection of the naae is
appropriate and deserved by the grantor of the site of
the building. *
Obi tuary . -
George l&y died at his residence in iiriafleld this
county, July 31, 1878, aged 57 years, 6 months and
10 days. The funeral sermon was preached at the
United Srethern church, In Albion, on the 1st Inst.,
after which his regains ware buried in the Albion
cemetery. Jfr« day was born in Virginia, and moved
to Ohio at an early day, thence to Indiana in 1361
or 1362. lis had suffered terribly with inflammatory
rheumatism, and for years had been almost helpless.
The deceased was a brother of the late William Bay
of this county, and was an uncle of our townsman
Ed. I. Ray. lie leaves a wife, six sons and one
daughter. One of his sons is an engineer on the
Sal ilver railroad, while one or tao otners are
living in the west, we believe.
New £ra, August 8, 1878
George Mitchell, of Cadillac, Michigan, is dead.
He was well known in this county and was a brother
of the late Hon. William Kitchell, of i\endallville.
New Era, August 22, 1878.
John 3tahl, a member of the Jb, *ayne bar, died
on Saturday evening at his residence in that oity. He
was formerly a resident of this county, and was highly
respected by all who knew him.
The following biographical sketch is taken from
the rt. Wayne Gazette. It sayst
deceased was the son of John and .-ainle Stahl, and
was born in Juniata county, Fa., in October, 1837.
He lived in the western part oi that state until about
fifteen years of age, when he moved to h villa, Noble
do., Indiana. Until cwenty-three years of age he
worked on a farm; he then attended the «'t. Wayne high
school; his study there was so thorough that he easily
secured very remunerative position* as teaoher, and was
in turn, prinolpal of the Auburn, Waterloo, and
Decatur schools. While at Waterloo he studied
medicine with Lr, 3 to we, and about that time united with
the rresbyterian church.
In 1669 he graduated from the law department of the
Michigan University, and was one of the best scholars
in his class. -or two years he practiced law with
Judge Wildman of Kendall ville.
In Kay, 13? 2, he was married to Kiss jarah Hillegass,
and shortly after he moved to this city and began
practicing with his brother-in-law J. D, Hillegass.
31noe the latter *s death which occurred three years ago,
he practiced alone, and worked up a very fine business,
and was highly esteemed by the members of the ber.
fr, Stahl leaves a wife and three children, two
daughters and one son.
Hew Era, August 22, 1873
The standard says:
It Is highly interesting to listen to the
conversation of such old pioneers as Capt. Iddings
and George Koon-who have resided in this country
over forty years-and hear them tell their stories of
pioneer life, log houses, punchen floors, driving
oxen, coon stories, and thousands of Incidents that
sound like romance to the young people of the
present day. we now talk about "hard times' 1 , but
we have not the most remote conception of the term
as compared to the trials of pioneer life; and yet,
the old pioneers did not complain of "hard times".
Nearly every family of today squanders more in worse
than worthless luxuries each week, than it cost the
pioneers to live a ye«o». They were happy and contented,
whllest we of today, are terribly miserable. What
will the next forty years develop.
Mew r:ra, Sept. 5, 1878
George Doner died in North ftanchester, of
Inward dropsy, *ug. 12, 1878, aged 61 years, 1 r.onth
and 13 days.
Mr. Domer was born near ohanesville, Tuscarawas
county, Ohio, from whence, at the age of 22, he
came with hie brother-ln-lnw to cole Jounty, Indiana.
In the spring of 18^3 he was married to Caroline
steinbargar, and settled on one hundred and sixty
acres of land which he purchased, near the present siae
of Wawaks . Here he cleared nearly one hundred acres
of heavy timber such as characterises Noble county, and
here it was that he received the germ of sickness
which led to his death. In I856 his wife died leaving
him with five children, the youn^nt being a little
more than four months old. He was afterward Harried
to Lydia Juller who had three children at the time of
marriage, and by whom two children were born to them
after their marriage.
Mr. D. spent about four years In Kansas and
Missouri, but returned in 167^ t to KoscluBko county,
wi ere he resided until h£ removed to North Manchester
last October. He was a member in high standing of
the German Baptist church for near 30 years. He
leaves a widow and seven children.
Mew Hra, sept. 5, 1878
11 3. Weston, of Chicago, died a few days
ago, at nis residence in that city, c, n3 his body was
brought to Kendall vllle for Interment. He was a son
of John /eston of Kendal lvi lie, and was well known
to the people of this county of which he was formerly
a reel lent.
New Cra, iept. IP., 1378
In regard to the death of Til B. Weston, of
Chicago, the Llkhart Review saysi
Fir. Eli B. Weston, well known to our older citizens,
died at his residence in Chicago yesterday. While a
resident of this city Mr. Weston nearly lost his life
at the hands of a burglar whom he had chased out of his
house, the case exciting much comment at the time
because the would be murderer was never discovered.
He has been a sufferer from an incurable disease for a
number of months, and his death was not al toother
unexpected. Mr. -veston leaves a wife (nee Minnie
Bosselwln) and a daughter.
New Era, Sept. 12, I-78
>jt. George C. Jeynoure, of near uolf Lake, showed
uc the other day, an official document Issued by the
first clerk of Noble County. This document is dated
May 25, 1339, end is signed "l3aac -penzer, Clerk, by
. iilta, Zeputy Clerk", and certifies that Molntyre
3eymoure took an oath to support the constitution of
the United States and also that of Indiana, and
that he would "well and truly perform the duties of a
constable of i«oble township, in said county, agreeable
to the best of his knowledge txtil ability." The
document is in a good state of preservation. -Banner.
New Era, Sept. 12, 1373
Weston. -On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1373, John imory Weston.
John imory weston was born in iroy, Geauga County,
Ohio, August 29, 1333, being at the time of his death
forty years and seventeen days old. He aaJMI with his
parents to this state in ftarch, I85I, settling at
Home City, in this county, I or about two years
previous to 1861 he, with his father *b family, resided
in the city of Elkhart, in this state.
At the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion,
his f3th«r was appointed a sutler in one of the
regiments, anl Ornery assisted him in this position.
He was married to U.M "atilcia Wilson on December
20, 186^, at whioh tine the young couple settled on the
farm, where he has since lived ana died. The deceased
leaves a wife and two children his survivors, and a
number of near relatives to mourn the loss of one they
loved. In all conditions of life he has received and
retained the warmest friendship and perfect confidence
of his associates In business. He was free and
generous to (\ fault, often suffering loss himself rather
than scorn over anxious by exacting what was only his due,
New iira, Sept. 26, 1679.
led. -In Jefferson township, September 21st, 18?3,
Polly Potts, aged 69 years, 1 month and 26 days.
iOlly Potts was born in f.orris county, In the State
of New Jersey, on the 25th day of July, J809. roved
with hnr parents-David and Prudence Jeckson-to the state
of Ohio in the year 1814, and settles in Knox county,
where she was married to her now bereave-i husband, John
iotts, on the 20 th day of November, 182ft. Moved to the
Stat* of Indiana in 1841, and settled on the farm where
she died or. the 21st of September, 1373. She
raised a larro fsmlly. "he MRS 69 years, 1 ntont>
aafi 26 days old at her death. A very lar,re concourse
of friends attended the funeral services, "which were
conducted by He v. C. V, Bo wen, et the Jefferson
:'e>/ :>a, Sept. ?J ' , 1"73
Died, near Brlmfleld, Sept. 26th , 1878, Kr. John
Bradley, aged 72 years, 2 nsonths and 16 days. Mr.
Bradley was born in York county, Pa, He removed
:he state of Ohio in the year 18 36, thence
lien Connty. Indiana, in 13^5, where ha resided
until the year 1 3^9 when he removed to Noble County,
in which county he died. During his residence in
Ohio, he united v.d th the Presbyterian church, and
3O0n r ifter his removal to Mien county, Indiana, he
was elected and ordained ■ ruling aider in the
church with which he was connected, and continued to
nerve in bhat capacity during his lon^ residence
there. He also 111 Ions service as a" colporteur
scattering th* M §1 dvlne truth which we trust
saay bear much fruit.
r. 3radley leaves a wife, now past her three
score years and ten, and suffering upon ■ sick bed,
four daughters ^md one son.
New £ra, October 3, 1873
vied-on October the 19th, 1373, after a long and
severe illness, Eli '/aldron, aged 52 years, 1 ^jonth
and 8 days.
The deceased was born in Delaware county, Ohio,
Sept. 11th, 1826. He came to Noble county in the year
1336, where he has been engaged for many year* in
buying and shipping stock, and his transactions in this
line at times were quite expensive. He bore the
reputation among his neighbors as a fair dealer and an
honest man. He leaves a wife and four children. The
funeral services were held at the Kethodist church in
this place. The Bev. Cone preached the discourse. The
body was interred near Brlafield, where friends have been
New Era, October 31 » 1878.
Mr. Thomas Inks died a few days ago, at Springfield,
this county, aged 66 years and 2 days.
New Bra, Nov. 7, 1878.
Joseph Hoasher. of Jefferson township, is dead.
New Era, Nov. 1^, 1378.
Obituaries from Albion New Era
Jen. 1, 1880- taken from Albion New Sra
Mr. James Hoscoe, So. west of Albion one of the well
to do and prosperous and intelligent farmers ret*d on
Friday from a visit to his old hone in Erie Co., Ohio
where he gad been attending a family reunion at his
Mothers residence. The latter is an aged lady of 70
years and was not aware that a reunion of the family
was oonteaplated until her Sons 7 in nuaber-who live
in various parts of the country-began to arrive.
Mrs. Martha fiiddle Hadley died at her hoae near
Albion, Indiana, Jan 17-1330 in the 76 year of her
age. She was born May 3, 1804 in Washington Co. Pens.
The Black brothers (there are seven of then in
this county , ) had a reunion at the residence of Janes
Knox in Elkhart Township, on Christmas. -New Era, 1830
Wolf Lake Local. Albion New Sra, Jan. 3, 1830
One by one the early pioneers of our county are
passing away. Barney Scarlett, formerly an early
settler here, but of latter years a resident of Albion
County, died December 18th, 1879, aged 73 years.
Scarcely one year ago ha loat hi a companion. Thay
ware early connected with the P. w. B. and remained
with thaa until death. They will be long remembered
in this county.
The Paat Speaks
A aeaarkable Inscription la found upon a atone
which was picked up in Sparta township, and which
purports to have been aade One Hundred and Twenty
years ago by a white man held captive by the Indiana
Quite a Belle
When the first white settlers came to Indiana, large
Indian Tillages were found scattered at intervals all
over the country. One of these was located on the south
side of Elkhart Prairie, in Elkhart County, on the farm
now owned by Hon. John £• Thompson, and another near the
present site of Indian Village, In Sparta township,
this county. Occasionally, at this day, evidences are
discovered that long before the white settlers invaded
this portion of the red man's hunting ground, white
men were held as captives, fcgr the savages. These had
evidently been captured in the far east, on what was
then the western border of Civilisation and in being
transferred from tribe to tribe, in their intercourse
with each other, had finally found their wa/ into this
country, far beyond the reach of civilization. One of
the most remarkable of these relics of the past was
jhovn to us on Wednesday of last week by ex-sheriff
N. P. Sagles and his brother, Leander, who were in town
on that day* It la a stone whloh was plowed up in
one of the fields on the farm of Mr. Alvin Bandall, in
Sparta township, adjoining the farm of ex-sheriff
Sagles, and upon which is the following Inscription:
"Taken prisoner by the Indians In 1760 . I
an here all alone.
By the Delaware Tribe and taken west to the
But here Is A White asm. He was taken five
years before me. His name Is Allen, and
that Is sine. He was treated hard.
E. Allen. J. Allen."
There are many things connected with this
seealngly ancient relic that cause us to think that It
Is genuine, and that the Inscription was out upon the
stone by some person who was held a captive by the
Indians long before there were any white settlers In
this western country.
We know that the Messrs. Eagles would not be
parties to an attempt to humbug the people, and we have
their assurance that Mr. Randall, who picked up the
stone last fall, would not engage In anything of the
kind. The stone Is a piece of slate rock about 4x6
Inches In size, and about one half Inch In thickness.
One side Is rough and undressed, Just as It cane from
the ledge, while the other side, which bears the
lnscrltplon, is polished smooth, and the words out Into
It with some kind of a sharp Instrument. The stone has
evidently been carried a long distance, as slate rook
of this species. Is not found in this country, one
evidence of Its genuineness Is the fact that rook of
this description was no rarity In the r«glon of country
occupied by the Delaware tribe of Indians at the time
this man Allen claims to have been taken prisoner by
them, vls.t In 1760. They then occupied the country
In which Pittsburg Is now situated, and there, we
believe, slate rock, such as this piece, Is very
abundant. In the vicinity of where this stone was
picked up, In the first settlement of this country, a
large Indian encampment, or village was found, and It
Is very probable that a prisoner being carried west-
ward to the "Big Waters* would have been taken to this
In this connection it is well enough to state that
the Delaware Indians were originally located on the
Delaware river, and were embittered against the whites
by being cheated out of a large tract of land by what
is known in history as the "Walking Purchase", which
took place in 1737* I» this transaction the unsophisti-
cated Delawares agreed to sell to the whites, for a mere
trifle, lands on the Delaware as far as a nan could
walk in a day and a half. Hie whites stationed their
beet runners at regular intervals, to relieve each
other | and in this wanner go tenfold more land than the
Indians had Intended to sell to then. In describing
the s Indle, one of the tribe, in the expressive language
of the red man, saidi "White man no walk, no drink,
no stop to rest or shoot squirrel, but run, run, run the
This was in 1?37. Subsequently they reaoved west-
ward and occupied the country In which "Port Duquesne"
(now Pittsburg) stood, just previous to or at the tine
this man Allen was token prisoner by them.
In 1756, John KeCulloch was taken prisoner by the
Indians, while a child of eight or ten years, in the
State of Delaware, directly east of Pittsburg, and
remained with them eight years, being carried westward
Into the State of Ohio by them. In describing the
manner of hit capture, he says: "on the morning of
July 26, 1756, ay parents and oldest sister went home
to pull flax accompanied by one John Allen, a neighbor,
who had business at Ft. London, and promised to come
that way in the evening to accompany them book.
Allen proceeded about two miles toward London,
when he heard that the Indians had killed a man that
morning about a -lie and a half from where my parents
were at work; he then, Instead of going back to
accompany them home, agreeably to his promise, took a
circuitous route of about six or seven miles for fear
of the Indians". When Allen returned, young KcCulloch
started to go to his parents, was captured by the Indians,
..., . , i *
H ... H
end remained a captive for eight years. He says
nothing more about Allen, but the similarity of the
name of one of these on the stone, and that of John
Allen, and the further fact that the year 17 56 would
have been about the time the "J. Allen* referred to
In the Inscription on the stone* was taken prisoner,
strikes us a a strange coincidence. Might not the
captive "J. Allen" referred to in the Inscription have
been the "John Allen" spoken of by John Mcculloch, or
some member of his family?
Hew Era- Jan. 15, 1830
Mrs. Martha aiddle Hadley died at her hone near
Albion, Indiana, January 17th, 1830, in the seventy-
sixth year of her age. She was born May 3, 1804,
in Washington County, Pennsylvania; removed with her
parents in 1826 to Hlohland County, Ohio; was married
Taroh 2?, 1827, to Savannah Hadley, who still survives
her. She was the mother of twelve children, ten of
whom are now living. In the year 1864, she removed
with her husband and family to Jefferson township,
Noble County, Indiana, where she has since resided.
She was a faithful, devoted and affectionate wife and
mother, and a woman of far more than ordinary
Intellectual ability. She was a member of the
Presbyterian church of Albion, and as to her christian
character it was a noble enconluo upon it when a
daughter remarked. "Our mother's Christianity seemed
to us as natural as the air she breathed) born and
brought up in the Church, she grew up a christian and
always lived her religion."
Albion New Era. Jan. 22-1
One by one the first settlers or the county are
passing away, and soon none of the old pioneers will
be left to tell the tale of the hardships and privations
of those early pioneers who came to this country when
it was the home of the redaan, and the .forests were
almost unbroken by the woodman's ax. nary Dingraan,
widow of Adaa Dlngman, who died in 1876, departed
this life on Thursday of last week, Feb. 26th, 1880.
She was one of these early pioneers, but we hare not
the date of her cooing to tills county. Her maiden
name was Cleland, and she was born in the State of Ohio,
Jan. 6th, 1823, and at the tine of her death had
reached the age of 57 years, 1 month and 23 days. Her
husband, to whoa she was married January 31st, 1840,
oaae to Allen County In 1832, and to Noble County in
1835, And hence they were among the earliest settlers
of Noble County. Mrs. Dlngman was the mother of
nine children, quite a number of whoa survive her.
Her remains were burled in the Albion cemetery on
Saturday, and were followed to their last resting
place by a large number of her friends and acqualnt-
>:bion New Era, March 4, 1880
Death of an Old Citizen.
Another one of the aged citizens of the county
has fallen. On Saturday last Kr. George Sasterday,
Sen., ef Jefferson township, died after a long
illness, and we believe was buried on Sunday. Mr.
Sasterday had attained a good old age, but we are
without particulars in that regard. He was the father
of George and William Sasterday, of this county, and
of Sylvester H. Sasterday, of Albion. One by one the
old pioneers are falling.
P. S. Since the above was put la type we learn that
fir. Easterday was born Mot, 15th, 1300, and
came to Noble County In 1853*
Albion New Era.Harch 4, 1830.
Death of Mrs. Poster.
On Wednesday of last week, Mrs. Foster, wife of
Jehu Foster, of Jefferson township, departed this life
at a ripe old age. We have been unable to gather any
feats connected with her precious history from which to
write up an obituary notice, as we should have other-
wise done, as the deceased was one of the very oldest
residents of the county, having Immigrated to this
state at a very early day In the settlement of the
Country. We understand, however, that she was born
In Pennsylvania. She was the mother of our townsman,
Samuel H. Foster, and leaves a wide circle of relatives
and acqualntenances to mourn her departure. She had
been 111 for quite a long time, and breathed her last
on Wednesday last as stated above. Her remains were
Interred on Friday, Hev. Blanchard, of wolootvllle,
preaching the funeral discourse.
Albion New Zra-Karch 4, 1830
Mrs. Halferty, wife of John H. Halferty, of
Jefferson township, died after a brief Illness, on
Wednesday of last week, and was burled on Friday.
She was a daughter of fir. Benjamin Melvln, and leaves
a husband and four little children to mourn her
Albion New Era-March ^,1830
Jophronle Applegate, administratrix of the estate
of James H. Applegate, deceased, will hare a sale of
the personal property of said estate at the late
residence of the deceased, in Green township, on Friday
April 2nd, 1880.
Albion New Era-March 4, 1880
Mrs. Prances Iaes, mother of Wa. Iaes of Orange
township, died Tuesday morning, aged 85 years. The
funeral services were held yesterday at Jefferson Union
Church, and the remains wera interred In the Skinner
Albion New Era-March 11, 1880
An Old Settler gone.
Died, at his residence in Noble County, Ind«,
Isaac Pancake, Thursday evening, Feb. 26, 1380.
Father Pancake was one of the oldest settlers of the
Hawpatch and elder In the Sv. Luth. Church. The
funeral services were held in the Salem Church, on
Saturday, and were largely attended by a sympathising
community. Rev. J. Shaffer, his pastor, officiating. -
Copied in Albion New Era-March 11, 1880
In Death they were not Divided.
Mr. and Mrs. Zacoheus Butler, an old couple who
had sojourned together for more than sixty years, the
last ^9 of whioh were spent in this county, died
within four days of each other-tfrs. Butler on the 26th
of February, and her husband on March lst-and were
burled side by side in the Jackson cemetery In Benton
township yesterday, zaacheus Butler was born In
Culpepper County, Va. t Aug. 19th, 1?95» and his wife
Sarah, in London County, of the sane state, May 11,
1903. They were married Feb. 28, 1820, and removed
to this county in March, 1331. Mr. Butler had been a
member of the Baptist Church for 40 years previous to
his death. They have numerous descendants living
in this vicinity, and were highly esteemed by all
their neighbors and acquaintances.
Copied in Albion Hew Era from the Goshen Democrat.
Mr. and Mrs. Butler were the parents of Mr. A. I,
Butler, of near Wolf Lake this county.
Albion New Sra-March 11, 1860.
Died, at his residence in Troy township, DeKalb
County, Indiana, Sunday, Feb. 15th 1880, Samuel Learned,
aged 67 years and 11 months.
The deceased was born In New Hampshire, February 29,
1812, and after a long and useful life, over forty-four
years of which was spent in this and the adjoining county,
his spirit has sought its final above in the land of the
Auburn Courier, copied in New Era.
Mr. Learned was a brother of J. w. Learned, of
this county, and came to this country in 1836, with
barely sufficient means to enter 80 acres of land, but
at the time of his death was the possessor of between
three and four hundred acres, and had acquired a
handsome corapetenoy, by industry and frugality* He
held the office of Justice of the Peace in his town-
ship* ftnp aany years* and mis regarded as one of the
most worthy, generous* and respected citizens of that
county. He was elected assessor under the law when
there was but one assessor for each county. His son
has been his successor as Justice of the Peace, for
several years past. -Kendall vi lie Standard
Copied in Albion Hew Sra-Haroh 11, 1330
In Hemory of Mrs. K. Halferty
By Hands L* Crocker.
In day 3 agone we loved thee well*
When girlhood crowned the years,
And in i^e sterner years that fell
The love still lived* that life endears*
We knew it not* when last we set.
That soon would fall the last regret*
When last I kissed the sweet good-by,
The blush of health was thine*
The light of love was in thine eyes
I held thy hand in sine.
"Cose and see ae-good-byj* I hear it yet,
I cannot come; ohj sad regret!
Hot now; Oh had I thought of this-
How gladly I would have "cones"
How fervently given another last kldd,
On lips now cold and dumb*
"Cone and see no." I an powerless nows
The way is dark-I know not he .
Can you think in your beautiful home?
Can you think of those you have left?
That the hearts full of love cannot come,
But ache In sorrow-bereft!
But the love that gathered thee to the Throne
Will not leave the broken hearts alone.
We'll come and see thee, dear friend.
If the Lord will a -perhaps soon.
We cannot tell when the probation ends;
In the morning, et night, or at noon.
We'll come and see theej yes, dear one.
In the light of the love of God and the son.
3est the well-the flowers will bloom
By the paths that are missing thy fee.
They'll spread their fragrance, too o'er thy tomb
And make the solitude sweet.
We will be by them when tears fill the eye,
But we'd wipe them away and "come" by and by.
Albion, March 3, 1880.
John H. Stloht, of Kendallvllle, died a few days
ago at the age of 56 years. He had been a resident of
that city for about thirteen years.
Albion New Era-April 15, 1880
Catherine Eley, of Jefferson township, died on
the second of this month, at the age of ?2 years.
She became a resident of Noble county in 1353*
Albion New Era- Apr 11 15t 1880
Biographies of the Old Settlers of Noble
County Who have died during the past year
ae read by Nelson Prentiss, Esq., at the
Old Settlers Meeting in Albion, Saturday,
June 5> 1880
I regret that 1 an not able today to present you
with a more complete biography of Henry Cramer. He
came to Hoble County, with his parents, I think, in
1835, and lived all his life in Swan township, where
he lied last winter.
Mrs. Mary Dingman was born in Ohio, Jan. 6, 1323.
Her maiden name was Cleland, and she was the sister of
Mr. John Cleland, of York township in this county.
She came with her parents to Indiana in 13 34.
She was married to Adam Dingman, Jan. 21, 1840,
and from that time until her death sht resided in this
county. She died on the 26th day of harch, 1880, aged
She was the mother of 8 children, all but one of
whom are living, and most of them in this county. Her
huaband died over two years before, and from the time
of his death she lived on the homestead at Port
During the life of her husband they were always
? resent at our annual gatherings and took a lively
ntercst In our exercises, and another blank is left
la our little circle. She had an Influence for good
over her family, and her husband una frequently heard
to say that she made him a better man, than he mould
otherwise have been*
John Baker mas bom In Franklin County. Ohio, Hay
14. 1807 t where he lived until the year 1833, *»•» he
moved to this County at the age of twenty-six years,
being one of the earliest settlers. He was married to
Jane Thompson, in Fayette county, Ohio, by whoa he had
five children, three of whoa are living, and who are all
well known to the most of the citizens of the west part
of the County. His first wife, after having shared
with him the hardships and privations of frontier life
for thirteen years died In 1346. He was again married
to Abigail Smith, by whoa he had five children of whom
four are living. He died August 26, 1879 t *t the age
of 72 years.
Nrs. Hahala Hos tetter Is well worthy of a place
among our records, and 1 can but regret that the task
of recording her virtues has not been left to one more
able to do Justice to her aeaory. She was the daughter
of John H. and Betsey Hamsby, and a sister of John H.
Eamsby of Lagrange county and Robinson Baasby late
Sheriff of Noble County. She was born In Palrchlld
Co., Ohio, Jan. 19» 1812. Harried to John Hostetter
Oot. 21st, 18>0. Hoved to Noble County In Kay, 1832,
and In the fall of that year her second son, Simon
Hostetter. was born, who Is claimed to be the first
white child born In this county.
In the spring of 1833* her husband moved on the
Haw-patch. She died April 19 1 1380, having with
her husband k$ years and 6 months. She was the
aother of fourteen children, two of whom died in
Infancy, and one, having lived to manhood, gave hit
life for our country. Seven eons and four daughters
remain. Ten of these visited her during her last
sickness, and nine attended her funeral*
Mrs. Margaret Poster
The subject of this sketoh was born In Bedford
County, Penn., Oct. 26, 1804, and died at her home In
Jefferson township on the 25th day of February, 1880,
at the advanced age of 75 years and four months.
hen about twelve years of age she removed with
her parents to narrow county, Ohio. In March, 1824,
at the age of twenty years whe was married to John
Poster, with whoa she lived fifty-five years, and who
Is still with us. In 1637 they removed to Jefferson
township, In this County, where for forty- three years
they have lived on the same farm. She was the
mother of nine children, of whom seven are living.
She was an exemplary and consistent member of the New
School Baptist Church, and while she was devotedly
attached to the church of her choice, yet she was
ever ready to accord to others that liberty of
conscience she claimed for herself. Her cabin was
the shelter of the Itinerant preacher In early times,
as Bro. Blanohard can testify*
The Ligonler Leader last week contained the
following biographical sketoh of Andrew Humphreys,
one of the earliest settlers of Noble County, whose
death at Ligonler we noticed briefly last week
The paper valdt
At hit hone in Ligonler on Monday, June 28, 1830,
Andrew Humphreys passed peacefully to rest, in the
69th year of hit age. Ke waa born in Clark county,
Chlo, November 27, 1811, where he resided until the
family came west. On the 22nd of February, I833, he
married Mary Jones, and in the following October, in
company with his father, they came and settled at Wolf
Lake, Noble County, Indiana, where he afterward
resided and still owned the homestead at the time of
his death, but for the past seven or eight years he
has lived in Ligonler.
At the time he and his father oame to Wolf Lake
there were only two white families there, and only
four white families in the township, but plenty of
Indians. In 18*K> he joined the Free Will Baptist
Church, and became a leading member, in fact, the main
stay of the society, remaining as such up to the time of
his death. So much had he the Interest of the church
at heart that at one time he very strongly of selling
his farm and clearing the church of debt. The first
corpse that was deposited In the old cemetery in this
place he hauled there, a Mrs. Hanshaw, of Port
Mitchell, probably In 1835* He was a strong anti-
secret society man, but was very philanthropic.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and one
son. His funeral took place on Wednesday and was
largely attended, the services being held at the church
at Wolf Lake and conducted by the pastor.
Albion New Era-July 8, 1880
Hannah Carr Wheeler passed from her earthly
home to the life beyond, November 20th, 1330, in the
97th year of her age. She was born in Greenwish,
Rhode Island, in the year 173**. In 1301 she and
her father and mother's family removed to Wayne county,
Pennsylvania. There, in the year 1804, she married
Truman Wheeler. They settled in a dense forest, as
was all of northeastern Pennsylvania at that time.
Together they wrought until their home became
cultivated fields, and their children men and women.
Both were widely known for their strict adherence to
principle and their firm belief that right will
finally triumph over wrong and good over evil.
In the year 1841, they, with their farmily,
emigrated to Noble county, Indiana. Together they
traveled through the checkered scenes of life for
sixty- four years. Then Death called him up higher,
and now she, too, has passed over the great Divide to
meet her loved ones who have gone before.
Ho one who knew her will say that she ever failed
in all Life* s Drama to act well her part. She dealt
out kindness, and at the same time, strict Justice to
her family and those with whom she had to deal. She was
one of those who make the world better for having lived
Had she lived until the 28th of January, she would
have been 97 years old.
She leaves six daughters and one Son. Her home
for year 8 has been with her son-in-law and daughter s-
Krs. £• 3. Spencer and Krs. Rumfert
Albion New Era-Dec., 1880
Death of Judge Clapp.
The readers of the New Era will be pained to
read the announcement which we are called upon to
make, that William H. Clapp, of Albion, la no more.
His death occurred early on Wednesday morning,
January 5, 1881, and as we went to press at noon of that
day It was impossible for us to make more than this
brief announcement of his death, with the following
additional facts. Mr. Clapp was one of the early
settlers of Albion, and one of she prominent men of
the state, having served the people In many offloial
capacities among which were Judge of the Court of
Common Pleas, for a number of years, member of the
State legislature, and delegate to the Chicago
convention of 1880, whlcn nominated Garfield for the
In the early history of Albion, Judge Clapp
engaged in merchandizing, in which avocation he
accumulated a nice little fortune. In later years he
abandoned mercantile pursuits and engaged in banking,
which was more congenial to his tastes, and in this
business he became one of the wealthiest citizens of
Noble County* He was unassuming in manners, and
possessed of a kind and genial disposition which
made hla respeoted and loved by all, and he will be
Judge Clapp was married twice, and leaves a widow,
and three children (two sons and a daughter) by a
former marriage, to mourn their great loss.
Albion New Era, Jan. 6, 1881.
In the memorial and Resolutions adopted by the
Bar of Noble County we find the following concerning
Judge will lam H. Clapp t He was born In Ellington,
Tolland County, Connect lout, on the 18th day of
December, 1817, from which >lace he removed with his
father In 1822, to Ashtabula County, Ohio, and lived
there and In that vicinity until sometime In 1842, when
he went to Peru, Indiana, and entered a law office and
read law until the last of March, 1843, when, having
been admitted to practice, he removed to Augusta,
then the county seat of this county , and commenced the
practice of law, and has from that time to his demise
been a resident of this county.
Nov. 14, 1847, he married Mary A, Skinner, one
of the most estimable women in Noble County. She died
Mov. 14, 1875. Sh« had two sons, W. Frank and Charles
M., who are both residents of Albion, and one daughter,
Adella, the wife of Thomas A. Starr, Editor of the
Hicksvllle (0.) News.
On the 25th of December, 1&77» be married Angle
Skinner a cousin of his first wife, who survives him.
Died.- On Saturday, January 1, 1881, at his residence
In Jefferson township, this county, Alexander Montouth,
who had reached the advanced age of nearly 97 years.
His remains were taken to Ohio for interment, and
placed In their last resting place on Monday. Mr.
Montouth was born In the State of Delaware, but
aubeequently moved to Pennsylvania, and thence to Ohio
where he resided for a period of about sixty years. He
moved from Ohio to Noble County, Indiana, about two
years ago, where he lived until his death.
Albion New Era. Jan. 6, 1881
A family reunion of the Black family of Jefferson
and Allen townships, was held in this olty last
Saturday, at the Brock House, and was a very enjoyable
The following ware presents F. A* Black, aged
67 yearsi Owen Black, 6 years* 0. P. Black, 61 years!
Cyrus Black; Davis Black, 55 y«arsi BenJ. Black,
52 years \ Jas. M. Black, 41 years.
Among the ladles present were Krs. 0« P. Black,
Mrs. Davis Black, Mrs. Benj. Black, Krs. Jas. H.
Black and son. Also ex-County Treasurer, John D.
Black. There are twelve voters In the combined
families, and they all vote the straight democratic
ticket, except John D. Black, son of Amos. It has
been their custom for a number of years to hold a
re-union at the residence of one of the brothers
every Chrlstman, at which a sumptlous dinner is
served, and the day spent in a good social time.
They are all among Noble County's most honored and
respected citizens, all of them owning fine farms,
and are well fixed in life. ,May they all live to
enjoy many more family re-unions.
Hon. Jacob Shauok, as mine host, was equal to
the emergency, and served up an excellent dinner of
turkey, and other flxins.
Copied from Kendall vllle Standard In Albion Sew ^a,
Jan. 6, 1881
. • •.;:
Allen Green, the land king of Sparta township,
departed this life on Tuesday morning, January 4, aged
55 years. Rr« Green had been ailing for a year or
more, principally heart trouble, but was In town on
last Friday. He was the richest farmer In Noble County,
owning nearly 2000 acres of land In Noble and Whitley
Counties and in Michigan. His demise was rather
sudden, but he will long be remembered as one of the
wealthiest farmers in this section. He made no will.
Albion New Sra, Jan 13, 1881.
Died-at his residence, in Borne City, Ind., Jan. 9,
1881, of congestion of the brain, Mr. Wa. Dixon, Esq.,
In the 64th year of his age.
Mr. Dixon and wife came from Ohio to Indiana In
1353* He was a broad humanitarian in his religion, and
engaged in every good work; was the great motor power
of 3ome City, for years In every benevolent enterprise.
Funeral services oonduoted at the Methodist church by
Dr. T. H. Stewart. -News.
Copied by the Albion New Sra, Jan. 20, 1881.
William Dixon, who died recently at 3oae City, was
one of the most respected citizens of Noble County, and
well known to all the old residents.
Albion New Era, Jan. 27, 1881.
nr. P. 0. Black and Hiss Carrie Elma Tyler were
married at the residence of and by Rer. J.N. 3arnett,
Jan. 13t 1831, both of Kendal lville, Ind.
Copied from Columbia City Coamerioal by Albion
New Era, Jan. 27, 1881.
The bridegroom is a son of P. Amos Black of
Jefferson township, and a brother of ex- treasurer
John D. Black, while the bride is a sister of the wife
of county recorder, John Baughman.
The New Era extends congratulations to the young
couple, and in the language of Van Winkle, may they
"live long and prosper.*
From Steuben County items in Albion New Era,
Feb. 10, 1381.
"In noting the death of the oldest resident of the
county, and probably one of the oldest residents of
the state, the Republican of last week saidi "Last
Friday morning, at a little past midnight, Uncle
Wlllard DeWltt, the oldest surviving soldier of the war
of 1312 and the oldest person in this section of the
country, closed his eyes on the scenes of this world.
According to the best authority obtainable he was born
March 25, 1776, therefore was about 105 years of age at
the time of his death. He served for some time in
the war of 1812, being a member of Capt, I. Bartlett*s
New York militia. For the past nine years he has
received a government pension of 2 per month,
obtained for him by Lawrence Gates. He was married a
few years ago to a woman many years his junior. She
bore him several children. She still resides with
them on their farm in Scott township.
New Era, Feb. 10, 1881.
From the local news from A villa published in
New Era, Feb. 10, 1881.
"News has been received that willerd DeWltt, of
Steuben county, has Just died at the age of 107 years.
He had formerly lived near Avllla, and was known by
many of our citizens. His relatives here say that
he is ten years younger than the age reported, thus
making his correct age 97.*
Died.- Tirey Huber, one of the old residents of
Washington township, and a well known citizen of the
county, died on the 2'*th day of January, 1831, at the
age of 57 years. A correspondent of the Banner,
in speaking of the death of this honored citizen,
says that his affliction was almost past forbearing
during several weeks prior to his death, which was
caused by indigestion. In his death Washington
township loses one of her most substantial citizens,
a man of sound judgment, whose knowledge was extensive
and composed of all general topics and whose council
and decision ware considered law. He had filled the
office of Justive for some twenty odd years up to
last spring, when he was re-elected but refused to
qualify, thinking he had served the people long enough.
He leaves a family of five-wife and four children to
mourn their loss, well provided for. His remains
were interred at Salem by the Free Basons, of which
order he was a member. Services by Hev. Jabez
Shaffer. Peace to his ashes.*
Albion New Era, Feb. 10, 1881.
Mrs. Isaao Tlbbott of Wawaka, fell upon the ice
and dislocated her right hip, last Tuesday A. H.
Dr. Sartley of wawaka, and Dr, Teal, of this city were
called, and the hip was adjusted. Mr* and Mrs.
Tlbbott are the oldest living pioneers of the county.
They were married and settled where they now live In
183^. -Kendall vl lie Standard.
Copied in Albion New Era, Feb. 17, 1881.
We clip the following obituary notice of one of the
old and well known citizens of the county, from the
Kendallvllle standard of last week,
John Weston was born in Middlesex, Ontario county,
I. Y., August 15th, 1309. In childhood his parents
moved to Geauga County, Ohio. At the age of 21 he was
married to Fidelia Lamb, They lived in northern Ohio
until March, 1851, when he removed with his faaily to
Home City, Moble County, Indiana. In 1362, they came
to Kendallville , where he died, February 9th, 1881-
aged 71 years 6 months and 24 days. His companion
survives him. Together they have shared the Joys and
sorrows of life for 50 years and 2 months. During his
llness for the past two years she has watched over
and cared for him entirely herself-it being her one
great desire to do so. They reared a family of nine
children, three of whom are living. The Methodist
episcopal church was the one of his choice, of which
he was a strong and liberal supporter.
His friends know best what disappointments he
has encountered in his long Journey, what bright hopes
blasted, what sorrows felt, what agonies endured, how
many loved one he has covered up In the grave.
Albion New Era, Feb. 24, 1381.
The death of Israel Cooper, one of the early
settlers of Washington township, is announced at the
age of 78 years.
Albion Mew Era, March 3, 1881.
Our Kansas City Letter
Personal Hemlnasoenoes-Noble County at an early
Day-Then and Now. w 7
Kansas City, Mo,, Fob. 6, 1831.
Ed. New Era. -I have often wished, of late, that
some one who Is well posted In the early history of
Noble county would write up a history of the early
times In that county. If truthfully done, It would
read like a romance. Noble has made about as much
history as any county in the state, and some of it
of the most thrilling kind.
My first acquaintance with that county was in
the snrlng of 1838, and from that time until 1850
I was in the county quite frequently, and made the
acquaintance of many of the old pioneers who laid the
foundation of civilization in that county. The
memory of my early rambles In the county often come
back to me like a romantic dream, as, when I first
saw it, I was in the prime of early manhood and saw
things in a much more rosy light than I do now, and
I cannot repress a feeling of sadness when I
remember that all those who were then the leading
active citizens, and gave character to society there
have all passed off the stage of aotion and are nearly
forgotten. Peace to their ashes.
In those early times the old road from Ooshen
to Ft. Wayne was a thoroughfare of no small importance,
and during the rush of immigration, nearly all the
settlers, along the road went into the hotel business,
and some of them made it a source of considerable
revenue. This fact tended to render many of those
rough and ready, old pioneer landlords quite famous
on account of their odd ways and eccentric habits.
But as to that I think I wv&r knew a place in all
my experience that so abounded in eccentric characters
as Noble county did then. I made about my first
acquaintance in that county with old Jacob Shobe, who
was then postmaster, and I took my first lessons in
pos toff ice business under him. I used to go out there
from Benton to make out his quarterly report for him,
as he was not scholar enough to do it himself. About
the sane time I made the acquaintance of old Adam
Engle, and old Mr. Hos tetter, old Mian Wood and
Old Gchl otter back, and I remember, also, that on
my first trip out to Ft. Wayne in the spring of
1838, I first met my friend, Nelson Prentiss, at
Stone's Tavern, where they had a small stock of
goods, amongst which were some fluids, kept, of
course, for "strictly medical purposes.*
I remember I invested five cents in a glass of
wine "for the stomach's sake." I expect Prentiss
don't remember the circumstance now.
On the same trip I made the acquaintance of
old Humphrey Nichols, and staid over night with
him. About the first thing after I went in and took
a seat, Nicholas went into another room and brought
out an old fashioned quart bottle, which was about
half full of whiskey, with, if I remember right,
about half a dozen flies floating on the top of it,
and taking the bottle by the neck with his right
hand, he gave it a brisk stamp on the palm of his
left hand, and then holding it up to the light as if
to show what a splendid "bead" it carried, remarked!
•There's a little left in the old bottle yet," and
offered me the bottle, to drink, as I wasn't
used to whiskey with that kind of a "fly" in it, I
declined. Nichols then proceeded to give me a history
of his connection with making bogus money, and all
about his being sent to the Ohio penitentiary for it;
In fact put in the whole evening talking on that
subject, and 1 rather thought drew largely on his
imagination, in order to make himself out a sort of a
hero, which, I was afterward told, he was in the habit
of doing with everybody, especially strangers. He was
a queer old case.
Those were the days when Dave Herri man was King of
Noble County, and Lotta and Bill Hill flourished, and
the Tamarack House was a noted place. A history of the
doings of the gang of outlaws that infested that
neighborhood in those days, in connection with the
history of their final overthrow by the "Regulators, "
would fill a good sized volume. It Is gratifying to
know that a better state of things prevails there
now, and that a neighborhood onoe the shame and
reproach of the county, Is now looked upon with quite
as much pride, for Its order, good norals and
refinement. S. Webster
Albion New Era, Peb. 17» 1881,
Kansas City Letter
Personal Hemlnlscenoses-Some Traits In the
Character of one of Noble County •s early citizens.
Kansas City, Mo., March 15, 1881.
Ed. New Era. -When X wrote you some weeks ago, some
remlniscenses of the early history of Noble County,
I did not design saying anything further on that
subject, but on looking over what I wrote, I feel
Impelled to add a few words more, partly by the way of
explanation of some things I said in my former letter,
and partly because there is a great deal more to write
The reader may wish to know what I meant In
speaking of Dave Herrlman as the "King of Noble County."
I would say, as to that, that I alluded to his great
and almost Irreslstable Influence as a politician.
There probably has never been a politician In the county
that so thoroughly controlled the political elements
of the county, as Herrlman did, for some ten or twelve
years before he left there. It seemed as though If
he wished to have a certain position, that all he had to
do was to let his wishes be known, and his election
followed as a aatter of course. I believe I n»vw knew
him to be beaten, for any office he sought for, until
he aspired to a seat In congress, when his pressige all
at onoe seemed to desert hlmj when he could have truth
fully said with Cardinal Wolsey-
. 5» tllirt
•Nay then, farewell;
I have touched the highest point of all my greatness;
And, from that full meridian of my glory,
I haste now to my setting* *
He very soon after that abdicated his throne of
political power, and his kingdom passed Into other
In many respects Herrlman was more than an
ordinary man. He possessed, In a remarkable degree,
shrewdness and force of character that go to make up,
not only the successful politician, but also the man
who succeeds at anything. He was one of that kind of
men that oan*t be kept down. They may be compelled
for a time to succumb to adverse Influences, but they
are proverbially hard to kill. Herrlman was a most
genial companion, and had, withal, a kind of personal
magnetism that seemed to disarm prejudice, and make
friends, even of those who disapproved of much of his
doings. His career as a public man would doubtless
have b*en much more brilliant but for his lack of
education, but he oertalnly made good use of what he
had, and his native good sense, and shrewdness, well
supplied the lack of learning. As a neighbor, he was
generous and accomodating , his hospitality was
unbounded, and differ as we may, as to the correctness
of political teachings, I think he m 3 fairly entitled
to the credit of having wielded the scepter of political
power as judiciously as could be ex: ected, and that his
reign was, upon the whole, beneficial to his subjects.
He had, however, one peculiar trait of character that I
always thought detracted somewhat from his usefulness
as a public man, and that was his Inveterate waggery.
While that trait evidently stood him In good stead In
his bush whacking style of electioneering, yet, as water
will neter rise above the level of the fountain whence
It flows, so, while his taste led him to stoop to the
level of the buffoon, he could hardly expect the world
to regard him In the dignified character of a statesman.
His waggery and hilarious disposition, however, If they
detracted from the dignity of character to which he
might otherwise have attained, had, at least, the
compensating effect of keeping everybody around him
in a good humor, and, I have no doubt, caused his
departure to be greatly regretted by his old neighbors
Such is a brief review of the character of the
man I Invested with regal honors, as I remember him*
He acted the part of a political leader without making
enemies; wore bis regal honors with becoming modesty,
and will long be remembered as a public-spirited and
humane citizen of the old pioneer days.
Albion New Era, March 24, 1881.
Three of the old settlers of Koble county passed
away and were burled on one day last week. These three
were: William Crlspell, of York township; Jackson Sawyer,
of Wayne, and David Law, of Orange. Verily the old
pioneers are rapidly passing away to that unknown land
beyond the dark river of death.
New Era, March 24, 1881.
David Law died at his home in Orange township last
Sunday. Mr. Law was one of the oldest residents of Noble
County, and one of our most highly respected citizens.
The funeral services were held Tuesday, with Masonic
honors . -Xendallvlll e Standard •
Copied in New Bra, March 24, 1881.
William Crlspell died at his home in York township,
March 20th, 1881, aged 77 years, 7 months, 22 days. The
deceased was born In Ulster county, N. Y«, July 25, 1803,
and settled on the farm where he died, in May, 1837,
having lived on the same farm for nearly forty- four
years. In early life he became a member of the preaby-
terlan church, and at the time of his death was one of
the Ruling Elders of the church at Albion.
In 1848 the first Presbyterian Church was organized
at Albion and Father Crlspell was the first Elder,
and from the tlae of his election until near the time
of his death, he was never absent from his plaoe at
a communion season, and rarely was he absent from the
public services. He was the last of the members
uniting with the church when It was organized in 1848.
Settling in this new country at that early date,
when Noble county was an almost unbroken forest, and
being like nearly all of the early settlers, not rich
in this world's goods, we may well suppose, that he
endured the privations incident to all, but by honest
Industry, he succeeded in clearing his farm and
surrounding himself with the comforts of home. By
his integrity he won the respect of his neighbors, and
by his faith in Christ, and by a well ordered life, he
was enabled to triumph over every foe.
Albion New Era, March 24, 1881.
The wife of zeaus Wright, of York township, one
of the early settlers of the county, died very suddenly
on Monday morning of this week. She has been
afflicted with dropsy for some time but has been able
to be about most of the time, and on Monday morning
after partaking of breakfast and seating herself in a
ohair, suddenly expired. She was well and favorably
known by a large circle of friends.
Albion New Era, April 7» 1331.
Oone to Her Home.
Mrs. Franoes Swett died at her home in York
township, April 14, 1881, aged 63 years and 2 months.
She was born in Jackson county, Ohio, Feb. 14, 1818.
When she was eleven years of age, her father, whose
name was John Ogej removed with his family to Hancock
county, Indiana, and settled near the present site of
Greenfield. At that time Indianapolis was in its
infancy and the whole country an almost unbroken
forest. Hence it is obvious she experienced the
privations and hardships incident to a pioneer life.
In 1842 she was married to the 3ev. Alfred Swett, who
survives her. She was the mother of eight children,
all but two of whom crossed the dark river before
her. Her two children who are left are John C. Swett,
of Albion, and a daughter Lizzie C. Swett, who is still
at home. She was for many years a member of the
wesleyan Methodist Church.
Albion New Sra, April 21, 1881.
capt. G. w. Shears (a brother of Mrs. Chas. Law,)
was visiting his sister last week. His home is in
Prom Dutch street Locals In Albion Hew Era,
April 28, 1881.
Loved and Lost.
Mrs. Julia Alvord died on Sunday morning, May
8, 19? 1, aged 51 years, 8 months and 8 days. She was
the daughter of the Hon. Jerome Sweet and Joanna
Sweet, and was born In Camillus, Onandaga county,
B. X., Aug. 31, 1829. In 183** her parents removed
to Huron County, Ohio, where they lived about eight
years, and in 1842 they settled in Jefferson township,
Noble County, Indiana. Mr. Sweet, her father, died
at the homestead, in August, 1869* since which time
her mother has continued to live on the same place
where they settled in 1842. On the 2nd day of Nov.
1852, she was married to Samuel I. Alvord, £sq^..
the present Clerk of the Noble Circuit Court, with
whom she lived in perfect harmony until she was
called "up higher. • She was the mother of twelve
children, four of whom are living, and eight have
passed on before. Elder Blanchard, who performed
the marriage ceremony for this couple, preached the
funeral discourse at the Presbyterian church, after
which the remains were deposited In the grave In
Sweet's cemetery, east of town on Tuesday.
Albion Hew Era, Kay 12, 1881.
Another Old Settler Cone.
On Thursday night of last week, after a short
Illness, William S. Bowen, one of the old and honored
citizens of Noble County, died at his residence in
Green township, this county at a good old age, leaving a
large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his
departure. His remains were interred in the Albion
cemetery. The deceased was the father of Rev. 0. W.
Bowen, of Albion, pastor of the Lutheran church in this
place, and of Krs. Spencer, wife of our townsman, D. £•
A. Spencer. He was highly esteemed by all. Years
ago the deceased was elected and served for one or two
terms as sheriff of Noble County, and later was honored
with an election to the office of treasurer, all of which
positions he filled acceptably to the people and with
credit to himself.
Albion New Era, Hay 12, 1881.
From the speech of Nelson Prentiss at Old Setters
meeting in June, 1381, at Albion, Ind.
"During the past year the following old settlers
have left us: John Barry, Solomon Miller, Samuel P.
Smith, David Bldlaok, George Swank, Pha. Humphreys,
William Inscho, Fidelia w. Barham, David Law, William
Cri spell, Jackson sawyer, Tollack Stangland, wary A.
Wright, Frances Swett, Alfred Swett, William £• Bowen,
Jacob Baker, Nancy Tumbleson, and James KcConnell.
John Barry was the first of our band against
whom death leveled his shaft after our lest annual
meeting. He died at his home in Brlnfleld, June 9,
1880. He was born In Montgomery county, New York,
Feb. ?, 1813, being at the time of his death 67 years
*t months and 2 days old. He came to Lagrange county
in 1837. In 1852 he went to California, where he
remained six years, and returned to Indiana a cripple
and an invalid for the remainder of his life. His
disease was rheumatism, and, notwithstanding his
suffering, he nerer by word or deed betrayed impatience,
or complained, but bore his suffering with a firmness
born only from his unwavering trust in God. He was
twice married and leaves a widow and three children.
An additional notice was read among which notes
are these 1 He had been an invalid for twenty three
years and for eight years had never stood upon his
feet. From early manhood he has been a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church and class leader for many
years. When almost gone, after the tongue was silent
forever, and lips had spoken their last word, his
weeping wife laid her hand upon his brow, calling
him by name, he turned his dying eyes upon her, while a
smile wreathed his lips, as if he would have said
"all is well, I am going home"f again after his eyes
were closed, his son called him "Father* that smile came
In answer. That was his last farewell, a beautiful
smile. The deceased was father of seven children
four cf whom preceded him.
Solomon Miller came to Noble County In 1334, being
at the time 18 years of age. He was born in Pendleton
County, Va., In 1816. Moved to Ohio in 1826, where he
remained until he came to Noble County, where he lived
the rest of his life. He died July 8, 1880 at the
age of (A years. In I839 he was married to Elizabeth
Long, with whom he lived many years, but I have not been
able to obtain the exact date of her death. By this
marriage 12 children wire born of whom 9 are now
living. After the death of his lirst wife* he
married a Mrs. Ore en, of Ligonier, by whom he had two
children, one died, the other is living • He was
again left a widower and married as his third wife
Hiss Kingston, by whom he had one child, who is still
living, as is also his widow. He was the father of
15 children, 10 of whoa are living. Nearly his
entire life was spent in Noble County. Coming into
this new country at the time he did, it cannot be
supposed that he enjoved the opportunities for mental
culture, which are nc r open to all, but possessing
a well-balanced mind and keen discrimination, he
formed his opinions, which were generally correct.
He left a fine property to his heirs, and well will
it be for then if they inherit the industry and
economy of their father. He had the confidence and
esteem of those who knew him best. 1 think he is the
last of the family. They were among the first to
settle here, and his brother, Henry, (who died twc
years ago,} was the first Post Master in Noble County.
Samuel F. Smith, died near Rome City, in Orange
township, Deo. 13» 1380, aged ?6 years, 10 months,
and five days. He was born in Butler County. Ohio,
Feb. 8, 1804, and came to Noble County in 1840. He
was married in Summit County, 0., Oct. 9* 1332, and
leaves a widow and seven children, all of whom are
residents of Noble County. His wife, whose name before
her marriage was Catharine Sapp, now resides on the
homestead about one mile South east of Home City. He
was a man of a sound and discriminating judgment,
slow to form an opinion, but when once formed, he
adhered to that which he believed was right, with a
David Bl alack settled In Orange Township, Fab, 9»
1836, and consequently was one of tha first settlers of
that township and one of the first fire voters In
Wayne Pwp. He was born In Chemung County, N. Y., Jan.
«, 1809. At tha age of 18 ha removed with his parents
to Mortage county, Ohio, where they lived until he case
to Indiana. He died at his home Deo. 16, 1880, being
at the time but a few dayB short of ?2 years of age.
He was married in Portage County, Ohio, Aug. ?, 1831 • to
Kiss Abagail Judson, with whom he traveled life's
journey for almost fifty years. She with four children,
survives him, two children having passed on before. In
1852 he made a public profession of religion and united
with the M. £• church, of which he remained a faithful
raeraber. The life of our friend and his wife in the early
times of Noble county, is the life of most who lived
here then; one of toll, privation and sacrifice. As a
financier he was not successful t his heart was too
large; he felt too deeply the wants of others. His
life was worthy of 1ml tat Ion | his end was peace.
George swank was born in London County, Virginia,
November 11, 1791, and died in Elkhart township, Feb. 11,
1831, at the age of 89 years and three months. From
Virginia he removed to Muskingum County, Ohio, where on
the 22nd of May, 1^13, he married Jane Larrlson, who
accompanied him to Noble County, Indiana, in 1335. when
they settled on the farm where they both died. She
died Nov. 30, 1850. He was the father of nine children,
two of whom are dead and the others are living. He was
again married Aug. 24, 1857, and his second wife died
March 27, 1873. Father .iwank was truly a patriarch,
having past the age allotted to man by almost a score of
years. He came down to us from a former generation. He
was born in another century. Day by day the cords that
bound him to the earth were sundered, until the tired
wheels of nature ceased to move. He was for many years
a member of the Lutheran church, and died in that faith.
Phaortes Humphreys was born In what is now Noble
township; In Noble County, before Noble County was born,
having first seen the light In 1834. He was one of the
first white children born In Noble County. He was the
son of Andrew Humphreys and his wife Kary. The father
died about one year ago, and his death was reported at
our last meeting. He was born on the Humphreys* farm
about one mile west of Wolf Lake, and his childhood and
youth were spent on the farm. He learned to trade of
harness maker, and during a part of his life worked at
his trade. Cn the 27th of Ray, 1373, he was married
to Hiss Lamorle King, daughter of Michael King, Esq., of
Allen township. She and as well as one child, a son,
is left behind. He died suddenly, Feb. 11, 1381.
When the war of the Rebellion broke out, he, as well as
a younger brother, entered the service and did their
duty nobly and well. He was spared to his friends,
but the brother gave his life for his country. He
sleeps in the quiet grave yard near the plaoe where his
William Inscho died at his home in Jefferson
township, Feb. 23, 1331, at the advanced age of nearly
79 years. He was born in Sussex county, New Jersey,
Deo. 23, 1302. When quite young his parents removed
to Virginia, where they lived a short time, and in 1315
they emigrated to Huron county, Ohio. He was twice
married, the first time in 1330 in Ohio. In 1337
he came to Noble Co* where his first wife died, Sept.
14, 1838, one of the victims of that fearful scourge
that swept over all northern Indiana during that season.
By this marriage three children were born, one of whoa
is dead and the other two, George and Hugh, are living
in Jefferson township. In May, 1340, he was again
married, and his widow is still living on the homestead.
One child was born to this marriage who is the wife of
John Guthrie, Esq., one of the substantial farmers of
Jefferson township. His two sons are also residents of
the same township, and are both farmers, and men of
probity, and are respected by the neighbors.
Our old friend was truly a pioneer. Settling In
Huron County, Ohio, at the age of 13 years, and just at
the close of the war of 1312-1315, the early settlers
for a time dreaded attack from the savages, who but
recently were the allies of the British in the struggle.
Living here a pioneer life for about 27 years, he
cane among the first, and by his Industry he has helped
to transform the then howling wilderness into fruitful
fields. He was a blacksmith, and when the country was
new it was his custom to work at his clearing or his
crops during the day, and spend a good part of the night
at his anvil. He was a good neighbor, honest in all
his dealings. He had a kind word for every one.
Mrs. Fidelia W. Parham was the daughter of Luke
Biggins, who settled in Noble county in 1832. She was
born in Windsor county, Vt«, June 20, 1819, and died in
Orange township, February 15* 1881, at the age of nearly
62 years. She was married to Thomas farham, of Lagrange
county, with whom she lived until his death, about seven
years ago* Since his death she has lived with her
sister Mrs. L. A. Johnson, at Wolcottville. In a slip
cut from a newspaper giving an account of her death, it is
stated that she was born in Windsor county, N. Y. which is
evidently a mistake, as there is no Windsor county in N. Y.
and from the further fact that Mr. Biggins always claimed
to come from Vermont. Her father was the first white
man who settled in the northern part of Noble county, on
the Indian trail from MongoQUlnong to Fort Wayne, his
house was the stopping place for all who passed that way.
I have slept in his cabin at an early date and well
remember Fidelia as a young lady possessed of a kind
disposition and attractive ways. She died from the effects
of a cancer with which she suffered for seven years.
During her sufferings Mrs. Parham maintained unshaken faith
in the goodness and mercy of her Heavenly Father, and felt
all things would work together for good to those who
Lay id Law was born In Now Haven, Conn., January
15t 1813. and Wed «t Northport, Maroh 20, 1881, being
at the time past 63 years of age.
When quite young he moved with his parents to
Summit county, Ohio, where he spent five years
learning the trade of the carpenter. In 183*+ he was
married to Sarah Root, by .-.hora he had three children,
two of whoa are still living. In 1836 he, with his
wife, moved to Noble county and settled in Swan town-
ship. Not long after, his wife died, adding another
name to the list of those who have given their lives to
prepare the wilderness for the abode of civilization.
In January 1841, he was again married to Miss Lucretla
Shears, a daughter of Deacon Sheers, who lived west of
Northport near the old Herrlman farm. By this marriage
he had three children, but one of whom Is living. She
died in 1859. On the 4th of March, 1861, he was
married to Miss Melvlna Wright, who is still living.
He was well known to most of the citizens, having held
the office of Justice of the Peace of Orange township
for £4 consecutive years. In his official capacity he
was respected, and his decisions were generally
affirmed on appeal. He was burled with masonic honors
by his brethern.
Jackson Sawyer was born in Knox oounty, Ohio, May 10,
1835 and when one year old was brought by his parents to
Noble oounty, where he has since resided. His father was
one of the earliest settlers of Noble County, and at one
time owned a part of the land in the city of Kendallvllle.
The father died in 1838, that ever-to-be-remembered
season when disease invaded every house, and Death
claimed his victims all over the land. The mother died
about two years ago, and her death is recorded in the
archives of this society. The subject of this sketoh was
married in 1853 to Margaret Lauring, whom he leaves as his
widow. He also leaves four children. Two brothers and one
sister are left, the last of the original sawyer family.
In 1367 he united with the Baptist church, of which he
remained a consistent member until his death. He died
March 21, 1331, aged 46 years. His example is worthy
of imitation, and It would be well for society if we
had more such as he.
Tollook Stangland died at his home in Noble township,
April 10, 1881, after a lingering illness of several
months. His disease was rheumatism. He was born in
Orleans county, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1832 and was over
49 years of age at the time of his death. He came with
his parents to Indiana in 1839 » where they continued to
live for several years, when first the father and
afterwards the mother were taken away, leaving a large
family of young and helpless children. Several of the
children, and among them Tollook, were taken by
relatives to the State of New York, where he remained
until he was a young man, when he returned to the old
faro. He followed teaching during the winters and
labored on his land the rest of the time. On the
18th of April, 1861, he was married to Miss Elizabeth
Abeaas, daughter of James Abeaas, one of the early
pioneers of Noble County. She is still living on
the farm. He was the father of ten children, eight
of whom are now living with the widow, the two oldest
having died. His father was a Norwegian by birth,
and his mother was a native of New York, and he
possessed the energy of his father, and the prudence
and economy of his mother. He was a member of the
Christian church, and he adorned his profession by a
consistent life and a chaste conversation. He was
deeply interested in the cause of education, and took
a lively interest In everything that had a tendency to
Improve and elevate the standards of morals in society.
Mrs. Mary A. Wright was the daughter of Kr. and Mrs.
Isaac Arnold, and was born In Seneca county, N. Y., In
1821, and died in York township, April, 1881, being 60
years of age. In I837 she cane with her father's
family to Noble county, where she has since resided.
On the 13th of January, 1841, she was married to Zenas
Judson Wright, with whom she lived on the farm until
her death* She was the mother of 9 children all of
whom are living. Her father died in 1358, and her
mother in i860, and father, mother and daughter sleep
side by side In the Oak Grove cemetery. She was for
years an exemplary camber of the Baptist church.
Mrs. Frances Swett, and Hev. Alfred swett, were
married in 1342, and for almost forty years traveled
the rugged path together, laboring zealously for the
good of others with a truly unselfish devotion. Mrs.
Swett was the first to whom the summons came, on the
14th of April 1881. She went but she left him, oh
so sad and lonely! The light of his home had gone
out! The wife of his youth and the mother of his
children had left him* Sixteen days after the death
of his wife, the same messenger knocked and was gladly
admitted and with joy he followed where she had led
the way. Mrs. Swett was born in Jackson county, Ohio,
Feb. 14, 1818. Came to Indiana in 182? and from that
time until her death was a resident of northern
Indiana. Mr. Swett was born in Butler county, Ohio,
Feb. 1?, 1816| cane to Indiana when a child, and for
fifty years has lived in northern Indiana. They were
for many years members of the M, 3. Church, but severed
their conns with that church in 1844, and formed the
Veeleyans. The reason of the change in ohuroh
membership grew out of their convictions of the subject
of slavery. Mr. Swett having witnessed the mobbing of
Fred. Douglas, in which some of the members of his
church participated, left the church as above stated.
Mrs. Swett was stricken with paralysis, and became
helpless and suffered untold misery. But she bore it with
courage and christian fortitude. After her death Mr. Swett
could not be said to be afflicted with any disease but
he seemed lost, and moved about mechanically, growing
more and more feeble until April 30, he too, slept. He
entered the ainlstry In I855. Eight children were
born to them, and two only survive. John C. Swett
of Albion and a daughter who was with to the end.
"They re»t froa their labors and their works do
follow thea. -
William Bowen was well known to all the early
settlers of Noble county, having settled here in
1857, and during a considerable portion of his life
was engaged In public duties that brought hia
prominently before the people of the county. He was
called to serve the public as Justice of his township,
was twice elected to the offioe of sheriff and once
to the responsible position of Treasurer of Noble
county. His whole life, both public and private, was
marked by the most strlot integrity and honesty and
no charge of official corruption was ever breathed
against hia. He was born in Berks county, Penn., Feb.
7, 1810. was aarried to Elizabeth v/hitesell in 1331
and settled In Noble county In 1837. and resided on
the fara in Green township, where he died, for acre
than forty years. He died Key 5, 1881, aged a little
over 71 years. His aged widow survives hia. He was
the father of 9 children, four of whoa are dead and
five living. Among thea Rev. 0. W. Bowen of Albion.
He was brought up in the doctrines of the 0. S. Lutheran
church, and at the time of his death was a aeaber of the
Evangel leal Lutheran church.
Jacob Baker was Indeed a pioneer of Noble county,
having settled here in I833, three years before this
county was organized. He was one of the few men who
voted at the first election held In the county in June,
I836. At that election, Isaac Spenoer was elected
Clerk and Recorder, and he also discharged the duties
now performed by the Auditors. Jaaes Hoe tetter was
elected sheriff, Henry Engle, coroner, Joel Bristol,
Henry Hoetetter, Sen,, and Abraham Pancake,
Commissioners. Two of the commissioners were from
the same township. About the first act of the
Clerk after receiving his commission was the
Issuing a marriage license for the subject of this
sketch, which was the first Issued in Noble County.
Mr. Baker was one of the petit Jurors at the first
court held In the county, which was held on the farm
now owned by Esq. Schlotterback, on Perry's Prairie
and which was presided oyer by Hon. Samuel C. Sample,
with James Latta and Elisha Blackman as his
associates. At the next term of court held the
following spring at the house of Eiohard Stone, there
occurred a bloody fight into which Mr. Baker was
drawn, and in which about a dozen persons participated.
Of those engaged, Mr. Baker was the last living. He
was born in 1891, and died May 8, 1831, being nearly
30 years of age. He was married five times, and left
surviving him three children. In person, he was
tall, and in his younger days was a fine specimen of
physical manhood. He was a warm friend, and no
sacrifice was too great for him when it would enhance
the happiness of others.
Nancy Tumbleson died at her residence in the Haw
Patch on the 11th of May, 1831. She was the daughter
of William Hllmeth, and was born in Pickaway county,
Ohio, in 1818. She came to Noble county in the fall of
1835* and continued to live here and in Lagrange
until her death. She was married to William Hamilton,
in this county at an early date, but the exact time
has not been furnished. Hamilton died in 1849. 3y
this marriage she was the mother of seven children, three
of whom are dead, the other four are sons and are
living. In 1853 she was again married to James
Tumbleson, who is still living at an advanced age. It
was my good fortune to make the acquantance of Mrs.
Tumbleson and the rest of her father* s family at my
first advent Into Noble county, as they lived near
Rochester where I resided. The family was large, but
today I think only she Is left. The father was a man
of religious feeling, ft devoted member of the H. E.
church. Mrs. Tumblescn was from childhood a member of
the church In the doctrines of which she was brought
up, and all who knew her will be as witness to her
sincerity and zeal in the cause she loved.
James KcConnel, one of the earliest settlers of
Northern Indiana, died at the residence of Hiram
Bradley, in Albion, Kay 20, 1881, aged 73 years and
4 months. He was born Jan. 20, 1808, in Muskingum Co.,
Ohio, and early in the spring of 1832 came with his
father and family to the Haw Patch and settled on the
farm where, 49 years after, he was buried. They were
the second family that settled on the Haw Patch.
From the time of his settlement in Indiana until his
death, he was actively engaged in business, and his
name is familiar to every old settler in Lagrange and
Koble counties. He was one of the Commissioners of
Lagrange county at a very early day. About 183? he came
to Rochester, In Koble County, and engaged in business
as a partner of Albert Powell, of Lima, and your
biographer spent two years as clerk in their store,
at Rochester. The store was not such as we see in
these days, but was built of logs, and all its adornments
were in keeping with the outside. One of the staple
articles in trade was Indian blankets, and another
lndispenslble article was whiskey, as well as various
compounds manufactured from the same by Powell, who
was an adept at the business and from whom Harvey Wood
learned the art of making pure liquors of all kinds
from poor whiskey and poisonous drugs. In January or
February, 1338, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Shoup,
who died Sept. 24, 1874, leaving two sons, Thomas, who
now resides at Llgonier, and William who died Sept. 28,
18?4. He was twice married after the death of his
first wife, and his last wife died about two years ago.
Thomas Is the only one of the family left, end of
his father 1 * family, one of his brother* (William)
Who resides in Wisconsin, is the last left. Kls
father William McConnell, died April 15. V'+Q, at the
age of 67 years, and his mother Agnes McConnell died
Aug. 23, 1851, at the age of 66 years. All are
buried on the corner of the old McConnell farm, where
the subject of this sketch was also burled on the
22nd of Hay, 1881.
rhis ends the biographies of Cld Settlers deceased
in 1380 and 1881 as given by Kelson Prentiss at the
Old Settler»s Meeting at Albion in June, 1881 •
Many fine characteristics of the subjects had to
be omitted on account of conserving apace. But many
five us a clear picture of the early pioneers and their
D. A. li. Committee
Obituary-William 3. Stoops was born in the State of
Pennsylvania, 18C2. He came to Albion, where he has
since resided in 1857. He died on Wednesday, June 8,
1881. He leaves an aged widow and a number of grown
children to mourn his departure. The funeral sermon
was preached at the M. £• Church, on Thursday, by aev.
J. w. Smith to a large concourse of neighbors and
Albion New Era, June 16, 1881.
"Nearly fifty years ago the first settlers In this
country, having no road running to the north, through
Rochester, Lagrange and the southern part of Michigan,
followed an Indian trail considerable of the distance.
This trail and early road passed through the farm now
owned by H. Prentice. The places worn in the banks
by the ponies, where the trail crosoed a swale, are
plainly visible at the present time. The banks
being too steep to allow vehicles to cross, the road
crossed a few rods farther above. A corduroy bridge
was made of polls of different kinds of timber. Not
long since in cleaning out the swale, It was determined
to take the old bridge out. Eed oak, linn, beech,
and black ash poles were found to be as sound as the
day when placed there. For some tine after the field
had been plowed, the road could be traced nearly across
it. &tt several plowing* have obliterated entirely
the location of the road, and tne removal of the
bridge takes away all traces of the earliest road,
probably, in the county."
Signed X. Indian Village Locals
In Albion New Era, July 28, 1331.
William Knox died at his home in York township this
county, on Saturday, Aug. 6, 1881. Mr. Knox m=s born
in Washington county, Penn. , Sept. 25, 1315; came to
niohland county, Ohio, with his parents In 1817. In
1838 he married Isabel B. Deattle. She died in 1854,
leaving him with a family of eight children. In 1376
he came to Noble county, Indiana, and married Miss
Rebecca Spangle, April 28, 1881, whom he leaves, with
three children, together with numerous relatives and
friends, to mourn his loss. Mr. Knox was a much
Albion New Era, Aug. 11, 1881.
At the reunion of the old Settlers of Smith township
Whitley county, Isaac Tibbits, of Noble County was
present and his "talk" Is reported as follows; Isaac
"ribbite, of Noble county, was introduced and spoke of
many items of Interest connected with the early
settlement of this section of Indiana. Rr. Tibbits
stated that he lived in Noble county for about 53
years | that when he first case to the country there
was no house between Ft. Wayne and the city of Elkhart.
He said there was neither a brick ryor frame house
in Ft. Wayne at that time, nothing but cabins. The
first election he attended there were but 25 votes
oast at his precinct, which precinct was composed of
eight townships. In that day fir. Tlbblts said that he
had to go fifty miles to mill and corn bread and
venison constituted their every day diet.
From Whitley County locals in New Era, Sept. 8, 1381.
The Standard says that "Chaunoy G. Waterhouse,
of Kendallvllle, was In town Monday. He has a lively
memory of the fugitive sieve days. It was said that
his father 9 s house In Rllford township was on the
underground railroad* ■ The old gentleman was once
arrested and taken to Indianapolis, and tried In an
United States Court, for harboring a run-way slave,
fined $50 dollars, and sentenced to Imprisonment for
Zk hours. We are not sure but we think this was the
only penal sentence In the State under that Infamous
law. The old man has long since gone to his reward,
where there are no frowns for those who give food and
shelter to the poor and oppressed. There are men,
though, yet living in the County, who testified against
him in that court. They have lived to see more than
the good old man did- to see their repugnance to the
liberty of one poor negro overcome by the liberation
of 4,000,000 slaves, and the fugitive slave law wiped
from the statutes, and become so odious that they would
blush to recall their part in enforcing it. The
aarshal who arrested him, became a filibuster under
the noted Walker, and afterwards entered the rebel
service, and fought against the flag under which he had
before arrested men for feeding slaves."
From Lagrange County locals in Albion
New ara 9 November 3» 1881.
On Friday of last week, November 25, 1881, at the
home of his son-in-law, James HcParland, near wawaka,
Uriah Franks, Sen., at an advanced age. ihe
deceased had lived in the county for a long number
of years, many of which were spent in Albion. He
left Albion some years ago, and since that time has
resided, we believe with his son-in-law, at whose house
he died. He leaves an aged widow and several grown-up
children to mourn his departure, among whom are Harry
and Joseph Pranks* of Albion* The deceased was
highly respected by all who knew him. He was
upward of eighty years of age, and had been a
amber of the Kethodist church for many years. The
funeral was preached at the PS. £• church in Albion,
on Sunday, by Hev. J. '*. Smith, after which the
body was deposited in the grave in the cemetery in
Albion New C*a f Dec. 1, 1861.
On Monday night of this week, Mrs. Thomas Singrey,
of Jefferson township, died after a brief Illness aad
her remains were buried in the Sweet cemetery on
She had lived a long and useful life, and died at
an advanced age, respected and beloved by all who had
the pleasure of her acquaintance. She was the mother of
John A. Singrey, County Commissioner, J. H. Singrey,
superintendent of the County infirmary, Jacob singrey
of Jefferson and A. J. Singrey of Albion. She came to
this country with her husband, years ago, from Ohio,
and has been among the best, and most respected of our
citizens. Her husband survives her.
Albion Hew Era-December 3, 1381.
firs. Jane Barnum died at her home in Albion,
Feb. 14, 1832, aged 52 yr. 5 mo. 14 da., after a
lingering illness of about eight years. She was
born in Onondaga County, New York, Aug. 31, 1329,
came with her parents to Noble County in the fall
of 1342, and has since lived in this County. On the
30th day of April, 1848, she was married to Abel
Barnum, Esq., who with two children, a son and
daughter, are left to mourn their loss. Upon her
marriage she settled with her husband upon the farm
where she died. She was the daughter of Hon. Jerome
Sweet, who died in Jefferson township several years
Albion New Era, Feb. 1382
"Chios alienor Parker was born Nov. 6, I836, in
Allen township, Tfoble county and died Feb. 15th, 1332
aged 45 years 3 months and 9 days. Her parents, Elihu
and Fhebe Wadsworth, came to this country a short time
before her birth, and settled for a few months Just
south of this city, where the deceased was born, soon
after which they moved to their farm near Lisbon, where
the surviving parent, her father, now resides. At the
age of 23, she married Dr. A. S. Parker, of Kendallville ,
and the union has been a happy one. She was the mother
of five children, the oldest one preceding her to the
h*».ppy hereafter, by nearly fifteen years."
Reproduced in Albion New Era, March 2, 1382 extracts
from a biographical sketch of ftps. Parker wife of Dr.
A. 3. Parker, of the Kendallville News, read upon the
occasion of her funeral.
An old oottler Gone.
Ephralm Skinner died at his residence In Noble
township, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1862, aged about 32
The deceased was one of that rapidly thinning
band of old pioneers who case to Noble County prior
to 1340, and although we are without definite Infor-
mation as to the exact time of his Inslgratlon to this
Country, we think, perhaps. It was some years prior
to 1336. He had been married twice, his first wife
being a Miss Ott, who died soon after their settle-
ment In this Country. He subsequently married Mary
Black, of Benton township, Elkhart County, with whom
he lived happily until his death, and who survives
him. One by one the old pioneers are passing away,
and soon none of these will be left who came to Noble
County previous to 18*K>.
Albion New-Bra 1882
Gone to his Host
Jacob H. Hays, of Sparta township, died at his home,
March 1st, 1882, at the age of nearly 70 years.
Deceased was born at Boonsboro, Maryland, July 18th, 1812,
where his early life was spent, '//hen still a young man
ha left the place of his birth, crossed the mountains,
and settled In Green County, Ohio. In November, 1834,
he was married to Martha woodward, (who Is still living),
by whom he had six children, three of whom are now living,
the others having died before reaching manhood. In 1351,
he removed to Plqua, Ohio, where he lived until 1365, when
he settled In Noble County, where he has since lived
upon the farm where he died.
Albion New-Era March 16, 1882.
The following obituaries were read at Old
Settlers meeting, June 1832 by Kelson
William McMeans was born In Montgomery County,
Ohio, March 19, 1835, Came with his father, John
McMeans, to Noble county in 1336. Case to Albion in
1347, and lived here until his death. On the 20th of
May, I856, he was married to Miss Amelia Taylor who
still lives in Albion. By his marriage he was the
father of six children, four of whom are living.
Albion Hew Era, June 15. 1362
Noah Myers, first saw the light April 13, 1779 •
and closed his earthly career at his home In Washington
township, July 23, 1881. He was bom in Bracken
County, Kentucky, whence he removed to Greerut County,
Ohio in 1807 . In 1820, on the 10th day of February he
was married to Miss Issabelle Galloway, a sister of
Joseph Galloway, one of the pioneers of Noble County,
and who was well known to all the early settlers. In
I836 he settled In Noble County, on the farm on which
he died. On the 6th day of November, I850, his wife
died leaving him with a family of five children, 2 boys
and 3 girls. On the 11th of August 1853 he married as
his second wife Mrs. Catharine Weigle, who survives him,
and is now living on the homestead. At the time of his
death he was 82 years 3 months and 15 days old. Mr.
flyers was a true type of the early pioneer-kind, social,
Another, and one who was always with us long as he
was able, but who for the past three years has been laid
upon a bed of affliction, has at last found eternal
rest* At our annual meeting in 1878, I called your
attention to the condition of Conrad Cramer and
Hiram F. Bassett, (both of whom were at that time
prostrated upon beds of sickness) and that their
death night be expected at any time. Mr. Craaer died
about a month after, and was duly reported to you at
the meeting in 18?9. Mr. Bassett remained with us
until August 25, 1881, when the tired wheels of
nature ceased to revolve. He was stricken with
paralysis In May, 1878, and from that time until his
death, was helpless. Kis mind also was impaired,
and at times he failed to recognize his intimate
friends. This continued for over three years, and
during all that time his devoted wife ministered to
his wants with an affection at once touching and
tender. lay and night she sat by his bedside with
his hand resting upon her, and under no other condition
would he be satisfied.
Though his mind was obscured, yet he never forgot
her, and the love he had for her in former days
burned brightly in his heart, until the last. He was
born in Delaware County, New York, April 2, 1807.
In 1831 h2 was narrled to Miss Lucia Barnura, who
is now his wiiow. Two children were born to them, one
of whom, Piatt B. Bassett is now living; the other, a
daughter, married Joseph Vermilyea, and died several
yeer- ago. Her two daughters now reside with their
grandmother Mrs. Bassett in Albion. He came to Noble
County in I836 and settled In York township, on the
farm owned by him at the time of his death. He made
the world better by his example as well as by precept,
and having accomplished his mission on earth, he
had been called up higher.
Mrs. Henrietta Blllman, was the daughter of James
Bailey, who was known to all the early settlers upon the
Haw Patch. She was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, on the
25th d.'vy of June, 1813* and was married to John
Billman. Shortly after her marriage they renored to
Noble county v as I am Informed In I835i where she until
her death, which occurred October 3, 1381. She was
the mother of seven children, of whom but four are
living. Her husband died about ten years ago. She
was one of the Mothers of Socle County, settling here
at a time when all was in a state of nature, and she
endured all the hardships and privations incident to
the settlement of a new country* She was for many
years a member of the K. K« Church.
Eachel Bailey, wife of Sdward Bailey, went home on
the 16th day of October, 1831. It has been said that
it is a solemn thing to die, but it la a far more
Important thing to live-to live so that it is easy to
die. She was a worthy member of the H« 5. Church, and
In her death the church has lost a shining light. She
was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, in 1313, being about
the same age of Krs. Billaan of whore I last spoke.
They were associates in youth, came to Indiana about
the same time, were near neighbors during all the time
they lived in Noble County, sisters-in-law, and they
died within eight days of each other. Companions in
life they were not long separated in death. Mrs. Bailey
was the daughter of James L. Wooddell, who lived about
one and a half miles north of Ligonler. He warn killed
by a falling tree as he was sitting in his wagon driving
along the public road.
she was married to Sdward Bailey, in Ohio, came to
Noble County in 1335, and passed through about the same
experiences as the rest of us, fulfilled her mission, and
when the master had no further work for her here he said
"It is enough} come up higher," and gladly she obeyed
the call, and her aged and stricken hut, band is only
waiting till the shadows, be a little longer grown.*
xMs biography by whom written I do not know*
but doubtless by one who has done Justice to the
memory of our friend ouch better than I oould have
"Death who is no respecter of age, sex, or persons,
has again gathered his harvest by striking almost
lightening like, a majestic and sturdy oak, one that
Mas honored and respected by young and old, rich and
poor; An old pioneer who shouldered his ax and came to
this country when the howling of the wolves could be
heard and the Indian war whoop was yet echoing through
the forest of what is now called Noble County.
The subject of this memoir, Thomas B. Weston, was
born in Pompey, Cnondago County, N. Y., Oct, 13» 1799 »
and moved with his father, Nathan K«, while yet a
schoolboy, to Trenton, Monroe county, New York, where
he worked on his father f s farm until his parent's
death, which occurred August 26, 1823, leaving him
at 24 years of age to care for © uother, two brothers, and
two sisters, two of them only a lew years of age.
In 1836 he came to this country, and the writer of
this has heard him narrate over and over again, how he
with others slept in what is now Dekalb county, seven
nights in the woods, the wolves howling all around
them. He turning to the state of New York, he married
on Sept. 7, 1337, a Hiss Paulina Kaxfield, of Copake,
Columbia County, New York, moving the next spring to
Plymouth, Wayne County, Hish. His wife dying June 20,
1841, left his household desolate. The next year he
came to make a permanent settlement In Noble County, and
was married to Catharine Anderson, Deo. 7» 1343. Her
father was the first settler on Pretty Prairie, Lagrange
County. On July 16th 1344, he, with his wife and only
daughter by his first wife, then almost 6 years of age,
moved into a log cabin built by him, on the farm that
he owned at his death. Five settlers constituted the
population of Wayne township at that time.
Mr. Weston could easily trace his ancestors back
In the 7th degree to where one Thos. Weston landed
froa the Hayflower In 1620, at Plymouth, and another
named John Weston, who came from Buckinghamshire, In
the north of England to Salem In 1644, just 200 years
before he himself came to Indiana, and there Is,
perhaps no family In the country possessing as a whole,
persons of more moral Integrity than the Westons can
boast of* The late John Weston Weston, of this city,
whose demise occurred on i-'eb. last was a cousin of his.
He was elected again and again to the office of
Justice of the peace, which he held for 24 years, and
well does the poet say, "an honest man Is the noblest
work of God." His funeral had the largest attendance
of any that ever occurred in this part of the country,
and he was worthy of all respect shown his remains.
There is something remarkable in the fact that
three pioneers and neighbors (for they lived only
three miles apart when on their farms,) dying within
six days of each other. James Wright dying en
Friday, was buried on 3unday, the day that Thos. 8.
Weston was taken si ok, he dying on Puesday morning,
Joseph Orury dying on Thursday, the day of Weston's
funeral. Of these Weston was the first settler,
also being the oldest by a little over six months.
Signed J. S.
Neither Kr. Wright or Kr. Gruey came to Indiana
before 1840, hence they are not of our number. Both
were good men and will long be respected and honored
for their many virtues.
Dr. John Gross died at Ligonler, January 25, 1882
aged 4? years 3 months and 21 days, having been born in
Galla county, Ohio, Oct, 4, 1834. His father, with
his family, settled in Leesburg, Kosciusko County, in
1837, and after living there two years, removed to
Benton, in Slkhart county In 1839. In the winter of
1841 the writer taught school in Benton and boarded
with the Gross family, and hence had an opportunity to
become well acquainted with all the family. John at
that time past seven years of age, was one of my
pupils. It was his first school and I think I never
saw a child who made such rapid improvement. His
memory was surprising, his desire to learn a passion.
He was kind and affectionate to his parents, his
brothers and sisters and his teacher.
In 1855 he married Miss Hoops, of New Paris
Elkhart county, a young lady of kind heart and gentle
manners. 3y this marriage he was the father of five
The above obituaries were given by Mr. Kelson
Prentiss at the Old Settler's Meeting at Albion in
June 1882. Cn acoount of space, thes* obituaries are
reduced to the more important facts.
Mrs. Eleanor Cook was born in Beaver Co., Penn.,
April 18, 1803| died June 8, 1832; aged ?? years,
2 months and 7 days.
Wher. a child, she removed to Apple Creek, near
Wooster, Ohio, where she was married to bylvanus Cook,
Nov. 20, 1823. They lived together a happy, useful
life until his death 41 years after their union.
They raised a family of 7 sons and 1 daughter of whom
2 sons, Dr. 3. L. Cook of Albion, Mr. Wm. Cook of
Springfield, Ohio, and the daughter, Mrs. Robert
Chambers, are the only survivor*. In 1851 Mr. and
Mrs. Cook removed to Noble Co., and located on the
farm now owned by Mr. J. C. Johnson. After residing
there nearly 13 years, they removed to Albion, where
Mrs. Cook resided until her death. Having lived
in the vicinity for over 30 years, and mingled her
voice and Influence with those of her neighbors, many
can testify as to her worth. She united with the
Presbyterian Church at the age of 16 years. For
66 years she bore her Master *s name and endeavored
to do his will.
Albion Sew Era. June 15 1 1832
Alexis Edwards died at the residence of George Inscho
in Jefferson township, on Wednesday last, after a
sickness of about two months. Mr. Edwards was born
in Baltimore County, Maryland, in 1804, and was
seventy-eight years of age at the time of his death.
He became a citizen of Noble County in 1843, and was
one of the pioneer settlers of this part of the state.
He was a man of whom no one could say an unkind word,
and his sorrowing friends, and relatives have the
sympathy of all in their affliction.
.Albion New-Sra. August 24, 1882
Died, at the residence of her son-in-law In Albion,
Aug. 26, 1882, Mrs. Elizabeth Bowen aged 68 years,
6 months, 11 days.
Mother Bowen was the wodow of the late William
B. Bowen, and mother of 3ev. 0. W. Bowen. Ihe family
consisted of nine children-five sonR and four daughters-
four of whom preceded her to the spirit world. Truly
It may be said of Hother Bowen that another toother
In Irael has fallen, /or over eighteen years she was
g faithful, consistent Christian member of the
Evangelical Lutheran Churoh.
Albion New- 3re, August 1882
An Old Pioneer Cone.
Eliher Wadsworth, an old resident of Allen town-
ship, died on Sunday evening laL-t, at nine o'clock,
of lung fever , after an Illness of about one week.
There are perhaps, few men in the county more
generally known than Mr. Wadsworth. He cane to this
country in 18 36, and settled on the farm (then in the
wilderness) on which he had lived continuously ever
since. He was thoroughly identified with the early
history of this county, and had held many positions
of trust in the community, yet In his latter years
he preferred to let others assume the care and
responsibility of such duties. Mr. Wadsworth was
eighty year 8 of age last June. He wife proceeded
him to the spirit land by several years. He was the
father of five children- four sons and o^e daughter.
Two sons, Edwin and William died a few y-irs ago,
of consumption, and Mrs. Chloe £• Parker, his daughter,
died last February, of the same dread disease. There
remains now of the family only Joseph T. Wadsworth,
of Allen Township, and H. .. wa s worth, of Laporte,
the oldest and youngest sons. The funeral cervices,
attended by a large conoourse of friends and neighbors,
were conducted by Hev. William Waltman, and his
remains were laid beside those gone before In Lake
View Cemetery. Truly may we say that another of the
old pioneers has disappeared.
Albion Kew-£ra November 23, 1332
Copied from Kendallvllle Standard
Harch 26, 1835 *ltlon New Sra
lied- Van Wormer. Near Sparta Chapel, March 20, 13d5 9
Mrs. Maria Van Wormer, the Bother of Mrs. Orlando
She was born in Martlnsburg, Virginia. Her
maiden name was Baker. While yet a child she moved
to Fayette Co., Ohio, afterward to Marion Co., Ohio,
and in 1844 to Noble Co., Ind., where she lived until
her death. 3he was married twice. The name of her
first husband was John White. They raised six children-
three sons and three daughters-all of whom still live
in Noble County, tier second marriage was to William
Van Wormer. She had lived a consistent member of the
Methodist church for sixty years. She had the use of
her mind until the last, and died rejoicing in a
Lorette worden, nee Wild, was born In Franklin
County, Mass., Feb. 20, 1800, and closed her long and
useful life at Albion, April 5, 1385* being 85 years,
1 month and 15 days old. At an early date she went
with her parents to New Hampshire where they lived a
short time, when the family moved to Livingston
county, New York, where on the 17th day of March, 1819»
she was married to Leonard G. Worden, with whom she
lived until 1856, when he died In La Grange County,
Indiana, to which place he came in 1352. They lived
in 2rie Co., N. Y., for a few years before coming to
Indiana. In the spring of 1856, soon after the death
of her husband, she removed to Albion and purchased
the hotel since known as the "Worden House." From that
time until her death she has lived here, and her life is a
living epistle known and read of all. 3he was the mother
of 11 children, eight of whom passed over before her
to meet Bother on the shining shore. Her only
surviving children, three daughters, Mrs. Stone, Mrs.
McElfatriek and Mrs. Boardman. were with her in her
last hours. One of the daughters resides in
Kentucky, and the other two in Kansas. For several
past she has lived with her daughter-in-law, Mrs.
Maria Worden, the widow of L. G. Worden, who died in
Albion in 1879. She was born and reared a
Presbyterian, but for many years she has been a firs
believer in the final happiness of the whole human
family, and she died a firm believer in the doctrine
of universal salvation through the merits of the
atonement of her Savior.
Nelson Prentiss, of Albion, is a first cousin of
the late George D. prentice, poet and Journalist.
Their fathers were brothers.
Albion Mew Era, April 23,
Myron 8. Kddy, an old citizen of Noble County,
who immigrated to this country in 18^-5, where he lived
until 1876, died a short time since at Klkhart, at the
age of 83 years.
Albion New Era, April 30, 1885
On next Saturday, at Ligonier cemetery, the grave
of the only revolutionary Soldier buried in Noble
County, will be decorated In a fitting manner, we
understand. This is the grave of the father of Nelson
Prentiss, Esq., of Albion and Nathaniel Prentiss, of
Sparta. The family will have a reunion at the grave
of the old hero on that day, and bring suitable tributes
to the memory of the deceased. Among these will be
a large square and compass, the emblem of the masonic
order of which the deceased was a member.
The Albion New Hra, Kay 23, 1385
"Sleep, Old Pioneer"
John Bowman, of York township, died at his home,
June 12, 1835, aged 75 years, 1 month and 2 days. He
was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, Way 10, 1810.
He was married to Wary Mason while living In Columbiana
County, but the date of the marriage has not been
furnished. He settled in Noble County, March 1, 1838,
and has continued to reside here since. He was the
father of four children, all of whom, with his aged
widow, are still living. The widow, his son Jonas,
and his two daughters, Mrs. George Brlcker and Mrs.
Clark Seaburg, reside in York township, and his son
Lycurgus, lives In Allen county, near the line of
Noble. Mr. and Mrs. Bowman were both present (as they
always were) at the meeting of the Old Settlers » and
at that time he was In his usual health. Cn the next
Monday while at work in his garden, he wes stricken with
paralysis, from which he never recovered, but lingered
until the next Friday when death kindly brought relief.
Thus another of the little band left of the early
settlers has been called away, and the ranks are dally
showing gaps, which no recruits can fill, end in a few
short years the last of the "old guard of the woods" will
Gray, at Wolf Lake, Ind., June 23, 1885, of heart
disease, Mrs. Sophronla Gray, aged ?** years, 5 months
and 10 day 8. Mrs. Gray wes born in Oneida County,
New York, Jan. 13, 1811, and was married to Stedman
Cray, March 31 , 1829.
The deceased wss the aether of 12 children, of
whom seven lived to maturity, and five of whom survive
her. Of her three daughter, one resides at Lewiston,
111., and two at Wolf Lake* Of her «,wo sons, one
resides In California and could not be present at the
funeral of his mother, vhile the ot^sr-3yron J . Gray,
trustee of Noble Two. -resides at Woli Lake.
She, with her husband, came to this country in
1835, and in the spring of 185** moved to Wolf Lake, on
the premises upon vhich she died. She united with the
Regular Bapti3t Church in 1851.
Noble County Seceders
who they were and How it was accomplished
It is well known that what Is now Btm Twp.,
Whitley Co., was once a part of Washington township,
Noble Co., but for certain reasons, detached from
Noble upon petition of the inhabitants. It is said that
many of the residents of that territory are sorry that
the transfer was ever made, and would be glad to return
to the Mother county of Noble.
The following recently taken from the Columbia
City Post explains who the men were who asked to be
transferred, and how it was accompli shed:
Etna Township, June 25, 1885.
Editor Post.- will you please give your readers in
these parts a little bit of history by answering the
When was Etna township struok off from Noble
County? Who signed the petition for the change? When
and how did it get the name of -tnav x.X.Z.
The petition for the striking off from Noble
County, that pert of Washington township, that Is now
Etna township, Whitley County, comprising a strip two
miles wide and six miles long, v;as presented to the
Board of Commissioners at the September term, 1369,
■at was acted on at the Lecessber term, 1E69. The final
order was sade Secemher fj, 1369, and read as follows:
"It is therefor hereby ordered by the board that the
boundary line of said counties be so changed asto
conform to the line mentioned In said petition so that
the several sections mentioned In said petition be in-
cluded in the County of Whitley.
ihe petition was signed by the following voters of
the territory. Tiios. Hartup, L. Lamson, A. Straight,
J. Trumbull, S. Trumbull, Jr., A. M. Blaln, William
Craves, A. Bennett, Henry Myere, L. K, Chandler, Wa« A.
Blaine, Isaac Sheafer, Silas Scott, Alanson Tucker,
Eli R. Jones, D. J. Bowman, 3. Ecnton, Vm. Crow, It. Blaln,
V. Jones, Jno A. Killer, T. Blaln, Bcnj. Boyer, J.
McKendry, John Blaln, Alex KcLendry, James Blain,
T. Gaff, J. Fsshbaugh, L. Kile, Jacob Kile, Franklin
Hunt, Jno. W. Long, John Long, w"# B. Cunningham, J. F.
Cunningham, Joseph Velker, Lyman Hobinson, D. S. Scott,
5. Bennett, J. Bennett, A. Straight | Ton., Thos. Scott,
M. C. Scott, Eobert Scott, Sen., Yielding Soott, Frederick
Sheets, A. B. Candy, F. M. King, Samuel Garrison,
Simon Trumbull, J. C. Matthen, F. Kind, John Kisler, J. B.
Coble, Jacob F. Pricket, and T. B. long.
The new territory received the name of stna township,
Sept. 11, I860, by an order of the board of commissioners
at a special session on that day. It was named
after the village In its limits, and that village
was designated as the voting place.
On the 13th day of sept. 1360, A, K. Myers was
appointed by the board to take a duplicate of all the
lands and lots in said territory from the records in
Noble County, and ( Ibo to procure the congressional trust
fund that belonged to the new township. The first
trust was executed, but th^ congressional trust was
never delivered ovr- to Whitley County until less
than two years ago. Hoxtever this County had the use
of the interest as though the reoney had been there.
Albion New 3ra, July 16, ia»5
iJe&th of abios Blaok
<\galn it beoomes our painful duty to chroniole
the death of one of Noble county's most respected and
honored citizens, Mr. Amos Black, whioh occurred on
Thursday evening, July 23, 1835, at his residence
east of town, after a brief illness of pneumonia.
Mr. Blaok was born in Maryland about seventy-two years
ago, after which lived in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and
forty years ago came to Noble County a comparatively
poor man, and by industry, economy and excellent
Judgment during his residence here accumulated a
fortune of perhaps "30000. Thirty-five years ago,
his wife died, and he mover married again, his children
keeping house for him up to his death, ills age was
71 years, 11 months and 21 days* He was the oldest
of seven brothers, all prosperous farmers of the county,
except one-Owen Black, Sen. -who has been a prosperous
merchant of Albion. The deceased had served a number
of years as one of the Commissioners of Noble Co., and
discharged the duties of the position with signal
ability. His son-John D. , wag treasurer of the county
for two terms.
The funeral took place on Saturday, and was
attended by a large concourse of his old neighbors and
friends. 3ev. Wm. Waltman preached the funeral discourse.
He was an excellent citizen, a good man, and his life was
a blameless one.
New £r&, Albion, July 30, 1835
There will be a dedicatory servloe at zion
Church Sunday, Aug. 9» 1885, commencing at 10 A. H.,
In Jefferson Twp., Noble Co., Ind., Bishop !f. Castle
officiating. There will be preaching also 8t the
church on Saturday evening by the Bishop. Tverybody
0. T. Butler
Hays-Died, August 1, 1385, at her residence In Sparta
township, Noble County, Ind. t of cancer of the tongue,
Hrs. Martha flays, aged 72 years and 24 days.
The deceased was born In Green County, Ohio, July
8, 181 3, and was married to Jacob K. Hays in 183^.
In I865 they immigrated to Noble County, Ind., settling
upon the farm In Sparta township where she died as
Funeral services were held at Sparta church on
Sunday, Aug. 2, I885, TJev. Lamport of Ligonier, offic-
Mrs. Hays was a very estimable lady, and was the
mother of I*. J. w. Hays of Albion. Two other children-
a son and daughter are left to mourn her departure.
Old Citizen Gone
In the death of Thomas Singrey, of Jefferson town-
ship, which occurred on Sunday night of this week, this
community loses one of its oldest and most respected
cltizens-a gentleman who has done much for the develop-
ment of the Country in which he settled when It was
almost a wilderness. Up to about a year ago the
deceased retained his mental end physical vigot
to a remarkable degree, but since then has been
Gradually falling, until the lamp of life quietly
went out on Sunday evening. !1r. singrey was some-
thing more than eighty-five years old, and his had
been a busy and useful life. He was the father of
cr.-coamiaslonor John a. Singrey of Jefferson, J. h.
Singrey, Super in tnndont of true Noble County lnfir-
smry, and A. J, singrey, a member of the ^hool
Board of Albion. Burial sveet Cemetery/
At the residence of his son, Jacob Singrey,
of Jefferson township, Noble Co., Ind., Sept. 20,
1835, Thomas Singrey, aged 84 years, 6 months, and
The deceased was born in Baltimore Co., Mary-
land, March 12, iSOk. In 1816 he removed to
Richland Co., Ohio, where he was married and cleared
up a farm. In 1362 he moved to Noble Co., Ind.,
where he lived continuously up to the time of his
New Era 1385
J. B. Kelley, who died a week or more ago in
Kendallvllle, was 65 years 10 months and 25 days
old, having been born in Ontario County, New York in
1819* He moved to Kendallvllle in 1861, where he
has resided ever since. Kendallvllle loses, in his
death, one of her most enterprising and public-
spirited citizens. The traveling public will miss
Albion New Sra-Oct. 15# 1885
Copy of Sorapbook belonging to Mrs.
Elisabeth Walters Hooper (Mrs. Lerl)
Leonard S. Kersh, fourth child of Peter and
.iarah Harsh, was born on a fara near Lucas, Hlchland
County, Ohio, on March 2, 1845.
Being one of a family of eleven children and
losing his father early in life, he soon learned what
It meant to rely upon his own resources. At the age
of 16 yours he unlisted in Company B, of the 32nd Ohio
Volunteer Infantry and saw active servio? for one year
and six months, when he was cap-by the rebel forces
and imprisoned at Harper's Perry, West Virginia. At
the close of the rebellion he came to Avilla, Noble
County, Ind., where he has since resided.
He was united in marriage to Ellsa Ellen Snyder
at Llgonier, Ind. on December 19 t 1869* To this union
were born three sonsi Frank H. of Avilla, John B.
of Garrett, and Clinton L. of Pt. Wayne, all of whom
still survive to nourn the loss of a kind And loving
Mr. Hersh had been in poor health for a number of
months and finally a few days ago resolved to give
up his active work and was taken to the hone of his
son John, in Garrett, until he would recuperate, but
the end was nearer then anticipated and he passed to
the beyond on Monday, May 17* aged 70 years, 2 months
and 15 days.
Soon after his marriage he accepted Jesus Christ
5 8 his personal Savior and united with the Calvary
r*angellcal Church of Avilla and has remained a
consistent Christian ever 3lnce. He was perfectly
resigned to his death and expressed a desire and an
anxiety to meet his savior.
For many years f!r. Hersh followed the occupation
of Plasterer, but retired about Beven years ago.
He served as a member of the Board of Education
for 15 years and since 1900 has been an efficient clerk
and treasurer of the town.
In all of his business relations he Mas absolutely
fair and honest and his integrity could not be
Km. Hersh having died a number of years ago, he
leaves aelde from the three sons already mentioned, two
brothers, Jacob A. Hersh, of Bath, N. X., Joseph w.
Hersh of a villa, end one sister Sarah J. Huston of
Harrington, Kans; five grand children and a host of more
distant relatives and friends to nourn his departure.
Funeral services were held at the Evangelical
Church in Avilla, Thursday forenoon, Hev. J, W. Metzner,
of r^Lkhart, delivering the funeral address . 3ev. P. S.
Fmc, pastor assisted in the services. The retiains
were laid to rest in the Avllla Cemetery.
The following relatives and friends from out of
town were in attendance at the funeral t Mr. and Hrs.
John Miser, John Haines and gran-daughter Bessie
Crooks, John Gtahl, wife and little son, tfertln Snyder
and David Steele, Charles Wolf and wife, Amanda Beber,
Edgar Beber &nd wife, Mrs. Heinzerling and Mrs. Hell of
Garrett j I« E. Stall and son John of South Bend and Mr.
J. S. Rehrer of Ft. Wayne.
Mrs. Samuel Yeiser
Seventy-two years ago, on June 9th, 1K*»2, a little
girl first opened her eyes to the world in the home of
Jacob and Kary A. Toons in Bedford County, Pa., whom
they christened Mary Ann. Last Friday morning, June
19, 1914, that same little girl, now grown old, closed
her eyes to the world at her home near Mt. Pleasant.
Soon after her birth her parents moved to Ohio, and
after resiling there ft few years they moved to a
farm In Noble County, Ind., and la this home Kary Ann
grew to woraanhood.
On Dec. ?7, 1366, she married Samuel Teiser and
they established a home In /Hen township. After
seven years resldenoe there they nsoved to their present
hooe. Six children ware born to them, the oldest son,
sasuel, died at the age of ten and Benjamin Franklin
grew to manhood and died seventeen years ago*
Her husband, four children, ttrs. Kary Adelle
Stahl, firs. Sadie Feifptner, rtrs. rather Butler and
Edward Orover 1'elser, two daughters-in-law, >trs. Nellie
Yelsor and I^rs. Pearl teiser, nine 'grand-children,. 3
sons-ln-lav, a brother and a sister survive.
'bout twenty-five years ago she united with the
Lutheran Church and was a faithful and consistent member
and died trusting in her Savior, runeral services were
held at Mt. Pleasant, Monday afternoon, Sev. Bowen
delivered the sermon and Hev. Bream assisted In the
services. Burial was In the ?*t. Pleasant cemetery,
Undertaker ReKee having charge.
Passing of a Pioneer
1111am Hooper, who was a well known resident of this
vicinity for a long term or years, passed sway at 8x10
©•clock Wednesday morning at the Cld ieople's Home, near
this place, after several years of ill health, paralysis
and diseases incidental to old age causing his demise
at the age of 77 years, 11 months and seven days.
The deceased was born near Clinton, Fa., December 17,
1837, came to Indiana with his parents, and family,
October 7, 1857, and settled on a farm In "wan township,
Noble County, where he resided until September 30, 1864,
when he entered the amy, oervln? In Company B. 135th
regiment of Indiana Volunteer lnf?>ntry. He was
honorably discharged iron the service on June 20, 1365.
On returning to Noble County, he purchased the
farm west of town where he resided until April 1, 1908,
when he moved to A villa.
On December 22, 1566, he >«s untie* in marriage
to Miss Alice M. Mumford, who departed this life on
June 20, 1902, aged 58 yeers and five days. To the
above vinlon two children were born, firs. C. W. Sutton,
of Wolcottville, and Edward V. of this place. Other
surviving relatives ares Four brothers, John 3., Levi
and George of this place and vicinity, and James of
Portland, Oregoni one sister, Mrs. 3, P. Stewart, of
this place; four grand-daughtars , and a number of
nephews and nieces.
A short private prayer service was held at the
2. W. Hooper homo, iriday afternoon at one o'clock,
3ev. H. W. Park of this place, officiati ■/*. The
funeral oort&ge proceeded to Fit. Pleasant Church,
where the funeral service was held, with burial in the
Prominent Attorney Claimed by Death.
Weir D, Carver has been making a brave fight
against tuberculosis at the home of his brother at
Defiance, Ohio, but Friday morning at 4 o»clook death
was the victor and the spirit of this popular young
nam took its departure. For several days prior to
death his condition had been growing worse, but his
taking away came as a great shock to his friends.
The now deceased was born to 'weir D, and Elizabeth
(Barr) Carver at Avllla, Indiana, April 21, 1876. He
passed his childhood days and grew to /oung manhood in
our midst. He graduated from the local high school
In 1393 &ad then attended normal school and taught
In the schools of the County, being at the head of the
Rome City schools for several terms. In 1900 he
graduated from the law course at Ann Arbor, and a
year later established a law office In his home town.
He met with success In his chosen profession and was
twice elected prosecuting attorney for the 33**d
Judicial district. Later he formed a partnership with
Frpnk H. Prickett and they entered upon an extensive
law practice st Kendallvllle. In July 191^ tuber-
cular trouble caused him to cease his labors and he
went to the mountains of New York state for treatment
and rest, but Just a year ago his condition became such
that he returned to the home of his mother and brother
at Defiance, where his health continued to fall until
death claimed him.
Under the pastorate of Rev. ?:. B. v;esthafer he
professed faith in the savior and united with the M. E.
Church. He was also a member of the Masonic and Hlk
Fraternities. The former order performed their last
rites at the grave.
He leaves a loving mother, a brother Ha B. Carver,
and a wife to whom he was united in marriage in 1913*
A niece and nephew and an unusually large circle of
friends and relatives also mourn the departure of this
young man who was possessed of suoh a bright future.
The funeral party arrived here shortly after the
noon hour, Sunday, over the B, a C, and proceeded to
the Methodist church, where the services were conducted
by 3ev. A. L. Lamport, of Nev Paris, a former pastor
here. The large attendance of friends, members of the
Noble County bar, fraternity brethern, and the
profusion of floral offerings bespoke the esteem in
which he was held.
Many, many of our people feel a personal loss in the
death of this brilliant young man. Those who knew him
couldn't help but like him-hls was a personality
that drew men to him. Our people had expected great
things of Weir but a fate which we cannot understand
deemed otherwise and all we can do Is to mourn. His
last dfiys were made as easy as possible by his loving
mother and by his brother and family. His age was
39 years t seven months, and five days.
A Day of Joy.
Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church in Allen
Township Reded lea ted Sunday.
Sunday liov. 25th will be remembered by the members
and the community of the lit. Pleasant Lutheran Church
with pride. Hie day was all that could have been
desired. The fine audience room was filled with eager
people and the services were all that one could wish.
Good singing; and music were no small part in the
The dedicatory sermon was delivered by Rev. C. W.
Bowen, of Albion. l*ev. ilowen was pastor of this ohuroh
when the present brick structure was reared twenty six
years ago. It is needless to say he acquitted himself
grandly. He preached from Jer. 36 J 23. „ remarkable
text and a truly marvelous sermon.
The financial statement was then read by the pastor,
Ftev. h. S. hohlerj 721.91 were spent in the Improvements,
all of which was provided for except ^101.3^. The
pastor called for subscriptions. By the aid of the church
officials, subscription cards were circulated and the
amount was quickly provided. The morning offering
amounted to .120.45 of which I55«*j *»■ in cash. Rev. E.
W. -rick, and the pastor then read dedicatory service
and the morning service broke up with congratulations and
renewal of aoquaintenances. The evening cervices was a
fine gathering of the young. Bev. E. w". Erick, of
Spencervllle, Ind., a former pastor of great favor
preached the sermon. The basket contributions at the
service amounted to $?• Thus ended this day of joy to
Amid all this there were few regrets. Mr. John
Black, who with Messrs. C. A. Wlble and Lambert
McParland constituted the committee, was unable to be
at the servloe on account of sickness. Hev. A. 2. Goff
of Albion, Ind. , who was to have preached In the
evening was also kept away because of the death of his
son, who was foully murdered In a hotel In Arkansas
A side-light of joy was the baptism of two babes
at the home of Wm. F. Penn, at 3 l . K. by the pastor.
They were the daughter of Wm. F. Penn and the son of
Henry C. Pfaffman.- /JLbion Democrat.
The Prank .-.'alters funeral services MS* held at
the family residence In Lagrange, Thursday at 1»30
p. m., being attended by the I', of P. lodge In a
liev, Morris of the Lagrange M. B« church had
charge and used as the text of his discourse, the
88th Psalm and 13th verse. Appropriate music was
furnished by a male quartet. Burial was made In
Among those present at the services were* Mr. and
Mrs. iTrank Thomas, Kir. and firs. S. M. 'foirlck, Mrs.
James Hepple, Mrs. Frank Hooper, Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth
Walters, fir. and Mrs* Vilmer Walters, of endallville
and vicinity, Mr. and Krs. John Finley, Mr. and Mrs.
Levi Hooper, and Mr. and Mrs. Merle Permel of this
place and vicinity.
Frank S. Walters wes born In Noble county near
Kendallvllle, Ind. , March Hh 1373» and after a
lingering illness, extending throughout nearly four
yerrs, he quietly and as gently 35 the approach of
twilight, passed away at the hone of Mrs, ?utt, his
mother-in-law, in Lagrange, Ind., Feb 3rd, 1908, aged
34 years, 10 months, and 2 3 days.
He was reared on a farm and spent most of his
younger life there, being educated and a graduate of the
common schools. v/hen taken ill he was engaged in the
August 30, 1896 he was unite?. In carriage to Blanche
Putt and as an issue of this happy union, four children
were born, one dying in infancy, while three little sons,
Hark, Carson and Dean are left fatherless, to gladden
the home and oorafort the hearts; of the mother and grand-
mother, as tokens of the father 1 s love and affections.
r. Walters was a very Indulgent hu3band and father,
a kind and obliging neighbor and a devoted member of the
Lagrange K« of P. Lodge No. l'*4.
He expressed hlmaelf as being prepared and with
genuine resignations said to the family Monday evening
"I wish I could go Home before laornlng, and be at rest."
His wish was granted, as just before midnight, without
a perceptible struggle the taper of life went out, his
sufferings ended and brother frank was gene-gone to his
He leaves to mourn his departure his devoted wife,
three little sons, three brothers, James of Lockwood,
Mo,, Wilaer and His worth of Kendallvllle, and four
sisters, Elizabeth Hooper and Cora rinley, of near here;
and Mary Fepple and Mattle Wyrlck of Kendallvllle , besides
many friends who will cherish his memory, ^gpeen in their
hearts, till the arch angel's trump shall proclaim that
time shall be no more."
At her homo in Allen township, Noble County,
Indiana* July 17th, 1891 Mrs. Juliann Walters, wife
of Solomon Walters, aged 6 J years, 8 months and 3 days*
She was born in Hlchlend County, Ohio, was united in
marriage to Solomon Walters, February 16, 1854 and
mored to Noble County, Indiana, the sane year. Thus
has ended the life of another devoted wife, kind
mother, a good neighbor and a faithful Christian*
oister Walters was for many years a consistent member
of the Lutheran Church* Though affile ted for months
she bore her afflictions without a murmur. She leaves
a husband and eight children and many friends to mourn
The services were conducted by pastor, 3ev. E. w.
Srlck en Sabbath at 11 A* M., at which time an exceeding
large concourse of friends and neighbors met and paid
their last tribute of respect to her memory*
Her Life work on Earth Ended
Sunday morning the sad news came that Mrs* Vs.
Hooper, who had been in poor health for the past year,
had passed away during the night. Kind and loving
hands had administered to her during her illness, but
were finally baffled.
The warm heart that had for years throbbed for
others woes stilled, and triumphing over all, her
freed spirit took its flight.
She was the daughter of Jlrah and Lydla (Wheeler)
Mumford, and born June 15, 1845. On December 30, 1866,
she was married to Wm. Hooper. Almost her entire life
had been spent in sight of her late home, where she has
been surrounded by many of the comforts of life.
It would be useless for us to say anything with
referenoe to her character and life, for it was
among those that assembled at her late home Tuesday
to pay a tribute of love and respect that her life
story has been written, and we believe that the record
of her life shows that the world is better for her
having lived in it. She regarded the whole human
family as one great brotherhood, moving slowly but
surely toward high and better conditions and that in
God*s own time and way everything would result in
good. Those who knew her best will miss her most.
Funeral services were held from the late residence
Tuesday, June 2k 9 at 2 P. K., in the presence of a
multitude of sympathizing friends and neighbors, 3ev,
Magor, of Kendall ville, officiating. Interment at
Kt. Pleasnat Cemetery.
Mrs. Rebecca Crothers, one of the pioneers of
Noble County, who had attained the advanced age of 88
years, died at the home of her son, 2d ward Crothers,
in .Jwan township at 11 o 1 clock, Tuesday night, after
an illness of several weeks.
The funeral services -s-dll be held at the
'dvangelical church, here, Friday at 10:30 /.. M.
Burial In the J villa Cemetery.
A Tribute to Itrs. Hudson
Among the early pioneers of Jfoble County were
Jacob and nary "-ssley who resided in the vicinity
of Albion. TWLs home was blest with eight children,
two sons and six daughters, the oldest of which was
Mary M. the subject of this memoir, who was born
Kerch 16, 1851. Death has repeatedly broken this
fatally circle, taking father and mother, one son and
three daughters until kbm only remain of this large
household, George Eaeley of Botna, Iowa, Mrs. J. N.
Decamp, of A villa, Mrs. Elmer 3pangle of Elkhart, and
Mrs. Jerome Aydelott of Grand Bay, Alabama.
Mary K. Easley was married to Thomas Hudson, Got,
9, 1873. They also resided In Noble County and were
prosperous In the affairs of life as the result of
careful Industry. Their home was blest with four
children, Mrs. Lenna Yeiser, Mrs. Eunice Schaefer,
w, Carlton, and Edith 3., also one grand daughter,
Haxel Yeiser, who has been a member of this household
for a number of years. All these were present at the
funeral service. Mr. Hudson died after a lingering
illness, Oct. 12, 1911, and his funeral services were
held in the home on the 14th of the rnonth conducted by
In early life Mrs. Hudson aspired to the better
and noble things of our natures and gave her attention
and efforts to the acoompllshaent of this purpose and
succeeded to that degree, that she qualified and
served, in young w© manhood as a public school teacher.
In those years she also becane interested In the
Christian life and united with the Evangelical
Mrs. Hudson had many splendid qualities In her
make-up. V* cannot mention them all, it Ip not
necessary. We will mention a few for the good it may
do us by emphasl ng the same and thus ndd to the power
of the influence of her life In our mivlst. She was
largely domestic In her nature and loved her home and
enjoyed it more than society. Her hor?e was made
attractive, cheerful and hospitable-her family was so
much to her. In return she received the best that
weans and thought could provide curing her long
illness. The other quality to be mentioned was her
patience and eubraisaiveness. This, of course, made
her an indulgent mother and a splendid neighbor.
Little ministries of sympathy and kindness were
quietly bestowed by her when needed* Then this trait of
character was so manifested during her long Illness-
no t a murmur or complaint. In answer to an inquiry
with reference to her condltion t she always gave a
hopeful, cheerful reply. While she wished to live,
'tis true, yet, when she knew that she could not, there
was no rebellion against that fact. The going of
such a life is missed. Kay the God of love and
mercy sanctify her memory to the good of all who
The out of town guests at the funeral were Mr. and
Krs. John Morehouse, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sohauweker, Mr.
and Mrs. M. 0. Decamp and John Pinley, Albion. Mr. and
Mrs. AlTin Conlogue, Mr. and Mrs. o. P. Myers, Mr. and
Mrs. John Folk, Mrs. Sarah Fulk, Mrs. Clinton Fulk and
Mr. and Mrs. George Ruthven, Kendallvillei Mr. and Mrs.
Hamilton Hudson and Mrs. J, w. Williams, Ft. Wayne,
Mr. Joseph Hudson, Fostorie, o.f Krs. Joseph Mullendore,
Hagerstown, Md., and Mrs. Elmer Spangle, Elkhart.
The Passing of Hiram L. King
The funeral of Hiram L. King one of Noble County *s
most respected pioneers, notice of whose death was
made in our last issue, last Wednesday afternoon at
his late residence, north east of A villa, and was
attended by a large number of his old neighbors and
admiring friends. The Bar. H. F. snell of Ft. Wayne
officiated. The remains were Interred in the King
Cemetery in Swan township.
Hiram L. King was born In Geauga County, Ohio,
Oct. 2, 1826. In Kay 1857* with his parents, Hiram
and Catherine King, he moved to Noble County, Indiana,
settling In Swan township. The trip was made with
horse teams, and required seventeen days. The
parents spent the reminder of their lives in Swan
township. The father passing away in 1866 and the
mother in 1882. They were the parents of six
children namely t Mary Ann, wife of the late La win
Sandall of Allen township, Hiram L., Ira M., Oliver P.,
John c. and Jane, wife of John 5. Hooper, are with
the exception of the latter, now deceased.
Hiram L. King assisted his father in the develop-
ment of hi 8 farm of 400 acres and remained in the
home until his thirty- third year. In 1859 he was
married to Frances A. Muaford, daughter of a Noble
County pioneer. Mrs. King died in 1364 on the home
farm in Allen township, where they had resided since
their marriage. 3he left two children, Herbert H.,
who died in 1884 at the age of twenty-five, and
Nellie P., who became the wife of Howard S. Holmes,
and died in 1893$ &&*<& thirty-two years.
In 1386 Mr. King was again married this time to
Mrs. Margaret Craig, widow of the late w. N. Craig of
Allen township. One daughter, Crpha A., was born to
this union, and this daughter, with the wife, two
grand-children, Hallad King of Warsaw, and Grace
Holmes, of Alhambra, Cal., and a step daughter Mrs.
Daisy Nell Heed, survive.
Mr. King was one of the pioneers of Noble County
who contributed materially to the progress of the
Community. He possessed those magnificent qualities
which are so essential to a truly useful life and by
his upright living gained many friends. He was a
resident of Noble County during its early history,
his presence here dating back to the time when Indians
Inhabited the vicinity. Early in life he affiliated
with the Whig party and always cast his vote for the
candidates of that or the Republican party.
By the death of Mr. King, the community and county
loses another of its truly great pioneers and prominent
Ill* family of the deceased have the sympathy
of a large circle of friends.
J. M. Bonham
For County Assessor.
Mr. James H. Bonham, the present County Assessor
Is the unanimous choice of his party for a re-noml nation.
Mr. Bonham did not seek the nomination four years ago
and was this year chosen without opposition. He has
made a splendid record as an official, adding a
large amount of sequestered property to the tax list.
The amount added within the past year aggregates nearly
Mr. Bonham was horn at Madison, Wisconsin, In 1854 and
came to Indian* at the age of ten years, and has been a
resident of Noble County since. He has been located at
his present home 4 4 miles south east of Albion for ten
years. He was a school teacher for a number of years,
and Is well qualified to perform the duties of a
Nov. -1939 Subjeot-Uttle Turtle, 1781-1812
Columbia City, Indiana,
South of here near 2el Blrer site of Turtle Village,
Noted Indian center and birth place of Me-She-Kln-No- Quah
Chief Little Turtle, Village, Based by Col-Slmrall In
Sept 1812. Location Is "Section 4 Union Twp Whitley
County, Ind. On County Gravel Bead, formerly the laid
out National Highway and named Yellow Stone trail. Just
east of Buildings on But tier farm South side of road,
The following 1b copy of
Marker erected near the site,
South of here, near Eel
.liver, site of Turtle
Village, noted Indian Center,
and birth place of Pie-She-
Kin-No-;uah, Chief Little
Turtle, Village razed by
Col-3imrall In Sept-1812.
Beapected old Lady dies near Avllla
Mrs. Elisabeth Finley, widow of the late Abner
Finley, peacefully passed away at her hone west of
this place, Friday afternoon. She had been in poor
health for some time and her death was not unexpected.
The funeral services were held at the hone, Sunday
afternoon at one o'clock. Hot. Baker of the M. E.
Church officiating. Interment was made in Lake
View Cemetery at Kendall vi lie.
Elisabeth Smith Finley was born in Washington
County, Maryland, August 23rd, 1833* and departed this
life February 10th, 1911, having reached the age of
77 years, 5 months and 17 days.
when rvry young her parents moved to Ashland
County, Ohio, where she grew to young womanhood.
She was married to Abner Finley, of Ashland
County, Ohio, February 28th, 1865. On March 30, 1882
they moved to Noble County, Ind., where they oontlnued
to reside until his death, on March 18, 1907, since
which time she has continued to reside at the old home
Ml |fl WO
with her son James*
To their union were born seven sons and one
daughter, all of whom survive the mother excepting
K&rk, whose death occurred at Fort Worth, Texas, June
Besides the children who are left to mourn their
loss there are one sister, two brothers, eight grand
children and many other relatives and friends. All
of the children and grand children, one brother and the
sister, were present at the funeral.
She has been a life long member of and worker in
the Evangelical Lutheran church and was always
solid tuous for the welfare of the church.
The subject of this memoir, Henry Hill was born
near Lockport County, New York, April 23, 1819, and
departed this life at his late residence August 27,
1900, aged eighty-one years, four months and four
days. On Kay 21, 1845 he united in marriage to Hiss
Eunice Maria Eaton in Knowlesville, N. Y. and
subsequently they became the parents of three children
the first child, Delos, died at fifteen months old.
In I85I they moved to Jefferson township, Noble County,
and settled on a farm where he remained continuously
for forty-nine years with the companion of his youth
in unbroken affection making their home joyous to
their visiting friends.
Mr. Hill was possessed of strong and vigorous
constitution, strictly temperate In all his habits. He
lived to be four score years, being the full time
allotted to man "(but by the reason of strength)".
His late sickness was of short duration being about
twelve days. Complicated with the infirmities of
age, hi a strength Boon gave way and he yielded to
the pressure end the last struggle was over. The
funeral took place fron hip late residence on
Wednesday at 2 P. R«« /ugust 29, 1900 in the
presence of a very large concourse of friends snd
neighbors under the direction of the writer after
which he was laid to rest in the Ht. Pleasant
Ke leaves to mourn his departure, hie deeply
afflicted wife, iarah H. Hill, wife of 1.111 lam K.
V.iLford, lewis L. Hill and wife and five grand
children, two great-grand children and one sister
in California, with a large circle of friends and
Mr. Hill was o kind devoted husband, a loving
and affectionate father and a kind neighbor,
strictly honest in his dealings, long will he be
T3i3sed by all who knew him.
Rev. T. E. Lancaster
Coluabia City, Ind.
Former Resident Dead
A letter to firs. I« Yelser bears the sad
intelligence of the death of her brother, Henry Abel
-iecor, at the hoae of his sister, Hr*,. Sraanuel
iwinehart near Hagerman, Idaho, on Cct. 5th.
Hr. 3ecor was born in this township fifty-nine
years ago. As a youth he attended the clistrlot
schools of this vicinity, later becoming a teacher
and pursued tho study of law. While yet a young
man he went to Idaho, where he has since resided.
He had been In poor health for a year prior to his
denlss, snail po.t which failed to break out, finally
causing death. Hr. Secor will be remembered by many
of our readers.
Krs. Harrison Fulks
Ludunsky Watt was born In Huntington County, Pa.,
Feb. 13, 1826 and departed from this life In Noble
Count/, Ind., November 20, 1906, aged 80 years, 9
aontha, and 7 dare*
She was serried to Harrison Pulks In Green town-
ship, July 10, 18*4-6, to this union were born 6 sons
and 2 daughters, one of the latter dying In infancy.
For more than forty years, she had been a
resident of Swan township. The end came peacefully.
Therefor be ye also ready, for In an hour when ye
think not, the Son of Han cometh.
Funeral servioes were held at Hopewell church,
Friday a. M. and the remains were laid to rest In the
Hooper oeaetery. Soy. Hellopeter conducted.
Aged Citlsen Dead
Hlohael waiter, one of the oldest residents of
Arilla, passed away at his hoae in this plaee,
Wednesday evening at 5 o* clock after a long illness.
At one tlae he was connected with the firm of
Baum, Walter & Haines and conducted a general store
here. Later he carried the aall to B. & 0., and
for many years has lived a retired life. The funeral
services were held Saturday afternoon in the
Eivangelical Church, Hev. HoClure officiating. Interment
In the Avilla Cemetery.
Hlohael F. waiter was born in Snyder Co., Fa.,
Feb. 1, 1826. and died at Avilla, Ind.. Kay 22, 1912.
His age was 86 years, 3 months and 21 days. In the
year 1853 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Fryer.
To them B%wen children were born.
When but * youth ha united with the Lutheran
church, and remained ao to the day of hi a death*
He haa been a resident of ATilla for 58 years.
He leave* to aourn hie departure, hia widow,
aix children. Mrs. 0* C. Moste, Mrs. H. S. Oaks,
Morris and Wallace waiter of Chicago, Hra. Nora Dolan
and Mrs. K. H. Stewart of this place} one brother,
one sister and ten grand children. One daugher
preceded hia to the spirit world.
The following relatives froa a distance were in
attendance at the funerals H. s. Oakes, wife and
children, Chae. Moste and family, Morrla and Wallace
Walter, Walter and 3aye 3tet^rt and Wallace Dolan of
Chieagot Nrs. Ida Eich, Mr* and Mrs. Hosenberger and
daughter of Lao t tot John Sehrer and family of Ft.
Waynes «. Walter and wife of Carretts and John Kuran
and wife of Auburn.
Levi Hooper son of William and Susan (Springer)
Hooper was born in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania,
April 23, 1846, and departed this life Jan. 31* 1921,
aged 74 years, 9 months, and 3 days. When nine years
old, he came with his parents and settled on a farm
la Swan Twp., Noble County, Indiana. At the age of
seventeen years he began teaching in the public
schools of Noble County, which profession he followed
for several years, and later worked at the carpenter's
On July 3, 1873. he was united in marriage with
Elizabeth Walters. To them were born two children. Prank
L. and Grace.
Mr. and Mrs. Hooper moved to a farm in Jefferson
Township in 1877, and resided there until April, 1920
. 1 1 nh
when they moved to their present hove In Avllla,
Mr. Hooper had been in falling health for about
ten years, following a stroke of apoplexy, but his
condition was not critical until Sept. 9, 1920, when
he was taken seriously 111, and since that time had been
unable to leave his bed.
He was a kind and loving husband and father, and a
loyal friend and neighbor. He was associated with the
H. E, Church at Sunait for many years, always being ready
and willing to help when called upon. He was of a
quiet and reserved disposition well liked among his
neighbors and friends. Surviving are his wife, one
daughter Mrs. Merle Fennel of Avllla, one son, Frank L.
Hooper of KendallvlUe, four grand children, Marjorle
Pennel of Avllla, Buby and Beth Hooper of KendallvlUe,
and Ruth Hooper of Hreybull, Wyoming, three brothers,
Oeorge of Garrett, John 3. of Avllla, and Janes of
California, one sister Susan Stewart also of Avllla,
besides other relatives.
Items of interest taken from the
Avllla News Aug. 8, 1895.
Solomon Walters, a prominent farmer of this
township, died Tuesday evening, aged 68 years.
David D. Stewart, youngest son of John and Susan
Stewart, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, on March
17, 1859 and departed this life on October 23, 1926,
at his home, 1219 Klnsmore Avenue, Pt. Wayne, Indiana.
About 1876 he with his brother Janes came to
Noble County, Indiana, inhere they were later followed
by their parents. He spent the greater part of his
life in and near Avilla.
On January 1, 1884, he was united in marriage to
Laura A. Good, To this union were born five children.
He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church
of this place and during his residence here he was a
faithful attendant. Since moving to Ft. Wayne he
attended the United Brethern Church and was a member of
the Hen's Brotherhood of that church.
He was always cheerful, uncomplaining and patient*
He will be greatly missed in his home and by all who
The funeral services were held in the Fort Wayne
United Brethern Church at two P. ft. on Tuesday,
October 26, 1926. The Reverend M. K. Richardson of that
church officiated. His body was laid to rest in the
Lindenwood cemetery* He leaves to mourn his early
departure, his wife, Laura A.; his five children; Firs.
Charles Oatwood of Albion, Ind.j M. J. of Laporte, Ind.i
Bessie A*, Zoe B., and Dortha at hornet four grand children}
two great-grand children, one brother, James of LaCtto,
Ind.j two sisters, Mrs* Belle Wilkie of Fort Wayne and
Mrs. Liszie Oallinger of Metamora, Mich., besides other
relatives and a host of friends.
Krs. Georgia Hersh Passes
Death claimed another one of Avilla *s well known
residents, when Mrs* Georgia Hersh, widow of the late
Joseph W. Hersh passed peacefully away at her home on
south Main Street some time Friday morning. The exact
time of her death is not known, as she was found dead
In bed on Friday morning by Jay w. Hersh, a son. She
had been ailing for a number of years, but was not
thought to be serious. It seems, however, that on
account of her age and the nature of her disease that
Mrs. Hersh had a premonition that death might be
expected and she so expressed herself at times to
her pastor and others, but not to the immediate
family, and her death came as a distinct shock to
She was near 72 years of age at the time of her
death and had been a life long resident of Avilla.
Immediate relatives who survive are; two sons, Jay -. .
Hersh of this place and Wallace C. Kersh of Auburn, Ind.
The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at two
o'clock from the residence of her son, Jay W. Hersh
on North Main street, the Sev. Ira Steele, pastor of
the local vangellcal Church, of which Mrs. Hersh was
a member, officiating.
Music for the occasion being furnished by Mrs.
Guy Streby who sang "Jesus Lover of My Soul" and
"Jesus Savior, Pilot Me* accompanied by Miss Buth Keraerly
on the piano. Burial took place in the family lot
in the Avilla cemetery under the direction of funeral
Georgia hr.r.r ryer was horn in /villa, Indiana,
July 28, !8$l, and departed fron this life July *, 1930,
aged ?1 years 11 nonths, rt>£ £ days. The was one of the
four daughters born to Doctor and Mrs. rrrnklin Fryer
all of whom have preeecded her in death, ebruary
??, 1890 she was united In marriage to Joseph W. Hersh,
who preeeeded her in death 7 years p. go.
To this union was born two sons, Jay v, Hersh of
Avilla, and Wallace C. Hersh of Auburn, Mho survive to
r»ourr her loss. There also survives 7 grand children
«nd other relatives.
Practically all of her life was spent in Avilla. She
became affiliated with the local ^angelical Church a
number of years ago, but because of her affliction she
Mas nob permitted to be a regular attendant at the
services, but remained faithful until death when she
transferred to the church triumphant.
Mrs. Hersh was a good neighbor} a citizen of
respect and honor; a loving and devoted mother, she
has lived her life to the children, to her neighbors,
and to her God who she loved and served.
Death Claims Prominent a villa Resident.
Death claimed another one of Avllla's prominent
residents, when John N. DeCamp well known former Post
master and business man passed away at the family
residence on west Washington Street at five o'clock
Mr. DeCamp had been ailing for some time, and
several weeks ago took to his bed, relinquishing
active work as Clerk and Treasurer of the town of
..villa, which position he had filled for a number of
He was 73 years of age, and had been a resident of
this place for many years. For years he conducted a
grocery and general dry goods store, and clso served as
Postmaster. Resigning the Postmaster ship, he sold out
bis dry ~r»ods stock to Brumbaugh & Sheets and retired
from active participation in business. Several years
later he was elected clerk and Treasurer of .-.villa, which
position he filled at the time of his death.
Being a public spirited citizen he always took a keen
interest in the welfare of the town and its progress.
He was prominent in church affaire, mad for many years was
the successful teacher of the adult bible class of the
local W. S. church of Which he was a member.
•<as twice married, lis first wife dying four
years in February. A year . :<sjo last June he married
Mrs. Flora Allmen of this piece. Surviving relatives
Include the widow, two sons, .jrthur J. DeCamp of
Kendallville, and Samuel Herle SeCaap of Kansas City,
Wo., one daughter, Kiss Clara PeCamp of 3pringfield,
Mass. Three sisters, and two brothers also survive.
The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon at two
o'clock fr*om the home, the Hev. J. S« Lawshe, pastor
of the local M. .:. church, assisted by the Rev. Ira
Steele, pastor of the Evangelical Church officiating.
Burial will take place In Lake view Cemetery, Kendall*
vllle under the direction of funeral director
Krc. Janes Clemens was born in Cumberland County,
Penna., July 13th, 1825, living here until 12 years
old; after Khloh her father , s family moved by wagon
to lichland County, Ohio, where she was united in
marriage to Mr. Henry Parker, October 18th, 1846.
To this union was born four children, Mary £• Kiblinger
and Nancy M. Fay deceased, and w. L« Parker and Mrs.
H. 3. Skinner who reside In Albion.
Hr. Henry Parker departed this life in Jefferson
township, Noble County, October 4th, 1857. After the
death of Mr. Parker, Mrs. Parker lovingly labored
with her four children on the farm five miles south
east of Albion, until In Sept, 11th, 1862, she was
united in marriage to Joseph E. Clemens and to this
union was born three children, one girl and two boys,
Mrs. Charles L. Ingraham, of Kendall vllle, Ind.,
J* W. Clemens, and Emerson E. Siemens, deceased. Mrs.
Clemens is the honorable possessor of thirteen grand-
children and sixteen great-great-grand children.
Kr. Clemens departed this life In August, 1382,
after which Wrs. Clemens lived on the farm about two
years then moved to Albion where she was afflicted
with paralysis, awhile after which she began to live
with her different children. She has suffered
repeated strokes of paralysis of sore or less serious
nature for about the last thirty-five years of her
life and through It all she has been kind and patient.
Death came to relieve her from her suffering
and physical limitations Nov. 17th, about 2t&5 o'clock
age being 99 years, b months, and 4 days.
Krs. Clemens was converted in Cichlend County,
Ohio, at the age of 12 years and united with the
Methodist church at that time and proved faithful until
For some time she has prayed earnestly that God
would relieve her from her earthly responsibilities
and give her her honorable discharge from life* a war-
fare. Hill faithful mother was unstlntlngly devoted
to her children and always proved a true friend and
loyal neighbor. We have all been made poorer as the
result of this great loss that has come to our church
Another Pioneer Resident Dead
Death has again invaded the ranks of Avilla'e
pioneer residents and has taken from our midst, the
venerable Samuel P. Stewart, one of a villa* s oldest
and best known residents. For many years his name has
been a household word with our people.
Coming to Noble County when a young man, he has
been for many years closely allied with the business
activities of this section of the county. For many
years, he, with his brother Matthew, conducted a
general store In this place under the firm name of
The 1-08 1 Office for a number of years was located
In their store under the supervision of Mr. Stewart,
who succeeded Mrs. Swarthouse as Postmaster at this
place. He relinquished the office to Mr. August
Vogedlng In 1355.
Retiring from the mercantile business, he confined
himself to the Fire and Cyclone Insurance business.
In which work he was eminently successful. When the
late L. 3. Hersh relinquished the position of Town
Clerk and jreasurer, rir. Stewart was appointed to the
position, and was subsequently re-elected until the
infirmities of age, compelled him to give up such work.
He has since his retirement been quietly taking his
ease and since the death of Mrs. Stewart several years
ago, has been making his home with his daughter, Mrs.
George Knauer of this place. For the past few years
he has been gradually falling from senility incident
to old age, and thus he peacefully passed away at the
home of Mr. Knauer about one o'clock on Monday morning
at the age of 36 years.
He leaves to mourn his departure two daughters
and one son, Mrs. B. C. Lewis of Willard, Ohio, ?rs.
George Knauer of this place, and Mr. John D. Stewart
of Sturgls, Mich., aside from a number of brothers
and sisters and many more distant relatives.
The funeral occurred from the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Knauer on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev.
J. £• Lawshe, Pastor of the local M. £. church
officiating. Burial taking place In the villa Cemetery
under the supervision of Funeral Director McClellan.
Excerpt 8 from Second Obituary
Samuel Patterson Stewart was born in Alleghany County,
Pennsylvania , July 15, 1840, and passed from this
life February 21, 192?, aged 86 years, 7 months and
6 days. He was united in marriage with Hiss Susan
Hooper, December 17 i 1863. To this union were born
four children, two sons and two daughters. One son
Arthur, died in ohlldhood.
Mrs. Stewart passed away three years ago. Since
her death Mr. Stewart made his home with his
daughter Mrs. George Knauer of Avllle, Ind.
Mr. Stewart was a man of sterling character and
a very ardent supporter of the ceuse of Prohibition,
being one of Its pioneer advocates In Noble County.
Me was a member of P. a A. M. Lodge No. 460 of this
place and for many years was Its honored secretary. He
belonged to the Tribe of Ben Hur Court No. 40 of this
place and was one of Its foremost supporters, until
laek of interest caused the Court here to disband.
In his early life he was an ardent Sunday School
worker, and for many years taught the Men's Bible
Class in our Sunday Schools.
He was the oldest of a family of nine children.
One sister, Mate, and two brothers, Joseph and
Matthew having preceeded him to the spirit world.
Conden H. Macklln was born June 22, 1343, in New
Springfield, Ohio. He was a civil war veteran having
enlisted at the age of 16, in Company K. 13th Hegt.,
Ohio Infantry Volunteers.
After his discharge from the army he came to
Indiana where he made his home with Ben P.enkenberger
In Swan township, following the trade of pointer and
In 1889 he Mas united In marriage to Carrie M.
Dolan, to this union was born four daughters and two
sons, one daughter and two sons preceded him in
He was a member of the Methodist Church of A villa,
having Joined under the pastorate of Est. Lamport?
the Masonic Lodge, Chapter of Eastern Star of which he
was a charter member, and the Life Associates of
He passed away Saturday morning February 7th , at
the age of 32 years* 7 months and 16 days.
He is survived by the widow, three daughters, Mrs.
Seckle Yarlan of Swan township, Mrs. J. E« radgltt
of Avllla, Mrs. Ora Miller Et home and four grand
children, a sister, Laura Miller of McKeesport, and a
brother George of Hubbard, Ohio, and other relatives.
Noble County Pioneer Dies
George H. Fairbanks, aged 82 years, a retired
farmer, and one of Noble County's best known residents,
died at 3 $ 15 o'clock last Thursday at his farm just
north of Fairbanks' Corners, after a lingering illness.
Death was caused by complications and Bright 's disease.
Mr. Fairbanks retired from active farming several
years ago, and has since quietly lived on his farm,
three miles north of this city. For the past two
years he has been ailing, and had been bedfast since
December, 1927. Sunday morning his condition became
critical, and since that time he rapidly failed, until
The decedent was born In Geanga County, Ohio,
January 12, 1846, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
C. Fairbanks, who moved to Noble County when George
was but ■ few months of age. Mr. Fairbanks grew
to manhood in the Fairbanks Corners neighborhood, and
attended such schools as the times afforded. Later
he completed a course at Hiram College, in Ohio,
but he chose farming as his life occupation.
On November 23, 1875. ne was married to Hiss
Clara Jane Beughman, daughter of the late Grafton P.
Baughman, who was a county official. For the past 53
years, Mr. and Mrs. Fairbanks lived on the farm where
During his younger years, Mr. Fairbanks became
affiliated with Kendallvllle Lodge No. 276, F. & A. «.,
and with Chapter No. 64, Soyal Arch Masons. He was
also a member of the Methodist church of /villa.
Surviving relatives include the wife, four
daughters, Mrs. David Shanlinc, Avllla; Mrs. Solla
Whitford of near Kendallvllle, Miss Bessie 3. Fairbanks
of Wichita Falls, Tex., and Mrs. Crlo H. Iraes, west of
Kendallvllle; one sister, Mrs. Emma Barton, who
resided at the Fairbanks hornet a niece, Mrs. Fred L.
Bodenhafer and a grandson, Ralph Shanllne, of
Funeral services were held at the late home Saturday
afternoon at 2 o*clock, central standard time.
Sober t E. Swinehart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua
Swinehart was born in Noble County, Ind., July 29, I865
and departed this life January 3, 1928, age 62 years,
5 months, and 5 'ays.
In the year I892 he was united in marriage to Mary
Mary B« Weimer. After their marriage they resided on
the old bona faro for a while, from there they aoved
to > villa and leter to Kendall ville. Twenty three
years ago they moved to the farm In Swan township
where he passed away* This union was blessed with
four children, three boys and one girl. Irvin, who
lives in Swan township, waiter, of near Huntertown,
Lula, who is still at hoae, a son Floyd preceded his
father in death.
Besides the children mentioned he leaves the
widow and one sister Mrs. Hebecca Haines of Kendal lville,
seven grand children, other relatives and a host of
friends to nourn their loss. In the passing of Mr.
Jwinehart the f Rally have lost a loving husband and
father and the community a neighbor and friend which
will be greatly missed.
The funeral of Mrs. Etta Halferty whose death was
mentioned in our last week's issue of The News was
held on last Friday afternoon at the local Evangelical
church with the Hev. Ira Steele, pastor officiating.
Burial being made in the family lot at the ..villa
Cemetery. The funeral was quite largely attended and
aany were the floral offerings from friends and
She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hanier
and was born at Waterloo , Ind., on Nov. 3, i860. Her
mother died while she was a small child, and she made
her home with neighbors and friends at Kendall villa
and this community when she grew to womanhood.
She was united in marriage to Byron Halferty of
this township in 1880. He preceded her in death about
seventeen years ago. Except for two years spent at
Waterloo, Ind., her entire life had been spent in
•iVilla and Kendall vllle. For fifty years she had
resided In the same hone here and Mas favorably known.
Sarly In life she became a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church and for years was active In
church and Sunday School work. Specializing In
primary work, she became affiliated with the county
Sunday School organisation and during the active period
of her life was one of Its valued members In extending
the work throughout the County. She was 70 years of
age at the time of her death.
Surviving relatives are one son, 2alph W. Halferty
of Albion, Ind., two sisters and three brothers,
tc -ether with numerous distant relatives.
Death of Former Resident
John Vanferson, a former well known and pioneer
resident of this Community, died very suddenly at his
room In the Waverly House at Hoopers town, 111., on
Wednesday evening, Jan. 4th. The body was brought to
this place on Saturday morning and taken to the home
of his cousin Mr. Wlllalm Pennel on North Van Sooyoe
Street, where funeral services were held on Sunday
afternoon, .lev. Lawshe, Pastor, of the local K. £.
?luslc for the occasion was furnished by Mrs.
Lawshe and daughter, Dorotha. Burial took place
In the local cemetery, under the direction of Funeral
Director, McClellan, where his wife, formerly Miss
Clara Clipper, and two sons, who preceded him In
death many years ago, are also burled.
Those from out of town, who attended the funeral
were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Vanferson, Harry Vanferson
and wife. Mr. Glen Crawford and Mr. Hosier of Elkhart,
Ind., and Kr. Chas. Hilkert of Swan, Ind., Jamas
Fulk of Swan Township, and El don Engle and family
of Jefferson Twp.
An Excerpt taken from trio Hoopers ton,
111* paper of January 5th
*Kr. Yanferson was born at a villa, Indiana,
November 26th, 1852 and was over 75 years of age.
He had been a resident of Hoopers ton most of the
time for the past nineteen years*
ftr* Vanf arson was a member of the Bricklayers
Union, at Danville* The lodge will nave charge of
the services and burial. Kr. Yanferson leaves one
sister, who Is In very poor health at the present, and
an Inmate of the Masonic Home at Sullivan, 111."
Aged Avllla Woman Dies
Krs. Sarah KoKee, aged 82 years, pioneer resident
of this community died last Thursday afternoon at the
home of her grand daughter, Mrs* Lester Smith, Ft*
fliayne, with whom she had been making her home since
last September • Death resulted from complications
Incident to old age.
The decedent was a well known and highly respected
resident of the community. She was preceded In death
by her husband about 25 years ago. Xrs* KcKee was a
member of the Avllla Methodist Episcopal Church*
Surviving are two sons and two daughters,
Including Carl MeKee of Avllla, Edward MoKee and Mrs.
0. L. Whan of near Avllla, and Krs* A* W. Weed of
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from
the Methodist Episcopal Church here, the Rev. J. E,
Laushe officiating. The body was brought here Thursday
Sarah Elizabeth (Switzer) PlcKee was born in
Ittchalnd Co., Ohio, March 13, 18M* and departed this
life at the hose of her grand-daughter, Mrs. Lester
Smith of Ft. Wayne, March 11, 1926, aged SI years,
11 months and 28 days.
When but 12 years of age her mother answered the
summons of death and Mrs. HcKee came to Indiana and
made her home with her sister Mrs. Hachel King near
Mt. Pleasant, remaining there until Sept. 12, 1863
when she was united in marriage to William HcKee.
After marriage they resided north of Albion for some
time then moved to Green township. To this union
was born 9 children, Addle Weade of Kimmel, Nanna
4han of Swan township, Edward McKee also of Swan
township and Carl McKee of villa, the rest having
preceded the mother in death. The father and husband
also preceded her, dying Sept. 14, I892.
In early life Mrs. McKee became a member of the
U. 8. church of Albion, but after moving to Swan she
placed her membership in the M. £. church of that place
and when she moved to Avllla about thirty years ago she
became a member of the Avllla M. B« churoh and has been
a member here since that time.
Mrs. McKee was a faithful Christian, a kind and
loving mother and a friend and neighbor to all with whom
she came in contact. And in her departure we can feel
that though she is absent from our midst she is only
transplanted and enjoying the blessed realities of the
Christian life she lived while here.
Besides the children previously mentioned she leaves
to mourn their loss ten grand children, three great-grand
children and a host of relatives and friends.
Bigdon Glosser Pioneer Dies
Rigdon P. Glosser, aged 79 years, prominent Noble
County farmer, died at ? o'clock last Thursday morning
at his home 2 miles northeast of /.villa, after an
illness of several months. Death was due to heart
trouble and complications.
The decedent first became ill in September, after
a trip through a rain storm to Kendall ville. His
illness continued and he was not able at any time to
leave his home. For the past several weeks his
condition was critical.
Mr. Glosser was born in Ohio, June 23, 1849, a son
of Mr. and ilrs. Daniel Glosser. Five years later in
135^» his parents moved to this section of Indiana,
where he grew to manhood. Me was married to Kiss Columbia
Bennett, and for the past 39 years they resided on the
Glosser farm northeast of town.
The decedent was well known here, having spent much
time in Avllla during the past few years. He was active
as a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Avllla.
Surviving relatives include the widow, and two
daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Forker, who lived with her
parents since the father's illness, and Mrs. idith Forker,
two miles west of Kendall ville. A son Frank, preceded
Mr. Glosser in death.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2
o'clock at the home. Interment, Union cemetery.
Sills D. Bolton eldest son of James Proctor and
Lucie A. Bolton was born in Swan ?wp., December 13,
1870 and departed this life at his home in Swan,
October 9, 1923, aged 57 years, 9 months and 26 days.
In the spring of 1901 he was united In warriage
to Miss Ioy May Erioker, and to then was born one child
Luclle, who with her family, has lived with her folks,
where she has helped in the oare of her father, who
has been confined to his home for a number of years
and for about fifteen weeks he was confined to his bed.
These years were years of suffering for Mr.
Bolton and oare for his faaily, but they have felt
amply repaid for the patience that has been given in
these years, for out of it grew a glorious experience in
which Mr. Bolton confessed Christ as his Lord and
Raster, and in that faith he fell asleep* He leaves
to mourn his departure, the wldo**, the daughter, two
grand children, two sisters , Rrs. wm. Ff sightner
of A villa, and Ttrs. 0. Fltzslmraons of Ft. Wayne,
two brothers Carl of Swan and John of Milla and an
aged mother of Swan, also many other relatives and
friends. He will be greatly missed in the home, but
he awaits the coming of his loved ones.
Dora B. (Padgett) Yeiser, beloved wife of Prank 3*
Yelser and Mrs. Fred Golden responded to the call of her
Savior, Wednesday noon January 20th t 1926.
Her birth occurred in West Virginia , June 2 3rd,
1364. I,i early childhood she accepted Christ as her
>avlor and united with the Calvary Presbyterian Church
at Parkersburg, West Virginia, she came with her
parents James Thomas and Lavlnla Padgett, to a villa, Ind.,
in 1879« In 1893 she revived her vows with Christ and
united with the \villa K. B« Church. She was a quiet
but consistent christian and always was found at her place
of worship at church and S. 3. when ever health permitted.
She was also a menber of the Eastern Star Lodge. She
was one of the home makers ever looking to the welfare of
Altho too 111 to see friends, she gave her
testimony of her assurance and trust in her Savior.
Cn being told of her Pastor's call she said "Tell him
I am too weak to talk but all is well and I am ready
to go." Later when parting with her loved ones, she
asked them all to live a Christian life and help others
in the way.
Aside from the husband and children, she leaves
four grand children, one brother Francis S. Padgett, and
two sisters Mrs. T. S. Savage of Parkersburg, West Vs.,
and Mrs. Ella Collins of Tiffin, Ohio, ether relatives
and a great host of friends.
The funeral services were conducted by their pastor
Rev. James Laushe from the residence on Saturday after-
noon, January 23, 1926, who by request read the hymns,
"Abide with Ke,* and "The Old Hugged Cross," followed
by a talk from the 12th chapter and 13 verse of the
Book of Daniel. Amid flowers and tears of sympathy, and
love she Has laid to rest in the Avilla cemetery under
direction of Undertaker Mo&ellan.
Sudden Death of Mrs. Frank Cro there
This community was much surprised on last Thursday
when announcement was made that Mrs. Jane Crothers, wife
of Frank Crothers, well known grocer at this place, had
passed away at the family residence on South Main Street
at noon on that day. Death was caused by diabetes, and
although she had been ailing for some time, she was
confined to her bed but two days.
She was 64 years of age and was noted for her kind and
jovial disposition and made friends easily. For years she
had aided her husband in clerking at the store, and has
performed that duty for the last time only on Monday of
She was a member of the local IT. E. churoh, and
was quite active In Civic affaire , being one of the
highly respected women of this community. She Is
survived by the husband t two sons, Rolls Crothers of
Garrett, and Ralph Crothers of Angola; two daughters,
Wrs. Fred liauh of near Albion, and Mrs. waiter Pepple
of this place, and one sister, Mrs. J. P. Leltch of
Tallequah, Oklahoma and five grand children.
The funeral, which wns one of the largest ever
held in Avllla, was held at the /.villa M. £• Churoh
on Sunday forenoon at ten thirty ©•clock, with the
3ev. J. E. Lawshe, pastor of the local church officiate
ing. 3urial being made In the Avllla Cemetery under
the direction of Funeral Director KcClellan.
Ida Jane Hani on was born in Green Township, Noble
Co., Ind., March 15, 136?, and was the daughter of Nary
Ann and Robert Hanlon.
She spent her early life on the farm where she was
born. In 1889 she was united in marriage to Frank
Crothers and came to live on a farm In Swan Township.
To this union four children were bora, Mrs. Walter
People of Avillai llrs. Fred Rauh of Jef Person Twp.,
R. H. Crothers of Oarrett, and R. C. Crothers of Angola.
In 1905 the family came to Avllla where they have
Mrs. Crothers united with the Hopewell Presbyterian
Church early In life and after coming to Avllla
transferred her membership to the Methodist Episcopal
ri** vari tm
In her home she was loving and true and as a
neighbor and friend we feel her life was above reproach
and the world Is better for her having lived*
Sumner K. Randall Called by Death.
Sumner K. Randall, a native son of Allen township
and for many years a popular and well known merchant
of this place* passed peacefully away at the Handall
homestead In Kendall vllle on Sunday afternoon at 2i40
o'clock, after an extended Illness of several months
from pneumonia and complications*
Mr* Eandall was first taken 111 with an attack of
Influenza and within a few days pneumonia developed*
His condition became critical soon after the start of
his Illness and slnoe that time had been but slightly
Improved* Day after day his condition remained
practically unchanged until last Friday when a change
for the worBe came. The strong heart and exceptional
vitality which had fought the ravages of disease so
gallantly for several weeks gave way and death came
peacefully and without suffering*
Few, if any, residents of Noble County were more
well known than Mr. Randall. He was 82 years of age and
a pioneer resident of Noble County* He mis a son of
EttmUi and nary A« (King) Handall and was born on May 2,
1343 on the Handall farm Just west of this place, which
became his home for more than seventy years*
He received his education In the township schools
and following the death of his father, the control and
management of the farm fell to him and for many years
he successfully operated the farm*
Mr. Randall's business activities In addition to the
conduct of his farm, extended In various directions and
for 33 years he was the proprietor of a general store
In this place, which was known as Randall *s Emporium
and the raeoca for people who came to trade for miles
around. For years he engaged also In the business of
the buying of grrln and through his efforts ATllla
became the center for a great grain selling
constituency. Mr. Randall always took an Interest In
the welfare of his home town, A villa and was ever
ready to give financial aid to any project that might
prove beneficial to the town and surrounding community.
Mr. Randall was married September 12, i 376 to Kiss
Loretta M. Stahl, daughter of Mr. and Firs. John stahl,
who resided on a farm just east of this place. Their
marriec life has been a very congenial one and if Mr.
Randall had lived, they anticipated celebrating their
fiftieth wedding anniversary the ooming September.
Aside from the widow he is survived by three
daughters, Mrs. Albert B« Thomas of Ft. Wayne and Mrs*
Charles 0. Bookman and Mrs, Arthur J. DeCamp of
Kendallville and one sister, Krs. Amy E. Seavey of Pt.
Wayne. Mr. Randall moved from the Eandall homestead to
Kendallville about twelve years ago and has resided
Politically Mr. Handall followed in the footsteps
of his father and became an ardent Democrat being erer
ready to stand by the principles of the Temocratio
?arty as enunciated in its platform. Fraternally he
affiliated with Kendallville Lodge No. 1194 B. P. 0. E.|
Avllla Lodge No. 460 F. & A. Mj Kendallville Chapter
So. 64 p. A. M.; Kendallville Council No. 50 a. & S. M.j
Apollo cosaandery No. 19 K, T.f a thirty-second degree,
Scottish Rite Mason, Ft. Wayne Consistory and a member
of Mlzpah Shrine Temple, Ft. Wayne.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon
at 1 i 30 ©•clock from the late home on Diamond Street,
Kendallville, the Rev. Arthur J. Poison of Ft. Wayne
officiating assisted by the Rev. M. B« Runden of
Kendall vi lie. Interment taking place In the Randall
burial Area in the cemetery at this place which can
be distinctly seen from the paternal home of the
Randall* 8 nearby. The active pall bearers were the
three sons-in-law, ..rthur J. Pc-Camp and Charles
Beckman of Kendall ville and Albert I* Thomas of Ft.
Wayne and the three grandsons* Edwin I;., Thomas £.,
and Perry 3« rhomas of Ft. Wayne. The funeral was
largely attended, many going from this dace.
Grim Reaper Takes another
John Hooper, age 90 years, passed away at his
home on west Albion street on Tuesday afternoon at
2s*>5 from old age.
Kr. Hooper had been failing in health for the
past year, not from sickness, but just wearing away.
He was usually seen about town up until eight or ten
months ago and after that he we confined to his home
and seldom was on our streets.
Mr. Hooper was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William
Hooper and was born in Alleghany Co., Pennsylvania.
He moved with his parents to a farm near Avilla when
a young man. He was united in marriage to Jane King
and up until 3 years ago they were partners in life,
having lived 53 years together, until her death.
Mr. and Mrs. Hooper moved from the farm to Avilla
twenty years ago and were fine neighbors and friends
to all they came in contact with. Mr. Hooper is
perhaps one of Koble County's oldest residents, having
lived in this county for the past 70 years. He was a
faithful member of the Presbyterian church and enjoyed
Mr. George Hooper, a brother of Garrett, and a
number of other relatives survive. The funeral will be
held from the home Friday afternoon at 2 o* clock
and the remain* laid to rest in the King* a cemetery.
John S. Hooper son of William and Susan
(Springer) Hooper was born in Allegheny County, Pa.,
November 30, 1835, being the eldest of a family of
six children. With his parents he came to Indiana
in the fall of the year I857 settling on a farm in
Swan Township in Noble County where he lived with his
parents and assisted in all the arduous duties of
farm life in those pioneer days until April 19, 1366,
when he united in the bonds of holy wedlock with Eliza
Jane King, daughter of Hiram and Catherine (Low) King,
thereafter making his home with his bride on the King
farm continuing the pursuits of agriculture, doing good
and shedding sunshine wherever he could amongst his
neighbors and friends. In the fall of 1333 he was
called by the electorate of Noble County to serve
them in the capacity of County Commissioner which office
he filled to the satisfaction of his friends and credit
to himself and the county.
About twenty years ago he and his faithful wife,
who proceeded him in death about three years ago, came
to Avllla to make their home where he resided since.
At a quarter of three o'clock in the afternoon of
January 12, he was called to depart from this life
and was ready and willing to answer the summons.
He is survived by one brother George Hooper;
Edward Gump, a foster son, a number of nephews and
nieces and great nephews and great nieces, besides a
host of friends.
Pioneer Heal dent Passes Away
Jane King, daughter of Hires King and Catherine Low
Xing, was born In Portage County, Ohio, October 1? th,
1833* When but 3 years of age, she came to Noble
County, Indiana with her parents, in May of 1837 # and
settled on a farm two and a half miles south-west of
Avilla where she grew to womanhood.
On April 19th, 1366, she was married to John S«
Hooper. There were no children. Mr. i-dward Gump
came into the home as a boy, grew to manhood, married,
and has remained in charge of the farm ever since.
Miss Mary v/eil, now Mrs. Leo Blust of Avilla, spent her
girlhood days as a member of this household.
For sixty-eight years Mrs. Hooper lived on the old
homestead, during which time she was untiring in
helping those who were in want or distress.
In 1905 she and her husband moved to Avllla where
they have continued to live among a large and wide
circle of friends. She was a sister of Hiram L. King,
Ira M. King, and Mrs. Edwin Kendall, and was -he last
surviving member of her generation.
Stie had been up and about the house as usual,
suffering however, from a slight oold, and retired
Wednesday evening feeling comparatively well, but during
the night complications developed which caused her
death about 3:30 Thursday morning, February 1st. Death
oame peacefully, and she closed her eyes in eternal
sleep without a trace of suffering or pain.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Hooper is survived by the
following nieces and nephews 1 Mr. Sumner King Randall
of Kendall vl lie, Mrs. Amy Sandall Seavey now of
Pasadena, Calif., Mr. John King of Benzonia, Michigan,
Mr. Frank I. King of Minneapolis, Minn., Mr. Alfred H.
King and Kre. Bernard Kelnee of Avllla and flr. Lloyd
E. King of Chicago.
Svuan Hooper Stewart was born In Alleghany County,
Pennsylvania, January 19, 1841, and pasted to spirit
life July 23rd, 1923, aged 82 years, 6 months, and
At the age of sixteen she moved with her parents
to Swan Township, Noble County, Indiana, and was
united In marriage with Samuel iatterson Stewart on
December 19th, 1863, «nd resided on a far* In Swan
Township until 1872 when they moved to Avllla, Ind.,
where she has resided until the present time.
This union was blessed by four children, one of whoa
passed away at the age of three years. She leaves to
mourn their loss her bereaved husband, two dauthers,
Mrs. George Knauer of 'villa, Ind., Hrs. Byron C. Lewis
of Wlllard, Ohio, and on» son John 3. Stewart of oturgls,
til oh., two grandsons, one grand daughter and two great-
grandsons, three brothers, John S. Hooper of Avllla , Ind.,
and James Hooper of Dallas, Oregon.
She was a kind and faithful wife, a loving mother,
a true and sincere friend.
Her greatest Joy was found in her home surrounded
by her children and friends. She was held In high esteem
by all who knew her.
#Uneral services were held from the home of her
daughter, Mrs. George Knauer, Wednesday at 2 P. M.
Rev. Sunyan conducted the services. Interment In
the Avllla cemetery, under the direction of undertaker
Mrs. Anna E. Slngrey Dead.
Mrs. Anna E. Slngrey a former resident of Allen
Township, 57 years of age and widow of the late John
P. Slngrey, died at her home in Albion, IivU, on
Wednesday morning April 6, after a prolonged Illness
of carcinoma. Mrs. Slngrey was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Sphraim Poster, pioneer residents of Noble
County and was a very prominent resident of Albion.
She is survived by one brother, Willis Poster, of
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at
It 30 o'clock at the late residence with the Hev. Orton,
Pastor of the Presbyterian church at Kendal lvi lie
officiating. After which burial took place in the
Nount rleasant cemetery.
Mrs. Raphael Oberlln, aged 33 years, a former
resident of this city, died in the Lutheran hospital
ft 9 o* clock this morning of senility. She resided
in Avilla for the past 10 months. Mrs. Oberlln was
born and reared in Clinton, Pa., where she spent the
greater part of her life.
"he was a metaber of the Nezarene Church.
Surviving are three children by a former marriage,
John L. Flke, cakdale, Pa., William S. Flke, Bluffton,
Ind., and Mrs. Mary L. Moore of this city; two brothers,
Loren Springer, this city, and Willlaa springer, of
Los Angeles, and one sister, Mrs. Elisabeth Newell of
Scott Heights, Pa.
Funeral services will be held at the Kungovan Chapel
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.Monday morning at 10 o'clock with the Bev. Howard
Paschal officiating.-. t. Wayne paper.
John Flnley, eon of Abner and Sllsabeth Flnley,
was born In Ashland County, Chio, on the 30th day ©f
August, 1869, and came with hli parents In the year
1882 to Noble County, Indiana, when they moved to the
hose on the farm adjoining the faro owned by the
deceased at the time of his death. Here he ptck
to manhood and on the 3th day of January, 1891, was
united in marriage with Cora 3. Walters, who survives him.
iGuaediately after carriage they moved Into a home
nearby the iinley homestead where they lived for a
short tine and then built their present home where
they have lived continuously until the present time.
Thus from his boyhood days the decedent has lived
at or in the immediate neighborhood of their present
Be was elected recorder of Noble County, Indiana,
in the year 1903 and filled such office for a period
of four years.
He was a regular attendant at the Kt. Pleasant
Lutheran church and sang in the choir and was always
ready and willing to help in all the affairs of the
church. He was an active member of the Lutheran
Three children, all of whom died in infancy,
preceded him in death and he leaves to mourn his
departure his widow, one sister, four brothers, three
brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, several nephews
and nieces and a great host of friends and neighbors.
John was of a genial and frank disposition, good
naturod and kind hearted, a great lover of children,
a man who made friends of all with whom he met, and a
kind hearted and loving husband.
iMneral services were held at the home Honday,
April 11, 1921. An unusually large crowd attended
to show their lore for this great g 00 a f!mnt ^ had
been so long with us In every movement for good and
righteousness. The body vsas laid to rest in the Ht.
Pleasant ceaetery. The Hev. a, N. Jhoajpson
Death Claims Well Known Woman
Mrs. Luella Dlgglns, aged 57 years, wife of
Llnford w. Dlgglns, of Kendall vllle a most highly
respected woman died Friday night at lit 50 o^clook at
her home, 224 Diamond street in that olty.
Death followed many daya of patient suffering and
on illness of a year and a half duration, due to
complications. Last Hay her condition reached the
serious stage and since that time her health continued
to decline, each month with greater rapidity. Numerous
specialists end physicians were consulted in an effort
to prolong her life, but to no avail. Last Thanksgiving
day she became bedfast and the past fev? weeks her
condition had been critical, with death slowly blotting
out the light of the life that had been a dear one to
Mrs. Dlgglns was born January *►, 1367, in ..shland
Jounty, Chlo, the daughter of the late Abnar and Elizabeth
rinley, pioneers of near /.villa. The family came to
Indiana from Ohio in 1882, locating on the Wheeler farm
west of :.vill4», later known as the old Flnley homestead.
Mrs. Dlgglns was the only daughter of a family of eight
ohlldren, four brothers, with the parents, having preceded
her In death. Mr. and Mrs. Dlgglns were united in
aarri- v T enuarr 23, 1895, and since that time they have
practieclly always resided at Kendsllville, Mr. Dlgglns
being employed In the railway mall service on the New York
Central lines, "our children were born to the
union, *:iss Miriam, tocher in the Kendallvllle
schools, and dlmer, student at Indiana University
and two who died La infancy.
Mrs. Diggins was a splendid woman and traits that
tend to beaut 1 Ail womanhood were her prized possess-
ions* She loved her home and made hospitality stand
foremost, which won for her many friends among both
young and old. she was a member of the Eastern ^tar
Chapter of kendallvllle » and religiously had long
affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, being
one of its devoted raersbers.
Faithful in her religious voes, Hrs. Diggins had
demonstrated a life of earnest efforts, and beautiful
faith, always eager to do her best in good work In
religious and benevolent enterprises. Her's was a
life worth while, and by her death is taken a fond
mother, wife and rriewl,
Surviving besides the husband, son and daughter,
are three brothers, Prank, James, and Thomas Finley,
all of Kendall ville. Four brothers who preceded her
in death were Hark, John, Howard, and Clinton Finley.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at
li30 o'clock from the late home, the ;ev. i. B.
Detweiler of Kendallvllle officiating. Interment,
Former Oreen fwp. Resident Dies.
Henderson Cleaens, e former resident of Oreen town-
ship, passed away at the home 01 his daughter, Mrs.
^rank Fisher at Churubusoo last Saturday morning.
dr. Cleaens spent most of his life on the farm in
Green township and a number of years ago went to live
with his daughter. He was well known in this locality.
Funeral services were held Monday from the Fisher
home and the reneins laid to rest in the P.t, Pleasant
Mill Ian F* Koree, son of Rudolph and iliza Koree
was born in Jefferson township Noble County, Indiana,
May 10, 1855, tmA departed this life at the old home
where he lived all his life, August 10, 19~7» age 72
years and three months.
^ing these years he had become well known in the
community and had the respect and esteera of a large
circle of friends. He was a member of the K. of ?•
In the year 1881 he was united in marriage to Miss
i-mma >hsets and to this union were born two sons, Bert
who resides with his mother and Clinton who preceded
his father in death.
After forty-six years of happy married life Mr.
tforee has passed on leaving to mourn their loss the wife
and son Bert with two grand sons, Max and Raymond and
a little great-grand-daughter who has recently time to
bless the home of Max Koree and wife, besides a brother
John Koree, with a host of other relatives und friends.
In his passing, the home has lost a kind wni loving
companion and father and the community a neighbor and
Those who attended the funeral from s distance,
were; Mr. and Mrs. Clem Shaffer of Bellvllle, Ohio, Mrs.
Hattie Kible and son of /"dcrom, Ohio, John tforee of
Hamberg, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Frank More© of Kendallvllle,
Mr. and Mrs. Frenk Peters of Kendallvllle, :ir. and Mrs.
5. F. Stahl and. son of Kendallvllle, fr. and Mrs. A. C#
S h »e tl of Ye'n Wert, Ohio, Mr. Josia 3heets and daughter
."tyrtle of Convoy, Ohio, and John and Silas Sheets
of Convoy, Ohio, and Ktb. Perry Fair and daughter of
^ort Ufefne, lad,, Mr, a-nd !!rs. H. B. 3ylv<?3ter of
Wappanee, Ind,, H. a. Knox, wife and daughters of
Butler, B. t« Leach and family of Auburn, ?rank
Gruesbeok and wife and w. .. Gruesbeok of Laurwell,
D. D. Stewart Passes Away.
This community was completely surprised Saturday
night to learn of the death of another of Avilla *s
former residents and Noble County pioneers.
Hr. Stewart and family lived in Avilla for a long
period of years and were hold in . i£h er.teon by all
who knew them. Two years ago this fall tbr. Stewart
family noved to Fort Wayne where they have made
their hone. ;!r. Stewart *s age at the time of his
death was 67 years. He was a salesman for the Stark
nurseries and paid Avilla a number of visits since
To know him, was to live him, as he was always
of a jovial disposition and ready to be friends with
finy one. He wns a member of the R« S« church at
this plso.e and was a very faithful member ttoen at
Surviving ere the widow, Ktb, Laura Otewartj one
son M. J,, of Laforte; four daughters, Wrs. C. A.
Oatwood of Albion, and Hisses Bessie, r^oe and
Dorothy, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Joe .'ilkle of
Fort i&yne, and >trs. Lirzle Callln^er of Metamora,
Mich; one brother James, of LaOttoj four grand
•unercl serviccR were held Tuesday afternoon at
2 o'clock at the :outh Wayne Hnitetf Prethera Church,
a<nr. westafer of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Hey.
M. K. Richardson officiating. Burial In Llndenwood.
Ada Hannah Bolton was bom 3ept. 23rd, 1896, In
Swan tovmshlp Noble County, Indiana, and departed this
life February 13th, 1930, aged 33 years, k months and
26 days, all of which with the exception of a few days
were spent in this county.
She was united in marriage with John V. Bolton,
August 19, 191^ at Albion, Indiana.
To this union were born 3 children, *f boys and *»
girls, James, Evelyn, Amy, John Jr., Eileen, Hershel,
Marion and Joan, who at this time range in ages from
3 months to 14 years, and they together with the
husband, a kind loving mother, one sister, two brothers,
and other relatives and hosts of friends are left to
rsoura her loss.
Many deeds of klnCness, sympathy and loving oare
distinguished her chosen path in life and during her
last prolonged illness, she gratefully acknowledged
every small favor with becoming grace, ~ver being
religiously Inclined and firm in divine faith, she
became affiliated with the K. E. Church, villa, four
years ago this winter and always expressed deep
regret when forced to remain away from its services.
Elizabeth rah—Hi aurhter of Jonas and rhoebe
Lahnan, res born January 22, 13^7, in Jrc\.iard
County, Ohio, where she grew to woinanhooJ. She was
the oldest of a family of seven children.
M was oarried to Zienjamin Rupert :;ov. 15, 1866.
There were born to them two children, Leander E« and
Clara, each of whom together with two grand children
61adf E. and Borold '3. Rupert, survive. There ©re
also three brothers nmd one sister living.
The tartly BOvOd to fam five miles south west
of Avllla In 1872 and from there to a snail fara one
half miles east of Albion In 1902. After the death of her
husband In 1910, Mrs. Hupert sioved to Albion where
she has since resided.
:.tore than a year ago she suffered • stroke of
Apoplexy vjhich left b«r broken In mind and body pik t
from which she never recovered. She passe* sway at the
home of her -on L. E, Rupert on Emit rialn street,
Albion, Jan. 22, 1930, this being her ?jr<\ birthday.
/.Tille of a modest and retiring disposition Mrs,
Rupert van nerer the less "mown for a genuineBnass of her
friendship and the warmth of her sympathy. As a wife
s&d rather she wss Bklwoyi deeply consecrated to the
interests of her home and family. ?or May years 3he
had been a member of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church
nerr .'.villa. Shi was respected and loved by those
who had the privilege of knowing her.
The funeral services were conducted at the home on
Friday afternoon by Tier. J. c. Hochtedler. Burial was
In Hose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Jane k, Rlmmel
June 6, 1846, Jane Ann came to h Adas tl i rose of
Lphrlera Walters In Jefferson township, the farm beinr
situated a half mile north of the late home, December
31, 1868, with Aaron Filmmel, she exchangee, vcv.s antf
formed a nev: hor..e. Four ohlldrea v. ore born to them,
Sherman if, Olive ... ^axnuel I, and Minnie Pearl, She
united with Summit N« S, Church many years ago r.nd was
c faithful aembei anc attendant.
tfre. ulmcel died Deo. 25 • 1924, and funeral services
were conducted at Summit by Rev. Bunion, with burial at
ft£. Pleasant cemetery.
The daughter Olive, departed this life December 17 t
1913 &nd the husband ..aron I:l«nel, * ! ov. 23, 1?2?. She
leaves 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grcndchilr'ren, or
brother John of Washington, Ohio, Jesse Walters, a nephew,
to whom she had given a home for several years.
George hooper, son of Willi iusaa Hooper was
born in Alleghany County Pennsylvania ~cpt. 29, 1849,
died at oasred heart Hospital in Garrett, Dec. 15, 1926,
aged 77 years, 2 months, 17 days.
Lnen he was about eight years of age \Au parents
move- to l.'oble County, Indiana and settle' la Swan
He was the youngest of a family of six children and
was the last to respond to the call of death.
A daughter Bertha Hooper preceded him in death.
Por a number of years Mr. Hooper made his home at
Sacred Heart Hospital oi larrett. He leaves a number
of friends and acque lntances besides his remaining
>^^Har m ttn
relatives Prank L. Hooper of Kendallvllle is a
rhe funeral was held at K. I« Church in Avllla
in charge of Reverend Lawshe and Reverend Steel, with
burial in Hooper cemetery.
William Almond Ax tell
William Almond Axtell was born in Jefferson town-
ship, Noble County, Indiana, August 11, 1350, and died
February 5, 1906, aged 55 years, 5 months and 25 days.
He was the son of Jesse and Hart Axtell, who were
among the earliest settlers of Jefferson township,
being reared in the forests and knowing the privations
connected with such a life. He grew to manhood in his
fathers home, when at the age of twenty-one his father
died leaving him to care for the aged mother. In 187**
he married Elver da Singrey. She died in 1332 aged
33 years leaving two children, Minnie and ?cy„ In
1383, he married Sarah P. Singrey who died in 1891
leaving one daughter L*tha, He was again married in
1894 to Mrs. Eva Waterman wykel of Deep Elver, Poweshiek
County, Iowa, who survives him.
In early boyhood he united with the K. £• church
to which faith he adhered.
Besides his wife and children he leaves a step-
daughter, Kps. Frank Hooper of Kendall ville, Indiana
and two brothers, 8, 3. and J. J. Axtell of Deep Hlver,
Funeral services conducted by Sev. Hollopeter,
Avllla. Buried in Mt. Pleasant cemetery.
On Thursday, April 2$ % 1929 the Issue of the
.villi; Mews" %rs sailed r Klss Elizabeth Stewart
In part It state* that "This igsuc of The Hews
is dedicate/ to "iss Elizabeth Stewart for liar Many
rvice In the .wllla Public school.
It la with pleasure that the Hews announcer, tW t
on next Tuesday evening, April X, the bronre tablet,
purchased by the pupils, fsraer pupils and friends
P : l: .'■■ Slleabetli Stewart, will be fornerly presented,
at the gyia in the new high school building*
The meeting will be sponsored by the Allan To..; -
ship Parent-Teach**' Association and an approplste
prograu presented by the pupils, former pupilf; m&
associate workers with Hiss Stewart a during her aany
years of serrlce as a teacher in the Public Schools
of Noble County and Avilla.
I. iss Stewart began teaching in 18?2, Just 57 years
ago, a record unique in the history of educational
affairs in JJoble County and possibly unsurpassed for
length of service in the State of Indiana. For 39
years Hiss Stewart hao boon the efficient primary
teacher in the .\ villa Public Schools. During her years
of service as teaoher she has touched the lives and
enrolled 280C pupils in her classes and has started
1250 pupils in their first yesr of school work in Avilla
Unassuming in character, she has by her kind and
sympathetic nature endeared herself to the many boys and
girls who have been privileged to be enrolled as one of
her pupils. Her years of service as teacher has enabled
her to enroll as students a number of generations of the
same family, as we have in our vicinity parents who not
only were pupils of hers themselves, but their children
have been instructed by her also. A similar record of
which can scarcely be ■'duplicated elsewhare. Many are
the boys and girls, once Instructed by her, who have
becorae men and women of Influence and character In the
world at large, a few Instances of such are noted
Noah Hull, Chief Engineer for the General Motor Co.,
Kansas City, Mo.
Gordon Hersh, Advertising Manager and Sales Promptor
of the Auburn Automobile Co., Auburn, Ind.
Merl DeCamp, Electrical Engineer, Kansas City, Mo.
Harry Haas, Electrical Engineer, Buffalo, N. I,
Lee All^an, Trr.voling Auditor for the Baltimore and
Ohio Railroad Co n , Garrett, Ind.
'larel rnvls, Crltlo Taacher, Y^nllaiiti Noroal School,
Glenn Thrapp, Attorney, Kendsllville, Ind.
Frank Hooper, Assistant rostrnpster, Kendnllvllle, Ind.
Gertrude Whetzel, Hoi Sea prominent position with the
Clvio Welfare Commission at Philadelphia, Pa.
Glenn Stewart, "oc'y. Michigan Agricultural College
Alumil Association, 3ast Lansing, Mich.
Marion Veazy, Plant Pathologist, Washington, D. C.
Leroy Weimer, Plant Pathologist, Washington, D. C.
Among the many others too numerous to lention are
ilailroad Conductors and nallroa^. Aleuts, N'urses and
scores of teachers nn& bonk clerics.
\b principal apmkm for the occasion the News
takes great pleasure in noting that Prof. w. A. Fox,
.J , J 1*30 1 uH
Head of the r iducatlonal Deportment f.t ilnnoheater
College, has been secure'.
Being at one time at the head of the Noble County
Schools, and for many years connected with its school
activities Prof* Pox is adequately fitted to speak of
Miss Stewart and her school work. He had ©any
friends here who will be pleased to see and hear him.
Death of flrs. Askew
was ferner Resident of A/ll
Fr. / skow was then Publisher of the News.
Following an extended illness, Hrs. Belle Henry
Askew, wife of Kf Try L. Askew, former Avilla News
cell tor, now cormeotel with the Lincoln National Life
Insurance Company of Ft. Vayne, lied ft !?:45 o^olock
'»un5ay morning at her hone, 809 Hest «eyne Street,
firs. Aske> moved to Fort Wayne in 1099 with her
husband a from ;>vllls. t who had accept sltion on
the e^itorail staff of the Fort Wayne ~<mtinel.
During her residence In Fort Ynyne she was active in
valous wonan't organizations and eoild always be
lapaadad upon to do more thtn her part in every move-
ment with v.-hich she was identlfl'
fir*. A e kew was very active in the campaign for funds
for the construction of the present building occupied by
the Youngs Women's Christian Association in Port Wayne,
she being captain of the division that raised the
largest amount for the building fund. 3he also was a
member of the building committee and for 18 years served
as a member of the board of directors. During much of this
time she served as treasurer.
Mrs. Askew was born in -est Virginia and when a girl
moved with her perents to A villa where *C years ago she
. >.; Mil Ml*
was unites in marriage to Mr. Askew. lir* Askew ;
conneoted! v/ith Sentinel of Ft. jn a for 13 years and
for the last five years o" hlc connection with that
newspaper i "ltor. Tor 11 yeara he has
I connected with the Lincoln National life
Hrs. Askew had been in poor health for the Inst
two years, but bore her sufferings with unusual
fortitude and patience. She knew the seriousness of
her condition from the beginning and was prepared for
the inevitable a la all a enta for her
funeral and conveyed her wishes to her devoted!
husband, not overlooking the most aiiuite aetail*
She is survived by the husband, harry L. Askew;
. , J. L* Henry of Ligonier, and E. . . henry
of Detroit, hich., and a sister, Hrs* H. _". Cettle, of
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at
2 o'clock at the home with the He v. Wnu £. Clark,
pastor of the Wayne Street Methodist Episcopal Church,
officiating. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery.
lira* Bay ^ookhart hilled . t Crossing.
Tills coianunity was shocked and throw* into sorrow
Monday evening when the news cf tho tras^e death of Vra.
ocia doekhart an flashed over Avilla at about ^i46 P* H*
&*a« Lookbart waa preparing to make a trip to
Kendall villa on that evening to attend to soae buclneas,
and one special one was *o take the proceeds of the sale
oppios for the /.acrican Legion*
Being b littla lata and not having the correot tiae,
the oar had arrived before she reached the station and in
order to catch the oar she started to run. She did
not notice the on coming freight on the C. R. & I.
from the north and ran on to the track anrf had cleared
the first rail, being struck on the left side,
breaking her neck, both eras, one limb and also cutting
the right side of her face. She Mas killed
instantly and thrown about 60 feet from where she was
The accident occurred at the Main Street crossing
in Avllla. Several other aeoi dents hare happened
at this crossing.
The Interurban track is only about fifty feet or
so from the 0. H. & I. tracks.
Mrs. Lockhart has resided in ATllla all her life
and had many friends both In ATllla and the surrounding
For several years she had been local agent for the
Clover Leaf cream station. She was also formerly
correspondent for the News-Sun at Kendall ville. She
was prominent in social and fraternal circles and always
Jovial and of a pleasing personality had won a large
circle of friends. She was affiliated with the Ben Burs,
Rebekahs, Pythian Sisters and Women's Auxiliary to the
American Legion at Kendall ville. During the world war
she was active in welfare work.
She is survived by her husband, Hay Lockhart, three
sons, Orr of Detroit, Mich., Prank of South Bend, and
Howard of New Castle, Perm., three sisters, Lucy Yarian
of La Otto, Emma Korea, west of Avllla and Laura
Renkenberger of Berlin Center, Ohio, and three brothers,
Will of Corunna, A. C. Sheets southwest of town and John
of Ft. Wayne.
The funeral will be held at the Methodist church
on Thursday afternoon at 2 r. M., Rev. Runyon officiating.
Burial will take place in the Avllla Cemetery under the
direction of undertaker McClellan.
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Eley.-Lydia Ryan, consort of Philip Sley, was born
in Virginia Nay 14th 1800; deceased June 10th, 1385,
aged 35 years and 26 days*
She was the mother of 9 children, 5 of whoa
survive her* With her family of children she removed
from Morrow county, 0., to Noble county, Ind., and
settled near Ht. Pleasant (Lutheran) church, 6 miles
south west of Kendallvllle where the funeral services,
were held, and her remains interred* She identified
herself with the Methodist Episcopal church more than
40 years ago, and departed this life in the faith and
hope of the Gospel of Christ*
Charles C. Kuhn.
This community was shocked by the death of Charles
C. Kuhn Sunday morning*
Charlie, as everybody called him, had made a good
campaign for the Republican candidate for Recorder
of Noble County and was elected by a large majority,
and his many friends rejoiced with him*
He had been in ill health for the past year but
was considered In no immediate danger* He came down
town Saturday about noon and when near the Edwards
grocery was stricken with heart trouble* Physicians
were called and he was given relief and taken home
but passed away Sunday morning, aged sixty- five years,
ten months and sixteen days*
Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian
church, Tuesday afternoon, at two o'clock conducted by
Rev. V* L. Clear of remont. Interment was made in the
Taken probably from Albion paper*
,-r Jutq ojK
Eugene Martin Baldwin, son of Martin and 3alph
Baldwin, was born |fl Chicago, 111., February 1*, 1847
and departed this lif* at hit late hoae in Arilla,
December 6, 1925. For the last few years he had not
been well, his illness at times becoming acute, but he
had recovered from each succeeding attack until the
last one vftioh became acute only a few hours before he
passed away. Could he have lived two nonths and
eight days longer, he would have reached the 79th
milestone of his life, though one would scarcely
realise this, who saw hir in life. At the age of 29 he
was married to Hiss Rebecca Jetong of Klchawake, Ind.,
Four children were born to this union. Two of these,
Mrs. Bae Kennedy and Kiss Bertha Baldwin, survive
him. After about 20 years of companionship, death
entered, and he was left alone with his two daughters.
On May 23, 1903, he was united in marriage with
Mrs. Margaret Jaquay, who mourns her loss at this time.
Those who mourn with her are, two daughters, Mrs. Bae
Kennedy of Patterson, N. ¥., and Kiss Bertha Baldwin
of New York City, one step daughter, Mrs. Grace
Kostetter, living near Albion, Ind., two brothers,
Edward of Chicago and Leon who lives In Arizona; also a
large circle of friends.
At the age of 19 he united with the Christian
Church at Mishawake, remaining a member of that church
until his death. He was also a member of the Masonic
and Eastern Star fraternal orders.
About 17 years ago he moved to a farm near Avllla
and about 6 years ago he left the farm, taking residence
in Avllla. He was a quiet man and respected by his fellow
Allen Township Pioneer Passes Away.
John Willis Wilson, aged 70, native and life long
resident of Noble County, passed away at the hoae of
hie eon, Howard, residing on a fare northwest of here,
on Saturday afternoon.
Death was the result of high blood pressure and
hardening of the arteries. He had been ailing for
eeveral years, but his Illness had not been regarded
critical. He was suddenly stricken however, several
days prior to his death and never rallied.
Mr. Wilson was born December 5» 1855 on the Wilson
hoaeetead and spent his entire life on the farm. He
was a prominent and progressive agriculturist of the
community. Growing to manhood , he was united In
marriage to Olive M. Holmes, October 7, 1879* To this
union two sons were born, Howard Stanley and Arthur S.
both of near Kendallvllle.
Surviving relatives besides the widow and two sons,
are two sisters, Mrs. Ida King and Mrs. J. D. Weatherford
of Kendall ville and four grandchildren. Kr. Wilson
affiliated with the H. S. Church of Kendallvllle twenty
years ago and was true to his faith.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at
2 o'clock at the hoae of his son, northwest of this place.
The Rev. B. R. Detweller officiating. Interment being
made in Lakevlew cemetery.
Death Claims Pioneer Woman of Community
Mrs. Sarah Shaffer, aged 85 years, widow of the late
Jacob W. Shaffer* resident of this olty the past forty
years and practically a life long resident of the
community, died this afternoon, about 1*30 o'clock at
her home on Orchard Street. Death was due to paralysis,
with which she was stricken last Monday morning while
enroute to her home from the post office. Immediately
after suffering the stroke her condition became critical
I Mi .
and yesterday death wee expected momentarily.
The deeendant, whose maiden name was Hiss Sarah
Wright was born In Ohio, and when a baby, her parents
came to Indiana , locating on a farm, two and one half
miles to northeast of the city. She spent her girlhood
days there and November 20, 1354, was united In
marriage to Jacob w. Shaffer, who preceded her In
death 5 5 years ago. Six children were born to the
union, five of whom have preceded her In death. Mrs.
Shaffer moved here from the x~arm 40 years ago and the
past 17 years had resided on Orchard Street.
She was a faithful and devout member of the
Methodist Protestant church of this city, and was
always held In the highest esteem by all who knew her.
surviving relatives Include one son, Wallace P.
Shaffer of North Manchester* one brother, James Wright,
of this olty, and two sisters, Rrs. Margaret Weaver,
of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Francis Browand of
aichmond. Five grand children and two great-grand
children also survive.
Kendall vllle News Sun
Allen Township Pioneer Dies at Home Wednesday
Lisbon, Ind., Nov. I8th-Death called today a pioneer
of Allen township, Mrs. Mary Ellen Pepple, aged yS
years, who has lived In this township all her life.
She died at home early today.
Her maiden name was Mary Ellen Walters, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Walters, and she was united in
marriage to James B. Pepple. Her good work as wife,
mother, friend and neighbor Is revered by all who knew
Stricken with apoplexy on August 27, this year, she
had been bedfast ever since. Bronchial pneumonia
was the immediate cause of her death. She is survived
by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Frank Thomas, throe
brothers, Ellsworth, Wilmer and Charles, and three
sisters, Nrs. John Plnley, Mrs. Levi Hooper and Mrs.
Sherman Wei rick.
Funeral will be held Friday afternoon at It 30
at the house and at 2 o'clock at Kt. Pleasant church.
Mr. Solomon waiters
Born June 29, 1828. Died August 6, 1895* Aged
67 years, 1 month and 7 days.
Funeral services mill be held at Mt. Pleasnat
August 8, at 2 ©♦clock P. M.
Conducted by Bev* Erick
assisted by Bev. w. waltman.
Mrs. Solomon Walters.
Born November 14th, 1827. Diod July 17th, 1891.
Aged 63 years, 8 months and 3 days. Funeral
services will be held at Mt, Pleasant.
July 19th at 11 o*olook A, M.
Conducted by Bev. Brick.
(These were announcement cards found In the scrap book.)
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Former Resident Dies.
It was with much surprise that it w»p learned on
Sunday morning that Isaao J. Shanbaugh, a former well
known and highly respeoted resident of this place, had
passed away at the family residence in Oreen township
sometime during the night, as his lifeless body was
found lying in bed apparently in the position in which
he had gone to sleep, by his daughter, Mrs. Orpha Houts
on Sunday morning. 8b doubt death oaee as he wished it,
for since the death of Mrs. Shanbaugh several years ago,
and also the fact that in recent years it had become
difficult for him to hear. He had often expressed the
wish that he could pass away too.
For years Mr. Shanbaugh had been a well known
character in this place, and took a prominent part in
community affairs. He was a former member of the M. £.
church here, and during its existence a popular member
of the Avilla lodge Ho. 686 I. 0. 0. P.
He served for a number of years as a member of the
Town Board, and at one time was its president. For many
years he was clerk In the well known Randall store at this
place and had many warm personal friends.
After leaving Avilla he conducted a general store at
Green Center for a number of years, but on account of his
hearing he relinquished that to take up the occupation of
Mr. Shanbaugh was seventy years of age. He leaves
one daughter and one grandson together with many relatives
and friends to mourn his departure.
The funeral occurred on Wednesday afternoon at two
o'clock, from the Charter Oak church In Orwix Township,
the Rev. 5. B. Westhafer a former Pastor of Mr. Shanbaugh,
officiating. Burial taking place in the Chapel Cemetery,
about five miles distant.
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Krs. Nancy Kay Whan daughter of William and Sarah
KcKee, was born in York Township, Noble County, Indiana,
May 13, 1367, and departed this life January 12, 1932,
a 4 : the home of her niece, Krs. C. L. Smith at Fort Wayne,
aged 64 years, 7 months and 29 days.
She was married to Oliver L. Whan December 10, 1887,
and together they faced the Jcys and sorrows of life,
residing on a farm in Swan Township. The husband
preceded her in death July 2, 1931*
When Krs. Whan's health had been impaired for many
years and declined rapidly after her husband's death.
For the last few months she lived with her niece. On
Christmas day it became necessary to take her to the
hospital, where she recovered sufficiently to be removed
home after ten days. But only a few days later she
suffered a paralytic stroke which hastened her death.
There are two brothers, C. C. KcKee of Avilla, and
E. H. KeKe© of Swan Township, six nephews and four nieces,
and many other relatives and friends who remain to mourn
i^arly in life she was converted and Joined the
United Brethern Church at Albion. After her marriage
she became a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church and
persevered in the Christian faith and in loyalty to
Christ and His Church to the end of her earthly sojourn.
Berth of lirs. il. Cordon Kersh
The MPny friends hsre of nrs. Helon L, Hersh, wife
of II. Cordon I!ersh f advertising manager for the Auburn
Automobile Company, were pained to learn of her sudden
death on lMt V ' s' ; 1 f ternocn t their home at 702
si ninth Street, 'uburn, ?!rs. ! ~s' had been in
falling h ealth for two years, but the Immediate cause of
her death Mas endocarditis, which resulted from an
attack of influenza about three weeks ago.
Mrs. Hersh before her marriage was Miss Helen
L. Boozer of Waterloo and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Hugh Boozer of Baltimore, Md. Herman D. Boozer of
Waterloo is an uncle. She was born August 10, I896
at Waterloo, lad., and her age at the time of her
death was thirty years, two months, and ten days.
In the year 1907 Mrs. Hersh *s parents moved from
Waterloo to Some, Hew York, while she »as still a
student in the Waterloo public schools. From Home
the family moved to Baltimore, Md., where her parents
Her marriage to H. Gordon Hersh occurred in
Harrlsburg, Pa., July 28, 1913 at the home of her
parents * who maintained a temporary residence in that
city at the time. Before taking up their residence
in Auburn five years ago, they resided for a time in
Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio and Richmond, Ind.
The funeral services were held on Friday morning
at her late home at IO130 o'clock, the He v. Howard
M. Morgan, Fas tor of the First Presbyterian church of
which Mr. and Mrs. Hersh were members, officiating.
Mr. Hersh left with the body over the Baltimore and
Ohio Railroad at ls*fr6 Friday afternoon, for Baltimore
where burial was made in Parkwood cemetery in that
olty on Saturday afternoon.
Surviving are the husband, parents, and two
sisters, Julia Boozer at home and Mrs. H. C. Meade of
Mr. Hersh is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. N.
Hersh of this place and his many friends here extend
him their sincere sympathy in this, his great
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Former Editor Hooper Dead
Edward w. Hooper, editor of this paper until
several weeks ago, and one of the best loved men
Avllla has ever had, passed away at his home on Main
Street, Wednesday morning, Jan. 26th, at 5*30 o'clock
aged k$ /ears, 9 months and two days. Death came
to him peacefully after an Illness of twelve weeks
Edward was the younger of two children born to
William and Alice Hooper, his birth dating from
April 24, 1875.
The family resided three miles west of town, where
passed the bright days of his boyhood, participating in
the activities of the community. He attended the
district school &nd later was a student In the Avllls
high school . He was united In marriage to Ada Estella
Yelser on the 25th day of April, I897. To this union
was born one daughter, Annlta, who with the wife survive.
In October 1900, while In the performance of his
duties as locomotive fireman, he was injured in a wreck,
near Chicago, having the verterbraee in his beck
crushed and being in other ways severly Injured. Eminent
surgeons cared for him, but his lower limbs were l^ft In
a paralyzed condition and he remained a crlpp e during
the remainder of his life.
In 1906 he purchased into the Avllla News and
remained its editor until recently, when he was compelled
to retire on account of the Illness which caused his
earthly career to end.
Words are not ours to properly eulogize bhla nob.'e
character. But we do want to say th^t he was without
doubt one of th e most esteemed and best loved men who
has ever resided in our midst. Loved b- cause of the
tolerance he b-.d for his fellowaen, for his tneder home
life and for the cheer and brightness he brought to the
lives of those he cease in contact with; admired for his
courage and for the hopefulness of his disposition,
even though afflicted almost beyond endurance, never a
word of complaint frora him or from his loving wife, who
had the constant care of him, He was an inspiration to
all »lth whom he came in contact and his familiar
figure is going to be greatly missed by the people of
Avllis. and by those who frequently came hsre.
Besides the wife* daughter Mrs. H. A. Sheets* and
her husband and little son, and hi* sister Mrs. R&uce
Sutton of Wo cottvlile, are left a father-in-law,
mother-in-law, and a brother. He leaves numerous other
relatives who will mourn their loss.
We feel the account would be incomplete without
bearing witness to you that Hr. Hooper died a happy
saved man. Before death and while his mind was strong
and olfcar he bore witness to his salvation through
Christ, and with a beaming countenance praised his
Funeral services, which will necessarily bo
orlvate on account of the quarantine, will be mmld at
the home, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
rhom< s Kelhaa.
rhomss Kelham, son of Edward and Sarah frowning Xelh*m,
was born in Richland Co., Ohio, April 5, 1853, a»d departed
this life Oct. 16, 193*1 »t his home in Avilla, In 1 r ,
aged 73 years, C months, and 11 days.
When he was five years of age, he moved with his
parents to this community, an 4 here made use of the Bmmgmr
educational advantages afforded in that day.
On Feb. 3, 1373, he married Emma Lobdell, who r^m ins
to mourn his death. Together they fr.ced the Joys and
hardships of life, residing on a farm near Avilla.
To this union six children were born. Three of them,
Fred T., John C, end Mrs. Araetta Mae Scheurlch,
preceded hi a in death. Two sons, Frank S. and James
w. of ATI 11a, and one daughter, Mrs. Aide Zellsrs
of Oakland, California, remain to mourn his departures
also nine grand children and seven great-grand
children. Mr. Kelham is also survived by three
brothers, Joseph of Auburn, George of LaCtto, Charles
of Montana, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Turner of
Garrett. Two brothers, Edward and James, and two
half brothers John and Mitchell Huston, are deceased.
A host of other relatives and friends are caused to sorrow
because of the loss of one they had learned to honor
and to love.
Mr. Kelham was a man on integrity, highly respected
by all who knew him. While giving creful attention
to his own affairs, he was also public spirited and not
too busy to be interested in those things of community
wide Interest. Ke served almost two terms as Trustee
of Allen Township, the first term by election, and most
of another term by appointment.
Sixteen years ago he was converted under the
pastorate of Hev. P. 3. ame and united with the Calvary
Evangelical Church of Avilla. He was an earnest and
davoted Christian, deeply interested in the work of the
Kingdom of God. He served his church in various
official capacities, as a member of u he Board of
Trustees and of the Parsonage Building Committee, as
teacher of the Jen's Bible Class, and as leader of the
Men's Prayer League. During his last illness he
displayed a remarkable degree of patience and courage
and with an unwavering faith went out to meet his Master.
Grin Reaper Takes Another.
Mrs. John N. DeCamp, age 66 years, died at the
family hone here Sunday morning at 6130 o'clock.
Death followed a longering illness resulting from
Mrs. DeCaap was a highly respected woman of the
Community and until her recent illness was active in
the circles of the Methodist Church with which she
was affiliated. She had been a resident here for
a number of years and her friends were numbered by
Laura A. Easly, daughter of Jacob and • ary Ea sly,
was born Sept. 11, i860 in Jefferson township, Noble
:>he received her education in the county schools
and In the Albion high school, and later she attended
Normal Schools at Albion and Ligonier, Ind. For
eight years she was a successful teacher in the public
schools of the county.
On Sunday, Kerch 21st, 1336, she was baptised and
received into the Lutheran Church at Hehobeth, and the
following Thursday, March 25th, she was united in
marriage to John H. Decamp.
Thirty-nine years of her married life was spent in
Avllla, where she was aotively Interested in whatever
concerned the Community.
On March 27th, 1892, she transferred her church
membership to the Methodist Episcopal Church of Avllla,
where she has been a faithful member. She served a
number of the years in the primary department of the
Sunday School, part of that time as Superintendent.
For the past two years she has been in ill health
and since January *-5th has been confined to her bed.
On Sunday morning, February 13th, she passed away.
ihe leaves her husband, John N. DeCanp, and three
children, Arthur J. DeCaap of Kendallville, Ind.j
Clara L. of Springfield, Mass., and Merle of Kansas
The funeral Mas held from the late hone here
Tuesday, at 2i30 o'clock, Bev. J. 3. Lawshe, officiate
ing. Interment, Lakevlew Cemetery, KendallYllle •
John D. Hart Resident Here ^6 Years Dies.
John D. Hart, age 81 years, veteran building
contractor and a resident of Noble County more than 75
years, died this morning, 1 o'clock, at his home, 313
East William street, following a lingering illness of
seven months. Death resulted from complications
inoldent to senility. During his illness, his condition
had been critical several times and his last serious
illness had covered a period of five days.
Mr. Hart was born August 29, 1850, in Knox County,
Ohio, the son of wTohn D. and Margaret Hart, and his
death marks the passing of the last surviving member of
a family of eleven children, six boys and five girls.
Mr. Hart was about six years of age when his parents
moved from Ohio to Noble County, locating on a farm in
Green township. He grew to manhood there and later
moved to Avllla, where he resided about 15 years before
coving to Kendall vi lie **6 years ago. In early years he
engaged in farming and butchering, but the greater part
of his life had been devoted to his trade as carpenter
which he followed extensively over a long period of
During his reminiscent moods, Mr. Hart would relate Jpw.
while a resident of Avllla, he butchered and sold meat
to campers who were engaged in building the first road-bed
for the Baltimore and Chlo railroad, and how he traveled
over the old plank rood between Port Wayne and Sturgls,
Mich., paying the toll demanded. Mr. Hart was widely
known throughout Noble County and *as highly respected by
his scores of friends.
He mis first married August 23, 1870 , with Sarah J.
Homsher, who preceded hla la death June 2, 192 3. To
this union one daughter and two sons were born.
February 25, 1925* he was united in marriage, with Firs.
3. Maybee, the widow, Mho survives.
Besides the widow the surviving relatives Include
one daughter and two com, Mrs. A. A. France and John
W. Hart of this city, end Arthur J. Hart of Kalamazoo,
Eleven grand children and two great-grand children
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon,
*t o* clock (daylight saving time) from the evangelical
Church with 3ev. W. J, Daunar officiating.
Interment, f!t. Pleasant cemetery.
Taken from Kend&llvllle Hews-Sun
Josephine Graham, daughter of Charles Lemon and
his wife, Hsther Ann, was born October 24, 1358 ir
3eneca Co., Ohio, died Sept. 15, 1920, age 61 yearn,
10 months and 21 days. Cn Sept. 21, 1379 she was
united In marriage with Nartln Graham. This union was
blessed with three children, waiter, Grace and Edna,
both daughters having taken their departure to the
great world beyond before their mother.
Besides her husband and son she leaves to mourn
her departure two 3isters Krs. Francis Smith and Hrs.
Florence Broughton. lso a host of friends and
In the daya of Joy and prosperity she united with
he I* V. Lutheran church of which she remained a true
and faithful member to the end. Her faith in her
Lord and Saviour was strong and unwavering, and at
the end she could look heavenward and say I have
fought a gfjod fight, I have finished ay course I
have kept the faith, hence forth there is laid up for
me a crowi. of righteousness which the Lord the
righteous Judge shall give me at that day; And not to
me only, but until all them also that love his
Ida L. Henry was bom in Swan Township, Indiana,
July 12, 1870, and departed this life Feb. 20, 1930 1
at the a^e of 59 years, ? months and 8 days.
In the fall of 1889 she was united in marriage
to Charley Weller, and for a few years after their
marriage they resided away from the old girlhood
home, but about twenty five years ago they purchased
the old homestead and have resided there since that
This union was blessed with three children, one of
these was called to the home beyond at the age of
twenty months, while two of them Mrs. Gertrude Kelham
and firs. Gladys Blglow were with the father at the
time of Mr. Wellers death.
Besides these there remains the two sons-in-law
Mr. Kelham and Mr. 3iglow and one granddaughter
Harjorle Joan Aelham, and one sister Bertha, who lives
in Southern Mississippi, with a host of other relatives
and friends to mourn their loss.
In early life Hrs. Weller was converted and became
a member of the R« r. Church and she passed into the
great beyond believing in Christ as her Saviour.
Minnie neauck Bilger was born in the Province of
Mecklinburg, Gchwerin, Germany, Oct. 12, lo59t «*d
departed from thlB life Jan. 23, 1930, at her home in
Lactto, Ind., at the age of 70 years, 3 aonths and 11
At the age of 12 years she came with her parents
to America and settled on a farm near Auburn, Ind.
April 1*. 1886 she was united in marriage to Jesse
Bllger. To this union four children were born* Orris of
Topeka, Kansas, Mrs. Jesse HcCurdy of Port Huron, Mioh.
ihe became closely associated with the church while
young and has always held that relation.
She was a loving wife, mother and friend, she Is
survived by a husband, 2 sons and 2 daughters, and five
grand children. Two sisters and one brother proceeds her
Funeral was held at the Wesleyan Methodist Church at
Lactto, Ind. Eev. tf. C, Ott officiating. Interment in
Hunter town cemetery.
nary A. r.oons, was born April ?th, 1812, in Bedford
county, Perm., married to Abraham Pepple, Kay 2d. 1833*
In September, 13*2, she was one of a party of
twelve who started for the west to seek hones for them-
selves. The party was coaposed of the following persons*
A. Fepple (who was the oldest) his wife and four ohildren-
P. B. Pepple of Kendallville, 0. «. Pepple of Michigan
City, Ind., Sllen C. and A. Miaria, who are still living
at the eld hornet David Koons and wife of Kendallville, and
two daughters-A. Rebecca McCllnton of Gallon, 0., and
Alaira Ernst of Constantino , Mchi and Jacob Koons and
wife of Jefferson township. They first settled In
Crawford ooui ty, Perm, Not being pleased with the
country they reaalned but eighteen months, then again
started for the west and settled in Richland county, Ohio,
and excellent country, but land was too high for their
Halted aeans, so they were compelled to onee more turn
their faces to the west.
Out of this party of twelve which started from
Pennsylvania, now within a few months of fifty years ago,
Mrs. Pepple was the first to leave us, and all but three
or four attended her funeral*
Mr. Pepple and his family arrived in this county in
November, 1^6, and stopped with the late Jahu Poster until
the present home farm (which was then a dense forest) was
purchased. In order to be hear their work they aoved in
with the late P. Amos Black, where they were kindly
permitted to remain until a cabin could be prepared, which
was erected near the place where the family residence now
stands. They had expected to remain but a few days with
Mr. Black, but because of a then prevalent disease, chills
and fever, which spared but few, the days became weeks
and weeks sionths, before they were able to get into their
new home, which they did the following February.
Mrs. Pepple was the mother of nine children, one
of whoa died In Infancy* The regaining eight, five
sons and three daughters, were all present when she
passed away, a few minutes after 3 o'clock p. m.,
April 2Jfth, 1392, aged eighty year3 and seventeen days*
She had been a ohurch aensbcr since the age of seventeen
and always endeavored to live a consistent christian
to « •
SOKE CITY ITEMS-Deo. 23, 1380
"One by one the leaves are falling", Old folks
are dropping off In and about Rome.
Father Donaldson, Uncle Sammy 3ml th, rather Bldlaok,
and Mrs* Csborn were all conveyed to that bourne from
whence no traveler e*er returns. In the short space of
Let all be prepared, for truly no one can tell when
the messenger may call."
ROUE CITY ITEMS, Llgonier ( Banner)?
Dec. 23, 1880
The largest funeral we have witnessed for a long
time was that of Uncle Sammy Smith, lest week. The
old gentleman was universally respected and all wished
to see his remains and bid him a long and last farewell.
Mrs. Catherine Smith, widow of Mr. Samuel Smith,
deceased, takes this occasion to return to the citizens
of this community her sincere thanks for attention shown
her late husband, in his late sickness and on the funeral
occasion, hoping that they will accept her kind regards
and receive their appropriate rewards hereafter.
ROME CITT ITEMS, Jen. 27, 1881
The timber for E3q. Law's new office is now being sawed
out and the building will soon go up.
asm a in »?
Rose City has lost another useful citizen,
ssqulre William Dixon died on Saturday night last and
was burled on Tuesday.
Home City Items, Deo. 31 i 1880.
Hone City Item, Ligonler Banner
Ice harvest Is now over.
Una Cain furnishes Home with beef by the quarter.
Hon. William Bunyan and lady, of Kendallvllle,
witnessed the Ice-packing here last week.
One hundred and thirty-five thousand tons of ioe
Is packed here by the Indianapolis Ice Co.
Feb. 10, 1881
I »b. 10, 1881
"The Briafleld • Squire is mad because we intimated
"that if the balance of the old buildings were
removed the town site would mn.ke a good faro." The old
Squire seemr to be a chronic grumbler. We would not
have his temper for the world.
Esquire Id. Parkaan is now fairly in the harness,
«uid will show the people of Brimfleld how to dispense
Feb. 10, 1831
".arwft '•o' , ' T l fi •star
«ar. 24, 1381
A large drove of swan alighted upon the lake one
day last week. None were captured.
Ttarch 31, 1881
The blue birds have come} the robins hare cone;
the wild geese and the swan have come. But spring
still longer* at a distance.
30KS CITY ITSfD, Rar. 24, 1881
.sq. David Law is no more.
fter nine days Illness, Esq. David Law died
of lung fever.
Hone City is now without a Justice of he peace.
Who will be Esq. Law's successor?
Most any big-bellied fellow will sake a "squire
but suitable material for a good end efficient justice
is not so plenty.
Jsq. Law took the last dinner upon earth with us on
March 10. Little did we think that this would be
his last dinner.
Cn Monday of last week Uncle Jinoy Radison fell
and broke his leg. Under the treatment of Doc. Green
the old gent is doing well. This is a sad misfortune
for a man seventy years of age.
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In the matter of Justice of the Peace the
question is not *who needs the office*? out the vital
question is, "whoa do the people need to fill the
office"? Let the Bomanites themselves decide.
Rose City will decide upon whoa they want for
Justice of the peace, and we presume the county
commissioners will accede to their wishes. It will be
hard to fill the place of Dayid Law. But froa present
indications a heavy pressure will be brought to bear
upon Capt. Sden H. Fisher.
David Law faithfully filled the office of Justice
of the Peaoe in Orange twp. successfully for 24 years,
and never had a decision reversed in a higher court.
He was just about to enter upon his seventh tern. He
was certainly the oldest and most experienced If not
the best justice of the peace In the county.
The remains of David Law were consigned to their
last resting place on Tuesday afternoon. He was burled
according to the usages of the ftesonle Order. Funeral
sermon on the ocoasion by Hev. Shaffer, of Killer sburg.
a multitude of friends, relatives and Masons were in
attendance. The H. £• Church was entirely too small
to accomodate the anxious spectators. The sermon was a
masterpiece of work. The choir aoqultted themselves
with credit. Everything passed off harmoniously and
Obituary and memorial next week.
W. V. Skillen
The sermon of Hev. Shaffer at the funeral of David
Law, Esq. was a masterly effort.
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*U Coimahue" says that several Masons from Albion
attended the funeral o^ * Squire Law. Please give us
their names, U. D, Guess the roads were so bad that
they failed to connect*
HOME CITY ITEMS to the Banner,
Ugonier, March 31 1 1881.
Cur old friend and fellow-citizen. Uncle Jacob
Kessler, was run over by a switching train at Sriafleld
last week, Instantly killed and mangled In a horrible
manner. His remains were buried on Saturday last.
Funeral sermon on the occasion at the M. E. Church by
Hev. Blanchard of Wolcottville.
Philip Bowers of Wolcottville Informs the people
that he is prepared to furnish coffins on short notice.
Assembly Items, Home City, June 27, 1881
There is a street on the main land called Kendall vi lie
Avenue. Among the prominent citizens from the city of
Kendallville we noticed Messrs. John Mitchell, P. P. Ford,
A. A. Chapln, wm. Bunyan, Horace Goodman, Mr. Gray, H. L.
Graves, Mrs. J. Nellls, G. w. Hartsuck, Dr. Gilbert,
Samuel Srlllhart, A. M, Boyer, Isaac Ayers, Rev. Grler,
L. H. Johnson, J. ■• Baker, Nick Neunaa and Ed. Srlokson.
"We note in Millard P. Owen's scrap books, Vol.
17, Page 106 certificate £17335. Dated the 20th day
of August, 1338.
"Vhereas, Adoohla Dunbar of Portage County, Ohio,
has deposited in the general land of floe of the
United States, a certificate of tho Register of Deeds
of the Land Office at Ft. Wayne etc etc......
.Martin Van Buren
Under date of Feb. 15, 1894
The following coanuni cation is from Hone City.
H We see the different county papers striving to
locate the older people of Koble County.
There is Kilo Jones, living in Orange Township,
who was born In 1810, making him eighty-four years
Also will lan Waldron, another old land aark. He
came to Noble County in 1336, and settled on the saae
piece of land :hat he now lives •■ in Orange
,nd Horace Hoi den, who came here June 9th, 1836,
■Mi has lived nearly all of the tine since in Orange
It has been stated to us that David Herrlnan of
Northport fane, was i resident of the Canal Company,
was elected, while living at Detroit, Mich., In 1834,
entered a 1. rge trect of land, 640 acres, which title
afterward passed tc John Holsinger.
David Herriaan left Indiana about 1358-59.
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Kill and Ormeson had early land holdings, Orange
H. R. Burnhara pre-empted the N. W. Qr. Sec. One,
Sdward Macic pre-empted at the east end of
"Kaple Street' and "Mall Trace" on old Kendallville
to Sturgis road.
About the year 1843, was the date of the following
settlers arrival in Orange Twp.-Bill Hill, Wm. Latta
(second time) Henry F. Dyer, Geo. Ulmer, Isaac Grannis,
There was also William Bird and Strod Beagle.
Written in 18?^
"Among the very earliest settlers were, David S.
Field, from Springfield, Wlnsor County, Vermont, and
Luke Diggins, who both settled as mr\f as 1835.
David and Charles Law, Timothy Gaby, T. N.
Watklns, Joel (or Joseph) Doolittle, William Imes and
The township, like others in Noble County, shows
much variety of surface. The largest body of water
"The Reservoir", is in this township, while the chain
(West) Lakes, and Taaaraok Lake are wholly or partly
within its limits.
The northeastern, Northwestern, and extreme
southern parts of the township contain some of the
best farms. Henry f* Dyer, John Holslnger and Horace H.
Warner in the rorth, while Mr. Timothy Gaby, William
Iras, Wm. Bliss and others in the south.
Haggle Field, second daughter of David S.
Field, was the first white girl born in the township*
David S. Field died m Sovember, 1872, aged 72
years, at Wolcottvllle where his family yet resides.
Theire are three Tillages in the township;
Rome City, on the "reservoir" and 0. H. & I. H. R. Co.
line. Briofleld, on the L. 5. & K. S. Hy Line, and
a part of wolcottvllle on the C. . . & I. H. a. Line.
Brlmfield is a small town containing some 400
people, and having considerable trade and business.
It Is a point for passengers and traffic for Albion,
the County seat, which point has no railroad.
Rome City is beautifully located at the outlet
of the "Reservoir", has a number of stores, some 400
people, has a fine Hotel, the Lakeside, wm. R.
Truesdall, Propr., the woolen factory, Flour Kill,
Saw Hill and a clothes rack factory.
A large Woolen Kill, owned by J. C. Geisendorff
and Co, was destroyed by fire in May, 1874, involving
a loss of ^60,000. It Is reported that it will be
The facilities for procuring and storing ice, and
shipping the same are rery superior, and material for
the business is inexhau stable. Large quantities are
annually shipped to Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, and
Cincinnati. The prospects for Rome City are very
During the construction of the Northport Feeder,
the work, most of the time was under the foremanshlp
of Francis Avellne, who afterward built the Avellne
Hotel of Ft. Wayne, Ind.
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There were i^ny i^renchrrjen, r^n*.. Irishmen ^nploy < d
-^ften tines die! - 11 had their scrimmages.
irfhan ~r. /.velin. ' or soee tine frosi the north,
filling in north end of I n, >ed lnatruot-
to put to work a' '" of i. 1 -:- ^orks,
• *' -.• ', rees, keeping the Trenchaien on the
north side, and trtmsforred the Irish to the south side
works. There were better accomodations for sen on north
end of work, Northport, and a ruce fceftrdlag shanty
erected at the south end of the work.
Under the leadership of a big Irishman the Irish
made a demand to be employed where they could be better
accomodated. Until Foreran ^velinc esse over with some
fighters, i'.nd gare tho loaders m eh£stics~!ont, instruoted
the leader after the promise of the majority that they
would eiblce by the rules, the he, the sub- foreman must
do as the Eoesus c.o,
This account of the many --.omen Catholics, working
on the south bank ctirap received the iflUN of Rome, and
ever after was known as TLome, an<". so commemorated by the
founders of our village, being platted ROME by the
J. ... ..lvord was a young lawyer from the east,
school te&eher of early deya «nd editor. Later in life,
Northport, he founl aaxt to Lisbon, and new born
Hone nestled in occon . growth woe - , iotel and Factories
a bull ling. The William —atloned was the notorious
.Ivord writes -Tiir.t ha came in 5«p timber, 18^9 on a
visit to an Uncle's family whom he had never seen, Intending
to return cast in October. He arriv- " La orthport, Ind.
his >>8 tin lion, on foot fror. t, y.t . pteraber 11th.
It happened that his pedestrian trip from Fort We.me
'.to Incidents tt'.ugnt hia Kuoh tbout Noble county,
Orange Vownchip, cnci tre surroundings of i-orthport and
-e, which undoubtedly will be of interest to the
present residents of this vicinity, eg well as to many
AMI first ten niles frora Ft. ^.ayne, Ind. ho walked
over the first plnnk road he hvO, ever seen, (Ft. v.ayne
Line) , such a road through such a
region could be profitable, sections of the road in
the worst places were then laid for the convenience
of the teams engaged in the construction. About one
o* clock P. H», ^ept. 10th saw a shingle nailed to a
log cabin about fifteen niles north of Port Weyne. The
shingle tele., 'entertainment.' and he Stopped
got one of the best seals of his life-price one
shilling. The proprietor *<as ;.r.ric' S* ..icons, whose
Bailable *rife nine years thereafter, exereieed her
accompli shnents fs a splendid cook In behalf of e
full of prisoners at Ibicn, Ind., her husband
then being herlff of Hoble county, when '.he "'vllliara"
i cntioned in the opening of this article, was one of
Bat four Biles further on, the footsore trrveler
i veritable w frame" tavern* with the sign r ..viiis
House" by N. J, Hill. Here there v^o indications of
f "village jvst begun.' Being tire- , spent ere after*
noon Is 2 on ver sot ion with the intelligent ana genial
Noah. I. iilll, frora whoa he received volumes of infor-
mation Bbout Noble County and .cores of citizens-little
thinking, at the time, that it amounted to anything
more than aimless, agreeable gossip. Stayed all night
at the "Avllla House" and on the morning of September
11, resumed the tramp northward.
Was surprised at Lisbon, Ind. to find quite e
collection of houses, frame houses at that-a good sized
good looking Hotel, two or three stores, an ashery
and potash factory, a wagon shop and some other evidences
of business and growth-all seemingly under the direct-
ion of the hustling "Uncle Asa Brown" whose emphatic
and breezy "By George, Sir" seeaed to be a sort of
shibboleth for the Lisbonltes-distingulshing them and
the Tillage from other villages first begun or just
beginning especially the one two miles north,
"Mitchell's fara* now Kendallvllle , Ind. At that
time Lisbon was conspicuous as the best town on the
Wongoquinong Hoad In Noble County, and Brown's Hotel
was a far faaei resort from which, in Burn's witch
time, "The wee ana' hours ayant the twal". neither
Kendallvllle or Avilla could compere with Lisbon,
Northport "on the lake" was the next competitor,
some ten miles northward. Lol the change. The then,
predominant town, between those upper and nether
millstones hrs been ground to the dust of oblivion-its
very Identity extinguished.
The tramp went on, to, and through (now Kendall -
villa) in which the conspicuous objects were William
Mitchell's house on the west side of tie roadf Samuel
Mlnot's store on the opposite side, and a few rods
further on, a tavern, "The Calico House", by Luke
Dlggins. The exterior was painted in colors like
broad checked calico and this was the only feature
of the place that attracted attention. What few
homes there were, were not clustered! and no "village"
appearance was presented. At the "Calico House" the
predestralan ascertained, where the road turned off
First Interview with
Wlllala B. Hill.
About a mile east of Northport saw a farmer
sitting on a little porch in front of his house and
Inquired how far it was to Northport. He answered
very pleasantly and said "Young man, you look tired.
Better sit down here and rest a while." The
invitation wan accepted. The farmer drew a bucket
of water from the well, brought out a pitcher and
glass and a basket of splendid peaches and settled
himself for a comfortable chat. For over an hour,
I Ml fr-,
the guest answered questions and listened to
volunteered Information about Noble County, and not
too flattering facts relative to Its leading citizens
and settlers-especlally as to the County officials
and their designs and doings*
In that Interview the guest first heard sarcastic
flings and biting criticisms about all the County
officers and especially of Orange Township-hearing
that a* B. c. et cetera were Pharisees, full of guile
and pretension-whining hypocrits in Butler's Hudlbras,
ever ready to "compound for sins they were inclined to,
By damning those they had no mind to.* All was said
in a half-humorous manner, with an ease of espresslon
that was admirable, though marred by sow* vulgarisms
and profanity. About three o'clock he directed the
listener to *D. Law's Tavern" and said goodbye. He
was afterward known as the leading blackleg of Noble
County-the Notorious "Bill Hill."
Northport, then, was a vlllage-not just begun but
Just ending. It had grown to fair proportions during
the rush of work on the "Feeder Dam", which was
constructed to hold an immense reservoir of water, to
feed a projected canal to connect the waters of Lake
Erie and Michigan j but when Indiana's grand system
of internal Improvements of which this was a feature,
collapsed under the pressure of the panic of 1837, and
it was abandoned, the hurt of Industry at Northport,
ceased i the host of diggers, contractors, bosses,
traders, etcetera, some, yes many, departed, some
purchased farms in the vicinity, and the blight of decay
fell upon the nucleus of a visional great emporium.
But the great dam had been completed and the reservoir
now Sylvan Lake remained.
Bill Rill was a dominant individual in and around
Northport. fcany did not know the criminal aspect of
his life, and he had, undoubtedly, a band of adherents
at his command as subsequent revelations proved.
With December came the invitation to teach the
winter schools as also the winter following, (these
schools were at Northport, or Bone City, the writer
fails to state which or if both. These terms of
school would he the winter tern of 1849-50, and
Sarly landmarks in Northern
portion of Orange Township.
Previous to, and after Northport was platted
by Francis Coaparet, the main outlet of the few
early settlers was by way of the road leading from
Tamarack westward to Wolcott's Corners, now
Wolcottvllle, and the southern road striking the
old Port Wayne and Lima road, near "The Old 3ed
House 1 * on the now Beuoher farm, in section 12 •
The main road from Wolcott*s was southward
about a mile, thenoe bearing westward, to the
"Heaton clearing," where was situated the "Heaton
Tavern* which we have had some trouble in locating,
and of which we havo heard much, and confounded
with "Dave Law*s old Tavern", which was south and
east of Heaton*s-afterward Northport.
From Beaton's Tavern, the road bore southward
to really the first school house in Orange Town-
ship, which patnns were Abran shears, George Nichols,
Dave Herriman families, and others. This school
was abandoned when the school house was erected at
Northport and was converted into a dwelling occupied
by Paul King. us ten C. Jennings taught school here.
Prom the school house one road branched south-
westerly toward the old Fort Wayne road, in Northport,
the other south and westerly passing over the hill on
the now aandoll farm, where was situated at that tine
well known "Dug-Way Hill," as in excavating the side
hill to reach the lower level, was struck a powerful
spring, through which cut had to be built a "Corduroy"
or log road, which old logs are probably yet in
existanae covered and cultivated fara land*
This seems to be the sane vein of mater which is
yet found today, in excavating for graves in the "Old
North-port Grave yard which is still higher.
Earliest Land Entries.
First Church and school House. First Town
Flats, and First state Work under Public
Improvement Act, in Orange Township, sections
First Town Flat. Northport. In Sec. 9. Date,
Oot. 4th, 1836
Second Town Flat, Home City in Sec 16, Date
A Daa constructed by the State in see. 16, in
187? Known as the Northport Feeder Dais, and a canal
commenced intending to run frost Northport, Ind. to
intersect with the Fort Wayne system of canals. This
formed the "reservoir" , or Sylvan Lake, the largest
body of water in Noble County.
Old Indian Village at the
Narrows up to 1844.
First saw mill in County built in 1836 (see Old
Mill site) The timbers for the Northport construction
First school house in Orange Township at Northport
First Hotel and store In Township, Northport, 1835.
First Factories at Borne City built in 1855*
Second Saw Kill and first Grist Kill built Home
City 1851. Factory burned in 1874. urist Mill burned
Magnet woolen Mills, Rome City built 1869, burned
Grand Rapids & Indiana Kallroad through In 1869
First Ticket and Freight office at Some City
opened Dec. 15 * 187*
First Agent, Hy. and Telegraph Opr. Millard
First Express Agent at Borne In 1870 James H.
Noble County is situated in the north eastern
portion of the State. The Latitude of the Court House
at Albion, the County Seat, being about 41 Deg. 30 Bins,
north and the Longitude about 8 Deg. west from
The first settlement in the County was made by
Joel Bristol, Apr. 4th, 1827, one and one half miles
southeast of Wolf Lake, In Noble Township.
The land of this County, occupied by the Indiana
was found by the white settlers to be well adapted
to the production of winter wheat, Oats, Crass, Fruit
and Stock of all kinds. There were many trees of
natural fruit, known as Indian apples probably the out-
growth of "Apple-seed Johnnie* of early day.
Who the first white settler of the section of our
present sketch, meaning the transient settler, is not
known. They found an extenslre orchard of wild plum
trees covering some fire acres, on the north banks of
the Elkhart river, in section nine.
Noble County was organized in 1836.
In 1840 the total population was 2402.
The original town plat of Wolf Lake was recorded
at Lima, Ind. (How Rower). And that of Llgonier at
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Sparta was the first seat of Justice in Noble County
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swot LcrtXj* i*ro srfl
The first court house or aeet of Justice building
la the County, was built by Adas Engle, Ray 3rd, 1336,
Judge Sample presiding. Augusta In Sparta Township,
then big with expectations, now almost forgotten.
From 1790 to 1818 Noble County was an lntergral
part of Knox County which at first included all
northern Indiana. The County seat was Vlncenness From
1819 to 1824, Noble County was a part of Bandolf County
with County seat at Winchester*
From 1824 to 1829 it was all attaehed to Allen
County with County seat at Ft* Wayne.
Proa 1829 to 1831 the south two thirds-Sparta
Township, York Township, Jefferson Township, Allen
Township, Washington Township, Noble Township, Green
Township and Swan Township was a part of Allen County,
while the north one third or Perry Township, Elkhart
Township, Orange Township and Wayne Township was a
part of Elkhart County with the County seat, Goshen.
For two years, 1831 and I832 the six townships
constituting the east half of the county, Orange Town-
ship, Wayne Township, Jefferson Township, Allen Town-
ship, Green Township and (Swan) Township was a part of
Ft. Wayne the county seat, while the six Western
townships, Perry Township, Llkhart Township, Sparta
Township, York Township, Washlnton Township and Noble
Township was a part of Elkhart County with county seat
From 18 32 to 18 36 the northern two- thirds of now
Noble County, Perry Township, Elkhart Township, orange
Township, Wayne Township, Sparta Township, York Town-
ship Jefferson Township and Allen Township was a part
of Lagrange County, with the County seat at Llaa-now
Howe, while the south one third, Washington Township,
Noble Township, Green Township and Swan Township was a
part of Allen County with County seet at Fort Wayne.
SOME CITI ITEMS
July 11th 1831
wo attended the Old Settlers meeting at Albion
on Thursday last. We could not get even standing
space In the court room.
We got a glimpse of Ksq. lasso Tlbbott's old rail.
There was a large crowd in town.
Tuesday morning. -The school superintendent question Is
settled. The child is bornt Its name is Nelson
Prentiss. We gave our opinion freely and charged
nothing for our advice, "experience teaches a dear
school, but then there are some who will take lessons
In no other." Mr. Prentiss has occupied that position
for two years past and has filled It with credit to
himself and the County. We say now as we said in the
start, that Watt P. Penny is a model man composed of
the rvrj material necessary to fill erwry quail fi cation
for that office. But he was submerged with cold
water, on account of his youth and Inexperience (all
bosh.) Mr. Prentiss has both age end experience, and
of course fills the bill. We . : ^h him abundant
success* A good joke on democratic engineering.
Aug. 29-1881 Home City Items The Eegatta
The following entries have been made, up to Aug.
29th in the regatta to be held at Home City single
pleasure boat raoei
Lee Barron, Ceo* Berhalter, Kendallvillej Oeorge
Moor, Home City. Double pleasure boat racei Lee
Barron, John McCray, Kendall vllle; Wa. Lawson, George
Moor, Borne City. Wm. Teal, Miles Highbargaln, Borne City.
Single scull races Chas. Prince, Fred Bolts, Ft.
Wayne; Lee Barron, John Kelly, Kendallvllle.
Pour ored races Hlllsdales, Hillsdale t St.
Joes, Ft. Wayne*
Swimming raeei J. C. Helaerduger , James Graves,
Kendallville; Geo. Valentine* Port Wayne.
Tab race i Harry Heed, Kendall ville.
July 11th 1881
James Graves Is considered one of the best swimmers
In this section of country.
Sept. 28th 1881
Sao.* sde Fisher has resigned his office and is
now going en a Journey west.
Home City proposes to make a • Squire out of a Cobb.
John Sherman and zopher Case of Wright's Corners*
were among those who attended the dance on Saturday
Squire Cobb starts in with a large amount of
Squire Cobb was Inaugurated on Thursday last, and
had his maiden suit on Saturday.
Lawyer Barr of Kendall vi lie, is the "coming man."
Some City Items
Er. Green, of Home City, in conjunction with Dr.
Gilbert of Kendall vllle, and Or. Latta, of Goshen, have
been treating Mrs. Hitchcock of this place for dropsy.
A note made by Mr. Cwen says she died Feb. 6th at
5 A. H.
fit v%m* ?:•■ am tor
Feb. 19, 1862 After a long protracted Illness Uncle
Potter has departed at last.
Feb. 26, 1882 —
The «• E. church Mill come down town In the
Our town will undoubtedly Incorporate In the
spring. All good citizens are In favor of It.
Joshua Hlnehart thinks the Gazette treated him a
little cool for asking a civil question. Joshua,
like many other readers of the Gazette here, is an
honest consistent dyed in the wool Greenbacker. Joshua
asks us if the Gazette did not during the war
advocate the greenback. We refer him to the editor.
Ede Fisher is one of the most zealous temperance
men in Some. Ede means business*
Tommy Smith is now a leading spirit in the
temperance cause. Tommy is a Staunch Democrat but he
has now become a shining light by setting a glorious
example for others.
A movement is about to be made to move the Methodist
church Into town. This is a move in the right
direction. By all means have the church moved into
town, or else have a gravel pike built to where it is
Joe Bushong is clearing away the underbrush, etc.,
near the mineral springs and getting things ready for
the new Mineral Springs Therapy, hotel, etc., which are
soon to be erected there.
Joshua Hlnehart heard Gen. Weaver speak at Ft.
Wayne on Saturday last. He came home very much enthused,
There are many old Greenbacker s in and c.bout Some who
have bean slumbering and are only awaiting a favorable
opportunity to strike for liberty. "Men may change,
but principles never ."
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March 5th 1882
Elder Blanchard of Wolcottvllle preached the funeral
sermon of Mrs. Elmer Warner at this plaoe on
Elder Chase, of Hillsdale, Mich., preached the funeral
sermon Mrs. S* W. Dodge on Wednesday last.
Esq* Dunn, of BriaflelcL, attended the funeral of Mrs.
Dodge last Wednesday. The old * Squire solemnized
the marriage of f« W. Dodge and Lydla Knight, when they
first appeared before the altar.
John Penman *b new restaurant is now undergoing valuable
improvements. Uncle Jimmy Madison is doing the work.
Commodores Owen & Swinehart will soon command 100
vessels, 35 of which are bran, splinter new. They are
all now receiving a new coat of paint and some of them
have already tak m to the water.
Humor has it that we are to have a new bakery and
restaurant in Home. Mr. MoLeod, of Kendall villa, has
taken the Dodge restaurant and bakery, or leased the
same from £sq. cobbs, and will move here shortly and
Last Sabbath some of our citizens were called to attend
the funeral of Mr. Henry Myers, who died in Lagrange
Co* Mr. Myers was an uncle of our citizen Mr. Wm* Myers.
The deceased was 70 years of age, and on Monday our
church bell tolled, as the friends gathered to pay their
last tribute of respect*
At the funeral of Mr* Jacob Shroyers, who died at Northport
on Saturday evening at 10 ©•clock P. R*| Mr* Shroyers,
'*as also a little past 70 years of age and like the other,
seemed to have finished the work given him to do and is
\&1y\U* tie. QO
often said, died of old age* He also, was an uncle
of our friends, Mr. and Mrs. wm. Myers.
Apr. 20, 1882
Judge Goodwin, a profound Lawyer of Kendall ville, will
probably be the National candidate for the Judgeship
In this District. It remains for the Democracy to
choose between him and Ka •• Chapln.
Ex-Trustee Waldron on Saturday last surrendered his
books, papers, etc., to his successor, Joshus Hlnehart.
As we predicted, Mr. waldroa's accounts came out as
straight as a string, and no defalcations and no delay
In paying over the essential "spondullz". Why can say
Orange township has not been benefitted by putting
the National Greenbackers In power? Search the records.
April 2?, 1882
George Malone, living north east of here, In the Dyer
neighborhood, has lost hi« cow. She Is a red cow, with
short horns, and Is four years old. Anybody giving
any Information concerning her will receive his most
grateful thanks. George don*t read the papers but now
finds the need of one. He has resolved tc take The
Banner and try and find out where his cow Is, as well
as learn the other news of the county. Enclosed please
find &L .00 and send him the paper to Wolcottvllle at
once, that he may find his cow, and himself and family
be made happy.
Miss Anna Brothwell, of Kendallvllle, Is teaching
school at Northport.
Judge Tousley Is quite feeble
The Mineral Springs Theraphy Is now raised and being
enclosed, and Dr. Wilson Is happy.
we took the overland route to Li goal er last Sunday,
and shook hands with aany old acquaintances.
Ligonler Is (by far) ths foremost town in the county.
Jake Hoffman has the most sightly residence we saw
Henry Winebrenner uses his painting tools on Sunday.
He Is an adventlst.
Silas shobe and all his boys are getting rich.
Ve came very near getting lost in the suburbs of
Springfield is fixing to have a new brick business
wawaka looks thrifty, but the saloon has the most
prominent sign In the town*
Dr. Wilson* s new Sanitarium shows finely at a distance,
It will be no doubt be a success*
Br. Williams hurt his lame leg over again, and has
been laid up for several days.
Dr. Parker, of the Kendall villa News, was in town
one day last week* We hear it hinted that the Doctor
wouldn't mind to be sent to the Legislature*
Doc, would you stump it "feralnst Harry Reynolds?
"Early Business men of Home some of these
gentleman are mentioned as doing business as the
sketches of the various business buildings are
enumerated, while it is not known just what doors
some others were conducting their business*
Joel Doolittle is conceded as the first, while
Mitchell and Weston are said to have opened the
second business as merchants in Home City*
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George H. Hale was another early merchant, he built
what was known as the Berry residence, north side
?Tont street opposite Lot no* 5* He was a strong
anti-slavery aan from principle* and after the
enactment of the fugitive slave-law, assisted many
runaway slaves to the dominion of the British .ueen.
He is known to have helped off fifteen or twenty
Ke was Intelligent and had great force of character,
especially as regards the propriety of human conduct*
It is related that on one occasion, Just at dark, a
travel stained runaway, cane Into his yard, and in
a most abject manner, took off his hat and bowed him-
self into the presence of Kr. Gale, who was sitting
in his yard*
The poor black nan called him "Hassa* and begged for
food and protection. Hr. Gale immediately told him
to put on his hat and stand erect, and not to call him
"Massa" any more, as be was not his master* The
runaway was treated like a man and sent on his way
rejoicing. Such a man could not help becoming ■ rood
Early Physicians of Northport and Hose City.
Dr. Stevens was an early Physician of Northport
and Home City* Known though Dr. Barber was an
Both men were good men and traveled over extensive
Dr. W. w* Hart in was another early Home City Doctor.
The Doctor went to the war, returning to Home City
became Identified in the business interests of the
place, afterward moved to Kendall vl lie, where he died.
Dr. James Z« Cower moved from Wolcottvllle to
Home City in 1353* Dr. Gower was highly educated,
became one of the leading Physicians of Northern
Indiana, and was a fine orator*
Dr* Horshelser is another Physiol- n of early days*
Dr. S. W. Koyers came to Home City from Wolcottvllle
It was a strenuous life, these early Physicians
had, as many will testify, with broken down constitut-
ions and few collections.
The long haired Dr. Raby settled in Borne City about
the tlae of the war, afterward moved to Woloottville
where he died.
Dr. Cower died in the Galehouse, Home City, In 1875*
Dr. Covert located In Rome City, 187* to 1878. Left
for other fields. He was known as the Children's
Dr. Robert 3. Williams located In Rome City about
1875, having praotlced in this vicinity east of wolcott-
vllle previously for several years. He praotlced in
Rome City and neighborhood until his death about 1888.
Doctors Chas. Wilson and Dootor Yarnell were
specialists and first introduced the water cure as
adapted to the celebrated mineral springs, 1876.
Dr. Wilson later opened a Sanitarium at .spring Beach.
(The First Spring Beach Hotel.) Afterward located at
Dr. Wm. ?. Green, a young unmarried man located in
Rome City in December, 1880. He soon brought a young
wife home, a Jones of Ft. Wayne, Ind. The Doctor at
this tlae was often taken by those of short acquaint-
ance, to be the station Agent, and k. P. Owen mistaken
for Dr. Green, which led to many amusing incidents, one of
which the Doctor never allows mentioned. These
occasional cases of mistaken identity is one reason
probably of the life long friendship of these two.
Dr. Green was very successful in this locality and
afterward located at Albion, Ind. where he is yet located.
(He is now deceased). He is of a family of Physicians,
his Father and Grand father were doctors, his brother
a Dootor, and a son.
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Dr. C. A. Stroupe Mas an arrival about 1893, leaving
Borne City for some point in Ohio about 1905,
In 1895 Dr. C. B. Goodwin located in Bona City, a very
successful practicing Physician, working up an extensive
practice throughout the country, finally locating at
Kendallville, Ind., where he is at this date (1916)
one of Kendall ville's leading citizens and physicians.
other doctors were Dr. A. a. Wyatt, 188>1889 Beraoved
to Lagrange, Ind.
Dr. E. K. 3trawn 1884 practiced several years.
Dr. Swigart, 1890
Dr. E. Kaughsan 1891
J*. J. Simons 190*
Dr. Pfaff 1900-1911 left for Gary, Ind.
We Must not omit the white haired Dr. 0. J. Vincent,
who practised medicine in and about Boae City and
woloottville as early as 1353 then off and on as late
as 1879, living at Kendallville, along in the early 70s.
Fourth of July at Hose 1351
"The Citizens of Orange Township held a meeting at
Borne City on the evening of June 9th to make arrange-
ments for celebrating on the 4th day of July, 1851.
On motion the officers of the day were then chosen as
Asst* Harshall-A. C. Jennings
Header of Declaration of Independence
Orator Samuel A. Alvord
Committee on arrangements
J. C. Alvord
- • v
Hon. Wn. Mitchell
Hon. David 3. Herri man
Joel Do ol It tie
Wm. 0. Hill
Thereupon, on motion, the meeting adjourned to Jul/ 4th
D. B. Herriaan, Pres.
Wm. w. Martin, Sec.
The celebration exercises were held In the grove, south
of the present Town Hall. There were several speeches
made, toasts responded to-a great deal of hilarity and
The crowd was even greater (In proportion) than could
be assembled there at an "Old Fashioned 4th now. It
was easy to get together large assemblies at the
various little hamlets of the country.
we are already beyond the proper Halt of space, and
Ignoring our main purpose, which was to show Dave
Herrlman's ability as a speaker. He surprised his
acquaintances, whose admiration had before been based
upon his superiority In feats of very different
The above celebration was held on the day the writer
of these pages was born.*
From Mr. H. F. Owens type written
historical Scrap book 1?16
A Christmas Ball In 1853. The following Is a copy
of the Invitation-
Hew Xear Cotillion Party.
On with the dance. Let Joy be unconfined.
Ho eleep till norn when youth end pleasure meet.
Yourself and lady are solicited to attend a
cotillion party at the Home City Hotel.
Joel Doolittle, Proprietor
on Monday ©renlng, December 26, 1853
William B. Dunn Kidford
David Low, Horthport
A. J. Sloaa, Albion
km cutler, wolcottville
Elon Weston, Borne City
M. Crabb, Ligonier
0. w. Stewart, Wolf Lake
H- Dya, Milford
William D. Hill, Orange
Levi Wildman, Wolcottville
Jackson Dye, Borne City
Alva Barnett, Hawpatch
A. Digglns, Kendallville
Cyrenus C. Highbargin
Bobinson and Hobson
•Up to 1866 the highway north from Some City led
northward from directly in front and north of the Lake
Side Hotel (Lots 1 a 2) down across what was later the
Magnet woolen Mills grounds, (now the Burnett Lots)
to and across a wooden bridge, the shore pilings of
which yet stood in 187*K Where the highway followed
the Beservolr embankment, with its curve* to the old
waste-wiere near the now Spring Beach Hotel, a bridge
covering the waste-wiers, thence to road led northward
past the Swlnehart places to the Dave Law Corner.
There was also a road leading northward from the John
Turk corner down across the enbankaent to the Grlst-aill,
Saw-mill and Woolen Factory grounds*
After the Ballroad absorbed this highway the Kills
road was made the highway northward, and continued
at the foot of the Beservolr-Bailroad embankment, a
wooden bridge across the old stream bed into which the
waste-wler discharged its waters, thence toward the
(now Sanitarium) , thence east to th*s Swlnehart corner
when it again took the old high way Ml the Law Corners.
The *01d Town Hall" then a new building, and all the
village southwest of it a wooded grove, with an
occasional house scattered through it, the highway
leading southward from the public square diagonally
south-west through the grove to the Brimfleld highway.
The now Station grounds a hill pasture field.
The normal level of the Reservoir a foot higher than
now with Pike as plenty as the bees are now.
Ho church edifice. Two saloons.
But altogether larger volume of business transacted
the year round than at the present time, 191 6.
"Dave Law's* account book
M. F. Owen of Sylvan Lake House of Some City is the
possessor of an account book in which David Law who
kept a store at Northport in the late forties and early
fifties recorded his business transactions.
If one may judge by the entries in this book, whiskey
and tobacco were Indispensable articles In those days
and the total abstinence question was something
la MM1 tsu.v. Ml
There is not a page In the book in which there are
not several charges for whiskeyaand in quantity and
frequency to indicate that whiskey was used as a
beverage and water as the exception.
Neither la there a page in the book on which the naae
of D. D. Herriman does not appear about like this
*D. B. Herriman, To one gallon of whiskey, 40 cents.
Two or three lines farther down the page, D. B.
Herriman, to one half gallon of whiskey, 20 cents i
the next charge against Herriman Is for one quart of
whiskey, 10 cents) The sane day is a charge against
Herriman for one drink of whiskey, 3 cents. When
the next charge is aade-on the saae day-Herriman is
presumably a little ashaned, for the charge reads,
D. B. Herriiaan, To one gallon of Bitters, 40 cents (the
same prlee as one gallon of whiskey) ? When he case
in again he oust have been keenly sensitive, as the
entry reads, To D. B. Herriman, Sundries, 40 cents.
It is strange co-incidence that whiskey and sundries
sold for the saae price. Herriiaan is not the only
one however, whose appetite craves copious and
frequent potations, for there are a number of the early
pioneers whose names are so recorded.
Sugar, and molasses, salleratus, coffee, tea, tallow,
calico, delaines, soap, etc., were frequently bought,
but in the entire book there are not a dozen cases,
where whiskey, in quantity from a quart to a gallon
does not appear on the bill of goods sold.
Although Kr. Law did a large credit business, he
evidently collected slowly too, for on the same pages
where the charges are recorded, is a statement that
Mr. ....... ..has settled all he owes to Mr. Law.
He was ever particular about a cent, however, and there
ere several cases where 1 cent charges are made for a
piece of candy, for one nutmeg, one cent worth of
thread, or a whole hank of thread for seven cents."
Old People living in Orange Township among
whoa are in Feb. 1893 as follows*
0. ?. Rogers (formerly of Hone City, Ind.) aged
Abraham Sheaf for, aged 88 yrs. 1 wo. Grange Township.
James McQueen, Orange Twp. aged over 90 years.
James Madison, Bone City, Ind. 34 years of age, and
his wife, Mrs. Stella Madison, 78 yrs, 8 mo. of age.
She vas the first white woaan to cross Grand Hirer,
Michigan, at the present site of the city of Grand
HaplJs, she being engaged in missionary work those
early days of Michigan history. Mr. and Mrs. Madison
settled in Eose City in 1336.
It is not known who was the first permanent settler in
orange Township. Several have claimed the distinction,
but no one has successfully proved his claims. It is
likely that the first came about the year I833, or
perhaps 1334, probably not nooner^ as no evidence now
exists of an earlier occupation of the soil by white
men. It is probable that white hunters and trappers,
those who followed the persult exclusively, ahd dwelt
temporarily in the township before the appearance of
the first white settler. This is always a sort of
connecting link between the Indians and their white
successors. Orange evidently furnished good hunting,
as the numerous swamps, forests, lakes and oak openings
All through the summer of 1836 the white covers
of the emigrants wagons could be Been winding their way
along the crooked paths that had been but through the
timber- for we had not then any laid out roads; first
the teamster cut out a track, and the others followed
until the mud became too deep for travel, when another
road was cut out, so that there were roads everywhere.
This applies to the heavy timbered lands, or the south
pert of the township.
On the oak openings, where the soil wee generally
sandy, the roads were generally good, and when a new
track became necessary, you could drive anywhere with
out hindrance, for at that day the country presented
a very different appearanoe froa what we see at the
present day. It was the custom of the Indians to burn
the woods, marshes and prairies, each spring and this
annual burning kept down the undergrowth, so that the
openings had naught to obstruct the view, except the
large trees scattered here and there. In many places,
where today a second growth of timber completely
covers the ground, the openings were then like an open
prairie, with here and there a giant oak.
No more enchanting scene was ever presented to the
human eye than these openings in the spring, as far
as the eye could reach was spread out a scene of
surpassing loveliness. The tender grass Just springing
up and spreading a carpet of green over the whole land-
scape, was further beautified by flowers of every hue,
and as you survey the scene, a herd of deer appear
in the distance, or the impudent prairie wolf approaches
Just near enough to be out of range of the trusty rlflo-
our lnsepera table companion in these rambles.
Nor should we forget to bring upon the stage as a part
of the picture, the native, who once held undisputed
sway and control oww all this land, nor dreamed that
the day would come when he would be driven froa these
scenes of his youth, and leave to desecration the graves
of his fathers.
Talk of your flower gardens or your parks, or anything
that aan has made in his weak efforts to imitate nature}
To one who has seen the oak openings of Orange Township,
in all their pristine glory and loveliness, man's
imitations are tame and insipid.
Thus it was, while many of the white topped wagons passed
on many halted, saying "here will I make my home.*
We find too, in new country settlements, the marshes
furnish the hay, the land is more easily cleared, streams
-• eioa a.; htsMi vxtrt
and lakes store abundant, springs more abundant, all
tending to ease the labor of the settler, such traots
are first settled. So It Mas In the northern portion
of Grange. After eighty years, we find too, that our
summer home, or cottage lots, small though they be,
bring better prices today, than Tillage or city lots.
The lakes, streams and the open augmenting the more and
more popular, "Back to the land". Hundreds of wary
deer wandered across the woodland, cropping the rich
June grass whloh grew In abundance at each little
opening. It was no trouble to shoot them, and eaoh
cabin had Its choice venison steak.
Wolves were numerous, and proved a serious drawback
to the rearing of sheep. Many a fine flock of the
latter have been attacked In the night, and when the
fond owner went to feed them the next morning have
been found mangled and dead.
Bears were rarely seen when settlers first came In.
They had been driven off by the appearance of white
The Indians were still numerous, two of their
temporary villages being In Drang* Townahlp-one near
the narrows, at ( now Sylvan Lake) and the other In
the western part of the township i;ear Waldron Lake.
They mingled freely with the settlers, but were not
feared except when drunk. Then their savage and
vicious dispositions came out In their true colors, and
the people had to beware. On one occasion they had
had a shooting match at their village at the "Narrows*
and many of them had become Intoxicated on whiskey
whloh had probably been obtained at Northport. Two
drunken Indians passing by the cabin of James Radlson
came to the door Just at night, and wanted to come In,
but were prevented by the Inmates.
The Indians were notorious beggars, they were In the
habit of resorting to all sorts of tricks and connivance
to secure whiskey or provisions. They would enter a
cabin without warning or Invitation, and quietly demand
pln-e-ack (potatoes), daunln (corn), nop-ence (flour)
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co-coosh (pork) . or whatever their wants or fancy
Indicated. If r-ey were refused they would probably
scowl and says Jlt-ah-net-shi-mo-ka-iaong Kin-a-poo
(very bad white white man, me kill) • If their wants
were supplied* their dark eyes would glean, and they
would say, Nish-a-shln shl-ao-mong (very good white
The settlers first built rude log cabins, as there
were no saw sills nor lumber in the country. A large
rude chimney was built on the outside of one end of
the cabin, and one or two small windows furnished the
only High t for the dismal room. The a (pie fire-place
and a few pets and kettles were all that were necessary
In preparing a bountiful repast, a small clearing
was first mad* around the oabln, and this was gradually
enlarged as time passed.
The men spent their time In clearing, fencing and
Improving their land, while the women had all they could
do to make clothing for the family and prepare the
meals. There were no loafers In those days. All were
as busy as bees, and no one waited for an Invitation to
assist at a log roiling or oabln raising, having seas
of wheat and oorn were soon seen where erst the whoop
of the red man resounded. Cabins dotted the forests,
and the step of progress could be heard.
"In February, 1894, had several interesting interviews
with Mr. Jamas Madison, who on the 14th day of February
this year was 84 years of age. firs. Stella Madison,
his wife then lived in Home City. Mrs. Madison was at
this time 78 years, 8 months of nge. She was the first
white woman to cross Grand Hlver, Michigan, at the
present olty of Graiad Hapids, she being engaged in
Missionary work in those early days of Michigan history.
Mr. and Krs. Madison settled In Home in 1836.
With James Madison:
"I am an old California "49er". Crossed and reorossed
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overland, driving oxen aost of the way. Of Califor-
nia, I have not much to say, decided not to stay
there. I decided to locate at Northport at the
building of the dam, on which I worked, living,
however on the south side.
After Rome was platted In 1839* I having cone here In
I836, I built ay Mouse on lot In southwestern part
of Hone platt, it being platted on Seo. 16, sohool
section. I have always rented the lot of the
Auditor of the County, paying a yearly, nominal
rental, and expect when I an able to purchase the
I have seen erected at Rome, Ooollttle*s store on the
itinehart corner, the Lakeside Hotel, the Turk
building where Chapstan's drug store is, the old
woolen factory, and the new one. Have worked more or
less on all of thea.
when I first came, I worked on the canal work, never
worked on tine das proper.
There used to be many scrimmages among the canal
workers and I guess I took part in most of then,
when the canal work was called off,, I was working on
the north, or Home end of it. There was about only
two rods distance between the north and the south ends
of the work whei work stopped. This had been stumped,
but not graded or ditched out and this Is where the
little hill now is in the canal roadway. The highway
used to cross the marsh east of the canal, when the
work was called off, the public highway was made to
occupy the old canal, with the short bridge at north
side of marsh, doing away with the log cause-way, in
In the sink hole near the south high bank was much
larger and deeper than now. I know it Is reported
that there is a man horse and cart in that old sink hole.
How I know there Is a horse and cart in there, for I
seen It crowded in during the last scrimmage among the
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M Mi (OH 9TOM tflttC ■-*.*' -»'••' • • it" ' ,: '-'■
Irish and other employees, at the closing of the work
when every body got drunk on 10/ per quart whiBkey.
It was en awful fight, many heads were broken, and one
man caoe up mi 8 sing-maybe his body Is in that sink
hole, Don't know, never knew what became of him, nor
hi3 name. Particular a of those few days are somewhat
har,ey in ey mind, perhaps for good cause.
xc8i we used to have some high old times over at Lave
Law's Hotel at 2. T orthport. Treats on a new pair of
boots cost ae in the neighborhood of four dollars
there once, one was foolish to put on anything new
and visit Northport, and in fact, it was very seldom
anyone ever did, as new things were not easily
obtained those days."
JSr. itadison was not able to quote dates very definitely
but was a host to relate the fights of those troublous
times, evidently does his share in keeping excitenent
at high pitch, though he is a very small drled-up old
man with great vitality. lie oovld not have been
bully or much of a success as m fighter, more than to
keep excitement up to highest pitch, which evidently
his strong hold.
An Sarly Dog Trade
Way back in the forties, James Madison and wife, and
James Harvey and wife visited at the home of David 3.
Herrlman who then owned and lived on his 000 acre farm,
of which the present Koloinger farm is a part U915)»»
enjoying that gentleman's hospitality as only a few now
can testify to. After enjoying the day pleasantly,
preparatory to returning home, Dave, as he was
commonly called, remarked to the departing guests that he
and Madison rarely met without raaklng some kind of a
He asked Madison if he had anything to trade. Madison
said he had a very fine dog-one of the best looking
dogs in the state- that he would trade (knowing It a
worthless our) . tfere was anxious for a trade, and
offered Madison a dog "belonging to his son and one
and a half bushels of wheat for the difference.
Hadison said no, but to make it all right between
neighbors, he would take two and a half bushels
of wheat and some lead and oil that Madison knew
Herriman had under the stairs* A bargain Mas agreed
to on Madison's terms.
Next morning, John, Herrlaan's son case to Madison's
hone, who was at that time residing on what is now
the Tate farm, for Madison's dog, taking him to his
father's home. A few days afterward Madison was in
Home City at "Dool it tie's Tavern", later the Lake-
side House, meeting Dave there, who said to him that
he had taken all his wheat to the mill but would give
Madison 40 lbs. of flour to the bushel for his wheat
which was agreed to.
While they were engaged in conversation several of the
older citizens arrived at the Tavern, making inquiry
about a certain dog, who the night before had killed
13 head of sheep belonging to Chas. Law. Giving a
description of the dog to the citizens assembled, the
light dawned on Herriman that the dog he recently
traded for had done the devilment.
Looking Madison square in the face, a smile stole over
his countenance, he broke out In a hearty laugh and
said, "kill him j kill him." Dave's dog paid the
penalty of death for his indiscretion in the sheep fold.
"Darg that little devil, Jim Madison, he can't even
tra^e dogs with me without getting the best of it; Come
up boys and take something at my expense} this is too
good a joke on me to go unrewarded. They all took
Jamei Madison was born in 1810 and first came to Home
City in I836. Jimmle Madison at the time of relating
this story (1889) was over 80 years of age, while Hon.
David Herrlaan, Mho was the first Representative of
this County at the Indiana legislature , died in the
West many years ago.
How the Pigs were Coaxed Hone.
The following Pig story is given us by Mrs. Walter
Needhaa of near Hone City.
Mrs. Needhaa' s grand-parents, Kp. Daniel Lucas and
his wife Susannah, sored to Noble County, Ind. during
the Black Leg times, driving through our county with
a one horse wagon, wife and two children, to their
newly acquired tract In section twenty eight,
experiencing ouch trouble in traveling the new roads out
through the underbrush, which were out for for, and
traveled almost altogether by two oxen or two horse
They found it almost impossible to keep a single horse
vehicle in the under brushed tracks, as underbrush
and stumps still occupied the center of the road.
In these early days there were no meats to be procured
except wild game. Very little beef, no pork or hogs.
The couple succeeded in capturing a wild hog which they
penned and fed. the animal eating very little during
the day, eating mostly at night, in fact it would not
at first eat corn at all, and never did get fat. They
butchered it-a very lean porker, but In the meantime
they bought another pig of a neighbor, arid in the
course of events were the owners of a fine litter of
black and white pigs, which ot course ran in the woods,
the land being heavily timbered In the southern part
of the township. The pigs thrived and grew and In
the fall wandered farther and farther from home living
on beechnuts, wandered, it appears into the oak
openings in the northern part of the township and
thrived on acorns, until they were lost to their
owner*. Late In the fall rr. and Mrs. Lucas with
their two children visited at Roue, which they said, at
that time contained hut one house or store building,
Doollttle's Store and Residence. On their return while
yet In the confines of -now Home City- they case upon a
drove of well grown black and white pigs feeding among
the trees en acorns. Recognizing then as their
property they endeavored to drive or coax then home
with taesu The pigs did seem to recognize Kr». Lucas's
voice, and followed a short distance, became frightened
and took to the woods. Mr. Lucas with the children
waited near the place while Rrs. Lucas walked to their
home and back through the woods, distant some three
miles, for some corn. When by coaxing and driving
they succeeded In returning the pigs home, later
laying In their winter's supply of pork.
•Home City dipper" Oct, 21, 1884
Jacob Shroyer after several weeks of severe
Illness, died la this place Oct* 16, 1884. Born
Hay 15t 1820. Age 64 years 6 months 1 day.
Funeral took place at K« £• church and was burled
In Ausburn Cemetery.
(Probably editor meant Caborn)
Uncle Jinny Madison made our of floe a pleasant
call one day last week, and entertained us with a
few of his •Injun Stories.*
Hose City Clipper, May 5, 1885.
We were enraged one day last <eek in printing a
large number of songs for Hodman Lovett. As the
verses are all original, it shows that Mr. Lovett
took no little pains In the composing of the hymns*
"Home City Clipper" June 23, I885.
John Holsinger, an old settler of Noble County,
died at Kendall ville last Tuesday. His funeral was
conducted by the Apollo Commandery of that oity on
Friday , and his remains taken to wolcottvllle for
"Home City Clipper*, July 28, I885.
Amos Black, an old pioneer of this county, but Mho
has lived In Jefferson for some time past, died last
Thursday evening. He leaves two sons to mourn his loss.
The remains were Interred at Kt. Pleasant.
"Home City Clipper July 28, 1885.
Frs. Stella Baughaan of Atchison, Kans., a
daughter of Uncle Jlmale Kadi son of this place Is
visiting the latter.
•Rome City Clipper* Aug. 11, I885.
L. C. Madison, of East Jordan, Rich., son of Jas.
Madison of this plaoe, Is in town.
"Rome City Clipper*, Sept. 1, 1885.
Today Is the fiftieth anniversary of the wedding
of Jas. Madison and wife. Extensive preparations have
been made for celebrating their Golden wedding at 10
o , elock this morning. Full particulars given In our
*Rome City Clipper* Sept. 1, 1885.
t the last meeting -»f the Old Settlers of Noble
County, at Albion last June, It wee announced that on the
1st of September, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Madison of Some City
would celebrate their fiftieth anniversary of their
marriage. Doubtless many of those present when the
announcement was made had forgotten the time, but many
remembered it and were present on the occasion. The day
was not propitious, but cold and windy. Early In the
morning the guests began to ooae in, each bearing a
basket, sell filled with the good things of the world.
A table was prepared in front of the "Madison Mansion*,
capable of seating 70 persons, which was spread with
all the neoessarles and luxuries that the land
offered (affords) and the table was thus spread and
cleared a third tine before all had been fed, and when
"all did eat and were satisfied' there reaained sore
than twelve baskets full. One hundred and fifty-seven
sat down at the tables and all who were present felt
that it was rood to be there.
Rev. C. H. Wilkinson, of Woleottvllle was present
and officiated as Chaplain. The bride and grooa hare
lived in Noble County for nearly fifty years and this
gathering was but a feeble expression of the esteea In
which they are held by those who know them best. It Is
customary when giving an account of such a gathering
to describe the dress of the bride at i grooa, but the
writer is not prepared to do so. One thing is certain,
both were dressed, but the only article of apparel worn
by either, that is now remembered, was a sunflower with
which each had been decorated by some of the company.
When the first table ahd been filled and the Divine
blessing invoked, Dr. Cowles (a brother of Mrs. H«) of
Baraboo, Wisconsin, arose and made a neat address to the
old couple, and closed by placing on his sister a
magnificent pair of gold mounted spectacles. Another
brother from the same place was also present and a
daughter with her little boy from Kansas, and a son,
wife and child from Michigan. After dinner a photograph of
the company was taken, in whlct the old couple were
central figures. The company tnen returned to the
yard and from the porch a few short and appropriate
speeches were made by Dp. Cowles, 3ev. C. H. Wilkinson
and N. Prentiss, after which the company separated with
kind wishes for the host and hostess, and with hopes
that they may be spared to celebrate their diamond
The speeches should have been made before dinner, for
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after that time All wore "too full for utterance."
Good music was furnished for the occasion with *:he
organ and a string band. 133*50 In gold ooin was
presented by the following persons i Mrs. Charlotte
Whitney of Jamestown, California, 15*00; Carrie
Hodges of Jane a town, California, ;5.00i Jehnle and
Minnie Witney, Jonestown, California. 55*00 J Lorln
& Leora Madison, last Jordan, Mich. *5.00$ Henry
and Fanny Bloonfleld, Fontantle, Iowa, $5*00} Mrs.
Ituby Oale, Fairbaurt, Minn. »2.50j Mr* <fc Mrs. John W.
Teal and Mattie, :iome City, 15*00} Mrs. Kern, South
Bend, $1.00* 130.00 by the following. J* 5. Blnehart
and wife, Marllda W, BrUhwell, Magdalene Leap, Mary
Dixon, Thos Marshall and wife, Mm H. Myers and wife,
M. P. Owen and wife, Sasiuel Coo -ard and wife, I. 3.
Jones and wife, Jerry Gatilt and wife, John Squibb and
wife, C. Holder and wife, Jacob Waldron and wife, C.
Mather and wife. Nelson Hodges and wife, v. J* Houston
and wife, Thos* H. Jaith, wife and mother, '. T.
Brothwell and wife, H. H. Warner and wife, S. w.
Gauntt and wife, Wn. K. Mllnor and wife, H. 0. Cobbe
and wife, wn. Lawson and wife, Dr. A. E. wyatt and
wife, Sden H. Fisher and wife, Geo H. Horthara and wife,
Josiah Rhodes and wife, Peter St. Mrry and wife, Jas.
Chapman and wife. Dr. E, K. Strewn and wife, M. V. Hall
and wife, Mllo H. Jones, Isaac Barber, Effle Barber,
Alice Milnor, Miss S. A. Jones, Or, w. T. Green and wife,
Albion, Mr. Homer Law, Valley Palls, Kansas, ill. 50
was presented by the following persons i Wra. Hitchcock
and wife, Wa. K. Moore and wife, Edward Moore and wife,
C. w. Bliss and wife, Brlaflcld. John Schermerhorn and
wife, Charles Law and wife, Wa. Patterson and wife, Nathan
Credit and wife, Lorenzo Standi ff and wife, Simon
Baughnan and family, X. E. Allen and wife. George Swank
and wife, John Bldlaok and wife, Loton Hitchcock and
wife, L. H. Johnson and wife, Kendall ville, Peter Booflnk
and wife, Hobert Moore and wife, M. E. Hardendoerff and
wife, John Lamp and wife, Mrs. Dlgglns, Kendall ville,
Mary Burnett, Elizabeth Duryee, Betsey Watklns, Maud
Northern. Total amount of gold ooin, .75.00. By Dr.
Charles and Ralph Cowles, two brothers of Mrs. Madison,
of Baraboo, wis., a pair of gold mounted spectacles.
By Mrs. Stella Baughman of Atchison, Kan., a
daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Madison, Dress, Bonnet, and
set of knives and forks* By Mrs* auby Gale of
Falrbanet, Klnn, a silk Banner 1835-1885. Also a
beautiful poem composed by her for the occasion.
By Stanfleld sorbin and wife, Borne City, Glass and
silver butter dish. By Mrs. L. Stancllff of Home
City, pair of linen towels. By Mrs. H. J. Kaolin
of WolcottTille, a gold ornament and flower for
bonnet* By Mrs. J* P. Chapman, Hose City, a gold
thimble holder. By Miss Martha Shourds, Mary end
George Clock, ladies gold mounted breast pin*
By Mile Jones, 3r. and wife. Home City, china cup
and sauoer and mug. By Maudle Smith, Home City,
Motto of affection made by her. By Miss Susan
Griggs, Woleottville, a spectacle case embroidered
with gold beads*
Mr. t Mrs. Madison desire to return their
heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the excellent
music furnished for the occasion* The valuable
presents presented and for the entire presence of the
l6o friends, old settlers and kind neighbors gathered
in love and sympathy in celebrating their golden
"Borne City Clipper" Sept. 8, 1885*
Many thanks to Unole Jimmy Madison and wife for
samples of their Golden Wedding oakes and a beautiful
Bouquet* They have one heartiest congratulations and
best wishes. May they live long and enjoy many acre
pleasant anniversaries is the wish of the Clipper.
Sdward McQueen and family of Southern Kansas are
vial ting Uncle Jlmmle McQueen on West Dutch Street*
Borne City Clipper, Sept. 29, 1885*
Sunday Nov. 1st at 19i30 P. M, w. W. Cklllen
quietly passed away, after a long continued Illness.
He Mas born Jan* 31st 1825. In Shelby County,
Ohio, and resided on a farm In that oounty until of
age. When 3 years of age his mother died on Sept.
3rd 1828. He married Susannah Method. March 2nd
1884. had seven children all girls and all living at
this date. He was elected Judge of the Probate Court
for Shelby County. Ohio, in 18 5^ and again elected in
1857* After the close of his last tern of Judge,
he moved his family to Ligonier, Ind. While
residing there he held offices from the gifts of the
people, proving faithful in those trusts. In 1862
moved to Chicago, connecting himself in the Interest of
the Chicago aepubllcan, as traveling solicitor. After
severing his connection with the Repbullcan, he engaged
In keeping boarding house, passing through the great
Chicago fire of 1871, losing all his earthly effects.
He returned to Ligonier and shortly moved to Home City,
Ind., connecting himself with the firm of Clapp, Fisher,
and Zimmerman as salesman of woolen goods and continued
In their employ until March 1st, 1878.
During the winter of 1878 he accepted a position as
engrossing clerk In the House of Representatives, making
many warm friends during his short stay In the State
Capitor. etc. etc. Last Illness 15 months. Funeral
services by Hev. Wilklson. Masonic Fraternity in
charge. Burial in Ligonier cemetery.
"Home City Clipper" Nov. 3, 1885.
Death has been reaping a rich harvest In Noble
County In the last three days,
Mrs. 3hroyer, widow of Simeon Shroyer, died at
her hose near Hone City on Wednesday of this week
and buried at the Qsbom cemetery on Friday the 28th.
Funeral services being held in the K. E. Church and
conducted by Elder Weaver at 11 A. H. the numerous
relatives followed by a large number of sympathising
frlsnds to the grave to see placed in the silent
chambers of the tomb, all that remained of a once
living type of noble womanhood, a true Christian
and a faithful mother, and ere the gates had been
fairly closed and the crowd didpersed, there came
from the village of Brimfield a long procession,
consisting of nearly fifty carriages filled with sad
hearts over the loss of one of Noble County's
oldest and best known citizens and to lay In the
bosom of Mother earth, 3d ward 3. Farkman, who was
called from all things earthly, on Wednesday the 26th
Inst leaving surviving him one daughter, one son, and
a lonely widow to mourn their loss*
The latest reports from Albion confirm the report
of the death of Fielding Priokett at three o'clock P. M.
Friday May 28th.
"Borne City Clipper- Ray 29, 1886.
Hrs. Christiana Teal, wife of John w. Teal and
mother of the editor of the Clipper was horn In
Clnclnnattl, Ohio* April 5th 1840 • Died June 7th
at 8:35 P» M. aged 46 years, 2 months, and 2 days*
Harried to John w« Teal in Indianr polls, Ind,,
June 14, 1855. Moved to Rome City In tne fall of
1863 where she has lived continuously up to the tine of
her death. Mrs. Teal had been an invalid for years
but always bearing up with Christian fortitude, and
looking forward to the tine that she sight be freed
from sickness and pain, and once more be restored to
health, yet human hopes and efforts are of no avail,
when the final summons comes from Him, who doeth all
things well, and while the last eight weeks or her
life was constant suffering and intense pain, and not
being able to take nourishment of any kind whatever,
yet all this time there was not one murmur or word of
discontent passed from her lips, only one thought,
that she would, if it were the Lord's will, like to
stay a little wnile longer with husband and children,
and this thought reminded us all of the sublime truth,
that God can give us but one mother and this one
thought was fully realized by her, yet when the time
had come that human hands and the loving husband and
fond wishes of loving children could do nothing she
quietly fell into the sleep that knows no waking, and
surrendered up to mother earth, that, which was of the
The funeral was held at th h use, conducted by Hev.
Blanohard, of Wolcottvllle. The deceased was followed
to her last resting place by a large number of relatives
and friends, who sympathize with the lonely husband In
the death of a dear wife, and with the three children
who are left behind to mourn the loss c :" a sainted mother.
Some City Clipper June 19, 1886.
Mrs. 0, w. Oeisendorff and Mrs. Wm. Saurr of
Indianapolis, naar relatives of Mrs. John Teal,
deceased, attended the funeral of the latter last
week. They returned home Monday*
Home City Clipper June 19 » 1996
Vlth our next Issue we olose our career with the
Clipper, and we Bust have an immediate settlement
with our patrons*
"Home City Clipper" August 14, 1886.
John B. Teal, Editor.
AMOTHEH HAILHOAD OR PAPEB.
An old railroad project which has recently been
revived Is the construction of a line east and west
between the Lake Shore roads extending from Toledo.
The old Canada Southern charter will soon expire.
It is said, and something will hare to be done. The
country lying between the Air Line and the old line
through northern Indiana wants an east and west outlet
and It is only a question of time when they will have it.
The proposition now is to extend the switch from
the gravel pit near Brimfleld on to Home City, and then
push an to the northeast, touch within one mile of
Wolcottville, pass Wright's Corners, Mongo, "hen orland,
Present and on to Toledo. Such a line would shut out
any competing line and by connecting with the Air Line
at Brlafield would avoid the heavy grading which would
be necessary, and which has always been a great obstacle
to any road crossing the Haw Patch and connecting at
Goshen or further West,
The Lake Shore company hare iron enough which
they have taken from the main line the past few
months to complete the road to Bone City, and the
right of way has been secured to that poirt. . ir
extending the line from the terminus of the twitch
fron Brlmfleld to the old gravel pit but little
grading would be necessary after crossing the
swamp, as the old Wabash and Erie Canal would then be
reached which the road would follow to Home. It is
estimated that the cost of extending the line to
Home City would be less than §10,000 9 which would not
be too great to warrant the company in extending it
for the benefit it would receive from the excursions
it conducts to that popular summer resort. With
the line completed the Lake Shore road would control
all of the excursions to Home City over the Wabash
and B. & 0. and its own lines which would be a saving
of from 150 to -200 on each excursion, an Item alone
of no small concern to the road.
Our informant says it is not unlikely that this
line will be completed by another year and In operation
for the excursion season, and then pushed to Toleao as
rapidly as circumstances will admit. -
Ligonler Banner from "Borne City Clipper*
August 14, 1886.
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After an Illness of About three weeks duration,
Andrew Hosier quietly passed over the river on
Saturday night at 9: 30, at the age of three score and
ten* The funeral was preached at the H. 2. Church
at 3r infield, by Her, Bloknell.
Kessler-At his home near Brief 1 eld, February
Andrew Kessler aged about 72 years.
Mr. Kessler was a well known prominent citizen
of Noble County, and tor several years a minister In the
M. E. Church, In which capacity he frequently preached
in Albion. T. P. Kessler, of Brlafield Is a son, and
we think several other children, survive him*
Feb. 4tth 1888
Kesler- Died at his hone near Hose City, Ind. with
lung fever, after a sickness of three weeks. Rev.
Andrew Kesler, aged 71 years, 3 months, 18 days.
Rev. Andrew Kesler was born In Ly conning County,
Penn., October 15, 1816. He emigrated to Morrow County,
Ohio, In 1835, there he became acquainted with Kiss
Kariah Bowyer, to whom he was united in marriage in
1337, of this union was given thirteen children; of
whom four daughters and three sons survive to mourn
their loss. The mother, and six children having
He came to Indiana, Noble County, and after a
years resldenoe in Rome City, moved to his farm upon
which he resided for thirty four years.
At the age of nineteen he joined the Kethodist
Episcopal church, gave his heart to God, and consecrated
himself to his service, and to his faithfulness will
everyone testify, that enjoyed the pleasure of his
society, for he lived the Christianity he professed*
At the quarterly meeting held at Springfield, Ind.,
Sept. 2o, 1357, Elder L. w. Hunson presiding, he was
licensed to preach the gospel, and many an audience
and soul has been thrilled with his earnest and
eloquent appeals Tor consecration of life to God's
service. A wan of great natural ability, as an
orator, backed by the spirit's power, he was a host
for God and the people heard his gladly, and were well
pleased when the regular sinister could not come, and
sent *Cncle Andy" as he was familiarly called. And
often has he responded to Special invitations to
preach the "unsearchable riohes of Christ.** etc. etc.
Dumw. Brimfleld, Ind., i?eb. ■+, 1838, William B. Dunn,
aged fk years, 3 months and 12 days-aftev- an Illness
of two weeks.
Wllliaa Baldwin Dura was born In Newton, Tioga (?)
County, N. 1, (now Slmlpa, Chemung Co.) on the 22d
day of October, 1813* He came to Lagrange County,
Indiana, In 1837 » where he settled on a farm. In 1856
he sored to Kendal lville, Indiana, where he resided until
about I865, being engaged for several years In the
practice of law. Proa Kendal lvllle he removed to
Brimfleld, where for several years he was station agent
for the L.S.& K.S. H.H. Co.j and afterwards engaged in
mercantile business. He also held the position of
poa toaster at Brimfleld under several administrations, and
up to within a few months of his death. A widow, four
sons and a daughter survive him} also* one brother-C. W.
Dunn, of Wawaka, Ind., and a sister Mrs. P. B. Macy of
The deceased was greatly loved and respected by all
who knew him. Of a kind and affectionate disposition, he
seemed to live in perpetual sunshine, and his very
presence bore a cheering influence* that was ever
brightened &nd emphasized by the genial flow of a wit that
was amiable as keen, and the frank, joyous tones of a
voice that came from a sympathetic soul.
The funeral services were attended by a large concourse
of sorrowing friends and acquaintances , who listened
to an appropriate and impressive discourse by the Sev,
C# H. Blanchard, of Wolcottville. from the text! *A good
name is better than precious ointment "-after which the
remains were laid to rest.
March 10th 18C3
Little Harlan V, Kagerty, little ton of Her.
and Mrs. J. W. Hagerty, of Roise City*
Funeral held at the K. E. church conducted by
Rer. Hendel assisted by 3ev, MawhorUr.
Rev. nagger ty waa a Free Will Baptist Minister.
3orae of our aged people are languishing on
beds of disease. Uncle Jinny Madison, John Canon
and Loton Hitchcock are among the sufferers.
Died-Loton Hitchcock, aged 76 years. Funeral
held at the K. E. Church Sunday noralng at 11 o'clock,
Hev. Bicknell officiating. Another good isan has been
Apr. 25, 1888
Way land Daniels and family attended the funeral
of their relative. Loton Hitchcock, at this place last
FBOH MB. M. P. OVEK'S SCRAPBCCK
A piece of white paper securely pasted ©rer the
beginning of these notes-
"Long Island in 179^. Identified with the Stamp
Act riots at Hew York.
Spenetus 0wen 9 Born on Long Island, in 1750.
Served In Hot. War. Was with Washington's command at
taking of the Hessians.
Acci dentally killed in Canada.
His scam were i Abner, a Captain In the British
Army in 1812.
Daniel, and Jesse, an artillery man on the
American Army of 1812, later in life a methodlst
minister. Had three sons, Daniel, Francis A, and Joel
Joel W. Owen's sons are Egbert A,, Killard P.,
Jesse, Sraest W., and Charles P.
Egbert a. Owen's son Is Lraest.
For dates and deaths and sketches of lives,
Copy of a letter found in Hr. H. F. Owen's
vcrapbook copied on account of the genealogy
Hopkins, Peb. 16th 1881
Dear Ones All.
I will try to answer your enquiries as far as I
can but first I hope Charlie will excuse me for not
answering his letter as he will hear from us* I will
wait till next time before I write to him.
We were down to Otsego Tuesday. Stayed all night
found then all well. Tin had just received a valentine*
Your father saw Ernest on Monday & reoelred a letter
from Jesse last week* all well* Think we shall go out
to your Aunts this week If nothing happens.
I don't recoleot any thing of that paper since I
sent It to you. Will not write any thing of your
grandpa now & If we go out there will get all the dates
I can and send you for your grandma she has no family
record & cannot remember dates, was born In the town of
Tompkins, Deleware Co., State of New York, lived there
and was married there and Crawford and myself were both
born In the same place he on the 13th of July, 1827, I
on the 19th of Dec, 1828.
Mother was born on the 16th of Oct., 1804,
married to John Woodbeck some time In 1826. As for the
rest It may as well be forgotten* Your father
was born on the 28th of March, 181? In Ontario Co.,
State of New York. Married on the 14th of August 1350
it hare lived happy evsr since* X believe I better
not try to give you a list of the brothers & sisters
now as we can get It more correct If we wait till we
get back from Pine Lake.
Well we have been to Pine Lake and are home again.
Pound them all well except your Aunt. She has not
recovered from her sickness altogether but Is so as to
be around* I was shocked to find that she was Injured
so last summer when thrown from her buggy that she will
be crippled in one arnt for life. She had her wrist
broken and some of the joints are out of place and
her elbow was out of joint and Is not right.
Flattie has to do the stoat of the work which conea
pretty hard on her aa she is only thirteen*
Father Owen was born Sept. 29th, 1737 in Chemung
Co., State of 8. Y. removed to Canada when a hoy, where
he lired *till about nineteen when he returned «o the
State of H. Y. was -rried there Ontario Co., to
Anna Winter, July 5th 1807. She was born Aug., 11th,
1736. Died Feb. 28th I860 in Allegan Co., Mich. He
died Dec. 12th, 1877.
Kary Owen, born Dec. 10th, 1822. M. Bullna M.
Harsh Kerch 22nd, 1843. Died Deo. 16th 134?.
Caroline Owen, B. Not. 4th 1826. H. John Breaae,
Sept. 20th, 1848, who died Oct., 1378.
Grandpa Died Dec. 12th 1878.
Written by Mary Owen
Bauo, Walter & Halnesand
Beber 125 •
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Clapp, Fisher & Zimmerman
162, 163,173, 192-J
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K~ all ton
36 f l31, 160, 185-186
West & Campbell 34
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