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Full text of "Obituaries and news items of early settlers of Noble County, Indiana : as published in the "The Albion new era" ... and other sources"

(5ENEALOGY COLLECTION 



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, 
Indiana. 

OBITUARIES and NEWS ITEMS 
from other sources in Noble County, Indiana* 

Collected By 
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. 



suioide 1292134 

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 
December, 1875* 

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 
buildings. 

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 
business. 



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 
retired list. 

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 
sermon* 
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 
yesterday. 



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. 



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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 
to Ligonler. 

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 



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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 
women. 

"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* 



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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 



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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 

fallen. 

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 



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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. 
Frances Galloway. 

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 



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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. 



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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 



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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 
memory remains. 

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. 



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OLD SETTLERS MEETING 

Pursuant to adjournment, a large number of old 
Bet.lers convened at the court house In Albion, June 
3rd, 1376. 

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 
township. 

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 



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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.- 
Ligonler Banner. 

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 
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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 
excitement. 

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 



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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. 
Kendallville Standard. 



Mr. George Teal was the father of county jlerk, 
Geo. B. Teal, and Dre. Wilton and N. Teal of 
Kendallville. 
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. 
21, 1876. 



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 



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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 



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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 
place* 
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 



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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 
counted. 

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 



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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 
county, Pennsylvania. 
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 



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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.- 
Standard 



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 



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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. 

Communicated. 
New Era, Jan. 3, 1878. 



An excursion to Kansas will start from Kendallville 
on the 15th of this .nth. 



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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 
has done* 
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 












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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 
again. 
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 



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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 
here. 
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 
the state. 



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 
his person. 
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 



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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 
entertaining. 
New Sra, Feb* 21, 1879 









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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 



many 
idall, 



Handall, of this place. 

Kendallville Locals 

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 
Insurance. 
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 



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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 



Died 

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 

Destroyed. 

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 



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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. 



±£92134 

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. 






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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 
others. 
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 















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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. 



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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." 



Hannah Roberts, 

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 
1361. 

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 
welcome. 



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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 
the faithful* 



Lydia Bray 

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 
of others. 



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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 



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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 



Samuel Sarkwell 

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 
conscientious man. 



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Hannah Kern 

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. 



Henry Shobe 

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 









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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. 



Aaron wood 

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. 



aaohel Koff 

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 



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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. 



Mary KcKann 

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." 



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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 
the event. 

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 



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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 
Standard says: 

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 






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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. 






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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 






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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 



Obituary. 

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 






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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 
Kendallvllle. 
New Era, July 25, 1878 



Obituary 

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. 



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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 



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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 









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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, 



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whllest we of today, are terribly miserable. What 
will the next forty years develop. 
Mew r:ra, Sept. 5, 1878 



Obituary 

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 



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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 



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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 



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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 
Union Church. 
:'e>/ :>a, Sept. ?J ' , 1"73 



Obituary 

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. 



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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 
burled. -News. 
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. 



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Obituaries from Albion New Era 

Early Settlers 

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. 



Obituary Albion 

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: 



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"Taken prisoner by the Indians In 1760 . I 
an here all alone. 

By the Delaware Tribe and taken west to the 
Big Waters. 

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 
village. 



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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 
whole time." 

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, 






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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 



Obituary 

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 



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Passing Away. 

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- 
p nances. 
>: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. 



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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 
departure. 
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 
Cemetery. 
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. - 
Lagrange Democrat 
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 



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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. 



Obituary Notice. 

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 
blest. 

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 



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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 



Henry Cramer 

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. 



Mary Dingman. 

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 
57 years. 

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 
Mitchell. 

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 

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 



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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* 



Biographical* 

The Ligonler Leader last week contained the 
following biographical sketoh of Andrew Humphreys, 
one of the earliest settlers of Noble County, whose 



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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 



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Obituary. 

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 
in it. 

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 



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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 
presidency. 

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 
greatly missed. 

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 



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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 
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affair. 

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 









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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. 



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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. 

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"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. 









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Obituary 

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 
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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, 
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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 
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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 
about. 

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 
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•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 
hands. 

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. 
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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 
and associates. 

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. 

S. Webster 
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. 

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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 
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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 
Calumet, Michigan. 

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 
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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, 
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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 
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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 
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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 
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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 
life began. 



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. 






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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 
love God. 



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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. 



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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 



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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 






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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, 



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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. 
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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 
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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 
rials. 

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 
friends. 
Albion New Era, June 16, 1881. 



"Nearly fifty years ago the first settlers In this 
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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. 



obituary- 
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 
respected citizen. 
Albion New Era, Aug. 11, 1881. 



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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. 

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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. 



Died. 

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 












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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. 

Albion New C*a f Dec. 1, 1861. 



Died. 

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 
Wednesday. 

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. 



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Obituary 

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 
ago. 
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. 



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An old oottler Gone. 

Ephralm Skinner died at his residence In Noble 
township, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1862, aged about 32 
years. 

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. 



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The following obituaries were read at Old 
Settlers meeting, June 1832 by Kelson 
Prentiss 



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, 
and hospitable. 



Another, and one who was always with us long as he 
was able, but who for the past three years has been laid 



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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 



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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.* 



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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 

done . 

"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. 

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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 



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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 
children. 



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. 



Obituary 

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 



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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 



Obituary 

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- 



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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 

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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 
Kissel. 

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 
present Savior. 



Obituary 

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 



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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 



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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 
disappear. 



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. 



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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 
following questions. 

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. 






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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 



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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 



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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 
cordially Invited. 

0. T. Butler 



obituary. 

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 
above stated. 

Funeral services were held at Sparta church on 
Sunday, Aug. 2, I885, TJev. Lamport of Ligonier, offic- 
iating. 

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 



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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 
8 days. 

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 
death. 



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 
him. 
Albion New Sra-Oct. 15# 1885 



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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 
Christian father. 

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. 



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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 
impeached. 

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. 






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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, 



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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 
cemetery. 



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 



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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 



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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 
program. 

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 
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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 
those faithful. 

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 
City, Kan. 

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. 



?ravk Walters 

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 
body. 

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 
Greenwood Cemetery. 

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. 



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obituary 

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 
livery business. 

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 
reward. 

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 
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Obituary 
Walters 

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 
her departure* 

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 
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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 



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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 
^ev. Lanrsort. 

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 
Luthercn Church. 

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 









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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 
knew her. 

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, 



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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 
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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 
$250,000. 

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 
publlo official. 



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, 
facing north. 






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The following 1b copy of 
Marker erected near the site, 

LITTLE TUBTLE 

1781 1812 

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 
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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 
29, 190*. 

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. 



Obituary 

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 



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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 
Jesietery. 

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 
neighbors. 

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. 



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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. 
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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. 



Obituary 

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 
trade. 

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 






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when they moved to their present hove In Avllla, 
Indiana. 

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. 



Obituary 

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. 









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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 
knew him. 

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 






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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 
them. 

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 
director McClellan. 

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. 

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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 
Wednesday morning. 

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 
years. 

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 
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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 
McClellan. 



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- 
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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 
death. 

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 
and community. 



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 



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years, he, with his brother Matthew, conducted a 
general store In this place under the firm name of 
"Stewart Bros." 

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. 

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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. 



Obituary 

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 
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decorator. 

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 
death. 

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 

Ben Hur. 

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 
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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 
he died. 

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 
Kendallvllle. 

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 
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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. 



In Kemorlam 

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 
neighbors. 

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 
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•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. £. 
Church officiating. 

?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, 


















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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 
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Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from 
the Methodist Episcopal Church here, the Rev. J. E, 
Laushe officiating. The body was brought here Thursday 
evening. 

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 
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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, 
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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 
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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 
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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. 



Obituary. 

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 
since resided. 

Mrs. Crothers united with the Hopewell Presbyterian 
Church early In life and after coming to Avllla 
transferred her membership to the Methodist Episcopal 
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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 
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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 
there since. 

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 
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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 
attending services. 

Mr. George Hooper, a brother of Garrett, and a 
number of other relatives survive. The funeral will be 



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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. 



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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. 



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King and Kre. Bernard Kelnee of Avllla and flr. Lloyd 
E. King of Chicago. 



Obituary 

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 
4 days. 

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 

tfcClellan. 



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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 
Jefferson township. 

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. 



oberlln. 

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. 

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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 
home. 

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 
Brotherhood. 

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 
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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 
officiated. 



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 
many. 

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 
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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, 
i-akaview Cemetery. 



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. 

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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 
Cemetery. 



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 ?• 
Lodge. 

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 
friend. 

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 



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."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, 
Ind. 



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 
leaving town. 

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 
Avilla. 

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 
children. 

•unercl serviccR were held Tuesday afternoon at 
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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. 



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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. 



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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 

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 

saantttp. 

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 
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relatives Prank L. Hooper of Kendallvllle is a 
nephew* 

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, 
Iowa. 

Funeral services conducted by Sev. Hollopeter, 
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On Thursday, April 2$ % 1929 the Issue of the 
.villi; Mews" %rs sailed r Klss Elizabeth Stewart 
ditioa. 

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 
alone. 

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 
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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 
here i 

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, 
Tpsllantl, Mich. 

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 
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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, 
Port Vayne. 

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 









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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 
Insurance Company. 

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 
-tie, Washington* 

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, 
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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 
struck. 

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 
territory. 

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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Obituary 

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 
Albion cemetery. 
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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 
citizens. 



Allen Township Pioneer Passes Away. 
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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 
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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. 
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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 
her. 

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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. 

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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 
farming. 

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 
her departure. 

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 
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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 
now reside. 

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 
Baltimore. 

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 
bereavement. 



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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 
duration. 

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 
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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 
Saviour. 

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 
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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. 



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family hone here Sunday morning at 6130 o'clock. 
Death followed a longering illness resulting from 
complications. 

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 
her acquaintnanoes. 

Laura A. Easly, daughter of Jacob and • ary Ea sly, 
was born Sept. 11, i860 in Jefferson township, Noble 
County. 

:>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 



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Clara L. of Springfield, Mass., and Merle of Kansas 
City, Ho. 

The funeral Mas held from the late hone here 
Tuesday, at 2i30 o'clock, Bev. J. 3. Lawshe, officiate 
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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 
years. 

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 
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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, 
HI oh. 

Eleven grand children and two great-grand children 
also survive. 

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. 
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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 
lived ones. 

In the daya of Joy and prosperity she united with 
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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 
appearing." 



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 
time. 

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. 



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Obituary 

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 
days. 

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 
in death. 

Funeral was held at the Wesleyan Methodist Church at 
Lactto, Ind. Eev. tf. C, Ott officiating. Interment in 
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OBITUARY 

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 
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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 
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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 
one week. 

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. 









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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 
(with) Justice. 

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«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 
Thursday. 

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 
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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 
satisfactorily. 

Obituary and memorial next week. 

Alexis 

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. 



1830 

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. 






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"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 



OLD CITIZENS 

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 
of age. 

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 
Township. 

,nd Horace Hoi den, who came here June 9th, 1836, 
■Mi has lived nearly all of the tine since in Orange 
Township. 

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. 

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Kill and Ormeson had early land holdings, Orange 
Township . 

H. R. Burnhara pre-empted the N. W. Qr. Sec. One, 
Orange Township. 

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?^ 

County Atlas 

Orange 

"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 
others . 

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 



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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 
rebuilt. 

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 
favorable." 



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 
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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 
commissioners. 



J. ... ..lvord was a young lawyer from the east, 

school te&eher of early deya «nd editor. Later in life, 
County Clerk. 

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 
Dill Hill." 

.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. 

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'.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 
other refers. 

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 
these prisoners. 

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 



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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 
toward Northport. 



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 
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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 
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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 
1850-51. 



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" 
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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 
9.10-11-14-15 



First Town Flat. Northport. In Sec. 9. Date, 
Oot. 4th, 1836 

Second Town Flat, Home City in Sec 16, Date 
June 1839. 

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 
sawed here. 

First school house in Orange Township at Northport 
in 1839. 

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 
In 1386 

Magnet woolen Mills, Rome City built 1869, burned 
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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 
F. Owen 

First Express Agent at Borne In 1870 James H. 
Alexander. 



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 
Washington. 

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. 

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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 
Allen County* 

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 
at Goshen* 

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. 






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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. 



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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. 



SXLVAK HOTSS 
July 11th 1881 

James Graves Is considered one of the best swimmers 
In this section of country. 

Rone City 
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 
night. 



Squire Cobb starts in with a large amount of 
business. 

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 
Feb. 1832 
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 
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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 
spring. 

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 
located. 

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, 
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Some City 
March 5th 1882 

Elder Blanchard of Wolcottvllle preached the funeral 
sermon of Mrs. Elmer Warner at this plaoe on 
Wednesday last* 

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. 

Mar. 23-1882 

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 
commence business. 

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 









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often said, died of old age* He also, was an uncle 
of our friends, Mr. and Mrs. wm. Myers. 

iione City 

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. 

Alexis 

(Sklllen) 

April 27-1882 

Miss Anna Brothwell, of Kendallvllle, Is teaching 
school at Northport. 

May 4-1882 

Judge Tousley Is quite feeble 

The Mineral Springs Theraphy Is now raised and being 
enclosed, and Dr. Wilson Is happy. 



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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 
in Ligonler. 

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 
the city. 

Springfield is fixing to have a new brick business 
house. 

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 
slaves* 

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 
merchant* 

Early Physicians of Northport and Hose City. 

Dr. Stevens was an early Physician of Northport 
and Home City* Known though Dr. Barber was an 
early physician. 

Both men were good men and traveled over extensive 
sections. 

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 
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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 
Dootor. 

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 
Wltohita, Kans. 

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 
follows t 

Chief Marshall 

James Kelly 
Asst* Harshall-A. C. Jennings 
Header of Declaration of Independence 
J* Kessler 
Orator Samuel A. Alvord 

Committee on arrangements 
Wm. bowyer 
J. C. Alvord 



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Wm. Hitchcock 
Sri Allen 

John Weston 
Hon. Wn. Mitchell 
Hon. David 3. Herri man 
Joel Do ol It tie 
Levi Wildman 
Devld Law 
Wm. 0. Hill 
Jonathan Law 
orlln Watkins 
Mllo Jones. 

Thereupon, on motion, the meeting adjourned to Jul/ 4th 

1851. 

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 
enjoyment. 

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 
character. 

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 
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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 
Harry Christmas 
on Monday ©renlng, December 26, 1853 
Managers: 

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 

Floor Managers 
Cyrenus C. Highbargin 
William Buker 

Musio 

Bobinson and Hobson 
Bill, $2.50 



•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 
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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 

1901 
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 
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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 
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Old People living in Orange Township among 
whoa are in Feb. 1893 as follows* 

0. ?. Rogers (formerly of Hone City, Ind.) aged 
33 years* 

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 
clearly prove. 

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. 



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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.* 

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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 
men. 

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 
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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: 

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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 
lot. 

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 
the marsh. 

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 
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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 
trade. 

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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 
theirs straight. 

Jamei Madison was born in 1810 and first came to Home 
City in I836. Jimmle Madison at the time of relating 
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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 
vehicles. 

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 
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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 
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CBITUAHI 

•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 
interment. 

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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 
next. 

*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 
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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 
wedding. 

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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. 



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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 
wedding anniversary* 

"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* 



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0BITUA3Y 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. 



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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. 

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OBITUABT 

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 
earth. 

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. 

C. H. 

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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 
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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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1888 

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. 

1883 

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 

OBITUABI 

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 
preceded him. 

He came to Indiana, Noble County, and after a 
years resldenoe in Rome City, moved to his farm upon 
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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 
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DISD 

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 
Detroit, Hioh. 

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. 

Com. 












vr»a 



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251 



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. 



1888 

3orae of our aged people are languishing on 
beds of disease. Uncle Jinny Madison, John Canon 
and Loton Hitchcock are among the sufferers. 



1868 

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 
called home. 



Apr. 25, 1888 

Way land Daniels and family attended the funeral 
of their relative. Loton Hitchcock, at this place last 
Sunday. 









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252 



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 
Winter Owen. 

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, 
records . 



Copy of a letter found in Hr. H. F. Owen's 
vcrapbook copied on account of the genealogy 
In it. 



Hopkins, Peb. 16th 1881 



Dear Ones All. 
Dear Pill 



UN 









253 



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. 

Feb. 22nd 

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. 



254 



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 



INDEX 



KAHE 



-A- 



Abeaae 

Adair 

Ahlmlne 

Allen 

All man 

Alvord 



PAOE 



8 



18,61-63,225,241 
147,178 

9,10,24,88.89,208 

209.224 
Anderson 111 

Applegate 66 

Arnold 96 

Askew 179-180 

Aveline 207-206 
Axtell 176 

Aydelott 134 

Ayres 204 

-B- 

Bailey HO 

Baily 109 

Baker 42,71,89,98-99, 

116,204 

Baldwin 182 

Barker 222,241 

Barkwell 41 

Bamett 79,226 

BarmuB 106,109 

Barr 217 

Barron 216 

Barry 89,90 

Bartlett 79 

Bartley 42-43,80 

Barton I52 

Bassett 18,109 

Baughman 23.79,152,239 

241,242 
Bauo, Walter & Halnesand 

141 

Beagle 206 

Beattie 102 

Beber 125 • 

Beckley 24 

Beckaan 162,163 

Bennett 120,157 

Berhalter 216 

Bicknell 248,251 

Bldlaok 89,92,200,241 

Blglow 196 

Bilger 197 

Billman 109-110 



MAKE 

Bird 

Bixler 

Black 



Blackmail 

Blain 

Baline 

Blanohard 

Bliss 

Blooafield 

Blust 

Boardaan 

Bodenhafer 

Solto- 

Boltz 

Bonhaa 

Boo fink 

Boozer 

Bortner 

Bo wen 

Bowers 

Bowaan 

Bowyer 

Boyer 

Bradley 

Bray 

Bream 

Breaa e 

Bricker 

Brillhart 

Bristol 

Broth well 

Brought^ n 

Browand 

Brown 

Brumbaugh & 

Buker 

Bungen 

Bunyan 

3urnett 

Burnhan 

Bushong 

Butler 



Cain 
Canon 
Carr 
Carver 



PAGE 

206 
47,48 

l,4,22,32,59,76-77, 
79,107,121,130,198, 
239 

120 

120 

65,72,88,204,219,250 

241 

ffi 

117 
152 

157-158,173 
216 

*8.137 
241 

189 

36 

89,98,114-115,126,129 

204 

18,45,118,120 

224,248 

120-204 

19.57,100 



Sheets 



1 

254 

118,158 

204 

98,214 

220,241 

14,16,18,195 

185 

209 

146 

226 

47 

201,204 

241 

206 

218 

66-67,122,126 



-C- 



201 

251 

25 

127-128 






MWI6 

■a— <i 



' 



. ■ -. 



















- 



Carrer 

Case 

Chambers 

Chandlier 

Chapln 

Chapman 

Chase 



127-128 

217 

28,114 

120 

204,220 

9,241,242 

219 



2 



70-1 

147.148, 170-171 

IF 



Clapp 9,14-15,26,33,75-6 
Clapp, Fisher & Zimmerman 

24! 
Clark 
Clear 
Cleland 
Clemens 
Clipper 
Clock 
Cobb 
Cobba 
Collins 
Comparet 
Conologue 
Cook 
Coon 
Cooper 
Cooaard 
Corbin 
Covert 
Cowles 
Cox 
Crabb 
Cradlt 
Craig 
Cramer 
Crawford 
Crl spell 
Crocker 
Crofoot 
Crothers 
Cummings 
Cunningham 
Cushing 
Cutler 
Dammans 
Daniels 

DBTld 

'"ccanp 



Deluslee 

Denny 

Detweller 

Dewitt 
Dlggins 

Dln,'~^jan 
Dixon 



217 
219,241 

212 

31,113-11* 

44 

81 

241 

12,241 

223 

240.241 

4,18-19 

226 

241 

136 

36,51,70,109 

154 

45,86-87,89 

45,68 

18 

133,159-161 

14,16,32 

226 
219 

251 

14.16,40.178 

31,134,135,146^7 
162, 163,173, 192-J 

8,9,10.14,216 

170,184 

24,79-80 

94,169-170,206 

210,226,241 

24.64,70-71 

78,201,241 



Dodge 

Dolan 

Doner 

Donaldson 

Doollttle 

Douglas 

Drake 

Dunbar 

Dunn 

Dunshee 

Duryee 

Dye 

Dyer 



^agles 
asley 
-asterday 
Eaton 
i#dy 
Edwards 

Ecl9 



219 

142,151 

54 

200 

206,221,225,226 

42 

12 

205 

18,219,226,250 

2 2S 

226 

206 



-2- 



ie 
Erlck 
Srickson 
Erne 
smat 



Fair 

Fairbanks 

Fasbbaugh 

Fay 

Felghtner 

Field 

Flke 

Finley 

Fisher 

Fltxslmmons 

Folsom 

Ford 

Forker 

Foster 

Fox 

France 

f-ranks 

Frlnk 

Fryer 

Fulk 

Fulks 



18,37,60-61 

139 

117 
114 

9 

69,182 

33,98.155, 215 

129,132,186 

204 

192 

198 



172 
151-152 
120 
147 
126 
206,207 
167 

130,131,135,133-39 

168-170.186 

33,170,203,217,218 



>41 



162 
204 

47,157 

18,65,72,167,198 

178 

195 

104-105 

37,50-51 

141,145 



nMtaHB 

n -.. ■:.■ 












-G- 



Hanshaw 
Hardendoerff 



JS 



Gaby 


206 


Harklne 




9 


Oaff 


120 


Hart 




194-195 
204 


Gale 


222,241,242 


Hartsuok 




Galllnger 


144,172 


Hartup 




120 


Galloway 


14,16-17,108 


Harvey 




234 


Gaudy 


120 


Hays 




9,107,122 


Garrison 


120 


Heinerduger 


217 


Gates 


79 


Henry 




180,196 


Gatwood 


144,172 


Helnxerling 


125 


Gault 

Gaunt t 


241 

241 


Herrlaan 


1-: 

21; 


5,4,83,84-36,205 
?, 225, 228, 2 34-36 
.125,144-146,149 


Oeisendorff 


33,246 


Hersh 


124. 


Gettle 


180 




178, 


,188-189 


Gilbert 


47,204,217 


Hlghbargln 
Hilkert 




216,226 


Glosser 


157 




►32,25,83,139-40 

)8,209, 210-12, 


Goble 


120 


Hill 


19-20, 


Goff 


130 




206, 2C 


Good 


14% 




225,226 


Goodoan 


204 


Hilaefh 




g 


Good Kin 


220,224 




Oower 


222,223 


Hitchcock 




217,225,241,251 


Grahaa 


195-196 


Bltt 




21 


Orannis 


206 


Hobson 




226 


Graves 


120,204,217 


Hochtedlar 


(?) 


174 


Gray 


45,118-119 


Hodgos 




241 


Green 78,91 


,202,217,223 


Hoff 




43-44 


241 




Hoffman 




221 


Oretsinger 


28 


Holden 




205 
241 


Grier 


204 


Holder 




Griggs 


242 


Hollepeter 




141,176 


Cron 


30-31 


Holmes 




11,136,186 


Gross 


112-113 


Holslnger 




205,238 


Oruesbeck 


172 


Koasher 




58,195 


Grunlloh 


18 


Hooper 


124, 


126,130,131.132. 


Gtmtj 


112 




133,136,142-143,150 


Guap 


164,165 




I63- 
178, 


.165,166,175-176 


Guthrie 


93 




186,190-191 


-H- 




Hoops 

Horshelser 

Hosier 




154 


Haas 


178 


Hos tetter 


71-71 


Hagerty 


251 


Houston 




241 


Hadley 


59.63 
125,153.166 


Bouts 




187 


Haines 


Huber 




80 


Hale 


222 


Hudson 




13^-135 


Halferty 65,68,153-154 


Huff 




Hell 


241 


Hull 




178 


K~ all ton 
Haialln 


99 

242 


Humphreys 
Hunt 




^5,73,89,93 


Haanett 


8-9 


Huston 




192 


Hani on 


160-161 


Hutchison 




20,28 















Ill 



Yfc-fr 






■Mfl 



-I- 



Iddings 
I Hies 
Ingraham 

Inscho 
Is bell 
J- Jackson 
Jaquay 
Jennings 
Jetong 
Jewell 



21,46,47,48,53 
66,152,206,207 

■a 

89,93-93,114 
7.23 

212,224 

183 
7 



Johnson 26,94,114,204,241 
Jones 18,73,120,205,223 

225,241,242 
Judy 2 



Kaughraan 




224 


Kelheji 




191-192,196 

46,123 

216,224 


Kelley 




Kelly 




Kemerly 




145 


Kennedy 




183 


Kent 




42,241 


Kwn 




Kessler 


204,2 


Klble 




171 
28,147 


Klbllnger 




Kile 




120 


Klue 




47 


KUBtJL 




32,37,116 


Kind 




120 


King 93tl20 


,135-137,156 


163-165.184,212 


Klngsley 




47 


Kingston 




91 


Ki ser 




9,36 


Klsler 




120 


Kltt 




3 


Knauer 




149,150,166 


Knight 




219 


Knox 




102,172 


Koons 




125,198 
182 


Kuhn 




MM 

» 


—L— 


142 


Lahnan 




173-174 


Lai kins 




5 


Lamb 




81 


Larap 




241 


Lamport 




128 


Lamson 




120 



Larrlson 

Lash 

Lntta 

Lauring 

Lautsenhlser 

Laushe 

Law 



Lawshe 

Lawson 

Leach 

Learned 

Leibrentz 

Leltoh 

Leaoon 



Leonard 

Lester 

Lewis 

Lobdell 

Loekhart 

Long 

Longyear 

Love 

LoTett 

Low 



RoClellan 

HcCllnton 

KcClurt 

McConnell 

HcCray 

HeCullooh 

KcCurdy 

KoSlfatrlok 

BcParland 

KcKee 

KoKendry 

KcKlnney 

Kacklin 

McLeod 

Me Mann 

McKeans 

McQueen 

nacy 

Madison 



92 

7 
23,99,206,217 

'! 

156,159 
12,86,88,89,95,200 
202,203,204,206,211 
212,?25,227,228,234 
235,241 
147,154,160,176,194 
216,241 
172 
67-68 

,3 




-M- 



154,160,166 

198 

141 

89,100-101 

216 

62 



\?7 



Magor 
Mai one 
Maltheus 



104,130 

126,155-156,188 

120 

27 

150-151 

2 i! 

108 

18,45,229,242 

250 

202,219,229,232- 

236,238,239-242 

251 

36 
I! 



Kaltheus 






8 


Onaeson 


206 


Marsh 






254 
2*1 


Orton 


167 


Marshall 






Osborn 


200 


Martin 




222 


,225 


ott 


107,197 


Masesore 






118 


Owen 


205,214,217,219,223 
225,227,241,252-254 


Mason 








Mather 






241 






Mat them 






120 




-p. 


Maxfield 






111 






Ray uee 






\u 


Padgett 


158.159 


Meade 






Padgltt 


99 


Melrin 






65 


Pancake 


Method 






243 


Parhaa 


89,94-95 


Metzner 






125 


Parkham 


Miller 


47,89, 


,120 


Parker 


106,115,147,221 




151 






Parka&n 


201 


Milnor 






241 


Paschal 


168 


Minot 






210 


Patterson 


241 


Miser 






,221 


enn 


130 


Mitchell 


52, 


,204,210 


. ennel 


130,143,154 




225 




Pepple 


36 f l31, 160, 185-186 


Mohler 






^ 




198-199 


Montouth 






Peters 


171 
224 


Moon 






28 


Pfaff 


Moor 






Pfaffman 


130 


Moore 




167,2 


Pflelghtner 


158 


Moree 




171 


,181 


Phillips 


9 


Morehouse 






135 


Pike 


47,48 


Morgan 






189 


Potter 


218 


Morton 






21 


Potts 


12,56-57 


Moete 






142 


Powell 


100 


Hoyer 






222 


Prentice 


24,102,117 


Koyere 






Prentiss 


13,31,41,45,83,89, 
101,100,117-118, 


Kullendore 




x % 




Kunfert 








216,240 


MuBford 




127,132 


,136 
240 


Pricket 


120 


Munsen 






Prlekett 


9,128,244 


Myers 


108, 


,120,135*2 


Prince 


216 




241 






Putt 


131 


Needhara 






236 


Saby 


223 


Meeley 






42 


Raasby 


71 


Nell 
Nellie 






125 
204 


Randall 


32,36.60-61,136 
161,163,165 


Neunam 






204 






Newell 






167 






Nichols 




83 


,212 






NlBBon 




10,33-34, 






Morris 






241 






Northata 












-0- 










Oaks 






142 






cberlln 






167 






Officer 






34 






Oge 






§7 






Chneck 






36 







Hauler 

Sauh 

2ay 

3eed 

3ehrer 

Renkenberger 

Reynolds 

aheubottoo 

Rhodes 

Rich 

Richardson 

Rlnehart 

single 

Roberts 

Robinson 

Rogers 

Root 

Rosooe 

Rosenberger 

Rosselwin 

Runden 

Sunion 

iunyan 

Runyon 

Rupert 

Ruthven 

Ryan 



St. Hary 

Saaple 

3app 

Savage 

Sawyer 

Scarlett 

Schaefer 

Sohauweker 

Soheurloh 

Sehlot terbaok 

Schenaerhorn 

Sehutt 

Scott 

SOOTll 

Seaburg 
Seaman 
Seavy 
seoor 
Sceley 
Sayaoure 
Shaffer 66, 
203 

Shanline 
Shauck 



ill 

51-52 

136,217 

125,142 

150,181 

40-41,221 

22 

241 

142 

144 

175 
218,220,241 

35 

38-39 
120,226 

229 
95 

142 

til 

175 
166 
181 
1 "3-174 
135 



241 

99,215 

91 

159 

86,39,95-96 

135 
192 

12,46 
120 

25 

118 

25 

36,162,165 

140 

40-41 

55 
171,184-185 

187 

151 

77 



Sheaf er 

sheaff or 

Shears 

Sheets 

Sheldon 

Sheridan 

Sheraan 

Shew 

Shirk 

Shobe 

Shoup 

Shourds 

Shroyer 

ihroyers 

Shuttleworth 

Slaons 

lltipaon 

siarall 

31ngrey 

skill en 

Skinner 

Sloaa 

Saith 



Saurr 

Snell 

Snyder 

Spangle 

spenoe 



s<julbb 

Stahl* 

Standi ff 

Jtangland 

Stahl* 

Starr 

Steele 

Stall 

Stevens 

Stewart 



Jtloht 

stone 

stoops 

Stowe 

straight 

Strawn 

3treby 

Stroupe 

stultz 

Sutton 

Swank 



120 

229 

88,95,212 

120,171,181,191 

10 

21 

217 

k T* 

42,221 

100 

242 

238,244 

219-220 

24 

209,224 

29 

, 137 

105,122-123.167,176 

243 

26,31,76,107,147 

226 

11,23,^,47,71,89, 

91-92,101,105,155 

188,195,200,218, 

41,242 

246 

ill 

102,134,135 

to 

9,18,23,55,74,89, 98 

167 

241 

162 

241,242 

89,96 

52-53.125,126,171 

125,145,147 
125 
222 

16,18,29,127,142,143- 

144,148-150,166-167, 

172-173,177-179,226 

69 

22,36,117 

101 

xfo 3 

224,241 
14- 



& 



127,191 
89,92,241 



MM J.:. 












3warthous« 


i 


149 


Weade 


*# 


3weet 




88,106 


Weatherford 


184 


Swett 


87-i 


weaver 


12,37,18^144 


3wlgart 




224 


Webster 


Swinehart 




152-153.219, 


Weed 


155 






227 


weeks 


18,26-27.38 

165 
152,178 


Sylvester 




172 


weigle 
well 




•T- 




Weimer 








Welrlck 


130,186 


Taber 




47 


welker 


120 


Taylor 




29,101 


waller 


196 


Teal 


20- 


.21,24,47,80, 
.,241,245-246 


West & Campbell 34 




216 


Westhafer 


128 


Thomas 


25,130,162, 


Weston 


50,54-55,56,81 


Thompson 




60,169 




111-112,221, 


Thrapp 




178 
18.*5 




225,226 


Tibbett 




Whan 


155.156,188 


Tlbblts 




103 
80,216 


wheeler 


74 


Tibbott 




wretzel 


45,178 


Tousley 




9,22,220 


White 


55,116 


Truesdall 




207 


Whltesell 


98 


Trumbull 




120 


Whit ford 


36,140,152 
241 


Tucker 




120 


Whitney 


Turableson 




44,89,99-100 


wible 


i 


Turk 




227 


Wild 


Turner 




192 


Wildnan 


47,225,226 


Tyler 




79 


wiles 
Wilkie 


29 
144,172 


— ! — 




Wilkinson 


240 








Wllklson 


243 


Ulaer 




206 


•Williams 


47.135,221,223 
6.14,15,13,45,56 
183-134,220,221, 








Wilson 


• 


•V- 














223 


Vail 




12-13,48 


Wlneberger 


221 


Valentine 




217 


Winebreimer 


Van Arnum 




47 


Winter 


254 


Vanferson 




15^-155 


Wlsell 


36 


Van Wormer 




116 


Wolf 


18,25,28,45,125 


Veazy 




178 


wolsey 


Verailyea 




9,109 


Wood 


22,43,45,83 


Vincent 




47,224 


Woodbeok 


253 


Voris 




39-39 


woodruff 
woodell 


23 iB 


— W— 




Woodward 


48,107 








Worden 


116-117 


Wadswrorth 




106,115 


Wright 


18,87,89,95,96-97, 


Waldron 57-5* 


1,205.220,241 




112,185 


Walter 




141-142 


Wyatt 


224,241 


Walters 


13C 


1,132,142,168 


Wykel 


176 




175.' 


Wyrlck 


131 


Walt man 




115,121 






Warner 




206,219,241 




-X- 


waterhouse 


1 


104 


xarlan 


151,181 


watklns 




206,225,241 


Yarnell 


223 


Watt 




141 


Yelaer 
•Willover 


125-26,134,140,158- 
159,190 

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