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05 May 1888, Vol. LXX, No. 50

Lucas.  Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Marks buried their child on Sunday, the 29th.  Services were held at the house where an interesting and impressive discourse was delivered by Rev. D.S. Jones

Lucas.  An infant daughter of John Wilson, of Mansfield, aged 10 months, was buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery, on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Lucas.  And still they come -- born, at John Butdorf's in the 29th. precinct on the 29th. ult., a son;  weight 9 pounds.

Lexington.  John Fry, formerly a resident of this place, but late of New York, died this week at his home.

Lexington.  Mrs. Lucy Duncan, nee Miss Lucy Mitchell, died with consumption and was interred at Bridgeport, O., on last Sunday.  Mrs. Duncan will be remembered as one of Mr. Gailey's students at this place and had hosts of friends who will be surprised to learn of her death and will mourn her loss, as she was an affectionate schoolmate and was loved by all who knew her.

Ontario.  Mrs. Church was called to Canada by a telegram last Monday to attend the funeral of her mother.

Woodville.  We note with pleasure the marriage of our worthy friend and brother scribe, J.J. Charles and tender him and his estimable bride our hearty congratulations and best wishes through the school of life.

Bellville.  A very imposing monument has been erected in the Bellville Cemetery over the grave of Joseph Reese.  It is the work of a firm in Omaha, Neb.

Bellville.  An infant child of Mr. & Mrs. W.W. Wilson, died at their home on Huron Street, on Thursday.

Bellville.  Samuel Rhodes died at this home, corner of Church and Markey streets, on Monday evening, May 30th.  Mr. Rhodes had been ill for several months.  At time he seemed to improve and hopes were entertained of his recovery until quite recently.  Mr. Rhodes has been prominently identified with the Lutheran church of this place, having been one of the most active in organizing the congregation and helped in many ways toward the building of the church.  The funeral took place on Wednesday from the church for which he had done so much.  The services were conducted by Rev. Kauffman.  Mr. Rhodes was in his 69th. year.

Franklin Township.  Died, April 27th., 1888, Mr. Ebenezer Burt, aged 72 years, 1 month and 3 days.  The deceased was buried Sunday in the Clay Church cemetery.  The funeral was quite large.  Rev. Dunlap conducted the services.  Mr. Burt was one of the early pioneers of Richland County.  He and his wife moved on the farm on which they both died when they were yet young.  Mr. Burt's wife died a little over a year ago.  He leaves two daughters and a large circle of friends to mourn his death.

John Jackson Douglass.  [see picture]  A gentleman of the old school, a Democrat of the Jacksonian type, was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., December 22, 1821.  In 1829 with his parents he came to this county and with them moved on the farm of his grandparents in Worthington Township.  Soon after his parents moved upon the farm now owned by Mr. D. in Monroe Township.  On this farm he resided for fifty-two years and reared a family of four children, three of whom are still living.  For eleven years Mr. Douglas was engaged in railroad business for the Pennsylvania Co. and in 1856 he was elected Auditor of Richland county and in 1858 was re-elected.  After this term of office he devoted himself to farming and railroad business until in 1881 when he was again called into public life by being elected Treasurer of this county and at the expiration of his term he was re-elected.  At the march session of the county commissioners Mr. Douglass was appointed a Trustee of the Children's Home.  Mr. Douglass is held in the highest esteem by our citizens, being a man of decided character and an official of unblemished integrity.  He has transacted much business in the way of administrator, executor and guardian.  In all the years since attaining his majority he has missed but two elections and those on account of sickness.  During war time when it tried the nerves of men to assert their Democracy he was outspoken in his denunciation of such unconstitutional measures as Gen .Burnside's order suppressing liberty of speech and press, and when bayonets edited newspapers and thereby decreed.  Democracy treason, Mr. Douglass had the courage to speak his thoughts and denounce it and he was admired for so doing.  It is needless to say that Mr. Douglass in an admirer of President Cleveland.

Mrs. E.A. Jarvis died at her home on West Fourth Street, Wednesday evening, after a long illness.  The remains will be taken to Wilmot, O., for burial.

Marriage Licenses Issued:  Geo. W. Fry & Della F. Hall;  Chas. H. Cunningham & Jennie L. Smith;  J. Dorem & Clara Whitcomb;  Erastus E. Beeler & Lulu Buffington.

Probate Court Appointments:  John C. Terman, executor of the last will and testament of James Terman;  Norman M. Wolfe, assignee of Hazard P. and Delilah Nesbit;  Francis Gallagher, executrix of Joseph Gallagher;  John H. Cox, administrator of Elizabeth Cox.

A pension has been granted to Nancy J. Richardson, of Bellville.

One of the twins born to Mrs. Joseph Beam on April 27th., died on last Sunday.

Ebenezer Burt, of Franklin Township, aged seventy-two years, died at his home on Friday night, April 27th., of consumption.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Clay Lutheran church.  Services by Rev. J.A. Dunlap.

In Common Pleas Court last Saturday on hearing of the petition for alimony of Elizabeth Kockenderfer against Nathaniel Kochenderfer, Judge May granted plaintiff the control and management of the eighty acre farm on which they reside, also a restraining order preventing defendant from disposing of, or interference with in any way of same.

12 May 1888, Vol. LXX, No. 51

Independence.  Wm. Greenwood, aged 78, one of our most honored citizens and a life-long Christian man, died about 9 o'clock Monday night after a prolonged illness.  The interment took place Wednesday afternoon in the Independence cemetery, conducted by Rev. T.J. Wert, pastor of the M.P. church, of which the deceased was a prominent member.  The funeral was well attended.

Independence.  A nice little daughter was born to Mr. & Mrs. John Filloon Tuesday morning of this week.

Lexington.  We regret to announce the death of G.M. Sowers, one of the most honored and prominent citizens of our place, whose funeral took place on last Saturday at 2 p.m. at his late residence on Main Street.  Rev. Bushnell, of Westerville, officiated and the Rev. Henry Fulton, pastor of the Presbyterian church, assisted with remarks appropriate for the occasion.  G.M. Sowers was a resident of this place for many years and was an energetic business man, always lending a helping hand to the poor and afflicted in time of need.  He departed this life in his 53rd. year.  He has for the last 3 years been sorely afflicted both mentally and physically, but bore his sufferings with remarkable fortitude and his friends console themselves by knowing that he is at rest.  His last moments were moments of peace and calmness.  Mr. Sowers was widely known and hosts of friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the dead.  His remains were interred in the beautiful cemetery across the Mohican, where he will sleep the sleep that knows no waking and is left in the hands of a just God, who doeth all things well.

Ontario.  Miss Mary Rackenbaugh died at the home of her parents of consumption, Saturday, May 5th.  Funeral services were held on Monday and conducted by Rev. Criswell.  She had a large circle of friends and she will be greatly missed by them.

Ontario.  A little son of A. Wilson died of congestion of the bowels last Sunday.

Lafayette.  Married, at the residence of D.S. Dancer, on Thursday, May 3rd., Mr. Charles Cunningham and Miss Jennie Smith.  The writer wishes them a long and prosperous life, free from trouble.

Mifflin.  Will Wilson rejoices over the advent of another little daughter at his home, while John Strikland and Jacob Miller are much pleased that the newcomers are boys and will add to the Democratic majority in 1909.

Naturalization papers were taken out by James Holdcraft, a native of Ireland, on Tuesday.

Mrs. Mary Oyler wants a divorce, and through her attorneys, Seward & Fickes, has filed a petition to that end.  She was married on September 27, 1886 to Wm. Oyler and they parted before a year.

Marriage Licenses Issued:  John Rush & Lizzie Cook;  Adam Mitz & Carrie Dickes;  Wm. B. Beattie & Lizzie L. Kramer.

Probate Court Appointments:  Wm. McCleur, executor of Mary Conner;  Samuel B. Oberlin, executor of Harriet Oberlin;  Frank E. Peterson, administrator of Jacob Hunt;  Lewis K. Pearce, executor of Sarah Braden;  E.S. Cleland and W.S. Lindsey, administrators of Wilson Lindsey;  Adam Bringman, administrator of Elizabeth Burt;  Abraham Bushey, administrator of Eve Gump.

Geo. Rickets and John Lorow, of this city, have been granted pensions.

A license was granted in Probate court last Saturday to A.B. Moore to solemnize marriage as a minister of the Disciple church.

Mrs. A.J. Martin, mother of T.B. Martin of this city, died Monday, May 6th., at her home sic miles north of the city.  The funeral, which was conducted by Rev. John Lowe, took place from her late residence Tuesday, May 8th.  Her remains were interred at Shenandoah.

19 May 1888, Vol. LXX, No. 52

Independence.  E.B. Newbold, the tanner, has taken unto himself a wife in the person of a Miss Eva Keiser, of Kenton, a short distance from Columbus.  The nuptial knot was tied at the home of the bride's parents on Tuesday evening of last week.  On the Thursday following they were given a delightful infair at Columbus by the groom's parents.  The next Tuesday evening Mr. Newbold brought his bride here, taking her to the home of Mr. & Mrs. B.F. Kunkle, his boarding place, where they were serenaded by the E.C. Band and where an entertaining pound social was held in their behalf, which proved to be a great success.  They have gone to housekeeping in James Traxler's house.  We unite with Mr. & Mrs. Newbold's many friends in wishing them a long and prosperous life together.

Lexington.  And still another of our old citizens passes away.  It is with regret that we chronicle the death of Col. Thomas Cook, who died in last Wednesday at 3 a.m., in the 84th. year.  The funeral services were held at his late residence on Saturday following at 2 p.m.  A large assembly gathered to view the remains and pay the last tribute of respect to the old settler.  The Rev. Fulton, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated with very appropriate remarks, after which a large concourse of friends followed the remains to the beautiful cemetery for interment.  Col. Cook was born in Washington County, Pa., and came to Lexington in 1814 with his father, Noah Cook.  That year there was but one house in Lexington.  He was married about 56 years ago to his present wife, who yet survives him, by Esq. James Gass, deceased, and lived more than 70 years on the farm on which he died, at the western limits of the village.  He was 83 years old last October.  He was a brother of Jabez Cook, who died in Mansfield about 14 years ago.  Co. Cook's father laid out the village of Lexington in 1834, and he died the same year at the age of 77 years.  His father was twice married and was the progenitor of 13 children.  The Col. coming in youth when the country was new and wild, when game and the ravages were abundant in the forest, he endured many a hardship, but was a man of more than ordinary vim and intelligence, and struggled on through life's rugged pathway and when he put his hands to the plough he never looked back but pushed steadily on and ere long acquired considerable of this world's goods and left his family in very comfortable circumstances.  He will be missed in the community very much.

Lexington.  Joseph Doty has been appointed cemetery trustee, Jackson Wintersteen having resigned.

Clara, the two-years-old daughter of John Lewis, died Monday at the residence of her parents on North Water Street.  The funeral took place Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Allen h. Daugherty and Miss Elma L. Thompson were married Wednesday evening at the residence of the bride's father on Park Avenue West, Dr. Wiles officiated.

Probate Court Appointments:  Isaac W. Smalley, administrator of Ella Smalley;  J. Frank Gump, guardian of Wm. W. Gump and Elva M. Gump, minor children of Josiah and Eve Gump, deceased.

Mrs. Joseph M. Hunter, wife of the superintendent of the County Infirmary, died Thursday evening at 8:30 o'clock of spinal meningitis.  She was nearly 38 years of age and the mother of five children.  The funeral will take place Sunday at 1 p.m., interment at the Shenandoah Cemetery.

The body of an unknown man was found in a woods near Pavonia Tuesday evening.  John Pugh was working on a fence and in going a short distance back into the woods came across the body.  It was so badly decomposed that he features could not be recognized.  J.W. Deers telegraphed Mayor McCrory, who notified the coroner.  As the coroner was unable to be there, 'Squire Patterson was sent over and held an inquest.  On the man's person were a revolver, a box of cartridges and a piece of crepe.  There were no indications of a struggle and the cause of his death is unknown.  It is thought to the be body of one of four tramps who were in the neighborhood a few weeks ago.

Shelby.  Michael A. Rice, aged 29 years, 9 months and 9 days, who resided two miles north of Shelby, died on Sunday, May 13th., after a brief illness.  He had been complaining for many weeks but his disease became suddenly serious a week before its sad termination.  Michael was a model young man, a good Christian, modest and intelligent.  He was naturally bright and had acquired a good education and devoted his winter months to teaching school and the rest of his time to farming.  His wife feels her affliction most deeply and has a host of friends who sympathize with her in these darkest hours.  The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Brethren church, Rev. Frank Hill officiating.

Shelby.  The palatial residence of Mrs. Helen C. Fish, on Marvin Avenue, on Wednesday evening, was the scene of one of the most enjoyable events that has occurred in the society of Shelby for many years.  The occasion was the marriage of Miss Frances Saxe Fish to Mr. David Leslie Marvin, of Columbus.  The company consisted largely of friends of the contracting parties from abroad, viz.:  Mansfield, Columbus, Indianapolis, Akron and Pittsburg, also a few guests of Shelby.  A large number of very elegant presents were offered by the guests.  After the ceremony, which was performed by Rev. G.A. Reeder, Jr., refreshments were served in most elegant style and the newly wedded party left via the B.&O. railroad for Chicago with the hearty wishes of all who were present.

Frank D. Mosey was granted a divorce Saturday by Judge May from his wife, Ida M. Mosey.  The petition alleged that at the time he married her she was already married to another man.

Miss Lola Bell died at the home of her father, M.J. Bell, at Marion, on last Friday night, of brain trouble.  She formerly lived in this city and leaves many friends here.  The remain were interred at North Fairfield Monday.

A divorce and $1,000 alimony was granted Saturday to Diantha Harris from her husband, Samuel Harris.  They were married in 1878 and have two children.  The decree was granted on the ground of willful absence, as the parties had not lived together for three years.

On last Friday afternoon about 4 o'clock George Johnson, a colored man, and Wm. Webber were hauling rails at the Infirmary farm, and while going down a steep hill the wagon upset, throwing Johnson to the ground.  Johnson's right temporal bone was crushed and he was almost instantly killed.  His remains were buried Saturday at the Infirmary cemetery.  Johnson was 35 years old and has lived at the farm for the past two years.  He had done all kinds of work about the place and had more than earned his living.

Amy E. Armstrong, Thursday, January 24, 2008


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