Elizabeth (Gerber) Ackerman

MRS. ELIZABETH GERBER ACKERMAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gerber, was born July 15, 1856 in Tazewell County, (cut) always living in or near the Morton community during her lifetime. She was married to Daniel Ackerman and for many years they lived on a farm about 1/2 mile east of Groveland. They were the parents of three children: Reuben and Marianne of Morton, and Roy of near Groveland. Her husband preceded her in death 17 years ago at the family home in Morton. Three brothers and three sisters also preceded her. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Evangelical Mennonite Church being a faithful member until her death. Until old age compelled her to stay at home she would faithfully be at her place in church. She took an active interest in the Church and the promotion of the Kingdom of God. She will be missed by (cut off) Surviving besides her three children, are three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four sisters and a host of friends, (Cut) Funeral services were conducted (cut) ...formerly of the Groveland Missionary Church and at the church by Rev. Emanuel Rocke, her former pastor, but now of the Woodburn, Indiana Evangelical Mennonite church, assisted by Rev. Paul Rupp. Interment was in the cemetery by the church.
(Dated: Feb. 15, 1950)
Karin King note: Elizabeth buried at Groveland Evangelical Mennonite Cemetery, Groveland, Tazewell County, Illinois

Adams County Historical Museum, 1933-1953 Scrapbook, Image 024, Transcribed by Karin King


Mrs. Desta "Peggy" Anderson

Services for Mrs. Desta (Peggy) Anderson, 61, of 1344 Hayden Street, will be at 11 am Saturday in the Micheaux Funeral Home, Rev. S. D. Hardrick officiating. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Anderson died at 11:20 am yesterday in Parkview Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient since Dec. 11. She was a native of Jay County and had resided here since 1925. She was a member of Turner Chapel AME Church, the Amanda Moten Missionary Society, Stewardess Board 1, and the laymen organization of the church. She also was a member of Ruth Chapter, OES. Surviving are two sisters and two brothers. Friends may call at the funeral home until time of services. Ruth Chapter, OES, will have services at 8 pm today in the funeral home.

Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN; March 11, 1966


Elmer B. Anderson

Services for Elmer B. Anderson, 72, of 1005 E. Berry Street will be at 3 pm Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, the Rev. Robert Gouwens officiating. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery. Mr. Anderson died at 6:20 am yesterday atParkview Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Dec. 26. He was a native of Adams County who retired in 1952 from Northern Indiana Public Service Co. after 17 years of employment. He is survived by his wife, Viola B.; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson and Mrs. Helen Anderson, both of Geneva; and four brothers, Harold G., Fort Wayne, Dale W., Peoria, Ill., Samuel M., Geneva, and Cliffton W., Decatur. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 pm today.

Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN; January 27, 1971, Page 2C


Mrs. Jennie Anderson

Angola, May 8 - Mrs. Jennie Andrews, 76, died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Andrews of this city. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 pm (CDT) in Hudson, Mich. Burial will be in the Hudson Cemetery. Surviving are the daughter; one son, Herbert of Lansing, Mich.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two brothers.

Journal-Gazette; May 9, 1940


Helen I. (Green) Ashcraft

Helen I. Ashcraft, age 92, a resident of Midland, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland, Michigan. She was a former resident of Portland, Indiana. Helen was born on September 5, 1925, in Jay County, Indiana, the daughter of Herbert and Wilma (Dunmoyer) Green. She graduated from Poling High School in 1943 and married Morris Ashcraft on April 29, 1945. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2010. She managed Heritage Arms Apartments in Midland, Michigan for over 20 years. Survivors include: 1 daughter: Wilma Artalee Barnes - Midland, Michigan 1 son: Stanley Ashcraft (wife Donna) - Clinton Township, Michigan 1 brother: John Green - Fort Wayne, Indiana 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren She was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Green. Burial will follow at a later date in Springhill Cemetery in Fort Recovery, Ohio. Funeral arrangements handled by Williamson and Spencer Funeral Home in Portland, Indiana.

Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home online obit (accessed 11/27/2017)


Henry Franklin Baird

HOUSE BURNS; TINY BABY DIES - Effects of Smoke Fatal to Child of LaGrange County Couple
LaGrange, May 12 - Henry Franklin Baird, 20-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Baird of Fish Lake, southeast of LaGrange, died at 7:45 o'clock tonight at the Sturgis Memorial Hospital at Sturgis, Mich., of the effects of smoke and fumes inhaled last night when fire destroyed the cottage occupied by his parents. The child was not burned except on one hand, but the smoke he breathed before he was rescued from the flaming house proved fatal. He was saved from being burned to death in the cottage by a neighbor who broke a bedroom window, thrust a garden rake into the smokefilled interior and dragged the baby from his bed to the window. The Baird's occupied the Otto Rosendahl cottage at the lake. Mrs. Baird said she awakened last night to find the cottage on fire, with smoke filling all the rooms. Her husband was in LaGrange at the time. With her daughter, Rebecca Ann, four, she fled to a nearby cottage for help. An Ohioan named Martin, who was spending the weekend there, hurried to the Baird home and managed to rescue the baby before the flames reached the bed. The LaGrange Fire Department was called, but was unable to prevent the fire from consuming the home. The body will be taken to the Berhalter Funeral Home in Kendallville. Surviving besides the parents and the sister are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Baird of near South Milford and Mrs. Vanhart.

Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN; May 13, 1940
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South Milford, May 13 - Funeral services for Henry Franklin Baird, 20-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Baird, who died last night from the effects of fumes and smoke suffered when the cottage of his parents burned at Fish Lake, will be held at 2 pm Wednesday at the South Milford Methodist Church, Rev. Rose Stevens of the Kendallville Nazarene Church officiating, with burial in the South Milford Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN: May 14, 1940


Glenn Ball

Funeral services for Glenn Ball, 51, lifelong resident of Monroe Township who died of carcinoma at 6 o’clock Thursday morning at his home in Monroeville, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock (CST) at the resident and 2:30 o’clock at the Monroeville Methodist Church, Rev. G. G. Girton officiating. Burial will be in Monroeville I.O.O.F. Cemetery. The body has been taken home from Painter Brothers Funeral Home. The deceased retired last January from his service with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was a member of the Monroeville Christian Church. Survivors include the widow, Eva; a son, Harold Ball of Ligonier; two daughters, the Misses Mable and Vera Ball, at home, and one grandchild.

Journal-Gazette; May 10, 1940


Charles Balyeat

Van Wert, O., May 11 – Charles Balyeat, 72, pioneer clothier and the only Van Wert resident ever to receive the Thirty-Third Degree in the Masonic Fraternity, died today following a heart ailment at Van Wert County Hospital. He had been ill since April 30. Mr. Balyeat was born and reared in Harrison Township and had lived in Van Wert since he was 21 years old. After clerking for a number of years, he became associated with F. F. Wassenberg in a clothing store. He became sole owner of the store in 1925. He served as president of the Ohio Detail Clothiers Association and served several terms as a director in the national association. Surviving are his widow, and a son, Robert Balyeat of this city. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 pm at the Presbyterian Church with Rev. J. H. Lamy in charge. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 12, 1940


John Peter Barkman

June 15, 1967
DEATH OF JOHN P. BARKMAN RETIRED CIM MISSIONARY
John Peter Barkman was born to Peter M. and Anna Gossen Barkman near Hillsboro, Kansas, January 27, 1881. He died May 14, 1967, having attained the age of 86 years, 3 months and 17 days. He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda, seven months prior to his own death. He is survived by their only son Samuel James and family of Fresno, California. James visited with his father a few hours before his death in a nursing home in Fresno. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lloyd R. Pankratz, pastor of the Grace Church of Reedley, California on Wednesday, May 17. Brother Barkman attended Kansas Teacher Institutes and taught in public schools for seven years. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute and took post graduate courses at Northwestern University earning the Master in music degree in piano. He was united in marriage to Matilda Stucky of Berne, Indiana on June 14, 1914. They were accepted as missionaries of the Congo Inland Mission and entered their first term of service March 8, 1916, where they continued service interspersed by furloughs for nearly thirty years at Kalamba stations where many Africans still remember the capable school teacher and inspiring music director from Kumputu. Thank God for faithful missionaries John and Matilda Barkman and for taking them to their eternal home so closely together. Thank God for a faithful son and family who made their closing years happy ones.
Karin King note: John is buried Belmont Memorial Park, Fresno, Fresno County, California

Adams County Historical Museum 1933-1953 Scrapbook, Image 019, Transcribed by Karin King


John Baublet

SOUTH WHITLEY YOUTH KILLED - Skull Crushed as Auto Upsets in Crash; Sister Injured
South Whitley, May 12 – Fifteen-year-old John Baublet of R.R. No. 1, South Whitley, was killed at 5 pm today when an automobile driven by his brother, Carl, 17, overturned and crushed his skull on a county road a mile and a half south of Collamer. State Police officer Blain Schang of Columbia City said the Baublet car overturned when its front bumper locked with the rear bumper of an automobile driven by Glenn Abbott, also of South Whitley. The trooper said Abbott was attempting to pass the Baublet’s when the accident occurred. In the front seat with the Baublet brother was their sister, Lillian, who suffered a severe cut on the leg. Another sister, Myrtle and Nadine Gilbert of South Whitley and Katherine Callahan of North Manchester escaped injury. Abbott was accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth and Katherine Price of Laketon, both of whom were unhurt. Dr. Park Huffman, coroner of Whitley County is investigating.

Journal-Gazette, May 13, 1940


Helen G (Elder) Bayer

BAYER, Helen G. (nee Elder), wife of the late Herbert C. Bayer, Sr., devoted mother of Helen T. Oborn and Herbert C. Bayer, Jr., also survived by three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Thursday, July 9, 1992, age 87. Visitation Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Frederick Funeral, 2553 Banning Rd. at Pippin where services will be held Saturday, 9 a.m.

Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio; July 9, 1992 - Contributed by Karin King


Arthur W. Bayliss

Sherwood, O., May 12 – Arthur W. Bayliss, 48, of Sherwood, died of coronary thrombosis yesterday at the Soldiers Home at Dayton after an illness of three years. He served overseas during the World War and was a member of the American Legion. One brother, Harry Bayliss of Sherwood,survives. The body was brought to the Moats Funeral Home here and will be taken to the brother’s home Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 pm at the North Delaware U.B. Church with burial in Moats Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 13, 1940


Bradley Becker

DEATHS
Bradley Becker, thirteen month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Becker of Woodburn, passed away May 3, 1967.

Adams County Historical Museum 1933-1953 Scrapbook, Image 022, Transcribed by Karin King


Valentine Becker

(Handwritten date: Sept. 15, 1951)
Valentine Becker was born on April 7, 1872 near Lauterbauch, Germany. In 1889 he came to America, and after working several years near Gridley, Ill., moved to Woodburn, Indiana, where he resided until his death. In 1892 he married Kathrine Rediger. To this union were born six children. He was preceded in death by his wife, and three children: Levi, George and Elizabeth, who died in infancy, and Dr. Eli George Becker of Convoy, Ohio, who died May 19, 1951. In 1937 he married Frieda Walke. He leaves to mourn his wife, Mrs. Frieda Becker; two children, Mrs. Anna Steiner of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Alton J. Becker of Woodburn; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Frances Becker, of Convoy, Ohio; two grandchildren, Rev. Royal Steiner of Colesburg, Iowa, and Miss Diane Becker of Convoy, Ohio; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Henry G. Becker of Woodburn and John Becker of Pekin, Illinois; also nieces, nephews and a host of friends and relatives. Mr. Becker has been in poor health for the past several years. On Monday evening, August 13, he was stricken and lapsed into a coma from which he never awakened. He was a member of the Woodburn Evangelical Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon, August 17, at the (Cut off)
Karin King note: buried at Woodburn Mennonite Cemetery, Woodburn, Allen County, Indiana

Adams County Historical Museum 1933-1953 Scrapbook, Image 026, Transcribed by Karin King


Bobby H. Bell

Bobby H. Bell, 68, of Bryant, IN, (Fiat) passed away at 1:42 PM on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at his residence in Bryant, IN. He was born on Tuesday, May 10, 1949, in Wayne County, KY. He married Gladys (Middaugh) Bell on Sunday, March 07, 1971 in Montpelier, IN. Bobby attended the Montpelier High School. He had worked at Almco Steel in Bluffton, IN as a press operator and retired in 2013. He enjoyed motorcycle clubs &, riding his motorcycle, fishing, and canoeing. Bobby loved nature, being outdoors and grilling out. Loving Survivors Include: Wife - Gladys (Middaugh) Bell, Bryant, IN, Son - Rob A. (Margaret) Bell, Dawsonville, GA, Daughter - Tina M. (Brooks) Call, Montpelier, IN, Granddaughter - Renee Eli Bell, Dawsonville, GA, Sister - Ella (Mike) Grim, Auburn, IN, Brother - David Bell, Keystone, IN, and Sister - Diana Sue Bailey, Winchester, IN. He was preceded in death by his Father - Hershel Bell, Mother - June (Gregory) Bell, and Brother - Gary Bell. Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home 109 W Windsor St Montpelier on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A service to celebrate his life will be at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 with the Rev. Steve Sutton officiating. Interment will follow in the Brookside Memorial Park in Montpelier. Preferred memorials: To The Family. Arrangements are being handled by Walker & Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier. Online condolences may be made at www.glancyfuneralhomes.com

Glancy Funeral Homes online obit (accessed 8/19/2017)


Mrs. Jane Bentz

South Whitley, May 8 – Mrs. Jane Bentz, native of Cleveland Township, died last night at her home here after suffering a stroke last Thursday. One brother, John Pence of South Whitley survives. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 am (CST) at the Fairview U.B. Church here with Rev. Noah McCoy officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 9, 1940


Mary (Betz) Bogart

Mendon, O., May 9 - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Betz Bogart, 76, who died yesterday at her home west of here, will be held Friday at 2 pm at the Mercer Methodist Church with burial in North Grove Cemetery at Celina. Surviving are one son, Orville Betz of Cleveland; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Hill of Dayton and Miss Lucy Bogart of Cleveland; one sister, Mrs. Nancy Miller of Celina and three brothers, Frank Betz of Celina, Willis Betz of Indiana and Ed Betz of Detroit.

Journal-Gazette, May 10, 1940


J. G. Bilderback

Decatur, May 7 – J. G. Bilderback, 76, father of Mrs. George Buckley of this city, died of a heart attack Monday evening at his home in Willshire, O. He was born in Van Wert County, O. He operated a harness shop in Willshire for many years. Surviving are the widow and two daughters, Mrs. Buckley and Mrs. Orva Hendrix of San Diego, Cal. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm (EST) Wednesday at the home. Burial will be in the Willshire Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 8, 1940


Peter Bixel

(Handwritten date: March 15, 1951) Peter Bixel, son of Peter and Vernea (Suter) Bixel, was born Nov. 17, 1863, and departed this life Feb. 8, 1951, at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 20 days. He had been bedfast for thirteen weeks preceding his death. He was married to Paulina Geiger, April 4, 1889, who died April 2, 1923. This union was blessed with seven children. On March 27, 1927 he was married to Emma Diller. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, two sons and one daughter; Waldo of Portland, Oregon, Raymond of El Monte, California and Clara Chamberlain of San Jose, Calif. Also ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive. Three sons, Lester, who was a missionary to Africa, Fred and Richard, also a daughter Lillian preceded him in death. He also leaves the following brothers and sisters: John and Eli of Lima, Samuel of Bluffton, Mrs. Eli Diller, Lima, Mrs. C. D. Amstutz and Mrs. D. J. Basinger, both of Bluffton. Those who preceded him in death are Chris, David, Mrs. Philip Neuenschwander and Mrs. Gid Burkholder. He was a member of the Ebenezer Mennonite Church where he was a Sunday School teacher for 60 years, also served as superintendent, church trustee and deacon. Besides holding these offices in his own church, he filled the pulpit on many occasions in different localities. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon February 11 at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church with the pastor, the Rev. Howard Landis officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Why should our tears in sorrow flow, When God recalls his own And bids them leave a world of woe For an immortal crown. Is not even death a gain to those Whose life to God was given? Gladly to earth their eyes they close To open them in heaven. His toils are fast, his work is done And he is fully blest, He fought the fight, the victory's won, (cut off)
Karin King note: Peter is buried in Ebenezer Cemetery, Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio

Adams County Historical Museum 1933-1953 Scrapbook, Image 025, Transcribed by Karin King


Jacob Blair

Bluffton, Oct. 31 - Relatives here received word today of the death of Jacob Blair, 80, a former resident of Wells County, at Grand Rapids. The decedent formerly resided in Nottingham Township. Funeral services and burial will take place Saturday at Grand Rapids.

Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN; November 1, 1940


Adam Bollenbaucher

AGED OHIO MAN TAKES OWN LIFE - Celina, O., May 13 – Funeral services for Adam Bollenbaucher, 78, of Mercer County, will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock (EST) at the Wabash, O., Christian Church, in charge of Rev. Clevenger. Interment will be in the Kessler Cemetery in Mercer County. Mr. Bollenbaucher, despondent over ill health, took his life about 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon by drowning himself in a cistern at his home at Skeels Cross Roads, about 10 miles west of Celina. A note was left to his wife, who was visiting relatives a short distance from the home, telling where she could find the body. Dr. Joseph M. Huerkamp, Mercer County Coroner, investigated and said his verdict would be suicide by drowning. Surviving besides the widow are two children, Mrs. Myrtle Fogle of near Geneva and Mrs. Ben Hough of near Bryant; one step-daughter, Mrs. Worts of St. Mary’s O.; three brothers, Charles of Mercer County and Chris and Lewis of Michigan; six grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren.

Journal-Gazette, August 14, 1940


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bonebrake

Huntington, May 11 – Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bonebrake, 75, died last night at her home in Clear Creek Township after six months’ illness. Surviving are the husband, Malcolme E. Bonebrake; a son, Wilbur V. Bonebrake, Clear Creek Township; a daughter, Mrs. Harley E. Kates, Whitley County; a brother, Tillman Emley, Dallas Township; two sisters, Mrs. Olive Shanks and Mrs. William LaMont, Huntington, and a grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm (CST) Sunday at the Clear Creek Methodist Church, Rev. C. S. Priest officiating. Burial will be in the Clear Creek Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 12, 1940


Edwin A. Botteron

Edwin A. Botteron, 65, died of a heart ailment about 12:20 pm yesterday at his home, 1803 South Clinton Street. The body was taken to the Harper Funeral Home in New Haven where services will be held at a time to be announced later. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Pauline Nicola; five grandchildren; and the following brothers and sisters: Joseph and Henry Botteron of R. R. No. 1, New Haven; Willard, Charles, John and Alvin Botteron, all of Fort Wayne; Frank Botteron of Madison, Ind.; Ernest Botteron of Oregon, Clarence Botteron of Indian Harbor and George Botteron of Wood River, Ill., and four sisters, Edith Repp and Irma Grill of Denver, Colo., Nellie Bonjour of Madison Township and Viola Grover of Fort Wayne. Friends may view the remains at the funeral home in New Haven.

Journal-Gazette, May 13, 1940


James E. Bowers

Columbia City, May 10 – James E. Bowers, 72, Cleveland Township farmer died last night at his home following a long illness. Surviving are the widow, Estella Pullen Bowers, three children, Mrs. Floyd Krider, North Manchester and Joe and Ray Bowers, both of South Whitley; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Frank Johnson of North Manchester; three brothers, Ed Bowers, South Whitley, Ansley and Chauncey Bowers of North Manchester and two sisters, Mrs. Bert Myers, South Whitley and Mrs. Blanche Warner, North Manchester. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Christian church in Collamer, Rev. O. V. Rector officiating. Burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 11, 1940


Mrs. Augusta Branstrator

Roanoke, May 8 – Mrs. Augusta Branstrator, 69, died at her home here today after a year of failing health. The husband, Hueston Branstrator, is dead. Surviving are two sons, Howard A., Allen County and William J., Roanoke; a brother, Charles Chaney, Peru; sister, Mrs. Dora Anson, Brethren, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm (CDT) Friday at the Koontz Funeral Home, Rev. Ernest Lewellen officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 9, 1940


Mrs. Theresa Bresnahan

Hartford City, May 7 – The body of Mrs. Theresa Bresnahan, 73, widow of the late John Bresnahan and for many years a widely known Hartford City woman, was found in her home here, where she lived alone today. Apparently she had been dead since last Saturday. Dr. Charles Aureman, County Coroner, announced following an autopsy this afternoon that death was due to heart disease. The discovery of the body was made by William Townsend and Mrs. Herman Sturbois, neighbors. Mrs. Bresnahan is survived by three children, Cornelius Bresnahan and Mrs. Robert Pepe, both of Fort Wayne and Paul Bresnahan of Crown Point. William Brunn of Wabash is a brother. No arrangements have been made as yet for the funeral.

Journal-Gazette, May 8, 1940


Mrs. Lamora Brown

Pierceton, May 13 – Mrs. Lamora Brown, 47, of south of here, died Sunday at her home after an illness with carcinoma. Surviving are the husband, Ralph; a son, Wilbur of Warsaw; a daughter, Mrs. LeRoy Leiter of Claypool; two grandchildren and two brothers, Merl Scott of Warsaw and Ray Scott of Claypool. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 pm (CST) at the Pleasant Grove Church. Rev. B. H. Truman of Warsaw will officiate and burial will be in the cemetery near the church.

Journal-Gazette, May 14, 1940


Mrs. Grace Busch

Coldwater, Mich., May 11 – Mrs. Grace Busch, 50, a resident here, died in a Battle Creek Hospital today following surgery. She was the wife of Carl Busch, 61, who was heavy-weight wrestling champion of Germany during the late nineties. He wrestled several years in this country under the name of “The Flying Dutchman.” Of recent years he has been employed in a local shoe factory.

Journal-Gazette, May 12, 1940


Lulu (Pauling) Byerly

Mrs. Lulu Byerly Is Taken By Death - Dies Thursday at Peabody Memorial
Mrs. Lulu Byerly, former resident of Kirkland Township, died Thursday at the Peabody Memorial Home at North Manchester, where she had been employed as a nurse. She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while on duty about three weeks ago and her condition had been critical since that time. Her husband, the Rev. D. M. Byerly, preceded her in death. Mrs. Byerly was an active member of the Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren while residing in Kirkland Township. Surviving are four stepdaughters, Mrs. John Taylor of Pennville, Mrs. Charles Neuenschwander of Fort Wayne, Mrs. William Schwartz of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Homer Arnold of Decatur, and three stepsons, Dean and Loyd Byerly of Decatur, and Ray Byerly of Craigville. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the chapel of the Peabody Home, with burial in Mt. Hope cemetery at Huntington. The body was removed to the Bender funeral home at North Manchester, where friends may call until time of the services.

Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams County, IN; Friday, March 23, 1956


John Cady

Columbia City, May 10 – John Cady, 86, member of one of the pioneer families of Whitley County, died today at the home of his son, Jay Cady, in Lafayette. The son and a grandson are the only survivors. Funeral services will be held at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley, Sunday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 11, 1940


Frank L. Captain

Bluffton, May 7 - Frank L. Captain, 58, a former Wells County resident, died yesterday at his home at Bertha, Minn., following an illness of three weeks of rheumatic fever. He has resided in Minnesota for 30 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Elmer Westergren and Mrs. Arthur Lange; two sons, Vern and Kenneth, at home; five brothers, John and Daniel Captain of Michigan; Charles, Eli and Lewis Captain near Bluffton and two sisters, Mrs. Brent Chalfant and Mrs. Alfred Krummen, near Bluffton. Funeral services and burial will be in Minnesota.

Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN; May 8, 1940


George Carpenter

Colon, Mich., May 13 – Funeral services were held this afternoon for George Carpenter, 87, who died at his home here after one day’s illness. Mr. Carpenter, a carpenter by trade, had been in failing health for several years. Surviving are three sons, Clifford Carpenter of New York City and Clinton and St. Clair, both of this village.

Journal-Gazette, May 14, 1940


Fred Carr

BUTLER DRIVER KILLED BY TRAIN - Dies as Locomotive Strikes Truck
Butler, May 7 – Fred Carr, 58, Butler truck driver was killed instantly at 3:15 pm (CDT) today when his truck was struck by a New York Central locomotive at a crossing at the west city limits of Butler. The locomotive was one which follows the Twentieth Century Limited to be ready in the event of a wreck. Witnesses said Carr stopped his truck for the train and then started up again. The engine struck the cab of the truck on the right side and carried the vehicle 100 feet down the right of way. Carr, his skull crushed, was tossed from the wreckage about 75 feet from the crossing. John R. Clark of Auburn, DeKalb County Coroner, is investigating. The body was removed to the Phelps Funeral Home here. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Rosa Carr; two sons, Huber Carr of St. Joe and Henry Carr of Butler and one daughter, Mrs. Lesther Thimlar of Butler.

Journal-Gazette, May 8, 1940
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TRAIN VICTIM’S RITES THURSDAY
Butler, May 8 – Funeral services for Fred Carr, 58, Butler truck driver who was killed yesterday afternoon when his truck was struck by a locomotive at a New York Central crossing, will be held Thursday at 2 pm at the Phelps Funeral Home here. Burial will be in Big Run Cemetery. Through an error it was reported yesterday that the locomotive was one which was following the Twentieth Century Limited. The locomotive which struck Carr’s truck had no connection with the Limited but was running alone, en route from Elkhart to Toledo.

Journal-Gazette, May 9, 1940


Jesse J. Carr

(Handwritten date: Wednesday, January3, 1951)
RITES TODAY FOR JESSE J. CARR - 68 [sic]-Year-Old Retired Farmer Dies After Long Illness
ROCKFORD, Ohio, Jan. 3 - Jesse J. Carr, 86, of R.R. 1, Willshire, died Sunday night in the St. Mary's Nursing Home following an extended illness. A retired farmer, he was a native of Mercer county. Surviving are a son, Homer, with whom he made his home; a daughter, Mrs. Vivian Becher, near Rockford; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Arsula Pifer, Knoxville, Tenn. Services were conducted at 2 o'clock today in the East Bethel United Brethren Church, southwest of Rockford, with the Rev. Argo Sudduth officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Karin King note: Jesse is buried at East Bethel Cemetery, Rockford, Mercer County, Ohio

Adams County Historical Museum 1933-1953 Scrapbook, Image 017, Transcribed by Karin King


Gene Kenneth Christman

Huntington, May 10 – Gene Kenneth Christman, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Christman, died yesterday at the Huntington County Hospital where he was taken Tuesday after a week’s illness. Surviving are the parents, two brothers, Robert and Wilbur, and a sister, Rita Ann, all at home, and the grandparents. Funeral services will be conducted at the residence at 9:45 am Saturday, Fr. Felix of the Capuchin Monastery officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 11, 1940


Franklin Click

(Handwritten date: Wed., Jan. 3, 1951)
FRANK CLICK DIES IN CHAIR
Franklin Click, 31, Ft. Wayne celery farm employee, was electrocuted shortly after midnight last Friday night at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City for the slaying of Phyllis Conine, South Side high school senior, back in 1944. All last minute efforts to stay the electrocution failed. He is reported as having gone to his death calmly and denied the slaying to the warden an hour before his death. Strictly private funeral services were held at Fort Wayne Tuesday morning, with burial in the Catholic cemetery.
Karin King note: Frank is buried in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Adams County Historical Museum 1933-1953 Scrapbook, Image 017, Transcribed by Karin King


Mamie L. Conine

Miss Mamie L. Conine, 50, died at 8 pm Saturday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Walter E. Wann, 2409 New Haven Avenue, following an illness of eight months with carcinoma. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Husted and Mrs. Carrie Palmer, both of Hicksville, O. and Mrs. Wann; six brothers, Roscoe and Wayne Conine of Hicksville, Carl Conine of Oakwood, O, Morris Conine of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Ray and Ralph Conine of Delton, Mont. The body will be taken to a funeral home at Hicksville and funeral services will be held at North Scipio.

Journal-Gazette, May 12, 1940


Mrs. Marsaleet Cook

Hartford City, May 12 – Mrs. Marsaleet Cook, 85, died last night at the home of her son, Sherman Cook, east of this city, following a long illness. She came here from Farmers, Ky., six years ago with her son and his family. A sister, Josephine Moore of Farmers, survives. Her funeral will be held Tuesday morning at Farmers.

Journal-Gazette. May 13, 1940


Mrs. Clara Elizabeth Coolman

Huntington, May 10 – Mrs. Clara Elizabeth Coolman, 64, died today at her home on Riverside Drive after two years of failing health. Surviving are six children, Orlando A., at home, Clyde E. and Chester H., both of California; Gale, Mishawaka, Wis., Murvan, Lafayette and Mrs. Elmer Prill, Huntington. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 pm (CDT) Sunday at the First United Brethren Church, Rev. A. B. McKain officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 11, 1940


John Marshall Coombs

Planes Crash: Former Local Youth Killed - John M. Coombs, 29, One of Three Dead in Coast Collision
Los Angeles, May 9 – (UP) – The mid-air crash of a military pursuit plane and a photographic ship resulted in the death today of John M. Coombs, 29, former Fort Wayne, ind., resident and photographer for the Vultec Corporation and two others. Walter Quinton, veteran pilot for the Paul Mantz Air Service and Marshall A. McCarroll, chief of the Los Angeles office of the Paramount were the other victims. Wings of the two planes touched as they were nearing the Downey Airfield. Witnesses said sun glare apparently blinded the pilots.
Ex-Local Resident - John Marshall Coombs was Descendant of Pioneer Local Families
John Marshall Coombs,2 9, one of those killed yesterday when two airplanes crashed in mid-air near Los Angeles, was a former resident of Fort Wayne and was widely known here. Mr. Coombs was a nephew of Miss Margaret Hanna, 1020 West Wayne Street. His mother is Mrs. E. H. Coombs, formerly Miss Ethel Hanna, a native of Fort Wayne. Mrs. Coombs has been staying with her sister here since the death last September of their brother, Charles Hanna. Jack Balthe, also of Fort Wayne, informed Mrs. Combs of the accident in a telephone call yesterday afternoon. Mr. Combs was born in Detroit but spent much of his life here until moving to New York about eight years ago. He worked as a scene designer for various theatrical companies in the east until in 1935 he went to California and became associated with Douglas Aircraft Corporation as an engineering designer. Recently he transferred to the Vultee Corporation as a photographer. Mr. Coombs was a descendant of several pioneer Fort Wayne families. His great grandfather, Samuel Edsall, came here about 1822. Judge William Coombs was his grandfather. Only other survivor besides his mother and aunt is a great aunt, Miss Alice Coombs of San Diego, Cal., also formerly of Fort Wayne. The body will be returned to this city for funeral services and burial. No arrangements have been made last night.

Journal-Gazette, May 10, 1940


Mrs. Elzora Coplen

Columbia City, May 8 – Mrs. Elzora Coplen, 65, died this afternoon at her home in Thorncreek Township after an illness of three days with pneumonia. Surviving are her husband, Austin Coplen; one son, Ernest B. Coplen of Dallas, Tex.; two grandchildren; one brother, Arthur Brown of Noble County and two sisters, Mrs. Julius Morsches and Mrs. Walter Langour of this city. The body was brought to the Smith Funeral Home here.

Journal-Gazette, May 9, 1940


Louisa W (Petzinger) Cour

ILLNESS FATAL TO LOUISA COUR
Mrs. Louisa W. Cour, 77, of 1016 East Jefferson Street, a lifelong resident of the city and member of a pioneer family, died at 12:20 pm yesterday at the Lutheran Hospital where she had undergone a surgical operation. She was the widow of Frank Cour and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Petzinger who settled in Fort Wayne in 1835. Mrs. Cour was a section president of the Garden Club in 1915 and is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Cour Borgeson of Muncie and Mrs. Caroline C. Thompson of Fort Wayne; a son, Frank Charles Cour of Indianapolis; a sister, Mrs. Carl Baum of Cleveland; a brother, George W. Petzinger of Hammond; and four grandchildren. The body was taken to D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home and will be returned to the residence at 4 pm today. Services will be held at 2 pm Tuesday at the residence with Dr. Charles M. Houser officiating and interment will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 13, 1940


Mrs. Bessie Cummins

Kendallville, May 11 – Mrs. Bessie Cummins, 60, widow of Frank Cummins, died today of a heart ailment at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edith Trowbridge here. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Trowbridge of this city and Mrs. Geraldine Slaybaugh of Angola; two sons, Clarence and Henry Cummins of this city; a grandchild, one brother, William Lahnum of Auburn and two sisters, Mrs. Willis Preston of Anderson, and Mrs. Ora Terry of Route 1, Garrett. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday in the L. E. Berhalter & Son Funeral Home, Rev. D. R. Moss officiating, with burial in Sweet Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 12, 1940


Mrs. Theodosia Curry

Bluffton, May 10 – Mrs. Theodosia Curry, 79, widow of James H. Curry, died last night at her home here. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Emma Warney of Aurora, Ill.; three sons, George Curry of Syracuse, Ind., James Curry of near Ossian and John Curry of Akron, Ind. Mrs. Curry was a member of the Christian Union Church at Craigville. Funeral services will be held at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in this city at 2 pm Saturday, in charge of Rev. Thomas Ballard and Rev. V. S. Vardaman. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery at Craigville.

Journal-Gazette, May 11, 1940


Donna I. (Newcommer) Dale

Donna I. Dale, age 100, a resident of Portland, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Jay County Hospital in Portland, Indiana. Donna was born January 7, 1917, in Morrow County, Ohio, the daughter of Earl T. and Pansy A. (Patten) Newcommer. She was a member of Stitch and Chatter Quilt Club and the Plant, Hoe, and Hope Garden Club in Portland, Indiana. She owned and operated Cardington Party Store in Cardington, Ohio and the Crystal Ice and Locker in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Donna married O.J. Shaffer November 2, 1935, O.J. passed away in 1978. She then married Walter L. Dale on March 17, 1982, Walter passed away on September 13, 2005. Survivors include: 1 Daughter: Leona Benedict (husband Ernest) - Portland, Indiana 1 Son: Joel Shaffer (wife Dolores) - Schoolcraft, Michigan 5 Grandchildren, 10 greatgrandchildren, 14 Great- Grandchildren Visitation will be held on Saturday from 12 - 1 p.m. at the Williamson and Spencer Funeral Home in Portland, Indiana. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Pastor Darrel Borders will officiate the service. Burial will be Monday, July 3, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Glendale Cemetery in Cardington, Ohio. Memorials may be directed towards the Asbury United Methodist Church.

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Dennis P. Daley

Funeral services for Dennis P. Daley, 67, of New Haven, who died of pneumonia at 5 o’clock Wednesday morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital, will be held Saturday morning at 8:30 o’clock at the home and 9 o’clock at St. John’s Catholic Church in New Haven, Rev. E. J. Ehrman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. St. John’s Holy Name Society will meet tonight at 7:30 o’clock at the home for recitation of the rosary. The body will be taken home this morning from the Ternet & Schilb Funeral Home at New Haven. Mr. Daley was admitted to the hospital Tuesday morning. He was a retired Pennsylvania Railroad conductor and was a member of the Order of Railway Conductors and St. John’s Church. Survivors include the widow, May; two sons, Bart and William Daley; and a daughter, Miss Mary Catherine Daley, all at home; a brother, Michael Daley of this city and three sisters, Sister Mary Berchmanns of Davenport, Ia., and the Misses Ellen and Mary Daley of Pierceton.

Journal-Gazette, May 9, 1940


Mrs. D. L. Dawes

Wabash, May 10 – Mrs. D. L. Dawes, 43, lifetime resident of this community, died this afternoon at her home south of Wabash after an illness of five years. She is survived by her husband, five children, Helen Fox, Alice Edith Camp, both of Wabash; Marjory, Dorothy and Edwin, all at home, as well as her mother and three brothers, Don, Leo and William, all of Wabash and one sister, Miss Alice Gurtner of Indianapolis.

Journal-Gazette. May 11, 1940


Chester B. DeVeny

Chester B. DeVeny of Allison, Ia., auditor of Butler County there, died Monday noon at 12:15 o’clock at the Lutheran Hospital where he was admitted April 24. Mr. DeVeny is a member of the Methodist Church at New Hartford, Ia., and also the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his widow, Mary; one son, R. J. DeVeny of Waterloo, Ia.; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Baird of Cedar Falls, Ia.; five grandchildren; one brother, J. M. DeVeny of Dixon, Ill., and one sister, Mrs. Dora M. Ludwig of Fort Wayne with whom he was visiting before he was admitted to the hospital. The body was taken to Chalfant-Perry & Pook’s Funeral Home and will be sent to Cedar Falls Wednesday noon.

Journal-Gazette, May 14, 1940


Chester B. DeVeny

White Pigeon, Mich., May 7 – Mrs. Alta Dickinson, 48, wife of Howard Dickinson, died this morning in Sturgis Memorial Hospital after being in failing health for the past two years. Mrs. Dickinson had resided in this vicinity her entire life. Surviving are the husband; one daughter, Jean, at home; a sister, Mrs. Carl Crampton of this place and a brother, Elton Barnes of Washington.

Journal-Gazette, May 8, 1940


Mrs. Emma C. Deihl

Garrett, May 12 – Mrs. Emma C. Deihl, 77, died at 2:40 am today at her home here after an illness of 22 years. She was a native of Ashland County, O., but had been a resident of this community 48 years. Surviving are her husband, John Deihl; three sons, George H. Deihl of Richland Township, LeRoy J. Deihl of Allen Township, Noble County and Victor F. Deihl of Pico, Cal.; one daughter, Dorothy Deihl, at home; one brother, Alfred Davidson of South America and two sisters, Mrs. John Brechbill of Harrisburg, Pa., and Mrs. Ida Hoffman of Abilene, Kan. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 pm (CDT) at the Union Church north of this city with Rev. Vern Stump of Nappanee and Rev. Clyde Shurk officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. The Iler Mortuary of this city is in charge of arrangements.

Journal-Gazette, May 13, 1940


John W. Drummond

White Pigeon, Mich., May 10 – John W. Drummond, 73, a resident of this place since 1903, and an employee of the local mill of the Eddy Paper Corporation for 23 years, died at his home here yesterday afternoon after an illness of several weeks. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Jennie Drummond; five sons, Bert of Beloit, Wis., Lloyd and Hubert of White Pigeon and LaVern and Robert at the home in Florence Township; four brothers, Joseph, Daniel and Phineas of Capac, Mich., and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Hubert of Detroit. Services will be held at the Coats Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. Charles Wright officiating. Burial will be in the White Pigeon Cemetery.

Journal-Gazette, May 11, 1940


Mrs. James W. Elstan

Elida, O., May 11 – The funeral of Mrs. James W. Elstan, 71, who died last night at her home a mile west of here, will be held at the Pike Mennonite Church, east of Delphos, at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon. Interment will be in Mellinger’s Cemetery, north of Roselm, O. Mrs. Elstan had been ill for the past several years. She is survived by her husband; the following children: Mrs. Ben Knueve, Delphos; Joh, Miami, Fla.; Fred, Homer, Mich.; Mrs. A. W. Blythe, Delphos; Mrs. Dola Richardson, Delphos; Mrs. C. W. Ladd, Melrose, O.; and Mrs. F. C. Schramm, Delphos; 21 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Evick, Findlay and Mrs. Paul Waskurtz, Port Clinton, O.; and a brother, Sam Garrison, Richmond, Ind.

Journal-Gazette, May 12, 1940


Mrs. Pauline Evans

Mrs. Pauline Evans, 35, 2906 Gay Street, died at 6:30 o’clock Monday evening at St. Joseph’s Hospital following a surgical operation. She was admitted to the hospital May 10. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. A son, Benjamin Hoddinot of this city, survives. The body was removed to Mungovan & Sons Mortuary.

Journal-Gazette, May 14, 1940