From newspaper obituary clipping for George A. Cogswell Ritter found in Dessa
Mae (Sunday) Wolf's estate sale 25 Nov 2000 -
"George A., son of Selim Van Cortland and Margaret Cogswell, was born
2, 1854, at Lakeport, Midhigan, and departed this life at his home in
Pleasant Lake, Ind. June 16, 1922, aged 68 years, 5 months and 14 days. The
deceased came to this county about 60 years ago and has been a countinuous
resident ever since. About 30 years ago he moved with his family from
Salem to Pleasant Lake, where he has taken an active interest in the affairs
of this village. Those things that would make the community better
stood for, he has been a familiar figure at all of our special gatherings
in his work as a vetinary going in and out among the farmers he is remembered
for his straight forward honest dealings with his fellow men and to say that
he will be missed is putting it too mildly.
Brother Cogswell united with the church of the United Brethren in
Pleasant Lake, during the pastorate of Rev. McCloe and was a member at the
time of his death. He was also for many years a member of the Masonic
On Jan. 27, 1876, he was united in marriage to Martha Ritter
and to this
union were born three children, Mrs. Earl Tuttle, of Angola, Mrs. Sol Tuttle,
of Pleasant Lake and one who died in infancy. Besides the two children
wife he is survived by one brother, Lester Cogswell, Auburn, three sisters,
Sabra Harpham of Pleasant Lake, Martha Pattison, of Wyandotte, Mich., Kate
Klink, of DeQueene, Arkansas, and two grand children, Chester Tuttle and
Bertha Jean Tuttle.
The immediate cause of his death was a stroke of appoplexy and when
he seemed to realize that his end had come. We shall miss Brother George
from our village streets and from this community but in a better country
expect to meet him again.
Funeral services held at the late home in Pleasant Lake and burial
Zion, Rv. F.B.Parker, officiating clergyman."
Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson