Miscellaneous News
  The following news items were taken from the Steuben Republican Newspaper.

Harry Homan Falls in Well

Sams - Waite Marriage Announcement

Freed - Grabe Marriage Announcement

Hufnagle - Lewis Wedding

Heroic Ryan Family

Hughes Anniversary

Libey Anniversary

Dole Anniversary

Shaughniss - Deal Wedding

Morley - Omstead Double Wedding

The Grave of a Chief

July 4th Program 1903

1839 Church Story

On Motor Trip

John Porter 50th Anniversary

Old Settler Gets Granite Marker

Reaching Backward

Otis Cary 50th and 60th Anniversary

Newspaper Article
Steuben County's Favorite Family Newspaper
Established 1857
Chief Topics of Former Years Are Recalled
Date:  Dec. 5, 1957
Twenty-Four Years Ago
   Harry Homan, 50, who liveson the Garn farm a mile east of the Pleasant Point school house, was rescued alive on December 5, after being buried for two hours in a well shaft.  The well was walled with rocks and Homan went down to adjust a drainage cock.  The wall caved in, burying him with four and half feet of rock and earth.  He was rescued by neighbors and suffered little effects from his experience.
This would have happened in 1933. 

     Sams - Waite

 "Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sams announce the marriage of their daughter Betty Sams,
to Robert Waite, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Waite, both of Angola.  The
ceremony took place Saturday afternoon, April 26th. Rev. Humfrey performed
the ceremony.
 The couple were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smurr, sister of the
bridegroom. The couple will make their home with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Waite.
 Their friends wish them much happiness."

Information from newspaper announcement dated April 30, (the year was cut
off) found in Dessa Mae (Sunday) Wolf's estate sale 25 Nov 2000 -

Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson
E-mail: WOATRF@aol.com

Freed - Grabe

 "The marriage of Joyce Freed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Freed of
Angola, to Harold Grabe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grabe of Sturgis, Mich.,
took place April 5th at Bryan, Ohio.  Reverend C. W. Stewart, officiated.
 The attendants were: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Pendergrass, the bride's sister
and brother-in-law, of Sturgis, Mich.
 The bride chose a dust rose dress with white accessories.  The couple will
reside on a farm near Sturgis."

Information from newspaper announcement dated April 30, (the year was cut 
off) found in Dessa Mae (Sunday) Wolf's estate sale 25 Nov 2000 -

Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson
E-mail: WOATRF@aol.com


      The following interesting account of the wedding of Boyd Hufnagle and
Miss Edna Lewis is taken from a Benton Harbor paper.  They are receiving the
congratulations of friends here who wish them much happiness in life.
      One of the most interesting of the holiday matrimonial events was the
wedding of Miss Edna Jane Lewis, of this city, and Boyd Henry Hufnagle, of
Fremont, Ind., on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at high noon.  The ceremony was
performed by Rev. Philip J. Hasenstab, of the Chicago Methodist Episcopal
Mission for the Deaf, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
H. Lewis, in Spinks Corners.  The pastor was assisted by Earl E. Lewis, who
read the service orally for the benefit of the assembled guests, as all of
the ceremony spoken by the pastor and the vows made by the bride and groom
were in the conventional sign language of the deaf. A wedding dinner followed.
      Special interest was added to the wedding by the fact that the bride's
mother and father were married in the same house, and also the bride's
grandmother, when she became the wife of Edward Dix. The home itself was
built by Mrs. Dix's father, Orsmas Spink, in 1857, and so had married within
it walls, three generations.
      Mr. and Mrs. Hufnagle will make their home in Fremont.

This article is from 1924.

Submitted By: Bernice Hufnagle Herndon
E-mail: NiceHerndon@aol.com



      A week ago Saturday, town folks wondered why Boydia Hufnagle went
sleigh riding in his Ford coupe.  He drove through town several times with
about a yard of sleigh bells tied under his car.  But this unusual behavior
is explained by the fact that he went to Benton Harbor, Mich., on Nov. 24 and
on Nov. 26 married Miss Edna Jane Lewis; so he has a wife to be thankful for
this year.
      He returned to Fremont with his wife, Nov. 28th and after supper two
women relatives called on them. They sewed up his night shirts and during the
evening their bed was mysteriously tied up with binder twine, so they had
quite a time to get ready to sleep that night.
      Mr. Hufnagle couldn't back his car out the garage the next morning so
upon investigation found that the back wheels were jacked up and the front
wheels blocked.  So he fixed that all right but did not notice the sleigh
bells tied under the car until after he came back from town and was telling
his brother about how they found their bed tied up and then he noticed one
end of the bells dragging on the ground.  He had wondered why everyone was
hailing him, but supposed it was on account of him being just married, but
they wanted to attract his attention to the bells.
      We bet he won't want to get married again for a while and let his good
relatives know about it.

This article is from 1924.
Submitted By: Bernice Hufnagle Herndon
E-mail: NiceHerndon@aol.com

A Heroic Family

    This morning John Ryan and two of his sons who had been home in Steuben County on furlough, left here on the cars to rejoin their regiment, the 44th Indiana.  One of the sons was shot in the back of the head at Shiloh, butthe ball ran around under the skin without breaking the bone.  The otherson and the father were sick, but have recovered.  This John Ryan is a hero and a patriot, and deserves having his name inscribed on the roll of fame. Himself and 4 sons all volunteered in Steuben County,and have done their country good service, having shared the dangers of their gallant regiment in the bloody battles of Ft. Donelson and Shiloh, and manfully stood their ground against the overwhelming force the 44th had to contend with.-Ft.Wayne Sentinel      (Source: Steuben RepublicanNewspaper 4 Jul 1862, P.2clm.6)

Additional Information:
John Ryan Jr. was the one shot in the head at Shiloh(As taken from his obit he was shot a total of 7 times). And when John RyanSr. was not accepted for reenlistment (beleive it do to his age of around47) in Co. A 44th I.V.I. he came home for several months and then enlistedwith his then 15 year old son Lawrence(Todd) in the 129th I.V.I. In totalJohn Ryan Sr. served with 5 sons and one son in law in the Civil War. JohnRyan Sr.was aged over 50 years old at his final discharge. Only one sondied as aresult of the Civil War. That was Stephen Ryan who was dischargedwith disability on September 13, 1862 and died on his way home on September25, 1862 in ,Waterloo,Indiana. When John Ryan Sr.'s wife Margaret died thiswas mentioned in her obit.:  "Quite a large delegation of Grand Armyveterans were present, and all the pall bearers were survivors of Co. A 44thregiment." John Ryan Sr. has had decsenents in every American war right downto my father in the Gulf War.
Sherri Ryan

               Prominent Couple Celebrate Anniversary

   "Nearly two hundred friends, relatives and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Frank 
D. Hughes attended the reception held by the couple on Sunday afternoon, April 1,
celebrating their fify years of marriage.  The couple were married on March
27,1902, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Parsellin 
    Beautiful flowers, cards, greetings and gifts were received by the couple,
who were aided in recieving the guests on Sunday by their daughter and
husband,Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hettema, and granddaughter, Susan Jo Wood, all of Fort
    A tiered anniversary cake, and delicious punch were served to the guests,
from a table decorated in gold and white.  Assisting in the servingwere Mrs.
Carl Ingalls, Miss Florence Parsell, Mrs. Ray D. Hosack, Mrs. Louie Parsell,
Mrs. Charles Rodebaugh and Mrs. Austin Brokaw.  Mrs. Hughes wore a
gold-throatedwhite orchid with her afternoon gown in violet shade, and Mrs. Hettema, Miss
Wood and those assisting in the serving also wore beautiful corsages of spring
flowers with their afternoon costumes.  The catering was in charge of Mrs.
Dudley W. Gleason, Jr.
    Mr. and Mrs. Hughes, both of whom are lifelong residents of Steuben county,
have been active in civic, fraternal and social life of Angola.  Mrs. Hughes,
the former Leona Parsell, has been active in the Rebekah Lodge, having twice
served as Noble Grand, and having been a member of the State Assembly.  She
is apast president of the Congregational Guild, and of the Angola GardenClub, and
is also a member of the Priscilla Club.  Mr. Hughes, who still owns
the...."(remainder not in clipping)
                                   In Appreciation
 "We wish to express our appreciation to the many friends, relatives and
neighbors who remembered us so generously on our anniversary.  We shall
cherishthe remembrance of the thoughtfulness shown."

Information from newspaper clipping found in Dessa Mae (Sunday)Wolf's
estate sale 25 Nov 2000 -

Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson
E-mail: woatrf@aol.com 

Hudson Couple Honored Sunday

     "Mr. and Mrs. John Libey of Hudson were honored at the United Brethern Church
in Hudson last Sunday during the worship servide in observance of their 
sixtieth wedding anniversary.
     Following a choir number by the junior choir of thechurch, pastor Willard
Sanders made a few remarks concerning the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Libeyand
their life over the years and, in behalf of the chruch, presented to them a
bouquet of roses.
     Presented also, by the Sunday School superintendent, Homer Johnson, was a two
tier wedding cake beautifully decoreated with roses and tapered with a 
miniature bride and groom.
     Pastor Sanders chose as his subject for the morningsermon and the occasion,
"The Home God Meant."
     Mr. and Mrs. Libey were married September 10, 1902 by Rev. H.C.Foote at
Huntington. The couple have three sons, Wade of Pleasant Lake, Robert,
Cleveland, Ohio and Weir, Wheaton, Illinois.  The sons, Robert and Weir, and
their wives were also present and honored guests for the occasion.
  Mr. and Mrs. Wade Libey entertained a family group at their home on Sunday
afternoon honoring his parents on their anniversary. Those present besides the
honored guests were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Miller and family of Fort Wayne, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Libey and family of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hutchins
and family and Miss Tuiren Butler of Angola."

Information from newpaper clipping found in Dessa Mae (Sunday)Wolf's
  estate sale 25 Nov 2000

Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson
E-mail: woatrf@aol.com

Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Dole Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversay 
(with photo)

 Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Dole celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their
wedding Sunday, November 4th, with a family dinner at the home of their
daughter, Mrs. Wayne McKillen, 115 South Darling Street, Angola.  The members
of the family presented the happy bride and groom with presents appropriate
to the occasion.  There were present their three sons and daughter and
son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, three grandsons and one grand-daughter, and
Mrs. L.C. Dole, Mrs. Cora McKillen, and Harry McKillen.
 The dinner was an entire success and Mr. Dole expressed the hope to repeat
the performance again, fifty years from now.
                       Are Well-Known Citizens
 Mr. and Mrs. Dole are among Steuben county's most useful and highly
respected citizens, and have been almost life-long residents of the county.  
Mr. Dole came to Salem township with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Dole, two
years after his birth in Huron county, Ohio.  Mrs. Dole was born inSalem
township from the parentage of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kimsey, and has livedin
the county all her life except several months of her early childhood.  They
were married in Corunna, Ind., on Nov. 5, 1878, and took up housekeepingat
Salem Center, where Mr. Dole followed the carpenter trade.  He alsoengaged
in the merchandise business in Salem, and farmed one year.  In 1891he
entered the employ of Stiefel's store, where he was engaged for over fifteen
years.  They moved to Angola in 1897, and have since lived in this city, and
have entered earnestly into the activities of the community.
 Mr. Dole was elected a memer of the city council in 1906, servingfour
years. In 1912 he was elected county treasurer, and served two terms, atthe
conclusion of which he was re-elected on the city council, which position he
still holds. He also engaged in business with his sons for several years
after retiring from the office of county treasurer, which business was sold
during the past year to Marion Dick.
 Mr. Dole has been a very effective worker in many community enterprises
without remuneration, and has been a very useful citizen.  He has been a
long-time member of the Odd fellows' lodge, and the K. of P. lodge, and Mrs.
Dole has been an earnest member of the M.E. church and has been active in
charitable work in the city.  The entire community joins in congratulating
them on this happy occasion."  --note-- typos left in

From a newpaper clipping from Dessa Mae (Sunday)Wolf's estate sale 25 Nov 2000   

Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson
E-mail: woatrf@aol.com

From a newspaper clipping announcement from the
 estate sale of Dessa (Sunday) Wolf 25 Nov 2000 

  "At the home of the groom on S. West street on Christmas Eve, December 24,  1918, by Rev. John Humfreys, James A. Shaughniss and Mrs. Laura Deller Deal,  both of Angola. They will make their home there.  These are very estimable 
people, the groom being aformer county auditor, and the bride a very capable lady, and they have the best wishes of a host of friends throughout the county."

Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson
E-mail: woatrf@aol.com

Sisters Married in Double Ceremony Celebrate
Double Golden Wedding

  Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Omstead                                 Mr. and Mrs. Leo Morley

   Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Omstead of Hamilton and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Morley of Pleasant Lake celebrated their double golden wedding anniversary Sunday, October 3, at the Omstead home in Hamilton, starting with a potluck dinner at noon for the relatives and holding open house in the afternoon for friends.  A bountiful dinner was served to fifty-eight of the immediate family at noon.
   The house was decorated much as it was fifty years ago.  In the archway hung a large floral bell and horseshoe, similar to the ones the couples stood under at their first double ceremony.  The rest of the house was decorated with large pots of baby mums, asters and bittersweet.  The dining room table was beautifully decorated with candies, a large bowl of punch and two large three tiered wedding cakes both topped with miniature brides and grooms.  Cake, punch, canapés, fancy cookies, mints and nuts, were served to over two hundred guests.  Mrs. Omstead and Mrs. Morley were each presented with an orchid from the children.
   The Omsteads have four children, Dr. and Mrs. T. W. Omstead of Anderson; Dr. and Mrs. Milton Omstead of Petersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Omstead of Spring Valley, N. Y., and Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Holman of Hastings, Minn., and ten grandchildren.  Harvey and Drake Omstead of Anderson; Jimmy, Sarah Jane and Bobbie Omstead of Petersburg; Larry and Linda Omstead of Spring Valley, N. Y.; and Harry, John and Junior Holman of Hastings, Minn.
   Mr. and Mrs. Morley have three children, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Morley, of Edgerton, O.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morley of Hamilton; and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ingram, of Edon, O.  Eleven grand-children, Marvin Morley of Edgerton, O.; Mr. and Mrs. Thayne Mason and daughter, Susie, of Melburne, O., MacLynn Morley of Hamilton; Bonnie, Kathy, and Nancy Ingram of Edon, O.; Don and Jan Ingram of Toledo, O.; Mr. and Mrs. James Ingram of Bryan, O.; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ingram and son, Dickie, of Covington; and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Poling and son, Dennis, of Angola.
   Of the original thirty-five guests attending the wedding, there are only four survivors, three being able to attend the celebration.  Mrs. Elgy Devine, sister-in-law of the bride; Nina Devine, niece of the brides; Mrs. Lester Barron, niece of Mr. Omstead and Mr. N. A. Metz, step-father of Mr. Morley, now in the Butler convalescent home.
   Guests were present from LaGrange, Gary, South Bend, Auburn, Waterloo, Fort Wayne and Angola, Ind., Bronson, Mich., and Bryan, Montpelier and Wauseon, O.
   Mr. and Mrs. Morley and Mr. and Mrs. Omstead were married at the old Dewire homestead at Edon, O., on September 29, 1898.  The Morleys spent all of their married life on a farm near Alvarado, excepting for the past few years of retirement, which they have spent in their home in  Pleasant Lake.  The Omsteads also took up their residence on a farm near Alvarado and more recently moved to Angola where Mr. Omstead was employed by the Angola Lumber Co.  They likewise have retired and for the last seven years have lived in Hamilton.

Submitted by Julie Duncan                                                                                       

The Grave Of A Chief

   John Holton, of near Hamilton, was in Angola last Saturday.  His father, John Holton, was the first settler of DeKalb County, locating there as early as 1833.  There were 600 Pottawatomie Indians near his home and Mr. and Mrs. Holton were present at the burial of their chief.  A section of a walnut log was split in two pieces and from one a trough was made into which was placed the body of the chief, together with his gun and many other trinkets of greater or less value.  A shallow grave was dug in the forest, the trough containing the body was placed in the grave, covered with the other half of the log, and then with dirt, apparently to rest there in peace until the resurrection.  But not so, for  with the clearing away of the forest came the washing and changing of the surface of the ground, until one day when the young Mr. Holton was plowing in the field the sharp point of his plow caught the cover to the rude coffin and exposed to view all that remained of the brave chief.  The skeleton and the rusty gun and trinkets alone gave evidence of the years that had passed since the grave was first made for the interior of the trough was apparently in as good state of preservation as when placed there many years before.
   Mr. Holton was a man who had respect for even a dead Indian, so he and his son dug a new grave and to this day have kept the secret of its location, although they have from time to time been offered money to reveal the secret and permit the grave to be opened.

Source: Steuben Republican Newspaper 18 Feb 1903
Submitted by Kay Lash

Fourth of July Program 1903

Following is the program for the picnic at Paltytown, next Saturday.
                                        Forenoon                                                                           Afternoon
                                       10:00  Music by band.                                                   2:00  House-boat Race
                                       10:30  Song by audience,  “America”                          2:30   Sailing Race
                                       Address by Hon. James H. Rose, Auburn.                  3:00   Launch Race
                                       Male Quartet                                                                 3:30   Wading Race
                                       Address by Rev. A. S. Preston, Fort Wayne.               4:00   Rowing Race
                                       Song by audience                                                           6:00   Grand display of fireworks from houseboats
   Adjournment for dinner
The toboggan slide, croquet grounds and bathing privileges will add to the amusements.

Source: Steuben Republican Newspaper 1 Jul 1903
Submitted by Kay Lash          

Went to Church in 1839

   James Collins, one of our pioneer citizens, came up last Thursday and related to us a rather outlandish affair which occurred in Jackson Township, this county, on a June Sunday in 1839, of which he was an eye-witness.  He says that a score or more of men hitched up three yokes of oxen to a big wagon with a pony hitched on ahead with a small boy astride of the pony, and drove up to a school house on Jackson Prairie where a meeting was to progress, put a ladder out of the wagon, all walked down and went into the school house and sat down in a row on a long bench.  One of these had a big plug of navy tobacco, and it had to go the whole length of the row before it was returned to the owner.  The men were fantastically arrayed in their make up of wearing apparel, some with sleeveless coats, some with coats turned wrong side out, others with their pant legs slit from top to bottom, a boot on one foot and a shoe on the other, and the crown of their hats cut off.  The men were pretty  well behaved outside of what has been said of them, but their ridiculous looks so embarrassed the young preacher, that he forgot his text and “secondly” and “thirdly” were omitted.  Mr. Collins remembers a few who were in the party, and recalls the following names.  Samuel  Jackson, Jason Dove, James Rodgers, Arnold Lathram, Daniel Norris and Columbus Bennett, and two boys named Wright.  After the services, all took their places in the wagon and drove home.  This was certainly a queer affair, but such things happened in the days when both men and women wielded the ax at the sturdy forests.

Source: Steuben Republican Newspaper 1 Jul 1903                                            
Submitted by Kay Lash

On Motor Trip

ON MOTOR TRIP - D. E. Allison and wife and Miss Evelyn Holoway, of Millersburg, accompanied by A. M. Shrimplin and wife, of this place, motored to James Lake, Ind., Monday, for a few days visit with Virgil Cline and family, at their cottage "Broad Ripple," at that popular resort.  Submitted by Linda & Shirley.  Typed by Shelley Hill.   [Ashland Democrat, Ohio: Thursday, 3 June 1920]

Mr. and Mrs. John Porter 50th Anniversary

Mr. And Mrs. John Porter Celebrate Golden Wedding

    About fifty relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Porter four and a half miles of northeast of Angola on Sunday, October 6, 1929 to celebrate with them their fiftieth wedding anniversary.  The weather was ideal, and everything joined to make the day a happy and delightful one, especially the worthy couple in whose honor it was held.  Mr. and Mrs. Porter could scarcely realize that half a century had passed since they started their marriage life together and they enjoyed to full extent the hearty congratulations extended to them.  A bounteous dinner was served at noon on the tables decorated for the occasion.

    In the afternoon, after listening to a splendid program, consisting of music, songs, recitations, and a few short talks, Mr. and Mrs. Porter were presented with many beautiful and useful presents for which they were very grateful.

    Josephine Wood, of DeKalb county, and John Porter, of Otsego township, were married in Camden, Mich., on Oct. 6, 1869, and they went to housekeeping in Otsego township and have lived in Steuben county, having their home in Otsego, Metz, Steuben township, and in Scott township since 1910.  Seven children were born to them of whom two died in early childhood, and a son, Leo, gave his life in his country’s cause in France in the World War.  Those surviving are James, DeKalb county, Otis, of Valpraiso, Leser (sp?), of Angola, and Mrs. Au____ Foster of Fremont.  They have ___ grandchildren.  (Next line too blurry to read.)  Among those present were two persons who were present at the wedding fifty years ago, Mr. and Mrs. James Porter of Metz, and Eunice Cain, of Columbia, Ohio.

    Others present who helped to celebrate the golden anniversary of that wedding were, Mr. and Mrs. Porter, Butler: Otis Porter, Valpraiso, Mr and Mrs. Lester Porter and children, Angola: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Foster and two children, Fremont; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Porter, Spring Lake, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Perry Porter, Muskegon Heights, Mich., Seth Wood, Wayne __, Thomas Wood, Mrs. Rebecca W____, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Metzler, W__ Crain and daughter and Mrs. Brown, Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bowser, Greenville, Tenn. And Mrs. J.A. Catchpole and ____ Toledo, Ohio; Mr. And Mrs. H___ Buck, McComb, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Lecheidner and family,__ Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Fields and Mr. And Mrs. Cahuncey, ___noids, Frontier, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hutchins, Pleasant Lake;


Submitted by Christina Siemiaszko
Email: cnjsimms@sbcglobal.net

Old Settler Gets Granite Marker
Angola Monument Company,
Lazenby and Hetzler, Props. Angola, IN


Having submitted to me the awarding of the red Scotch granite marker to be placed at the unmarked grave of the person who lived longest in the county prior to death, and who died prior to January 1, 1900, and having certain data submitted to me for consideration.  I find from the statement referred to me the facts to be as follows:
George Tabor came to Steuben County in 1837 and died in 1839, and lived in this county prior to his death two years.
Mrs. Lyola LaRue came to Steuben County in 1837 and died in 1893, having lived in the county prior to her death fifty-six years.
John Mahan was born in Harrisburg, PA, in 1790.  He came to Steuben County in about 1834, and was the first settler in Fremont Township.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died in Angola in 1877, at the age of eighty-six years.  He resided in this county forty-three years, but under the rules prescribed for making the award, however deserving, neither he nor the others afore mentioned would be entitled to the monument.
Elmus Barron came to Steuben County in 1836, and settled in York Township in the village of Metz.  He died in February 1899, having lived in Steuben County for sixty-three years.  His last resting-place being left unmarked and there being no other applicants for the monument, I find and award that the granite marker should be placed at his grave.
Done at Angola, this 20th day of August 1906.                                                     Stephen A. Powers

Submitted by Kay Lash
Source: Steuben Republican Newspaper, Angola, IN Wed., 22 Aug 1906  Note: Elmus Barron is buried in the Metz Cemetery. Audree Lewis, Cemeteries of Steuben County

Reaching Backward

As we stated last week, we take pleasure in quoting from the Republican of July 12, 1862 handed us by Stephen Hodges of York township.  The paper, being printed during the second year of Civil War, has several letters from the boys in blue at the front.
The first item of this kind is from Captain Charles F. Kinney, dated at Florence, Alabama, giving a list of deceased soldiers of Co. A, 44th Indiana up to that time as follows:

   Francis Brooks, died 4 Oct 1861, at Fort Wayne, IN
   Marion Grant, died 26 Jan 1862, at Evansville, IN
   Charles F. Hurlbert died 17 Feb 1862 at Calhoun, KY.
   John Stealey, died 21 Feb 1862, at Calhoun, KY.
   William W. Wright, died 2 Mar 1862, at St. Louis, MO.
   George W. Van Cleve, died 15 Mar 1862 at Evansville, IN
   William Bennett died 26 Mar 1862 at Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn.
   Richard P. Swain, died 27 Mar 1862 at Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn.
   Henry Field, died 5 Apr 1862 at Cairo, IL
   Leander Hall, killed 6 Apr 1862 at Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn.
   Joseph Jackman, mortally wounded 6 April and died 10 Apr 1862, at Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn.
   John Eckhart died 20 Apr 1862 in Steuben County, IN.
   William Yenner died, time and place unknown.
   James B. Ewing died 14 May 1862 Steuben Co., IN.
   Henry Nichols writes of an engagement before Richmond in which sixty or more Steuben County boys participated.  Of the 4th Michigan Regiment he says the Colonel was killed, as were also the following who went from Steuben:
   Lieut. Thomas Jones (wounded) since died.
   Serg. F. W. Mench, killed.
   Privates -- A. F. Day, L. J. Croxton, Homer Fisher, Sanford Morse, L. T. Scholfield, George Bennett, Mr. Atchison, Mr. Barnes, Mr. Guernsey, Mr. Bailey, all killed.
    John Richardson, A. C. Bennett and Henry Petre all wounded.  
No doubt others of our boys are either killed or wounded.  The fight lasted for three days.  Every field officer was lost, and although the regiment numbered 800 at the beginning of the battle, the number is now only about 250.

A notice headed “To Arms,” says: “Once more it is our duty to call upon the people of Steuben County to rush to arms.  Steuben County is expected to furnish a company for the new regiment required of the 10th Congressional District.  Then rouse ye!  Your country at no time during this rebellion, needed your services more than at the present.  The army before Richmond must be re-enforced, and to do this, everyone who can should at once buckle on the armor.  B. F. Dawson will attend to recruiting in Angola, and we hope our county will be the first to report.”

The locals in the paper are very scarce:  Orland celebrates the 4th and Dr. Scott delivered the oration. -- Fremont had a Sunday school picnic on the 4th, as did also Pleasant Lake.  Four men at Hamilton, after a drunken frolic, had a fight.  If they are so fond of that kind of sport, we think they had better go to war. -- Sunday, July 6th, the ceiling at the Balding School house, northeast of town, fell in, joists and all.  The building was new, only built last  year.  The men who will do such a job, only for gain, and this endanger the lives of children, ought to be punished.  Fortunately the school was not in session when the accident occurred.-- The editor is under obligation to Daddy Patterson, the merchant, for a new beaver hat.-- We understand Asa M. Tinker is to be removed as postmaster at Angola, and Alfred Osborn appointed in his place.

Submitted by Rosalie Spirek
Source: Steuben Republican Newspaper, 10 Aug 1904. 



Mr. and Mrs. Otis Cary of R.R. 4 Angola observed their 50th wedding anniversary on July 28 and celebrated the occasion Sunday with a family dinner party at the Hamilton House.

            They later entertained at their farm home with ice cream, cake and punch. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cary of Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gilbert, Mrs. Cora Storey, their son, Robert Cary, wife and son, Kevin, all of Angola; their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oberlin and daughter, Diane, of Hamilton; and their granddaughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Isenhoff and children, Kelly and Tony of Angola.

(From the Steuben Republican, Aug 2, 1967)




Mr. and Mrs. Otis Cary were honored at a dinner Sunday, July 24, to celebrate their 60 years of marriage.

            The celebration was held at the home of their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Oberlin. Also in attendance were their son, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cary and grandson, Kevin granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dale (Diane) Champion and great-grandson, Jon.

            A decorated cake, ice cream and punch was served to afternoon callers including their granddaughter, Kathy, two other great-grandchildren, Kelly and Tony Isenhoff, were away at camp. Also calling were Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gilbert and Mrs. Carol Coffman.

The two were married July 28, 1917, and reside at Route 4, Angola.

(From the Steuben Republican, Aug 3, 1977)

Submitted By: Larry Williams

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