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Monroe County Obituaries







Carpenter, Rebecca Carpenter

Source:  Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio; Thursday, 3 June 1909 

CALAIS---On Thursday May 27, occurred the death of Mrs. Rebecca Carpenter.  Mrs. Carpenter was the last of a large family of brothers and sisters.  She was past ninety years of age and had until recently been a strong healthy woman.  She was buried Friday in the old Carpenter burial ground below town.


 Carpenter, Sevia Carpenter

Source:  Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio; Thursday, 22 April 1909

CALAIS---On Tuesday April 13,  Mrs. Sevia Carpenter, widow of the late Gillespie Carpenter, died at her home near town.  Mrs. Carpenter was about 77 years of age and seemed to be in good health until Sunday night before her death, when she suffered a stoke of paralysis.  She was buried Wednesday in the Calais Cemetery.


Day, Edson Day

Source:  Spirit of Democracy,  Woodsfield, Ohio; Thursday, 22 July 1909

CALAIS---Edson, little two year old son of Sherman Day, died Thursday, July 15, after an illness of only about 24 hours.  Little Edson will be greatly missed as he was the youngest child and a bright and friendly little fellow.


Gatten, Alvina C. Gatten [Source: Steubenville Weekly Gazette Issue:  Steubenville, Ohio, Friday, April 9, 1909]

    Alvina Christina Gatten, aged 83 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. S. Nolan, at 826 Sherman Avenue at 12:50 p.m. today. She was born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1826, and lived there the greater part of her life. Her husband, James R. Gatten, who was a school teacher, died 13 years ago. Mrs. Gatten went to Carroll, Iowa, some years ago to live with a son, but when her health began to fail, she desired to return to Ohio, saying that she wished to spend her last days in the old Buckeye State. Mrs. Gatten came to this city last August. The infirmities of her advanced years crept on and she gradually weakened until her death. Mrs. Gatten joined the Christian Church when she was 22 years of age. Her surviving children are Mrs. S. J. Hunt, of Barnesville, Ohio; Mrs. W. S. Nolan, this city; Thomas and John Gatten of Carroll, Iowa; Lou Gatten of Kansas; Edward Gatten, of Barnesville, and Addison Gatten of St. Louis. She leaves 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 


Gills, Sally Gills

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated April 1, 1909 (Sardis)

       Mrs. Sally Gills, an aged and respected lady passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Seph Sole Sunday evening at about seven o’clock, after a two week’s illness. The remains will be taken to her old home at Wittens Tuesday afternoon and funeral takes place Wednesday afternoon. Interment in Witten cemetery.


Henthorn, John M. Henthorn             

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated April 29, 1909

       John M. Henthorn was born May 26, 1838, and died April 16, 1909, aged 70 years, 10 months and 20 days. He was married to Lidia A. Kent in his twentieth year. To this union was born 12 children, the living are four boys and three girls. Five children with his wife preceded him to the Spirit land. He obeyed the Gospel under the ministry of Elder John Henderson about 50 years ago. He was a native of this county where his life was spent with the exceptions of 11 years which was spent in Tyler county, West Virginia. He leaves tow brothers, seven children and four grandchildren and a number of neighbors and friends to toil and labor on, and meet him in judgement. Funeral services were held at West Union chapel Sunday conducted by Elder D. W. Harkins, after which his body was laid to rest in the cemetery. The bereaved relatives have our sympathy and prayers.

       D. W. Harkins


Hoops, Elmer Hoops

Source:  The Bedford [Indiana] Daily Mail; 12 Jun 1909

                  S. I.   FREIGHT

 Killed   Man   Walking   Near  Track   In

            Linton   Thursday   Night.


        Elmer Hoops, a miner of Linton, and living near the Glenburn mine, while on his way home Thursday night met death on the tracks of the Southern Indiana railroad.  Hoops was a man of about 35 years, and leaves a wife and four children to mourn because of his death.

        Hoops was walking north on the west side of the tracks and was struck by a southbound freight train.  The evidence shows that he must have been walking, as he was struck on the hips and head, both on the right side of his body.  The evidence further shows that he was braced on the ground because of the fact that his right shoe heel was almost torn off the shoe.

        He was knocked about fifty feet and fell off the grade with his head down in the ditch and his feet up on the grade.  Everything indicates that he was instantly killed, as there were no signs of him ever moving after he struck the ground.

        The gravel shows, where it was torn up, that he must have been walking right at the end of the ties, and how he could be that near the track, walking face towards an approaching engine with a headlight, and not see the engine nor the  engineer see him, is a mystery.  So far as we have been able to learn, the train crew made no report of striking any one, and if they had known, the train would certainly have stopped and made an investigation.

        He was carrying a basket of groceries and they were found scattered between where he was struck by the train and where his body was found.

        He was last seen in town after 11 o'clock, and the train is due here at 12:49 a.m.  No record was left at the depot to show whether it was on time or not.  It is not believed that Hoops was under the influence of liquor, as it is claimed he did not drink to the point of intoxication.

        The victim was just one block from home when the awful accident occurred and he had only 30 feet farther north to go when he would have been off the right of way.  He was not found until 6 o'clock Friday morning, when Dick Crichlow, who was going to work, discovered the body.

[Submitter's Note:  Below is a later article.]


Hoops, Elmer Hoops

Source:  The Fort Wayne [Indiana] Weekly Sentinel; 16 Jun 1909


        Linton, Ind., June 11.--Elmer Hoops was killed last night on the Southern Indiana tracks by a south-bound train.  He leaves a wife and four children.  In his pocket was a bottle of whisky, though it was supposed he had not taken a drink of liquor for years.


Ketzel, Godfrey Ketzel

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated February 25, 1909 (Sardis)

       Word reached us early Monday morning that Godfrey Ketzel, one of our best known farmers residing some three miles in the country back of this place had suicided. It appears that Mr. Ketzel had arose in the morning, started the fires about the house and gone to the barn to attend to the feeding of the stock as was his habit. When breakfast was ready he having not returned one of the boys was sent to call him and upon going to the barn found him hanging by a rope, to one of the braces in the building with a bullet wound in his forehead. Mr. Ketzel had been poor health for some time. No other reason can be given for his rash act. The family and friends have the sympathy of the entire community. Interment Wednesday in Sardis cemetery.


Marsh, Samuel Marsh

Spirit of Democracy, November 25, 1909 (Stafford)

       Our community was sadly shocked Wednesday morning to learn of the death of Samuel Marsh which occurred at his late home about three miles northwest of Stafford. The deceased was ill but a few hours, heart failure being the immediate cause of death. Brief services were held at the home Friday forenoon, after which the remains were taken to the Mt. Tabor church where the funeral discourse was delivered by his pastor Rev. Van Fossen, and impressive services were held by the F. & A.M. Lodge of this place, of which deceased was a member. Interment was made in the Mt. Tabor cemetery. He is survived by a wife, one son and one daughter.


McCaslin, Mary E. McCaslin

       Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated July 8, 1909

Mrs. Mary E. McCaslin died at her home near Jolly, Ohio, June 27, last, aged 70 years, 7 months and 13 days. She was born in Tarrentum, Pennsylvania, November 4, 1838. At the age of fourteen she came with her parents to Belmont county. They remained there only about six months when they removed to Monroe County. Since that time she has lived in Monroe County, ear the town of Brownsville.

       She was married to James McCaslin April 22, 1858. There were nine children born to them. Seven of these still live, two having died in infancy. Mr. McCaslin died May 24, 1905. Mrs. McCaslin has been an esteemed and faithful member of the United Presbyterian church for over fifty years. She was a woman highly respected in the community. The church and community feel that they share in the loss which her family has sustained, and the family has the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in this their bereavement.

       The funeral services were held Tuesday morning, June 29, in the United Presbyterian church at Brownsville. The services being conducted by the pastor Rev. R. C. Douds.


Morris, Charles Thomas Morris   

Source:  The Business and Weekly Guernsey [Ohio] Times; Thursday, 6 Jan 1910


        Gibson station lost one of its most highly respected citizens Thursday morning when Charles Morris, aged 50, was claimed by dreaded pneumonia.  He was ill but a few days with the malady, although he had not been in robust health for a year or more.

        The deceased was a well known farmer and besides a widow leaves seven children, Frank, Philip, Allen, Richard, Rodney, Freda and Beryl.

        Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the Salem Church,with burial to occur at Quaker City.


Morris, William Alexander Morris

Source:  The Spirit of Democracy [Woodsfield, Ohio]; 22 Apr 1909

        William Morris of Wingett Run, Washington county, had his head almost severed from his body Wednesday of last week while examining a drilling machine which was at work on the Graham farm.


Norris, Edith Marie Norris

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated August 12, 1909

       The angel of death claimed for its victim Edith Marie, little daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Norris of Woodsfield, who was called from our midst to the world of the great beyond. Edith had been in perfect health until Monday evening. While starting a fire her clothing caught and she was so badly burned that she died Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. God relieved her of her suffering. Everything that loving hadns and medical aid could do was done but of no avail.

       How different, however, are the feelings with which we view the death of the young. How un-natural, how mysterious, how cruel. It seems the very laws of decay and death even appear to have been violated. Who can picture the gloom of the household from which the tender beautiful plant of full life and sweetness and beauty has been so suddenly cut down.?

       The subject of this sketch was born January 20, 1898, and died July 27, 1909, being 11 years, 6 months and 7 days old. She leaves to mourn her death father, mother, two sisters and one brother, besides a host of relatives and friends. One sister preceded her to the better world. Our loss is her eternal gain.

       We say to the sorrowing weep not for the kinds Shepard hath said, “Blessed are they which die in the Lord.” Many nights will pillows be wet with the tears of anguish of father and mother; sisters and brother will rest uneasy upon their couch. Oh, such loving rememberance of that one who has gone from them forever. Did I say gone forever? Just gone before to wait their coming where there will be no more parting, no sorrowing, no tears, but where will be one bright and happy day forever more. Short services were conducted at the home of J. L. Dougherty where she was cared for until death. Her remains were laid to rest in the Steed cemetery there to await the resurrection. The services were conducted by Elder Hines


Romick, Ephriam Romick

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated May 20, 1909 (Sardis)

       Ephriam Romick, one of our oldest and respected citizens, was found dead Friday morning in a small out building. Mr. Romick had been ailing for some time but his death was a shock to our people. He leaves a son and two daughters besides a numbe of brothers and sisters and many friends to mourn. Funeral services took place Sunday from the M.E. church. Interment in Sardis cemetery.


Schell, Dora Stella Schell

Source:  The Cortland [Nebraska] News; Thursday, 14 Oct 1909, p-5

        Dora Stella, oldest daughter of Randolph R. and Rosa B. Schell, was born at Cortland, Nebraska, April 3, 1894, and departed this life with tuberculosis, October 5, 1909, aged 15 years, 6 months and 2 days. She leaves a father and mother and ten brothers and sisters to mourn her early loss. Everything that medical skill could do to cure her malady was bestowed upon her, but all to no avail. God had loved her, and in his infinite providence he came and transplanted her to the upper garden.

        Brief funeral services were held at the home at two Thursday afternoon; after which her casket was borne in a long cortege to the Congregational church where the main service was held. Rev. O. M. Humphreys, her pastor, preached a sermon from the text “And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it,” and Rev. John Smit of Princeton delivered a touching address in German. The choir rendered Dora’s favorite hymns “O Happy Day” and “The Upper Garden,” in a very tender manner, after which the vast audience of relatives and friends passed in review of the beautiful body reclining in relief in the white casket. The remains were finally interred in the Princeton cemetery at sunset, Rev. Smit reading the final ceremony of commitment. Six girl friends, dressed in white officiated as pall-bearers and a profusion of flowers decked both casket and grave.


“Beyond the stars that stud the sky,

Beyond the utmost paths we tread,

Lives in sweet immortality

The life we reckoned dead.

Our lives will speed their weary ways

Of broken tasks and bitter tears;

No loss can touch her holy days,

Nor darken her eternal years.”



Source:  The Cortland [Nebraska] News; Thursday, 14 Oct 1909

Dora Schell

        It is not in the power of our poor words to express our personal grief and the loving sorrow in the hearts of her friends, when we recall the passing of this beautiful girl. The shade of our Leland’s going was still upon our minds, when we were called to part with this sweet child of sixteen summers. What a marvelous call of God to His people is this double visitation!

        “Beautiful in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.” In the quiet October evening, with the falling leaves - fit symbol of the dying summer, Dora passed over beyond the stars, to be with Christ. This pure, sweet spirit fled from the icy clast to the flowers of the southland. No pain, no labored breath, only a sleep to awaken in the eternal morning.

        Dora professed conversion in the Miller meetings last winter, and united with the Congregational church, January 31st, 1909. Not for long was she permitted to worship with the church of her choice, but we will miss her always. In her brief life she attained the measure of sainthood that a lifetime hardly brings to us. Let us lay upon her final resting place the tribute of tears, and rejoice in her triumph, for she is richer than we who remain.


St. John, Sarah St. John

       Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated February 25, 1909 (Laings)

Mrs. Sarah St. John, an aged and very highly respected lady, died at her home near here Monday. Paralysis was the cause of her death. Interment Wednesday in the Goudy cemetery.


Steinhoff, Wilhelmina Steinhoff

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated April 22,  1909

       Wilhelmina Steinhoff was born on the 5th of January, 1850, in Opperhusen, Braunschweig, Germany, she being the daughter of Henry and Julia Steinhoff and the fourth child of a family of eleven children. She came to America with her parents one year after her birth and lived near Lewisville, Monroe County, Ohio, where she was confirmed in the German Evangelical church in her 15th year, in the year 1865.

       On the 9th of January, 1868, she was married to Frederick Weber, at Miltonsburg, Ohio. Five children were born to them in Ohio, namely; Henry, Charley, Edward, Elizabeth and Anna. The youngest son John, was born in this State, they having moved to Iowa from Ohio, March 26, 1883.

       The deceased enjoyed perfect health until the last four or five years, when she began to complain of internal sufferings. These seemed to increase, especially in the last two weeks, when she finally decided upon an operation. Confident that such a step would relieve her of her ailments she was operated on for gall stones on March 25, 1909, in the St. Joseph hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. There was hope that she would recover, but being very week, she suddenly passed away at 9:45, having attained the age of 59 years, two months and 22 days.

       A husband, six children, four brothers and four sisters survive her death, while one brother and and sister have already gone before her. The brothers surviving are Henry, Charley, George and Willie; and the sisters Jane, Augusta, Julia and Tildy. Nearly all I’ve in this community except her brother Charles living in Ashland, Ohio, Julia in Orange, Cal., and Tilda in Bloomfield, Neb., while her children and grandchildren are all dwelling in this vicinity.

       “Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord; from henceforth yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.” Rev. 14-13-Rev. Bratzel.

       The funeral services were held at the German Evangelical Church German City, March 30, and the body interred in the church cemetery, Rev. Bratzel, officiating.-Iowa Paper


Trembly, Charles Trembly

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated January 21, 1909

       Charles Trembly, oldest child of Thomas Trembly, died December 29, 1908, form consumption, after an illness of about one year. He was born September 19, 1894, being aged at death, 14 years, three months and ten days. He leaves father, one brother, one sister and other relatives to mourn his demise, his mother having preceded him in death five years ago. Interment took place in the Salem Cemetery near Oak December 31, 1908. He was immersed into Christ by Elder T. J. Wood three months previous to his death.

       The family have a sad and aching heart over the loss of their dear boy, but they can have the blessed hope of the christian of meeting him again in that haven of rest where all afflictions will be passed away and all will be eternal joy at God’s right hand. O, what a glorious hope for the christian, for without such hope our life would be vain in this world of afflictions, for we must all meet death, which will forever sever all our earthly ties.

       The family of the deceased are a kind, christian people and had the aid and sympathy of the community in their trouble. The funeral services were conducted by Elder Fred Maury of the Church of Christ at Salem.



Tschappat, Katherine Kinzie Tschappat

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated July 8, 1909

       Katherine Kinzie Tschappat, whose death was mentioned in the Spirit at the time, was one of Beallsville’s most highly respected ladies. She was born in Berne, Switzerland, December 9, 1838. She came to this country with her parents in the spring of 1852. On January 1, 1860 she married to Philip Tschappat. To this union were born twelve children–eleven of whom are still living–one having died in infancy.

       The children living are Mrs. Mary Mellott, of Wheeling; Carey Wright , of Bellaire; J. W. Tschappat, of Beallsville; Samuel Tschappat, of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Lizzie Ault, of Columbus, Ohio; Fred Tschappat, of Beallsville; Mrs. John M. Keyser, of Woodsfield; Misses Malinda and Clara Tschappat, of Beallsville; Brig. Gen Wm T. Tschappat of the Regular Army, located in New Jersey; and George Tschappat, of Beallsville.


       In addition to this model family of children Mrs. Tschappat leaves twenty-two grand children and five great grandchildren. Her husband, who was Infirmary Director, died October 22, 1906. Mrs. Tschappat united with the Lutheran church in her fifteenth year. Later in life she united with the Presbyterian church at Beallsville, of which she was a member at the time of her death, June 8, 1909, aged 70 years, five months and 29 days. In her death the community loses an excellent neighbor. During the five years of suffering preceding her death she was an example of great patience and strong faith. Her family loses a thoughtful and loving mother. They have the deep sympathy of the entire community. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, the Rev. K. P. Simmons.


Willison, Eveline Willison   

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated April 29, 1909

       Eveline Willison, wife of Jacob Willison, was born October 2, 1845, and died April 18, 1909, aged 63 years, 7 months and 16 days. Her maiden name was Fisher. She was married to Jacob Willison December 22, 1866. To the union was born five children, two boys and three girls. Three children survive her–two boys, Winfield and Frank, and one girl Myrtle I. Two daughters preceded her I to the Spirit-land; one Ella May died in infancy and Mattie L., wife of Dr. Walton who died in October 1893. Sister Willison obeyed the Gospel more than 40 year ago. She became mother to her daughter’s motherless child (Lucile). She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, three children, seven grandchildren, two brothers, three sisters and a host of distant relatives and neighbors who will long remember her loving acts of kindness and mercy.

       She was an exemplary wife and mother. She lived to see all her children except one (Ella May) grow to manhood and womanhood to marry, all become christians. We have nothing to regret in the life now severed by death.. Sister Willison has finished her work and gone to be with Jesus and rest from her labors, while her work and influence will be felt for many years to come. The funeral services were conducted April 20th by Elder D. W. Harkins. Her remains were laid to rest in the Barber cemetery, to await her Lord’s call from the tomb. The family have our sincere sympathy in their sad bereavement.

       D. W. Harkins


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