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Monroe County Obituaries



Shuman, Mrs. Luella Shuman nee Hoskins
Source--Wheeling Intelligencer  Thursday, November 30, 1944

Mrs. LUELLA SHUMAN Succumbs Wednesday Shuman , Mrs. Luella Wickers passed away at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Wetzel county hospital at New Martinsville. She was born in Hannibal, O., June 21, 1867, a daughter of John Henry and Catherine Elizabeth Griffin Hoskins.

Surviving are these children; Homer V. Wickers of Woodville, O.; Mrs. Vaine L. Smittle of New Martinsville; two brothers, F. W. and R. G. Hoskins of Hannibal, and three grandchildren. She was a member of the Christian church. The body is at the Wharton funeral home, New Martinsville,and will be taken to the home of her brother, F. W. Hoskins at Hannibal on Friday evening. Services will be held Saturday at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Kenneth Evans. Burial will be in Harter cemetery in Hannibal.


Hoyt, Perry H. Hoyt
Source--Wheeling Intelligencer, Wednesday, November 29, 1944

Hoyt , Perry H. , 68, of Hannibal, O., died at 4:30 Tuesday morning at his home. He was a former resident of Wheeling, moving to Hannibal nine years ago. The body will be removed today from the Wharton funeral home to the late residence, time of service to await arrival of a grandson from Camp Fannin, Texas. Burial will be in Hannibal. Born in Moundsville, September 30, 1876, he came to Wheeling when a young man and was employed at the Belmont mill for 32 years. He had been retired for nine years. He was a member of the First Christian Church here and served as deacon of the church for four years.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Luvedo Hoyt; three children, Harry and Frank of Wheeling and Mrs. Walter Custer of Wheeling; 11 grandchildren, two brothers, Chester and Jesse Hoyt of Wheeling.


Henry Philip Claus
Source: Newspaper clipping, Issue:  1944
    Henry Philip Claus, departed this life Monday, March 20, 1944, at his home near Middle Church at the age of 73 years, 10 months, and 20 days.  Although his death was sudden, he had been in failing health since undergoing operation a year ago.
    He was born May 1, 1870, in Malaga Township, and was the son of the late Justus and Carolina Schmidt Claus. He was confirmed at the St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Summit township where he remained a faithful member until his death. He was united in marriage on January 30, 1894, with Miss Minnie Brubach. He spent his entire life in this community, where he had made a host of lifelong friends, who in addition to his family and relatives will mourn his passing.
    Surviving Mrs. Claus are his wife, three sons: Everett Claus, of Lewisville; Walter Claus, of Akron; Emil Claus, of Bucyrus; one daughter, Mrs. Hulda McDonough, of Akron; eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters; Mrs. Ann Friday, of Columbus; Mrs. Elizabeth Wilhelm, of Parkersburg, W. Va., and three brothers: Herman Claus and Clarence Claus, of Hornick, Iowa, and Edward Claus, of Pittsburgh, Pa. Two sisters, Mrs. Louise Scheurr, of Pittsburg, Pa., and Mrs. Clara Theiss, of Lower Salem, Ohio, and one brother, Jacob Claus, of Hornick, Iowa, preceded him in death.
   Just recently Mr. and Mrs. Claus together with the family observed their golden wedding anniversary.

    Here at last, and over yonder
    Just within the pearly gates
    Watching still for loved ones coming --
    Now our father peacefully waits.
    When we, too, shall cross the river,
    And on earth no longer roam,
    May we reunite together
    Safe at last, in that bright home. 


Thomas Franklin (Frank) Conley aged 78, life-long resident of Monroe County, died Wednesday morning, September 19th at six o’clock at his home on Sardis, Route 1.  He had been ill for two years.  A son of the late Jess and Sarah Conley of Sardis, he was born in Green Township on November 6, 1866.  On April 12, 1891 he was united in marriage with Frances Lillie Carr, who preceded him in death four years ago.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. May Stewart of Sterling and Mrs. Sarah Price of Bridgeport; two sons, Oscar Conley of Sardis and Carl Conley of Bridgeport, five brothers, George Conley of Fly, Dorman Conley of New Martinsville, Mason Conley of Sardis, Elmer Conley of Shadyside and Eugene Conley of Wheeling and seven grandchildren.  Four sons, Roy Conley of Fly, George Oliver, Walter Clifton and an infant son preceded him in death.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at two o’clock at the Mt. Olive Church with Rev. George Mendenhall of Marietta officiating.  Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.  [Calculated year of death = 1944]


Mary Neuhart Latta, nee Neuhart

Source:  MONROE CO., OH OBITUARIES, Vol. 2 , page 37

Mrs. Mary Newhart Latta, 72, mother of Dr. R.H. Latta of Graysville, died Friday evening at her home in Graysville following an illness of several weeks.

Mrs. Latta had spent her entire life at Graysville and in Monroe Co.  Her husband, Dr. A.F. Latta, died some years ago.  Survivors are her son, Dr. R. H. Latta; and two brothers, Frank Newhart & Willis Newhart of Batesville.

Funeral services were held at the home in Graysville Monday afternoon at 1:00 in charge of Minister J.V.A. Traylor of the Church of Christ, of which she was a member.  Internment was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

Besides her church affiliation, Mrs. Latta was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, of Woodsfield.  They conducted the ritualistic service at the cemetery, commemorating the virtues of their departed sister.

Mrs. Latta was loved and highly respected in her home community.  Endowed by nature with a fine personality, and motivated by a fine Christian spirit, she won and kept the friendship and good will of a wide acquaintance.  Her passing to her heavenly reward is mourned by scores of friends beyond the family circle."  (11 August 1944)


Winfield Scott Gatten
Source: The Monroe County  Beacon, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, September 14, 1944)

Winfield Scott Gatten, oldest son of Joseph Thomas Gatten and Hannah Jane Highman Gatten, was born at Graysville, Ohio on September 5, 1872. He departed this life at his home on Sycamore Street at 12:20 Thursday afternoon, August 31, 1944, having  attained the age of 71 years, 11 months and 26 days. He had been ailing for a few weeks from a heart condition.  He was united in marriage with Martha Viola Smith on February 25, 1899.

Mr. Gatten leaves to mourn his departure, besides his wife, one son, Oliver Thurman Gatten, of Lewisville: five daughters. Mrs. W.W. Willison, of Smithville, Ohio; Mrs. Chloe May Farley, of Akron; Mrs. Mary Mildred Hoover, of Akron; Mrs. Edna Lourena Simmons and Mrs. Sarah Jane Cramblett, of Woodsfield; two brothers, John Gatten, of Woodsfield, and Hamilton Gatten, of Crystal, Michigan; fourteen grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; one brother, Oliver Gatten; one sister, Mrs. Tabitha Jane Gray, and one grandson, Jack Edwin Farley, who passed away August 31, 1942, exactly two years before his own death.

His entire life was spent in Monroe County. A builder of houses by vocation, he leaves many structures as monuments to his industry and craftsmanship. In his daily work he took great pride in doing things well, remembering that 1900 years ago, in Nazareth, across the ocean, Jesus of Nazareth was a carpenter.In early youth he became interested in spiritual things, and an intense student of the holy scriptures. Having learned his duty, he obeyed the gospel at Richfork congregation, was baptized in the icy waters of Richfork stream, and forthwith, set himself to the task of becoming as active worker in the church. He was a faithful member of The Church of Christ.  As an exhorter, a teacher, a song leader, and an elder, his life has been an inspiration to all who knew him. In his daily work, as in his worship, he implicitly obeyed the scriptural induction to " Study to show thyself approved unto God: a workman that needeth not be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth."

Mr. and Mrs. Gatten resided on a farm in Wayne Township, Ohio until about 1942 when the moved to Woodsfield, Ohio.

Devout, patient, informed, charitable of faults in others, faithful to his friends and his convictions, of him it can be truly said  that he remained faithful to the end. Like the crashing of the mighty tree on the horizon, his sudden passing leaves a void in the family circle, the community, and the church, a void that will not be soon or easily filled.


Green grew the grass above thee:

Friend of our better days.

None knew thee but to love thee;

Nor named thee but to praise.


Busche, Herbert Busche
Herbert Busche Is Killed in Accident, June 1, 1944
Provided by Lena Kahrig Pettit, typed by Betty Lendon Matson
       Herbert Busche, 33, was instantly killed in an automobile accident on The Clifford Ring Hill near Low Gap about eleven o'clock Sunday night. It is believed that a broken axle caused the car to turn over a steep embankment while going down the hill.
       Mr. and Mrs. Busche, who live at Gypsum, Ohio, had come to Monroe County Sunday morning to spend their vacation with relatives. They had spent the day with  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cline and were on their way to the home of  Mrs. Busche's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dillon, when the accident happened.
       In the car with Mr. and Mrs. Busche were Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dillon and their daughter, Miss Carrie Dillon.  Miss Dillon sustained a broken leg, and  Mrs. Dillon, serious injuries. Both were taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital. Mr. Dillon received chest and leg injuries. Mrs. Busche was not seriously injured.
       Surviving Mr. Busche are his wife, Mrs. Gladys Dillon Busche; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Busche of New Matamoras, Route 2;  one sister,  Mrs. Bernadine Hensel of New Matamoras Rt.2;  and two brothers, of the home; and Ralph Busche, S-2c of Gulfport, Miss.

Devore, Clair Devore and James Ullman
Two Boys Drown Sunday Near Stafford
Died, June 8, 1944
Clair Devore Loses Life In Attempt To Rescue James Ullman:
Provided by Lena Kahrig Pettit, typed by Betty Lendon Matson
       A double drowning shocked the Stafford-Lewisville communities Sunday afternoon when two fine young men lost their lives in Clearfork Creek, about two miles southeast of Stafford. They were James Henry Ullman, who would have been 22 years of age on June 29 and Clair Devore who was 17 years old last November 6. Devore, a fairly good swimmer was in the water, which in places was 12 to 15 feet deep. He cautioned his friend not to come out too far and Ullman replied that he would wade close to the bank. As he was wading  he suddenly disappeared, apparently stepping into a deep hole. Devore went to aid him and both were drowned.
       This is according to three ten year old boys, Donald and Charles Hines and Junior Robbins who were sitting on the bank. They summoned help and Leonard Hines and William Hawkins arrived almost immediately and Ullman was taken out of the water in about 15 minutes, but he couldn't be saved while Devore was in the water about 45 minutes.
       Devore was graduated this year from the Lewisville High School and had done excellent work.  He had won a four-year scholarship in college of agriculture at Ohio State University.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Devore of near Lewisville; one brother  Carl who is with the armed forces in England and  Glen of the home and four sisters, Mrs. Chester Deeker, Geraldine, Eileen and Joan of the home.
       Ullman is survived by his father, Walter Ullman and one sister.  Mrs. Dorothy Kestner of Port Clinton.  His only brother, Lester who preceded him death in Africa last September.  James had passed his pre-induction  examination and was waiting to be called for service.  He was graduated from the Lewisville High School.


John R. Carpenter

Source:  Barnesville Whetstone, Barnesville, Ohio; Thursday, 16 Nov. 1944

        John R. Carpenter, well known resident of Watt avenue, passed away in his home Thursday morning following a long illness.   Deceased, a son of Chris and Golda Stephens Carpenter was born Sept. 5, 1916, near Malaga.  He was a day laborer and for a number of years had been employed with Watt Car & Wheel Co.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Virginia Carpenter, one daughter, his parents, maternal grandfather T. V. Stephens, Woodsfield.  He also leaves four brothers, Chester Carpenter in Cambridge,  Ralph Carpenter, Eldon;  Homer and Melvin Carpenter in the home;  three sisters, Mrs. Michael Schwallie, Sewellsville, Mrs. Harry Wildes, Barnesville and Miss Betty Carpenter of the home.

         Funeral services was held on Saturday afternoon in Boston Methodist Church and burial made in cemetery nearby.


Julius H. Meeks

Source:  The Bellingham [Washington] Herald; 9 Aug 1944, p 3

                                JULIUS H. MEEKS, AGED 66, CALLED

        Julius Henry Meeks, aged 66 years, died at this home 3012 Victor St., Wednesday, after a residence of five years.  He was employed at the Brooks Lumber company.

        Immediate survivors include his widow Emma M., at home; five sons, Kenneth of Burbank, Calif., George a Corporal in the U.S. Army; Russell at Portland, Ore., Earl at Seattle, Wash., and Clement in the U.S. Navy ;and a daughter, Mrs. E.M. Johnston of Bellingham; three brothers, Tom and Weaver of Portland and Rolley of Marysville, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. J.H. White and Mrs. George Ralston of Portland; Mrs. Warren Beatty of Molalia Ore., and Mrs. Ray Faust of Seattle and three grandchildren.

        Funeral will be arranged by Harlow-Hollingsworth.


Source:  The Bellingham [Washington] Herald;  10 Aug 1944, p 15

Submitter's Note:  This later edition of the newspaper contained the above information plus the following information.

        The remains will be forwarded by Harlow-Hollingsworth Company to the  Bonney-Watson Funeral Home the evening of Friday, August 11, where funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 12 at 2 P.M.


Joseph Woodring

Source:  The  Cortland [Nebraska] News - 6 June 1944

        Joseph Woodring, former resident of Cortland and Beatrice, passed away at his home in St.Louis last week. He was a son of Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Woodring,

old residents of Cortland. He is survived by his wife and 3 sons.


Claus, Leroy A. Claus


       Leroy A. Claus, age 51, of Lewisville, Ohio, passed away December 5, 1944. He was born March 6, 1893, a son of the late Fred and Caroline Haffner Claus.

       He was confirmed at the Evangelical and Reformed Church on December 6, 1906.

       On January 1, 1920, he was united in marriage with Anna Kilburn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kilburn.

       Mr. Claus leaves to mourn his sad departure, his wife, two sons and one daughter; T/Sergeant Bernard L. Claus of Geneva, Nebraska, Pfc. Floyd L. Claus, somewhere in France, and Elvira of the home.

       The following brothers and sisters also survive: Benjamin Claus of Hornick, Iowa; Gilbert Claus, of Lewisville of Smithland, Iowa; Mrs. Anna Christman, of Lewisville, Route 2, and Mrs. Clara Christman, of Lewisville, Route 2.

       Two brothers preceded him in death several years ago.

He also leaves several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends who will greatly miss him.

Mr. Claus was an employee of the R. J. Haren Lumber Company of Woodsfield, Ohio at the time of his death. He always met his friends with a kind word and a smile which he carried to his grave.


Weber, Gertrude C. Weber nee Claus


       Mrs. Gertrude C. Claus Weber, daughter of the late Henry and Margaret Claus was born January 20, 1883 in Malaga Township, Monroe County. She departed this life January 1, 1944 at the home of her son, George W. Weber, of 136 Ohio Street, Barnesville, Ohio at the age of 60 years, 11 months and 12 days.

       On April 5, 1896 she was confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church of Miltonsburg, Ohio. Later she transferred her membership to the St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church of Summit Township, Monroe County, Ohio and was a faithful member until death.

       On January 12, 1904, she was united in marriage with William Jacob Weber. To this union were born seven children; Alfred H. Weber of Quaker City, Ohio; George W. Weber, of Barnesville; Wesley T. Weber, of Canton; Mrs. Ernest Hoff, of Lewisville; Mrs. Clinton Lent, of Quaker City; Mrs. Willard Weber, of Lewisville; and William J. Weber, of Medina. She also leaves to mourn twenty grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Louise Feldner, of Woodsfield, and Mrs. Lewis E. Christman, of Lewisville, Route 1; and many relatives and friends.

       Her husband, William Jacob Weber, preceded her in death on January 8, 1929. One infant granddaughter and one sister, Mrs. Matilda Feldner, also preceded her in death.

       Short funeral services were held from the H. L. Campbell and Sons Funeral Home, Barnesville, on Tuesday, January 4th , at 1:30 followed by services at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church at 2:30 Rev. Walter Trogler of St. Paul’s Woodsfield, officiated. Burial was made in the family lot beside her husband in the church cemetery.


Weber, Gertrude C. Weber nee Claus  2nd obit

Monroe County Beacon, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, February 10, 1944


       Mrs. Gertrude C. Weber, daughter of the late Henry and Margaret Claus was born January 20, 1883 in Malaga township, Monroe County. She departed this life January 1, 1944 at the home of her son, George W. Weber, of 136 Ohio Street, Barnesville, Ohio, at the age of 60 years, 11 months and 12 days.

       On April 5, 1896 she was confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed church of Miltonsburg, Ohio. Later she transferred her membership to the St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church of Summit township, Monroe County, and was a faithful member until death.

       On January 12, 1904, she was united in marriage with William J. Weber. To this union were born seven children; Alfred H. Weber of Quaker City, Ohio; George W. Weber, of Barnesville, Ohio; Wesley T. Weber, of Canton, Ohio; Mrs. Ernest Hoff, of Lewisville, Ohio, Route 2; Mrs. Clinton Lent, of Quaker City, Ohio; Mrs. Willard Weber, of Lewisville, Ohio, and William J. Weber, of Medina, Ohio. She also leaves to mourn twenty grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Louise Feldner, of Woodsfield, Ohio, and Mrs. Lewis E. Christman, of Lewisville, Ohio, Rt. 1; one brother, Dora Claus, of Lewisville, Ohio, Rt. 1, and many relatives and friends.

       Her husband, William J. Weber, preceded her in death on January 8, 1929. One infant granddaughter and one sister, Mrs. Matilda Feldner also preceded her in death.

       Short funeral services were held from the H. L. Campbell & Sons Funeral Home, Barnesville, on Tuesday, January 4th, at 1:30 followed by services at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church at 2:30, Rev. Walter Trogler of St. Paul’s, Woodsfield, officiated. Burial was made in the family lot beside her husband, in the church cemetery.

                      Home at last! Life’s journey over,

                      Done the waiting and the pain;

                      And our tears for her are falling

                      Though our loss to her is gain.


                      Nevermore shall care or trouble

                      Dim the brightness of her brow;

                      And no more shall earthly sorrow

                      Ever come to vex her now.


                      Nay, we would not now recall her,

                      Safe upon the other side;

                      Past for her is all the waiting

                      Of life’s quiet eventide.


Goodhart, Wilburt Goodhart

Monroe County Beacon, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, February 10, 1944


       Wilbur Goodhart was born near Calais, Seneca Township, Monroe County, Ohio, August 14, 1878 and departed from this life January 10, 1944, at the age of 65 years, five months and twenty-seven days.

       He was the son of Daniel and Harriet Carpenter Goodhart, who preceded him in death.

       He was united in marriage with Mary L. Rubel, by Reverend Hess, of Batesville, on July 29, 1908. In the last years of his life he was a member of the Church of Christ of Summerfield. Ohio.

       He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Mary, and son and daughter-in-law, Johny and Elizabeth Goodhart. Johny is serving with the United States Navy Seabees in North Carolina, and Elizabeth resides in Summerfield, Ohio.

       He leaves to mourn his departure, four sisters, who are Mrs. Ida Carpenter, of Quaker City; Mrs. Elsie Carpenter, of Temperanceville; Mrs. Laura Starr, of Quaker City, Route 1, and Mrs. Ollie Jeffers, of near Barnesville, besides a host of other relatives and friends.


Pfalzgraf, George Pfalzgraf


       George Pfalzgraf died January 14, 1944, following several days illness.

       Funeral services were held at his home in charge of Rev. Walter M. Trogler, of St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, Woodsfield, Ohio and burial was made by the Gardner Funeral Home of Stafford.

       He died on the farm which his father, George Michael, Jr. entered when he came to this country from Germany in 1832.

       Sophia Kilburn Pfalzgraf came to Monroe County, Ohio at the age of seven years. She was confirmed at the Middle Church, St. John’s near Lewisville, Ohio, at the age of fourteen years and was a consistent member of this church for over fifty years.


Gatten, Winfield Gatten  2nd obit

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, September 7, 1944


       Winfield S. Gatten, well known resident of Wayne township and a recent resident of Woodsfield, died at his home on Sycamore street, Thursday afternoon, Aug. 31. Had he lived until Sept. 5 he woud [sic-would] have been 72. Death was attributed to a heart condition, from which he had been ailing for a few weeks.

       Besides his wife, Mrs. Martha Smith Gatten, he is survived by one son, O. T. Gatten of Lewisville Route 2 and five daughters; Mrs. Chloe Farley and Mrs. Mary Hoover of Akron; Mrs. Edna Simmons and Mrs. Ruth Cramblett of Woodsfield; and Mrs. Bert Willison of Smithville, Ohio; also two brothers, John of Woodsfield and Hamilton of Crystal, Mich.

       One brother and sister preceded him in death.

       Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Bauer-Turner funeral chapel and were largely attended Evangelist Chester A. Gray, of Cameron , W.Va. was in charge of the religious, Mr. Gatten having been a member of the Church of Christ for many years.

       Burial was in Oaklawn cemetery.

       The family have the sympathy of many friends in the loss of the husband and father.


Betts, Vearl Betts


       Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon, December 5, 1948 for Pfc. Vearl Betts, who died in Italy on December 24, 1944. Short services will be held at the home on Lewisville, Ohio, Route one, at one o’clock with final services at two o’clock at the Calais Church. Minister J. V. A. Traylor will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by Monroe County Post 5303, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Burial will be in Calais cemetery.

       The body will arrive in Marietta this Thursday evening and will be received by the Gardner Funeral Home of Stafford. It will be taken to the home of his parents on Saturday afternoon.

       Pfc. Betts was born November 30, 1914, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Betts, of Lewisville, Route one, and lost his life in service for his country in Italy on December 24, 1944. He entered the service August 7, 1941, spending fifteen months in the United States and twenty-six months on foreign soil, in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.

       Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Betts; two brothers and three sisters; Elbert Betts, of Lewisville; Mrs. Raymond Christman, of Barnesville; Mrs. Ermie Morris, of Woodsfield; and Junior and Mary Eva Betts, of the home; also several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


Alonzo H. Carpenter

Source: The Cambridge [Ohio] Jeffersonian, Saturday,  5 Feb. 1944

        BARNESVILLE, Feb. 5--Alonzo H. Carpenter, 75, a former resident of Barnesville vicinity, died at his home in Columbus, Friday at 1 o'clock following lingering illness.

        Surviving are his wife, the former Dora Calvert, and the following children; Mrs. William V. Bennett, Eugene C. and Clara M. Carpenter, all of Barnesville; Mrs. Paul Miller, Philadelphia, Pa.; Mrs. Dorothy Jobe, Columbus; Pvt. Melvin, Fort Still, Okla., and Staff Sgt. Marvin of somewhere in Italy. Seven brothers and sisters also survive.

         The remains will be brought to the Campbell Funeral Home at noon, Monday, where a brief funeral service will be held at 1:30 with Evangelist James Gallagher officiating. Burial will be in Calais Cemetery.


Walton, W. Vernon Walton

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, March 23, 1944

       W. Vernon Walton, aged 83 years, died Wednesday morning at 4:20 at his home in Columbus following a long illness. Mr. Walton was mayor of Woodsfield at one time, having moved to Columbus about 40 years ago, and his father Richard K. Walton at one time was Probate Judge of Monroe County.

       Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lura B. Thornberry Walton; three sons, Dr. Leland Walton, Dr. W. V. Walton, Jr., and Dr. A. B. Walton and one daughter, Miss Ione Walton, all of Columbus. There are four grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Ione Extrand, of Chicago, Illinois.

       Funeral services will be held in Columbus and interment will be made there.


Christman, Ida Christman,  nee Paulus    

Source:  The Spirit of Democracy [Woodsfield, Ohio]; Thursday, 27 Jan 1944

                               MRS.  L. P. CHRISTMAN  DIES  WEDNESDAY

        Mrs. Louis P. Christman died at the home of her son, Dr. Nova A. Christman on Eastern avenue Wednesday, January 26 at 10:30 o'clock.  Mrs. Christman had been ill for several months.

        Ida Paulus Christman was a daughter of J. A. Paulus and the late Mrs. Paulus and was born near Woodsfield.  She had spent her entire life in this community.  She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church.

        Mrs. Christman is survived by her husband, five sons and one daughter:  Dr. Christman, in whose home she died; Walter and Roy Christman, of near Woodsfield, and Clayton and John Christman and Mrs. Freda Hamilton, of the home, near Woodsfield.  Also surviving are her father, J. A. Paulus, of Woodsfield Route 3; five brothers, Asher, of Woodsfield; Sam and Chester, of Woodsfield R. 3; Herbert of Cleveland, and John of Canton; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Christman, of near Woodsfield, and Mrs. Edna Niesz, of Woodsfield.

        The body was removed to the Bauer-Turner funeral home and will remain there, where short funeral services will be held at 1:30 Saturday p.m. EST, followed  by additional services at St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church.  Rev. Walter Trogler, pastor of the church will officiate.  Interment will be made in Oaklawn cemetery.


Paulus, John A. Paulus    

Source:  The Spirit of Democracy [Woodsfield, Ohio]; 23 Mar 1944

                                     JOHN  A.  PAULUS  DIES  SUNDAY

        John A. Paulus, prominent Center township farmer died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Niesz on Sunday morning, March 19 at five o'clock following a few days illness.  He had been removed to his daughter's home a few days ago from his farm home on Woodsfield Route 3.  He was born near Woodsfield on May 6, 1866 and was a son of Francis and Rosalie Schwartz Paulus.

        On February 27, 1889 he was united in marriage with Catherine Latta, who preceded him in death, five years ago.  One daughter, Mrs. Ida Christman, also preceded him in death on January 6,* 1944.

         Surviving are five sons and two daughters:  They are Asher, Woodsfield; Sam and Chester, of Woodsfield R. 3; Herbert, of Lakewood and John, of Massillon; Mrs. Ethel Christman, of Woodsfield R. 3 and Mrs. Edna Niesz at whose home he died.  Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, one grandson, Pfc. Fred Paulus is with the armed forces and is stationed at Chatham Field, Georgia.  There are eight great grandchildren.

        Funeral services were held at St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church on Tuesday morning preceded by short services at the Bauer-Turner funeral chapel.  Services were in charge of his pastor, Rev. Walter Trogler. Mr. Paulus had been a faithful and active member of this church since 1890.  Interment was made in Oak Lawn cemetery.

        Mr. Paulus was a man of pleasing personality, kind and friendly in his attitude, and his home was known for its atmosphere of neighborly hospitality, especially before the death of his wife whose kindness matched that of her husband in their home life.  In such homes is the American way of life found at its best and scores of friends beyond the family circle also regret his death even at the age of four-score and eight years young.  Pleasant memories of his kindness will long be a priceless heritage of both family and friends.

*Submitter's Note:  The obituary for his daughter Ida Christman stated she died on January 26, 1944.


Dye, Sherman Edwin Dye

Source:  Marietta [Ohio] Times; 4 Jan 1944

                              Sherman  Edwin  Dye  Is  Taken  by  Death

        Sherman Edwin Dye, 73, died Monday at 10 p.m. at his home at Moss Run following decline.  He suffered a stroke in March of 1943.  The body is at Doudna and McClure's.

        Mr. Dye was born Aug. 14, 1870 at Moss Run and was a son of the late Jonathan T. and Elsie Jamison Dye.  He spent his life time in the Moss Run neighborhood.  Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Amy Herlan Dye, whom he married 50 years ago last Nov. 1; one son and one daughter.  Chester Jacob Dye of Des Moines, Ia., and Mrs. Edna Boyd Buell, wife of W. T. Buell of Newport Pike.

        There are four grandsons and one grand-daughter.  Two of the grandsons are sons of the late Marietta police patrolman Harrison R. Boyd and are in the armed services.  They are George E. Boyd of Camp Crowder, Mo. and Charles A. Boyd of the Military Police Escort Guard of Aliceville, Ala.  Brother and sister of the deceased are Carl Dye and Mrs. Clara McVey of Wichita, Kan.


Claus, Charles J. Claus

Source:  The Spirit of Democracy [Woodsfield, Ohio]; 27 Jan 1944


        Charles J. Claus, age 88 years, passed away suddenly at his home on Sycamore street, Friday morning at 10:00 o'clock.  He was born in Monroefield, youngest of the eight children of Nicholas and Katherine Riemenschneider Claus.  He was the last of his family to die and the last of his generation in America.  Three brothers, Nicholas, Henry and William Claus came to America before the Civil War and each had several children.  Mr. Claus was a retired farmer and had lived in Woodsfield several years.

        Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Edward Reich, of Miltonsburg; one son, O. A. Claus, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; four grandchildren, Arthur and Vernon Reich of near Lewisville, and Mrs. Richard Brown and Miss Mildred Claus of Longview, Texas, and seven great grandchildren.  His wife, Mrs. Margaret Hoff Claus, preceded him in death February 8, 1941.

        Brief services were held at the family home Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, followed by additional services at St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church, his pastor, Rev. Walter Trogler officiating.  Burial was made in Oaklawn cemetery with Bauer and Turner in charge.


Sinift, Nellie C. Sinift, nee Kinkade

Source:  The  Lancaster (Ohio) Eagle Gazette; Saturday, October 14, 1944

        Nellie C. Sinift, 53, wife of George W. Sinift, died Saturday, 8 a.m., in her home, 331 Oak-st, Bremen.  Her death followed a stroke.

        In addition to the husband she is survived by two sons, Pvt. Carrell M. Sinift, Municipal Air Port, Nashville, Tenn., and Arlie C. of the home; two brothers, Earl Kinkade, Middleburn, W. Va., and Arlie Kinkade, Canton; and two sisters, Mrs. Florence Hines, Summerfield, and Mrs. Pearl Morris, Graysville.

        The deceased was a member of Lancaster Apostolic Church.

        Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m., in the F. E. Gano funeral home at Bremen with the Rev. Stanley Hanby officiating.  Burial is to be made in Grandview cemetery.

        Friends may call at the funeral  home after 5 p.m. Sunday.


Mozena, William Henry Mozena

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, October 12, 1944

          William Henry Mozena, pioneer boat builder, died at his home in Clarington, Ohio, on Monday midnight at the age of 94 years. He had been a resident of the community practically his entire life.

          The boat building business he established with his brother, Marshall Mozena, flourished for many years and was only discontinued when they were compelled to retire. Steamboats, showboats, ferries, dredges and barges all come off the Mozena ways.

          The brothers built the steamer City of Wheeling, fastest boat on the river of its day, later being transferred to the Mississippi for many years service. They also built the Liberty, last of the Pittsburgh trade packets.

          During the World War one they built two packets, S. I. Elam which later was rebuilt as the General Wood, and the Omaha, later changed to the General Pershing. The firm discontinued business 20 years ago.

          Mr. Mozena was for many years a member of Clarington Methodist church.. Surviving are his widow and three children, Mr. Eva Rose, Akron; Miss Olive and Roy Mozena at home, and a sister, Miss Belle Mozena, of Sardis.

          Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the late residence. The Rev. Marie Tschappat will officiate. Interment will be made in Clarington cemetery.  [William Henry Mozena was born December 19, 1850; died October 10, 1944]

Mozena, William Henry Mozena 2nd obit (partial)

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, October 12, 1944

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the home for William Henry Mozena who died Tuesday. Had he lived until December 19 he would have been 94 years old. Services were in charge of Miss Marie Tschappat, pastor of Bethel Methodist church.

Schell, Elisabeth Ann Schell, nee Durham

Source:  The Wayne County [Illinois] Press; 10 Aug 1944


        Elisabeth Ann, daughter of William and Hester Durham, was born February 29, 1856, and passed away at the house of her son, William Knopp, near Rinard, July 28, 1944, age 88 years, 4 months and 28 days.

        She was united in marriage with Peter A. Knopp, October 4, 1874; four children were born to this union, one son, David Henry and her companion preceded her in death.  She was again united in marriage with Samuel Schell about twenty years ago.  This companion also preceded her in death.

        In early life she became a Christian and united with the Christian church.

        She is survived by three sons, Bailey Knopp, of Jacksonport, Arkansas; William Knopp, of Rinard, and Perry Knopp, of Cannon City, Colorado; two sisters, Mrs. Luke Hale, of Johnsonville, and Mrs. Albert Eikleberry, of Geff; one brother, Judd Durham, of Shelbyville, Texas; thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

        Funeral services were conducted at the Cisne Christian church, Monday afternoon, by Elder E. L. Crooks.  Interment was in the Cates cemetery.


Powless, Francis Powless

Source:  The Rockford [Illinois] Register Republic; 23 Feb1944

Father  of  Four  Sons  in  Service  Dies  at  Age  40

        Francis Powless, 40, of New Milford, father of three sons serving with the marines in the South Pacific and another son in the navy, died this afternoon in St. Anthony hospital.  He had suffered a heart ailment and entered the hospital last Thursday.

        A resident of New Milford the past three years, he was born June 1, 1903, in Wayne county, Illinois.  He had been employed at the J. L. Clark Manufacturing company and resided at LaSalle for many years before coming to Rockford.

        His survivors include his sons in the service, Nolan Francis, serving with the Atlantic fleet, and Everett Lee, Royal Glen and Voris Edwin, all in the South Pacific with the marine corps.

        Too young to serve his country in the first world war, Mr. Powless took great pride in the fact that four of his sons had enlisted.

        Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. Winnie Powless, Rockford, his wife, the former Irene Harrell; another son, Bobbie Eugene, a daughter, Juanita Ma?;*  five sisters, Mrs. Howard L. Taylor and Mrs. William Brown, both of Rockford, Mrs. John Clevenger, Rutland, Ill. and Mrs. Ralph Simpson and Mrs. Ira Hilliard, both of Cisne, Ill., and two brothers, Roy M. and Verne Powless, both of Rockford.

*Submitter's Note:  On my copy of the obituary the last letter of this name could not be read.


Hilliard, Lucinda Belle Hilliard, nee Schell

Source: The Wayne County [Illinois] Press; 4 Jan 1945, p 7


        Lucinda Belle Hilliard, daughter of Christian and Ellen Schell, was born in Berry township, April 18th, 1868, and passed away at the home of her son, Roy Hilliard, December 8, 1944, at the age of 76 years, 7 months and 20 days.

        She was united in marriage with David Hilliard June 2, 1887.  He passed away November 20, 1936.  To this union were born twelve children.  Three sons and one daughter preceded her in death:  Francis, Alfred, Raymond and Mrs. Vella Powless.

        She leaves four sons and four daughters, Ralph, of Scotchboro, Ala.; Floyd, of Millington, Ill.; Herschel, of Akron, Ohio, Roy, of Geff, Ill.; Mrs. Grace Beeson and Mrs. Bessie Richison, of Geff, Ill.; Mrs. Beulah Simpson, of Rutland, Ill., and Mrs. Ruby Gaines, of Xenia; also 34 grandchildren, five of whom are serving with the armed forces, and fifteen great grandchildren.

        She lived her entire life in the community of her birth, and was the last of her immediate family.  Early in life she confessed her savior and united with the Salem Methodist church.  After her marriage she placed her membership with her husband at the Catholic church at Flora and was faithful to the end.

        Funeral services were conducted from the Oak Valley church by Rev. John Samford Sunday afternoon, December 10th, at two o'clock.  Interment was in the nearby cemetery.


Ambler, Joseph H. Ambler

Source:  unknown;  Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #002, Date: Feb 3 1944

Notes: Ambler: Joseph H., age 64, 3580 W. 46 st., beloved father of Mrs. Vesta L. Johnson of Flint, Mich., Mrs. Jennie A. Priebe, June, Harry K., and grandfather, passed away Tuesday a. m. Friends received at the Spaulding Funeral Home. 2704 Denison ave. Services Friday, 3 p. m.


Paulus, Fred A. Paulus

Source:  The Spirit of Democracy [Woodsfield, Ohio] 28 Dec 1944, p 2.

[PHOTO of S. Sgt. Fred A. Paulus with caption:  Fred A. Paulus On Thrilling Mission]

        An Eighth Air Force Liberator Station, England--On his first combat mission, S. Sgt. Fred A. Paulus, waist gunner on a B-24 bomber, saw an example of stamina and spirit that will live in his memory the rest of his life.

        It happened just after "bombs away" on a bridge east of Paris, at Fismes, when an unexploded anti-aircraft shell from an airfield below penetrated the pilots' compartment, clipped off part of the right heel of 2nd Lt. William R. Brown of Macon, G., co-pilot of the Liberator "4-F," and all but amputated his leg at the knee, leaving only shreds of skin and a few tendons.

        The same shell destroyed control elements in the ship and other bursts of flak knocked out the hydraulic system and twisted all the control cables.

        As soon as Lt. Brown saw the blood gushing out of his left leg, he put his right hand into the wound, grasping the arteries between his thumb and forefinger.  At once he called the crew on the interphone, telling them to keep calm.  Then he continued to perform all the duties of a co-pilot as the formation headed back to England, assisting the pilot to keep his correct position in formation, and telling him from time to time to watch the plane on the right wind.

        Immediately after the ship had been struck by flak, the navigator crawled up from the nose to the flight deck, and with his left hand applied pressure to the co-pilot's leg to stanch the flow of blood.  So firmly did he hold the pressure point that his own hand was swollen and paralyzed for three hours after landing, and required medical attention.

        Because of the co-pilot's serious condition, the pilot headed directly for home, deserting the formation once the enemy coast had been left behind.  The co-pilot continued to do his part, tried to establish radio communication with bases in England in order to obtain a bearing and having failed to do so, reached over his head with his one free hand to tune the radio to new frequencies of directional beams.

        The bomber reached England in spite of the fact that the controls had been damaged and one engine was virtually ineffective.  An emergency field was sighted, and Lt. Brown instructed Sgt. Hess to lower flaps and landing gear manually.  Then, while his right hand was still grasping the arteries in his leg, the wounded flyer reached over with the other hand to push the flap-control handle down.

        As the Liberator made its approach to the landing strip, the wounded co-pilot called out in warning, "Watch your airspeed."

        At ten feet off the ground, the pilot skillfully cut four engines so that the propellers served in place of brakes in landing.

        Lt. Brown lost great quantities of blood but is alive and will recover fully.

        In commenting on the crew's return, the group commander stated:  "The amazing courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lt. Brown, and the pluck and skill demonstrated by his fellow crew members on this occasion, their first taste of combat, are a magnificent example to their fellow flyers and a source of pride to all our armed forces."

        S. Sgt. Paulus, who was reported missing since a mission over Germany Sept 27, is the son of Mrs. Rosa Hoff of East Marietta street, Woodsfield.


Powless, Charles S. Powless

Source:  Clinton [Illinois] Daily Journal; Saturday, 26 Feb  1944

Charles S. Powless Expires In Chicago

        Charles S. Powless, 54, welder for the Illinois Central railroad at Clinton, died in the company hospital in Chicago at 3 a.m. Friday of cancer.  He had been in the hospital one and a half years.

        He was born March 18, 1890, a son of Sylvester and Susan Powless, and was married to May Winkler at Taylorville in 1918.  She and seven children survive.  They are Leta Thomas, Zelma Waller, Lois Powless, Merle and Beryl Powless (twins), Phyllis, and Vernon Powless, who is in the service.  Two children are dead.  He also leaves his parents.

        Mr. Powless had been employed by the Illinois Central railroad 22 years.  His wife and two elder daughters are also employed at the local I. C. shops.

        The body was taken to Pullen's chapel, where funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.


Bessey, Robert Franklin Bessey

Source:  The Porterville [California] Evening Recorder; Monday, January 3, 1944


       Robert Franklin Bessey, 25, a native of Clovis, Fresno County, but a resident of the Poplar district for 24 years, passed away Sunday at a local rest home after a long illness.

       Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the Loyd-Frietzache chapel, Mill and Hockett streets, with Rev. Paul S. Longenecker of the Lindsay Brethren church and Rev. C. H. Nicholson of the Pentecostal church conducting the last sad rites. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

       Bessey is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lura Bessey of Porterville, and the following brothers and sisters; Ray and Jay Bessey, Miss Dorene Bessey, Miss Nadine Bessey, all of this city; Miss Elaine Bessey of the University of Redlands; Roscoe Bessey of Corcoran, Ronald Bessey of Visalia; Corliss Bessey of Modesto and Gerald Bessey, who is serving overseas with the U.S. Navy.

Submitter's Note:  Below is a second obituary:

Bessey, Robert Franklin Bessey

Source:  The Porterville [California] Evening Recorder; Tuesday, January 4, 1944

Robert   Bessey   Funeral   Rites   Here   Today

       Funeral services were held this morning at the Loyd-Frietzsche chapel, for Robert Franklin Bessey, 25, who passed away Sunday at a local rest home, following a long illness. Rev. Paul S. Longnecker of the Lindsay Brethren church and Rev. C. H. Nicholson of the Porterville Pentecostal church officiated, with interment in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Members of the family acted as casket bearers. There were many beautiful floral offerings.

       Mr. Bessey was born at Clovis, Fresno county, but had been a resident of the Poplar district for 24 years. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lura Bessey, of Porterville, and the following brothers and sisters: Ray, Jay, Dorena and Nadine Bessey, all of Porterville, Elaine Bessey, University of Redlands; Roscoe Bessey, Corcoran; Roland Bessey, Visalia, Corliss Bessey, Modesto; Gerald Bessey, overseas in the Navy.


Diehl, Barbara Diehl, nee Christman

Source: The Clinton [Missouri] Eye; Thursday, March 9, 1944*

        *Submitter's Note:  My copy of this obituary came from the Henry County Library in Clinton, Missouri.  Michael Good, the Reference Clerk there wrote:  "Unfortunately about 3/8 inch of the left side of the article is covered up by taping probably from when the paper was bound at the newspaper office.  This makes it necessary to guess at the wording of the covered area." 

        To cope with this, the words missing that I thought I knew I put in caps.  If I didn't know I left it with ellipsis marks ( . . . ).  Definitely not an ideal situation.


        Barbara Diehl, of North . . .th street, a Clinton resident . . .rs, who had been critically ILL SINCE last fall, died at her home AT . . . 20 p.m., Thursday, March 24.  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Diehl of CHOCtaw, Okla, who had been at . . .  bedside several weeks, had . . . cared for her as the life . . . weakened, and were with HER WHEN the curtains dropped.

        BARbara Elizabeth Christian [sic--Christman] was BORN AT Woodsfield, Ohio, Monroe COUNTy, January 20, 1862.  There SHE Was reared in the Presbyterian CHURCH.

        SHE was married in 1880 to HENRY C. Diehl and after short RESIDEnce in Arkansas and Kansas, they came to Clinton to make their HOME about 53 years ago.

        THree children were born into THE Diehl home, two of whom sur-VIVE.  Fred of Choctaw, Okla, above MENTIoned, and Harry of Beaver, . . . who has been ill and was un-ABLE To return home for the ser-VICES.

        Three grandchildren and . . . great-grandchildren also sur-VIVE.

        Diehl lost her husband and SON Vernon in 1905, a sorrow that MAY have bowed many a heart LESS courageous than her own.  But SHE Found comfort in her neighbors AND friends, in the growing things IN HEr flower and vegetable gar-DEN, in the bright pieces she made IN Intricate and lovely quilts or MANY bits of color she wove in-TO RUgs, another treasured hobby.  ANOTHer solace was ever here in the . . . sons left her, and their CHILDRen, whom she greatly loved AND  whom she found pride.

        SHE was a loyal member of the PRESByterian church and as long as HEALTH permitted was regular in at-TENDAnce at both Sunday School . . .s  and church services.  She . . . a valued member of the . . . s Aid, to which she gave . . . capable service for many YEARS.

        Since being shut-in, she de-RIVED much pleasure from being a MEMBer of the home department . . . y school.

        FUNeral services were conducted by Rev. Robert I. Long,Jr., at the Consalus and Peek Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  Mrs. Leo Fellhauer accompanied Mrs. Luther Hunt and Mrs. R. I. Long, Jr., singing Asleep in Jesus and Rock of Ages.  The body was laid beside her husband in Englewood.  Will Meyer, Fred Myers, Cord and Ralph Duerr, Jim Maynor and C. W. Barrows were pallbearers.


Sutton, Lloyd Aaron Sutton

Source:  The Paulding Obituary Card File, Paulding County, Ohio, Carnegie Library; 27 Apr 1944

Passed    Away

        Lloyd Sutton, 53, a veteran of World War I passed away at this late residence on North Cherry Street, about 3 a.m. Saturday.  Lloyd was a member of the 35th Division and was gassed in the World War.  This resulted in poor health, causing him to be confined to his bed for the past two years.

        He had been a rural mail carrier out of Paulding for the past 22 years and was well known and admired throughout this community.

        Surviving besides his wife, Mary, are three daughters, Katherine, Dorothy and Mrs. Gloria Condon, all at home; two sons, Billy at home, and Darren in the U.S. Navy stationed in Hawaii; one sister, Mrs. Katherine Hadley, Van Wert; a twin brother, Floyd, of Paulding; a half-sister, Mrs. Jennie Butterfield, Grass Lake, Mich; and three half-brothers, Joe, John and Henry Sutton, all of near Grover Hill.

        Funeral services were held in the local Church of Christ, Tuesday afternoon with Rev. O.C. Jenkins officiating.  The local post American Legion were in charge of the Military services.  Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery.

Submitter's Note:  Below is another obituary with some additional information.


Sutton, Lloyd Aaron Sutton

Source:  The Paulding Obituary Card File, Paulding County, Ohio, Carnegie Library; 4 May 1944

Obituary     Account     Of     Lloyd     Aaron     Sutton

        Lloyd Aaron Sutton, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Sutton, was born at Grover Hill, Ohio, October 8, 1891.  He departed this life April 22, 1944 at the age of 52 years, six months and 14 days.

        In early life he became a Christian and took membership with the Church of Christ at Grover, Hill, O.  His religious belief and regard for same endured to the end.

        On June 28, 1919, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Brenner.  To this union were born two sons, Darren, who now is serving in the U.S. Navy overseas, and Billy at home; also three daughters, Kathryn, Gloria Condon, and Dorothy, all of their home in Paulding.

        The deceased served his country in World War I in Co. E. 138th Infantry.  After returning from overseas duty and discharged, he entered into the U.S. Mail Service, at which he continued for 22 years, until condition of health prevented any further service.  His departure will be sincerely felt by all who knew him because of his natural way of making friends and retaining them.

        He was a devoted and most lovable father.  There remains to mourn the loss:  his devoted wife, and five children.  Also, a sister, Mrs. Hadley of Van Wert; brother Floyd of Paulding; brothers Henry, Joseph and John of Grover Hill, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Butterfield of Grasslake, Mich. and a host of other relatives and friends.


        The family wish to express their thanks and appreciation for the thoughtful assistance which the neighbors and friends have given at this time -- and for the most beautiful floral tributes.

        Mrs. Lloyd A. Sutton and Family.


McCurdy, Elmer Leander Elsworth McCurdy

Source:  obituary posted on FINDAGRAVE; January, 1945

E. L. E. McCurdy, 81, Assistant Pastor, Dies

        Funeral services for Elmer Leander Elsworth McCurdy, 81, of 1300 Williams, assistant pastor of the West Dallas branch of the Latter-Day Saints Church, were held at the Avva Booth Memorial Chapel, Latter-Days Saints Church, 3000 Newark, with the Rev. C.C. Booth, pastor and Elder Henry Knight officiating.  Burial was in Fishtrap Cemetery.  McCurdy died Friday at a local hospital.

        He was born in Marietta, Ohio.  During the first part of his life he was a minister in first the Christian Church and later the Methodist.  He came to Texas about thirty years ago.  About four years ago he became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

        He was well known for his charitable work in West Dallas.

        Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Arones [sic ?], of Dayton, Ohio.


Parsons, Clarence EDWARD  Parsons

Source:  The Zanesville [Ohio] Times Leader; 14 Mar 1944

Edward     Parsons     Killed     In     Mine

        Edward Parsons, 68, of Roseville, an employe of the Good coal company on Baughman road near Stovertown road, was instantly killed by a cave-in while at work Monday morning.

        He was caught beneath several tons of slate, it was said, with a fellow worker barely escaping.

        Parsons had moved to Roseville from Marietta about 38 years ago.

        Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary A. Parsons; four daughters, Mrs. Luther Waltermire, of Crooksville; Mrs. Genevieve Earley, of Columbus; Mrs. Gerald Zinn, of Cleveland, and Mrs. Charles Zink, of South Zanesville; a son, Warren Parsons of Cleveland; a brother, Joseph Parsons, of Zanesville; two sisters, Mrs. Jane Johnson, and Mrs. Thomas Newlan, of Marietta; nine grandhildren and several nieces and nephews.

        The body was removed to the Cannon & Cannon funeral home.

*Submitter's Note:  Below is the funeral announcement.


Parsons, Clarence EDWARD  Parsons

Source:  The Zanesville [Ohio] Times Leader; 15 Mar 1944


        Funeral services for Edward Parsons, 68, of Roseville, who was killed in a slate fall Monday while working at the Good coal mine near Stovertown, will be held Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from the Cannon & Cannon funeral home at Roseville.  Rev. Charles Haddock, pastor of the Roseville Presbyterian church, will officiate and burial will be in Harmer [sic--Harmar] Hill cemetery, Marietta.


Duckworth, Allen Duckworth

Source:  The Marion [Indiana] Chronicle; 3 Apr 1944


        Gas  City, Ind., April 3. -- Allen T. Duckworth, 119 South F street, died at 4:30 a.m. today at his home following an illness of two months.

        Born in Johnson City, Ind., Mr. Duckworth came to Gas City to reside in 1926.  He had been an employe of Owens-Illinois Glass Co. for several years.

        Survivors include the widow, Verna; five daughters, Mrs. Hazel Harness, Jonesboro; Mrs. Martha Hutchison, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Bernice Dresser, Anderson and Alberta and Mary Lou Duckworth, at home; one son, Allen, Jr., at home; two sisters, Mrs. Flora Mullenix, Indianapolis, and Mrs. Ruth Phillips, Goodletsville, Tenn., and one brother Henry.

        The body will be returned to the residence here Tuesday from 911 South Washington street.

*Submitter's Note:  Below is a second obituary.


Duckworth, Allen Duckworth

Source:  The Marion [Indiana] Chronicle or the Marion [Indiana] Leader; 4 Apr 1944

Allen    Duckworth    Rites    Are    Set    for    Wednesday

        Gas City, Ind., April 4 -- Last rites for Allen T. Duckworth, 119 South F street, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of God here.  Mr. Duckworth died Monday at his home.

        In charge of the services will be Rev. George E. Wilson, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Cecil Hooper, Marion.

        The body will remain at the residence until time for services.


Sardou, Mary A. Sardou, nee Morris

Source:  The Topeka [Kansas] Daily Capital; 1 Dec 1944, p 19

        Mrs. Mary A. Sardou, 85, of 700 Green, died Thursday in a Topeka hospital.  She was the widow of the late Freeman Sardou, who was awarded a medal by Topeka citizens for rescue work he did in the 1903 flood.  He died in 1925.  Mrs. Sardou was born November 4,* 1859, in Lane** County, Ohio, and came to Topeka in 1860 with her parents where she had lived since.

Submitter's Notes: 

        * The date inscribed on her tombstone (which can be seen at is March 28, 1859.

        ** There is NO Lane County in Ohio.  She was born in Woodsfield, Monroe Co., Ohio.


John, James John

Source:  The Martins Ferry [Ohio] Times Leader; 18 Dec 1944

John     Funeral     Set     For     Tuesday

        Last rites for James John, 67, who died Saturday night at his home, N. Fourth st., Martins Ferry, will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic church with Rev. Vincent Schiele in charge.  Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery.

        Mr. John was born in Wales, April 18, 1877, the son of the late Samuel and Anna Howell John.  He came to Homestead, Pa., in 1887 and to Martins Ferry in 1903, and was married to Margaret Williams in 1915.  He was a member of St. Mary's church and a roller in the old Laughlin tin mill of Martins Ferry.

        Survivors include his wife, two foster daughter [sic–daughters], Betty Welter in the WAVES and Gertrude Welter Nieman,* Martins Ferry; three sisters, Mrs. Morris Reese, Martins Ferry; Mrs. Thomas Reese, Weirton, W. Va.; Mrs. Roland Jones, Homestead, Pa., and a brother, William John, Baltimore.

*Submitter’s Note: In the United States Public Records Index, the Social Security Death Index, and the Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007, Gertrude’s last name is spelled NEIMAN.


Cronin, Walter Arlington Cronin

Source:  The East Liverpool [Ohio] Review; 21 Jul 1944

        Walter Arlington Cronin, 1319 Smithfield st., a chemist at the Midland mills of the Pittsburgh Crucible Steel Co., was claimed by death early this morning  at the Cleveland Clinic.  He was 30.

        A native of East Liverpool, he had resided in this vicinity all his life.  He was a member of the Orchard Grove Community Methodist church and the Men's Bible class.  Mr. Cronin also was vice president of the Lincoln Home and School association.

        He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Miriam Gruen Cronin; two daughters, Patsy, 6 and Betty, 2; his mother, Mrs Marine [sic--Marie] Cronin of East Liverpool; two brothers, Donald Cronin of East Liverpool and Daniel Cronin of Jacksonville, Fla., and a half-brother, Edward Green of Syracuse, N. Y.

        The body was taken to the Martin funeral home.

*Submitter's Note:  Below is the funeral announcement.


Cronin, Walter Arlington Cronin

Source:  The East Liverpool [Ohio] Review; 22 Jul 1944

        Rites will be held Monday at 2:30 p. m. at the late home for Walter A. Cronin, 1319 Smithfield st., who died early Friday morning at the Cleveland Clinic.

        Rev. Robert Tarr, pastor of Orchard Grove Community Methodist church, will officiate.  Interment will be in the Calcutta United Presbyterian cemetery.

        Friends will be received Sunday afternoon and night at the home.

*Submitter's Note:  Above is the obituary.





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