Cheshire Township, Gallia County, Ohio
In our family treasures I found a copy of a government-published book from 1885 that was used as a scrapbook. Newspaper clippings were pasted into the book in two columns and on both sides of the pages. Blank pages contain handwritten notes and recipes. Most of the clippings are poems or inspirational articles, but scattered among these are the music of hymns, recipes, patterns or instructions on needlework and a few items about the people who were friends, neighbors and relatives. In the beginning of the book, most items are from the 1890s but continue up to 1908 and a few later things. Stuck between the pages are additional partial pages of newspapers and magazines and even a postcard. Two were addressed to Emmet Lyle, the latest in 1919.
I believe the scrapbook was the work of Emmet's wife Esther Virginia (Coughenour) Lyle, known as Jennie, who died on July 1, 1920. They were residents of Cheshire Township, Gallia County, Ohio, most of their lives (though in 1908-10 they lived in Kanauga in Addison Township), and the people in the scrapbook items are mostly from the Kyger area. None of the clippings identify the source or date, but one announcement in 1895 extends wishes from the Republican-Herald which was apparently a paper published in nearby Middleport, Meigs County.
Wishing to share the information in this fragile scrapbook, I have transcribed the items to the best of my ability. I added a few non-personal notes to give a little context. I included two newspaper photos and an illustration and added a photo of a wedding couple. Where I found information from cemetery transcriptions or other helpful information on the individuals, I have added it following the transcribed item.
from The Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Friday, July 2, 1920, p. 1:
Mrs. Emmett Lyle of Cheshire, mother of Capt. Oliver Lyle of this city, passed away at her home Thursday night, death resulting from leakage of the heart from which she had been a sufferer for several months.
Mrs. Lyle was 61 years of age and a splendid lady with a host of friends who will be grieved to hear of her death. She leaves her husband and one son Oliver.
The funeral will be at Cheshire some time Sunday.
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