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Monroe County Obituaries




Ackerman, Charles Ackerman
Source: The Monroe County Beacon, Issue:  Woodsfield, Ohio, June 11, 1945
    Charles Ackerman, aged 75, passed away at his home on West Marietta street, Saturday evening at six o’clock. He had been in failing health for several weeks but only seriously ill since last Tuesday.
    He was united in marriage with Margaret Knoch, who passed away in October 1921. He later married Lida Spence, who survives.
    Also surviving besides his wife, are one daughter, Mrs. Louis R. Schumacher, of Woodsfield Rt. 1; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Clarence Lafferre, of Robinson, Illinois; one sister, Mrs. Charles Brubach, and one brother, Henry Ackerman, both of Woodsfield; also several grandchildren.
    The body was brought to the Galbraith Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock, with the Reverend Walter R. Trogler, of St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn cemetery, Woodsfield, Ohio. 


Amos, Jane Amos

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, August 30, 1945

          The Brownsville community was shocked at the news of the death of

Mrs. Jane Amos at her home there Tuesday afternoon [August 28, 1945] at 2:15 following a stroke which she suffered less than 24 hours previous.

          She had spent practically her entire life in the community in

which she died. She was born May 18, 1898, a daughter of the late William C. and Gertrude Wilson Poole, and her death in the prime of life is deeply


          Mrs. Amos is survived by her husband and a foster daughter Martha

Lou Amos. She was a member of the Methodist Church and of the American

Legion Auxiliary Unit at New Matamoras.

          The body was brought to the Corum funeral home, New Matamoras, and returned to the late home Friday where funeral services will be held at 2:00 followed by interment in the Methodist Church cemetery at Brownsville.


Bauman, Louise Bauman, nee Luedy

Source:  Wooster [Ohio] Daily Record; 24 Mar 1945

Rittman  Woman  Shoots  Herself  Through  Heart

        RITTMAN, March 24 -- Mrs. Louise Bauman, aged 62, shot herself through the heart with a 22 calibre revolver this morning at 7 o'clock at her home on South Third st.  She had been in ill health for the last several years, and arrangements had been made to take her to the hospital today.

        Her husband, David Bauman, is a well-known carpenter here, where they came 32 years ago from Monroe County.

        Besides her husband, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. John Luikart of Rittman, Mrs. Felix Schindler of Clarington, and Mrs. Henry Bauman of Sardis; and five brothers, Frank Luedy of Rittman, Charles and Henry of Seville, and William and Jacob of Sardis.

        Services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Ebert funeral home, with Rev. D. B. Davidson of the Milton Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment will be made in the Rittman cemetery.  Friends may view the body Sunday evening 7 to 9 at the funeral home.


Bertschy, August Bertschy

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated November 22, 1945

       August Bertschy, 70, died at his home near Round Bottom early Tuesday morning [November 20, 1945] following an illness.

       He is survived by his wife, two daughters, four sons, one sister and three brothers.

       Funeral arrangements awaiting word from a son in the service are in charge of the Bauer-Turner funeral home. Services will be held at the family home with Minister J. V. A. Traylor officiating.


Blythe, Isaac Blythe

Source:  The Van Wert Times Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio; 19 Nov 1945


Farmer   Believed   Working   on  Truck   With   Dump   Bed   Up   When   It   Fell

        Isaac Blythe, 53, widely known Jackson Township farmer, was injured fatally Sunday noon in a accident at his home on the Van Wert-Paulding County line road two and one-half miles southeast of Grover Hill.

        Blythe, while working on a dump motor truck, suffered a crushed chest when he was pinned between the frame and dump bed of the truck.  Dr. E. H. Alspach* of Wilshire, county coroner, returned a finding of accidental death due to an internal hemorrhage.

        Although there were no eye-witnesses, supposition is that Blythe was either greasing or making repairs to the hydraulic hoist while the bed was hoisted.  In some unknown manner the hoist tripped and dropped the bed, pinning the victim between the frame and bed.

Wife    Unaware    of    Accident

        Eldon Long, who resides in that area, was reported to have been en route home from church when he saw Blythe.  Mrs. Blythe was in the house and was unaware of the tragic predicament of her husband.

        Long, with several neighbors, released the victim, who was still breathing, but he died before the arrival of a physician.  Dr. Alspaugh* said that Blythe was probably trapped 15 to 30 minutes before his plight was discovered.

        Mr. Blythe was born and reared in Grover Hill area.  He is survived by his widow; three children, Kenneth Blythe of Spencerville, Mrs. Fred Stanton of Grover Hill and Mrs. Norbert Dunlap of near Middle Point; his father, Samuel Blythe of near Grover Hill; a sister, Mrs. Grace Schaffner of near Scott, and two brothers, Oscar and Arona Blythe of near Grover Hill.

        Funeral services in charge of the Didrick Funeral Home will be held Wednesday at 2 P. M. at Middle Creek Church.

*Submitter’s Note: This name was spelled differently in each of the two references.


Claus, Paul William Claus

Monroe County Beacon, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, January 3, 1945

       Paul William Claus, son of William and Laura Claus, was born in Malaga Township, Monroe County, on October 21, 1919, and departed this life at his home near Woodsfield on December 19, 1945, being at the time of his untimely death 26 years, one month and 28 days of age. He grew to manhood on the farm and spent his entire life in the same home and community.

       On October 31, 1942, he was united in marriage with Miss Helen Irene Gatten.

       Paul was endowed by nature with great energy and was very active, he and his father being together on the farm. He had a pleasing personality, with a ready smile and a helping hand, and was a friend of all who knew him. He was a loving and kind husband, son and brother, and was loved dearly by all.

       He leaves to mourn besides his loving wife and parents, the following sisters and brother; Mrs. Leona Carpenter, of Barberton; Mrs. Mildred Eaton, of Woodsfield, and Lewis Claus, of Jerusalem.

       He was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence, who died in infancy.

       Also surviving are four nieces and four nephews, besides a host outside of his immediate family.

       Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at two o’clock at the home and were largely attended. His death removed a good citizen and friend from the community and his passing is mourned by many outside of his immediate family.

       A quartet from the Lewisville Evangelical and Reformed Church sang several beautiful hymns. Rev. Walter Trogler, of St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church at Woodsfield, delivered a very fitting sermon. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery in Woodsfield, with the Gardner Funeral Home in Stafford in charge.


Cronin, Albert Cronin

Source:  The East Liverpool [Ohio] Review; Monday, 23 Jul 1945

        Albert Cronin, 64, potter of 102 Grant st., Newell, died Saturday at 11 p.m. in Ohio Valley General hospital at Wheeling following a long illness.

        Mr. Cronin was born in St. Marys, W. Va., and lived in Toronto before coming to Newell about 12 years ago  He was a kilnman for the Homer Laughlin China Co.

        He was a member of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters and of the Newell Church of Christ.

        He leaves his widow, Mrs. Sarah A. Cronin; a daughter, Mrs. Bernard Bartlett;  his mother, Mrs. Sarah A. Cronin; and a brother, Ben Cronin, all of Newell.

        Funeral services will be held at the late home Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. C. W. Deihl, pastor of the Newell Church of Christ.  Burial will be in the New Somerset cemetery in Jefferson county.

        Friends may call tonight at the home.


Cronin, Jonathan Cronin

Source:  The Martins Ferry [Ohio] Times Leader; 16 Apr 1945

Jonathan     Cronin     Succumbs     Today

        Jonathan Cronin, 78, retired Clover Ridge farmer, died at 5:20 a.m. today in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Hess, Clover Ridge, near Powhatan Point.  He had been ill for a year.

        Mr. Cronin was born at Woodsfield, a son of Andrew and Rebecca Kancade [sic--Kinkade] Cronin.  He was a member of the Methodist church.

        Bereaved are three daughters, Mrs. Hess, in whose home he lived, Mrs. Mary Sliger [sic--Slagor], Newell, W. Va., and Mrs. Anna Jackson, Steubenville, and a son Cpl. Bradford Cronin, in France.  another son, Arius Cronin was killed in action in Sicily.

        The body, taken to the Gibson-Bauknecht-Mellott mortuary at Powhatan Point, will be returned to the Hess residence Tuesday afternoon to await services at 1 p.m. Thursday.  Rev. Perry will officiate.  Burial will be in Powhatan Point Cemetery.


Cronin, Sarah A. Cronin, nee Pratt

Source:  The East Liverpool [Ohio] Review; Wednesday, 26 Sep 1945

        Mrs. Sarah A. Cronin, 79, widow of David Cronin, died Tuesday at 10:15 p.m. in the home of her son, Benjamin Cronin, 82 Grant st., Newell, following a five-year illness.

        Mrs. Cronin was born in St. Marys, W. Va., and came to Newell in 1914.  She was a member of the Newell Church of Christ.

        Besides her son, with whom she made her home, she leaves four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

        Services will be held Friday at 2* p.m. in the Arner funeral home in Chester by Rev. C. W. Diehl, pastor of the Newell Church of Christ.  Burial will be in Locust Hill cemetery.

        Friends may call at the funeral home.

*Submitter's Note:  Below is a later announcement about changing the funeral time.


Cronin, Sarah A. Cronin, nee Pratt

Source:  The East Liverpool [Ohio] Review; Thursday, 27 Sep 1945

        Funeral for Mrs. Sarah A. Cronin who died Tuesday night in the home of her son, Benjamin Cronin, in Newell has been changed to Friday at 1:30 p.m.

        The rites will be conducted in the Arner funeral home in Chester by Rev. C. W. Diehl, pastor of the Newell Christian church.  Burial will be in Locust Hill cemetery.

        Friends may call at the funeral home tonight.

*Submitter’s Note: Above is the original obituary.


Day, Mary Jane Day, nee Herlan

Source:  Marietta [Ohio] Daily Times; Wednesday, 21 March 1945

                                 Mrs.  Mary  Jane  Day  Taken  by  Death

        Mrs. Mary Jane Day, 77, widow of Frank Day, and whose home was at 122 Court St., died Wednesday at  4:15 a.m. in Memorial Hospital.  She was admitted to the hospital on Monday.  The body is at Doudna and McClure's.

        Mrs. Day was born Sept. 16, 1867 in Monroe Co. and was a daughter of the late Jacob and Sarah McCoy Herlan.  Her husband, Frank Day, died Aug. 30, 1915.  One daughter and three sons survive.  They are Mrs. Elmer Hill, John Day and Carl Day of Marietta, and Clinton Day of Akron.  There are two grandsons, Richard Day, seaman 2/c stationed at San Bruno, Cal., and Pvt. Dean Day of Camp Wolters, Tex.

        Sisters of the deceased are Mrs. Robert Hughes and Mrs. Frank Barth of Eight Mile; Mrs. Amy Dye of Moss Run; Mrs. Catherine Henderhan of Huntington W. Va., and Mrs. Noble Schultheis of Bealsville, Pa.


DeBow, Laura  FIRNA DeBow, nee Merrill

Source:  The Barnesville [Ohio] Enterprise; 7 Jun 1945

                                       Firna DeBow Dies After Long Illness

        Mrs. Firna DeBow, well known Barnesville woman, passed away at her home on West Main Street Sunday morning at 3 o'clock.  She had been in very poor health for a long time.

        Mrs. DeBow was the daughter of Newton and Elizabeth Shell* Merrill, and was born in Monroe County July 2, 1867.**  She had been a resident of Barnesville for many years.  Her husband, William, preceded her in death, and the only survivors are one brother, Clem Merrill of California, and a number of nieces and nephews.

        The funeral services were held from the Campbell Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Father Drescher of the Miltonsburg Catholic Church.  Interment was made at Crestview.

Submitter's Notes:

        *This was usually spelled SCHELL.

        ** This obituary and the death certificate signed by her cousin Mrs. Alice Baker gives 2 July 1867 as the birth date.  However, the photographed copy of the birth records from Monroe County, Ohio, shows the birth as 26 July 1868 [Birth CD1, p 16.]


Dietrich, William E. Dietrich
William E. Dietrich Dies At Hannibal
Died, January 19, 1945
Provided by Lena Kahrig Pettit, typed by Betty Lendon Matson
       Saturday afternoon, Monroe County, lost one of her best known citizens in the person of William F. Dietrich, whose death occurred at his home near Hannibal at  4 o'clock. He retired Friday evening apparently as usual but became ill in the night, having suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. A physician was summoned but the strong physique that had served an active mind for nearly 79 years had yielded to the inevitable.
       Mr. Dietrich was born April 28, 1866, being one of a family of twelve children born to the late John and Sarah Dietrich, who moved from a farm near Welcome, W.Va. to the present farm on "Buckhill Bottom" when Mr. Dietrich was six years old. Here he spent his boyhood, received the customary rural school education and on February 27, 1890, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. Cline. To this same home he brought his bride and here they reared their family, made a good living and a little more, supported schools and churches, and in short exemplified The American way of life at its best.
       Both parents lived to realize the glory of age, that of seeing their children out in the world making good, and took a just pride therein.
       Recognized by reason of character, ability and personality, Mr. Dietrich served his community in various capacities. Not only was he a faithful member of The Methodist Church at Hannibal, but he served on the church board for many years, also as member of the township school board and as township trustee, he was instrumental in securing
better school facilities and road improvement in his community. From  1912 to 1916 he served as county commissioner and at the time of his death was a member of the county board of education, and had been for nine years. In both larger spheres he was an advocate of improvement and progress.
       Mr. and Mrs. Dietrich took life in its stride, including the solicitude of those in military service of two wars. His son, Donald C. Dietrich, now treasurer and general manager of The Wheeling Wholesale Grocery Co. and member of Wheeling city council was a member of the first contingent of nine men to go to Camp Sherman in World War 1. They left for Camp Sherman on Sept. 7, 1917.
       Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at The Rush Funeral Home in Clarington in charge of his pastor, Rev. Kenneth Evans, and were largely attended. Sympathy and esteem of friends were evidenced by many floral offerings from individuals and organizations.
       Interment was made in the family lot in The Buckhill Cemetery, near the late residence.
       Up to the day of his death, Mr. Dietrich's habitual energy, self-reliance and desire to be useful characterized his daily life. He refused to retire in the usual sense of the word, and was carrying a farm program worthy the effort of a man many years his junior.


Dougherty, John William Dougherty


        John William Dougherty, son of Friend J. and Louisa Ellen (Nalley) Dougherty, was born near  Graysville, Ohio, January 1, 1905, and died December 16, 1945, at the Ohio Valley General Hospital, Wheeling, W. Va., where he was taken December 4, being at the time of his death, 40 years, 11 months and 15 days of age.

        On April 16, 1924, he was united in marriage with Josie Marie Mayfield.

        Surviving near relatives are his mother, of Graysville; his wife and daughters, Mrs. Ruth Hogue and Mrs. Phyllis Haught, of Antioch; his four grandchildren, Kaye, Carolyn, and William Hogue and Richard Haught all of Antioch; four brothers, David Dougherty, of Antioch; Ralph Dougherty of Graysville, and Harry and Frank Dougherty, of Parkersburg, W.Va.

        He was preceded in death by his father, one brother, Clarence, and one sister, Mrs. Ida Cline.

        On June 26, 1933, he became a member of the Methodist Church at Antioch.

        Except for seven years spent with Empire Pipe Line Co. at Madison, Kansas, he spent his entire life in Monroe Co.

        For the last several years he suffered patiently from disabilities resulting from a back injury.  Everything known by doctors was done for his relief but in vain for---

                              There is a Reaper whose name is Death,

                              And with his sickle keen,

                              He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,

                              And the flowers that grow between.

        Patient, lovable, friendly Bill is with us here no more, but, he too, has left his footprints on the sands of time, and his gentle and kindly spirit in the hearts and minds of those who knew him.

        Funeral services were held at the Antioch Methodist church at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J.L. Baker, of Barnesville, a former pastor of the Antioch charge.  Interment was in

the Antioch cemetery.

        Pall-bearers for the service were his brothers, Harry, Ralph and David Dougherty; his nephew Kenneth Dougherty; and his sons-in-law, Norman Hogue and Jack Haught.


Elliott, Elizabeth Rebecca Elliott

Source:  The St. Marys [West Virginia] Oracle; 29 Mar 1945

MRS.     A.  D.     ELLIOTT

        Mrs. Elizabeth Rebecca Elliott, 67, wife of Adolph D. Elliott, died Thursday at noon at her home after a protracted illness due to complications.  A daughter of William Henry and Hulda Cronin Coen, she was born in Pleasants county and spent her entire life here.  She was a member of the St. Paul's Methodist Church at St. Lodge, which officiated at the burial, Marys and of the Woman's Benefit Association.

        Surviving besides her husband are three daughters, Mrs. Ralph Powell, of East Liverpool, O.; Mrs. Chase Smeaks [sic–Smeeks] of St. Marys; and Miss Helen Elliott, at home; one son, Lt. Com. Phil D. Elliott, USNR, San Francisco, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Brady Knight of Youngstown, O.; Mrs. Sam Gilmore of Salinesville, O.; and Mrs. Mary Stine of Newell, W. Va.; one brother, John Coen of Youngstown, O. and five grandchildren.  One daughter, Mary, preceded her in death.

        Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. B. M. Mitchell officiating.  Interment was made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Fearing, Walter F. Fearing

Source:  The Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch; Saturday, August 11, 1945, Page: 2 A

        FEARING -- WALTER  F., 1239 S. 22nd-St.  Friday, age 43.  Survived by wife, Grace; mother, Mrs. Mary Fearing; 1 daughter, Jo Ann; 1 brother, Harry; 1 sister, Mrs. Florence Hewitt.  Funeral services Monday, 2 p.m. Schoedinger's Chapel.  Interment Green Lawn.


Fearing, William E. Fearing

Source:  The Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch; Tuesday, March 20, 1945, Page: 6 A

FEARING -- William E., rear 877 Pennsylvania Av, aged 72, at residence, Sunday.  Friends may call at the Glenn L. Myers Mortuary, where services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday.  Interment Eastlawn Cemetery.


Feiock, John W. Feiock
Dies at Hebron
Published    January 11, 1945
Provided by Lena Kahrig Pettit, typed by Betty Lendon Matson
       Many friends in Monroe County regretted last week to learn of the death of John. W. Feiock, 78, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Marion Robinson at Hebron. He had been in failing health the past year and confined to his bed for several weeks prior to his death, which occurred Thursday evening, Jan. 4.
       Mr. Feiock was born Sept. 30, 1866 in Lewisville, and was a son of George and Katherine (Butt) Feiock. He grew to manhood in that community and for a number of years operated a hotel in Lewisville during the oil boom period and before the day of automobile travel. His pleasing personality and congeniality made many friends and he was elected sheriff of Monroe County serving from 1910 to 1914.  He also served as deputy fire marshall of Monroe, Belmont and Washington counties by appointment when James M. Cox was governor.
       Twenty-two years ago he moved to Hebron. He was always an ardent Democrat, but in 1924 he was elected Mayor of Hebron, serving two terms and was again elected in 1943. In the interim he served as a justice of the peace.
       Kindness, justice and fairness in his relations with people were outstanding characteristics of his personality, always. He was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical & Reformed Church in Lewisville and also of Hebron Lodge F. & A.M.
       Besides his widow, Louisa (Friday) Feiock, he is survived by one daughter, Eunice, Mrs. Marion Robinson;  a grandson, Paul Robinson, in The U.S. Navy. and one brother  Charles E. Feiock, of Lewisville.
       Funeral services were held at the home, Saturday afternoon with Rev. Weed officiating. Final rites were held at St. Peter's Church at Lewisville, Sunday afternoon, in charge of the pastor, Rev. Walter Trogler. Interment was in Friendship Cemetery at Lewisville.
       The near relatives appreciate sincerely the sympathy extended and the many kindnesses of friends and neighbors.


Gaines, Ruby Jennings Gaines, nee Hilliard

Source: The Wayne County [Illinois] Press; 27 Sep 1945


        Mrs. Ruby Jennings Gaines, 48, daughter of the late Dave Hilliard, of northern Wayne, passed away Saturday at her home, south of Xenia, from high blood  pressure.  Funeral services were conducted at the Powers church Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Delbert Goff.  Interment was in the Powers cemetery.


Gilmore, Samuel R. Gilmore

Source:  The East Liverpool [Ohio] Review; Thursday, 5 Jul 1945

        Samuel R. Gilmore, a potter, died Wednesday at 11 a.m. in his home at First and Washington sts., Newell, following a year's illness.  He was 67.

        Mr. Gilmore was last employed as a kilnmen for the Harker Pottery Co.  He came to Newell about 35 years ago from Salineville, and was a member of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters and the Newell Odd Fellows lodge.

        He leaves his widow, Mrs. Dora Gilmore; two sons, Lt. R. A. Gilmore of the marines, stationed at San Francisco, and Kenneth E. Gilmore of Salineville; two daughters, Mrs. W. L. DeSadier of Jacksonville, N. C., and Mrs. E. P. Droke of Newell; three brothers, William Gilmore, Steven Gilmore and Frank Gilmore of St. Marys, W. Va.; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Nolan of St. Marys, Mrs. Della White of Carlsbad, N. M., and Miss Eliza Jane Gilmore of Akron; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

        The body was taken to the Arner Home for Funerals in East Liverpool, where services will be held probably Saturday at 3 p.m. by Rev. John Longsworth, pastor of the Salineville Methodist church.  Burial will be in Locust Hill cemetery, near Chester.

        Friends may call Friday night at the funeral home.


Githens, William E. Githens

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, May 10, 1945

       William E. Githens, 73, died at his home in Toledo Friday morning. [May 4, 1945]

       Surviving are his wife, Viola Weber Githens, formerly of Lewisville and daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. W. J. Weber; two sons, Lt. Roy and Lt. William Githens of the U. S. Navy; four daughters, Miss Katherine Githens of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Sarah Louise Erkslaven of Chicago, Mrs. Hazel Crook of Illinois and Mrs. Edna Mae Campbell of Norfolk, Va.

       Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Ludwig of Woodsfield, and daughter Miss Myra, of Tiffin, attended the funeral services, held in Toledo Monday afternoon.


Goodin, I. M. Goodin

Source:  The White City [Kansas] Register; 1 Feb 1945

        Funeral services will be held at the graveside, in White City cemetery, Friday afternoon, about 2 a-clock [sic] for I O* Goodin, brought here from Topeka.  He is the son of I N** Goodin, of Kansas City, a resident here until in the past year.  Wall-Differderfer of Topeka have charge of funeral arrangements.

Submitter's Notes:

        *This person is always referred to as I. M. Goodin.

       ** His father's name is Isaac Morton Goodin, not I. N.


Greenbank, John F. Greenbank

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, August 30, 1945

          John F. Greenbank of 51 S. Seventh street, Zanesville, died

Wednesday morning, Aug. 22, at the Benson Rest home in that city, at the age of 83, following an illness of seven weeks.

          He was a deacon of Market Street Baptist Church, Zanesville, and

was a member of the Brotherhood class of the church. He was a retired

machinest for the B. & O. Railroad Company. His parents  were William and Mary Greenbank , pioneer residents of Zanesville. The late O. M. Greenbank of Woodsfield was a brother.

          Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at the Raymond C.

Seat funeral home in Zanesville, with Rec. L. S. Snell officiating. Burial

was in Woodlawn mausoleum.

          Mr. and Mrs. Tolbert Earley, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McGonagle of

Woodsfield, attended the funeral.


Hawkins, Verna Hawkins

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, October 4, 1945

       Miss Verna Hawkins died at her home near Jackson Ridge, Monday morning, Oct. 1, at 2 o’clock, the day before her 84th birthday. She had been ill for several weeks.

       Miss Hawkins was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jarrett Hawkins and was born near Jackson Ridge, where she spent her entire life. She was one of 13 children and is survived by three brothers, Everett, of the home; Dr. U. P.

Hawkins of Cleveland and North Carolina, and Ellswoth of Lakeland, Florida.

       Short funeral services were held in the Haudenschield’s funeral home in Antioch Wednesday afternoon followed by additional rites in the Fairview Methodist church at Jackson Ridge, of which she was a member. Rev. LeRoy C. Henne of the Woodsfield Methodist church officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.


Hehr, Edward Hehr

Monroe County Beacon, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, April 19, 1945

       Edward Hehr, well known Wheeling barber, succumbed to a lengthy illness on Tuesday night at 11:35 o’clock at his home, 3 South Front Street, Wheeling, West Virginia. He had been ill the past year, and bedfast the past three months.

       Mr. Hehr was born in Lewisville, Ohio on December 18, 1887, the son of Louis and Mary Kahrig Hehr, and went to Wheeling at the age of thirteen years, where he learned his trade under his brother-in-law Charles Ihlenfeld. For several years, he operated a shop in the fifth ward, but moved to 1323 Market Street, seven years ago, where he operated a shop at the time of his death.

       He was a Lutheran by faith, and had spent most of his life in the 5th ward, moving to the Island three years ago. He was a member of the Barbers Local.

       Surviving him are his wife, Blanche Rush Hehr; one son, Lewis A. Hehr, of Wheeling; two daughters, Mrs. William Furbee, of Benwood, and Miss Mabel Hehr, of Wheeling; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Ihlenfeld, of Wheeling; Mrs. Alex Forbes and Mrs. Harry Larkin, both of Pittsburgh.

       Another son was killed in action in France last August.

       Three brothers also survive: Ben, of Wheeling; John, of Canton; and William Hehr, of Lewisville.


Hooper, Lavada Hooper nee Daily

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, May 10, 1945

       Lavada Daily Hooper, wife of John Hooper, South High street, died in the Martins Ferry hospital Wednesday [May 9, 1945]following several days illness. She had been a patient in the hospital since last Thursday.

       Mrs. Hooper was 41 years years old.

       In addition to her husband, she is survived by seven children, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Daily and several brothers and sisters.

       Funeral services will be held at 1:00 o’clock Saturday at the Bauer &

Turner funeral chapel with Minister J. V. A. Traylor in charge. Burial will be in Antioch cemetery.


Johnson, Elma Johnson nee McElfresh

Source:  Noble County [Ohio] Leader; Thursday, 19 April 1945

        Mrs. Elma McElfresh Johnson, aged fifty-six years, died at the home of her son, Earl Johnson, on West Belford Street, last Sunday at 9:30 P.M. following an illness.

         She was the daughter of the late Wilson and Zimma Carpenter McElfresh, was born in Monroe County, near Stafford, but had spent most of her life near Carlisle, east of Caldwell. She was a member of the the MT. Tabor Methodist Church. Her husband, Walter Johnson, and a son Clyde, preceded her in death. Surviving are the one son, Earl Johnson, of Caldwell, at whose home she died, and four grandchildren.

         Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon in the MT. Tabor Methodist Church, with the Rev. David A. Doan officiating. Interment was made in the MT. Tabor cemetery, with the McVay-Schilling funeral home in charge.


King, Nettie King

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, October 4, 1945

       Mrs. Nettie King, 66, wife of the late Delbert King, died in Parkersburg Memorial hospital, Monday morning [October 1, 1945] after a few days illness.

       She is survived by one son, William King, in the Army; two sisters, Mrs. Roy Franklin of Woodsfield and Mrs. Harry Smith of near Beallsville; also two brothers, Ernest of Woodsfield and Cleve of Shelby.

       Funeral services were held in Cameron Wednesday afternoon and burial was made there.


Kinkade, Otha Kinkade

Source:  The Van Wert [Ohio] Times Bulletin; 18 May 1945

        Otha Kincade,* 64, died at 1:30 A. M. today at his home in Jackson Township following an extended illness.

        The deceased had been a resident of Jackson Township for many years.  Surviving are his widow and four sisters.  A daughter preceded him in death.

        Funeral services in charge of the Didrick Funeral Home will be held Monday a 2 P. M. at Middle Creek Church.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the family home.

*Submitter's Note:  This name is usually spelled as KINKADE:

        1. Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962 about Otha A. Kinkade

        2. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Otha Andrew Kinkade

        3. 1920 and 1930 United States Federal Census about Otha Kinkade

        4. U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 about Otha Andrews Kinkade

        5. Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997," Otha Kinkade, 1945

        6. and the picture of his stone posted on


Kurtzman, Della M. Kurtzman, nee Ross

Source:  Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch; 7 Aug 1945

KURTZMAN--Della M., 110 King - Av, aged 64.   Survived by husband; 3 sons; 2 daughters; 3 brothers 2 sisters; 5 grandchildren.  Remains at the Feil Funeral Home, 225  King - Av.  Services Friday, 2 p.m., Christian Church at Clarington, Ohio.  (Clarington papers please copy.)


Lee, George W. Lee

Source:  The Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch; 17 Mar 1945

LEE -- George W., 451 W Fourth-Av, aged 47.  Veteran of World Wars I and II. Survived by wife, Helen R.; father; son; daughter; brother; sister.  Remains at the Feil* Funeral Home, 225 King-Av.  Service Monday, 2:30 p.m.  Interment Union Cemetery by Feil.*

*Submitter's Note:  Although I think the funeral home is spelled FEIL, it could possibly be FELL.  Difficult to tell on my copy of this obituary.


Lockyer, Pvt. John Lockyer

Source:  The Ashland [Ohio] Times; 24 May 1945


Pvt.   John   Lockyer

     Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Lockyer of the Middle Rowsburg Road. R. D. 2, received a telegram from the War Department Wednesday afternoon that their son, Pvt. John Lockyer, was killed in action on Sebu* on March 29.

     Pvt. Lockyer was inducted into the service on August 6, 1942, on his birthday and received his training at Camp Wolters Texas, and Camp Stoneman, Cal.  He was sent overseas to the South Pacific in  January of 1943.

    He attended high school in New London, Ohio, and was employed on the Gibson farms near that city before his induction.  He was born August 6, 1921.

     A brother, Cpl. T 5 Frederick H. Lockyer is in a hospital in the Marianas suffering with yellow jaundice.  He had been fighting in Okinawa.

    Pvt. Lockyer is the 81st Ashland countian to give his life in the service.

*Submitter's Note:  A google search in 2017 does not show a Sebu Island in the South Pacific.  Perhaps this is Cebu Island?


Lockyer, Pvt. John Lockyer

Source:  The Ashland [Ohio] Times; 2 Sep 1948

Rites   Sarurday   For   Pvt.   Lockyer

      The body of Pvt. John Ed Lockyer is being returned to Greenwich for burial on Saturday afternoon.

      Pvt. Lockyer was inducted into the service from Ashland.  He was killed March 29, 1945 on Zebu* Island in the Pacific.

      Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lockyer of Greenwich and a brother, Fred, of North Fairfield.

      The body will arrive at the Bender Funeral Home in Greenwich on Friday morning.  Services at the funeral home will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, September 4.  Rev. A.R. Keiser will officiate.  The American Legion Post of Greenwich will assist.  Interment is to be made in Greenwich cemetery.

*Submitter's Note:  A google search in 2017 does not show a Zebu Island in the South Pacific.  Perhaps this is Cebu Island?


Mann, George Mann

Monroe County Beacon, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, February 5, 1945

       George Mann, age 67, died at his home in Jerusalem, Friday afternoon, February 2nd, at 4:30 o’clock.

       He was a life resident of Monroe County and a member of the Jerusalem Presbyterian church.

       Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Viola Riley, of Beallsville, and Mrs. Bernice Gibbons, of Orrville, and two sons, Rolland Mann, of Canton, and Royden Mann, of the home.

       Funeral services were held at Jerusalem Presbyterian church on Sunday afternoon 2:30 o’clock. Rev. Byron Evans, of Barnesville officiated. Burial was in the Jerusalem cemetery.


McCurdy, Okey J. McCurdy

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, April 12, 1945

       Okey J____ McCurdy  a well known resident of Williamstown and an employe of Marietta Chair Co. _____ his death on Saturday [April 2, 1945] at 12:50 p.m. at his home, 608 Columbia avenue, following a heart attack. He had just returned home after attending services at First Methodist Church in Williamstown when he was stricken.

       Mr. McCurdy was born on October 20, 1883 in Monroe County and was a son of the late Isaac and Elizabeth Eddy McCurdy. He spent his early life in Monroe County. On July 11, 1907, he married J. Louise Muhleman, daughter of the late Capt. and Mrs. J. L Muhleman of Hannibal who later lived in Marietta and Williamstown.

       Mr. and Mrs. McCurdy lived in Williamstown during the past 18 years, and moved there from the West, where they had lived for a number of years. Since living in Williamstown, he was employed with Marietta Chair Co. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Williamstown and of the Men’s Bible Class. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity and was affiliated with the Blue Lodge in Wheeling.

       Survivors are his widow, one son, Lieut. Wayne A. McCurdy, U. S. Navy, who is stationed in the South Pacific war theatre; one grandson, Dennis Okey McCurdy; also one sister, Mrs. Addie Butt of Oakland, Md.

       A brother, George McCurdy, preceded him in death a few years ago. A sister, Mrs. Mattie Norris, of Woodsfield Route 5 passed away more recently.

       Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the family home with Rev. H. M Carnahan officiating. Interment will be in the K. of P. cemetery, Williamstown.—Marietta Times, Monday


McGrew, Delbert C. McGrew

Source:  The  Shelbyville  [Indiana] Republican; Wednesday, May 9, 1945




Pfc.   Delbert   McGrew   Cas-

ualty   in   Philippines,

Parents   Here   Are


          The announcement of victory in Europe and the sound of whistles blowing in celebration of V-E day fell with hollow tones upon the hearts of at least one family today.

          Word that a second son, Pfc. Delbert R. McGrew, had given his life in the war with the Japanese was received by  Mrs. Nancy McGrew,  of 158 east Pennsylvania St., Monday afternoon.  Another son,  Harvey McGrew,  a navy pharmacist mate second class, was killed on August 18, 1943, in a plane crash in Hawaii.

Recently in Rest Area.

          No details were contained in the War Department telegram which reached the McGrew home Monday other than that Pvt. McGrew was killed in action on Luzon in the Philippines on April 18.  His last letter to his family was written on April 16 and stated that he was in a rest area.

          Pvt. McGrew entered service in February, 1943, and following training at Camp Polk, La., and Camp Mackall, N.C., was sent overseas in May, 1944.  He served with the 11th Airborne Division and participated in the New Guinea and Leyte campaigns before moving to Luzon.

Native of County.

          The young man was born in Shelby county on May 4, 1923, the son of  Leander R.  and  Nancy Price McGrew.  His father died nine years ago.  He attended the Noble township school and was a member of the Shelbyville Eagles lodge.

          Surviving with the mother are six sisters and four brothers,  Mrs. Opal Bohannon,  of near Indianapolis;  Mrs. Thruston [sic–Thurston] Shirley,  of Columbus;  Mary,  Evelyn,  Doris  and Louise,  at home;  T/4[?] John McGrew,  serving in France;  Edward,  of this city, and  Francis,  of near Indianapolis.

          Pvt. McGrew is the 61st [number is hard to read] Shelby county man to give his life in World War II.

Contributed to the Shelby County, Indiana, Library obituary index by Phyllis Miller Fleming.


Mercer, Rokie Viola Mercer, nee Cronin

Source:  The News [Parkersburg, West Virginia]; 5 Feb 1945

        Mrs. Rokie Viola Mercer, 39, 512 Broadway Av., South Parkersburg, died suddenly yesterday at 10:30 p.m. in the emergency room of the Camden-Clark Memorial hospital.

        She is survived by two daughters, Betty and Rose, both at home; three sons, Glenn and Jack, both at home and Clarence Mercer of the U. S. navy stationed at Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif.; mother, Mrs. Mattie Pryor of St. Marys, W. Va.

        The body was removed to the Shaver & Co. funeral home on Murdoch Av. and the funeral arrangements are incomplete.


Messing, Carl Raymond Messing

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, May 10, 1945

       Carl Raymond Messing, son of Mrs. Mary Messing, of 912 Freeland street, Pittsburg, Pa., passed away suddenly on Tuesday evening, May 1, at 5:10 o’clock.

       Surviving besides his mother are three sisters, Helen and Esther Messing and Mrs. Elsie Kaufman, and one brother, Elmer Messing.

       Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the chapel of John H. Slater & Sons, Mt. Oliver, Pittsburgh. Interment was in South Side cemetery.

       Mrs. Mary Messing is the former Miss Mary Rousenberg of Woodsfield.


Miller, Mary Miller

Source:  The Canton [Ohio] Repository; Friday, 4 May 1945

Miss     Mary     Miller

       Miss Mary Miller, 83, a native of Stark County, who resided in the old homestead of her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. George Miller of the East Sparta-Magnolia road, died this morning in Fairview Convalescent  Home after an illness of several weeks.

        Miss Miller had resided with relatives in Akron several years, returning to her home three years ago.  She attended the United Brethren Church.

        She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Blaine Russell of RD 2, East Sparta, and Mrs. Maud Beller of Dover, and two brothers, Clark of Howenstine and Frank Miller of the Canton-East Sparta road.  The body is at the McCreery parlors at East Sparta.


Minard, Stanley E. Minard

Source:  The Fostoria [Ohio] Review Times; 4 May 1945

PFC.     S. E.     MINARD     DIES     IN     GERMAN    ACTION,     APRIL   16

Fostoria   Adds   67th   Gold   Star   to   Roll   of   Honor;   Was   Screw   Firm   Employe

        Fostoria added the sixty seventh gold star to the Roll of Honor today when notification was received here that Pfc. Stanley E. Minard, U. S. Army, was killed in action in Germany, April 16, 1945, the day after his twenty fourth birthday.

Wife     Gets     Message

        Pfc. Minard's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville E. Minard, 1517  N. Union street, were notified today by their daughter-in-law, who received the official War Department telegram at her home in California.  Pfc. Minard previously had been reported missing in action.

        Fostoria's Roll of Honor now includes 86 names.  In addition to the 67 who have given their lives for their country, seven are listed as missing in action, nine are known to be prisoners of war, and three have been liberated from German prison camps.

        Stanley E. Minard was born in Mt. Blanchard, April 15, 1921.  He attended school in Findlay and enlisted in the armed forces, through Hancock County Selective Service Board No. 2, June 19, 1942.  He was married, March 1, 1943, to Miss Alice Lehman, Lawndale, California.  He went overseas in January, 1945.

        At the time of his enlistment in the army he was employed by the Fostoria Screw company.

Surviving     Relatives

        In addition to his wife and parents, Pfc. Minard is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Carl L. Sparks and Miss Dorothy Minard, Columbus, Georgia, Mrs. Mabel Jones and Miss Velma Minard, Fostoria; and three brothers, Pfc. Howard Minard, in France, and Robert and Carl, Fostoria.


Moore, Shirley Moore

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, August 30, 1945

          Shirley Moore, 11, daughter of Jason Moore and the late Bertha

Ridgeway Moore, of Jackson Ridge, died at 1:25 a.m. Friday [August 24, 1945] at the Martins Ferry hospital, to which she had been admitted sustaining severe burns at her home.

          The girl was severely burned on the legs, arms and body. Her

brother-in-law, Wayne Bishop, is said to have been starting a fire with oil,

when the oil in the bucket he was using caught fire and the girl

unfortunately ran into the flames as he threw the bucket into the yard.

          She is survived by her father, Jason Moore, and two sisters, Mrs.

Wanda Brague of Clarington Route 2, and Mrs. Wadna Bishop, of the home. Her mother died on July 19, 1943.

          Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the

Jackson Ridge Church of Christ, with Minister L. V. Bays officiating.

Burial was in Moffett cemetery.


Morris, Pvt. Russell Morris 

Pvt. Russell Morris entered into eternal rest March 03, 1945.  Mr. And Mrs. Adolph Morris, of Lewisville, route 2, received a telegram from the war department on march 19th, stating their son, Pvt. Russell a. Morris was killed in Germany on March 3rd.

Private Morris, who entered service October 14, 1942, received his basic training in North Carolina, sailing for overseas December 26,1942. He was wounded in Italy where he spent six months in the hospital, returning to the states in February 1944. Following his recovery, he received additional training in Texas, and again sailed for overseas in February, 1945. He landed in Belgium on February 25th and on March 3rd was killed.

Russell was born July 03,1921 at Harrisville, WV. He leaves to mourn his departure, his father and mother, Adolph and Emma Morris; one brother and seven sisters, Clarence Morris and Mrs. Edna Huntsman of Belmont; Mrs. Estelle Lendon and Mrs. Vesta Morris, both of Woodsfield Route 3; Mrs. Nellie Matz of Lewisville Rt.2; Mrs. Bertha Longdon , of Louisville, KY and Nettie of the home; also a host of other relatives and friends.

Here at last, and over yonder

Just within the pearly gates

Watching still for loved ones coming

Now our son and brother 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.


Nalley, J. J. Nalley

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, December 6, 1945

       J. J. Nalley, 78, died at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Raymond Norris in Ashland Wednesday morning [December 5, 1945]. He had been in failing health for several years. He had spent practically all his life in Monroe County.

       Funeral services will be held in the Bauer-Turner funeral home Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be made in Oaklawn cemetery by the side of his wife, who died June 15, 1925.


Neuhardt, Harry P. Neuhardt

Source:  The Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio; February, 1945

        Harry P. Neuhardt, 56, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1945 in the Sistersville General Hospital from a heart attack.

        He was a son of the late Henry J. and Magdalena Neuhardt and was born at Woodsfield Aug. 13, 1888.

        He was united in marriage to Miss Mamie Milburne,* June 19, 1912, at Newport News, Va.  She preceded him in death in 1921.  To their union the following children were born:  Mrs. Dorothy Smith, of New Orleans, La.; Pvt. Harry P. Neuhardt, Jr., stationed in Texas, and Ensign Charles Henry Neuhardt, somewhere in the Pacific.

        Later he was married to Mrs. Hattie Lowe, of Louisa, Ky., who survives him.  He is also survived by one grandson, Harry P. Neuhardt III, of Amarillo, Texas; a sister, Miss Marie Neuhardt of Sistersville, and a brother, Ben J. Neuhardt, of Wheeling.  Another sister, Mrs. Olga Colburn, of Turlock, Calif., preceded him in death in December, 1943.

Mr. Neuhardt had always been connected with the oil business, starting at Woodsfield with The Pure Oil Co., when just a boy.  Later he was located in Spencer, W. Va., with The Carter Oil Co. and in Sistersville with The Petroleum Exploration.  Twenty-two years ago he went to Texas where he was a drilling contractor in Amarillo until three years ago when he moved to Ft. Worth.  Due to ill health he had been in Sistersville for several months at the home of his sister.

        Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock at the Campbell-Frame funeral home and the body brought to Woodsfield for burial in Oak Lawn cemetery.  Rev. Ottis R. Snodgrass officiated at the funeral service.

*Submitter’s Note: Other records indicate her name was WILBOURNE or WILBORNE.


Oldham, Emily Hester Oldham, nee Hyatt

Source:  The Topeka [Kansas] State Journal; 20 Dec 1945

        Mrs. Emily Hester Oldham, 62, died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. E. McKinley of 1018 West Twenty-second.

        Born September 20, 1883, in Erie, Pa., she had been a resident of Topeka most of her life.  Mrs. Oldham was a member of the Topeka Bible church.

        She is survived by two sons, Stephen E. Oldham of Topeka and Cecil G. Oldham of Wichita; a daughter, Mrs. McKinley of Topeka; three brothers, David K. and Ralph Hyatt of Topeka and George Hyatt of Dover; three sisters, Mrs. H.O. Erickson and Mrs. Julia Smith of Topeka and Mrs. Ida Oldham of Dennison, Tex., and five grandchildren.


Pope, Ora Robert Pope

Source: The Shelbyville [Indiana] Democrat; 15 Nov 1945



           AT   HOME

Ora R. Pope Suffers Severe Burns;

     Eight Children Are Rescued

        A Liberty township man was in critical condition at the Major Hospital today as the result of first and second degree burns suffered in an explosion and fire at his home one and one-half miles southeast of Waldron early this morning.

        The injured man is Ora. R. Pope, 45, an employee of the Chambers Corporation here.  Hospital attaches said he suffered severe burns on both arms when a can of coal oil exploded as he was preparing to build a fire in a stove.  The explosion and fire occurred at 6:15 o'clock and the county fire truck received the alarm five minutes later from a neighbor of the Pope family, Mrs. Ed Small.  While Mrs. Small was summoning the fire apparatual [sic--?], Mr. Small rushed to the Pope home and battled the flames.

        The Pope home was occupied at the time by the injured man and his wife, their six children and two other children.  It was reported that all the children were on the second floor of the residence when the fire started and that Mr. Pope ran outside and caught each of the youngest [sic--?--youngsters?] as they dropped from a window.  Rescue of the children was conducted by Mr. Pope in spite of his injuries.  He was taken by his wife to the office of Dr. J. E. Keeling at Waldron and then brought in Loren H. Murphy Ambulance to the Hospital.

        Fire said damage to the home was estimated tentatively at approximately $1,200 and was confined to the living room and dining room.  Damage to furnishings amounted to approximately $500, it was reported.  The home which is owned by the occupants, and furnishings covered by insurance.

*Submitter's Note:  There were several typographical errors in this typed copy of the obituary.  Most were evident and easy to fix, but I wasn't sure about these two words.  Below is the obituary.


Pope, Ora Robert Pope

Source: Shelbyville [Indiana] newspaper; Monday; 19 Nov 1945


   TO     ORA     R.     POPE

Liberty     Township      Man

   Succumbs  at  Hospital

        Ora Robert Pope, 36, died Saturday night at the Major hospital from burns suffered in an explosion early Wednesday at his home in Liberty township.

        The accident occurred when Mr. Pope was preparing to build a fire in a stove.

        Born June 21, 1909, in Shelby county, he was the son of Clarence B.* and Sarah Rosella Young Pope.  His marriage to Martha Gotcher of Shelbyville, took place March 2?,** 1934.  For the past fifteen years Mrs. Pope had been employed at the Chambers Corporation.

        Surviving are the widow; six children, James, Donald, Billy, Jackie, Sandra and Judy; two brothers, Earl Pope, of Shelbyville, Russell Pope, of Addison township; four sisters, Mrs. Verlie Thompson, Mrs. Carrie Hudson, Mrs. Opal Lusk, all of Shelbyville, and Mrs. Marie Perkins, of California, and a half-brother,*** Dalton Bolser, of North Vernon.

        Funeral services will be held at the Lewis Creek Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Clarence Hagar officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery in charge of Loren H. Murphy.  Pallbearers will be Russell Tice,**** Stanley Gordon, Jerry Shaw, George Hill, Jack Ray, Charles Slusser, Carl Mahaffey and Byron Williams.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:00 p.m. today.

Submitter's Notes: 

        * On the engraving on Clarence's tombstone and in his obituary, the middle initial is D -- Clarence D. Pope.

        ** This second digit was difficult to read on my copy of this obituary but  Indiana Marriages, 1811-1959, gives the date as March 26, 1934.

        *** Dalton Bolser was his stepbrother.

        **** This name was not very clear on my copy of this obituary so may not be correct here.


Pope, Walter D. Pope

Source:  The Shelbyville [Indiana] Republican; Friday, 30 Nov 1945

PFC.   W. D.   POPE



No  Details  Are  Given  in

   Telegram  Concerning



        A War Department telegram stating that his son, Pfc. Walter D. Pope, was killed in action two weeks ago, November 16, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines was received by Alvin Pope, of 705 Montgomery St., yesterday.

        No details were given but the message stated that a letter of confirmation would follow.

        Pvt. Pope was nineteen years of age.  He enlisted in the army on April 11, 1944, and was sent overseas in the fall of the same year.  He returned to the United States on a 30-day furlough several months later and was again sent overseas three months ago.  He was serving with the 334th Infantry Regiment of the 86th Division at the time of his death.  The last letter received by his father was written on November 6.

69th   County   Casualty

        The young man was born in Shelby county on March, 11, 1926, and attended the local high school.  His mother, Mrs. Alma M. Pope, died three years ago and a brother, Charles, was killed in an accident in Michigan three years ago.

        Surviving with the father are three brothers and one sister, Raymond Pope, who recently was discharged from the army and now is in Mansfield, Ore., Maurice and Harold Pope, of this city, and Mrs. Lillian Bishop, of Bloomington.

        Pvt. Pope is the 69th Shelby county man to lose his life while in armed services of World War II.


Reischman, John Reischman

Source: The Zanesville Ohio Signal, dated, 20 Feb 1945

(John Reischman was born on 25 Feb 1871 in Ohio. He died on 16 Feb 1945 in Miltonsburg, Monroe Co., OH. )

WOODSFIELD -- Funeral services were held Monday morning in St. John's Catholic Church in Miltonsburg for John Reischman with Rev. Father George F. Drescher officiating. Burial was made in the church cemetery by the Galbraith Funeral
Home of Woodsfield.  Mr. Reischman died at the home of his son, Leo, on Friday [16 Feb 1945].

He is survived by two sons, Leo of the home, and Gilbert of Bridgeport. One daughter preceded him in death several years ago. Also surviving are one brother, Peter of Woodsfield Route 3 and three sisters, Mrs. Barbara Baker of Woodsfield Route 5, Mrs. Joseph Burkhart of Barnesville, and Mrs. Anna Harper of Cambridge.


Ricer, Clemence Ricer

Source:  The Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio; 20 Dec 1945


        Clemence Ricer, 39, lifelong resident of Woodsfield, died after a short illness Thursday morning at 10 o'clock.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ricer.  Survivors are several aunts and uncles.

        Deceased was a member of the Masonic lodge and was a former employe [sic] of the Woodsfield Electric Light Plant.

        Funeral services were held at the Bauer - Turner funeral home in charge of the Masonic Lodge, Saturday afternoon, with Minister J. V. A. Traylor officiating.  Burial was made in Oaklawn cemetery.


Robinson, Martha Henrietta Robinson

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, October 4, 1945

       Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Henrietta Robinson, widow of Francis Marion Robinson, who passed away in San Pedro, Calif., last March, will be held Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6, at two o’clock at the Summerfield cemetery with Rev. W. E. Peters officiating.

       The body arrived in Marietta Saturday and was taken to the Gardner funeral home in Stafford.

       Surviving are three children, Mrs. Nina Whitlock of San Pedro, Calif.; Mrs. Neil Devinna and Edward Robinson, Okmulgee, Okla.

       Mr. and Mrs. Robinson formerly resided at Summerfield and Stafford.


Rogers, Clifford Rogers

Source:  The Coshocton [Ohio] Tribune; 6 Jul 1945

Burns   Fatal   to

Oil   Truck   Driver

        Burns suffered when his fuel oil truck caught fire proved fatal to Clifford Rogers, 24-year-old New Martinsville, W. Va., truck driver at city hospital here at 5:50 p.m. Thursday.

        Roger's body was burned extensively yesterday morning when the truck, carrying 7,000 gallons of fuel oil, crashed into the Wakatomika creek bridge, near Dresden, and burst into flames.  The West Virginian was driving in a dense fog when the accident occurred, state patrolmen said.

        He was enroute to Georgetown O., from the Heath refinery at Newark.  The large tank fuel truck burned for several hours after the crash.

        So severe were Rogers' burns that attending physicians at the local hospital were unable to make an x ray examination of his other body injuries.  The truck driver was brot [sic--brought] to the hospital in the Schaumleffel-Ransom ambulance of Dresden.

        Rogers regained consciousness for a short period after arriving at the hospital, but was unable to talk.

        His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Berthel* Rogers of New Martinsville arrived at the hospital last evening shortly before he died.  They said that their son had been medically discharged from the army.  He was not married.

*Submitter's Note:  Other records show this spell as "Berther."


Schumacher, Ambrose L. Schumacher

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, April 12, 1945

       A Solemn Requiem High Mass will be held on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. at St. Sylvester’s church in memory of Marine Private Ambrose L. Schumacher, who was killed in action on Iwo Jima on March 3.


SeibelSTALEY, John P. SeibelSTALEY

Source: Source:  Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #077.

Date: Sep 27 1945

Staley,* John P., beloved husband of Stella (nee Heiley)**; father of Helen Gallagher, Edna Zachea, John, Lillian Nusbaum, Elizabeth Schwartz,** Irene Skrut, Harry, Anna and John Seibel; brother of Mathew, Charles and Andrew; residence, 3375 W. 30th st., Monday, Sept. 24. Friends may call at McGorray Bros. Lakewood Home, 14133 Detroit ave., where services will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at 2:30 p. m.

Submitter's Notes: 

        * John went by both last names—Seibel and Staley.

        **These last names are incorrect.


Smith, Barbara Ann Smith

Source:  The Wayne County [Illinois] Press; 7 Jun 1945


        Barbara Ann Smith, adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Smith, of Saunemin, former Wayne county residents, passed away Monday, May 28th, in the state hospital at Lincoln.

        Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning of last week at the Geff Methodist church by Rev. W. E. Courtright.  Burial was in the Bestow cemetery.

        She was born on November 28th, 1932 and passed away at the age of 12 years and six months.

        Surviving are her parents, one sister, and two step brothers.

                                                        Card  of  Thanks

        We express our deep appreciation for the many kind expressions of sympathy extended during our recent bereavement.

                    Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Smith and Family,

                    Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Gwin and Family

                    Mr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor.


Smith, Henry Smith

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, August 30, 1945

          Henry Smith, 80, lifelong resident of Monroe County, died at his

home on East Marietta street, Woodsfield, on Tuesday evening [August 25,

1942], following a lingering illness. He had been in critical condition for

the past two weeks.

          Mr. Smith had been engaged in farming, but retired 25 years ago

and since that time had made his home in Woodsfield. He was a member of the Buchanan Presbyterian church, near Woodsfield. Had he lived until October he and his wife would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.

          Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Clara Fisher Smith; two sons, Charles

C. Smith, a linotype operator of the Cambridge Jeffersonian, and Raymond M. Smith, linotype operator for The Times Recorder; three granddaughters, Cadet Nurse Marjorie M, Rita Anne and Mary Lou, all of Zanesville; a brother, William Smith, of Newark, and a sister, Mrs. Perry Schaffer, of Belleville, W. Va.

          Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon at two o'clock

in the Galbraith funeral home, with Warren McCready, pastor of the

Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was made in Oaklawn cemetery.


Stallings, Lenora Catherine Stallings nee Long     (died June 14, 1945)

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at the Eberle funeral home here for Mrs. Lester Stallings, Roscommon, Mich., with burial following in Friends cemetery.  Mrs. Stallings died Monday afternoon in Mercy Hospital at Grayling, Mich.
Lenora Catherine Long Stallings was born in Dexter City in 1903, the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Alva Long.  She was married to Mr. Stallings of Salesville in 1940 at Kalamazoo, Mich.  They had resided in Toscommon, Mich. for the past two years. She attended the Methodist church there where she was a teacher of a children's Bible class and a member of the choir. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are two children, Willa Jean, 8, and David Lester, 9; her mother, Mrs. Martha L. Smith, of Cambridge; a brother, James, a half brother, Lewis, and a half sister, Mrs. Frieda Forshey, all of Cambridge.


Stauffer, John Stauffer

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, April 12, 1945

       John Stauffer, aged 75, passed away at his home near West Marietta street on Saturday evening [April 7, 1945] at 5:45 o’clock, his death following a stroke last Monday.

       Surviving are his wife and three sisters. A son, Elmer Stauffer, died in 1938.

       Funeral services were held at the Bauer and Turner funeral home on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock with Minister J. V. A. Traylor officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn cemetery.


Truax, Mrs. Nora Truax [Nora B. Stephen  b: 1890  d: 1944 (dau. of Ulysses S. (obit) and Emily Stephens) married Edward E. Truax]
    In loving memory of my dear mother, Mrs. Nora Truax, who departed this
life one year ago today, June 28, 1944.
On and oft, my heart does wander
   To a grave and far away,
Where they laid my dear mother
   Just one year ago today.
When the evening shadows are falling
   And I am sitting all alone,
There comes to me a longing
   If only she could come back home.
A happy home we once enjoyed,
   How sweet the memory still,
But death has left a lonliness
   The world can never heal.
Sleep on, dear Mother,
   Sleep on and be at rest,
The ones who of you are thinking
   Are the ones who loved you best.
A daughter-------Mrs. Ralph Dillon.


Ury, A. E. Ury

Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, March 15, 1945

       Mrs. A. E. Ury, the former Miss Virginia Steward, has received word that her husband Lt. Ury was killed in action in Germany on March 4.

       Mrs. Ury resides in Columbus.


Voland, Robert or Ronald Eugene Voland

Source:  The Marion [Indiana] Leader Tribune; 2 Feb 1945


        Gas City, Feb. 1 -- Rev. Everett Mart will officiate at funeral services for Robert* Eugene Voland, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Voland, 501 South A street, at 2 p.m. today at the parents' home. Burial will be in Walnut Creek cemetery.  The child died at 7 a.m. Thursday at Marion General Hospital where he was taken following his birth at home.  The body was taken to 400 East Main street.

*Submitter’s Note:  Birth records show given name as Ronald; obituary as Robert.


Walker, Sydney Eleanor Walker, nee Wadmore

Source:  as posted on the web site by Debbie Smith; May 1945

        Mrs. Sydney Eleanor Walker, a former resident of Kahoka, died at her home in Williamstown, MO, May 23, 1945 at 1:40 P.M. after an illness of two months.

        She was 64 years old and was born in Kahoka, Nov. 16, 1880, the daughter of James and Emma Kinkeade Wadmore. She was married to C. W. Walker who survives.

        She was a member of the Christian Church in Neeper, MO.

        Surviving besides the husband are a son, Cecil Walker of Kahoka; and three daughters, Greta and Mabel at home and Mrs Charles Nichols of Alexandria, MO.

        The funeral was held from the Christian church at Neeper Friday at 3 P.M., conducted by Rev. Milton F. Dawson. Burial was in the Neeper cemetery.

        Pallbearers were: Frank Welker, Frank Brisco, Ruby Nichols, Lee Shoup, Chester Kapfer and Harold Taylor.

        Mrs. Creva Gutting and Mrs. M.F. Dawson sang accompanied on piano by Mrs. Owen.


Wallace, Olga Wallace, nee Hines

Source:  The Cambridge [Ohio] Daily Jeffersonian; 16 Jul 1945

Mrs.     Blake     Wallace     Dies     In     Oklahoma

        Barnesville, O.,    July 16 -- Mr. and Mrs. George Hines, Wiley Ave. have received word of the death of their oldest daughter, Mrs. Olga Wallace, which occurred unexpectedly at her home in Okamulgee,* Okla., July 13.  Mrs. Blake had recently undergone surgical tratment.  She was born in Barnesville and resided here until her marriage to Blake Wallace when she went to Oklahoma. She is the mother of seven children, two of whom are serving with the armed forces.  Her husband and children survive, along with her parents, four brothers, Charles, Stewart, James and Lester Hines, all of Barnesville, and one sister, Miss Jeanne Hines, Barnesville.  Three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.  Her mother, Mrs. Hines, Stewart, Charles and Miss Jeanne Hines left Saturday to attend the services.

*Submitter's Note:  This should be spelled OKMULGEE.


Weber,  Matilda Jane Weber, nee Brown

Source:  The Spirit of Democracy [Woodsfield, Ohio]; 20 Dec 1945

        Mrs. Matilda Jane Weber, who would have been 86 on January 15, died Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Fisher, in Lewisville.  Mrs. Weber, who broke her hip on the eve of her 79th birthday, had been an invalid since.

        Surviving in addition to the daughter are two sons, John H. Weber, of Lewisville, and Alfred Weber, of Columbus; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren.

        Funeral services were held at the Buchanan Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon, with Rev. W. E. Peters of the Summerfield Methodist Church, officiating.

        Interment was in the church cemetery.


Wilson, Elvina Wilson, nee Mercer

Source:  The Martins Ferry [Ohio] News Leader; Tuesday, 9 Jan 1945

Mrs.  Wilson  Claimed  At  79

        Mrs. Elvina Wilson, 79, of N. Ninth st., Martins Ferry, died at 6:15 p.m. Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Teare, 805* Delaware st., where she was taken a few days ago.       

        Born Elvina Mercer in Tyler county, W. Va., Nov. 30, 1865, she later married Richard Wilson, who preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1942.  Mrs. Wilson was the last of a family of 12 children.

        Survivors in addition to Mrs. Teare are three sons, Lloyd, Albert and Ray;

 two other daughters, Mrs. Howard Hartenstein and Mrs. Emma Marsh, Wheeling; 23 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

        The body is at the Heslop funeral home where it will remain for services Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ralph C. Drisko in charge.  Burial will follow in Riverview cemetery.

*Submitter's Note:  There was a blot on the first digit of this number on my copy of the obituary so I am not positive it was an "8."


Wise, George Washington Wise

Source:  newspaper clipping [either Marietta or Woodsfield, Ohio]; May/June 1945

        Again the unwelcome Messenger of Death has entered our home, and in his unfaltering manner, removed from our midst, our kind and loving father.

        George Washington Wise was born December 3, 1859, and departed this life May 24, 1945, at the age of 85 years, 5 months and 21 days.  He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and spent most of his life as a farmer.

        He was united in marriage on August 23, 1883, to Isabelle Miller.  To this union, ten children were born, two having preceded him in death in infancy.  Surviving are his wife and the following children:  Asa A. Wise, of Graysville; Mary Kerps, in Oklahoma;  Gilbert O. Wise and Ida Johnson, of Barberton; Trim Wise, of Newport, Ohio; Delbert Wise, of Barberton; Homer Wise, of Barlow and Floyd Wise, of Barberton; also twenty grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one sister, Mary L. Riell, of Hendrysburg; three half-sisters, Clara Nicely and Victoria Lockhart, of Parkersburg, W. Va., and Rosa Gilliland, of Kokomo, Indiana; 3 half-brothers Lee Wise, of Lebanon; Dave Wise, of Belpre, and William Wise, of Parkersburg, W. Va.; besides many other relatives and friends.

        Mr. Wise had been in failing health for many months, gradually growing worse after having been moved to the home of his grandson, William O. Wise, of Pleasant Ridge, where he spent the last six weeks of his life.  He will be remembered by his many deeds of kindness, in the hearts of those who knew him best.

        Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ.  Interment was made in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery.

Card of Thanks

        We wish to thank the many friends who were so kind to us during the time of illness and after the death of our dear father and grandfather;  Mr. Gardner for his services, Mr. Christy for his comforting words, and everyone who has helped in any way.  Such kindness will always be remembered.--

The Wise Family


Wise, George Washington Wise

Source:  The Marietta Times (Marietta, Ohio); Thursday, 31 May 1945

        George Washington Wise, 85, retired farmer of Monroe County, died May 24 at the home of his grandson William O. Wise of Pleasant Ridge, where he spent the last six weeks of his life.

         Survivors are his widow,  Mrs. Isabelle Miller Wise, whom he married Aug. 23, 1883, and eight sons and daughters,  Asa A. Wise of Graysville,  Mrs. Mary Kerps of Oklahoma, Gilbert O. Wise, Mrs. Ida Johnson, Delbert Wise and Floyd Wise of Barberton, Trim Wise of Newport and Homer Wise of Barlow.  There are 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren;  one sister and three half-sisters and three half-brothers.

*Submitter's Note:  Below is a more complete obituary.


Wise, Isabelle Wise nee Miller

Source:  Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal; Thursday, 8 November 1945


        Mrs. Isabelle Miller, of 389* Wayne st., died Wednesday p.m.  Survived by sons, Aca,** Gilbert O. Trim W., Delbert S., Homer O. and Floyd A.; daughters, Mary R. Kerps and Ida O. Johnston; 24 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; brother T.E. Miller; sisters, Rachel Miller and Susan Jackson.  Services Friday, 7:30 p.m., from Campfield-Hickman chapel, Rev. Dallas F. Billington officiating.  Additional services and interment Sunday p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, Pleasant Ridge, O.  Friends may call at the funeral home.  (The Campfield-Hickman Co.)

Submitter's Notes: 

        *This was difficult to read and could perhaps be 399 Wayne st.

      ** Other places this is seen spelled as ASA.

Submitter’s Note: Below is a more complete obituary.


Wise, Isabelle Wise, nee Miller

Source: newspaper clipping [Marietta or Woodsfield, Ohio]; Nov 1945

Mrs. Isabelle Wise

        Isabelle Miller Wise was born December 20, 1861, near Woodsfield, and departed this life November 7, 1945, at the age of 83 years, 10 months and 18 days.

        On August 23, 1883, she was married to George W. Wise.  To this union were born ten children, two of whom passed away in infancy.  Those who are left to mourn her loss are six sons and two daughters, Asa A. Wise, of Graysville; Trym W. Wise, of Newport, Ohio; Homer O. Wise, of Barlow; Delbert S., Gilbert O. and Floyd A. Wise, all of Barberton; Mrs. Ida O. Johnston, of Barberton, and Mrs. Mary Kerps, of Wilson, Oklahoma; also two sisters, Anna Miller, of Marr, and Mrs. Susie Jackson, of Rinard Mills; one brother, Thomas E. Miller, of Wingett Run; 24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

        A native of Marietta, she had made her home for the last five years with her daughter, Mrs. ida O. Johnston, of Barberton, Ohio

        Short services were conducted on Friday evening at 7:30, at the Campfield Hickman chapel in Barberton, after which the remains were taken to the home of her grandson, William O. Wise, at Graysville, Ohio, by Mr. Gardner of Stafford.  Final services were conducted Sunday at the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ with Elder Thomas A. Christy officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.


Wright, George E. Wright

Source:  The Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch; Monday, September 3, 1945,  Page: 6 A

WRIGHT -- George E., 508 Clinton-St., age 83, Saturday.  Survived by daughter, Mrs. Nellie Corbin; 2 sisters; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild.  Friends may call at Ferguson's Funeral Home, Plain City, where service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday.  Interment Forest Grove Cemetery.



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