Whitley County Obituaries

Brahm, Clela
Unidentified News Clip from the Scrapbook
Cemetery Records show that she died May 15, 1892
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     Again we are reminded that “In the midst of life we are in death” by the departure of Clela, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brahm, who died Saturday evening, May 15, of Brain Fever. Age 2 years and 4 months. We deeply sympathize with the sorrowing parents while in the loss of the little one, we are reminded that
     “The reaper whose name is Death.
     How oft with his sickle keen.
     He reaps the bearded grain at a breath.
     And the flowers that grow between.”


Brand, Ora Belle
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died July 19, 1892

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     On the 19th day of July, 1892, Ora Belle, daughter of Mr. and Mes. J. W. Brand, entered life eternal. Two days later the precious remains were laid away in the Columbia City cemetery.


Brandenburg, Virgil
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, October 9, 1918

flag for veterans World War I Soldier

     Private Virgil Brandenburg, of South Whitley, died at Camp Sherman, Chilicothe, Ohio, Sunday, death being due to pneumonia which followed Spanish influenza. He is the second Whitley county man to give up his life because of this disease, Private Ralph Waugh being the first man who died from this cause.
     Private Brandenburg wrote his mother last week that he had a bad cold and something like tonsillitis since Sunday, and Tuesday his wife wired to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brandenburg, stating that he had gone to the hospital. During the week several messages were sent by Mrs. Brandenburg relative to her husband’s condition which became more serious each day. Saturday the father received a wire asking him to procure a nurse for the boy and send her to camp. A nurse was procured at Fort Wayne and went to the camp Saturday, but the disease had reached a stage which even the best of care could not combat and the young man’s resistance was overcome and he passed away.
     Virgil Brandenburg was born near South Whitley on May 13, 1893, and was 25 years, 4 months and 23 days old at the time of his death. He was very well known at South Whitley, going through the grade schools and the high school there, and while in the high school was prominent in athletic activities, being a member of the basket ball team. He registered under the first draft and was pronounced to be the best man physically examined by the local board up to the time of his examination. He was accepted and sent with the sixth contingent from Whitley county to Camp Taylor, May 25th, 1918, and was transferred from there to Camp Sherman where he has been since June 28th. His wife joined him at Camp Sherman in July and was with him at the time of his death. He was married before he went to camp, to Miss Margaret Mallott, daughter of William S. Mallott who resides on the Kosciusko county line. His wife and parents survive him, as does one sister, Mrs. Ward Combs, of South Whitley.
     Virgil Brandenburg was a member of the I.O.O.F Lodge of South Whitley, being noble grand in that order when he left for camp. He was also prominent in Masonic work. He was a manager of the Farmers elevator for several years and was a member of the United Brethren church. He was a young man of fine character, and high and honorable ideals and his untimely death will be deeply deplored by all who knew him.


Brenneman, Lawrence L.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday June 8, 1945 Page 6

     Lawrence L. Brenneman, past 74 years old, a brother of the late Dr. J. Forest Brenneman, Columbia City dentist, died in Denver, Colorado, June 7 of cancer and complications according to a message received yesterday by Mrs. Gladys Brenneman. He was a son of Benjamin F. and Lavina Brenneman and was born in Columbia City on August 23, 1871. He was married to Flora Comstock of New York state. Mr. Brenneman lived in Columbia City until 1890 when he moved to Denver where the family resided since that time. Mr. Brenneman, who was ill for the past year and bedfast for the past several months leaves a widow and an adopted daughter. He was a representative of the Citywide Produce Association. Judson Brenneman, formerly of Columbia City, now residing in the west, is a brother, the only surviving member of the Brenneman family.


Bressler, Isabelle
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Commercial - October 28, 1903)


     Isabelle, wife of George Bressler, a former resident of Columbia City years ago, died October 9th at Marion, Ohio. She was 74 years old, and was a sister of the late John Stough, the late Mrs. Henry Snyder and Mrs. Henry Hackett of Columbia City. Jerry Kohler of Elkhart is her son.


Bridegam, John
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday June 18, 1945 Page 6

     John Bridegam, past 77 years old, died Sunday morning at 8:15 o’clock at his home at 215 East Collins street, after a four years illness due to complications. He was born near Decatur in Adams county on January 1, 1868 and was a son of Elias and Eusanna Moyer Bridegam. Mr. Bridegam who was a retired employe of the Pennsylvania railroad, was married on October 29, 1887 at Decatur to Annie Nevada Boggs, of Sugar Grove, Noble county, who survives. The following named sons and daughters survive; Mrs. Pyrl Jacquay, Fort Wayne; Mrs. William Ragan, Grabill; Charles, Pleasant Lake; Carl, Thorncreek township; Elvin, Albion. There are 26 grandchildren living. Two grandchildren, Charles and Virginia Bridegan were reared in their grandparents home. Four sisters and two brothers and two daughters are dead. The body was brought to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral home here where friends may call until the hour of the service, which will be at 10 am Wednesday morning at the Funeral home. The Rev. Marion R. Shroyer will conduct the services and interment will be in Eel River cemetery near Churubusco.


Briggs, Cora Mae (Kenner)
The Commercial-Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday June 2, 1947

     Mrs. Cora Mae Briggs, past 80 years old, died at her residence at 110 North Walnut street at 12:10 a.m. Friday, May 30th of infirmities of age. She had been ill for eight weeks and was confined to her bed during that period.
     Cora Mae Kenner was born in Troy township on October 18, 1866 and was a daughter of Andrew and Mary Goodrich Kenner. She came to Columbia City about 15 years ago and prior to that time resided in Troy and Thorncreek townships and was a life-long resident of Whitley County.
     On December 10, 1891 she was married to Thomas B. Briggs at Larwill. He died on January 3, 1931. Surviving children include: Dr. Orville C. Briggs, practicing Fort Wayne dentist, who resides 3 miles east of Columbia City; Mrs. Neil Estlick of near Warsaw and Mrs. Richard R. Fisher of North Main street, Columbia City. There are seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren living. One daughter, Mrs. Harold Torbet, late of lima, Ohio is dead.
     Two brothers, Dr. C.A. Kenner of Omaha and Dr. Wm. C. Kenner of Utica are dead. Dr. Lewis A. Kenner of Columbia City, a brother is living. The following named half-brothers and half-sisters survive: Mrs. Charles R. Armold, Mrs. Minnie Watters, John Kenner, Columbia City; Dr. Clyde Kenner of Seward, Neb., Frank Kenner, Ella Kenner and Mary Kenner of Cleveland; Roy Kenner of Canto, Ohio; Fred Kenner of Albany, N.Y. and Lyman Kenner of Louisville.
     Mrs. Briggs was a member of the Trinity Methodist Church and the Women's Society of Christian Service. The body was taken to the DeMoney-Hollingsworth funeral home where friends may call and where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial will be in South Park cemetery.


Briggs, Dr. Orville C.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
October 28, 1983

     Dr. Orville C. Briggs, 90, of R 7, Columbia City, retired oral surgeon, died at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Fort Wayne. Dr. Briggs had been a patient at the hospital since Saturday, Oct. 12.
     He was a native of Richland Township, Whitley County, born on Dec. 27, 1892, a son of Thomas B. and Cora Kenner Briggs. Following his birth, the family moved to Thorncreek township where he attended elementary school before graduating from Columbia City High School.
     Dr. Briggs attended Wabash College and Northwestern University. When he completed pre-dental work, he entered the University of Illinois Dental School. After graduation he enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1917 and served with the base hospital unit at Camp Crane, Allentown, Penn., while preparing for overseas duty. The unit remained in the United States following the signing of the armistice.
     After discharge from the military service in 1919, Dr. Briggs came to Columbia City and practiced dentistry for five years before leaving to take further training in surgery of the mouth and bones of the face in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio. His oral surgery practice in Fort Wayne was completed in 1951 when he retired due to his health.
     Dr. Briggs served on the surgical staffs at the old Methodist (now Parkview) Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital, and was a courtesy staff member at Lutheran Hospital.
     On Nov. 15, 1921 he was married to Lillian McConnell of South Whitley, who at the time was a teacher of physical education in the Columbia City schools. A son, James Andrew Briggs, now an Indianapolis attorney, was born to them. Mrs. Briggs died in September of 1969. In October of 1971 he was married to Helen A. Singer of Fort Wayne.
     The oral surgeon was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church and Columbia City American Legion Post 98 of which he was a past commander. He was twice elected as a director of the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.
     His dental memberships included the Indiana and National Dental Association, the Great Lakes Society of Oral Surgeons, a Fellow of the College of Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgeons, and Northeastern Dental Society of which he was a past president.
     Dr. Briggs belonged to the Columbia City Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Consistory of Fort Wayne, Mizpah Shrine, Junto Luncheon Club, and Fort Wayne Summit Club of which he wa a charter member.
     After retirement he became active in the breeding of registered angus cattle and was the first president of the Whitley County and Northeastern Indiana Angus Associations. He was a past president of Indiana State Angus Association and was a member of its board of directors for many years.
     Dr. Briggs devoted much time and interest to the Whitley County Historical Society and served as the society's president when Vice-president Thomas Marshall's home was purchased and the bi-monthly historical bulletin was established. He also was a member of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Historical Society.
     Surviving are his wife Helen; a son, James A. Briggs of Indianapolis; a stepson, Calvin Singer, of Chicago; a step-daughter, Mrs. Mary Lou Shambaugh, of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mrs. Richard (Elbertine) Fisher of Columbia City; five step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Estlick and Mrs. Theresa Torbet, are deceased.
     The funeral will be Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Smith and Sons Funeral Home with Dr. Richard Stanger of Plymouth Congregational Church and Dr. Richard Frazier of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in South Park Cemetery.


Briggs, Thomas Benton
Columbia City Post - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday January 5, 1931

     Thomas B. Briggs Instantly Killed. Tragedy stalked into a Whitley county home close upon the heels of the new year Saturday evening when a traffic fatality, the first of the year in the county, took as its victim, Thomas B. Briggs, 60, one of the most prominent farmers of the community.
     The accident occurred at 7:01 p.m. and the body was struck about 120 feet west of the driveway into the Bob Oliver and Keys Harris homes and it was thrown nearly straight down the pavement to the entrance of the Oliver driveway.
     It is believed that Mr. Briggs who was bound for Coesse, ran out of gasoline as his automobile was found parked beside a culvert about a quarter of a mile west of the Harris and Oliver homes. While walking east to reach one of these homes to get a supply of gasoline for his motor car, he was struck by the eastbound Buick driven by James I. Miles, Purdue university instructor who resides at 4126 Arlington Avenue, Fort Wayne. Accompanying Miles who was returning to Fort Wayne from Warsaw was his father, E.E. Miles, also of Ft. Wayne.
     Miles stated to investigating officers that he was driving about 60 miles an hour and did not see Mr. Briggs walking along the pavement until he was directly upon him. He swerved his car to avoid striking the pedestrian, if possible, and the machine jumped the small side-ditch, tore down the Keys Harris mail-box and ran into an adjoining field where the car turned on its side. Neither Miles nor his father was injured. They climbed from their car and returned to the highway where the younger Miles aided Mrs. Oliver and Mrs. Harris in carrying the body of Mr. Briggs to the Robert Oliver driveway.
     Mr. Briggs was believed to have been walking near the black line which marks the center of the highway. He was on the south half of the road, walking with traffic in an eastwardly direction.
     According to Dr. O. F. Lehmberg, county coroner, who investigated the accident with Sheriff H. O. Sticker, Mr. Briggs was struck in the back and death came instantaneously.
     The Luckenbill's Sons ambulance was summoned to the scene of the accident and following the preliminary investigation of the coroner, the body was removed to the firm's Columbia City funeral parlors. Accidental death was the verdict returned by the coroner Monday. Officers held Miles blameless for the tragedy.
     The body of Mr. Briggs was found lying near the edge of the pavement on the north side of the highway. Whether he was crossing the road or was walking just to the right of the black highway marker is not known.
     The deceased was one of Whitley County's best known farmers. He had long been an active and outstanding member of the Whitley County Farm Bureau and had long served as one of its directors. Few men took more interest in matters of a public nature and he was always thoroughly posted on things which were going on. He was president of the Whitley County Council, being one of its best informed members. As a farmer he was recognized for his progressive methods and his farm home and surroundings were neat in the extreme. In his death not only has the family suffered an irreparable loss but the community as well has lost one of its best citizens and one whose place cannot be filled.
     The mission which took him on his trip to Coesse Saturday evening was one in connection with the State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance company, of which he was an agent. Mr. Briggs was a member of the Christian Church and of the I.O.O.F. Lodge.
     The tragic death of one so well known comes as a shock to this entire community and the sympathy of all goes out to the members of the family in their hour of grief that cannot be told.
     Miles, whose car struck Mr. Briggs Saturday evening, was overwhelmed with grief by the accident and willingly complied with every request made by the officers concerning the investigation. The Purdue instructor left Sunday from Fort Wayne to meet his classes at the university in West Lafayette Monday, although he was suffering from nervous shock.
     Thomas B. Briggs was born on July 24, 1870 in Union township to James Briggs and Readie Shobe Briggs. On December 10, 1891 he was united in marriage to Miss Cora Kenner of Troy township. To this union were born the following children, all of whom survive together with the widow: Dr. Orville C. Briggs of Fort Wayne; Blanche, now Mrs. Niel T. Estlick of Troy township, Theresa, now Mrs. Harold Torbet, of Lima, Ohio, and Elbertine, now Mrs. Richard F isher of Columbia City. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Robert, Lois and Dorothy Estlick; and one brother, Elmer Briggs of Union township.
     He was preceded in death by three brothers, John M. Briggs, Samuel Briggs and Darius Briggs.
     The body was taken to the DeMoney Funeral Home Sunday noon but was removed to the residence northwest of here on Monday. Funeral services will be held at 2 0'clock Tuesday afternoon in the local M. E. church, the Rev. R. C. Plank officiating. Burial will be made in South Park cemetery.


Brock, Frederick
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (014-FF)
Unidentified News clip
(Frederick died July 5, 1908)

     Aged Pioneer Died Sunday, Frederick Brock Passed Away Suddenly In Jefferson Township. Had Just Eaten Dinner and Had Laid Down on Couch When the Summons Came – Death Due to Heart Trouble.
     Frederick Brock, one of the aged and highly respected citizens of Jefferson township closed his earthly career Sunday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Bentz, south of Laud, at the hour of 1:20. The end was wholly unexpected and came without warning. The old gentleman had eaten his dinner, eating as heartily as usual, and when he had finished, as was his custom, went into his room and laid down on his cot. His daughter, Mrs. Bentz, finished her dinner and attended to some household duties and then also laid down for a rest. She had been lying down about eight or ten minutes when she heard a moan from her father. Going to his room she found him lying on the floor and unconscious. She called her son, Samuel, who was near at hand, and the young man lifted his grandfather onto the cot again. He gasped a few times and was gone, the end coming peacefully and quietly. br>     Dr. Richards, of Laud, and his son, Samuel, who lives near by were called, but there was nothing to be done. Death had intervened and one more of the grand old pioneers of the county had been gathered to his fathers.
     Mr. Brock, notwithstanding his advanced age, had been enjoying good health and had not been complaining at all. He had shaved himself during the forenoon and took an interest in affairs around and about him. His sight was good and he continued to read the papers up to the very last day of his earthly existence.
     Frederick Brock was a native of Canton, Berne, Switzerland, where he was born April 1st, 1822; died July 5th, 1908, aged 86 years, 3 months and 4 days. He was the eldest of five children and the last of the family to depart from this life. He was well educated in the old country, and in 1840 sailed for America with his parents, who located in Fairfield county, Ohio. He celebrated his eighteenth birthday while crossing the Atlantic, the trip over requiring fifty-eight days. He remained with his parents on the farm until he attained his majority, after which he put in three years learning the carpenter trade and at farming. February 22, 1846, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Amman and to whom six children were born, five of whom survive – Benjamin, of Marion, Ind.; John W., of Mills City, Ore.; Mrs. John Bentz and Samuel of Jefferson township, and Mrs. Lewis Long, of Washington township.
     They moved to Whitley county and located in Thorncreek township in 1850. They went right into the wilderness and settled upon an eighty-acre farm which they proceeded to improve. In 1866 he sold his Thorncreek farm and purchased 100 acres in Jefferson township, where he made his home for over 40 years. His aged companion died June 9th, 1907, and the following September he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. John Bentz, whose farm adjoined that of her father. Although he felt the loss of his companion deeply, he seemed quite contented and was enjoying life well considering his advanced age. He became a member of the German Lutheran church more than fifty years ago and later transferred his membership to the German Methodist church. He was not only a loyal member of the church, but was a sturdy and staunch citizen of firm and steadfast convictions, who at all times stood for the right. He was a good and kind father, a devoted husband and obliging neighbor and a man whose word was as good as his bond.


Brock, Icel L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
June 4, 1985

     Icel L. Brock, 73, 394 Club Wildwood, Hudson, Florida, died Sunday morning at Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center in Hudson. She had been ill for four months.
     A native of Cleveland Township, Mrs. Brock was born on a farm 2 and a half miles south of South Whitley on November 6, 1911, a daughter of Gideon and Millie (Dimmick) Williamson. Her father died young and her mother later married Laustin Arnett.
     Mrs. Brock was educated in the Tunker School and the Kreider School. She was married to Francis I. Brock and they first lived in Detroit, later building a new home on Lake St. Clair. After Mr. Brock's retirement from the Ford Motor Company, they moved to Florida in 1978.
     Surviving are her husband Francis; a sister, Mrs. Edna Slagle of Argos; a half-sister, Mrs. Charles (Mabel) Londt of Orlando, Florida. A sister, Dollie; a brother, Merritt Williamson, and a half-brother, Chester Arnett, are deceased.
     Funeral arrangements are being completed at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.


Brock, John
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday March 28, 1945 Page 6

     John Brock, age 88, a carpenter in Whitley county at one time, died Monday at Astoria, Oregon, according to word received here by his two sons, Fred E. and Lester Brock. He was ill for two months of a heart ailment. Mr. Brock was born in Thorncreek township December 8, 1856. He later located in Jefferson township and in 1907 moved to Oregon. His parents were Frederick and Elizabeth Annan Brock, natives of Switzerland. His marriage to Sarah Ann Coolman occurred in November 1878. Mrs. Brock died in 1936. The surviving children besides the two sons mentioned are Charles W. Brock, Salem, Ore,; Mrs. William Bell, Silverton, Ore.; Mrs. Charles Clay, Astoria, Ore; Russell E Brock, Tacoma, Wash. Other survivors are 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, nine of whom are in the armed forces. In 1900 Mr. Brock became a member of the IOOF order at Laud. He was also a member of the United Brethren church near Laud but after locating in Oregon Mr. Brock transferred his membership to the church in Salem and his membership in the IOOF Order to the lodge in Salem. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon at Salem, Ore. The two sons here will be unable to attend the funeral rites. They were in Oregon in 1928 when they attended the Golden Wedding anniversary of their parents.


Brown, David
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (042-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, April 25, 1895

     David Brown, one of the oldest residents of the county, died at his home near the Dunkard Church about one mile northwest of this city, Wednesday morning, April 17th, at the advanced age of 78 years and 20 days. For a long time his health was poor, but he seemed a great deal better Monday and Tuesday preceeding [sic] his death.
     Mr. Brown was born near Canton, in Stark County, Ohio, March 27, 1817. After reaching manhood he moved to Hancock County, Ohio, remaining there three years, after which he moved to this county. He was one of the earliest arrivals and his attention was turned to clearing land. He settled first on a piece of land that now constitutes a part of the county farm. He passed through all the hardships of a pioneer life. Indians were plenty when he first came to the county and then constituted, for the greater part, his companions. He was united in marriage May 28, 1839 to Mary Cook, also of Stark County, Ohio. They were the parents of nine children five of whom survive.
     The funeral occurred Friday fornoon [sic] at the Dunkard church and was conducted by Elder Workman, assisted by Rev. Brolyer of Pierceton. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.


Brown, Erma F. Goodrich
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
July 5, 1958

     Funeral services for Mrs. Erma F. Brown, 72, of Larwill, a life-long resident of Whitley county, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Larwill Methodist church with the Rev. Marion Shroyer, officiating.
     The body has been removed to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call until noon Sunday at which time it will be taken to the church to lie in state until the hour of the service.
     Mrs. Brown died Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Farris Nursing home where she had been a patient since June 23. She had been in failing health for the last four years suffering with Parkinson's disease, and two years ago suffered the first of a series of apoplectic strokes which ultimately caused death.
     She was a native of Richland township, and was born on February 14, 1886, a daughter of Fletcher and Mary McKown Goodrich. On April 15, 1909, she was married to Ernest V. Brown. They started housekeeping on a farm in Richland township, and with the exception of seven years which were spent in Thorncreek and Columbia townships, they always made their home in Richland township. During the past three years they have resided at their home in Larwill. Mrs. Brown was a member of the Larwill Methodist church.
     The surviving relatives include her husband, Ernest, three sons, Eldon Brown, Connersville; Walter Brown, near South Whitley; Lewis Brown, Tri Lakes; two daughters, Mrs. Clinton Bohnstedt, Larwill; Mrs. Emmett Keefer, Argos; twenty-four grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren, three brothers, Frank Goodrich, Columbia City; Chauncey and Floyd Goodrich, both residents of California; three sisters, Mrs. Birdie Schuman, R 6, Columbia City; Mrs. Amon Beard, Larwill; and Mrs. Leonard Foster, Columbia City.


Brown, Ernest V.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
July 12, 1971

     Ernest V. Brown, 83, retired Richland township farmer and carpenter, died at his home in Larwill at 9:00 this morning. He had been in failing health for more than a year following surgery.
     Mr. Brown was a native of Columbia township and was born on April 15, 1888, a son of John Reed and Mary Gaerte Brown. His formative years were spent in the Black and Wilson Lake communities where he was educated in the old Schuh School.
     On April 16, 1909, he was united in marriage to Erma Florence Goodrich. They started housekeeping on a farm in southeast Richland township near the Oak Grove Methodist Church. In 1918, they purchased the Roderick farm north of Black Lake which they managed and operated until 1940 when they moved to Larwill. After retiring from active farming, Mr. Brown worked as a self-employed carpenter.
     His wife, Erma Florence, preceded him in death on July 3, 1958. Since 1960 he has made his home in his trailer. The surviving relatives include three sons, Walter Bryon, R 3 South Whitley, Lewis Brown, R 4, Eldon Brown, R 2 Liberty; two daughters, Mrs. Clinton (Lucille) Bohnstedt, Larwill and Mrs. Emmett (Frances Fay) Keefer, R 1 Argos; 23 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren.
     He was the last of his family, five brothers, Roscoe, Grover, Charles, Irvin and Melvin, and two sisters, Cora and Esta, preceded him in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. Committal services and burial will be in the Lakeview cemetery at Larwill. Definite plans will be announced later.


Brown, Isaac N.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died March 26, 1909

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     Isaac N. Brown was born in Kosciusko county, August 11, 1849, and died at South Whitley, March 26, 1909, being aged 59 years, 7 months and 15 days. He grew to manhood in the adjoining county and married Miss Magdalena Judd, November 28, 1873. They moved to Noble county and lived on the banks of big lake until 1888, and in that year moved to Columbia City, where he has since resided.
     Four children were born to this union, all of them surviving to sorrow in the first death that has come to the family. They are Mrs. Elzora Coplen, of Greenville, Texas; Steven Arthur Brown, of Noble county; Mrs. Julius Morsches, of this city, and Inez Brown, who is at home with her mother. One brother and three sisters are also living. They are Dr. Steven Brown, of Great Bend, Kan.; Mrs. Jasper Rarick, of Noble county; Mrs. Mary Click, of Cromwell; Mrs. John Ackley, of Michigan. Five grandchildren also survive.


Brown, Mary (Baker)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died November 12, 1909

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     Mary Baker Brown was born at New Salem, Fairfield county, Ohio August 12, 1848. She removed with her parents to Whitley county, Indiana, in 1867, and on the 6th of February, 1870, she became the wife of Valorous Brown. She was the mother of two sons and two daughters, who with her husband are left to mourn. She entered into eternal rest on Friday morning, November 12, 1909.


Brown, Timothy
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died February 6, 1902

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     Timothy Brown was born in Knox county, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1824 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. C. Hively, near Bartlett, Kan., Feb. 6, 1902, aged 78 years and 2 days. Mr. Brown was married to Mary Pond, Nov. 4, 1846, and to the union four children were born – Isaiah, Jay, Vallona and Alice. Jay died at the age of five years, and Alice at the age of eleven.
     Mr. and Mrs. Brown moved from Ohio to Whitley county, Ind., in 1852, where they lived until 1892, where the wife died, aged 63 years, 9 months and 10 days. Mr. Brown then came to Kansas and made his home with his children, Isaiah Brown and Mrs. H. C. Hively, with whom he lived happily until death gave him release from a long and severe spell of sickness. – The Chetopa (Kan) Democrat.


Broxon, Margaret Tyner
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (011-PF)
Nellie Riley Raber’s Digest of Obituaries
(C.C.C.M., 15 June 1906)

     Broxon, Mrs. James – Margaret A. Tyner was born in Fayette County (?); became a pioneer in Jefferson tp., Whitley Co., Ind.; where she died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. I.R. Conner. She and James Broxon were married 25 Nov. 1842; he died 5 years ago. From 1845 to 1854 lived on a farm in Cass Co., Ind. then moved to a farm in Jefferson Tp., Whitley Co., Ind. where her husband farmed and conducted a blacksmith shop. Nine of her 11 children are living: Mrs. Conner and John T. Broxon, Jefferson Tp., this county; Mrs. David Braden and Walter and Reuben Broxon, Fort Wayne, Ind.; William C., Union Tp., this county; Chas. O. Broxon in the West; Mrs. Della Griffith, Michigan and Mrs. Joseph Plummer, Roanoke, Ind. A half-brother and 5 half-sisters are living: Oliver Smith, Jefferson Tp., this county; Mesdames Grace, Peter Smith, James Putnam, John K. Braden and Henry Millage, Andrews, Ind. Her late husband served Jefferson Tp., in the offices of trustee and justice of the peace; also was the postmaster at Saturn for 15 years. The funeral service was held in the Saturn Church. Burial was in the Sand Bank Cemetery.


Broxon, Victoria Ann (Gillespie)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday June 4, 1934

     Mrs. Victoria Ann Broxon, 70, wife of William Broxon, died at 4:25 p.m. Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herman Felger, at Arcola. Her death was due to a complication of diseases after an illness of several years.
     She was a former resident of Coesse and was well known in Whitley county. She was born on August 13, 1863, at Geneva, Ind., to the late Charles Henry and Sarah Dunfee Gillespie. On November 21, 1871, she was married to William Broxon, who survives.
     The following children survive: Mrs. C.W. Noyer, Arcola; Charles Lewis Broxon, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Sadie Ryan, Arcola; James W. Broxon, Colorado; Mrs. Opal Felger, Arcola. Brothers and sisters include: Mrs. Denver Pence, Harvey and Harmon Robinette, all of Whitley county; Frank Robinette of Fort Wayne; James Robinette of Muncie, and Newton Robinette of Toledo, O.
     Mrs. Broxon was a member of the Methodist church at Coesse. The body was brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home here but Sunday was taken to the G.W. Noyer home at Arcola where friends will be received until the funeral tomorrow.
     Funeral services at the Noyer residence will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and at Jefferson Chapel at 2 p.m. standard time. Burial will be made in Sandbank cemetery, Jefferson township.


Broxon, William Chester
Columbia City Post - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday June 5, 1940

     The body of the elderly man, discovered in the Porter gravel pit Tuesday by two young men who were about to go swimming, last night was identified by relatives as that of William Chester Broxon, 78, who for the past few weeks had been living with his daughter, Mrs. William C. Noyer, at her home three-quarters of a mile east of Dunfee in Allen county.
     Identification was made by Broxon’s son-in-law, Dr. J.P. Ryan, Arcola veterinary surgeon, last night at the DeMoney Funeral Home, where the body was taken after being lifted from four and a half feet of water at the Porter pit a half-mile south of Coesse.
     Broxon, members of his family related, had been living with his children and often visited various nieces and nephews. Often he would leave, saying he intended to look for work, and later would show up at the home of a relative for a brief stay.
     He died this Monday morning when he left the Noyer home and when he failed to return Monday night, none of the family was alarmed. A relative of Noyers, late yesterday on hearing of the unidentified man whose body was discovered in the Porter pit, informed Broxon’s children when she learned the general description of the unidentified man tallied with the physical characteristics of Broxon. This led to the identification last night by the son-in-law from Arcola.
     Members of Broxon’s family said that he had been despondent since the death of his wife and a recent stroke of apoplexy seemingly had deepened his despondency. That he had taken his own life was established when his pockets were found filled with stones.
     Broxon was a native of Jefferson township, born June 21, 1861 to James William Broxon, a native of England, and Margaret Tyner Broxon. He resided in Whitley county until after the death on June 2, 1934, of his wife. She was the former Victoria Bobinett, to whom he was married at Laud in November 1881. He was a member of Jefferson Chapel Methodist church.
     Survivors include five children, Mrs. William C. Noyer of Allen County, Charles L. Broxon, of Fort Wayne, Mrs. J.P. Ryan of Arcola, James W. Broxon of Boulder, Colo., and Mrs. Herman Felger of Hartford City; a brother Charles Broxon of Monrovia, Cal.; a sister, Mrs. Della Griffith, of Decatur, Ill.; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by four infant daughters and two infant sons, and a 17-year-old son, also five brothers and three sisters.
     Private funeral services are to be held at 3 o’clock DST Thursday afternoon in the DeMoney Funeral Home. The officiating minister will be the Rev. Damon Finch, pastor of Wheatland Avenue Methodist church in Logansport, a former pastor at Jefferson Chapel. Burial will be made in Jefferson Chapel cemetery a mile north of Jefferson Center.
     Friends of the family, however, will be received after 8 o’clock DST tonight at the funeral home and until 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon when the funeral will be closed to everyone except relatives.

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