Whitley County Obituaries

Carr, Jennie (Hammell) Dempsey
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died May 6, 1910)

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     Mrs. Jennie Carr, of west Van Buren street, an aged pioneer resident of this city, passed away Friday night after a long illness from Bright’s disease. Jennie Hammell, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hammell, was born in Harrison county, Ohio, May 22, 1839, and died in Columbia City, May 6, 1910, aged 70 years, 11 months and 14 days. January 19, 1863 she was married to O. J. Dempsey at Van Wert, Ohio and in July of the year following, they moved to this city where Mr. Dempsey ran the first bus line in the town. August 22, 1874, he died and on September 22, 1885 Mrs. Dempsey was united in marriage to William Carr, a contractor and builder. He passed away March 7, 1887. Since that time Mrs. Carr has resided in this city and has been looked upon in the community as a gracious an helpful woman. She is survived by three brothers, James Hammell, Los Angeles, Cal.; Harrison Hammell, Petaluma, Cal.; Cyrus Hammell, Decatur, Ind.; and one half-brother, Isaiah Hammell, Peru. C. O. Daily who made his home with Mrs. Carr nearly a lifetime, regarded her as a mother and cared for her during her last illness as a son would have done.


Carroll, Charles M. Jr.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 1, 2004

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     Charles M. Carroll Jr., 83, a resident of South Whitley, died at 10 p.m. Monday, November 29, 2004, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Phillip Dierks. He had been in failing health since June.
     Born July 16, 1921 in Norwood, Ohio, he was the son of Charles M. and Julia (Yanko) Carroll. As an infant his family moved to Indiana, residing in Huntington, Fort Wayne, and Washington and Union townships in Whitley County. He graduated from Coesse High School.
     On July 16, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps., serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged on December 1, 1945.
     He was united in marriage to Dora Belle Dreyer on December 24, 1945, and they made their first home in Oakland, California. In December 1947, they moved to Washington Township, Whitley County. They later moved to Tri Lakes and in the early 1950, they moved to South Whitley.
     Employed at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne for 34 years, he retired in 1982. His memberships include St. John's Lutheran Church, Leatherneck Coffee Club, and American Legion Post 98. He also helped establish the Explorer Troop of the South Whitley Boy Scouts and was a former member of the South Whitley Planning Commission.
     Survivors include his wife, Dora Belle; a daughter, Marcia (Phillip) Dierks of South Whitley; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Doris Pittenger of Columbia City, Evelyn Goodman of Kerrville, Texas, and Marian Bakle of Mesa, Arizona. He was preceded in death by a son, David L. Carroll and a grandson.
     The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 4, at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel in South Whitley with the Rev. David Mommens, of St. John's Lutheran Church, officiating.
     Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial is at St. Peter's Cemetery with American Legion Post 98 presenting military honors.
     For those who wish, memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund.


Carroll, Charles M. Jr.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
December 10, 2004

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     The funeral service for Charles M. Carroll Jr., 83, was Saturday, December 4, 2004 at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel in South Whitley, with the Rev. David Mommens, of St. John's Lutheran Church, officiating.
     Marilyn Kerch played a variety of hymns during the prelude and postlude including "Beautiful Savior." Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace", "My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less," and "The Doxology."
     The committal service followed at St. Peters Cemetery. Casketbearers were Shane Trump, Dave Reed, Mike Krause, Bennett Warner, Bob Lancaster, Bob Kurtz, Kenneth Kerck, and Tim Breshahan. Honorary bearers were Morrie Darley, Ralph Rice, Sam Kelsey, and Bruce Grable.
     American Legion Post 98 presented military honors at the cemetery. Bill Wheeler served as commander and Dean Ramsey as chaplain. The color guard included Frank Daniels as commander, Homer Wells, Paul Thompson, Ray Gilbert, and Norris Strickland. The firing squad included Bill Hare as commander, Ted Hare, Paul Brower, Larry Jones, and Bill Rea. Joe Hare was the bugler.
     Mr. Carroll, husband of Dora Belle (Dreyer) Carroll died Monday, November 29.


Carter, Mrs. William
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday February 26, 1945 Page 4

     Mrs. William Carter, a former resident of Richland township and a sister of James S. Binkley of Larwill died at 6 o’clock Sunday morning at Fremont, Ohio where she had lived for the past several years. She was 77 years of age. She was born at Fremont, but for several years after her marriage lived in Richland township. Surviving her are the husband; a daughter Mrs. Seldon Vickery, and a granddaughter, Jeannae Vickery, of Miami Beach, Florida; two brothers, John S. Binkley of Richmond and James S. Binkley of Larwill and two sisters, Mrs. J. E. Barnes of Tomahawk, Wisconsis and Mrs. Robert Rice of Hobart. Funeral services and burial will be held Wednesday afternoon at Fremont, James S. Binkley and his son, Fred Binkley of Larwill will attend the rites.


Carter, William
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died July 22, 1900

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     William Carter was born in Wayne county, Ind., October 15, 1827, and died at his home in Columbia City, Ind., on July 22, 1900, aged 72 years, 9 months, and 7 days. His mother died when he was quite young and William was left to the care of others. At the age of 22 he came to this place, then called Columbia, being little more than a hamlet in the midst of a dense forest.
     He made his home with a married sister, Mrs. Samuel Brown, living with her and working with Mr. Brown at the carpenter trade. On October 25, 1854, he was married to Miss Elizabeth D. Baker, of Gallion, Ohio. To this union were born three children – Mary, Edwin and Amelia. The daughters have both preceded their parents to the spirit world by some years. His wife died in the fall of 1898 and his son, Edwin, has lived with him the past ten weeks or so. He was laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery by the side of his wife and their two daughters.


Carver, Margaret (Houston)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died August 24, 1910

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     Mrs. Joseph M. Carver, of West Ellsworth street, died Wednesday afternoon from the effects of dysentery, following an illness of ten days. Margaret Houston, the daughter of Reson and Rhoda Houston, was born in Columbia township, north west of this city, October 2, 1841, and died here August 24, 1910, aged 68 years, 10 months and 22 days. She resided on the farm with her parents till her marriage to Joseph M. Carver, December 25, 1865, and since that time has resided in this city. She leaves two children, Edward Carver, of this city, and Mrs. Florence Spaulding, of Banquo, Ind.; Mrs. Ella Carver, a daughter-in-law, and eight grand-children. Two sisters also survive her, Mrs. Rhoda Cornelius, of Lima, O., and Mrs. Martha Shuh, Greensburg, Ind.


Case, Harriet (Pence)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Commercial Mail - Died April 20, 1910)

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     Mrs. James B. Case, wife of the well know blacksmith of Lorane, died suddenly Tuesday night after a half hour’s illness. The deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Pence, and was born in Huntington county October 8, 1863, being 46 years, 6 months and 11 days of age. She was reared in this city and twelve years ago was married to her bereft husband. To this union one child was born, a daughter, Phora, now ten years of age. The deceased is survived by two brothers, John F. and Grant Cence and also two sisters, Mesdames Philip and Samuel Oberkeiser, all of this city.


Clapham, Russell B.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, December 29, 1928

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     Russell B. Clapham, prominent young man in this city, died of cerebral meningitis at 1:05 Friday afternoon at the Linvill hospital where he had been taken Wednesday night at 11 o'clock following an attack of the flu. He first became ill a week ago Thursday, with flu. He suffered from neuralgia pains in the side of his face and ear early this week, but the pain seemed to subside and his fever dropped to practically normal Wednesday. That night, it started to mound and at the hour named he was removed to the hospital. He complained of pains in his head and the symptoms then were feared to be meningitis. He was over the flu so his trouble was from some other cause.
     Thursday he was restless and complained of pains in his head but at about 9 o'clock that evening, his pains seemed to lessen and he rested well all through the night until Friday morning at 5 o'clock, when the nurse noticed a sudden change for the worse. Members of the family and close friends were notified and Dr. Ben Linvill was summoned from Chicago and Dr. Bowman, of Fort Wayne was also called in consultation. A test of the spinal fluid showed meningitis and confirmed the fears of the attending physicians. He was practically unconscious after Thursday noon.
     The announcement of his death comes as a great shock to the community where he was so widely known. Many people knew that he was ill with the flue, but little dreamed that it would result fatally. When the sudden change came for the worse, Friday morning, there was no time for the word to spread until the announcement came that he had passed to the eternal sleep of death.
     [There is almost a full column detailing his business exploits starting when he was the youngest and smallest of the boys who ever sold the Saturday Evening Post on the streets of Columbia City, a newspaper delivery boy, reporter with the Columbia City Commercial-Mail, Insurance representative for the Indianapolis Life Insurance Company, local representative for the Indianapolis Star, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, the Cincinnati Enquirer and other publications. During the world war, he was sent to a training camp in New York state and later to officer training school in Washington D. C., which is where he was at the time the armistice was signed.]
     Russell B. Clapham was born Jan. 30, 1895, at Monroeville, in Allen county. His father, Burnside Clapham, of Ontario, Ind., survives, but his mother passed to her death at the time he came into the world. When he was three weeks old, his Uncle, John Clapham, of this city, went to Monroeville and brought him to the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Lydia Clapham, where he was reared to manhood.
     On June 15th, 1919, he was united in marriage to Miss Dorothy Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Jones, of this city, who with one son, Charles, aged eight years, survives. He was 33 years, 10 months and 28 days at the time of his demise.
     The deceased was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, of the local Masonic bodies, of Mizpah Shrine in Ft. Wayne, and of the Ray P. Harrison Post of the American Legion. He is a young man who will be keenly missed in a wide circle of business and social friends and his untimely death has caused universal expressions of regret and sympathy to the relatives in their grief that cannot be told.
     The members of The Post force feel an irreparable loss in the death of Russell Clapham. The funeral will be held Monday forenoon at 10:30 a.m. from the home on West Spencer Street. Rev. J. S. Blank will officiate and the interment will be made in the Greenhill cemetery.


Clark, Elizabeth Kirkendall
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (015-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, February 26, 1927

     Mrs. Elizabeth Clark Died At Her Home Here. Death took place Tuesday afternoon at Four o’clock from cancer – funeral services Thursday afternoon.
     The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Clark, highly respected and well known resident of Columbia City, took place at her home at 302 No. Chauncey street, Columbia City, Tuesday afternoon at four o’clock. She had been ill for some time past with cancer. Mrs. Clark had reached the advanced age of 82 years.
     She was born in Wayne county, Ohio in the year 1845 and was the daughter of Archie and Susan Kirkendall, Mr. Kirkendall being of German descent and Mrs. Kirkendall of Scotch descent.
     On May 7, 1865 she was united in marriage to Andrew Clark, who died October 29, 1920. They resided in Washington township most of their life, moving to Columbia City a little more than twenty years ago.
     One sister, Mrs. Sarah Merriman, preceded Mrs. Clark in death several years ago. Mourning her departure are three sons and four daughters, namely, Miss Martha Adella Clark, of Columbia City, Mrs. O. E. Anderson, of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Harley Baker, of Columbia City, Mrs. George Henline, of Marion, Ind., James F. Clark, of Washington township, Whitley county, Myron A. Clark, South Bend, Archie L. Clark of Denver, Col., and fourteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
     Mrs. Clark was a lifelong member of the Baptist church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 24th at 2:30 p. m. and interment will be in the South Park cemetery.


Clark, Elizabeth Oaks
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (015-PF)
Source: Nellie Raber’s Digest of Obituaries
(Columbia City Post January 5, 1881)

     Mrs. Otho Clark died December 23, 1880 at her home in Jefferson Township, Whitley Co., Indiana. She was born July 9, 1809 in Washington Co., Maryland; was married in Franklin Co., Pennsylvania in January 1833; in 1837 moved with her husband to Montgomery Co., Ohio, thence in 1846 to Huntington Co., Ind. In 1866 they sold their home and bought the Michael Crowell farm in Jefferson Township where she died.


Clark, John
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday March 17, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Christian church in Kimmell for John Clark, 67, who died at his home one mile northeast of Ormas at 9:30 Friday morning, one hour after he was stricken with a heart attack. Committal services will be made in the church cemetery. Mr. Clark was born in Elkhart county. His wife died three years ago. Survivors are two sons, Earl of Chicago and Herbert of Indianapolis. Three daughters, Mrs. Hugh Sherwin, Mrs. Louis Blitz, Chicago; two brothers and two sisters, Melvin Clark, Burr Oak; Mrs. Irving Weldy, Mrs. Mabel Ferber and William Clark, Goshen and 10 grandchildren. Mr. Clark was a member of the Kimmell Christian church where funeral rites will be held.


Clark, Otho
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (015-PF)
Source: Nellie Raber’s Digest of Obituaries
(Columbia City Commercial January 15, 1890)

     Otho Clark was born June 27, 1811 in Funktown, Washington County, Maryland; died January 11, 1890. He moved with his wife and 3 children from Pennsylvania to Dayton, Ohio in 1837. He came to Huntington County, Indiana in 1846, and to Whitley County, Indiana in 1866. He had 6 sons and 4 daughters, of these 5 sons and 2 daughters are living. For 35 years was a member of the German Baptist Church. He was buried in Huntington County where his mother, wife and 2 daughters were interred.


Claxton, Ernest L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
April 16, 1990

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     Ernest L. Claxton, 63, Larwill, formerly of Churubusco, died at 4:40 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Whitley County Memorial Hospital.
     Mr. Claxton was born August 31, 1926, in Green Township, Noble County, to Lloyd and Rosanna Gordon Claxton. He was a retired diesel mechanic who worked for GI Case in Churubusco and Schafer Implement in Merriam. He retired in 1986 from DPM in Garrett. Mr. Claxton served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
     His marriage was on December &, 1983, to Juanita Banks. Mr. Claxton survives, along with sons Edwin of Columbia City and Eugene of Muncie; daughters Roberta Bolen, Lisa Wagner and Rebecca Claxton, all of Fort Wayne, Sandra Claxton of California, Marie Weise of California and Tina Zaugg of Bluffton; stepsons Steve and Dewayne Stewart of Columbia City, Bobby and Larry Stewart of Larwill; a stepdaughter, Lynn Sroufe of Larwill; a sister, Marie Addis of Churubusco. There are 10 grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.
     The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco with the Rev. William Claxton officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.


Cleveland, Jane
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (008-FF)
Source: “Obituaries from the South Whitley Area 1885-1930”
compiled by Mrs. Marjorie J. Kite, June 1978.
Dr. Manasseh Cutler Chapter, D.A.R. (Page 68)
Name and Date of Newspaper not given
She died April 11, 1902

     Mrs. Jane Cleveland. The deceased was born April 30, 1813, near the village of Salem, Washington county, New York. She was a direct descendant of Moses Cleveland who came to this country from England in 1635, and settled at Woburn, Mass. In the year 1836 she was united in marriage to Benjamin Cleveland who preceded her some twenty-one years, to that country from whose shores no traveler ever returns. In this union Mrs. Cleveland retained her maiden name. She departed from this life, to join the reunion beyond at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louisa Combs, in South Whitley, April 11, 1902, being at the advanced age of 88 years, 11 months and 11 days.
     Being a pioneer, she had many experiences foreign to many of this day, and history alone is able to treat of a life so variegated. It was her privilege to have ridden on one of the very first railroads built. There was an amusing incident in connection with this trip, as related by her husband. While in their youthful days, it was proposed by Mr. Cleveland, then her suitor, that they go on a Fourth of July excursion to Saratoga Springs, on the railroad running from that place to Albany, a distance of about thirty miles. So with all arrangements made and hopes elated, they boarded the car, but “Lo and Behold,” when the locomotive started off, it took with it only a part of the train, leaving their car and several others to be drawn by a horse hitched to each car. This was their first railroad ride, and on a steamless train at that.
     Sixty-six years ago the deceased, in company with her husband, emigrated to the then far off west, settling in Whitley county, near the present town of South Whitley, on a farm, where they lived until the death of Mr. Cleveland. At that time this part of Indiana was a dense forest and contained very few inhabitants. There were a great many wild animals here, and quite a few Indians. Certainly Mrs. Cleveland has a right to the title of a pioneer. It took twenty-two days to make the journey from their home in the east to the new home in the great west. The same distance can be traveled now in about one day. The journey was accomplished in the midst of many obstacles, that is they would be considered thus to us. They came by canal from Troy, New York to Buffalo; thence by Lake Erie to Toledo; thence up the Maumee river to Fort Wayne; thence by the Fort Wayne and Erie canal to Huntington and completed their journey on horse back to their new home, which to them was the dearest place on earth. This is only one of the chapters in the life of one who experienced many hardships foreign to us.
     To the deceased was born six children, three sons and three daughters, five of whom are still living. Mrs. Cleveland was brought up in the Presbyterian faith, but at her decease was a member of the M. E. Church. She is held in high esteem by all who knew her. Thus as a ripened sheaf, having fought earths battles bravely, and still abiding in the Christian’s faith, she has been garnered into Heaven’s granary at the command of Him with whom we all have to do. Burial was made in the South Whitley cemetery.


Cleveland, Phoebe (Thomson)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – March 26, 1910)

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     (Huntington Herald.) Mrs. Phoebe Cleveland died Tuesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. H. Arnold, on North Jefferson street, at the age of 88. Born in Washington county, N. Y., in 1822, Phoebe Thomson came with her parents to Indiana in 1836, settling in Whitley county. Thomas Cleveland, a native of Paulet, Vt., also came to Whitley county in the same year. The acquaintance of these young people culminated in a happy marriage a couple of years later. They continued their home in that vicinity, Mr. Cleveland died in 1873. The aged lady made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Arnold, a number of years.
     Surviving are a number of children. Mrs. Arnold of this city, Mrs. F. B. Leonard of Metropolis, Ill, Mrs. George Sweetzer and Miss Gusta Cleveland of Marion are daughters and Henry Cleveland, formerly of this city, is a son. Mrs. J. T. Arnold of Chattanooga, Tenn., who died in the last year, was also a daughter.


Clugston, Philemon Harry
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died January 28, 1909

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     Philemon H. Clugston was born in Larwill, Ind., May 8, 1864; died near Scottsdale, Ariz., January 28, 1909, at the age of 44 years, 8 months and 20 days. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Clugston and was educated in the Larwill schools and at the state university… He was admitted to the bar in 1887 and became associated with the firm of Marshall & McNagny soon afterwards… In 1889 he was nominated and elected mayor of Columbia City…. In 1906 he was the democratic candidate for joint senator for the counties of Huntington and Whitley, but was defeated by a small majority.
     He was united in marriage to Miss Emma R. Thatcher in 1891, and the latter, with two children, Katherine and Phil, survive him. He is also survived by his aged father, D. B. Clugston; two sisters, Mrs. G. F. Miller, of South Whitley, and Mrs. Fannie Mason, of this city; also by two brothers, D. B., Jr., and H. B., of this city.


Clugston, Thomas
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died March 22, 1909

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     Monday morning, at the home of George Klinehance, of Richland township, occurred the death of Thomas Clugston, his son-in-law, who had been a sufferer for the past three years with tuberculosis.
     Thomas Clugston was born in Pierceton, to Mr. and Mrs. Azariah Clugston, February 14, 1874, and died in Richland township, March 22, 1909, aged 35 years, 1 month and 8 days. At an early age he came to this city and attended a school here till he was about 16 or 17 years old. He then left this city and went to Chicago, where he found employment with the Farwell & Co. department store. About five years ago he returned to this city. In the year 1901 he was united in marriage to Miss Frances Klinehance, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Klinehance, who reside one mile west of Larwill. There were no children born to this union. He is survived by his wife, W. A. Clugston, a brother, and Mrs. George Harrison, a sister, the two latter residing in this city.

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