Whitley County Obituaries

Dodds, Florilla A. (Pond)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died January 4, 1914)

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     Never was filial devotion more truly personified than in the life of Mrs. Florilla A. Dodds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Pond, of North Washington street, who gave up her life Tuesday night. For nearly four years she has been at the bedside of her mother who has been helpless during all that time, following an attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Dodds has been away from her husband and her home at Pasadena, California, during these four years, and the cares which have fallen upon her were greater than she could bear… Seldom has there been a case of equal sadness. Charles H. Pond will be 89 years old next August. Mrs. Pond will be 87 years old next September. They have been married for over 69 years and both are confined to their beds, and the daughter who had been constantly attending them for four years virtually gave up her own life in discharging her full duty as a kind and loving daughter…
     Florilla A. Pond was born July 26, 1851, at Little Pittsburg, Wayne county, Ohio, and at the time of her death was 62 years, 5 months and 10 days old. When four years old, her parents moved to Columbia City. When eighteen years old she was united in marriage to Adam C. Dodds, and she lived in Chicago until about ten years ago, when they moved to Pasadena, Calif., where Mr. Dodds is probation office in the juvenile court. Two children were born to them, one of whom is dead. Charles, who is living, resides at Victoria, British Columbia. A brother, Olin Pond, lives near New Haven.


Douglas, A. J.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died March 23, 1905

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     Rev. A. J. Douglas, one of the best known men in Whitley county, died at his home on north Walnut street, Thursday morning at 8:30 after an illness, dating back several years, due to recurrent strokes of paralysis.
     Rev. Douglas was born in Richland county, Ohio, March 22, 1827; died in Columbia City, March 23, 1905, aged 78 years and 1 day. He was married to Mary Jenner in 1850 and to them eleven children were born, five of them surviving. They are: Herbert J. and F. M. of Elkhart; Stephen A., of Freeport, Illinois; Mrs. Edward Mossman, of LaFayette, and Mrs. Lura Hughes, of Denver, Ohio. He was married a second time to Miss Jennie Castle in 1875, and to this union three children were born, two of whom, Rev. Lloyd C. Douglas, of North Manchester, and Clyde E., of this city, survive.


Douglas, Bertha
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, September 8, 1875

     Douglas – Died. Thursday, September 2nd, Bertha, youngest daughter of Rev. A. J. Douglas, after a few hours sickness.
     How often is it the experience of all that sorrow and trouble do not come singly. A few months ago Mr. Douglas and family were bereft of the mother of the household. Now they mourn and refuse to be comforted over the loss of the baby pet of the household. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.


Douglas, Bessie Io Porch
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 2, 1945 Page 6

     Rites were held today in Forest Lawn Memorial park in California for Mrs. Lloyd C. Douglas, 66, wife of the novelist and former local resident, whose death occurred Saturday at her home in Los Angeles, after an illness of six months. She contracted pneumonia after suffering a spinal injury in a fall from a horse last June at Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Douglas, well known author, himself is convalescing from pneumonia. Mrs. Douglas, the former Bessie Io Porch, was born in Van Wert, Ohio, to Dr. and Mrs. Francis M Porch. Dr. Porch was minister at Grace Lutheran church at the time of his daughters marriage to Mr. Douglas 40 years ago. The couple was married in Grace church. Mrs. Douglas is survived by her husband, her aged mother, who resides at the Douglas home, and a sister, Mrs. David Caldwell, the former Glen Porch, a resident of Decatur, Illionois. Mr. Douglas author of “The Robe”, “The Green Light” and other best sellers is a son of the late A. J. Douglas, minister and teacher in Whitley county for many years.


Douglas, Clyde Edgington
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died October 11, 1909

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     Clyde Edgington Douglas, youngest son of Rev. A. J. Douglas, deceased, and Jennie Cassel Douglas, was born in Boone county, Kentucky, June 13, 1883; departed this life in Chicago October 11, 1909; aged 26 years, 3 months and 28 days. His mother, one full brother, three half-brothers and two half-sisters, besides a large circle of other relatives, survive.


Douglas, Jennie Cassel
The Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday April 10, 1939

     Death Claims Mrs. Douglas on Easter. Mother of Lloyd Douglas, the Author, dies in Monroeville - A Former Local Resident.
     Mrs. A. J. Douglas, 91, died at noon on Easter Sunday at her home in Monroeville after a long illness. Her son, Lloyd C. Douglas, of Los Angeles, Calif., who flew here last week from the west coast, and Mrs. Grace Lawrence, of this city, a niece of Mrs. Douglas, who has been her companion for the last few years, were at the bedside when Mrs. Douglas died.
     Funeral rites will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock in the St. Mark's Lutheran church at Monroeville. Interment will be made in the Salem cemetery in Noble county. A number of nieces and nephews reside in Noble county.
     The father of Mrs. Douglas, who was a millwright and carpenter, moved to Columbia City with his family in 1850 and after the Civil war moved to Noble county. Her maiden name was Cassel and she was born in Mount Eaton, Ohio.
     Mrs. Douglas taught school in Noble county and in 1876 was married to Rev. A. J. Douglas, who died in 1905. For twenty-nine years, Rev. Douglas served various Lutheran churches in northern Indiana towns. For several years he was pastor of Grace Lutheran church in this city and at one time was superintendent of schools in Whitley county.
     Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Douglas returned to Monroeville, where Rev. and Mrs. Douglas had lived for a number of years. She was the last surviving member of her family. A son, Clyde E. Douglas, died in 1908, and an infant daughter, Mabel, died in 1879. Surviving besides her son, the well known author, is a stepson, Stephen A. Douglas, of Freeport, Ill.
     The body will lie in state at the Painter Brothers Funeral Home in Monroeville, until the hour for services at the church.
     Mrs. Douglas was always an ardent reader and until recently had kept well informed on current events. At frequent intervals she contributed columns to the Monroeville Breeze, a weekly publication, and in recent months had made contributions to the newspaper. Her articles, which dealt with the customs and events which she recalled in her lifetime, were read with interest here.


Douglas, Dr. Lloyd C.
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, February 15, 1951

     Hollywood, Feb. 14 - (U.P.) - Lloyd C. Douglas, 73, Lutheran clergyman who became one of the world's most widely-read novelists died of a heart attack last night at Good Samaritan hospital.
     He was admitted to the hospital Sunday suffering from a heart ailment and was unconscious most of yesterday. At his bedside were his two daughters, Mrs. J. Weldon Wilson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mrs. Howard L. Dawson of Montreal, Que. He had lived with Mrs. Wilson since his wife died in 1944. Funeral services will be held Friday.
     Douglas' writings - combining Biblical lore, adventure and love - were read by millions throughout the world and brought him a far greater audience than he ever reached as a minister.
     "Magnificent Obsession" and "The Robe" were his best known works. Other novels included "White Banners," "Green Light," "Disputed Passage," and "The Big Fisherman." The last was his most recent book.
     Several of his novels were made into motion pictures. "The Robe" was purchased for $100,000 before it was finished but has not yet reached the screen.
     Douglas, the son of an Indiana clergyman, was born in Columbia City, Ind., in 1877. He was ordained in 1903 and received his doctor of divinity degree from Fargo, N.D. College in 1920. He served in pastorates in Indiana, Ohio, Washington, D. C., Michigan, California and Montreal.
     In 1933 he retired from the pulpit to write and lecture. he explained that throughout his 30 years in the pulpit, he felt his audiences were limited by the walls of his church.
     While working on a book of essays designed to apply Biblican rules to everyday life, he decided they would be more interesting and effective in novel form. "It occurred to me," he said at the time, "that the good purpose I wanted to describe would reach more people in story form." The result was "Magnificent Obsession," the first of a series of 11 successful novels.
     Douglas' favorite story was how he came to write "The Robe." A woman in Canton, O., wrote him and asked him if he had ever heard the legend of the Roman soldier who won Christ's robe in a dice game after the crucifixion. "It set me to thinking," Douglas said, "and I decided to do a little story about it." The "little story" became a book 700 pages long.
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     Dr. Lloyd C. Douglas was well known to many of the older residents of Columbia City and is regarded as one of the town's most famous sons in the writing field. His father, Rev. A. J. Douglas, was a Grace Lutheran church minister for many years and was superintendent of Whitley county schools.
     Lloyd was educated in the Columbia City schools and at North Webster and obtained a degree at Wittenberg. His first pastorate was the Zion Lutheran church in North Manchester. In 1915 he was appointed a pastor at Ann Arbor, Mich., serving at the University of Michigan home town for several years.
     On June 19, 1938 Metro Goldwyn Mayer staged a world premier of the movie made from the Douglas novel "White Banners" at the Columbia theater in Columbia City. The first showing was at 5 p.m. Editions of the Columbia City newspapers of that date contained long accounts of the premiere and the return of Author Douglas to his home town.
     Proceedings were broadcast over the Mutual Network and WGN Chicago. The town was overrun by cameramen and even Life sent a photographer here to cover the event. Mr. Douglas was welcomed at the train by Mayor James Brown, Judge Rob R. McNagny and his cousin Watson Beezley.
     The newspaper account said: "The Pennsylvania grounds were jammed at the local depot with local citizens and visitors when Dr. Lloyd C. Douglas swung off the east bound Manhattan limited."
     Author Douglas said: "I have some tender memories of this spot - I not only appreciate the welcome but this spot brings back nostalgia. It was here we used to meet our friends and relatives. Now I look into the faces of sons and daughters of my contemporaries."
     Among those who met the author later was Mrs. Thomas R. Marshall who was at Angola that summer. From Columbia City the author went to Monroeville to visit his mother.
     The residence where Lloyd Douglas was born still stands at the west side of North Main street at the end of the street. It is now owned by Ford Goble and occupied by the James Mader family. The home has been modernized. Soon after his return here for the premiere Author Douglas visited his former home, then occupied by the W. K. Gregg family.


Douglas, Mary Jenner
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, April 28, 1875

     Gone Home. Died, at her residence in Columbia City, Ind., on April 21st, 1875, Mary Jenner Douglas, wife of Rev. A. J. Douglas.
     Gone! Like a sheaf, rich and ripe, ready for the harvest! Gone from the home which knew her best, and loved her strongest and which will miss her most. For her, the grim portals of Death have opened into the glories of the “By-and-By,” and “lifes fitful fever” has proven threshold to a “peach unspeakable and full of glory.” The battle is fought – the victory is won. He, who doeth all things well, hath taken her unto himself, that where he is, there she may be also. Mrs. Douglas was born Feb. 28th, 1832, in the city of Philadelphia, a daughter of Dr. Abram Jenner and Julia Jenner. Her whole life was hid with Christ in God. Since fourteen years of age she has followed in the footsteps of the Master, and when her life went out in a flash of pain on April 21st, it was with a trust in his promises stronger than ever. “Trust in God !” This was the guiding star of her being. She never doubted. Her religion was deep and firm, though never obtrusive. Patiently and faithfully she performed her duties, and now she hath the “Well done” and the “Insasmuch.” To us, one and all, the memory of Mrs. Douglas shall be both exultation and inspiration. The immense concourse of mourning friends who attended the funeral services, held in the Lutheran Church on Friday last, testifies to the appreciation in which she was held by our community. A sermon appropriate to the occasion, was preached by Rev. A. H. Studebaker, from Pa. 116:15. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
     To the family we tender deepest and sincerest sympathy, with the prayer that all our lives may be as redolent with the incense of good deeds as was the life of her whose death they mourn. Hugh.

Whitley County Commercial – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday, April 29, 1875

Died. Douglas – April 21st, 1875, Mary, wife of Rev. A. J. Douglas.
     The announcement of the death of Mrs. Douglas cast a gloom over the entire community last week, for she was a kind, Christian woman, loved by all who knew her. Her maiden name was Jenner. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., February 28th, 1832, and was united in marriage to her now bereaved and sorrowing husband, July 4th, 1850, at Ontario, Richland county, Ohio. She joined the church when but 14 years of age, and lived a devoted Christian life, up to her death, died in the triumphs of living faith and to-day her spirit rests with Him who gave it. She was an affectionate wife, a loving mother and a kind neighbor and friend.
     To the bereaved husband and motherless children we do all that human flesh can do, sympathize with them in this their terrible sorrow, and trust that the Christian example of wife and mother may be zealously imitated and when the Master sees fit to call them one by one, may they sweetly fall asleep in His arms and finally form an unbroken family in the Beautiful Land beyond the River. Though Mrs. Douglas is dead her memory will be kindly cherished by her many friends and neighbors.
     Her funeral was preached in Grace Lutheran Church on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, by Rev. A. H. Studebaker, assisted by Revs. Pattinson, Wilder and Reider and the large audience of weeping, sympathizeing neighbors and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect demonstrated that not only the hearts of the relatives bled with grief, but the community at large mourned the departure of the deceased.


Douglas, Minnie Olive
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, March 17, 1880

     Died. Minnie Olive Douglas, daughter of Rev. A. J. and Mary Douglas, Friday afternoon, March 12th, 1880; aged 11 years 12 days.
     This is the fourth visit death has made this household with the past few years, and we might truthfully say that none of those members of the family called before occupied a more tender place in the heart of each member of the family as did Minnie. The brightest light of the family went out with her life. Surely the saying, “Those we love dearest we lose the soonest,” proved true in this instance. Her sickness was of very short duration. Less than 36 hours before her death she was in perfect health, attending her little duties. She was a punctual Sunday-school scholar and was always at her post, and a brighter little face was nowhere to be seen. Thus in her innocence, when life is full of joy and happiness, without one evil thought or deed, the Father reeled forth His hand and called her home to a higher world than this. The bereaved family, sisters and brothers, should not mourn her absence, since no evil could befall a child so pure as she. Yet human love and affection can only be satisfied through tears. The services were conducted in Grace (Lutheran) Church on Sunday afternoon, by Rev. Barnett, and were very largely attended.
   “Like the dew on the mountain,
    Like the foam on the river,
    Like the bubbles on the fountain,
    She is gone, gone forever.”

Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, March 17, 1880

     Notice to Teachers. Special examination next Saturday, March 20th.
     A. J. Douglas, county Superintendent.
     Owing to the sickness and death in his family, Superintendent Douglas did not hold an examination of teachers last Saturday. The examination will be held Saturday next.

Columbia City Commercial – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, March 18, 1880

     Died. Douglas – On Friday, February [sic] 12, 1880, after an illness of twenty-four hours with congestive chill, Minnie Olive, daughter of Rev. A. J. Douglas, aged 11 years and 12 days.
     Minnie was a bright, intelligent, little girl, and a favorite with all who knew her. Her grief stricken father and other intimate friends have the heartfelt sympathies of the entire community in this great affliction. Her funeral took place at Grace Lutheran church on Sunday afternoon, at three o’clock and was largely attended. Rev. J. N. Barnett officiated.


Douglas, Will E.
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, March 30, 1887

     Rev. A. J. Douglas and daughter, Lulu, of Monroeville; Herbert J. Douglas and wife, of Elkhart; and Stephen Douglas and wife, of South Bend, were all telegraphed for last Thursday on account of the low condition of the late Will Douglas. All of them and relatives from Mansfield and other points were present at the funeral.

Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, March 30, 1887

     The late Will E. Douglas was conscious up to the very last. He made his will the day preceding his death; and less than an hour before he expired, he asked his wife go and pay the rent on the 25th day of the month and he was always careful to meet his obligations promptly. Hope of recovery never deserted him, but when told by his physician that death was near he seemed resigned and willing to give up. A more cheerful or happier person than he was during his long siege of sickness is seldom seen.

Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, March 30, 1887

     On Friday morning occurred the death of Will E. Douglas at his home in this place. For several years he has been afflicted with that fatal disease, consumption, and for some time past was too ill to attend to any business. With remarkable patience he calmly awaited the end, knowing that it must come and was near. He put “his house in order” and when death came, his spiritual affairs and business affairs were arranged, and he had no regrets for things undone. At the time of his demise Will was twenty-eight years old and had spent all of his life, with the exception of one year, in this city. No eulogium that we could pronounce would change the estimation in which he was held by the people here. He has gone in and out before them, has known them socially and in a business way all his life, and each one for himself is able to speak of his moral worth. He was as gentle as a woman and yet possessed all those traits that are embodied in perfect manhood. His funeral was held Sunday afternoon and the spacious auditorium of the Lutheran church was filled to overflowing by sympathetic friends. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev. Rockey and the remains were laid away in the Masonic cemetery. The deceased leaves a devoted wife, and father and brothers and sisters.

Columbia City Commercial – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, March 31, 1887

     Death of Will E. Douglas. Although his death has been expected for sometime our citizens felt none the less sorrowful when it was announced on last Friday morning, March 25th, that Will E. Douglas had quietly breathed his last at about ten minutes before 7 o’clock. The deceased was born in Columbia City, December 20th, 1858 and with the exception of one years residence in Elkhart, has lived in Columbia City all his life. He was the second son of Rev. A. J. Douglas and was an honorable man in all that the term implies. He was married to Miss Nettie Liggett, his now sorrowing widow, who has the sympathy of all, in November 1881. His funeral took place from Grace Lutheran church on Sunday afternoon March 27th, at 2 o’clock, Rev. C. H. Rockey officiating and was largely attended.


Dowell, Franklin
Columbia City News - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday March 31, 1859

     DIED. At his residence in Columbia Township, on Sunday evening March 27th, of Typhoid fever, Franklin Dowell, son of Harrison and Mary Dowell, aged 25 years.


Dreyer, Sylvia B.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 21, 1969

     Mrs. Sylvia B. Dreyer, 82, of 603 North Calhoun street, South Whitley, died at 5:55 p.m. Sunday in Whitley County Hospital where she had been a patient since June 22.
     A native of Cleveland township, she was born March 26, 1887, a daughter of Harvey and Mary Salesman Arnett. She was married in St. John’s Lutheran Church of which she is a member, on April 17, 1910, to J. Louis Dreyer. Mr. Dreyer died July 23, 1964.
     She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Magdalene) Bowerman, 339 North Chauncey street; Mrs. Charles (Dora Belle) Carroll, 304 Carroll Road, South Whitley; Mrs. Rodger (Melba) Smith, 640 Elaxmill Road, Huntington; four grandchildren; one brother, George Arnett, South Whitley. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Laustin and Charles.
     Friends may call at the J. A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Tuesday and where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Lynn Podoll of St. John’s Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be in Eberhard cemetery. The family prefers that memorials be contributions to the Whitley County Cancer Society.


Dull, Grover
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, March 30, 1921

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     Grover Dull, formerly a resident of Churubusco, died at Macon, Mo., Monday evening. He had been suffering from a nervous breakdown since last May and had been in Missouri for several weeks past.
     He was born April 24, 1889, to Ecenith and George Dull, of Churubusco. He was educated in the schools at Churubusco and entered the army during the war, serving a year in an ammunition train at Camp Custer. One brother, John W. Dull, is serving in the navy and is now located at San Pedro, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Maud Buttermore, resides in Churubusco. The young man was employed as an automobile drive for Strause Brothers in Ligonier, for nine years.
     The body is to be brought to Churubusco Wednesday for burial.

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