Whitley County Obituaries

Haas, Elizabeth
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday April 3, 1945 Page 6

     Elizabeth Haas, 92, the widow of Durst Haas of Larwill, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Allen English in Monroe township, Kosciusko county, at 7 o’clock Monday evening. She was ill only a few days. Mrs. Haas was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Loubi Shifferley and was born May 7, 1852. Mr. Haas died in 1908. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. English of Kosciusko county; Mrs. Harvey Desper, Pierceton; Mrs. Ocal Craft, Syracuse; a stepson, Charles Haas, Warsaw; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The body was brought to the Smith Funeral Home in this city and on Wednesday morning will be taken to the home of Mrs. Alfred Clark in Larwill. Funeral Services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Wesleyan Methodist church in Larwill, the Rev. Paul Shearouse officiating. Interment in the Stough cemetery.


Haick, Gladys L. Egolf Reeg
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana
December 10, 2002

     Gladys L. Egolf Reeg Haick, 93, of Columbia City and formerly of Long Beach, Calif., Woodward, Okla., and Mission, Texas, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at University Park Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.
     The Whitley County native was a homemaker and assisted her husband, Homer Reeg, with management of motels and restaurants. She was a 1928 graduate of Larwill High School.
     Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands Homer Reeg and Elmer Haick, a son, Carl W. Reeg, and brothers Spurgeon, Cecil and Carl Egolf.
     Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with calling from noon until services. Burial will be at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Memorials are to Whitley County Humane Society.


Halderbaum, George W.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died January 29, 1900 – Date Calculated

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     Monday afternoon George W. Halderbaum, a well known resident of Troy township lost his life in the woods by being struck by a falling tree. He was killed instantly and his body was badly mangled.
     The deceased was born in Holmes county, Ohio February 18, 1842 and at his death was 57 years, 11 months and 11 days of age. He came to Troy township with his parents in the early 50’s. On August 11, 1862, at the age of 19, he enlisted in Co. K. 88th Ind. Vol. Inf. and he served his country until June 1865, when he received an honorable discharge. He was married May 6, 1867 to Mary Shoemaker and they were the parents of two sons and a daughter. He divided his time between selling agricultural implements and farming.


Hammer, Jennie Eliza
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday May 21, 1945 Page 6

     Jennie Eliza Hammer, age 85, well known local woman, died Sunday night at 8:30 o’clock at her residence 348 North Line Street. In frail health for a number of years, her condition became critical five weeks ago. She was the daughter of Ephraim and Eleanor Kyler Strong and was born in Thorncreek township September 25, 1859. Her marriage to Edward M Hammer occurred February 22, 1882. Mr. Hammer died in 1889. A son and only child, Milby Roy Hammer, is deceased. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Baker with whom she had lived for many years, and Mrs. Lois Gale of Springville, New York; a grandson, Major James E. Hammer of the United States army, who is now in Germany; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Fern Hammer, a teacher in the Columbia City schools; a sister-in-law, Mrs. E. K. Strong of this city, and two nephews, Robin Strong of Cleveland, Ohio and Donald Strong of this city. Mrs. Hammer was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for many years; a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Rev.olution. Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home after 7:30 o’clock tonight. Rites will be held at the funeral home at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. G. L. Kleespie officiating. Interment will be held in Greenhill cemetery. Friends are asked to omit flowers.


Hanson, Mary Ann (Miller) Hively
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died September 18, 1912)

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     Mrs. John Hanson, a resident of this county all her life, passed away at her home just east of Shinneman’s Grove, Wednesday night, death being due to sugar diabetes and paralysis. She was 67 years, 11 months and 15 days old at the time of her demise… Mary Ann Miller was the daughter of Solomon Miller and wife, deceased, and was born in Thorncreek township, October 3, 1844. She grew to womanhood there and was united in marriage to George Hively, May 4, 1865, and to this union two children were born, both of whom survive, namely, Lavina who is now Mrs. Jefferson Pinchon, of this city, and Ira Hively, of Fort Wayne. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Mrs. Benj. Hively, Mrs. Geo. Judd, Mrs. Sol Hively, Mrs. Charles Hively, and Mrs. Elmer Bowers, all of this county; Mrs. Sam Bowers, of Gary, Ind.; David Miller, of Scottsburg, Ind., and Eli Miller, of Fort Wayne.
     Mr. Hively died in 1891 and in 1901, the widow married John Hanson, who passed away in May, 1911. No children were born to the latter union.


Harris, Grant
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday February 22, 1945

     Grant Harris, Smith township farmer, died at 7 o’clock Wednesday evening at Linvill Memorial hospital where he was admitted for treatment and observation last Friday. Mr. Harris moved to a farm in Smith township in 1901. He was a son of Benjamin and Sarah Freeman Harris and was born in Pennsylvania Oct 27, 1869. He is survived by his wife, the former Lucretia Oberly; a daughter Mrs. Arthur Church, and a son, Franklin Harris, who reside in Smith township, and a son Dr. Elton Harris of Denver, CO. Mr. Harris was member of the United Brethren church at Churubusco where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock the minister Rev. John Rollings, officiating. Burial will be made in Eel River cemetery. The body, taken to the Sonday Funeral Home, was returned today to the Harris home two miles west of Churubusco.


Harrison, Albert Delmont
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday, May 16, 1938

     Albert Delmont Harrison, 84, father of Charles Harrison, Columbia City, died at 3:10 o'clock (DST) Sunday morning at his home in Aboite township, Allen county. During the past 48 years he had resided on the Whitley-Allen county line road, about a half mile south of state road 14.
     Mr. Harrison was a native of Troy township, born on June 4, 1853 to William and Caroline Patterson Harrison. When he was two years old, his parents moved to Ohio but returned when he was seven.
     He was married May 4, 1879 to Chloe Robinett, who died on August 9, 1935. Although he had retired from active farming, he continued his residence at his farm. A son, Benjamin, resided with him.
     Surviving are six children, Charles of Columbia City, William of Aboite township, Mrs. Charles Wagner of Aboite township, D. H. Harrison of Canton, Ohio, Benjamin who resides at the home farm, and Raymond Harrison, of Berne. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
     Preceding him in death were his wife, two children, a brother and four sisters. He was a life-long member of the Free Methodist church, holding his membership at Roberts Chapel.
     The body, brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home, was returned to the residence this afternoon. Funeral services, in charge of the Rev. Mr. Huston, of Knox, will be held at 2 o'clock (CST) at Jefferson Chapel Tuesday afternoon. Burial will be made in the church cemetery.


Harrison, Chloe M. Robinette
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Friday, August 9, 1935

     Mrs. Chloe M. Harrison, 75, wife of Albert Harrison, died at 5 o'clock this morning at her home a mile south of Dunfee on the Whitley-Allen county line road. Death was due to complications accompanying leucocythaemia, a disease of the blood. While she had been in failing health for several years, she suffered a serious illness last March and since that time her general health had declined rapidly.
     Mrs. Harrison was a native of Jefferson township, born November 8, 1859, to the late Nathan and Almira Roberts Robinette. She was married to Mr. Harrison on May 4, 1879.
     They lived ten years in Troy township but for the past 45 years had resided on a farm about a mile south of Dunfee, just east of the Whitley-Allen county line.
     Besides the husband Mrs. Harrison is survived by six children, namely, Charles Harrison, of Columbia City, William R. Harrison and Mrs. Charles Wagner of Allen county, Dale H. Harrison of Crestline, Ohio, Benjamin H. Harrison of Fort Wayne, and Raymond C. Harrison, who resides on the home place.
     In addition three sisters survive: Mrs. Hattie Aker of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Albert Skidmore of Cullison, Kan., and Mrs. Oliver Smith of Roanoke; also seventeen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, a brother, two sisters, two half-brothers and a half-sister.
     She was a member of Roberts Chapel Free Methodist church in Whitley county. Mrs. Harrison during her long residence in the Dunfee neighborhood formed many lasting friendships and was held in the esteem of the entire community.
     The body, brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home here, will be returned to the family residence Saturday. Rev. Cutler, Fort Wayne, will be in charge of the funeral services to be held at 2 p.m. (CST) Sunday at the home and at 2:30 o'clock at Sand Bank church. Burial will be made in the church cemetery.


Harrison, Chloe (Robinette)
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Allen County, Indiana
Saturday August 10, 1935

     Mrs. Albert Harrison, aged 75, died of leukemia Friday at her home on the Allen-Whitley county line a half mile south of the Illinois Road. She had been ill about six months and was bedfast three days. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church.
     Surviving are the husband; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Wagner, of the Illinois Road; five sons, Charles of Columbia City; Roy of the Illinois Road; Dale of Crestline, Ohio; Ben of this city; and Raymond, at home; 17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Burial will be in Sand Bank Church cemetery.


Harrison, Fremont
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday July 3, 1915

     Mr. Fremont Harrison, uncle of Charles Harrison, mail clerk in this city, died at his home in Troy township, Tuesday evening, at nine o'clock. He had been in ill health for the past two years, but only during the last three months has he been unable to be up. The cause of his death was cancer of the stomach.
     The deceased was born in Delaware county, Ohio, March 27, 1857; and in 1861 he came with his parents to Troy township, and was the son of William Harrison and wife, deceased. Mr. Harrison was united in marriage first to Miss Wilson and the second marriage was to Laura McCloud about twelve years ago. No children were born to this union. Besides his faithful wife he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Velma Gillespie, of Troy township, and one brother, Albert, of Jefferson township.
     Mr. Harrison was a member of the Free Methodist church at Lorane and was a devout Christian. He was an unassuming, hard working man, well respected by all who know him.
     The funeral occurred Friday morning at ten o'clock at the Troy Methodist church, Rev. Loring officiating; interment in the Adams cemetery.


Harrison, Lucy
Columbia City Commercial Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
March 13, 1908

     Miss Lucy Harrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Harrison (both deceased) was born 08 Sep 1849; died 10 mar 1908 of Consumption at the home of her sister, Mrs. Abraham Gillespie in Troy Township, Whitley County, Indiana. Her funeral was held in the Troy Presbyterian Church. Two brothers surviver her; Albert of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Fremont of Whitley County, Indiana.


Harrison, Mollie
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
No Date

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     Miss Mollie Harrison expired at the home of her parents on south Walnut street. Miss Harrison is the only daughter of Mayor Harrison. She was about 23 years of age and for the past two years taught music in the public schools of this city. While she showed marked ability in other directions, she was especially brilliant in music, both as a performer and instructor.


Harrison, Ray P.
Saturday, November 2, 1918

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Capt. Ray Harrison Died a Hero. Was Wounded in Battle and Led Men Into Action After His Wound Was Dressed – Killed by Shell Fire – Father Received Letter From Friend Telling Details of His Death.

     Col. Joseph R. Harrison, father of Capt. Ray P. Harrison, who was killed in action in the Soissons region on July 18th, is in receipt of letters from Captain Wm. G. Livesay, a personal friend of Capt. Harrison, which tell of the details of his death. The facts showed that Capt. Harrison died a hero’s death while in action. The statement of Capt. Livesay who was adjutant of the 28th infantry, to which Capt. Harrison belonged, sets out that he was wounded about 3:00 o’clock a.m. on July 18th. He had his wound dressed by a hospital corps man, but instead of returning to the rear went on into action and continued in command of his company until he was killed by shell fire about 6:00 a.m., while leading his company forward. The statement added that he died instantly and without pain.
     Mr. Harrison has also received letters from two privates in Ray’s company who are now at Ft. Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa, recovering from wounds received in the same engagement. They are Privates Cartright and Brown and saw Capt. Harrison fall. They stated that he was killed in the Soissons drive. Both remarked that he “sure was nervy and full of courage”.
     Captain Rockwold, of the Indiana Guard, now a Y. M. C. A. worker in France, said that he was in the same engagement and that Capt. Harrison was a true leader and a worthy captain. He also wrote that the least he could do was to put a flower on the grave as he knew about where it was. The statements of the different men follow:

Headquarters 28th Infantry
    France, October 1, 1918.
Jos. R. Harrison,
    Columbia City, Ind
Dear Sir:
     Captain Ray P. Harrison, 28th Infantry was a personal friend of mine during his entire service with the regiment. He was a most excellent officer in every respect and his officers and men had the utmost confidence in him. He was wounded about 3:00 A. M., 18th of July, 1918. After having his wound dressed by a hospital corps man he continued in command of his company until he was killed by shell fire at about 6:00 A. M., while leading his company forward. He died instantly and without pain.
    Wm. G. Livesay
    Capt. 28th Infantry, Adjt.

     Privates Cartright and Brown, who served in the same company with Capt. Ray P. Harrison, and are now at Ft. Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa, hospital recovering from wounds received in same engagement, say that Capt. Harrison was killed in the Soissons drive and that they saw him fall and as they expressed it “We only knew him as our superior officer and he sure was very nervy and full of courage.”
     Capt. Rockwold, formerly a captain in the Indiana Guard, now a Y. M. C. A. worker in France, said that he was in the same engagement and that Capt. Harrison was know to him as the big fellow that was at all the guard camps while he was in the service and that he was a true leader and a worthy captain of the finest bunch of fighting men that ever followed a flag. He also said that he expected to do a little traveling a little later in conjunction with is his work and that the least he could do was to put a flower on the grave as he knew about where it was.

Columbia City Post – Saturday, November 16, 1918

Saw Ray Harrison Killed in Action.
     Dr. B. Frank Stickler of this city was talking Wednesday with Sergeant Clarence Tanner, of Illinois, brother of Ray Tanner, of Jefferson township, and learned from him that he was a non-commissioned officer in Captain Ray P. Harrison’s company and that he saw him killed in action on the 18th of July in the Soissons drive. The young sergeant was wounded himself in the same action, having his right leg shot off by a shell. The sergeant said that Capt. Harrison was leading his troops in no man’s land and that he had gone over the top and advanced abut a hundred yards when Capt. Harrison was struck by a piece of a shell and went back to the hospital to have the wound dressed. The company had advanced about a half mile further when Ray rejoined them. He had only been with them a few minutes and they were advancing alongside a woods when a shell burst about ten feet in advance of Ray. Ray was struck in the chest by a piece of the shell and fell at once. He had passed away when the men came up to him, having died instantly.
     Sergt. Tanner also has an interesting history since he was wounded in the same action. He was taken back to England where his wound was fixed up and he was then brought back to this country. In the county in which he lives he was nominated for clerk and was elected on the democratic ticket, being the only democrat elected in that county. The young man expects to have a deputy do most of the work for him and plans to use the remainder of the money to be educated at Wabash college. He stated that the company in which he was sergeant had been in action several times, he having gone over the top four times.


Harrison, William
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 19, 1876

     Died – At his residence in Troy township, on the 9th instant, William Harrison, aged 59 years. He was one of the first settlers of that part of the county, where he has resided ever since, much esteemed by all who knew him.
     In the promotion of Christian interest when needed, his willing hands were always recognized; and in his death the family and community have lost a valuable member; the wife a loving husband, and the children a kind parent; the community a pious and exemplary man. Tom.


Harrold, Daniel
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday May 23, 1945 Page 6

     Daniel Harrold, age 81, bachelor of Noble county, died at 9:30 o’clock last night at the Davis Grady home in Allen county, where ;he had resided since last November. His only survivor is a sister, Mrs. Joseph Cuney of Noble county. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Sonday Funeral Home in Churubusco, Rev. Alfred Burk of the Methodist circuit, officiating. Mr. Harrold was born September 1, 1863 in Noble county, where he resided all his life.


Harshbarger, William
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday May 21, 1945 Page 6

     William Harshbarger, age 78, a resident of Michigan for the past 57 years, died at his farm home, three miles west of Constantine at 6:15 am Sunday. Mr. Harshbarger was born in Whitley county April 6, 1896 to Frances Lutz. Following the death of his first wife, Mr. Harshbarger was married November 11, 1918, to Alice Parris, who survives with two daughters. Mrs. Howard Sprunger of Elkhart, and Janet Harshbarger at home; two grandchildren, Phyllis and Marilene Sprunger; one sister, Mrs. Hollie Hyre, Churubusco; three brothers, Charles Harshbarger, Thorncreek township; Samuel Harshbarger, Union township and Bert Harshbarger of this city. Funeral Services will be held at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Geisler Funeral Home in Constantine, the Rev. H. G. Beemon, pastor of the Constantine Lutheran church officiating. Burial will be made at Constantine.


Hart, Harold
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday March 7, 1945 Page 6

     Harold Hart, age 49, a resident of Whitley county at one time, died Tuesday at Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to word received by his brother, Paul Hart of near this city. Death followed a long illness. Mr. Hart had been a resident of Albuquerque for the past nine years. While a resident of Whitley county Mr. Hart was employed by the State Highway Department. With his wife and son he resided at the Paul Sattison home in Troy township. He is survived by his wife Agnes; a son, Sgt Von Hart with the Signal Corps in Philippines; the brother, Paul Hart, residing in Whitley county, and a brother and sister residing at South Bend. The son, Sgt Von Hart, will be remembered as a graduate of Larwill High School.


Hartsock, E. A.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday March 15, 1945 Page 6

     E. A. Hartsock, age 73, retired Pennsylvania Railroad agent at Larwill died this morning at 10:30 o’clock at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne after an illness of three weeks of pneumonia. He was born on July 22, 1871, to Elijah and Mary Chambers Hartsock and in 1896 was married to Rosa M Bell, who passed away on August 15, 1926. He later married Frances Linehance Clugston who survives with a son, Zabel H Hartsock of Fort Wayne; two daughters Mrs. Marshall Line, Ft. Wayne and Miss Eva Hartsock, Chicago; two grandchildren; a sister Mrs. Ella Owens, Convoy, Ohio; the following half brothers and sisters; Benjamin, Jones and McKinley of Gary; Wesley, Wolf Lake; Mrs. Walter Stump, of Auburn; Mrs. Frank Bone, Cannon City, Colorado; Mrs. Earl King, Three Rivers, Michigan; Mrs. Kade Carpenter, also of Three Rivers. Mr. Hartsock was past master of Due Guard lodge F and AM at Larwill and was a member of the Larwill Methodist church for many years. The body was taken to the Smith Funeral Home. According to tentative plans, burial services will be held Sunday at 1 o’clock at the Larwill Methodist church with Rev. E. E. DeWitt in charge. Interment will be made in Hamlet Cemetery.


Hartsock, Samuel
Columbia City News - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, November 10, 1859

     Died. At his residence in Troy Township, in this Co., on the 8th inst., Mr. Samuel Hartsock, aged about 70 years.
     The deceased came to this county in 1835 or '36 and has resided here ever since; we are informed that he was a native of Pennsylvania, from which State he moved some 40 years ago; he came from Senaca County, Ohio to this County. Mr. Hartsock was the third white man, who settled his family in Troy township, he was truly one of the Pioneers of Whitley County; he was an uneducated man, but one in whose integrity his neighbors had the most implicit confidence. He reared a large family, which together with his many friends and neighbors will mourn his departure from their midst. The old Pioneer rests from his toils.


Hasty, Clara
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 31, 1945 Page 6

     Clara Hasty, age 73, widow of Lincoln Hasty, died at 1:30 Wednesday at the county farm home, following a cerebral hemorrhage. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Hasty had lived at the home. She was born in Carroll county, April 18, 1871, to John and Margaret Hougham Maires. The Hasty’s were residents of Jefferson township many years. Mrs. Hasty’s only survivors are distant relatives living in the county. Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral home where funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, the Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Burial will be made in Oak Grove cemetery.


Hathaway, John Mann
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (034-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday October 16, 1926

     Jno. Hathaway succumbs Wednesday P.M. Death of Prominent Resident of Cleveland Township occurs Ten Months After That of his Wife – Funeral Occurs Friday.
     John Hathaway, well-known retired farmer of Cleveland and Richland townships, died Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock at his home one mile northeast of South Whitley. He had been in failing health since the death of his wife, last February 4, and death was due to a complication of ailments.
     He was born December 4, 1849 in Cleveland township, to the late Thomas and Malinda Hathaway, and he was aged 75 years, 10 months, and 9 days. September 13, 1875 he was wedded to Henrietta Smith, who passed away last February. Seven children were born to this union, of whom the following survive: Mrs. Harlo Williamson and Sherman Hathaway, of Cleveland township; Fred, of South Whitley; and Mrs. Del Williamson, of Richland township. The decedent was one of a family of twelve children. A brother, Thomas, of Akron, Ind., and two sisters, Mrs. George Kyler, and Richland township and Mrs. Frank Compton, formerly of Columbia City, and now of Warsaw, survive. There are also nine grandchildren and twelve great grand children.
     Mr. Hathaway resided practically all of his life in Cleveland township, with the exception of a number of years spent on a farm in Richland township. Nine years ago he retired from his farm north of South Whitley, and moved to the present residence, on a little tract he owned closer to town. John Hathaway’s friends numbered many, and his passing is noted with the keenest of sorrow by his associates. He was a member of the Oddfellow and K. of P., orders at South Whitley.
     The funeral occurs Friday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church, in South Whitley, with Rev. Reno Tacoma, Baptist minister, officiating. Interment will be made in the South Whitley cemetery.


Hathaway, Malinda Mann
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (034-FF)
Columbia City Commercial – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday November 11, 1891

     Yesterday, Mrs. Malinda Hathaway, her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Kyler, of Kosciusko county, drove to this city to visit her son, Thomas Hathaway, who recently returned from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he had been for the purpose of receiving treatment for his eyes.
     She spent the day pleasantly and about 6 o’clock the party prepared to leave. Mrs. Hathaway, the aged lady, got into the buggy and stooped as if to pick something up. In this posture she remained an unnecessary [sic] length of time and when spoken to did not answer. An examination was made and she was found dead, her life having went out in an instant.
     At once Coroner Williams was summoned and upon an inquest being held he assigned the cause of death to heart disease. The body of the woman is ling at her son’s home on W. VanBuren street. She was 76 years of age at the time of her death.


Hawn, Arlo Ivan
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday January 25, 1993

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     Arlo Ivan Hawn of South Whitley, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 1993, at the Veteran’s Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
     He was born on Jan. 8, 1917, in Columbia City, a son of Russell LeRoy and Clelo Catherine Killian Hawn. Mr. Hawn was married to Esther Belle Adams Snyder Hawn in October 1949. She passed away on Feb. 15, 1986.
     He had resided in Washington Township most of his lifetime and most recently, prior to entering the nursing home, resided in Eel River Manor, South Whitley. Mr. Hawn was a self-employed carpenter and worked in general construction. He served in the U.S. Army as a Private First Class with Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 152 Infantry from 1941 to 1945. Mr. Hawn attended Hell’s Half-Acre School and then Washington Center School.
     He is survived by a brother, Carl E. Hawn of Columbia City; three sisters, Hildreth Wince and Mrs. Allen (Ellen) Fugate, both of South Whitley, and Mrs. Paul (Annetta) Phillips of Columbia City; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hawn was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Belle Hawn and a brother, Russell C. Hawn.
     Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City, with Pastor Virgil Juillerat officiating. Burial will be at Nolt Cemetery, Columbia City. Calling hours are from 11 a.m. on Wednesday until the hour of services.


Hawn, Aurelia E. (Mosher)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 20, 1915

     Mrs. Crist Hawn Died From Cancer. Eldest daughter of late Sanford Mosher Expired Sunday in Columbia Township from dread affliction on face.
     Mrs. Christian Hawn, who resided all her life in west Columbia township, and was the eldest daughter of the late Sanford T. Mosher, a pioneer of the earliest days, died at 9:46 o’clock Sunday morning at her home from the ravages of cancer which practically involved the most of her head and face.
     Death was a merciful relief to her awful suffering, and although her husband and children knew that the end was near, they were deeply grieved by her passing. They have the sympathy of all in the loss of wife and mother.
     She became afflicted about five years ago, with a small growth on the left cheek, which gradually spread until it involved an eye, ear and the throat. Every known remedy was applied without avail, and she suffered greatly before the end arrived. She was bedfast about ten weeks, and fought hard for life, until her vitality finally ebbed away.
     Aurelia E. Mosher was born in Columbia township, Whitley county, on March 14, 1849 and was 65 years, 10 months, and 3 days of age at the time of her death. She resided within a few miles of her birthplace all her life and was married there to Christian Hawn, in September 1871, and he still survives her with five of the nine children born to them. The living sons are Sanford T., at Kendallville; Russell J., in this city; Lyman E., at Auburn, and Laverne, at home; also one daughter, Mrs. Joel E. Growcock, of Columbia township. Four brothers and two sisters also survive her: I.C. Mosher, William J. Mosher, of Columbia township; Charles C. Mosher, of Thorncreek township, and Eugene E. Mosher, of Oklahoma; Mrs. J. Ed Burd, of Columbia township, and Mrs. Lewis E. Treesh, of Garrett, Ind.
     She was one of the pioneer women of Columbia township, who was always held in high regard and esteem by a large circle of friends and neighbors, and was a kind and loving wife and mother, and one whose place in the home circle can never be filled. Many friends feel a sense of regret on learning of her death. She was a member of the West Columbia Bethel church, of the Evangelical denomination.
     The funeral will occur there Wednesday forenoon at 10 o’clock, Rev. Kistler, of North Webster officiating, interment in South Park cemetery.


Hawn, Esther Belle (Adams)
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday February 17, 1986

     Esther Belle Hawn, 85, 209 W. Market St., Columbia City, died at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Whitley County Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Hawn had been a patient there since last Tuesday.
     She was born March 16, 1900, in Huntington County, a daughter of Francis Marion and Flora Jane Andrews Adams. As a young girl she attended school in Huntington.
     Mrs. Hawn was married to John L. Snyder who is deceased. Her second marriage was to Arlo Hawn. She had resided in Columbia City for the last 30 years.
     Surviving are her husband, Arlo; a son, Roy H. Snyder of Huntington; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Celia M. Smith of Columbia City.
     Friends may call at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel today, Feb. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The service will be Tuesday at the chapel at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Raymond Hann officiating.


Hawn, Lyman Esta
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday August 25, 1984

     Lyman Esta Hawn, 91, Cedarville, Ohio, died at 7:30 am today, August 25, at Heather Green Nursing Home in Xenia, Ohio. He had been a resident there since June of this year.
     Mr. Hawn was born July 12, 1893 in Columbia township to Christian and Aurelia Mosher Hawn. He was raised in Columbia township and received his education at the Pennsylvania School.
     From 1941-52 he lived at Whitefish Lake near Pine River, Minn and from 1957-1980 he leved near Alexandria. As a young man he farmed with his family and later worked with his brother, Russell Leroy Hawn, as a carpenter. He retired in 1957.
     Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Omer (Fae) Stafford and Mrs. James (Gayle) Gregg both of Scottsdale, Ariz., five grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Three brothers, Russell Leroy, Lavern and Sanford, and a sister, Anna Growcock, are deceased.
     The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 pm at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home with visitation there from 6 to 9 pm Monday. The Rev. Curtiss Johnson will officiate and burial will be at South Park Cemetery.


Hawn, Russell C.
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday October 28, 1987

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     The funeral for Russell C. Hawn, 73, of Georgia, was Oct. 23 at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Griffin, Ga. Mr. Hawn, son of the late Russell L. (Roy) and Clelo Hawn, died Oct. 20, 1987, at Bell Arbor Nursing Home in Macon, Ga.
     He was a native of Whitley County and had lived in Griffin for 25 years. He was a retired carpenter. Mr. Hawn served in the U.S. Navy in the Sea Bees during World War II.
     Surviving are his wife Flora of Warner Robbins, Ga., four daughters: Mrs. Max Cox and Mrs. Marshall Dunfee of Whitley County, Mrs. Robert Butler of Minnesota and Mrs. Dana Mathis of Georgia; three sons, Roy, Russell and Ronnie, all of Georgia.
     Also surviving are three sisters: Mrs. Hildreth Wince, Mrs. Annetta Phillips, Mrs. Clara Ellen Fugate, all of Whitley County, and two brothers: Carl and Arlo, both of Whitley County. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Griffin, Ga.


Hawk, Arnold E
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday May 16, 1945 page 6
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     Arnold E. Hawk, age 53, WW I veteran died about midnight last night at the Linvill Memorial hospital in Columbia City, from the result of a skull fracture suffered about 9:30 o’clock Monday night, when he fell in the stairway on W. Van Buren Street that leads to the Eagles lodge rooms. It is understood that his brother, Alfred Hawk, of Indianapolis was with him at the time and assisted in taking him to the hospital, where his condition was found to be critical.
     Hawk enlisted in WW I in April 1918 and served with the 160th Division 18th Infantry regiment. He was wounded in the battle of St. Mihiel on September 12, 1918. Following his honorable discharge from military service he came to Columbia City and for the past ten years has been a painter and decorator. Before he entered service in the first world war he was a printer at the Kellogg plant at Battle Creek, Michigan. He has lived in Columbia City for the past 23 years. His residence at the time of his death was an apartment at 212 South Main Street.
     He was a member of the Columbia City Eagles Lodge. Born in Noble county, Hawk was the son of Joseph Hawk, a native of Churubusco. His mother was Rosada Howell of Columbia City. In addition to his brother, who resides at Indianapolis, a second brother Claude Hawk, now lives in Battle Creek. The funeral service will be held at the DeMoney Funeral Home at 3 o’clock on Friday afternoon. The body will be at the funeral home until the charge of the service. Which will be in charge of the Rev. Marion Shroyer, former minister of the Church of God in Columbia City. Burial will be given in the Nolt cemetery. Ray P. Harrison Post of the America Legion will conduct military services at the grave.


Haynes, Lillie Maud
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
February 26, 1945 Page 6

     Lillie Maud Haynes, age 71, died at noon Sunday at her home, 116 East Van Buren Street. Death followed a stroke of apoplexy which she suffered last Wednesday morning, never regaining consciousness. Mrs. Haynes was born at Five Points in Thorncreek township, December 22, 1873. Her parents were Eli and Martha Jane Engle Haynes. A daughter, Irene Haynes, who has resided with her mother, is her only survivor. One brother and four sisters are deceased. Mrs. Haynes resided in Whitley county until 1932 when she moved to Huntington. Fourteen months ago she returned to Columbia City and opened a rooming house on East Van Buren S.t which she was operating at the time of her death. She was a member of Trinity Methodist church. Funeral services will be held at the DeMoney Funeral Home at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Burial will be made in the Stough cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home.


Hays, Martha May Jeffries
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (036-PF)
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Martha died June 15, 1918

     Funeral of Mrs. J.W. Hayes Held Monday. Passed Away At Her Home In Jefferson Township Saturday Night – Leaves Three Small Children At Home.
     The very sad death of Mrs. J. W. Hayes, of Jefferson township, occurred at her home Saturday night at about 11 o’clock. She had been suffering for the past three weeks from heart and kidney trouble and it was this that caused her death. She was 49 years, 6 months and 4 days of age and leaves three small children besides the husband to mourn her untimely death.
     May Jeffries, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Jefferies [sic] was born in Jefferson township, Dec. 11, 1868, and lived her entire life in this county. She was married to J. W. Hayes, April 30th 1904, and to this union three children were born, namely: Winnie, Marie and Robert who are at home with their father. She is also survived by three sisters: Mrs. Rose Rise and Mrs. Irene Robinette, of Oregon, and Mrs. George Hasty of Michigan.
     She was a member of the Saturn Christian church and was very steadfast in her faith and belief. She was a kind and loving mother and one of the very best of neighbors.
     The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Saturn Christian church and interment was made in the church cemetery.


Hazen, Elizabeth Jones
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (017-PF)
Source: Columbia City Commercial – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, February 6, 1879

     Mrs. Elizabeth Hazen, of Smith township, died on Tuesday, Jan 28th, aged 44 years, 6 months and 29 days. Rev. Wm. Lash preached the funeral at Concord church on Wednesday, the 29th. Mrs. Hazen was a highly respected lady.


Hazen, Henry
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (017-PF)
Source: Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday June 26, 1920

     The funeral of Henry Hazen, who was 83 years old April 19th, was held at the Blue River M.E. church near Churubusco Wednesday morning at 10:30, Rev. Murr officiating. Burial was in the Concord cemetery. The deceased was born in Ohio and was a son of Rachel and Isaac Hazen. He had been ill some time and his death occurred Monday, June 21st, the cause being complications due to old age. His death took place at the home of his son, Josiah, in Union township. Besides the son mentioned a daughter, Mrs. Hiram Hedges of Whitley county, and a son, Amon, of Ormas, and two sisters, Mrs. Andrew Pence, of Bryan, Ind., and Mrs. Alfred Markwalder, of Columbia City, survive.

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