Whitley County Obituaries

Salmon, Roy
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died March 6, 1920)

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     Roy Salmon, youngest son of William Judson and Florinda Josephine Salmon, was born in Troy township, Whitley county, Aug. 21, 1891, passed away from this life at the home of his birth March 6, 1920, aged 28 years, 6 months and 14 days. On the 30th of October 1912, he was married to Gertrude Fuller of Kimmel, Ind. Three years later a son, Judson Cameron came to bless their home.
     Roy is survived by his wife and little son, four years old, one brother, Ray Salmon of Troy township, two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Archer of Dunkirk, Ind., and Mrs. Chester Wright of Etna township, one half-brother, George Salmon of Chicago, and half-sister, Mrs. Ray James of Elkhart, Ind.

Samuels, Conda L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
November 19, 1998 page 3C

     Conda L. Samuels, 82, died Tuesday at home in Fort Wayne. Born in Whitley County, he lived there most of his life before moving to Fort Wayne in 1997. He was a farmer who retired in 1977 form Dana Corp. in Fort Wayne after 32 years as a welder and inspector.
     Surviving are his wife, E. Geraldine "Jerry"; two sons, Randy L. of Fort Wayne and Rex of Columbia City; two daughters, Susan McGlennen and Sherrill DeFay, both of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Wanita Taylor of Churubusco.
     Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at DeMoney-Grimes Countyside Funeral Home, Columbia City, with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.

Samuels, E. Geraldine "Jerry" Egolf
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley Co., Indiana
Monday, December 15, 2003

     E. Geraldine "Jerry" Samuels, 86, a former Union Township resident, and most recently a resident of the St. Anne's Retirement Community in Fort Wayne, died at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, at the retirement center.
     Born in Smith Township on August 24, 1917, she was the daughter of Clarence and Blanche (Claxton) Egolf.
     She attended Blue River School and graduated from Churubusco High School with the class of 1935. On March 28, 1937 she was married to Conda L. Samuels. She lived her entire life in the Whitley County area, moving in 1997 to the Covington Commons Senior Residential Community, and then to St. Anne's Retirement Community, both in Fort Wayne.
     A member of the First Church of God in Columbia City, she was known as a prayer warrior for many years. She was a homemaker and a well-known antique dealer in northern Indiana. She is survived by two son, Randy L. (Diane L.) Samuels of Fort Wayne and Rex (Penny) Samuels of Columbia City; two daughters Susan McGlennen and Sherrill (Dick) DeFay, both of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one sister, Bonnie Trautman of Fort Wayne.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Conda, who died on Nov. 17, 1998, a brother, Wilbur Egolf, a sister, Hildreth Appleby, a grandson, Joel David Samuels and a son-in-law, Michael McGlennen.
     Visitation is from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Penny Mosher of the First Church of God officiating. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fort Wayne.
     Memorial bequests may be given to the First Church of God or to the Visiting Nurse Services and Hospice of Fort Wayne. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Samuels, Joel David
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
September 22, 1987

     Joel David Samuels, 5, of Silver Lake, died at 10:04 p.m. Monday at Parkview Memorial Hospital in fort Wayne, from injuries he received when struck by a car in front of his home Sunday afternoon.
     Joel was taken by EMS to Warsaw and transferred to Parkview with severe head injuries. Joel, who would have been six next month, lived in Columbia City and surrounding area before moving to Silver Lake. Joel attended church where his father pastored, at Silver Lake Church of God.
     Surviving are his parents, Diane Lyn Crowe and Pastor Randy Leonard Samuels; a sister, Heather; his maternal grandmother, Mona Crowe of R 3, Loon Lake; paternal grandparents, Jerry and Conda Samuels, R 7; and a maternal great-grandfather, Elmer Richards of Windfall, Ind.
     Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Church of God, with three Columbia City pastors officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Parkview Pediatric Intensive Care Unit or Silver Creek Church of God.

Sattison, Martha E.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday April 26, 1945 Page 6

     Martha E. Sattison, age 87, died Wednesday night at 9:45 o’clock at her home at 363 N Walnut Street. A daughter of John and Cynthia Wiley Smith. Mrs. Sattison was born in Troy township May 21, 1857. For many years she had been a resident of this city. She was married October 18, 1913 to George Sattison who died March 30, 1915. Two sisters, the Mesdames Belle Marrs and Anna Campbell of Troy township are her only immediate survivors. She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church. For the past four years Mrs. Arthur Watters, a niece, has cared for Mrs. Sattison. Friends will be received after 7:30 o’clock tonight at the Smith Funeral Hoem, where the Rev. Donald E. Bailey will officiate at funeral services to be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Burial will be made in the Adams cemetery.

Sattison, Samantha (Bortner)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died July 11, 1911)

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     Mrs. George H. Sattison, who resided for more than thirty years near Lorane or until about two months ago when she and her husband moved to Ft. Wayne, died in that city Tuesday morning, from lung trouble and asthma.
     Her maiden name was Samantha Bortner, and she was born in Ohio, June 15, 1850, being 61 years and 26 days of age. One child was born to them, a son named Rolla, but died later.
     She is survived by one brother and three sisters: Larue Bortner, of Ft. Wayne, Mrs. Elvira Potts, of Chicago, Mrs. Elva Huntsman, of Leipsic, Ohio, and Mrs. Thrella Lilly, of Ft. Wayne. Her aged mother, Mrs. Louisa A. Bortner, at Albion, also survives.

Sauers, Chauncey
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday April 12, 1945 Page 6

     Chauncey Sauers, age 76, resident of Whitley county until 1915 when he moved to Fort Wayne, died last night at 7:25 o’clock at his home, 1702 Richardson Street, Fort Wayne, following a two weeks illness. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Hively United Brethen church north of Columbia City. Burial will be made in the church cemetery. Mrs. Sauers is the former Ida Hively. Mr. Sauers was the son of John and Lavina Ramsey Sauers. After locating in Fort Wayne Mrs. Sauers held positions with Bowser Inc. and the Indiana Service Corporation. Mrs. Hively died a number of years ago. A son and daughter are also deceased. Survivors are a duaghter, Mrs. Floe Schlatter, Van Wert, O.; three sons Irvin Sauers, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Bert and Marvin Sauers of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Trimmer and Mrs. Amanda Addis of this city and a brother Simon Sauers of near this city.

Schonefeld, Henry Frederick
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 10, 1945 Page 6

     Henry Frederick Schonefeld, Jefferson township, died at his home 3 1/4 miles southeast of Raber, at 12:48 o’clock Wednesday morning after an illness of seven years. Death was due to angina Pectoris. Mr. Schonefeld, a retired farmer and brick mason, was born in Germany Aug. 26, 1871. He was one year old when his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schonefeld, came to the United States and settled on a farm near New Haven. He was a resident of Fort Wayne at one time and 33 years ago came to Whitley County. His marriage to Caroline Murbach of Jefferson township occurred February 14, 1901. Mrs. Schonefeld died December 8, 1935. The surviving children are Martin F. Schonefeld, Mrs. Collins Krick and Mrs. Herbert D. Hicks, Fort Wayne and Albert Schonefeld, Jefferson township. Other survivors are five grandchildren and a half brother, William Schonefeld, Dundee, Fla.. A daughter Sophia Schonefeld, died December 27, 1940, and two half brothers are deceased. Funeral Services will be held at the Demoney Funeral Home at 1:30 o’clock Friday afternoon, the Rev, Marion Shroyer officiating. Burial will be in Compton Cemetery, southeast of Columbia City. Friends will be received at the funeral home until the hour of the service.

Schrader, Isaac
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday January 12, 1945 Page 6

     Death came at 8 o’clock last night to Isaac Schrader, 83, well known Washington township farmer, at St. Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne. He was admitted to the hospital last Monday at noon after being stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage. A lifelong resident of Whitley county, Mr. schrader was born in Columbia township April 15, 1861 to John and Julia Ann Keiser Schrader. He was married November 11, 1888, in the city to Miss Mary Servertha Henline. Survivors are the wife, 79; two sons, Hovy L. Schrader and Homer A. Schrader, Fort Wayne, four grandchildren and one great-grandaughter; two brothers Martin Schrader of the city and Ephraim Schrader, Columbia township. A son, Lawrence Schrader, died July 21, 1933 and three sisters are deceased. The Rev. Marion Shroyer will officiate at funeral services to be held at the Demoney Funeral Home at 1:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Interment will be made in Nolt cemetery. Friends will be received at the mortuary until the hour of the service.

Schuman, Birdie C.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday October 2, 1974

     Birdie C. Schuman, 80, of R 6, died at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at Whitley County Hospital. He had been a patient there a week after having suffered a stroke.
     The deceased was born September 11, 1894 in Richland township, a son of William C. and Sarah M. Davis Schuman. He married Frances M. Goodrich May 19, 1917. He resided his entire life here and was engaged in dairy and grain farming.
     Survivors include his wife, one son, Jack LeRoy, Lebanon, Missouri; two daughters, Mrs. Ronald C. (Wilma) Kerch, Bloomington and Mrs. Edward L. (Betty) Anderson, R 5. There are nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
     Calling will be after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at J. A. DeMoney and Son Funeral Home and services will be there at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Carl D. Polstra, pastor of Troy Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Adams cemetery.

Schuman, Frances M. (Goodrich)
Relationship: 2nd Cousin 4 Times Removed
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday June 13, 1978

     Mrs. Frances M. Schuman, 82, R 6, died at 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 12, at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home. She had been a resident there since December, 1975.
     Born August 16, 1895, in Troy township, Whitley county, she was a daughter of Fletcher and Mary McKown Goodrich. She spent her entire lifetime in Whitley county and was a member of one of the pioneer families of the county.
     On May 19, 1917, she was married to Birdie C. Schuman by the Rev. L. A. Luckenbill at the Church of God parsonage. She and her husband were farmers, specializing in beef, dairy and grain. Her husband preceded her in death on October 1, 1974.
     Surviving are a son, Jack LeRoy Schuman of Camdenton, Missouri; two daughters, Mrs. Ronald C. (Wilma) Kerch of Bloomington and Mrs. Edward L. (Betty) Anderson, R 3; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Chauncey Goodrich of California.
     Friends may call after 7 p.m. today at J. A. DeMoney and Son Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Revs. Carl D. Polstra and Curtiss M. Johnson officiating.

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

     John Schuman died at 10:10 pm Sunday in St. Joseph hospital where he was a patient for several weeks. He had been retired since 1915. He was in the pump, well and plumbing business at Pierceton for 20 years and served at one time as a member of the Board of Commissioners in Whitley county. Mrs. Schuman spent two winters in California and the past several winters in Florida. He was a member of a well know pioneer family. A son of William and Mary Ann Snyder Schuman, he was the youngest of 10 children, of whom Dr. O. V. Schuman of this city is the only survivor. He was born in Columbia township, June 20, 1866. Since the death of his siter, Miss Lydia Schuman, with whom he made his home on the Schuman farm west of Columbia City, Mr. Schuman had resided with a niece and his nephews in the county who are his only survivors besides the brother Dr. O. V. Schuman of the city. Friends will be received after 7:30 o’clock tonight at the Smith Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. G. L. Kleespie officiating. Interment in Greenhill cemetery.

Schuman, Mrs. James
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday January 26, 1945 Page 6

     The death of Mrs. James Schuman, 62, occurred in Indianapolis at 2 am Thursday, according to word received in Larwill yesterday. She had been an invalid for the past eight years. Mrs. Schuman was a native of Indianapolis and spent her life there. The death of Mr. Schuman occurred a number of years ago. She is survived by four sons, Chester, Harold, Gordon and Robert, and a daughter, Crystal, all residents of Indianapolis. Mrs. Shanton Trachsel of Larwill is a step-daughter. Funeral services will be held in Indianapolis at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Relatives in the county expect to attend the rites. Mrs. Schuman was a sister-in-law of Dr. O. V. Schuman of this city.

Schuman, William W.
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (027-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday February 08, 1888

     A Good Man Gone. Died, at his residence four miles north west of Columbia City, February 4th., William W. Schuman, aged nearly 66 years.
     Mr. Schuman was born in York county 1822, emigrated to Clark county, Ohio, in 1840, where he was married to Mary A. Snyder, October 30th, 1845, who still survives the deceased. In August 1857, Mr. Schuman came with his family to Whitley county where he has resided ever since. There were few in Whitley county better and more favorably known than the deceased. No man in Whitley county stood higher than William W. Schuman, as a husband, father, friend and neighbor – his word was gold to him as well as to his people.
     The funeral took place from Grace Lutheran church on Monday afternoon, and the large concourse of his old neighbors and the citizens of Columbia City, fully attested the high regard in which he was held by all who knew him. Rev. C. H. Rockey preached the funeral sermon, which was most appropriate for the occasion; after which the large congregation took the last look at their departed friend and neighbor, and then the last sad rites were concluded at the Masonic cemetery, where the remains of all that was mortal of William W. Schuman rest in peace, to be cherished in the fondest of memory. Peace to his ashes and fond memory to his many virtues among men.

Scott, Eddie
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery Records show he died May 21, 1888)

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     Master Eddie, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Scott, died Monday evening May 21st, of Bright’s disease after a painful illness of several weeks. His age was 14 years, 11 months and 26 days.

Scott, Jacob
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday June 18, 1890

     Mr. Jacob Scott died June 2, 1890, of inflammation of the stomach. He was born in Madison county, Ohio, in the year 1814, moved with his parents to the the farm where Etna now stands in the year 1836. In the same year he entered the farm now owned by Ambrose Kiester. In the year 1837, he was married to Lydia Lamson and moved at once to the farm. By this marriage he had four children, two of whom died in infancy and two are now living, Henry C. and Eliza. In the year 1843, his wife died leaving him with two little children aged respectively one and four. By the help of a sister he was able to keep the little family together until 1847 when he married Lucinda Goble. By this union he had seven children, four sons and three daughters. In the year 1873, death again visited his home taking away his second wife. In the year 1877 he was married to Mrs. Wise, the wife who now survives him. In the year 1879, he moved to the farm where he was living at the time of his death. Mr. Scott was one of the pioneers, whose ax fell some of the first trees in Etna and Troy townships.

Scott, Lydia Jones (Cockerill)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died October 9, 1924)

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     Death claimed the mother of Dr. J. Wm. C. Scott, Sunday afternoon, at his home in Etna, where she has been a resident for nearly forty years, or ever since the death of her husband on November 21, 1884... Mrs. Lydia Jones Cockerill was born in Fayette county, Ohio, on September 1, 1830, and died in Etna township, Whitley county, Indiana, October 9, 1921, at the age of 91 years, 1 month and 8 days. She grew to womanhood in Ohio and on August 29, 1849, united in marriage with James E. Scott, and with him moved immediately to Whitley county, where they took up their residence on a farm in Troy township. It was here that their three sons were born, Edward N., a medical student, who died at the age of 23, R. R. Scott of this city, who passed away two years ago, and Dr. J. Wm. C. Scott, of Etna, the only member of the family surviving.

Scott, Melissa Ann (Stem)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday August 14, 1901

     Melissa Ann, daughter of Conrad and Indiana Stem was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, April 21, 1833 and died in Thorncreek township, Whitley county, August 6, 1901, aged sixty-nine years, three months and sixteen days. She was married to Jacob Wise, June 27, 1850, with whom she lived until the civil war, when he was called to the front in his country’s service and never returned, dying at Nashville, Tenn., May 7, 1865. To this union seven children were born, of whom one son and two daughters survive. She was again married March 30, 1876 to Jacob Scott, with whom she lived until his death, June 2, 1890, after which she resided with her son until she was called to rest.
     The most of her life was passed in the vicinity where she died, where all learned to esteem her for her kind and careful life and many virtues. Her last days were fraught with suffering being a helpless invalid for several years, but she endured her suffering with hopeful patience making no complaint, but with faith looking forward to the relief of the coming dawn of Eternal day. The funeral services were conducted in the Thorncreek Christian church, August 8, 1901, by Elder Peter Winebrenner, and the remains were interred in the Hively Corners’ cemetery.

Secrist, Hallie (Marrs)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday May 18, 1946

     The death of Mrs. John Secrist occurred last night at 8:25 o'clock at her home at 215 West Spencer street after an illness of 18 months.
     In a critical condition for a number of days, members of her family were called to her bedside, but her condition improved and late yesterday it again became critical.
     Born in Troy township May 25, 1879, Mrs. Secrist was reared to womanhood by her grandmother, the late Mrs. Sarah Jane Palmer of Troy township. She was married to John Secrist November 14, 1897, by the late Rev. D. W. Sanders, a Baptist minister in Columbia City at that time.
     Mr. Secrist survives, also three daughters, Mrs. Cortez Trump, Richland township; Mrs. Eugene Stanley, Greensboro, N. C., and Mrs. George Farr, Brooklyn, N. Y., three sons, Claire Secrist, Jamesville Wis., Robert Secrist, Trotwood, O., John Secrist, Jr., San Diego, Calif., and 11 grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Frances Hamilton and a son, Keith Secrist, are deceased. Other surviving relatives are two uncles, Elmer Palmer, Albion and Carl Palmer, Fort Wayne.
     Mrs. Secrist was affiliated with the First Baptist church of this city. The Rev. Robert L. Marlett of that church will officiate at funeral services to be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Smith Funeral Home where friends will be received after 7:30 o'clock tonight.

Secrist, John A.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday July 17, 1950

     John A. Secrist, 77, who has resided at 215 West Spencer street for many years, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at 12:15 o'clock at the City Hospital, Akron, Ohio, where he had been a patient since July 10th following major surgery. He had gone to visit at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Secrist, Jr. at Kent, O., near Akron, and when he became ill was taken to the Akron hospital. Death was attributed to coronary thrombosis.
     He was a native of Troy township and was born on October 2, 1872, a son of Samuel H. and Mary Ann Wood Secrist. Following his marriage to the former Hallie Marrs on November 14, 1897, they came to this city. For many years Mr. Secrist was employed at the Byer Brothers Poultry Company, and later the Ramp and Nieble Coal and Ice Company. Before his retirement he operated the Bherns Coal and Poultry Company in this city. Throughout his life he was an ardent member of the Republican party.
     The surviving relatives include three daughters, Mrs. Cortez Trump, Richland township; Mrs. Eugene Stanley, Greensboro, N. C.; Mrs. George Parr, Garden City, N. Y.; three sons, Clair Secrist, Janesville, Wis.; Robert Secrist, Richmond, Va.; John Secrist, Jr., Kent, O.; fourteen grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; three brothers, Frank Secrist, Etna township; Jake Secrist, Troy township; Austin L. Secrist, Massilon, O.; and one sister, Miss Nellie Secrist, Troy township. Mrs. Secrist preceded him in death on May 14, 1946, also a daughter, Mrs. Frances Hamilton, and a son, Keith.
     The body will be returned late Monday afternoon to the Charles Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 10:00 Tuesday morning. The Rev. Dale Heinbaugh, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the funeral rites to be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Funeral Home. Interment will be in South Park Cemetery.

Sellers, Martha (Miller)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery Records - Died March 16, 1911)

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     The death summons came Thursday morning to Martha Sellers, and aged widow residing at Etna, and in her passing a good mother and generous hearted Christian woman answered the final call… Her maiden name was Martha Miller and she was born in Delaware county, Ohio, sixty-seven years ago. She grew to womanhood there, and came to this county forty-five years ago to wed Henry Sellers, who passed to the beyond on Dec. 10, 1898. They resided most of their lives in Troy township and the vicinity of Etna and were widely known.
     Three sons and two daughters survive the deceased: Jesse, Fred and Frank Sellers, of Fort Wayne; Mrs. Emma Bailey, of Elkhart; and Miss Hazel Sellers, of Etna. One brother and two sisters also survive: Jesse Miller, of Etna township; Mrs. Sarah Sellers, of Warsaw, and Mrs. Kate Coyle of North Elm street, this city.

Sevits, Jacob
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (016-PF)
Unidentified Clipping
He died March 19, 1898

     In Memoriam. Around us each dissevered chain, In sparkling ruin lies, And earthly hands can ne’er again Unite the broken ties.
     Jacob Sevits was born in Perry county, Ohio, Jan. 17th, 1821. Died at his home in Thorncreek township, Whitley county, Ind., March 10th 1898, aged 77 years, 2 months and 2 days. He was married to Mary Humbarger in 1838, to whose union eight children were born, seven of whom survive him, three sons and four daughters. They moved to Whitley county, Indiana in 1868, where they ever since have made their home. He united with the Christian church in 1889, and so lived that when the summons came to join the innumerable caravan that moves to that mysterious realm, where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death, he went not like the quarry slave at night scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, approached his grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
     The funeral took place at the Egolf church, Monday, Rev. Winebrenner, officiating. E.M. Sevits.



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