Whitley County Obituaries

Smith, Charles
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – April 5, 1905)

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     One week ago Sunday Charles Smith, a son of John Smith, who resided in the northern part of Thorncreek township for many years, died suddenly at his home near Brazeto, Missouri. The deceased was about 30 years of age. He married a daughter of Noah Hively, of Thorncreek township, about nine years ago, and she and three little children survive.
     Tim Hively, a brother, went to Missouri last Friday to assist his sister in making a sale of the personal property, and after the business is all closed up she will accompany him back to this county where she will make her home.


Smith, Cynthia Wiley
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died April 21, 1900

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     Cynthia Wiley was born in Nichols county, Ky., Dec. 25, 1827, died in Whitley county, Ind., April 21, 1900, aged 72 years, 3 months and 26 days.
     When a childe she moved with her parents to Boone county, Ind. She was united in marriage to John Smith Feb. 19, 1846. With her husband she lived in Boone county until the fall of 1850, at which time they moved to what is now known as the Smith farm in Troy township, where she resided until the death of her husband Feb. 17, 1890. Since that time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Jasper Marrs, where she was at the time of her death.
     The deceased was the mother of eight children. Two sons and five daughters survive. The eldest daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Campbell died at her home in Cass county, Ind., Feb. 17, 1898. She also had fifteen grandchildren and two great grand children.


Smith, Elias
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (028-FF)
Whitley County Commercial – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday November 28, 1878

     DIED – Deacon Elias Smith. Nov. 20th, 1878, aged 53 years, 5 months, and 2 days.
     Mr. Smith was born in Wayne county, Ohio, June 18th, 1895, and was the oldest son of Moses Smith. He was married in Wayne county, Ohio, on the 24th day of January, 1847, to Miss Nancy Merriman. Emigrated to Whitley county, Indiana, October, 22d, 1848. Was converted, and with his wife was baptized into the fellowship of the Washington Township Baptist Church in February, 1856, by the Rev. Collins, of which church he remained a worthy member till the day of his death. Always at his post and ever-giving wise counsel, he was consequently a “strong pillar” in the church. He was ordained as a deacon June 5th, 1876, since which time he served the church devotedly in that capacity.
     As a citizen he was respected by all who knew him. As a husband and father he was kind and affectionate. He leaves a wife, six sons and two daughters, a bereaved church, and many relatives and friends to mourn his departure; yet we sorrow not as those who have no hope, for while his place in the church on earth is made vacant, he fills a more exalted station among the redeemed in glory. His mortal remains were taken to the house of worship on the 22d of November, 1878, when an appropriate sermon was preached by Rev. W. A. Hitchcock, a former pastor of the church, from Revelation, 7th chapter 13th verse, assisted by the Rev. S. Goodin, present pastor. S.G. (Wayne county Ohio papers please copy.)


Smith, Elizabeth Hunt
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – March 28, 1906)

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     Mrs. George Smith passed quietly away at her home Monday. The maiden name of the deceased was Elizabeth Hunt, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Hunt, Sr. of Etna township. She was born there October 20, 1856, being 49 years, 4 months and 27 days of age. April 12, 1883 she was united in marriage to George L. Smith and has since resided in Troy township. No children were born to them.
     Her parents, five brothers and four sisters survive to mourn her death. They are: Haskell, of Sand Point, Idaho; James, in Korea; Leigh S. J. now in London; Frank Jr. and Fred Hunt of Etna township, Miss Ellen Hunt of Weaversville, North Carolina, Mrs. Frances Dickerhof of Hicksville, Ohio, Mrs. E. E. Kline, of Cromwell, and Mrs. F. W. Kline of Pierceton.


Smith, Harriet
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 5, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Harriet Ditton Smith, past 85 years old, died Thursday afternoon at 3:25 o’clock at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Smith had been a patient at the hospital since December 31, 1944, when she fell in the kitchen of her home and fractured her left hip. Hypostatic pneumonia also developed. Harriet Ditton was born in Cleveland township on September 29, 1859, and spent her entire life in Whitley County. She had resided for several years with her son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Grover Brown of 316 W Market St., Columbia City. She was a daughter of George and Sarah Mosher Ditton. In 1882 she was united in marriage to George W. Smith of near South Whitley, who died in 1911. Surviving in addition to the daughter mentioned are two grandchildren, Max Brown, S1-C, U.S. Navy, now in Hawaii, and Sarah Ruth Brown, a student in the local schools; and a half brother Frank Ditton of Greenwood, Wis. A grandson, four brothers and three half sisters are dead. The body was brought to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home here where friends may call and where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The services will be conducted by the Rev. DeWitt Johnston of Croton, Ontario, Canada, a close friend of the Smith family, and the Rev. Albert J. Rider, pastor of the Oak Grove Methodist church. Interment will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.


Smith, John
Columbia City Weekly Commercial Mail - Whitley County, Indiana
Friday March 21, 1913

     John Smith, Jr., one of the best known citizens of South Whitley, died Monday morning at 7 o'clock at his home after an illness dating back two years, death being due to a cancer of the mouth and throat. He was only taken bedfast two weeks ago but from that time on his decline had been rapid. The deceased had been subject to spasms practically all of his life and Monday morning he suffered one of these spasms and he never regained consciousness.
     John Smith, Jr. was born in Whitley county September 25, 1856, he being a son of Rev. and Mrs. John Smith, deceased and at the time of his death was 56 years, 5 months and 22 days of age. He received his early education in the public schools of Cleveland township and was reared in the township in which he was born and died. He was united in marriage in the year 1908 to Miss Nellie James of South Whitley, no children being born to this union and the wife survives. Besides the above named he is survived by three sisters and one brother, namely, Mrs. John Haley of Cleveland township; Miss Sadie Smith, a school teacher at South Whitley; Mrs. Alfred Bollinger of Mishawaka, and David Smith, of Cleveland township. The deceased was not a member of any church or lodge but he was a kind Christian man and he was beloved by all who knew him. For a number of years past the deceased had been employed in the Jewett Hardware in the capacity of a clerk and was held in the high esteem of all.
     The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the South Whitley M. E. church, Rev. E. S. Riley officiating, and burial made in the South Whitley cemetery.


Smith, Martha
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday May 3, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Smith Funeral Home for Mrs. Martha Smith, 87, whose death occurred Monday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. The Rev. G. L. Kleespie officated at the funeral service. Music was furnished by Mrs. Helen Slage Aker, pianist. U. S. Luckenbill, former local funeral director, directed the funeral service. The Mesdames Allen Dohner, John Meyers, Melvin Kyler, Lewis Schaper, Frank Kneller, E. K. Strong, Della Buckles, Emma Jones and Alice Palmer, chosen from the Loyal Workers class of Grace Lutheran church of which Mrs. Smith was a member, served as flower bearers. Pallbearers were George Ream, Walter Binder, Granville Miller, Austin Overdeer, Earl Norris, A. D. Zuber. Interment was made in the Compton cemetery. Those coming from a distance to attend the service were: Mrs. Edward Thomas, Elkhart; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hawn, Warsaw; Harry Keller, Fort Wayne.
     Mrs. Smith was a native of Columbia City. She was born March 11, 1858 to David and Mismier Walker McCoy. Her marriage to Winfield S. Smith, Larwill furniture dealer and funeral director, occurred June 18, 1908. Mr. Smith died May 11, 1935. For a number of years Mrs. Smith has made her home with her step-son Charles S. Smith of Smith Funeral Home. She was a member of Grace Lutheran church. Survivors of Mrs. Smith are one brother, William McCoy, of Washington township; the step-son Charles S. Smith of this city; three step-daughters, Mrs. Theodore Knox, Larwill, Miss Wilda Smith and Mrs. Mary Pidgeon, Phoenix AZ.


Smith, Oliver
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (009-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday July 11, 1906

     Oliver Smith’s Sudden Death. Jefferson Township Pioneer Expired Saturday Night, After Four Days, Illness From Uraemic Poisoning.
     Oliver Smith, one of the wealthy and highly respected pioneer citizens of Jefferson township, who resided in the south-east part of the county for over fifty years, died suddenly Saturday night, at 9:30, after an illness of only four days duration, from uraemic poisoning.
     The deceased had never been sick during his life until a week ago, when he began to make some complaint. Dr. Koontz of Roanoke was called in on the Fourth of July and diagnosed his ailment as uraemic poisoning. The aged patient grew worse rapidly and Dr. M. Romenthal of Ft. Wayne, was called Friday, but could offer no hope. His sudden death was a great shock to his family, who were not expecting such a sad event, as the aged man bid fair to live several years yet.
     The deceased was born March 1st, 1832, near Connersville, Fayette county, Indiana, and was 74 years, 4 months, and 6 days of age. He came to Jefferson township with his parents in 1852, and two years later was united in marriage to Melinda Berry who survives him. Seven children were born to them, all living except one. They are Franklin and Wesley Smith, Mrs. Amon Kelsey and Mrs. Perry Putnam, of Jefferson township, Clarence Smith, of Pennville, Jay county, and Mrs. Morton Gillespie of Ft. Wayne. Four sisters also survive him: Mrs. Nancy Braden, Mrs. Susan Grace and Mrs. Peter Smith, of Jefferson township, and Mrs. Elizabeth Putnam, of Andrews. Another aged sister, Mrs. Margaret Broxon, of Jefferson township, died only a month ago.
     The deceased was an upright, honorable citizen all his life, one whose word was as good as his bond. He was a consistent member of the Christian church at Saturn and a steadfast republican in politics. He was one of the men whose efforts were lent to the upbuilding of the community and his death will be deeply felt by many friends as well as the immediate family.
     The funeral took place Tuesday leaving the home at 9:30 a.m. for the Saturn Christian church; Rev. A. M. Gillespie officiating: interment at Sand Bank cemetery.


Smith, Steven Ray
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday February 9, 1945 Page 1

     Steven Ray Smith, born at 3:40 am Wednesday morning at Linvill Memorial hospital died this morning at 10:15 o’clock. The baby had been ill since birth. The father, Sgt Milton A. Smith is stationed at Stout Field, Indianapolis. The mother is the former Dorothy L. Lehman. Grandparents are Mrs. Ruth Marie Smith of Long Island. NY and Mr. and Mrs. Christ Lehman, Columbia city. The body was taken to the DeMoney Funeral Home.


Snider, Joseph Jr.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 15, 2003

     Joseph Snider Jr., 88, died at 9:25 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2003 at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne where he had been a patient since March 31. Born on October 15, 1914 in Jefferson Township, Whitley County, he was a son of Joseph Sr. and Minnie May (VanWey) Snider. He attended school at Jefferson Township School and electrical engineering college for six month in Fort Wayne. He spent his lifetime in Whitley County, moving to Round Lake in 1982.
     His first marriage was to Alice Eloise Foster on June 20, 1934 in Valparaiso. She died on November 6, 1971 in Columbia City. His second marriage was to Betty Gause on January 1, 1973 at Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church.
     A general farmer, Mr. Snider was employed as an electrical technician at Wolf & Dessauer, L.S. Ayres and Lehman's Electronics, all in Fort Wayne and W.A. Jones and Dick's TV in Columbia City.
     He was a member of Columbia City Masonic Lodge 189, the Mizpah Shrine, Whitley County Shriners and Eagles Lodge 1906. He attended Columbia City United Methodist Church.
     Survivors include his wife, Betty; a son, Charles Duane (Imelda) Snider of Columbia City; two daughters, Joann (Paul E.) Cox and Joyce (Loyal) Douglas, both of Columbia City; two step-daughters, Roberta Blain of Columbia City and Rebecca Fryback of Fort Wayne; two step-sons, Robert Gause of Columbia City and Nathan Gause of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren.
     In addition to his parents and his first wife, Alice Eloise, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Snider; a sister, Bessie and a grandson, Michael A. Snider. Visitation is from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive in Columbia City. A Masonic Twilight memorial service is at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with Pastor J. Phillip Blake of Columbia City United Methodist Church officiating. Burial is at Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery, Columbia City.
     Memorial donations may be given in Mr. Snider's memory to Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


Snyder, Elizabeth
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died August 8, 1897

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     The departed was the beloved wife of Henry Snyder and was born in Cumberland county, Penn., June 26, 1828. She was united in marriage to Henry Snyder at Mansfield, Ohio, January 1, 1850, and was the mother of two children, William D. and Sarah J. She died August 8, 1897 aged 69 years, 1 month, 12 days.


Souder, Dr. Carl Lawrence
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, October 30, 1918

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Dr. C. L. Souder Passes Over. Well Known Young Physician of this City died in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Friday Night – Death due to Spinal Meningitis.
     Dr. Carl Lawrence Souder, one of the best known physicians in Columbia City, closed an active and successful career Friday evening when, at nine o’clock, death came upon him. For a week he had been critically ill, so ill in fact that the attending physicians could hold out little or no hope for is recovery, and death was expected momentarily for a day or two prior to the end. During his last hours the disease had destroyed his mind and he knew nothing about what was going on around him.
     Dr. Souder became ill Friday, October 18th and the following day he was taken to the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne. He had been working very hard for two weeks caring for scores of patients who were ill with the prevailing malady, and becoming exhausted himself fell a victim to the disease. The sinus trouble from which he had been a sufferer for a few years returned, and an operation for that was performed at the hospital, but following that the brain and spinal trouble developed and then it was that the physicians realized that he was fatally ill.      Dr. Souder was the son of Dr. Christopher Souder, for many years the leading physician at Larwill. The son inherited a liking for medicine and early in life decided to make medicine his profession. He attended the common and high schools at Larwill and then taught in the district schools for two years. He then attended the Northern Indiana Normal school at Valparaiso and the State University. He graduated from the scientific department of the Valparaiso Normal with the degree of Bachelor of Science. His medical education was obtained in the Northwestern University of Chicago, from which institution he graduated in 1898.
     Soon thereafter he came to Columbia City and began active practice. Being a good mixer and an alert young man, he was not long in making a reputation and securing a good patronage. His skill in diagnostics and in the treatment following were recognized by the public and he became one of the busiest physicians in the city. He was born at Larwill, August 18, 1874 and was 44 years, 2 months and 7 days of age. He was married June 5, 1900 to Miss Lura Shinneman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David L. Shinneman of this city, who survives.
     One sister, Mrs. B. F. Stewart, of Toronto, Canada, survives. He had two brothers, Ralph and Wade, neither of whom has been heard from for several years and their whereabouts is unknown.
     in 1917 when there was a call for physicians for service in the army Dr. Souder volunteered, and went to Ft. Benjamin Harrison and was soon afterwards sent to Camp Grant, and was in the service from August 10th, 1917 to May 15th, 1918. While at Camp Grant he was very sick with an attack of pneumonia, and when well enough to leave was permitted to come home and recuperate, and later was honorably discharged.
     The Dr. was the owner of a farm in Jefferson township, and in 1916 he offered a prize of $100 in cash, to be distributed among the ten townships of the county among tenants who could make the best showing as a farmer and stock grower. The proposition excited considerable interest and brought forth considerable competition and good results. The distribution of the prize money was arranged by Clinton Wilcox, Albert Rush and Julius C. Sanders.
     Dr. Souder was a Knight Templar and a Knight of Pythias and a member of the Whitley County Medical Society. He was also a member of the Elks, Ben Hur and had taken the Scottish Rite and Shriner degrees in the Masonic order.
     Post Mortem. Following the death Drs. Deumling, Van Swerengen, Morgan, Dupree, Grundy and Rodriguez conducted a postmortem. The upper portion of the skull was removed and the brain was subjected to a powerful microscopic examination, disclosing the presence of puruient meningitis germs.
     The remains were brought to this city Saturday morning by Undertaker Jesse DeMoney. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence on West Van Buren street, Rev. Hoshour delivered the sermon and interment was made in the South Park cemetery.


Souder, Lewis F.
South Whitley Tribune, Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, February 1, 1923

     Lewis F. Souder, aged 71 years, died at his home in Richland Township Monday following an extended illness from paralysis. He was born near Larwill on November 2, 1851 to Christian and Susanna (Kistler) Souder, deceased and he is survived by one brother, James Souder and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Ann Long, both of Larwill. On December 23, 1875, he was united in marriage to Hannah Brown, who survives. Seven children were born to them, three of whom are dead. The living children are Henry and Arnold Souder of Columbia City; Lee Souder of Ida Grove, Iowa and Mrs. Firmer Foster, of Columbia City. There are six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at his late home Monday and burial was made in the Masonic Cemetery at Columbia City.


Souder, Norma May Foster
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday September 26, 1966

     A Whitley county native, Mrs. Norma May Souder, 89, died Sunday at 9:15 p.m. at her residence at 203 West Market street. She had been in failing health for the past three months.
     She was born on July 15, 1877 in Thorncreek township, a daughter of Harmon L. and Arthalinda Jackson Foster. On October 1, 1896 she was united in marriage to Charles Souder who preceded her in death on April 20, 1910. Mrs. Souder was a member of the First Church of God.
     Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Edna) Anderson, 205 West Market street; Mrs. Chester (Lela) Summney, Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren; one brother, Otto L. Foster, 203 West Market street. One daughter and two brothers have preceded her in death.
     After 7 p.m. today friends may call at the Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Hubert Miller officiating. Interment will follow in the South Park cemetery.


Staley, Mrs. George
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 8, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. George O. Staley, 1136 North Anthony Blvd, Fort Wayne, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at 2:15 o’clock Sunday morning in St Joseph Hospital. Death occurred less than one hour after she had been admitted to the hospital. Until 17 years ago the Staleys had been residents of Union Township. Mrs. Staley was a member of Ruth Rebekah lodge here and South Baptist Church in Fort Wayne. Survivors are her husband; three daughters, Elmira wife of Dr. Gorman McKean, Montpelier, Ohio; Mrs. Wm. Goldsmith, Mrs. James Curran, Fort Wayne; three stepchildren, Ray O. Staley, Warsaw; Homer Staley, Fort Wayne; Mrs. John Carey, Van Wert, Ohio. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at the McComb Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial will be made at Van Wert, Ohio.


Staples, Mrs. Minnie Herman
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday June 18, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Minnie Herman Staples, past 70 years old, died at 8 o’clock Sunday night at her home at 219 1/2 West Van Buren street in Columbia city. She had been seriously ill a year from carcinoma, and was confined to her bed since March. She was born in Morgan county, Ohio on January 21, 1875, and was a daughter of Alex and Susan Huffman Smith. She had lived in Columbia City for the past 65 years. On February 18, 1900 she was married in Columbia City to Virgil Lee Staples of Thorncreek township who died on March 4, 1943. The surviving children are: Merlyn Leroy Staples, Culver; Mrs. Floyd Itt, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Walter Wolfe, Columbia City; Mrs. Charles Gilbert, Huntington; Mrs. Goldie Foster, Mrs. Harvey Cearbaugh and Mrs. Aileen Hill, Columbia City. There are fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. A sister, Mrs. Charles Beck, and a brother, Howard Smith, both of Richmond, survive. A sister and brother are dead. The body was brought to the J. A. Demoney Funeral Home where friends may call after 7:30 o’clock tonight and where funeral services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. Fred J. Densmore pastor of the Nazarene church, will conduct, the services and burial will be in the Hively cemetery in Thorncreek township.


Stemm, Lewis A.
The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart County, Indiana
Monday June 5, 1922

     Lewis A. Stemm of 1237 South Main street, aged 69 years, died at 9:45 o'clock yesterday forenoon. Death was caused by kidney trouble after a protracted illness. He had been bedfast since March 22. On November 19, 1917, while in the employe of the city working on the streets, Mr. Stemm was struck by an automobile, suffering a fracture of his left knee, and he had been unable to work since that time.
     Private funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock tomorrow, Rev. J.C. Albright of the Second United Brethren church officiating. The burial will take place at the Priaire street cemetery. The body may be seen at the home until 12 o'clock tomorrow.
     Mr. Stemm, who was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Stemm, was born near Mentone, Ind. on August 5, 1852. He located in Columbia City, Ind., and there on January 11, 1877, he was married to Miss Susan Alice Sevits, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Sevits. From Columbia City they moved to Kosciusko county and from there moved to Elkhart 25 years ago.
     Surviving Mr. Stemm are his wife; five sons, Charles W., Benjamin F., Earl D., Cresco E. and Harper D. Stemm, all of this city; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Dyer and Miss Fern C. Stemm, both of Elkhart; 18 granchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Eli Anspaugh of Lagrange.


Stemm, Susan Alice Sivets
Elkhart Truth, Elkhart County, Indiana
Wednesday, June 13, 1934

     Susan Alice Stemm, 78, a resident of Elkhart for 37 years, died at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Birch (Fern) Smeltzer, 118 East Indiana avenue. Stricken with complications, she had been an invalid for several years.
     The funeral will be held Thursday. Following private services at the home at 1:30 p.m. (dst), there will be a service at the Prairie Street Mennonite church at 2 o'clock, with burial in the Prairie Street cemetery. The services will be in charge of the Rev. Lewis A. Sevits, Albany, Ind., cousin of the deceased and the Rev. J. S. Hartzler. The body may be viewed at the Meyer mortuary, 218 West High street, until 10 a.m. Thursday.
     Mrs. Stemm, who was the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Humbarger) Sevits, was born May 24, 1856, in Somerset, O. Her marriage to Louis Austin Stemm took place Jan. 11, 1877, in Columbia City, Ind., and they lived there and in Kosciusko county prior to coming to Elkhart in 1897. Mr. Stemm died June 4, 1922, at their home, 1237 South Main street.
     Surviving beside Mrs. Smeltzer are six other children - Mrs. Frank (Clara) Dyer, Charles W., Earl D., E. Cresco and Harper D. Stemm, all of Elkhart, and Benjamin F. Stemm of Bristol. There are 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Charles Sevits of Columbia City.


Stickler, Alfreda J.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 25, 1985

     Alfreda J. Stickler, 74, died at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Stickler, sister of Clinton Bohnstedt of Columbia City and Charles Bohnstedt of South Whitley, was a resident of Fort Wayne. She was a member of Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren.
     Surviving are her husband, Perl B., a daughter, Patty J. Holmes of Fort Wayne, two sisters, Mary J. Farris and Betty Groves, both of Fort Wayne, and the two brothers. Also surviving are two grandchildren.
     The service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home with calling there from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials are to Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren.
     Note: Alfreda is buried next to her first husband, Robert Joseph Arnett, who died December 04, 1943. Her second husband, Perl B. Stickler died July 3 1996, and is buried in South Park Annex Cemetery.


Stickler, Anna Margaret Stiver Koplin
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (029-FF)
Unidentified News clip
She died July 24, 1934

     Mrs. Margaret Stickler Dies At Age of 95. Death Today Follows Stroke – Patient at Infirmary Since 1931 – Survived by Four Children.
     Mrs. Margaret M. Stickler, 95, passed away at 10:35 o’clock this morning at the county infirmary where she had been a patient since June 30, 1931. Her death followed a brief illness. She complained somewhat Sunday after the dinner hour but attended religious services at the infirmary in the afternoon. On Monday she was weaker and a physician called. Monday night she suffered a stroke which resulted in her death today.
     Margaret M. Stiver Stickler was born on January 6, 1839. Her first marriage was to Christ Koplin who died many years ago. Two daughters survive this union, Mrs. Sarah Barker of Pierceton and Mrs. Frank S. Smith of Peru.
     She later married John Stickler, Sr., who passed away about 20 years ago. Two sons survive this union, namely, John Stickler of York, England, and Bert Stickler of Columbia City. In addition she is survived by 10 grand-children and 10 great-grandchildren.
     She was a member of the Eberhard Lutheran church. About eight or ten years ago she was presented with a silver loving cup by the Old Settlers association for being the longest continuous resident of the county. Mrs. Stickler had many friends in the community. She spent her entire life in Whitley county.
     The body has been taken to the DeMoney Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon. Burial will be made in the Eberhard Lutheran church cemetery.


Stickler, John
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (022-PF)
Unidentified News clip from Pioneer Families Application
He died May 25, 1910

     John Stickler who was a charge at the county farm, being bedfast for the past four years died Monday evening in his seventy-third year from a complication of diseases. He was stricken first with paralysis and entered the county home Feb. 2, 1904, the second stroke causing him to take to bed.
     The deceased was born in Starke county, Ohio, and came to this county with his parents in 1852. He was three times married, and by the first wife two daughters survive: Mrs. Henry Helsel of Silver Lake, and Mrs. Rebecca Lamar of Akron, Ind. Two sons by the second marriage survive: David Stickler of Peru and Zeno Stickler of Fort Wayne. The widow and two sons, Bert of this city and John, east of town are the survivors of the last marriage. One brother Charles Stickler of Washington township and Mrs. Liddia Bentz a sister who lives near South Whitley are surviving relatives. Mrs. Jeff Heneline is also a sister.
     The funeral occurs Wednesday afternoon at the Eberhard church and interment will be in the church cemetery.


Stickler, Margaret/Rebecca Heiser/Hyser
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (022-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Sunday June 20, 1894

     Mrs. Michael Stickler died on Tuesday June 16th, 1894, at the residence of her son Charles D. Stickler, one mile south-west of Peabody, at the advanced age of 87 years, 1 month and 1 day. Deceased came to Whitley county with her husband at an early date from Stark county, Ohio. For some time before her death, the infirmities of old age had made themselves manifest: loss of memory and disease usurped the once strong and vigorous condition. At such a time we think that death comes to ail a most welcome visitor. He borrows the garb of beautiful and gentle sleep: lays down his iron scepter and his cold hands fall softly on the weary heart now ceasing to throb, now about to rest from its long and toilsome and palpliating [sic] efforts to enter upon that eternal pilgrimage. The remains were interred last Thursday morning in the Eberhard cemetery. Rev. Leathers officiating. - R.S.S.


Stoffer, Floyd M.
The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Monday January 11, 1954

     Floyd M. Stoffer, 54, a relief elevator operator at the Gettle Building here, died at 3:30 a.m. yesterday in Parkview Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient eight days.
     Mr. Stoffer, who lived at 1019 S. Lafayette St., is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Robert Walker, Columbia City, five sisters, Mrs. Orval Pepper, Mrs. Edward Fisher, Mrs. Edward Cooper and Mrs. Glenn Smith, all of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. John Sindle, Waterloo, and two brothers, Soloman and Franklin, both of Fort Wayne.
     The body was taken to the C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. today.


Stofer, Kenneth Keith
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, March 21, 1923

     Kenneth Keith Stofer, six weeks old babe of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Stofer died at the Lutheran hospital in Ft. Wayne Saturday evening at 6 o'clock following an operation for stomach trouble which had been performed at the hospital during the forenoon. The babe was born on February 6th at the home of Mrs. Stofer's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Yontz and the remains were brought back there Saturday night, and the funeral was held Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the house, Rev. L.A. Luckenbill officiating. The interment was made in the Scott cemetery. This is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Stofer and the entire family is grief stricken at the death of the little babe. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stofer, of the south side, are the grandparents on the father's side.


Stoner, Alva
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, January 7, 1920

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     Alva Stoner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stoner, passed away Monday noon, at the home of his parents in Cleveland township, from a disease of the blood after an illness of seven weeks. The young man’s affliction was of a baffling nature, and two weeks ago he was taken to the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne in the hope that an operation might effect a cure; but the physicians, after studying the disease, gave them no encouragement, and last Friday they brought the patient home.
     The deceased served seven months in the United States army in the field artillery branch, being sent to Camp Taylor for training, later being moved to Ft. McLallen, Alabama, where his company was on the eve of a departure for France, when the armistice was signed. He received his discharge last February and returned to the farm, where he assisted his father also doing some carpenter work on the side.
     Alva Stoner was born November the 8th, 1891, to Cora and Frank Stoner, in Stark county, Ind., and died in Cleveland township, Whitley county, January 5, 1920, at the age of 28 years, 1 month and 27 days. He came to Whitley county with his parents at the age of three years and has resided practically all his life on the farm in Cleveland township. He was unmarried and leaves besides a grief stricken father and mother, five sisters and two brothers; namely, Mrs. Harry Jenkins, of Cleveland township, Mrs. Gale Walgamuth, of Kosciusko county, Ethel, Ruth, and Nettie Stoner, at home, and Fred Stoner, of Cleveland township, and Paul, at home.
     Although the young man was not a member of any church he made a confession of faith last Saturday. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.


Stouder, Ruth
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday evening January 15 1946 Page 3

     Ruth Stouder, wife of E. Paul Stouder, salesman for Parrot Packing company, who is well known in this city, died at 4:20 o’clock Sunday afternoon at St. Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne, where she had been a patient only a short time. Mrs. Stouder, the daughter of Mrs. William Schwartz of Huntington, resided at 1025 Union St., Fort Wayne. Surviving besides the husband, a brother of Dr. Dale T. Stouder of this city, are three sisters and four brothers. The body was removed to the Briggs Funeral Home, Huntington.


Strieby, Hannah
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday April 11, 1945 Page 6

     Hannah Strieby, age 76, resident of Columbia City at one time died at 12:30 am today at the home of her duaghter, Mrs. Edward Thomas, 123 Marine Avenue, Elkhart, following a long illness. Mrs. Strieby was a daughter of David and Misnier Walker McCoy and was born in Whitley county June 6, 1868. She was a resident of South Bend for a number of years. Survivors are her husband, Grant Strieby and the daughter; a sister, Mrs. Martha J. Smith of this city and a brother, William McCoy of Washington township. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Smith Funeral Home, the Rev. G. I. Kleespie officiating. Burial in Compton cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home until the hour of the service.


Stryker, Fanny
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday February 10, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Salem church at Wilmot for Mrs. Fanny Stryker, 80, resident of Etna township at one time, who died Thurday at McDonald hospital in Warsaw where she was a patient for two years. Burial will be made in the church cemetery. Mrs. Stryker suffered a stroke of paralysis two days before her death. She was born in Noble County January 2, 1865 to David and Fannie Grisinger. For many years Mrs. Stryker was a resident of Etna township, Whitley county, where the death of her husband Jacob Stryker occurred in 1935. Mrs. Stryker is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Susan Brown, a resident of Pennsylvania and a number of nieces and nephews.


Stumpff, Ada Poland
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 7, 1971

     Mrs. Ada Stumpff, 80, of South Whitley, died at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday at Millers Merry Manor. Mrs. Stumpff was born in Kosciusko County on April 9, 1891, the daughter of Alexander and Christina (Hainer) Poland.
     On January 6, 1910, she was married to Harley Mishler, who died June 22, 1945. Mrs. Stumpff later married Everett Stumpff, who also preceded her in death.
     Survivors include one son, Ford Mishler, R 2, South Whitley; a daughter, Mrs. Leo (Evelyn) Metzger, R 1, Waterloo; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley, and burial will follow in the South Whitley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:00 p.m. today.


Sumney, Ada
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday March 3, 1945 Page 6

     Ada Sumney, age 81, died last night at 9 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Armel in Fort Wayne. She was the widow of William Sumney and a resident of Whitley county at one time. She is survived by three sons, Samuel, Whitley county; Walter of Noble county and Chester of Kendallville; one brother A. Garrison of Fort Wayne. Mrs. Sumney was a member of the United Brethren church at Collins. The body is at the Sonday Funeral Home in Churbusco, where rites will be held. Funeral arrangements have been tentatively set for Monday.


Swanson, Charles
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated – Died May 1, 1910)

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     Charles Swanson, one of the best know rural mail carriers out of South Whitley, who covered Rural Route No. 3 for over nine years, died Sunday morning at his home after suffering from liver trouble and complications. The deceased was born in Sweden, November 25, 1856 and was aged 53 years, 5 months and 6 days. He came to this county when nine years old, with his parents who located at Hobert, Ind. He grew to manhood there and worked on the Nickle Plate railroad for three years, and then went upon a farm.
     Twenty-six years ago in June he came to South Whitley, and acted as foreman in a hoop mill. On July 12, the same year, he was united in marriage to Mattie Ward, who with two children, Carl and Dorothy, survives. Two brothers also survive: Divid in Chicago, and Augustus at Hobart.


Swinehart, Clarence Everett
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday March ,7 1945 Page 6

     Clarence Everett Swinehart, past 63 years old, a resident of Arcola, died of carcinoma at the St. Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne where he had been a patient for five weeks. He was born in Aboite township, Allen county on January 4, 1882 and was a son of Samuel and Laura Whitten Swineheart. He grew to manhood in Allen county and went to Arcola 23 years. For the past 12 years Mr. Swineheart was janitor at the Arcola high school building. On May 9, 1907 he was united in marriage to Alma Schrader of Columbia township at the VanWey residence, the cermony being performed by the late Rev. L. A. Luckenbill. Mrs. Swinheart is living. A son Everett Swineheart, 1520 Crescent Avenue, Fort Wayne and a daughter, Mrs. Richard Grube, 927 1/2 W Main Street, Fort Wayne, survive, together with two grandchildren, Judy Kay and David Lee Swineheart. A daughter Hilda is dead. Two brothers, Merle Swineheart of Fort Wayne and Melvin Swineheart of Jefferson township, survive and one brother is dead. The body was taken to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home, where friends may call and where funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. The Rev. Damon K. Frisch pastor of the Trinity Methodist church in Fort Wayne, will conduct the services and interment will be in the Compton cemetery.

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