Whitley County Obituaries

Vadaic, William L.
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
May 4, 1945 Page 6

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     William L. Vadaic, age 69, member of Lloyd D. Clapham Camp, Spanish American War Veterans, died Thursday at the Veterans hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Whitley county October 20, 1875 and for a number of years resided at Coessee and later lived at Goblesville. He enlisted in the Spanish American War August 10, 1899 and was a member of Co L. 4th Infantry. He was wounded and on October 25, 1899 received an honorable discharge. His wife, the former Clara E LaVine; a son, Gilbert now in military service and a daughter Mrs. Mildred Jameson of Chicago survive. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Church of God in Huntington. Burial will be made at Roanoke. Members of Lloyd D. Clapham Camp and Auxilliary will attend the military committal service to be held in Roanoke at 3 o’clock. Members of Lloyd D. Clapham Camp will be in charge of the service and will officiate as pallbearers.


Vandeman, Daisy Idella
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Cemetery Records show she died August 23, 1907)

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     The death of Daisy Idella Vandeman occurred Thursday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Vandeman, of Washington township. The girl was only 15 years old last February. Besides her parents, one sister, Mrs. Laura Keiser, of Columbia township, and two brothers, Carl and Richard, at home, survive her. She was a bright ambitious pupil at the Poor Hook school and a regular attendant at the Maple Grove U. B. church.


Vanderford, Hannah (Tinkham)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died March 31, 1911)

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     Mrs. Hannah Vanderford, the beloved wife of Jesse R. Vanderford who had been ill since last Christmas, died Friday afternoon at their home in Troy township, near Goose Lake… Her maiden name was Hannah Tinkham, a daughter of Uriah Tinkham, deceased, and she was born in the house where she died. Her birth occurred May 7, 1847, and she was 63 years, 10 months and 24 days of age. She grew to womanhood in the township where she was reared and was there married to Jesse R. Vanderford, who survives her.
     Seven children were born to them, five surviving: Arthur, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Benona, Wesley and Andrew Vanderford, and Mrs. Joseph Cordill, all of Troy township. Three brothers and one sister also survive her: Uriah Tinkham, in the Canal Zone; Joshua Tinkham, of Lima, O.; Lewis Tinkham, of Traverse City, Mich., and Mrs. Frank Haines, of Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Van Orsdall, William Snyder
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died June 1, 1912)

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     William Snyder Van Orsdall, second oldest male resident of the county, the oldest being Jahn Haas, died at the home of Mrs. William Hildebrand, Saturday afternoon, at the age of 93 years, 4 months and 22 days… He was born in Richland county, Ohio, January 9, 1821, and died at Columbia City, Indiana, June 1, 1912. He was the son of Peter and Rebecca Van Orsdall, the former dying in 1834, and the latter in 1846. The deceased was married May 27, 1845, in Ohio, to Catherine Owen, who died September 22, 1874.
     Engaging in farm work, he remained in Ohio until 1857, when he moved to Columbia City, arriving here November 1 of that year… The deceased was the last of his line. He has no living brothers nor are there any children.

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