Whitley County Obituaries

Wade, Mary McKown Goodrich
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, March 14, 1925

     Mrs. Mary Wade, wife of Richard Wade, of Lorane, passed away at 3 o'clock Friday morning after an illness of several months due to paralysis and complications. The last two days of her illness she was in such a condition that life hung by a slender thread.
     She was born in Whitley county on April 16, 1853, and was 71 years, 8 months and 25 days old. She was a daughter of James and Lida Brenner McKowan.
     On December 30, 1877, she was united in marriage to Fletcher Goodrich, who died on December 12, 1908. She was married a second time in August 1919, to Richard Wade, who survives.
     Nine children were born of the first marriage, two of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are: [Mrs.] Amon Beard, Mrs. Ernest Brown, and Mrs. Birdie Schuman, of Richland township, Mrs. Leonard Foster and Mrs. [sic] Frank Goodrich, of Thorncreek township, Floyd and Chauncey Goodrich, of Los Molinos, California. There are twenty-one grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Two brothers, Oscar McKowan, of Lahoma, Okla., Charles McKowan, of Richland township, and as sister, Mrs. Amanda Beard, of the same township, survives.

Wagner, Homer C.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday May 25, 1945 Page 6

     Homer C. Wagner, past 84 years old, a resident of Aboite township, Allen county, died at 7:30 this morning at the Allen county hospital where he had been a patient for the past several weeks. He had been ill for the past 15 years and death was pronounced due to myocardial insufficiency. He was born in Washington township on Dec 21, 1860 and was a son of Simon Peter and Mary Chamberlain Wagner. Mr. Wagner a retired farmer, had lived in Aboite township since 1911, going there from Washington township, this county.
     On October 29, 1889 he was married in Albion, Iowa to Asenath D. Thomas of Parkville county, Iowa, who died on February 5, 1929. Surviving children include Charles P. Wagner, of Aboite township and Mrs. Vernon McWhirter of Dunfee. A son and duaghter are dead. Six grandchildren are living. J. Howard Wagner of Seattle is a half brother. A half-brother, six full brothers and one sister are dead. Mr. Wagner was a member of the Washington Center United Brethren church. The body was brought to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call after 8 o’clock Friday night and where the funeral services will be held at 2 pm Sunday. Rev. Arthur M Gillespie, retired pastor of the Christian church will conduct the services and burial will be in the Washinmgton township Baptist cemetery.

Wagner, Rachel R. (Beeson) Craft
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Commercial Mail - August 5, 1910)

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     Mrs. Rachel R. Wagner died Saturday noon at the home of her son Heber B. Wagner, 515 Hanna street, in her seventy-sixth year, after a three-months illness of a complication of diseases and age.
     Mrs. Wagner was a daughter of William and Hannah Beeson and was a native of Ohio coming to Whitley county when but nine years of age and residing with her parents near Five Points where they settled. She was twice married, her first husband being Harry Craft. By him she had two children, Mrs. J. W. Burwell of St. Joe, formerly of Churubusco and Henry Craft of Waukarusa. Sometime after her first husband’s death she was wedded to P. Wagner who died March 4, 1893. Their three children yet living are J. T. Wagner of Fort Wayne, Mrs. C. F. Hively of Columbia township and Heber B. Wagner of this city.
     The following step-children also survive: Mrs. B. F. Krider and Mrs. J. R. Jackson of Churubusco; Mrs. F. Stiner of Fort Wayne and Milton Wagner of Redlands, California. Henry Beeson of South Whitley and W. J. Beeson of South Bend are brothers.

Walburn, Aubrey
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, April 16, 1919

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     Aubrey Walburn, son of Orval and Maggie Miner, died Sunday of tuberculosis at the state sanitarium at Rockville, Ind. The young man was about twenty-one years of age and was born in Smith township. He was overseas for several months and had been discharged about five months ago. He took tuberculosis shortly after leaving the army. His parents both died several years ago and he had no living brothers or sisters and was unmarried. His body will be brought to Wolfe Lake, his former home, where the funeral will be held and burial will be in Eel River cemetery.

Waldeck, Goldie Mae Anspaugh
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
March 29, 1999

     Goldie Mae Waldeck, 88, a former Richland Township and Columbia City resident, died at 1:04 p.m. Saturday at Mason Health Care Center in Warsaw.
     Born October 3, 1910, in LaGrange County, a daughter of Charles and Cora Ellen Pritchard Anspaugh, she completed her education in Clay Township School in LaGrange County.
     On December 6, 1930, she was united in marriage to A. Harold Waldeck and they made their home in Richland Township. He died October 9, 1985. Following her husband's death, she moved to Columbia City and later to Chapman House in Warsaw. Mrs. Waldeck was employed as a telephone operator at United Telephone in Columbia City for many years.
     Surviving relatives include a daughter and son-in-law Betty and Pet Morgenson, Pierceton; a son and daughter-in-law, Dane and Nancy Waldeck; 7 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
     In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Alta Gray, and five brothers, Lawrence Anspaugh, John Anspaugh, Donald Anspaugh, Ralph Anspaugh and Howard Anspaugh.
     The funeral service begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City, with the Rev. Curtiss Johnson officiating. Visitation is two hours prior to the service Wednesday. Burial is at Eberhard Cemetery, Columbia Township. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Kosciusko County E.M.S.

Waldeck, Harold
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
October 9, 1985

     Harold Waldeck, 83, of R 1, Columbia City, died at 7:19 a.m. today, Oct. 9, at his home in Richland Township. Mr. Waldeck had been ill several months and was hospitalized until last week.
     He was born on Feb. 19, 1902, in Lillering, Denmark, a son of Otto and Mette Jensen. He was raised in Lillering and in 1923 moved to Florida where he was employed by the Clyde Walb Construction Company. When Mr. Waldeck received his U. S. citizenship papers, he changed his last name to Waldeck.
     He moved to LaGrange in 1924 and was employed by American Steel Construction Company. In 1943 he founded his own construction company. He had resided on the Whitley Road since 1945. His marriage was on Dec. 6, 1930 to Goldie M. Anspaugh. Mr. Waldeck was a member of Larwill Due Guard Lodge 278 and the Scottish Rite in Fort Wayne.
     Surviving are his wife Goldie; a son, Dane Waldeck of R 1 Larwill; a daughter, Mrs. Pete (Betty) Mogensen of R 1, Pierceton; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Oluf Jensen of Denmark and two sisters, Otine Hansen and Stinee Kristensen, both of Denmark. A granddaughter, Kathy Mogensen, and several brothers and sisters are deceased.
     The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Newell Nelsen officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at Eberhard Cemetery. Memorials are to Whitley County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Walker, Amos E.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, August 3, 1918

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     First Columbia City Soldier Falls on Battlefield
Amos E. Walker, son of John Walker of this city, died in France, July 22, of wounds received in battle.
     Amos E. Walker, son of John Walker, of Brownwood, this city, is the first Columbia City man to give his life for his country while serving at the front. Word was received in this city late Wednesday night by the young man’s father to this effect, coming in the form of a telegram which stated that Amos E. Walker died of wounds on July 22, somewhere in France. The message was sent direct from Adjutant General McCain of the war department at Washington and was as follows:

Washington, D. C.
July 31, 1918
Mr. John Walker,
    Columbia City, Indiana.
     Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported that Private Amos E. Walker, Infantry, died July 22, of wound received in action.
     McLAIN, Adj. Gen.

     The message came to the tower and was telephoned to Mr. Walker and was naturally a terrible shock to him, as such messages must necessarily be to all parents who have sons actively engaged on the battlefield; but at the same time parents are prepared for such news and will be so long as the war lasts. Deaths are inevitable, and at the present time no locality in the entire United States is without its representatives on the fighting lines. No one knows the next home that will be saddened by a telegram from the war department, but wherever the blow may fall, the sympathy of the public in the fullest measure will go to the parents and brothers and sisters of the stricken soldier, just as it is now extended to John Walker and family in the loss of his brave son.
     Amos Walker enrolled under the selective conscription law at this city June 5th, 1917, and on September 22nd was sent to Camp Zachary Taylor, near Louisville, Ky., where he received his first military training. He was at that place but a short time and was transferred with a bunch of other Whitley county men to Camp Shelby, near Hattiesburg, Miss. At this place he was placed in Co. D, 152nd Infantry along with many other young men from Northern Indiana. He received intensive training there during the winter and early spring months and was in fine condition for overseas duty.
     During the month of March a call came for eight men from this company to do overseas duties and Amos was one of the very first men to volunteer. He was the only Whitley county man that was chosen with this contingent, but he wished to go in the hope that he would be able to meet his brother, Roy, who was over there and is serving with the Rainbow division.
     After arriving overseas he was placed in a different company but he still held his old address of Company D, 152nd Infantry, A. E. F. via New York, and his parents received several letters from him after he arrived over there. He had never stated in his letters that he was in active service, and it may be that his company was only recently sent to the firing line. It is customary for the captain of a company in which a man is killed to write to the unfortunate young man’s parents and give the details and Mr. Walker may receive a letter in the near future that will explain how the son received the wounds that terminated in death. It is not known when he was wounded but, owing to that fact that no word had been received that he had been wounded, it is the supposition that he died soon afterwards.
     He has a brother Roy, who left Fort Wayne with Battery D last fall, and the members of the battery sailed for France and constituted a part of the famous 42nd, commonly known as the Rainbow division, which is now doing service on the battle lines in Flanders. There is also a half-brother, Verlin Rodgers, who is in the navy and is in active service in foreign waters. Amos is also survived by his father and step-mother and three sisters, namely, Vina Winebrenner, of Churubusco, Frances J. and Martha, at home.
     The dead soldier was born in this county, February 2, 1896, and was 22 years, 5 months and 20 days of age at the time of his death. He received a grade school education in this city and then took employment in the onion fields in the county, later working at the Peabody Lumber company. He was particularly brave and loyal and was very anxious to do his bit for his country and has done the utmost that any man can do by giving his life. He was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge of this city and was also affiliated with the United Brethren church and his star on the Service Flag there will be turned to gold. He was an honest, big hearted young man, willing to do anything that was asked of him, and it was this trait of character that made him a friend of all who knew him.
     The young man was very well provided with insurance, having a $1,000 policy in the Modern Woodman lodge that is payable to his sisters, and two small policies in the Prudential that will total about $300. He also took out the $10,000 policy provided for by the government and this is payable to his father and will be paid in monthly payments.
     There will be four gold stars on the Whitley County Service Flag, representing Charles Warnick, who died at Columbus barracks; Marshall Kerns, at Ft. Douglas; Scott Baker, at San Francisco, and now Amos Walker, who gave up his life in France.
     Note: His half-brother, Verlin Rogers, died of influenza on board a ship in Cuban waters in January 1919.

Walker, Betty C. Stoffer
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 22, 1995

     Betty C. Walker, 64, widow of former Mayor Robert L. Walker, died at 7 a.m. Thursday, September 21, 1995, in Whitley County Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 20, 1931, in Elkhart, a daughter of Floyd and Jane Brubaker Stoffer. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley where she graduated from high school in 1949.
     On January 1, 1950, she was united in marriage to Robert L. Walker and they spent all of their married life in the same home on West Spencer Street. Mr. Walker served as mayor of Columbia City from 1975 to 1983. He preceded her in death on October 4, 1989.
     The Walkers operated the Columbia Theater and also the Walker's Confectionary for several years. In 1973, they purchased the Weick Shoe Store which they operated until their retirement in February 1988. Mrs. Walker was a member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.
     Surviving relatives include two sons, Bradley W. Walker and Jeffrey P. Walker, both of Columbia City; a daughter, Mary Jane Walker,Columbia City; and five grandchildren, Ashlin, Amanada, Austin, Danielle and Joshua Walker. A brother, Kenneth Stoffer, preceded her in death.
     The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Gene L. Kinney, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the South Park Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Grace Lutheran Church Organ Fund.

Walker, Hannah McCoy
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated date of death September 1, 1907)

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     Mrs. Hannah Walker, the aged widow of Wm. T. Walker, of Union township, passed to her reward Thurdsay evening, her death occurring at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. J. Dunfee, just east of the city.
     Hannah McCoy was a daughter of David McCoy and was born July 13, 1836 being 71 years, 1 month and 19 days of age. When thirteen years of age she came to Union township with her parents in 1849, and located on what is now the Silas Briggs farm. She was united in marriage there to Wm. T. Walker, who died January 12, 1902. Four children were born to them, all living: Timothy, A. L., and W. H. Walker, of Union township, and Mrs. Wm. J. Dunfee, of Columbia township. The deceased was the last of eleven children and was a pioneer woman of this county.

Walker, Robert L.
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 4, 1989

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     Robert L. Walker, 63, 415 W. Spencer St., Columbia City, former Columbia City mayor, died at 3:48 a.m. today, Oct. 4, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He had been hospitalized two weeks and had been ill since last January.
     Mr. Walker was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Columbia City, a son of Bert D. and Mary W. Robbins Walker. He always lived in Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1945.
     In August of 1945 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was discharged from the Navy in September of 1948 and returned to Columbia City and was employed at Weick Shoe Store. On Jan. 1, 1950, he was married to Betty C. Stoffer. For 38 years they have lived at the present address.
     In 1973, the Walkers purchased the Weick Shoe Store which they operated until February of 1988 when he retired. Mr. Walker, along with John Hancock, also co-owned and operated the Columbia Theatre for several years. He served as city councilman for the Southwest Precinct for 18 years and served as mayor of Columbia City from 1975 to 1983.
     He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and a former church council member. His memberships also included Columbia City Masonic lodge 189, American Legion Post 98, Eagles Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police and the Hester Adams Foundation. He was a former president of the Mayors Roundtable and served as secretary of the Elks Lodge for many years. Mr. Walker was a past president of the Old Settlers Day Association and was serving as chairman of its concession committee.
     Surviving are his wife Betty; sons Bradley and Jeffrey, both of Columbia City; a daughter, Mary Jane Walker of Columbia City; four grandchildren: Ashlin, Amanda, Danielle and Joshua; his mother, Mary Walker of Miller's Merry Manor: sisters Florence Argerbright of rural Columbia City and Mrs. Kenneth (Helen) Cozad of Columbia City. His father and a brother, Paul are deceased.
     The funeral will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Newell Nelson, church pastor, and the Rev. J. Philip Blake of First Baptist Church, officiating. Friends may call at Smith and Sons Funeral Home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Calling at the church is one hour before the service. Burial will be at South Park Cemetery.

Walters, Fred
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post - March 27, 1901

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     Fred Walters, a son of Mrs. Fred Walters, died at the home of his mother Monday. The deceased was 22 years of age. He was head tinner in Ben Raupfer’s hardware store; an industrious, hardworking young man, and a splendid mechanic.

Ward, Catherine
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
May 4, 1945 Page 6

     Catherine Ward, age 77, resident of Columbia City at one time, died last night at St. Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne following an illness of five weeks. Mrs. Ward was the former Catherine Betts a resident of Columbia City for a number of years. She was married to David Ward, who died in 1930. Mrs. Ward was born in Clommel county, Tipperary, Ireland. She moved to Fort Wayne in 1930. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Mrs. Anna Cosgrove, Salem, O. and a brother, Joseph F. Betts, Fort Wayne. Friends will be received at the Mungovan and Sons Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock at St Patricks Catholic Church in Fort Wayne of which she was a member. Mrs. Ward was a cousin of Miss Mayme Betts and John Betts of this city.

Ward, Clayton
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died December 5, 1915)

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     J. C. Ward, one of Cleveland township’s most highly respected citizens, passed away Sunday morning at his home in South Whitley… The deceased was born in Ohio May 13, 1852, and at the age of nine months, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Azar Ward, came to Indiana and located in Cleveland township. At the time of his demise he had reached the age of 63 years, 6 months and 22 days.
     On February 18, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Morrell and unto this union were born three sons. They are Mott E., of Ft. Wayne; Chester A., of Detroit, and Reecer O., who lives on the old home place in Cleveland township. He is also survived by one brother, Frank, of Cleveland township, and two sisters; Mrs. A. P. Wantz, of Anderson, and Mrs. Mattie Swanson, of South Whitley.

Ward, George
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – April 24, 1907)

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     George Ward, who has been an inmate of the poorhouse, off and on, for the past twenty years, died Tuesday, aged about 90 years. He leaves three children: Mrs. Al Kemmery, of Columbia township, Mrs. John Loe, of Denver, and Debbie Ward, of Thorncreek township.

Warner, Laura
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday June 11, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm today at the Miller Funeral Home in south Whitley for Mrs. Laura Warner, 71, whose death occurred late Saturday after a weeks illness. She was admitted to the hospital last Friday. Mrs. Warner had been a resident of South Whitley for the past seven years. She was the widow of Allen Warner, to whom she was married in 1940. A native of Huntington county. Mrs. Warner was born September 20, 1873. She is survived by three stepchildren, Mrs. Harry Surfus Huntertown; Ford Warner, Auburn and Lewis Warner of Chicago. The Rev. Leo Miller officated at the funeral rites held in the South Whitley Church of the Brethren. Burial was made in Clearcreek United Brethren church cemetery in Huntington county.

Warnick, Charles Emerson
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, May 9, 1917

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     Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Warnick, of Thorncreek township, received word Sunday morning from Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis, Mo., stating that their son, Chas. Emerson, was at the point of death. Mrs. Warnick made immediate preparations to go to St. Louis and came to this city and took a west bound Pennsylvania train, but when she arrived at Plymouth she received a telegram that her son had died. The lad went west early this spring and enlisted in the U. S. army at Winona, Minnesota. He was sent from there to Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis, Mo., for training, and one week after arriving there contracted the measles. He was indisposed for several weeks but finally was taken from the hospital in which he had been cared for and placed in a tent. The cold, damp weather did not agree with him and his condition became worse and the end came at the stated time.
     Chas. Emerson Warnick, son of Lewis and Dora Ellen Warnick, was born near Coesse, October 13, 1901, and at his death was aged 15 years, 6 months and 23 days. He is survived by his parents and the following named brothers and sisters: Ethel Warnick, employed in Garrett; Homer, Carl, Lee, Nina and Hilda at home. The young boy was employed in Fort Wayne prior to the time he left for the west. The telegram received here did not state when the remains would arrive, but the parents expect them Monday evening. They will be taken to the Warnick home by Whitney & Stickler.
     The mother returned home after the information reached her that her son was dead. It is a very sad case and the parents and brothers and sisters have the sympathy of the public.

Watkins, Linda Kay
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday March 5, 1945 Page 6

     Linda Kay Watkins, two months old daughter of Private Thomas D. and Judith Fry Watkins, died at 6:30 am Sunday at the Methodist hospital at Fort Wayne of pneumonia. The infant had been ill since its birth on January 1, 1945. The father, Private Thomas D. Watkins is with the U. S. Army at Camp Robinson, Arkansas. In addition to the parents, the grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Cal Watkins of Larwill and Mr. and Mrs. Valmont Fry of Columbia City and great-grandparents, Permenius Fray of Noble county, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Geiger of Thorncreek township and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weeks of Columbia City survive. A twin sister Portia Watkins died a few minutes after birth. 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 Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Harry A. Duck pastor of the Free Methodist church will conduct the services and interment will be at Lakewood cemetery, Larwill.

Watkins, Portia
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 2, 1945 Page 6

     Portia Watkins, infant daughter of Private and Mrs. Thomas D Watkins of Larwill died a few hours after birth Monday morning at 11:45 o’clock. The child was one of twin girls born on New Year’s day to Private and Mrs. Thomas Watkins at the Methodist hospital in Fort Wayne. The twin sister of the baby arrived at 7 a.m. and the infant who died was born at 7:15. She was one of five babies born on New Years Day at Fort Wayne. The father is stationed at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas. The mother is the former Judith Fry of Larwill and Columbia City. Surviving grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Watkins of Larwill and Mr. and Mrs. Valmont Fry of Columbia City and the surviving great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Geiger of Etna township, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Weeks of Columbia City and Mr. and Mrs. P E Fry of Noble County. The body was taken to the J A DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call after 7pm tonight and where funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Harry A. Duck, pastor of the Free Methodist church. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Larwill.

Watters, James Harvey
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (029-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday January 20, 1930

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     Death Claims J.H. Watters, Civil War Vet. Aged Resident of Lorane Answers Last Summons – Widow and Four Daughters Survive – Funeral Tuesday Morning.
     Harvey Watters, 83, veteran of the Civil war and for many years a resident of Lorane, died at 6 o’clock Saturday evening at his home. He had been in declining health for some time but was up and about his home practically until the time of his death.
     James Harvey Watters was born in Delaware county, Ohio to Bazel and Amelia Dines-Watters on May 16, 1846. He came to Indiana with his parents in 1850 when they located upon a farm in Troy township one-half mile south of the Troy Presbyterian church. In 1864 the deceased enlisted in the 44th regiment. Co. “B,” Indiana infantry and served until the end of the war.
     In September, 1879 he was united in marriage to Marian E. Scott who survives. Six children were born. Two of them, Harry and Lucy preceded the father in death. Surviving are: Mrs. Noah Huff of Waukegan, Ill., Mrs. Roy Grimes of Roundout, Ill., Mrs. Frank Nash of Iron Mountain, Mich., Mrs. Allen Anderson of Noble county, 23 grand-children and seven great-grand-children.
     Mr. Watters was a member of the George W. Stough post of the G.A.R., in Columbia City. During his long residence in Whitley county he made many friends who grieved to learn of his passing. Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning from the Troy Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. McCoy of this city officiating. Interment will be made in the Adams cemetery.

Waugh, Joseph Sr.
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (047-FF, 055-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday February 5, 1890

     Joseph Waugh was born in Ross Co. Ohio, April 3, 1806 and died in Smith township, Whitley Co., Ind. Jan 25, 1890, aged 83 years 9 months and 22 days.
     He was married to Nancy Harper June 12, 1834. To them were born five sons and six daughters. The companion of his youth, four sons and three daughters survive him to mourn the loss of an affectionate companion and a kind father.
     He moved from Ohio to the farm on which he died, Oct. 18, 1850; where he succeeded in improving and redeeming from the heavy forest, an excellent farm.
     He was a good citizen, a devoted christian and a faithful member of the Methodist church. With appropriate ceremonies, his aged, wearied body was laid to rest in the Blue River cemetery.

Waugh, Joseph Jr.
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (047-FF, 055-FF)
The Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday March 7, 1923

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     Civil War Veteran Dies at Four Score. Joseph Waugh, well known civil war veteran and retired farmer, died Saturday morning at 4:30 o’clock at his home on North Line street, after a brief illness due to influenza. The deceased first commenced complaining the preceeding [sic] Sunday and by Tuesday his condition was such that he could do nothing for himself and was unable even to lift his head from the pillow. He grew steadily worse until death ended his suffering at the hour mentioned.
     He was eighty years old last November 23rd and had been in fairly good health up to that time. He was born in Ross county, Ohio, and was a son of Joseph and Nancy Harper Waugh. It was a family custom to name one son Joseph and Mr. Waugh’s parents so christened him. When about eight years old he came with his parents to Whitley county. They settled in Thorncreek township where Mr. Waugh resided his entire life until he moved here two years ago and took up his residence on North Line street. On April 25, 1878, he married Sarah Cobaugh, who survives. They were the parents of six sons, four of whom are living. Ralph died in the army at Syracuse, N.Y. during the world war, and Joseph was accidentally killed in a railroad wreck in California a few months ago. Lee and Bert Waugh reside on farms in Thorncreek township. Will resides at the home in this city, and Paul is working on the government railroad in Alaska, his address being Anchorage. The following named brothers and sisters survive: James Waugh, of Thorncreek township, Malinda Waugh, of Columbia City, and Mrs. P. D. McClain, of Smith township.
     The deceased was a civil war veteran and was a member of the George W. Stough Post, G. A. R. He served 18 months in the civil war in Co. E, 17th Indiana and was a member of Wilder’s brigade of mounted infantry. He was a member of the Methodist church in Columbia City and was a very conscientious and upright man, respected and esteemed by all who knew him.
     Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at two o’clock at the Blue River church. Rev. M.O. Lester officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The G. A. R. will hold their ritualistic work at the home at one o’clock after which the cortege will leave for the Blue River church. The family requests friends to omit flowers.

Waugh, Nancy Harper
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (047-FF, 055-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday April 1, 1903

     Mrs. Nancy Waugh, widow of Joseph Waugh, of Smith township, probably the oldest woman in Whitley county, passed away Wednesday night at 10 o’clock at the ripe old age of 91 years. Her demise occurred at the old homestead in Smith township, where she continued to reside after the death of her husband in 1883, her two single daughters, Margaret and Malinda Waugh, making their home with her. About eight weeks ago she contracted a deep set cold on her lungs, and together with the infirmities of old age, the old lady gave way under the physical strain.
     Our subject was born in Ross county, Ohio, July, 1812. She was married to her deceased husband in Ohio, emigrating to Smith township, this county in 1850. She has continuously resided here for more than 52 years. Mrs. Waugh was the mother of eleven children, six of whom are now living: David, Joseph, James, Margaret J., Malinda and Mrs. Martha McLain.
     The funeral occurs Saturday morning form the Blue River church. The cortege will leave the home at 10 a.m. Rev Murray, of Churubusco, M.E. pastor, will officiate.

Waugh, Ralph
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, October 2, 1918

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     The very sad news of the death of Private Ralph Waugh reached his father, Joseph Waugh, in this city late Tuesday afternoon. Word was received by the parents Sunday evening that the young man was seriously ill from plural pneumonia and his mother and brother, Bert, made arrangements to go to his bedside and left this city Monday afternoon. It is not known whether they had arrived before the end came or not. It is thought they had not arrived as the messages inquired whether the remains should be sent here or buried at that place. The dispatch state that death occurred at 12:45 Tuesday noon.
     Ralph Waugh was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Waugh, of Thorncreek township, and was born November 4, 1889, where his parents now reside. He was a hard working young man and always assisted with the farm work at home and also has a good hand, willing to help out the neighbors at all times. His name appeared in the 1917 draft, but he wished to go in as a volunteer but was unable to pass the examination for general service on the account of his weight. He was taken August 5th as a limited service man and was sent to Syracuse, where he was assigned to duty as a fireman and as a guardsman. He later took the examination again and successfully passed and was sent to Oswego, N. Y., where he was assigned general military service. He was in the supply depot brigade but was expecting to sail in the near future, but as the Spanish influenza epidemic broke out in that place his company was held up.
     He is survived by his parents and five brothers, namely, Lee, Bert, William and Paul, of Thorncreek township, and Joe, of California. He was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge in this city and was a faithful attender and a hard lodge worker.



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