Whitley County Obituaries

Weaver, Frances Catherine (Aston)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died September 19, 1909

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     Mrs. Frances Catherine Aston Weaver, the aged widow of David Weaver, who had been an invalid for years, died Sunday morning at 6 o’clock, at the home of Mrs. Nettie Eisaman, near Lorane, after being confined to her bed for four weeks.
     She was born in Kentucky, July 17, 1824, and was aged 85 years, 2 months and 2 days. She lived in Troy township for many years and is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Wilcox, of this city, with whom she made her home for a time, and Miss Aston, of Columbus, Ohio. Interment beside her husband and one child in the Adams cemetery.


Weick, George J.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday September 2, 1952

     George J. Weick, well-known shoe merchant for the past fifty-four years and the senior member of the firm of George J. Weick and Sons, died at 9 o'clock Saturday morning at Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since August 18th. He had suffered injuries in a fall at his home, 107 South Whitley street, which necessitated hospitalization. Prior to the fall from the porch at the Weick home, Mr. Weick had remained active in the operation of the shoe store.
     He was a native of Columbia City and was born on October 8, 1868, a son of the late William Adam and Eliza Geisler Weick. In the year 1865 his father opened the Weick Shoe Store in this city. Following his retirement from an active interest in the business, his son, George J. Weick and Adam Weick assumed the active management of the local business. In the year 1926, Mr. Weick formed a partnership with his two sons, G. Grant Weick and Walter W. Weick and the firm has since been known as George J. Weick and Sons.
     In the year 1900 he was united in marriage to the former Mabel Grant. She preceded him in death in 1911. On March 1, 1919, he was married to Ethel R. Wise and for many years they have made their home on South Whitley street.
     Mr. Weick was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City Lodge 1417 B.P.O.E. and the Columbia City Eagles Lodge Aerie 1906.
     The surviving relatives include his wife, Mrs. Ethel R. Weick, two sons, G. Grant Weick, Plymouth; Walter W. Weick, this city; one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Thompson, Fremont, Neb.; three grandchildren, Benton, John and Margot Ann Thompson; two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Froumouth, Kendallville, and Mrs. Dora Warren, Greeley, Colorado.
     The body was removed to the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where the Rev. Graham L. Kleespie, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiated at the funeral rites held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Committal services and burial was in the Greenhill Cemetery.
     Members of the Elks Lodge met at the funeral home at 8 o'clock Monday evening and conducted the Twilight Service of the Order.


Welsheimer, William T.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Old Home Town Newsletter Insert
Saturday January 13, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Sonday Funeral Home at Churubusco for William T. Wlesheimer, 71, an associate of the Mayer Grain Company at South Whitley. Mr. Welsheimer died Friday Morning at 11:45 o’clock at his home in South Whitley following a stroke of paralysis which he suffered a week ago. Coming to Churubusco from Fulton, Ind., Mr. Welsheimer had been associated with the Mayer Grain Company for 36 years. For the past nine years he had been a resident of South Whitley. His marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Tarlton took place a Churubusco Oct 22, 1902. He is survived by the widow. A daughter, Miss Edith L Welsheimer, teacher in the schools at Los Cruces, New Mexico; a son, A. C. Welsheimer, South Bend; one brother Frank L. Welsheimer of Gary; one sister, Mrs. Jesse A. Long of South Bend; and a grandson William A. Welsheimer, South Bend. Mr. Welsheimer was affiliated with the United Brethren Church at South Whitley; Eel River Lodge No 510, F and A M South Whitley; Rochester Chapter No 90, RAM, Rochester; Columbia City County No 55, R and S. M., and Cyrene Commandery No 34, K. T., Columbia City. He was also a member of the Actual Past Masters Association. The body will be taken to the residence this evening from the Sonday Funeral Home and on Monday morning will be returned to the mortuary for funeral services. Committal services will be held in Eel River cemetery.


Welshimer, Birney L.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday January 31, 1945 Page 6

     After suffering a stroke of apoplexy at 8 o’clock this morning, Birney L. Welshimer of Thorncreek township died less than four hours later at his home, eight miles north of Columbia City on state road 9. Had he lived, until Monday Mr. Welshimer would have been 89 years old. Mrs. Austin Sutton, who resided with her father, is Mr. Weishimer’s only immediate survivor with the exception of a brother, William Welshimer, former resident of Columbia City, now living at Portland, Ore. Mr. Welshimer was born in Union Township on February 5, 1856, to James and Martha Birney Welshimer, and on Nov. 15, 1882, was married to Mary Eliza Sharp, who died January 28, 1932. After retiring from farming he operated the Cresco general store for a time, and lived at loon lake for a year before moving in March 1935 to his present home. He was a member of the IOOF lodge in Columbia City and the Methodist church in Coesse. Surviving him besides the daughter and brother are five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter. Two brothers and a sister are deceased, and a son died in 1904. The body was brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home, where friends will be received after 1:30 o’clock on Thurs afternoon. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


Welshimer, William L.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday February 1, 1945 Page 6

     Relatives here have been notified of the death Tuesday at Portland, Oregon of William L. Weishimer, 84, a former resident of Columbia City and a brother of Birney L. Welshimer of Thorncreek township, whose death occurred Wednesday morning only a few hours after he was stricken with apoplexy. William Welshimer was born in Union township in 1861 to James and Martha Birney Welshimer. On Nov. 8, 1887 he was married to Blanche I. Greenwalt of Allen county. She died Sep. 5, 1933. Mr. Weishimer was a retired carpenter. He came to Columbia City in 1899 and lived here until 1939 when he went to Portland to reside. The Welshimer home here was on East Jefferson street. He was a member of the Methodist church and the IOOF order. Surviving him are a daughter and two sons, Mrs. Grace Myers, Everett Welshimer and Paul Welshimer, all living in Portland, Oregon. The body will be brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home here, where friends may call after 7 o’clock Sunday evening. Funeral rites will be held at the funeral home Monday day afternoon at 1:30 o’clock in charge of the Rev. Donald E Bailey paster of Trinity Methodist church. Burial will be made in Eel River cemetery near Churubusco.


Western, Anna Della
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday evening January 16, 1946 Page 6

     Death came at 3:45 o’clock this morning to Mrs. Anna Della Western, at her home at 335 North Elm Street, where she had resided since moving from the Western farm in Troy township to this city 20 months ago. Mrs. Western had been ill for the past several months. Funeral Services will be held at 2 o’clock Thurday afternoon at Trinity Methodist church of which she was a member. Friends may call at the DeMoney Funeral Home until noon Thursday when the body will be taken to the church. The Rev. Donald E. Baily will officiate at the funeral service, and the committal service to be held in South Park Cemetery. At 8 o’clock Wednesday evening twilight services will be held at the mortuary by Ruth Rebekah lodge. Mrs. Western was a daughter of George and Julia Ann Shoemaker Kisler and was born in Troy township Sept. 18, 1867. She was married to Samuel S. Western of Stanton, Va. January 17, 1889. Mr. Western died July 15, 1936. The surviving children are Walter E. Western of Columbia City; Mrs. Frank Chapman, Mishawaka; Asher F. Western, Troy township; Mrs. Sherman Leaman of this city. Other survivors are one brother, J. L. Kisler, Troy township, and a sister Mrs. Nellie Nelson of Columbia City. Twin sons and a daughter are deceased and two brothers of Mrs. Western died in infancy. Besides her church affiliations Mrs. Western was a member of Ruth Rebekah lodge and the Past Noble Grands club of that order, the Royal Neighbor Order and the Etna-Troy Home Division.


Western, Thomas Henry
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(No Date)

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     Thomas Henry Western died Wednesday noon after an illness of short duration… Mr. Western was born in Stanton, Va., on June 23, 1852. He was a son of Cyrus and Rebecca Western. In 1875 he came to Indiana and settled in Troy township, Whitley county. On March 2, 1882, he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Wallace, of Perrysburg, Ohio, who still survives.
     There are four surviving children: Jay, of Troy township; Wallace, at home, Clyde Western and Mrs. Bracy Millard, of Thorncreek township. The surviving brothers and sisters are William, Rachael, Charles G., Mollie Entsler, John D., George C., Cory Hudlou and Bracy Baber, all of Stanton, Va., and Samuel S. Western, of Troy township.


Weston, Bessie Mable (Cullers)
The Post & Mail - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday October 21, 1991

     Bessie Mable Weston, 91, died at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 1991, at Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne. She had been ill three years and resided at the center for four months.
     She spent all her life in Whitley County and attended school in Richland and Thorncreek townships and at Columbia City High School. She was a homemaker, and had been employed by Columbia Woolen Mill, Blue Bell and Oriental Show-You Company.
     Mrs. Weston was married on Dec. 24, 1919 to Ralph Weston. He died on April 7, 1987. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.
     Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Johnson of Arcola; grandchildren Sandra Weeks, Richard Weston and Steve Johnson, all of Columbia City, and Ronald Johnson of Fort Wayne; and 10 great-grandchildren.
     A son, Robert; brothers Adam, Claud, Andrew, and Ralph Cullers, and a sister, Sarah Cullers, are all deceased.
     The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Blanchard officiating. Friends may call there from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at South Park Cemetery.


Wherry, Harold B.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 9, 1968

     Harold B. Wherry, 59, former Union township trustee and former member of the Columbia City Joint High School Board of Education, died at 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Hospital where he was brought after suffering an acute coronary occlusion at 4 p.m. at his home. He was admitted to the hospital a half hour before his death.
     He lived at Coesse where he spent his entire married life. Mr. Wherry was a tool maker at the General Electric Company in Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Coesse United Methodist Church, Columbia City Lodge No. 189, F&AM, was a member of the Union Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana Volunteer Firemen’s Association.
     In addition to serving as a CCJHS Board of Education member he was a former Union township trustee and was a member of the Whitley County Board of Education.
     Harold Barkley Wherry was born in Monroe township, Allen county, on April 11, 1909 to Orville S. and Mary Alice Barkley Wherry. On November 19, 1932, he was married to Mabel Hickman in Columbia City. She survives with two sons, T Sgt. Phillip A. Wherry, Shephard Air Force Base, Tex., and Richard Wherry, near Columbia City; one daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Betty) Walker, R.5; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Howard of Columbia City, Chalmer, near Columbia City, and Paul of Fort Wayne; one sister, Mrs. William (Margaret) Johnson, Fort Wayne.
     Friends may call at the J. A. DeMoney and Sons Funeral Home. Columbia City Lodge No. 189, F&AM will conduct a service at the funeral home at 8 o’clock tonight.
     The Rev. O. Rex Lindemood, pastor of the Coesse and Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Churchs, will officiate at the funeral, at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Coesse Lutheran (Union township) cemetery.


Wherry, Harold Barkley
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 11, 1968

     The memorial services for Harold Barkley Wherry, 59, former trustee of Union township, who died Saturday, were held Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of J. A. DeMoney and Sons Funeral Home. Committal services and interment followed at the Union Township (Coesse Lutheran) cemetery.
     The Rev. O. Rex Lindemood, pastor of the Coesse and Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Churchs, conducted the services. A medley of hymns, including Mr. Wherry’s favorites The Old Rugged Cross, How Great Thou Art, Afterawhile, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, and Beyond The Sunset, was played by Mrs. B.V. Widney for the organ prelude and postlude to the service.
     The casket bearers, close friends of Mr. Wherry, were Fred Slater, Thomas Boardman Jr., Granville Miller, LeRoy Lauer, Delmar Wagoner, and Robert K. Briggs.
     Members of Columbia City Lodge No. 189, F&AM conducted twilight memorial rites at the funeral home on Monday evening.


Wherry, Mabel Hickman
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Call & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 11, 1997

     Mabel Wherry, 87, a Coesse resident, died at 11:01 a.m. Friday, October 10, 1997, at Whitley Memorial Hospital, where she was admitted Monday, September 29.
     She was born February 6, 1910 in Whitley County, a daughter of William Alfred and Ethel Marie Benhour Hickman. Most of her life was spent in Coesse, where she graduated from Coesse High School.
     After completing her education, she was employed at Wayne Knitting Mills in Fort Wayne, and later she was a cook at Coesse School for several years. On November 19, 1932, she was united in marriage to Harold Barkley Wherry. They lived most of their married life at their present Coesse home. Mr. Wherry died September 7, 1968. She was a member of Coesse United Methodist Church, W.S.C.S., Union Township Home Demonstration Club, and order of the Eastern Star # 65.
     She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Betty) Walker, Columbia City; a son, Richard Paul Wherry, Garrett; eight grandchildren, Terry L. Wherry, Lori S. Bruno, Gregory K. Walker, Susan C. Wood, Douglas K. Walker, Theresa L. Bowers, Tonya M. Burk, and Anita M. Singleton; 21 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Marge Gradeless, Buchanan, Mich., Bonnie Walker, Markle, Marilyn Hunt, Citrus Springs, Fla., Patricia Duff, Adrian, Mich., and Norma Engle, Citrus Springs, Fla., and a special friend, Fred Slater, Columbia City.
     She was preceded in death by a son, Phillip A Wherry, two brothers, LeRoy Hickman and Earl Hickman, and two sisters, Olaf Gordon and Helen Hickman.
     The funeral service is at 10 a.m. Monday, October 13, 1997, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with Rev. Lucinda Hamilton, pastor of Coesse United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial is at Union Township Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Coesse United Methodist Church.


Wherry, Mabel Hickman
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Call & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 14, 1997

     The funeral service for Mabel Wherry, 87, was at 10 a.m. Monday, October 13, 1997, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Lucinda Hamilton, of Coesse United Methodist Church, officiating.
     Evelyn Stemen played favorite selections including "Amazing Grace", "Just A Closer Walk with thee", "His Eye Is On The Sparrow", "It Is Well With My Soul" and "Going Home" by Largo.
     The committal service was at Union Township Cemetery. Relatives serving as Casketbearers were Terry Wherry, Greg Walker, Jerry Wood, Doug Walker, Bob Bowers, and Dan Burk. Mrs. Wherry, widow of Harold Barkley Wherry, died Friday, October 10.


Wherry, Phillip Allen
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
July 9, 1992

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     Phillip Allen Wherry, 56, West Palm Beach, Florida, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, in St. Mary’s Hospital, West Palm Beach. He had been hospitalized for 2 days due to pneumonia.
     Mr. Wherry was born on February 28, 1936 at Columbia City, a son of Harold B. and Mabel (Hickman) Wherry. He was married August 1, 1980, his wife Elaine survives.
     He has resided in West Palm Beach for 23 years. He is retired from a position with the U.S. Government, and served in the Air Force during Vietnam. Mr. Wherry was a paramedic for Inner City Ambulance; a radio controlled aircraft hobbyist; and a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association.
     He is survived by his wife Elaine of West Palm Beach; one son, Terry Lee Wherry of rural Columbia City; and one daughter, Lori Sue Kishman, West Palm Beach. He is also survived by five grandchildren, one brother, Richard P. Wherry, Columbia City, and one sister, Betty J. Walker, Columbia City.
     A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at Coesse United Methodist Church, with Rev. Saundra Craig officiating.


Wickliffe, George J.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died July 22, 1917)

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     George J. Wickliffe, died Sunday afternoon from carcinoma of the stomach… The deceased was born in Licking county, Ohio, July 8, 1860, and at his death was aged 57 years and 14 days. He was the son of Richard and Ella (Daley) Wickliffe, natives of Ireland. He moved from Ohio to Whitley county 27 years ago and located on a farm three miles south of Etna, and followed the avocation of a farmer until twelve years ago when he located in Etna and took charge of the exchange of the Whitley County Telephone company.
     he was united in marriage with Arena Baker, October 7, 1880 and to them five children were born, four daughters and a son. The daughters are Mrs. Frank Winebrenner, of Cleveland, Ohi, Mrs. Carl Palmer of Troy township, Mrs. Lodema Roth and Mrs. Mel Gilbert of Etna. Theophilus, the son, died 25 years ago. One sister, Mrs. Anna Cush, of Newark, Ohio and one brother, Edmond W., of Toledo, O., and Mrs. Wickliffe also survive.


Wiesjohn, Alta Nemona Hicks
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday February 1, 1945

     Alta Nemona Hicks Wiesjohn, age 44, died at 6:45 Wednesday night at the home of her mother, Mrs. James Hicks in Cleveland township. Employed in Fort Wayne, Mrs. Wiesjohn came to the home of her mother nine months ago when she became ill. Friends will be received at the Miller Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock the Rev. Noah McCoy of Silver Lake officiating. Burial will be made in the South Whitley cemetery. Mrs. Wiesjohn was born in Whitley county February 7, 1903. She is survived by her mother, two sons, Walter Lickey and Foster Wiesjohn, both in the Navy; one brother, Virgil Hicks, Washington township; four sisters, Mrs. Pearl West and Mrs. Martha Hickox, Huntington; Mary Lawver, Huntington county, and Mrs. Vera Smith, Whitley county. Mrs. Wiesjohn was a member of the Centenary church near South Whitley


Wilcox, Pres
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Monday February 12, 1945 Page 6

     Pres Wilcox, age 65, band director in the Columbia City schools at one time, died Saturday of Bright’s desease at the home of his son, Wyllis Wilcox, in Butler. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Gerig Funeral Home in Auburn, the Rev. G. F. Hubbartt of Butler, formerly of this city, officiating. Burial will be made in Waterloo cemetery. Mr. Wilcox was a former city band director at Auburn, later teaching in the Auburn schools, but retired in 1943 because of ill health. Surviving Mr. Wilcox besides his son are one sister, Mrs. Iva Bradin of Cedarville, MI and two grandchildren.


Wildey, Charles C.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday March 26, 1945 Page 6

     Charles C. Wildey, 2209 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, past 62 years old, died Saturday evening at 10:00 o’clock at the Methodist hospital in Fort Wayne where he had been a patient since Wednesday. Death was pronounced due to a cerebral hemorrhage. He had been ill since July 1944. He was born on April 2, 1882, at North Vernon, Ind. and lived most of his life in Fort Wayne except for a short time when he lived in Union township. He was a retired farmer and carpenter. Mr. Sildey was first married to May Bell Steel, Union township, who died on April 2, 1918, and a second time in 1918 in Oklahoma to Effie Hodges Hancock of Arkansas. Surving children are Harold, 2227 Curdes Street, Fort Wayne; Paul C. Wildey 2909 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, Richard C. Wildey, 633 Runyan Ave. Fort Wayne; T. Sgt Thomas Wildey, U S Army Corps in the South Pacific; Glenn Wildey, Peoria, Ill.; Mrs. Milton Forman, Peoria ,Ill.; ten granchildren and two brothers, Frederick Wildey, Drumright, Okla.; Leo Wildey, Perrysville, Ark., and a sister, Mrs. Henry Sutton, residing in Oklahoma, also survives. The body was brought to the J. A. Demoney Funeral home where friends may call until the hour of the funeral which will be at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Lutheran church in Coesse. The Rev. G. L. Kleespie pastor of the grace Lutheran church will conduct the services and interment will be in the Presbyterian cemetery at Coesse.


Wilks, Henry F.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday March 24, 1945 Page 6

     Henry F. Wilks, age 29, who was critically burned early Thursday night in an explosion at his home at Blue Lake while attempting to kindle a fire with kerosene, died last night in St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne. Mr. Wilks suffered first and second degree burns on his body from the waist down and on his hands and arms. His clothing became ignited when he threw kerosene into a coal stove and the resulting fire caused a nearby kerosene stove to explode. Mr. Wilks’ wife Martha and their 15 month old daughter, Cheryl Sue suffered minor burns. The resulting fire destroyed the Wilks home. Mrs. Wilks and the children were able to get out of the building only by breaking a window.


Williams, Byron S.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday June 22, 1945 Page 6

     Byron S. Williams, past 74 years old, a retired farmer, father of Leland S. Williams of the B&W Market in Columbia City died yesterday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Martin Bower at Warsaw, of heart trouble. He had been in declining health for some months past. He was a native of Montpelier, Ohio. Mrs. Williams is dead. Surviving besides the son and daughter mentioned are three sons, Keith, in the armed services and now in the United States, Ernest of Montpelier and Wayne of Bryan, Ohio. There are seven grandchildren living. Funeral services will be held at Montpelier at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon.


Williams, Jennie Yontz
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday February 14,1945 Page 6

     Jennie Yontz Williams, past 68 years old, died at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at her home at 214 E. Ewing Street, South Bend. She had been ill for the past two years and was critically ill since ten days ago when she suffered a stroke of apoplexy. She was born in Columbia township on May 1, 1876, and resided in the county until 1910, when she moved to South Bend with her family. She was a daughter of Franklin and Nancy Archer Yontz. In 1895 Jennie Yontz was married to William Williams also of Columbia City. Three daughters Mrs. Raymond Toelle, Mrs. Ralph Klopfenstein and Mrs. Harry Dorn, all of South Bend; five granchildren, one great-grandchild and two brothers Benjamin and Jacob Yontz of Columbia township survive. Funeral services will be held at 2 ocklock Thursday afternoon at South Bend.


Williams, Milrea
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died April 10, 1912)

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     Milrea Williams was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Williams at South Bend, Indiana, May 13, 1899; died in Columbia City, April 10, 1912, aged 12 years, 10 months and 27 days. She was in the 7th grade in the public schools and was a favorite among her classmates… One sister, Blanche, survives to console the parents and sorrowing relatives.


Williams, Opal M. (Arnett) Usher
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Battle Creek Enquirer, Battle Creek, Michigan
June 08, 2003

     Opal M. (Arnett) Usher Williams, 93, of Hastings, formerly of Battle Creek, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at Thornapple Manor in Hastings. Opal was born March 24, 1910, in South Whitley, Indiana, to Harley and Blanche (Rau) Arnett . At the age of three, her family moved to Northern Michigan and then to Battle Creek in 1918. She attended the Battle Creek Schools.
     She was employed at the Kellogg Company, Postem, Westin Biscuit Company and at the Muir Drug Store in downtown Battle Creek and Urbandale. Opal was married to Harry Usher and moved to Grand Rapids. Her first marriage ended in divorce and she moved back to Battle Creek with her children in 1937. Opal married Lester Williams December 5, 1941. Lester preceded her in death August 27, 1984.
     Surviving are sons, Robert H. (Delores) Usher of Byron Center, Michigan, Richard C. (Pauline) Usher of Marne, Michigan, six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a sister, Miriam Sherwood of Holland, Michigan. Opal was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne J. Arnett.
     Opal was a member of the Church of Christ on 20th Street, where she was known as Grandma and as the Candy Lady, by the children, at church. She was a life-time member and served as chaplain for two terms of the Eferd Lynn Auxiliary 7 D.A.V. Opal enjoyed quilting, crocheting and reading.
     At the request of the family, friends may call after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2003. Funeral services will be officiated by Duane Stuart and Aaron Howard 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2003 at the funeral home. Interment in Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials to the Church of Christ on 20th Street.


Williamson, Dottie
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
June 7, 1924

     Dottie Williamson, 16 years old, died at five o’clock Friday morning at the home of her step-father, Laustin Arnett on the Harvey Arnett farm in Cleveland township. The deceased had been ill for the past fourteen weeks with spinal meningitis and tuberculosis.
     She was born in Cleveland township on February 16, 1908, and was a daughter of Gideon and Millie Dimmick Williamson. Her father died nine years ago and Mrs. Williamson has since married Laustin Arnett.
     The young girl grew up in Cleveland township and attended the Washington Center school. She is survived by her mother and step-father, one brother, Merritt, and two sisters, Edna and Icel at home, and a half-brother, Chester, and a half-sister, Mabel, also at home.
     The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Dunkard church, and the interment will be made in the South Whitley cemetery.


Williamson, Merritt Eugene
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
June 11, 1948

     Merritt Eugene Williamson, 33 years old, a carpenter by trade, died instantly this morning at 10:40 o’clock when he came in contact with a live wire while doing carpenter repair work at the Garland Kimmell residence north of Tunker.
     He had crawled under the house to do some repair work when he came into contact with the wire. The ground was wet under him, forming a perfect ground for the current. Garland Kimmell heard Merritt call for help and rushed over to pull the electric switch and then tried to get the carpenter out, but by that time death had taken place. Dr. Garber was called from South Whitley and artificial respiration was tried but proved vain.
     Dr. Otto P. Lehmberg of Columbia City conducted the investigation as coroner and stated that cause of death was accidental electrocution. He said Mr. Williamson was a carpenter and not an electrician by trade when he came in touch with the wire, which is believed to have carried 110 volts, being a house wire.
     Merritt Eugene Williamson resided north of Columbia City in Thorncreek township. He was born May 11, 1915, in Richland township and was a son of Gideon Williamson and Millie Dimmick Arnett of Columbia City. On June 21, 1936, he was united in marriage to Helen Anderson at Thorncreek Bethel church, she survives with four sons, Larry, Robert, David, and Roger, and a daughter, Rosalyn, all at home. Three sisters, Mrs. Eugene Slagle of Argos, Mrs. Francis Brock of Detroit, and Mrs. Charles Londt, of Columbia City, and a brother, Chester (Arnett), Columbia City, also survive.
     Mr. Williamson was a member of Thorncreek Bethel Church of God and the Loyal Order of Moose. The body was taken to DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home where friends may call and where services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. Rev. John Jones, Byers, Ind., former pastor of Thorncreek Bethel church will conduct the services.


Winans, Mrs. B. A.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday March 6, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Marion Swinehart, 113 West Jackson Street, was notified today of the death of Mrs. B. A. Winans, 74, which occurred February 26 at her home in Livingston, Mont. Funeral services were held in Livingston February 28 and burial was made in Mountain View Cemetery in that city. Mrs. Winans, a resident of Whitley county at one time, was stricken with illness on February 14 and death followed 12 days later. She was born at Decatur and grew to womanhood in Indiana. Her marriage to Benjamin A Winans, superintendent of the schools in Livingston for 30 years, occurred at Decatur. Before going to Montana, Mr. Winans taught school at Churubusco and at Etna and later in Illinois. He retired from school activities a few years ago. The schools of Livingston were closed for the funeral service and friends more than filled the mortuary for the service. Mrs. Winans was active in community and civic affairs. She was one of the oldest members from point of service in the Woman’s club and the Yellowstone club in Livingston and had been a member of the Navy Mothers club since its organization in Livingston. Surviving are the husband; five daughters, Mrs. Russell Galloway, Livingston; Mrs. R. O. Newman, Duluth, Minn.; Mrs. L. D. Coulter, Highland Park, Mich.; Mrs. Reed Waterman of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Mrs. Frederick O. Peterson of Billings Mont.; two sons S. Sgt. Benjamin F. Winans, now on active duty with the American Forces overseas; and Carpenter’s Mate Ross Winans of the United States Navy; one brother, Henry Fuhrman, North Hollywood, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Reuben Sdorunger of Livingston; Mrs. Ida Asbury of Billings, Mont; Mrs. Sade Schnitz And Mrs. Lu Schnitz, Decatur and eight grandchildren.


Wince, Alfred
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (006-PF)
The Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday February 10, 1927

     Alfred B. Wince, 87 years, 10 months and 7 days old, died Friday morning at 10:45 o’clock at his farm in Washington township nine miles south of Columbia City, of complications due to old age. Mr. Wince had been fairly active for a man of his years until a year ago when his health began to fail. He was not confined to his bed, however, until about two weeks ago.
     He was born in Muskegum county, Ohio, on April 28, 1839 to Phillip and Martha Scott Wince and was the last of a family of seventeen children. In the year 1854 he came to Washington township and located on the farm now owned by Albert Baker. Mr. Wince has resided upon the farm where he died since fifty years ago last December.
     In the year 1866 Alfred Wince was first married to Savina [sic] Emery who preceded him in death in 1894. They were the parents of three children, Lester E. and Irving Wince, of Washington township and Mrs. Almeda White, of Jefferson township. There are thirteen grandchildren. In the year 1895 Mr. Wince was married a second time to Caroline Lewis, who survives. Mr. Wince was a member of the Church of God.


Wince, Cora Fidella Pence
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (007-PF)
The Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday February 16, 1950

     Mrs. Lester Wince, 79, for many years a resident of Washington township, died shortly after 10 o’clock last night at the home of her daughter-in-law and son, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Wince in Kosciusko County. She had been in failing health for the past 12 years.
     Born March 8, 1870 in Jefferson township, Mrs. Wince was the daughter of Robert L. and Maglene Biry Pence. Mr. Wince who she married December 18, 1889 survives, also three sons, Milo G. Wince, Jefferson township; Jennings Wince of Washington township, and Dewey Wince of Kosciusko county, and two daughters, Mrs. Quimby McCoy, Union township, and Mrs. Herbert Hollenbaugh of Jefferson township. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, and two brothers, Denver Pence, Roanoke, and Harvey E. Pence of Los Angeles, Cal.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home, Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Burial in the Nolt cemetery. Friends will be received at the mortuary after 8 o’clock tonight.


Wince, Lester Emery
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (006-PF)
The Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Friday July 28, 1961

     Lester Emery Wince, who lacked a day of being 94, a retired Washington township farmer, died at 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the Irvin Nursing Home. A life-long resident of Washington township, he had been in failing health for the past three years.
     Wince was born July 28, 1867, Washington township, to Alford and Sabina Emery Wince. On December 19, 1889, he was married to Cora D. Pence in Jefferson township. He was a member of the Laud Christian Church.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons, a daughter, a brother and a sister. Surviving are two sons, Milo Gerry, Jefferson township, and Robert J., Washington township; two daughters, Mrs. Quimba McCoy, Union township, and Mrs. Herbert Hollenbaugh, Laud. Also 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
     Friends may call at the J. A. DeMoney and Son Funeral Home after 8:00 this evening. Services will be held Sunday at 3:30 pm. At the funeral home. The Rev. James William Weber, minister of the Laud Christian Church, will officiate at the services. Burial will follow at Nolt cemetery, Washington township.


Wince, Philip
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (006-PF)
The Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday April 2, 1890

     Phillip Wince, one of the old democratic fathers of Whitley county died at his home in Washington township last Friday at a ripe old age. The deceased was the father of Mrs. J. P. Chamberlin, wife of Treasurer Chamberlin, and a grand and good old man. His funeral took place Sunday and was largely attended by his neighbors and acquaintances, who fully appreciate his true worth as a man and citizen.


Winebrenner, Gladys (Burnworth) Moore
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday September 13, 1989

     Gladys V. Winebrenner, 91, of 403 Blue River Drive, Columbia City, died at 1:20 p.m. at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She submitted to surgery last Saturday.
     Mrs. Winebrenner was born in Noble County on March 13, 1898, a daughter of Charles W. and Cora Alice Long Burnworth. She was reared on a farm in Noble township and was educated at Bug Island School.
     She resided for six years in Fort Wayne and returned to Noble County on June 14, 1917, where she was married to Claude L. Moore. Mr. Moore was a signalman for the Pennsylvania Railroad. They lived in Hamlett and for 15 years on a farm south of Pierceton. In 1946 they moved to a farm south of Columbia City.
     Mr. Moore died on April 11, 1959. On May 10, 1961, she was married to Jesse D. Winebrenner. They lived on a farm in Noble County. After his death on Aug. 29, 1963, she moved to Columbia City.
     Mrs. Winebrenner was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was affiliated with the Church of God.
     Surviving are sons Jack L. Moore and Keith D. Moore, both of Columbia City; three stepsons, David Winebrenner of Springfield Ohio. Ty winebrenner of Albion and Martin Winebrenner of Fort Wayne; a foster daughter, Edith Shafer of Holyoke, Mass., six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.
     Two brothers, three sisters, and a foster son, Robert Bartlett, are deceased. The funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Smith and Sons Funeral home with the Rev. Hubert E. Miller officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Interment will be in Thorn Cemetery near Ormas.


Winebrenner, Lawrence
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday January 23, 1945 Page 6

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     Mrs. Harold Seymoure of near this city has been notified of the death of her brother, Lawrence Winebrenner, 54, which occurred at 4 o’clock Monday morning at Norfolk, Nebraska. Funeral services to be held Friday at Norfolk will be attended by a brother, Ross Winebrenner of Noble County. Mr. Winebrenner, a veteran of the First World War, is survived by his wife and a daughter, Janice; his father, William Winebrenner of Noble County; six sisters, Vern Winebrenner, Mrs. Guy Kesling, Mrs. Paul Stump, Mrs. Dewey Scott, Noble County; Mrs. Oscar Gilbert, Churubusco; Mrs. Harold Seymoure of near Columbia City; and one brother Ross Winebrenner, Noble County. A resident of Nebraska since before the first World War, Mr. Winebrenner worked as a blacksmith in Norfolk.


Winebrenner, Virgil G.
The Evening Post – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday December 8, 1917

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     Memorial services will be held at Merriam Christian Chapel Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in honor of Corporal Virgil G. Winebrenner, who was killed in action in France on November 12th, according to a brief message received from General Pershing. Two brothers, Privates Benjamin and Jesse Winebrenner, who are at Hattiesburg, Miss., in Camp Shelby, will arrive home this evening to comfort their parents in the great loss they have sustained.
     Mr. D. V. Whiteleather, of this city, wired to Capt. Foote, at Hattiesburg, asking that the boys might be given a furlough so that they could attend the memorial services, and he received a message Saturday that the young men would reach here that evening. the boys are all sons of Andrew J. Winebrenner, of Merriam, and they have been in the service for some time. Mr. Whiteleather also wired Secretary of War Baker asking whether the body could be returned to this country and for further particulars concerning the death of the young man.
     This is the first casualty among the boys known in this locality and naturally the sympathy of all goes out to those who are near and dear to him. His name is one of the first on the honor roll of those who are giving and preparing to give all they have in this world for their fellow man, and friends of the deceased will avail themselves of the opportunity to pay their respects to one who gave his life for his country.
     Rev. R. W. Paige will probably officiate at the memorial services.


Winkle, David Henry
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday March 17, 1945 Page 6

     David Henry Winkle, Woolen Mill employe and a resident of Columbia City for the past eight years, died at 10:15 o’clock Friday night at his home 613 W. Park Street following a cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Winkle was foreman of the dressing department at the Columbia Woolen Mills. He came to this city from Janesville, Wisconsin. He was a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was born to John Robert and Wilkie Jane Eldridge Winkle, Sept. 9, 1904. His marriage to Allie Hermann of Louisville, Ky. occurred February 19, 1935. The wife, who is also a woolen mill employe and a daughter, Mrs. Luther Turner Jr., 319 Elizabeth St, Fort Wayne survive. Other survivors are two brothers, PFC Jesse Winkle now with the United States Army in Belgium; James Woodrow Winkle, a merchant marine; and one sister, Mrs. Dorsey Hullender, Tunnel Hill, Georgia. Mr. Winkle was a member of the Eagles lodge. Friends will be received at the DeMoney Funeral Home after 8 o’clock tonight.

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