L.A. Walling Dies; Action With Navy

KEIZER, Sept. 11—Mrs. Delpha Walling has received word from the Navy department that her son, Lowell Arthur Walling, 31, has died of wounds received in action. He had a rating as first class seaman and gun pointer.

Lowell Arthur Walling was the oldest son of Mrs. Walling and the late Chester Walling and was born on South Prairie, near here, September 14, 1911. He attended school in Silverton and enlisted in the navy January 23, 1941. He had not been home since he went to sea in March, 191 [sic]. His last letter home was written July 6, 1942.

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Esther Dorion & Budd K. Strader

A simple but very pretty wedding too place on Wednesday evening, April 17, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dorion, when their daughter, Esther, married Budd K. Strader.  Rev. Dr. John L. Clark officiated.  Mrs. Walter G. Downing, the bride’s sister, was matron of honor, with Benjamin Shuck, of Plainfield, N.J., as best man.  The bride and bridegroom left for a trip to Washington.

Source:  The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 28, 1912.

Mrs. E.E. Spear

ONTARIO, March 6—Mrs. E.E. Spear, aged 69 years, died at 1:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon in the University Hospital where she had been a patient the last five weeks. Mrs. Spear had been in failing health for two years. She was born in Medina township where she had spent all her life except 15 years. Mrs. Spear was a member of the Morenci Baptist church.

She is survived by her husband, E.E. Spear; three sons, Paul and Kenneth Spear of New Mexico and Maurice Spear at home; two daughters, Mrs. Ray Lyons of Adrian and Mrs. Richard Rogers of Ypsilanti and 12 grandchildren.

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Veteran Potter Dies Sunday At White Hall Home

White Hall, Nov. 30.—Sylvester Byron Search, 76, died at his home on South Jacksonville street at 3 o’clock Sunday morning.

Decedent was born at Pleasant Valley, O., Nov. 9, 1855. He learned the potter’s trade and came to White Hall to work in the pottery plant 35 years ago. He was the last member of the McKinley Glee Club, once widely known in central Illinois. He was married to Theresa Brown, who died several years ago. A daughter of that union, Mrs. Lenor [sic] Shepherd, of Canton, O., survives. He was later married to Miss Stella Cooper. She and three sons, Theodore of Harrisburg, Francis of Oakland and Marion of White Hall, survive. Two brother and eight sisters are also living.

Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon. Dr. C.M. Brown will officiate. Interment will be made in White Hall.

Source: Jacksonville Daily Journal, December 1, 1931.

Funeral of Mrs. Deborah Ann Spear

MORENCI, June 2.—The funeral of Mrs. Deborah Ann Spear was held Friday afternoon at the home on East Main street. The Rev. H.A. Essex, pastor of the Baptist church, officiated and the burial was made in the family plot in Oak Grove cemetery. The bearers were Paul E. Spear, Maurice Spear, Richard Rogers, John Bryant, Ned Baldwin and Lawrence Spear, grandsons and nephews of the deceased.

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Mrs. Deborah Spear

MORENCI, May 28—Mrs. Deborah Spear, aged 91 years, died at 3:15 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in her home on East Main street after an illness of one day. Mrs. Spear moved to Morenci 16 years ago from the homestead in Medina township where she and Mr. Spear had lived for many years.

She is survived by one son, E.E. Spear of Morenci; two sisters, Mrs. S.K. Porter and Dr. Lavina Bennett, both of Pasadena, Calif., and five grandchildren.

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Funeral of Emma Frances Spear

MORENCI, Mich., May 26—The funeral of Emma Frances Spear, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Spear near Waldron, who died in the Flower hospital in Toledo, was held in the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Spear of East Street North in Morenci Thursday afternoon. The Rev. S.N. Oliver of the First Congregational church of Charlotte officiated, assisted by the Rev. H.B. Stevens of the First Baptist church in Morenci.

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Jesse D. Walling

Late resident of 450 Cross Street S.E. Salem, Ore., Sat. June 25 in a local nursing home. Survived by son, Jesse D. Walling, Jr., Eugene; brother Harold Walling, Salem; four grandchildren, Roger Walling, Juneau, Alaska, Randy Walling, Roseburg, Sabrina Walling, Roseburg, Kathy Walling, Portland. Services will be held Tues. June 28, 1:30 p.m. at the BARRICK CHAPEL, 205 Church SE. Rev. Charles Shorrow officiating. Vault interment Zena Cemetery, Salem. Family suggests contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1645 12th St. S.E. Salem, 97302.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, June 27, 1977.


Freddie M. Gerose, 74, of Roseville Route 1, a retired bus driver for United Motor Stage, died at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Muskingum County Hospital where he had been a patient since last Dec. 26.

He was born May 26, 1899, in Roseville.

Mr. Gerose retired in 1966 after 37 years with the bus company. He was a 50-year member of Roseville Lodge 566 F&AM.

He is survived by a number of cousins.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Sunday at Roseville Chapel of Cannon and Cannon Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, April 13, 1974.

Philetus Spear

MORENCI, Mich., Sept. 19.—Philetus Spear was one of five children born to Stephen and Lucinda Spear. He was born near Adrian, Dec. 21, 1833. His parents were among the earliest settlers of Lenawee county, his father coming to Michigan in 1831. His mother was the daughter of Rev. Powell, a Baptist minister prominent in the denominational life of that church in that day. At an early age young Spear with his parents moved to Washtenaw county and there resided until he was 10 or 11 years old. Later they moved to Adrian and there resided for a short time; removing from there to North Morenci, where they remained until the time of their death. In 1857 Philetus married Miss Deborah Rorick. After they married they lived on the farm now occupied by Cosper Rorick. In the early ‘60’s they moved to what is now known as the Spear farm in Medina township, where they continued to live until two years ago when, on account of the infirmities of age, they moved to Morenci. Mr. Spear was a member of the Medina Baptist church and maintained an active interest in all public affairs. His last slickness was a protracted one, extending over nearly a year, during which time he had been confined to the bed, tenderly cared for by his wife and by his son and son’s wife.

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