Untitled (Lewis Redding)

Lewis Redding, who went with his daughter, Mrs. Olive Ballentine, to California several week ago, passed away at Long Beach last Thursday after a two weeks’ illness which was thought to be fatal from the first. He was 82 years of age and is survived by three sons and two daughters, Milan, Jessie and Mrs. Olive Ballentine in California, and Mrs. William Polley, of this city, and Carl Redding, of Pekin. The body arrived in this city Tuesday morning accompanies by his grandson, Glenn Ballentine. The funeral will be held from the M.E. church this afternoon at 2 o’clock and Rev. A.H. Coleman, of East Peoria, a former pastor, will have charge of the services.

Source: Stark County News, November 19, 1919.


Untitled (John Swarts)

John Swarts, aged 80 years and five months, died at his home Saturday evening, November 4th, following an illness of two years due to complication of diseases. Mr. Swarts leaves his wife, one sister, Mrs. Hannah Ross of Penn Yan, and one brother, Hiram, of Himrod. The funeral was held at his late home Monday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Miller, pastor of the Dundee Baptist church, officiated. Burial was in Mount Grove cemetery. Sympathy is extended the family.

Source: Rushville Chronicle and Gorham New Age, November 10, 1916.

John Swarts

John Swarts, of Himrods, died Saturday and was buried Monday afternoon. He was born in New Jersey June 9, 1836, but for many years had been one of the leading residents of Himrods. He is survived by wife; one son, Daniel, a resident of Illinois; a brother, Hiram, of Himrods; and a sister, Mrs. Hann [sic] Ross, of Penn Yan.

Source: Penn Yan Express, November 8, 1916.

Grim Reaper Takes Toll

Three of Our Citizens Called to the Great Beyond


Mrs. Willard Rogers and Mrs. H. Houck Had Been Patient Sufferers

The death of Mrs. Willard Rogers occurred at the family home on Mechanic St., Friday afternoon, June 30. Deceased had been ill for more than a year from a complication of diseases, resulting from a severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism, during which time she suffered intensely, when death came as a happy release and she fell quietly asleep trusting in the great Heavenly Father who had been her comfort and stay during her sickness.

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Mrs. Fred S. Francis

Olive Ethel Francis, eldest daughter of William and Lillie Polley, was born in Wyoming, Ill., April 21, 1883, and died at her home in this city, October 10, 1908, aged 25 years, 5 months and 19 days.

On July 29, 1903, she was married to Fred S. Francis. One daughter, Verna Louise, now four years of age, came to bless this home which is now made desolate by the loss of a true and faithful wife and a kind, loving mother.

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Four Years Illness

Harvey Bailey, Passed Away After Long Suffering

After an illness of four years duration of tuberculosis, Harvey Bailey passed away at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Bailey at an early hour Thursday morning. He was 44 years of age. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nellie Bailey, one brother, Warren Bailey of Pontiac, and four sisters, Mrs. Anna Rogers and Mrs. Dorothy Alleman of Oxford, Mrs. Winifred Porritt of Seymour Lake and Mrs. Mildred Whims of Rose City.

The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the home of his parents under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of Oxford, of which the deceased was a member. Rev. F.I. Walker of Orion officiated. Interment was made in Seymour Lake cemetery.

Source: Oxford Leader, September 10, 1920.