Short News Items from 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Armstrong of Des Moines came Sunday for a visit with Mrs. Dora Armstrong, returning home Sunday. The Neil Neilsons, Spencer, spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Armstrong. (Burt Monitor, July 18, 1940)

Scores of relatives and friends helped Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman celebrate her one-hundred and third birthday at her home at Reynoldsburg, Friday. (Columbus Sunday Dispatch, November 17, 1940)


Short News Items from 1922

Winfield Bailey was injured when his horse ran away recently, throwing him out. (Oxford Leader, January 6, 1922)

Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Myers of Rose Hill were guest of her mother, Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman, Sunday. (Columbus Sunday Dispatch, January 8, 1922)

Word was received here Monday that Dr. E.H. Rorick of Fayette had suffered a stroke of paralysis and was in a critical condition. On Tuesday evening Judge Barber received word that the Doctor could not live more than 36 hours according to physicians. (Fulton County Tribune, January 26, 1922)

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Short News Items from 1901

A large number of people attended the Stoakes sale, north of town, Wednesday. Dr. Strevell was a liberal buyer of machinery, preparatory to his emigration to Canada in the spring. (Wright County Monitor, February 13, 1901)

Joshua P. Sutton, H. 7th Michigan infantry, a salesman from Kansas city, has been admitted to the [Old Soldiers’] home and assigned to O company in Franklin Hall. (Leavenworth Times, February 17, 1901)

Mrs. Manley Brodt of Lamotte, Sanilac county, is spending the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Sutton. (Oxford Leader, March 22, 1901)

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Short News Items from 1900

Mr. and Mrs. Box’s little boy is getting better. Dr. J.W. Garth of Clarion, was called in consultation with Dr. Strevell Friday of last week. (Wright County Democrat, January 24, 1900)

On Tuesday of last week John Shanger [sic] and James Gibson in six hours and 15 minutes cut and piled seven and one-half cords of wood and filed their saw also. Next. (Adrian Daily Telegram, March 6, 1900)

Mrs. Morton Tyrrell expects a visit from her mother from the east in the near future. (Ferndale Enterprise, February 16, 1900)

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Short News Items from 1892

L.B. Sutton, chief mining engineer of the Volunteer mine, owned by Russell A. Alger, near Negaunee, is here on a visit with his uncle, E.S.B. Sutton. Mr. Sutton is lately from the state mining school, and is enthusiastic in his praise of that institution. He is an old school chum of G.G. Scranton, W.L. Snell and others of this city.—Soo News. Lin’s old friends will be glad to hear of his prosperity. (Cheboygan Democrat, January 30, 1892)

S.H. Rorick’s oldest son John, returned last week from an extensive tour of the world. The reporter has not met him yet but understand he can give some interesting descriptions of his travels. (Hand County Press, May 12, 1892)

S.H. Rorick concluded to defer his annual trip to the Hills, and put in a big crop on his Alden farm. (Hand County Press, May 26, 1892)

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Card of Thanks

HICKMAN—We wish to sincerely thank friends, relatives and neighbors for their kindness, sympathy and floral offering at the death of our mother and grandmother, MARY ANN HICKMAN. Especially Rev. Bailey, Rev. Babbs and Moody-Straley Funeral Home for their services.

Mrs. Elizabeth Myers and Family,

Source: Columbus Dispatch, July 28, 1941.

Woman, 103, Dies At Reynoldsburg

Oldest Resident Remembered Stage Coach Days

Reynoldsburg had lost its oldest resident Thursday with the death of Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman who died at her home at the age of 103 Wednesday.

“Grandma Hickman,” as she resident, had watched the town residenst [sic], had watched the town progress for more than a century and liked to recall the days when stage coaches passed over the National pike.

Despite her advanced age, she was active until become ill seven weeks ago.  Doing her own housework, each year she would celebrate her birthday by serving a family meal at her home.

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Mrs. Hickman To Celebrate Her 103rd Birthday Friday

Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman, who has watched the life of her community, Reynoldsburg, revolve about her for more than a century, will celebrate her one hundred and third birthday Friday.

With a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Myers of Reynoldsburg, and a friend, Mrs. Rebecca Gossard of Russells Point, Ohio, she will share a birthday dinner. Plans for a family gathering were cancelled.

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Members of Congregation Work to Improve Church

Through a gift of $100 by Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman, aged 103, Reynoldsburg’s oldest resident, an improvement program at the Methodist church in the village is well under way, with the men of the congregation supplying the labor.

The program, under director of Rev. Carlton Babbs, past of the church, calls for an assembly room with a stove, a kitchen, stage for church festivals and a separate Sunday school and new lavatories in the building.  Other improvements will be made on the church grounds, including the installation of a new sewer and water line.  Future plans call for the excavation of the basement so that it can be used for social purposes.

Members of the improvement committee are Alonzo Foltz, chairman; Gus Schultz, Don Warner, Merle Brill, Rox Whitehead and D.W. Foltz.

Source: Columbus Dispatch, July 17, 1940.

Woman Who Has Lived 102 Years On National Highway, Greets Caravan

Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman Resides in Reynoldsburg

Of the thousands who thronged the streets of Columbus and surrounding towns to watch the colorful caravan of the National Highway Friday probably none was more vibrant with youthful enthusiasm than the oldest of them all—Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman of Reynoldsburg, who for 102 years has lived with this artery of American transportation.

As Mrs. Hickman in a voice made querulous by excitement demanded that the window of the modern auto in which she was seated be rolled down that she might “hear the music,” nostalgic memories of past days flooder her still agile mind as she nodded her white head in rhythm.

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