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Obituary of Ira A. STOLTZ, published in May 1926.
   Ira A. Stoltz, son of Samuel and Susan Stoltz, was born in Richland county, January 21, 1868, and departed this life May 5, 1926, aged 58 years, 3 months and 14 days. The deceased was united in marriage to May Mushrush, April 20, 1892. To this union were born six children, two sons and four daughters. One son and one daughter preceded him in death.
   In 1888 Christ became his Savior. With His sustaining and comforting grace, which was the spring of joy bursting forth in his life. He united with the Asbury church on the Chauncey circuit where he continued to be a member until about six months ago, when he transferred to the Methodist church in Olney.
   Those who mourn his departure are a wife, one son, three daughters, two brothers, one sister, and a host of other relatives and friends.
   He was a kind and loving husband, and father, and will be missed not only in the home but by all who knew him.
   We miss thee from our home, dear father,
   We miss thee from our place; (Submitted by Barb Stoltz-Reinoehl.)

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Obituary of Luella (FISHER) STOLTZ, published in Aug 1858.
Mrs. Louella Stoltz
   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Sivert Funeral Home for Mrs. Luella Stoltz, who died at 3 a.m. Monday at the Poland Nursing Home in this city.
   Mrs. Stoltz, age 90, was a resident of Route 4, Sumner.
   She was born in Petty Township on October 8, 1867, the daughter of Daniel and Ann McCaw Fisher.
   Surviving is one son, Verner of Route 4, Sumner. Her husband, Alexander Stoltz, preceded her in death seventeen years ago.
   Rev. H. L. Carrell was in charge of the final rites, and interment was in the Sumner cemetery. (Submitted by Barb Stoltz-Reinoehl.)

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Obituary of Samuel STOLTZ, published in 1903.
Lawrence County Loses Another Good Citizen By Death
   Samuel Stoltz, one of Lawrence county's old and most respected citizens, died at the family home west of this city Friday night at 10:30 o'clock. Paralysis was the cause of his death. Some two years ago he had a stroke that affected his right side and since that time he has scarcely been able to get around alone. For the past few months he had grown much more feeble and Friday night a short time before death he had another from which he could not rally, and passed to the beyond as above stated.
   Mr. Stoltz was born in Perry county, Ohio, June 13, 1832, and was at the time of his death 71 years, 4 months and 24 days old. He was the youngest of a family of nine children, all of whom preceded him to the unknown except two sisters, Mrs. Catharine Westall, of Sumner, and Mary A. Wagner, of Rushville, Ohio. He was married to Sarah E. Rutherford, Oct. 24, 1852. To this union six children were born, three of whom--Rev. Frank F., of Ottumnwa Iowa; S. O. and Dr. W. H. of this city--with the mother survive him. In April 1865 he with his family came to this county, locating on the farm where he died.
   He united with the M. E. church at Rushville, Ohio, in 1857 and in 1867 united by letter with the M. E. church at Bridgeport. For nearly half a century he lived an exemplary christian life. He was a man of strong personality and deep convictions and was especially fond of his children, making many sacrifices for their welfare. After the boys were married and had homes of their own, he still looked after them and adviced with them on business enterprises.
   Funeral services were held at the White House Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. C. W. Sabine, a former pastor officiating, his son, Rev. F. F. Stoltz, closing with a few short and very touching remarks. The funeral was one fo the largest ever held at that place. Interment was made in the White House cemetery.
   Mrs. Stoltz will make her home with her son, Dr. Stoltz, who had builts a room for his parents before his father's death. (Submitted by Barb Stoltz-Reinoehl.)

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Obituary of Kenneth and Douglas WORSTELL, published in 11 Nov 1946 edition of the Dixon Evening Telegraph, page 1.
Brothers Die in Plane Crash at Olney Home
   A double burial was to be held today for two brothers whose death resulted from a plane crash within sight of their parent's home Saturday.
   Coronor John D. Travis said an inquest would be held tomorrow in the deaths of Kenneth Worstell, 16, who was killed and Douglas Worstell, 21, a Marine veteran, who died a few hours after the crash.
   The boys father, Henry, had driven them to Salem where the plane owned by Douglas and his father was based. They flew back to Olney and circled their home just before the plane nose dived at low altitude. (Submitted by Linda Worstell.)

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Obituary of Etheleda (OSTERDOCK) WORSTELL, published in 18 Mar 1996 paper (Sumner Press?).
Spouse: Paul D. Worstell
Parents: Charlie and Martha Ellen (Wilson) Osterdock
Date of Birth: 27 Jun 1927
Age: 68
County of Birth: Piatt Co., IL
Date of Death: Thursday, March 14, 1996
City and County of Death: McAllen Medical Center, McAllen, Texas.
Place of Interment: Haven Hill Memorial Garden, Olney
Date of Newspaper: 18 Mar 1996
Name of Newspaper: Sumner Press?

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Linda Worstell.)

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Obituary of William MATHIAS, published in 20 May 1944 edition of the "Lawrence County News".
Mathias Rites Saturday - Funeral services for William Mathias 67, were held Saturday afternoon at the home southwest of Bridgeport with burial in the Lawrenceville cemetery.
   Mr. Mathias died unexpectedly of a heart attack about noon Thursday. He was unmarried. Surving relatives are three sisters,
   Mrs. Lela Tarpley and Miss Pearl Mathias, both of Bridgeport and Mrs. Harley Schrader of Sumner. (Submitted by Karen and Lionel.)

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Obituary of Miss Pearl MATHIAS, published in 26 OCt 1963 edition of "The Leader".
Miss Pearl Mathias Dies in Nursing Home - Miss Pearl Mathias 74, of 567 Gray St. Bridgeport died at the Milligan Nursing Home in Sumner, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. after an ilness of six months.
   She was born November 19, 1888 in Christy Township, Lawrence Co. the daughter of Benjamin Mathias and Nancy Scaggs Mathias. She was a former resident of R.R. 2 Sumner.
   She was never married and survived by one sister, Mrs. Mable Schrader of Bridgeport, also several nieces and nephews.
   She was a member of the Olive Branch Methodist Church.
   Funeral services were held today at 2:00 p.m. at the Sivert Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Sewell officiating. Burial will follow in the Sumner Cemetery. (Submitted by Karen and Lionel.)

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Obituary of Mable (MATHIAS) SCHRADER, published in 15 May 1964 edition of "The Daily Record".
Mrs. Mable Schrader Dies Unexpectedly - Mrs. Mable Schrader 76, 614 Gray St. Bridgeport died unexpectedly at the family home Thursday evening. She had been suffering from a heart condition.
   Mrs. Schrader's body was found after a neighbor became alarmed when she did not answer the telephone, and called Sheriff Sherman Montgomery.
   Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
   Mrs. Schrader was born in Lawrence Co, IL the daughter of Benjamin F. and Nancy Scaggs Mathias. She was a housewife, and the widow of Harley Schrader. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church.
   Surviving are two sons, Glen of Paducah, KY and Vernis Dean of Rolland, MO. (Submitted by Karen and Lionel.)

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Obituary of Harley N. SCHRADER, published in 8 Dec 1957 edition of "The Leader".
Harley N. Schrader Dies at Hospital - Harley N. Schrader, 71 retired farmer and Rawleigh dealer, passed away at Lacome hospital, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:00 a.m. He had been ill only two days of a heart ailment.
   Mr. Schrader was born in Lukin Township, Sept 21, 1886. He was a member of the Lawrenceville Methodist Church. He had lived in Bridgeport community for twenty years.
   He is survived by his wife, Mable, two sons, Vernis Dean Schrader of St. Louis and Glenn Schrader of Paducah, KY and four grandchildren.
   Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Sivert Funeral Home in Sumner with Rev. Wm. Wester officiating. Burial was in the Sumner cemetery. (Submitted by Karen and Lionel.)

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Obituary of Thurman TARPLEY, published in 6 Nov 1941 edition of the "Lawrence County News".
Thurman Tarpley, 53, living southeast of Sumner, died at the Good Samaritan Hospital Sunday evening at 6:55 as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident about 3:30 Sunday afternoon.
   (NOTE: The submitter left out two paragraphs about the accident)
   Mr. Tarpley, a World War veteran, resided on the Mathias farm, about seven miles southeast of Sumner.
   In addition to his widow he is survived by one brother, Sam Tarpley of Lawrenceville, and two sisters, Mrs. May Stevens of Lancaster, and Mrs. Fannie Osborn of Florida.
   Funeral services were held at the family home Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock and interment was made in the Sumner cemetery. (Submitted by Karen and Lionel.)

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Obituary of Lelia (MATHIAS) TARPLEY, published in 13 Dec 1962 edition of the "Lawrence County News".
Lelia Tarpley, 70 Dies in Hospital - The funeral service for Mrs. Lela Tarpley, 70, 567 Gray St. Bridgeport was held at the Hamm-Nichols Chapel in Bridgeport at 1:00 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Robert Thompson, assisted by the Rev. Sewell officiating. Burial was in the Sumner Cemetery.
   Mrs. Tarpley died at the Lawrence County Memorial Hospital at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. She was born in Lukin township, July 23, 1892, the daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Scaggs Mathias. Her husband, Thurman preceded her in death.
   She was affiliated with Olive Branch Methodist Church.
   Surviving are two sister, Mrs. Mable Schrader and Miss Pearl Mathias, both of Bridgeport. (Submitted by Karen and Lionel.)

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Obituary of John H. COOK, published in unknown newspaper.
Dates are b-1860 d 1934 (buried in Bridgeport cemetery) (this was quite long - submitter edited parts of it)
   John H. Cook, son of Hiram and Isabell Wilson Cook, was born June 10, 1860, in Orange co, near Palmyra, in Indiana, and departed this life Tuesday morning, Dec. 4, aged 74 years, 5 months and 24 days.
   He married Millie Keneipp, and they had three daughters. Two passed away in infancy, and Millie died in early life. John Cook then married Samantha M. Harness, and to them two daughters were born.
   He leaves his widow, two daughers, Mrs. Charles Laws of Washington, IN, and Mrs. Grace Brothers of Whiting, IN; three grandsons, Bert Harold Laws, Earl Stanley and Clarence Cook Brothers; one grandson, Glen Ivan Brothers. Three half-brothers J.A. Cook , A.F. Cook of Lawrenceville and Rev. W.O. Cook of Gallatin, TN. (Submitted by Karen and Lionel.)

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Obituary of Charley LAWS, published in Dec 1960 or Jan 1961 Washington, IN newspaper
Charley Laws, 80, Dies at Hospital - Charley Laws, 80 years old, 1807 McCormick Ave. died at the Daviess co. hsopital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday after a serious illness of two days. He had been in failing health for several months.
   Mr. Laws was born October 25, 1880 in Sumner, Illinois where he was educated. He retired as a brakeman with the B&O railroad after 47 years of service. He was a member of the Central Christian church and the B&O veterans.
   Mr. Laws was married in 1905 to Rosa Cook who died in 1941 and in 1944 he married Ethel McNeeley Jones who survives.
   In addition to his widow, he leaves a son, Bert Laws, Bloomington, a grandaughter and four sisters: Mrs. Mable Schrader, Mrs. Jane Beasley, Mrs. Leila Tarpley and Mrs. Pearl Mathias, all of Bridgeport, IL.
   The funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Gill chapel with Rev. Myron A. Madsen officiating and burial in Sumner, IL. (Submitted by Karen and Lionel.)

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