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Mrs. Albert Allen
Paris, Ky., April 14 – Mr. John Wright, of Bourbon, accompanied Undertaker George R. Davis, went to Lexington Tuesday afternoon to take charge of the body of Mrs. Albert Allen who died in Fellsmere, Fla., Saturday and arrived in Lexington Tuesday evening. The body was brought to Paris Wednesday morning on a special interurban car, arriving here at 11 o’clock, and the interment will be in the family lot in the Paris Cemetery. The sermon will be delivered at the grave by Rev. Dr. B.M. Shive. [Lexington Herald (Lexington, KY) April 15, 1914 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

B.D. Atkisson
Run Over By Train Dies of Injuries
Sebastian, Feb. 27 – B.D. Atkisson, of Fellsmere, suffered fatal injuries last Thursday when he attempted to board F.E.C. passenger train No. 36 at the local station, the effort being unsuccessful and he fell under the train, his body being ground under the wheels. He was taken to a hospital on the following train, but he died of his injuries. Dr. Fogarty, chief surgeon of the railroad company, was called to attend him.
He leaves a wife and his mother. Funeral services were conducted at the home at Fellsmere, where burial took place. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) February 28, 1922 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

R.D. Baird
R.D. Baird Is Buried At Roseland, Fla.
Roseland, Fla., Jan. 31 – The body of R.D. Baird, who died in the Riverside hospital at Jacksonville last Tuesday night, arrived here Thursday night. His sister, Mrs. Florence M. Fear, who had been with him during his illness accompanied the body here.
The funeral services were conducted in the church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock by the pastor, Dr. Paul Kendall. There were many beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. D.J. Clipp sang “Rock of Ages” and “Heaven is My Home.” The pallbearers were: J.W. Hannett, William James, L. Ashburner and N.D. Hammon. Burial was in Sebastian cemetery.
Mr. Baird was a native of Ohio but had come to Florida seven years ago from the northwest. Two years ago he came to Roseland to make his home with his sister, Mrs. Fear, upon the death of her husband. During this time he had become one of Roseland’s best beloved citizens. The whole community is deeply grieved at his passing.
Besides Mrs. Fear, Mr. Baird leaves to mourn his loss three sisters and two brothers whose homes are in the north and west. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) February 1, 1924 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Louis John Bonkowski
Vero Beach, Fla., Aug. 19 – Two airmen attached to the Vero Beach naval air station were killed yesterday when their plane crashed while on a routine flight, officers announced today.
The victims were Ensign Louis John Bonkowski, 23 years old, U.S.N.R., son of Mr. and Mrs. V.V. Bonkowski, Detroit, Mich., and Charles Albert MacMillan, 20, A.R.M. 3C. U.S.N.R., son of Mr. John Edward MacMillan, Hillsdale, N.J. [Time-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) August 20, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Lottie Bowers
Fellsmere - Friday morning, August 30, Mrs. Lottie Bowers died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Green, Orange street. Funeral services were conducted at the home and the interment was at the city cemetery. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) September 5, 1918 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Donald G. Demasi
Two Killed in Crash of Training Plane
Vero Beach, Fla., (AP) – Second Lieutenant Donald G. Demasi, USMCR, 21, and Seaman Second Class Frederick Seaborne, USNR, 27, were killed Tuesday when their training plane crashed during a routine flight from the local naval air station.
Lieutenant Demasi was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Demasi, of Harrison, N.Y., and Seaborne was the son of Mrs. Matilda Seaborne, of Philadelphia. [Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) May 27, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Lloyd A. Dworak
Ensign Dworak Rites
Services for Ensign Lloyd A. Dworak, 21, of 4232 Mason Street, fatally injured Saturday when his night fighter plane crashed at Vero Beach, Fla., will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Central United Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Archibald K. Stewart officiating. Military services will be held at the graveside in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Fitch, McEachron & Cole Mortuary is in charge. [Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) January 9, 1945 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Elise Barbour Graves
Charlottesville – Mrs. Elise Barbour Graves, 78, widow of James C. Graves, died Wednesday at her home in Vero Beach, Fla. She was the last surviving child of the late B. Johnson Barbour and his wife, Caroline Homassell Barbour. She was born and reared at Barboursville, the home erected by her grandfather, Governor James Barbour, near Barboursville, Orange County. She is survived by four children, Francis C. Graves, of Gordonsville; James B. Graves, of Alexandria; Mrs. C.G. Wilhoit, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Mrs. John S. Graves, of Charlottesville. A sister, Mrs. Caroline H. Ellis, widow of Dr. Thomas Harding Ellis, died two weeks ago at the home of Mrs. Sallie C. Clark, on High Street, this city. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Church, Gordonsville. [Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) June 18, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

J.R. Graves
Citrus Pioneer, J.R. Graves, Dies
J. R. Graves, 92, known along the Treasure Coast as a "great guy and a big, big gun in the citrus industry," died at his Vero Beach home Saturday after a prolonged illness.
Graves, known fondly to his friends as "Rip," was president and chairman of the board of Graves Brothers Co. in Wabasso for over 40 years.
His work to help form the Indian River Citrus League, a trade association of citrus growers and shippers, established him as one of the biggest leaders in the industry, said Doug Bournique, executive vice-president of the league.
"He was a great guy, and a big, big gun in the citrus industry," Bournique said. "If you needed to make a call about something with the Legislature, or anything - he was there.
"He was smart and very genuine. He came from an era when business was done with a handshake, and that's all he needed."
Graves also was known for his warm personality and a willingness to help those around him.
"If you were going through a tough time he would always have a smile for you and put his hand out to you," Bournique said. "He was a rock, just a good guy."
Born on March 22, 1907, in DeFuniak Springs, Graves was a 1929 graduate of the University of Florida, where he picked up the nickname of "Rip."
"I'm not sure where it came from but that's what everybody called him," said Mr. Graves' son, J.R. Graves Jr.
Graves after college moved to Vero Beach, where he was a city councilman, president of the chamber of commerce and founder of the Indian River Mosquito Control District.
"He was very community-minded," said his son. "He saw this town grow up. He was a pioneer in those days."
Graves was a firm believer in the healthful benefits of citrus products and worked diligently to promote those products throughout his lifetime. Graves Brothers Co. was founded by Mr. Graves' father in 1895 and has been family owned and run for four generations, said his daughter, Elizabeth Graves-Bass.
Graves Brothers Co. owns thousands of acres of groves in Indian River, St. Lucie and Hendry counties.
Graves possessed a great love for his work and frequently visited and took part in all facets of the operation, said his friend and former production supervisor Herb James.
Even after both men had retired, Graves and James would drive around the groves, inspecting the trees and fruit.
"He enjoyed that more than anything," James said. "He was as nice as they come, you couldn't have asked for a nicer boss."
Graves enjoyed playing golf at the Vero Beach Country Club, where he was a member.
He often joked that he only would play with "Medicare" foursomes - every member of the group had to be old enough to be on the health-care plan.
Mr. Graves was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Vero Beach, and its building committee; chairman of the committee to finance the buildings for the Indian River Hospital Association; founder and member of the board of the Indian River Mosquito Control District, and a member of the board and chairman for many years of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Indian River County.
He served with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary during World War II and was a member and president of the Vero Beach Rotary Club.
In the citrus industry, he served on the Florida Citrus Commission as chairman, on the board of Florida Citrus Mutual as its president, was a founding member of the SHARE council, founding member of the board of the Florida Citrus Packers, a member of the board of the Florida Citrus Canners Association and member of the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame.
Mr. Graves was married to Addie Scribner Graves for 59 years.
He is survived by one son, Richard Graves Jr., of Vero Beach; a daughter, Elizabeth Bass-Graves, of Sebastian; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held at First United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Crestlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the J. R. Graves Memorial Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church, 1750 20th St., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960. [Sebastian Sun (FL) - May 21, 1999]

Kenneth Emil Hallden, Sr.
HALLDEN. Kenneth Emil, Sr., 82, husband of Betty (Burtner) Hallden, of Vero Beach, FL, died Monday, (Dec. 15, 1997) at Indian River Memorial Hospital after a prolonged illness. Mr. Hallden, son of the late Gustav Emil and Koren (Oberg) Hallden, was born April 4, 1915, in West Hartford. Following his graduation from William H. Hall High School in 1933, he moved to Natrona Heights, PA, where he met and married his wife of 61 years. They moved to Deep River in 1948, where he founded Deep River Die and Tool Co., serving as its president until his retirement in 1980. They then relocated to Vero Beach in 1980. While living in Deep River, Mr. Hallden was the first chairman of the Deep River Planning and Zoning Commission and was a member o f the Deep River Conservation Trust. In Vero Beach, he was a member of the Dodger Pines Country Club, actively participating in its Men's Golf Association. In addition to his wife, Mr. Hallden is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Kenneth E., Jr. and Janet of Deep River; his daughter and son-in-law Judith and Holger Lundin of Terryville; his son and daughter-in-law David and Margaret Hallden of Virginia Beach, VA; his son Bruce of Cromwell; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be Saturday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m. at Cox-Gifford Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Raymond J. Scent officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast, 1111 36th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Indian River Hospital Foundation, Nurses/Employees Education Fund, 1000 36th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960. [Hartford Courant, The (CT) - December 18, 1997]

Patience Elizabeth Hannett
Roseland, Fla., Jan. 8 – The funeral of Patience Elizebeth Hannett, the wife of J.W. Hannett, who passed away Wednesday, January 2, in a Ft. Pierce hospital, was conducted in the home of Mrs. Florence Fear, Friday afternoon. Services were also conducted in the Roseland M.E. Church,a and prayers were offered by the Rev. Kendall, who also gave a beautiful sermon.
As the casket was borne into the church, Mrs. D.J. Clapp sang “Lead, Kindly Light,” during the service, “Face to Face,” and as the body was taken away, “Twill Not Be Long.”
There were many floral pieces, including plaques of roses, violets and sweet peas from the family, plaques from Mrs. F.M. Fear, Mr. and Mrs. Converse Marble, wreaths from Mr. and Mrs. Hammon, Mr. and Mrs. Pesat, Mrs. Lauren Clark, cut flowers from W.S. Frantz, Mr. and Mrs. Holtzclaw and Mrs. Keifner.
Burial was in the Sebastian cemetery, where prayers were offered by the Rev. Mr. Kendall.
The pallbearers were C. Hager, A. Pesat, Mr. King, D.J. Clapp, Mr. Haashaw and Mr. Foster.
Besides her husband she leaves a son, Carlton, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. French of Tillsonburg, Ont., a brother, Bruce French, of Tillsonburg, Ont., two sisters, Mrs. H.O. Stillwell of Winson, Ont., and Mrs. G. Hillis of Tillsonburg, Ont.
[Miami Herald (Miami, FL) January 9, 1924 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Mrs. Knowlton Harrell
Sebastian, Fla., Nov. 27 – Mrs. Knowlton Harrell died at her home here Tuesday morning, after a long illness.
She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.I. James of Clyattville, Ga. Mrs. Harrell was related to the Letchworth James and Anderson families here.
She was just 21 years of age. Burial was in the Sebastian cemetery yesterday afternoon. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) November 28, 1924 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Ruth Herndon
Sebastian – This community is sorrowing with Rev. and Mrs. Herndon over the loss of their little daughter, Ruth, who died suddenly Monday morning. The burial took place at St. Augustine. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) October 1, 1920 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Herbert Walter Hinrichs
Crash of Training Plane Costs Life
Vero Beach, Fla., June 4 – Ensign Herbert Walter Hinrichs, United States Naval Reserve, of New York, was killed Wednesday when his training plane crashed during a routine flight, Vero Beach naval air station officials announced today.
Next of kin were listed as J.H. Hinrichs, a brother, and Miss Katherine M. Hinrichs, a sister, of New York. [Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) June 5, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

John W. Howard
The funeral of John W. Howard, whose death occurred at Vero Beach, Fla., last Saturday, was held here yesterday afternoon at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Howard, 359 Church street, East Macon. Rev. Father Felix J. Clarkson, of St. Joseph’s Catholic church, conducted the services, and the interment was in Rose Hill cemetery.
The active pallbearers were: Elgin Burney, T.H. Halliburton, R.H. Freeman, Walter Urquhart, Leo Donnelly, Wilbur Collins, A.F. Newton and Mr. Ostrum; the honorary pallbearers were Glenn Toole, Mauris Holloway, Jesse H. Mitchell, Jim Hicks, C.W. Strobert, and C.A. McAllister. [Macon Telegraph (Macon, AL) April 10, 1929 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

John B. Hutchinson
John B. Hutchinson, 88, formerly of Trenton and Point Pleasant, died Saturday at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Caroline M. Hutchinson, and a sister, Mrs. Thebe Haines-Shivers of Robbinsville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Freehold. [Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) March 9, 1949 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Ada Jones
Mrs. Jones Died In Roseland
Roseland, Fla., March 8 – Mrs. Ada Jones, mother of Mrs. H.P. Dills, died Thursday at her home here.
[Miami Herald (Miami, FL) March 9, 1924 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Mrs. George King
Atlanta, Ga., April 24 – (AP) – Mrs. George King, of Fellsmere, Fla., was killed as her automobile overturned near Melbourne. [Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) April 25, 1932 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Howell Nelson Klueppelberg, Jr.
North Carolina Flier Killed In Air Crash
Washington, July 30 – The navy department announced that Ensign Howell Nelson Klueppelberg, Jr., U.S. naval reserve, crashed and was killed, yesterday while flying in a commercial plan at Vero Beach, Fla.
Ensign Klueppelberg was born in Rutherfordton, N.C., May 2, 1914 and was appointed aviation cadet in August 1940. He was commissioned ensign, U.S. naval reserve, May 12, 1941 upon completion of flight training at Pensacola. [Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC) July 31, 1941 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

“Grandpa” Kroegel
Pioneer of Sebastian is Claimed by Death
Sebastian, Fla., Oct. 13 – “Grandpa” Kroegel, a Sebastian pioneer, died Wednesday, October 10, and was buried in the cemetery here. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Williams. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) October 14, 1923 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

W.T. Laine
W.T. Laine, an old-time resident of Sebastian, died at his home in Oslo, August 30, at the age of 83. He was well known all along the east coast. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) September 18, 1918 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Thomas G. Lee
Dies of Injuries
Lake Wales, Sept. 1 - (AP) – Dr. Thomas G. Lee, 70, of Babson Park, for many years head of the department of biology at the University of Minnesota, died in a Vero Beach hospital today of injuries received in an automobile accident Sunday on the Lake Wales-Vero Beach highway. Funeral services will be held Saturday at a crematory at Orlando. [Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) September 2, 1932 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

William G. Levesque
The funeral of Chief Commissary Steward William G. Levesque, USN, son of Mrs. Eugenie Levesque of 30 Lyman street, who died Sunday at the naval air station, Vero Beach, Fla., will be held at the A.J. Brunelle funeral home tomorrow morning at 8:30 followed by a high mass of requiem at Immaculate Conception church at 9. Burial will be in Notre Dame cemetery. [Springfield Republican (Springfield, MA) June 22, 1945 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Ray MacDonald
Fellsmere – Word has been received here that Ray MacDonald, a former resident of Fellsmere, died at his home in Alabama. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) September 28, 1918 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Charles Albert MacMillan
Vero Beach, Fla., Aug. 19 – Two airmen attached to the Vero Beach naval air station were killed yesterday when their plane crashed while on a routine flight, officers announced today.
The victims were Ensign Louis John Bonkowski, 23 years old, U.S.N.R., son of Mr. and Mrs. V.V. Bonkowski, Detroit, Mich., and Charles Albert MacMillan, 20, A.R.M. 3C. U.S.N.R., son of Mr. John Edward MacMillan, Hillsdale, N.J. [Time-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) August 20, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

William J. Maher
Vero Beach, Fla., Jan. 24 – William J. Maher, 69 years old, pioneer merchant of Vero Beach, died here Thursday after a long illness. He moved here in 1915 from Madison, Ill., and was a native of Lebanon, Ill. [Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) January 25, 1941 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Vincenzo Mandile
Two Die in Air Crash
Vero Beach, Fla. (AP) – Ensign Vincenzo Mandile, USNR, of Waltham, Mass., and John Foster Norman, Jr., seaman first class, USNR, of West Lafayette, Ohio, died instantly when their plane crashed on a routine training flight. [Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) October 28, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

George Martin
Sebastian, Fla., Dec. 29 – Mr. George Martin, one of the Sebastian’s early and oldest citizens, died at his home after a short illness. Mr. Martin has had heart trouble for some time and since the death of his wife in September last had been failing rapidly. Two sons, W.A. Martin, of Quincy, Ill., and G.B. Martin, of Zanesville, Ohio, survive their father. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) December 30, 1923 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Milton McClure
Vero Beach Man Is Dead
Vero Beach, Fla., Sept. 24 – Milton McClure died here early Saturday morning at the home of his brother, Charles McClure, of this city. The deceased was 42 years of age, and had for years been a semi-invalid. He had been here about three weeks when, on Wednesday, he was taken worse, dying Saturday morning. He leaves a wife and a son, ten years of age, both of whom were with him at the last and accompanied the remains to their home in Atlanta, Ga., where burial was made. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) September 25, 1925 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

J.C. McCoy
J.C. McCoy, 86 years old, of St. Louis and Vero Beach, Fla., died at the home of Andrew Gray on Tegarden Road, Mississippi City, Sunday, at noon. He was born in Johnson County, Ill., February 28, 1850, removing to Godfrey, Ill., early in life where he grew to manhood. He attended McKendree College, afterward teaching school in both Indiana and Illinois. In 1880 he went to St. Louis where he engaged in the jewelry business. Recently he had been spending his winters at Vero Beach, Fla., where he owned a citrus grove. He leaves a sister, Mrs. J.S. Wilkinson; four nephews, J.N. Weaver, Metropolis, Ill.; J.A. Weaver, Carbondale, Ill.; Walter J. Weaver, Brookport, Ill.; and McCoy Wilkinson, St. Louis; two nieces, Miss Aley Cweedinski, New York, and Alice L. Gray of Mississippi City, with whom he had been making his home for the past several months. He was a faithful member of the church of his choice. Funeral services will be held at the home of Mr. Gray this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. J.N. Brown, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. The body will be taken to Pascagoula for burial. Pallbearers will be MacRae Turner, Huntley Caraway, C.H. Brandon, J.O. Jones, F.V. Osborne and H.D. Shaw. [Daily Herald (Biloxi, MS) March 23, 1936 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Son of W.B. Miller
Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Miller, west of the village, are receiving the condolences of friends on the death of their youngest son, eleven years of age. The boy was taken to Jacksonville for an operation, but died soon after arriving at the hospital. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) May 8, 1919 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

John Foster Norman, Jr.
Two Die in Air Crash
Vero Beach, Fla. (AP) – Ensign Vincenzo Mandile, USNR, of Waltham, Mass., and John Foster Norman, Jr., seaman first class, USNR, of West Lafayette, Ohio, died instantly when their plane crashed on a routine training flight. [Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) October 28, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Nathan Pryor
Sebastian Recluse Victim of Axe Man; Robbed of Savings
Nathan Pryor, 64, Found on Floor of Cabin With Head Split Open; Suspect Held
Sebastian, July 17 – Nathan Pryor, 64 years old, living alone on the Dixie highway near here, was murdered last night. He was attacked from behind with an axe and two blows were struck, splitting his head open. He died instantly. His body was discovered early this morning, lying face down on the floor of his cabin, by a passerby who immediately notified the authorities. The pockets of the dead man were turned inside out, and it is thought that robbery was the motive.
Hamp Ford, negro, is held in the county jail in Ft. Pierce, suspected of having committed the crime. Ford denies any connection with the crime but circumstances are said to point strongly to him as the assailant, the axe found beside the body being the same used by Ford in cutting wood nearby, and Ford having left a skin game about the time the murder is supposed to have been committed and returned shortly afterwards.
Mr. Pryor lived on an isolated stretch of the Dixie highway, his only near neighbor being Mr. Ivey Lawson. He made a living by selling fruit, peanuts and vegetables to passersby. Because of his frugal way of living, it was thought by some that he kept in his cabin a large amount of money. It was probably this belief that led to his murder.
Although it was said by physicians, after examining the body, that he had probably been killed before midnight last night, the body was not found until morning. It happened that Mr. and Mrs. Lawson are away and no one else lives in the immediate vicinity, otherwise the alarm might have been given earlier.
It was learned from an examination of Mr. Pryor’s effects that he came here from Ohio some two or three years ago and his friends there were notified of his death. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) July 18, 1922 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Thyrza Rand
Petersburg, May 25 – Mrs. Thyrza Rand, 73, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Thursday in a Petersburg hospital after a brief illness. A native of Amelia County and a former resident of Petersburg, she was the widow of Edgar C. Rand. A graveside funeral service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hubert Francioni and Mrs. R.S. Edsall, of Vero Beach; two sons, Dallas Rand, of Alexandria, and Edgar Rand, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and two sisters, Mrs. Eugenia Branton, of Pettit, Miss., and Mrs. Elizabeth Hinkel, of Petersburg. [Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) May 26, 1950 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Doak Rankin
Funeral for Doak Rankin, 31, war veteran of Mt. Zion community, who was killed in an accident at Vero Beach, Fla., Friday, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Locust Grove Baptist church. Rev. Sandy S. Gilmer, pastor, will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Surviving are his wife, father, stepmother, eight sisters and two brothers. [Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC) April 16, 1946 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Robert W. Reynolds
Funeral for Robert W. Reynolds, 73, a Greensboro resident for 30 years who died Wednesday at his Winter home at Vero Beach, Fla., will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hanes Chapel. Rev. Robert H. Melvin, former pastor of Glenwood Friends Church, Rev. Norman S. Parker, present pastor, and Rev. James R. Thompson, pastor of Florida Street Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Guilford Memorial Park. The body will remain at Hanes Funeral Home until the service. [Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC) April 30, 1949 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Frank P. Rhoades
Scituate, April 12 – Funeral arrangements are being made for Frank P. Rhodes, 77, who died yesterday in Vero Beach, Fla. The body is being sent to the Sparrell Funeral Home in Norwell.
Mr. Rhoades, who had been in the men’s furnishing business for many years, was a member of Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter, the Shriners, and the Boston City Club, and a former president of the Men’s Club of the Braintree Unitarian Church. He leaves his widow, a son, Leonard Nichols Rhoades, a teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy; a daughter, Mrs. G. Warren Wheeler of Flushing, N.Y., and six grandchildren. [Boston Traveler (Boston, MA) April 12, 1948 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Mrs. Anthony Roeder
Roseland, Fla., Nov. 29 – Word was received Saturday of the death of Mrs. Anthony Roeder, who died in the good Sanitarium Hospital Thursday at Wes Palm Beach. Although she had been in Roseland only a short time before her illness, she made a number of friends who mourn her loss. Mr. Roeder expects to return here Monday. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) November 30, 1923 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

C.W. Ryall
Killed by Rattler
C.W. Ryall, a prominent resident of Sebastian, died last Saturday from the effects of a rattlesnake bite. Meagre details of the tragedy received here state that Mr. Ryall was hunting in the woods several miles from home when the deadly reptile sank its poisoned fangs into his flesh. His strong constitution kept him alive for about eleven hours. Mr. Ryall leaves a family at Sebastian, and the News joins their many friends in extending sympathy. This is the first death from rattlesnake bite recorded in this section in many years. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) February 4, 1913 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Richard Kent Scholes
Live Wire Injuries Fatal To Soldier
Vero Beach, Fla., Aug. 23 – Richard Kent Scholes, 25 years old, technician, fifth class, attached to the army ground forces, died at the naval air dispensary here yesterday morning of injuries received Saturday when an aerial that he was stringing came into contact with an electric light wire.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford R. Scholes of Detroit, were summoned by airplane, but arrived after Scholes had died. The body will be taken to Detroit for services and burial. [Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) August 24, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Frederick Seaborne
Two Killed in Crash of Training Plane
Vero Beach, Fla., (AP) – Second Lieutenant Donald G. Demasi, USMCR, 21, and Seaman Second Class Frederick Seaborne, USNR, 27, were killed Tuesday when their training plane crashed during a routine flight from the local naval air station.
Lieutenant Demasi was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Demasi, of Harrison, N.Y., and Seaborne was the son of Mrs. Matilda Seaborne, of Philadelphia. [Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) May 27, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

William Sloan
Sebastian, Aug. 29 – The many friends of the Sloan family are sympathizing with them in the loss of their father, William Sloan, who died Wednesday, August 24, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert McCain. Mr. Sloan was an old resident of Sebastian, at one time postmaster here, and had many friends in St. Lucie county. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) August 30, 1921 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Mrs. Peter Dean Smith
Mrs. Peter Dean Smith, the former Mrs. Robert W. Bell, 5029 Woodlawn, died Feb. 16 in her summer home at Vero Beach, Fla. Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at Kenwood church. Interment at Graceland. Mrs. Smith’s first husband, who died in 1929, was general superintendent of motive power for the Illinois Central railroad. Mrs. Smith was a former director of the Illinois Women’s Athletic club, a member of the Chicago Opera Box, and the Arche club. [Hyde Park Herald (Chicago, IL) February 24, 1933 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Mrs. E.M. Stokes
Mrs. E.M. Stokes Dies In Her Roseland Home
Roseland, Fla., Oct. 6 – After a brief illness, Mrs. E.M. Stokes died in her home on Sebastian bay at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burial took place in the family cemetery Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Stokes was born in Brevard county and has lived here practically all her life. She leaves a mother, six sisters, three brothers and eight children. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) October 7, 1923 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Aletha C. Stoneman
Aged Mother of Editor Stoneman Died Yesterday
F.B. Stoneman, editor of The Herald, received a telegram yesterday afternoon announcing the death of his mother, Mrs. A.C. Stoneman, which took place at Fellsmere, in this state, yesterday at 2 p.m.
Mrs. Stoneman has long made her home with a daughter, Mrs. F.P. Rundell and they moved to Fellsmere during the month of January, last where Mrs. Stoneman enjoyed fairly good health for one of her age until within the past day or two, when the end came suddenly.
Mrs. Aletha C. Stoneman was born of Quaker parentage, March 1, 1832, and was, therefore, in the eighty-fourth year of her age, at the time of her death. She was a native of Indiana, her people having emigrated from North Carolina at the beginning of last century and settling in a Quaker community at Spiceland, Ind. In 1848 she married Dr. Mark D. Stoneman, a native of Virginia, and they were the parents of eight children, four of whom now survive.
In the year 1863, Dr. Stoneman moved his family to St. Anthony’s Falls, Minnesota, a town that later formed a part of the city of Minneapolis, and there Mrs. Stoneman saw something of the frontier life of the north west and endured the hardships of the pioneer. When she made her home in Minnesota, the Indians had not yet been subdued and all the country was still unclaimed by white man. She saw the town of Minneapolis grow from a village to a city of over three hundred thousand population, and saw the state of Minnesota emerge from the wilderness to become an empire.
Dr. Stoneman died in 1875, and Mrs. Stoneman has made her home for the most of the time since then either with her daughter, Mrs. Rundell or with a daughter living in California. She is survived by her four children, Mrs. F.P. Rundell of Fellsmere, Mrs. J.R. Moles of Claremont, California, Dr. E.A. Stoneman, of Springfield, Mass., and F.B. Stoneman of this city.
The body of Mrs. Stoneman will be buried at Fellsmere, with a probable later removal to the family burying ground in Lakewood cemetery, Minneapolis. The funeral will occur at two o’clock, this afternoon, and Mr. Stoneman will leave this morning to be present. [Miami Herald (Miami, FL) September 5, 1918 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Lila Strickland
Mrs. Lila Strickland, 33 years old, who died Tuesday at her home in Port St. Joe after a long illness, was buried today at Vero Beach.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, and interment was in Vero Beach cemetery. [Panama City News-Herald (Panama City, FL) May 6, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

John G. Swartout
John G. Swartout, 84, civil war veteran and a retired Illinois Central railway engineer, former resident of Rockford, died Sunday at his home in Vero Beach, Fla., where he had made his residence since 1914.
Mr. Swartout was born Jan. 4, 1847, in Orleans county, New York, and came to Rockford early in life. He was for many years an engineer on an Illinois Central milk train. While in Rockford, he resided at 331 Kent street.
He was a member of the E.F.W. Ellis lodge, No. 633, A.F. & A.M., of this city.
Surviving him are a daughter, Miss Hazel Swartout, with whome he lived at Vero Beach, Fla., a grandson. Theodore H.S. Miller, Rockford, and a granddaughter, Miss Geraldine Miller, Milwaukee, Wis. His wife died in April, 1922.
The body will arrive in Chicago Thursday morning and will be buried in Graceland cemetery there that afternoon. [Morning Star (Rockford, IL) November 10, 1931 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

James Dinsmore Tew, Jr.
Killed Over Malta
Vero Beach, Fla., March 3 (AP) – James Dinsmore Tew, Jr., son of a retired president of the B.F. Goodrich Rubber company, was killed in action March 1 over Malta while fighting with the RAF, his father was informed today. [Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) March 4, 1942 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Warren Weizel
Crash Kills Ensign
Vero Beach, Fla. (UP) – Ensign Warren Weizel, Robbinsdale, Minn., was killed near here Tuesday while on a training flight, the navy announced Thursday. [Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) March 17, 1944 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Ellie Terry Welsh
Welsh – At Vero Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, April 15, 1941, at 6 o’clock p.m., Ellie Terry, beloved wife of Dr. Robert Homer Welsh, mother of Elinor Terry Welsh, sister of Mrs. C.E. Liddon of Mariana, Fla., and Dr. Thomas M. Terry of New Orleans, La.
Services at her late residence, 298 Walnut street, on Friday morning, April 18, 1941, at 10 o’clock. Interment in Metairie cemetery. [Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) April 18, 1941 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Minnie Woodward
Mrs. Minnie Woodward Summoned in Florida
Mrs. Minnie Woodward, widow of George Woodward, Rockford contractor about 30 years ago, died Tuesday at Vero Beach, Fla., where she made her home.
Funeral services will be conducted in Rockford on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Burpee-Wood funeral home, 420 North Main street. The Rev. H.J. Marsh, pastor of State Street Baptist church, will officiate and interment will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday between 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Surviving Mrs. Woodward, who was 80 years old on Aug. 30, are a son, Claude, of Miami, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. Oscar DuBois, Vero Beach, and a sister, Mrs. Alta Howard, Belvidere.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Fred Woodward, who was an army captain during World War I. [Register-Republic (Rockford, IL) May 23, 1945 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Thomas H. York
Water Tablets Are Blamed In Vet’s Death
Vero Beach, Fla., Aug. 3 – (UP) – A former artillery captain who came here a year ago suffering a stomach disorder which he said resulted from faulty use of water purification tablets during the Battle of the Bulge, died today from the malady.
Thomas H. York, a captain in the Twelfth Field Artillery of the Second Infantry Division during the Ardennes fighting, had charged that many of his comrades died from misuse of the tablets, and many other fell ill.
The tablets, York said, were issued by the British and were no accompanied by instructions. He and his men, he said, would use one pill per canteen when actually each was supposed to purify five gallons of water.
Report To Be Checked
[In Washington, a War Department spokesman had no knowledge of the reported casualties from the water tablets and pointed out that most of such tablets in British hands were from American Lend-Lease. The War Department promised to check the report more completely tomorrow.]
York said he was invalided to this country after becoming ill from the “purified” water and had worked here as a bookkeeper when not laid up with his recurrent stomach attacks. He suffered his fatal seizure yesterday.
Attendants at the Indian River Hospital here listed York’s death as due to chronic stomach disorder, but said there was “no reason” why reports could not be published that he died from the ill effects of the water tablets he had reported using during the war.
Survivors include his widow, of Vero Beach; a daughter, Patricia, of Charleston, W. Va., and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.S. York, of Williamson, W. Va. The body will be sent to Williamson for burial after services here tomorrow. [Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) August 4, 1947 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Alice Young
Miss Alice Young, a former resident of Rockford, died last Thursday at Indian River hospital, Vero Beach, Fla., after an illness of two months. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church there. The Rev. J.E. Jenkins officiated and burial was in the Vero Beach cemetery.
Miss Young, a native of Illinois, lived in Rockford for a number of years before moving to Indian River county, Florida, 27 years ago with her sister, Jeannie, who survives. [Morning Star (Rockford, IL) May 5, 1943 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Mrs. W.R. Young
Clearwater, Dec. 3 – (Special) – Funeral services for Mrs. W.R. Young of Vero Beach who died here Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Flavy Stoutamire, were conducted today by the Rev. O.C. Howell, pastor of Belmont Park Methodist church. Interment was in Clearwater cemetery. [Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) December 4, 1933 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

Elizabeth Marie Zapf
Miss Elizabeth M. Zapf, 84, Teacher for 49 Years, Dies
Services for Miss Elizabeth Marie Zapf, a Cleveland public school teacher for 49 years, will be tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Daniels funeral home, 15806 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. She was 84.
Miss Zapf attended Orchard Elementary, West High and Cleveland Normal Schools.
Her teaching career started at Waverly Elementary School. She was transferred to Case-Woodland Elementary School, where she taught methods and practice to teacher trainees. At the time of her retirement in 1930 she was at Waterson Elementary School.
She was an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lakewood and lived at 1432 Arthur Avenue, Lakewood. The last 18 years she spent the winter at Vero Beach, Fla., where she died Monday.
Miss Zapf is survived by two brothers, Herman R. and John G. [Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) January 25, 1948 – Submitted by Denise Burge]

May R. Zent
May R. Zent, 93, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Fort Wayne, died Saturday (20 Jan 2001) at Hospice V.N.A. Home, Vero Beach. Born in Roann, she was a homemaker and was also a ward clerk at Parkview Hospital. Her husband, Kenneth R., died in 1984. Surviving are a son, Larry E. of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Kay Huff of Vero Beach; two sisters, Louise Tyson of Wabash and Emma Coolman of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St. Calling a half an hour before services at the Fireside Room in the church. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Roanoke. Arrangements by Roanoke Memorial Chapel. [The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu]


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