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The Indiana State Journal
Portland  Ind. March 15
Mrs. Will A. Nichols, wife of the agent at the Grand Rapids & Indiana Depot, died this morning. Mrs. Nichols has been in failing health for several years, and repeated trips to health resorts failed to be any benefit.

William Hodge, Dec. 18, 1899
Portland, IN. William Hodge, age 87, died this morning of old age. He was one of the pioneers of this part of Indiana, and well known throughout the state.

MUNCIE Ind.. Sept. 28
The death of Rev. John Buckles, aged eighty-seven, occurred yesterday at Dunkirk. Jay county. He died of a stroke of paralysis. He had been actively engaged in the ministry of the old school Baptist Church for fifty-two years and had resided in and near Dunkirk for sixty years.
Source: Indiana Journal Oct 5, 1898

Alice Mays died at her home four miles south of Salamonia Sunday morning at 2:30 o'clock following a several months illness. She had been seriously ill the past six weeks.
The deceased was born November 11, 1872, the daughter of Ira and Lucy (Preston) Conklin, being 66 years, 6 months and 7 days of age at the time of her death. She was united in marriage July 13, 1888 to Thomas J. Mays, who preceded her in death 19 years ago. She lived for the past 39 years on the farm on which she died.
Surviving are the following children; George Mays and Susan, wife of Charles Stewart, both of east of Portland; Hazy, wife of Earnest McKibben, Phoebe, wife of Bryce Dunavent, and Ica, wife of Eldon Goodpasture, all of Muncie; Treva, wife of Glen Abel of south of Salamonia, Chester Mays of Salem, Helen wife of Charles Barr of Columbus, Oh., Mrs. Mabel Peden of Portland, Charles Mays of Salamonia and Carrie, wife of Jesse Read of Union City. Other survivors include one sister Orvilla Hunter of near Winamac; 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One sister and three sons preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock (CST) from the Antioch church, southeast of Portland on the Boundary Pike, in charge of Rev. J.H. Nall, pastor of the Portland United Brethren church. Internment will be made in the Antioch cemetery. The body was removed to the Williamson and Sons funeral home, Portland, for burial preparations and taken to the late home Sunday afternoon. 
June 18, 1939 Paper Unknown  
Contributed by Linda Dietz

Thomas J. Mays, 57, well known resident of Jay county, passed away Tuesday morning at 9:40 o'clock, at his home three miles south of Salamonia, following an illness of complication of diseases.
Mr. Mays was born in Jay Co, October 24, 1862, being 57 years, 2 months, and 12 days of age. He was a son of Thomas and Hannah (Bonnell) Mays. He is surived by his wife, Alice (Conklin) Mays, and the following children. George Mays of Geneva, Mrs. Mabel Peden, of Muncie; Mrs. Carrie Read, of Union City, Susan Hazy, Helen, Phoebe, Chester, Icy and Treva at home. Three children preceded him in death.
The deceased is also survived by the following brothers and sisters; William Mays, of Ft. Wayne; Bessie wife of Mike Bricher, of Muncie; Mrs. Caroline Charles, of Harbor Springs, Mich., Mrs. Sarah E. Lawson of Traverse City, Mich., Hannah, wife of C.W. Loy, of Celina, Oh.
The funeral services will be conducted from the Antioch church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. A. Land of Salamonia, and Rev. Fred Stovernour, of Portland, officiating. Internment will follow in the church cemetery.
Jan 5, 1920 Paper Unknown
Contributed by Linda Dietz

Mrs. Mary Parks, aged 48 years, wife of James A Parks, and a resident of Bryant, Ind, died at 1:30 o'clock this morning at St. Joseph Hospital. Death was due to cancer, with which the decedent had been afflicted for a long time. Mrs. Parks, who formerly resided at Van Wert, Ohio had been a patient at the hospital for the past three weeks.The body was removed to the Klachn and Melching undertaking establishment to be prepared for burial and today shipped to Bryant where funeral services and burlal will take place.
Date: 1918-06-17; Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel

PORTLAND, Ind., Nov, 6.—Ira Shaffer, aged - eighty-eight years, and one of the wealthiest men in Jay county, died Saturday at his home, in Madison township. For the past five years Mr. Shaffer's mind has been seriously clouded Burial will be Tuesday.
Date: 1899-11-08; Paper: Indiana State Journal Jay County

"Cut in Two by a Circular Saw"
Portland, Ind., Aug. 15—About 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, George Harden, a laborer in Hays & Brother’s stave factory, was caught and thrown across a circular saw, killing him almost instantly. He was attempting to throw a bolt out of gear, which was just over the equalizing saws, using a long iron rod for the purpose, when the rod caught and hurled him upon one of the saws. He was cut from the top of the right shoulder diagonally across the body in to the abdomen. He lived only three minutes. He leaves a wife and four small children without visible means of support. The affair has cast quite a gloom over the community.
New Albany Ledger-Standard. August 15, 1878. P 1 c 2.

PORTLAND, Ind.. Nov. 12.—Late last night Charles Pelham, who has lived in Portland for more than half a century, passed away.  He was eighty years old.
Date: 1899-11-15; Paper: Indiana State Journal

PORTLAND, Ind., March 20—Eli Malin, one of the pioneers of Portland, died this morning, aged seventy-five. Mr. Malm had been in falling health for many months.
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 1899  Paper: Indiana State Journal (Indianapolis, IN)  Volume: LXXIV  Issue: 12  Page: 5

Hugh Stone
Portland, Ind., Jan. 29.—Special Telegram.—Hugh Stone, a prominent business man of this city, died today with kidney trouble.
Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Wednesday, January 30, 1895; transcribed by Sandi King

PORTLAND. Ind..  James McBride, of College Corner, is dead. He was seventy-nine years old.
The Indianapolis Journal Friday May 30, 1902

Mrs. Luella Pfeifer. of Bryant, died last night, and four hours later her infant child passed away.
The Indianapolis Journal Friday May 30, 1902

Name of Deceased: Roxie Belle Reisinger
Heart Attack Proves Fatal To Mrs. Reisinger. 
Mrs. Roxie Belle Reisinger, 67, died suddenly from heart attack at her home on Railroad street near the Deerfield Road in Union City Tuesday forenoon. She had not been in good health for several weeks, but her condition was not retarded serious.
Mrs. Reisinger was born in Jay County, Ind., July 18, 1877, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Denney. On Dec. 23, 1901, at Dayton, she was married to Harry Benton Reisinger who died in 1939. She formerly lived west of Union City, but for the past 12 years lived on Railroad street within the city.
She was a member of the Union City United Brethren church. Surviving is one son, Virgil Reisinger, who made his home with his mother. Mrs. Reisinger had many friends who mourn her passing.
Funeral services will be held at the Brooks funeral home in Union City Thursday at 2 p. m., with Rev. R. B. Ditmyer officiating, and with burial in the Union City cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.

Newspaper: Union City Times-Gazette
Submitters Name: Vivian Brown
Obit: Union City Times-Gazette, Wednesday, August 9, 1944 

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