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Shawley, Vivian M.
Mrs. Vivian M. Shawley, 54, of 1326 Columbia Circle, South, died yesterday at St. Margaret hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body may be viewed at the Burns funeral home, 5840 Hohman Ave., Saturday evening. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. LaVonne Welsch, Quebec, Canada, Mrs. James D. Shawley of Holmen, Wis., and Evlynne Fawnsworth and Margaret Shawley, both of Hammond; three sons: Eugene Waltus of Detroit, Mich., AAM2/c James D. Fawnsworth, stationed in Washington and S 2/c William Edward Shawley, stationed in Rhode Island; her father, James Dilts of Monterey, Ind,; a brother, Charles A. Dilts; four sisters, Mrs. Charles Bartels and Mrs. Roy Fred of Mishawaka, Mrs. Russell MacIntyre, of Athens, and Mrs. Carl Savage, of Hammond, and five grandchildren. [The Hammond Times; 03 May 1946; Submitter's Name: Theresa Czapla]

Sherman, Abel
Abel Sherman, born in Canada November 15, 1832, and so nearly 75 years of age, died on Tuesday night, August 20, 1907, at his home in Crown Point, where he has spent a long, an active, and a useful life. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. T.]

Sherman, John
We learn that John Sherman, of the 24th Indiana Battery, died at Indianapolis last week. [Crown Point Register, Thursday March 5, 1863]

We are requested to announce that the funeral sermon of John Sherman, who died in the hospital at Indianapolis a few weeks since, will be delivered by Rev. R.B. Young at the M.E. Church, next Sabbath at 10:00 a.m. [Crown Point Register,  Thursday March 19, 1863]

Sholtis, David Alex
Dies of Fractured Skull
Gary, Ind., Oct 9 - David Alex Sholtis, a machinist helper, fell a few feet and suffered a fractured skull while working the machine shop of the Illinois Steel company's plant.   He died soon afterward.  Sholtis is the second workman to be killed in the Gary mill s in a week.  [The weekly Republican (Plymouth, Ind.), October 12, 1911]

Sigler, Margaret
Died on Thursday, August 12th, (1909) at her home in Auburn Park, Illinois, Mrs. William Sigler, not quite 79 years of age. She was born November 17th, 1830, was known in childhood as Margaret Isabel Lee, a sister of Thomas B. Lee, of Crown Point, and a descendant of "Light Horse Harry" Lee, of the Revolution. May 14th, 18,18, she was united in marriage with Wm. Sigler. She left seven children, of whom Charles Sigler is one. For twenty-four years the Sigler family were inhabitants of Lowell, and then removed to Cook County in Illinois. Many old family names are passing out from our records. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

Simpson, Abbie and Mabel
Another of these sad events was the death by fire of Miss Abbie and Miss Mabel Simpson at Lowell in the night of Monday, Nov. 6, 1905. (See Lowell Tribune, Nov. 9, 1905). After mentioning the disastrous fire, details are given too long and too sad for this report.

It is sad enough to be obliged to record that the two sisters mentioned above, Edith Mabel Simpson and Abbie Barnette Simpson, one 23 and the other 20 years of age, lost their lives by suffocation in what must have been the fearful confusion of that conflagration. One of the sisters was on night duty at the Central Telephone office, the other was staying with her. Beneath their office was a drug store. Why they could not get pure air before their bodies were reached does not seem clear in the reports. They did not, and they died, with many persons near. Lowell has had but one such burial service. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910"]

Smith, Margaret
Died in Crown Point, Saturday, August 10, an aged woman, Mrs. Margaret Smith, born in Maidstone, County of Kent, England, February 6, 1818, and therefore in the 90th year of her age. She was a member of the Jones family of Maidstone, had been in this country about 55 years, and was the mother-in-law of Mr. C. S. Coneway, where she had been well cared for, although her daughter had been dead for many years. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

Sorg, Barbara B.
POCAHONTAS, AR-- Barbara B. Sorg, 77, of Pocahontas, died Saturday, Aug 12, 2006 at her home. She was born Oct. 16, 1928 in Gary, Ind., a daughter of Clarence and Jennie Scott Hulse. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Herman Hulse.
She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Sorg of Pocahontas; two daughters, Sue Grisham of Pocahontas and Janice Mitchell of Harrisburg (AR); two sisters, Wilma Ungerank and Joyce Hulse, both of Pocahontas; two brothers, Dean Hulse of Ravenden (AR) and Wendell Hulse of Valparaiso, Ind.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A rosary service was held Tuesday at Cox-Waymon Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday in St. Paul's Catholic Church with Father John Marconi officiating. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery under the directions of Cox-Waymon Funeral Home. [Unknown newspaper, c. Aug 2006 - Contributed by Freda Roberts]

Spencer, C.C.
C.C. Spencer, attorney, Hammond Ind. died in Cohan's theater last night. [The day book., September 01, 1916 Chicago Ill. ]

Stevenson, John
Hammond, Ind, Feb 2 - John Stevenson became 42 years old yesterday.  His employer, the Northern Indiana Public Service company, gave him a promotion and a raise.  At 4 p.m. while working on a transformer, he was killed.  A deputy coroner said a switch was turned on accidentally, sending 125,000 volts of electricity through his body. [Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, SD) 2 Feb 1950]

Stommel, Mrs. A.W.
On May 15, 1924 occured the death of Mrs. A.W. Stommel, wife of the Presidentof this Association. Mr. Stommel has our deepest sympathy in his bereavement.  ["Historical Records of the Lake County Old Settlers and HistoricalAssoc. of Lake Co., Ind., 1924"]


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