*Not a Complete Listing*
Death of Hon. O. H. P. Scott -- Hon. O.H.P. Scott died at Farmington, Iowa, Sunday, Nov. 14, 1880. He was a brother
of Mr. Alexander B. Scott, who died in Athens in Jan., 1866, and of Mr. Andrew Scott, who formerly lived in Athens
and died at Stewart in Feb. 1879. He was himself well know in Athens at one time and is remembered by our older
citizens. He was born in Belpre, O., in the year 1815, soon after the famous battle on Lake Erie, and was named
for its hero. Most of his boyhood was spent in McConnelsville. When the improvement of the Muskingum River for
slackwater navigation was commenced, he became a contractor and superintended a large part of the work. When this
was done, he took the contract for the lower end of the Hocking Canal. That part of the canal lying within the
corporate limits of Athens, the lock just west of the depot, and the State dam north of the lock, were built under
his superintendence. The strength and solidity of the masonry of the lock was a subject of common remark when the
stones were removed and placed in the foundation of the town hall.
In 1842 he was married to Miss Ellen D. Fay, of McConnelsville. About 1854 he removed to Iowa, where he already contracted to build dams and locks in the Des Moines River. He built the stone work of the State Capitol and fulfilled contracts for similar work at St. Joseph, Mo. and other places.
During the civil war he served with distinction as a captian and Major in the Third Iowa Cavalry. In 1877 he was elected a member of the Iowas legislature, a fact whch strongly illustrates his popularity, for he was a Democrat and his county has a large Republican majority.
He died of a tumor in the stomach after suffering for several months.
[The Athens Messenger, Nov. 25, 1880]
Aged Man Is Called Away
The funeral service of Fielden A. Semons will be held in the I. O. O. F. Hall at Stewart Wednesday morning at ten o'clock and interment will be made in the Stewart Cemetery. Mr. Semons is the father of Mrs. Frank Mitchell, Mrs. Rettie Ludwick, William and Frank Semons, of this city and Mrs. Frank Bean, of Nelsonville. His widow also survives. Mr Semons was 74 years of age and lived at Stewart nealy all of his life. His death resulted yesterday morning at Frost after an illness which had continued a year.
[Athens Messenger. March 24, 1914. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Mr. Seamons [sic], the aged father of Mrs. B. C. Marquis, who was formerly connected with the Home Telephone exchange at Chauncey, died early Monday morning at the family home at Frost, this county. Asthma and heart trouble were the cause of his death, from which he has been a great sufferer the past year. Besides his wife he leaves several children. The funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at Stewart and burial will be made at that village.
[Athens Messenger. March 25, 1914. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Fielden A. Semons was born April 16, 1840, near Caldwell, Noble County, Ohio, died March 23, 1914, at Frost, Ohio, aged 73 years, 11 months, and 6 days. He was united in marriage November 12, 1869 to Maria McKee. To this union six children were born, all of whom are living. Mrs. Rettie Ludwick, of Athens, William Semons, of Athens, Thomas Semons whose residence is unknown, Mrs. Viola Mitchell of Athens, Mrs. Alice Bean, of Nelsonville, Frank Semons of Athens and eighteen grand children and several great grandchildren.
On June 20, 1896, he was again united in marriage to Malissa A. Mitchell. He spent nearly his entire life in the vicinity of Stewart and Frost. He was one of the early pioneers of this community and built the first house in what is now called Stewart. He became a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge No. 763 of Stewart, August 4, 1888 and remained a loyal member to the teachings until death entered into his journeys.
Funeral services were held in the Odd Fellows Hall under the auspices of the Stewart Lodge. Rev. Stump acting as Chaplain, gave the entire ritualistic service. Interment was made in the Stewart cemetery Wednesday morning March 26th.
[Athens Messenger. April 7, 1914. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
DIES IN ORBISTON
NELSONVILLE, Aug. 2.--Edward Simmers, 70, died yesterday at his home in Orbiston. Funeral arrangements have not been completed awaiting the arrival of a son from Oklahoma.
[Athens Messenger, August 2, 1928]
EDWARD SIMMERS DIES ON THURSDAY
Succumbs At Age of 72 in Orbiston: is Unexpected
CHAUNCEY, Aug. 3.--Edward Simmers, 72, father of Clarence Simmers, this city, and Mrs. Logan Lester, Betsy Lane, Kentucky formerly of Chauncey, succumbed at his home in Orbiston. Although he had been in failing health, his death came unexpectedly, being due to a heart attack.
Mr. Simmers had been a resident of Orbiston for many years. Besides his wife he leaves the following children: Mrs. Bernice Keaton, the Plains, Mrs. Effie Lester, Betsy Lane, Kentucky, Clarence Simmers, Chauncey, and John Simmers, with the navy, and John in Oklahoma.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed awaiting the arrival of the son from Oklahoma.
[Athens Messenger August 3, 1928 - Sub by karstroj]
Contributor's Note: Edward Simmers was the father of Clarence who served in the WWI,
and the grandfather of my uncle Kenneth Simmers born in Athens Co., OH.
Edward Simmers--born February 14, 1852, died August 01, 1928 (76y5m17d), buried Buchtel Cemetery
Eliza Verigan Simmers--born August 10, 1853, died December 11, 1937 (84y4m1d), buried Buchtel Cemetery.
[Edward Simmers married Eliza Verigan, daughter of Francis "Frank" Verigan and his wife Hannah Eppiheimer/Oppenheimer. Eliza Verigan Simmers had 7 children, only 4 surviving in the 1900 census, John, Effie, Bernice, & Clarence. Son John Simmers is mentioned twice in the obituary, he was in the Navy and probably stationed in Oklahoma.]
Mrs. Effie Six Dies at Home
Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Six, age 73, who died Sunday at the family home at Hamley Run, will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Jagers Funeral Home in Athens. Interment will be made at the Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home at any time.
Surviving Mrs. Six are her husband, Robert Six, a daughter, Mrs. Ray Smith, Athens RD, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Six is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Iona Goodman and Mrs. Mary McMasters, Sugar Creek' and Mrs. Agnes Bresnenhen [sic] Pintiac, Mich., and two brother Allie and Ben Tippie, of Athens.
[Athens Messenger. Oct. 15, 1945. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Chauncey-Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Six, age 73, wife of Robert Six, Hamley Run, and a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Tippie, Chauncey, were held Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Augustine Cemetery, Sugar Creek.
Mrs. Six was a niece of Mrs. Hattie Karns, Chauncey. Attending the funeral from Chauncey were, Mrs. Cynthia Karns, Ervin Karns, Charles Karns, Floyd Karns, Pauline Bolin, Mrs. Marinda Crulkshank and Mrs. Luella Preston.
[Athens Messenger. Oct. 19, 1945 — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Amesville, Dies At 88
Alfred Smith, 88, Amesville, died Saturday afternnon in Sheltering Arms Hospital.
Born in Canaan Township, he was the son of Nathan and Elizabeth Swett Smith. On Dec. 25, 1901, he married Florence B. Hoisington, and she preceded him in death on March 2.
Mr. Smith attended the Amesville Methodist Church. He was a retired farmer and had spend most of his life in the Amesville community, For the past five months, he had resided with a daughter, Mrs. Agnes Bryson of Albany.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Victorine Isaacs, Columbus; Mrs. Flossie Harris, Ravenna and Mrs. Bryson; a son, Wilbur of Stewart Route 1; 22 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; three brother, Ray and Nathan, both of Athens Route 3; and Clarence of Athens Route 2; a sister, Mrs. Lucy Gillett, Athens.
Two sons, four brothers and a sister, in addition to his wife, died previously.
Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ameville Methodist Church with the Rev. Max Donajue officiating. Burial will be in the West Union Street Cemetery. Friend may call at the Fawcett-Stone funeral home in Chesterhill.
[Athens Messenger. April 10, 1961. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Mrs. Betty Smith
Athens-Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Smith, 79, Athens Route 3, who died Tuesday morning at Sheltering Arms Hospital, have been completed.
Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Jagers and Sons funeral home by the Rev. Roy Deeter. Burial will be in the Hunter Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home anytime.
She was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Hunter, and was a member of the Strouds Run Community Church.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Nathan; a son, Pearly, Columbus; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles; a sister Edna Hunter.
[Athens Messenger. Aug. 14, 1963. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Frost -- Our citizens generally were grieved to learn of the death of C. D. Smith at his home in Athens last week. For many years he was the loading merchant at this place and had many friends here.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER AND HERALD, Athens, Ohio, September 20, 1894]
Mrs. Carrie M. Smith
Athens-Mrs. Carrie M. Smith, 69, of Strouds Run Rd., died Tuesday night in Sheltering Arms Hospital, after a brief illness.
She was born in Hocking County, a daughter of the late William and Isabelle Thompson. She had spent most of her life in Athens County.
Surviving are her husband, Clarence; four sons, William H. and George N., both of Athens; Rolland of Kiona, Wash., and Clyde of Takoma Park, Md., a daughter, Mrs. Inez Hunter, Athens Route 3; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Baker, Athens, and Mrs. Edna Robinson, in California; and a brother, James Thompson, Columbus.
In addition to her parents, a son and two sisters have died previously.
Services will be conducted Friday, 11 a.m. in the Hughes funeral home, with the Rev. Roy Deeter officiating. Burial will be in the Canaanville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funerla home after 1 p.m. Thursday.
[Athens Messenger. May 20, 1964. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Athens-Clarence Smith, 79, Athens Route 3 (Stroud's Run) died early Sunday morning in Sheltering Arms Hospital. He had been ill for two days.
He was a lifelong resident of Athens County, a son of the late Nathan and Elizabeth Smith. He was a retired construction worker, member of Stroud's Run Community Church and a member of the Red Men's Lodge in Athens.
His wife, Carrie, died in 1964. One son, Clarence Eugene, also died previously.
He is survived by four sons, William H. of Nelsonville Route 1, Folland G. of Kiona, Wash., George N. of Athens and Clyde E. of Marion; one daughter, Mrs. Dewey Hunter of Athens Route 3; 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, Nathan Smith of The Plains, and one sister, Mrs. Lucy Gillett of Athens Route 3.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Hughes Funeral Home by the Rev. Roy Deeter. Burial will be in the Canaanville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home at anytime.
[Athens Messenger. Feb. 12, 1968. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Edward Smith, 84, died Monday afternoon at his home, 33 E. Carpenter St., after a brief illness.
Born in Canaan Township, Mr. Smith, was a farmer in the Strouds Run community before moving to Athens.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, Dallas of Athens, Carlos and John of Bellaire, Md.; four daughters, Mrs. Leslie Pierce and Mrs. Donald Sanford, both of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Lloyd Thompson and Mrs. Robert Finsterwald, both of Athens; 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Lucy Gillett, Athens, and four brothers, Nathan and Clarence, both of Athens Route 3; Ray of Athens Route 4 and Alfred, of Amesville. Two other sons died previously.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Canaanville Methodist Church by the Rev. Charles E. Magruder with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Friends may call at the Jagers and Sons funeral home.
[Athens Messenger. Nov. 3, 1959. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Dies at Strouds Run
Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, age 91, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Arra Gillette, Strouds Run, at noon Tuesday. Her husband, Nthan Smith, died in 1929. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Penrod, Fisher Station, and Mrs. Gillette, and seven sons, Edward Smith, Canaanville; Clarence Smith, Nate Smith and Ray Smith, Strouds Run; Alfred Smith, Amesville, and Neil and Percy Smith, Carbon, Iowa.
Mrs. Smith spend all of her life in and near Athens County.
Funeral services will be Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Canaanville M. E. Church. Burial will be made in the adjoining cemetery. Friends may call at the Gillette home, Strouds Run, at any time prior to the funeral.
[Athens Messenger. Sept. 28, 1938. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Athens-Mrs. Georgia Smith, 84, Athens Route 3, died this morning at the home of a granddaughter in Xenia.
She was a daughter of the late Hoyt and Effie Tippie McMasters. [Birth record for her shows birth name as Georgeanna Male and father as George E. Male.]
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Edith Coe, Lancaster, and Mrs. Mabel Nickoson, Athens; two sons, Dana of Laura, Ohio, and Grover of Franklin; 28 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; five daughters, Lucille, Freda, Frances, Betty and Helen, and two sons, Raymond and Clifford. Arrangements will be announced by the Jagers and Sons Funeral Home.
[The Messenger. May 11, 1976. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Death of James Smith
James Smith, aged 74, died Wednesday at the state hospital, of paralysis. He was the father of Mrs. Frank Porter, of Sugar Creek. The remains were taken to the Porter home, where funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The interment was made in the Augustine cemetery.
[Athens Messenger. May 20, 1910. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Jonathan Smith Dies At Home of Daughter
Funeral services for Jonathan Smith, age 86, a life-long resident of Athens County, will be held Sunday afternoon at one o'clock in the Dowler-Ferguson Funeral Home. W. D. Robinson will be in charge of the service. Burial will be at Chester Hill.
After a long illness, Mr. Smith died Friday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Elvia Conner, Athens Route 3. Born in Canaan Township, he spent most of his life as a farmer in Ames Township. Besides Mrs. Conner, he is survived by two sons, Leonard Smith of Amesville, and Herbert Smith of Liberty Hill, and 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
[Athens Messenger. June 29, 1941. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
DIED - On the 11th of Dec. 1880, at her late residence near Salina, Athens county, of consumption, Mrs. Mary Smith in the 49th year of her age. Her funeral occurred Sunday Dec. 12th, Rev. R. C. Harper conducting the services.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER AND HERALD, Athens, Ohio, December 16, 1880]
Died at Sheffield's Coal Works on Friday, January 5th, 1883, of cholera infantum, May Bell, aged 2 years, daughter of Frederick and Ada Smith. Funeral Services by Rev. Robt. C. Harper.
[The Athens Messenger, Jan. 11, 1883]
Nathan Smith Dies In Canaan Township
Nathan Smith, 78, born in Canaan Township, and a life-long resident of Athens County, died on Monday night at the home of his son Edward Smith on Canaanville Road. He had been in failing health some time. He suffered two strokes of paralysis, the last occurred a few days before his death. He was the father of ten children, all of whom, with the mother, are still living with the exception of a son, William, who died in infancy. The children are: Edward Smith, Canaanville Road; Clarence Smith, Ray Smith, Nathan Smith, Jr., Mrs. Arra Gillett, Athens R. D. No. 2; Mrs. Wright Penrod, Fisher; Alfred Smith, Amesville; Percie Smith, Cornelius Smith, Corbin, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Thursday aftertoon at the Canaanville Church. Burial will be made in the adjoining cemetery. The body will be at the Jagers Undertaking Parlors until time for the funeral.
[The Messenger. February 19, 1929. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Athens- Nathan J. Smith, 91, died Friday at the Russell Nursing Home in Albany after a brief illness. A son of the late Nathan and Elizabeth Swett Smith, he was a farmer and miner, and formerly lived on Strouds Run.
He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Lucy Gillette of Athens Route 3; nine grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Hunter Smith; one son, Pearly; one sister, Sarah; and six brothers, Ed, Ray, Clarence, Percy, Neil and Alfred.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 4 p.m. at Jagers and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Herbert Harris officiating. Burial will be in Hocking Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after Saturday noon.
[Athens Messenger. Oct. 31, 1969. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Athens- Pearly L. Smith, 63, former Athens area resident, died Tuesday night in Grant Hospital, Columbus. He resided at 97 Cleveland Ave. in Columbus.
He was the husband of Hazel Smith.
Surviving are his father, Nathan Smith, Athens; six daughters, Mrs. betty Arnold, Mrs. Pearl McClain and Mrs. Donna Castel, all of Athens Route 5; Mrs. Helen Fish, Athens; Mrs. Joyce Burton, Shade, and Miss Penny Smith, Columbus; four sons, Charles, The Plains; Gordon and Joe, Columbus, and Jerry, Chauncey; 25 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. In Jagers and Sons Funeral Home. The Rev. E. O. Altic will officiate. Burial will be in The Plains Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Friday.
[Athens Messenger. Nov. 25, 1966. — submitted by Anita Hamer]
Mrs. George Sofronco Dies at Home in Dover After Long Illness.
CHAUNCEY -- Mrs. George Sofronco, age 66, for many years a resident of Chauncey, died Saturday night at 8 o'clock at the family home here following an illness with diabetes. She had been bedfast the last six weeks.
Rosary will be recited at the residence this evening at 7 o'clock. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from St. Paul's Catholic Church, Athens.
Mrs. Sofronco is survived by her husband and three children, Mrs. Anna Earich, Millfield, and Mrs. Elizabeth Dickerson and George Sofronco, Jr., both of Chauncey.
[Athens Messenger, August 1936]
CHAUNCEY -- Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Kandalik Sofronco, age 66, wife of George Sofronco, Sr., for more than 30 years a resident of Chauncey, were held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from St. Paul's Catholic Church, Athens, conducted by Rev. Fr. Carney. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Athens. Mrs. Sofronco is survived by her husband, one son, George, Jr., and two daughters, Mrs. Adolph Earich, Millfield, and Mrs. Emmett Dickerson, Chauncey, and a number of grandchildren. A large number of Chauncey friends attended the funeral.
(Contributor's Note: Anna Kandalik Sofronco died August 15, 1936)
Athens, O., Sept. 6, ae. 52. He entered upon his ministerial career at the age of 18, and officiated in the pulpit over 30 years - 10 years beyond the average period allotted this arduous profession. He had the happy faculty of winning and attaching to him whomsoever he chose to be his friend; and but few men have the good fortune to rejoice in the possession of so many devoted to him by strong social ties. He left a family and numerous other relatives - two brothers, Judge O. M. and Hon. Henry E. Spencer - to mourn their loss. One son, Oliver M., who is a talented young man, is principal of the Female Institute at Xenia.
[Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]
Isaac Stanley, a prominent citizen of Albany, Athens county, died last week after a protracted illness.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.)] Thursday, November 11, 1880 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]
in charge of Conductor John McGraw, broke in three sections near the South bridge, below the depot. This was unknown
to the crew of the train. As is customary, the engine was stopped at the depot here to replenish its water supply.
Fireman Stockman climbed to the top of the tender to turn the crane and adjust the hose preparatory to turning
the water into the tank of the locomotive. Suddenly and without warning several of the cars which had become detached
came crashing into the front section. Stockman was thrown off onto the track between the tender and first car.
Several cars passed over his body. Both legs were horribly mangled, the left one being crushed to pulp almost to
the thigh. The unfortunate man was removed to the Smith House and Drs. Alderman and Biddle summoned, but he was
beyond the reach of medical aid and died in less than an hour. The remains were prepared for burial and were taken
to Chillicothe Friday morning and thence to Richmondale, Ross county, his home, where the interment took place.
Stockman was about twenty-seven year of age, unmarried, and had been in the service of the road since 1892. he had many friends and was very popular among railroad men. He carried $1000 accident insurance in favor of his mother.
[The Athens Messenger, Sept. 13, 1894]
Sad Railroad Fatality -- A deplorable accident occurred at the Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern depot here about seven o'clock last Thursday evening which cost a young man his life. A west-bound extra freight drawn by engine 226, Engineer Waldo Wilson, Fireman
Died, in Canaan township, on Thursday, July 16, 1863 Joseph Stonebraker, aged 62 years. His diseases were Dropsey
and Asthma. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his loss.
Word was received in Athens last week of the death of Mrs. William Streicher at Ellsworth, Kansas, on Sunday, September 23rd. Mrs Streicher was for several years a resident of Athens before removing to Kansas, and she and her husband will be remembered by many of our citizens as having kept the hotel or boarding house on Court street just across the alley from the Hotel Athens and now known as the Phoenix House. She was the daughter of Austrian parents, her father being a retired officer of the Austrian army. Mrs. Streicher was in her 65th year at the time of her death, which occurred from heart trouble while sitting at the breakfast table. Her funeral was on of the largest ever witnessed in Ellsworth.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, Oct. 4, 1894]