[S] Hocking County Ohio Obituaries

The Hocking Republican
Aug 25, 1904
Killed by the Cars
While Walter Saner of Haydenville, employed in a mine at Athens, was trying to board a frieght train Saturday night, he slipped and fell under the cars. Both legs were cut off and he lived but a short time. Saner was to have been married this month and was on his way to Haydenville when the accident occured. The funeral took place Monday. Several Logan friends attended it.
The Hocking Republican
Feb 18, 1904
Henry Saters, of near Ewing died last friday night of Asthma. He leaves a wife and five children, all married but one, who remains at home. His remains were laid to rest last Monday. He was a brother of Philip Sater who lives seven miles west of Rockbridge. He was about 60 years of age.
The Hocking Sentinel
Jan 29 1903
Sarah Boyd Saumenig
June 22 1819, eighty three years and more ago, Sarah Boyd Saumenig was born, in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. She was the daughter of John and Margaret Eislen Boyd. Twenty three years of her life were spent in the city of her birth, then after her marriage came the journey to the western country where the remainder of her life was to be spent. May 3rd, 1842 she was married to Mr Frederick Saumenig, the officiating minister being the Rev. John Morris, D.D., prominent in the English Lutheren church in Baltimore. Immediately after her marriage Mr and Mrs Saumenig started for Ohio, and for their home in Logan, where two years before he had established himself in the drug business. Compared with the facilities and comforts of today, such a trip made in the year 1842 was fraught with many discomforts and much weariness. The Balitimore and Ohio railroad brought the young couple as far as Cumberland, Maryland; thence by stage coach to Lancaster, Ohio; and from there to Logan in a buggy. It was jusr at that time that the first thoroughfare was in construction through the Hocking Valley, in the canal which until in the Eighties was a stream of busy commerce. In her lifetime here the great coal interest of the Hocking Valley were developed; the Hocking Valley railway built; and Logan, the small village grew to be the city it is now, with all the furnishing of all modern appliances. To Mr and Mrs Saumenig were born seven children, all surviving her save one whgo died in infancy. The husband and father died July 30th 1873, and so for thirty years Mrs Saumenig continued in her widowhood looking to the welfare of her household with steadfast fidelity. Her life was characterized by diligence about domestic cares, and by a modest and retiring demeanor. While she seldom appeared at public functions, she was nevertheless interested in the progressive movements of the day. Her children were prepared for life in the home and in public trust in a way, which their success at this time, proves to have been sufficient. She died Tuesday evening, January 13th, 1903, aged 83 years, 6 months and 21 days.
Death has claimed for its own, Henry Satar, who was born August 26, 1847, near Ewing O., and was united in marriage to Barbara Miller, and to this union was born five children. Early in life he joined the U.B. Church, transferring to the M.E. Church under the Pastoral of Rev. Mather. he had been a great sufferer for the past five years, but during that time was never known to complain or murmer, but always maintaining a kindly feeling fo all. He often expressed himself to the family as being ready to go, and yet willing that the Lord's will should be done. his death occured very suddenly, he died as he lived, in peace with god. After an eartly pilgrimage of 56 years, 5 months and 17 days, death came and released him of his suffering on February 18. The deceased leaves a wife, one son, 4 daughters and 14 grandchildren to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father. He also leaves 2 brothers, 1 sister and a host of friends to mourn his departure. His death occurred suddenly Saturday morning near Ewing, on the old homestead where he was born, raised, lived and died with the exception of a few inervals. He was a strong believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and held to the M.E. Church. He leaves a wife and daughter to remain lonely in the home; a place vacant that can never be filled. We do not mourn as those who have no hope. for he has gone to mingle with the angels. our loss is his great gain and we bow in submission and say God's will be done.
Unknown newspaper clipping Hocking County Historical Society. Handwritten date of 2-25-1904
The Logan Republican
January 19, 1939
Peter Schrader, 74, Taken Monday
Peter Schrader, 74, furniture worker, died at St. Francis hospital, Columbus, at 8:30 am. Monday. He had been in the hospital for two weeks where he had been taken shortly after his return home from Hackensack, N.J., where he had been employed in a furniture factory. Mr. Schrader had devoted his life to furniture making. At one time he was foreman of the White factory here and later was employed by the Logan Manufacturing company. He leaves siz children who are Ralpf of hackensack; Clem of Syracuse, N.Y.; Anthony, Phoenix, Ariz; Mrs. frank Weiland, Mrs. Walter Nixon and Miss Margaret Schrader, Logan. Mrs. William Hoehn, Lancaster is a sister. he leaves nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held at St. Johns catholic church at 9 a.m. today with the Rev. James T. Nevin in charge. Burial was made in Oak grove cemetery by the Roberts Funeral Serice.
The Hocking Sentinel
January 15 1891
Death of Mrs Jacob Schwarz
After a long and painful illness, endured with [could be the word 'tame' but I am not sure] christian fortitude, surrounded by relatives and friends. Mrs Jacob Schwarz died at her home on North Mulberry street on last Tuesday morning. Her funeral is today from St John's Catholic Church, Fr. Cady officiating. Mrs Schwarz whose maiden name was Elizabeth Kessler was born in New York city March 2 1836. She was married in Logan May 1st 1857. She was the mother of 10 children, 9 of whom survive her. Mrs Schwarz was one of the good women where death cast a shadow out and beyond the precincts of her home. She was a ministering angel at the bedside of her afflicted neighbors. Her hand was always ready and open in charity to the deserving poor. Her children taught by motherly and christian care have grown up to be men and women of influence and distinction in the walks of the world. Mrs Schwarz was a devout Catholic, and by her conduct was an every day sermon to her associates. Her death is a sad occurrance and with her many friends we tender our sympsthy to the family in this hour of bereavement. May her soul rest in peace.
The Logan Daily News
Aug 28 1946
Schwenker Rites Conducted Today
Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm today for Mrs Amana Schwenker, 84, who died Monday night at the home of Mr and Mrs Harry Binkley, on State Route 180, east of South Perry. Burial was made in Green Summit Cemetery at Adelphi.
The widow of Frank Schwenker, she is survived by a son, John, of Columbus. Services were conducted at the Defenbaugh Funeral Home in Laurelville.
The Democrat-Sentinel
July 16 1925
John Selb, 84, died suddenly at his home on West Second street Wednesday morning about 10:30 o'clock. Mr. Selb had not been well since Sunday evening, having somthing like the summer grippe; but that morning had felt better and eaten a light breakfast. Mrs. Selb had been in the room only leaving a few minutes to do an errand. Thinking she had heard him call, she went in and found that the spark of life was gone. He died as he had lived, peacefully and quietly. Mr. Selb was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the J. K. Rochester Post of the G. A. R. He was born in Germany coming to this country when quite young and for more than forty years had been a valuable resident of this city. He was a tailor and for many years employed by Frank Blasius, clothier, father of Frank Blasius Sr. present head of the Blasius store. He retired about two years ago. Mr. Selb is survived by his wife and a legion of warm friends. Funeral services under the direction of the Harden Co. will be conducted from the home Friday afternoon and interment made in Oak Grove cemetery.
Ohio Democrat
January 11 1897
SHAW--Melissa Shaw was born May 13th, 1850, died at her home near Logan, Ohio, December 23rd, 1897, aged 47 years, 7 months and 9 days. She was married to Joseph Shaw in 1873. This union was blessed with three children, one son and two daughters. She united with the M.E. church at the age of eighteen and lived a consistent christian until death. She was sick about three months, and suffered greatly during part of that time but bore her affliction with patience and christian fortitude. She leaves a husband and three children with many other relatives and friends to mourn. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Logan, December 25th, 1897, conducted by the pastor, Rev. N W Good.
Lancaster Daily Eagle
December 20 1915
Lancaster, Ohio
The Auto of a Prominent Stock Dealer of Hocking County Struck by Train and He was Killed
Otto A Shaw, aged 39, one of the most prominent farmers and stock dealers in Hocking county, was killed near Eneterprise Sunday afternoon when the automobile in which he was riding was struck by a special Hocking Valley passenger train.
The Democrat Sentinel
July 11 1907
Dollie Dean, daughter of Joshua and Martha Chilcote, was born Novemeber the 14th. A.D. 1875, departed this life July the 5th, 1907, aged 31 years 8 months and 22 days. She was united in marriage to Charles H Shaw October the 7, 1894. To this union were born 3 daughters. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, three daughters, mother, five brothers two sisters and a host of other relatives and friends. She bore her afflictions with patience. The funeral servic were conducted by Rev. Frank Nichols at the Christian Church.
We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their many kind acts through the long suffering and death of our dear wife and mother.
Charles Shaw and Children
The Circleville Herald (Circleville, Ohio)
Sat, Jul 20, 1929
Heart Attack Proves Fatal
James E Shaw, Laborer, Dies Suddenly At Hulse Hayes Farm.
A heart attack believed caused by indigestion, caused the death at 5:30pm., Friday of James E Shaw, 51 a farm laborer employed on the Hulse Hayes farm in Jackson-twp.
Shaw became ill Friday afternoon and died an hour and half later in his cabin on the Hayes farm.
He was born in Hocking-co the son of Mr and Mrs Wesley Shaw. He came to Pickaway-co 15 years ago and in September, 1917, he was married in Columbus. He is survived by his widow, Ida Shaw.
The body was taken to the Albaugh funeral parlors.
The time of the funeral services conducted by the Rev. O.L. Ferguson and burial in Forest cemetery will be announced later.
Dead In Bed
An Aged Lady of Canal Street Expires Early Tuesday Morning
Barbara Ann Shempf was found dead in bed Tuesday morning at her home on North Canal street. She had been ailing for years with Bright's disease, but her end came with startling suddenness. Deceased was the widow of the late John Shempf, and leaves to mourn their loss, a son and two grandchildren, Mary and Charles Crutcher, who have made their home with her. She was about seventy-five years of age.--Ohio Eagle
Mrs. Shempf was the aged and respected mother of our fellow townsman, Mr. John Shempf.
Unknown newspaper clipping from HCHS-handwritten date of 1-15-1899
The Athens Messenger
July 1 1886
Mr John Shields, an old, well known and prominent citizen, of Ward township, died at his home on Tuesday morning of last week, of heart disease.
The Hocking Sentinel
July 5 1900
William, the 14 year old and only son of Mr Newt Slatzer died Sunday from blood poisoning brought on by a wound in his foot from a rusty nail. He was a bright promising boy and his untimely death is the occasion of profound sympathy to the bereaved family from this eentire community. The funeral was on Tuesday morning from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Sayre conducting the religious services.
The Hocking Republican
Feb 18, 1904
Ross A. Lee Slisher was born in Hocking county, September 4, 1875, and departed this life February 10, 1904, aged 28 years, 5 months and 6 days. In 1894 she was united in marriage to Mr. George Slisher. To this union no children were born. She leaves a husband, mother, five sisters nd four brothers to mourn their loss, her father, one brother and one sister having preceded her to the spirit world. She died of the dreaded disease consumption. She bore her affliction patiently, and seemed happy and contented until the end came. The funeral services were held friday morning at 10 o'clock at the home of her mother on West Hunter street, Rev. White officiating.
We miss thee friom our home dear sister,
We miss thee from thy place.
We miss your bright and eager eyes
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss your fond and loving voice,
Your kind and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee,
We miss thee everywhere.
-Her loving Mother, Brothers, Sisters
The Logan Republican
Jan 26 1933
Funeral On Sunday
Mrs Nellis Smith Succumbs To Illness of Eight Weeks
Mrs Reba Marie Smith, 43, wife of Nellis Smith, Logan, died at her home at noon Friday following an illness of eight weeks from complications. She was the mother of Billy and Charles Smith of the home, and daughter of Mr and Mrs William Thompson, New Plymouth, a brother, Charles Thompson and a sister Ami Thompson, live at New Plymouth. The Rev W.N. Shank had charge of the service held at 1:30 pm Sunday at the Methodist Episcopal Church with burial made in Wesley Cemetery near Orland by Leonard Funeral Service.
The Ohio Democrat
March 31 1904
Mrs Henry Smith, who resided northwest of Logan, died on last Monday after a lingering illness. The funeral was on Wednesday morning at Pleasant Hill church.
The Ohio Democrat
March 08, 1906
Death of Mrs Smoot
Mrs Smoot, the aged mother of John and Will Smoot, formerly of Logan, now of Lancaster, died Monday and was brought to Logan Wednesday for burial. The Smoot family were among our good citizens in the past years, and many persons in West Logan will be grieved at the news of her death.
The Hocking Republican
Feb 11 1904
Death of Mr. Speelman
Mr. Somerville Speelman, one of our oldest citizens, died at his home on West Washington street Tuesday morning about four o'clock. Mr. Speelman has been sick for several months, having had several strokes of paralysis. Deceased leaves a wife and five sons and many relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment at Green Lawn.
-Nelsonville Buckey, February 4.
Mr. Speelman was the father of Mr. Charles Speelman of Logan, and has many friends here and at Rockbridge, where he had a daughter living some years ago.
The Hocking Sentinel
Nov 28 1889
Charley Spencer, aged 17, son of James Spencer, living near New Straitsville, was instantly killed on Monday last while blowing into the muzzle of a shot gun, at the same time holding his toe on the hammer. The charge made a large hole from his mouth completely through his head.
The Hocking Sentinel
May 14 1896
The infant child of Mr and Mrs Jacob Spyers of Haydenville, will be buried from St John's Catholic church to-day.
Noah Starr
The deceased, Noah W, the only child of Moses and Sarah N Starr, both of whom preceeded him to the spirit land, was born near Old Gore, Ohio, Feb., 9th, 1840 and departed this life Feb 18th, 1898, aged 53 years and 9 days. OnNovember 1sth, 1877, he was wedded to Miss Nan Myers, the result of the union being one child, a son, Harry. In early manhood he became connected with the ancient and respected order of the Free and Accepted masons, of which he remained a bright, ardent and consistant member, until called from labor to refreshments, by that greatest of worshipful masters. The characteristic fotitude of his life deserted him not during his illness, and his great sufferings were borne without murmur. Of him he can truly say-"He was a kind husband and an indulgent father." He seemed to live for his wife and boy. Their comfort was his pleasure, their joy his gratification. In this wise, the burden of the vicissitudes of his life was easily carried. He was respected by all his aquaintances and admired by all his friends. He leaves to mourn his departure the grief stricken wife and boy and his great host of friends.
Unknown newspaper clipping, HCHS
The Hocking Sentinel
May 13 1897
Mrs J B Sters, after a long and panful illness, died at her home on Walnut street, on last Monday morning. Funeral Tuesday afternoon from residence. Interment at Mt Zion cemetery.
The Ohio Democrat
October 23 1886
Charles, son of J B and M Stiers, aged eight years and 18 days, died on Wednesday Oct 20 at 7 o'clock pm of membraneous croup from the effects of which he suffered since the Friday previous. His funeral occurred yesterday at the residence of his parents, on Mulberry St.m at 2 pm. Furneral services were conducted by Elder Hickman, of New Lexington, Baptist church.
The Ohio Democrat
February 2 1899
Susanna Friesner Stivison was born near Enterprise, Hocking county, Ohio, August 17 1828, departed this life January 18 1899, aged 70 years, five months, and two days. She was married to S B Stivison April 26 1849. To this union was born ten children, seven boys, and three girls. Four boys and one girl preceded her to the spirit land. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her loss. She was a member of the Albright church in her youth. In later years she united with the Brethern church. She led a christian life to the end. During her last illness she often expressed a desire to be with her father who is in heaven.
The Ohio Democrat
March 01, 1906
Perry Strawn was born in Green County, Pa., Dec 6 1831, died feb 22nd, 1906, aged 74 years, 2 months and 16 days. At the age of 6 years she removed with her parents to Hocking County, Ohio. On June 29th, 1857 she was united in marriage to George Hankison; to this union were born four children, one son and three daughters, the husband and three daughters having preceded her to the spirit world.
On Nov 10th, 1867 she was again united in marriage to Isaac Hankison, to this union were born three sons, the husband and one son having preceded her to the world beyond. She was a member of the M P Church of prospect and lived a devoted Christian. She was an affectionate wife, a kind mother, a good neighbor; always ready to lend a helping hand. She leaves to mourn her loss, three sons, three step sons, four step daughters, twelve grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
Card of Thanks
I sincerely thank the friends and neighbors for their help and kindness during the illness and death of my mother.
Nelson Hankison
Newark Advocate
March 1 1904
Newark, Ohio
Ella V Stoughton
Ella Vernon Stoughton a six year old child of Licking township, died at 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon and was taken to Hocking county for burial today.
The Piqua Daily Call
July 8 1892
Piqua, Ohio
In Memoriam
Mrs Mary Anna Strawser was born in Hocking County, Ohio, Aug 9th, 1850, and died in Piqua of heart failure and dropsy, July 8th 1892, aged 41 years, 10 months and 27 days. Robert Strawser, died eleven years ago, leaving her the care and management of a family of nine children, seven of whom survive. By heroic effort and the blessing of God, she succeeded in raising her dependent little ones until by years and matured strength, most of them has become self-supporting, and a dependence for her. During this time she had resided chiefly in Indiana, but came to Piqua some sixteen months ago, in the interest of the children. She was an affectionate and devoted mother, counting nothing a hardship that would promote the welfare or happiness of her family, and in turn, she was tenderly loved by her children. Her fidelity and self-sacrificing care for them, was repaid in a like service of love. Mrs Strawser was converted and united with the church when but a youth, and while in later years, by reason of adverse circumstance, she had not led an active christian life, she retained her trust in the Saviour, and gave evidence on her dying bed of his presence with her, and of her Christian resignation and peace. Her membership at the time of her death, was with the Christian Church at Milton, Indiana.
John Strawser, whose life on earth was ended by his own hand, July 6th, 1892, was 19 years of age, and was one of the three younger children remaining with their mother. He was a faithful and devoted son, and maintained the reputation of a temperate, orderly and industrious young man in the community. Services at the late residence, on W. Greene St., July 7th, by the write.
Circleville Democrat
May 25, 1865
Hon.Manning Stiers, who emigrated from Hocking county to Missouri a few weeks ago, met with a tragical death on the 8th inst.  He was staying with some friends at Warrensburg,  John county, until he could locate, and while walking along the public road, two and a half miles from that place, in broad day light, two of those murderous outlaws, which infest that war-ravaged country, approached him on horseback, one of whom shot him through the breast with a rovolver killing him instantly and then robbed him of a watch and a small sum of money and rode away.  Two negroes who were working in a field near by saw the deed committed took the body out of the road and conveyed it to Warrensburg, where it was identified.
Mr. Stiers was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, April 13th, 1827, emigrated to Hocking county in 1837.  He was elected Representative from Hocking county in the Ohio Legislature in 1859 and re-elected in 1861, and was a useful and influential member.  He was a strong Democrat, and possessed more than an ordinary share of intelligence.  He was much respected for his high moral character, regular habits, and strict integrity.  He was by occupation a farmer.
In the spring of 1863, Mr. Stiers was married to Miss Minerva Fleming, an excellent lady, of this county, who died in about a year thereafter.  His remains were brought here, and on Tuesday last, interred by the side of his wife in Forest Cemetery.
The Democrat Sentinel
Feb 14 1907
Samuel Stivison was born on the 3rd day of Jan 1839. He was united in marriage to Caroline Wartman about the year 1864. This union which resulted in the birth of five children, was broken by the death of Mrs Stivison in the winter of 1877. He married for his second wife Mollie hines on May 2 1883. There were no children born to this union. Mr Stivison was a man well known and respected in the community in which he lived. He united many years ago with he church of the United Brethern in Christ. During the latter days of his life he was sadly afflicted with the dropsical ailment, and realizing that the time of his death could not be far off, he gave much time to prayer and meditations and it was Sabbath morning Feb 3rd 1907, at the advanced age of 68 years and one month that he was stricken down by the dread heart failure to rise no more on earth. He leaves to mourn his departure a widow, one son, one daughter and nine grandchildren. His former companion, two sons and one daughter, having outrun him in the race of life and first gone over to the spirit land. Appropriate funeral services were conducted in the home by Rev A R Read of the Methodist Protestant church, after which, with sad hearts, we entombed his mortal remains in the Scott's Creek cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
The relatives of the late Samuel Stivison, deceased, take this means of tendering their heartfelt thanks to the kind neighbors and sympathizing friends who rendered such timely aid in their hours of sad bereavement.
Widow and Children.
The Democrat-Sentinel
August 13 1925
Following a three weeks illness with typhoid fever, Leonard E Summers, 19, passed away at the home of his parents, Mr and Mrs Nathan Summers of West Front street at 11:30 Saturday morning. Funeral services were held from the Fairview church at 10:30 Tuesday morning, Rev Haynes officiating. Interment under the direction of the Harden Co., was made in the adjoining cemetery. About the first of the year Young Summers feeling that he had not long to live, wrote a letter which was to be read after his death. In it he expressed a desire that he might be buried here rather than at his former home in Vinton county. His clothes were bought and all plans made for his marriage in the near future. He is survived by his parents, four sisters and one brother.
The Democrat-Sentinel
Jan 24 1907
Death of Mrs R Shaw
The death of Mrs Rueben Shaw Wednesday at her home south of Logan came as a shock to her many friends, and friends of her family in Logan. She had not been sick long, and many hopes for her recovery were entertained, but the battle against the malady was fruitless, and she passed away. Mrs Shaw was a Waller before her marriage. She is the mother of Will Shaw of Logan, and of Mrs John Remple. Our people extend heartfelt sympathy to the family in their sad bereavement. The funeral services will occur at the Presbyterian Church in Logan, Saturday afternoon.
The Democrat-Sentinel
Feb 7 1907
Death of Sam'l Stivenson
On Monday, February 3, occurred the death of Samuel Stivenson, at his home near Enterprise. The funeral will occur from the home today, and burial take place at the Scott's Creek Cemetery.
The Democrat Sentinel
October 14 1909
Thelma I, daughter of Abner I and Maud M Swackhammer, was born Nov. 23, 1908 and died Oct 5 1909, aged 10 months and 12 days. She leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, one brother, two grandfathers, two grandmothers, seven uncles and ten aunts, besides a host of more distant relatives. Thelma was a bud on earth and is now a bloom in heaven.
Her remains was deposited in Mt. Carmel cemetery, Oct 7.
Rev. James Bethel officiated.
A. Friend
The Democrat Sentinel
September 3 1897
Henry D Switzer, son of Isa-c and Lydia Switzer was born in Licking County, Ohio, June 23rd, 1864, and died at his home near Webb Summit Hocking County, O., Aug 28th, 1897, aged 33 years. 2 mon. and 4 days. He united with the U B Church at the age of 16 years and lived a faithful and consistent member until death He leaves a father, mother, two brothers, one sister and many friends and neighbors to mourn their loss. His end was peace. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev. W. ?. Wright, at the Harmony Church.

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