Lorain County, Ohio
"A Mr. Ferris, of Henrietta Township, Lorain County, committed suicide on Friday night by hanging himself to a beam in his barn. He was a well known and highly respected farmer between sixty and seventy years of age and in good circumstances. No cause is assigned for the rash act." [Sanduskey Weekly Register, 1 Dec. 1875 - Sub by Terrea Thompson]
[Note from Terrea Thompson: This is about my ancestor Gaylord Ferris, born est. 1806, d. 19 Nov 1875. In the November 24, 1875 issue of the Elyria Independent Democrat (Elyria, Ohio), there is a longer article (not an obit) stating that the reason for his suicide was despondency over protracted ill health.]
Edward P. French
Edward P. French for many years a resident of this city, died at his home on West Avenue, during the early hours of Friday morning, in the 74th year of his age. He had been confined to his room not more than three days and his death was unexpected by his friends. Early in the week the deceased had been about as usual and had enjoyed a little fishing trip, a spot of which he was very found. Death was due to heart trouble.
Edward P. French was born in England in 1842 and when three years of age, his parents came to America, settling on the Middle ridge near Amherst. in the late '50's the family moved to Elyria and the father, Thomas French, established the jewelry business, which is now in the hands of the Haserodt Bros. For many year the firm of French and Son was the leading one on its line of business. the father retiring from the firm, the business was carried on by the son together with E.E. Fisher. Disposing of his interest to his partner, Mr. French then entered into the furniture business in Cleveland from which he retired a number of years ago.
The deceased was a Civil War veteran, enlisting in Co. H., 103rd O.V.I. in 1862 for three years. His discharge followed five months later because of disability. At first sergeant, he re-enlisted in 1864, and was mustered out Sept. 1st, of the same year at the expiration of the term of service. Mr. French was secretary of the 103rd Regiment organization at the time of his death, as well as holding a similar office with Co. K. 135th Regiment.
Mr. French was twice married, his first wife being Miss Lenora Leonard of Detroit. her death occurring in 1909, he was married to Mrs. Minnie Dailey May 24th, 1911, who, with her two sons, Messrs. Ralph and Edison Daily, of Elyria and one daughter, Mrs. J.W. Huntoon of Akron, survives him. The deceased also leaves one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Tuttle, of this city.
The funeral services were held from the late home of the deceased on West Avenue at two o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. J.H. Grant and Rev. J.T. Hoak officiating. At the grave the exercises were conducted by the G.A.R. At the services were present five members of the company in which deceased first enlisted. The pall bearers were chose from the members of the Elyria Fly Casting Club of which the deceased had been president since its organization in 1909. They were Dr. P.E. Maddock, Clark maddock, C.E. Blanchard, H.K. Day, Geo. Roberts and R.F. Mussey. [The Elyria Democrat, Elyria Ohio November 4, 1915 - Submitted by S. Williams]
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